Seven Eco-Friendly Stays to Honour the International Day of Forests
Forests are one of Mother Earth’s most cherished and important resources. Not only do they literally provide the oxygen that we all breathe, but they also serve as a tranquil retreat for us to relax, unwind and rejuvenate. With the International Day of Forests being celebrated on 21 March to raise awareness about forests and forestry, we're honouring this special day with seven eco-friendly stays surrounded by lush trees and greenery.
With respect for their natural surroundings, these small slices of heaven prove that you don't have to sacrifice comfort for sustainability.
Planet Zero Retreat, Anji, China
Set in Anji, only five kilometres from Anji Zhongnan Baicao Garden Scenic Zone, this zero-carbon resort offers spherical accommodation in a beautiful bamboo forest. You can use the retreat’s complimentary bikes to explore the unspoiled nature around the Planet Zero Retreat or just relax on the terrace with a fine glass of wine.
Treehotel, Harads, Sweden
HIdden in the dense pine forests of Northern Sweden, the iconic Treehotel is a unique property that blends cutting-edge architecture and design with all the comforts of home. Its eco-friendly rooms are built with respect for the surrounding environment, while the kitchen serves local dishes inspired by wild game, using other locally sourced ingredients.
Thala Beach Nature Reserve, Oak Beach, Australia
The eco-friendly wildlife retreat of Thala Beach Nature Reserve is nestled on a coastal headland amongst over 140 acres of native, tropical forest. Boasting a private beach and magnificent views of the sparkling Coral Sea, this green property has boutique timber bungalows, an organic coconut plantation, and natural swimming pools formed by granite boulders and waterfalls. You can explore the surrounding nature first-hand thanks to organised wildlife walks and bird-watching tours.
Whitepod, Monthey, Switzerland
Surrounded by pristine forests high up in the Swiss Alps, this exclusive accommodation offers a collection of pods anchored on wooden platforms. Each pod comes with its own pellet stove, a floor-to-ceiling window facing the valley and a small terrace to enjoy stunning views of the surrounding countryside, forest and mountains.
A Walden's Pond, Soldotna, USA
A Walden's Pond is a great place to stay if you are looking for a secluded and cosy cabin in the woods, surrounded by unspoilt nature. According to Booking.com travellers, this small slice of heaven is a hidden gem in the Alaskan wilderness. With friendly hosts to make you feel right at home, you'll enjoy every adventurous moment at this remote stay in an ancient forest.
Casa Luna Hotel & Spa, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Located just outside Arenal Volcano National Park, the eco-friendly Casa Luna Hotel & Spa offers uninterrupted views of the volcano and the surrounding, pristine rainforest. Guests who want to make a real connection with nature will enjoy the property's lush gardens, while more adventurous travellers can hike their way to Rio Fortuna Waterfall, only 2 km away.
Marataba Safari Lodge, Hartbeestfontein, South Africa
Elegantly furnished, canvas-and-stone tented rooms await you at the Marataba Safari Lodge. Located within the Marakele National Park, on the foothills of the Waterberg Mountains, this beautiful lodge offers guided game drives, bush walks and river excursions. You can enjoy your meals outdoors under the African wattle trees, relax on sun loungers at the pool or read a book in the spacious lounge area, snuggled up next to the fireplace.