Green & In Love

Dis­cover prime lux­ury des­ti­na­tions where you can em­brace both your in­ner tree hug­ger and your new hus­band

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Call­ing all en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists and na­ture lovers. Get your mar­riage off to a green start with a hon­ey­moon that gets down and dirty with the nat­u­ral world. This doesn’t mean damp wooden cab­ins or into-the-wild camp­ing trips. Plenty of eco-friendly re­sorts to­day spe­cialise in the ro­man­tic, lux­u­ri­ous at­mo­sphere we all want from our hon­ey­moon while do­ing their bit for the en­vi­ron­ment.

BEST FOR AD­VEN­TUR­ERS THE BRANDO, FRENCH POLYNESIA Why go?

Marlon Brando bought this pri­vate atoll after fall­ing in love with it dur­ing film­ing of 1962’s Mutiny on the Bounty. Te­tiaroa, just 50 kilo­me­tres north of Tahiti, is now home to a su­per-lux­u­ri­ous beach re­sort. The atoll’s 12 low-ly­ing islets frame a fairy-tale turquoise la­goon, a piece of par­adise that can only be reached by he­li­copter or small air­craft.

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It’s a play­ground for an­i­mal lovers. From Au­gust to Oc­to­ber there is a good chance of see­ing hump­back whales, and year-round, any­one brave enough to dip be­low the sur­face of the sea with their snorkel will see lemon sharks, tur­tles, rays and rain­bow-hued fish. A bot­tle of co­ral-friendly sun­block even comes free with your pack­age (as do daily spa treat­ments and cham­pagne on tap for hon­ey­moon­ers). You won’t see any­thing so pol­lut­ing as a car or speed boat—in­stead, the la­goon can be ex­plored by Poly­ne­sian out­rig­ger ca­noe, kayak, pad­dle­board, bi­cy­cle or sim­ply with a pair of flip­pers.

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This is where Pippa Mid­dle­ton spent her hon­ey­moon, so fol­low her lead with a pri­vate din­ner on a de­serted stretch of beach, or spend a day ex­plor­ing the colour­ful co­ral on a oneon-one snorkelling ex­cur­sion.

BEST FOR BIRD LOVERS AN­DAZ MAUI, HAWAII Why go?

Hawaii has long been famed for its green cre­den­tials. But nowhere lives up to this quite as much as An­daz Maui. The re­sort is a model of eco-friendly lux­ury—it was re­fur­bished from an ex­ist­ing ho­tel, with low-emis­sion ad­he­sives, sealants and paints used in the con­struc­tion process.

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Guests can get around on bikes for free, and there is even zero-emis­sions trans­port across South Maui via a part­ner­ship with Tur­tle Tracks and its elec­tric ve­hi­cles. In­stead of bot­tled wa­ter, guests are pro­vided with a re­us­able BPA-free wa­ter bot­tle that they can fill with up with fil­tered wa­ter at var­i­ous spots around the prop­erty. The ho­tel also re­duces waste when­ever pos­si­ble—the glass­ware in the rooms are made from re­cy­cled wine bot­tles and even lo­cal co­conuts are husked, drained to ex­tract co­conut wa­ter, and then turned into a body scrub for the spa. But most im­por­tantly of all, An­daz Maui has adopted a stretch of land and cre­ated the Kealia Pond Na­tional Wildlife Refuge, which is home to 30 species of water­fowl, shore­birds and mi­gra­tory ducks, a fas­ci­nat­ing ex­panse to ex­plore with a guide.

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Take a boat trip to a re­mote nearby is­land where you can have lunch, swim, snorkel and even in­dulge in a joint mas­sage.

BEST FOR JUN­GLE LOVERS BAWAH RE­SERVE, IN­DONE­SIA Why go?

Set in the pris­tine Anam­bas ar­chi­pel­ago in a far-flung cor­ner of In­done­sia, Bawah Re­serve is won­der­fully lux­u­ri­ous and sus­tain­ably minded to the core. The re­mote ar­chi­pel­ago was one of the coun­try’s first ma­rine con­ser­va­tion ar­eas, and any­one build­ing there has had to be mind­ful of their millions of neigh­bours be­low the sea’s sur­face.

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Five lush jun­gle-cov­ered beach-fringed is­lands rise out of three bright blue la­goons, and the ho­tel en­hances the nat­u­ral beauty with aplomb. Vil­las have been po­si­tioned around an­cient trees, roofs are thatched with ex­tra-large palm leaves, and the ta­bles and chairs are made from flot­sam found on the beaches. In the glam­orous rooms, bam­boo lat­tice walls and peaked ceil­ings cre­ate nat­u­ral ven­ti­la­tion that re­moves the need for air­con. Spend your days im­mersed in na­ture, hik­ing through the rain­for­est along­side mon­i­tor lizards and 2,000-year-old palms, ven­tur­ing into caves to see hun­dreds of swirling bats, and snorkelling among par­rot­fish, clown­fish and tur­tles.

