The quest for sustainable living is sure on the rise, and tourist places are following suit. There are a large number of lodges, resorts, and sustainable places to stay these days, and it’s very overwhelming to know that there are travel destinations that aim to promote the ecological aspects of their place. We have come up with the best of the bunch: there are nine resorts which were found to be the best and were chosen by high profile publications for their innovative sustainable methods. So, if you are a responsible traveller, book one of these sustainably-run destinations for your holidays in 2012.
Robin Pope Safaris
The Zambia and Malawi travel packages that focus on conservation, supporting the local economies, and keeping the ecosystems safe even while offering accommodations at game lodges and luxury houses, trips to Victoria Falls and local rivers, and animal viewing, make it worthy of a place in your travel itinerary.
Surama Village Eco Lodge
This destination in Guyana, self-proclaimed “community-based eco-tourism experience”, offers canoeing on the Burro-Burro River, relaxing in the Hammock camp while experiencing the culture of the Makushi people.
Morgan’s Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge
Apart from the accommodation and tours, including night hikes, kayaking trips, the resort makes use of alternative energy, supports reforestation and protecting endangered plants and animals.
A luxury hotel with green motives sounds great. This 23-room hotel presents spa-treatments using heat from salvaging wood chip waste, and top-notch dining, plus a waste water recycling system to save water.
Alila Villas Soori
The place is a collection of Bali Villas, designed to meet the eco-standards: it uses heat reflective roofs, organic food, and uses local materials and landscaping.
King Pacific Lodge
A resort for preservation efforts focussed on the surrounding Great Bear Rainforest, the lodge allows guests to join scientists on research trips in the forest to document wildlife populations.
Six Senses Zighy Bay
A beautiful resort in the middle-east with a variety of spa-treatments for total relaxation, which sticks to the Holistic Environmental Management Program to protect its environment.
This luxury hotel in Washington D.C. with 139 rooms features eco-friendly cleaners, serves organic, FairTrade Coffee, and has energy-efficient air-conditioners installed. It also succeeded in cutting water use by 25 percent.
W Hotel San Francisco
This hotel has recently made some environmental efforts, including composting organic waste, adding water-conservation fixtures to faucet. The hotel also offers sustainable food choices, and the materials for paints and furniture are low-VOC.