Let’s be honest; modern life can be pretty stressful. With work to be done and bills to be paid, it can be easy to feel as though you’re letting go of who you really are and what you want from your life. When this happens, there’s nothing better than getting away from it all and focusing on yourself and the world around you. Thankfully, there are so many sustainable eco-retreats out there that will not only save your mind, but will also save the planet at the same time. Which one will you be booking first?
Vietnam is famous for being an untouched natural beauty, and that’s exactly what Six Senses Ninh Van Bay has to offer. This sustainable retreat can only be accessed via boat, and it’s fair to say that the location is absolutely stunning. With the ocean in front of you and the mountains behind, it nestles perfectly into nature. While this eco-retreat prides itself on offering its customers a slice of luxury, you’ll be happy to know that this luxury doesn’t negatively impact the natural world around it. In fact, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is all about sustainability. They regularly organise beach cleans around the resort and beyond, they have an on-site osmosis plant to provide guests with clean water, they always use reusable glass bottles, and they put a huge amount of time, energy, and money into conserving the local endangered monkeys.
Advertising the chance for guests to “Revive & Thrive,” the aim of Aro Hā, New Zealand is to allow people to kick back in nature while also sustaining their eco-friendly roots. This eco-conscious retreat has won countless awards over the years for elevating the bodies and the minds of those who stay with them, and rejuvenating people who need it most. Everything from the yoga classes to the meditation sessions, there’s so much to see and do at this retreat – and that’s before you look outside at the natural lakes and the beautiful hills. As if that wasn’t enough, Aro Hā aims to make as little an impact as possible on the natural world, which is why they use vegetarian, local, and organic produce within their kitchens. They even have their own little garden where they grow their own fruits and vegetables.
There’s no better way to save your mind than to embrace your inner zen during a yoga class – and that’s what Zen Rocks Mani, Greece is all about. This private sustainable retreat can be tailored to your specifications and your requirements, which means that you can choose which yoga classes you want to attend, which pilates sessions float your boat, which massages you want to book in, and how many times you want to take part in a guided meditation. Everything about this resort revolves around the natural world, and this means that you can stroll around the Zen Rock Garden, check out the organic vegetable and herb gardens (which are grown in the mountains to enhance their healing properties), and take refuge in Mother Earth. What could be better than that?
If you’re looking for a place to relax and unwind, then the Vana Retreat in India should definitely be on your list of places to book. This sustainable retreat focuses on “A search for wellbeing, learning, and the inner journey,” and their work has made them famous across the world. In fact, in 2015 they became the first eco-retreat in India to be awarded LEED (Leadership In Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum status, and they have continued this trend ever since. Not only do they harvest and treat rainwater for their guests, but they also use their 21-acre plot to grow their own organic product to make beautiful and healthy meals for those who stay here. Once you’re there, you can take advantage of Ayurvedic treatments, yoga sessions, and even learn a bit more about Sowa Rigpa.
Have you always wanted to travel to Sri Lanka? Well, now could be your chance. This country is home to one of the best sustainable retreats in the world, and it’s fair to say that Ulpotha will help you unwind while also embracing our wonderful planet. Located in the jungle, this Buddhist agricultural community aims to get you into the heart of nature and showcase the oasis around you. Featuring a beautiful lake, an abundance of trees, and countless animals, you will become one with nature over the course of your stay – and those leading the retreat will make sure that you get the most of your stay. The retreat does not have access to electricity, allowing you to step back from your reality and to embrace a slower pace.
If you’re looking to take a break from your everyday existence while also seeing the world in all of its natural beauty, then these sustainable retreats should be at the top of your bucket list. Do you fancy taking us with you?