Environmental sustainability is becoming an increasing priority for visionary hotels the world over. Here, we look at the best eco-friendly hotels in the world and the measures they are taking to stay green.
As the stark reality of the negative effects of a neglected world begin to get clearer by the year, more and more people are starting to question their everyday choices with regard to how these choices impact our environment.
In the process, a lot of us are beginning to explore ways and things we can do to help save and preserve our beautiful world.
Enter eco-friendly, aka sustainable, travel.
According to a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change, global tourism today accounts for about 8 percent of carbon emissions. That is nothing to scoff at.
A growing number of hotels and resorts are acknowledging this and have already taken concrete steps towards becoming even more sustainable.
To offer a service that impacts the planet in a lesser way.
Below is a list of hotels that are leading the sustainability charge.
- 1 Best Eco-Friendly Hotels in the World #1: Svart Hotel, Norway
- 2 Best Eco-Friendly Hotels in the World #2: Six Senses Con Dao Vietnam
- 3 Best Eco-Friendly Hotels in the World #3: Soori Bali, Bali
- 4 Best Eco-Friendly Hotels in the World #4: Inn by the Sea, Maine
- 5 Best Eco-Friendly Hotels in the World #5: Jumeirah Vittaveli Resort, Maldives
- 6 Best Eco-Friendly Hotels in the World #6: H2Hotel, California
- 7 Best Eco-Friendly Hotels in the World #7: The Brando, French Polynesia
Best Eco-Friendly Hotels in the World #1: Svart Hotel, Norway
Svart Glacier Hotel is nestled in the frosty Arctic Circle in Norway and is billed to be one of the most remarkable eco-friendly hotels in the world when it throws its gates open in 2021.
The circular-shaped hotel has been constructed on the notion that it could produce more energy than it gobbles up over the course of its lifetime, rendering it an ‘energy-positive’ establishment.
Svart Hotel, which will provide 360-degree views of the magnificent Svartisen Glacier, will derive its energy from the solar panels that will be used in its construction.
It will then employ several techniques that will enable it to run on significantly lower energy, and in the process create a surplus.
Best Eco-Friendly Hotels in the World #2: Six Senses Con Dao Vietnam
Con Dao is an archipelago on the southeast coast of Vietnam famed for its sandy beaches, marine life and coral reefs.
It is served by a number of hotels, and one that stands out in terms of environmental friendliness is the Six Senses Con Dao. This is a luxury resort surrounded by jungle and pristine beaches which features beautiful villas, private infinity pools and outdoor showers.
It was constructed using sustainable materials and was even named by National Geographic one of the most eco-friendly resorts in the world.
You see, for hot humid climes like Con Dao’s, the thought of not having air-conditioning in the premises sounds absurd. But why use A/C when you can rely on nature to do its magic, right?
The structure of the Six Senses is designed to naturally maximize airflow, negating the need for air-conditioning.
The luxury resort is keen on the idea of an eco-conscious world, even educating its staff on how to minimize their carbon footprint.
Best Eco-Friendly Hotels in the World #3: Soori Bali, Bali
Bali, Indonesia is not short of breathtaking resorts, most of which serve as healthy holiday spots and wellness retreat centers. For one to thus outshine the rest means it must be doing some pretty incredible things.
And that’s the case with Soori Bali in Kerambitan.
Not only is this one of the most sustainable hotel resorts in the world, but the Financial Times named it one of the world’s Top 50 Best Beach Hotels.
The five-star luxury hotel, snuggled between the calming rice fields and the infinite waters of the Indian ocean, was built from the ground-up with eco-friendly materials sourced locally.
Among other measures, the resort has also leveraged one of the area’s most abundant natural resource to its benefit: rainfall. It has a rainwater filtration system that serves the whole premises.
Best Eco-Friendly Hotels in the World #4: Inn by the Sea, Maine
Inn by the Sea is a stunning oceanfront luxury beach resort in Portland, Maine that seeks to incorporate green products wherever possible.
Solar energy and biofuel are used entirely as the heating sources. Staff do the cleaning with non-toxic cruelty-free products that do not pose a risk to animals, humans and the environment.
What’s more, the resort’s love for the environment and animals is clear to see. They cherish pets and wildlife, which is why pets always roam free and local wildlife frequent the inviting garden habit onsite.
Best Eco-Friendly Hotels in the World #5: Jumeirah Vittaveli Resort, Maldives
The gorgeous Jumeirah Vittaveli Resort in the Maldives has perfectly married eco-friendly travel with a luxury holiday experience.
Following a sustainability audit in the past that required meeting stringent criteria, this luxurious boutique resort overlooking the Indian Ocean was awarded the Green Globe Certification as a nod to its sustainability efforts.
These include a water purification system that converts seawater into fresh drinking water. This sees the resort save an equivalent of 70,000 plastic water bottles a year, an incredible eco-friendly feat.
Other eco practices at the Jumeirah Vittaveli include pools heated by generators that run on heat recovery systems and use of LED light bulbs.
The 5-star resort also engages in ethical food purchasing and employs sustainable fishing practices, and its open-air concept makes it less reliant on air conditioning.
Best Eco-Friendly Hotels in the World #6: H2Hotel, California
Located in Healdsburg, California, the H2Hotel is one of the most eco-friendly hotels not just in the US, but the entire world.
And here’s why.
The hotel holds the LEED-NC 2.2 Gold Certification, which means everything at the hotel is designed to use less water, energy and natural resources while simultaneously churning out less waste.
The hotel was erected on the site where a gas station once stood. Before construction began, all the soil deemed to be contaminated was cleared out and the land remediated.
The roof is donned with rooftop solar panels which supply hot water to the guestrooms and heat the swimming pool.
The toilets employ a dual-flush system and the bathrooms are fitted with low-flow faucets and fixtures, all of which reduce water usage by a good 20%.
We could ramble on and on…
Best Eco-Friendly Hotels in the World #7: The Brando, French Polynesia
Earth-minded travelers will love the heavenly escape and seclusion offered by The Brando, possibly the hotel with one of the globe’s most innovative and low-impact air-conditioning facility.
The seawater air-con system (SWAC) in this secluded upmarket resort in French Polynesia has been able to reduce its energy demands by a staggering 80%.
This has been achieved by making use of icy ocean water from the deep sea sourced some 3,000 feet below the sun-soaked Tahitian shallows.
There are about a dozen other hotels which qualify to be in the list of best eco-friendly hotels in the world, but we could not feature them all.
If we could throw in some names with serious sustainability cred, they would be these:
- Spice Island Beach Resort, Granada
- Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain, China – to be honest, the Six Senses chain of resorts could have filled this list on its own. That’s how much sustainability is entrenched in the brand’s DNA
- Six Senses, Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam is another contender
- Casa de las Olas Hotel, Tulum, Mexico
- Tierra Patagonia, Chile
- Basata Eco Lodge, Egypt
- Soneva Fushi, Maldives
- North Island, Seychelles
- Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, Hawaii
There you have it – the world’s best eco-friendly hotels!