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.

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1.Rancho La Puerta, Mexico

Rancho La Puerta, Mexico
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Rancho La Puerta is an amazing destination spa which has been a green getaway since its beginnings in 1940. The resort has an on-site garden with 22 full time gardeners which produces vegetables for the resort kitchen. The gardens are fertilized using composted organic matter and employ natural pest management. You will see many migrating birds on the property which has become a sanctuary for them on their migratory path. There are 200 different plant species at Rancho La Puerta which remain as undisturbed as possible.

The resort is a leader in their community, offering innovative eco-friendly ideas to those around them. For example, at the end of the Christmas season, Rancho La Puerta' wood chipper is used to turn Christmas trees into mulch for the grounds. At Rancho La Puerta, you will find green buildings and furniture, innovative water conservation practices, energy conservation and recycling. This is a truly exemplary green vacation getaway (800-443-7565, 858-764-5500).

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2.Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Blue Lagoon, Iceland  

Blue Lagoon is an awesome spa destination which is 100% powered by clean geothermal energy. The resort built a special power plant which meant drilling deep wells up to 2,000 meters into the ground to tap into the 240 degree geothermal fluid. This is used to create electricity and heat water for central heating at Blue Lagoon. This innovative power plant is the only one of its kind in the whole world. The design of the resort reflects harmony with nature. The entrance to Blue Lagoon leads across a footpath cut through lava rock and past a beautiful lava wall built from 70,000 lava pieces (+354 420 8800). You may also like: Honeymoon in Iceland.

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3.Cycling or Walking Vacation with The Carter Company

Cycling or Walking Vacation with The Carter Company
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The Carter Company got started by Wendy Carter many years ago. Cycling and walking holidays are quite trendy nowadays, with many new companies offering these kinds of experiences, but The Carter Company was there right from the start and has over two decades of experience behind it.

The Carter Company is highly flexible and works closely with every traveler to provide a customized package and personalized service. When you travel for luxury UK cycling holidays and amazing Europe walking holidays with The Carter Company, you’ll be getting the very best and most personalized experiences, making unique memories just for you and having one of a kind days out from start to finish. This company exclusively deals with 4 and 5-star accommodation, including options like hotels, castles, boutique guesthouses, and more. Each location is fully vetted and handpicked by The Carter Company team to guarantee total quality and satisfaction.

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4.Stanford Inn, Mendocino Coast, California

Stanford Inn, Mendocino Coast, California
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If you are a vegan, it doesn't get any better than the Stanford Inn, the only vegan resort in the U.S. Located on the scenic Mendocino Coast in California, the resort has a fantastic organic restaurant, romantic rooms with wood-burning fireplaces and a wellness center. Guest rooms and suites have views of the Pacific Ocean, Big River and the inn's own organic gardens. Vacationers enjoy a full range of amenities including an indoor swimming pool, sauna, hot tub and free mountain bike rentals. The wellness center offers gardening classes, meditation, nutrition, weight management and cooking classes. Treat yourself to a soothing massage, Ayurvedic treatments, Acupuncture or Acupressure during your stay. Rooms start at $211 per night, including organic breakfast, free WiFi, organic coffee and eco-friendly amenities. The property is pet-friendly and welcomes children (800-331-8884).

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5.The Kasbah du Toubkal, Morocco

The Kasbah du Toubkal, Morocco
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Toubkal National Park, located just 60 km from Marrakech, is a beautiful spot for nature enthusiasts. The photos of this place are stunning. The Kasbah du Toubkal is an eco lodge set at the foot of Jbel Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa. Visit this unique mountain getaway as a side adventure on your trip to Morocco, or call the hotel and have them arrange a complete hiking trip for you.

Accommodation options include Deluxe and Standard en suite rooms, and Berber Salons with areas for families and groups. The luxurious Garden House has a glass wall looking up the mountain peaks. Guests can also stay at a remote trekking lodge in a traditional Berber village in a nearby valley. Rates start from 130 Euro per night (+212 (0)524 485611). The resort founded an association which helps the community with projects like providing the region's first ambulance and driver, building a hammam (the region's first community steam bath) and assistance with the construction of a school for 80 children.

