If your New Year’s resolutions include cracking down on your carbon footprint, Paradise Bay Villa Resort in Grenada is the vacation destination for you. Owner James Post is a former corporate exec turned clean energy buff. A vocal advocate for eco-energy options in the Caribbean, Post models green behavior on his 8-acre property – the resort’s windmill provides 150% of the villa’s energy needs. In addition, Paradise Bay will buy enough carbon credits to offset your flight, so you can relax in one of their 9 beach-view villas (all with private bath and kitchen) guilt-free. (The offsets go to plant trees in severely-deforested Ethiopa.)
And it doesn’t stop there. Paradise bay uses solar water heaters and energy-saving lighting and appliances; non-toxic cleaning supplies; features local and organic produce in its restaurants, Aloe Vera and Frangipani Beach Restaurant Bar and Grill; and will pamper you with eco-friendly spa treatments. If you need some mental stimulation, the resort offers French Caribbean cooking classes weekly, island tours, and even crash courses in wind power. Despite all the green-living options available in-resort, Post encourages guests to make time to get outdoors and hike in the surrounding park.
Super-Inclusive Special: $149 per person for an oceanfront room, breakfast, lunch on the beach, four-course gourmet dinner, all house drinks, and a host of activities (whale/dolphin riding, ocean kayaking, catamaran trips, scuba diving, 9-course golf, horseback riding, massages and spa treatments, use of the gym).
Regular All-inclusive: $119.50 per person for all meals and drinks, including accommodation.
Volunteer Vacation Opportunity: Paradise Bay is currently recruiting industrious travelers to help them with two projects: community service and local clean energy projects (just launched this month) and rebuilding neighboring farmers' gardens destroyed by hurricanes Ivan and Emily (will begin in April 2008). In return for four hours of volunteer work on weekday mornings, you will receive free accommodation; volunteers can get regular all-inclusive services (meals, drinks, and some activities) for $64/day, or choose the super-inclusive package for $ 94.50 per day.
More basic packages are also available; contact Paradise Bay for details! (And remember that all prices are subject to 18% tax and service.)
Address: Paradise Bay, La Tante, St. David, Grenada, West Indies
Telephone: ++1 473 405 8888
Before your trip, brush up on your Grenada knowledge with A-Z of Grenada Heritage (Macmillian Caribbean a-Z)...and load up your ipod with tunes from Grenada-native reggae/jazz artist David Emmanuel.