As an eco-conscious traveller, it can be tough to know where to visit. Although air travel is now greener than ever, travelling can still be damaging to the environment, so it’s important that you minimise your trips and choose the most sustainable and responsible travel companies.
According to a sustainability report from Airbnb, half of young British adults value travelling more than they would buying a home but added that they were concerned about climate change. Because of this, eco-friendly holidays have exploded in popularity in recent years, and major holiday resorts and complexes are doing more than ever to keep customers happy.
Without further ado, it's time to look at five of the very best eco-friendly holiday ideas that we could find.
Bali, The Hideout
Tucked away in the stunning Gunung Agung volcano mountains, The Hideout is the ultimate eco getaway if you're looking for a peaceful, relaxing break. The all-bamboo structure has huge glass panes, overlooking the stunning nature just seconds from your doorstep, while amenities such as an outdoor shower and oversized hammocks help you soak up the rays.
The Hideout is situated by the river, close to many of the region’s rice fields, so it’s the perfect spot if you want to get off the grid and spend some time connecting with nature. Add to that that the nearest village is more than 500m away, you can rest assured that you won’t be disturbed.
The property is available to rent on Airbnb from £151 per night.
Around the world, EcoCapsules
Another wacky holiday idea is the EcoCapsules, egg-like structures that sit comfortably within nature and provide a comfortable retreat from the weather outside. After causing a stir on social media earlier this year, these sci-fi pods are now available to rent and buy in stunning locations.
What makes the EcoCapsules so great is that they're self-sustainable, and powered solely by wind and solar energy. Those who rent, or splash out €80,000 to buy one for themselves, can enjoy hotel-like luxury off the grid, wherever they are in the world. The best part? Intelligent water collection system filters local rainwater into water for your pod, so you can stay fresh.
Alternatively, if you want to spend time in the great outdoors, then you could find a large holiday home in a countryside destination like Devon, Cornwall or Somerset, right here in the United Kingdom.
You can find out more about the EcoCapsule on their official website.
Mexico, Grand Velas Riviera Maya
If you want to soak up the sun and have fun with your family, then the Grand Velas Riviera Maya could be just for you. This luxury resort is all-inclusive, set right on the beach and offers activity schedules that would put even the best children's entertainers to shame. Whether you want to explore nature on a bicycle tour, go snorkelling, take part in a treasure hunt or try water-sports, you'll find that there's something for everyone to enjoy. And the best part is, it's environmentally friendly.
The resort is perfect for eco-conscious families, as rooms come packed with biodegradable toiletries, energy-saving light controls, and the on-site restaurants recycle and donate leftover food to local charities and those in need. Their commitment to the environment is simply impressive.
The hotel offers family-friendly rooms and adult-only accommodation. Book your room here.
Shanghai, URBN Hotel
The URBN Hotel is the first carbon-neutral hotel in China, with the company behind the chain wanting to reduce its carbon footprint even more in the future. Featuring stunning recycled and locally-sourced interiors, the hotel is a dream come true for eco-warriors looking for a good night's sleep. The exterior of the property is covered in stunning greenery, while rooftop gardens and a state of the art gym and spa add to the luxury of the establishment. Oh, and the bedrooms look fantastic, too, featuring sunken king-sized beds and sustainable fixtures and fittings.
Make a booking to URBN Boutique Shanghai on their website.
Designed to help you experience the full magic of Sweden's Holaved forests, the Urnatur complex is a treat. Log cabins, made from the wood from the forest, are situated throughout the park - but they don't come with an electricity supply, so you'll be truly disconnected from the outside world. If you want an even more luxurious escape, the resort also offers cabins built up in the trees, overlooking breathtaking views of the ponds and a glen in the forest.
The resort comes equipped with a sauna, inspired by Japanese, Swedish and Finnish traditions, while the breakfast bar serves morning coffee and a delicious range of organic, vegan treats.
Book your getaway to Urnatur here.
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