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Our Five Favorite Eco Resorts for the Fall

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Our Five Favorite Eco Resorts for the Fall

 

It’s time to escape the cold autumn chill and head south to stunning eco resorts where you can relax in sustainably built lodges, well preserved ecosystems, and exotic local communities.

Chumbe Island Coral Park, Zanzibar

1. Chumbe Island Coral Park, Zanzibar

Enjoy environmentally friendly accommodations in the secluded Chumbe Island Coral Park in the Zanzibar archipelago. Completely pollution free, the nature reserve collects natural rainwater, uses solar power and composting toilets to preserve one of the last pristine coral islands in the region. With only 7 bungalows, your intimate stay will include locally grown, traditional Swahili cuisine, snorkeling in the coral reef sanctuary, and supporting conservation and educational efforts in the local community.

Turtle Inn, Belize

2. Turtle Inn, Belize

Built by Francis Ford Coppola after filming Apocalypse Now, Turtle Inn became the filmmaker’s favorite tropical hideaway. Twenty-five thatched cottages make up the beachside resort, where a naturally chill sea breeze replaces artificial air conditioning. The property’s organic garden, as well as fresh seafood caught by local fishermen and Coppola wines make up every night’s dinner menu. But Turtle Inn does more than just pamper its guests. Turtle Inn partners with SEA Belize and the Rainforest Alliance to support marine conservation, including the Western hemisphere’s largest barrier reef nearby.

Playa Viva, Mexico

3. Playa Viva, Mexico

Fulfill a childhood dream and vacation in your own oceanfront treehouse on the beach! With Playa Viva’s motto, “Where your vacation meets your values”, you will enjoy guilt free and environmentally conscious lodging that includes 100% off-grid solar power and smart water conservation. The eco lodge also provides education services to the local community, supports the local economy’s small businesses, and encourages guests to donate school and medical supplies for the local village with their program “Pack for a Purpose.”

The Manta Resort, Tanzania

4. The Manta Resort, Tanzania

Discover a new meaning to “sleeping with fishes” and enjoy a stay at the Manta Resort’s Underwater Room. Located just off shore from the main resort, the Underwater Room is a floating structure with a sea level landing deck, rooftop lounging area, and an underwater bedroom with full 360 degree views of native marine life. The eco lodge also supports the local community by providing education services for the local village, employing local farmers, and supporting artisans by selling their handmade goods inside the resort.

Montana Magica Lodge, Chile

5. Montana Magica Lodge, Chile

Experience a real life fairytale in the middle of the Chilean rainforest in the Montana Magica Lodge. Located inside the Huilo Huilo Nature Reserve, this eco hobbit house of dreams allows you to experience the unique natural beauty of Patagonia with hiking excursions, visits to local villages, and education about local aboriginal cultures and traditions.

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