The number of travellers taking eco-tourism holidays is growing three times faster than those choosing mainstream trips and is predicted to make up 5 per cent of the global holiday market by 2024. Eco-friendly holidays have also shaken off their "tie-died t-shirt" image. Ordinary holidaymakers - not just a fringe minority - appear to have caught the habit.
In the past 30 years, the earth has lost nearly a third of its natural habitat. Aircraft emissions contribute to greenhouse gases and tourism development, in the shape of new hotels, golf courses and resorts continue apace in environmentally sensitive areas.
Such issues have been brought into focus by the annual Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, which recognise outstanding commitment to sustainable tourism. With the incredible rise in sustainable tourism, here is the list of our favourite top 5 eco/ sustainable resorts in the world.