Striking a balance between luxury and earth conscious travel can be challenging. Travel is a notorious offender when it comes to environmental impact. Long-haul flights aren’t exactly saving the planet but isn’t it true our days are brighter, and more productive after a relaxing getaway? Focusing on sustainable lodging is one way to combat the adverse facets of travel but at these bucket-list-worthy and environment-friendly hotels you can go green around the world without sacrificing an ounce of the glam and comfort.

Soneva Kiri
Koh Kood, Thailand

Soneva Kiri is the epitome of eco-friendly elegance. Arrive on the private island after just a one-hour flight from Bangkok, where a large luxury villa awaits you. At Soneva Kiri, it’s 100 percent luxury meets adventure. There’s a waterslide, private pool, and your own electric golf cart for getting around the sprawling resort. Built with the environment in mind from the start, the villas are made from locally-sourced sustainable materials. Even the sumptuous bed sheets are organic. They compost and recycle water on-site. On top of stellar material choices, Soneva Kiri has a program dedicated to auditing their supply chain for environmental impact.

With a motto of, “No News, No Shoes,” the resort encourages guests to reconnect with nature and immerse themselves in the pristine jungle surroundings. And it’s never been easier to put away your phone and embrace a greener lifestyle when you have access to everything from private snorkel tours, and waterfall hikes to a chocolate room and an open-air cinema right outside your door.

Simien Mountains, Ethiopia

Set high in the stunning Simien Mountains, this boutique 12-room lodge’s dramatic views alone make it worth the visit — not to mention the rich wildlife that includes gelada monkeys, hyenas, and ibex. The buildings on the property are constructed using rammed earth, which is a technique for constructing foundations, floors, and walls using natural raw materials such as earth, chalk, lime, or gravel. At LimaLimo, eye-catching wood and thatch is used prevalently. When it comes to preserving our planet’s water source, LimaLimo has ensured each building has its own rainwater harvesting system. Energy comes from renewable sources, and wastewater is recycled and reused. But that doesn’t stop this property from feeling chic and modern via its clean and simple design aesthetic.

The lodge has no internet, which encourages guests to take a complete break from the outside world. While activities do include champagne breakfasts and luxury picnic lunches, visitors are also encouraged to connect with locals. Guests can head to rural Ethiopian villages to absorb traditions such as a coffee ceremony, or to take part in the Pack for a Purpose initiative — helping bring essential medical care to remote villages.

Islas Secas
Gulf of Chiriqui, Panama

Opened in January 2019, this unique property spans 14 volcanic islands outside of a protected marine park with unmatched diving and snorkeling adventure. With just nine luxury guest rooms spread across the verdant landscape, three-quarters of the archipelago have been left undeveloped. The exclusive new retreat, built from certified sustainable wood, combines old-world elegance with laid-back beach vibes and allows guests to take part in once-in-a-lifetime experiences like whale watching, swimming among bottlenose dolphins, and spotting the Coiba Island howler monkeys.

Incredibly, all of the property’s energy is powered by a large solar array, and all food waste is composted and reused as fertilizer. They also reuse wastewater for irrigation and are working to eliminate all single-use plastics. Travelers will want to take part in the Naturalist Tours that Islas Secas offers, where a knowledgeable guide can highlight the diverse wildlife found on the islands.

Six Senses Fiji
Malolo Island, Fiji

Surrounded by cerulean waters and sugary white-sand beaches, Six Senses Fiji is a tropical paradise featuring private pool villas and residences that range from two to five bedrooms. Guests can take a dip in their own private plunge pool, enjoy the waves with a PADI course, or visit a Wellness Village for spa treatments and yoga. Consistent with the Six Senses brand, the Fiji resort seeks to offset its carbon footprint wherever it can. This luxurious property is home to one of the largest off-grid solar installations in the Southern Hemisphere that uses Tesla batteries. In another effort to cut back on waste, visitors are also provided reusable glass water bottles, and the resort has created its own Recycling Corner.

Here, guests can spend the perfect day island hopping and enjoying the sea breeze. The property’s restaurant takes on traditional Fijian food with modern touches, using organic, locally-sourced ingredients, including many from the property’s herb garden and farm.

Inn by the Sea
Maine, USA

This charming coastal getaway located in close vicinity to Portland, Maine features artfully decorated suites. The rooms include full kitchens, oversized bathtubs that practically beg for bubbles, and private outdoor decks and balconies with ocean views — all of which guests access using green recycled paper key cards. Inspired by its natural setting, the Inn gardens are a designated wildlife habitat and home to a myriad of local animals.

The room amenities are not only all-natural, but also made in the U.S, and their sheet and towel program helps fund habitat restoration for animals like rabbits and monarch butterflies. The delectable on-site restaurant, Sea Glass, sources fresh, local ingredients and produce from nearby farms. Don’t miss out on trying the famous Lobster Tacos.

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