Thanks to the new gen of eco-friendly ho­tels, sav­ing the planet has never felt so lux­u­ri­ous.

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cli­mate change is le­git. So, too, is woman’s need for a lux­ury va­ca­tion. En­ter the ul­ti­mate fu­sion: eco-friendly spots that blend a min­i­mal en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print with max­i­mum in­dul­gence. The only thing that could make these five prop­er­ties bet­ter is an ap­pear­ance by the high priest of the planet-friendly rev­o­lu­tion him­self, Leonardo DiCaprio.


If you’ve ever wanted to cross “Tree­top yoga class with Si­enna Miller’s and Ger­ard But­ler’s go-to yogi” off your bucket list, this is the spot for you. Guests at this in­ti­mate re­sort—which is in the jun­gle on Kog­gala Lake, on the coun­try’s south­ern coast—get a per­son­al­ized yoga itin­er­ary. That means you can down­ward dog as much as you want be­tween the cus­tom­ized Ayurvedic mas­sages and luxe treat­ments of­fered at the on-site spa. ECO

CRED Be­fore con­struc­tion, the ho­tel com­mis­sioned a bio­di­ver­sity re­port to en­sure that the re­sort would have as small an im­pact as pos­si­ble on lo­cal flora and fauna. Builders used dis­carded cin­na­mon bark from nearby plan­ta­tions for the fa­cade of the chic wa­ter tower (in­side which rooms are hid­den). The wa­ter in your shower is pri­mar­ily heated by the sun, and when you step out­side your room you’ll be able to ad­mire the ver­ti­cal gar­dens and green roofs, a trompe l’oeil that makes the prop­erty seem to al­most dis­ap­pear into the sur­round­ing moun­tains. PRO TIP If you at­tend one of the ho­tel’s re­treats, staff plan your meals and holis­tic treat­ments based on your dosha (your Ayurveda body type).


This just-opened five-star get­away on Cor­sica’s rugged north­ern tip is all about get­ting back to na­ture—with a heap­ing side of in­dul­gence. Sleep on luxe eco-friendly linens, and then rise early for a hike. Or “ac­ci­den­tally” for­get to set your alarm and head straight to the hammam spa and pool. ECO CRED Green-minded guests can raise a cham­pagne toast to the only bou­tique ho­tel in the re­gion to re­ceive eco cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment of­fice. The de­sign­ers re­fur­bished an ex­ist­ing es­tate, which now houses 26 rooms, and built 10 private vil­las that blend in with the sur­round­ing orange, lemon and fig trees by us­ing only lo­cal stone and wood. The main build­ing and vil­las are pow­ered mostly by so­lar pan­els, and much of the food is or­ganic, with herbs, fruit, veg­gies and honey har­vested from the ho­tel’s gar­den. PRO TIP Want a quick tour of the grounds? Hop on an elec­tric bike—the ho­tel has a whole fleet.


If it’s plush enough for An­gelina Jolie, who stayed here with her brood while di­rect­ing her lat­est film, it’s plush enough for…you guessed it. Phum Bai­tang, which means “green vil­lage” in Kh­mer, is a ham­let of 45 sprawl­ing private vil­las on stilts nes­tled among lush gar­dens and rice pad­dies. And it’s con­ve­niently lo­cated about a 15-minute tuk-tuk ride from the Angkor UNESCO World Her­itage site. ECO CRED All the vil­las were built by ar­ti­sans from the area us­ing sal­vaged or sus­tain­ably har­vested re­gional woods and lo­cal stone. Our fave build­ing is the re­stored 100-year-old farm­house, home to a cock­tail lounge where you can sit down with a gin­ger basil mar­tini and watch the no-fil­ter-needed sun­sets. Like the nearby tem­ples, the spa is carved out of stone, and even the treat­ments take a cue from Cam­bo­dia’s her­itage, with scrubs made from roots, herbs and spices sourced from nearby gar­dens and put to bliss-in­duc­ing use dur­ing the mas­sages. PRO TIP Try a private Kh­mer cook­ing class in the out­door kitchen. You’ll mas­ter dishes like fish and pineap­ple curry or lemon-grass grilled beef skew­ers with in­gre­di­ents that are grown prac­ti­cally right out­side your room.


