Tourism can sometimes bring adverse consequences to not only the culture of a country but also the ecosystem and environment. Exploitation of culture and nature is rampant when it comes to the tourism industry – money trumps all. So it is nice to see some eco-friendly hotels and resorts available for you to stay in. These eco-friendly stays can provide you the luxury of a resort or a hotel whilst impacting on the environment only minimally. Let’s take a look at some of the best from Expedia.

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1. Daintree Eco-Lodge and Spa

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Available at Expedia per night: $337

Nestled in one of the world’s oldest rainforest, this Eco-Lodge has a host of awards to its name. There are only 15 villas in this resort providing maximum seclusion and privacy. Villas’ designs, spa treatments and stay packages are themed and inspired by the wildlife and greenery that surround them for your relaxation and enjoyment.

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2. Soneva Kiri

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Available at Expedia per night: $2915

Soneva Kiri is located in Koh Kood. Koh Kood is Thailand in its purest form, untouched by commercialism and everything that rampant modernisation brings along with it. Here you can experience and witness the idle and simple life in one of the oldest settlements in luxury and comfort. Also, wherever possible, construction materials are of sustainable materials.

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3. Hoshinoya Karuizawa

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Available at Expedia per night: $1579

One look at Hoshinoya Karuizawa’s design and you can tell it is a place to be for you to relax and be one with nature. Wooden and traditional architecture coupled with its proximity to nature give the place a very natural feel. Also, this resort has 3 hydro-electric generators powering a significant portion of the resort thus lowering its impact on nature.

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4. Belle Mont Farm

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Available at Expedia per night: $876

Belle Mont Farm, surrounded by an expansive farmland, allows you to experience the real West Indies. They have a unique ‘edible landscape’ where fresh fruits are delivered to you every morning with ‘Pick Me’ signs hanging on trees where fruits are ripe for your picking. This is not forgetting the luxuries available to you which makes it a good mix of a rural yet luxurious experience.

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5. The Green House

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Available at Expedia per night: $151

As its name suggests, The Green House is big on going green from using efficient energy, green furnishings and fittings right down to eco-friendly cooking oil. Their main aims are to reduce their environmental impact and provide you with a conscience-free and luxurious stay. One thing to note is that The Green House makes for a perfect wedding location.

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6. Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

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Available at Expedia per night: $999

Perched atop beautiful clear waters where one of the healthiest reef outcrops are, Park Hyatt holds the honorable  distinction as the only resort in the Maldives to be certified by Earth Check for both design and construction. Here you can indulge in all the activities typical with a stay in the Maldives whilst enjoying the well-known luxuries that Hyatt has to offer.

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7. Kapawi Eco Lodge & Reserve

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Available at Expedia per night: $560

Here, relatively far away from civilisation and in the remote jungles of the majestic Amazon, the Kapawi Eco Lodge & Reserve is actually run by the Achuar people. The Achuar people are the natives of that region so you can be assured of an authentic and eco-friendly experience.

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8.  Saffire Freycinet

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Available at Expedia per night: $22022

Saffire Freycinet practices eco-friendliness right down to a T with its design that strives to conjure up images of a coastal sanctuary to its green practices of using minimal night lighting, use of rainwater, using natural air flow for ventilation and cooling to bushfire management.

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9. Spice Island Beach Resort

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Available at Expedia per night: $2399

This family-run joint is located just a stroll away from the golden sands of the famous Grand Anse Beach. Spice Island Beach Resort makes a conscious attempt to minimise the impact it has on its environment through smart energy management, preservation of the surrounding nature, recycling and through education of its employees.

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10. Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

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Available at Expedia per night: $1167

Located in very close proximity to the world famous heritage site, the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel aims to preserve the ecology and culture of Peru. This is done through providing every visitor with the experience of a 100% carbon neutral stay.

So there you go, now you can play your part and be an eco-friendly traveller. Even whilst not staying in these eco-friendly resorts, you can always do your own part to help the environment by reducing, reusing and recycling!

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