By choosing green travel, you can help reduce your carbon footprint without sacrificing the quality of your experience – many resorts and hotels are doing their part to be eco-friendly while remaining truly luxurious. We’ve rounded up our selection of eco-friendly hotels that use sustainable approaches and provide a memorable stay.
We’ve rounded up our selection of eco-friendly hotels that use sustainable approaches and provide a memorable stay.
This quaint Quebec City hotel has made an effort to be environmentally conscious by using hydroelectricity and installing dimmer switches in its rooms to save energy. The restaurant’s chef, Louis Pacquelin, believes strongly in fostering local producers and farmers. Pacquelin uses primarily locally-grown, organic products including fruits and vegetables grown in the hotel’s organic garden and serves sustainable fish selected according to the rules of Seafood Watch, an organization that assists consumers and businesses to purchase from sustainable sources.
The Ritz-Carlton Montreal has been the most elegant address in the city since 1912, but following its recent renovations, it has also become the destination for green travellers. Take a dip in the hotel’s saltwater swimming pool that is heated using reclaimed-energy. Thermostats that remember a guest’s temperature preference upon check-in and motion sensors that will activate the lights are other eco-friendly amenities. Guests can also dine in a 46-person greenhouse featuring herb garden that provides some of the restaurant’s fresh produce.
Chic hotel specialists Mr & Mrs Smith offer many environmentally responsible retreats within their collection of over 900 boutique hotels:
Located in Costa Rica, El Silencio Lodge & Spa’s 15 mountainside eco suites are set on stilts in the cloud forest canopy and are made with eco-friendly materials. 90 per cent of the luxury hotel’s grounds are designated as a private forest reserve and the restaurant’s cuisine is provided by local farmers or the hotel’s garden. Bonus: each suite is assigned an EcoConcierge to personalize your stay.
Masseria Cervarolo in Puglia, Italy, has been awarded an EU Ecolabel for its environmentally sustainable practices. A family-run 18-room farmhouse, Masseria Cervarolo has a knack for repurposing materials. You will find barn doors as headboards and bathroom racks made of recycled driftwood. The eco-friendly retreat generates its own solar power and supplies only Malin + Goetz green toiletries.
Casa Bonita in the Dominican Republic is a 12-suite hotel set in the rugged Barahona rainforest, a leading eco-tourism destination. The retreat was built entirely from locally sourced materials and uses a hydroelectric generator. On site, you’ll find Pat’s Organic Garden, which provides produce for the restaurant and the rest of the restaurant’s food is sourced from the surrounding community. The Tanama Eco Spa, a haven for butterflies, is set in the rainforest. Enjoy therapeutic treatments inspired by natural elements.
This hotel’s mission is to offer the best eco-tourism experience in the Dominican Republic. At Rancho Platon, you can sleep in a tree house – the hotel features bungalows amongst trees, waterfalls and natural pools, free of chemicals, and is surrounded by beaches, mountains and rivers. The resort is adamant about teaching its customers and surrounding community to appreciate and preserve nature and the environment.
This luxury Dominican Republic resort prides itself on the green practices used throughout the establishment. The resorts uses solar panels to heat water and has a spa built using only naturally sourced materials. The products used for spa treatments are 100 per cent natural and are created daily at the on-site Spa Pharmacy from indigenous ingredients. Before your restoring spa treatment, head to one of three challenging golf courses on an electric golf cart.
Atlantis, Paradise Island is passionate about ocean conservation and animal rescue; in fact, the Atlantis Animal Rescue Team successfully rescued Georgie, a West Indian manatee and relocated her to the Atlantis Dolphin Cay Marine Mammal Rescue Centre earlier this year. After a successful rehabilitation period, Georgie was released in August to Great Harbour Cay in the Berry Islands. The rescue centre is a haven for injured marine mammals with a fourteen-acre habitat and the Dolphin Cay features an education centre allowing guests to learn about the ocean and conservation.