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Green Getaways: World’s Most Beautiful Eco-Luxe Retreats That Look After The Planet and You

April 22, 2017 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

Searching for a luxurious escape that will be as gentle on the planet as it is on you? In the spirit of World Earth Day 2017, go green and glam with Health and Fitness Travel, experts in bespoke wellness holidays worldwide, as they share seven of the best luxury eco-friendly health retreats.

From New Zealand to South Africa, spark your biophilic wanderlust with these eco-luxe health retreats that boast the most stunning yet sustainable accommodation and facilities, plus notable green-friendly awards to prove it. Combined with all-natural spa remedies and healthy organic cuisine from onsite gardens, be at one with Mother Nature and yourself.

New Zealand: Aro Ha

Surrounded by New Zealand’s majestic Southern Alps, sustainable luxury wellness retreat Aro Ha fuses eco-friendly accommodation with the best vegetarian cuisine, using locally produced organic ingredients to supplement their flourishing onsite gardens. Enhance the connection between yourself and nature during sub-alpine hikes or a kayaking trip across the lake to the natural bird sanctuary of Pigeon Island. Together with yoga, meditation and TRX suspension sessions, achieve optimal wellness at this eco-friendly health retreat as you unwind with daily therapeutic massages.

Green Fact: The name of Aro Ha was carefully chosen – ‘Aroha’ is an ancient Maori concept of love, reflecting the retreat’s focus on caring for the planet and yourself.

Thailand: Kamalaya

Set on a tropical Thai hillside, overlooking secluded white sands and a private shoreline, awaits world-class eco wellness destination, Kamalaya. With the entire sanctuary built around a Buddhist monk’s cave, all accommodations and facilities were flawlessly meshed with its natural surroundings. Each part of the retreat is a balance of raw nature paired with intricate detailing, keeping the existing natural elements including ancient granite boulders and trees to become accent features for many of Kamalaya’s structures. The temple and grassy yoga pavilion creates the perfect backdrop for yoga and meditation while the spa is a reflection of complete well-being integrating nature through its treatments.

Green Fact: Kamalaya’s overall design is an epitome of green architecture.  A twin trunk tree can be seen in the middle of the wellness reception area as well as a rock wall with the hanging roots of a Ficus tree in the day-treatment rooms.

Bali: Zen Resort

Bali’s charm centres on its natural wonders from pristine beaches and coral reefs to forested volcanic mountains and iconic rice paddies — Zen Resort blends seamlessly in all that. Respecting the local environment, the healthy and organic cuisine at the resort uses only the freshest ingredients, with fish caught in the nearby sea and fresh fruit and vegetables harvested from the onsite farm. Recharge with sunrise yoga and healing holistic spa therapies before finally letting go of stress during sunset meditation. Get closer to nature with rice field trekking, scuba diving and educational eco-forest walks, to learn more about the local wildlife and environment.

Green Fact: You can discover up to five different species of dolphin playing in the first rays of morning light along the North Bali coast.

India: SwaSwara

Nestled in the unspoilt countryside of Gokarna and only a short walk away from the spiritual Om beach, SwaSwara is a nature lover’s paradise. With fresh water a scarce resource, SwaSwara works to harvest the rainwater, in order to be self-sufficient. Growing their own produce in their organic vegetable gardens, for their restaurant, Cocum, serving raw, vegan and vegetarian cuisine to empower your body with organic nourishment. Unwind with Ayurvedic spa therapies, yoga and meditation, or discover more about your natural surrounding during guided nature walks and bird watching trips.

Green Fact: A third of SwaSwara’s team is drawn from the surrounding communities, providing invaluable wisdom on Gokarna’s environment. 

South Africa: Karkloof Safari Spa

Working with environmental and wildlife professionals to restore the region to its natural splendour, the surrounding ecosystem of South Africa’s Karkloof Safari Spa maintains a diverse range of indigenous plants and wildlife. Championing eco-friendly luxury, enjoy indulging with unlimited spa treatments that use natural ingredients, from a black pepper scrub to a coconut body polish. Explore your natural surroundings on this health retreat as you spot African wildlife during private guided safaris, together with hikes, fishing trips and mountain biking.

Green Fact: The 3,500 hectare nature reserve is home to 5 stunning natural waterfalls. Enjoy an invigorating morning hike to the 105m high waterfall, surrounded by wild flowers and butterflies.

France: La Clairière

Secluded in the woodlands of northern France, all aspects of La Clairière have the environment and your personal well-being at heart. True eco-warriors, sleep easy at night on your organic wool mattress, with the knowledge that 100% of their electricity is powered from renewable energy sources. Together with eco-friendly cleaning products and biodegradable composting, fresh fruit juices and detoxifying organic cuisine is locally sourced and caters to the seasons. Re-connect with yourself and nature during forest yoga and meditation classes, or rejuvenate with holistic spa therapies.

Green Fact: The Vosges du Nord forests surrounding this retreat have therapeutic qualities. The trees fill the air with oxygen and phytoncides (antimicrobial vapor derived from plants), which can be beneficial for boosting our immune system and overall well-being

Italy: Lefay

Situated on the shores of magical Lake Garda, this eco-friendly health retreat values the connection between personal and environmental wellness. From the local natural materials used in the eco-designed architecture, to the use of renewable alternative energies, Lefay actively promotes eco-sustainability. Safe in this eco-friendly knowledge, begin your healthy holiday boosting your fitness with 1-on-1 activities, from personal training and circuits, to Pilates and Tai Chi. Make the most of complimentary group classes, including yoga and fitball workouts, before reviving with a sports massage.

Green Fact: Lefay’s electricity and cooling systems are produced entirely by renewable energy sources. Boosted by solar panels, this cuts yearly carbon emissions by over 1000 tonnes.

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