10 Sustainable Hotels That Embody Eco-Luxury

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Nayara Tented Camp (Costa Rica)

The vibe: Snuggled in the rainforest, with views that stretch all the way to the Arenal volcano, Nayara Tented Camp is everything you want from a Costa Rican hotel. Safari-style canvas tents boast multiple rooms, outdoor showers and canopy-level private terraces. Hot spring-fed pools are surrounded by lush terrain, and if you’re lucky you might even spot one of the sloths who call this idyllic spot home. The surrounding rainforest is full of nature trails and if you’re feeling extra adventurous you can even hike the volcano.

Hotel Terra Jackson Hole

The vibe: Hotel Terra is a boutique ski hotel with year-round appeal, offering world class skiing at Jackson Hole Resort in the winter and hiking in the Grand Tetons National Park in the summer. When you get back from a day of adventures you’ll be greeted with roaring fireplaces and plush sofas indoors, or a heated infinity pool and bubbling rooftop hot tub outdoors.

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica (Peru)

The vibe: If you’ve always wanted to visit the world’s biggest rainforest, but the thought of roughing it puts you off, then the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is the place for you. Set in the Peruvian Amazon, adjacent from the Tambopata National Reserve, the hotel’s thatched-roof cabañas feature siesta-friendly hammocks, eco toiletries and plush bathrobes. Plus, jungle essentials like mosquito nets, flashlights and umbrellas. All your Amazonian adventures are included here, from nighttime rainforest hikes to bird spotting from the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway — an elevated bridge system among the treetops.

1 Hotel South Beach

The Vibe: A stone’s throw from the Bass Museum and occupying an entire block of Collins Avenue, the 1 Hotel South Beach is a zen retreat in the heart of Miami’s buzziest neighborhood. The aesthetic is best described as beachy, with decor made from salvaged wood and coral stone in pale shades of grey and blue which complement sweeping views of the ocean. The 1 Hotel South Beach also has possibly the most gorgeous poolscape in the entire city — an elevated plaza with meticulously arranged furniture, which puts the deep blue horizon at eye-level.

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Ion Adventure Hotel (Iceland)

The vibe: Less than an hour from the bustle of Reykjavík, set against the otherworldly backdrop of lava fields, the Ion Adventure Hotel is aptly positioned for access to Iceland’s most famous natural sights. It’s also aptly designed to give you as much exposure to Iceland’s inimitable landscape as possible, with floor-to-ceiling windows to view the northern lights. Head out to explore the nearby Golden Circle route — a triad of stunning locations — then come back and relax in Ion’s Lava Spa.

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Olas Tulum (Mexico)

The vibe: Housed inside the oldest building on Tulum beach — the former residence of Austrian engineer Carlos Schober — Olas Tulum was designed to work harmoniously with its natural surroundings from the very beginning. The interiors are in-keeping with the Tulum aesthetic — neutral-hued linens and wood furniture with heaps of natural light — and right on the doorstep you’ll access the mesmerizingly perfect beach. Tucked away at the end of the beach road, next to the biosphere reserve, Olas is the go-to hotel for travelers who value placidity over parties.

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Maslina Resort (Croatia)

The vibe: Wellness takes center stage at boutique Maslina Resort — both for the guests and the local environment. Dip into fitness and yoga classes during your stay or opt for an immersive wellness program to aid stress management or a “vitality education” to help you learn and retain better health habits. Hvar island itself is known for its bustling party atmosphere, but Maslina is tucked away in a quiet enclave so you can set the tone of your vacation according to your mood — sundowners with the yacht crowd or a peaceful evening yoga session overlooking the bay of Maslinica.

Native Eco Villas (Greece)

The vibe: If you’re leaning towards vacation rentals at the moment, consider booking Native Eco Villas. Comprised of three villas, each designed in typical Santorini fashion with domed roofs, arched doorways and whitewashed walls, Native Eco Villas feels like a quintessential Greek island getaway. The interiors are elegant, minimal and often encompass local materials like sea grass, linen and teak — the kind of place where there are plenty of comfy nooks to nap or curl up with a book and a glass of wine — but it’s the rooftop views that really stun, especially at sunset while soaking in a jacuzzi.

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Zapata Ranch (Colorado)

The Vibe: Pack your cowboy boots for a trip to Zapata Ranch. Situated in a particularly pristine area of southern Colorado, on the border of Great Sand Dunes National Park, this conservation-conscious ranch offers guests horseback riding and nature programs with their stay. Ride alongside a herd of bison, spend the day shadowing wranglers and ranch staff or hike the Sangre de Cristo Mountains before returning to a locally-sourced meal (sometimes featuring Zapata’s own bison meat) and your cozy room at the ranch’s historic 17-bedroom lodge.

GoldenEye (Jamaica)

The vibe: To say GoldenEye has a storied history is an understatement. Created in the 1940s by James Bond author Ian Fleming, this Jamaican coastal retreat has attracted prime ministers, actors, musicians and writers over the years. The hotel is now owned by Island Records founder, Chris Blackwell, who built on Fleming’s original villa with an ensemble of cottages and huts, all centered around a beautiful lagoon. Each lodging is slightly different, but all have special touches like outdoor showers, Blackwell Rum and hand-dyed batik robes.

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