In recent years, green travel is getting the attention that it rightfully deserves. Treading lightly, traveling responsibly and avoid leaving any carbon footprint as we travel can help sustain the environment, or at least prevent further damage to our planet. Unfortunately, traveling often causes a certain degree of destruction to the environment and local communities if we are not careful with our own actions.
To reduce this impact, several eco luxury lodges have made minimizing environmental impact as their aim. For the environmentally-friendly traveler, here are some excellent retreats to indulge and unwind.
1. Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, Costa Rica
The open-air concept of the Playa Nicuesa Lodge fits perfectly to the jungle backdrop, letting you get in touch with nature while you sleep or dine. Overlooking the jungle and sea of the Golfo Dulce/Osa Peninsula, each wooden cabin opens up to a view. Decked out in a rustic jungle theme, the cabins are exquisite.
2. Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, Botswana
Setting the golden standards for luxury safaris, this lodge sits amidst the shady foliage of the Okavango Delta, overlooking the plains and lagoon. Setting the golden standards for luxury safaris, the tastefully designed interior of Sanctuary Chief’s Camp is rustic yet luxurious in the midst of wilderness.
Besides its stunning setting right in the Torres del Paine National Park, the design and engineering of the EcoCamp truly blows your mind away. The entire lodge is set in geodesic domes made to resemble the local Kawesqar people’s huts.
4. Kw’o:kw’e:hala Eco Lodge, Canada
Set along the Coquihalla River in BC, Canada, this wilderness lodge designs specific eco vacation experiences to meet your needs. Sleep in the complete wilderness, with the stunning forest and river as your backdrop.
5. Tiamo Resorts, Bahamas
Tiamo Resorts on South Andros island emphasizes on sustainable tourism and claims to be the Caribbean’s most environmentally sensitive operator. Beautiful cottages set among swaying palm trees are built using basic ecological principals, combining nature and chic at once.
6. Avalon Coastal Retreat, Australia
Along Tasmania’s Great Oyster Bay, the Avalon blends futuristic architectural style with eco-living. With indigenous landscapes and an edgy design, the resort draws you into a different world where art and environment live as one.
7. Gayana Luxury Eco Resort, Borneo
At the fringe of the lush forest of Borneo, Gayana is a patchwork of water bungalows built near to a coral reef island. With Mount Kinabalu in the distance and the turqoise waters below your feet, you can marvel at the wonders of nature from your bedroom. There is an on-site research center to protect and restore the coral reefs.
*All photos obtained from the resorts’ websites.
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