by Adrian Northrup & Julia Spiro

You mean green tree-saving machine! You recycle, buy organic produce and drive a hybrid. Your beauty products are au natural, made from minerals and herbs. Your style includes a wardrobe filled with reconstructed and organic material clothing. Your concern is the environment, and preserving it for future generations. Greentabulous!

But just because you’re an eco-diva doesn’t mean you can’t travel in style!

Your travel destinations use wind and hydro-technology to run their operations. You frequent resorts and hotels that conserve water and only wash your linens when asked. You donate to offset your CO2 emissions. Here are some of Tango Diva’s picks for eco-friendly vacations and resorts

Loreto, Mexico: Danzante Resort

What could be better than treating yourself to a luxurious, relaxing vacation while helping the environment at the same time? We found the perfect resort for the Eco-Tourism gal, located on the Sea of Cortez, 25 miles south of Loreto. Danzante Resort is a 100% solar-powered eco-tourism destination on ten acres of lush seaside land and beach. Accommodations consist of nine hilltop suites perched atop a volcanic knoll overlooking the sea. Each suite, free from televisions and phones, features private terraces, a hammock, and handcrafted ironwork and furnishings made by local artisans. All-inclusive stays include three Mexican-style meals a day, consisting of local, organic fruits and vegetables and fresh seafood, use of kayak and snorkel equipment, and unguided hiking. The resort also offers guided horseback rides, guided canyon hikes, fishing, dolphin and whale watching, island exploration, and massage.

For more information and to make a reservation, visit the Danzante Resort Web site.

Halibut Cove, Alaska: The Ridgewood Wildnerness Lodge

Breathe in the fresh Alaskan air and bask in untouched wilderness at the Ridgewood Wilderness Lodge on Ishmailof Island, adjacent to Bay State Park, part of the Kenai Peninsula Mountain Range. Designed to be in sync with the surrounding nature, and the lodge uses local businesses, produce from their own garden, and local farmer’s markets, and all resort appliances were chosen to preserve a maximum amount of water and energy. Guests enjoy three gourmet meals a day and access to miles of beaches and secluded salt water coves, where they can participate in activities such as fishing (including deep-sea fishing as well as stream fishing), bird watching, glacier day hikes, wildlife tours, heli-hiking, and more. Since the resort has a maximum capacity of 8 guests, each guest is sure to enjoy personalized attention and advice from lodge staff as well as socializing opportunities with fellow guests.

For more information and to make a reservation, visit the Ridgewood Wilderness Lodge.

Krabi, Thailand: Langham Place Eco Resort + Spa

Luxury and eco-friendly are united at the Lagham Place Eco Resort + Spa, located on a small island off the southwest coast of Thailand.The resort is committed to using renewable energy sources, practicing water conservation, recycling, using local resources, and protecting the surrounding environment. Guests who crave luxurious and high-tech, yet eco-friendly, accommodations will be pleased with the spacious single rooms as well as private villas. Guests enjoy a range of activities including diving, snorkeling, sailing, tennis, mountain biking, or sunning by one of the four swimming pools, including an ocean pool. When it’s time to take a break from the sun, guests can retreat to the spa for Thai massage, hydrotherapy, body polishes, and more, or head to the gym to use state-of-the-art cardio and weight equipment. The resort features several fine dining options, including a seafood restaurant, a casual cafe, several bars, and in-room dining services.

For more information or to make a reservation, visit the Langham Place Eco Resort + Spa Web site.

Other Eco-tourism Destinations

Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico: Rancho Encantado

Dominican Republic: Roco Ki

Montana, USA: The Lodge at Sun Ranch

For a green-friendly travel guide, check out Tango’s Diva’s Guide to Travel Guides.

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