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

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Published 07/03/2022 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

Rosehill Lodges

Grass-roofed, luxurious, five-star self-catering lodges in Porthtowan on North Cornwall coast.   With so much to entice you to Rosehill Lodges, where do we start?  Maybe you'll be hooked in by its location in the small village of Porthtowan on the North Cornwall coast.  Maybe it's the promise of five-star accommodation only five minutes' walk from the beach.  Or…

Swallowtail Hill

Swallowtail Hill

Make the perfect picture-postcard lifestyle a reality in an East Sussex Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, built for conservation, luxury, education and fun. Swallowtail Hill isn't your common-or-garden glamping site. Here in 40 stunning acres of wildflower meadow and woodland set in a Sussex Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you'll find uniquely quirky living accommodation along with…

Casa Cova Blanca

Casa Cova Blanca

Tranquility amongst the sweet-scented olive groves in a stylishly unique, domed eco house set in nature-and-culture-steeped Catalonia. A holiday home quite unlike any other, you'll find Casa Cova Blanca nestled within an agricultural terrace in Tivenys, on elevated ground set along the breathtaking Iberian peninsula in southern Catalonia. Exquisitely arched, exceptionally stylish and…

A Terra

A Terra

Secluded Portuguese eco-glamping, set beside a sparkling lake in the refreshing ‘slow lane' of life. Found amongst invigorating woodland on the south-western coast of Alentejo, Portugal, A Terra (meaning "the Earth") invites you to return to nature in the relaxing comfort of a family-friendly, wildlife steeped eco-glamping site surrounded by lush, fruit tree-lined grassland. Part…

Canopy Lodge

Canopy Lodge

Take a refreshing tour of the natural world, from a warmly picturesque setting in the foothills of Panama's volcanic heart. El Valle de Antón is a truly unique and captivating village, found in the centre of an enormous crater from a (happily extinct!) volcano, set 60 miles from Panama City in the region's Coclé Province. Expect endlessly romantic scenes of mist-covered mountains -…

Refugio Marnes

Refugio Marnes

Indulge in a luxurious Bedouin tent fit for royalty, found within a refreshing rural retreat on Spain's breathtaking Costa Blanca. Forget the crowded beaches of Benidorm: peace, tranquility and beauty are all assured with a stay at Refugio Marnes, comprising fifty stunning acres of Spanish agricultural land infused with traditional culture and history. Surely it would be hard not to feel…

Kolarbyn Eco Lodge

Kolarbyn Eco Lodge

Welcome to "Sweden's most primitive hotel" - Kolarbyn Eco Lodge, a peaceful gathering of charcoal huts surrounded by lush spruce forest. With no electricity or running water, you're blissfully free at Kolarbyn Eco Lodge to luxuriate in life's natural delights, surrounded by morning birdsong and the soothing sound of crackling fire by evening. Located within beautiful spruce forest…

Novanta

Novanta

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!  Waiting for you at Novanta is an experience of Tuscan village life as it's so peacefully lived every day by the locals, immersed in nature and nestled high in the Casentino Hills. Think outstanding…

Macaronesian Eco Suites Caves

Macaronesian Eco Suites Caves

Live in harmony with the natural world in a Tenerife cave suite steeped in rustic luxury and just a short drive from the beach. Macaronesia, made up of islands belonging to Portugal, Spain and Cape Verde, translates as "islands of the fortunate", and with a relaxing stay in this quirky, much loved Tenerife cave house, you'll feel very fortunate indeed! You'll find your beautifully rugged…

Pedras Salgadas Park

Pedras Salgadas Park

Architect-designed treehouses and eco-houses, set within a magical century-old spa and nature park in northern Portugal. Filled with enchanting winding paths, and framed by a unique backdrop of lush valleys and mountains, the breathtaking Pedras Salgadas Park boasts 20 hectares of natural beauty.   Once a favoured destination for Portuguese royalty, you'll discover plenty of…

Agramada Treehouse

Agramada Treehouse

This eco-friendly and luxuriously natural treetop retreat is romantically set in the rural heart of northern Greece. Surrounded by the rolling hills and crystal-clear water of northern Greece, Agramada Treehouse is set within a stunning natural environment, perfect for couples looking for a romantic escape with a difference. Located in wildlife-strewn woodland just outside a…

Atatu PurePod

Atatu PurePod

Glimpse the golden sun rising from the New Zealand sea, in a gorgeous glass pod secluded from the rest of the world. Have you ever felt like spiriting your loved one far away from the world, to a glass-walled haven that feels like heaven itself? Atatu PurePod is exactly that - a completely private and sustainable pod set far from the beaten track. Your scenic journey begins with a…

Bulworthy Eco Cabin

Bulworthy Eco Cabin

Learn to appreciate nature again and relax in a lovingly handcrafted off-grid cabin, secluded in its own Devon woodland glade. You'll find the award-winning Bulworthy Project, a sustainable woodland enterprise and recent Gold Award recepient by Green Tourism, set within 12.5 refreshing acres of Rackenford woodland - on the crest of a hill known as Bulworthy Knap, to be precise! Friendly…

Sal Salis

Sal Salis

Explore the outback in an exclusive beachside safari camp, remotely set within the dunes of Australia's Cape Range National Park. Immerse yourselves completely in Australia's unique and wondrous wilderness, surrounded by a perfect combination of bushland and beach on a remote stretch of Western Australia's Indian Ocean coast. Sal Salis is an eco-luxe, exclusive and activity-filled…

Aplite House

Aplite House

A privately secluded, architect-designed eco haven that showcases Tasmania's unique beauty to its best, most dramatic effect. If you've never experienced Tasmania before (or even if you have), a stay at Aplite House will introduce you to all that is unique and special about this glorious Australian island. Perfectly situated next to the awe-inspiring Freycinet National Park, you'll find Aplite…

