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15 Hotels That Give Back

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Travel can change the world, especially when we make smart choices. These hotels embrace responsible tourism by giving back to the local community and preserving and protecting the environment. Some even let guests lend a hand.
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Goldeneye, Jamaica
Goldeneye Hotel & Resort’s name is not a coincidence; this idyllic cluster of whitewashed cottages and suites on Jamaica’s Oracabessa Bay is indeed named after the Brosnan Bond vehicle. But this is no gimmick either: Ian Fleming...
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600 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
Perched atop the majestic Nob Hill, the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco is an oasis of grandeur and tranquility amidst the hustle and bustle of the big city. One of my favorite features is the Club Level Lounge, an exclusive private lounge area on the...
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Quinta Vale de Abrão, 5100-758 Samodães,Lamego, Portugal
The ecofriendly Six Senses brand debuted its first European property in July on 20 acres of vine-covered land overlooking the Douro River. Guests can geek out on port at the in-house Wine Library or indulge in a grape-based scrub at the...
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Makunufushi, South Malé Atoll 20109, Maldives
Each of the Como resort’s 33 over-water bungalows has a private terrace that lets guests jump straight into the lagoon and snorkel amidst colorful fish and coral. Some of the larger suites are built in the shape of dhoni boats, the...
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62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Waimea, HI 96743, USA
The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel sits on the Big Island's Kohala Coast. Beautiful sandy beaches cater to sun worshipers while the proximity to Waimea and Kailua-Kona make it a great place for travelers who seek ocean sports, coffee culture, or horseback...
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Tongabezi co-founder Ben Parker is one of Zambia’s sustainable-travel pioneers. When he built this lodge on the Zambezi River in 1990, luxury bush lodging didn’t exist yet, but he nailed a perfect balance of ecosensitivity (wood decks in...
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Kasbah du Toubkal، إمليل 42152, Morocco
Set high in the mountains, a 90-minute drive from bustling Marrakech, Kasbah du Toubkal gives visitors a unique taste of traditional Berber life. British owners Mike and Chris McHugo run the Kasbah in partnership with the local Imlil village...
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Hoba Wawi, Wanokaka, West Sumba Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
See all of our ideas for where to go in 2015. Sumba Island is a small curl of paradise, located in the eastern curl of paradise that is Indonesia. (From Bali, it is an hour-and-a-half trip by air.) The tiny, remote island is home to the Nihiwatu...
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andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, 3936, South Africa
Phinda is a 55,000 acre private game reserve run by &Beyond, the leading safari/wilderness outfitter in Africa. Phinda features several lodges, each of them exquisite and luxurious in their own right. I spent two nights at Rock Lodge, a...
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This ecohotel’s community-staffed marine turtle sanctuary allows guests to help collect eggs and return baby turtles to the ocean. From $410, all-inclusive. This appeared in the Nov/Dec 2015 issue.
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Koh Ouen Private Island, Koh Rong Archipelago, Near Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Song Saa is a private island off the coast of Cambodia. With the aim to provide "Luxury that Treads Lightly," they have developed Cambodia's first Marine Park. Your villas come with personal infinity pools, but you can also take a Boat of Hope...
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Ctra. Caimari-Mancor, 07313 Selva, Illes Balears, Spain
One of Mallorca’s oldest converted fincas (rural farmhouse estates), Es Castell epitomizes the eco-conscious boutique hotels that are subverting the island’s conventional tourist image. From $175. C/Binibona s/n, 34/971-875-154 This appeared in...
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Triglavska cesta 17, 4264 Bohinjska Bistrica, Slovenia
On my travels through Slovenia I think few accommodations impressed me as much as the Bohinj Park Eco Hotel. Luxurious facilities, ecological projects and service that could put other hotels to shame. What impressed me most is that the hotel has...
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
Expeditions are hard work (sometimes), and require attention, dedication, and focus. After a long day exploring the islands, the Finch Bay Eco Hotel on Santa Cruz is the perfect place to unwind. I took a cocktail to the pool, dipped my toes in the...