Top 5 Biodiversity Destinations To Explore Nature at Regenerative Resorts

Written bySiani Abrahams
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Living classrooms await at one of our Regenerative Resorts, nestled in some of the world’s most biologically diverse pockets. In ancient lands where nature holds fascinating secrets and stories, there’s no better way to connect with mother earth than to immerse yourself in and learn from the abundance of wild and marine life with expert guides on hand. Lean into 10-million-year-old rainforest mysteries in the Malaysian island of Langkawi, wonder at the incredible biodiversity of ocean and rainforest on Bastimentos Island, or be humbled in the presence of the regal Apennine wolf in Tuscany. There are plenty of ways to explore Regenerative Resort’s biodiversity, with offerings ranging from rainforest medicine trails to exotic bird-watching tours. Guests can adventure knowing their stay contributes to dedicated conservation efforts and protection.

1. Oasy Hotel in Tuscany, Italy

Located within the unique World Wildlife Fund–affiliated oasis of Limestre in Tuscany, Oasy Hotel invites guests into the historic, intimate heart of the region’s biodiversity. Venture into the pristine woods on a wildlife tour guided by a ranger to spot the recently reintroduced Apennine wolf, a majestic and captivating “prince of the woods.” It’s not unusual to see an abundance of other animals, including porcupines, woodpeckers, different deer species, foxes, hawks, and even golden eagles. The changing altitude along the slope of the Apennine Mountains allows for the growth of oak trees, maples, chestnuts, cherry trees, alders, and hornbeams in the lower regions, whilst beech and coniferous forests thrive higher up.

Rates start at $364 per night. Schedule a complimentary travel consultation with Regenerative Travel here to learn more about Oasy Hotel.

2. Chaa Creek in San Ignacio, Belize

Belize is a beacon of biodiversity with a wondrous array of wildlife in fragile tropical habitats, within which the 400-acre Chaa Creek Nature Reserve is nestled. From howler monkey reintroduction to agroforestry research, Chaa Creek is passionate about and dedicated to leading conservation projects and collaboration. Accompanied by expert guides, learn about the magic of rainforest medicine on a walking trail, dive into the history of the landscape at the Natural History Centre, or take a bird-watching tour to spot some of the 350 species of resident and migratory birds, ranging from the keel-billed toucan to the pale-billed woodpecker. A trip to Chaa Creek is incomplete without marveling at the rare and dazzling Belizean blue butterfly at the Butterfly Farm.

Rates start at $389 per night. Schedule a complimentary travel consultation with Regenerative Travel here to learn more about Chaa Creek.

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3. Hamanasi Resort in Hopkins, Belize

Supporting The Nature Conservancy with seaweed farming initiatives, Hamanasi Resort is a leading tourism agent in protecting biodiversity in Belize. Hike through the jungle to discover a roaring waterfall almost 1000-feet tall, venture to the only Jaguar Preserve on earth in Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, or take a tropical birding tour to scan the canopy for Belize’s famed national bird, the colorful toucan. Deep-dive into one of three atolls, or in nearby South Water Caye Marine Reserve – a breathtaking stretch of the Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest coral expanse in the world. Witness stunning marine biodiversity, including dolphins, turtles, eagle rays, tropical fish, sponges, corals and different shark species in the crystal-clear waters.

Rates start at $399 per night. Schedule a complimentary travel consultation with Regenerative Travel here to learn more about Hamanasi Resort.

4. Tranquilo Bay in Bocas del Toro, Panama

Known as the Galapagos of the Caribbean, the Bocas del Toro archipelago is one of Earth’s most biologically diverse destinations. Located on the idyllic Bastimentos Island on the northern Caribbean coast of Panama and at the meeting point of three ecosystems, luxurious Tranquilo Bay is a wildlife haven. Standing on more than 200 acres of beautiful nature preserve, Tranquilo Bay is alive with the likes of three-toed sloths, caimans, white-faced monkeys, butterflies, lizards, and frogs. Guests can spot a staggering more than 550 bird species on the Caribbean slope of the Talamanca mountain range. Don’t miss out on the numerous pristine beaches, world-class fishing, and kayak exploration of the rich marine life, from coral flats and reefs to native mangrove forests.

Rates start at $175 per night. Schedule a complimentary travel consultation with Regenerative Travel here to learn more about Tranquilo Bay.

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5. The Datai Langkawi in Langkawi, Malaysia

The tropical island of Langkawi is a lush sanctuary for wildlife and plantlife and is where The Datai Langkawi provides a luxury wellness base for discovering local biodiversity. Guests can keep an eye out for Sunda colugos (flying lemur), the long-tailed macaque, tokay geckos, the black giant squirrel, or even catch a glimpse of the Datai Langkawi’s resident pair of magnificent giant hornbills. World-renowned resident naturalist Irshad Mobarak heads a team of naturalists and marine biologists, guiding guests through the enchanting 10-million-year-old rainforest to explore its mystery. Take the Rimba Trail along the coastal forest for a stunning canopy view 18 meters high.

Rates start at $584 per night. Schedule a complimentary travel consultation with Regenerative Travel here to learn more about The Datai Langkawi.

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