If you’re concerned about keeping your vacations green, an eco-friendly timeshare offers a smart alternative. According to the Timeshare Leads Blog, timeshare ownership is one of the best ways to green your vacation. Timeshare owners often think of their destination as a second home, which makes them more likely to recycle and care about the conditions in their vacation region. Familiarity with the area also leads to insider knowledge of local businesses and restaurants; thus timeshare owners are more likely to patronize local rather than chain, businesses, which promotes sustainability. Examples of green timeshares include Telowarren in the U.K. and Grupo Mayan Resorts in Mexico.
Trelowarren, located in Cornwall, is set on over 1,000 acres of pasture and woodlands on the Cornish coast. Trelowarren offers a relaxing vacation with sustainable, green practices built in. Trelowarren practices carbon offsetting, with the eventual goal of becoming carbon neutral. Buildings are constructed with natural building materials, exceptional insulation to decrease energy waster, and a heating system that uses a bio-massed boiler burning locally grown and harvested wood as fuel. As much paper, plastic and glassware as possible are recycled. Tap water comes from a local natural spring and is not treated with harmful chemicals. Timeshare accommodations range from restored luxury estate cottages, converted offices from the 19th century, and newly constructed “barns” set in an orchard. Amenities include a swimming pool (also heated using bio-mass boiler technology), organic gardens, tennis courts and a craft center. The on-site New Yard Restaurant offers an extensive wine list, and menus created around locally-sourced, sustainable foods.
Grupo Mayan Resorts offers timeshare condos and villas in beachfront locations across Mexico. According to the Grupo Mayan Resorts website, Grupo Mayan Resorts is a Green Globe 21 certified company, a certification that is “awarded strictly to companies that operate without harming the environment and follow a series of very strict rules governing electricity, water, maintenance, waste removal, ecosystem, cultures, traditions, disposals, security, and other aspects of a hotel operation, as well as their effect on the surrounding environment.” The timeshare resorts awarded this certification are located in Puerto Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta and Riveria Maya. The company focuses their efforts on energy and waste conservation, protecting ecosystems on and around their golf courses, and promoting legislation related to environmental sustainability.
Whitecap Lead Generation, “Eco-Friendly Timeshare Travel.”
Trelowarren, “Luxury Self-Catering Cottages in Cornwall.”
Grupo Mayan Resorts, “Environmental Leadership.”