Eco-Friendly Vacations

Planning to travel this summer? An eco-friendly vacation will have you enjoying the outdoors while simultaneously preserving the environment. Better yet, you'll gain a deeper understanding of how your environmental contribution positively impacts local culture, wildlife, flora, and more.

Help to preserve your favorite destination for years to come by booking the eco-friendly vacation of your choice. And remember, going green starts with you.

With options like waste recycling programs, beach cleanup campaigns, and Rainforest Alliance Verified properties, it's easy to see why eco-friendly hotels are a cut above the rest. These environmentally conscious properties continue to show their respect for local culture by implementing green activities and programs, all while you enjoy your Apple Vacations getaway.

Take a look at the hotels below and begin planning your next eco-friendly vacation.

Riu Guanacaste

Featured Resort - Panama

Dreams Delight Playa Bonita

Dreams Delight Playa Bonita

Explore Panama! This one-of-a-kind destination features rainforests, tropical jungles, beaches, and a bustling city. When staying at Dreams Delight Playa Bonita Panama, you will be surrounded by a tropical paradise while also being minutes from the Panama Canal and the Punta Bruja Nature Reserve. You can also walk through amazing jungle walkways and take in stunning views right on the resort property! Experience Defined Delights™ where all your vacation essentials are included!

  • Unlimited gourmet meals, snacks, and international and domestic spirits
  • Gourmet à la carte and buffet restaurants
  • Three shimmering swimming pools
  • Daytime activities and nighttime entertainment
5 nights All-Inclusive Including Airfare $1020*
Defined Delights™ Includes $200 in resort coupons per room!

Based on double occupancy, includes gov't taxes & fees. Price is per person from Orlando on American Airlines. Travel (WE) May 24-Jun 14, 2017. Price will vary for other departure cities.

Notably Green Hotel Brands

Barcelo Resorts & Spas

Barceló Hotel Group

Various Green initiatives at Barceló Hotel Group include:

  • Gold Certification from Green Globe
  • Established beach clean-up programs
  • Education stations available for guests to learn about care of local ecosystems and wildlife
  • Reusing towels and sheets to conserve water and energy
  • Automatic light control in public areas and eco-friendly light bulbs
  • On-site nursery that produces 60% of the plants used in local reforestation
  • Nesting areas on the beach during turtle season to protect baby turtles
Rainforest Alliance Certified

Couples Resorts

Couples Resorts

Various Green initiatives at Couples Resorts include:

  • Environmentally-friendly cleaning products
  • Energy efficient air conditioners
  • 85% of menu items prepared with products from local farmers and growers
  • Use of electronic hand dryers instead of paper towels
Rainforest Alliance Certified

Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa

Dreams Resorts & Spas

Various Green initiatives at Dreams Resorts & Spas include:

  • Rainforest Alliance Verification
  • Distintivo "S"
  • Beach clean-up programs
  • Participation in the Amigos de Sian Ka'an Program, which promotes community and environmental development
  • Actively involved in Planet Hour and Earth Day
  • Plant and wildlife preservation
  • Eco-friendly cleaning products
Rainforest Alliance Certified

Hyatt Hotels

Hyatt Resorts in Hawaii

Various Green initiatives at Hyatt Hotels include:

  • Gold EarthCheck Awards
  • Biodegradable food trays instead of cheaper polystyrene trays
  • Employee community service
  • Biological pest controls
  • Used cooking oil processed into biodiesel fuel
  • On-site hydroponics farm for resort restaurant cuisine
  • Natural ventilation that results in a substantial energy savings
Rainforest Alliance Certified

IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts

IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts

Various Green initiatives at IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts include:

  • Green Globe Certification
  • Programs that focus on preserving the environment and natural wildlife in each hotel location
  • Ethical management and company policies
  • Improvement of products that benefit guests, employees, and the environment
  • Taking into account the well-being of local residents and the community
Rainforest Alliance Certified

Now Amber Puerto Vallarta

Now Resorts & Spas

Various Green initiatives at Now Resorts & Spas include:

  • Rainforest Alliance Verification
  • Eco-friendly cleaning products
  • Turtle release programs
  • Distintivo "H"
  • Waste recycling programs
  • Donation of goods to local charities
  • Participation in the Amigos de Sian Ka'an Program, which promotes community and environmental development
Rainforest Alliance Certified

Grand Palladium White Sand Resort & Spa

Palladium Hotels & Resorts

Various Green initiatives at Palladium Hotels & Resorts include:

  • EarthCheck Awards
  • Bronze and Silver Certification from Green Globe
  • MARTI and Green Plant Certification
  • Rainforest Alliance Verification
Rainforest Alliance Certified

RIU Hotels & Resorts

RIU Hotels & Resorts

Various Green initiatives at RIU Hotels & Resorts include:

