Top 5 Sustainable Family Holidays

Credit: Wanås Estate at Skane


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Looking for a remarkable but sustainable family holiday for this year? One of these should do the trick.


Go wild at​ ​Lapas Rios Lodge in Costa Rica

Children will love this 1000-acre reserve on the Osa Peninsula with its jungles to explore, frogs and monkeys to watch for and beaches and waterfalls to muck about in. Created to protect the area’s precious biodiversity and to share it in a sustainable way, it has 16 rainforest bungalows with coastal views and an array of activities to help kids learn firsthand about the creatures of the rainforest and the tropical waters of the Golfo Dulce - and the importance of protecting them. There’s no TV or wifi, and mobile service is unreliable, giving your family the chance to have a wild adventure instead. Read more.


Change the world and yourself with Flooglebinder in Sri Lanka

Flooglebinder cleverly organises bespoke family holidays to Sri Lanka that enable children and parents to fully explore and discover this magical country but also help to understand and protect it as one of the planet's biodiversity hotspots. The entire trip will be built upon a sustainable model so that you and your family will become aware of both local and global issues and be part of the change. This will be through shared resources before the trip as well as specialised guides that will educate and connect you to these issues, and once you return, the process can continue as the company help you live a more sustainable life. Accommodation is usually in family-owned, Sri Lankan heritage hotels. Read more.


Have a philanthropic adventure with &Beyond in South Africa

Take the family on a 10-day philanthropic adventure that combines exposure to the real world with some family fun in South Africa’s best wildlife destinations. You’ll stay in lodges that are all well suited to families, such as the Phinda Private Game Reserve, and the whole trip includes the chance to meet diverse communities and inspiring leaders in conservation, gain first-hand knowledge of projects aimed at improving education, healthcare and access to water, and play an active role in rhino conservation. You’ll also visit a penguin & seabird sanctuary, meet locals in Cape Town, see the gorgeous town of Hermanus and have the chance to go whale watching. Read more.


Relax together at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort on Fiji

This privately-owned, family-friendly hotel overlooking beautiful Savusavu Bay has just 25 thatched huts on the shore's edge between beach and mangrove has the feeling of a quiet, secluded village and offers a lovely Bula Club for Kids run by local women that focuses on helping children to discover the world around them. It was built with sustainability in mind, employs local people, uses local products, has a great filtration water system, a garden to supply the restaurant’s food and a dive centre where staff ethically educate guests about the environment. There are heaps of fun activities which also act as sustainable experiences for all ages, following the example set by treasured explorer, environmentalist, educator and film producer Jean-Michel Cousteau. Read more.


Get creative at The Wanås Estate in Sweden

The Wanås Estate at Skane in southern Sweden makes a wonderful base for a culture and foodie-led family holiday, especially for those with older children. There are cleverly conserved forests packed with waterfowl, partridges and pheasants, a medieval castle to explore, an art gallery and a world class sculpture park showcasing on-site specific installations and other pieces by over 200 contemporary international artists. Stay at the Wanås Restaurant Hotel set in renovated 18th century historic buildings which has just 11 stunning rooms decked out in a Nordic design with locally sourced materials. Meals use game, mushrooms and berries from the forests and meat, milk and vegetables from the estate’s organic farm. Read more.

 The Wanås Estate in Sweden

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