11 of the most high-end eco lodges
If your idea of a luxury lodge living is being blissfully at one with nature whilst enjoying the wonderful benefits of sustainable surroundings and eco-friendly practices, all whilst contributing to the development of welcoming local communities, we’re right there with you. Experiencing the call of the wild, sleeping under the stars, and taking part in unique activities doesn’t mean you have to leave luxury behind.
From the scenic views of Eastern Africa and New Zealand to the rich jungle landscape of South America and the roaming tigers of India, we’ve put together a list of 11 of the most high-end eco lodges for an elegant and tranquil home away from home. Get ready to switch off, immerse yourself within a life of unparalleled luxury, and step into the most elegant abodes around.
If a private deck, views of the Kahurangi National Park and bathing alfresco sounds like your kind of utopia, step foot inside The Resurgence Luxury Eco Lodge for a dreamy bush escape. Set in the peaceful Riwaka Valley in New Zealand and named after the flowing river that runs through it, conservation, comfort and cleanliness combine to offer a luxurious lodge away from home. Voted as one of the World’s 25 Best Eco-Lodges by the National Geographic Traveller magazine and with efficient and ecologically innovative designs at the heart of this eco-lodge, you’ll never want to leave.
Nestled in the heart of an ancient Patagonian rainforest, The Nawelpi Lodge boasts rustic furnishings and picturesque views on your very own private veranda, set deep within a jungle landscape. Welcoming the ultimate nature lover, once you check in to your quiet lodge, it won’t be long before you’re unwinding in your luxurious Jacuzzi bath before switching off in front of the warming, wood-burning fireplace. If you want to experience a place of pure and utter escapism, the absence of a TV will ensure absolute isolation from the technological world. Translated as Puma Spirit in the local Mapudungun language, you might even be lucky enough to spot one of these majestic wild cats just outside of your eco lodge.
Voted Ecotourism Kenya’s 2015 Eco Lodge of the year, Sirikoi creates the perfect blend of conservation and luxury. Located on private ground in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, immerse yourself in a safari setting, where scenic views and wildlife spottings abound with every step you take. This eco-lodge is designed to leave a minimal environmental impact, due to its solar powered energy, locally sourced spring water and stunning garden where guests can enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables all day long. Sirikoi lodge has also helped to create essential wildlife habitats for endangered species, so you can sleep safe in the knowledge that crucial conservation is taking place alongside the enjoyment of your luxurious lodge features.
Welcome to a wonderful world away from home as you check into the Adrère Amellal lodge. Rooted deep in the heat of the Egyptian Desert, you can experience pure, unadulterated bliss in a rustic setting whilst enjoying the benefits of your luxuriously low carbon footprint – enjoying the natural offerings of this ecological oasis. From traditional handicrafts and sustainable living quarters, you won’t have Wi-Fi, but you will have far outweighs it. From salt rock walls to beeswax candles and a bubbling spring sitting close by, wake up with a clear, well-rested head, and spend your days lazing by the pool or exploring the Siwa surroundings and feasting on fresh and tasty local culinary delights.
Surrounded by beautiful botanical gardens, dreamy cloud forest and the magical morning hymn of birdsong, welcome to the boutique Finca Rosa Blanca, set within a delightful Costa Rican coffee plantation. Wake up with a coffee tour, and as you sip the rich Costa Rican flavours, you can take comfort in the fact that sustainability is at the core of this luxurious lodge, as is their commitment to ecotourism, supporting the local way of life. From solar panels to recycled materials creating an unrivalled architectural paradise, as you explore the abundant grounds and unwind in the tranquil Targua Spa, you’ll be thankful for Finca Rosa Blanca.
Craving a little open-plan stargazing on your luxury trip away? Well, right in the heart of the NamibRand Nature Reserve, on your very own exclusive veranda, you can lay down, stretch out your legs, and admire the twinkling sky above. Courtesy of Dunes Lodge, sitting peacefully on top of a dreamy dune plateau. Spend your mornings waking up to your private swimming pool, suspended above the sands below. Spend days out on safari walks, hot air balloons and scenic flights. Committed to sustainable growth and supporting conversation, this luxury eco-lodge will provide a memorable and long lasting experience.
Perfectly positioned on the stunning Yorkshire Dales, this luxurious lodge sits amongst lush greenery, deep valleys and craggy moors. Check into your hilly hideaway and gaze at the extravagant view from the privacy of your own deck. Striking the perfect balance between luxury and sustainability, this eco-lodge benefits from cleverly designed features, spacious rooms to sink into and outpourings of natural light and warmth in order to minimise energy consumption. Using your lodge as a blissful base, make sure to stretch your legs out into the inviting countryside, exploring the many tunnels, passageways and exuberant exotic gardens known as the ‘Forbidden Corner.’
Fancy setting up camp deep in the heart of an ancient Maya civilization? Thanks to the blissful beauty of Chaa Creek Lodge, your fantasy is set to become a luxurious reality. As one of the most sustainable eco-lodges making up the Chaa Creek reserve, this cultural choice comes with lots of opulent options for living so peacefully. Treat yourself to serene spa living, wake up in a stunning jungle setting, or simply spend your days gazing upon the Maya Mountains and the winding Macal River. From birdwatching to exploratory nature trails and opportunities to soak up rich history, Chaa Creek has nature and the local people right at its sustainable core.
Wake up to the call of the wild with a stay at the family-managed Kanha Jungle Lodge. Set within the woods of the Kanha Tiger Reserve, deep in central India, this opulent lodge also sits within the enchanting forest that provided inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book. With the tiger known famously as India’s National animal, and the country playing host to the world’s largest wild population, the endangered tiger is at the heart of this lodge. So, it’s only natural that you’ll gain the opportunity to spot these majestic big cats with a jungle jeep safari, where you can absorb the secret stories of the forest. Within the lodge, enjoy fresh, organic produce from the local farm, after preparing such a feast using renewable energy and solar-powered cookers.
Maybe you feel like spending your time somewhere a little more supernatural? If so, step eager foot inside the Kaya Mawa lodge, tucked away on Likoma Island in the picturesque Lake Malawi. This all-encompassing eco-lodge is one of the few places where you can shower under the midnight stars, or take an all-hours dip in the serenity of your very own private pool. Personifying Africa’s warm, open heart, the sustainable features and stunning architecture of Kaya Mawa – translated as ‘Maybe Tomorrow’ – sits on a beautiful island, with the local community at the forefront of its mind. Seeking some change from your peace and tranquil surroundings? Spend your days’ kayaking, kitesurfing or joining the hordes of birdwatchers as you spot a whole host of stunning species.
Idyllic by name, and idyllic by nature, The Stables makes for a completely tranquil stay, nestled snugly in the Llŷn Peninsula. Whilst some of the surrounding names might be difficult to pronounce, the lodge itself provides an easy transition into luxury living. Stone walls, open-plan architecture and pristine beaches located just a stone’s throw from your retreat make for the most serene and sustainable stay. Enjoy the benefits of your super-efficient hot water and heating system and stay warm and cosy thanks to the lodge’s glass fibre insulation. When peace and relaxation are all that’s required, sink into the soft furnishings of your opulent living room and spend time stuck in your own dream world, looking out over Nefyn Bay.