The list of top global destinations for “organic food”, combined with a mix of environmentally friendly accommodations, emerged.
This has been designated the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development by the United Nations, and travel website Booking.com has just issued its annual Sustainable Travel Report.
Among the findings, 30 per cent of global travellers said one of their chief motives for choosing eco-friendly accommodations was their use of locally produced and organic food.
With that in mind, Booking.com turned to its internal data to see which destinations, and which accommodations in those destinations, stand out when it comes to organic food.
A survey was conducted in February and March of 11,069 people in 11 travel markets, all at least 18 years old and who had travelled at least once in 2016 and were planning at least one trip for 2017.
Once the highest-rated destinations were found, the highest-rated accommodations on Booking.com in those destinations were compiled. The final accommodation choice for each destination was picked from these compilations based on its environmentally friendly credentials.
The following list of top global destinations for “organic food”, combined with a mix of environmentally friendly accommodations, emerged.
As well as being the world’s design powerhouse, Stockholm is a contender for Scandinavia’s friendliest citizens. You’ll be welcomed with open arms in the Swedish capital, where medieval alleys, majestic parks and an awe-inspiring Royal Palace will leave you eager to explore.
Where to stay: Hotel Skeppsholmen
Just a three-minute walk from the beach, this eco-friendly hotel is set in a charming 1960s building on a peaceful island, with rooms featuring traditional wooden shutters on the windows. The restaurant serves classic Swedish dishes on a terrace that provides great waterfront views.
Located in the heart of the Swiss Alps, Montezillon is a striking destination to enjoy views from powerful mountains, hikes through transcendent forests and refreshing swims in pristine lakes.
Where to stay: EcoHotel L’Aubier
In a quiet location with panoramic views of Lake Neuchtel and the Alps, the hotel has a restaurant serving organic cuisine made with ingredients from its own “bio-dynamic” farm. Guests can also enjoy herbal teas, hand-made syrups and organic wines.
Ubud, Indonesia, is a deeply spiritual place. At every turn, the scent of incense drifts on the air and travellers radiate inner peace. Yet minutes away, the paths lead into lush jungle, rice paddies, picturesque hanging gardens and ancient temple complexes.
Where to stay: Rumah Dadong
Boasting an outdoor pool and surrounded by lush rice fields, the hotel offers a great getaway. For guests interested in exploring the area, Ubud Monkey Forest is a 15-minute drive away, while great organic restaurants are only five minutes away.
The Danish capital is a city of tip-top design, plentiful parkland and people with a passion for “hygge” (cosiness). It’s also eco-friendly, child-friendly and once you get chatting to the locals, just plain friendly. From classy Frederiksberg to funky Christiania, this city ticks all the boxes.
Where to stay: Stay Apartment Copenhagen
Housed in a converted industrial building from the mid-1900s, this spot features minimalist Scandinavian design. The cafe is a popular meeting place for a glass of wine or cold beer in the evening. Each morning an organic breakfast buffet is served.
Berlin doesn’t claim to be Europe’s most beautiful capital, but it represents Europe’s past – and its future. It’s hard to believe that barely a generation has passed since Berliners tore down the Wall, and since then, the city has resonated with open-mindedness.
Where to stay: Gorki Apartments
Gorki Apartments are centrally located in Berlin’s trendy Mitte district, surrounded by numerous bars, organic cafes, galleries and shops. It’s housed in an attractive 19th-century building near Rosenthaler Platz. Guests can relax in the elegantly furnished apartments, which consist of individually furnished apartments and two spacious penthouses.