  • Travelife Gold Awards winners, which celebrate environmentally and socially responsible hotels
  • Sustainability Certification for all hotels
  • Establishment of the Management Plan Wildlife Refuge in Guanacaste
  • Biodegradable cleaning products and environmentally-friendly fabrics
  • Protection programs for endangered species
  • Active reduction in water, electricity, and chemical products
  • Informative, eco-friendly material for guests and employees
Rainforest Alliance Certified

Sandos Hotels & Resorts

Sandos Hotels & Resorts

Various Green initiatives at Sandos Hotels & Resorts include:

  • Free biodegradable mosquito repellent throughout the resort
  • Using recycled paper for all printed material
  • Avoiding the use of plastic water bottles
  • Ultra-efficient air conditioning systems with low electrical consumption
  • Guided Eco Tour exploring the Mayan jungle, including 16 natural cenotes, indigenous animals, and exotic plants
  • Repopulation programs for local wildlife and native plants
Rainforest Alliance Certified

Green Sandos Hotels & Resorts:

Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa

Secrets Resorts & Spas

Various Green initiatives at Secrets Resorts & Spas include:

  • Rainforest Alliance Verification
  • Sea turtle protection programs
  • Water, electricity, and energy conservation programs
  • Use of indoor paints that are either Green Seal Certified or contain zero or low VOC (volatile organic compounds)
  • Distintivo "S"
  • Local, natural, and organic spa products
  • Flora and fauna protection
Rainforest Alliance Certified

Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii

Various Green initiatives at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii include:

  • High-efficiency lighting conversion programs
  • Low VOC paints
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures, offering a 44% reduction in water usage from base year
  • Options to defer daily housekeeping services in order to conserve water and energy
  • Window tints and special glasses to reduce heat absorption
  • Vehicle charging stations
  • Donation of spa treatment proceeds to The Nature Conservancy to support watershed protection on Maui
Rainforest Alliance Certified

Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts

Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts

Various Green initiatives at Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts include:

  • Rainforest Alliance Verification
  • Green Leaders Golden Level by TripAdvisor
  • Distintivo "S"
  • Beach clean-up campaigns spearheaded by employee volunteers
  • Coral reef and sea turtle protection programs
  • A reduction of pollutant emissions to the atmosphere, as well as a reduction of detergent consumption due to laundry equipment replacement
  • Ecological tours with flora and fauna preservation
Rainforest Alliance Certified

Green Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts:

Other Notable Green Hotels by Destination

Riviera Maya

Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya

  • EarthCheck Silver certification
  • Recognized as a GreenLeader Hotel from TripAdvisor
  • Distintivo "S"
  • Participates in beach clean-up programs
  • Implements biological pest controls
  • Processes used cooking oil into biodiesel fuel

Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda

  • EarthCheck certified since 2014
  • Recognized as a GreenLeader Platinum Hotel from TripAdvisor
  • Follows a carbon neutral and linen reuse program
  • Utilizes energy saving bulbs throughout the resort
  • Reuses hot and cold water
  • Measures and regulates the use of water on a periodic basis

Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla

  • EarthCheck certified since 2014
  • Recognized as a GreenLeader Platinum Hotel from TripAdvisor
  • Reuses hot and cold water
  • Measures and regulates the use of water on a periodic basis
  • Utilizes energy saving bulbs throughout the resort
  • Follows a carbon neutral and linen reuse program

Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa

  • Green Globe certified

Costa Rica

Flamingo Beach Resort

  • Uses local, organically grown fruit, vegetables, an herbs in resort restaurants
  • Started an on-site, organic chef's garden for resort restaurant recipes
  • 100% organic natural clay treatments
  • Special activities held on Earth Day

JW Marriott Guanacaste

  • Costa Rican CST Certification for 2016
  • Participates in an energy-efficiency program during the months of May-November
  • Provides reusable containers for food and drinks are available in all on-site restaurants
  • Allows guests the option of reusing towels and sheets to conserve water and energy
  • Incorporates food from local farmers into meals
  • Trains employees to ensure green practices are continually put in place

Villas Sol Hotel & Beach Resort

  • Costa Rican CST Certification for green business
  • Guests have the option of reusing towels and sheets to conserve water and energy
  • High-efficiency LED lights and energy saving programs reduce consumption
  • Recycles and composts 90% of generated recyclable waste
  • Energy saving programs
  • Sponsors local environmental awareness events


Sunset At The Palms Resort & Spa

  • Bananas are grown in the on-site garden and then used in the resort's restaurants
  • All other fruits and vegetables are locally sourced
  • All fruit and vegetable waste is given to local pig farmers
  • Glass bottles, plastic bottles, cardboard, paper, metal, aluminum, and stainless steel are separated for recycling
  • All-natural ambience with bamboo swim up bar and tree house style rooms
  • Organic herb garden is located on the hotel grounds.

Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit

Casa Velas Hotel Boutique

  • Has obtained Silver EarthCheck Certification for its environmental footprint and adherence to an internationally recognized standard of Best Practice
  • Certified by Green Globe for outstanding sustainability operations worldwide
  • Raises staff awareness of water and energy conservation, recycling, and other green initiatives
  • Lights are turned off in the offices when not in use

The Royal Suites Punta de Mita

  • Global Certification of Sustainable Tourism by EarthCheck
  • Travelife Gold Award


The Kahala Hotel & Resort

  • Utilizes seawater cooling instead of cooling towers to lower carbon dioxide emissions, energy, and water consumption
  • Guestrooms feature low-flow showerheads, toilets, and sink aerators to reduce water consumption
  • LED ceiling lights are located throughout the property
  • Biological pest controls are used in lieu of chemicals with all landscaping endeavors
  • Vermicomposting reduces the amount of green-waste from kitchen areas
  • By-products are used as a nutrient rich organic fertilizer within herb and vegetable gardens
  • Waste cooking oil is collected and processed into biodiesel fuel, and wet waste from kitchens go to pig farmers for feed in an effort to reduce landfill waste
  • Disposable containers are made from biodegradable corn-based products


Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort

  • One of a very few Silver LEED Certified resorts for new builds in the state
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
  • Irrigation consumption reduced from 2009 by 26,000,000 gallons per occupied room
  • Electricity consumption down 8.6% per occupied room
  • Gas consumption down 10.4% per occupied room
  • Water consumption down 8.9% per occupied room
  • On-site organic gardens feature 70 varieties of herbs, 100 selections of vegetables, and 35 fruit trees
  • LED ceiling lights throughout the property, remaining CFL bulbs being phased out
  • Retail merchandise is chosen from a committed and environmentally responsible company, with most apparel is 100% organic cotton

The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui

  • Recycles laundry water, saving more than 50 million gallons of water per year
  • Utilizes an in-house water bottling system to reduce the amount of plastic bottles throughout the resort
  • Nearly 90% of produce served within the hotel is locally grown
  • Donates over 200 gallons of used cooking oil per week for biofuel
  • All disposable containers used on the property are made of earth-friendly products like corn or potatoes
  • The state-of-the-art eco-mode thermostat, installed in all guest rooms, is connected to the hotel's database and automatically turns on when a guest checks in and automatically shuts off when a guest checks out

Hawaii Island

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows

  • Recognized by United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DOE) for significantly advancing the development of green power
  • Generates the most solar electric power of any luxury resort in the world
  • Sustainable menu for meetings and events includes products harvested within a 100-mile radius
  • Golf courses are watered using 3 million gallons of brackish water each day
  • Large percentage of electricity required by golf operation is provided by solar power

Prices per person based on double occupancy (unless otherwise stated) including round-trip airfare via U.S. certified air carriers, round-trip airport/hotel transfers, hotel taxes and baggage handling, fuel surcharges, all pre-collected U.S. and foreign taxes and fees including September 11th Security Fee, $10 late booking fee if applicable (for bookings within 14 days of departure). Packages to Hawaii and Europe do not include airport transfers. Packages in Turks and Caicos or San Juan, Puerto Rico do not include airport transfers. Packages flying into Cancun but staying in Cozumel require supplemental ferry transfers at an additional cost. In some instances, pricing may specifically apply to one of multiple flights on select departure days. All packages are based on the lowest hotel/air classes available at time of publication, capacity controlled, subject to availability and may change without notice. Promotional pricing may only be available for a limited time. Holiday/weekend surcharges may apply. Restrictions/blackout dates may apply. Where Kids, Stay, Play and Eat Free, Kids pay regular airfare including taxes. Checked bag fees from the air carrier may apply, ranging from $10-$100 per bag. Please see the individual air carrier's website for a full detailed description of baggage charges before making your purchase. The following fees are subject to change: resort fees for hotels in Hawaii may apply and range from $10-$30 per room, per night payable directly to the hotel; $10 Dominican Republic Tourist Card fee payable at resort airport upon arrival-cash only, U.S. dollars; $29 Costa Rica Departure tax payable at resort airport upon departure-U.S. dollars, colones, Visa or MasterCard are accepted. Apple Vacations is not responsible for errors or omissions. Cancellation policies apply. Bookings are subject to the Apple Vacations Fair Trade Contract ( All public charter flights on AeroMexico (B737-800-159 seats) PC15-111/PC15-112; Alaska Airlines (B737-800-162 seats/B737-900-180 seats) PC15-088; Allegiant Airlines (A319-156 seats) PC 15-118; Frontier Airlines (A320-177 seats) PC14-064; Sunwing Airlines (B737-800-189 seats) PC15-129; Swift Air (B737-400-150 seats) PC15-138; Viva Aerobus (A320-180 seats) PC15-168; Volaris (A319- 144 seats) PC15-141; XTRA Airways (B737-400-150 seats/B737-800-168 seats/B737-400-150 seats) PC15-094/PC15-095) are operated by Apple Vacations, LLC. dl042216

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