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- The Dome Garden -www.domegarden.co.uk
- A new eco-based site in The
Forest Of Dean consisting of ten geodesic domes, with eco systems
that rangr from heating your own water in a reclaimed oak brandy
cask to using the neighbours' waste bottles as drainage and heat
sinks in the domes. The domes are heated by woodburning stoves
using logs harvested in the forest just yards from the site.
Excess heat collecting in the top is driven down into insulated
boxes of recycled glass under the floor by a solar fan. During
the night it can be used again to keep the dome warm.. The paths
and decks are drained using layers of recycled glass collected
from neighbours on the May bank holiday and the water for the
garden comes from the roof of the buildings.
Retreats, Dyfi Valley,
Powys - www.ecoretreats.co.uk
- Individually designed Yurts
or Tipis in a beautiful location on a 1,300 acre organic farm
in the heart of the Welsh mountains. The retreat combines the
luxury of an hotel with the excitement of living deep in the
natural world, including the benefits of holistic therapy. It
is located just seven miles from the Centre for Alternative Energy
Ekopod, Cornwall -www.ekopod.com
- Luxury low carbon camping in
a geodesic dome. The pod is equipped with wood-burner for water
heating, a composting toilet and water is supplied from the nearby
spring. The owners aim to support the local economy and source
the pod and contents from West Country businesses.
Cornish Yurts -
- An eco-friendly holiday in three
hand crafted locally made ash and chesnut yurts, luxuriously
furnished and with woodburning stove. Decked outdoor BBQ areas
by yurts. Crisp cotton bed linen and towels provided, including
beach towels. Solar heated hot water. Free collection and drop
off by public transport.
Earth, Cornwall -www.plan-itearth.org.uk
- Eco camps and yurt holidays
at Govena, a smallholding run by Rachel and David Smart Knight
in West Penwith, Cornwall. The great thing is that they offer
additional discount if you leave the car at home!
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Furuli in Istria, Croatia
- Abandoned village in central
Istria, now in undergoing revitalisation by a family whose goal
is to establish an education and information center for permaculture,
ecovillages and art. They live alone in a renewed house from
the 18th century and farm two hectares of land with organic vegetables,
olives, cherries, figs, grapes, plums, pears and many other fruit
trees. The village has a spectacular view to the mountains, a
Mediterranean climate and is just 15 minutes away from
the Adriatic sea. They offer their place as a camping site to
people who are ecologically aware and are interested to learn
about the flora and fauna in the surrounding, about ecovillages
and permaculture, want to visit local vine and cheese producers,
want to help a little in the garden, enjoy fresh and delicious
seafood and organic meals, and visit beautiful places hidden
- Guldager Eco Camping -http://www.guldagercamping.dk
- One of the first campsites to
get a European 'eco flower' mark, Guldager is a family campsite,
located 800 metres from golden sands on Denmarks beautiful Jammerbugt
coastline. They participate in a number of eco-friendly measures
including encouraging their guests to recycle, buying goods from
local suppliers and use of wind powered electricity.
Beachside Caravan and Camping Eco-Park, Connemara -www.actonsbeachsidecamping.com/
- A truly unique campsite on a
'machair habitat site' on a private sandy beach in the heart
of Connemara, near Clifden town,, in walking distance to the
stunning Omey Island. Located on a certified organic family farm
it is almost surrounded by the sea and is the perfect location
for all kinds of water activities. The site has all the attractions
of 'wild camping' combined with the safety and comforts of a
modern caravan and camping park.
Luxury Yurt holidays in a magnificent oak forest setting on top
of a stunning river gorge at Labastide de Virac. There are 10
Yurts which have been designed with young families in mind and
four communal cooking tents. Everything is provided from bedding
to cooking utensils. They even have a small restaurant offering
adult or children's meals.
