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the perfect retreats – that are as good for the planet as they are for you

Is it time to relax, unwind and recharge? Get back to nature by travelling to some of the most serene places on earth. Afterall, there’s nothing quite like that sea view, mountain view or jungle view to help us reconnect with our beautiful planet. We’ve handpicked these destinations and accommodations for unwinding, saying ‘ohm’, finding zen or simply just getting away from it all. So go on, give yourself some ‘me’ time, and drink in the change of scene.

Looking for some inspiration on where to go next? Our categories can help with just that! We’ve put together collections of our favourite sustainable hotels which deserve to be recognised for the great green efforts that they are making. From hidden city gems, to off the beaten track jungle lodges, to beach resorts that care about their footprint, to places that are simply perfect for getting away from it all and into nature, you’ll find plenty to wanderlust over here. For each category we’ve handpicked the most inspiring accommodations that are doing their bit to limit harness the power of tourism for good. So when you decide to travel to a sustainable destination, you can be sure that you’ll be helping to give back, too. Travel has never felt so good! Start making the world a better place now by booking your favourite places to stay from our special categories today on bookdifferent.com.

Isletas de Granada, Nicaragua, Jicaro Island Ecolodge A tropical hideaway on a private island in lake Nicaragua. With their environmental foot they offer a refreshing disconnect from the busy world. There isn’t even a single tv on the island; a true paradise!
Savelletri, Italy, Borgo Egnazia One of the prettiest hotels in the Mediterranean, this guesthouse is the place to just take it easy. It’s a dreamy accommodation where you can relax, enjoy the sun, go to the beach or take a spa treatment. Everything is nearby!
Asselborn, Luxembourg, Domaine du Moulin d'Asselborn More than a hotel restaurant, it is a place for enchanting discoveries. The tourist domain of the Luxembourg Ardennes in Asselborn invites you to a real return to the source. Open your mind to the beauties of nature, the song of the birds, the graceful flight of butterflies and dragon-flies, the concert of frogs and the sublime setting of the sun.
Chiang Mai, Thailand, The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai Situated in the calmness of the mountain near Chiang Mai, this majestic resort draws on northern Thailand's rich history. You can enjoy all sorts of therapy and wellness treatments or just relax a few days at the pool. Everything is nearby, like the 9 different restaurants. There is enough to choose!
Cradle Mountain, Australia, Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge Just outside the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Claire National Park, this Tasmanian wilderness lodge is surrounded by mountains, vast lakes and ancient trees. There are 86 timber cabins in four categories, all with log fires or stoves, some with private verandahs. Bistro-style meals are served in the Tavern Bar; the Highland restaurant is more formal. There is also a small spa.
Puerto de la Cruz, Spain, Hotel Botanico y Oriental Spa Garden At Hotel Botanico you can start the day off by the pool with a fruit juice and an elaborate buffet, play some golf or tennis and sign up for a yoga class, take a stroll through the idyllic gardens and let yourself be pampered in the Oriental Spa Garden.
Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Hotel Escondido Set in vast knotted cacti, with views of the purple Sierra Madre del Sur in one direction and the pounding blue Pacific Ocean in the other, the Oaxacan countryside seems like the perfect quiet spot. This hotel is the coolest location for the cutting-edge, urban-dwelling surf set: down the road is Puerto Escondido – one of the hottest surf spots in the world! Rent a surfboard and get carried away by the waves.
Echternach, Luxembourg, Au Vieux Moulin Isabel and Philipp Boulliat have transformed a former water mill into a very special retreat. In a calm, rural setting on the edge of the Mullerthal forest, the hotel grounds are still home to the pretty burbling stream that used to power the old mill and a flower-filled terrace for guests to relax. Preserving the wonderful natural environment that surrounds it is central to the Au Vieux Moulin philosophy. In the restaurant, Philippe creates exquisite seasonal dishes, using the very best local produce, including game, fruit and vegetables and fresh fish.
San Ignacio, Belize, Blancaneaux Lodge The abandoned Blancaneaux Lodge was purchased by Francis Ford Coppola in the early 1980’s. First it was used as a family retreat, but after 10 years he opened the hideaway to the public. This is a tropical paradise where waterfalls tumble into turquoise pools. Because of the remote mountain setting you can explore the ancient civilization of the Maya’s nestled in the foliage of the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve.
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