ROUGHING IT BUT NOT REALLY
The geodesic rooms at Dômes Charlevoix in Petite-Rivière-Saint-François in Quebec are nothing like the rustic tree houses of your childhood, but they are just as relaxing. Nestled in a forest of maple trees, the trio of luxury domes—featuring heated concrete floors, cozy kitchens and a private hot tub—were designed to have minimal impact on the landscape, creating a connection to nature that doesn’t involve a sleeping bag or an air mattress.
Bisate Lodge’s six sustainable villas (complete with chandeliers made from recycled glass) may sit within a volcanic cone by Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, but rest easy, friends—it’s dormant. Embark on a gorilla trek through the park or just take in the majesty of the countryside with a gin and tonic after you’ve planted a tree (with lots of help, we promise) to help restore the nearby forest.
Six Senses has mastered the art of the eco-chic wellness retreat (composting, growing fruit and veg, restoring nearby forests to offset carbon emissions). Our latest fave is Douro Valley resort, which is housed in a 19th-century manor in Portugal. Try not to spend all your time at the wine library because there’s also yoga and lush spa treatments (like a diamond facial that boosts collagen).
Sun and Sand
What’s better than having free rein of a beachfront casita (or a giant villa) on a 162-hectare private island off the coast of Panama? Eco-friendly bonuses like a plastic-free environment (hello, bamboo straws), furniture crafted from fallen trees and yummy dishes made with ingredients from an organic garden are all found at eco-luxe resort Isla Palenque.
This article first appeared in the April 2019 issue of ELLE Canada.
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