There is a special feeling that comes over you when you enter a perfect hideaway that vibrates in harmony with nature. Green vacations are not just about water-efficient bathrooms and recycling. They provide you with the time and space to reconnect with nature and return to your roots. Our top 25 list includes unique mountain lodges, rainforest retreats, wilderness expeditions, coastal and beach hideaways. Explore the pristine wilderness of British Columbia, snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia or relax on the beach in Fiji. Whether you are planning a honeymoon, family getaway or a special celebration, eco-friendly getaways are the perfect way to get back to nature. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Rancho La Puerta, Mexico
2.Blue Lagoon, Iceland
3.Stanford Inn, Mendocino Coast, California
4.The Kasbah du Toubkal, Morocco
5.Nimmo Bay Resort, British Columbia
6.Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, Costa Rica
7. Pikaia Lodge, Galapagos Islands
8.Singita Lebombo Lodge in South Africa
10.Treebones Resort, California
11.Assiniboine Lodge, Canada
12.Mahali Mzuri, Africa
13.Sundance Resort, Utah
14.The Colony Hotel, Maine
15.The Woodstock Inn, Vermont
17.Fregate Island, Seychelles
18.Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort
19.Heron Island Resort, Australia
20.Movenpick Resort Bangtao Beach, Phuket
21.Milia Mountain Retreat, Greece
22.Wolwedans in NamibRand Nature Reserve
25 of The Coolest Green Trips
- Rancho La Puerta, Mexico, Photo: Rancho La Puerta
- Blue Lagoon, Iceland
- Stanford Inn, Mendocino Coast, California, Photo: Stanford Inn
- The Kasbah du Toubkal, Morocco, Photo: The Kasbah du Toubkal
- Nimmo Bay Resort, British Columbia, Photo: Nimmo Bay Resort
- Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, Costa Rica, Photo: Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort
- Pikaia Lodge, Galapagos Islands, Photo: Pikaia Lodge
- Singita Lebombo Lodge in South Africa
- Arctic Kingdom, Photo: Arctic Kingdom
- Treebones Resort, California
- Assiniboine Lodge, Canada
- Mahali Mzuri, Africa
- Sundance Resort, Utah
- The Colony Hotel, Maine
- The Woodstock Inn, Vermont
- Windstar Cruises
- Fregate Island, Seychelles
- Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort
- Heron Island Resort, Australia
- Movenpick Resort Bangtao Beach, Phuket
- Milia Mountain Retreat, Greece
- Wolwedans in NamibRand Nature Reserve
- Cover Photo: Heron Island
Hotel Spotlight: Great Alaska Adventure Lodge
Family-owned Great Alaska Adventure Lodge is both a historic homestead turned guest lodge and a renowned travel service on the banks of the Kenai River in South Central Alaska’s Chugach Mountain Range. Great Alaska’s adventure packages take couples, friends, and families for a tour of the area’s world-famous fishing, sightseeing and bear viewing at both on- and off-site destinations. The central Kenai River Lodge offers daily meals, happy hour celebration and sundown bonfire, with fishing on the beach just steps from the riverfront cabins spread throughout the 25-acre property.
Guests at Great Alaska’s Kenai River Lodge can choose from nine freestanding cabins each with accommodations ranging from two, three, four and six rooms. Designed as separate units, each multiple-occupancy room features its own entrance door on a deck overlooking the Kenai River, as well as private bathroom and laundry service by request.
Some trips include accommodations at Bear Camp, Great Alaska’s private fly-in wilderness camp. Guests stay glamping-style in heated, lighted tents with beds and linens and in-room toilets. Showers are available in the shared bathrooms, and meals are served on-site by camp hosts as well as in the field by trip guides.
Great Alaska does charge a fee for single guests looking to book a room or tent for themselves.
Adventure and lodging packages at Great Alaska Adventure Lodge include three single-entree meals daily. The Lodge’s chef-led kitchen focuses on using fresh, healthy ingredients, with an emphasis on local seafood. Breakfast is likely to include classics like bacon and eggs, biscuits and gravy or blueberry pancakes for proper fuel before a day on the water.
Lunch and dinner at the Lodge focus on the wild Alaskan salmon and halibut the area is best known for, from salmon and clam chowder to halibut cakes and fish tacos. Some adventures include a shoreside lunch of reindeer sausage and cheese or chicken with caramelized onions and peppers, along with a glass of wine.
Snacks and soups are served each afternoon before dinner, fuel for the long Alaska summer days. In the evening, Lodge guests and staff gather together in the Adventurer’s Lounge for happy hour with pre-dinner drinks and appetizers.
Great Alaska Adventures
Guests can choose one of Great Alaska Adventure Lodge’s numerous adventure packages combining meals, lodging, fishing, and other recreational activities throughout the area.
