Table of contents:
- Soneva Fushi, Maldives
- Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador
- Song Saa, Cambodia
- Butterfly House Bahia, Brazil
- Wilderness Hoanib Skeleton Coast, Namibia
- Six Senses Yao Noi, Thailand
- Papaya Playa, Mexico
- Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort, Mozambique
- Ananda Spa Himalayas, India
- North Island, Seychelles
Video: Eco Travel: Top 10 Green Resorts In The World
The saturation with the benefits of civilization such as ubiquitous Wi-Fi, traffic collapses and poor nutrition makes us think about proximity to nature and deserted shores. Apart from the history of Robinson Crusoe, eco-tourism began to develop actively about twenty years ago. During this time, around the world, and especially in its quietest corners untouched by industrial and technological development, dozens of resorts have opened, in different variations exploiting the theme of "organic" recreation, useful both from the point of view of health and the point of view of caring for environment. With their submission, conscious travelers (mostly, of course, residents of megalopolises) have mastered digital detox (refusing to use gadgets for a vacation), outdoor yoga and other biodynamic practices. But it's not a secretthat behind the prefix "eco" can be hidden all sorts of beautiful sublimates, giving out climate control in rooms and wooden walls of bungalows for "green" technologies. Bazaar.ru, resolutely taking the side of vacationers and environmental ethics, figured out which advanced eco-resorts can be trusted.
Soneva Fushi, Maldives
When it comes to eco-luxury, Soneva Fushi is second to none. And it's not about designer furniture and expensive spa treatments, although they are excellent at Soneva Fushi. The owners of the Maldivian hotel Sonu and Eva Shivdasani took care of every little thing regarding ethical coexistence with nature: guests walk here exclusively barefoot, Wi-Fi and other technologies are prohibited (except for an open-air cinema), and so that guests do not run wild, to everyone assigned butler named Friday. But you will not only have to eat celery and nuts: the restaurant will offer you 60 (!) Types of organic ice cream and 500 varieties of wine. By the way, not far from here is a coral reef, anxiously protected by UNESCO.
Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador
At 900 meters above sea level, lost in a cloudy forest, Mashpi Lodge is the benchmark for sustainable living. The hotel was built relatively recently - in 2012, and during its construction were used the latest technology friendly to nature. As befits a real eco-business, Mashpi Lodge is actively involved in the life of the local population, and also maintains a whole team of scientists who monitor the preservation and enhancement of the natural wealth of the equatorial lands. Thanks to their efforts, in the jungle on the territory of the resort you can find not only ferns and bromeliads, but also new varieties of orchids.
Song Saa, Cambodia
The Song Saa Hotel occupies a separate island in the Koh Rong archipelago in Cambodia and is not the last place in the conservation of this Asian country. The owners of the modern eco-resort have poured $ 500,000 into a fund to protect the environment. Their initiatives include a 100-fold increase in the size of the marine reserve, the protection of coral reefs and local fauna, and the provision of local schools with solar energy. With this they have earned the favorable attitude of all eco-tourists, who, among other things, speak with great enthusiasm about the spa treatments at Song Saa and enjoy rubbing themselves with Aesop lotions.
Butterfly House Bahia, Brazil
Don't be confused by the thatched roofs and rough walls of Butterfly House Bahia: the interior of the bungalow and lodge is the exact opposite of their wild appearance. The bohemian style of the interior organically integrates expensive pieces of furniture and quirky art objects collected by the owner Chloe Gibbs around the world. By all eco-criteria, the Brazilian boutique hotel is impressive: the heating here is from solar energy, the materials used in the decor comply with ethical standards (Colombian bamboo, for example), and the waste is recycled in accordance with all regulations. In order not to disturb the local ecosystem, the hotel was built with feeling, really, arrangement - for 10 years.
Wilderness Hoanib Skeleton Coast, Namibia
If, watching the escapades of the daredevils from National Geographic, you've ever dreamed of being in their place, Wilderness Hoanib Skeleton Coast gives you that opportunity. The organizers of this small eco-resort are doing a great job: taking care of the local lion population. In which guests of the hotel can directly participate. Waking up in an ascetic designer lodge (there are 7 double rooms and one family) at the foot of a hill in the most remote part of Kaokoveld - an arid region in Namibia - you can have breakfast with an impressive view of the Skeleton Coast National Park, which looks like it has descended from the picture of an African safari. and then head out towards the wild.
Six Senses Yao Noi, Thailand
Six Senses Yao Noi, located next to tourist Phuket, is a benchmark luxury eco-village with no plastic wares and organic produce straight from their own vegetable garden. It is not worth mentioning that everything here is organized according to the highest eco-standard: the Six Senses brand is one of the leading brands in its niche. The hotel accommodates up to 200 guests, who spend long hours admiring the views of Phang Nga Bay and listening to jazz music. Each of the guests is assigned a kind of concierge (here he is called in a rustic manner "Chicken Mamma"), who, warning your wishes, will help to reveal all the secrets of this Asian resort.
Papaya Playa, Mexico
Going to Mexico for unbridled fun, do not forget that this country is rich in places where you can combine business with pleasure. For example, the famous Papaya Playa resort in Tulum: it may not be a star for the confident luxury segment, but it is quite popular with movie stars (you can easily find, for example, Kate Moss on the hotel's beach). A yoga tour, honeymoon trip or just a secluded digital detox at this hotel will be perfect. Meanwhile, Papaya Playa is running many conservation and livelihood projects in Tulum, conserving resources through the use of alternative energies and eco-friendly materials.
Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort, Mozambique
Anantara Resort on Bazaruto Island - the epitome of escapist culture - belongs to the largest eco-hotel chain in the world (44 resorts!). An all-consuming dialogue with nature can be carried on endlessly: outside the window there are thickets of jungle and outlandish birds, on the terrace there is a pool that smoothly flows into the ocean bay, under a palm tree on the beach there is a comfortable hammock, and in the waters of the Indian Ocean there are whales, sea turtles and many different species fish that you will certainly be offered to catch. If diving is too extreme for you, do not hesitate to take a boat to watch, leaning to the mast, the most beautiful sunset of your life.
Ananda Spa Himalayas, India
To learn the full range of Ayurvedic practices, you need to go to the Himalayas - to Ananda Spa. From the oldest to the most modern therapies, local therapists know how to immerse you in absolute nirvana. You can get acquainted with the sacred surroundings and the peaceful nature of the Himalayas by walking along special tracks or going rafting in the purest waters of the Ganges (yes, in this part of India the ecological situation is completely different). If the soothing effects of yoga and meditation are not enough (although this is unlikely), go to see the Indian elephants: Rajaji National Park, where Ananda kindly invites you on safari, is home to about 500 of this animal.
North Island, Seychelles
The fact that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Clooney couple came here for their honeymoon certainly speaks of the high level of this resort. However, they love him not only for the opportunity to be in complete solitude, but also for a serious eco-responsible approach. Rare species of birds and giant land turtles that live in the Seychelles are under the reliable supervision of the North Island hotel team, which also makes sure that guests live in complete harmony with the flora and fauna of the island, while receiving a truly royal service. But as you know, a real luxury for the inhabitants of megalopolises is the opportunity to spend time serenely on the paradise coast.
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