This year, the United Nations proclaimed 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development – aiming to help promote hotels and resorts that are both environmentaly friendly and socially conscious.
For its current, June and July issue, National Geographic Traveler magazine is celebrating the best of the best eco-friendly resorts across the world.
Below, ten of our favorites from their “21 Places to stay if you care about the planet” round-up. Captions by National Geographic Traveler.
The Brando: Located in French Polynesia, is late actor Marlon Brando’s eco-dream brought to life, the private island is run on 100% renewable energy sources, including solar power and coconut oil. Guests can join naturalist guides to explore Tetiaroa atoll, once the sacred retreat of Tahitian royalty, with giant coconut crabs and temples. The Obama’s and Snap CEO Evan Spiegel, along with his wife Miranda Kerr have all recently been spotted there.
- Photo courtesy of The Brando
Coral Caye: Director Francis Ford Coppola opened Coral Caye last year in Belize, surrounded by a rainbow of sea life.
- Photo courtesy of Coral Caye
Jetwing Vil Uyana: Nature reigns at Jetwing Vil Uyana in Sri Lanka’s famed Cultural Triangle, home to the gray slender loris, among the world’s tiniest primates.
Manawa Ridge: On a hilltop overlooking New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula, Manawa Ridge merges eco-living with adventure outings.
O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat: Families flock to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat on Australia’s Gold Coast for activities such as a hike to one of 500 nearby waterfalls complete with a pre-packed picnic or a visit to the Glow Worm grotto.
Prince of Wales’s Guesthouse: Hear wolves howl at night, while staying at the Prince of Wales’s Guesthouse in rural Transylvania.
Sápmi Nature Camp: Reindeer herders share their wisdom about the Sami indigenous way of life at northern Sweden’s Sápmi Nature Camp.
Six Senses Zil Pasyonin: At the new Six Senses Zil Pasyonin the Seychelles, guests can kayak to Ile Cocos Marine National Park.
Topas Ecolodge: North of Hanoi in Sa Pa, Topas Ecolodge organizes treks into Hoang Lien National Park, a global biodiversity hotspot.
Tsara Komba Lodge: Madagascar’s Tsara Komba Lodge is prime for spotting lemurs and chameleons.