Eco-Friendly Travel Meets Luxury Accommodations

Traveling can be one of the most rewarding experiences—you learn more about yourself while deep-diving into a new culture and landscape. Unfortunately, travel takes a toll on the environment—but there is some good news: more and more hotels are becoming LEED certified and acting sustainably!

These are some of our current favorite sustainable resorts that we’ve added to our dream boards for future romantic getaways or relaxing excursions. You won’t have to feel guilty taking some time for yourself because you will be respecting the planet and local culture in the process. We’ve done the heavy lifting and picked the perfect sustainable vacation locations so all you have to do is book and bring your favorite summer read!

1. Playa Viva Mexico

Where To Find It | Acapulco, Mexico
Price | $$$

Why We Love It | Your backyard treehouse just got a major eco-friendly upgrade at Playa Viva Mexico. Their motto is “where local vacation meets your values” and not only will you have the fun-in-the-sun vacation but also know that Playa Viva Mexico is doing their part to help the natural surroundings.

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2. The Inn at Dos Brisas 

Where To Find It | Houston, TX
Price | $$$

Why We Love It | A relaxing resort for the cowboy at heart. Find solace in the rolling hills and by going on horseback rides through the countryside, coming back to a five star dinner made from organic produce from their gardens and greenhouse. They will even give you lessons on how to start your own flourishing organic garden at home.

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3. Bardessono

Where To Find It | Napa Valley, CA
Price | $$$$

Why We Love It | Have a relaxing getaway filled with the ultimate indulgences at Bardessono right around the corner from The French Laundry in Yountville, California. Rest easy in elegance knowing that Bardessono is platinum LEED-certified and strives to be completely transparent with their accommodations. 

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4. Campi ya Kanzi

Where To Find It | Mtito Andei, Kenya
Price | $$$$

Why We Love It | Calling all Hemingway readers: you, too can experience the Green Hills of Africa that he did at Campi ya Kanzi. Spanning over 283,000 acres of preserved wilderness, you will feel completely surrounded and at home in nature. From using solar panels and local materials, Campi ya Kanzi has a zero carbon footprint.

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5. Spity Hotel

Where To Find It | Nice, France
Price | $$

Why We Love It | The Spity Hotel shows that being eco-friendly and modern design can go hand in hand. Everything in the building of the hotel is sustainably sourced, and each room is unique with high-tech features and beautiful ocean views. With colorful funky interior the Spity Hotel will have your creative juices flowing. 

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6. Awasi Patagonia

Where To Find It | Torres del Paine, Chile
Price | $$$$

Why We Love It | Explore the ends of the earth and be amazed with all the world has to offer when staying at Awasi Patagonia Lodge. For the more adventurous, go hiking through the Torres del Paine mountain range and see the wildlife up close; or simply hang back and enjoy the views from your five-star room. We especially love that the Awasi Lodge has set up a foundation to protect the local puma population.

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7. Trisara

Where To Find It | Phuket, Thailand
Price | $$$$

Why We Love It | Maybe because this hotel shares my name, but I am already sold on it. I mean it could also be the pristine sandy beaches of the Andaman Sea, century old ficus tree the resort is centered around, or luxury spa on-site, but I am already planning my trip. Trisara catches rainwater for use throughout the grounds and gardens and strives to preserve the natural surroundings. 

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So book your flight and unplug, doctors orders! 


Sarah Spoljaric is a California girl through and through. She has a BA in World History from one of the top 10 greenest campuses in the world; The University of California, Merced and is a Content Curator for the visual travel app Trepic. She has a background in museum curating, loves reading women’s travel journals and is in search of the perfect IPA. She’s passionate about exploring this beautiful world that ethically-produced goods help to protect. Say hi on Instagram!