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 minimize their impact on the planet. From stylish, urban boltholes to remote green-minded getaways, we've chosen our favorite 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 favorite 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.
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.
$2,100per person for 7 nights
Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile
EcoCamp Patagonia offers guests unique accommodation right in the center of the stunning Torres del Paine National Park. Combining well with some of the region’s most famous and picturesque hiking trails, it’s perfect for the adventurous at heart.
Volterra, Tuscany, Italy
Cocooned in 750 acres of organic farmlands, landscaped gardens and rolling Tuscan countryside, Borgo Pignano is housed in an 18th century villa, cottages and farmhouses with exceptional views and one of the most picturesque pools imaginable.
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.
Canterbury and the West Coast, New Zealand
Nestled in the pristine Ahuriri Valley in New Zealand’s South Island, you will find The Lindis. New Zealand’s newest luxury lodge has been created for you to unwind and relax while taking in the surrounding idyllic setting.
1 Hotel Central Park
Midtown, New York, United States of America
1 Hotel Central Park is an uber-cool and eco-friendly hotel located one block away from New York's famous Central park. Offering top-end service and luxury with an emphasis on sustainability, it's a refreshing change from the larger 5 star chains.
Areias do Seixo
Less than an hour from Lisbon, the beach-side haven of Areias do Seixo is set amongst pine trees, sand dunes and the Atlantic Ocean. A boutique hotel, the fourteen rooms provide a stylish and comfortable retreat in which to relax and enjoy the view.
Anambas Islands, Indonesia
Only accessible by seaplane, Bawah is a group of six tropical islands that feature 36 beautifully designed suites and bungalows. Surrounded by lagoons and coral reefs as well as dense jungle canopy and mangroves, this eco-hideaway is an explorers dream.
Backwaters, Kerala and Karnataka, India
The perfect place to relax on the shore of Lake Vembenad in Kerala within easy access of Cochin. Coconut Lagoon is a charming hotel with heritage styled rooms, tropical gardens and fantastic local cuisine ideal for a final stop on a Keralan adventure.
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.