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5 eco-retreat destinations to find your happy place in 2022

Words by Alice Florence Orr

Seven Minute Read

From Bali to Pitlochry, discover your next ethical travel destination

Is there anything better than escaping daily life for a relaxing retreat in the sun? Yes — if that retreat is also sustainably conscious. We’re all dreaming of our next chance to relax and unwind in the sun, and with environmental issues on everyone’s minds, it’s important that our holiday destination reflects our values.

It’s more essential than ever to consider flying less, taking staycations and finding holiday providers that respect their local environments and communities. That’s why a new generation of luxurious eco-retreats have opened in locations across the world, from Cornwall to New Zealand. These retreat destinations prioritise sustainable practices and eco-friendly experiences — that means if you decide to fly, these are great alternatives to traditional resorts.

So if you’re looking for a moment of calm in a new destination, we’ve narrowed down five of the top eco-retreat destinations, to help you find your happy place.

Discover the Scottish countryside
Vegan treats via @saorsa1875

01.

The Scottish Vegan Retreat

Saorsa 1875

Where: Pitlochry, Perthshire, Scotland

Who said a plant-based lifestyle couldn’t be luxurious? Situated in the picturesque town of Pitlochry, this Scottish retreat boasts elegant rooms, exquisite vegan dining and even a yoga or running retreat. Fall in love with the striking landscape around Loch Faskally, indulge in wild swimming and discover a holiday experience that makes animal rights a priority.

Rediscover Bali with sustainability in mind

02.

The Eco Bali Experience

Sanak

Where: Bali, Indonesia

Nestled within fragrant rice fields and lush landscapes, this family-run retreat works with the local community, rather than against it. Every detail in its planning was consciously chosen to protect the natural environment. The beautiful accommodation offers a digital detox as well as spa rooms for relaxing therapy treatments. They also provide yoga, Balinese Meditation and Japanese Reiki for those searching for a truly special experience.

Treehouse living via @kudhva
Swim on the Cornish coast

03.

The Cornish Treehouse

Kudhva

Where: Trebarwith Strand, Tintagel, Cornwall, England

Kudhva is Cornish for ‘hideout’ — and this magical treehouse experience is exactly what its name suggests. Kadhva cabins are designed as retreats from the modern world, giving you a digital detox from technology as well as spectacular views of the natural landscape. Spend your days listening to the waves off the stunning Cornish coast, wild swimming in the nearby lake or luxuriating in the wood-fired hot tub. Bring a few friends and gather around the fire pit with a hot chocolate — this destination is guaranteed to make memories.

Relax on a hillside retreat via @aroharetreats

04.

The Mountain Yoga Retreat

Aro Ha

Where: Glenorchy, New Zealand

With over 17 international awards, this eco-retreat has perfected the art of relaxation. Hosting yoga and wellness experiences throughout the year, Aro Ha is the destination for conscious tourists.

The team behind Aro Ha believe in the healing power of nature, that’s why they specialise in workshops on mindfulness and bodywork. Most of all, this stunning retreat wants us to switch off from technology and rediscover our happy place in the New Zealand landscape. Who can resist?

Fall for the African coastline
Beautiful accommodation via @sussurro.co

05.

The Minimalist African Escape

Sussurro

Where: Southern Mozambique, Africa

Feeling lost? Get back to the things that matter within the walls of this secluded, elegant abode in Mozambique⁠. Located on the shore of a perfectly turquoise lagoon, Sussurro is the place to reconnect with nature for a truly conscious travel experience. If you’re a fan of elegant, minimalist design, this destination will make your heart sing.

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