Lisbon is a fabulous city to visit for a shortbreak, as I recently discovered for myself, and being further south than most European cities, the mild weather makes it an excellent choice for an out of season escape. I’d never been before and while I was eager to explore the city, my main reason for being there was to learn about the sustainability and corporate responsibility policies of a very special hotel, the Inspira Santa Marta.
We all love a bit of luxury, but there is so much more to making a hotel really memorable. I recently asked 5 well-respected travel bloggers what were their favourite luxury, boutique or eco chic hotels. They replied with a very interesting mix, from the ultimate in luxury to something a little more unusual.
Holidaying in a ‘green’ way used to mean camping in a field surrounded by cow manure. How times have changed! The emergence of eco-chic holiday homes means that now you can play your part, respecting the planet, whilst relaxing in comfortable or even luxurious surroundings. Here’s five of our favourites…
In the sacred forest of Makasutu, you will find the perfect place to escape the world, relax and unwind. With just nine lodges, at many times, it will feel as if you have this magical setting all to yourself.
Having opened just last year, this small boutique hotel is sure to prove popular. With just 5 double bedrooms plus 1 suite and with no children allowed, it is a serene oasis in the colourful country of The Gambia. The Austrian owners left their careers in publishing to build their dream home with a small, family run hotel attached, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and they invite you to share their dream with them.
Nestled amongst the rolling, white sand dunes of Boa Vista, an abandoned hamlet, once home to farmers and fishermen, has been renovated with loving care and transformed into a peaceful oasis in the heart of the desert of the Norte National Park.