We have been chatting with various people and researching how to have a more eco friendly honeymoon. The first in a series of posts (so we can dream about sunnier climes as the nights draw in!) we share one of finds. Bouteco share hotels they have approved to meet their eco standards and that provide luxury and a positive community impact. I think one of the key words here is 'luxury'. Sometimes when you first hear the words "eco hotel" you think of of the grid wooden huts, though I wouldn't mind one of them for a weekend, on your honeymoon you day dream about a little bit of luxury. So having had a gander around their site and a chat with them we are really keen to share with you their site.
Wowwee just look at that setting. Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, Hermanus, South Africa "A luxury eco-reserve close to the Southern tip of Africa tucked between mountains, forest and sea.
The Maldives is often on the honeymoon wish list so divert your attention to this place Soneva Fushi, Maldives "Set in a Unesco Biosphere Reserve Soneva Fushi there are many initiatives under the Soneva Foundation umbrella. The preservation of the environment is essential to them and responsible tourism plays a key role in the protection of the ecosystem and endangered species.
Head over to the states and choose this eco friendly hotel in NYC! "10-story sustainable ground-up development right by Dumbo in Brooklyn....Triple Clear water filters in every tap, sink, and shower; rainwater reclamation; state-of-the-art, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems and more."
Keep it local and head to Cornwall (assuming you aren't already there - if you are you lucky so and so!!), one of the most beautiful parts of the UK - I'm biased as I spent my honeymoon here (though the budget didn't quite stretch to here but it was on my radar and looks sooooo romantic!!). The Scarlet Hotel "Arguably the UK's best boutique eco hotel, The Scarlet's award-winning Ayurveda-inspired spa and art-filled restaurant are part of why this glam grown-up getaway is also fantastically green.... Since its inception they've thought about the impact their every action and activity has on the environment and their local community".
Can't find what you are looking for on their site? Then get in touch with them so they can help you plan the perfect eco honeymoon.
More on eco honeymoons coming up in the new year!