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Swimming pool (natural)

Compared with a chlorinated swimming pool, a dip in a natural pool can feel much more refreshing. Designs vary, but they generally all work on the same premise: a wall separates a foil- or rubber-lined swimming area from an aquatic plant garden, whose marsh plants and sand act as a natural filter for oxygenizing and cleaning the water. Because they are designed in tune with the natural environment, they are wildlife-friendly, so don't be surprised if, while you're relaxing poolside, you see dragonflies and butterflies flittering across the water. Thankfully, hoteliers are increasingly installing these natural, eco-friendly alternatives.

Hot and sunny Ibiza with clear, bright blue sky

Agroturismo Can Marti, Ibiza, Spain

A beautiful, authentic and organic farmhouse in a quiet and idyllic spot in the unspoilt north of the island. The renovated house offers very comfortable and originally decorated apartments with garden access.
From 150€

More Swimming Pools (Natural)

The Oak and Hazel Houses

Little White Alice, Carnmenellis, Cornwall

A newly built green complex of 6 luxury self catering holiday cottages and 2 arks in the heart of Cornwall. Self sufficient with wood burners, a natural swimming pool, nature reserve and 25 acres of land. Close to North and South coasts.
7 double, 5 twin/double, 2 Arks (2 adults and 2 children)

From £210

The Yoga Shala floating above the kitchen gardens with views along the valley

Yoga at Moses, Oleiros, Portugal

Spend a week in this stunning valley farm nestled in the foothills of the Serra de Estrela mountain range of Central Portugal. Practice yoga daily, walk in forests, swim in rivers, breath mountain air, eat deliciously and sleep deeply. Open to all.
18: 2 double rooms, 7 singles in 2 cottages, 4 Soulpads

From 800€ per week including 3 vegetarian meals a day, morning and afternoon yoga classes, and a massage or acupuncture treatment.

Tipi camp perfect for memorable family holidays

Cornish Tipi Holidays, Cornwall, England

Not glamping, not tramping, just real camping made easy in a beautiful and private place. Sit round your own camp fire, fish and swim in the sparkling lake, drift through butterflies or run on the wild Atlantic beach.
34: 20 family tipis, 12 Couples tipis, 2 group tipis

from £18

Hot and sunny Ibiza with clear, bright blue sky

Agroturismo Can Marti, Ibiza, Spain

A beautiful, authentic and organic farmhouse in a quiet and idyllic spot in the unspoilt north of the island. The renovated house offers very comfortable and originally decorated apartments with garden access.
2 suites and 3 doubles

From 150€

Balebarn ecolodge (sleeps 8) and the wildlife pond at Wheatland Farm

Wheatland Farm Eco Lodges and Cottage, Devon, England

Unwind amidst Devon’s beautiful countryside, knowing your stay helps protect rare orchids, owls and dormice. Relax in comfortable low-impact lodges or a cottage (has woodburner). Borrow bikes, fish the pond, or explore 21 acres managed for wildlife.
4 lodges (sleep 8,6,4,4) & 1 cottage (sleeps 4)

Prices from £205-£590 per week. Short breaks also available.

Natural swimming pool to complement a green holiday in Ponta Delgada, Azores

Quinta do Bom Despacho, Azores, Portugal

Stay in one of ten double rooms in a historic manor house updated with all modern comforts. Swim in the natural pool in the organic garden which provides fruit and vegetables for all the self-catering guests.
2 suites, 5 doubles, 3 twins

From €24

The French Roulotte

Roulotte Retreat, Scottish Borders, Scotland

Within the sanctuary of a wild flower meadow in the beautiful Scottish Borders lies a truly special retreat. A magical blend of Gypsy romance, French glamour and a dash of the Orient can be found in one of these 7 imaginative caravans.
7 Roulottes: 1 double or 1 living space that sleeps 4

From £105 per night

Ariel view of Mas Salagros Ecoresort

Mas Salagros Ecoresort, Costa Barcelona, Spain

Just 20km outside Barcelona, this eco-resort is Spain's first certified Bio Hotel. Centred around Roman-style baths, Mas Salagros offers hiking, cycling and classes including yoga and pranayama, as well as three stunning restaurants and bars.
60 rooms

