In recent years, people have become much more aware of their own carbon footprint. Now, the focus has also shifted to hotels. Guests are eager to find stays that will satisfy their desire to be eco-friendly. Since so many guests pass through hotels each year, resources such as water and energy are overused which negatively impacts the environment. Some hotels have decided to stand apart from the others and are leading the effort toward a more sustainable future. Read on to learn about some of the best luxury eco-friendly hotels across the planet!
Discovery Rottnest Island, Australia
Located right off the coast of Perth, Western Australia’s largest city, sits Discovery Rottnest Island. This sustainable hotel’s biggest concerns are protecting the wildlife and leaving behind an almost nonexistent carbon footprint. A Wildlife Management Plan has been put into place as this is the first hotel to be constructed on the island in over 30 years. Guests slumber in lavish eco-tents on Pinky’s Beach and get all of the natural fresh air they desire as there is no air conditioning. For the sustainable traveler who loves being in nature, Discovery Rottnest Island is the perfect destination.
El Nido Resorts, Philippines
The four El Nido Resorts sit atop the water in the form of luxurious bungalows, constructed with sustainability in mind. The resort’s staff is employed locally, and they put an emphasis on buying only local products as well. Guests will be able to experience the sights and sounds of nature while giving back to the environment.
El Nido Resorts, Pangulasian Island
Soneva Fushi, Maldives
Among the islands of the Maldives, you will find Soneva Fushi, a luxurious resort committed to providing a sustainable experience for its guests. The property is located on a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve that protects endangered sea turtles. Each villa is hidden deep in the forest and has its own private white sandy beach. All of its food is grown locally, and the hotel has the biggest solar plant on the entire island. As part of their “Waste-to-Wealth” program, the property recycles over 90% of its own waste at an Eco Centro plant located on-site. Soneva Fushi was even the first to recycle plastic on-site. The “Waste-to-Wealth” program also seeks to give back to the community by teaching them about waste, plastic consumption, and respect for wildlife and the sea. Guests can surf, waterski, bask in the sun, scuba dive with sea turtles, and so much more on this tiny island.
Soneva Fushi, Sunset Reserve Villa
Kachi Lodge, Bolivia
Sitting right at the foot of a volcano in Bolivia’s salt flats, the Kachi is the first hotel of its kind to promote eco-tourism. The experience of stay here will be similar to glamping, but with a solar-powered emphasis. For those looking to give back to the community, Gustu, the hotel’s restaurant, serves under-privileged youth in the local area.
Located right above the chilly Arctic Circle, the lavish Svart Hotel in Norway opens in 2023 as the world’s first energy-positive hotel. It promises to leave a small carbon footprint behind and generate more energy than it consumes over the course of its operation through the use of solar energy. The property is in the shape of one giant circle and sits on the water where it overlooks the Svartisen glacier. It is a paradise for nature-lovers.
Svart Hotel, Courtesy of: Snohetta Plompmozes Miris
Six Senses Yao Noi, Thailand
Few hotels have committed to sustainability more than Six Senses Yao Noi has. This property even has their very own water supply, created through reverse osmosis from rainwater. The generated drinkable water is bottled up into reusable glass bottles and sold to guests and locals. Any monetary gains from water sales are then donated to two local schools and to nearby communities that do not have proper access to clean drinking water. As a guest, you will be able to dine in the restaurant at Six Senses which grows and cooks its own organic veggies and buys the rest of the ingredients from local farmers and suppliers.
The view, Six Senses Yao Noi
Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica
For those wanting sustainable travel combined with adventure, the Pacuare Lodge is the ideal choice. This lodge is hidden deep inside the Central Highlands’ rainforest where you must travel either across the river or on a gondola to reach it. Meals are pre-ordered rather than buffet style to avoid any waste, and the bungalows are lit by lanterns. Immerse yourself in nature while relaxing in the infinity pool or step into the rainforest and enjoy exotic wildlife sightings.
Linda Vista Villas, Pacuare Lodge
1 Hotel Central Park, NYC
Located in the heart of Manhattan, 1 Hotel Central Park was designed with recycled materials and inspired by nature. The property is entirely powered by wind and guests have access to an in-house Tesla to sightsee around the area. Live plants line the walls inside and the hotel’s main goal is to change the world through conversations about sustainability from a hospitality perspective. Enjoy the city lights of NYC while knowing your stay is as eco-friendly as it gets.
Central Park, NYC
Little Kulala, Namibia
Little Kulala Is a desert oasis that supports wildlife rehabilitation efforts and water conservation. The property uses reverse osmosis to turn rainfall into drinking water for its staff and guests and only uses eco-friendly chemicals to clean up around the hotel. Every room is designed with energy-efficient lights and appliances as well as special AC units that help the property to consume less energy. Guests will be able to visit iconic landmarks, take a hot air balloon ride, drive an ATV, or venture out on a safari.
As hotels become more aware of their impact on the environment, more are stepping up and developing sustainable business practices. Hopefully, this commitment to the environment will inspire others to follow their lead. After all, earth is home to all of us, and we each have a responsibility to protect it. We hope this list has inspired you to take a sustainable, luxurious vacation. It is possible to travel in an eco-friendly way, you just have to know where to go and how to do it!