Hon­ey­moon treat

You and your new spouse can be whisked into the rain­for­est by he­li­copter for a ro­man­tic pic­nic for two.

BEST FOR BARE­FOOT LUX­URY SONEVA KIRI, THAI­LAND Why go?

Sonu Shiv­dasani and his wife, Eva Malm­strömShiv­dasani, more or less in­vented the con­cept of high-end sus­tain­able travel. Their re­sorts are rooted in the idea that lux­ury doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean ev­ery­thing has to be shiny and high-tech, and that some­times the sim­ple life is the most en­joy­able.

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Perched on the shores of Koh Kood, one of Thai­land’s largest and least de­vel­oped is­lands, Soneva Kiri is made al­most en­tirely of wood, giv­ing you the im­pres­sion that you’ve stum­bled on the world’s most lux­u­ri­ous re-en­act­ment of Robin­son Cru­soe. And you won’t want to be res­cued once you see the glam­orous vil­las, com­plete with out­door bath and rain­for­est shower un­der the sun. There’s also an ex­cel­lent Thai restau­rant that only uses food picked in the veg­etable gar­den—a restau­rant Gwyneth Pal­trow says is her favourite on earth.

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Shoes, mo­bile phones and lap­tops are dis­cour­aged, so in­stead of up­dat­ing In­sta­gram, spend an evening star-gaz­ing with your new spouse in the mag­nif­i­cent, state-of-the-art ob­ser­va­tory—cham­pagne and snacks on tap.

BEST FOR PRIS­TINE BEACHES JOALI MALDIVES Why go?

Prov­ing its green cre­den­tials from birth, Joali, on Mu­ra­vand­hoo Is­land on the Raa Atoll, is de­signed in and around the nat­u­ral for­est. Trees sit in the mid­dle of vil­las and wind their way around restau­rants and play ar­eas, cre­at­ing the sense that you are stay­ing in the heart of won­der­fully lux­u­ri­ous nat­u­ral wilder­ness—no sleep­ing bag re­quired.

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The Raa Atoll is one of the largest and deepest atolls in the world, sit­ting on the edge of the equa­tor, and is blessed with bril­liant blue waters, un­spoiled co­ral reefs and pris­tine white-sand beaches, while the lush in­te­rior is abun­dant with co­conut palms. Go swim­ming with manta rays or wan­der through the ex­trav­a­gantly pretty flower gar­den and learn about lo­cal plants that can cure ail­ments.

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Have a ro­man­tic din­ner for two un­der the stars and, if you’re lucky, watch the tur­tles trudg­ing up the beach to their nests as you sip your wine.

BEST FOR REEF LOVERS LIZARD IS­LAND, AUS­TRALIA Why go?

Sit­ting right on the Great Bar­rier Reef, it’s no sur­prise that the own­ers of Aus­tralia’s Lizard Is­land are wild about ma­rine pro­tec­tion. For guests, days re­volve around the reef, with ex­cur­sions on cata­ma­rans, mo­torised dinghies and paddle skis as well as daily snorkel lessons and trips in a glass-bot­tom boat. The reef it­self is so ex­tra­or­di­nary that you’ll find your­self ig­nor­ing the ten­nis courts, in­fin­ity pool and glossy gym.

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See the good work the re­sort is do­ing by taking tours of the Lizard Is­land Re­search Sta­tion, which is op­er­ated by the Aus­tralian Mu­seum, and learn about the his­tory of the Great Bar­rier Reef and why it des­per­ately needs our pro­tec­tion.

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Hon­ey­moon­ers can cel­e­brate Down Un­der-style by opt­ing for pri­vate din­ners on the beach, spa treat­ments for two, or even an un­der­wa­ter bless­ing.

PAR­ADISE ON EARTH The Brando re­sort sits on Te­tiaroa, a pri­vate atoll made up of 12 islets and sur­rounded by a mag­nif­i­cent la­goon

RE­DUCE, RE­USE, RE­CY­CLE An­daz Maui was awarded LEED Sil­ver Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from the US Green Build­ing Coun­cil for its sus­tain­abil­ity ef­forts

BLUE LA­GOON The Brando is an un­spoiled par­adise that is ac­ces­si­ble only by air­craft

NAT­U­RAL LOOK The vil­las at Bawah Re­serve were po­si­tioned around the trees

STAR STRUCK At Soneva Kiri, guests are en­cour­aged to lock away their mo­bile phones and lap­tops and bask in the suround­ings

OCEAN DEEP Joali Maldives puts you in the heart of the Raa Atoll

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