Most include a trip to Great Alaska’s private fly-in bear viewing camp. The 2-5-day trips begin with a scenic flight over glaciers and mountains to Bear Camp, where guests can enjoy heated tent cabins with beds and linens and meals provided by camp hosts. The camp boasts the area’s best brown bear viewing, with mothers and cubs active in the spring, and adults gathering at the water to fish for salmon in the summer.
Great Alaska’s longest trip, The Bucket List packs 11 days full of activities, with bear viewing, a cruise to Kenai Fjords National Park, a tour of Denali National Park, ocean fishing, a ride in an Alaskan Dog Mushing sled, Bald Eagle spotting and more. The Multi-Sport trip is recreation with a workout, with whitewater rafting, mountain biking, hiking, and kayaking. Great Alaska’s top fishing experience includes 2-7 days of guided fishing, with offshore fishing in Cook Inlet or Resurrection Bay, trout fishing on the Kenai River, and fishing for some of the world’s largest salmon.
Other trips include a 4-day family fishing trip, tour of the glaciers and wildlife of the Kenai Peninsula, and photo safari through the area’s National Parks, wildlife refuges and National Forests.
Some Great Alaska adventure trips offer per child discounts for families. All trips include a complimentary van pickup in Anchorage with sightseeing trip to Kenai River Lodge.
Other Recreational Activities
Great Alaska Adventure Lodge lies at the confluence of the Moose and Kenai Rivers, an ideal site to witness Alaska’s abundant wildlife. Guests can take their cameras and travel by canoe or flat-water kayak along the waters to spot giant moose, lynx, beaver, wood ducks, Tundra Swans, and other creatures. The shores of the Kenai River right in front of the Kenai River Lodge are also the site of a daily sundown bonfire for evening salmon fishing or s’mores by the fire.
Great Alaska Adventure Lodge also lies near many famous Alaskan destinations, with many trips available to give visitors a taste of the state’s ecological and geological treasures. Denali National Park is home to the highest peak in North America, as well as caribou, moose, grizzly bears, wolves, and other creatures living within the park’s 6 million acres of wilderness. Prince William Sound is the place to spot whales, orcas, sea lions, puffins, and other marine life.
33881 Sterling Highway, Sterling, AK 99672,
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Hotel Spotlight: Deep Creek Fishing Club
Deep Creek Fishing Club, situated in the scenic fishing wonderland of Ninilchik, Alaska (just under 200 miles to the south of Anchorage), offers cabins and on-site fishing excursions. They offer dining, even delivering fresh pastries and hot coffee to each cabin’s front door in the morning. Although the location is fairly remote, the facilities were designed to provide the best of both worlds (the modern and nature). Hotel guests should make sure to dress for the weather, as Alaska can be substantially colder than where many guests are traveling from.
Lodging at the Fishing Club is in one of the on-site cabins. There are a variety of them on the premises, and guests are able to request specific cabins when booking their stay.
Each cabin is situated on the oceanfront and offers hotel guests panoramic views of both the water and the snowcapped volcanoes on Cook Inlet with large windows. Cabins are mostly two story but were built to be ADA compliant. Hotel guests with disabilities should make sure to ask when reserving to verify the cabin will be accessible.
Cabins are a spacious 800 square feet and sleep two people at a time. They feature a king-sized bed with a locally made hickory wood frame and each mattress is covered with flannel sheets and warm blankets/comforters by Hudson Bay.
Each cabin has its own mini fridge and offers satellite television standard. They all have private bathrooms en suite. They were designed to feel as much like home away from home as possible.
Breakfast pastries are served to each cabin in the morning, as well as a full, fresh pot of coffee or hot tea. Requests can be made by contacting the main lodge, and breakfast is served in the lodge about half an hour after the early morning deliveries are made.
Reservations can be made by calling or emailing Deep Creek.
The Fishing Club is renowned for its gourmet Alaskan dining options. Every item made on-site is created with fresh, local ingredients like king crab, Alaskan salmon, USDA beef or the catch of the day.
Breakfast is served in the morning in the lodge, with a menu designed to be hearty to prepare hotel guests for a full day of fishing and outdoor expeditions.
Deep Creek is known for their fully guided, intensive variety of fishing expeditions that leave from the Fishing Club. Both saltwater and freshwater fishing is available, and the options change daily to cater to what is in season and what hotel guests are looking for.
Saltwater fishing is perhaps most popular, due to the area being known as one of the top spots for halibut fishing in the world. In fact, halibut of more than 300 pounds are caught at the Cook Inlet on a regular basis. Salmon are also prevalent, as well as rockfish and giant lingcod. Guests will be taken out in one of the club’s 28 feet cabin boats (which can hold up to four people) and are fitted with top notch terminal tackle and Accurate Reels.
For freshwater fishing, the club takes guests to 40 of the 300 available freshwater streams in the local area. The creeks are often clear and hotel guests can fish 12 different fish species, including five unique species of salmon, rainbow trout, and northern pike. Fisherman can do either fly or spinner fishing or use one of the available river sleds to troll, drift, or wade. Fishing guides are also available to help.
