Jet Set Go: 5 Luxury Eco Resorts and What to Wear There
Getting back to nature can be gritty, if that’s your thing. Or, as these carefully considered eco resorts show, it can be pure, pampered bliss. Within their gorgeous and distinct settings (such as the rocky Newfoundland coast, the mountains of Montana, the Utah desert) these destinations offer unparalleled luxury, catering to their guests while caring for Mother Nature.
Here are five top eco destinations, plus the perfect packing lists.
Image courtesy of Fogo Island Inn
An architectural marvel set amid natural wonders, Fogo Island Inn rests on an untrammeled coastline surrounded by the North Atlantic. All suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the surrounding sea and Iceberg Alley, a route traveled by ice masses that break off from Greenland’s glaciers. On the rooftop, guests can enjoy the serene sights from hot tubs or seek warmth in wood-fired saunas. Indoors, there’s an art gallery and cinema, library and gym all built from natural materials. But you’ll want to get outside to take in the nature on the island. In the spring and summer, watch for whales or walk among wildflowers. Fish in the island’s trout ponds. In the winter, visitors can ice-fish, skate and cross-country ski—or storm-watch from the comfort of the contemporary yet cozy inn.
Stella McCartney acid-wash oversize denim jacket | J.Crew New crewneck tee | Saint Laurent SL 28 61mm polarized sunglasses | Nili Lotan stretch cotton twill crop military pants | ’47 Clean Up LA Dodgers baseball cap | Balenciaga mixed-media trainer sneaker | Fendi Fun Fair logo nylon backpack | Ilse Jacobsen waterproof buckle snow/rain boot
Image courtesy of the Stanford Inn
Overlooking California’s Mendocino Bay, this farm and inn offers an outstanding opportunity to get back to nature. Stroll or bike around the organic gardens. Rent a canoe, kayak or paddle board to explore the Big River. Guided tours can take you wildlife-spotting for otters, seals and osprey along its shores. While there, be sure to recharge at the Wellness Center, which offers cooking, yoga, tai chi and gardening classes. The Ravens, the inn’s organic, plant-based and award-winning fine restaurant, is worth the trip alone (make sure to try the sea palm and root vegetable strudel).
Herbivore Botanicals rose hibiscus hydrating facial mist | Alo binded wide-strap crop tank | Sea Coraline pleated linen dress | Céline 51mm rectangular sunglasses | Sherpani Tempest canvas convertible backpack | Tod’s espadrille slip-on sneaker | VitaJuwel® Balance ViA water bottle | Alo Airbrush high-waist leggings
Image courtesy of Sorrel River Ranch
Truly the best of two worlds, Sorrel River Ranch is situated in the Moab desert along the Colorado River. Enjoy guided hikes in nearby Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Or take a horse out in the surreal rocky Moab terrain. In the evenings, return to the equally stunning Sorrel Ranch to gather around outdoor bonfires, where you can roast s’mores and stargaze. Perhaps attend a yoga class or embark on a walking meditation session before sunset. The resort’s River Grill offers views of the Colorado and Utah’s rock mesas along with a menu that uses ingredients from the ranch’s own garden. Be sure to leave time to relax by the heated pool.
Tory Burch Marina bikini top | Tory Burch hipster bikini bottoms | Isabel Marant Hellea slide sandal | Splendid x Margherita Dolce Daisy jumpsuit | Janessa Leone Shea straw hat | Supergoop!® antioxidant-infused sunscreen mist with vitamin C SPF 50 | Vince Camuto floral drop earrings | Saint Laurent small Loulou quilted leather backpack
Image courtesy of Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
Like an extremely luxurious safari in North America’s wilds, the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is the ultimate “glamping” experience. Canvas tents kitted out with antique furnishings, elegant linens and fully furnished bathrooms—complete with heated floors—make this eco experience the furthest thing from roughing it. But the outdoors is the main attraction, and British Columbia’s Clayoquot Wilderness Preserve offers temperate rainforests, oceans, fjords and rivers for you to explore. Saddle up a horse, lace up your hiking boots or even jump in a helicopter for some heli-fishing. The team at Clayoquot goes out of their way to help you spot the biosphere’s bears, whales, cougars and birds.
Moncler mixed-media down jacket | Dior Offset 62mm round sunglasses | rag & bone floppy-brim fedora | Etro Dancer paisley reversible silk scarf | Ouidad texture smoothing frizz & flyaway fighter spray | Solid & Striped The Jessica halter bikini top and high-waist bikini bottoms | Khaite Victoria straight-leg jeans | Finn Comfort Garmisch leather hiking boot
Image courtesy of Lone Mountain Ranch
Established in 1915, Lone Mountain Ranch’s enviable location in the Northern Rockies—just 18 miles north of Yellowstone National Park, in proximity to three fly-fishing destinations and down the road from one of the nation’s finest downhill ski resorts, Big Sky—makes it a great getaway any time of year. Twenty-seven restored historic cabins provide quaint and comfortable modern conditions for your vacation homestead. Enjoy hiking, rafting and mountain biking in the summer; both Nordic and downhill skiing in the winter. The ranch also offers painting and photography classes for artistic types, as well as Vinyasa yoga instructors to help you find peace of mind in the Last Best Place.
La Vie Rebecca Taylor mixed-stripe top | Stella McCartney Alter Snake faux-leather fanny pack | Patagonia Capilene Daily graphic tee | Patagonia Nine Trails shorts | Keen Terradora waterproof hiking shoe | Current/Elliott The Original straight leg jeans | Ray-Ban small original 55mm aviator sunglasses | Bony Levy 14k gold hoop earrings | Ariat Round Up D-Toe Western boot