These resorts make an effort to minimise their negative impact on the environment without compromising on luxury and comfort. And we recognise that Asia is home to so many eco-friendly resorts, we’re highlighting five...ok eight, that will make you feel good about your travels.
A unique luxury resort in Cambodia, situated in the middle of a wildlife sanctuary. The resort comprises 15 luxurious tents with awe-inspiring views of the natural surroundings. The resort is solar-powered, and they grow their vegetables and herbs in the area. They also have a firefly conservation project and an agreement with local residents to protect the Cardamom Mountains. This resort is best suited for couples who love wildlife and serious luxury.
Maya Ubud Resort & Spa is an eco-friendly resort nestled in the Balinese jungle that aims to preserve the environment. The resort uses energy-efficient lighting and has its own wastewater treatment plant. Additionally, it supports the local community by sourcing food and materials locally. Guests can enjoy yoga classes, Balinese cultural experiences, and spa treatments.
Best suited for: Couples, wellness enthusiasts
Frangipani Langkawi Resort & Spa is a beachfront resort that takes sustainable living seriously. The resort has its own organic garden and uses renewable energy sources like solar and wind power. It practices responsible waste management and supports community programs. Guests can sunbathe, swim, and explore the island while minimizing their environmental impact.
Best suited for: Families, beach lovers
4. Elephant Hills, Thailand (4-star resort)
Elephant Hills is a luxury tented camp in Thailand that offers guests a unique eco- experience. The resort's tents are equipped with solar-powered hot water and rainwater collection systems. It supports elephant conservation efforts and provides guests with the opportunity to interact with elephants ethically. Guests can also explore the Khao Sok National Park and its wildlife.
Best suited for: Couples, nature enthusiasts
5. Soneva Fushi, Maldives (5-star resort)
Soneva Fushi is a luxury resort in the Maldives that focuses on sustainability and environmental responsibility. The resort has a water bottling plant, an organic garden, and a waste management system that turns waste into fertilizer. It supports marine conservation efforts and has a marine biology center. Guests can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and diving in the crystal-clear waters.
Best suited for: Couples, luxury seekers
6. Alila Manggis Bali, Indonesia (4-star resort)
Alila Manggis Bali is an eco-friendly resort that combines modern design with sustainability. The resort uses solar power, has its own organic garden and fish pond, and recycles waste. It supports the local community by providing job opportunities and sourcing locally. Guests can enjoy snorkeling, diving or trekking through the rice fields.
Best suited for: Couples, foodies
7. Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia (5-star resort)
Song Saa Private Island is a luxury eco-resort located on a private island in Cambodia. The resort uses renewable energy, has its own wastewater treatment plant, and supports marine conservation. Guests can experience coral reef restoration projects, rainforest exploration and indulge in their luxury amenities.
Best suited for: Couples, luxury seekers
8. Nikoi Island, Indonesia (4-star resort)
Nikoi Island is an eco-retreat located in Indonesia that combines luxury with sustainability. The resort uses solar power and has its own desalination plant and organic garden. It supports coral reef conservation efforts and promotes responsible tourism. Guests can enjoy snorkeling, beach activities, and spa treatments.
Best suited for: Families, nature enthusiasts
Sustainable travel is more important than ever before. These resorts beautifully demonstrate the impact that can be made; from reusing eco-friendly materials to using renewable energy and preserving nature, travel can have a green twist. Remember when planning your next trip - seek out sustainable travel options to ensure that future generations can enjoy the same beautiful destinations we're privileged to visit today. So pack your bags, grab your sunscreen, put your 'out of office' on; go have an unforgettable holiday, knowing your travel footprint is a little lighter.