Whether you’re seeking an escape from the colder weather, work-related stress, or your never-ending news alerts, these carefully chosen eco-conscious resorts/hotels will help you disconnect from the craziness and reconnect with what’s really important - YOU.
Whichever one you choose, just make sure to leave the phone charger at home!
Oil Nut Bay, British Virgin Islands
Relaunched after the damaging hurricanes of 2017, Oil Nut Bay (only reachable by water or helicopter) on Virgin Gorda's north shore follows the developer, David V. Johnson's philosophy of being in harmony with nature.
This exclusive private island resort worked with the BVI government to make solar power legal, which now sees the resort run everything through the renewable resource.
You can explore this luxury premier community via bike or electric golf cart and enjoy amenities like the pool, spa, restaurants and educational Nature Center. Accommodation options range from suites to multi-bedroom villas.
Phoenix, Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen has set the goal of becoming the very first carbon-neutral capital city by 2025 and some of the city's most luxurious hotels, like the Phoenix are joining in on the challenge.
Located just minutes from the Amalienborg Palace and fresh off the back of a complete renovation that blends old-world glamour with the latest environmentally friendly practices such as water saving devices, sensor lighting, recyclable packaging only policy and a low waste initiatives.
The Phoenix goes even further with it's "do-good" commitment by supporting local businesses whenever it can and also donates left-over food to nearby hostels and charities.
Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Mexico
Although only being an hour's drive north of party central, Cancun, Banyan Tree Mayakoba is a sanctuary paradise that sprawls along 10km of freshwater canals in the Yucatan Peninsula.
Banyan Tree Mayakoba allows you to swap the wild beach parties for sustainable tourism, without sacrificing all the fun! The stunning villas are positioned along the riverbanks and sit alongside the mangroves, whilst being tucked away in the Mexican jungle.
This resort allows you to immerse yourself in untouched nature, surrounded by an arcadia of indigenous fish and bird species in a carefully maintained ecosystem.
Casa de Uco Resort, Argentina
The vision of Argentine architect, Alberto Tonconogy, the Casa de Uco Resort is located in the heart of Mendoza wine country and offers 16 beautiful rooms, all created using local materials and set in front of the Andes Mountains and sun-drenched vineyards.
Featuring green rooftops, geothermal energy under the floors and behind the walls, self-contained water and heating systems and solar panels charged by the region's 330 days of annual sunlight, this resort's eco-factor is next level!
This conscious contemporary luxury resort also boasts a truly brilliant dining experience with a menu that honours the land and Uco Valley, driven by the seasonal ingredients grown directly in the organic vegetable garden. To achieve this farm-to-table ideology, the kitchen team looks to source all ingredients locally, working with neighbours and the local farmers. Of course, given the region, there is always a wine glass within arms reach.
When you're not eating or drinking why not look to explore the surrounding fertile lands via foot, bike, or horseback or treat yourself to wine-infused spa treatments, mountain-view hot tubs, or perhaps some rooftop yoga to clear the mind.
Conservatorium Hotel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
You will never feel guilty for slipping on your Nicolas Alexander swim shorts and diving into the pool at Amsterdam's stylish Conservatorium Hotel. The water from the pool is recycled into the sprinkler system, which keeps this green hotel fresh all year round.
Housed in the city’s old Conservatorium of Music, the building was brought back to life by designer Piero Lissoni, who opened up the building with an enormous glass atrium. Soaked with natural daylight, the atrium houses a large garden and a restaurant whose kitchen serves sustainable ingredients only. Add in a geothermal heat pump system that keeps the hotel warm and cosy in the cooler months, and you have one of the very best eco-friendly hotels.
Sable Alley & Skybeds, Botswana
Not only is Khwai Private Reserve one of Botswana's best-kept secrets, it is also home to the enchanting Sable Alley and Skybeds. The resort offers a unique blend of light, bright and stunning luxury amind the game-rich floodplains of Khwai and the best part is that it's as sustainable as it is sophisticated. The reserve has partnered with the local communities, where proceeds from staying at Sable Alley go straight back into the Khwai Village community projects.
The Skybeds are a series of three-storey-high platforms set within the reserve and overlook a watering hole frequented by elephants, wildebeests, lions and many more magnificent creatures. Each structure features a fully functioning bathroom, living space and on the top floor (away from your jungle friends) you have a comfy double bed that's totally open, so you can fall asleep literally under the stars!
After a couple of days among the trees, why not move on over to Sable Alley to enjoy spacious, upscale tents (with outdoor showers and private verandas overlooking a lagoon) and engaging safari activities. Both camps are part of the Natural Selection collection and boast such green practices as solar power, water treatment programs, and sustainable bath amenities.
Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali
It is because of impeccable resorts like Alila Villas Uluwatu that Bali has become the new "player" when it comes to luxurious resorts. Perched atop the cliffs of Uluwatu in the island's south-west, the property is completely hidden by lush towering greenery.
The hotel's smart water saving systems and use of local savannah plants enable the gardens to thrive without causing drought. The low-lying villas have been built using naturally insulating Balinese pumice rock and limestone boulders taken from local road cuttings. In fact, these striking villas are the first in Bali to be built to Earth Check standards.
Each villa includes its very own cabanas, day beds, plunge pools and outdoor showers. The resort also supports the local ecosystems with its own water purification system, is a plastic bottle free zone and even gets involved in monthly dives with Zen Bali, where they help remove plastic from local reefs.
El Mangroove, Costa Rica
This LEED-certified hideaway is set on 17 acres and stationed between virgin mangrove forests and a sandy Gulf of Papagayo beach.
The 85 contemporary suites have been designed to offer total comfort and relaxation with touches like in-room hammocks and see-through showers (each lined with panelling from local sugarcane) found in every room. The common areas include a sweeping outdoor pool and spa bungalows with secluded gardens and outdoor massage decks.
In addition to it's sustainable operational and design elements, El Mangroove honours the location with a range of community initiatives, from leading local children in English classes and beach clean-up days to donating organic waste to a nonprofit pig-feeding project in nearby Playa Panama.
So there you have it, our top picks when it comes to beautiful hotels/resorts that celebrate the earth instead of costing it.
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