Green Glo­be­trot­ting

Con­sumer de­mand for travel ex­pe­ri­ences that are mind­ful of peo­ple and the planet is driv­ing a con­scious-travel move­ment with a fo­cus on ethics and sus­tain­abil­ity. We’ve cu­rated a guide of some of the best es­pe­cially for you, so sit back, get dream­ing and

Good - - TRAVEL - Com­piled by Carolyn Ent­ing

A tour of the world’s lead­ing con­scious-travel des­ti­na­tions

Iku­rangi Eco Re­treat, Raro­tonga

Most vis­i­tors to the Cook Is­lands head for the beach, but Iku­rangi Eco Re­treat of­fers a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence: its in­land lo­ca­tion show­cases the al­lur­ing beauty of Mt Iku­rangi and the jun­gle (but don’t worry, there’s a pool). Glamp­ing tents have all the lux­u­ries you’d ex­pect from a ho­tel, in­clud­ing Fair­trade cof­fee and tea, waf­fle robes and pri­vate en­suites with hot water out­door jun­gle show­ers. Iku­rangi Eco Re­treat is the Cook Is­lands’ first pur­pose-built eco ac­com­mo­da­tion, and won a cus­tomer ser­vice award at the Air New Zealand Cook Is­lands Tourism Awards 2016/17. Day-to-day op­er­a­tions are fo­cused on min­imis­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact, and five per cent of prof­its go to lo­cal con­ser­va­tion ini­tia­tives.

Soneva Fushi, Mal­dives

Lo­cated on the is­land of Kun­fu­nad­hoo in Baa Atoll, one of the largest is­lands in the Mal­dives, Soneva Fushi is a stun­ningly beau­ti­ful re­sort that has been awarded the But­ter­fly Mark by Pos­i­tive Lux­ury in recog­ni­tion of its com­mit­ment to so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity. The Baa Atoll is the Mal­dives’ only UNESCO World Bio­sphere re­serve, and is home to a tremen­dous di­ver­sity of marine life, mak­ing it a great place for scuba div­ing, snorkelling or free­d­iv­ing. Guests can also en­joy movies screened at the re­sort’s open-air theatre, Cin­ema Par­adiso, or gaze at the stars through a state-of-the-art tele­scope in the ob­ser­va­tory.

Soneva Kiri, Thai­land

This award-win­ning lux­ury re­sort is lo­cated on Thai­land’s fourth-largest but least-pop­u­lated is­land, Koh Kood, and is sur­rounded by lush, trop­i­cal rain­for­est and white beaches. Each villa has a pri­vate pool. Soneva Kiri also of­fers Tree pod Din­ing, which takes fine din­ing to new heights. Com­fort­ably seated in a bam­boo pod, guests are gen­tly hoisted high into the trop­i­cal fo­liage of Koh Kood’s an­cient rain­for­est, then your meal and wine are de­liv­ered via the zip-line acro­bat­ics of your per­sonal waiter.

Sus­tain­abil­ity and Soneva

The Soneva Foun­da­tion in­vests in projects with a pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal, so­cial and eco­nomic im­pact, and off­sets car­bon emis­sions from re­sort ac­tiv­i­ties and guest flights. It de­liv­ered the first Gold Stan­dard-cer­ti­fied car­bon pro­ject in Myan­mar, dis­tribut­ing en­ergy-ef­fi­cient cook­ing stoves to cut fuel costs and re­duce in­door air pol­lu­tion. To date, 13,000 stoves have been dis­trib­uted, reach­ing 60,000 in more than 400 vil­lages. Soneva sources all its water sus­tain­ably – 40 per cent rain­wa­ter, 15 per cent deep well and 45 per cent de­sali­na­tion. Water-sav­ing show­er­heads and tap aer­a­tors are also used.

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