In travel, times are changing. Hotels across the globe are looking to the future, and the earth, to find sustainable ways to improve their green credentials and minimise their impact on the planet. From stylish, urban boltholes to remote green-minded getaways, we've chosen our favourite eco-friendly hotels, lodges and retreats to inspire a stay that doesn't cost the earth.
Home to a myriad of hotels that put the environment at the top of the agenda, Asia is a leading light when it comes to proving once and for all that sustainability and luxury are not mutually exclusive. We've chosen a handful of our favourite resorts across the continent, designed, built and run with nature in mind.
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.
Home to some of the most unique eco-systems on the planet and a handful of the world's last true wildernesses, Latin America is a paradise for nature enthusiasts. With this in mind, we've handpicked a selection of luxury resorts that unanimously champion eco-tourism, leaving no stone unturned when it comes to going green.
Did you know?
A plastic bottle takes at least 450 years to biodegrade.
The Best Eco-Hotels
Six Senses Douro Valley
Douro Valley, Portugal
Set in a 19th century manor house, Six Senses Douro Valley is arguably the finest hotel in northern Portugal. Commanding an enviable position overlooking the River Douro, the hotel’s grounds and gardens celebrate the produce and flavours of the region.
The Treehotel is one of the most unique design-led hotels you will ever stay in; a choice of a treehouse ranging from a Bird's Nest to a UFO. Set in the stunning wilds of Swedish Lapland, it is a perfect destination for winter fun or summer adventures.
Finca La Donaira
Finca La Donaira, a one-of-a-kind boutique eco-luxury property, is set high in the Andalucian countryside between Seville and Ronda. Unparalleled service, food and outdoor experiences create a perfect contrast to sightseeing in southern Spain.
Six Senses Kaplankaya
Kaplankaya, Bodrum, Turkey
Overlooking the sparkling waters of the Aegean Sea on Turkey’s west coast, Six Senses Kaplankaya is a beautiful resort which caters to families and couples and is ideally placed for exploring the region’s impressive archaeological sites and coastline.
Six Senses Laamu
Six Senses Laamu is the only resort on the virtually uncharted Laamu Atoll in the Maldives, deep in the Indian Ocean. The island is of outstanding natural beauty, powder white sand, lush tropical vegetation and crystal clear waters.
Golden Circle, Iceland
Built in the style of the traditional Icelandic turf houses, the Torfhus Retreat encapsulates Iceland's heritage and offers guests a unique and authentic experience, just a short drive from the iconic landmarks of the Golden Circle.
Turrialba and Pacuare, Costa Rica
Pacuare Lodge is a luxurious nature and adventure lover’s paradise hidden away in the heart of Costa Rica’s most pristine jungle. Best accessed by white water raft, it combines thrilling adventure activities and an abundance of wildlife.
With its striking contemporary design and incredible ‘heart of the forest’ feel, Mashpi Lodge is a sophisticated and relaxing hideaway in the clouds, perfectly situated for exploring the incredible biodiversity of the Chocoan cloudforest.
Mendoza Wine Region, Argentina
Finca Adalgisa is a traditional family-run small winery and charming boutique hotel located in Argentina's premier wine growing region outside of Mendoza. Finca Adalgisa is a great base for exploring the best vineyards in the area.
The Finch Bay Eco Hotel
A charming eco-friendly retreat, the Finch Bay Eco Hotel is located just steps away from the beach on the Galapagos island of Santa Cruz, surrounded by fascinating flora and fauna. It works well as an alternative to a cruise or as a beach stay afterwards.