If you’re environmentally conscious, you probably won’t mind sacrificing a little luxury lodging for a run-of-the-mill mosquito ridden inn. After all, if you can help save mother earth, the sacrifice is all worth it. That was several years ago, though. Now, you don’t have to camp out just to have a guilt-free summer getaway. A green vacation is possible while enjoying high-end facilities and first-class services as well.

There’s a new breed of hotels and they’re aptly tagged “eco-chic”. Now, you can enjoy the best amenities without harming the planet. Below is a list of the hottest eco-chic hotels and resorts around the world.

Costa Rica: Monte Azul Hotel and Center for Fine Arts

Costa Rica is already a known pioneer of eco-tourism, however, the set up as Monte Azul Hotel seems to beg for some redefinition. Here, the hotel’s friends and neighbors seem to give it what it needs. You can find anything just across the road: from organic vegetables to fresh milk to eggs and perfectly aged steak.

The people at the hotel grow these products themselves and can be sure that you’re not supporting a capitalistic cause by using the hotel’s soap or enjoying its homegrown coffee and artisanal bread. It’s been labeled “funky” and “charming” by a lot of reviewers, what with its earth-toned casitas. The eco-resort is just off the bank of the Chirripo hotel and even resembles the Palm Springs in the 1950s.

This is the best eco-hotel for you if you enjoy looking at the forest-laced mountains from the comfort of your own room. You can even take trips on foot to heart of the hotel, which is the Casa Palo Alto. This is a two-suite building made from local dark wood and overlooking the 125-acre private preserve which is in turn a short distance from the majestic river.

Pescadero, Baja, Mexico: Rancho Pescadero

Although it’s pretty challenging to get here (it sits at the end of twisting roads with steep drops), you’ll be pleasantly rewarded once you reach the 12-suite eco-hotel. Rancho Pescadero is six miles off Todos Santos, sitting on a prime piece of land at the Pacific coast. You’ll get the best view of surfers, whales, and a whole lot of nature. Aside from lounging at its pool, you can also take part in yoga classes, ride bikes, and stargaze.

This is the best place to be in if you need to relax. The laidback atmosphere will make you think that time if going by pretty slowly. While partygoers might be bored, those who just want to rest will find the resort heavenly. The staff also knows how to take care of its guests. They take service very seriously and they try to meet all of the guests’ requests. You can ask for surfing lessons, or even for dishes that aren’t even on the menu.

The guest rooms are minimalist and Mexican in style. Reviewers find it sophisticated enough although everything is really kept very simple. The canopies, soft colors, and floor to ceiling terrace doors welcome you and let you enjoy the sprawling views of the ocean. You can sleep till noon if the surfers and the crows don’t wake you up. While it may seem rustic, the hotel has wifi, a bar/lounge, and a spa. You’ll be treated here like royalty.

Hadahaa, Maldives: Alila Villas

It can be a pretty long trip to this eco-resort, but the indulgent but environmentally-friendly resort is worth the effort. Its tide-blue pool is full of starfishes and it has an electric-blue lagoon with a coral-reef rich with varieties of tropical fish. The entire resort consists of 50 villas, 20 of which have their own private pools. 14 of them are built over the water with vast sundecks and angled timber roofs which keep everything cool.

You don’t have to worry about getting a tummy-ache here because you’ll be provided with a recycled-glass bottle of purified water from the hotel. The hosts are very attentive, and they run flower-filled baths for tired travelers. They can also arrange the flight schedules for you and would happily recommend accommodations for you while you’re in the island.

Diving enthusiasts would probably also want to explore the central lagoon. This drops up to 300 feet and teeming with beautiful marine life. If you want to look into the culture of the island on land, you can also avail of the Journeys by Alila. This is a guided tour which will take you to farmers in Maldives and other artisans. For the nature lovers, the journey could include an educational tour about the formation of the atolls.

New South Wales, Australia: Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa

If you want to stay in a resort which would impress even Charles Darwin himself if he were still alive, you should got to Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa. This $112 million property was built mainly to conserve 4,000 acres of wildlife. Surrounded by the Great Blue Mountains, this area is definitely every nature-lover’s paradise. You can explore eucalyptus forests, ancient flora, marsupials, and even sandstone outcrops.

What’s best is that it’s only three hours away from Sydney. Within the boundaries of the resort, they’ve planted massive volumes of trees to augment the natural beauty of the area. The million-dollar program aims to bring back the condition of the land years before ranchers moved in.

While it will probably cost an arm and a leg just to stay here for two nights and three days, your money will be well spent for the cause. They use recycled materials here every which way they can, and even the showers are powered by rainfall. If you do save enough money to visit the place, you can enjoy numerous activities including horse treks and mountain biking.
Horse treks are only recommended for experienced riders, though, as he terrain can be pretty challenging. You don’t have to be a professional horse rider to enjoy the resort. It’s worth all your money just to relax at one of its idyllic spots and absorb nature. The resort guests testify that it helps rejuvenate the soul.

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