We’ll use any excuse to plan our next escape, and Earth Day (April 22) is certainly no exception. Don’t get us wrong, we love the great outdoors. But when it comes to vacation, we like our scenic vistas with a side of luxury. Luckily, a green getaway doesn’t have to mean rustic—and we’ve got the gorgeous eco-resorts to prove it. From Amanyara to Banyan Tree Mayakoba, these picturesque properties are the perfect marriage of natural beauty and pampering amenities.
This Balinese beauty takes your breath away with its spectacular beachfront setting, sophisticated interiors, and personalized approach to hospitality. But it’s the commitment to the planet—adhering to EarthCheck operating standards and using rainwater to nourish the gardens—that really speaks to the soul of Alila Seminyak.
Situated in a secluded stretch of Providenciales, Amanyara (meaning “peaceful place”) takes eco-luxury to the next level with its timber-shingled pavilions, tranquil spa, and immersive activities. The discovery center offers exploratory adventures like an expert-guided sea turtle-tagging excursion. The neighboring Northwest Point National Park has some of the best reef diving in the Caribbean.
Banyan Tree Mayakoba
Conceptualized with the intention of enhancing the landscape, Banyan Tree Mayakoba is a sanctuary of unspoiled splendor and relaxation, located just 15 minutes from Playa del Carmen. The resort continues to advance its green efforts. In addition to swimming in the sparkling lagoons and indulging in hydrothermal therapies, couples can participate in hands-on conservation initiatives.
Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort
A pioneer in eco-tourism, Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort was earth-friendly before it was cool; it was the first property in Fiji to recycle paper and plastic. The honeymoon-worthy retreat is also deeply dedicated to sustainable fishing and agriculture, which means all those mouth-watering meals you’ll enjoy are made with low-impact ingredients.
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is an organic oasis in the midst of a concrete jungle and the dazzling design brings the outdoors in. Reclaimed materials, native plants, and local artwork creates a sense of place and allows guests to connect with their surroundings. Taking it a step further, patrons can dine al fresco on farm-to-fork fare from Brooklyn-based purveyors.
El Ganzo is beloved for its artist-in-residence program and environmentally-friendly practices. Rooms are equipped with locally-sourced toiletries and reusable cantimplora (canteens), and there are multiple on-site refill stations. The hotel also uses recyclable straws and special nopal-based laundry soap that reduces water consumption by 80 percent.
Tucked away in Tumbes-Chocó-Magdalena, a tropical forest in Ecuador, Mashpi Lodge is a bastion of sustainability with a clear mission: Provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience to travelers, while protecting the endangered ecosystem. After a full day of hiking the lush trails and canopy pedalling on the Sky Bike, retire to the contemporary comforts of your private respite.