Keeping up with our environmental consciousness in the food industry, this World Environment Day let’s vow to make our travel eco-friendly too. Summer vacations can be grand and lavish, without leaving a similarly lavish carbon footprint. Luxury and environmental awareness can come together, and our recommendations are a testament to that possibility. #DSSCRecommends our pick of the six most beautiful eco-friendly resorts in the world, which you ought to consider as you plan your next global gallivant.
Hix Island Resort, Vieques, Puerto Rico
Located on the island-municipality of Vieques, this resort’s zen-like architectural elegance makes it one of the best options for a romantic getaway in the Caribbean. Architect John Hix’s use of the Japanese concept of Wabi Sabi, which embraces natural imperfections, is central to this resort’s architectural elegance and eco-friendliness. The various villas, or casas, on the property are designed in the context of their setting and employ natural materials that harness trade winds to condition internal temperatures.
While at Hix, one can take yoga classes at their Yoga Pavilion or soak in the sun and kickback at the largest beach on the island, Sun Bay.
Whitepod, Le Valais, Switzerland
1,400 meters above sea level, Whitepod is a glamping destination without parallel. The camp consists of a collection of independent pods constructed on their respective wooden platforms. Each pod comes with a floor to ceiling window, facing the valley, opening to a magnificent view of the Alps. In summer, the pods are covered in foliage, which camouflages them perfectly amidst the the green hills of the Swiss countryside.
Whitepod’s ecological mission includes recycling waste and purchasing local and regional ingredients. Taking it a step further, their staff all live nearby and walk to work in order to reduce pollution from motorized transport.
While here, one can enjoy the delicious food, numerous seasonal outdoor activities, spa facilities, or just sit back in one of the beautiful domes accompanied by the warmth of the fire pellet stove and their popular cuppa joe — known to bring guests back for their next vacay.
Lefay Resort and Spa Lago di Garda, Gargnano, Italy
“Where emotions of nature meet attention to detail”, the 5-star Lefay Resort and Spa Lago di Garda, located in the heart of Riviera dei Limoni offers an aesthetically pleasing facade of wood and stone that blends in with the beautiful landscape of the resort. Amidst a hilly landscape and natural terraces studded with olive leaves, this resort promises a true experience of Italian refinement and culinary treats.
The resort’s commitment to sustainability is visible on many fronts. The property has a gorgeous pool overlooking the lake and excess water from the pool is used for irrigation. In the kitchen, they abide by the concept of Vital Gourmet — strictly using seasonal ingredients, local suppliers of organic farming, and only traditional Italian produce. The Lefay resorts and Spa company is truly dedicated to neutralisation of CO2 emissions and never fail to bring their diligence towards the environment in the luxurious experiences they provide.
Alila Villas Soori, Bali, Indonesia
A peaceful, rejuvenating haven, set on the edge of the ocean between Mount Batukaru and terraced rice fields. This hotel is designed in accordance with Global EarthCheck Standards and prioritises cultural and environmental sustainability. The villas are crafted out of local materials and incorporate a combination of indigenous volcanic rock and abundant plants to organically cool the interiors. The private pools overlooking the mountains and oceans are all water efficient. The resort is also entirely rainwater optimised to meet all its water needs. All food is sourced from local producers nearby for an authentic Balinese experience.
The resort reveres the gifts of nature and is ideal for those looking for a holistic spiritual and nurturing treatment.
h2hotel, Healdsburg, California, US
A little outside of San Francisco, near Sonoma County is the charming historic town of Healdsburg. You are met with the shade of the green roof of the h2 hotel. The green roof is one of the many sustainable features of the green building. It provides an organic aesthetic and efficiently manages rainwater and reduces heat in the building.
To help you unwind, the hotel opens onto the beautiful Sonoma Wine County. It also allows you to treat yourself to the farm-to-fork delicacies, straight from the Sonoma backyard.
Relax in the luxury of the spa treatments, take a yoga class, go hiking or opt for a private dining session, the hotel takes care of all your needs.
VIVOOD, Benimantell, Alicante, Spain
VIVOOD brings ecological responsibility with earthy tones and straight lined minimalism of the architecture, offering a new take on luxury. The resort practices conservation of life and landscape as responsible consumers in the sustainable tourism industry. One charming example of their commitment to sustainable tourism and use of sources of renewable energy is the Night Of Candles held at the property, to ensure minimal use of electrical lighting.
Open your senses to nature as you walk through the valley, enjoying the sunset, breathing in the pure air — all in the comfort of a luxurious setting.
It’s time for some TLC for your mind, body, and soul, and the environment.
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