In 2022, it is possible to travel in a sustainable yet luxurious way, and visiting these sustainable global destinations is the first step.
You can travel knowing that environmental impact is as low as possible when in these 5 exciting countries.
With attractions from natural hot springs to vehicle-free cities, these destinations are worth considering as international travel becomes a viable option in 2022.
Located along the eastern edge of the Himalayas, Bhutan is known as the Buddhist kingdom and has an enchanting and vibrant culture. It is the ideal destination for sustainable tourism and even has some high-end hotels including the incredible Six Senses properties to stay in.
Bhutan is the world’s only carbon negative country. This means that the country as a whole emits less than zero carbon dioxide and greenhouse gasses.
Where to visit:
Gasa Tshachu – The Gasa Tshachu hot springs are one of the most popular locations for tourists in the country. There are five bath houses with guesthouses located close by that can be booked prior to visiting the springs. Each of the springs have different temperatures accordingly to suit tourists.
Samdrup Jongkhar – This mountain town is the prime location to purchase luxurious bamboo and silk products. Immersed in Bhutan’s rich history, it is one of the oldest towns in Eastern Bhutan.
Known as Sweden’s second city, Gothenburg has been the top sustainable location in the world for the past 4 years according to the Global Destination sustainable Index. It is also famous for being the birthplace of Volvo cars and is an important fishing hub.
The majority of public transport in the city thrives off renewable energy making navigating around the city both easy and sustainable.
It is packed with luxurious five star hotels and many hotels in the city have received numerous awards for adhering to strict environmental guidelines.
Where to visit:
Gothia Towers – Having an eco-first outlook, this sleek four-star hotel is the top place to stay for sustainability, as it is the largest hotel in the Nordic countries, hosting 1200 first class rooms and suites that offer stunning views of the city. The rooftop of the hotel is used to grow herbs and spices and even has its own apiary creating honey – all of which are used in the hotels restaurants.
Magasinsgatan – Located in central Gothenburg, this town used to be a warehouse district but now offers bustling shopping environments. Shops in this neighbourhood include vintage clothing and luxurious interior designers. There are also a variety of restaurants, from traditional to gourmet style foods.
25% of this nations land has been declared a conservation zone with 98% of the country’s electricity generated from renewable sources.
There are over 500,000 species of wildlife here, and 900 of them are birds. It is reputedly one of the world’s happiest countries. It is known for its stable democracy and educated population, with the sloth as their national animal. It is considered an upper middle-income country and is crowing economically.
There are also incredible national parks with adventure activities like rafting, canyoning, and zip lining.
Where to visit:
Lapa Rios Lodge – The Ocean view cabins at Lapa Rios are home to the oldest eco-lodge. Providing luxury stays amongst the diverse wilderness areas of Costa Rica, the Lapa Rios Lodge provides an authentic experience of the rainforest offering hikes, bird walks and sustainability tours. Currently on offer are standalone villas or deluxe bungalows, each offering a unique experience of the surrounding nature.
El Silencio Lodge and Spa – Located amongst the valleys and waterfalls of Bajos del Toro (which has been declared a UNESCO cultural heritage site), the lodge has participated in many community initiatives for sustainability in previous years. When staying, torch-lit forest dinners where ingredients from the lodge’s organic farm are used and a carefully curated wine list is on offer.
Introducing a ‘Green Scheme’, Slovenia encourages its hotels, tourism operators and restaurants to step into more environmentally friendly practices. The ‘Green Scheme’ is an 11 step process which includes regular environmental reports and an environmental assessment every three years.
There are over 500 brown bears living in the forests, and more than 90,000 beekeepers in the country (that’s one in every twenty people), and the country is famous for its dramatic landscapes and spectacular scenery.
Wine is a large part of the daily life which is said to attribute to the country’s peaceful feel.
Where to visit:
Ljubljana – Visit the capital of Slovenia which has been vehicle free since 2007. Across the city, there are free electric trains as well as bikes to take tourists from one attraction to another. The city is home to many fine museums, galleries, theatres and even a botanical garden.
Marnie’s House – Marnie’s House is a restored historic farmhouse that provides family friendly luxury. Among the property, herbs and vegetables are available for guests who wish to cook their own meals. However nearby there are also many great restaurants and places to drink.
Located in the Mediterranean Sea, the island of Gozo is known for clear water and beautiful beaches. It is one of the oldest inhabited places on earth (some 5,500 years old) and is home to some of the oldest freestanding structures in the world. The Ggantija temples located in Gozo are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Its name is in reference to the fact that it is believed to have been built by giants and today, only 37,000 people live there but there are 46 churches. It is also famous for having appeared in Game of Thrones, and Brideshead Revisited.
In terms of food, the island is all about offering local and organic produce as well as teaching visitors on the eco practices and food production methods of Gozo. It is famous for its local cheeslet, as well as its two opera houses who rival each other with performances and food.
Driving here is popular, and a great way to see the natural wonders.
Where to visit:
Ta’ Mena Estate – If you are looking to experience the true flavours of Gozo, Ta’ Mena organise tours and tasting sessions of the freshest of produce. This includes delicious cheeses as well as wines made from locally grown grapes.
Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz – For luxury accommodation, this exceptional five-star hotel offers 137 elegant yet rustic rooms and suites that boast comfy yet strikingly beautiful interiors. Also located in the hotel is an upscale luxury spa offering massages and Ayurveda treatments (physical, mental and spiritual healing techniques using natural herbs and medicinal oils).