While travel is known to leave a large environmental footprint, you can still do your part for Mother Nature by trading city-center hotels for eco-resorts, which minimize the impact they have on their surroundings. Here are six of our favorite green getaways around the network.
Rainbow Lodge, Cambodia
A member of The International Ecotourism Society, this lodge’s sustainable credibility is based on recycling, relying on renewable energy and giving back to the local community. It’s also located at the edge of the protected South Cardamom mountains, with several wildlife sanctuaries nearby, so seize the opportunity to explore the great outdoors!
How much: From KHR322,252 (US$80) per night.
Tatai Commune, Tatai, Koh Kong; +855 12 160 2585; www.rainbowlodgecambodia.com
Permai Rainforest Resort, Malaysia
Situated at the foot of Mount Santubong, and set amid lush Borneo rainforest, this resort does its part for the environment in a number of ways — from growing its own vegetables to partnering with universities and corporations on dolphin-population surveys in the nearby waters of the South China Sea. Book a stay in the cozy forest-canopy treehouse, and wake up to the calming sounds of the birds and the waves in the distance.
How much: From MYR290 (US$71) per night.
Jln Sultan Tengah, Kuching, Sarawak; +60 8 284 6487; permairainforest.com
Bali Eco Village, Indonesia
The structures at this charming retreat are fashioned almost entirely from bamboo and recycled timber, and are constructed by local craftsmen from villages in the vicinity. While you’re here, you can partake in wholesome activities that’ll do your soul good, including yoga, gardening and jungle trekking.
How much: From IDR700,000 (US$52) per night.
Banjar Dinas Lawak, Belok/Sidan, Kabupaten Badung, Bali; +62 813 5338 2797; baliecovillage.com
Also read: 5 days in Bali: What to see and do
Bangkok Tree House, Thailand
With its plastic bottle-free zone, lights powered by renewable energy, and vegan-friendly food options, you can tell that this chic lodge takes its job of caring for the environment very seriously. Another plus point about staying here? There are plenty of freebies — from WiFi to bicycle rental and even ice cream!
How much: From THB3,900 (US$110) per night.
60 Moo 1, Petch Cha Hueng Rd, Bang Namphueng, Phra Padaeng, Samut Prakarn, Bangkok; +66 8 2995 1150; bangkoktreehouse.com
Camiguin Volcan Beach Eco Retreat & Dive Resort, Philippines
Scuba enthusiasts will feel right at home at this eco-resort in Camiguin. When you’re not busy looking for eagle rays, sea turtles and reef sharks, take the time to learn more about the retreat’s initiatives like the Fore-Shore Lease and its coral conservation programme, which help protect the reef and its colorful inhabitants.
How much: From PHP2,000 (US$43) per night.
Camiguin Circumferential Rd, Baring, Naasag, Mambajao; +63 883 879 551; camiguinvolcanbeach.com
Topas Ecolodge, Vietnam
Set against a backdrop of northern Vietnam’s gorgeous mountains (including the Hoang Lien Son mountain range and Fansipan, its highest peak), this Sapa-based lodge employs locals, uses local products and has built a waste-water facility to avoid polluting its surroundings. When you’re back on ground level, Sapa is well known as a trekker’s paradise, so be sure to explore the various trails in the area.
How much: From VND3,233,716 (US$145) per night.
Thanh Kim Commune, Sapa, +84 4 3715 1005; topasecolodge.com
Also read: Venturing into Sapa’s ethnic villages