Ecotourism—travel that supports conservation and minimizes harm to unique natural environments—is growing, and new resorts around the world are proving that hospitality and eco-consciousness don't have to be mutually exclusive. If you want to have the best food year of your life while also doing good, the options for where to go are growing by the day. You can enjoy the latest in organic, sustainable, and locally sourced meals from burgers to lionfish, all while savoring the knowledge that you're helping to save the environment—at least a little. From beautiful edible golf courses to the resort that's transforming Portugal's oldest wine region, here are five incredible food resorts that marry amazing food experiences with sustainability.
1. Bellemont Farm, St. Kitts
At the eco-friendly resort Bellemont Farms, located on the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Kitts, you can have your golf course and eat it too. Known for its unique "edible" golf course, Bellemont Farms is set on 400 acres of organic farmland. Hit into the rough? No problem. Golfers can pick bananas and juicy mangos as they go, while simultaneously taking in the sweeping views of St. Barths and St. Martin. As of last November, Bellemont started renting out the new four-bedroom Farmhouse, which features a large gourmet kitchen that's perfect for farm-to-table family dinners and cooking classes. Guests can also enjoy a new type of in-room dining thanks to the Rolling Mango, a mobile kitchen cart where cooks prepare fresh meals, room-side, upon request. And for the ultimate Caribbean dining experience, the new Coco House restaurant will offer 12-course tasting menus, with local Kittian elders sharing traditional folklore in between each dish. bellemontfarm.com
2. UXUA, Trancoso, Brazil
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Located on the edge of the Quadrado—Trancosco's 500-year-old town square—UXUA's 11 incredible casas were built using reclaimed materials and antiques by local artisans. Owner Wilbert Das, the former creative director of Diesel, also brings his ecologically conscious vision to the resort's new restaurant, which features wooden tables and chairs produced in collaboration with local artists, candelabras made from recycled wine bottles, and vinegar holders made with vintage glass beakers. The restaurant's diverse menu offers Bahian specialties like Moqueca, a seafood stew made with white fish, shrimp and creamy coconut milk, and a burger made with picanha, a popular Brazilian cut of beef, and locally sourced buffalo mozzarella. uxua.com