If you’re an environmentally-conscious couple looking to honeymoon (or simply get away) the green way, these sustainable and stunning hotels and resorts around the world make living a zero waste life a cinch. From villas and suites dripping in plants and nature-inspired décor, to sustainable elements and amenities incorporated throughout the landscape, going back-to-basics (in an upscale setting) post-wedding is the way to go...just in time for Earth Day.
137 Pillars House Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand
It doesn’t get more green than staying in a green suite and snapping newly married ‘grams in front of the “living green wall” at 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai, outside of the old city. In case you’re wondering about the name, how many pillars (or sao) a house has is directly related to how important you are, so 137 will make you look like Thai royalty once you check in here. The resort’s sustainability efforts are on point as well. They’ve teamed up with WarmHeart Environment to create charcoal out of waste on the property, helping to eliminate toxins from the rooms and gardens. This oasis also boosts some seriously over-the-top packages like the private jet option that allows you to arrive in style, the floats and flutes choice, which includes a hot air balloon ride at sunrise followed by an intimate champagne breakfast and the Chiang Mai discovery excursion so you and bae can play tourist for a half-day to visit the famous Doi Suthep temple and Baan Thong Luang hill tribe village.
Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Savusavu, Fiji
The presidential villa at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort is what #YOLO goals are made of, wedding night wise, since it’s housed in a walled garden for total privacy and has its own infinity pool, outdoor shower, and sunken jacuzzi in the master suite. Sure it’s a bit of a splurge (nightly rates start at $3,000), but you won’t feel any guilt about how much you’re spending when you’re living an eco-conscious lifestyle. Plus, when you’re a twosome inhabiting the presidential villa, you’re subject to all the good perks: guided snorkeling trips with the resident marina biologist, a bottle of wine on arrival, hors d’oeuvres and a cocktail each evening, and 60-minute massages. Run by Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of the legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau, the property features plenty of naturalistic systems like a wastewater-cleaning lagoon and programs to repopulate and reforest the giant clams and mangroves that also call the Fijian resort home. Should you happen to forgo the honeymoon route and choose to vacation as a family instead, you’re in luck. The Bula Club offers all-day nanny service and entertainment options for youngsters like trampolines, swimming pools, and junior-chef cooking classes.
Cala Luna, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Discover “Pura Vida” in paradise when you check into this picturesque 39-room boutique hotel that’s located within the confines of Costa Rica’s Leatherback Turtle Marine National Park. Cala Luna approaches every aspect of hospitality through a renewable resource lens—from design and accommodations to gastronomy and wellness—which is why they’ve been awarded the highest level of certification (5 leaves) from the tourism board. There’s also no shortage of flora and fauna here (along with the sounds of howler monkeys and songbirds to fall asleep to each night). You can expect to spend your days kayaking, zip lining, and horseback riding, sipping cocktails while canoodling on dreamy day beds, or relaxing during spa treatments that feature locally-sourced coconut and volcanic rock. And if you book their honeymoon package, you’ll be showered with flowers, champagne, and tropical fruit, and invited to dine à deux by candlelight on the beach before retreating to your solar-panned suite.
Winvian Farm, Morris, CT
Nestled in the heart of the Litchfield Hills area of idyllic Connecticut is a retreat so artistically curated and brilliantly conceptualized, it’s hard to think of anywhere else to eco ‘moon if your wedding is taking place in New England. Winvian Farm’s 18 individually-designed resort cottages are all pretty epic, but there are three in particular that can’t be beat for a sustainable stay. Settle into the camping cottage for a true glamping experience where you’ll be greeted by forest murals, tree root covered windows and ceilings exposing views of the surrounding acreage, and two wood-burning fireplaces with a never-ending supply of logs, the greenhouse cottage for a glass-canopied great room fit for prime star gazing, or the treehouse cottage where you’ll literally spend a night high in the treetops for a one-of-a-kind secluded slumber. Another one of the property’s bonuses? They offer garden education and cooking workshops for guests and an elopement package, you know just in case you want to skip the grandiose formal affair and get your “just the two of us” time started early.
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, New York
For a true New York urban escape (that sort of feels like you’re living inside Fern Gully in the middle of the concrete jungle) head to 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge—the posh waterfront retreat known for bringing the outdoors in. With expansive panoramas of the bridge, uber comfy beds made for sleeping in on organic cotton sheets, local artisan finds and reclaimed materials everywhere you turn, and vertical garden walls and in-room moss planters you can water with fresh h2o from the eco spouts, it’s a conservationist’s dream hotel. Even the room keys are made from from different types of recycled wood—talk about waste not, want not. And should you choose to abandon your private quarters at any point during your stay, you can unwind at Bamford Haybarn Spa for holistic treatments, venture up to the sprawling rooftop pool and bar for light bites and craft cocktails, or explore Dumbo’s numerous art galleries, restaurants, and iconic flea market by bicycle, to reduce your carbon footprint. Worried about leaving your favorite furry third wheel behind while you bask in couples time? Don’t be. 1 Hotels has a pet friendly policy, obviously.