• 8 eco-friendly luxury hotels to discover in 2020

    8 eco-friendly luxury hotels to discover in 2020

    More and more of us are starting to travel with mother nature in mind. Let’s face it, we love to get away and explore new places, but it comes at a price. Climate change can be impacted by our travel habits, so there’s no wonder that this year sustainable travel is in high demand. Discover fascinating destinations and unique cultures, all while staying in an eco-friendly hotel with the exclusive luxurious trimmings.  

    Hotel Xcaret Mexico

    Nature lovers will no doubt love adventuring to Mexico and especially to Hotel Xcaret Mexico. It’s got 5-star luxury written all over it and the most exciting thing? Booking with us means you’ll get full free access to the Experiencias Xcaret’s nature parks and tours.

    Landscape of Xcaret Mexico Hotel

    The hotel is set right in the midst of the Mayan jungle, along the Caribbean Sea coastline. Due to its amazing location, Hotel Xcaret takes sustainability seriously. Grupo Experiencias Xcaret work to conserve and protect the environment of the parks and hotel. Every year they produce over 130,000 native plants, whilst 100,000 of those are used for reforestation inside and outside the parks. Energy savings and integral water management are also part of their agenda.

    Hotel Xcaret Mexico keep things on the ethical and sustainable path. All whilst you can enjoy natural attractions like underground rivers, lagoons, natural pools and cenotes. Plus, take on a wide range of fun activities like rafting, ziplining and rain forest trails.

    Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

    Ever thought about just escaping and getting away from it all? The 5-star Six Senses Ninh Van Bay allows you to do just that. Explore the secret hideaways of Vietnam, venture through peaceful jungle terrain and enjoy the tranquil seclusion of your surroundings.

    Surroundings of Six Senses Ninh Van Bay
    Six Senses Ninh Van Bay has shown commitment to improving the carbon footprint through a variety of ways. They grow organic vegetables from their own garden, substituted plastic bottles for reusable glass ones and protect the endangered monkey conservation.

    The hotel will no doubt put your mind, body and soul at ease. You’ll feel like you’re holidaying on a remote island far away. However, you’ll be situated on a bay that looks out to the East Vietnam Sea. You may even spot a monkey or two which the hotel works to protect.

    Janiero Hotel

    Eco-friendly and boutique? That’s the Janeiro hotel for you. Located in none other than Rio de Janeiro, the hotel was designed by Oskar Metsavaht – a designer who puts sustainability first, and the hotel is no different.

    Bedroom at Janeiro Hotel
    Janeiro Hotel was built with Oskar Metsavaht’s movement in mind. ASAP (As Sustainable As Possible) highlights the urgency for change and the need to create awareness around sustainable attitudes and habits. The hotel has six main actions of sustainability including the Farm to Table concept working with local farmers, fishermen and organic sources, reduced consumption of central air conditioning and sanitation systems and selective collection of organic and non-organic waste.

    So, experience Rio’s unique bossa vibes at Janeiro, whilst putting the environment first. Fine dining, comfortable accommodation and the magnificent city of Rio are all in the palm of your hand.

    Hotel ZOO Berlin

    So, you’re looking for a luxury hotel that’s also sustainable. But also, a city break destination. Put the two together and the Hotel ZOO Berlin might just be what you’re looking for. When you think of eco-friendly hotels, you may instantly think of wooden lodges in the heart of the lush green jungle. But if that’s not necessarily the experience you’re looking for, you’ll find many sustainable hotels perfect for city breaks.

    Rooftop terrace at Hotel ZOO Berlin

    Hotel ZOO Berlin has been awarded the Green Globe thanks to its use of sustainable design and environmentally friendly technologies. The building was originally restored from its historical state and sustainable materials are constantly introduced.

    The highlight of staying here (aside from the fact it’s eco-friendly) is the rooftop terrace. Perfect for enjoying a drink whilst admiring the breath-taking Berlin views.

    Hotel Arima

    This luxury boutique hotel in San Sebastian, Spain has plenty to offer. So much so that they’ve deemed themselves ‘soulstainable’. You get the best of both worlds here. The beautiful, natural surroundings of the Miramon Forest and only 20 minutes away from the city centre.

    Exterior of Hotel Arima

    Hotel Arima offers the balance of home and nature. Enjoy organic amenities in your holiday home, whilst you also cherish the closeness to nature as well.  The hotel prides itself on sustainability, so the energy used is both geothermal and aerothermal. There are also water collection systems for cleaning and selective waste management. There’re also charging stations for electrical vehicles and an area for bikes.

    Arima Hotel puts health, wellness and sustainability at the heart of what they do. Meaning a holiday of rest, relaxation and environmentally friendliness is definitely on the cards in the Basque Country.

    1 Hotel Central Park

    Exterior shot of 1 Hotel Central Park
    Sustainable and luxury are two words which shouldn’t be hard to put together. In fact, it’s made simple at the 5-star, New York based 1 Hotel Central Park. Rooms are stylish with contemporary and lavish touches. Even in the comfort of your very own room, you’ll be surrounded by nature even though you’re in the concrete jungle of New York City. From your organic cotton mattress to the 100% organic cotton sheets. Sustainability is clearly key here! The materials used at 1 Hotel Central Park shows just how close to nature you’ll be. The open kitchen boasts exposed brick and reclaimed oak, whilst plants add the finishing touches. This spot is made for eco-lovers looking for a trip to New York.

    Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort

    We can’t talk about sustainability without mentioning Aruba’s Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort. It’s the perfect spot for romance thanks to its adult-only exclusivity. Plus, it’s right on the idyllic Eagle Beach. But right back to why its best-known for its sustainability… Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort is truly the first of its kind. It’s the first resort in the Americas to receive ISO 14001 certification among many other sustainability accolades.

    Beach at Bucuti and Tara Beach Resort
    Some of the hotel’s environmental initiatives include reducing water waste, solid waste and greenhouse gasses, the use of solar panels, water reducers and bio-degradable and environmentally friendly detergents. Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort also support eco-efforts within the community including Donkey Sanctuary Aruba, Turtugaruba and Animal Rights Aruba.

    LUX South Ari Atoll

    One of the great things about staying at an eco-friendly resort is enjoying the pleasures of the surrounding nature whilst taking care of it. If you’ve ever dreamt of glistening crystal-clear waters, lush, green rainforests and powder-white sands. There’s no doubt the Maldives are just what you’ve been searching for. Plus, if you stay at Lux South Ari Atoll, you can have peace of mind that it’s Green Globe certified.

    Infinity pool at Lux South Ari Atoll

    The hotel is equipped with a Marine Biology Centre to ensure the protection of the native whale shark population. Also, it’s creating Fish Houses by recycling old bathtubs for fish to inhabit. LUX switched to paper straws in a bid against plastic in oceans. Whilst Lux South Ari Atoll are doing their bit for the environment, you’ll get to explore it in all of its beauty. Enjoy activities like scuba diving and snorkelling as you spot the colourful marine life. Or you can simply sit back and relax as you soak up the picturesque island surroundings.

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