If you want to head to the Antipodes (Australia or New Zealand) for your honeymoon then you don’t have to worry that you will be compromising your eco-friendly principles to do it. There are plenty of destinations there where you can relax and enjoy your first vacation together as a married couple while not vastly inflating your carbon footprint.
This retreat can be found in New Zealand, in the heart of the Southern Alps. The accommodation is eco-friendly and all the food served at the resort is self-sufficient as it is produced on-site and it is organic. This is widely considered to be a great place for an adventure honeymoon as well as the ideal location in which to recharge your batteries. There are spa areas and therapy suites as well as yoga and meditation, but you can also take the time to go hiking and kayaking if you prefer.
Over in Australia head to North Queensland near Cairns and you will find the Bloomfield Lodge. A remote resort, it has 17 rooms of natural timber that give amazing views of the rainforests. Its eco-friendly credentials come from the solar energy that powers the telephone system and keeps the swimming pool warm. The resort also has a very strong policy of using recycled materials and products. All vessels belonging to the resort also have low emission outboards, so you can explore the area knowing that the environment isn’t suffering as a result.
Silky Oaks Lodge
This resort is a reminder that you don’t have to forgo luxury in order to enjoy an eco-friendly honeymoon in Australia. This resort offers tree house accommodations close to the Mossman Gorge River and each room has been fitted with a marble bathroom and a walk in shower. Each also has a private balcony with views of the Daintree National Park. Relax in luxury too by making the most of the on-site spa. The tree house restaurant is a very popular place and included in the cost of your honeymoon would be guided walks through the rainforest and the use of mountain bikes.
Daintree Eco Lodge
Also in Queensland is the Daintree Eco Lodge. This resort claims to be the ‘most pampering ecolodge in the world’. You would get the seclusion you crave here as there are only 15 bayans and you can avoid the crowds that you would get at larger resorts. Located in the beautiful rainforest, the resort has a luxurious spa and you are guaranteed locally produced cuisine. During your stay why not take part in one of the rainforest walks or go jungle surfing? There are plenty of adventure tours on offer so that you can make the most of your time here.
Australia has so much potential for those who want to be green – why not consider it for your environmentally friendly honeymoon?
There are a number of different factors that you should be looking for when you are trying to figure out if your wedding venue is eco-friendly. The first thing you should do is ask the venue what action they take in terms of sustainability – most places that consider it to be important will be very proud of the work they have done and will not hesitate to tell you. However, some are definitely more eco-friendly than others!
Any venue can look at their energy usage and make it a little greener. Even ensuring that their energy supplier has green policies can make a difference, but if you want to be sure of your venue ask them if they’re using alternative forms of energy generation such as solar power or wind turbines. Ask if they take measures such as switching to energy saving lightbulbs – even simple steps like this can bring the carbon footprint down significantly.
Whatever you do in life there is always the potential to recycle and hotels and other wedding venues are no exception. Some have intricate systems that recycle grey water so it can be used in gardens, some will simply ensure that all of their paper is collected and recycled. Others will ask for guests to separate out the things that they use so that bottles, cans and paper can all be recycled. What about recycling of rainwater? Collecting rainwater for use in the hotel is a great water of cutting back on water consumption, which is another key factor in the eco-friendly world.
This is quite important. There is not much point choosing a venue that has all of its energy supplied by solar power if you find out that they import all of the flowers for their arrangements from another country. Local suppliers are essential to any company that wants to be greener. Florists, for example, could be using only seasonal flowers and foliage that they can source within a few miles. The venue’s kitchens could ensure that they are sourcing meat, fish and vegetables locally too. Again, imported food – even from another state – can add to a carbon footprint significantly
Don’t forget to ask!
There is no point dismissing a venue just because they do not do things the way that you want. Ask if they can do it for your day! For example, if they do import flowers for their venue, ask if it is okay to use your own local supplier for that one day. While it would be good to have a venue that is environmentally friendly all the time, some are not, but you can make it so for your wedding day.
Most venues are happy to accommodate you if you have specific requirements. Why not take a look at their websites first – if they have green credentials they will normally publicize this. Many venues have been given green awards from TripAdvisor so why not start your search there? As always, we hope you join us at Ecoura in our commitment to preserving and protecting our Earth.