Jake's Rating: 3.5 Pearls

The Caribbean is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, so it should come as no surprise that hotels there strive to preserve their natural surroundings. Some of our favorite resorts in the Caribbean Sea feature a variety of eco-initiatives. Check out our favorites here: With just 30 hippy-chic cottages in secluded Treasure Beach, Jake's is also a member of the eco-conscious Island Outpost hotel group (along with The Caves and the Geejam). Guests come to unplug -- there's no phone, Internet, or TV in the cottages. The black-sand beaches aren't conventionally beautiful, but the Driftwood Spa, on-site painting and yoga classes, and excellent food make this a particular favorite.

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 The Caribbean is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, so it should come as no surprise that hotels there strive to preserve their natural surroundings. Some of our favorite resorts in the Caribbean Sea feature a variety of eco-initiatives. Check out our favorites here:
With just 30 hippy-chic cottages in secluded Treasure Beach, Jake's is also a member of the eco-conscious Island Outpost hotel group (along with The Caves and the Geejam). Guests come to unplug -- there's no phone, Internet, or TV in the cottages. The black-sand beaches aren't conventionally beautiful, but the Driftwood Spa, on-site painting and yoga classes, and excellent food make this a particular favorite.
The Caribbean is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, so it should come as no surprise that hotels there strive to preserve their natural surroundings. Some of our favorite resorts in the Caribbean Sea feature a variety of eco-initiatives. Check out our favorites here:
With just 30 hippy-chic cottages in secluded Treasure Beach, Jake's is also a member of the eco-conscious Island Outpost hotel group (along with The Caves and the Geejam). Guests come to unplug -- there's no phone, Internet, or TV in the cottages. The black-sand beaches aren't conventionally beautiful, but the Driftwood Spa, on-site painting and yoga classes, and excellent food make this a particular favorite. Natura Cabanas consists of just 10 stone-walled, thatched-roof bungalows.  All are eco-sensitive, meaning there is no AC, light bulbs are energy efficient, and guests must manually activate (and then shut off) hot water when showering. Rooms also have no televisions and no phones. In keeping with the eco-sensitive theme, most of the furniture was constructed from the bamboo and coco palm trees that were cleared to construct the property. Designed by Jean-Henri Morin, the Rockhouse seems to have grown organically from the volcanic rock cliffs. Molding natural stone with concrete, the entire property settles snugly into the preexisting cove formations. Private, thatch-roofed Premium Villas are scattered along winding paths, enclosed by palms and exotic flora. On the cliff's edge, isolated duets of loungers rest on leveled platforms as high as 40 feet from the water, overlooking the most beautiful sunsets in the country. Solar-heated water, furniture crafted from local timber, local Starfish Oil bath products, and a hotel-sponsored not-for-profit that has donated $1 million to rebuild suffering schools in Negril make this an especially socially conscious choice. Bucuti's owner, Ewald Biemans, has been honored both locally and internationally for his environmental preservation work and sustainable tourism. Bucuti has been the recipient of many awards including the Green Globe High Achievement Award. The resort uses eco-friendly types of paper for resort marketing materials, solar panels to heat water for guest rooms and the laundry, water reducers (which cut down water flow by 60 percent in all showers and faucets), as well as low-flow toilets, among its many eco-initiatives. With just 11 freestanding cottages on 130 acres, this eco-minded resort is intensely lush, featuring coconut groves, fruit-bearing trees, and a working cocoa plantation. Amenities are surprisingly plenty for a property with so few beds, including a small spa, a small three-tier pool, and two organic restaurants. The rustic experience won't appeal to everyone, as TV, Wi-Fi, and A/C absent in the rooms, but adventurous travelers on a budget will surely appreciate the gorgeous authentic surroundings and affordable rates. Jade Mountain is one of the world's most romantic -- and expensive -- hotels, but it's also one of the best places to unplug. The rooms are called sanctuaries, and rightly so -- they are intentionally tech-free, with no TVs, Internet, or radios to disturb the peace. They all have open fourth walls with jaw-dropping views of Pitons and the Caribbean Sea, Jacuzzi tubs, and canopied beds; most have private infinity pools. The Boardwalk Hotel Aruba has a commitment to growing eco-friendly practices on the property. Renovations in 2012 added a grey water system to reuse water for the garden; energy efficient air-conditioning units; and water efficient toilets. Also to save water, bed linens are replaced only twice per week (or sooner if requested) and laundry service uses less water, energy, and fewer environmentally harmful chemicals. The cleaning staff uses eco-friendly products, including baking soda and lemon. The upper-middle-range Copamarina, located on Puerto Rico's remote southwestern coast, is a world away from the crowded high-rise hotels of San Juan. The 106 rooms have colorful decor, sturdy pine furniture, and small flat-screen TVs, but cheap bedding and visible wear and tear. The real draws here are the nearby natural attractions (including Gilligan's Island, the Guanica Dry Forest, and the Parguera bioluminescent bay); water sports like kayaking, snorkeling, and diving; and the peace and quiet. But the on-site beach has coarse sand, and anyone planning to explore the area should consider renting a car. Arguably Jamaica's most romantic escape (for adults only), the Caves' 11 unique, private cottages and suites are tucked along lush garden paths and dramatic seaside cliffs (there's no beach). High-quality, locally focused cuisine, a top-shelf bar, and intimate, incredibly attentive service make it Jamaica's best all-inclusive. The Rastafarian artist couple who founded the hotel filled cottage interiors with batik prints, Jamaican crafts, and locally hand-carved furniture, and the small hotel group that purchased The Caves, Island Outpost, is committed to preserving natural habitats of all of its properties.
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