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Among The Trees In Belize
From lush green hillsides to cascading waterfalls to winding rivers, Belize is the epitome of an untouched paradise. The Cayo district, near the country's western border, features some 2,000 square miles of jungles, enormous cave systems, myriad wildlife and breathtaking Mayan ruins.
Ka'ana Boutique Resort ($300 to $400 per night; 011-501-824-3350, www.kaanabelize.com) in the Cayo town of San Ignacio is an intimate 15-room facility that has instituted a "Trade Trees for Travel" program, in which guests plant their tree of choice-ginger and mahogany are among the options-on the property to offset their carbon emissions.
In the nearby district of Toledo, with its verdant rainforest, travelers are invited to sleep among the treetops at Machaca Hill Rainforest Canopy Lodge ($650 per night for all-inclusive package; 011-501-722-0050, www.machacahill.com), offering 12 luxe treehouses and dozens of environmentally focused activities, from coral-reef dives to manatee sightings.
Smooth Sailing On The Mediterranean
Can a vehicle that is taller than the Eiffel Tower and boasts a propulsion force similar to a Ferrari also be earth friendly? Yes, say the folks at MSC Cruises, whose brand-new MSC Fantasia (from $799 for a seven-night cruise; 973-605-2121, www.mscfantasia.com) offers guilt-free luxury: An advanced water treatment system filters all used on-board water to nearly drinkable levels before releasing it back to sea-far exceeding current maritime standards. Special paints for the hull reduce friction with the water, thereby cutting energy usage. A sensor system monitors cabins and public areas to conserve energy for spaces not in use. Of course, seafaring guests will be too busy enjoying the ship's four pools, five restaurants, sports bar, casino, disco and water slide- not to mention expansive views of Mediterranean ports-to ponder their carbon footprint.