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Ecotourism goes to the next level with a visit to these unique destinations featuring lodging that aspires to be gentle to the environment. Escape the crowds and get away to a private island, national ...

Ecotourism goes to the next level with a visit to these unique destinations featuring lodging that aspires to be gentle to the environment. Escape the crowds and get away to a private island, national parks or beaches. Zip-line through a forest, try ocean kayaking or enjoy horseback riding.

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12 of the Best Unique Boutique Hotel and Eco Lodges in the World 12 of the Best Unique Boutique Hotel and Eco Lodges in the World Presentation Transcript

  • 12 of the Best Unique Boutique Hotel and Eco-Lodges in the World
    Jicaro Island Ecolodge: Granada Isletas, Nicaragua
  • Jicaro Island Ecolodge: Granada Isletas, Nicaragua
    Jicaro Island Ecolodge is Nicaragua´s most upscale nature resort located on a private island in Lake Nicaragua
    It is a short boat ride from Granada and has view of the Mombacho Volcano across the lake
    There are nine private casitas in this lodge, offering a peaceful and tranquil environment
  • Jicaro Island Ecolodge: Granada Isletas, Nicaragua
    There is also access to a wide variety of activities ranging from hiking to zip-lining through volcanoes and bathing in hot springs to exploring colonial treasures
    It is ideal for the travelers looking to leave their hectic lives behind for a few days
    Photo By Martin van Doorn
  • EcoCamp Suite Domes: Torres del Paine, Chile
    EcoCamp Suite Domes offers the perfect compromise between hotel accommodation and camping in one of Chile’s most famous locations, Patagonia.
    Camp in comfort in Torres del Paine national park in large dome-shaped tents where you can stand up straight and lie down on a real bed at night.
    Expeditions and tours offer English speaking guides that can help make your trekking experiences, wildlife tour, or photography safari unforgettable.
  • EcoCamp Suite Domes: Torres del Paine, Chile
    The Ecocamp Patagonia, became the first hospitality company in Chile to receive the prestigious ISO 14001 Environmental Management System certification
    The ISO 14001 Environmental Management standards help organizations minimize their negative impacts on the environment
  • Shinta Mani: Siem Reap, Cambodia
    Shinta Mani is an intimate, friendly, eighteen-room boutique hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
    Conveniently located in the heart of the old French Quarter of Siem Reap, Shinta Mani is less than nine kilometers from the World Heritage site of Angkor Wat. Shinta Mani is distinguished by its commitment and dedication to support the less fortunate community in Cambodia.
  • Shinta Mani: Siem Reap, Cambodia
    Through its Institute of Hospitality, Shinta Mani gives hospitality industry training to at-risk youth in Cambodia and is funded by individual donations and hotel operations.
  • Elsewhere The Beach Houses and Otter Creek Tents: Goa, India
    Elsewhere is a private piece of land in Goa, India.
    Elsewhere has four charming beach houses and three exclusive tents. Access to Elsewhere is by a private, bamboo footbridge across the creek.
    • You can escape the crowds of India by visiting the following tranquil lodging options: The Beach Houses and Otter Creek Tents.
  • Elsewhere The Beach Houses and Otter Creek Tents: Goa, India
    All of the beach houses sit directly facing the ocean.
    Two or three bedroom houses are available; each bedroom has a double bed.
    Otter Creek Tents are comprised of 3 comfortable tents on the beach facing the creek, which runs parallel to the sea.
    Each tent sleeps 2 in a double bed and has a bathroom.
  • Lapa Rios Ecolodge: Oso Peninsula, Costa Rica
    Set in a private nature reserve of over 1,000 acres of lush tropical rainforest, Lapa Rios Ecolodge overlooks the pristine point where the GulfoDulce meets the Pacific Ocean.
    Lapa Rios has won worldwide awards for social and environmental excellence along with Costa Rica’s highest sustainable tourism certification.
  • Lapa Rios Ecolodge: Oso Peninsula, Costa Rica
    Activities at Lapa Rios are focused around the rainforest and the nearby Ocean.
    Rainforest hikes, bird watching, Ocean Kayaking, horseback riding, catch and release sport fishing and surfing are some of the activities offered.
  • Lapa Rios Ecolodge, Oso Peninsula, Costa Rica
    Lapa Rios was built in harmony with the surrounding forest and beach and has won worldwide awards for social and environmental excellence along with Costa Rica’s highest sustainable tourism certification. No luxury was spared in their quest for eco-friendliness, however.
  • Pole Pole Eco Resort: Mafia Island, Tanzania
    With an ideal location in the Mafia Island Marine Park of Tanzania and only seven bungalow suites, Pole Pole provides the ultimate in the deserted island (with five star service) experience.
