Green + Eco-Travel

World's Best Eco-Spas

by Madhu Puri

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

The spa: Chill Spa at Hotel Terra

Green peace: Ski resorts like to play it green with their fresh pine smell and outdoorsy types wearing plaid. But the nasty truth is they've taken a serious toll on the environment: Think diesel-run lifts and mountainsides clear-cut for ski runs. The Teton Village's Hotel Terra is trying to change that way of thinking. Its modern glass and granite design complements the glory of the adjacent Teton Mountains so beautifully that you'd never guess most of those gleaming materials (including steel, concrete, and roof shingles) are actually recycled. From the lobby's low VOC (volatile organic compound) carpets all the way up to the rooftop spa, the eco is in the details. The robes are organic cotton, the hangers bamboo, and the handmade spa products are all organic. Behind the scenes, chemical-free cleaning supplies and biodegradable garbage bags keep up appearances, and a filtration system collects water runoff, purifies it, and slowly releases it back into nature. These efforts have made Hotel Terra one of the few hotels in the nation to secure the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED certification. So refill your reusable bottle at a water station, sit back in the spa's plein air saltwater hot tub, and take in the panoramic view of the majestic landscape that your stay is helping to protect.

Signature treatment: The medicinal herb arnica, grown organically, infuses both the massage and scrub used as part of the Restore treatment, which focuses on invigorating fatigued muscles ($255–$310).

Hotel Terra
Tel: 800 631 6281
Doubles from $229

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