Nikoi Island offers tranquil equatorial coral reefs, white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, a rainforest and an astonishing variety of sea and land wildlife to its lucky visitors. Even more attractive it runs as sustainably as possible, with no vehicles, aircon, TV or imported building materials where possible. Best of all it’s a mere two-plus hours from the bustling centre of Singapore.
Bees in hives on the roof of Notre Dame cathedral have survived, incredibly, despite the recent fire that ravaged most of the 850-year old structure.
Finland has again been voted happiest country on earth, and if the tourism people are right, they reckon having a regular sauna is a key reason.
Today, more and more discerning travellers are opting for sustainable holidays. And as the trend gathers momentum, there is an increasing awareness that standard “visit, tick off and snap a selfie” programmes don’t truly cater for many travellers. That’s why Wise Steps Travel, an Indonesian-based social travel enterprise, has come up with an impactful journey called A Woman’s Journey - from Women for Women.
Tourism may be one of the reasons people flock to areas where marine species are common. But sadly, tourism can also play a significant role in making some species – including turtles – become endangered.
Any new art space gives the opportunity for cutting edge design. The Dune Gallery in Beidaihe goes one better and integrates its innovative design into and beneath the landscape.
Balancing traditional values with the pressures of contemporary society can be difficult. The Maldive, has been inundated with luxury island resort developments – but is using visitor education to maintain its social and cultural structures. By Benita Yue.
In Bali, forward thinking resorts are looking to make significant savings in food waste reduction. They are already involved in solar power, recycled water, minimal grey water wastage and other sustainability projects. Cutting food waste both saves money - and provides work and more food too.
In north Queensland, Australia around the November full moon, look out for the biggest mass sexual event of the year. The Great Barrier Reef corals will be mating.
Looking for a special getaway? You could do worse than take a trip to historic Gabo Island, off Victoria, Australia’s easternmost tip. The body that runs it, Parks Victoria, says it is a maritime lover’s dream escape.
Despite China being something of a whipping boy for the West for its poor pollution record, many of its cities are putting significant efforts into cleaning up. And some are succeeding so well they are leaving the West behind.
Despite being devastated by a massive flood, an iconic Cambodian Wilderness EcoLodge is determined to come back – floating on the same river that almost destroyed it.
Europe has led the way in recent years with some truly impressive wooden buildings, but Asia is fighting back. Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has announced plans for an impressive US$130million, six storey academic building built from wood. It will be the largest in Asia.
Presenting the best of tourism highlights and cultural settings, Sarawak has planned these events for the action oriented, adventure seeking and adrenaline-driven traveller. Get ready to explore this beautiful country while doing something completely different... something that takes you out of your comfort zone!
Club Med supporting local farming while influencing good ecological practices through partner Agrisud is a good and practical way of exercising their social responsibility.
Lord Howe Island is a tiny speck of land in the Pacific, only 11km by 3km, with terrifyingly high mountain peaks, under 400 inhabitants and a 25kph speed limit. It’s a unique destination.
While most tourists head to Singapore for its city attractions, there are those who are nostalgic about Singapore in the early days of the 20th Century. For these, the Villa Samadhi Singapore on the south of the island would fill a void or two. Mallika Naguran is pleasantly surprised with her ecotourism experience at a restored and responsible black and white bungalow that still tells the story of the British Singapore in the 1920s.
Indonesia has a poor reputation for its ecological stance, so any resort that claims it deliberately operates near National Parks to raise visitor conservation awareness is a plus. Kelimutu Crater Lakes Eco Lodge makes a point of employing local people to extend that awareness into the local community.
If you thought Timor Leste was off the beaten track, take a boat ride to the island just an hour or so offshore from the capital, Dili – to Atauro. You will find a place where living with nature is as important as your holiday, and where you can almost feel the spirit of nature.
A hotel in the centre of a river that you have to walk or row a boat to offers the sustainable traveller one of the best places to stay in Bangkok.