Beautiful and secluded, these sustainable family resorts guarantee a relaxing family holiday experience that won’t damage the planet
Not only are there an array of beautiful islands around Hong Kong, but one of the city’s greatest attributes is its proximity to some of the most beautiful locations in the world. If you want to go on more than just a Hong Kong day trip, there are endless options for short trips from Hong Kong – some bursting at the seams with culture, and others an ode to Mother nature’s unbelievable artistic ability. With living consciously always in mind at both Retykle and Honeycombers, we’ve put together a list of unbeatable sustainable family resorts that bring the fun.
Sustainable family resorts we love
Song Saa Private Island
Song Saa Private Island was initially set up by Australian couple Rory and Melita Hunter, whose vision was born from an undeniable desire to create a sustainable sanctuary of uncompromising luxury in paradise. The duo established Koh Ouen Marine reserve, which is a first for Cambodia, and the resort’s dedication to the rehabilitation of the surrounding islands is evident along with its farming projects, waste management systems and its very own organic garden. Take a conservation tour with your kids at one of the nicest sustainable family resorts we’ve found, and give them a chance to see how coral is grown.
The Song Saa Private Island, Song Saa, Koh Rong Archipelago, Near Sihanoukville, Cambodia, p. +855 92 609 488
A real luxury mountain getaway hidden deep within the rugged region of northern Vietnam. With incredible views of the Sapa valley shadowed by the Hoang Lien Son mountain range, perfect terrain for mountain biking or hiking aficionados, Topas Ecolodge is truly one of the best sustainable family resorts we know. They work closely with the local community where they promote education, and they’ve constructed wetlands and support the local school which has seen a positive impact from their work in the surrounding villages. As a member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, they have recently chosen to take part in National Geographic’s worldwide campaign Planet or Plastic? which raises awareness of global plastic consumption.
Topas Ecolodge, Thanh Kim, Sa Pa, Lào Cai, Vietnam, p. +84 (0)24 3715 1005
Alila Villas Uluwatu
Luxury in its most beautiful form. Perched at the tip of a cliff in Bali is Alila Villas, surrounded by pristine white sandy beaches and sitting directly above the Indian Ocean. The resort is well-known for its elegance, however, Alila Villas Uluwatu is also firmly committed to the social, cultural and environmental responsibilities of its community and environment which they regard as essential. The resort is designed to ‘Earth Check’ standards and has a zero waste to landfill policy (one of Bali’s very real problems) and has strong efforts in energy and water conservation.
Why not check out the best beaches in Bali as well?
Alila Villas Uluwatu, Jalan Belimbing Sari Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, p. +62 361 8482166
Borneo Rainforest Lodge
For families that are fond of wildlife, Borneo is the place to go in Asia. The Borneo Rainforest Lodge is a genuinely remarkable wildlife experience nestled right in the heart of Orang-utan and Asian Elephant territory, deep in the Danum Valley’s natural lowland rainforest setting. The lodge, which is a two-hour drive from Lahad Datu rainforest, carries out essential conservation projects alongside a green policy to help protect its delicate surroundings.
Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Km 78, Jalan Danum, Danum Valley 91120 Lahad Datu, Malaysia, p. +60 88 267 637
This slice of heaven is hidden away in one of Indonesia’s most untouched locations in Indonesia. Nihi Sumba, Island Hotel is a luxury resort with a conscience and is preserved from urban development. Sumba’s spectacular landscape is the setting for romantic escapes: surf the world-famous breaks, explore the bush on horseback, work on community projects or just chill by your dreamy private pool. Owned by Chris Burch, founder of Tory Burch, the resort provides educational opportunities through The Sumba Foundation. It creates access to clean water and has intelligent water and waste recycling program in place. To date, the resort has won every accolade by Travel + Leisure, over the last two years.
Nihi Sumba, Sumba Island, West Sumba, Indonesia, p. +62 361 757149