Who doesn’t love a holiday? And how about one filled with protected wildlife, expansive nature reserves, and healthy reefs pulsating with colour? Ecotourism is and eye-opening way to travel. And in an eco-resort, you can feel god about living lavishly in the most sustainable way.
Here’s four eco-resorts from the top of our wish list.
Chumbe Island Coral Park : ZANZIBAR
You’ll find these seven eco-bungalows doused in sun on a coral island in Zanzibar And they’re super environmentally friendly! Rainwater is collected and used for daily needs, sun is converted into energy, and composting toilets keep the surrounding marine park pollution free. The space also doubles as a nature reserve where local kids are offered educational programmes. Stroll through forest trails, visit the local historic town, and snorkel around a healthy reef.
Great Ocean Ecolodge : AUSTRALIA
The great Ocean Ecolodge is located on the grounds of the Conservation Ecology Centre in Victoria. Which also boarders the Great Otway National Park - home to protected eucalyptus forests, roaring waterfalls, and dramatic cliff faces tumbling down into oceans.
There are five rooms overlooking grassy fields where wild kangaroos roam and play and there’s opportunity to care for the injured and orphaned wildlife during your stay.
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve : South Africa
A century old homestead turned nature reserve which cares for 18,532 acres of rare habitat.
Amongst sixteen lush rooms and a family villa, this nature reserve is home to the
endangered Cape Mountain Zebras and archaeology sites that feature a 10,000 year old San rock painting! Travel there in September to see the Cape Floral region blooming with life and colour as some of the greatest concentrations of floral species in the world reveal themselves.
Jetwing Vil Uyana : SRI LANKA
This luxury hotel is built on a man-made wetlands and intertwines cultural and nature seamlessly. “Ten years ago, this same area was a barren patch of slash-and-burn agriculture,” explains Hiran Cooray, chairman of Jetwings hotels. “We worked hard to nurture it back to nature.” The accommodation dwells in amongst forest and marsh lands where there are over a hundred wildlife species to be witnessed. It’s also only a few minutes’ walk to the ancient city of Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage site reaching 1,214 feet high!