10 of the Best Eco-Chic Escapes
These days the term “eco travel” isn’t something to fear or a reason to stock up on bug spray. This travel niche has never been stronger and now you can combine sustainability with style and enjoy a wilderness break without a single mention of roughing it. The Washington Post via boutique hotel specialists, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, recently put together a list of 10 of the Best Eco-Chic Escapes. Here are a few of our favorites:
Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa in Australia is set in the Blue Mountains and prides itself on being Australia’s first conservation-based luxury resort. With access to over 4,000 acres of pristine wilderness, guests can go riding, mountain biking or wildlife spotting then return to private villas with in-room swimming pools and a world-class spa.
Blancaneaux Lodge, owned by film director Francis Ford Coppola, boasts 20 villas and cabanas along the Privasson River with waterfall pools for back-to-nature bathing. Powered by its own hydroelectric plant, the lodge sources its food from an organic garden and orchard.
The 16th-century Masseria Torre Maizza in Puglia is a 28-room boutique hotel where everything possible is recycled – including water for the golf course – and most of the food served at its restaurant Delle Palme is grown on site or sourced from regional producers according to a ‘kilometer zero’ policy.
The 77-room Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa in Chiang Rai, Thailand (also seen in main image) has magical views of the Mekong River, Myanmar and Laos, and funds an ethical elephant camp on its doorstep. As a safe haven for abused wild and domestic elephants, guests can enjoy elephant safaris and there’s even an annual elephant polo match.
To learn about other fantastic eco-chic escapes, view the entire article at The Washington Post.