Hotels can often make or break a vacation. If you’re staying somewhere with bad service or amenities, it’s more likely that you’ll have a worse time than someone sitting by the pool drinking Mojitos. Today, there’s a lot of onus on this holidaymaker as he or she plans to go away: “Am I doing what is right for the environment?”
Well, worry no more! We’ve highlighted the best eco-friendly hotels to consider next time you go traveling. If everyone thought this way, perhaps we’d have more than 12 years left on this Earth. Let’s check-in…
Six Senses Con Dao – Vietnam
All of the resources in Con Dao’s hotel are made from sustainable and natural resources. Professional architects were brought in to make sure that airflow was maximized – reducing the need for air conditioning in the humid country.
According to online reviews, the staff at Six Senses are just as passionate as the guests when it comes to protecting the environment. Their social responsibility for saving the planet shines through everything they do – and it definitely shows.
Hotel Tierra Patagonia – Chile
Located in Torres del Paine, the Hotel Tierra Patagonia is built within the gorgeous hillsides of South America. Upon being built, it wanted to make sure it wasn’t too intrusive among the rest of the natural land – and boy, does it show.
Inside, it’s full of low-energy lighting and wooden walls that are designed to monitor the climate inside without additional use of power. If you decide to stay here, your footprint won’t be as large as other places.
White Pod – Swiss Alps
These pods might not look luxurious, but that’s because you haven’t seen inside them! These white bubbles along the landscape are considered ‘low impact accommodations’. Simply put, this means their carbon footprint is little to nothing.
When you stay in the White Pod, you’ll have access to minimal amounts of electricity and running water. In turn, you’ll be expected to produce less waste and reuse some of the resources that are on site. Would you take on the challenge?
Spice Island Beach Resort – Grenada
Located in St. George’s, Grenada, the Spice Island Beach Resort is a shining example of energy efficiency. This is one of the most dedicated hotels to recycling and replanting on trees. In fact, it even hosts community cleanups.
Guests are encouraged to help out around the site and pick up any trash they see. Occasionally, the resort hosts lectures on how to conserve the planet – so, be sure to book for that and learn a few things while on vacation.
The Park Hyderabad – India
India isn’t known to be very considerate when it comes to protecting the environment. However, it doesn’t mean the country doesn’t have a few hotels that try to appease to the needs of guests from around the world.
The Park Hyderabad amazing design is intended to maximize the natural light from the sun. This, in turn, reduces the amount of electricity needed. The site is also dedicated to using bicycles and electric vehicles for guests who want to explore the area.
Saffire Freycinet – Tasmania
As well as monitoring its carbon footprint, the Saffire Freycinet also goes above and beyond to work with local vendors in Coles Bay, Tasmania. Construction included energy-efficient windows and air-conditioning to make sure no gratuitous energy was used.
When guests step inside the Tasmanian hotel, they’ll be amazed at the effort that was put into making it as comfortable as possible. Looking out into the misty mountains will only make you appreciate nature more. Would you stay here?
Hotel Punta Islita – Costa Rica
This Costa Rican hotel was dedicated to protecting the environment and has earned countless awards in the process. Thanks to the local government and the Sustainable Tourism department, the Hotel Punta Islita is getting the recognition it finally deserves.
Aside from the physical construction dedicated to the environment, the whole staff also makes sure they engage in reforestation initiatives in the entire area. For them, the priority is wildlife conservation and helping protect the environment.
Proximity Hotel – North Carolina, USA
Let’s take a look at Greensboro, USA, for a glimpse at the Proximity Hotel. It’s one of the only hotels in America that has a LEED Platinum Green Hotel’ award for its efforts to low-energy use.
Overall, the Proximity Hotel has 70 sustainable practices to abides by. For starters, it has a totally vegetated restaurant on the roof that it uses to grow most of its own food. On top of that (figuratively), there are 100 solar panels that heat 60% of the water for the entire place.
Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa – Maldives
If you find yourself in the Maldives, you will definitely want to book a stay at the Park Hyatt. It was built on top of the Indian Ocean, meaning that it has practically no effect on the rest of the land in the area.
As well as being cautious about its location, the Park Hyatt received silver EarthCheck certification for its dedication to protecting the environment and conserving the region. It’s one of the only hotels built over the water – would this bother you?