A valid fishing license is required, which can be purchased online in advance. Additionally, king salmon require an additional stamp which must be purchased in person at a local grocery store.
Fish can be stored overnight for a small fee and can be shipped at an additional cost. Processing is also available on-site.
Bag limits are strictly enforced. Check the website for more specific details.
Another opportunity offered at Deep Creek is bear viewing and photography. Hotel guests can purchase an optional adventure package, which includes one day of other saltwater or freshwater fishing, ocean kayaking (in Kachemak Bay), nature hikes, boat trips to Halibut Cove, Gull Island, and Seldovia, dog sledding, gold panning, horseback riding, a spa day, and a visit to a local oyster farm.
Hotel guests will then be given the opportunity to view and photograph brown bears. Tour guides will lead them to safe places to take photos without being in danger.
67480 Halibut Road, PO Box 39410, Ninilchik, AK, 99639, Phone: 907-567-7373
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Hotel Spotlight: Clover Pass Resort
Located outside of Ketchikan, Alaska, Clover Pass Resort features breathtaking sights, easy access to coastal fishing, and an RV park. With its location beside the water and its knowledgeable guides, Clover Pass Resort is ideal for family vacations, getaways with friends, or fishing trips.
With 30 guest rooms, Clover Pass Resort boasts homey décor, 24-hour access to staff, and close proximity to the marina. Each room contains a private bathroom and two queen-sized beds. Each room can sleep up to 4 guests. Guests can expect to receive daily housekeeping services while staying at the resort.
Guests are welcome to reserve a spot at Clover Pass Resort’s RV Park. Each of its 35 spaces includes access to showers, laundry facilities, and cable hookups.
Clover Pass Resort features delicious dining options for guests to enjoy during their stay.
The dining room at Clover Pass Resort is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy local seafood beside panoramic windows that offer views of Clover Passage. To accommodate the fishing schedules of their guests, breakfast is offered early in the morning, while sack and boxed lunches are available for anglers to take with them to the water. Beer and wine are available during dinner service.
Clover Pass Resort is the perfect place for a fishing trip. Accessible from the marina, the lodge’s fishing areas boast clean waters and ample salmon, halibut, and red snappers.
Guests are able to customize their fishing experience completely. Saltwater and freshwater fishing are both available, and guests can participate in guided fishing trips or strike out on their own. Guided fishing trips are conducted by one of Clover Pass Resort’s expert fishing and wilderness guides.
The resort offers boat rental of both covered and uncovered vehicles. Guests are welcome to bring their own equipment, but the resort does offer bait, tackle, and rain gear rental, as well as rental rods and reels.
Fish processing and packaging is available to guarantee that guests’ catches can be brought home with them.
Family Services & Kids’ Club
Clover Pass Resort welcomes families to stay and fish at their property. Families can enjoy a variety of available fishing packages, while guided fishing tours give families the opportunity to get the most out of their visit.
Weddings, Reunions & Conference Facilities
Clover Pass Resort’s picturesque location and facilities make it ideal for small gatherings. Its rustic facilities and natural surroundings let the resort serve as a background for weddings, church retreats, and family reunions.
Catering is offered from the dining room at Clover Pass Resort, and a variety of group packages are available.
Things to Do Nearby
The nearby town of Ketchikan has much to offer visitors of Clover Pass Resort.
Guests can visit the nearby Tongass National Forest or Misty Fjords National Monument for hiking, wildlife viewing, and mountain biking. For history and culture, the Metlakatla Native Community, the Tongass Historical Museum, or the Saxman Native Museum are all great stops to learn more about the history of Alaska and the Native Americans in the area. Visitors can even find the world’s largest collection of totem poles in downtown Ketchikan and the Saxman Totem Village. Dolly’s House Museum and Gift Shop also offers a fascinating look into a 19th-century brothel.
Ketchikan also hosts a variety of artists that contribute to the beauty of the area. Art festivals and native handicrafts celebrate the role that these individuals play in the community.
Other popular activities in Ketchikan include flightseeing, zip line tours, ATV tours, and boating, as well as fishing and camping. Guests of the area can also partake in mountain biking, logging shows, and scuba diving.
There is a wide selection of dining options in the town of Ketchikan. Guests of Clover Pass Resort can choose between burgers and pizza, Mexican food and Filipino cuisine, or fast food and sit-down dining. Visitors can also enjoy fresh, local seafood. Live music is available at several locations throughout town.
Nearby shops offer handcrafted gifts and souvenirs, vehicle and tool rentals, and camping and fishing gear.
Communities like Prince of Wales Island, Wrangell, and Metlakatla offer even more culture, history, and nature to visitors of Clover Pass Resort. Accessible by plane or boat, quick trips to these communities, as well as to some in Canada, can enrich any guest’s experience. Guests can expect to tour old Native American communities, go spelunking in local caves, visit state parks and historic beaches, and observe wildlife that is native to the area.
708 North Point Higgins Road, Ketchikan, AK 99901, Phone: 800-410-2234
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