As Responsible Tourism Week 2012 draws to a close, I thought I’d share some of Tribes’ favourite 5-Globe Eco-Rated lodges and hotels with you. I hope these will give you some inspiration when looking to travel responsibly. Tribes undertakes both a social and environmental review of its hotels before awarding an eco-rating so travellers can be sure that Tribes’ 5-globe rated accommodations have impeccable eco-credentials.
Mwamba Bush Camp, South Luangwa NP, Zambia
As mentioned in an earlier post, Mwamba Bush Camp, owned and run by Shenton Safaris, comprises 3 reed and thatch en-suite chalets on the banks of the Mwamba River. The chalets are uniquely designed with two large skylights allowing you to experience sleeping under the stars. They also have solar lighting, flush toilets and bucket showers. Mwamba provides back-to-nature simplicity with essential comforts and has been awarded a 5-Globe rating for its care and consideration for both the environment and the social impact of its camp.
Chumbe Island Lodge, South-West Zanzibar
The accommodation on Chumbe Island takes the concept of eco-architecture to unparalleled levels that has seen award winning global recognition for its innovation and conservation principles. Chumbe’s seven eco-bungalows are designed so that they provide both privacy and a sense of freedom of living in the open.
One of Chumbe Island Lodge’s great eco-assets is that all the lodge’s buildings have been ingeniously designed to catch, filter and store their own rainwater.
As far as Tribes is concerned we wish all accommodation was built on the principles found at Chumbe Island, the lodge fully deserves its 5-Globe Eco-rating!!
Feynan Lodge, Jordan
Feynan Lodge has been developed by Jordan’s Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature and opened in the summer of 2005. It is set among the arid mountains of Wadi Feynan on the western border of Dana Nature Reserve.
It is an interesting piece of architecture built entirely of local materials and designed by a local architect. The lodge uses solar power by day and candle light at night and the staff are all from the local Bedouin community, making it an important asset to this remote area.
Thoroughly deserving of its 5-Globe rating, It is a great place to stay and can form the base for longer explorations and treks into the area.
Coconut Lagoon, Kerala
Managed by CGH Earth Experience Hotels, the Coconut Lagoon resort is leading the way for sustainable tourism in Kerala. Its organic gardens provide food for the restaurant, with compost produced on site. There is a water treatment and recycling plant and even a biogas plant producing gas for cooking.
The Coconut Lagoon Resort is a great example of environmental sustainability and involvement of the local community and also offers excellent locally produced organic food.
It’s a perfect spot for starting or ending a Kerala backwaters cruise, and is one of our favourite eco-friendly resorts in India.
Sani Lodge, Lake Challuacocha, Ecuador
Sani Lodge is owned and operated by members of the Sani community and is dedicated to environmental conservation and community projects. Sani Lodge is truly a one of a kind ecolodge dedicated to ecotourism, environmental conservation, and community projects in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador. With their extensive knowledge of the Amazon wildlife and biodiversity the members of the Sani community can give Sani Lodge guests the true experience of the Ecuadorian Amazon jungle.
To find out more about the Tribes Eco-Rating system and what you can expect from a true responsible tourism experience, take a look at the Responsible Travel section of our website.