Boutique Caribbean: The Best Eco-Resorts
There’s nothing more luxurious than a vacation in the tropics, so why not book a trip that helps preserve this natural beauty? We’re continuing our #HAPBoutiqueCaribbean series with travel writer @katherineparkermagyar’s selections for the best eco-resorts in the West Indies.
Hotel Punta Islita - Guanacaste, Costa Rica: Not only do the private villas at Hotel Punta Islita offer breathtaking views of the tropical rainforests and Caribbean Sea, but your tourist dollars support funding for schools and farms in the local community. Conscientious travel is about more than just your carbon footprint, after all. Pura Vida, indeed. Caves Branch Jungle Lodge - Belmopan, Belize: Head inland to Caves Branch in Belize for the ultimate eco-immersive experience in the Mayan Mountains. The lush surroundings (and lack of WiFi) ensure you won’t have to try hard to feel present during your Caribbean getaway. Stay in a canopy treehouse or jungle cabana and prepare to fall asleep to the sounds of the wild—and wake to the birdsongs of the tropical forest. Pagua Bay House - Marigot, Dominica: Dominica is considered the hidden gem of the tropics—and one visit to the Caribbean’s “Nature Island” will have you thoroughly convinced of its charms. Go off the grid at Pagua Bay House, a secluded oasis overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Marigot. There’s no better place to take in the nation’s wild beauty than on the verandah of your private cabana. Hotel Manapany - Anse des Cayes, St. Bart’s: Though you may not equate eco-resorts with the luxe sophistication of St. Bart’s, Hotel Manapany is the perfect place to (sustainably) experience the island’s “La Belle Vie”. The boutique hotel combines the best of both worlds, with 5-star amenities, as well as an eco-friendly design. (Not to mention it’s very own surf school along the Anse des Cayes beach). Who says green can’t be chic?