8 Breathtaking Green Vacation Getaways

It’s vacation time, and you and your loved ones are looking forward to fun and excitement in remote places.  For the Green-conscious vacationer, you’ll be happy to know that there are several locations that are accommodating to your ideological environmental concerns. 

These places are either natural or man-modified to make sure the carbon footprint is low, and other Green concerns are attended to.  Here, we’ll look at seven such places.

Green Vacation Getaways


Whitepod, Switzerland

Whitepod Switzerland

Way over in the winter-like wonderland of Whtepod, Switzerland you’ll find that there’s a  green vacation spot that just defies description, but we’ll try.  It looks like something from a Star Trek episode where explorers on an ice world live in geodesic domes that are engineered and constructed with green in mind.

It lies in the gorgeous Swiss Alps, so you’re talking not only advanced technology built with care but also a panoramic view of one of the world’s most majestic mountain ranges.  All the materials for construction are green making these 15 or so pod-like dwellings futuristic but with a homemade feel.

There are lots of activities around the resort as well.  Hiking, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing.  For the Star Wars fans, you can pretend you’re on the planet Hoth so bring your toy lightsabers and enjoy the tranquil luxury of this pine-laden wonderland.


The Al Maha Desert Resort In Dubai

Al-Maha Desert Resort In Dubai

We switch up here and head to the mysterious desert country of Dubai.  Dubai doesn’t kid around when it comes to engineering and architecture.  They spare no expense when they construct anything, and this green resort is a prime example.

This resort is located in the famous Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.  You’ll find real scientific adventure waiting for you there, and there’s lots of fun to be had as you tour around the high tech green facilities.  You might run into several scientists and other academics at this resort and have yourself a real-life Indiana Jones adventure so bring your Stetson hat and get a load of this desert vacation getaway.

It’s just the kind of place for romance and a neat honeymoon retreat that will give you bragging rights for decades to come.


Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort In Fiji

Jean Michel Cousteau Resort In Fiji

We now travel to the magical South Pacific’s Fiji where romance and warm ocean breezes are the legends of song and sonnet.  The palm trees sway, and the water is crystal clear blue, and it’s the right place for a green vacation spot.  They have an eco-resort that is on the Vanua Levu coconut plantation.

It’s 17 acres of gorgeous getaway and a signpost of what a luxury resort should be like.  You’ve got vacationers from around the world as well as academics who use the resort for scientific research.  There are great food and lots of fun activities like scuba diving.

If you’re honeymooning or just wanting to get away from it all, this place is just what you’re looking for.  If you want to escape and write that novel, this is a place you can chill out with nature and unleash those creative brainwaves.


Australia’s Longitude 131 Degrees

Australia's Longitude 131 Degrees

Let’s go to the land Down Under where a green eco-resort awaits travelers and vacationers.  It’s the Longitude 131 Degrees eco-resort that has 15 luxury tents.  Yes, tents.  Luxury ones at that.

It’s the doorway to the Austrailian Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.  The tents have been constructed so as not to compromise the landscape.  They’re built on stilts, and the entire resort gets its energy from solar power.

This locale is the kind of getaway that is perfect for romantic and scientific adventure.  The scenery is breathtaking, and it’s got that frontier feel with a  touch of technology.  Bring your cameras and get ready for astonishing vacationing that will be the envy of others.


Bardessono, California

Bardessono California

It’s stateside green fun with the eco-resort in Bardessono, California.  So far it’s survived the massive wildfires of late, but it’s best to keep an eye on it.  It’s a 62 room hotel and spa with a restaurant.  It is powered by geothermal technology, and the structures are made from reclaimed wood.

It also employs solar power which makes it a definite interest to people who might want to look into using solar with their own homes and structures.  All the food is organic, and it’s got wine, wine, wine.

This place is located in the gorgeous Napa Valley and hopefully will be able to come back after the wildfires and provide awesome honeymooning and just plain relaxing vacationing.


Rancho La Puerta, Mexico

Rancho La Puerta Mexico

One of the oldest green and eco-friendly vacation spots is in Rancho La Puerta, Mexico.  It’s been green since the early 1940s!  It’s been producing organic foods and products way ahead of the green trend.

They employ a dozen or more professionals in the organic gardening field.  It’s not only a botanist aficionado’s dream, but an ornithologist’s happy place, as well as dozens of species of birds, migrate there each year.


Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Blue Lagoon Iceland

We’re back to the cold side of the planet with a green vacation spot in Blue Lagoon, Iceland.  What’s that you say?  How can there be a blue lagoon in a place like Iceland?  Well there is and it’s due to the geothermal activity there.

The residents learned how to use the geothermal technologies at hand to use for energy.  The engineers used wells that are 2,000 meters deep into the Earth’s surface and make use of the 240 degrees of heat down there.

The resort makes good use of this energy and has fine food, lots of local activities to engage in and a wonderful Icelanders to meet and hang out with.  It’s the kind of adventurous getaway that you will never forget.

Cameras are mandatory to get the majesty of the scenery, and you can chat it up with the technical staff and academics who visit.


Kasbah Du Toubkal, Morocco

Kasbah Du Toubkal Morocco

We’re talking picturesque to the second power when it comes to gorgeous vacation settings.  This eco-friendly green getaway is located 60 kilometers from the fabled Marrakech.

It’s a lodge that is at the foot of the highest mountain in North Africa, Jbel Toubkal.  It’s got suites and other modern accommodations, and one can hike the many majestic trails and learn about the Berber culture.

Due to its green focus, it’s a great way to study how people there tackle the eco problems.  Its old world meets new world and with great food to boot.  A romantic getaway like no other, and it’s quite affordable.


Green Vacationing ..

There you have it.  Eight great green vacation spots from various part of the world.  If you have young ones you want to get to make their lives based on green living, then picking these vacation sites is a good idea.  They’ll get the reinforcement needed to realize that they can have fun and be green too.

If you’re looking for developing your own green based residence or estate, you can study at these resorts and chat with the staff and academics who are there.  You’ll be getting an education from the people who walk the walk and talk the talk.

These resorts might also have goods you’ve not heard of before and can buy or order later on.  Take notes and ask questions while visiting and of course take lots of pictures and video.  It will be an experience to last a lifetime and a good step forward for a future where green rules.

Who is Graham Ramsey

Graham writes for the travel and transport section of GreenKing. He has been covering clean technology topics since 2007. He contributes to The Guardian and EcoGeek.
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