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.
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A plastic bottle takes at least 450 years to biodegrade.
The Best Eco-Hotels
Zannier Hotel Phum Baitang
Siem Reap & Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Phum Baitang, which means 'Green Village' in Khmer is one of Siem Reap's most luxurious and elegant hideaways, with just 45 spacious stilted villas that are wrapped in luminous greenery and finished with high quality interiors.
Sumba Island, Indonesia
Nihi Sumba is a remote, luxury eco lodge on the island of Sumba. Just a short flight from Bali, it is a place for a totally unique holiday experience, perfect for those wanting a remote and exclusive stay in one of the most stunning locations on earth.
Six Senses Yao Noi
Koh Yao Noi, Thailand
Six Senses Yao Noi is a fabulous luxury Six Senses property in a stunning location amongst the picturesque limestone pinnacles of Phang Nga Bay. This is a tucked away, private boutique resort, making it a real retreat.
Tofino, British Columbia, Canada
Balanced on rocks at one end of stunning Chesterman beach in the heart of the Pacific Rim National Park, the Wickaninnish Inn offers one of the most dramatic outlooks across the Pacific Ocean, breathtaking in the summer sunshine or in winter storms.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Machu Picchu, Peru
Inkaterra Machu Picchu is located in an enchanting five-hectare cloud forest garden alongside the Vilcanota River and on the edge of the village of Aguas Calientes. A great base from which to visit the awe-inspiring ruins and lost city of Machu Picchu.
Gal Oya Lodge
Gal Oya National Park, Sri Lanka's National Parks, Sri Lanka
Gal Oya Lodge is set on the outskirts of Gal Oya National Park towards Sri Lanka's east coast. Built from locally-sourced natural materials with furniture made by local craftsmen, the nine-bedroom lodge really gives guests a sense of its surroundings.
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.
Noonu Atoll, Maldives
The perfect combination of nature and luxury, Soneva Jani in the Maldives offers guests an unparalleled experience in idyllic surroundings. Made of sustainable materials, Soneva Jani is natural, yet refined and sophisticated.
Estancia Los Potreros
Estancia Los Potreros is a family-run, working cattle ranch in the Sierras Chicas hills, north-west of Cordoba in the heart Argentina. It is a superb destination for horse riding, farm experiences and polo and offers a truly authentic estancia experience.