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Good for the planet, great for the soul! These luxury eco resorts in Southeast Asia help protect the region’s spectacular natural assets while satisfying wanderlust in unique and memorable ways.

SHINTA MANI WILD — BENSLEY COLLECTION, CAMBODIA

Nestled in the Cardamom Mountains, Shinta Mani Wild is a new luxury resort that raises the bar for eco-travel. A project by renowned architect and landscape designer Bill Bensley, the resort features 16 plush tents dotted along a 1.5-kilometer stretch of river. It was constructed without damaging a single tree, and is built ‘around’ the terrain to minimise its impact.

Eco-experiences:
Take nature walks through the national park
Zip-line downriver to the resort’s Landing Zone Bar
Dine on Khmer-style cuisine made with foraged ingredients
Relax with chemical-free treatments at Boulders Spa
Kayak the surrounding waterways

KEEMALA PHUKET

Wake up in a spacious ‘nest’ in a rainforest canopy with views over Kamala Bay, or escape to a luxurious tent with your own private pool. Keemala is a new luxury resort in Phuket where design pays homage to local indigenous clans. Cuisine features delicious organic vegan and vegetarian menus and interior textiles are sourced from ethnic minority groups. Keemala also features cruelty-free spa treatments and houses a collection of rescued animals.

Eco-experiences:
Go on forest walks or beach jogs with the resort’s complimentary fitness schedule
Detox with organic salads, healthy smoothies and vegan dishes
Do laps above the treetops in your private pool
Destress with holistic wellness journeys at Mala Spa

SUKAU RAINFOREST LODGE BORNEO

Sustainability is a way of life at award-winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge, an eco-resort on the Kinabatangan River in Malaysian Borneo. Established in 1995, it is one of Southeast Asia’s pioneering eco-friendly resorts, guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The lodge is perfectly placed for Borneo safaris, jungle and forest trekking and spotting rare and endangered wildlife in their natural habitat.

Eco-experiences:
Cruise down Sabah’s longest river, exploring mangroves and rainforest
Visit an orangutan sanctuary
See hornbills, proboscis monkeys and Borneo elephants
Go caving in the nearby Gomantong Caves

CEMPEDAK, INDONESIA

This private island represents the more exclusive eco-friendly resorts in Indonesia. Just off the coast of Bintan, this 17-hectare island features luxurious bamboo villas with domed alang-alang roofs. Design is inspired by indigenous architecture, with naturally ventilated rooms (no air-conditioning), and minimal paint, glass, plastic and cement. The resort established The Island Foundation to support communities on Bintan and surrounding islands with income, education and healthcare.

Eco-experiences:
Explore the island via mountain biking, trekking or rock climbing
Snorkel the surrounding coral reefs
Stand-up paddle-board, kayak or sail around the island
Lounge by your private villa pool, gazing out at distant islands

SONGSAA PRIVATE ISLAND, CAMBODIA

Inhabiting two small islands off the coast of Sihanoukville, this luxury eco resort immerses travellers in a tropical idyll. Built from reclaimed timber and upcycled materials, it features 24 spacious pool villas, a ‘spa with no walls’ and rustic dining venues using organic homegrown produce. One island houses the villas, while the other has been nurtured into a pristine wilderness for nature walks and guided ‘safaris’.

Eco-experiences:
Tour Prek Svay village to see the work the Foundation does for local communities
Explore the Marine Protected Area of the Koh Rong Archipelago
Snorkel the island’s protected corals
Do yoga in an outdoor sala

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