from ecological recovery to eco-conscious architecture, 4 ultra-luxurious eco-conscious resorts are leading the way for eco-conscious travel. From the Seychelles to Puerto Rico, take a look at 4 luxury eco-resorts that really do everything to protect Mother Earth – and make for an incredible stay.
The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico
Nestled on 483 acres of unspoiled nature between the El Yunque National Forest and the EspÃritu Santo River State Preserve, The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort is a natural paradise and the first and only certified Gold Audubon Signature Sanctuary in the Caribbean. With over 65% of the property, which has been preserved as green spaces, protected areas and nature trails, it meets the highest standards of sustainability and nature conservation.
To earn Gold Audubon International Signature Sanctuary certification, the resort has implemented a natural resource management plan that includes wildlife protection and habitat improvement, water quality monitoring, integrated pest control, water conservation, energy efficiency and waste management.
In addition, the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort has set up a nursery to provide the area with the reforestation of plants and trees. Covering approximately 2.4 hectares and equipped with cutting edge technology focused on the production of native, naturalized and horticultural plants, the nursery has produced more than 80% of the resort’s planted species.
The resort also has a group of professionals known as the “green team” consisting of an ecologist, two agronomists and a landscape architect, all under the direction of Marcela CaÃ±on, a marine biologist who has experience with conservation of protected areas and wetlands has management, environmental education and public relations, ecological recreation and project management.
With Marcela, the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort has created numerous programs to preserve the natural environment, including the protection of sea turtles and manatees, energy and material efficiency and green building, which makes it one of our most popular luxury eco-resorts.
The green team can take guests on special nature tours, kayaking, and hiking through the El Yunque National Forest to discover the surrounding ecology and learn more about the local wildlife.
Vik Chile, Millahue Valley, Chile
Vik Chile, a stunning retreat, and the remarkable VIK Vineyard and Winery are the foundation of VIK, which sits on 11,000 acres in the beautiful Millahue Valley.
Sustainability and holism are integral parts of every element at VIK and have been integrated into the overall vision of the property, from the design to the culinary offer. Vik Chile, the avant-garde retreat and wine spa, works in an environmentally conscious manner through its extensive use of water collection and recycling, innovative solar technologies, intelligent energy efficiency systems and green architecture.
Puro Vik, the newest accommodation category, consists of 7 individual glass houses that float directly below Vik Chile in the breathtaking nature and the vineyards of the Chilean Millahue Valley. The roofs of Puro Vik are covered with wild grass or solar panels, depending on the exposure of each house, to minimize energy needs by maximizing natural resources.
Working in partnership with Vik Chile, the VIK Winery has been carefully designed to have minimal impact on the surrounding landscape. Its primary architectural element is the uniquely transparent, stretched fabric roof that allows natural sunlight to penetrate through the winery can work without artificial lighting.
Most of the building is underground to naturally cool the wine during the winemaking process using the valley’s natural thermal amplitude. VIK’s viticulture and viticulture management is inspired by its commitment to holism and care for the environment.
It prioritizes natural processes that are in harmony with nature and works individually to optimize natural resources efficiently.VIK is also very careful to soften, recover and improve the natural landscape and is a member of the Chilean wine climate change and biodiversity program, which is committed to the preservation of the indigenous forest, flora and fauna.
Vik Chile also contributes to the natural environment through the property’s organic garden, where the team grows 250 different types of fruit, vegetables and herbs throughout the year. Through the organic garden, they are able to preserve plant varieties by reproducing them, harvesting the seeds and sharing these seeds with other local growers and those interested in nature conservation. Visitors are invited to join the team in harvesting and cooking, and enjoying the vibrant cuisine of the entire property, making it one of the most exciting luxury eco-resorts around.
North Island, a Luxury Collection Resort, Seychelles
Located between the inner granite islands of the Seychelles, North Island, a Luxury Collection Resort, Seychelles, is a fertile paradise. The islands are known as “laboratories of evolution” and the biodiversity of the North Island is living proof of this.
The resort has an on-site environmental team who lead the Noah’s Ark conservation and island rehabilitation program. At the same time as creating a world-class ecotourism destination, the property has worked hard to return North Island to its former glory.
To become a completely plastic-free island, North Island, a Luxury Collection Resort, banned single-use plastic straws and only uses environmentally friendly compostable food containers for activities across the island. This is on top of strict waste management processes including extensive recycling, gray water systems and the resort’s own sustainable water bottling facility.
To keep the North Island’s private beaches pristine, local environmentalists and ecotourists go on the beach patrol every morning to collect any debris carried by the trade winds while they look for nesting sea turtles. The resort is committed to removing these items and ensuring they are put in the correct recycling routes to ensure they don’t end up in the oceans again, making it one of our most popular luxury eco-resorts.
The North Island’s beach protection over the past two decades has protected the nesting sites of the critically endangered hawksbill turtles and the critically endangered green sea turtles, significantly increasing the number of turtles using the island.
ZadÃºn, a Ritz-Carlton reservation, Los Cabos, Mexico
ZadÃºn is one of only five hotels in the Ritz-Carlton Reserve portfolio – a collection of resorts in rare and exotic destinations.
Sustainability is an important pillar of the ZadÃºn experience. Through ZadÃºn’s environmental ambassador program, they focus on making a positive impact on guests and the natural environment. Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Environmental Ambassadors inspire guests to connect with the world around them in the hope that they will work to preserve it for future generations.
The program in ZadÃºn illuminates the natural habitats of Baja California Sur through immersive experiences for children, adults and families. ZadÃºn also uses paper water bottles in the rooms, dispenses with plastic bags in the guest room, recently started a composting program and much more.
Intended as a celebration of Mexico’s vibrant culture and rich natural habitats, ZadÃºn celebrates and works to protect its stunning surroundings, making it one of our most popular luxury eco-resorts.