The health benefits of spending time in nature are well-documented, as are the stress-relieving benefits of taking a vacation. Travelers looking to really get away from it all, and help conserve some of the world’s most pristine natural habitats, should consider de-stressing at a relaxing and secluded eco-resort.
Good for your stress levels and for the environment, these destinations are both tranquil and invigorating, often featuring spa services and complimentary yoga classes alongside rainforest tours and water sports. And it’s a vacation you can feel good about: From a private island and reserve off the coast of Zanzibar equipped with the latest eco-technology to a sustainable lodge celebrating Pueblo culture in Taos, New Mexico, all are committed to preserving the surrounding land, benefiting native communities and employing local staff.
Lapa Ríos Ecolodge & Wildlife Reserve, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Lapa Rios Ecolodge and Wildlife Reserve brings nature and luxury together on 1,000 acres of private nature reserve lush with pristine rainforest. The lodge and 16 private bungalows are strung along a coastal ridge, connected by steps and narrow walkways. Beautiful beaches, rainforest access, sporting activities, massage and yoga classes keep guests returning to the resort for more.
Kasbah du Toubkal Ecolodge, Marrakech, Morocco
Nestled up in the Atlas Mountains, Kasbah de Toubkal Ecolodge was rated the best mountain retreat in Morocco by Conde Nast Traveler, and was also a 2012 Fodor’s Choice selection. The fort-style hotel — run in partnership with the loval Berber community — at the foot of Jbel Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa, is just 40 miles outside Marrakech for nearby sight-seeing. Visitors can enjoy guided tours of the mountain, panoramic views, steam baths, and gardens.
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