We’ve been ogling some seriously beautiful eco hotels of late. What’s sustainable when it comes to travel? Your eco lodge fulfills at least one of the following:
It’s built using environmentally sustainable methods or alternative energy sources.
It minimizes human impact on natural habitats.
It sustains the well-being of local people and indigenous communities.
It helps raise your environmental and cultural awareness.
Here’s some travel porn for you to feast your eyes on.
Where: Lapa Rios, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Why: It's recognized globally as a model for eco-tourism. Guests participate in sustainability by learning about the community ecology and helping to preserve the rainforest.
Do: Opt for the Local Medicine Tour. Follow local guides through the primary rainforest while learning about medicinal plants and their uses.
Where: Azulik, Tulum
Why: It’s built with organic architecture, mindful of the natural environment and they have self-sustainability systems in place.
Do: Spoil yourself with a private massage on a magical, breathtaking cenote.
Where: Milaidhoo Island, Maldives
Why: This hotel is set in Baa Atoll’s beautiful UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and conservation of our the environment is one of their guiding philosophies. They're eco-friendly with the products they use, and they even give to local charities.
Do: Try stand up paddle boarding in the lagoon at sunset. You might even spot some sting rays.
We’re ready to start packing…