A dramatic desert in northern Chile sets the stage for Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa. A member of Journey Latin America’s water-conservation project, the resort uses energy-saving solar panels and takes measures to ensure that its guest excursions have minimal impact on the environment. Each of the 32 ultramodern rooms is equipped with a private terrace—perfect for stargazing and taking in the volcano-ringed landscape.
At Calle Séquitor s/n. Call 800-829-5325; .
Hit the slopes with a clear conscience at Colorado’s Viceroy Snowmass—just 20 minutes from downtown Aspen. The luxe outpost, designed by architect Jean-Michel Gathy, features an on-site electric-car-charging station, a saline pool, and offers free reusable stainless-steel water bottles at check-in. The 173 expansive rooms and suites boast gas fireplaces, private kitchens, closet space galore (for all that ski gear), and sweeping mountain views. Guests can also enjoy a stylish pool terrace, café, and bar, decorated by Kelly Wearstler.
At 130 Wood Rd. Call 888-622-4567; .
The Crosby Street Hotel in Manhattan’s chic SoHo neighborhood puts a decidedly green spin on the typical urban oasis. The boutique property, designed by Kit Kemp and run by Firmdale Hotels, uses energy-efficient lighting and low-VOC paints throughout. A rooftop market garden is in the works, along with a chicken coop. The 86 rooms and suites all feature floor-to-ceiling windows and are decorated with a mix of vintage and bespoke furnishings. A 99-seat screening room and a courtyard sculpture garden are also on the premises.
At 79 Crosby St. Call 212-226-6400; .
The all-inclusive beachfront Curtain Bluff resort and spa, set on a verdant peninsula on Antigua in the West Indies, uses reverse-osmosis technology to create drinking water from the sea and employs eco-friendly air-conditioning units in its 72 rooms and suites. The lavish property includes a fitness center and an impressive wine cellar.
At Morris Bay. Call 888-289-9898; .
For a truly earthy experience, head to Australia’s remote Kangaroo Island, home to the cliffside Southern Ocean Lodge. The scenic hideaway has partnered with the South Australian government to create a fund to support local environmental projects and has ensured that 99 percent of its property is protected against future development. The spacious accommodations pay homage to the gorgeous grounds with glass-walled bathrooms and private terraces.
At Hanson Bay. Call 011-61-2-9918-4355; .
Bardessono, in Yountville, California, was recently awarded LEED Platinum certification, which is the highest official recognition for sustainable design. Wood from salvaged trees and stone blocks from an old wine cellar are among the recycled goods used in the design of this serene Napa Valley hotel, and geothermal wells heat and cool the 62 airy guest rooms.
At 6526 Yount St. Call 707-204-6000; .
Surrounded by 500 acres of nationally protected tropical forest in Costa Rica’s volcano region, El Silencio Lodge and Spa is a luxurious retreat. Sixteen cottages, all of which forgo televisions and telephones for gas fireplaces, outdoor hot tubs, and panoramic mountain views, are perched on pillars, so as not to disrupt the forest floor. An open-air yoga platform and organic fusion restaurant are among the amenities, and guests are invited to plant an indigenous tree on the property during their stay.
At Bajos del Toro, Alajuela. Call 011-506-2-761-0301; .
An elegant 1920s Beaux Arts building houses the sleek Hotel Felix, poised between Chicago’s Gold Coast and River North neighborhoods. The boutique hotel uses energy-efficient plumbing and heating, and recycled wall coverings, flooring, and fabrics in all of its 225 soothing guest rooms, and also sports an in-house recycling center.
At 111 West Huron St. Call 312-447-3440; .
Not a single tree was cut down to create the idyllic Uxua Casa Hotel, nestled in a small fishing village on Brazil’s Bahian coast. Designed by the creative director of the fashion brand Diesel with the help of local artisans, the retreat is constructed from organic and recycled materials, including fixtures from abandoned farms and showerheads made of eucalyptus. Six of the nine rustic-chic casas, each with its own kitchen, are newly built and secluded in a lush garden, while three are set in restored fishermen’s houses bordering the town square.
At Quadrado, Trancoso. Call 011-55-73-3668-2277; .
Low-flow water fixtures, a food waste-composting system, and a stylish, modern building composed largely of recycled materials are only a few of the many environmentally conscious efforts at Hotel Terra, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The hip alpine retreat, which sits at the base of the Jackson Hole ski resort, has its own spa, a rooftop hot tub with spectacular views of the Grand Tetons, and an organic café. It’s also home to one of the top-rated restaurants in the Rockies, Il Villaggio Osteria.
At 3335 Village Dr. Call 307-739-4000; .
The Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, Oregon, is situated on 35 acres of vineyards in the heart of the state’s wine country. The hotel relies on solar-generated hot water, and a portion of its electricity is also solar generated. The 85 charming guest rooms are bedecked with fireplaces and bay windows, and the indoor swimming pool and fitness center in the spa are not to be missed.
At 2525 Allison Ln. Call 503-554-2525; .
Located on a pristine atoll in the Maldives, the very elegant Alila Villas Hadahaa includes 50 private villas that rest on stilts above a turquoise lagoon (others have private gardens and pools), a spa, and yoga pavilion. The resort’s eco-friendly initiatives include a dive center that allows visitors to explore largely untouched waters with a focus on protecting and heightening awareness of the delicate marine environment, in addition to a community project to help locals establish sustainable-farming practices.
At Gaafu Alifu Atoll. Call 011-960-682-8888; .