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JEEVA BELOAM, Lombok, Indonesia

6 green environmentally-friendly travel destinations JEEVA BELOAM

Shhhh, don’t tell anyone but I think Lombok is going to be the next big thing. It’s already earning a reputation as the “unspoiled Bali” with its pristine beaches, enchanting waterfalls, towering volcano, surrounding Gili islands and relatively few tourists. Jeeva Beloam sets up its “glamping” concept right by the South East point of the island. You’ll find 11 standalone rustic luxe huts amidst 55 hectares of exclusive wilderness, complete with delicious cuisine and impeccable attention to detail. Note: You’ll be completely off the grid here – there’s no internet and limited electricity access, so there goes posting your photos up to Instagram. You will however get the chance to take a dip in the resort’s private cove called the ‘sea pool’, go for nature walks through Tanjung Ringgit, and surf uncrowded breaks at Ekas Bay.
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6 green environmentally-friendly travel destinations PARKROYAL ON PICKERING

Singapore isn’t called the Garden City for nothing, and its latest hotel Parkroyal on Pickering ticks all the boxes for a “green” destination. With its distinctive organic “topographical architecture” presenting a monumental embellishment against the heritage shop houses of Chinatown and nearby Hong Lim Park, the 367-room icon features a contemporary hotel-in-a-garden concept that focuses on integrating environmental principles and elements of nature throughout the property. Designed by internationally acclaimed architectural firm WOHA, the building has won several green awards thanks to its 15,000 sqm sky gardens, energy-saving features, eco-friendly concepts including light, motion and rain sensors, to regulate the use of precious resources.
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6 green environmentally-friendly travel destinations FIVELEMENTS PURI AHIMSA

If you want green, then this award-winning (Spa Retreat of the Year 2013, Destination Spa of the Year and Eco Spa of the Year 2011 and 2012 by AsiaSpa Awards) eco-conscious wellness retreat is the place to be. Deeply rooted in the ancient traditions of Bali, Fivelements is a peaceful sanctuary to embrace authentic healing and living ‒ think highly personalised programmes, healing therapies, beauty rituals, sacred art, body detoxification, organic culinary training and more. Nestled alongside the sacred Ayung River, the resort’s holistic approach is integrated into its design as well. You’ll be able to enjoy the verdant hillside scenery accented by waterfalls and the hypnotising swirling river from your open veranda and stone-hewn open-air bathtub, or embrace the designs of nature fashioned in the forms of sacred spirals and organic leaves. Elsewhere, high grass-roofed ceilings, bamboo mandala pavilions, recycled timber floors and flowing white curtains invite relaxation and peace.
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6 green environmentally-friendly travel destinations ANANTARA GOLDEN TRIANGLE

You’ll not want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime destination. Situated in northern Thailand’s lush jungle and boasting breathtaking panoramas of Myanmar and Laos, Anantara’s hilltop Chiang Rai resort offers unforgettable adventures with indulgent all-inclusive benefits, featuring gourmet dining and enriching daily activities. Luxury comes in big proportions in 77 rooms that are equipped with crisp Thai silks, teakwood floors, King-sized beds and romantic terrazzo tubs. But the highlight has to be the elephant experience, as guests get to learn to drive their very own gentle giant and trek through vivid jungle landscapes, as well as watch the babies of the herd playing and witness the antics of river bath time! I also love the Dining by Design experience, and the visit to the historic Opium Museum nearby.
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SONEVA FUSHI, Baa Atoll, Maldives

6 green environmentally-friendly travel destinations SONEVA FUSHI

Make like the classic adventurer Robinson Crusoe, with a luxury twist. Located on Maldives’ only UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in Baa Atoll on Kunfunadhoo Island, the famous Soneva Fushi is the original island hideaway, with perfect beaches, vibrant reef, colony of nesting turtles and its very own world-class observatory! Luxe it up in any of the 55 sustainable luxury villas fitted with high ceilings, plush and dreamy beds with organic cotton sheets, open-air garden bathrooms, and private seawater swimming. That’s not all – practice yoga on a treetop perch, pick your dinner from the organic gardens, help out at the Eco Centro recycling centre, enjoy a classic film at the outdoor Cinema Paradiso or hang out with eagle rays and dolphins at the overwater sunset bar.
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SONG SAA PRIVATE ISLAND, Sihanoukville, Cambodia

6 green environmentally-friendly travel destinations SONG SAA PRIVATE ISLAND

You don’t need to travel halfway around the world to find paradise. Set in the Gulf of Thailand just 35 minutes from the port of Sihanoukville, Song Saa Private Island is a tropical haven waiting to be discovered. The twin islands of Koh Ouen and Koh Bong, known locally as Song Saa (meaning “The Sweethearts” in Khmer), play host amidst a backdrop of age-old virgin rainforests, colourful reefs and glistening white beaches. Connected by a footbridge over a marine reserve, the resort boasts 27 intimate luxury villas, panoramic natural beauty and new standards of sustainability. Think dramatic sunsets, seascapes and starry nights that take center stage from each villa’s private verandah, as well as food from the organic garden, relaxing spa treatments, a Discovery Centre, eco-conservation efforts, nature treasure hunts for the little ones, and mangrove kayak tours.
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