The hustle and bustle that comes with the holiday season is almost upon us. It would behoove us all to start gearing up for the toll we put ourselves through every year, without fail. One of the best ways we can think of to prepare for the endless shopping and partying that accompanies the holidays, is to treat yourself to a long weekend, or if you can pull it off, a week at a luxurious spa. While you are rejuvenating and pampering yourself, why not pay heed to the effects your spa loving days has on the environment and visit an eco- friendly spa.
Each one of these 6 eco spas is known for being environmentally conscientious in their own unique way, but more important is what they all share – the promise of a soothing, refreshing journey for your body, mind and soul.
We’ll take 2 weeks, please!
The Bardessono is a newly developed hotel with 62 guest rooms, restaurant and spa in Yountville, California, the heart of the Napa Valley. They have pledged to care for an uncommon set of priorities: for the environment, for each other, for our guests, for the property and for the community nearby. Together, these priorities represent a vision for unprecedented and attentive service.
The Palms Hotel & Spa has been recognized as one of only 14 Miami Beach hotels to achieve an honorable designation from the state of Florida’s Green Lodging Program. The Green Lodging Program awards Florida hotels, motels, resorts and bed & breakfasts that have demonstrated a commitment to succeed in protecting Florida’s natural resources. A luxurious, AAA four-diamond South Beach luxury hotel where complete wellness and environmental awareness is at the center of each guest experience.
At The Sullivan Estate & SPA Retreat, located directly on the North Shore of the Hawaii’s island of Oahu and just 40 minutes from Honolulu’s world class shopping and dining. They care for the environment and enhance “green living” in every way. Combining the biggest project in Hawaiian residential Voltaic solar energy with innovative SPA treatments has resulted in a 5 1/2 acre Estate that is a truly holistic and eco-friendly destination. A relaxing refuge where one can concentrate on their health, well-being and even fit in some fun.
The Spa & Wellness Center at The Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte, No. Carolina, incorporates treatments utilizing 100% organic products and also features a bromine-treated swimming pool designed to avoid the effects of traditional harsh pool chemicals. Signature spa experiences at The Spa & Wellness Center include the unique Green Your Body Eco-Treatment, utilizing organic and vegan essential oils as well as environmentally-respectful scrubs and polishes.
The Teton Village’s Hotel Terra’s Chill Spa’s modern glass and granite design complements the glory of the adjacent Teton Mountains in Jackson Hole, Wyoming so beautifully that you’d never guess most of those gleaming materials (including steel, concrete, and roof shingles) are actually recycled. From the lobby’s low VOC (volatile organic compound) carpets all the way up to the rooftop spa, the eco is in the details. The robes are organic cotton, the hangers bamboo, and the handmade spa products are all organic. Behind the scenes, chemical-free cleaning supplies and biodegradable garbage bags keep up appearances, and a filtration system collects water runoff, purifies it, and slowly releases it back into nature. These efforts have made Hotel Terra one of the few hotels in the nation to secure the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification.
The Post Ranch Inn sits on 100 acres along the storied Highway 1, but only ten percent of those acres have been developed. The rest of the land is used for preservation programs for indigenous species like the red-legged frog and California condor. “Biostructure” architecture blends buildings into their environment, such as cliffside guesthouses with hill-shaped roofs covered in flowering sod (which helps reduce the loss of heat) and outdoor hot tubs carved right into granite boulders. The spa uses active organic ingredients in its oils, body butters, bath salts, and skincare products, some solar-infused with the fragrance of local flowers and all containing medicinal herbs, minerals, and natural fruit acids found on site.
Clockwise from top left: Bardessano, The Palms Hotel & Spa, The Spa & Wellness Center Ritz Carlton, The Post Inn Ranch, Chill Spa At Hotel Terra, The Sullivan Estate & Spa Retreat.