On an island known for celebrating excess—multimillion-dollar villas, state-of-the-art mega-yachts, and designer boutiques where a bikini can easily cost $300—and where "rosé all day" is a favorite mantra, conservation isn't always a priority. But it definitely is at Hotel Manapany, an elegantly casual and environmentally friendly resort located on St. Barth's Anse des Cayes and owned by Paris-based B Signature Hotels & Resorts.

Offering 43 villas and suites, the property is making sustainability as equally important as luxury to travelers who seek it. Meanwhile, guests who aren’t in the know about its green initiatives might not even realize at first that conservation is happening all around them. Here are eight ways that Hotel Manapany—which recently was named Eco Resort of the Year at the 2019 Hotel & Lodge Business & Meetings Awards—is bringing eco-chic to St. Barth.

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In developing Hotel Manapany’s new look, French architect and designer Francois Champsaur went back to the island’s roots.Hotel Manapany

Design is focused on natural elements and materials.

When Parisian hotelier Anne Jousse, owner of B Signature Hotels & Resorts—which operates six hotels in Paris and Brittany—bought the three-decade-old Hotel Manapany in 2016, her goal was to re-establish the property with a focus on design that’s natural, organic and true to its Caribbean setting.

She hired French architect and designer Francois Champsaur, who previously had designed B Signature's five-star Hotel Vernet in Paris, to create a look that went "back to the roots of St. Barth." The result is an inviting and comfortable upscale beach cottage aesthetic featuring white-washed walls paired with ceilings, doors and furnishings painted in vibrant island hues: spicy red, sweet orange, deep yellow, ultramarine blue and mint green.

The happy décor also includes striped cotton bedding, hand-crafted armoires and tables of local wood, woven rugs ad pillows in natural fibers and eco-friendly bamboo towels.

Water is produced right on the property.

St. Barth gets less than 40 inches of rain a year (mostly from August to November, about half of what St. Lucia and Barbados experience annually), so Hotel Manapany produces its own water on property via a desalination process for drinking and bathing. Afterwards, the used water is sanitized into “white water” to irrigate the terraced property’s lush gardens and landscaping. No waste water is diffused into the ocean.

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The main swimming pool at Hotel Manapany.Hotel Manapany

Solar panels provide hot water to villas and suites.

While the resort isn’t totally powered by solar energy, the hot water that villa guests enjoy in the spacious walk-in showers in their suites is produced by the abundant Caribbean sun that shines on St. Barth an average of 3,000 hours a year.

Only electric vehicles are allowed.

Hotel Manapany uses only electric vehicles throughout its 4.2 acres and guests are encouraged to rent noise-free, pollution-free electric cars for use during part or all of their stay. Non-electric vehicles aren’t allowed beyond reception and the property offers parking spaces with recharging stations.

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Guests will enjoy fresh fruits picked daily from Hotel Manapany’s grounds.Hotel Manapany

Some fruits, vegetables and herbs are grown on the property.

That mango, passion fruit, banana, guava and coconut that Hotel Manapany guests enjoy for breakfast at the restaurant or in one of the creative cocktails served at the bar wasn’t shipped in or even trucked over. It was picked earlier that day from the resort’s lush grounds.

And the restaurant’s chef offers daily seafood specials featuring fresh, locally caught fish, such as mahi mahi and red snapper.

No chemical cleaners are used.

Hotel Manapany’s environmental commitment extends to the products it uses to clean its rooms and public spaces—all are nature- and plant-based and biodegradable.

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Yoga and Pilates classes are offered at the hotel’s spa, which offers a truly serene view.Hotel Manapany

The spa's treatment menu is derived from nature.

The property’s healthy, all-natural philosophy extends to its oceanfront spa, where only organic products from Germany-based brand Dr. Hauschka are used and massage cabins are practically suspended above the gentle lap of waves. It’s the perfect combination of relaxing setting and rejuvenating treatment—with skilled therapists and aestheticians.

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Guests might not want to leave their stunning villas and suites, but adventures await them beyond the hotel property.Hotel Manapany

The hotel is partnering with eco-friendly excursion operators.

Relaxing on Anse des Cayes or around Hotel Manapany's two oceanfront pools—or better yet on a half-day catered picnic on sublime Anse Gouverneur with fresh veggie wraps, savory tapenade and chilled rosé wine—are all lovely ways to unwind. But for guests who crave a bit of exploration and adventure, the property has partnered with eco-friendly luxury yacht Yes, Darling (3,500 euro/$3,900 for a half day or sunset sail for up to 15 people) and with SEABOB St. Barth operated by H2O for snorkel excursion using electric, eco-friendly SEABOB water craft for silent, high-performance above-water and underwater propulsion (175 euro/$196 per hour).

Hotel Manapany will have its annual seasonal closure from mid-August until early November. Room rates start at $526 per night.