At a time when everything is grey and cold, we all need a holiday, some vitamin D, and a chance to reconnect with nature. There are lots of options, from cold-weather escapes to holidays in the sun. No matter what you prefer, there are a variety of destinations to choose from with different benefits for both you and the planet. Keeping this in mind, we created a list of travel destinations that have sustainability and positive actions at their core. Keep reading to find inspiration for your next sustainable holiday.
Eco-sustainability in Europe
If you are looking for a retreat that is curated, sustainable and life-changing without the stress of finding the perfect place, look no further. Balance Holidays is a booking platform for high-quality wellbeing retreats in Europe. The platform only works with the best nature-based places committed to eco-sustainability. Take time off to restore your mind and body, indulging in fresh local and organic ingredients, mindful activities and lots of rest.
Go local in Southeast Asia
Discover a new culture and incredible landscapes on a luxury Southeast Asian sustainable holiday with Ansova Travel. They offer a variety of authentic trips through Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, focused on limiting waste and carefully selecting the most sustainable accommodations. Take a cooking class, discover local artists and learn from some of the best travel guides.
Be mindful in Mauritius
Nominated in the Brand Of the Year category for this year’s Positive Luxury Awards, Salt of Palmar believes in meaningful travel that connects you to people. The resort’s mission is to provide you with the best experience, and help you immerse yourself in local life. Read a locally-written guidebook, explore artisanal crafts and eat and drink local fare – Salt has its own farm and vegetarian restaurant. They also removed single-use plastic products and encourage the best sustainable practices for their staff and guests. Discover Mauritius in an incredibly mindful way.
Embracing winter in Switzerland
January is also a time to enjoy the winter weather, and Le Grand Bellevue will offer you the ultimate luxury experience in the snow. Head to Gstaad for winter activities with sustainability seamlessly integrated into them. Their nature-based activities include heading into the mountains and focusing on mental wellbeing and personal healing. Recharge between those mountain hikes in a luxury environment.
Marine conservation in Thailand
Looking for clear water and a white sand? The luxury private island, Song Saa, in Thailand has that and more. Committed to maintaining the surrounding natural assets, the location is completely unique. Working with local villages and pioneering conservation-based luxury travel, this holiday destination will offer you a brand new experience. Water and marine conservation are one of Song Saa’s priorities, and the resort uses natural materials throughout its operations.
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Written by - Maegan Rocca