You are waking up in the comfort and luxury of your hotel room to the stunning view of the pristine lush landscape in front of you. The vast ocean is sparkling under the morning sun. You can feel the fresh, salty air playfully tickling your nose, stimulating your senses, and revitalizing your body. Everywhere you look, you are surrounded by intact nature.
Luxury eco-resorts have become increasingly popular in the last decade as a perfect retreat for nature lovers, whether they are seeking relaxation or adventure. If you are looking for hands-on experience with the world’s astounding beauty, but still want to contribute to ecological sustainability, check out these five luxury resorts that are created in harmony with their local environment.
1. Four Seasons’ Tented Camp, Chiang Rai, Thailand
This is one of the five luxury eco-resorts you must visit at least once in a lifetime. Secluded, elusive, and luxurious, Four Seasons Tents in Chiang Rai, Thailand offers a plush eco-friendly hideaway away from the crowds.
Chiang Rai City is a peaceful provincial town in the mountains of northern Thailand. Alike its sister town Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai has a more easygoing and relaxed atmosphere. Don’t miss the city’s main attractions like the impressive collection of temples, art, music, and cuisine.
However, to fully appreciate the beauty of this amazing region, dive into its nature. Four Seasons’ Tented Camp is a true secluded paradise in Thailand’s wilderness. Enjoy a unique experience of elephant tracking, leisure activities in the resort’s garden area, or pamper yourself with relaxing spa treatments. From a private balcony and handcrafted furnishings to an open-air spa and calming sounds of the forest, Four Seasons Tents in Chiang Rai is all about relaxation and savoring each moment of your vacation.
The resort is located within 65 km (40 miles) from Chiang Rai International Airport.
2. Soneva Fushi, Maldives
Soneva Fushi island sanctuary is one of the best examples of how luxury and sustainability can be balanced in a perfect blend. Located on Baa Atoll, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Soneva Fushi luxury villas and private residences offer ultimate seclusion and relaxation in an atmosphere of laid-back comfort and environmental responsibility.
Most villas are constructed to resemble tree houses, all of them overlooking the private stretch of powder-white sand beach with crystal-clear azure waters. Many of these eco-lodges have their own private seawater swimming pools.
The villas of Soneva Fushi are located on the sunset or sunrise side of the Baa Atoll – if you seek tranquility and privacy with unspoiled views of the sea, book a villa on the sunrise side. Sunset side of the island is a perfect eco-lodging for snorkelers and those seeking a more active vacation.
3. Long Beach Lodge, Tofino, BC, Canada
A coastal village of Tofino is nestled at the western end of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Tofino is well-known among nature lovers and surfers, as many consider this small town in western Canada the surfing hub of the country. Tofino is surrounded by the wilderness of the UNESCO Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve, home to many rivers, lakes, natural hot springs, coastal rainforests, and alpine peaks.
Long Beach Lodge Resort is located on the stunning Long Beach that stretches for 20 kilometers between Tofino and Ucluelet BC, and it is a great eco-lodging choice for outdoor enthusiasts. Depending on your travel preferences, you can book one of the resort’s 41 rooms in a luxury beachfront Lodge or stay in one of the 20 two-bedroom Rainforest Cottages.
The cozy, plush cottages are nestled in the costal rainforest only a 20-minute walk from the Long Beach Lodge Resort and the beach, offering a perfect romantic retreat.
4. Coco -Mat Eco Residences, Serifos, Greece
Serifos Island, a part of Milos region in the Aegean Sea is a great destination if you seek to explore fascinating Greek history while savoring the unique Mediterranean landscape.
The complex of 13 miners’ houses was renovated and transformed into spacious and bioclimatic two-story apartments on a lush pristine Vagia Beach along the Aegean shores of Serifos Island. Coco-Mat Eco Residences offer an authentic Greek atmosphere combined with elegant luxury and contemporary sustainable practices.
The beachfront Coco-Mat residences perfectly blend nature, elegance, and sophisticated eco-friendly design. The apartments feature furniture and linen that are made exclusively with natural materials and balconies overlooking the azure Aegean Sea.
5. Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
The eco-resort of Cala Luna Villas in Tamarindo, Costa Rica is located on a semi-private wild beach in a protected nature reserve for sea turtles. The resort embraces and entwines sustainability into all its aspects, from one of the largest solar energy installations in Central America to the organic garden that supplies the resort’s restaurants and open-air spa that uses natural ingredients.
At Cala Luna Luxury Hotel & Villas, the ultimate luxury and comfort perfectly blend with great respect for nature. Situated on the pristine sand beach, this eco-friendly lodging in Cost Rica offers a wide range of amenities such as yoga, surf classes, and personalized service tailored to every taste and travel preference.
Each of us can do our share in protecting the planet. By living up to the philosophy of sustainability and respecting nature, we are creating a possibility for future generations to enjoy the beauty and resources of our planet. Choosing eco-friendly resorts for your vacation or getaway is a great way to contribute to the care of our environment and a unique way to experience eco-luxury at its finest.