Sustainable & Empowering Stays – Where You Can Sleep Comfortably & Conscious Free

As we look back on the year that was and optimistically plan for the year ahead, it’s a good time to reflect on the type of traveller we want to be moving forwards and what types of experiences we are seeking. More and more we are seeing a rising interest in sustainable and mindful travel. There is a strong desire to seek out accommodation providers who place a high importance on sustainability. As a result, we are seeing a steady increase in the number of high quality experiences available where the focus on sustainability is at the forefront of everything they do. We are also witnessing an increase in the number of establishments where the philosophy focuses on nourishing and empowering, offering programs and activities designed to connect guests with their inner selves and the natural environment. 

Here we explore some of the most interesting sustainable stays around the world, along with those that are designed to make you slow down and reflect on your inner consciousness. From architect designed digs looking over the Dolomites, to luxurious desert villas, to clifftop tents perched over a vibrant rainforest, the choices really do make you excited for travel possibilities that lie ahead. 

Get in touch with one of our expert team members at enquiries@jigsawtravel.com.au and start planning your 2022 trip now. 

FORESTIS, Tyrol Region, Austria

When the mantra is ‘peace is the new luxury’ you know you’re in for something pretty special. Boasting uninterrupted views of the stunning, UNESCO Heritage Listed Dolomites, FORESTIS is a place of place of retreat and mindfulness surrounded by nature. The site was originally envisaged as a tuberculosis sanatorium by the Austrian monarchy in 1912, however this vision never came to light. Then, almost 100 years later the natural beauty that radiated from the site was rediscovered. Fast forward to today and the architecture of FORESTIS is inspired by the same natural features that were once decisive in establishing a sanatorium. Featuring 62 suite, FORESTIS is also home to a day spa where the focus is on regeneration and connecting with nature, along with an on-site restaurant where the cooking philosophy follows the principles of variety, naturalness and authenticity.

Masalina Resort, Hvar, Croatia

Masalina Resort is a luxury hideaway located in the stunning Maslinica Bay on Hvar Island, Croatia. The resort stretches across two hectares of lush pine forest, fringed by the crystalline Adriatic Sea. Following the ‘Mindful Luxury’ philosophy, here the experience is inspired by the rich cultural and natural heritage of the area, the superb location and a sincere respect for the environment. This philosophy is reflected in every detail of the guest experience. Here you’ll discover is an interior design that is contemporary and chic, yet family-friendly, where classic Mediterranean styles fuse with contemporary French touches. This full service resort is also home to multiple luxury facilities including a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, bar, wellness spa and a dedicated playroom for the kids.

Loire Valley Lodges, France

For a truly unique stay, where nature and art converge in equal measures look no further than the Loire Valley Lodges. Located in the heart of a 750 acre forest, raw nature beckons from the door of each of the hotel’s 18 luxury suites, all of which have been meticulously designed by a different artist. Each lodge features original works by contemporary artists, and has been decorated to reflect their artistic world. Here, luxury means being able to escape, you are encouraged to unleash your senses and let your emotions run wild. After a morning spent exploring the private forest, enjoy an invigorating massage on the terrace of your room before indulging in a dinner at the onsite restaurant, where a majority of the ingredients are sourced from Loire Valley Lodge’s own kitchen garden. 

Es Raco d’Artà, Mallorca, Spain

Slow down and rediscover your inner connection at this 5-star wellbeing retreat in Spain, where conservation and sustainability play a big role. Es Racó d’Artà is a destination where you can enjoy unique experiences by immersing yourself in local cooking, agriculture or handicrafts. Alternatively, enjoy time for yourself through meditation exercises and spa treatments, or get lost in the surroundings by following one of the various walking trails. Here the philosophy is all about discovering a new way of living, where you are encouraged to discover the connection with yourself, with your feelings and with the environment. 

