Top 5 Eco Retreats – Travel green without sacrificing comfort

From rustic cabins in the forest to contemporary digs in the city, these green properties allow travelers to be environmentally conscious, while enjoying incredibly unique and beautiful places to stay.

1| Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort / www.hamanasi.com

Set on 21 acres of coastal forest, this eco-resort’s green practices ensure that nothing goes to waste, from composting all vegetable and fruit scraps to using old linens as cleaning rags. In addition, the resort’s dive adventures educate guests on how to minimize the negative impact of human contact with the environment.

Where: Hopkins, Belize Average / Average Nightly Rate: $245

 

2| Hotel Terra Jackson Hole / www.hotelterrajacksonhole.com

Eco-friendly elements abound in the Hotel Terra, literally from floor (environmentally-friendly carpets) to ceiling (recycled roof shingles). Organic linens, low-flow toilets and solar powered faucets can all be found in guest rooms, and even relaxation is green here, with organic spa products, and 100% natural mattresses made from recycled and organic materials.

Where: Teton Village, Wyoming / Average Nightly Rate: $371.

 

3| La Cusinga Eco Lodge / www.lacusingalodge.com

While stunning views of the Pacific are reason enough to visit La Cusinga Eco Lodge, its eco-friendly programs and commitment to conservation make it all the more appealing. Set in the rainforest, the eco-lodge’s electricity is generated by solar and hydropower, and the water is heated by the Costa Rican sun. Buildings are constructed from re-forested wood and local materials, and rely on natural air currents to cool them.

Where: Uvita, Costa Rica / Average Nightly Rate: $166.

 

4| Morgan’s Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge / www.morgansrock.com

It’s all about trees at Morgan’s Rock, one and a half million planted trees to be exact, to help reduce forest destruction, and provide a home for wildlife. When the lodge was constructed, extra wood was used to build furniture in the rooms, and trees on the property are allowed to grow naturally, with some even growing through the cabin roofs.

Where: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua  / Average Nightly Rate: $257.

 

5| The Ambrose Hotel / www.ambrosehotel.com

The first hotel in the U.S. to receive the United States Green Building Council’s LEED Silver Certification, the Ambrose Hotel has put green practices in place all over the property, including composting, cleaning guest rooms with eco-friendly products, and recycling.

Where: Santa Monica, California / Average Nightly Rate: $242

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