Earth Day is here again to remind us that low-impact, green and sustainable travel options are available all over the world at Eco-resorts. From luxury hotels to tropical escapes to cultural and environmental immersion experiences, there’s an eco-friendly adventure waiting for every world traveler. Here are five unique eco-resort escapes to get you started on thinking about sustainable travel.
Misool Eco Resort – Dive into eco-travel
Misool Eco Resort is it’s own private resort island, Batbitim, situated among an archipelago of uninhabited islands in remote southern Raja Ampat, Indonesia. It’s a diver’s dream eco-trip located at the heart of the Coral Triangle, spanning 17,000 sq miles. The resort believes strongly in conservation initiatives focused on the bio-diverse reefs and providing sustainable employment opportunities to local people.
The Green House – The greenest hotel in the UK
The Green House is a luxury and boutique hotel in Bournermouth, UK. It has been called one of the best eco-resorts in the world. They are very serious about sustainability. From the obvious eco-friendly touches like energy efficient lightning, to the very serious steps like reusing the kitchen’s cooking oil to fuel the company car, care and thought has been taken in every aspect of this hotel’s design.
Kasbah du Toubkal Ecolodge – A serious retreat
Kasbah de Toubkal Ecolodge, rated the best mountain retreat in Morocco by Conde Nast Traveler, is set atop the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco 60 kilometers outside of Marrakech. You trade a bit of luxury for your serenity when you must hike to the hotel with mules toting your luggage. With 5% of all fees going back to the local Berber community, you won’t feel like an intruding outsider, just a guest in one of the most scenic panoramic spots in the world.
Adrere Amellal Oasis Ecolodge – Really unplug
Adrere Amellal Oasis Ecolodge is found by the historical oasis of Siwa, Egypt. This is truly an eco-resort from the ground up with hand-built earth buildings making every room unique and completely authentic. You better be ready to really unplug because there’s no electricity what-so-ever. Candles and the stars in the night sky provide your only illumination. Don’t bother asking for their wifi password.
Cristalino Jungle Lodge – Prime Amazon
In the middle of the rainforests in the Southern Amazon, you’ll discover the Cristalino Jungle Lodge. The lodge has it’s own private rainforest reserve over 28,000 acres or 1.3 times larger than Manhattan. Be prepared to be fully immersed in this gorgeous ecosystem, while participating in responsible tourism initiatives. Solar power, natural ventilation, a permaculture system and a filtration system with evapotranspiration basin, all help maintain maximum comfort with minimum environmental impact. Here the phrase “it’s a jungle out there” has a whole new meaning.
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