World’s Best Eco Stays for 2014
If you are looking towards planning an eventful vacation while enjoying the comforts delivered by eco-friendly hostels and hotels, then you are I the right place. Read on for a quick peep into an incredible range of green stays across the world and get ready to create some positive impacts on your next trip-by staying in solar-powered retreats or indulging in a round-up of wilderness lodges.
Lapa Rios, Peninsula de Osa, Costa Rica
The owners of the eco-friendly Lapa Rios had named their lodge after savoring the antics of a family of scarlet macaws flying across the scenic backdrop of jungles beyond. These macaws (lapa in Costa Rican) had a crafted a river (rio) of yellow, green, red, orange, and blue. If you are interested in viewing this stunning spectacle, then book yourself a room at Lapa Rios. Overlooking Golfo Dulce, a picturesque tropical fjord inhabited by whales and dolphins nursing their young in the Crayola-blue waters; this “green” venue is definitely worth a look.(image by Green Button)
This comfortable lodge is situated in a private nature reserve that also acts a buffer for Costa Rica’s remotely lying Parque Nacional Corcovado. Consisting of 16 gorgeous bungalows that are well equipped with four-poster beds, private decks lining the ridges that rise above the rainforest and garden showers, Lapa Rios also lures with its palm-thatched restaurant, a beautiful pool, an interesting spiral staircase that leads up to a viewing platform and more. Look forward to eyeballing a toucan from just a few feet away-this place is a bird watcher’s haven too!
Bulungula Backpackers in Dwesa Nature Reserve, South Africa
The road that leads to Bulungula, takes you off the highway near Qunu. This is the small village where Nelson Mandela had spent much of his childhood and was recently buried. Thereafter, you turn southwards into the heartland of Xhosa, where scores of freshly painted rondavels (these are rounded huts with thatched roofs) lie scattered on the green rolling hills and lush meadows that stretch all the way into the horizon. As you come to the end of the road, you will be welcomed by the astounding beauty of the region where the Bulungula River meets the Indian Ocean-the scenery will surely take your breath away.(image by Sergio Espana)
Your destination, the popular Bulungula Lodge is a collection of traditionally designed rondavels that are owned with the adjoining community. A stay in the confines of this immensely eco-compatible resort, is indeed an immersive experience. Here, you can look forward to unwinding and disconnecting ; solar- and wind-powered energy delivering systems; a menagerie of animals wandering across the unfenced property……. the list of attractions is endless. You may like to spend your days in nature’s lap, on long coastal walking trails, canoeing, or simply doing nothing. After sunset, you can gather around the fire pit and crane your neck towards the Milky Way, thinking about how you could leave this ethereal place.
These are just two of the most popular “green” staying places in the world. Once you have had a feel of what it is like t be away from the maddening crowds, you can research upon and come across lots more. Enjoy!
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