Do you dream of the wilderness but want the luxury of a hotel, minus the bank-breaking cost? Or maybe you just prefer staying in a place that gives back, rather than takes away from it's environment. Ecolodges offer fantastic get aways for nature lovers. They often offer tours of the local land, unique local cuisine and luxurious living conditions right in the middle of well....nowhere. Whether you're looking for lodges in the desert, jungle, mountains, right on the beach or somewhere in between there is an ecolodge for you.
Check out these amazing affordable ecolodges around the world.
1. Apani Dhani Ecolodge, India
A great little getaway to immerse yourself in Indian culture. The Apani Dhani Ecolodge features an organic farm (a nice feat in the desert-like environment) with 8 solar powered clay cottages plus a vegetarian restaurant right at the lodge. ThiCredit: https://www.changemakers.com/node/24069/imagess lodge is a great way to absorb the village culture; learn to make traditional dishes and crafts with the locals, travel in local camel carts and sip tea with the villagers. A great chance for anyone wanting to absorb the fantastic Indian culture.
Price: Doubles start at just $25 a night.
2. Uno Eco Lodge, Mexico
Set yourself up for an amazing stay on top of a desert canyon, even deeper than the Grand Canyon. Uno Eco Lodge sits on the rim of the Copper Canyon, right Credit: http://www.weddingclan.com/honeymooners-paradise-eco-friendly-luxury-hotels-resorts.htmlabove the Urique river. The lodge has 9 solar powered rooms, and the income supports the 65,000 acre desert wilderness surrounding the lodge. This lodge offers exciting treks to caves and waterfalls or local archeological sites.
Price: $110 dollars per person.
3. The Boat Landing Guest House, Laos
This open air lodge is an absolute jungle paradise. The cozy little bungalows are place next to a soothing junglCredit: http://www.ecotravellerguide.com/2012/04/nature-nurture-worlds-most-luxurious-eco-resorts/e river. Each bungalow also has a solar powered hot water shower and breakfast included with your stay. The lodge also has an open verandah restaurant with tasty traditional Laos cuisine as well as a vegetarian menu. The Boat Landing can also organize tours such as mountain biking trips, hiking, fishing or rafting and kayaking.
Price: Doubles start at $40.
4. Canopy Tower Ecolodge & Nature Observatory, Panama
This unique ecolodge is actually made of a recycled airforce radio tower, thoCredit: http://www.unusualhotelsoftheworld.com/canopyTowerEcolodgeandNatureObservatoryugh it is now a five level ecolodge with 12 rooms and an observation deck to view the amazing birds of the amazon rainforest, right from the treetops. The Canopy Tower also offers a jungle zipline and nature walk.
Price: Doubles from $126
5. Black Sheep Inn, Ecuador
ThisCredit: http://www.blacksheepinn.com/ adorable little eco hotel is located in the Andes mountains of Ecuador. With gorgeous views, indoor gardens with transparent roofs and delicious vegetarian eats, all built in an impressive energy saving style, this lodge is more than worth the money. This hotel also offers day hikes, a sauna and hot tub, trips to markets, horseback riding and mountain biking.
Price: From $35 too $100 dollars per person.
6. Milia Mountain Retreat, Greece
Built on the ruins of an ancient village, staying at this lodge feels like Credit: http://ebloko.gr/MILIA_MOUNTAIN_RETREAT?language_code=engoing back in time. Each room is outfitted with a wood burning stove, hand-woven blankets and hot water showers. Milia Mountain Retreat also offers a restaurant on site with delicious Cretan cuisine. Spend your time taking hikes through the mountains, tasting local wines, learning to cook tradition dishes or just relaxing in a hammock with a good book.
Price: Doubles form $102
7. Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Retreat, South Africa
Based on an 18,500 acre reserve just north of Cape Town, this gorgeous Safari lodge helps to fund enviCredit: http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/worlds-best-hotels-2009/15ronmental organizations and local schools. Along with five star accommodations, they also offer fly-fishing, mountain biking, hiking and canoeing.
Prices: Doubles start at $460 dollars
8. Caiman Ecological Refuge, Brazil
The Caiman Ecological Refuge boasts luxury style villas in the middle of the Pantanal wetlands. There will be plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities, whether you're just relaxing at the lodge, biking, canoeing or Credit: http://www.nathab.com/accommodations/caiman-ecological-refuge/horseback riding through the widespread grasslands you'll be sure to see some giant otters, macaws, capybaras or other fascinating Brazilian creatures.
Prices: Doubles start at $448 dollars
9. Ranweli Holiday Village, Sri Lanka
These adorable little bungalows offer the best of island life. Whether you choose a bungalow right by the sea or back in the trees you'll be sure to relax in the luxury with solar powered hot water showers, locally crafted decoCredit: http://www.ranweli.com/gallery.htmlr and your very own terrace. Spend your days relaxing on the beach, learning local weaving and cooking techniques, sampling medicinal fruit drinks or getting an Ayurvedic hot oil massage.
Price: 90$ per person per night
10. Kosrae Village Ecolodge & Dive Resort, Micronesia
Located on the isolated and peaceful Kosrae offers trCredit: http://www.frommers.com/slideshow/index.cfm?group=1105&p=6avelers a unique slice of the Pacific islander life. Partake in a dive for the coral monitoring project, learn to weave and enjoy local and international dishes. You may also choose to partake in a rainforest hike, go surfing, bird watching, kayaking or just relax and enjoy the island life.
Price: Doubles from $150