A key component to the philosophy at Grounded People is the adventure of life, and a good pair of shoes are a foundation to any adventure near and far.
Grounded shoes are not only sustainable, ethical, and environmentally conscious, they are also practical. They’re light weight, can be packed in carry on luggage, and can get you through all kinds of environments. In essence they are the perfect travel shoe.
Grounded People has always supported living a more conscious lifestyle. From the clothes we make, to the adventures we take.
Here are 5 eco-resorts taking vacations to a relaxing, thoughtful highs.
Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge – Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia, Canada
This lodge is a true gem in the wilds of British Columbia. Nestled on the edge of the UNESCO Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve, guests are treated to some of the finest amenities to be found in the world.
Being so close to a globally recognized and protected eco-system has led them to focus on not only protecting, but rehabilitating the environment they’re in. They have contributed to programs to reverse the damage done by logging and mining industries and helped with recreation of wild salmon habitats.
They also bring this mindset to their resort offerings as well. Their dining program uses produce sourced locally and sustainably, with contemporary offerings influenced by the local communities and the Pacific North-West.
Additionally, the lodge offers guests educational opportunities to get a better understanding of the neighbouring biosphere, its flora and fauna, and the important role this eco-system plays. They offer guided hiking and horseback tours. They also have an Ambassador Program that encourages guests to aide with initiatives to give back to the environment.
El Monte Sagrado – Taos, New Mexico, USA
Explore one of the great Western Wildernesses made famous by Georgia O’Keeffe.
The lodge was built from the ground up with sustainability in mind. It was constructed using local timber, stone, and compressed earth, and is surrounded by gardens and ponds fed by rainwater, and reclaimed wastewater from the resort.
Through it’s use of materials it is naturally insulated, and harvests much of its energy needs through geothermal and solar sources.
It’s the perfect getaway for those wanting to get away from it all and has all the luxe offerings including a world-class spa and dining. However, anyone wanting more will have opportunities from walking tours of historic Taos, fishing excursions, to learning about the rich history of this unique region in New Mexico.
Little St. Simons Island – Golden Isles, Georgia, USA
First opened in 1979, Little St. Simons Island is a true eco-escape.
This privately owned Island has put environmental protection at the forefront and have created an 11,000-acre nature conservatory. The heart of this reserve is a research centre dedicated to studying the wildlife of the island and best practices to protect its most vulnerable plants and animals.
So much more than a resort, the lodge is open to people wanting to visit for the day, but also have options for people looking to stay longer. Visitors to the island will have every opportunity to learn about the fragile ecosystem of Georgia’s barrier islands and take part in a range of naturalist led tours and activities.
Soneva Kiri – Koh Kood District, Thailand
Experience a beachfront escape in one of the most beautiful places in Thailand.
Soneva Kiri is founded around a philosophy of slowing down and appreciating all the world has to offer, and its programs for guests takes this to heart. Enjoy a relaxing day sunning by the pool, learn to make local cuisine, or stargaze at the local observatory, there is something for everyone.
What really makes this resort special is their contribution efforts to the local community and the environment.
Since they’ve opened, they’ve planted more than 500,000 trees in Thailand, supported local development projects, and provided access to clean drinking water for more than 750,000 people. The resort is 100% carbon neutral and is supplied with fruits, vegetables, and herbs from their own gardens.
Mashpi Lodge – Quito, Ecuador
Enjoy a completely unique experience of discovery, adventure, and exploration.
The Mashpi Lodge, found in a remote part of the Ecuadorian cloud forest, takes nature to heart. The resort is surrounded by one of the most ecologically diverse biosystems on earth and allows guests to have an unparalleled chance to learn about the plants and animals who call it home.
The lodge was founded on principles of sustainable tourism. In addition to being a luxury resort, it also functions as a research station dedicated to the protection of the rainforest of the Mashpi Reserve. During its construction a team of biologists were consulted to help develop a conservation and resource management strategy.
Visitors will be able to learn more about rainforest through hiking adventure and even a zipline through the canopy. They will also be able to learn about the unique discoveries made on site including frogs and orchids that exist nowhere else.
Spirit of Adventure Lives On
Traveling the world is always an adventure. Whether your destination is a beach in the Caribbean or embarking on a classic grand tour of Europe, the spirit of adventure is in the heart of every traveler. It’s also important to be considerate of the places you go, and the people you meet.
The desire for Grounded People is to contribute and promote, ethical and sustainable products, and the adventures that go along with them.
Lodges like these embody that spirit, and help show that a vacation can be relaxing, adventurous and educational at the same time.