In a pretty, traditional village in northwest Greece is a deluxe, lodge-style hotel known as the Aristi Mountain Resort. Crafted from locally sourced stone and wood and designed to blend into the landscape as well as preserve it, Aristi is a refuge for anyone looking to get back to nature. From the very beginning, sustainability has been front and centre. The resort uses only LED bulbs and heat pumps that keeps oil consumption low. They’re proud members of the ‘National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World’, and are currently participating in the ‘Planet or Plastic?’ initiative that raises awareness of plastic’s impact on our oceans. By mid-2019, they hope to have eliminated all single-use plastic bottles and straws. As for the rooms, each is well-equipped, neutrally hued and fragranced with nature’s most delightful scents, like lavender, mint, sage and rosemary. The Aristi is also home to the region’s only spa, notable for its views of the Vikos Gorge and Mount Tymphe. It’s this prime location that makes it ideal for anyone wanting to enjoy the great outdoors. Hike 2,500 metres up to the Gamila summit, meander along the Voidomatis River or pay a visit to the nearby Zagorochoria villages. Alternatively, simply lay back on the veranda and while away an afternoon wildlife-spotting and taking in the panoramas.