    • It is set in a shady, breezy spot facing a sea of the deepest blue and looking over the islands of Chole, Juani and Jibondo. Pole Pole also organizes snorkeling, sailing, light trekking excursions, boat excursions, and picnics to isolated islets.
  • Ginza Yoshimizu Inn: Tokyo, Japan
    Ginza Yoshimizu Inn is a rare traditional Japanese Inn located in the heart of Tokyo.
    The Inn emphasizes being environmentally friendly and providing a peaceful experience for guests and the unique lodge has flooring constructed from natural thick-stemmed bamboo and interior walls plastered with high quality diatomaceous earth walls.
  • Ginza Yoshimizu Inn: Tokyo, Japan
    Ginza Yoshimizu provides traditional Japanese home-cooked dinners with fresh organic ingredients. This hotel is ideal for those looking to experience Japanese culture and unwind in a simple and calm environment.
  • Topas Ecolodge: Sapa, Vietnam
    Topas Ecolodge is situated in the Sapa valley of Northern Vietnam.
    The ecolodge consists of 25 individual lodges placed in a circle around the hills.
    From the lodge there are breathtaking views of the scenic valleys below.
    Topas Ecolodge is continuously seeking to improve their environmental performance.
  • Topas Ecolodge: Sapa, Vietnam
    They use solar technology to supply the lodges with energy, employ local people, and use local products to support the local economy.
    • TopasEcolodge is a one of a kind experience, with the main attractions including visiting the hill tribe’s village, experiencing hidden trails, breathtaking views, and a unique culture and way of life.
  • Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel: Aguas Calientes, Peru
    Inkaterra Manchu Picchu Hotel is an 85 cottage luxury hotel surrounded by 12 acres of exquisite beauty.
  • Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel: Aguas Calientes, Peru
    Rated by Travel + Leisure as 'one of the ten best hotels in South America', the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel provides a tranquil retreat at the base of Machu Picchu.
    • Scattered among lush gardens, accommodations range from the opulent Villas Inkaterra, with private terraces and plunge pools to more intimate lodges that provide a perfect sanctuary for relaxation.
  • Cloud Forest Lodge, Mindo, Ecuador
    The Cloud Forest Lodge has 3 cabañas and a total capacity of 6 to 10 people.
    It sits on 110 acres of land with the lodge, its garden, and cabañas occupying 2.5 acres, leaving the rest of the land to use for nature walks, bird watching, or simply enjoying the surrounding forest.
    The Cloud Forest Lodge aims to protect the forest and minimize the impacts of tourism.
  • Cloud Forest Lodge, Mindo, Ecuador
    Part of the reason they decided to remain small is their belief that there should be a ratio between guests received and amount of land owned to keep the ecological impact to a minimum.
  • Alila Hotels, Southeast Asia
    Alila Hotels have promoted responsible tourism since its opening, and offer locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as locally produced soaps, shampoos, and other Spa Alila products.
    Additionally, Alila Villas Uluwatu was the first property in Asia to be accredited Green Globe 21 Design & Build Certification.
  • HoushiRyokan: Komatsu, Japan
    HoushiRyokan, located in the hot spring village of Awazu in the Hokuriku region of Japan, is the world’s oldest inn. Dating back to the year 718 (some 1300 years ago), the traditional ryokan has been operated by the same family for 46 generations.
    Upon arrival, guests are welcomed with a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
    At Houshi the names for each room are derived from Saijiki (a book on words and phrases defining the seasons in haiku), and reflect the hotels belief that life is a journey through the seasons.
  • HoushiRyokan: Komatsu, Japan
    The hot spring at Awazu is said to have magical powers. Well, this seems to be true because Houshi has long been cherished as a place to bathe and find bliss.
    The hot spring at Houshi will quickly make your stress disappear and restore your health, leaving your body and mind feeling rested and rejuvenated.
    Enjoy soaking in the large indoor bath, or in the rotenburo (outside bath). Better yet, indulge yourself and take a dip in both. Recently, a new garden was created at Houshi, offering a beautiful stroll around the inn. There are also shops and restaurants nearby the inn.
  • HoushiRyokan: Komatsu, Japan
    Guests are provided with 'yukata', a comfortable kimono, to wear after soaking in the bath, and will enjoy traditional Japanese-style cuisine for breakfast and dinner.
    The ryokan serves delicious local seafood with many of the meals, and will cater to special requirements, such as a vegetarian diet. HoushiRyokan emphasizes harmony with nature and appreciation of season changes, as is evident by the hotel environment.
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