Prices vary - check website for details

Hotel Maravedí, Las Alpujarras, Spain

Be amazed by breathtaking views both day and night - you can stargaze in the hotel's own astronomical observatory. Walking, outdoor activities, interesting places to visit... and on your return enjoy a refreshing dip in the natural swimming pool.
16 rooms

Doubles from €55/€65 without/with terrace

Wyresdale Park (Country Retreat)

Wyresdale Park (Country Retreat), Preston, Lancashire

Wyresdale Park (Country Retreat) in the Forest of Bowland is camping heaven on earth: with a lake for boating and swimming, tall trees for rope swings and hidden coves for hammocks and campfires; a wild fell for exploring on foot and hot tubs.
Country Retreat Lodges each sleep up to 6

From £369 per week

Pentillie Castle, Cornwall, England

A turreted, 17th-century castle, 2,000 acres of grounds that reach to the Tamar, a natural swimming pool with bathing hut, beautiful food, gorgeous bedrooms...and it's supremely green, too. A boutique B&B with a difference.
9 doubles

From £120 for two

River Lodge.

Moinho do Pego Ferreiro, Marvao, Portugal

An organic, off-grid smallholding on the Rio Sever in the Parque Natural de Serra de Sao Mamede providing accommodation and some meals in the Goat House, River Lodge and Boar Hide. Offering privacy, peace and pigs.
2 venues, 1x1 double. 1x1 double and 2 singles.

River Lodge €370/week. Boar Hide €340/week.

Wrostler's Barn, compost toilet and campfire.

Wrostler's Barn, Cumbria, UK

Beautiful, off-grid camping barn in ancient woodland, very close to Coniston Water. A fantastic eco-holiday retreat, remote and secluded but just a one minute walk through the SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) woods to the lakeside.
There are two separate sleeping spaces, 12 single mattreses.

from £250

The quirky Meadow Keeper's Cottage in Sussex

Meadow Keeper's Cottage, Sussex, England

A higgledy-piggledy cottage on wheels offering a roomy four person stay. Pitch in with the animal feeding on the farm, explore the diverse range of habitats, visit the beach and try the various courses, including bush craft, on offer.
Roomy four person space.

£107 per night

Luxury tented camp

Le Camp, Tarn et Garonne, Southwest France

A stunning six-tented luxury camp in a beautiful part of SW France. Extra king-size beds in spacious tents, well equipped communal kitchen, free concierge service and lots of play opportunities for children including a lovely natural swimming pool.
Six tents sleeping 2-8: 4 Yurts, 1 Giant Yurt, 1 Big Tent

€267 per night for safari tent. €219 per night for woodland yurt. Children €25 per child per night. No other charges, everything else included.

Big Sky Yurt, Devon, England

Big Sky Retreat, Devon, England

A wooden yurt entirely constructed from recycled and natural materials with stunning 180 degree views across rolling countryside. There's plenty to do- wander the extensive ornamental grass gardens, go swimming or explore the ancient woodland.
1 living space. Sleeps 2

From £140 per night

Exterior of Mas Ardevol and solar panels in the hills above Porrera

Mas Ardèvol, Falset, Costa Daurada, Catalonia, Spain

Set in a beautiful spot outside Porrera, Mas Ardèvol has 5 spacious, elegantly decorated rooms, a natural swimming pool, and provides easy access to the Montsant mountains and the sundial route in Porrera. Specialises in traditional Priorat cuisine.
5: 2 double, 2 premium, 1 deluxe

Double room €92 per night; Premium room €120 per night; Deluxe room €140 per night. All prices include breakfast and extra beds for children

Cabane de Jeanne

Cabane de Jeanne, Normandy, France

This wooden fisherman’s cabin overlooking a serene lake is charmingly simple, a single white-panelled bedroom with embroidered white linen, and stairs up to a light-filled lounge. But it’s all about the lake: the views, the boat bobbing on the jetty.
Cabin for 2

€180, two-night minimum stay

Luxury accommodation in England

Dolphinholme House Farm, Feather Down Farm, Lancashire

Surrounded on all sides by woodland and fields, this fantastic campsite offers up a wonderful natural playground, from building dens in the woods to playing and swimming in the River Wyre, not to mention a wealth of fascinating walking trails.
Room for up to 6: 1 double bed, 1 bunk bed, 1 cupboard bed

from £339