In the past, trying to be environmentally friendly on vacation has meant giving up life's luxuries, but nowadays, vacationers no longer have to compromise. ABC News takes a look at 10 of the best eco-hotels, lodges and resorts, ranging from many that won't break the bank and a few that might certainly push it to its limits.
Frégate Island is a luxury retreat situated just four degrees south of the equator in the Indian Ocean about 700 miles northeast of Madagascar. It is one of 115 islands that make up the Republic of the Seychelles, a former British colony. The island covers only 700-odd acres. But as all good things come in small packages, it packs a lot in with seven beaches, 16 luxury villas and a spa. For those concerned about the eco side of their vacation, luxury certainly doesn't mean sacrificing the environment. The retreat boasts a number of organic and carbon-neutral initiatives including the wide-spread use of solar panels, organic food and spa treatments and the island even has its own dedicated zoologist to help protect and preserve its unique plant and wildlife. Guests will also not be disappointed by the luxury side of things. The resort is limited to 40 guests at any one time, the rock spa provides tranquillity on a cliff-top plateau and each villa offers both privacy and an infinity pool overlooking the ocean.