Top Eco-Friendly & Sustainable Retreats in the UK and Worldwide

Choosing a sustainable holiday retreat doesn’t only mean reducing your carbon footprint. 

Often crafted by hand or to a bespoke design, eco-friendly properties come imbued with care, purpose, and meaning, elevating your holiday to refreshing new levels of luxury… guilt-free.

On our list of sustainable global havens is a master-crafted Bedouin tent fit for Moroccan royalty, and a selection of cabins and treehouses with mouth-watering organic produce, nestled in the glorious green hills of southern Hungary.

In other words, prepare to be amazed!

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Lazybed & Batbox | Scottish Highlands

Rosehill Lodges

Porthtowan, Cornwall
Grass-roofed, luxurious, five-star self-catering lodges in Porthtowan on North Cornwall coast.  
Bedrooms: 2-3 per unit
Sleeps: 4-6 per unit
£575 (3-4 nights)

Swallowtail Hill

Beckley, East Sussex
Make the perfect picture-postcard lifestyle a reality in an East Sussex Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, built for conservation, luxury, education and fun.
Bedrooms: 1 per cabin
Sleeps: Up to 4 per cabin
£250 (2 nights)

Casa Cova Blanca

Tivenys, Catalonia
Tranquility amongst the sweet-scented olive groves in a stylishly unique, domed eco house set in nature-and-culture-steeped Catalonia.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
£85 / night

A Terra

São Teotonio, Alentejo
Secluded Portuguese eco-glamping, set beside a sparkling lake in the refreshing ‘slow lane' of life.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies (2-4 per tent)
£115 (2 nights)

Canopy Lodge

El Valle de Antón, Coclé
Take a refreshing tour of the natural world, from a warmly picturesque setting in the foothills of Panama's volcanic heart.
Bedrooms: 12
Sleeps: 1-4 per room
£145 pppn

Refugio Marnes

Benissa, Alicante
Indulge in a luxurious Bedouin tent fit for royalty, found within a refreshing rural retreat on Spain's breathtaking Costa Blanca.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: Up to 4
£70 / night

Kolarbyn Eco Lodge

Skinnskatteberg, Västmanland
Things to note
Sleeps: 2-5 per hut
£67 pppn


Bibbiena, Tuscany
It's probably easier to think of your stay at novanta as a relaxed gathering amongst friends, rather than a traditional Tuscan holiday - yet even this description doesn't go quite far enough! 
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies
£105 / night

Macaronesian Eco Suites Caves

San Cristobal de la Laguna, Tenerife
Live in harmony with the natural world in a Tenerife cave suite steeped in rustic luxury and just a short drive from the beach.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
£105 / night

Pedras Salgadas Park

Trás-os-Montes, North Portugal
Architect-designed treehouses and eco-houses, set within a magical century-old spa and nature park in northern Portugal.
Bedrooms: 1 or 2 per house
Sleeps: Varies
£170 / night (eco house)

Bulworthy Eco Cabin

Tiverton, Devon
Learn to appreciate nature again and relax in a lovingly handcrafted off-grid cabin, secluded in its own Devon woodland glade.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
£200 (2 nights off peak)

Sal Salis

Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
Explore the outback in an exclusive beachside safari camp, remotely set within the dunes of Australia's Cape Range National Park.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: Up to 3 per tent
£982 / night

Aplite House

Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania
A privately secluded, architect-designed eco haven that showcases Tasmania's unique beauty to its best, most dramatic effect.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4 (+1)
£174 / night

Hideaway Under the Stars

Aberlour, Moray
A unique eco home-from-home, crafted naturally with love, and peacefully nestled at the foot of a striking Speyside mountain.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 6

The Secret Yurts

Welshpool, Powys
The Welsh countryside's best-kept secret, until now - three luxurious, eco-friendly yurts packed with cosy creature comforts.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: 2 per yurt
£360 (2 nights)

Coucoo Grands Reflets

Joncherey, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
A breathtaking eco-resort, set in the soothing heart of French forest land that's also close to Switzerland and Germany.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 2-7 per cabin
£140 / night

Hunza Ecolodge

Bodolyaber, Baranya
Get back to nature amongst the lush hills of Southern Hungary, where community, comfort, wine and good food reign supreme.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 4-5 per unit
£46 / night

Eco Fisherman's Cottage

Arrieta, Lanzarote
A quaint and historic off-grid retreat, featuring soothing sea views and an authentic slice of rustic village life in Lanzarote.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 4 (+ infant)
£100 / night

River Camping Bled

Bled, Upper Carniola
A refreshing, eco-and-family-friendly retreat amongst nature at its most magical, surrounded by Slovenia's breathtaking Julian Alps.
Bedrooms: 2 per cottage
Sleeps: 5 (+2) per cottage
£128 / night

Gwelva Hills Eco Lodges

Bude, Cornwall
Luxurious, welcoming retreats with wildflower rooftops and coastal views across Bude, set on a friendly farm holiday park.
Bedrooms: 2 or 3 per lodge
Sleeps: 4 or 6 per lodge
£278 (3 nts midweek)

By the Wye

Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire
Plan your soothing escape to an off-grid, family-run glamping site in the rural heart of Hay-on-Wye, where everyone is welcome.
Bedrooms: 1-2 per tent
Sleeps: 2-5 per tent
£185 / night

Mokus Valley

Bükkösd, Baranya
Unique, eco-friendly retreats nestled deep into the Southern Hungarian mountains, in a green valley that’s teeming with nature and activity.
Bedrooms: 1 per unit
Sleeps: 2 per unit
£360 / week

Lough Mardal Lodge Glamping

Ballintra, County Donegal
Luscious, off-grid lakeside retreats and a strawbale lodge, mesmerisingly secluded amongst 90 acres of diverse, wild, and unspoilt landscapes on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: 2-4 per unit
£100 / night


Agia Pelagia, Crete
A relaxed eco-farm retreat with traditionally styled, homely apartments and a vegetable garden, nestled amongst olive groves on the scenic, sun-dappled north coast of Crete.
Bedrooms: 1-2 per apt
Sleeps: 2-5 per apt
£39 / night (1 bed apt)

Apukka Resort Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi, Lapland
A glistening snow-covered resort in the capital of Lapland, surrounded by wilderness lakes and magical Arctic nature, just 10 minutes from the official home of Santa Claus!
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies
£307 / night (Aurora)

Lazybed & Batbox

Nr Lochinver, Highlands
Two unique, eco-friendly retreats, blissfully secluded on a three-acre croft in the North West Highlands, with jaw-dropping mountain-and-sea-loch views, and white-sand beaches close by.
Bedrooms: 1 per cabin
Sleeps: 2 per cabin
£98 / night


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