It turns out that giving up some things is easier than giving up others. For example, eco-friendly living requires people to stop using plastic sandwich bags, cleaning supplies made with harmful ingredients, dryer sheets, etc. Vacations, on the other hand, make it much harder to control these factors—even though we know the tourism and travel industry can put a real strain on our planet.
Thankfully, there are some very good ways to ensure we are taking more sustainable trips, and one of those ways is by staying in an eco-friendly hotel. Booking a stay at one of the following resorts can make your travel more sustainable without having to sacrifice all the priceless vacation memories.
Playa Viva – An Eco-friendly Resort in Guerrero, Mexico
From its 100% off-grid solar power system to water conservation measures, this sustainable boutique hotel is committed to regenerative practices. Travelers can book a stay in the resort’s treehouses, suites, or even private casitas. Those who like enjoying garden-to-table meals, practicing yoga on the beach, and volunteering in the turtle sanctuary, will fall in love with this little piece of heaven.
Mountfair Resort Farm in Crozet, Virginia
Mountfair Resort Farm is home to ten different cottages and it is located on 129 acres at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Visitors can enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing, canoeing, and hiking. In addition to allowing travelers to experience nature, the resort is committed to green practices like composting, recycling, and using sustainably-harvested lumber.
Island Outpost in Jamaica
Strawberry Hill, Golden Eye, and The Caves – these are the properties included in the Island Outpost. Each location is committed to locally sourcing food in order to support small farmers, minimizing waste through various sustainability programs, preserving Jamaica’s marine ecosystems by fighting overfishing and coral reef destruction, and supporting local foundations and communities through job creation and youth education.
Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort in Oranjestad, Aruba
This adults-only resort, which sits on a 14-acre stretch of white sand, offers romantic stays and breathtaking beach views. It’s the first CarbonNeutral resort hotel in North America and it’s also incredibly eco-friendly. Travelers choose it for low-impact luxury.