2013 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


A Platinum LEED-certified hotel and spa in the heart of Napa—one of only three in the US—where commitment to sustainability is maintained at a very high level. The restaurant menu is based on organic produce from the on-site garden and nearby farms. Spa treatments are seasonal and feature organic oils and ingredients. Even bed linens are organic, and bath products are made by hand. bardessono.com

Cavallo Point

In a national park at the foot of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, this LEED Gold certified lodge features recycled materials, non-toxic products, energy-efficient facilities and more. The hotel works to promote green hospitality practices and has partnered with sustainability institutes and community-minded foundations. The Healing Arts Center & Spa offers organic treatments and integrative medicine services. cavallopoint.com

Fairmont Mayakoba

This Riviera Maya resort has employed environmentally friendly building practices from its construction phase (when over 1,500 trees were relocated around the property) to now, with savings from its recycling program used to fund local eco-initiatives. The Willow Stream Spa celebrates Mayan culture in both design (with traditional materials like conchera fossil stone, and Zapote tree wood) and treatments, using local herbs, oils and healing techniques. fairmont.com

Harmony Nosara

The owners of this easy-chic boutique resort in Costa Rica are extra-committed to preserving the region’s natural splendor. Green practices include recycling 85 percent of the waste and treating wastewater without chemicals, composting raw food, running a greenhouse and organic farm and supporting local sustainability programs. The Healing Center uses products freshly made from local plants, fruits and vegetables. harmonynosara.com

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Up in the clouds at Inkaterra in Peru, the founders created the NGO Inkaterra Association to protect the region’s biodiversity. The property is carbon neutral. The water conservation program is verified by the Rainforest Alliance. Recycling and forestry conservation programs; wildlife protection projects; organically grown food and spa treatments, and education initiatives that give back to the community are but a few of the state-of-the-art sustainability initiatives here. inkaterra.com

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

This LEED-certified resort at the gateway to Texas Hill Country features local and recycled materials; 70 percent “windtricity” power; water recycling systems, low-flow appliances and smart air conditioners; and managers’ uniforms made from recycled plastic. The Lantana Spa features treatments inspired by the region and the restaurants highlight products from within a 150-mile radius.

Miraval Life in Balance Spa

A spa and wellness leader, Miraval has stepped it up a notch with its new 16,000 square-foot spa, redesigned with a focus on sustainability. Natural materials—wood, stone and stucco—frame the beautiful surrounding Sonoran Desert, and, with naturopathic doctors and Native American practitioners on staff, the spa offers a wide range of alternative as well as conventional therapies.

Naturopathica Healing Arts Center and Spa

A founding member of the Green Spa Network (greenspanetwork.org), the stylish day spa in East Hampton, New York, features bamboo flooring, reclaimed wood furniture, recycled glass counters and low VOC paint. Treatments feature the eponymous ECOCERT line, and the spa’s Apothecary Bar offers 50 essential oils custom-blended to create therapeutic remedies and fragrances.

Sundance Resort

Robert Redford raised the bar in 1969 when he created this elegantly rustic resort at the base of the 12,000-foot Mount Timpanogos in Utah. Sundance offsets energy use with renewable wind power, recycling is resort-wide, the restaurant sources organic food, and there is a car-pooling incentive for resort guests. Native- American-inspired spa treatments are based on raw and organic ingredients. sundanceresort.com

Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa

In Colorado’s Vail Valley near Beaver Creek Mountain, this resort was awarded LEED Silver certification in 2009. Fifty percent of its energy comes from renewable sources, featured materials include non-emitting paints and local river rock and aspen wood, and special offers allow guests to earn credits and discounts for green practices. The 23,000-square-foot Spa Anjali uses only natural and organic products. starwood.com