With consumers generally growing more conscious about the products they purchase, and the impact they have on the planet, it makes sense that people are also thinking more carefully about how they travel. In fact, according to a recent survey from Booking.com, 33% of travellers are planning to choose more eco-friendly accommodation in 2018 than they did last year.
So, if protecting the planet is important to you – but you can’t resist the urge to explore at every opportunity – set your mind at rest by booking one of these incredible eco stays.
Boroka Downs, Halls Gap, Australia
Bordering on the Grampians National Park, this adult-only eco-retreat is popular for its stunning facilities, and vast array of native plants and animals. Its secluded location means it’s the perfect romantic getaway for nature-loving couples.
As well as offering guests access to its organic vegetable garden, Boroka Downs operates a full recycling program and sources local produce where possible. All guest activities on offer are based around the natural wonders of the park.
Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway, South Africa
Located inside Welgevonden Game Reserve, this breath-taking hideaway offers beautiful suites that come complete with private terraces and plunge pools. The eco-friendly materials used to furnish the rooms are what sets this stunning resort apart – furniture is constructed from hand-made organic fabrics, distressed branches, tree trunk tables and stone baths.
Away from their rooms, guests can spot wildlife on a game drive, indulge in a wellness massage or feast on an array of fine foods in their own, private dining area.
Dreamcatcher Tipi Hotel, Gardiner, USA
Found at the entrance of Yellowstone National Park, the Dreamcatcher Tipi Hotel offers guests the opportunity to stay in one of 10 luxury tipis. Each tipi offers access to a greater number and variety of plants and wild animals than anywhere else in the 48 contiguous states – with the smallest possible impact on the environment.
Each tipi is designed to provide the best in comfort, providing large memory foam mattresses, beautifully soft rugs, organic bath products and even chandeliers.
With enough room for a family of four, guests can cuddle up with their little ones by the electric fire. With spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for any traveller.
Eco Villa, Christchurch, New Zealand
Right in our own backyard, Eco Villa features eight individually crafted rooms in a chilled, eco-friendly setting. Guests can pick vegetables from the edible garden, prepare meals in the shared kitchen, and relax in one of the outdoor baths.
There are also free bikes to hire for cycling and exploring Christchurch. Set in a prime location, guests can cycle to the Transitional “Cardboard” Cathedral, or the New Regent Street Pedestrian Mall.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Mexico
This Mexican resort is a no-brainer for families in search of the holiday of a lifetime. Located right by the beach, the kids’ activity programme includes watersports, bicycle tours, arts and crafts, sand castle building and treasure hunts.
For the grown-ups, there are adult-only ‘zen gardens’, as well as plenty of scenic views to enjoy.
The resort’s commitment to the environment is also to be applauded. Not only does it use biodegradable toiletries and energy-saving light controls, but it also recycles and donates its leftover food.
Lefay Resort & Spa Lago Di Garda, Italy
Situated on the coast of Lake Garda in Gargnano, Lefay Resort is surrounded by rolling hills and olive groves. As well as absorbing the panoramic views of the lake, guests can relax at the wellness centre or take a swim in one of the infinity pools.
This luxurious Italian getaway follows eco-friendly practises, including the use of organic ingredients for toiletries and energy-saving methods for heating and water.