TRAVEL: Best Eco resorts

23 February 2018

Whether you are planning your next holiday home or away, you can’t look past these eco resorts. They combine luxury with some superb initiatives that promote a sustainable, environmentally-friendly outlook, allowing you to truly relax knowing you are doing your bit. Good for you, good for the environment!

Bombah Point Eco Cottages

Bombah Point, New South Wales

Located in an ideal spot in the Myall Lakes National park, you can get away from it all in a beautiful timber and glass cottage nestled amongst the trees. Each cottage has a spa bath, wood fire, kitchen and BBQ, and you can laze the days away in the hammock on your private veranda. There is also a communal kitchen ideal for groups and a well-stocked library. Help yourself to produce from the kitchen garden too. The resort prides itself on minimal waste and uses worm composting and reed bed filtration for sewage and the cottages are supplied with rainwater and use energy from solar panels.

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O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat

Cainbable, Queensland

Only an hour away from the Gold Coast, O’Reilly’s is tucked away in the peaceful hinterland. It offers both serviced accommodation and private villas and you can chose to do as much or as little as you like. Try the famous Tree Top Walk, take part in the daily family-friendly activities such as animal shows and guided bird walks, or cosy up in your room, some of which come with a luxurious spa bath. The retreat uses recyclable building materials where possible, uses solar energy, takes advantage of natural spring water higher in the mountains, and works with local communities to help protect its natural wildlife and land.

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The Canopy Treehouses

Tarzali, Queensland

These stunning treehouses are set among 100 acres of pristine rainforest near Cairns. The award-winning treehouses all have a spa bath, BBQ and balcony and are completely private. If you are travelling with a larger group, The Bower House is a larger version of the treehouse, with three bedrooms. There is also a Rainforest Unit attached to the main house which is wheelchair accessible. The Canopy Treehouses has a high regard for the environment and its wildlife. It uses renewable energy, self-contained waste disposal systems and biodegradable detergents and visitors can also choose to offset the carbon impact of their stay by purchasing a carbon credit, or take part in a tree planting session, which are held at certain times of the year.

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Zeavola resort

Krabi, Thailand

Zeavola takes pride in its glorious natural surroundings (and we mean GLORIOUS!). As well as sourcing water from rainfall collection systems, using compost and recycling, it takes an active role in rescuing and rehabilitating local wildlife, such as monkeys and birds. It also has close ties to the local school, where it carries out renovation work, cooks a meal every week and hosts a party for the school children every year. The accommodation itself is stunning – choose from pool, beachfront, garden or village suites and relax in the spa, or take part in one of the many water sports on offer.

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The Tongsai Bay

Koh Samui, Thailand

Named as a top eco hotel in its national government’s Green Hotel Awards, Tongsai Bay puts as much effort into its environmental work as its accommodation. It minimises waste by reducing, reusing and recycling, regularly supports the local community and is actively involved in conservation and environmental organisations in Thailand. It offers a great range of suites, with expansive sea views or views over the lush rainforest. You can enjoy some wonderful experiences such as a Thai Cultural Class, Leather Carving Class or Cooking Class, or relax in the wonderful spa.

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Treasure Island Eco Resort

Eueiki Island, Vava'u, Tonga

This beautiful resort has 8 traditional Tongan thatched houses (or fales), each right on the beach. You can swim, hike or go whale watching from July to October and there is also an onsite restaurant and bar. The houses are powered by solar energy and provided with fresh rainwater. It also serves local organic foods and recycles wherever possible. If you want to visit an unspoilt beach haven, this is the perfect choice.

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Ikurangi Eco Resort

Rarotonga, Cook Islands

A luxurious glamping experience awaits you at the Ikurangi Eco Resort, the Cook Island’s first purpose-built eco glamping site. Enjoy a tropical breakfast delivered to your sumptuous tent each morning before going for a swim in the pool or making use of the complementary bicycles to explore the area. Ikurangi cares about the environment too. It uses recycling and composting systems, including modern composting toilets, natural ventilation instead of air-con, supplies from local artisans, and gives 5% of its profits to local environmental initiatives.

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Written by

Kerry White

Kerry is the Senior Writer for Kids on the Coast and Kids in the City. Kerry moved to Australia from England in 2013 with her husband and two daughters. She worked as a sub-editor in London for seven years before she had her girls. She now calls the Sunshine Coast her home and is making the most of its glorious weather and beaches. She enjoys baking, especially when she has a glass of wine in hand, and is a part-time Psychology, Criminology and Justice student. She also shares her home with two cats and her daughters' imaginary dogs.

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