Stunning Eco-Friendly Holidays Around the World
You recycle everything you possibly can, don't leave the house without your Keep Cup and have even cut down on meat consumption. But have you ever stopped to think about how your travels are impacting the planet? Today is the UN's World Environment Day, and to celebrate, we're taking a tour of some of the most beautiful eco-friendly holidays around the world.
From the beautiful beaches of Hawaii to the picturesque mountains of New Zealand, these sustainable hotels and resorts prove unforgettable getaways don't have to cost the Earth - literally!
Meliá Bali - Nusa Dua, Bali
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We've featured Meliá Bali before on The Scoop, but it truly deserves a mention for its commitment to sustainable tourism. Constructed from environmentally-friendly materials and nestled among the natural beauty of the Nusa Dua beachfront, Meliá almost feels as though it was always part of the landscape.
Not only is the team dedicated to reducing their (and your) carbon footprint, but the resort also happens to be one of the island's best. We're talking a huge lagoon-style pool, five restaurants and all-inclusive luxury.
Sounds good, right? Well, click here and you might just nab our Meliá Bali holiday offer before it runs out!
Elysian Retreat - Whitsundays, Australia
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Speaking of all-inclusive luxury, allow us to introduce you to Elysian Retreat. This newly-opened, off-the-grid eco-resort is the first on the Great Barrier Reef to be 100% solar powered, taking advantage of Australia's abundant natural resources.
Located on the secluded Long Island in the spectacular Whitsundays, Elysian offers fully-inclusive holidays, with private villa accommodation, three meals daily, unlimited hot and soft drinks, water sports equipment and more. Yes, please 🙋♀️
Anana Ecological Resort - Krabi, Thailand
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If it's eco-friendly holidays you want, Krabi has you spoilt for choice. However, if you also want to live it up in V.I.P. style, the five-star Anana Ecological Resort is the place for you. You'll feel totally at one with nature at this Green Globe Certified Resort, where wellness and sustainability are the top priorities.
That said, they're also dedicated to giving you the most relaxing holiday possible, with yoga classes, salt therapy, organic cooking classes and delicious farm-to-table Thai cuisine.
Mauna Kea - Hawaii, USA
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Surely we had you at 'Hawaii', right? You're probably picturing the hotel-lined tourist hot spot of Wakiki, but off Oahu and on the Big Island lies the eco-friendly (and ridiculously beautiful) Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.
First opened way back in 1965, Mauna Kea was completely revamped in 2008 and now has a reputation as one of the Island of Hawaii's most sustainable resorts, boasting conservation initiatives and even its own beekeeping program. Of course, as you can see above, it isn't short on natural beauty, either!
Radisson Blu - Phu Quoc, Vietnam
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One of the newest resorts on the picturesque Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc, the Radisson Blu is at the forefront of sustainable travel. Everything is totally paperless here (even the menus are on screens) and there's even an onsite bamboo farm. You can also expect to see plenty of bamboo straws and electric scooters and buggies!
With its spacious, modern rooms, lagoon-style swimming pool, lush backdrop and beachfront position, the Radisson Blu is the perfect place to reset and recharge. But if you need more action, you also happen to be just minutes from the Vinpearl Land amusement park, Vinpearl Safari animal conservation park and surrounding golf courses.
Kamana Lakehouse - Queenstown, New Zealand
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For eco-friendly holidays, it's hard to go past New Zealand. Our mates across the Tasman sure do know how to create spectacular, relaxing and sustainable accommodation, and Kamana Lakehouse is the perfect example.
Located just minutes from the region's top attractions, Kamana Lakehouse also happens to be the highest altitude hotel in Queenstown. And in keeping with its beautiful natural surroundings, the team have implemented a number of environmentally-friendly measures, like the use of paper and metal straws, refillable glass bottles and plant-based toiletries.