It isn't always easy to mesh trendiness and sustainability in one resort, but Casa de la Flora comes incredibly close. Situated on the dreamy Khao Lak beach in Thailand, the complex features 36 villas made from mostly natural materials. Designed by VasLab Architects, the beautifully appointed resort is also powered in part by solar panels.
Using natural materials such as wood, stone, and rock partitions (in addition to less-friendly concrete), the designers managed to strike a balance between luxury and simplicity with these rectangular villas. Local flora grows unhindered in the public spaces, around the pool, and at the outdoor restaurant, and rainwater is harvested in order to ensure this precious resource is used intelligently.