Winner: Chepu Adventures EcoLodge, Chiloe island in Patagonia
Judges' reasons for winning: "One of Chepu Adventures EcoLodge's owners is an engineer and the eco-lodge uses only rain water in the bathrooms and kitchen, harvested from the roofs of the lodge and stored in a well and large water tanks. Chepu uses solar water heaters to provide hot water for showers and the kitchen; its electricity is provided by wind and solar energy. There is also a sophisticated shower control. The judges were particularly impressed by the way in which Chepu engages the visitor enabling them to monitor their own water consumption by providing them with computer-fed feedback on the amount of water they are using. If customers keep within their 'eco-limit' they can choose to have a tree planted in Patagonia or a reduction on their bill".
Chepu Adventures EcoLodge, Chiloe island in Patagonia
Chumbe Island Coral park, off Zanzibar/Tanzania
This category is new this year. Below are two past winners which reflect the aims of this category: