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While ecolodges are often located in remote destinations like Costa Rica, you’ll find them in major metro areas like New York City, too.
Read on to discover some of the best ecolodges around the world.
Next:Secret Bay: Dominica
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Secret Bay: Dominica
Sustainable practices at Secret Bay include supporting coral reef health, sourcing local ingredients for meals served on-site, using biodegradable food packaging and replacing single-use plastics entirely. Secret Bay’s dedicated Green Team also ensures resort waste is recycled and composted.
Recent guests praise this resort, noting how much they appreciate the privacy and tranquility of the villas.
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Next:EcoCamp Patagonia: Chilean Patagonia
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EcoCamp Patagonia: Chilean Patagonia
EcoCamp Patagonia’s sustainability practices also include sourcing food ingredients locally, employing members of the local community, and using hydro power and solar energy.
Guests continually praise the staff at EcoCamp Patagonia – especially the guides.
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Next:Soneva Fushi: Maldives
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Soneva Fushi: Maldives
Nestled in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Soneva Fushi recycles or reuses 90% of its waste thanks to facilities like Makers’ Place, a fully carbon neutral island studio that transforms plastic and aluminum into works of art, practical objects and building materials for new resort construction. Also of note is the resort’s glass recycling program: Soneva’s experienced team of glass specialists work with guests to create their own glass art to take home. All of the art you see in the on-site studio is made from recycled glass.
Previous guests rave about this resort, saying it’s like nothing else they’ve ever experienced. Soneva’s other properties in the Maldives (Soneva Jani) and Thailand (Soneva Kiri) are committed to ecotourism as well.
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Next:El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa: Taos, New Mexico
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El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa: Taos, New Mexico
Meanwhile, the Living Spa utilizes organic products and treatments to help you unwind. Next to the spa and pool, guests can relax in the hotel’s Biolariums, which are on-site greenhouses filled with vegetation and flowers. The resort also has a bar and a restaurant, both of which get particularly high praises.
Next:Post Ranch Inn: Big Sur, California
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Post Ranch Inn: Big Sur, California
The hotel grounds act as a habitat for the California red-legged frog, Smith’s blue butterfly and other endangered species. The property also provides ingredients used in meals at the on-site restaurant. Guests can explore the area with guided hiking tours, educational bird-watching experiences and outdoor yoga classes, or they can take one of the hotel’s hybrid Lexus vehicles to visit other nearby destinations. Recent guests rave about the Post Ranch Inn, particularly the accommodations and dining.
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Next:1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge: New York City
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1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge: New York City
Each guest room at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge features pieces made from reclaimed materials and offers plenty of natural light, as well as sustainably sourced bedding and filtered water taps. Much of the hotel’s furniture and art is made by local artisans. Recent reviews are mixed, though most guests agree the views from this hotel can’t be beat.
Beyond New York City, 1 Hotels has eco-conscious properties in other locations in the U.S. as well as Cabo San Lucas, London and China.
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Next:The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, Autograph Collection: Denver
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The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, Autograph Collection: Denver
Previous visitors compliment this hotel’s eco-friendly nature and rave about the hotel’s downtown Denver location, historic structure, elegant bars and afternoon tea offerings.
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Next:The Green House: England
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The Green House: England
Guests say The Green House is perfect for a romantic getaway (and, as such, is also a popular destination for weddings). Past visitors especially appreciate the friendly staff.
Next:Conscious Hotels: Netherlands
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Conscious Hotels: Netherlands
At the Conscious Hotel Vondelpark, the roof is a green sanctuary while the lobby features a living plant wall. Across town at the brand’s Museum Square location, you can rent sustainable Roetz bikes to explore Amsterdam’s top attractions. The Conscious Hotel Amsterdam City (The Tire Park) has solar panels on its roof. Another reason to love Conscious Hotels? For every direct booking, a tree (or several) is planted.
Next:Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort: Aruba
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Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort: Aruba
Beyond solar-powered heat and water-saving faucets, noteworthy practices include monthly beach cleanups with hotel staff and guests, donating uneaten food to local farmers, and bypassing all-inclusive rates so that guests dine locally (though breakfast is free each morning). Better yet, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort sponsors various animal welfare groups on the island. In addition to the hotel’s sustainability practices and amenities, guests say they appreciate how quiet the atmosphere is.
