Travel is often a big contributor to man-made waste and other environmental impacts, locally sourced produce, labor, and environmentally sustainable practices while on our stay at an eco-lodge help to improve our effect on mother nature as we admire her beauty.
There is a growing worldwide demand for exotic locations with diverse flora and fauna where we can get away from the city while learning about our world and how we can improve it.
The following are just a few of the many eco-lodges and retreats that cater to the eco-tourism markets as travelers look for a more holistic experience on their exotic holidays.
Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley Conservation Area, Borneo
Borneo hosts some of the most diverse plants and wildlife on planet earth and this accommodation is surrounded by virgin 130 million-year-old rainforest with 200 species of plants per hectare.
Go on jungle hikes with knowledgable, experienced guides and learn about the 320 species of birds and 124 species of mammals that inhabit the forest, before heading back to your cabin with its own plunge pool and enjoying a traditional Borneo Massage.
The dining options are excellent, mostly Malaysian fare overseen by Chef Rosan who has decades of experience at the Shangri-La group of resorts, listen to the sounds of the living, breathing rainforest as you dine in the open sustainably-built dining area.
Garonga Safari Camp, South Africa
This gorgeous Safari Camp may be on the edge of a game reserve, but its commitment to becoming one of Africa’s premier eco-lodges is as strong as the elephants who visit the raised platforms of the Grange Safari Camp to say hello.
The retreat weighs all of their waste, including food waste which is fed to the local wild boar population, in order to track and reduce their eco-footprint.
Filtered drinking water is provided by Vivreau who provides reusable metal bottles to guests upon arrival to use the entire stay, eliminating the need for plastic bottles.
Safari tours from the lodge aim to encounter the “Big 5” animals of Africa, that all live in the area surrounding the lodge and the lodge has a commitment to a rhino conservation project led by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in the Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve called the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project.
Topas Eco Lodge, Hoang Lien National Park, Vietnam
A collection of bungalows in the mountainous north of Vietnam, the Topas eco-lodge employs local ethnic minorities and buys food from the local farmers.
Initially funded by the Danish International Development Agency the 100 local staff at the lodge are provided with full insurance and given accommodation and a small amount of land to grow their own food.
Tours from the lodge include food-oriented BBQ tours, mountain bike trails, and a cable car to South East Asia’s highest peak, Mount Fansipan, from where you can see Vietnam, Laos, and China.
Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, British Colombia, Canada
This remote coastal resort is the perfect place to experience the magnificent natural scenery this part of Canada has in spades. The 50,000 square miles of Great Bear Rainforest is at your doorstep, with space for a small helicopter and a jetty for watercraft.
Powered by an efficient Pelton wheel hydroelectric system, the eco-credentials of the resort span the 40 plus years it has been in operation, winning the Environmental Award for Industry, Business, and Labour in 1999, a Vancouver Island EcoStar Award for Lodging & Accommodation and was named as the province’s first official Stewardship Partner of the 50,000 square miles of land and water they operate in.
Nine private chalets hosting 18 guests or more include ocean-facing intertidal cabins, or forest cabins located alongside a natural stream and waterfall as you enjoy daily activities such as romantic elopement packages and heli-hiking.
Three Camel Lodge, The Gobi, Mongolia
Constructed using ancient Buddhist building techniques which reflect traditional Mongolian culture, the lodge has an on-site greenhouse that uses food waste compost and sources 50 percent of its consumables from within 50 miles of the accommodation.
The traditional Mongolian tents or Gers are lit by LEDs powered by solar panels and the resort contributes to the local population’s social wellbeing by providing income.
Cultural preservation is also a stated goal for the lodge, supporting local students studying traditional Mongolian music and dance at the Gobi’s Hanhongor School as well as being involved in the Mongolian Bankhar Dog Project – a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help preserve the Bankhar, a unique mastiff breed native to the Mongolian Steppe.
Daintree Eco Lodge, Queensland, Australia
This sustainable run resort in Queenslands UNESCO world heritage listed Daintree Rainforest is the ultimate eco-escape, built from the ground up with the natural environment in mind, A$50 from each guest goes to the Morris Family Foundation Reef Keepers Fund, supporting projects that protect and preserve the Great Barrier Reef.
In partnership with Rainforest Rescue Daintree Eco-Lodge assists in the reforestation of areas of the Daintree Rainforest that have been impacted by human development, it also filters and recycles 100 percent of its wastewater.
An on-site herb and veggie patch provide the chefs at Julaymba Restaurant and Bar with a constant supply of fresh produce and all organic waste from the kitchen is composted or fed to local livestock.
Svart Eco Lodge, Meløy, Norway
Billed as the world’s first ‘energy-positive’ hotel, this luxury lodge is on the edge of the arctic circle, only accessible by boat from the nearby city of Bodø.
It gets its power from a naturally occurring subterranean river flowing directly beneath the sustainably built wooden structure as well as solar panels on the roof.
Designed by Norwegian architect and landscaping workshop Snøhetta, the eco-hotel will open in 2023 and is located at the foot of the Svartisen glacier that runs through Meløy municipality in northern Norway.
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