This mid­town ho­tel is so lush you may be tempted to skip Cen­tral Park al­to­gether—even though it’s just a block away. It boasts a liv­ing wall on the out­side, and more than 24,000 plants—from golden pothos to hang­ing staghorn ferns—fill the rus­tic-chic in­te­rior. If you refuse to go north of the East Vil­lage, try the equally woodsy (but far more hip­ster) sis­ter lo­ca­tion, 1 Ho­tel Brook­lyn Bridge, in Brook­lyn Bridge Park, which just opened in Fe­bru­ary. ECO CRED This LEED-cer­ti­fied (LEED is like the Birkin of en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly build­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion—highly cov­etable) build makes good use of re­claimed and sal­vaged wood and has a vibe that’s more sum­mer in Mon­tauk than ship­wreck. Once you check in and head to your room, you’ll find triple-fil­tered tap wa­ter served in glass tum­blers made from re­cy­cled wine bot­tles and show­ers with five-minute timers. (Yes, it’s pos­si­ble to deep con­di­tion in that time, we prom­ise.) Gone are the usual pa­per notepads in favour of a chalk­board for jot­ting down the info for that Gos­sip Girl tour. (No judg­ment.) What’s more, or­ganic linens from In­dia and a mat­tress that’s par­tially made with sus­tain­able hemp guar­an­tee sweet, en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly dreams. PRO TIPS Tuck into sea­sonal lo­cal food dished out by celebrity chef Jonathan Wax­man at the laid-back Jams. And when you don’t feel like walk­ing home from Bar­neys, a Tesla is at the ready to take you any­where within a 15-block radius of the ho­tel.


La Paz is about 30 sec­onds away from be­ing cr owned 2017’ s It des­ti­na­tion, thanks to a thriv­ing food scene and this en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly hot spot lo­cated in the city’s up scale dis­trict of Cala­coto. The par­al­lel­o­gramshaped struc­ture is a cel­e­bra­tion of all things Bo­li­vian, from the na­tive stone( used in city de­sign in the ’20s and ’30s) to the rich tex­tiles and min­i­mal­ist fur­ni­ture pro­duced mostly by lo­cal ar­ti­sans. Shout-outs to home­grown tal­ent don’t stop there: The art com­mis­sioned for the com­mon ar­eas and rooms is by Bo­li­vian artist Gastón Ugalde, a.k.a. the Andy Warhol of the An­des. ECO

CRED All of the build­ing’s ex­te­rior lights are so­lar pow­ered, and rain­wa­ter is cap­tured and reused for the laun­dry—which, rest as­sured, some­one else does for you. Floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows in your room (we rec­om­mend the Atix Suite, which has a private ter­race and kitchen) pro­vide plenty of In­sta­grammable views, plus all that nat­u­ral light means you can save power. Fi­nally, the 100-per­cent-or­ganic food—from al­paca steaks to fresh veg­gies and fruit—dished out in the Ona restau­rant is sea­son­ally sourced from Bo­li­vian farm­ers. PRO TIPS Hit up the +591 Bar by the rooftop in­fin­ity pool and or­der one of its eight sig­na­ture cock­tails—we like “El Uno,” made with gin, orange juice and hi­bis­cus syrup. We also rec­om­mend book­ing on­line—a por­tion of the prof­its from Web reser­va­tions goes to a lo­cal anti-child-poverty char­ity.

From left: A pool at Tri; the ho­tel li­brary; one of the vil­las

From above: A room at Do­maine de Misíncu; the bou­tique ho­tel is lo­cated in Cap Corse, near the beach

From left: Phum Bai­tang at night; a lux­u­ri­ous bath­room in one of the vil­las; the re­sort at sun­set

The in­fin­ity pool over­look­ing Kog­gala Lake at Tri

The ex­te­rior of the Atix; views of the Cala­coto dis­trict (be­low); one of the Atix’s rooms (be­low left); La Paz at night (be­low far left)

A room at 1 Ho­tel Cen­tral Park; the lobby (right); the ivy-cov­ered ex­te­rior (be­low right)

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