Jetwing Vil Uyana featured as one of the 15 Best Eco hotels in the world by Condé Nast Traveller

Sustainable travel is a compelling way of shifting perspectives, distributing wealth to those most vulnerable to the climate crisis, and a vital form of funding regenerative and restorative wildlife initiatives. Sustainability editor Juliet Kinsman recommends a few of her favourite sustainable-luxury stays as featured in her latest book, The Bucket List Eco Experiences: Traveling the World, Sustaining the Earth, published by Rizzoli. This beautiful directory of a thousand eco-friendly activities and adventures includes far-flung positive-impact places to visit – from nature-positive day trips close to home to flight-free European itineraries alongside paradise-island eco-lodges. An essential guidebook for planning greener getaways, it’ll help you plan eco-minded escapes that help support communities and conservation every step of your journey.

Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sri Lanka

Stay in a sustainable wetland resort

Sited in an artificial wetland habitat, Jetwing Vil Uyana opened its doors in 2006, when ecotourism wasn’t yet a thing. So kick back in this eco-resort where everything spells sustainability – from its open architecture across common areas (reducing the need for lighting and ventilation) to using natural materials, zero-emission transportation options, and wood and biomass stoves in the kitchens. Its man-made lakes are filled with rainwater, and all wastewater is treated on-site and used for irrigation. Reminding us that responsible hosts care as much for the community as conserving energy, Jetwing also identified a social challenge they could tackle through their hospitality – giving middle-aged women much-needed career opportunities. Their programme invited women to work in the kitchens and buffet areas, creating authentic home-cooking-style dishes – such as hoppers and buffalo curd. This heart-warming hospitality initiative has proven a great gender-sensitive solution to overcome the difficulties of attracting female talent, too.