One of the satisfying things about poring over all things travel over the last few weeks has been the real steps that are being taken to make holidays less damaging to our fragile planet. We as consumers can make the difference by showing how much this matters to us too. Always ask your operator what they are doing on the eco/sustainable front.
Here are some of our favourites
1. Robinson Crusoe
Fanjove Island off the eastern coast of Tanzania is still very much as nature intended. The island’s virgin coral reef spans for miles, with an abundant array of wildlife including spinner dolphins, green turtles and humpback whales. Commitment to the sustainability, understatement and respect of the island’s natural environment remains firmly at its heart.
7 nights from £8,650 for a family of four, including flights & t/fers.
2. Giving something back
Philanthropic travel is the essence of The Explorations Company with £400 of every booking going to support a local project. Clients are thus immediately engaged with this element of their destination and you are encouraged to visit local communities and see the work that your holiday is helping to fund. This visit to a local school is part of a family safari to Amboseli in Kenya.
A tailor-made 10-day Kenya trip for a family of four costs approx £8,500 p/p, excl flights.
3. Pura Vida!
Enjoy the best of this greenest of countries with Activities Abroad’s Costa Rica Rainforest Explorer. Learn more about its extraordinary biodiversity while enjoying boat trips, hikes, canopy zip wiring and canyoning. The trip includes a guided visit to a conservation centre and the opportunity to plant a tree with the local elementary community school to help with deforestation.
14 nights from £2,945 adults, £1,245 children aged 8–11.
Introduce your children to the wild, icy wilderness of Antarctica with 5 days on the Magellan Explorer, a state-of-the-art expedition boat using a sustainable heat recovery system. Daily shore trips ensure you’ll see the majesty of this frozen continent close up, whizzing about on zodiacs spotting seals, whales, albatross and penguins, learning more about wildlife conservation and the impact of climate change on the ice.
11-night Chile and Antarctica trip costs an eyewatering £12,300 p/p for a family of four (children 8+), incl flights & transfers.
5. On two wheels in Portugal
Set in the wild and unspoilt grasslands of Portugal’s Alentejo region, São Lourenço do Barrocal has been in the same family for over 200 years. Perfect for active families looking to immerse themselves in nature; borrow a bike and explore the gentle trails across the estate, crossing paths with birds and foraging along the way. Enjoy a wild art class for children, spa treatment for parents, family baking class and private family stargazing session.
The Family Cycling programme from €3,385 for a family of four for two nights, full board.
6. Maldives magic
Since Soneva Fushi opened as the Maldives’ first eco-resort in 1995, the Soneva Foundation has worked on dozens of projects with economic, social or environmental impact. Add in a kids’ club, luxurious wooden beach huts, soft white sandy beaches, fabulous food and activities galore, and this might be eco-paradise.
7 nights from £16,199 for a family of four B&B basis incl flights & t/fers.
7. Nature watching in Borneo
Visit an Orangutan orphanage, watch turtles hatch, explore Kinabalu national park and take a dip in the Poring hot springs.
11-day Borneo Adventure from £1,355 per adult, £1,220 per child, b&b.