2012 Top 10 Green Spas

We are thrilled to honor 10 North American spas that lead the way in green building and sustainable practices while offering cutting-edge eco treatments and holistic wellness programs. We celebrate our Top 10 winners for their innovation, passion and commitment to environmentally friendly practices across the board.

- The Editors

The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens

Pine Mountain, GA

Built on once-desolate over-farmed cotton fields, this resort now brims with Southern pines, native drought-resistant plants and hundreds of acres of gardens. The lodge and spa earned LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. callawaylodgeandspa.com

Carmel Valley Ranch

Carmel Valley, CA

Guests at this new resort can take a beekeeping workshop at the apiary, then enjoy the bees’ honey in the restaurant, and watch as the lavender harvest is distilled into fine essential oil used in organic products at the sublime Spa Aiyana. carmelvalleyranch.com

Rancho La Puerta

Tecate, Mexico

This iconic resort laid the groundwork for the destination spa industry, and environmental stewardship is deep in its DNA. Deborah Szekely and her family have been providing healing and inspiration for decades, with a menu featuring food from the resort’s organic farm and a staff highly trained in sustainable practices. rancholapuerta.com

Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa

Thompsonville, MI

The Midwest’s only U.S. Green Building Council LEED-certified spa, located at the heart of a resort with ample wooded areas and animal habitat, incorporates native plants such as pine and sage into its spa offerings. crystalmountain.com


Charlotte, NC

This Uptown Charlotte hotel, which opened in 2009, was the first Ritz-Carlton and the first Charlotte hotel to obtain U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold certification. A 13,000-square-foot penthouse spa and wellness center, which has a “living roof” planted with 18,000 sedums, offers organic treatments. ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/charlotte

The Setai

Miami Beach, FL

This Asian-inspired South Beach resort is one of six Leading Hotels of the World to achieve the Luxury Eco Certification Standards. A “Green Team” oversees sustainability efforts, such as water and energy conservation, and sets annual improvement goals.

Calistoga Ranch

Napa Valley, CA

Tucked into a private canyon with ancient oaks and a lake, this 157-acre site has abundant vegetable and herb gardens and lets sheep take the place of gas-powered weed whackers. “Lights Out Mondays” save power in non-guest areas, in-room flowers are from the property and corks from the fine wines served here are recycled. calistogaranch.com

Hotel Terra

Jackson Hole, WY

Hotel Terra and Chill Spa’s cutting-edge eco-friendly efforts include offsetting electric and natural gas power with clean energy and collecting runoff water. The hotel is designed so that 90 percent of the interiors capture natural daylight, and Hotel Terra’s staff is conscious about minimizing light pollution. hotelterrajacksonhole.com


Vail, CO

One of this eco-certified luxury hotel’s missions is to honor and maintain the pristine natural environment that surrounds it. Sonnenalp, which means "sun on the mountains," is a Gold Leader in the Colorado Environmental Leadership program. The traditional European spa uses water therapies such as Turkish steam rooms, a Finnish sauna and a cold plunge pool. sonnenalp.com

Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa

Whitefield, NH

With some of New England’s most stunning views, the grand White Mountain resort has a golf course dating to 1900 and a working farm with horses, sheep, goats and chickens. This Historic Hotel of America is powered by wind, partly from an on-site turbine. New Hampshire designated it an Environmental Champion. historichotels.org/hotels-resorts/mountain-view-grand-resort-spa