October 17, 2021

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The world’s best eco hotels


Many hotels have begun to take steps in the right direction to lessen their carbon footprint. But these ultra-sustainable resorts go beyond the norm to incorporate eco-friendly thinking into every aspect of their design, from supplying green energy to running their own waste recycling schemes and even aiming to be energy-positive. Oh, and they’re absolutely stunning and luxurious too. Intrigued? Here are the world’s greenest hotels…




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The hotel, which is set to open in March 2022, is designed to run entirely on solar power and panels are already providing its hot water supply. A closed-loop system will filter water for reuse, as well as ensuring water doesn’t leak out into the surroundings. The lodge aims to run joint development programs with the local community to provide jobs, training and cultural exchanges.




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It’s more glamping than a traditional hotel setup here – but the tents have all the home comforts anyone could want. In a Deluxe Eco Tent, comfortable beds are finished with stylish and natural bed linen, while en suite bathrooms (with flushing toilets and showers) are equipped with solar-heated water, which is recycled using graywater treatment. Plus, all electricity is provided by solar power.




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The most decadent accommodation option, the villas, boast a beachfront location, infinity pool and spacious terrace for soaking up the sun. Inside, artwork by contemporary African artists and woodwork created by local artisans take center stage, alongside luxuries including king-sized beds, eco-friendly air-con and even an “entertainment room”.




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With its pergola roof, huge terrace and floor-to-ceiling windows, everything is designed to make the most of the spectacular location. Rooms give guests the chance to look out at the forest from different levels, while natural materials and minimalist furnishings throughout create a sense of tranquillity. Meanwhile, at the hotel’s nearby Samay Wellness Center, guests can unwind even more in a covered open-air hot tub while listening to the sound of birds and the rustle of the rainforest.




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The retreat’s eco cabins are furnished in a rustic and cozy fashion, with reclaimed and recycled wood interiors and earth-toned soft furnishings. Alternatively, backpackers and hikers can choose the more basic bunk houses or camping plots. There’s also a sheltered outdoor fireplace to gather around, enjoying spectacular views across the nearby Lake Wakatipu by day or stargazing by night.




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As well as having net-positive energy, Glenorchy Eco Retreat uses 50% less energy and 50% less water than similar facilities, thanks to initiatives including rainwater recycling, high-efficiency appliances and buildings which are angled to take advantage of sunlight. The hotel has the world’s first “Living Building Certification” from the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), which was given after measuring its exemplary standard of sustainability over a 12-month period.




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All 104 rooms and suites are extremely spacious – standard rooms start at 350 square feet (32.5sqm) while the penthouse suites are a whopping 850 square feet (79sqm) – and sumptuously furnished. In the four penthouse suites, guests can enjoy sweeping vistas of Eagle Beach and recline on a secluded terrace, while they can also expect a private cabana on the beach. There’s no shortage of spectacular dining options, with the waterfront Elements Restaurant being a traveler favorite.




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There are just 29 rooms, all of which have floor-to-ceiling windows to showcase the region’s breathtaking scenery. Luxuries including shaded private balconies, plunge pools, walk-in closets and king-sized beds mean they’re the height of comfort too. Meanwhile en suite bathrooms are furnished with Peruvian travertine and fossil marble, which was selected as a nod to the islands’ geological history.




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As well as being carbon neutral, the resort has taken extensive measures to be as efficient as possible. The lodge is orientated so that all guest rooms are either north- or south-facing, meaning they avoid intense and direct sunlight which could cause overheating. Windows are designed to maximize natural air flow, while a light-colored roof reflects sunlight. Plus, the hotel’s energy and hot water supply are provided by solar panels, which are optimally placed to maximize sun exposure.




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One of its main commitments is to ensure all hotel stays are carbon neutral from October 2021, which will be achieved by carbon offsetting projects including the construction of a solar farm. From January 2022, all fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy and seafood produce used at hotels will either be sourced from Mauritius or from partners in the Indian Ocean, minimizing the hotels’ carbon footprint. Additionally, 80% of hotels’ energy will be sourced from renewables by 2025.




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With seven hotels to choose from, the main question is not whether, but where to stay. The 3-star Veranda hotels at Palmar Beach, Tamarin Bay and Grand Baie are great mid-range options, while Heritage’s two 5-star resorts are great for travelers wanting a more high-end stay. In particular, Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort has been voted the best 5-star all-inclusive resort on the island, offering 160 rooms and suites overlooking a 0.6 mile (1km) stretch of pristine sandy beach.




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What’s more, within five years of opening the hotel plans to go completely off-grid, supplying all of its own electricity, providing all produce from its own farm and managing all waste on-site. Ultimately, the goal is to go completely zero-waste. The hotel is architecturally impressive too, with a distinctive circular design which will harness the sun’s energy at all times of the year.




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