Morgan’s Rock Hacienda and Ecolodge – Nicaragua
These bungalows can be found near San Juan del Sur, and are an impressive feat in eco-protectionism. They epitomize a ‘less-is-more’ approach and encourage guests to live a frugal and minimal lifestyle during their stay.
This means that electricity, heating, air-conditioning, and more are usually left off limits. One of the biggest selling points is how guests become more at one with nature. If that’s your kind of thing! Be prepared to sleep on the floor and under the stars.
Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas – Nevada, USA
You might not think that the hotels along the sunset strip would be considerate of the environment, but the Mandarin Oriental is one of the exceptions! The building takes advantage of its facade to maximize natural light.
As well as using the building to its natural advantage, the lamps are all installed using compact fluorescent lights. The cherry on top? Even the paints on the walls are non-toxic and the sushi in the downstairs restaurant is prepared with sustainable fish. Whatever that means.
Lefay Resort and Spa Lago di Garda – Italy
There are a few aspects of the Italian resort that make it eco-friendly. The building is constructed within the natural hills and slopes to reduce energy and heat dispersion. One of the more unique parts of this hotel is how it collects its own water from the sky!
Lefay Resort and Spa Lago di Garda collects rainwater and manages its waste disposal in such a way that makes it practically perfect to maintain a healthy environment. Why import water when it falls from the sky for free?
Lapa Rios Ecolodge – Costa Rica
Here’s another ecolodge designed to minimalize its carbon footprint and encourage its guests to consider the environment. Unfortunately, poaching and deforestation are major issues in the Costa Rican region of the Peninsula. Well, Lapa Rios is here to help out!
The Ecolodge has promised to protect more than 1,000 acres of land within its entire private land. On the land, it hosts plenty of sustainable projects that focus on solar power and water preservation.
Jetwing Vil Uyana – Sri Lanka
The area’s biodiversity has been improving over time with the inclusion of hotels like the Jetwing Vil Uyana. Originally, the Sri Lankan region of Sigiriya was used for ‘slash and burn’ agriculture that had devastating effects on the environment.
The Jetwing Vil Uyana is set up its own program: the Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme (JEEP) that is dedicated to innovating the ecosystem and giving back healthy initiatives to the community. Guests can sleep silently under the stars knowing they’re saving the planet.
Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Resort – Fiji Islands
This resort was named after the world-renowned explorer and conservationist, Jean-Michel Cousteau. Therefore, it makes sense that this Fiji hotel would want to follow in some of its footsteps and be sustainable, too.
Every detail is considered when it comes to the resort: menus don’t include farmed fish, lighting is low-voltage, and even the wood used for the building came from certified local forests. Next time you travel to Fiji, this is one of the hotels you’ll want to see for yourself.
Inn by the Sea – Maine, USA
We return to the United States, this time to New England, for a sustainable hotel found in Crescent Beach. Its whole agenda aims to minimize its footprint and make sure there are no drastic long-lasting effects of the hotel.
These include, but are not limited to, using non-toxic cleaning products and using recycling products for the amenities. Even its heat is collected from solar panels on the roof to minimize how much energy it uses. Impressive for New England!
Hotel Topazz – Austria
Hotel Topazz is based in Vienna, Austria, and is one of the hotels on this list that lives in a busy city center. Topazz uses triple-tinted windows and LED lamps to maintain its eco-friendly agenda.
In fact, it is also in close partnership with a restaurant across the street to make sure that food is healthy, organic, but also mindful of the environment. If you find yourself in Europe, then why not book a stay at Hotel Topazz and save the world?
Hotel Terra Jackson Hole – Wyoming, USA
Much like the hotel in South Carolina, the Hotel Terra Jackson Hole also obtained a LEED certification. Its energy is drawn from the sun through solar panels as well as hydropower from the water in the region.
The structure itself is made from recycled materials, and the heating and cooling systems are controlled by an AI-driven system designed to optimize the energy output. Found in Toton Village, the hotel is one of the most technologically advanced, yet environmentally friendly, hotels in America.
Hix Island House – Puerto Rico
This small hotel in Isla de Vieques runs on solar-charged batteries and recycles the rainwater that it collects. This way, it makes sure to not drain any of the resources in the area and relies on the local weather to keep it going.
