Innovative Eco-Friendly Resorts Around the World

View of a beach island
Phuket, Thailand. Photo by Bradley Prentice on Unsplash

As global awareness about environmental sustainability increases, more travelers are seeking relaxing accommodations that also operate with ecological integrity. Curious to learn more? Here are three innovative eco-friendly resorts around the world that combine luxury with sustainability.

Playa Viva, Zihuatanejo, Mexico 

Located an hour south of Zihuatanejo, this B-Corp Certified resort is fully off-grid, using solar power and onsite well water. Playa Viva offers a unique stay in its treehouse-style rooms and engages in reforestation to improve local soil and capture carbon. Guests can volunteer at the turtle sanctuary and participate in community-driven environmental projects.

Keemala, Phuket, Thailand 

Nestled in Phuket’s rainforests, Keemala focuses on holistic living with villas that offer private pools and views of the jungle. The resort uses methane from waste management to reduce greenhouse gases and employs water treatment systems that exceed governmental standards, ensuring minimal environmental impact. The design of Keemala also respects and integrates the existing ecosystem, maintaining the natural landscape with minimal disturbance.

Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu, Hawaii

Situated on Oahu’s North Shore, Turtle Bay became the first resort on Oahu to install a solar roof, significantly reducing its carbon footprint over the past decade. It has a robust recycling program and water-saving fixtures, blending adventure and relaxation with sustainability.