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Eco-Friendly Locations

Planning to travel this summer? An eco-friendly vacation will have you enjoying the outdoors while simultaneously preserving the environment. Better yet, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of how your environmental contribution positively impacts local culture, wildlife, flora, and more. Help to preserve your favorite destination for years to come by booking the eco-friendly vacation of your choice. And remember, going green starts with you.

With options like waste recycling programs, beach cleanup campaigns, and Rainforest Alliance Verified properties, it’s easy to see why eco-friendly hotels are a cut above the rest. These environmentally conscious properties continue to show their respect for local culture by implementing green activities and programs, all while you enjoy your Apple Vacations getaway. Take a look at the hotels below and begin planning your next eco-friendly vacation.

Featured Resort: Riu Guancaste, Costa Rica

Stay at the beautiful Riu Guanacaste and indulge in luxurious amenities that are sure to bring your vacation experience full-circle. Located on Matapalo Beach, this resort features gourmet buffet and a la carte restaurants, evening shows, thrilling water sports, and more! Additionally, Riu Guanacaste is certified sustainable by the National Tourism Institute of Costa Rica and also holds certification for having the third cleanest beach in Costa Rica!

Hyatt Resorts in Hawaii

Various Green initiatives at Hyatt Hotels include: Gold EarthCheck Awards, biodegradable food trays instead of cheaper polystyrene trays, employee community service, biological pest controls, used cooking oil processed into biodiesel fuel, on-site hydroponics farm for resort restaurant cuisine, natural ventilation that results in a substantial energy savings.

Notably Green Hotel Brands

Various Green initiatives at Barceló Hotels & Resorts include: Gold Certification from Green Globe, established beach clean-up programs, education stations available for guests to learn about care of local ecosystems and wildlife, reusing towels and sheets to conserve water and energy, automatic light control in public areas and eco-friendly light bulbs, on-site nursery that produces 60% of the plants used in local reforestation, and nesting areas on the beach during turtle season to protect baby turtles.

Couples Resorts

Various Green initiatives at Couples Resorts include: environmentally-friendly cleaning products, energy efficient air conditioners, 85% of menu items prepared with products from local farmers and growers, and use of electronic hand dryers instead of paper towels.

Dreams Resorts & Spas

Various Green initiatives at Dreams Resorts & Spas include: rainforest Alliance Verification, distintivo "S", beach clean-up programs, participation in the Amigos de Sian Ka'an Program, which promotes community and environmental development, actively involved in Planet Hour and Earth Day, plant and wildlife preservation, eco-friendly cleaning products.

IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts

Various Green initiatives at IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts include: Green Globe Certification, programs that focus on preserving the environment and natural wildlife in each hotel location, ethical management and company policies, improvement of products that benefit guests, employees, and the environment, and taking into account the well-being of local residents and the community.

Now Resorts & Spas

Various Green initiatives at Now Resorts & Spas include: Rainforest Alliance Verification, eco-friendly cleaning products, turtle release programs, distintivo "H", waste recycling programs, donation of goods to local charities, and participation in the Amigos de Sian Ka'an Program, which promotes community and environmental development.

Palladium Hotels & Resorts

Various Green initiatives at Palladium Hotels & Resorts include: EarthCheck Awards, Bronze and Silver Certification from Green Globe, MARTI and Green Plant Certification, and Rainforest Alliance Verification.

RIU Hotels & Resorts

Various Green initiatives at RIU Hotels & Resorts include: Travelife Gold Awards winners, which celebrate environmentally and socially responsible hotels, Sustainability Certification for all hotels, establishment of the Management Plan Wildlife Refuge in Guanacaste, biodegradable cleaning products and environmentally-friendly fabrics, protection programs for endangered species, active reduction in water, electricity, and chemical products, and informative, eco-friendly material for guests and employees.

Sandos Hotels & Resorts

Various Green initiatives at Sandos Hotels & Resorts include: free biodegradable mosquito repellent throughout the resort, using recycled paper for all printed material, avoiding the use of plastic water bottles, ultra-efficient air conditioning systems with low electrical consumption, guided Eco Tour exploring the Mayan jungle, including 16 natural cenotes, indigenous animals, and exotic plants, and repopulation programs for local wildlife and native plants.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii

Various Green initiatives at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii include: high-efficiency lighting conversion programs, low VOC paints, low-flow plumbing fixtures, offering a 44% reduction in water usage from base year, options to defer daily housekeeping services in order to conserve water and energy, window tints and special glasses to reduce heat absorption, vehicle charging stations, and donation of spa treatment proceeds to The Nature Conservancy to support watershed protection on Maui.

Secrets Resorts & Spas

Various Green initiatives at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii include: high-efficiency lighting conversion programs, low VOC paints, low-flow plumbing fixtures, offering a 44% reduction in water usage from base year, options to defer daily housekeeping services in order to conserve water and energy, window tints and special glasses to reduce heat absorption, vehicle charging stations, and donation of spa treatment proceeds to The Nature Conservancy to support watershed protection on Maui.

Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts

Various Green initiatives at Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts include: Rainforest Alliance Verification, Green Leaders Golden Level by TripAdvisor, distintivo "S", beach clean-up campaigns spearheaded by employee volunteers, coral reef and sea turtle protection programs, a reduction of pollutant emissions to the atmosphere, as well as a reduction of detergent consumption due to laundry equipment replacement, and ecological tours with flora and fauna preservation.