Choosing to travel ‘green’ and holidaying with a conscience doesn’t mean having to cut back on creature comforts or sacrifice luxury.
We’ve rounded up some of the world’s most hip, chic and sustainable travel destinations that you’ll love as much as the planet does, proving that you can travel in ultimate style, while helping to reduce your carbon footprint.
Gayana Eco Resort focuses on protecting Marine Ecology. Its on-site Marine Ecology Research Centre propagates endangered giant clams and restores natural coral reefs. Guests of all ages are encouraged to participate in restoring life back to the damaged ocean floors.
37 bedroomed eco hotel, The Scarlet is located on the North Cornish coast, overlooking the Atlantic ocean. It is built to the highest of eco standards and its sustainability policy includes reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill sites, and minimalising carbon footprint.
Located a few hours north of Oslo, this unique nature retreat blends in perfectly with its surroundings. Full length glass windows provide guests with breathtaking views of raw Norwegian countryside and its minimalistic wood cabins perched on the river bank barely leave any environmental footprint.
Ponta Dos Ganchos’ green credentials include recycling all waste. They also produce their own organic vegetables, which are served in all of their restaurants. Cabanas have been built with the latest green technology.
The luxurious and secluded conservation-based retreat, Wolgan Valley is located 2.5 hours’ from Sydney, in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area within a 7,000 acre, carbon-neutral conservation and wildlife reserve.
Unique activities and experiences are offered through an environmental ethos and the resort has been carbon-neutral for five years running. Guests can also take part in conservation work, alongside expert field guides.
Treehotel is located in Harads, approx 100 kilometers from Luleå airport. The concept is to make as little ecological footprint as possible. The hotel was built with sustainable construction methods and runs on eco-energy.
The 41 villa eco resort, Viceroy Riviera Maya is situated in the village of Playa Xcalacoco and surrounded by tropical forest.
The luxury resort serves organic and locally sourced food and runs recycling and composting programmes. Water and energy saving plans are in place such as energy efficient lighting.
Have you stayed at a luxury eco-resort? Or maybe you’re planning on a ‘green’ holiday this summer? Let us know where you recommend!