In their commitment to become responsible travellers who try to leave only positive impacts on the environment, local society and economy when travelling, travellers can choose to patronise businesses or services that are ethical and help to conserve the environment. After all, social and ecological consciousness is about the choices we make in terms of the food we eat, the activities we do, the things we buy, and the places we stay.

So when you decide to embark on another exciting trip next time, why don’t you begin it by booking hotels or resorts that are deemed ecologically and socially responsible? Here are some of our recommendations that fit the bill:

 

Belum Rainforest Resorts, Malaysia

Belum Rainforest Resorts, Malaysia

1. Belum Rainforest Resort, Malaysia

Price: From RM700 per night per person
Features: Airport transfer, bicycle rental, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, outdoor pool, water sports (motorised & non-motorised) and spa.
Why we like: The resort was constructed using sustainable materials and follows excellent energy conservation principles.

 

Philea Resort & Spa, Malaysia

Philea Resort & Spa, Malaysia

2. Philea Resort & Spa, Malaysia

Price: From RM528 per night
Features: Airport transfer, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, fitness centre, outdoor pool, meeting facilities, spa and karaoke
Why we like: It was built with natural Malaysian made resources whilst the furniture are made from materials that are recycled from shipwrecks.

 

 

Puri Dajuma Cottages & Spa Resorts, Indonesia

Puri Dajuma Cottages & Spa Resorts, Indonesia

3. Puri Dajuma Cottages & Spa Resort, Indonesia

Price: From USD176.07 per night
Features: Airport transfer, bicycle rental, fitness centre, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, private beach, hot tub, outdoor pool, water sports (non-motorised) and spa
Why we like: The resort uses organic produce sourced from the surrounding villages’ cooperatives in its kitchen. It also promotes local talents and culture.

 

 

Sol Beach House Benoa Resorts, Bali, Indonesia

Sol Beach House Benoa Resorts, Bali, Indonesia

4. Sol Beach House Benoa Resort, Bali, Indonesia

Price: From USD119.94 per night
Features: Airport transfer, games room, fitness centre, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, karaoke, outdoor pool, spa and water sports
Why we like: This property conducts CSR engagement constantly and use Responsible Purchasing Process based on criteria such as social justice, minimal environmental impact and boosting the local economy.

 

 

Keemala Resorts, Thailand

Keemala Resorts, Thailand

5. Keemala Resort, Thailand

Price: From THB13,720+++ per night
Features: Airport transfer, fitness centre, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, outdoor pool and spa
Why we like: This resort has organic gardens and uses environmentally-friendly synthetic material instead of natural materials to avoid disturbing the vegetation.

 

 

Nature's Village Resorts, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Nature’s Village Resorts, Negros Occidental, Philippines

6. Nature’s Village Resort, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Price: From PHP1,800 per night
Features: Airport transfer, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, outdoor pool, garden, horse-riding and meeting facilities
Why we like: This resort implements proper solid waste management, uses renewable energy sources, instituted noise control programmes, and involves hotel staff in waste reduction, recycling and reusing items.

 

 

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay Resorts, Vietnam

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay Resorts, Vietnam

7. Six Senses Ninh Van Bay Resort, Vietnam

Price: From USD644 per night
Features: Airport transfer, bicycle rental, fitness centre, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, private beach, water sports (motorised & non-motorised), spa and tennis courts
Why we like: The resort organises educational programmes with the guests. It also provides clean drinking water to orphanages, schools and low-income areas.

 

 

Zeavola Resort, Thailand

Zeavola Resort, Thailand

8. Zeavola Resort, Thailand

Price: From THB6,792 per night
Features: Airport transfer, diving, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, outdoor pool, water sports (non-motorised) and spa
Why we like: The resort’s diving team conducts yearly coral reef-cleaning with guests, staff members clean the beach daily and support a local school weekly.

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