19 April 2014

Lonely Planet's eco-friendly top 10 includes places in Jordan, Papua New Guinea

Lonely Planet has chosen 10 of the most outstanding eco-friendly hotels and hostels from nominations by Lonely Planet authors and travel editors. No. 8 and no. 9 on the list are from the Middle East and Asia respectively.

Dana Guest House in Jordan has "one of the Middle East's most amazing views", Lonely Planet says. The guest house is run by Jordan's Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN), and is located on the edge of the cliffs of Wadi Dana. 

According to the RSCN, Dana Guest House has facilities for courses and conferences, and can be used for retreats and workshops. It consists of nine comfortable rooms, and can house a maximum of 23 people. 

Eight of the rooms share the external toilets and showers, while a single suite, has a private bathroom, adding character and authenticity to the entire experience. Most rooms also come with private terraces that offer spectacular views of the surrounding wadi and mountains.

Nuli Sapi is ranked no. 9 on Lonely Planet's list. Set in Logeia Island in Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea, Nuli Sapi is approximately 1.5 hours by dinghy from Alotau. 
Source: Nuli Sapi Facebook page. Nuli Sapi at low tide.

Lonely Planet notes that the four bungalows are "simple but comfortable and made entirely of bush materials, with a veranda perched over the water". Each bungalow contains a queen-sized bed, bathroom and a verandah overlooking the China Strait, says the Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority.

Guests can learn about the daily life of the community, including clay pot cooking, fishing from a canoe, and hunting for crabs.