Top 10 Eco-Vacation Hot Spots

Located perfectly at the center of the Gobi Desert, the Three Camel Lodge is a collection of traditional Mongolian felt tents that offer guests a unique stay. The tents themselves are handmade structures warmed by wood stoves and furnished with hand-painted furniture. There is a community feel to the lodge with a large Dino House, a Mongolian temple-like building that houses games and a library for guests to interact and learn more about the local surroundings. The on-site restaurant uses locally grown organic and free-range ingredients to make traditional dishes. Guests wishing to be environmentally friendly will not be disappointed, the lodge uses solar and wind energy, natural materials and is respectful of Mongolian Buddhist traditions. Three Camel Lodge is also committed to the local surroundings and serves as a research base for monitoring wildlife and vegetation, and even educates the local children.

8. Cloudlands, Australia

A restored Old Writers Retreat, Cloudlands is a beautiful hotel with more than an acre of terraced garden and access to the Prince Henry Cliff Walk. It is located in Australia's Blue Mountains about 60 miles northwest of Sydney. The hotel is the perfect place for guests looking to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life, but who are also committed to doing their best for the environment. Cloudland's concern for the environment is wide-reaching with initiatives to source food locally, use solar energy, minimize water usage and also sell paintings to raise money for the charity Help in Suffering that is working to save elephants in India. The hotel boasts cozy guest rooms complete with organic toiletries and Australian alpaca wool blankets. There is also an oak-paneled lounge room and a fully equipped kitchen for guests to take advantage of. Guests should also be sure to try the on-site-made apple jam!

9. Kigelia Camp Ruaha, Tanzania

Kigelia Camp features guests staying in luxury tents in the heart of over 5 million acres of African wilderness. The camp is family run and located in Ruaha National Park close to the Great Ruaha River. Staying in a tent may not be to everyone's taste but at Kigelia Camp this doesn't mean foregoing contemporary comforts. Six large tents are set among trees offering private bathrooms, well-furnished bedrooms and a veranda with views of the great outdoors. There is also a large shared dining tent where traditional dishes are prepared from local ingredients. The camp's eco-friendly credentials include solar power, kerosene-fueled outdoor lighting, organic waste management, environmentally-friendly appliances and recycled water is used for plants. Guests can also take a wild game drive to view the local wildlife including lions, leopards and the largest population of elephants in Africa.

10. The Orchid, India

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