Just blocks from Taos Plaza, El Monte is as much about ecological preservation and sustainability as it is about luxury. The former is evident in its thorough recycling and water-purification systems, as well as in its chlorine-free indoor swimming pools and hot tubs. You'll find the luxury part of the equation in the gourmet fare served at De la Tierra restaurant, in treatments such as the Sumatra Body Polish at The Living Spa, and in the 36 plush suites and globally themed "Casitas of the World." $395—$1,095 per night; 800-828-8267; elmontesagrado.com
Luxury and sustainability meet at this Taos, New Mexico, resort.