Most Romantic and Sustainable Destination – HoneyTrek
What will we do for the tenth year in the honeymoon? We’re on the hunt for the 10 most romantic and sustainable destinations in the world! Places that not only try to be green, but those who make it their compass. Tourism that actively makes the environment and surrounding communities stronger, all while inspiring their guests to do the same. We know sustainability and romance are the perfect pair and we can’t wait to see where this next chapter takes us! If any countries, regions, hotels, tour operators or outfitters come to mind, we’d love to hear them! First on our year-long quest to find the most romantic and sustainable honeymoon destination… Tetiaroa, French Polynesia! For centuries, this gorgeous atoll north of Tahiti has been a sacred meeting place for Polynesian royalty. In the 1960s, Marlon Brando came to these atolls to film Mutiny on the Bounty, fell in love with his leading lady, and made Tetiaroa their home. They had a dream of using tourism, science and the local community to preserve the island. Decades later, this was made possible by The Brando Resort & the Tetiaroa Society, an environmental and cultural non-profit. The Society’s projects, from the conservation of green sea turtles to the Blue Climate Initiative (the United Nations Ocean Decade Project), are funded 70% by the resort and promoted by visiting researchers from around the world. Although sustainability probably isn’t the main reason Kim Kardashian or Leo DiCaprio stay here. It’s a private island and one of the world’s most luxurious resorts, with ocean-view villas, personal infinity pools, a lavish spa, gourmet cuisine, and five-star service. And all that decadence is powered by solar power, seawater air conditioning, a permaculture garden, large-scale recycling, and the first LEED-Platinum building in French Polynesia. To understand both sides of this gold coin, we spent two days working alongside researchers at the Tetiaroa Society and two others living the luxury of The Brando. Both were equally inspiring and the combination took our breath away. Watch this video to see how exciting sustainability can be.