2012 Tourism Trends – Sustainable Holidays

Eco cabanas in Montanita

Eco cabanas in Montanita

According to travel reports, responsible and sustainable tourism is high on the agenda in 2012, with around 50% of the European luxury outbound market demanding responsible tourism practices when travelling. Tourists today are increasingly looking for their holiday experience to include locally produced food, eco-friendly accommodation and sustainable travel.

NotInTheGuidBooks.com offer a number of stunning eco-friendly holidays, which will give you the long awaited relaxation and peace of mind you’ve been looking for, without having a damaging impact on the environment and local society.

Here are our top choices for environmentally friendly escapes with a difference:

Painting Course – Paint Safari in Almeria, Spain

Relax in a stunning eco-chic retreat in the unspoilt ‘Parque Natural Sierra María-Los Vélez’ in the Almería province of Andalucia and combine a passion for art with a love of the land on this unique creative and cultural holiday that will leave your senses stretched and fulfilled and your artwork scaling new heights.

The retreat is the perfect blend of ecology and creativity. This ‘carbon neutral‘ guest house and creative retreat is set in 50 acres of stunning farmland and is a place of extreme natural beauty. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the surroundings and an awe inspiring wilderness, which make the area one of Spain’s most dramatic alpine deserts.

The eco-retreat has been personally designed to be as eco-friendly as possible and has had to adapt to the natural surroundings due to the remote location. Power is created from the sun and wind for cooking and electricity, wood is used for heating, rain water is harvested from the roof, and waste water is managed and utilised to irrigate the surrounding dry land.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and soak up the clear night skies and find peace of mind, body and spirit on this amazing sustainable holiday. This is a perfect vacation for those who love sketching and painting and wants to practice their skills, learn a few new tricks and enjoy the beauty of the natural landscapes in eco-luxury.

Yoga And Pilates Retreat in Fuerteventura, Spain

For a wonderfully indulgent wellbeing holiday, spend a week at this superb eco-friendly yoga and Pilates retreat in the beautiful village of Corralejo. The eco-villa has numerous themed rooms available to stay in, ranging from a Moroccan themed suite to a ‘glamping style’ Sahara Tent.

The eco villa has its own solar water heating system and grey water filtration system to feed the beautiful surrounding gardens and help to reduce guest’s carbon footprints.

Throughout the week you can enjoy a range of holistic and relaxing lessons such as yoga, Pilates and meditation, as well as tai chi and if you’re feeling energetic why not try a lively zumba class too!

You are within easy access of the airport but are in the ideal location to benefit from the islands tranquility and ensure a calming retreat far from the crowds for the perfect combination of nature, holistic wellness and relaxation.

Relax with great company, fantastic yoga, Pilates, zumba and meditation lessons, enjoy delicious and healthy food specially designed by the retreat’s own in-house nutritionist, and get the best from your eco-friendly holiday with a difference!

Yoga And Wellness Retreat in Koh Samui, Thailand

Stay in a beautifully serene eco-friendly yoga retreat on the tranquil southern coast of Koh Samui and enjoy a relaxing holiday that is dedicated to wellness, focussing on a healthy approach to life. Just a stone’s throw from Laem Sor beach on Koh Samui, a remote island paradise, this calming retreat offers a range of holistic and wellness treatments.

The stunning eco-friendly buildings at the retreat utilise natural lighting, harvest rainwater and use solar power to make sure that the retreat is as sustainable as possible. Decorated to a high standard, this retreat is the perfect combination of luxury and sustainability.

Combine soothing wellness treatments and energising yoga in this restful Thai paradise, breathe the fresh sea air and take time out for yourself on this wellness and yoga retreat with a difference.

Surf And French Chat Holiday in Biarritz, France

Ever wanted to learn French but don’t fancy sitting in a classroom? Then this surf and chat holiday could be the perfect getaway for you! The emphasis is on learning to surf but you’ll also learn practical, colloquial French for up to 2 hours a day in the beautiful area of Biarritz. You will stay in a stunning eco-friendly surf school on the vast sandy beaches of Les Casernes just 35km from Biarritz.

Exercise your body and mind as you combine the adrenaline rush of surfing with the satisfaction of learning a new language in this beautiful environmentally friendly lodge and take home great memories and two skills that will stay with you forever.

Learn Spanish And Volunteer in Montanita, Ecuador

Combine learning the Spanish language with volunteering from a wide range of projects in the local community. Choose from working in a village school for under-privileged children to volunteering in a local veterinary.

Be inspired on this life changing 4 week course that combines 2 weeks of learning Spanish close to the beach in Montanita, Ecuador, followed by 2 weeks volunteering in the community to make a real difference to local people’s lives.

You can chose to either stay with a local family for the duration of your stay or in a fantastic eco-friendly cabana. The cabanas use recycled water, have their own solar powered outside lighting and also rainwater collection for the swimming pool and Jacuzzi, making your stay both unique and environmentally friendly. Located just 2 minutes from the beach, this incredible course and accommodation will not fail to impress, so give it a go today!