Wake up in the middle of coffee plantation in Costa Rica. Or sleep surrounded by wetlands in Sri Lanka. Experience nature and have a stay you’ll never forget in one of these stylish and sustainable hotels.
The most sustainable and best hotels in the world
Do you like to travel? It is difficult to travel consciously and care about the environment. However, a conscious effect is possible by staying at an eco-friendly hotel. These hotels strive to be as sustainable as possible. The buildings are often build of sustainable materials. The hotels are keen on offering local products and to reduce environmental damage. These hotels also have other efforts to reduce damaging the (direct) environment.
The following list contains our most favourite eco-friendly hotels in the world. The list will surprise you, as they are not all far away. Also you’ll be surprised by how luxurious your stay at an eco-friendly hotel can be.
Marataba Trails Lodge – Marakele National Park, South Africa
Forget about the rest of the world and all your worries while standing on top of the Kransberg mountain enjoying the magnificent view. Far away, remotely and wild; the Marataba Trails Lodge is a digital detox. You are completely released from wifi and other signals in order to allow you to turn your focus on the Waterfall Valley.
In this serenity is room for just 8 guests, allowing the visitors to truly experience the remote quietness. The hotel is located in the middle of the Marakele National Park. You can choose between various routes to explore the area around the Kransberg mountain range.
Hoshinoya Karuizawa – Nagano, Japan
Uninterrupted lines. Windows from the floor to the ceilings. Neural colours. The Hoshinoya Karuizawa resort effortlessly merges into the surrounding landscape, as if it has always been there. The elements were an important source of inspiration for this resort. The nearby streams that run down from the Asama Mountain play an important role in the energy supply, generating hydroelectricity. The water baths and energy has been praised since 1914, and has fuelled creativity of many persons.
Hix Island House – Puerto Rico
On the island of Vieques, paradise can be found. It is a Caribbean paradise island, where you can enjoy the wonders of nature. Hix Island House is far from the busy city, but only 22 minutes from San Juan. The different houses are well designed and build to absorb the cooling winds and constructed using natural materials.
Whitepod – Le Valais, Switzerland
At the foot of the Alps mountains, Whitepod Hostel Switzerland waits for your arrival. The minimalist Whitepod is a unique, but luxurious camping experience near Geneva. In the cold winter months, the cracking of the wood-burning stove will make you forget about the snow the covers the outside of the transparent PVC walls of your personal cottage. In the summer, however, the green camouflage pod becomes one with nature and the beautiful surrounding Swiss green hills. From the reception, you’ll need to walk about 20 minutes to your own pod. This is no effort for the incredible beauty of the Swiss Alps.
Jetwing Vil Uyana – Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
Brother and sister Hiran and Shiromal continued what was started by their parents: a sustainable hotel that respects the environment without compromising comfort. The Jetwing Vil Uyana hotel complex is located in wetlands and a natural reserve for hundreds of bird species, mammals, butterflies and amphibians. It’s like paradise and just a few hours from the capital Colombo.
Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas – Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Las Vegas is not the first place you expect to find an eco-friendly hotel. With a view over the Las Vegas Strip from the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, you realise sustainability and luxury do go together just fine. The hotel has energy saving lightning, eco-friendly cleaning products and organic restaurant servings. The Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas is truly a high-level sustainable hotel, for first class eco-tourism.
Lefay Resort and Spa Lago di Garda – Gargnano, Italy
At 96 kilometres from Verona, this resort at the famous Lake Garda is a fantastic example of Mediterranean luxury, surrounded by a beautiful Italian landscape with hills and olive trees. The Lefay Resort forms and aesthetic whole with the surroundings. The water from the pool overlooking the lake also functions as pool for water irrigations. Also the culinary delights of the resort follow strict rules concerning organic ingredients, seasonal ingredients from local suppliers and therefor the fantastic taste of Mediterranean products.
Lisu Lodge – Chiang Mai, Thailand
Surrounded by the Lisu tribe in Thailand, the Lisu Lodge is part of a community project to conserve the Thai heritage. As a guest at this resort, you can experience the local culture and customs of the families of the Lisu tribe. From the lodge you see the rice fields and the plantations. Besides activities as hiking or cycling, a guest can also help to restore the local ecosystem of the Himmapaan plant nursery, and work together with the local community. After a productive day, warming up at the campfire, under the starts in the sky, you can enjoy a traditional dinner.
h2hotel – Healdsburg, California, USA
Close to San Fransisco you’ll find this discrete, tasteful and refined hotel. Under a green roof, the hotel aims to reduce heat emissions from the building, preserve the microclimate and manage the flow of rainwater.
Nearby the hotel the vineyards of Sonoma Country are to be found. But the popcorn, baked in duck fat instead of butter, are also a real treat. The h2hotel offers varied relaxing amenities, as a yoga studio and a spa with treatments with wine, lavender or lime.
VIVOOD – Benimantell, Alicante, Spain
From you room at the VIVOOD hotel in Alicante you have a great view over the Guadalest Valley. Forget about everything that might be on your mind and just relax in this eco-friendly hotel, quite nearby home. VIVOOD aims to give you an eco-friendly experience, while also stimulating you to experience nature and enjoy locally produced products. Enjoy the silence of the valley and relax.