Top 10 Eco-Vacation Hot Spots

Set at the heart of over eight acres of Italian countryside, Villa Magnolia is an 18th century villa complete with olive trees and almond groves. The villa is not large but it does offer guests privacy during a stay in one of the four bedrooms. Villa Magnolia seems to have it all with good food, relaxation, and it's also kind to the eco-aware conscience. The hotel and guest rooms use solar energy, LED lights, rainwater collection and they buy locally grown organic food. And being eco-friendly doesn't mean giving up the luxury with the grounds offering guests a Roman-style salt water swimming pool, sunken Jacuzzi, outdoor patio area and beautifully decorated guestrooms furnished with antique furniture. Guests should also be sure to take advantage of the massages, reiki, aromatherapy and yoga that are also available.

5. Sarinbuana Eco Lodge, Indonesia

Winner of a Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Award, the Sarinbuana Eco Lodge is perfectly located on Mount Batkaru in the heart of Bali. It offers guests a unique experience and a stay that ensures every opportunity to be close to nature. The lodge is only a few minutes from protected rain forest and from each of the bungalow lodges, guests can enjoy stunning views. Accepting only 10 guests at any one time, the lodge is perfect for vacationers looking for privacy, nature and the chance to be eco-friendly. The lodge itself offers bungalows made of natural materials and decorated with traditional Balinese designs. Guests can choose to relax or get involved by exploring the surrounding areas or taking a Balinese cooking or calligraphy class. On the environmentally-friendly side, the lodge uses energy efficient appliances, solar power and even conducts weekly meetings to brainstorm how to achieve their eco-friendly goals.

6. Ridgewood Lodge, Alaska

Ridgewood Lodge is the idyllic retreat on Ishmailof Island adjoining Kachemak Bay State Park in rural Alaska. The lodge offers traditional creature comforts and the opportunity for guests to get down to nature while ensuring that they remain eco-friendly all at the same time. The lodge is only one building, a design feature that was aimed at reducing its footprint on the land, and is run by a couple who remain committed to protecting the environment. During their stay, which is limited to 10 guests at any one time, visitors are offered three gourmet meals and panoramic views of the stunning mountain scenery. Adventure types can opt to get active by fishing, glacier kayaking, bear watching, hiking, salmon chartering and even take advantage of the complementary guided eco-tour. The lodge supports local businesses, growing its own vegetables, and ensuring that its appliances are all environmentally sound.

7. Three Camel Lodge, Mongolia

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