3 Genuine Eco-friendly Resorts for Sustainable Romance

When you are happily engaged in a loving relationship, you’re willing to put forth certain efforts so it thrives over the long term. In the same vein, more and more accommodations are willing to take extra steps to protect the resident land and people so that the local culture continues to flourish. When you put the two together, you have eco-friendly resorts for lovers or in other words, sustainable romance (pun intended!).

Of course, people have different interests so there is no one-size-fits-all eco-friendly resort. Some couples may be into wellness and others into wine. Some are drawn to mountains and others feel at one with the sea. Costas Christ, Virtuoso’s senior advisor for sustainability explains that sustainable tourism “criteria falls under three pillars: environmentally friendly practices, protecting natural and cultural heritage, and social and economic benefits to local people.” Keep reading to find the perfect couples’ getaway for your interest while keeping a focus on sustainability.

Eco-friendly Resorts for Wellness Immersion

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Six Senses Resorts is a leader in eco-friendly wellness-focused resorts.

Six Senses are world-class wellness hotels, resorts, and spas throughout Asia and the Pacific, Oman, Seychelles, Turkey, France, and Portugal. Wellness is integrated into your entire Six Senses experience from organic bed linens to signature spa therapies to mindfulness techniques. A wellness expert measures your inner health, movement, and sleep patterns to design a program personalized to your specific needs. In addition, when you reserve with Covington, you receive complimentary Virtuoso amenities. Extras may vary by resort, but generally include an upgrade on arrival (subject to availability), daily breakfast for two, and a $100 spa or Food & Beverage credit.

Six Senses has a long history of being sustainable. They haven’t used plastic straws since 2016 and bottle their own drinking water in glass bottles. Their goal is to be completely plastic-free by 2022. The undeniably luxurious eco-friendly resorts are built with renewable building materials while protecting local habitats on land and in the water. They employ and source locally and give back to the community through education and healthcare programs.

Connect with Nature in Costa Rica

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Lapa Rios open-air (screened) bungalows let you experience nature up close.

Nature-focused travel was the original emphasis of sustainable travel, and Cost Rica was the first destination in the Americas to embrace eco-friendly resorts and practices. For naturalists, a visit to Lapa Rios on the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica is a rainforest adventure of a lifetime. This unique eco-friendly resort sits on 1,000-acres of Central America’s last remaining tropical lowland rainforest. There you’ll see the magnificent scarlet macaw for which the lodge is named, hear monkeys chattering in the trees, and smell the rich rainforest right from your bungalow.

Only 17 luxurious bungalows give you an incredible indoor-outdoor experience with floor-to-ceiling screens, spacious decks, and outdoor showers. Gourmet meals are included, as are interpretive hikes, bird-watching walks, and sustainability tours. You can even plant and name your very own rainforest tree and dedicate it to your love. Lapa Rios will nurture it for decades. This eco-friendly resort exhibits its commitment to sustainability in multiple ways. Construction uses renewable and sustainable materials, they source bio-degradable products and local, organic foods, and employ and educate exclusively local staff.

Eco-luxe for Foodies and Wine Lovers

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Bardessono is one of the most eco-friendly resorts in the U.S.

If Napa Valley is pulling your heartstrings, Bardessono in toney Yountville, California offers “deep green” luxury. It is one of only three Platinum LEED-certified hotels in the U.S. That’s the highest standard in environmental design. The hotel uses geothermal heating and cooling and fulfills nearly all its electrical demand with 940 solar panels hidden on the roof. It uses organic linens and sources spa products and farm-to-table food from local sustainable producers.

Bardessono offers couples a warm and welcoming Zen vibe with exceptional service. You’ll relish the spacious living quarters and the chic outdoor bathtubs in your private outdoor space. If you opt-out of housekeeping service for the day, you will be invited to plant an herb in the onsite, certified organic culinary garden in support of a more sustainable future. When you book with Covington, you’ll receive complimentary Virtuoso amenities that include an upgrade at time of arrival (subject to availability), full breakfast for two daily, and $100 Food & Beverage credit, and more.

These are but three of our favorite eco-friendly resorts that are well-suited for sustainable romance. For rates and availability at these and other eco-friendly resorts, contact Covington’s well-connected travel advisors.

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