REUSE, RECYCLE, RESTORE
Luxury resorts with shining eco-credentials can put a green halo on your next holiday. In Shanghai, the new Amanyangyun (www.aman.com/resorts/amanyangyun) resort sets new standards for conservation and restoration. Comprising Ming- and Qing-dynasty architecture, fused with minimalist yet luxe design by Kerry Hill Architects, the estate is nestled in a forest of over 10,000 trees – including a 1,000-year-old Emperor tree. The most amazing part: Each tree and brick in the restored buildings was painstakingly relocated from rural Fuzhou, 700km away from Shanghai. That takes dedication – and about 10 years. Also a decade in the making is actor and climate-change campaigner Leonardo DiCaprio’s wellness-focused eco-resort Blackadore Caye (www. restorativeislands.com /blackadore-caye/). The Belize private island, which is rumoured to open late this year or early next year, will be completely powered by solar energy, and aims to have net-zero water usage, and be free of plastic and pesticide. Sitting behind the world’s second-largest barrier reef, the 42ha estate is designed to even improve the natural environment around it.