Last updated on April 10th, 2019 at 01:18 pm

7 Best Eco-Resorts on the Planet

Sustainability and conservation are becoming ever more important when it comes to our travel choices. Yes, we want to indulge and be pampered, but more than ever resorts, lodges and retreats are showing that neither need to be compromised when it comes to preservation. With that in mind, here are 7 of the Best Eco-Resorts in the World!

Misool Eco Resort, Indonesia

Located on the remote Raja Ampat islands in Indonesia, Misool Eco Resort is the ultimate tropical paradise. Found just south of the equator, hidden in an archipelago of uninhabited islands, Misool is fringed with powder-yellow beaches and pristine coral reefs. With a maximum capacity of just 40 guests at time, this eco-retreat features 13 bungalows each lovingly handcrafted out of salvaged driftwood. There are more kinds of fish and coral here than bird species in the Amazon which means snorkelling and diving into this crystal blue waters are an absolute must. From £4,025 for 7 nights (minimum stay)


Laguna Lodge, Guatemala

Found on the shoreline of the legendary Lake Atitlan, Laguna Lodge is nestled in its own exclusive nature reserve. Characterised by its Mayan architecture and culture, the Lodge can only be accessed by boat and features six stunningly crafted suites, each featuring brightly embroidered huipils and hand-loomed blankets. The dining at this Guatemalan paradise is sensational with organic, fresh, and meat free meals the order of the day, while coffee comes direct from the Lodge’s own gardens and is roasted on-site. Activities range from hiking Old Mayan trails to jumping the rock faces into the deep water, and after a day’s adventure, guests can enjoy a dip in the hot river rock spa pool or be pampered with a relaxing body treatment offered at the on-site spa. From £175 per night


Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve, South Africa

Nestled in the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains, Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve is a wilderness experience like no other. Found only 167 miles from Cape Town, this South African National Heritage Site is home to more than 750 plant species, 150 bird types and 35 varieties of mammals. It’s also located right next to an ancient bush art site which dates back 10,000 years. With room for only 34 guests at a time, the reserve features sixteen lavish rooms and a private family villa which serve as the base camp for daily outings or unwinding by fire with a glass of the Cape’s own wine. From £310 per night


Papaya Playa Project, Mexico

It may not be as remote as most on our list, but if you’re looking for something with a budget in mind, look no further than the Papaya Playa Project in Tulum, Mexico. Thanks to the numerous competitors in the area, prices have been kept relatively low at Papaya Playa despite its undeniable beauty. The eco-friendly resort is a member of the Rain Forest Alliance, a community of local businesses committed to preserving Tulum’s natural livelihood through sustainable measures. Design-wise, Papaya is all about bringing the outside indoors with palapa-topped cabanas, thatched-roofs and sprawling terraces ideal for soaking in the palm tree-filled beachfront panorama. From £145 per night


Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, Costa Rica

Set on a 165-acre preserve in southern Costa Rica, Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is a place truly in balance with nature. Located within the lush rainforest of the Piedras Blancas National Park and on the pristine Golfo Dulce coastline, their environmentally sensitive lodge embraces conservation and is sustainable from its architectural design to every aspect of your experience. They even have a ‘Sustainability Coordinator’ on site who ensures that they honour this ethos while still staying dedicated to the guest experience. Incredible dining meets relaxing spa/wellness options at Playa Nicuesa, with yoga and massages available, while guests can also experience unlimited use of the Lodge’s private preserve trails, as well as paddle boards, kayaks, fishing and snorkeling in the ocean. From £755 for 2 nights (minimum stay)


Milia Mountain Retreat, Greece

For something a little closer to home, the Milia Mountain Retreat in Greece is unlike anything else on our list. Found in the mountains of western Crete, this restored abandoned medieval village was turned into an eco-retreat back in the 80s. The settlement is surrounded by a green valley formed by the mountains Kefali and Psilo, 550m above sea level, and is characterised by its stone architecture which takes you back to an entirely different time and place. During your stay, you can sleep in rustic cottages, hike on wild mountain trails, and savour authentic Cretan dishes and sample Milia’s very own organic wine. From £75 per night


Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has a plethora of eco-resorts to choose from but one with a reputation like no other is Jetwing Vil Uyana. Built on man-made wetlands, the luxury hotel offers the serenity of a remote retreat as well as authentic local culture. Located in the forest and marshes where more than a hundred wildlife species can be found, modern amenities adorn every one of the 25 rooms on site, while a plunge pool and quiet library provide communal coexistence with the environment. For something more private, traditional spa and wellness experiences are also available. The resort is also located minutes from the ancient city of Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage that rises 1,214 feet high. From £110 per night


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