If you're concerned about your ecological footprint while vacationing around the world, worry no longer. Pictured here is a luxury suite on Kangaroo Island at the Southern Ocean Lodge, Australia, which boasts impressive, environmentally-friendly construction, not to mention an elegant minimalism that blends into the landscape of the island. Browse through some of the most impressive luxury accommodations for the elite, ecologically-responsible, world traveler.
Trancoso, Brazil had become the new hotspot for luxury lovers looking to escape the crowds that flock to the major cities of Rio and S„u Paulo. The newly opened UXUA Casa Hotel used local labor in each of its elegantly appointed casas that are walking distance to the beach. All of the materials used are recycled or organic and help enhance the natural beauty of the region. The property features a pool house made from a recycled fishing boat, as well as private spas and pools.
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Jungle Bay Resort & Spa, Dominica
In the Caribbean, head to Dominica, the largest of the Windward Islands and stay at the Jungle Bay Resort and Spa. Jungle Bay seeks to enhance the natural environment in a healthy and sustainable way, according to the guidelines set by The International Ecotourism Society (TIES). To that end, Jungle Bay offers elegant nature-based experiences for its guests. Relax in the spa that is high up on a cliff to afford jungle and ocean views or practice yoga with one of the hotel's expert yogis. Explore the rocky beach and swim in the healing waters of the nearby White River.
Soneva Kiri, Thailand
Soneva Kiri by Six Senses is located on the remote Thai island of Kood. The "Intelligent Luxury" resort is set amidst lush tropical rainforest and bordered by beautiful sandy beaches. Each guest is escorted to the resort by means of an electric buggy after being flown to the exclusive island. Accommodations at the resort are all environmentally responsible and unique to serve personal tastes. The exclusive Eco-Villa is on track with Six Senses plan to become zero emissions as it continues to create environmentally friendly luxurious vacations. Dining at Soneva Kiri is also a unique experience, including a dining pod that is hoisted into the trees.
Fiji's Premier Eco Adventure Resort, Matava appeals to the sense of adventure. Designed to seamlessly blend in with the environment, Matava is located close to the Great Astrolabe Reef, allowing guests an opportunity to indulge in a variety of water activities, including: scuba dive in Fiji , snorkel, surf , fish, kayak. Stay in a traditional thatched Fijian bure and enjoy eco-friendly Solar Hot Water system in private facilities that pay homage to the natural beauty of your surroundings. Indulge in ocean views while enjoying a stunning array of local and international cuisine, fresh from Fiji's clear waters and the resort's own organic garden.
Pafuri Camp, South Africa
If you've ever wanted to go on safari, without relinquishing the luxury of an upscale resort, Pafuri Camp in South Africa is the way to do it. Pafuri Camp helps sustain the local economy as well as protects and reestablishes the local animal community. Visit a replica of a traditional village, see the animals of the region and enjoy food cooked by trained chefs all in the same exciting day. During the hot times of day, take a dip in one of the resort's pools, one of which overlooks the river. For a chance to get up close and personal with Africa, Pafuri Camp provides elegance and excitement.
Southern Ocean Lodge, Australia
Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island, Australia is one of the luxury offerings from entrepreneurial husband and wife team James & Hayley Baillie. Located on a coastal national park, Southern Ocean Lodge combines the ultimate in creature comforts while allowing guests to get up close and personal with the local creatures and wildlife. Enjoy world-class cuisine and experience Australia's own Galapagos in "zoo without fences," featuring daily guided excursions. Even as you experience the natural world, touches of luxury abound, from the eco-chic design of the lodge to the luxurious comforts in each of the resort's 21 exclusively designed suites.
Les Cygnes , France
In the heart of Poitou-Charentes, France lies the luxurious Les Cygnes property. Guests have the opportunity to stay in well-appointed "gites." Les Cygnes takes their eco-responsibility seriously, offering guests the opportunity to offset their travel with carbon credits. Each gite is large enough to accommodate a family and is self-contained, allowing guests to feel at home. Guests can enjoy the second sunniest area in France by exploring ancient castles or swimming in the resort's salt-water pool. The fully equipped games room can provide entertainment for hours, as can exploring the nearby village, castle, gardens and fields.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, Canada
In remote Canada, you can experience Clayoquot Wilderness Resort. The perfect getaway for couples or families, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort provides great big tents suitable for camping along with luxuriously soft beds. The resort provides a host of programs to keep visitors of all ages entertained as they learn about the importance of conservation in the great outdoors. Open only from mid May to the end of September, the premier eco-safari destination is a grown-up version of a childhood dream, providing luxury alongside the rough and tumble dense brush of Canada. Only the unique Clayoquot Wilderness Resort allows guests to experience the indulgence of a massage in a camping tent.
Centro Ecologico Sian Ka'an, Mexico
South of Cancun, located on the Caribbean Coast of Mexico, near the Mayan Ruins of Tulum lies Centro Ecologico Sian Ka'an (CESiaK). Experience the natural beauty of the historical region as you indulge in all things luxury, from elegant and uniquely furnished accommodations to fine dining experiences. CESiaK is a model for sustainable development projects, and revenue generated from the plethora of activities the resort goes to fund conservation and education programs within the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. Tourists to the region have the opportunity to explore ancient ruins as well as experience all of the colorful flora and fauna indigenous to the region while protecting the environment.