Looking for a more meaningful experience than the average all-inclusives and tourist traps offer?
You and your new spouse have more choices than ever.Don’t want to take a bite out of the planet on your honeymoon
Ecotourism is the fastest growing market in the tourism industry, according to the World Tourism Organization — and the trend is clear in the wealth of hotels and resorts that feature earth-friendly offerings.
“People want to connect with nature and have powerful experiences, not stand in lines or shop for souvenirs,” says Matt Kareus, marketing director at Natural Habitat Adventures, which offers eco-travel and wildlife-viewing tours in dramatic locales from the Arctic to New Zealand.
“More and more couples are choosing eco-friendly honeymoons,” agrees Anna Pezik, senior editor at Brides.com. “Couples are uncovering exotic, new, healthy ways to celebrate their nuptials, relax and have fun — while preserving the planet and giving back.”
Check out our top seven eco-resorts that offer earth-friendly amenities for romantic vacations, idyllic settings, every one perfect for a once-in-a-lifetime eco-conscious honeymoon.
1. Maho Bay Camp, St. John, Virgin Islands
Maho has offered its “Total Eco Experience” for nearly 30 years. Stay in any of 114 oceanside tent-cottages that are the ultimate in environmental retreats. Built by hand to avoid disturbing the natural environment, the tent-cottages are connected by elevated walkways that are raised to prevent soil erosion. While there is electricity, trade winds — not AC — cool the rooms. And you’ll bathe in a bathhouse, using biodegradable soap and pull-chain showers that drain into surrounding vegetation. The island of St. John is itself a veritable nature preserve, and this resort is considered the best eco-resort in the Caribbean. Enjoy beautiful beaches, hiking trails, and exceptional views of the ocean and Virgin Islands National Park. maho.org