Top Worthwhile Expensive Sustainable Resorts

A view from The Cliffs, Chile

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The Cliffs at Patagonia is the epitome of eco-luxury resorts. Situated on 8,000 acres of private reserve with six miles of coastline, find a variety of villa accommodations. The Cliffs is meant to embrace nature in its truest form. A variety of activities are available, including ecological excursions.

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COMO Parrot Cay

Turks and Caicos COMO Parrot Cay

Take a 30-minute boat ride from the main island of Provenciales to Parrot Cay, a quiet island of one thousand acres. Situated on the open sea, COMO's Parrot Cay is composed of several two-story buildings with views of the lush grounds and azure sea. The property maintains a banana plantation and a coconut plantation as well as growing much of the produce you find on your plate on the island.

 As Recommended by Nikki Pepper, Editor-in-Chief,

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Amankora, a collection of five luxury lodges throughout Bhutan, has a serious commitment to helping their surrounding community, which includes a project for the disabled in partnership with

As Recommended by Michaela Guzy, Chief Content Officer,

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The Ranch

The Ranch, Live Oak, California

For someone who always watches what she eats, The Ranch takes living well to the next level. With several specialized intake tests (like metabolic testing), dietitians customizing personal menus, and a digital-free environment (read: no phones) its the ultimate wellness retreat for your mind and body. The Ranch is more than a detox; it's a restart button for your life, set within lush gardens and scenic mountain scape. 

As Recommended by Michaela Guzy, Chief Content Officer,

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Fairmont Orchid

Fairmont Orchid Waimea Hawaii

Fairmont Orchid in Waimea, Hawaii heats its pool using waste heat from a chiller system at no cost. If the hotel were to heat its pool using conventional heating methods (like propane) it would cost more than $90,000 per year. It is now examining the potential to apply solar films on windows and panels on the roof of the hotel to generate more of its power from a more sustainable source.

 As Recommended by Patricia Courtney, Fairmont Hotels

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Nihiwatu, Bali, Indonesia

It's all about surfing, palm trees and wilderness at this Indonesian oasis. Horse back ride, surf or experience their Niki Oka Spa Safari. After a 90-minute trek, indulge in unlimited spa treatments atop the cliffs overlooking the coastline. Nihiwatu even has its own organic garden. Plus, Travel+Leisure just awarded Nihiwatu with its #1 Hotel in the World 2016 accolade. 

As Recommended by Michaela Guzy, Chief Content Officer,

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The Maderas Village

The Maderas Village, Nicaragua

The boutique resort situated on the Pacific Oceanfront is effortlessly serene. The resort takes a holistic approach to bettering yourself by creating a space for you to breath, relax, work and recharge. Stay in one of their offerings, from a cabana to a casita.

As Recommended by Kathrine Khoshaba, Madison House Travel

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Casa De Las Olas Tulum

Casa De Las Olas Tulum

Casa De Las Olas actually happens to be the only 100% sustainable accommodation left on Tulum beach (and one of the oldest). This means it is powered by the sun and totally self-sufficient. You can experience the raw beauty of Tulum's ocean beaches in a quiet, private setting. The bed and breakfast has only five suites.

As Recommended by Zachary Rabinor, Journey Mexico

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Oberoi Amarvilas

Oberoi Amarvilas Agra India

Oberoi Amarvilas is almost as magical as Agra's - and India's - main attraction: The Taj Mahal. Every one of the resort's suites has a view of the UNESCO World Heritage site, several from the large, claw-foot soaking tubs.

As Recommended by Nikki Pepper, Editor-in-Chief,

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Zarafa Camp, Dhow Suites, Selinda Concession

Zarafa Camp, Dhow Suite, Selinda Concession

The 240,000 acre Selinda Concession is dedicated to protecting the wildlife of Botswana including Rhino conservation. And one of Zarafa Camp's Dhow Suites is the ultimate private wilderness experience and the epitome in luxury camping. Expect to see a plethora of the BIG 5. Each suite accommodates 4-6 people and has a lagoon view.

 As Recommended by Daniel Brown, dmAFRICA

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Virunga Lodge

Virunga Lodge Volcanoes Safaris Rwanda

Virunga Lodge is one of four Volcanoes Safaris lodges located throughout Africa. The resort is luxurious while staying true to local design and style. The view consists of - yes - volcanoes and endangered mountain gorillas via their tours and tracking programs. You can also take a monkey trek or volcano hike to learn more about the ecosystem in which you're staying.

As Recommended by Robin Fox, Worldview Travel, NYC

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The Brando

The Brando, French Polynesia

The Brando is 35 villas set on the private island of Tetiaroa, 30 miles off of Tahiti. The resort is focused on embracing local culture and honoring the local ecosystem by making as little impact as possible, hovering just above carbon neutral and rely 100% on renewable energy sources like solar power and coconut oil.

As Recommended by Fallon Hirschhorn, The Stein Collective by Ovation Vacations

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Singita Pamushana Lodge

Singita Pamushana Lodge

Pamushana Lodge sits on a 130,000 acre reserve dedicated to promoting sustainability and ecology. The lodge's revenue is 100% used in conservation efforts and community outreach. The program's impact is seen in that it feeds 80,000 children per day. 

As Recommended by Judy Stein Ovation Vacations

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