The Hix Island House is designed to catch the cooling winds in the region so that guests don’t need to use air-conditioning. All in all, there are very few times when management at the hotel need to rely on external sources of energy.
Hi Hotel – France
Hi Hotel received a Green Globe for its efforts toward environmentalism. The French hotel, located in Nice, uses organic paints, recycled paper, non-toxic cleaning products, and organic food in its kitchen.
This means it leaves a small footprint in the grand race to lower emissions and reduce our impact on their Earth’s climate. When guests stay at Hi Hotel, they’ll sleep easy knowing that they’re helping save the planet.
Heritance Ahungalla – Sri Lanka
The entire hotel is designed to make sure that artificial lighting is never used unnecessarily used during the day. On top of that, the staff is on guard to make sure that nothing is thrown into the sea or left on the beach.
Heritance Ahungalla makes sure its footprint is as small as possible and that no guest uses anything more than they have to. That way, the region can continue with its efforts to be eco-friendly.
Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort – Belize
The Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort is recognized in the region for its environmental efforts. As well as being mindful of its carbon footprint, it also tries to use it for entertainment purposes.
The resort was built keeping as many trees as possible, while also composting vegetables and supporting local vendors. Every so often the resort hosts some talks about how to best support their efforts. The locals in Belize are generally very mindful about their footprints.
h2hotel – California, USA
The h2hotel uses solar power to fuel its entire building, as well as using mechanics on a roof designed to catch any rainwater that falls onto its roof. That way, the building can eventually run on its own without additional resources.
The hotel also tries to convince its guests to do the same: it even offers guests complimentary bicycles to travel around the area without relying on cars. For now, it is one of the leading environmentally-friendly hotels in California.
The Green House – UK
According to its own website, The Green House is the most environmentally friendly hotel in the United Kingdom. This is since it relies on sustainable materials to build just about anything. Everything from its carpets, curtains or sofas are made from eco-friendly resources.
In total, The Green House has 32 rooms and claims to ‘eat, sleep, and breathe sustainability’. Would you like to sleep in a small, boutique hotel like this? Guests can even give tips on how to be more sustainable.
Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn – Costa Rica
At the Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn, there are underground electrical systems and are kept away from the wilderness and the natural life. As well as that, the leftover coffee pulp is recycled and used as fertilizer.
All of the vegetables on the site are organic and the linens are made from bamboo fiber. This may sound like a lot, but it’s the small steps like these that can help control our footprints and make it a more eco-friendly world.
El Nido Resorts – Philippines
There are a few resorts from El Nido, but all of them promote sustainability through their work with local communities. In fact, these efforts can be traced all the way back to 2008, when they launched the El Nido Biodiversity Online.
The project highlighted the inline database of El Nido’s animals and plant life, and all the ways in which is it supporting the environment. The Philippines is only one of the regions in the world where this is occurring.
Concordia Eco Resort – Virgin Islands
If you find yourself flying to the Virgin Islands, then you might want to check out the Concordia Eco Resort. Most guests have compared it to living in a luxury treehouse. This is because of the lack of electricity.
What it lacks in electricity it makes up for in innovation. There are solar-powered showers, composting toilets, and even a 12-volt photovoltaic electricity box for emergencies. You can sleep in the trees while looking out into the oceans.
Chumbe Island Coral Park Eco-Bungalows – Tanzania
The only source of water at the Chumbe Island Coral Park Eco-Bungalows is from the water in the sky. This means you should think about washing before you stay at one of these hotels! For the electricity, there are solar panels attached to the roofs and all the ecolodges are made with local materials.
If you stay at the Chumbe Island Coral Park Eco-Bungalows, you’ll definitely get a sense of frugality. Regardless, you’ll be saving the world in the process.
Campi ya Kanzi – Kenya
This Kenyan location is a collection of cottages and hotels that are practically sustainable in every way. They were made out of wood from trees that only fell naturally, and its solar technology can light up the whole resort.
When guests visit Campi ya Kanzi, they’ll be able to sleep peacefully at night knowing that they are not impacting the environment in any serious ways. Hopefully, more resorts will be like this in the future. What do you think?
Garonga Safari Camp – Phalaborwa, South Africa
This South African campsite only has 12 beds available, so you’re going to want to book it quickly! The resort is capable of supporting the entire local community through economic efforts that do not impact the environment.
