Being a lover of travel doesn’t mean that you’re oblivious to the perils of the world around you. It actually couldn’t be further from the truth. Many popular getaway destinations are starting to place a greater amount of emphasis on sustainability in a commitment to reduce their carbon footprint and, ultimately, help the environment. Today’s green-thinking jet-setters are demanding eco-conscious getaways that don’t take away from their experience. If you’re looking for adventures that are easy on you and the environment, try these eco-getaways for your next trip.
Campi ya Kanzi – Kenya
Campi ya Kanzi is a great example of eco-tourism in Kenya. The camp was built using only local materials that had fallen from trees naturally and state of the art technologies have been used to make the least impact on the environment: water comes from rain cropping, electricity from 72 photovoltaic panels, hot water from solar panels, food is cooked using an eco-friendly charcoal. But most importantly the lodge is a partnership with the Maasai local community. So while you’re off enjoying your safari adventure, you can rest assured that you are doing no harm to the beautiful environment around you.
Tierra Patagonia – Torres del Paine, Chile
A rustic, yet modern 40-room hotel and spa, Tierra Patagonia sits on the shores of Lake Sarmiento at the entrance to Torres del Paine National Park and the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Tierra Patagonia fits right in with its surroundings boasting low-energy LED lighting, high-grade insulation, and a layout that does away with the need for air-conditioning in summer and requires little if any heating in winter. As if that’s not enough, as part of the reforestation efforts following January 2012’s Patagonia fire, the hotel plants a tree for every guest. All this while you hike, kayak or fly-fish your way through some of Chile’s most stunning landscapes.
Park Hyatt Hadahaa – Maldives
The Park Hyatt Hadahaa is a private-island hideaway in the Indian Ocean that is everything you dream of when you think of the Maldives, and more. The best part of this paradise is that the resort was designed to blend into its surroundings as much as possible, leaving both the local vegetation and the surrounding coral reef untouched. Hadahaa has even earned a Silver EarthCheck Certification and the 2012 Green Good Design Award for its water, energy and waste management practices. Concerned about the colorful fish you saw on your snorkeling trip? Park Hyatt Hadahaa has a marine biologist on staff who works to uphold the resort’s EarthCheck status. Talk about conscious luxe!