This resort was at the frontier of sustainable travel, and finds itself 1,234 miles from civilization. And this hotel, is almost 100% sustainable, where they recycle the wine bottles (and there are a lot of them) into materials to build their $10million dollar+ villas. It’s so inspiring you’ll see more than one billionaire helping out at the recycling plant on isle. Sustainable travel can be environmentally friendly, and luxurious. These 5 resorts, plus one bonus, are the best of the best sustainable lodges in the world.
The location: Fiji
Why we like it for sustainability: This remote island, within the remote country of Fiji, is only reachable by a 50 minute private flight from the mainland. Set on 1400 hectares, almost all of the food needed for the resort is grown on isle and fished off its pristine shores.
What’s unique about Laucala is their authenticity and local culture. The owner, who founded Red Bull, preserved the local tribal village. So for your Laucala experience, you get it all. They prove that you can have the best of luxury, (they spared no expense on the 25 exclusive villas) sustainability and culture.
The location: Newfoundland, Canada
Why we like it for sustainability: Fogo Island is an island off the coast of an island, and if you seek for remote, this is the place. Fogo is known as one of the four corners of the earth. Their mission with their design and architecture was to honor and protect the environment. They also operate on a unique concept called “economic nutrition”. Like a nutritional label on food, Fogo shows where every dollar you spend (and it is a pretty penny) is allocated. The allocation is spread among local labor, food, maintenance, administration and operations. Any surplus, which is currently around 12%, is re-invested directly into the local community.
The location: Easter Island, Chile
Why we like it for sustainability: Yes, this is the hotel that is in the most remote, inhabited place on earth, 1,234 miles away from anywhere. And when you’re that far from civilization, you get pretty crafty on how to survive independently. Explora is not only one of the leaders in sustainable travel, they were pioneers at the very start. Back before ecotravel was a buzz word, in 1993, carbon neutrality and sustainability were the foundation of their lodges. Water bottles were always the standard, along with the philosophy that luxury is the luxury of experiences. Consider Explora in the Hall of Fame for green travel.
The location: The Maldives
Why we like it for sustainability: Those wine bottles that are used to build $10 mil+ villa? You’ll find them here at Soneva Fushi. They recycle as much of their waste as possible, into home building materials and even glass and plates for the meals. They have a robust recycling plant on isle, where yes, it is so fascinating, billionaires have been known to volunteer in the plant for the day.
If there is ever armageddon (or a pandemic) this is the place to go. Soneva Fushi is like its own country, where they are 99,9999% sustainable. From the moment you pack up your shoes on arrival, this is as barefoot luxury (literally) as it gets.
The location: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Why we like it for sustainability: In one of the most sustainable and conservation-focused locations in the world, these principals are in the DNA of Pikaia Lodge. A stunning, modern, architectural feat on the island of Santa Cruz in the Galapagos, Pikaia is the land-based alternative to a traditional Galapagos cruise. (For those of us who are not cruise people). The lodge itself operates with alternative energy sources and strong social responsibility program. You feel it from the moment you arrive, but don’t think that means they’re skimping on experience. Pikaia is the most luxurious lodge in the Galapagos.
You know that we usually only cover places that we’ve personally been to at Galavante, which is why our recommendations are spot on. This property is on our list, because who wouldn’t want to stay in an over-the-water hotel? It’s also in Panama, which is on Founder Christine Drinan’s route to reach all 195 countries.
The location: Panama
Why we like it for sustainability: Sustainability and education are the core values of Sweet Bocas, where they hold themselves to the highest standards of environmental protection and conservation. Almost all of the food is grown on their estate, for a farm to table experience.