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6.Nimmo Bay Resort, British Columbia

Nimmo Bay Resort, British Columbia
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Nimmo Bay Resort is a sustainable hideaway in the British Columbia wilderness. The resort uses a waste management system which cleans black and gray water so that only clean water is returned to the surrounding nature. Nimmo Bay works with local suppliers to be able to serve their guests sustainable foods and other products. Fishing at Nimmo Bay is catch & release in order to protect the local fish population. The resort is helping protect wild juvenile Pacific Salmon from sea lice.

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7.Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, Costa Rica

Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, Costa Rica
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Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort in Costa Rica is a getaway for nature lovers. You will be surrounded by the pristine rainforest, filled with tropical birds and wildlife. The resort was awarded the three-leaf Sustainable Tourism Certificate for its sustainable tourism practices. Green practices include recycling, use of biodegradable materials, water and sewage treatment, and reduction of energy consumption. You can enjoy your stay, making a small footprint and helping preserve this unique destination. The spa offers unique treatments such as invigorating hydrotherapy therapies and volcanic mud therapies. You can bathe in natural mineral hot springs known for their rejuvenating properties. The property offers 102 guest rooms and suites at the base of the Arenal Volcano. Rooms start from $175 per night (+ 506 2479-2099).

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8. Pikaia Lodge, Galapagos Islands

Pikaia Lodge, Galapagos Islands
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Pikaia Lodge in the Galapagos Islands offers 3- to 7-night all-inclusive packages which combine scenic hikes, boat tours and wildlife adventures with great service and designer accommodations. The eco-friendly lodge, built on an extinct volcano crater, utilizes alternative energy sources and is home to its own Tortoise Reserve. Luxury amenities include an infinity pool with lounge chairs, Sumaq wellness center and several dining options. The spa offers indulgent treatments, Zen-style design and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The spa has an infrared sauna, whirlpool and a gym. Pikaia Lodge is near beautiful sandy beaches and endemic forests where you can see giant tortoises on your morning walk. The resort has a private 100-foot yacht used for exploring the nearby islands and a 35-foot boat which offers guided fishing and snorkeling tours around the island of Santa Cruz.

Guest rooms and suites at Pikaia Lodge feature contemporary design with panoramic windows so that you can have a great view right from your bed. Each room has a terrace, plenty of natural light and black out curtains if you decide to sleep in. The restaurant, bar and lounge all offer stunning views of the island and the ocean. The "Evolution" Restaurant offers elegant dining indoors as well as romantic candle lit dinners under the stars. DNA Bar serves famous cocktails and local drinks. 3-night all inclusive rates start at $3,700 USD per person, including taxas, service charge, accommodations, VIP airport lounge access, airport transfers, all guided tours, sports equipment, lectures and all meals.

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9.Singita Lebombo Lodge in South Africa

Singita Lebombo Lodge in South Africa  

Singita Lebombo Lodge in South Africa is surrounded by some of the most amazing wildlife on the planet. The lodge is located in Kruger National Park. It has a guest swimming pool with comfortable lounge chairs great for relaxing between Land Rover and walking safari tours. Guests can request massage and other spa services at the lodge. The hotel has 15 spacious guest suites decorated with native materials and colors. The lodge serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, included in the daily rate. Teas, coffees and drinks are available to hotel guests. Fly to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport or Johannesburg International Airport and catch a connecting flight to the lodge. Singita may also be accessed by private air charter directly to the lodge during daylight hourse (+27-21-683-3424).

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10.Arctic Kingdom

Arctic Kingdom
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Arctic Kingdom's mission is to bring travelers closer to nature, helping them visit far away places and unexplored destinations. Arctic Kingdom guides approach all wildlife with mindfulness and respect, following specific company guidelines. The company leads small groups of 4 to 12 people to the Arctic, ensuring that each experience is unique and personal. One of the trips you can take is the "Polar Bear Mother and Newborn Cubs Photo Safari" which lets you watch as newborn bear cubs emerge with their mothers from their winter dens in mid-March. Your guides will get a special permit from Parks Canada to get as close as 100 meters to the bears. In addition to bear cubs, you can see arctic foxes, caribou herds and wolves. When the night descends, you'll be able to admire the stunning display of the Aurora Borealis.

