Top 10 Eco-Vacation Hot Spots

Top 10 Eco-Vacation Hot Spots

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.

1. Frégate Island, Seychelles

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.

2. Good Hotel, California

Set in the heart of San Francisco's hip SOMA district, the Good Hotel is perfect for guests looking to be a the center of things while having a "philanthropic and positive approach." Good Hotel's decor is eco-friendly and includes using recycled and reclaimed materials. The hotel is also part of "Joie de Vivre Gives," meaning that it participates in the "You Can Make a Difference" program that helps the local area. And being eco-friendly doesn't mean giving up on contemporary luxuries. The Good Hotel offers all the mod-cons from plasma-screens to iPod docking stations to high-speed wireless, and there's even a heated pool across the street. The aptly named adjacent restaurant Good Pizza is also eco-friendly using only fresh and local ingredients in its artisan thin-crust pizzas. And a final bonus? Hybrid cars receive complementary parking.

3. Ecocamp Patagonia, Chile

Recommended by Rough Guides, this Ecocamp is located in Chile's Torres del Paine National Park offering guests an eco-friendly stay in Patagonia. The Ecocamp is a collection of eco-friendly domes that offer guests direct access to beech forests, glaciers and mountains. Guests stay in their own dome made of organic materials found on-site such as wood, furs and leathers and are a blend of traditional huts, igloos and domes. There are also main domes that provide social areas, including a place to eat. The eco-friendly commitment also means that the camp only uses natural and renewable sources such as water, wind and solar power. Guests enjoy comfortable accommodations and all the domes offer panoramic views of the surrounding parkland. But beware. Guests must give up some contemporary luxuries as hairdryers are not allowed and there's no Internet access.

4. Villa Magnolia, Italy

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