Luxury with a conscience

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 October, 2011, 12:00am


WHAT: Yangshuo Mountain Retreat, Guangxi, China (

WOW: This gorgeous mountain retreat is in the picturesque area of Guilin. Environmental preservation is key here, and everything from the beds and mattresses to the bamboo furniture is either locally sourced or made within the grounds. Guided tours of the surroundings are available, as are a host adventure activities such as mountain biking, river rafting, rock climbing and kayaking.

WHAT: Copamarina Beach Resort, Puerto Rico (

WOW: Puerto Rico's undiscovered southwestern coast holds this vast, eight-hectare tropical eco-resort. A 1km beach facing the Caribbean allows diving aficionados and snorkellers to explore the unspoiled, undiscovered waters. Other activities at the resort include bird watching, hiking, exploring their Unesco Dry Forest Reserve and spending the day relaxing with herbal hydrotherapy treatments at its Bodyderm Spa.

WHAT: Eco Beach Resort, Broome, Australia (

WOW: An hour's drive south of Broome, this multi award-winning resort is set in a pristine and untouched environment, with the opportunity to stay in one of its eco tents to get that much closer to nature. Whale watching is the reason many make the journey south, but it also offers turtle tours, bird watching, cave exploring, as well as yoga sessions for those who wish to rejuvenate in the lush surroundings.

WHAT: Desa Seni Village Resort, Indonesia (

WOW: An eco-village that stresses community, Desa Seni offers a glimpse into the daily lives of rural Indonesians through their culture, farming, religion, food and, more than anything, wellness. Guests stay in antique wooden houses with all the modern comforts, while such offerings as yoga, traditional massages and organic-based meals allow visitors to rejuvenate as much as they relax.