Why not use the money you saved by purchasing a lab-grown diamond engagement ring and splurge on an eco-friendly honeymoon destination? At least, that is what we would do.
Did you know? Many of the world’s most luxurious hotels and resorts are adapting their accommodations to attract ‘eco-travelers’. The U.S. Travel Association has reported that 79% of adults in the U.S. consider themselves environmentally conscious and aware of such issues as carbon footprints and global warming.
For some a ‘green honeymoon’ means staying close to home (driving distance), while for others it means choosing international accommodations that match their ethical beliefs, such as lower carbon footprints, organic eats or even giving back to local communities.
Here are four amazing eco-friendly honeymoon ideas for the perfectly matched eco-conscious bride and groom.
International ‘Eco-Friendly Honeymoon’ Adventures
1. Treehotel - Sweden
In Sweden, tucked away in the tall pine forest with breathtaking views of the Lule River you will find the oh-so-cool and unique, Treehotel. This one of a kind hotel features several different styles of ‘cabins’, each as remarkable as the next. From a Bird’s Nest or UFO to a Mirror Cube, this is definitely a honeymoon destination you’d never forget.
”While we want to have our hotel in the middle of nature, we want to do it on nature’s terms.”
Environmental Commitment: Treehotel builds their treerooms in the natural forest while hardly affecting the surroundings - choosing materials and construction techniques that make as little environmental impact as possible. They build their treerooms on live trees without destroying the tree nor do they chop down trees or damage the surrounding habitat while building.
Check out their Romance Package: We want to invite you and your love to celebrate with us at Treehotel and spend true quality time together in magical surroundings. The package includes: 2x Night in a tree room, 2x Breakfast, 1x Champagne, 1x Basket of Chocolate and Seasonal Fruits, and 2x Three-course dinner.
You can learn more about TreeHotel and their sustainable business practices and local eats by visiting their website.
2. Misool Eco Resort - Indonesia
The Misool Eco Resort, located in Raja Ampat, Indonesia, is deeply committed to a policy of environmental and social responsibility. Enjoy one of their eight rustically luxurious Water Cottages - built on stilts over the water or any of their other secluded villas with views of the clear blue water and local wildlife.
Environmental Commitment: The resort goals include providing exceptional and enriching experiences in a sustainable environment, for guests as well as their staff. They aim to protect and revitalize both the natural surroundings as well as the community in which the resort operates. Their conservation initiatives include - community, building, energy, water and waste.
Misool Eco Resort was built entirely of reclaimed tropical hardwoods, milled on site with their own portable sawmill and their accommodations have been meticulously designed for comfort, privacy, and sustainability.
You can learn more about Misool Eco Resort’s sustainable mission by visiting their website.
Stateside ‘Eco-Friendly Honeymoon’ Adventures
3. Las Vegas, Nevada
If you are looking for a romantic getaway combined with exciting nightlife, then Las Vegas may be the eco-friendly honeymoon destination you didn’t know existed. Yes, even Vegas has gone green.
MGM Resorts International has dedicated themselves to helping protect our planet. They are doing this by integrating comprehensive environmental responsibility programs across 16 of their resorts. These changes have allowed them to reduce the negative environmental impacts, while continuing to provide guests with a first-rate experience.
MGM Resorts International Green Advantage, focuses on five environmental areas: energy and water conservation; green building; recycling and waste management; a green supply chain; and outreach and education.
Environmental Commitment: MGM Resorts’ CityCenter™ reflects a vision of the future that combines quality of life with a commitment to sustainable design. It is one of the world's largest environmentally sustainable urban communities - committed to maintaining elevated green standards for both today and tomorrow.
Vdara has received a “5 Green Keys” rating, the highest possible from the Green Key Eco-Rating Program and a certification achieved by only one percent of all hotels rated. Vdara and ARIA are the first in Nevada to receive a 5 Green Keys rating which is recognized by major travel services including AAA, Travelocity, and Expedia. Vdara has been awarded Platinum by TripAdvisor’s GreenLeaders program. Vdara and ARIA are the only properties in Las Vegas to receive Platinum. TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Program helps travelers identify the most environmentally-friendly hotels when making travel choices.
Bellagio engineers designed and created an underwater LED light, for the front lake feature, which uses 75% less energy. In 2013, more than 160 acres of exterior lighting area were upgraded to high-efficiency technology, reducing energy consumption by more than 70%. The Mandalay Bay Convention Center designed and developed an intelligent lighting control platform that is now a model for the meetings and convention industry, saving enough energy to power 400 average US homes. You can learn more about MGM Resorts environmental responsibility program here.
4. Breitenbush Hot Springs - Oregon
For eco-friendly couples who are looking to truly reconnect with nature, look no further than The Breitenbush Retreat. This unconventional honeymoon destination is an employee-owned cooperative on 154 acres of wildlife sanctuary in the Willamette National Forest of the Oregon Cascades.
While at Breitenbush you are “off the grid”. The power of the river and heat from the hot springs, combined with simple living, allow us to thrive in this sanctuary without significant dependence on fossil fuels.
-Natural hot spring pools, tiled tubs and steam sauna
-Sumptuous organic vegetarian cuisine
-Cozy cabins with geo-thermal heat and camping in summer
-Over 150 workshops, conferences, and celebrations annually
-Daily Well-being programs like Yoga, EDGU and meditation
-Historic Lodge with spacious decks
-The Sanctuary for meditation, reflection and yoga
-Gift shop with books and artisan crafted gifts
-Library for lounging and reading
-Ancient forest trails
-Massage, and more!
You can learn more about the Breitenbush community and their sustainable environmental efforts here.
Coming soon... ‘Eco-Friendly Honeymoon’ Adventures
5. Blackadore Caye, a Restorative Island - Belize
If your honeymoon plans are still a few years out, you might consider Leonardo DiCaprio’s new venture in Belize - the Blackadore Caye. According to The New York Times, when the island resort opens in 2018, it will be bustling with all of the usual features of a luxury resort, such as - ”sprawling villas, infinity pools and stunning sunset views”.
The proposed Welcome Center for Leonardo DiCaprio's Blackadore Caye Resort. (Photo: Environmental Impact Assessment - Blackadore Caye)
The plans include - an impressive platform that stretches in an arc over the water where the villas will be built which includes artificial reefs and fish shelters underneath. There will also be a nursery on the resort grounds that will grow indigenous marine grass to support a manatee conservation area, as well as the replanting of mangrove trees to replace invasive species. Most importantly the plans include a team of researchers that will monitor the resort’s impact on its surroundings.
Environmental Commitment: Paul Scialla, a New York based developer who has teamed up with DiCaprio for this project says, “The idea at Blackadore Caye is to push the envelope for what sustainability means—moving the idea beyond environmental awareness into restoration. We don’t want to just do less harm or even have zero impact, but to actually help heal the island, to make it better than before.”
“Belize is truly unique,” says DiCaprio. “It has the second largest coral reef system in the world, and it has some of the most biodiverse marine life, like the manatee population and almost every species of fish you can imagine. Then there are the Mayan temples and the culture.” You can learn more about the Blackadore Caye and their sustainable and restorative efforts here.
According to eco-watch.com...“Travel is now the world’s largest industry, with a trillion-dollar annual footprint,” says Ethical Traveler. “This means that travelers have enormous power. Where we choose to put our footprints has economic and political reverberations that reach far beyond our personal experience. Ethical Traveler believes that mindful travel offers many rewards, both personal and global. By ‘voting with our wings’—choosing our destinations well, and cultivating our roles as citizen diplomats—we promote international goodwill and help change the world for the better.”