Six Senses Shaharut, Israel

Fascinating, enchanting and of biblical proportions, the Negev Desert is the epitome of desert landscapes. It is on this boundless horizon that Six Senses Shaharut is integrated into a dramatic cliff. Comprising of 60 suites and pool villas, a Six Senses Spa and multiple dining venues, this destination offers a truly luxurious desert stay. The resort’s many on-site attractions are diverse and out of-the-ordinary. A desert activity centre incorporates the fascinating Earth Lab, where the property showcases its sustainability initiatives to reduce consumption, produce locally and support communities and ecosystems. Guests are invited to visit the Earth Lab to reconnect with the natural world and learn some simple life hacks to make a positive lifestyle difference. 

One and Only Madarina, Mexico

Woven seamlessly into Mexico’s most awe-inspiring coastal rainforest, One&Only Mandarina is a sanctuary of unspoiled nature, open space and cultural heritage. From the moment you step out from the emerald veil of your private cliff-top villa or treehouse you will feel revitalised by the transformative powers of nature – surfing Pacific waves, ziplining through the canopy, sampling ancient rituals and enjoying cuisine crafted by celebrity chef Enrique Olvera. A stay at One&Only Mandarina encourages you to reconnect with yourself, those you love and the natural world.

Nayara Tented Camp, Costa Rica

It’s not hard to see why Nayara Tented Camp was recently ranked as one of the best hotel’s in the world by Travel & Leisure. Here you will find luxurious clifftop tents perched above a vibrant rainforest – all offering uninterrupted views of Arenal Volcano. Each spacious tent is built on stilts to maximize the stunning vistas and leave a minimal footprint. The experience is secluded and romantic for couples, or fun and educational for the whole family. A great place to reset and recharge, far from civilization and close to nature. Nayara Tented Camp raises the bar on sustainable ecotourism and is a crucial part of Nayara’s ambitious undertaking to contribute to the long-term conservation of Costa Rica’s rainforests.

Troutbeck, New York (State), USA

Refined luxury meets outdoor pursuits at Troutbeck in Upstate New York, a 250-acre estate hotel originally built in 1765. For centuries, this grand estate has been home to naturalists, poets and romantics, with a roll call of distinguished guests including Teddy Roosevelt and Ernest Hemingway. Here the philosophy is all about inspiration, respite, restoration, folly, community, nature and nurture. The Manor House, Century House, and Garden House feature 36 individually designed guestrooms and suites. The Barns – newly constructed and opened in 2020 – offer a full range of wellness services and amenities. Other noteworthy amenities include a century old walled garden, a heated swimming pool, tennis courts and complimentary bicycles for adults and children.

Wander the Resort, Ontario, Canada

A new offering, Wander the Resort offers a luxurious and refined stay, where you will simultaneously feel a world away from everyday life, yet right at home. Located within Prince Edward County, Ontario, home to one of Canada’s fastest growing wine regions, Wander is home to ten dreamy cabins. Each sleeps up to six in understated luxury, with plenty of space to lounge, dine and play. Here you can fill your days exploring white-sand beaches, pristine provincial parks, vineyards, breweries and cider houses, and world-class dining, all just a stone’s throw away from Wander.

The Kip, Sri Lanka

Guests are invited to embrace the slow life at The Kip, a small boutique hotel surrounded by lush jungle and the sound of surf breaks in Sri Lanka. The Kip is home to all things slow, sustainable and creative, fostering a community that appreciates the simple things in life. It’s a creative space inviting you to slow down and reconnect. Set back from the busy main road in a traditional little village, it is truly a hidden gem, where health and sustainability is wholeheartedly embraced. 

Azumi Setoda, Japan

Located on the tranquil island of Ikuchijima, Azumi Setoda is a traditional Japanese residence and bathhouse with a fresh minimal vibe, offering a restful and culturally rich place to stay. Azumi Setoda delivers an immersive guest experience, shedding light on local culture, food and art, and integrating with the local community. A fresh take on a traditional ryokan, this 140 year-old property has been lovingly restored and converted to offer 18 suites and four duplexes. It is the first in a new hotel brand by Aman founder Adrian Zecha. 

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