5 Places to Recharge your Personal Batteries, Naturally

Our 5 Super Green Retreats offer wonderful respite from the bleak mid-winter.

Having got the rest sorted, it’s time to refill the tanks and replenish your energy reserves. But places don’t have to just tantalise your taste buds! Delightful gastronomic destinations can also help local communities and the Sustainable Development Goals for Zero Hunger.

So where can you refuel your body, where your feast is natural nirvana and your foody heaven won’t cost the local earth?

Recharge

Circular gastronomy in Costa Rica

At this lodge, community and staff plant and promote Central American endemic fruits and vegetables, and recipes are developed based on cultural tastes and local and home grown produce for an incredible local culinary gourmet experience. Complimentary local coffee is even delivered to your bungalow in the morning. The locally sourced food reduces the need to transport common ingredients and creates the opportunity to learn about local culture.

Both here in Costa Rica and at the Nicaragua lodge below you can even visit the pigs, who feed on the scraps, whose methane powers the kitchen stove – Circular gastronomy! >

 Local and home grown Central American endemic produce in Costa Rica

Local and home grown Central American endemic produce in Costa Rica

Cultural Exchange at Lake Nicaragua

This ecolodge also has a strong focus on local ingredients and Nicaraguan cuisine creatively cooked simply.
Watch the masterchef at work in the open kitchen over-looking Lake Nicaragua.

The lodge not only supports the local fishermen economically for the freshly caught seafood, but helps teach them about sustainable fishing, and creates an opportunity for cultural exchange with guests who can observe and learn the local traditional methods of fishing >

 Sustainable seafood and cultural exchange at Lake Nicaragua

Sustainable seafood and cultural exchange at Lake Nicaragua

All-Natural Indonesia

On this Indonesian island, the fixed home-made, organic, sustainable, seasonal menu not only means less food waste, but it’s seriously salivating in stunning surrounds. Enjoy your meals in the privacy of your own beach house, the clubhouse restaurant or under a shady tree on the beach. Barbecues, tropical fruits, even the piña coladas pack a sustainable punch.

And don’t expect plastic – you’ll only find bamboo straws, own-carbonated water and heavenly organic natural syrups at this beach bar!

 Balmy nights at this all-natural organic Indonesian beach bar

Balmy nights at this all-natural organic Indonesian beach bar

Home grown Nepal

Food miles are minimised here, where fresh herbs, salads and vegetables come from the lodge’s own gardens, and other fruits and vegetables are community-grown in the local village. The local, organic high standard ingredients help create award-winning meals of good home-style food: home baked breads complemented by Nepalese honey; Nepali buffets of authentic dishes and homemade Aachar (chutneys) using local spices with fresh rotis (flat bread cooked over an open flame) or puris (a fried bread) and papad (poppadum) for lunch; masala omelette roti wraps for picnics; the best Nepal organic coffee and tea, whether Ilam (like Darjeeling), organic green or herbal infusions; plus traditional Nepali Thali for table d’hôte dinners.

No food goes to waste here, the lodge strongly supports its staff in any ways it can, and if there are any compostable leftovers, the community’s cattle is well fed! >

 Home grown herbs, salads and vegetables for traditional Nepalese fayre

Home grown herbs, salads and vegetables for traditional Nepalese fayre

Mountains of food for your soul in Kenya

Imagine morning coffee and sundowners overlooking Kilimanjaro, where the wildest nature meets the Maasai. Meals are fusion cuisine sharing stories with friends, using home grown ingredients cooked on Aga stoves with charcoal made from coffee husks. Feast on a unique experience of dining in a Maasai cave where warriors hid stolen cattle to the sound of Maasai singing. Continue the conversation with alfresco night caps around the firepit >

 Dine in a Maasai cave to the sound of Maasai song- a unique experience

Dine in a Maasai cave to the sound of Maasai song- a unique experience

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