Eco-Friendly Destinations For Chic Travellers

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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 a selection of eco-friendly hotels that use sustainable approaches and provide a memorable stay.

 Photo: @odile_archambault

Photo: @odile_archambault

Ritz-Carlton Montreal:

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 preferences 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.

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Photo: @elsilenciolodge

 

El Silencio Lodge & Spa’s,  located in Costa Rica, boasts 15 mountainside eco suites are set on stilts in the cloud forest canopy and are made with eco-friendly materials. 90 percent 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.

 Photo: @masseriacervarolo

Photo: @masseriacervarolo

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.

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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.

 Photo: @atlantisbahamas

Photo: @atlantisbahamas

Atlantis, Paradise Island:

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.