The adventure company uses unique tracked heated vehicles to get close to the wildlife. The trip includes 2 nights' Winnipeg accommodations, 7 nights in an Outpost Lodge (a refurbished navy communications base 40 miles south of Churchill, MB. Canada), a return train ticket from Churchill to Chesnaye and all meals at lodge. The lodge can accommodate up to 18 guests and is self-sufficient with a wood burning fireplace, internet and several guest rooms. The expedition takes 9 days and costs $9,190 CAD plus tax (888-737-6818).

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11.Good Day Out - Wildlife Experiences in Wales

Good Day Out - Wildlife Experiences in Wales
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Wales is a wonderful location to experience these kinds of countryside activities, being a popular spot for nature walks, farm visits, and more. People of all ages and from all walks of life can enjoy these activities, and an inspirational company named Good Day Out is making the whole thing even better by offering a long list of unique day out opportunities, all for a good cause.

Good Day Out offers unique outdoor experiences that can really appeal to people of all ages. Whether you’re looking for a fun way to spend a day as a couple, a solo traveler, a group of friends, or a family with young children, you’ll find that these experiences all have something to offer you. Kids will adore meeting cute animals like friendly pigs and tiny ponies, while older guests will appreciate the fun of sheep shearing, hedge laying, red kite photography, and more. For every day out you book, a donation is made to a great cause, helping to preserve the countryside and contribute to deserving charities and projects. This lets you have a lovely day out and also enjoy the positive feeling that comes from helping out others.

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12.Treebones Resort, California

Treebones Resort, California  

Treebones Resort in Big Sur, California, is an eco-friendly camping getaway surrounded by forest and ocean views. Guest tents all have a sky dome above the bed, through which you can watch the stars at night. Treebones recycles, composts and grows most of the vegetables on site in their organic garden. All of the electricity is created by clean burning micro turbines which provide hot water and heat the pool.

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13.Assiniboine Lodge, Canada

Assiniboine Lodge, Canada  

Explore the Canadian wilderness on skis while staying at Assiniboine Lodge in British Columbia. The lodge participates in projects dedicated to preserving the surrounding nature. For example, during the "Art for the Park" initiative, several paintings depicting Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park will be reproduced and sold to support the parks in the area.

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14.Heron Island Resort, Australia

Heron Island Resort, Australia
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When you are a resort on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, you have to take extra care not to disturb the beautiful coral reef that surrounds you. Heron Island resort generates its own power, produces drinkable water and offers hands-on workshops that let you learn about the environment.

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15.Mahali Mzuri, Africa

Mahali Mzuri, Africa  

Sir Richard Branson loves Keyna (he was made a tribal Maasai elder in 2007). If you are a fan of his other properties, such as Necker Island and Ulusaba, you will enjoy this 12-tent Kenyan wilderness camp located right in the path of the annual wildlife migration. Mahali Mzuri is located in the Motorogi Conservancy, just north of the Maasai Mara National Reserve and about 240 km west of Nairobi. Year-round, guests can go on twice daily game drives to observe wildlife.

Things get particularly exciting during the annual migration. Resident guides tell visitors about animal behavior as they accompany them on the daily game drives. The luxury camp accommodates a maximum of 24 guests at any one time. Rates start from USD $590 per person per night (based on double occupancy) and are fully inclusive of all meals, drinks & daily game drives as well as unlimited access to the Olare Orok and Motorogi Conservancies.

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16.Sundance Resort, Utah

Sundance Resort, Utah  

Sundance Resort in Utah has been committed to green practice since its beginning. The resort recycles, uses organic products and helps with mountain restoration by laying erosion blankets and restoring vegetation. Resident artists at the Art Studio break down glass bottles to create decorative art and housewares used around the property (877-831-6224).

