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.
Think of Africa and a vast, unspoilt wilderness springs to mind. There, conservation is the byword and these handpicked hotels are all, in one way or another, committed to protecting the environment, wildlife and local community for generations to come.
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.
From the organic vineyards of California to the wild tundra of Canada, all the hotels in this handpicked selection benefit from a unique setting, allowing you to get back to nature without forgoing any of those little extra luxuries we love to love on holiday.
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.
GBP £2,300 per person for 7 nights
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.
GBP £1,900 per person for 7 nights
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.
GBP £3,500 per person for 7 nights
Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa
San Pedro de Atacama, Northern Chile
Tierra Atacama is a luxury boutique hotel located on the outskirts of the oasis village of San Pedro in Chile's breathtaking Atacama Desert. Guests at Tierra Atacama experience warm hospitality, delicious cuisine and exciting excursions.
Cristalino Jungle Lodge
Alta Floresta, Brazil
Cristalino Jungle Lodge is a magical wildlife destination and conservation project nestled in a pristine private reserve in the Alta Floresta region in the Southern Brazilian Amazon rainforest state of Mato Grosso. Cristalino is only accessible by boat.
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.