Scattered across the far reaches of the world are a few very special locations known for not only their raw, unbridled natural beauty, but also for world-class accommodations that allow guests an intimate interaction with these amazing surroundings. The best Eco-Lodges in the world all boast a truly unique and memorable stay for those lucky enough to make the visit. From exquisite dining options and luxury lodging to remote wilderness and serene settings, an Eco-Lodge can make for a truly unforgettable adventure. There are many to choose from but here is a look at our 3 favorite Eco-Lodges around the world.
Six Senses Con Dao – Con Son Island, Vietnam
On a seemingly untouched archipelago off of the southeastern edge of mainland Vietnam sits the breathtaking Six Senses Con Dao. This remote island paradise is surrounded by a protected national and marine park, making it a destination to truly escape it all. A quick 45-minute flight from Ho Chi Mihn City will have you lounging beachside in a private villa at this 5-star resort and Eco-Lodge. The accommodations are modern in comfort but rustic in spirit, a testament to the desire to keep the resort in reach of its traditional fishing village past.
Six Senses Con Dao is set amongst tropical mangroves and vast ocean views. The untouched and protected coral reefs outlining the island lead to some of the best diving and snorkeling in southeast Asia with February to July presenting the clearest water conditions. Sea turtles flock here to nest from May to October and lucky visitors can often witness the hatchlings triumph back to sea from mid-August to early-November. The area, mostly tropical rainforest, has temperate weather year round and visitors should be prepared for heat, humidity and rainstorms during the wet season.
Jicaro Island Eco-Lodge, Nicaragua
Jicaro Island Lodge is another island getaway to put on your list but this one rises elegantly from the misty waters of Lake Nicaragua. 9 luxury casitas await those embarking by boat from the nearby town of Granada to reach this private island resort. Upon arrival, guests will be welcomed by the abundant natural beauty and serene settings of this carefully, and sustainably built, Eco-Lodge. Jicaro Lodge is a member of the exclusive National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World list and one look at this paradise surrounded by distant volcanoes and jungle foliage and it’s easy to see why.
Many activities are available on the island – those looking for nature and adventure can take advantage of the many tours available to see local flora and fauna while those seeking peace and quiet catch a yoga class, enjoy a massage, sit poolside or walk through the beautiful grounds. The lodge focuses heavily on sustainability by supporting local craftspeople and materials as well as striving to maintain a small ecological blueprint to blend in with the wonder of the location without altering the natural landscape.
Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia
When looking for a vacation that blends bountiful luxurious offerings with a seamless connection to the environment, Song Saa delivers an experience of a lifetime. Located in an alluring set of islands off the western shores of Cambodia and accessible by boat or by air sits a wonderland in form and function. Song Saa boasts itself as an ‘evolved’ tropical getaway and the care in quality and service is apparent all around the island. Sustainability is at the forefront in design and construction of the resort with extra effort given to the use of local materials and local labor to keep an authenticity and craftsmanship that is ever apparent. Repurposed and reused materials show up all over the grounds from driftwood tables to salvaged boat boards turned flooring to oil drum lamps and this up-cycled style lends a genuine and caring feel.
Plenty of island activities exist to occupy the days here. Diving, snorkeling and kayaking in the clear, aquamarine waters is an excellent option for ocean lovers. Sunset speedboat tours or a trek through the surrounding rainforest are perfect for those seeking excitement. The true beauty of Song Saa is how detached, in the most amazing way, it feels from the rest of the world. If looking for an escape from it all to find real rest and relaxation, this resort is one of a kind.
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