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Love Julia Child and planet earth? Do your locally sourced spring mix one better and book the Shop with Chef weekend package at Toronto’s iconic Fairmont Royal York (fair mont.com/royalyork). On Saturday morning, you’ll accompany a hotel chef to the nearby St. Lawrence Market, where you’ll help select goodies like organic beets and freerange chicken for a chic and sustainable six-course dinner at EPIC restaurant that night. The honey and fresh herbs (rosemary, oregano, mint) come directly from the rooftop garden.
Bangkok may grab most of the headlines, but the southern province of Krabi — with its craggy limestone cliffs and sparkling Andaman Sea — is the true jewel in Thailand’s crown. Koh Jum Beach Villas (kohjumbeach villas.com) is doing its best to keep it that way. The resort is an eco all-star: The produce is fresh and local, no plastic bottles are allowed and the villas are built under existing trees to keep them naturally air-conditioned. Explore the bordering cashew and coconut plantations and take a stroll along 700 metres of sandy beach, kept immaculate courtesy of the hotel’s regular cleanups.
You can’t help but have a renewed respect for nature after spending the weekend at Southern Ocean Lodge (southernoceanlodge.com.au), perched on exclusive Kangaroo Island. More than one-third of the 4,500-square-kilometre island is a nature conservatory (with the requisite koalas and kangaroos, plus ospreys and fur seals), and the entire resort (restaurant, spa and 21 rooms) is rainwater reliant. Enjoy buttermilk pancakes and local artisanal honey on the terrace of your suite as you browse the spa menu (dawdle over the Wild Lavender and Milk Wrap) and watch the waves break against the rocky coast.
Nestled in the Andes at 10,400 feet, The Black Sheep Inn (blacksheepinn. com) bills itself as a rustic getaway. That may be due to the compost toilets and vegetarian menu, but this bed and breakfast gets top marks for both style and substance. Soak in the lavender-scented outdoor hot tub or take a yoga class overlooking the cloud forest. Oh, and the veggie menu? It’s 100-percent gourmet, with fresh fare from the on-site organic garden.
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