- Camp Spirit, Netherlands http://www.campspirit.nl
- Alternative camping in Tipis
or Yurts on otherwise uninhabited de Kluut Island in the middle
of the Veluwemeer, near Harderwijk. Being on an island, as you
can imagine, they are big on self sufficiency. They also run
workshops about creativity, health, self-awareness and self-development
including dancing, Tai Chi, Yoga, Reiki, Energy Balancing, Feng
Shui as well as massage, Reiki-treatments, Shiatsu and Foot reflexology
Moon. Portugal -http://www.canvas-moon.com
A small, intimate and secluded Luxury Eco 'glamping'
experience, located near the Serra Da Estrela Mountains
and Aguieira reservoir in Central Portugal. There are two
Luxury Bell Tents both measuring five metres in diameter, located
in secluded surroundings sheltered by pine forest with fantastic
views of the mountains. The terraces are landscaped with
tropical plants, palms, fruit trees, vines and pathways in a
tranquil and relaxing location. The retreat is run solely on
sustainable living principles, with solar showers, compost toilets,
wind up gadgets and solar lighting and home grown food.
- Surf Algarve, Algarve, Portugal -http://www.surfalgarve.com
- Surfing and yoga camp nestled
in a valley of native cork trees, the retreat is the brainchild
of enthusiastic Australian traveller and surfer Laurie Quirk.
Staying here is a communal experience with accommodation in a
large teepee, or on a small island camp just across a brook.
For those wanting more privacy there is also the more secluded
'Couples Retreat' in an African safari style tent.
- Nestled in the mountains of
central Portugal, about one hour inland from the ancient university
town of Coimbra, these two Yurts are located on an organically
managed smallholding, with olives, vines and fruit trees. They
have their own own spring for water supply and energy is from
- more eco
campsites in Portugal
Tipis, Baza, Granada
- Alternative eco holidays in
a small, family run tipi site and cave dwellings in Andalucía.
Accommodation comprises three beautifully crafted and fully equipped
tipis within an attractive, rustic courtyard, overlooking picturesque
mountains and forests. Alternatively, stay in a cave dwelling,
complete with ensuite shower room, veranda, shared outdoor kitchen
and a woodburner for the chilly winter evenings. Living within
an earth structure keeps the rooms ambient all year round so
there is no need for air conditioning. They use solar power for
hot water, and only biodegradable cleaning products are allowed.
Free range eggs and other local and organic products can be bought
on site - create your own culinary delights using the outside
BBQ and eat in the shade under the pergola in the courtyard.
Situated on a 16 acre
finca in the beautiful Burga Valley in the Catalonian province
of Tarragona, a few miles inland from the famous Costa Dorada.
Accommodation is in hand-crafted Yurts made from steam-bent oak
covered with a heavy, white cotton canvas. power is generated
by either solar or turbine, they use modern composting toilets
(so no bad smells or sawdust!), and farm the land naturally (fukuoka
style) using no chemicals at all.
- White Pod, Switzerland http://www.whitepod.com
- Described by Geographic magazine
as the "coolest place you've ever been", this is a
unique alpine resort set in the Swiss Alps at an altitude of1400m.
The camp is made up of of nine dome-shaped pods and a main lodge
that is accessed on foot or skis.
- South America
Camp, Patagonia -http://www.ecocamp.travel
Located in a beech forest in Torres del Paine
National Park, the camp comprises tented geodesic domes constructed
from locally sourced materials, and inspired by native nomadic Kawesqar
inhabitants. Registered under the environmental standard ISO
14001, the camp aims to have a minimal impact on the environment.
It uses solar and wind energy, and has a strict waste management
strategy. Visitors can trek in virgin beech forests and
admire the colossal calving glaciers of the national park.
- North America
- Kw'o:kw'e:hala Eco Retreat, Othello, British Columbia -http://www.eco-retreat.com
- Wilderness retreat in the mountains
of the Pacific North-West, one and a half hours from Vancouver
with accommodation in log cabins or 'soft-sided nests' Meals
are provided from their own organic garden. Breathtaking scenery on
seven forested acres alongside crystal emerald waters of the
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Bay Eco Camping, New South Wales, Australia
- Architect designed eco camping
at Jervis Bay, New South Wales, presented by Responsible Travel.
Located on the banks of the Currambene Creek, the camp provides
a beautiful and comfortable base from which to explore the local
Accommodation is in of twelve
elevated tents with their own open-air ensuite bathroom, queen
size beds, and verandah. The food is prepared daily by the camps
chefs using local produce, and served in the central 'Gunyah'.
Activities include canoeing,
bike riding, bushwalking, or birdwatching, or further afield,
Jervis Bay itself offers spectacular diving, snorkelling, bushwalking
in the Booderee National Park, beautiful beaches, surfing, dolphin,
whale and seal watching, golf and tennis.
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