When visiting a picturesque destination, you want to be sure that future travelers will be able to equally enjoy a lovingly maintained, awe-inspiring landscape. Hotels throughout the world recognize the need to be green, so many have adopted recycling, sustainable energy, and preservation initiatives that make them stand out from the rest. Consider visiting one of the eco-focused hotels that appear on our 2014 Fodor's 100 list for a trip that's both luxurious and environmentally conscious.
By Megan Suckut
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
WHERE: South Africa
For travelers with the utmost seclusion in mind, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, located on 2,500 acres overlooking Walker Bay, will provide just that. Guests in the posh suites have private sundecks from which they can view endless mountains and the ocean, where Southern Right whales can be spotted in early spring. Rest easy knowing the reserve's foundation works to educate the community with sustainable living initiatives.
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As Brazil's first eco-design resort, Kenoa is serious about preserving both nature and local culture, from the mud-plastered walls to the sink basins carved from fallen trees. Still, it manages to serve up high-end luxury, with a private white sand beach, an infinity pool, and an excellent spa. The dining room features gourmet twists on classic Portuguese cuisine, priced well for a luxury resort.
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O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat
Tucked into the subtropical rainforests of Lamington National Park, O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Villa & Lost World Spa is a resort with something for everybody. Adventurers will be delighted by the eco-activities in the Discovery Program, from zip-lining to the famous after-dark glow worm tour, and rejuvenation-seekers will enjoy the breathtaking mountain views and the nature-inspired spa services.
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Song Saa Private Island
At Song Saa Private Island, guests have the option of staying in jungle villas, ocean view villas, or villas over water, each with their own private pools. The waters surrounding the two islands of Song Saa are part of a marine park, and the resort has a matching commitment to maintain its gorgeous surroundings. Guests can enjoy the environment-inspired dining options in many different spots around the islands.
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Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge
A luxurious resort located just off the Rio Negro in the Brazilian Amazon, Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge offers prime wildlife viewing spots, as well as comfortable, air-conditioned rooms and porches adorned with hammocks. All meals are included, so experience local cuisine and great service, and be sure to go on one of the daily excursions, ranging from swimming with dolphins to hiking through the forest.
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Nisbet Plantation Beach Club
With yellow beach-view cottages, a croquet lawn, and an avenue of palms, Nisbet Plantation Beach Club has all the elements of a memorable Caribbean beach getaway. Friendly and sustainable, the resort offers diverse recreational activities as well as three beautiful dining options and a deck bar where guests can get their cocktails with a side of stunning sunset views.
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WHERE: New Zealand
The four suites at Waipoua Lodge offer friendly service, sweeping views of the gardens and the Waipoua Forest, and peaceful seclusion. Enjoy a la carte meals with high quality produce, and learn how to cook them yourself with a self-paced cooking class. The lodge is nearby one of the only areas where you can take a guided Maori twilight walk to catch a glimpse of kiwi birds in their native habitat.
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