Global Help Swap—tagged ‘responsible, local, authentic travel’—notes that “Sri Lanka is becoming one of the world’s leading eco destinations with hotels and tour companies practicing sustainable tourism more and more”.
This, it says, “benefits the local economy, the environment and the wildlife. It also benefits you, the tourist, because when you travel in a more sustainable way your holiday becomes a lot more meaningful”.
And it cites “10 of the best eco hotels in Sri Lanka. If you are heading to this magical island make sure you book to stay in a place that is doing things the right way”.
There are eco hotels and then there is the Cinnamon Lodge. We spent 2 nights in this wonderful hotel and was amazed at the initiatives the hotel is doing.
Heritance Tea Factory
They have built a medical camp in a local village and invite villagers into the hotel to eat for free. In fact they do so many initiatives for the area it is hard to list them all here. In a sentence, they are the good guys.
The hotel is part of a group that have drastically reduced their energy use and waste consumption over the last few years. The hotel has also set up pre-schools for the local children in nearby villages and books are distributed to all the local children.
Jetwing Vil Uyana
Where in the world would a CEO stop expansion plans of his hotel because the hotel naturalist discovered rare wildlife living in the hotel grounds? Sri Lanka is where and to be more specific the Jetwing Vil Uyana Eco Resort.
Mount Lavinia Hotel
The hotel has tree planting policy where they plant trees in nearby areas. They also provide free pre-school for low-income families near the hotel and more than 60% of the hotel staff are from the local community.
Cinnamon Wild Yala
With a crocodile and kingfisher just next to the pool, out of all the hotels we have stayed in around the world no one touches the Cinnamon Wild Hotel for a dramatic welcome.
Polwaththaa Eco Lodges
Polwaththa is a unique and authentic nature experience that offers you the best of nature and traditional Sri Lankan village culture. You are right in the jungle, and the hotel was one of the first to introduce eco tourism to the Kandy region.
Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge
Imagine waking up to the sounds of birds chirping outside your room, you then open your front door to one of the most spectacular views imaginable – majestic mountains, lush green valleys and tea plantations, crystal clear streams and even the occasional deer or giant squirrel.
The Rainforest Eco Lodge Sinharaja
The Model Ecolodge Initiative remains central to the strategy to build sustainable tourism based on Sri Lanka’s unique biodiversity richness, with environmental best practices in design and management, following international ecotourism guidelines in Sri Lanka for the first time.
Whether you are a nature lover wishing to experience the wilderness and all its surprising fauna and flora, or simply looking to relax and rejuvenate, Gadadessa offers something for everyone.
Read the full blog post here.