At one with nature
Eco-tourism can be broadly defined as sustainable or responsible travel to, particularly fragile or protected areas. The emphases of eco-tourism include preserving nature, wildlife watching and fostering respect for human rights and alternative cultures. Eco-lodges are generally remote and located in relatively pristine natural environments, often offering sustainability-focused initiatives to ensure positive relationships with the local people. We have compiled a list of some of the top eco-lodges in the world.
Finca Rosa Blanca, Costa Rica
Located thirty minutes from San Jose, this hilltop hideaway has attained the highest ranking possible in the Sustainable Tourism Certification Program. An architecturally striking hotel with an appealingly bohemian vibe, it is spread across nine acres of gorgeously landscaped gardens, coffee estates, imposing volcanoes and cloud forest. Each of its thirteen suites has private decks with beautiful views of the Central Valley and the coffee plantation. This lush, wild retreat allows you to appreciate Costa Rica's beauty.
Misool Eco Resort, Indonesia
Misool Eco Resort is located in Indonesia’s Raja Ampat archipelago and is situated in the middle of Southeast Asia’s renowned Coral Triangle. An intimate, tropical hideaway with white sandy beaches, a thriving, colourful reef, and luxurious huts located on the crystal clear water, the resort aims to protect and revitalise both its natural surroundings and the community in which it operates. Take part in three daily dives or enjoy non-diving adventures like snorkelling trips, visits to ancient petroglyphs, tours of mangroves, kayaking, and picnics on deserted beaches.
Whitepod offers an alternative experience in the Swiss Alps and aims to prove that hospitality and environmental conservation can co-exist. The pretty tent village is located on the Les Giettes mountain between Montreux on Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc. Ideal for luxury adventurers, every pod has its own “comfort zone” with cosy beds, armchairs and blankets and a wood-burning stove. Enjoy dogsled tours, try your hand at paragliding and go skiing with your guide.
Post Ranch Inn, California
Embracing the dramatic beauty of the California coastline, Post Ranch Inn sits high atop the hilltops of Big Sur, 1200 feet above the Pacific ocean. Guestrooms are built from sustainable materials and complement their natural surroundings. Landscaping uses native plants, is drought-resistant and their cleaning system is biodegradable. Blend rustic elegance with luxury and comfort while you enjoy total relaxation with morning yoga, guided hikes, stargazing or whale watching in the stunning surroundings.
Turtle Island, Fiji
Home to only fourteen couples at a time, Turtle Island is a private island paradise nestled in the turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean. Bordered by pristine white beaches and coral-rich turquoise waters the island is the ultimate eco-sanctuary and is almost entirely self-sustainable. The accommodation is spacious, and the design is reflective of the outside environment. With its private beaches, pristine waters, incredible sea life, secluded accommodation, and many activities, this is the perfect place for adventurous island wanderers looking for a private paradise.