Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.
Wash your spirit clean.
~ John Muir
We recently had a chance to catch up with our favorite Travelin’ Green Diva, Alice Ford, who compiled this excellent eco-travel list of resorts that are essentially off the grid for us and her new awesome travel site Travganic, which is all about eco-friendly travel. Please listen to our great conversation in this latest episode of Travelin’ Green Divas…
The following article was originally posted on Travganic.com
Top 10 resorts around the world that take you off the grid
Need to get away from the computer screen, the endless calls, or maybe the current political climate? Maybe a night under the stars, dining by candlelight and the cooling ocean breeze is just what you need to reconnect or disconnect from the outside world. Here is our list of some of our favorite escapes that will get you feeling relaxed, recharged and reconnected with nature.
[if you can’t travel the globe, you might enjoy Green Diva Meg’s Tech Timeout guided meditation… just sayin’]
Our list includes properties picked for their connection with nature and lack of necessities from the outside world. They are all either run completely from green power sources or just don’t have any at all.
Teniqua Treetop Resort ~ Knysna, South Africa (main image above)
At the Teniqua Resort in Zimbabwe you will sit high in the trees in a glamorous tree house in the Outeniqua Mountain Range. These tented platforms situated in the canopy have fully equipped kitchens, tented bedrooms and full luxurious bathrooms. After a long day exploring the mountains you can soak in your tub overlooking the forest. Take nature walks, enjoy phenomenal bird watching or soak in the solar heated hot tub. For groups of 8 or more you can even have private catered meals.
While you’re not tucked away in your treehouse you can bike along the garden route trail which has over 30km of great routes. Spend an evening on a moonlight meander where you can walk along the shoreline alive with crabs, snails and creatures basking in the moonlight.
Treehouses start at $175 Per night
Galo Resorts Glamping Hut ~ Madeira Island
Madeira Island is a unique European gem situated 250 miles off North Africa. With a mild year round temperature and easy departures from Europe it is a great escape from the bustling cities of Europe. For a truly unique experience on the Southern side of Madeira book a night’s stay at Galo Resorts Glamping hut. The luxurious electricity free hut is illuminated by the nights stars. Located on its own section of deck along the ocean and set at the bottom of the cliffside it will be a truly unique and relaxing experience.
Have a romantic dinner at the Atlantis Restaurant just steps from your hut while you stare out over the ocean. Try the espada with banana — a light white fish is cooked and served with cooked banana and other fruit. The delicious sweet taste and melt in your mouth fresh fish will be quite a treat after a day of exploring the island.
After dinner, sip champagne at your private deck while you catch the sunrise. With no electricity you can spend the evening looking at the stars by candlelight, and listen to the waves crashing to rock you to sleep. Wake up to a private breakfast on the ocean as the sun comes up. After that you can take a dip at your private swim deck or head to a morning yoga or scuba diving session.
Galo resorts has three properties all in a close vicinity the Galomar a 3 star resort, Galosol a 4 star hotel and the Alpino Atlantico which combines Ayurveda programs into your stay. They heat all their water with solar panels which you can see near the pool. They also donate 10 meals a day to the disadvantaged and have many water, waste and energy reducing processes in place throughout the property.
Average daily rate — $85