Hideaway Under the Stars

Hideaway Under the Stars

A unique eco home-from-home, crafted naturally with love, and peacefully nestled at the foot of a striking Speyside mountain. Combining the ‘wow-factor' elements of an architect-designed masterpiece with the breathable beauty of nature, Hideaway Under the Stars is the perfect escape from everyday life. You need not take our word for it, as it has also been awarded Best Green Home in the…

The Secret Yurts

The Secret Yurts

The Welsh countryside's best-kept secret, until now - three luxurious, eco-friendly yurts packed with cosy creature comforts.If you could design your very own private and lavish yurt experience in the Welsh countryside, it would probably look a lot like The Secret Yurts. Featuring three bespoke yurts packed with luxuries including downy bedding, fluffy towels and cosy robes, there is plenty of…

Coucoo Grands Reflets

Coucoo Grands Reflets

A breathtaking eco-resort, set in the soothing heart of French forest land that's also close to Switzerland and Germany. Positioned in France's historic Territoire de Belfort, Coucoo Grands Reflets (that's "grand reflections" in English) is an eco-resort that's quite unlike any other. Nestled amongst 50 acres of the lush forest land that surrounds Lake Verchat, this is a wonderful base from…

Hunza Ecolodge

Hunza Ecolodge

Get back to nature amongst the lush hills of Southern Hungary, where community, comfort, wine and good food reign supreme. Located in a small Hungarian village, on the edge of a forest and surrounded by soothing green hills, Hunza Ecolodge feels like a refreshing new world. Family-run and instantly welcoming, everything here is done with pleasure and purpose, from the freshly made bread and…

Eco Fisherman's Cottage

Eco Fisherman's Cottage

A quaint and historic off-grid retreat, featuring soothing sea views and an authentic slice of rustic village life in Lanzarote. Recently featured as one of The Guardian's top 20 seaside stays, and the ‘best seaside villa in Europe' by The Times, you could be forgiven for thinking Eco Fisherman's Cottage is dripping in glitz and glamour. Instead, you'll find the dream-like eco cottage…

River Camping Bled

River Camping Bled

A refreshing, eco-and-family-friendly retreat amongst nature at its most magical, surrounded by Slovenia's breathtaking Julian Alps. With its majestic mountain peaks, rushing blue-green rivers, and acres of ancient, whispering trees, Slovenia's Julian Alps boasts the kind of enchanting scenery that storybooks are made of. It's here that you'll discover River Camping Bled, a heart-warmingly…

Gwelva Hills Eco Lodges

Gwelva Hills Eco Lodges

Luxurious, welcoming retreats with wildflower rooftops and coastal views across Bude, set on a friendly farm holiday park. Set on a green Cornish hillside, amongst 100 acres of gently rolling farmland, and with gorgeous views across the shimmering North Cornwall coast, you'll find Wooda Farm Holiday Park bursting with family and dog-friendly facilities... ...which means not only that everybody's…

By the Wye

By the Wye

Plan your soothing escape to an off-grid, family-run glamping site in the rural heart of Hay-on-Wye, where everyone is welcome. You can expect a warm welcome at By the Wye, a naturally luxurious, wildlife-steeped glamping site nestled on the border of England and Wales. Plan a fresh air-filled escape from everyday life... and as if that wasn't enough, you'll be surrounded by comfort and luxury of…

Mokus Valley

Mokus Valley

Unique, eco-friendly retreats nestled deep into the Southern Hungarian mountains, in a green valley that’s teeming with nature and activity. Comprising three unusually upcycled retreats in a fairytale Mecsek mountain valley, Mókus Valley is an idyllic, adults-only setting that’s perfect for unwinding peacefully in nature. Friendly owners Paul and Mandy live on site, and alongside their own…

Lough Mardal Lodge Glamping

Lough Mardal Lodge Glamping

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. Just 20 minutes from Donegal Town, yet with the soul-soothing feeling of another world entirely, Lough Mardal Lodge Glamping offers the ultimate in natural, off-the-beaten-track escapes. Comprising 90 acres of vast, sweeping…

Bukubaki Eco Surf Resort

Bukubaki Eco Surf Resort

Quirky accommodation and fresh-air adventure surrounded by unspoilt nature that's steps away from Portugal's finest surfing beaches. Perfect for adventurous spirits and nature lovers, Bukubaki Eco Surf Resort occupies an exclusive position in Peniche, a stunning Portuguese city that's also known as ‘The Wave Capital' for its long surfing beaches. Surrounded by pine and eucalyptus trees,…

Big Sky Earthship

Big Sky Earthship

A sustainable, off-grid retreat with a cocktail bar and a wood-fired sauna, surrounded by an exhilarating private mountain trail and endless fresh-air pursuits in Big Sky Montana. Crafted from natural and upcycled materials, an Earthship is an simple, off-grid retreat that's powered by Mother Nature... so you can experience sustainable living to its fullest. Set within 20 acres of unspoilt,…

Saveriako

Saveriako

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. Nestled on the northern coast of Crete, the fishing village of Agia Pelagia is quaint and scenic, surrounded by rolling hills, sheltered bays, and idyllic golden-sand beaches. Agia Pelagia is such a special place that…

Apukka Resort Rovaniemi

Apukka Resort Rovaniemi

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! A ‘bucket-list' retreat quite unlike any other, Apukka Resort Rovaniemi is breath-takingly located in one of the most beautiful parts of the world... the glistening capital of Lapland, to be exact. Not only could you cross…

Lazybed & Batbox

Lazybed & Batbox

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. Tucked away in the far north-western corner of the Scottish Highlands, Assynt is rich in natural wonder of just about every description. Characterised by soaring mountains, soft white-sand beaches, shimmering…

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