Summer is here and we've rounded up a slew of destinations for you to enjoy a fabulous yet eco-friendly vacation. Whether you want to lounge at the beach or hike in the mountains, we here at Inhabitat suggest you check out these six spectacular eco resorts located across the globe. From caves to treehouses, we've selected these resorts for their commitment to sustainable design, environmental stewardship, promotion of local or organic food, and their dedication to social good for the local community. See them all ahead, and don't be shy about looking into one (or more) for a visit!
Photo courtesy Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
The Alila Villas Uluwatu combines the best of tropical luxury and sustainable design. The Earthcheck-certified resort on Bali’s southern Bukit Peninsula finds its inspiration from the local homes in which local farmers live. The rooms’ decorations, from handmade ceramic tiles to rattan furnishings, are made by local artisans. Each of the villa’s walls were built out of limestone excavated onsite. Passive cooling design (not air conditioning) reigns with the villas arranged to capture the brisk ocean breezes that flow over the resort’s salt water ponds and through the room’s bamboo rafters. Landscaping only features local fauna, all of which is irrigated thanks to a grey water capturing system. Underground water cisterns capture rain runoff for the bathroom’s toilets. Waste generated at the resort is converted into biofuels, which will provide energy until a nearby wind farm can operate at full capacity. The Alila Villas’ management also has a strong social commitment with its support of local families who live below Indonesia’s poverty line, as well as abandoned and orphaned families.
Photo courtesy Treehotel
Treehotel, Harads, SwedenTreehotel in Sweden’s Lule River Valley, just 40 miles south of the Arctic Circle, is a fantastic place to experience Scandinavia’s long and glorious summer nights. The hotel’s founders had different architects design each of the “tree rooms” to blend into the surrounding forest without felling one single tree. The wood used to construct the rooms, which are as high as 20 feet above ground, was heated at a high temperature to strengthen it, therefore avoiding the use of chemicals. Local hydropower provides electricity and combustion toilets prevent the need for any local sewage system. Wastewater from the room’s sinks is captured to irrigate the resort’s plants. If you cannot make it to Sweden, you can order a prefabricated version of Treehotel’s Mirror Cube, which is camouflaged in mirrors to reflect the local boreal forest, to install on your property for a taste of innovative Nordic design.