To make up for how un-ecofriendly air travel is
(according to the New York Times, air travel emissions account for 5
percent of global warming), take your next trip somewhere devoted to
being green. Not into roughing it? Here are three deluxe eco-resorts
that make it comfortable to stay low impact.
Lush, tropical surroundings? Check. Luxury spa?
Check. Breathtaking infinity swimming pool? Check. Don't let this
upscale boutique hotel's four-star amenities fool you. This place has
major eco cred. It's not only the highest ranking member of the
Sustainable Tourism Certification program, but it's the only one to get a
While some eco resorts stop at sustainable
architecture and a few solar panels, Finca Rosa Blanca goes above and
beyond the call of duty: little touches like an organic coffee
plantation, vegetables grown in an onsite greenhouse and bamboo linen
sheets are coupled with big gestures like an emphasis on geo-tourism and
philanthropic programs to better the surrounding community.
Do romance and conservation go hand-in-hand? At
the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur they definitely do. Jaw-dropping cliff's
edge views of the Pacific Ocean, an intimate dinner at the award-winning
Sierra Mar restaurant and a massage at the Post Ranch Spa make this a
prime destination for moonie-eyed couples. TripAdvisor even nominated it
as one of the top 10 hotels for romance.
Luxe amenities aside, the Ranch has a deep commitment
to environmental stewardship and a high regard for its natural
surroundings. This is exemplified in the inn's use of sustainable
materials, a biodegradable cleansing system and native landscaping.
Who doesn't love the idea of spending a long weekend
pampered with hot stone massages and tropical facials? Hacienda Chichen
Resort's Yaxin Eco-Spa offers traditional Mayan treatments, just the tip
of what this well-lauded vacation spot has to offer.
The hotel's focus is not only on preserving the local
Mayan culture, but on having as little negative impact on its natural
surroundings as possible. This translates into cottages with low
construction density, traditional Mayan decor, a commitment to recycling
and energy saving electrical devices. The Hacienda even has a Bird
Refuge and a Maya Jungle Nature Preserve on its grounds.haciendachichen.com