All of the food at Garonga Safari Camp is sourced locally and helps boost the employment opportunities for those in the community. Guests also have the opportunity to plant their own trees to balance out their carbon footprint when they stay.
Thala Beach Lodge – Port Douglas, Australia
This gorgeous resort has won countless awards for its environmental efforts, including the highest ecotourism accreditation. The lodge is located on private land and is actively involved with the rehabilitation of the surrounding environment.
It achieves this by inviting elders of the Kuku Talanji tribe who walk with guests as they explore the 145 acres of wildlife. Guests then learn about the Australian culture and some of the healing plants used for homeopathy.
Alila Villas Soori – Bali, Indonesia
Travelers can explore the Alila Villas, which can be found along the southwest coast of Bali. It sits in between rice fields and coastlines and was built in accordance with the EarthCheck International standards for environmental protection.
This means that the Villas rely solely on rainwater from the sky, which is optimized for bathing and washing uses. All resources, such as sand, rock, and spices, are traded locally to ensure the economy remains strong and thriving.
Al Natural Resort – Panama
The Al Natural Resort sits on a quiet part of Bocas Del Toro in Panama. There are seven bungalows that sit along the Caribbean sea that all run on solar power and open air walls to navigate the climate.
Once there, guests can enjoy environmentally cautious activities such as yoga retreats, SCUBA diving courses, or simply sunbathing on the beach! It only serves food from local communities and they are made sure to reduce their footprint whenever possible.
Hoshinoya Karuizawa – Japan
The Hoshinoya Karuizawa resort is only a short drive from Tokyo but once you’re there, guests feel like they’ve been taken back in time. It sits surrounded by trees that have been protected for centuries, and the resort makes sure to use hydroelectricity from rivers in the area.
The resort uses a system called ‘Energy In My Yard’ (EIMY) That provides 70% of all the energy. This includes lighting but also floor heating for those chilly evenings spent in the mountains.
Lisu Lodge – Chiang Mai, Thailand
Resting in the lush greenery of Chiang Mai, Lisu Lodge works heavily with the local community to preserve Thailand’s rich history and culture. Guests can explore the heritage of the locals, cycle in the area, and relax with a cup of locally brewed tea.
You can also take the opportunity to help restore their forest ecosystem nearby. This means that guests at Lisu Lodge literally work hard to reverse the actions of their carbon footprint. If you find yourself in this part of the world, then why not stop and say hi?
Vivood – Spain
If you’re sitting in a jacuzzi in the Guadalest Valley, then you might not even think about the eco-friendly nature of the hotel. The truth is that it is so luxurious you won’t believe how friendly it is to the environment.
It uses renewable energy to heat and light areas, as well as filtering the water it collects from the sky for your bathing needs. Next time you travel to Benimantell, Spain, then book a room and stay in a place that overlooks the valley.
Marataba Trails Lodge – South Africa
We’re back in South Africa, this time deep inside Marakele National Park. This lodge is almost completely off the grid as guests find themselves entirely disconnected from Wifi and television. Some may like that, others may not!
In fact, it’s so remote that Marataba Trails Lodge only accommodates for eight guests at a time! Once there, you can explore the multiple trails and natural sites all while keeping your carbon footprint down to a minimum. You never know what African animal you might meet along the way!
Jicaro Island Lodge – Nicaragua
We’re visiting another lodge now – this time back in Nicaragua. Jicaro Island Lodge is on a small island right in the middle of Lake Nicaragua. At first glance, you’ll spot just how easily it blends with the natural environment so that it doesn’t leave too much of an imprint.
Guests are encouraged to take part in activities that benefit the local communities, just as working with a local school to build areas or feed the students. Everything that is built is used from trees that already fell during Hurricane Felix – so no one is cutting down any more plants!
Hotel Hangaroa – Chile
We’re back in Chile to visit Hotel Hangaroa. Located in Isla de Pascua, the hotel is full of staff members from inhabitants of Easter Island. Together, they share a deep respect for the Earth and want to maintain its beauty as much as possible.
Amazingly, there are parts of the hotel made from tree branches, volcanic rock, or even clay and rock. If you want to venture to Chile, then we recommend becoming one with the world at this gorgeous site.