With Earth Day right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to consider an eco-friendly resort for your next trip. Check in with responsible luxury and enjoy a sustainable family vacation with one of these top brands worldwide, year-round.
Aruba is already an idyllic destination, but with the added green initiative spreading through top hotels and resorts, Hyatt Regency Aruba is at the forefront of the sustainable movement.
Check out the Hyatt Thrive Program, using solar energy to heat the hotel’s water and the Embrace Project, which maintains the beauty and authentic cultural elements of the resort. Take a dip in the freshwater lagoon, or bring the kids to Camp Hyatt and enjoy a holistic spa treatment.
Known as the World’s Greenest Luxury Hotel Chain, the hotel’s credence and tagline, “responsible luxury,” holds up. Everything about ITC Hotels is designed to lower the carbon footprint of guests and the resort while focusing on eco-friendly elements such as sourcing renewable energy, on-site water bottling services, solar panels, vertical gardens and constant audits and improvements to uphold a higher standard of travel.
The deserts of Arizona long emanated healing properties, relaxation and tranquility, but add in sustainable practices of the eco-friendly Enchantment Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz., and you have yourself a “green” vacation destination. Bring the kids, get away with friends or retreat on your own to Boynton Canyon, surrounded by historic Native American influences. Visitors pay a $5 fee for guided biking tours, hiking and outdoor adventures giving back to the Boynton Canyon Preservation Fund, preserving the red rock landscape.
Go a step further and teach the kids all about nature preservation, sustainable travel and the importance of protecting our environment with Camp Coyote, for kids ages 4–12. Early education is vital in sustainable practices and the kid’s camp makes the experience enjoyable as well as informative. Watch as they engage in fun, educational activities complete with science experiments and canyon exploration. Enjoy some of the resort’s “green” efforts yourself with organic wines, local goods available on site for purchase and key cards made from renewable crops. Enchantment Resort composts landscaping materials and strictly uses biodegradable cleaning products around the hotel, just to name a few.
Nestled in California's Santa Ynez Valley is the Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort, a picturesque dude ranch-style resort that made a name for itself as a luxurious family getaway. For decades, this beautiful hideaway has been a favorite of the rich and famous from around the world.
A selfie is a fun source of memories, but it doesn’t have to be the only one. You can help your children — who are lucky enough to actually travel — maintain some of the memories of what they experience. Among these few simple activities, one or more may enhance their memory banks by assisting them to identify, classify and remember what they have seen and done. It may also facilitate their ability to distinguish between why they liked one thing and not another, which is in itself an important learning experience.
For when you’re feeling rundown and need a solo getaway, holistic couple’s retreat, health and wellness refresh, or just a mindful getaway with friends, family or yourself — the West is calling. Arizona, New Mexico and California’s deserted, ruggedly beautiful landscape can sometimes be just the thing your mind and body need for a healing vacation.
Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.
Before you tick off the same sights on your Paris itinerary, consider adding one or more of these activities. Amusez-vous bien!