What are we doing for our tenth yr on honeymoon? We’re happening a quest for the world’s most romantic and sustainable locations! Locations that aren’t simply making an attempt to be inexperienced, however those that’ve made it their compass. Tourism that actively makes the encompassing atmosphere and communities stronger, all whereas inspiring their company to do the identical. We all know romance and sustainability are the proper pair and we will’t wait to see the place this subsequent chapter takes us. See our extremely coveted locations to date…
Tetiaroa, French Polynesia
First up on our year-long quest to seek out the world’s most romantic and sustainable locations…Tetiaroa, French Polynesia! For hundreds of years, this beautiful atoll north of Tahiti was a sacred assembly floor for Polynesian royalty. Within the Sixties, Marlon Brando got here to those coral islets to movie Mutiny on the Bounty, fell in love together with his main girl, and made Tetiaroa their dwelling.
That they had a dream to make use of tourism, science, and the area people to protect the island. A long time later, that has been fulfilled by The Brando Resort & the Tetiaroa Society environmental and cultural nonprofit. The Society’s initiatives, from inexperienced sea turtle conservation to The Blue Local weather Initiative (a UN Ocean Decade challenge), are 70% funded by the resort and furthered by visiting researchers from around the globe.
Although sustainability might be not the primary motive Kim Kardashian or Leo DiCaprio stayed right here. It’s a personal island and probably the most luxurious resorts on this planet, with ocean-view villas, private infinity swimming pools, a lavish spa, connoisseur delicacies, and five-star service. And all that decadence is supported by solar energy, seawater air-con, a permaculture backyard, intensive recycling, and French Polynesia‘s first LEED-Platinum building. To grasp either side of this gold coin, we spent two days working alongside the researchers on the Tetiaroa Society and two extra dwelling the luxe life at The Brando. Each had been equally inspiring and the mix took our breath away. Watch this video to see how attractive sustainability may be.
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
The nation itself is a shoe-in for its progressive environmental insurance policies, with 25% of their land protected as nature reserves, 53% of the nation coated in forest (after a decades-long reforestation effort) and 99% renewable vitality. Costa Rica is filled with beautiful seashores, volcanoes, rainforests, and swank resorts that would match the invoice for a sustainable honeymoon vacation spot, however none greater than the Osa Peninsula. Nationwide Geographic ranked it within the prime 5 most romantic locations on this planet, and with 2.5percentof the Earth’s biodiversity (in lower than one-thousandth of a p.c of its whole floor space), in addition they known as it “probably the most biologically intense place on earth.” It’s probably the most important wetland ecosystem and mangrove forests in Central America and the biggest remaining tract of lowland rainforest in Pacific Mesoamerica, no to say beautiful seashores…rely us in! We spent every week on this magical nook of southwestern Costa Rica…mountain climbing, birding, kayaking, swimming, and assembly the stewards serving to make Osa such a dream vacation spot. Learn on for our Osa Peninsula sustainable journey information and plan your getaway.
Watch our Osa video to see this magical place come to life.
The Kingdom of Bhutan
A Himalayan Kingdom that has solely been open to the skin world since 1974, and a rustic that measures success by Gross Nationwide Happiness, Bhutan has all the time fascinated us. Including to the intrigue of “The Land of the Thunder Dragon,” they took pandemic precautions to a brand new degree and closed their borders for the final 2.5 years. The nation lastly opened to guests on September twenty third, 2022…however via a collection of governmental hoops and a stroke of magic, we had been invited in early to assist present that Bhutan is again and higher than ever. In the course of the 916 days with out guests, the dominion took that quiet time to shine each side of its tourism sector, together with countrywide lodge renovations, transportation enhancements, and personnel coaching. In addition they furthered their dedication of being a carbon-negative nation with a slew of latest sustainability initiatives—from an electrical taxi fleet to the Million Tree Venture. It was an unbelievable honor to be among the many first vacationers to expertise the “New Bhutan” and canopy the story for Journey & Leisure, and now (in juicier element) for our HoneyTrek followers. From trekking to the well-known Tiger’s Nest to flying within the cockpit over Mount Everest, becoming a member of a masks dance competition, glamping at 12,000 ft, river rafting previous Seventeenth-century fortresses, sleeping in Buddhist temples, planting timber, to sharing tea with nomadic cow herders, we’ve acquired rather a lot to share in our Bhutan journey information. For the visible highlights see this IG Reel.
It is a ever-growing checklist of the world’s most romantic and sustainable locations…keep tuned for what’s subsequent on HoneyTrek’s Instagram. Have a rustic, area, lodge, tour operator, or clothing store that involves thoughts? we might LOVE to listen to them!