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Topas Ecolodge, Sapa - first position in National Geographic’s rank

Updated at Thursday, 22 Jun 2017, 17:09
The Hanoitimes - National Geographic has ranked the Topas Ecolodge the first lodge in the list of 21 places to stay if you care about the planet.
Topas Ecolodge in Sapa, Vietnam.
Topas Ecolodge in Sapa, Vietnam.
From a handful of rustic lodges committed to conservation back in the early 1990s, sustainable tourism is now transforming the global travel industry, and in the process helping to safeguard cultural and natural heritage, support environmentally friendly practices, and deliver economic and social benefits to local people.
North of Hanoi in Sa Pa, Topas Ecolodge organizes treks into Hoang Lien National Park, a global biodiversity hotspot. This reward comes to Topas Ecolodge during this resort open a new pool which is expected to be one of the pool having the best view in the world.
Sustainable, spectacular, and engaged with local communities, these lodges are tucked into some of the planet’s wildest places.
Sustainable, spectacular, and engaged with local communities, these lodges are tucked into some of the planet’s wildest places.
Each bungalow built of white stone at the resort affords a large terrace overlooking the dramatic landscape of magnificent mountains and terraced rice fields. Besides experiencing the truly natural life, you should pay time to cycling up to winding path and enjoy the exciting experience when getting downhill freely or going around green hillside. This destination’s also very close to ethnic villages such as Lao Chai, Ta Van, Ban Ho where guests can experience the local life here.
“Sustainable, spectacular, and engaged with local communities, these lodges are tucked into some of the planet’s wildest places.”, National Geographic commented.
Six Senses Zil Pasyon.
Six Senses Zil Pasyon.
The 2nd place is Six Senses Zil Pasyon is located on Félicité, a private island where massive granite rocks and white sand beaches create an air of drama and beauty. With perpetual summer, the island is ideally located outside the cyclone belt just 30 nautical miles northeast of the Seychelles International Airport.
Created with the renowned Six Senses flair, the resort in Seychelles is a very personal destination that embraces nature while offering every creature comfort. Its 30 pool villas offer an oasis of serenity encircled by the Indian Ocean.
Sápmi Nature Camp.
Sápmi Nature Camp.
The 3rd place is Sápmi Nature Camp. This is a newly opened, high-end, sustainable and small-scale camp that offers high quality, close to nature accommodation in Nietsak, on the border of Laponia World Heritage Area, just outside Gällivare.
The camp consists of newly built ‘double’ rooms in the form of lavvu tents (that looks like a tepee) furnished with comfortable double beds, stoves and cosy furnishings inspired by nature and the Sami culture.
Sápmi Nature Camp is operated by Lennart Pittja who grew up in a reindeer herding family here in Unna Tjerusj Sami community. This is grazing land that has been used by Unna Tjerusj for thousands of years. Sápmi Nature is committed to responsible tourism that does not threaten the reindeer and the herding here, but instead we want to share our knowledge about Sami life – both past and present.
Because this is a small-scale, sustainable business, it is only between 2-10 guests here at the same time. This is far from a large-scale resort or impersonal mass tourism. It is personal, comfortable and convenient Sámi experience and you have the chance to really learn about the Sami culture.
The 4th place is Coral Caye in Belize. Eight miles offshore from Turtle Inn, the loveliest hotel on the Placencia peninsula in southern Belize, lies Coral Caye, a two-acre jungle-cloaked Caribbean islet protected by a vast reef, where whale sharks congregate at full moon between April and June.
The largest, known as the Great House is essentially a thatched, sand-floored living space, furnished with daybeds (on which extra guests can stay), comfortable chairs, a large dining table and a full bar, and equipped with a kitchen, WC and various games, even a dartboard, drum kit and guitar, lest you're unlucky with the weather.
Typically Caribbean in style, Coral Cottage, the newer of the two, has sea-green clapboard walls, a zinc roof, a large veranda and, with a kingsize bed, sofa bed, proper bathroom with hot and cold running water and indoor and outdoor showers, is the more luxuriously appointed of the two.
Other place including Lapa Rios in Costa Rica, The Brando in French Polynesia,  Duba Expedition Camp,  Jetwing Vil Uyana in Sri Lanka, Tsara Komba Lodge, Prince of Wales's Guesthouse in rural Transylvania…
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