Lying in the limpid waters of Phang Nga Bay in Thailand, like all Six Senses offerings, sustainability is in this resort’s DNA. With an on-site farm, complete with happy goats and chickens listening to swing music, the resort’s bottling plant also means it’s plastic bottle free.
Voyage edit: The best luxury eco-retreats
Six Senses Yao Noi, Thailand
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With a totally barefoot vibe, this tropical retreat operates a no children and no television policy. The private island’s 20 handcrafted bamboo villas have been designed with crescent shaped roofs that capture cool breezes to replace air-conditioning.
The Brando, French Polynesia
The late Marlon Brando’s island escape (which he found while filming Mutiny on the Bounty) opened as a 35-villa carbon-neutral escape in 2014 and hit the headlines when President Obama stopped by. The island’s non-profit Tetiaroa Society has been created to protect the atoll and develop a replicable model of sustainability.
Alphonse Island, Seychelles
Situated at the heart of some of the world’s finest fishing grounds, this back-to-nature retreat operates a strict catch-and-release policy and only allows 12 rods out at a time. Half the tropical island has also been left untouched for indigenous birds and giant tortoises to roam.
Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji
Founded by the son of Jacques Cousteau, this hideaway on Vanua Levu boasts eco-credentials that would make the famous underwater explorer proud. A pioneer of sustainable tourism in the region, the five-star resort has a coral farm and runs a mangrove reforestation project.