Positive destinations: Islands and igloos

Three ideas for your next adventure


Loola Adventure Resort

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Winner of the 2015 World Responsible Tourism Awards, this eco-resort on the Indonesian island of Bintan proves the effectiveness of the Dutch Polder principle – a collaborative way of working which sets up local staff as independent entrepreneurs, running their own businesses within the workings of the resort. Loola has reportedly increased local incomes by 20-50 per cent. Plus, it’s absolutely gorgeous, with eco-friendly chalets right on the water and a range of activities that benefit the local community. A sixnight break costs from £375 per person, including all food, water and on-site activities.

Eilean Shona

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Tucked into Loch Moidart off the west coast of Scotland, this private island destination has just been relaunched by Richard Branson’s sister, Vanessa. It may not have the glamour of her big brother’s Necker Island in the Caribbean, but with no cars, enchanting moss-covered woods, sandy beaches, secluded trails and a plethora of wildlife, it’s not far off. Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie was said to have used it as inspiration for the fictional Neverland. You may never want to leave either. Cottages sleep between two to eight people and cost from £525 per week. www.eileanshona.com



Skiing is not often associated with sustainability, but at Whitepod, on remote mountains at Les Cerniers near Monthey in Switzerland, they go together in style. These 15 igloo-inspired eco-friendly pods feature wood-burning stoves, hand-crafted furniture and double beds covered in sheepskin throws. No noisy bars, no crowded slopes: just you, nature and two private ski slopes perfect for beginners and families. Pods cost from £260 per night, based on a maximum of three sharing. Includes use of ski equipment and private lifts to 7km of slopes.