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Rates from R15 108 per night, full board

Safari meets sustainability at this undeniably chic eco-resort in Kenya’s Laikipia county. The owner, Jochen Zeitz, had more than luxury on his mind when he opened Segera Retreat, which prides itself on wildlife and land conservation efforts. The villas are dotted with contemporary African art from Zeitz’s personal collection and a wine tower houses delectable blends. As you soak in the outdoor bathtub of your private villa, viewing elephants, zebras or even endangered black rhinos meandering past in the distance, you’ll never want to leave. segera.com



Rates from R3 729 per night

Imagine waking up in a white pod, located just above the ground of a snowy alpine hill. Then, as you step out of your sun-filled pod, you slip on your sunglasses, take in the breathtaking view from your terrace and hike over to the main lodge for an organic breakfast. This is how the day begins at Whitepod, where – aside from the activities (skiing on private slopes, dogsledding, paragliding, massages…) – there’s zero guilt over your eco-footprint. Most of the furniture’s made from recycled materials, the waste’s recycled again and composted, and the energy’s limited and sustainable. This is thinking outside the pod. whitepod.com



Rates from R5 220 per night

La Granja isn’t your typical Ibiza hotel. At first glance, it’s a 200-year-old farmhouse exuding rustic, natural beauty, set among rolling hills and pine trees. But what distinguishes La Granja is its sense of community, from the vegetable gardens (cared for by La Granja’s farmer, as well as the guests) to the long discussions at the communal table and the daily music sets by musicians and DJs from around the world. La Granja has become the clubhouse for ‘Friends of a Farmer’, an international organisation fostering conversations about art, music and crops. With 10 bedroom suites and a separate two-bedroom property on 10ha of land, it’s a new level of mindful living in the heart of Ibiza. lagranjaibiza.com



Rates from R8 128 per night, full board

Deep in the Peruvian Amazon lies a pioneer of sustainability and conservation: the iconic Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica eco-retreat. The founder’s been devoted to scientific research and conservation since Inkaterra launched in 1975, and the staff’s efforts go all the way from reforestation and recycling to cutting off electricity for a few hours each day. You’ll feel you’ve bonded with Mother Earth herself after a guided rainforest adventure, or as you fall asleep under the stars in the Canopy Tree House at this 100% carbon-neutral lodge. inkaterra.com/inkaterra/inkaterrareserva-amazonica/the-experience



Rates from R8 501 per night

Not only was the award-winning Park Hyatt designed and constructed in an environmentally sensitive manner, but its priority is ecoresponsibility as it strives to preserve the coral reef and marine life that surround it. Rainwater is collected and recycled, electricity consumption is monitored and even the coffee capsules are biodegradable. As with all Park Hyatts, expect an impeccable standard of quality, with opulently modern villas, a world-class spa, yoga classes, scuba-diving excursions and more. hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/maldives/parkhyatt-maldives-hadahaa/mldph



Rates from R13 975 per night, full board

With six conical villas sitting on the rim of an eroded, extinct, volcanic cone in Volcanoes National Park, Bisate Lodge is an unforgettable hotel that has everything covered, from luxury accommodation to community engagement and environmental sustainability (recycling, treating waste water and reforestation are daily practices). The views? Breathtaking. The interiors? Divine, and brimming with nods to local architecture and culture. What’s more, the lodge even organises gorilla treks so that you can watch these creatures in their natural habitat. wilderness-safaris.com/camps/bisate-lodge



Rates from R16 972 per night, full board

Translated as ‘peaceful mountain’, Amangiri fuses with the land, beautifully complementing its picturesque setting in the high desert of Utah. The Aman Resorts group, which has had sustainability in its DNA since it launched 30 years ago, ensures that its resorts preserve and protect the surroundings, all the way down to the locally sourced ingredients served to its guests. aman.com/resorts/amangiri



Rates from R4 027 per night

High on a hill overlooking the Douro River in the eponymous valley, this Unesco World Heritage Site is home to a Six Senses resort. Situated in a 19 -century manor house, the resort takes great care not only of the guests who come through, but also of the land. After you’ve feasted on its organic, locally sourced fruits and vegetables and local wines, you won’t even realise the extent to which the environment’s respected: composting, recycling and energy-saving efforts, to name a few. Even the mineral water’s produced on-site, reducing its carbon footprint. Its elegant decor will have you coming back for more. sixsenses.com/resorts/douro-valley/destination



Rates from R34 303 for a seven-night stay, full board

Featuring thatched huts perched over a turquoise lagoon, Misool is a hidden gem only accessible by boat. Its management takes meticulous care of the lagoon and land (including composting, recycling and upcycling), and not a single tree was cut while constructing the resort. The team aims to keep their island pristine through the education and preservation efforts of the Misool Foundation. misool.info



Rates from R13 363 per night, full board

Located in the Central Australian desert, Longitude 131°’s 15 eco-glamping tents and pool were pre-fabricated and bolted together on site, avoiding the need for trucks to come through this protected national park. Here the waste’s composted and recycled, the floors are covered in natural stone and solar panels provide energy. longitude131.com.au/destination