Eco Hotels in Europe

Europe's vastly varied terrain lends itself perfectly to an eco retreat, and finding a back to nature escape whilst leaving little impact has never been easier. This selection of green minded hideaways, complete with living walls, solar power and recycled furniture, combine world class service and facilities with their serious approach to the environment.

Destination focus: Iceland

Sitting amongst the greenest countries in the world according to 2016 Environmental Performance Index (EPI), Iceland is one of the world's leaders when it comes to harnessing renewable energy. Thanks to its unique topography, 20% of Iceland's power can be generated geo-thermally whilst the remainder is from hydropower, confirming it as the only country in the world that can claim to obtain 100% of its electricity from renewable sources.

Areias do Seixo, Portugal

Built and run in such a way to minimise its environmental footprint, Areias do Seixo is a serious eco retreat. Constructed using locally sourced, natural building materials and running on geothermal heating and air conditioning systems, the hotel is committed to reducing its environmental impact. The restaurant uses locally supplied food, and guests can spend a morning in the company of the hotel’s farmers, helping to pick the vegetables and herbs which will later be prepared for your meal. Getting guests involved with this unique way of living helps to promote sustainability in rural Portugal and further afield.

Treehotel, Lapland

Sustainability forms the literal and theoretical roots of this hotel. Each of the hotel’s iconic treehouses is built between live trees with as little disturbance to the natural environment as possible. During its construction, no trees were cut down and this ecological focus has continued to be at the forefront of the hotel’s thinking ever since. With an innovative sewage system and hydroelectric power, this is luxury travel on nature’s terms.

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