The Kumano Kodō mountain paths have been trodden for over 1000 years, and are one of only two pilgrimage routes worldwide that have been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. Today, the mountain trails are helping to sustain and renew communities that have been clinging on to survival for the last few decades.
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.
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.
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.
Andaman Discoveries in Thailand was born out of tragedy, and formed shortly after the Boxing Day Tsunami when villagers decided that community-based tourism would allow them to generate additional income and support their traditions, culture, and lifestyle. Since then, Andaman Discoveries has been offering various tours (volunteer trips, family holidays, and educational visits for schools) to empower the local community. Their Moken Experience tour supports nomadic communities preserve their culture through responsible tourism.
Committed to heritage and low impact hospitality services, Amarela Resort is a charming eco-resort perched on the Panglao Island coastline of the Philippines. An old Visayas art form - Boholano - is revived in a number of ways here, and the environment is given tender loving care as well, reviews Gaia Discovery.