Eco Lodges

straw-manor1.jpgIn the past few years the number of eco lodges available world-wide has increased dramatically as people are making more and more green holiday choices.

Designed to be in harmony with their surroundings, eco lodges offer travellers an intimate getaway in a natural setting. They are often found in remote locations and range from basic budget to high-end luxury, although the latter is more often the case.

Regardless of the level of accommodation, a true eco lodge is generally built using sustainable and renewable resources with involvement from the local community, from consultation in planning through to building, especially in rural regions. It’s not an eco lodge if the local community does not benefit in some way from its existence.

Many are run by locals or employ locals and use their knowledge of the area and wildlife to educate visitors, an aspect guests at lodges class as the most rewarding. And there are often organised activities, such as trekking, kayaking and snorkelling, laid on by lodges to ensure an unforgettable ecotourism experience.

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Straw Manor, Texas (pictured)

Stay in this wonderfully designed environmentally-friendly house made of, you guessed it, straw. Houses made of straw have come a long way since the huffing-puffing wolf’s time; rendered straw bales offer maximum insulation and so reduce the need for air con or artificial heating. Chill out in this friendly, relaxing green getaway which offers yoga and spa services among the activities available or watch for deer and other wildlife who visit the property undisturbed.

Sadie Cove Wilderness, Alaska

Voted to be one of the top 10 eco-friendly destinations in the world, these luxury cabins in Kachemak Bay State Park were built completely by hand from local driftwood by their owner. The eco lodge is accessible by boat from Homer, Alaska, the bear viewing capital of the world.

Great Ocean Ecolodge, Australia

Perched on the edge of Great Otway National Park, this model eco lodge is 100% carbon neutral and was constructed using renewable sources. Enjoy a leisurely guided walk through the bush, spotting koalas, kookaburras and kangaroos before heading back to the luxurious lodge for some fine Aussie dining accompanied with local wines.

Stoneman Lake Lodge, Arizona

This eco lodge is set in five acres of pine woodland, offering excellent opportunities for bird and wildlife spotting. The main room of the Lodge, The Great Hall, is very homely with comfy sofas and an old stone fireplace. The decked area outside is the perfect setting for meals looking out over the lake. The lodge uses only solar and wind power for energy and was built using natural materials.

Callaghan Lodge, Whistler

Nestled among a cluster of grand old cedar trees in the remote wilderness of Callaghan Country is Callaghan Lodge which employs conservative measures to reduce carbon footprint and employs a number of green practices. Dog sledding, hiking and bird watching are available.

Trout Point Lodge, Nova Scotia

Built using renewable sources and with conservation in mind, Trout Point offers wonderful rustic-designed accommodation opposite the Tobeatic Wilderness Area. Enjoy an in-room massage after a long day kayaking or canoeing in the waters nearby. Note the Lodge is closed from late October to mid May when it’s probably too cold for anyone to venture into the area.