Fogo Island Inn, Canada

Hovering on stilts over the foreshore of a tiny island off Newfoundland, Fogo Island Inn (as seen above) was created to save one of Canada’s oldest rural cultures. Following the crash of the cod industry and the halving of the island’s population in a few decades, Newfoundlander and tech entrepreneur Zita Cobb built the inn to employ locals, give surplus profits back to the island, and celebrate local culture. The 29 suites are decorated with locally handcrafted quilts, woven rugs and traditional outport furniture, and have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the North Atlantic Ocean. Hike or bike around the stunning island, then return to enjoy the rooftop saunas and hot tubs, the 37-seat cinema created in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada, and the restaurant with ingredients that are fished, farmed and foraged on the island.

Authentic Bedouin hospitality awaits Feynan Ecolodge guests
Authentic Bedouin hospitality awaits Feynan Ecolodge guestsasd

Feynan Ecolodge, Jordan

Named one of the world’s 25 best eco-lodges by National Geographic, Feynan Ecolodge sits in the Dana Biosphere. Created in partnership with Jordan’s Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, the 26-room lodge is solar-powered, staffed by local Bedouins, and decorated with local textiles, antiques and handmade ceramics. Mornings are spent hiking through wadis, or the surrounding mountains, spotting ibex and some of the 190 bird species that inhabit the reserve, while afternoons are for visiting archaeological sites and Bedouin communities to learn how they make bread and brew coffee.

Hoanib Valley Camp runs on solar power, leaving hardly a carbon footprint
Hoanib Valley Camp runs on solar power, leaving hardly a carbon footprintasd

165 km away from the nearest town, there are few places more naturally isolated than Misool
165 km away from the nearest town, there are few places more naturally isolated than Misoolasd

Misool Private Island Resort, Indonesia

Husband and wife duo Marit and Andrew Miners are behind Misool, set on a private island in remote Raja Ampat in West Papua, Indonesia. The Miners built the resort on the site of an abandoned shark finning camp, entirely from reclaimed tropical hardwood, and it provides employment for the local community and funds their conservation initiatives, including the 300,000-acre Misool Marine Reserve that employs 15 local rangers. The resort, which welcomes 40 guests at a time, doesn’t merely sustain the island’s biodiversity but regenerates it, making it an example of how tourism can be used as a force for good. The fact that it is fringed by white-sand beaches and some of world’s most pristine coral reefs, filled with turtles, manta rays, tropical fish and more, is just icing on the cake.

Nature, art, and ancestral wisdom coexist at Azulik
Nature, art, and ancestral wisdom coexist at Azulik

Azulik, Mexico

Backed by Mayan jungle and overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Azulik, in Mexico’s boho-gypset town of Tulum, blurs the line between man and nature, reminding guests that we all belong to the land. Rising from the jungle floor above the treetops, Azulik’s 48 woven wooden treehouse villas look like something straight out of Avatar, and have no electric lights (rooms are illuminated by candlelight), air-conditioning or television. This is a place for true rest and reconnection, it's a place for spending entire afternoons gazing out to sea from your Mayan mosaic bathtub, filled with water from the property’s own cenote; for stargazing on the outdoor daybed while the sea crashes against the cliffs below; and for indulging in traditional Mayan healing therapies at the seafront spa which offers massage, herbal baths and traditional Mayan sweat lodge treatments. You can think of it like glamping in ultimate luxury.