Green stays

From tree houses in the jun­gle to spectacular over­wa­ter vil­las on an is­land, the Time Out Malaysia team dis­cov­ers the best green stays in the coun­try

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There are many def­i­ni­tions of what an eco-re­sort is and while many places use this la­bel to en­tice eco-con­scious trav­ellers, there are only a few which ac­tu­ally ad­here to the cri­te­ria. An eco-re­sort must fol­low these ba­sic prin­ci­ples: it must have min­i­mal im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment, give back to the lo­cal com­mu­nity, re­duce its car­bon foot­print and be en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble.

Gayana Eco Re­sort

Gayana is unique as it’s both a lux­ury re­sort and a marine con­ser­va­tion site. With­out com­pro­mis­ing on com­fort, the re­sort takes its sus­tain­abil­ity ethos se­ri­ously. The re­sort con­sists of 52 vil­las on a co­ral reef is­land off the coast of Bor­neo, each exquisitely decked out with mod­ern fur­nish­ing and a bal­cony over­look­ing the jun­gle, a la­goon, mangrove or the sea. The Marine Ecol­ogy Re­search Cen­tre cham­pi­ons the pro­tec­tion of the is­land’s en­vi­ron­ment and its in­hab­i­tants,

and is also a re­search and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fa­cil­ity. Their suc­cess­ful projects in­clude the Gi­ant Clam Re­stock­ing Pro­gramme and the Reef Re­gen­er­a­tion Pro­gramme where guests can help re­plant co­ral in the reef. And, as an on­go­ing part of its sus­tain­abil­ity ini­tia­tive, the re­sort’s restau­rants serve seafood from its own or­ganic fish farm. Malo­hom Bay, Gaya Is­land, Tunku Ab­dul Rah­man Park, Sabah (+6088 380 390/ echore­sorts.com/gayana). From RM1,000 per night.

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