Sustainable travel has grown, and remote ecolodges appeared, inspiring new ways to care for environment and local communities. Geothermal energy, upcycled furniture and food directly from local farms are initiatives more and more frequently. All these new accommodations offer great overnights that put sustainability in style.
Designer Bill Bensley constructed Shinta Mani Wild on the border of Southern Cardamom National Park, in West Cambodia, to help protect the surrounding almost 900 acre forest. Shinta Mani Wild is a radical new fusion of world-class design, all-inclusive hospitality and conservation, where your stay makes a real difference in protecting unique and endangered species. The result is a truly sustainable solution, a low-impact camp of 15 tents inspired by the spirit of Golden Age of Cambodia, an example of one of the most forward-thinking eco-luxe hoteliers of present time.
The 15 private tents are promising the utmost comfort and luxury with breathtaking views along the riverbank. Each location was meticulously planned over a seven year period by a process of minimal intervention and understanding the idiosyncrasies of the river valley. Guests can arrive via zipline and fill their visits discovering waterfalls and the wild environment, hiking or just relaxing and enjoying the sounds of nature.
The complex is also a unique National Geographic Lodge of the World, each tent sporting a theme and an outdoor bathtub, with an amazing forest view, practically emerged into the green leaves of the surrounding trees.
The signature Spa, Khmer Tonics, has two treatment rooms, nestled amid giant natural rocks perched in the forest canopy. Sensibly the design takes its cues from the forest, with plenty of wood and stone. The refined treatment menu celebrates Cambodia with chemical-free tonics made from a unique mix of medicinal plants, herbs and spices all of which are present in the surrounding rainforest.
Photo credits: Shinta Mani Wild