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2012 Top 10 Green Spa Awards

by Evelyn Theiss


Spas and resorts throughout North America are making a difference well beyond their own walls through restorative efforts, conservation measures and education. OSM recognizes that difference, and we salute the pioneers who hold stewardship as a core value.

The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens
Pine Mountain, Georgia
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, California
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, Michigan
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, North Carolina
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, Florida
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. setai.com

Calistoga Ranch
Napa Valley, California
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, Wyoming
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, Colorado
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, New Hampshire
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

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