“It’s not easy being green” as our friend sings. In our Green Spas Collection we spotlight different types of green minded spas — because ultimately, it all matters, and it all helps. We thank these spas for every effort made as being a step in the right Green Direction.
Spas with a Green Ethos can be as diverse as those with energy efficient construction with wind-powered or other alternative energy, use of reclaimed building materials, and proudly meeting all the requirements of LEED Certification.
Spas meeting the standards for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) have passed a detailed audit and rating system for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings.
For other spas, Going Green can be as simple as offering all-natural spa products or using reclaimed water, reducing their carbon footprint with energy-efficient appliances or garden-grown product ingredients, sourcing as much food as possible from on-site gardens and livestock, or offering benefits for customers recycling product products to reduce packaging waste.
Massage Green Spas are a fast-growing franchise of massage and skin-care spas focusing on affordable services in healthy structures designed to operate in a green fashion. The spas are constructed from mostly eco-friendly building materials, and use low consumptive lighting and high efficiency furnace and water heaters. The retail departments are stocked with environmentally-friendly products and linens and towels are eco-washed. Nation wide locations.
Natural Body Spa and Shop is a leader in the spa community, striving to provide the highest quality services in the most inviting environments. Natural Body has built upon its origin as a natural products outlet to become one of the greenest companies in the spa business. Natural Body was the first platinum LEED certifiedday spa in the U.S. Thirteen locations in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
Chena Hot Springs, known for its popular natural soaking pools, rustic cabins and its natural beauty displays of aurora borealis, is also home to the Aurora Ice Museum, a marvel of renewable energy engineering, operational year-round using the geothermal energy that heats and powers the Resort. Chena is also home to Chena Fresh, its locally owned produce operation. It is the farthest north greenhouse in the United States.
Bardessono Hotel and Spa and Restaurant in Yountville, Napa Valley, is one of only three US hotels with a LEED platinum certification. At this Napa Hotel and Spa, you’ll see gorgeous woods milled from salvaged trees, organic linens and supplies, consume products in the restaurant and spa sourced primarily from local organic or sustainable producers, and experience, sometimes without even noticing, a host of transparent policies from energy to conservation to composting.
Calistoga Ranch is committed to “responsible luxury” – from employing green design principles, to using landscaping that preserves water, to installing energy-efficient fixtures. The resort strives to make positive contributions to the surrounding environment and the Napa Valley, including the Bee Well program, which provides hives for more than 100,000 honeybees.
Gaia Hotel and Spa near Redding is an award-winning eco-friendly boutique destination near Mount Shasta. It has an ideal setting near the river, with a business center, wedding and event space, LEED certified on-site bar and grill, plus holistic spa services, a swimming pool and hot tub. Decline daily housekeeping and you’ll be thanked with vouchers to use at Gaia’s Restaurant and Lounge. Arrive in an Green-Friendly or Hybrid-Vehicle and you’ll receive a complimentary upgraded room.
Miyako Hybrid Hotel and Spa is in Torrance, south Los Angeles County. It is a LEED silver certified hotel both elegant and easy on the environment, built with a green purpose and eco-conscious philosophy. Elegance and comfort are delivered with sustainable building materials, solar power, conservation minded fixtures, cutting edge technology, and a staff particularly trained with a green ethos. The Japanese inspired day spa specializes in hot stone treatments, yoga and pilates, and uses Aveda and green product lines.
Visitors to Maui know what a special place this island is; majestic mountains, abundant waterfalls, vibrant plant life, and heavenly beaches surrounded by deep blue sea. Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa is dedicated to helping keep Maui beautiful for many generations to come. Its long-standing commitment to sustainability has resulted in being named the first resort in Hawaii to earn Silver Level LEED-EBOM certification.
With environmental programs that focus on trees, conservation, and environmental stewardship, Lied Lodge & Conference Center was designed to serve as a resource for the Arbor Day Foundation members, and other conservation oriented organizations. It is now home to a beautiful lodge hotel, day spa and event center, a spectacular location for weddings, corporate retreats, reunions and escapes for those seeking solitude in a peaceful environment.
From concept to construction, Crystal Spa has elevated the model for a “Green” spa to a new level. The 18,500 square-foot facility was designed and built to minimize its impact on the environment while maximizing its efficiency. The technologies and materials used in the process have enabled Crystal Spa to be a LEED certified spa in the Midwest.
Probably the world’s first “eco” resort, Rancho La Puerta practices sustainable organic gardening and resource conservation, and leads the way in environmental protection and education efforts in the region. The resort’s own Rancho Tres Estrellas grows and raises the healthy fare guests dine on daily.
The Salamander Resort & Spa’s Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Initiatives have earned it a coveted LEED Certification. The resort has converted nearly 200 acres into a conservation easement, planting 2,000 trees and constructing cutting-edge water and wastewater facilities, operates a green housekeeping program and has an onsite garden for fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables used at its two restaurants and banquet operations.
Hyatt at Olive 8 is Seattle’s first LEED™ certified green hotel. This luxury downtown Seattle hotel features an eco-friendly day spa, upscale amenities, chic accommodations, and dramatic views of the city. The hotel is near the Convention Center, Space Needle, shopping, and Pike Place market. The hotel offers the perfect environment for exploring the city.
Sleeping Lady was home to first Civilian Conservation Corps in the USA and it maintains its commitment to the Earth with sustainable practices, eco friendly construction, an organic garden, and more. The spa also takes a green approach, making thoughtful choices to create a meaningful connection between spa guests and the natural environment.
Vigilius Mountain Resort is nestled into the alpine landscape on a Vigiloch summit in Italy, embedded in the surrounding landscape of South Tyrol. This 36-key eco-resort is car-free, accessible only by cable-car or by foot. The resort showcases additional sustainable features, including accessible rooftop gardens and nature-made ethos.
La Clairière Bio Hotel & Spa is in complete harmony with its sylvan surroundings. The environment boosts your energy levels, helps recharge your batteries and inspires you to adopt a healthier lifestyle. La Clairière espouses an approach of overall well-being, achieved through a combination of holistic treatments, energising, organic cuisine, and the aura of an exceptionally beautiful natural environment.