What are we doing for our tenth 12 months on honeymoon? We’re occurring a quest for the world’s most romantic and sustainable locations! Locations that aren’t simply making an attempt to be inexperienced, however those that’ve made it their compass. Tourism that actively makes the encircling atmosphere and communities stronger, all whereas inspiring their company to do the identical. We all know romance and sustainability are the right pair and we will’t wait to see the place this subsequent chapter takes us. See our extremely coveted locations up to now…
Tetiaroa, French Polynesia
First up on our year-long quest to search out the world’s most romantic and sustainable locations…Tetiaroa, French Polynesia! For hundreds of years, this beautiful atoll north of Tahiti was a sacred assembly floor for Polynesian royalty. Within the Sixties, Marlon Brando got here to those coral islets to movie Mutiny on the Bounty, fell in love together with his main girl, and made Tetiaroa their dwelling. They’d a dream to make use of tourism, science, and the area people to protect the island. Many years later, that has been fulfilled by The Brando Resort & the Tetiaroa Society environmental and cultural nonprofit. The Society’s tasks, from inexperienced sea turtle conservation to The Blue Climate Initiative (a UN Ocean Decade undertaking), are 70% funded by the resort and furthered by visiting researchers from world wide.Although sustainability might be not the principle purpose Kim Kardashian or Leo DiCaprio stayed right here. It’s a non-public island and one of the luxurious resorts on the earth, with ocean-view villas, private infinity swimming pools, a lavish spa, gourmand delicacies, and five-star service. And all that decadence is supported by solar energy, seawater air con, a permaculture backyard, in depth recycling, and French Polynesia‘s first LEED-Platinum building. To grasp either side of this gold coin, we spent two days working alongside the researchers on the Tetiaroa Society and two extra residing the luxe life at The Brando. Each have been equally inspiring and the mix took our breath away. Watch this video to see how attractive sustainability may be.
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
The nation itself is a shoe-in for its progressive environmental insurance policies, with 25% of their land protected as nature reserves, 53% of the nation coated in forest (after a decades-long reforestation effort) and 99% renewable vitality. Costa Rica is filled with beautiful seashores, volcanoes, rainforests, and swank resorts that might match the invoice for a sustainable honeymoon vacation spot, however none greater than the Osa Peninsula. Nationwide Geographic ranked it within the prime 5 most romantic locations on the earth, and with 2.5percentof the Earth’s biodiversity (in lower than one-thousandth of a p.c of its complete floor space), additionally they referred to as it “essentially the most biologically intense place on earth.” It’s essentially the most vital wetland ecosystem and mangrove forests in Central America and the biggest remaining tract of lowland rainforest in Pacific Mesoamerica, no to say beautiful seashores…rely us in! We spent every week on this magical nook of southwestern Costa Rica…mountain climbing, birding, kayaking, swimming, and assembly the stewards serving to make Osa such a dream vacation spot. Learn on for our Osa Peninsula sustainable travel guide and plan your getaway.
Watch our Osa video to see this magical place come to life.
The Kingdom of Bhutan
A Himalayan Kingdom that has solely been open to the skin world since 1974, and a rustic that measures success by Gross Nationwide Happiness, Bhutan has all the time fascinated us. Including to the intrigue of “The Land of the Thunder Dragon,” they took pandemic precautions to a brand new stage and closed their borders for the final 2.5 years. The nation lastly opened to guests on September twenty third, 2022…however by a collection of governmental hoops and a stroke of magic, we have been invited in early to assist present that Bhutan is again and higher than ever. Throughout the 916 days with out guests, the dominion took that quiet time to shine each aspect of its tourism sector, together with countrywide resort renovations, transportation enhancements, and personnel coaching. Additionally they furthered their dedication of being a carbon-negative nation with a slew of latest sustainability initiatives—from an electrical taxi fleet to the Million Tree Mission. It was an unbelievable honor to be among the many first vacationers to expertise the “New Bhutan” and canopy the story for Travel & Leisure, and now (in juicier element) for our HoneyTrek followers. From trekking to the well-known Tiger’s Nest to flying within the cockpit over Mount Everest, becoming a member of a masks dance competition, glamping at 12,000 toes, river rafting previous Seventeenth-century fortresses, sleeping in Buddhist temples, planting bushes, to sharing tea with nomadic cow herders, we’ve bought quite a bit to share in our Bhutan travel guide. For the visible highlights see this IG Reel.
The primary nation to be declared a “inexperienced vacation spot” and the one one with “love” in its title, Slovenia was a shoo-in for our HoneyTrek listing, however after all, we needed to discover out for ourselves! So we rented an electrical car to discover the alpine peaks, Adriatic Sea, wine nation, historic villages, and culinary scene round this tiny European nation with an entire lot of coronary heart. See all our Slovenia adventures, in our Instagram Highlight Reel and our full destination guide. And don’t miss one among our favourite experiences of the journey within the video under.
That is an ever-growing listing of the world’s most romantic and sustainable locations…keep tuned for what’s subsequent on HoneyTrek’s Instagram. Have a really inexperienced area, resort, tour operator, or clothes shop that involves thoughts? We might LOVE to listen to about them!