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Next:Pacuare Lodge: Costa Rica
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Pacuare Lodge: Costa Rica
Previous guests rave about the farm-to-table dining at Nairi Awari Restaurant, where a fully plant-based menu is available to vegetarians. Lodge activities range from hiking to waterfalls to relaxing with nature-inspired spa treatments at the Jawa Juü Spa to even meeting members of the Cabécar, the largest Indigenous culture in Costa Rica.
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Next:Lapa Rios Lodge: Costa Rica
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Lapa Rios Lodge: Costa Rica
Sustainability is also incorporated into the biodegradable bath amenities, ingredients sourced locally for meals served at the on-site restaurant, and the open-air bungalows featuring craftwork from local artisans. Located on the Osa Peninsula, Lapa Rios Lodge is also a top all-inclusive resort in Costa Rica.
Next:Cristalino Lodge: Brazil
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Cristalino Lodge: Brazil
Naturally ventilated accommodations with outdoor baths or showers and private gardens (in most) add to the lodge’s charm, as does the Brazilian cuisine. Recent guests rave about every aspect of this hotel, from the location to the wildlife viewing.
Next:Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve: South Africa
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Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve: South Africa
If you can’t get enough of the fresh air and unspoiled nature, opt for an Open Air Suite, where you can fall asleep under the starry sky. Recent guests agree the staff at Kagga Karma is top-notch.
Read: The Top African Safari Vacations
Next:Chobe Bakwena Lodge: Botswana
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Chobe Bakwena Lodge: Botswana
The lodge supports local businesses by featuring handmade decor and furniture throughout its interiors. Bike tours, village walks and other activities help guests learn about their surroundings. Travelers appreciate the lodge’s location inside Chobe National Park, with frequent elephant and hippo sightings; they also praise the staff.
Read: The Best Places to Visit in Africa
Next:Wildlife Retreat at Taronga: Australia
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Wildlife Retreat at Taronga: Australia
Additionally, the posh hotel complies with sustainable building standards, such as recycled water, solar power and low-energy appliances. While the wildlife is the highlight, guests also praise the service and food.
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Next:PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering: Singapore
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PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering: Singapore
All of the gardens, plants and waterfalls combined would equate to more than double the hotel’s land area. The hotel’s open-air hallways cut down on energy usage and promote ventilation. Additionally, guest rooms utilize water and lighting sensors to preserve energy, while the restaurants offer meat-free dishes and eco-friendly cocktails.
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Next:Six Senses Con Dao: Vietnam
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Six Senses Con Dao: Vietnam
To further protect the wildlife, the beaches and hotel grounds are kept plastic-free. To aid in this initiative, each guest receives a glass reusable water bottle upon arrival. Lodgers are also invited to participate in the hotel’s weekly English classes where they can help local children improve their language skills.
Read: The Best Places to Visit in Asia
Next:Olas Tulum: Mexico
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Olas Tulum: Mexico
Read: The Top Adults-Only All-Inclusive Resorts in Mexico
Next:Mas Salagros EcoResort: Spain
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Mas Salagros EcoResort: Spain
Hiking, organic cooking classes with the on-site chef and eco-friendly thermal baths are just some of the activities visitors can enjoy at Mas Salagros, though it’s the staff that stands out at this five-star hotel.
Next:ION Adventure Hotel: Iceland
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ION Adventure Hotel: Iceland
The neighboring Hengill volcanic mountain acts as a geothermal energy source to bring electricity and hot water to guests. Inside, furniture is made from rocks, reclaimed wood and recycled materials; the sinks are even made of recycled tires. Guests can enjoy local food, herbal bath amenities and access to tours with local guides who are experts on the land. While this is an eco-friendly hotel, recent guests note that it shouldn’t be confused for an adventure hotel with tons of activities.
Read: The Best Iceland Tours
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Updated on June 30, 2023: This slideshow was published at an earlier date and has been updated with new information.