Key West, Fla., attracts thousands of tourists year-round with its pristine weather, golf courses, beaches, water sports and restaurants. Located in a historic area of the city, The Banyan Resort invites visitors to enjoy the island’s tropical delights in an eco-friendly manner.
Solar panels provide the power to control the temperature in the resort’s two swimming pools. Because the Banyan Resort is a historic property, the City of Key West’s Historical Architectural Review Commission challenged the solar installation because of concern the panels might alter the appearance of the property. State regulations, however, assert no property can be prohibited from installing renewable-energy devices.
The resort has a recycling program that encourages guest participation, and the facility composts biodegradable waste from the poolside tiki bar. It implemented a linen reuse program and installed carpet squares made from recycled content that also are recyclable at the end of their life cycles. Decking is constructed out of recycled plastic lumber, and low-flow water fixtures reduce water consumption. The grounds feature xeriscaping, or landscaping that uses native plants that subsist on the region’s rainfall. About 90 percent of the lighting comes from compact fluorescents. Air conditioners are set at 78 to 80 F (43 to 44 C) for unoccupied suites.
TROPICAL OASIS CONSERVES NATURAL RESOURCES
In 2007, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Tallahassee, certified the resort as a Green Lodging Facility. The designation is part of the Florida Green Lodging Program and was established in 2004 to encourage the lodging industry to conserve and protect Florida’s natural resources.
Various room types are available, including studio suites, loft suites, one-bedroom suites and two-bedroom suites. All rooms include a fully equipped kitchen and private or semi-private balcony or veranda. The Banyan Resort is located within walking distance of the Mallory Square Sunset Celebration, where local artists nightly display their crafts and entertainers perform as the sun sets over the Atlantic Ocean. Duval Street, which is lined with art galleries, restaurants, shops and bars, is only one block from the resort, as well. Area activities include kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, biking, boating, fishing and various tours. Visitors to Key West now can enjoy all the amenities of a tropical paradise while lessening their environmental impact.
THE BANYAN RESORT
323 Whitehead St. / Key West, FL 33040
(866) 371-9222 / www.thebanyanresort.com