Seven Eco-Friendly Stays to Honour International Day of Forests
Forests are one of Mother Earth’s most special features. Not only do they symbolize life, but they also provide a tranquil place for people from every corner of the globe to relax, unwind and find both energy and inspiration amongst the calming trees. International Day of Forests is celebrated on 21 March all around the globe to raise awareness about forests and forestry. In honour of this special day, Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, has delved into its more than 1.6 million properties in over 126,000 destinations worldwide to present seven eco-friendly stays surrounded by lush and tranquil forests.
With respect to their natural surroundings, these small slices of heaven prove that you don't have to sacrifice comfort for sustainability.
Planet Zero Retreat, Anji, China
Set in Anji, five kilometres from Anji Zhongnan Baicao Garden Scenic Zone, this zero-carbon resort offers spherical accommodation, surrounded by a beautiful bamboo forest. Travellers can use the retreat’s complimentary bikes to explore the unspoiled nature around the Planet Zero Retreat or just relax on the terrace with a fine glass of wine.
Treehotel, Harads, Sweden
Situated among the pine forest of Northern Sweden, the iconic Treehotel is a unique property that blends the cutting-edge architecture and design with all the comforts you need to feel like home. Its eco-friendly rooms are built with respect to the surrounding environment, while the kitchen serves local dishes inspired by wild game and other locally sourced ingredients in its dishes.
Thala Beach Nature Reserve, Oak Beach, Australia
The eco-friendly wildlife retreat of Thala Beach Nature Reserve is nestled on a coastal headland amongst the over 140 acres of native, tropical forest. Boasting a private beach and magnificent views of the sparkling Coral Sea, this green property has boutique timber bungalows, an organic coconut plantation, and natural swimming pools formed by granite boulders and waterfalls. Guests should not miss the opportunity to experience the pure nature surrounding this area thanks to the wildlife walks and bird-watching tours.
Whitepod, Monthey, Switzerland
Surrounded by pristine forests 1,400 metres above sea level, this exclusive accommodation offers a collection of pods anchored on a wooden platform. Each pod comes with a pellet stove, a floor-to-ceiling window facing the valley and a small terrace to enjoy the deep-green nature and stunning views of the forested mountain range.
A Walden's Pond, Soldotna, USA
A Walden's Pond is a great place to stay for guests wanting a cosy cabin in the woods surrounded by nature and friendly hosts. According to Booking.com travellers, this small slice of heaven is a hidden gem that’s surrounded by Alaskan wilderness and gives the feeling of an adventurous, remote area in a dense boreal forest.
Casa Luna Hotel & Spa, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Located just outside Arenal Volcano National Park, the eco-friendly Casa Luna Hotel & Spa offers uninterrupted views of the volcano and the unspoiled rainforests. Guests who want to make a connection with nature, will find themselves surrounded by lush gardens, while Rio Fortuna Waterfall is less than 2 km away.
Marataba Safari Lodge, Hartbeestfontein, South Africa
Elegantly furnished, canvas-and-stone tented rooms await you at the Marataba Safari Lodge. Located within the malaria-free Marakele National Park, on the foothills of the Waterberg Mountains, this beautiful lodge offers guided game drives, bush walks and river excursions. Guests can enjoy their meals outdoors under the African wattle trees, relax on sun loungers at the pool or read a book in the spacious lounge next to the cosy fireplace.