7 Eco-Friendly Resorts on VAX

Travel insights from VAX VacationAccess

Sustainable travel, eco travel, ecotourism, responsible travel…no matter what you call it, this travel niche is hot.

This type of travel supports the management of resources so that economic, social and aesthetic needs are fulfilled while maintaining cultural integrity, essential ecological processes, biological diversity and life support systems. Basically, it's choosing suppliers and destinations with environmentally-focused practices.

And a recent poll on VAX shows that travelers are asking for it – almost 50% of respondents said that they frequently or sometimes have clients who are looking for sustainable or eco-friendly travel options.

There actually are travel agencies that specialize in sustainable travel. But if you're not one of them (and that's ok!) and a client wants to book an eco-friendly vacation, you can recommend one of these 7 resorts, all bookable right on VAX.

From Costa Rica to the Maldives, see where eco travel can take your clients.

Costa Rica

El Mangroove, Autograph Collection - Guanacaste
In 2015, this hotel earned the highest ranking of a level 5 from the Certification for Sustainable Tourism program. Their sustainable practices include water-efficient faucets, dual-flush toilets, irrigation water treated on-site and LED and fluorescent lightning. Most food products are organic and local and the wood of trees that were cut down during the hotel's construction were recycled into furniture and mirror frames.

Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge - Monteverde
This ecolodge declares that it is "all about 'GO-GREEN,' meaning it's environment-friendly and nature-friendly and has minimal or no harm on its ecosystems or the environment." It does not use any chemical products and instead uses organic and biodegradable products that don't have a negative impact on the environment. It also has a waste center that is used to recycle solid waste like plastics, tin cans, paper waste and glass to do its part to fight climate change.

Mexico

Azul Ixtapa - Ixtapa
The Azul Ixtapa bills itself as "a majestic luxury resort with an eco-friendly concept." And it really is living up to that. As of 2016, it's an EarthCheck Gold Certified resort and has earned the S Badge from Mexico's Ministry of Tourism, a recognition of sustainable practices in the tourism industry. One of the coolest things about Azul Ixtapa is its EcoGym that has solar-powered fitness equipment that powers the gym and the surrounding community.

Grand Palladium White Sands - Cancun
The Grand Palladium White Sand Resort & Spa is a luxury eco-hotel that has won a global certification of sustainable tourism by EarthCheck for adhering to the highest standards of environmental conservation and the Travelife Gold Award, an international sustainability certification.

Sandos Caracol - Riviera Maya
The resort was built around a natural ecosystem and its dedication to low impact on its environment means the monkeys and tropical birds are right outside the door. Guests are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the region's unbelievable natural beauty while learning about the local landscapes and wildlife.

South Asia

Taj Exotica Resort and Spa - Maldives
The Taj Exotica Resort and Spa almost has to consider the environment first, based on the delicate ecosystem of the Maldives that it's located in. The resort recently installed a more efficient water heating system to reduce the use of fuel, a rainwater retention system and garden beds with succulents like jade trees and sea hibiscus that reduce the need for daily watering. All of these efforts make "green" the essence of this resort.

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru - Maldives
Another beautiful resort in the Maldives, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru has a marine conservation lab that regularly conducts research on coral biology and ecology as well as green sea turtle conservation. Resort guests can join in-house divers to assist in coral reef and species inventory checks, and also sponsor their own coral gardens.