From long-haul luxury to weekend escapes, we round up the best eco-friendly holiday destinations, both with and without your baby.
A high-society hotspot, Badrutt’s Palace in St Moritz boasts plush suites and enough designer boutiques to rival Knightsbridge. The entire hotel is heated by lake water – saving around 500,000 litres of heating oil every year – and is making a conscious effort to swap plastic amenities for eco-friendly alternatives. Of seven exceptional dining options, little ones are best catered for by Le Restaurant’s kids’ menu. And your tots are in for a real treat this summer, as the hotel gives away free ice cream and popcorn to kids during their visit. Rooms start at £342 per night.
A wellness escape off the tourist-beaten track, you’ll find Lefay Resort & Spa carved into the mountainside above the small village of Gargagno overlooking Lake Garda. In the sublime spa there are pools, tubs and therapy rooms to use at your pleasure, even the kids can enjoy treatments. Lefay has been ethically-conscious from day one and was built using biocompatible materials, recycled rainwater and generates two-thirds of its energy on site. Better yet, the delicious food is supplied by local farms and the hotel even produces its own olive oil. Rooms from £306 per night.
If you’re brave enough to venture long-haul with your baby, a stay at Finohlu in the Maldives will make it worth your while. Not only is the resort an Instagrammer’s dream, but its also been dubbed the world’s first fully solar-powered one. Lap up the island views from the comfort of your own villa either on the beach or over the water. Then head over to the Oak Beach Club, a vibrant hub compromising gamers’ arcades, pools and a super cool rooftop bar. Families are well looked after here, too, with a kids’ club and a varied children’s menus. What’s more, thanks to the Parely Oceans initiative, it’s also reducing the use of plastic across the resort. Rooms from £684 per night.
Surrounded by more than 200 acres of jungle, mangroves and cenotes, this luxe resort is one-stop holiday bliss. From swimming pools and spa treatments to tennis courts and high-end boutiques, you’ll find just about everything you could ever imagine here. Babies are VIPs, so the resort will provide everything you need, including high chairs, cribs, strollers and more. This resort has won awards for its eco-friendly approach and you’ll see just how spotless and safe it keeps the beaches. The hotel also contributes to the Federal Sea Turtle Conservation Programme to protect local wildlife. Plus there’s an on-site water treatment facility for recycling water in the resort. Rooms from £663 per night.
For a perfect blend of breathtaking scenery and modern, stylish interiors, Valsana Hotel makes for an idyllic getaway on the border of the Arosa forest. As the first hotel in Switzerland to be powered by ice battery, this hideaway is the ideal spot for couples looking to escape city life and experience nature at its best. The architecture has even been designed to reflect the alpine landscape. Inside, you’ll find tennis courts, a gym and extensive spa facilities, too. From £185 per night based on two sharing.
If you’re looking to go off the radar before baby arrives, this rural retreat is sure to hit the spot. The hotel, which has just unveiled a newly-renovated spa, now offers a luxurious selection of treatments designed to help you reconnect with nature. Take a dip in the indoor water-circuit pool, or visit the yoga and meditation room. For those keen to explore, the village of Pollensa is a short walk away, or if you’re feeling up for the challenge, take a short climb to the top of Puig de Maria at the foot of the Tramuntana mountains. From £215 per night based on two sharing.
With its spacious interiors, luscious meadow garden and cliff-top hot tubs, this eco-luxury, grown-ups-only retreat proves a great source of last-minute relaxation before baby arrives. Experience amazing views of Cornwall’s north coast from the comfort of your suite, or enjoy drinks on the terrace before settling down for a sumptuous sunset supper. Inside, enjoy peace and quiet in the spa’s tented treatment rooms, while the hotel’s library also makes for a cosy hideaway. From £330 per night based on two sharing.
With more than two million plants populating its vibrant 116-acre park, this tropical paradise has made a mission out of preserving and enhancing the environment – so much so, only bikes and electric vehicles are permitted. Start your day with a lazy breakfast of mouthwatering sliced meats, warm bread and pastries, followed by a trip to the spa for a cleansing sea-mud body wrap or honey and salt massage. For a mid-morning cool-down, dip in the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea, or bask in the tranquility of the hotel’s three spectacular pools. From £215 per person, per night; under-twos go free.
This retreat in the market town of Grossarl will ensure baby’s first holiday is a breeze. Book the dedicated family package and you’ll have access to a range of facilities, including highchairs, buggies and cribs. Childcare is available for babies as young as one month, while the restaurant offers a special menu for tiny taste buds. For parents, a trip to the spa provides the perfect opportunity to relax, but little ones don’t have to miss out completely – Moar Gut even offers gentle massages for its smallest guests. From £149 per person, per night.
If your little one is so well behaved that even the prospect of a nine-hour flight doesn’t faze you, make the most of it and head to this extraordinary aqua-themed resort in the Bahamas. Paradise Island is home to the world’s largest open-air marine habitat, where more than 50,000 species roam freely among lagoons, caves, coral formations and underwater ruins. While many of the on-site activities are better suited to adults, there’s still plenty on offer for parents with a tot in tow, including shallow water interactions with dolphins. From £180 per night based on two adults and a baby.