Charitable and Green Honeymoon Hotels

Trend report: Posh resorts are assisting the local community with charitable or green initiatives.

By: Jenna Mahoney

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  • Iberostar Grand Hotel Bávaro

    Iberostar Grand Hotel Bávaro

    With the assistance of the brand’s luxury ambassador, Golden Globe-nominated actor Antonio Banderas, and UNICEF, the family- owned hotel group is bringing awareness to the global needs of young people. Started in 2004, the Iberostar Foundation has long supported the prevention of child exploitation. Now, the effort has increased with the publication of a picture book that’s available for sale in the hotels’ rooms. In addition, hotel guests are encouraged to sign an anti-trafficking petition (also in the rooms). Stay at the group’s adults-only property in the Dominican Republic and you’ll enjoy two pools, loads of entertainment options — we love the beach volleyball! — and 24-hour butler service (room rates start at $331 per person, per night, and are all-inclusive; iberostar.com).

  • Atlas Kasbah

    Atlas Kasbah

    The eight-room hilltop castle-like retreat set in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains is a green living dream come true for owners Helene and Hassan. The couple runs and operates this self-sustaining hotel, which utilizes solar power, natural bath and beauty products (the black olive oil soap is a favorite) and food that’s grown on property. In addition to hosting international guests, the couple also educates their small staff on the ins and outs of earth-friendly living. They also host evening cultural lessons, musical performances, traditional tea ceremonies and hikes around the dusty red mountains. A small hammam (traditional spa bath) and massages are available upon request (room rates start at $92 a night and include breakfast; atlaskasbah.com).

  • Fairmont Mayakoba

    Fairmont Mayakoba

    Set among mangrove-lined canals in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, the 401-room Fairmont Mayakoba is an earthfriendly gem that’s both truly green and truly luxe. Conservation efforts are conducted both on and off property, with the resort hosting an adopt-a-tree program, low-carbon tourism partnerships and other green initiatives. Chief among them are water and energy conservation programs, which include stringent (and earth-friendly) golf course maintenance. The resort also has three restaurants (serving local cuisine), a beautiful spa (with tree-top treatment rooms), five pools, nature trails and access to one of the world’s largest reefs. Guest rooms are divided among lagoon-view and jungle-view casitas and beachfront suites. All have private terraces and deep soaking tubs — we especially love the suites with private plunge pools (room rates start at $199 a night; fairmont.com).

  • Four Seasons Explorer

    Four Seasons Explorer

    With a maximum of 22 guests (who are equally matched by staff), a sailing around the islands of the Maldives aboard the Four Seasons Explorer is an exclusive experience. The three- four- and seven-night cruises offer individualized itineraries throughout the archipelago. Most experiences include tours to local villages, exploring uninhabited strands of gleaming white sand and snorkeling at vibrant reefs. Kayaking, barbecuing on the beach and spa-ing on deck are other popular activities. The Four Seasons’ local conservation efforts reflect the needs of the area’s glorious environment, with coral propagation programs, turtle, fish and shark conservation and environmental awareness education. The resort company also supports Maldivian schools and promotes local employment (room rates start at $2,400 and are all inclusive; fourseasons.com).

Charitable and Green Honeymoon Hotels