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17.The Colony Hotel, Maine

The Colony Hotel, Maine  

The Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport, Maine has a dedicated team which meets regularly to improve the eco-friendliness of the hotel. The Colony Hotel composts organic waste, uses saltwater in the pool, and serves dishes made from locally farmed ingredients. You won't find any aerosol products or styrofoam food containers at this green hotel (+1 207-967-3331).

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18.The Woodstock Inn, Vermont

The Woodstock Inn, Vermont  

Plan a green getaway at The Woodstock Inn & Resort in Vermont. This 142-room resort offers a choice of outdoor activities, including golf and fly fishing in the summer, and skiing in the winter. The health club has an indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, letting vacationers exercise and relax. Green practices includes recycling of plastics, newspaper, white paper, glass and retired technology parts. Fryer grease from the kitchen is used to make bio-diesel. The resort uses green cleaning products, 80% organic fertilizers on the golf greens, and organic soaps in the guestrooms (+1 802-332-6853).

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19.Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises  

Set sail aboard one of the three Windstar Cruises ships which use wind power to get around, green cleaning products and other sustainable practices. During a recent refurbishment project, Windstar worked with select vendors who helped the cruise line minimize the environmental impact.

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20.Fregate Island, Seychelles

Fregate Island, Seychelles  

Fregate Island in the Seychelles is a romantic getaway with a beautiful coral reef where you can spend your days snorkeling and scuba diving. Only 40 lucky guests can stay on the island at a time. The two resort restaurants use fruits and vegetables grown by a team of gardeners. Many of the herbs from the private gardens are incorporated in relaxing spa treatments, so book a couples massage on your romantic vacation.

21.Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort

Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort  

Located on the second largest island in Fiji, the Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands is set on a former coconut plantation, lush with palm trees and other tropical greenery. The resort offers an array of activities, including glass bottom boat tours, reef walks, snorkeling, eco tours, volleyball, fishing, kayaking, tennis, medicine walks and others. Couples can book a massage on the beach or in the privacy of their bure. The spa utilizes local coconut oil in its treatments. Rates start from US $455 per night.

22.The Universal Sea - Art and Innovation to Combat Sea Pollution

The Universal Sea - Art and Innovation to Combat Sea Pollution
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The Universal Sea project is all about developing solutions to stop the plastic epidemic, mainly operating in Europe, but also undertaking action overseas in various other countries. Artists, cultural actors, experts, and members of the public all come together to co-create solutions to reduce water pollution through the organization of various events, exhibitions, talks, workshops, and more. The impact of The Universal Sea has been really impressive so far. More than 1,100 artists and innovators have gotten involved from countries around the world, with multiple universities and leading scientific institutions also playing a part. Festivals and special arts events have been held at key destinations, touching the lives of millions of visitors.

All year long, events and activities are being organized by members of The Universal Sea project in order to fight marine debris, clean up the oceans and seas, and contribute to a brighter, better future for all. You can use the online portal of The Universal Sea to find and connect with like-minded people in your local area, getting involved in events:

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23.Movenpick Resort Bangtao Beach, Phuket

Movenpick Resort Bangtao Beach, Phuket  

Movenpick Resort Bangtao Beach has been awarded the Green Globe Certification for its environmental conservation and support of community-related activities. The property uses of water from their own treatment plant, and a high-efficiency air condition inverter compressor.

24.Milia Mountain Retreat, Greece

Milia Mountain Retreat, Greece  

Milia Mountain Retreat in Greece offers charming cottages with wood burning stoves or fireplaces. If you are planning a romantic getaway, splurge on one of the suites with a large garden.

25.Wolwedans in NamibRand Nature Reserve

Wolwedans in NamibRand Nature Reserve  

At Wolwedans in NamibRand Nature Reserve, guests get to immerse themselves in pristine nature and experience once in a lifetime wildlife encounters. Sustainable buildings offer large windows and outdoor decks which will make you feel connected to nature day and night. Wolwedans is a kid-friendly destination and a unique opportunity for children to learn about the environment.

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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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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.

Bear Viewing

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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