Ecotourism resorts around the world range from smart huts and cabins constructed by native tribes, who applied age-old methods, to chic holiday homes built by sustainable architectural firms.
Regardless of which eco hotel you decide to stay in, in any holiday destination, know that eco friendly resorts are directed at preserving the local peoples’ cultures, flora and fauna, and environment. From cottage beach resorts in the Caribbean to Asian wellness retreats in Bali, China, and Thailand to ski chalets in the Swiss and French Alps to wilderness resorts in British Columbia and Alaska to luxury eco lodges in Costa Rica, ecotourism resorts around the world provide an array of nature adventures and opportunity to explore the local traditions.
In taking great care to preserve the land (from deforestation, logging, and drilling etc.) and wildlife (from eradication from poaching and invasive species etc.) many conservation initiatives are implemented. In order to allows their guests to see the wildlife without disturbing the species in their natural habitat and distressing fragile ecosystems many resort operators employed ways for persons to do so in a sustainable manner.
Below, I have listed seven eco friendly holiday destinations and hotels around the world.
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Drake Bay Eco Resort Costa Rica “Copa De Arbol”
Cabanas (11 bedrooms) Locale: Rainforest. Beach. Country: Drake Bay, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica.
At our Drake Bay Eco Resort, we are committed to the conservation and preservation of the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, its surrounding waters, and the local communities, and are contributing members of various conservation organizations, both marine and terrestrial.
Ecolodge Nicaragua “Jicaro”
Bedroom(s): 9 Casitas/Chalets Locale: Private Island. Forest. Ocean. Country: Granada Isleta, Nicaragua.
Harmony with nature and the local community were a key consideration in the development of the lodge. The hotel was built with minimum impact to the island and with very careful planning in terms of water supply, waste water treatment and electricity usage. The team in charge of the management of the resort has a 12-year track record running ecolodges and sustainable hotels in Costa Rica and has brought this accumulated know how to Nicaragua.
Bali Healing Retreat “Fivelements”
Bedroom(s): 9 Locale: Garden. River. Country: Denpasar: Bali, Indonesia.
The architecture represents a synthesis between eco-consciousness and luxury: wooden structures, dark hardwood floors and pure white bedding. The design team has carefully adapted the site to its new use with minimum disturbance to pre-existing natural systems, ecologies and aesthetics. Any disturbances that have occurred during construction will be offset by positive action in other locations.
The resort, Bali Healing Retreat, has been built using mainly natural materials including Bamboo, Rattan.
Norwegian Landscape Hotel “Juvet”
Bedroom(s): 10 + (the mill house, the barn, the farmhouse) Locale: River/Fjord. Mountain. Country: Alstad, Norway.
“Conserving the site is a way to respect the fact that nature precedes and succeeds man.”
The site for the Norwegian Landscape Hotel “Juvet” is a nature reserve. After extensive negotiations with conservation authorities, permission was eventually granted for a plan allowing a maximum of 28 rooms to be built without the need for rock blasting or alterations to the terrain.
Amazon Rainforest Lodge “JUMA”
Bedroom(s): 20 (Bungalows) Locale: Amazon Rain-forest. Country: Autazes, Brazil.
With an unmatched location in one of the most pristine and untouched areas of the Amazon Rainforest, the lodge develops its activities in accordance with the principles of sustainability, implementing actions aimed to achieve ecological, sociocultural and economic sustainability.
Iceland Eco Hotel “ION”
Bedroom(s): 45 Locale: Wilderness. Mountain. Country: Thingvellir, Selfoss: Iceland.
Inspired by the environmental surroundings, at our Iceland Eco Hotel we incorporates innovative materials, sustainable practices, and the natural features of Iceland into its design and practices. Whether you are seeking a quiet, soulful soak beneath the Northern Lights, a challenging trek across an ancient glacier or a day of fly-fishing in plentiful icy rivers, our Iceland Eco Hotel will suffice.
Australia Daintree Eco Lodge
Bedroom(s): 15 (Villas) Locale: Daintree Rainforest. Great Barrier Reef. Country: North Queensland, Australia.
At our Australia Daintree Eco Lodge, we are committed to environmental best practice, with a comprehensive company policy and procedure for leadership in sustainability.
See more environmentally friendly hotels and accommodations on the L’ EcoResorts’ website here.
Article by: Tiffany Huggins.