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10 luxury eco-resorts

By: Laura Moss on Jan. 23, 2012, 5:48 p.m.
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Whitepod Resort

The Whitepod Resort’s collection of dome-shaped tents offers a unique, low-impact way to experience the Swiss Alps. Accessible only by snowshoe in winter or hiking in summer, the resort ensures a peaceful, personal experience for each traveler that’s free of cars and crowds. Each pod is pitched upon a wooden platform so that it can be taken down and reassembled with little impact on its environment, and the tents are covered in green canvases in summer and white in winter to help them blend seamlessly into the landscape. Whitepod utilizes renewable energy sources, uses only local, natural resources at its spa and has won numerous awards for its ecotourism efforts, including the World Prize for Sustainable Tourism and the Responsible Tourism Award for Innovation.