5 Eco-Friendly Hotels You Must Visit
Luxury travel is great but it often comes at a price of compromising the environment. Hotels maintenance requires an endless amount of resources to maintain excellent service for their guests. However, some hotels found a way to do that sustainably. Guests can not only enjoy a luxury stay but do so in a way that helps the environment.
Below you can see 5 of the hotels that mastered sustainability in the travel industry.
1. If you want to be off the grid – Marataba Mountain Lodge, Marakele National Park, South Africa
Don’t think that by going off the grid we mean living in a pop-up tent somewhere in the middle of a forest. You can still enjoy a luxury suite while disconnecting with the outside world and reconnecting with nature. Marabata Mountain Lodge offers just that. The suites are placed on the side of the mountain with nothing other than wilderness around. You will be in a group of a maximum of 10 guests at a time to ensure its truly peaceful. The hotel also does not have any electricity other than limited solar power.
2. If you are eco-conscious and love art – h2hotel Healdsburg, California
This hotel takes “green” to a new level. It has a grass roof which manages rainwater to reduce its impact on the Foss Creek. This technology also reduces the heat given off the building to protect the microclimate of the city. In fact, h2hotel is LEED NC 2.2 Gold Certified Green and that means that everything in this hotel is designed to reduce its energy usage. Other than being environmentally conscious, h2hotel designed so well, it will feel like you’re walking through a modern art gallery. Right by the lobby, you will be greeted by a huge “spoonfall” wall. It is actually a wall full of 2000 espresso spoons that rock as the drops of water fall on them. You will also find a copper fireplace sculpture illuminated by flame and plant illustrations designed by Kathy Aoki hanging in all guest rooms.
3. If you care about the ecosystem and like sightseeing – Park Hyatt Hyderabad, India
This extravagant hotel is eco-efficient in every way. It is cleverly equipped with energy, water and carbon-reducing technology. This is another hotel with a proud LEED Gold certificate, that shows you don’t need to compromise the sustainability for a luxury lifestyle. Aside from the design and the feel of the hotel, nearby attractions are one of the key perks of staying there. Park Hyatt Hyderabad is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and national parks and gardens. You can visit Qutub Shahi Tombs where the numerous tombs of the royal family lie, the Chowmahalla Palace, The Charminar – one of the most recognised monuments in India and various temples.
4. If you want to preserve the rainforest by the beach – Lapa Rios, Costa Rica
Lapa Rios is placed in Costa Rica and it protects 1,000 acres of what is left of Central America’s tropical lowland rainforest. You will be surrounded by wildlife and beautiful scenery while staying at the cosiest lodge with all your needs catered for. Not to mention, you will be right by the beach, so you can have your dinner with a view. If you want to actively contribute to the reforestation program during your stay there, you can even plant a tree yourself.
5. If you want to do a ski season sustainably – Hotel Terra, Wyoming
This hotel takes recycling to another level. The whole roof of Hotel Terra is made of recycled products. Hotel Terra actively focuses on saving energy and water and equip all rooms with organic mattresses and energy-saving lights. Wake up to the crisp alpine air, surrounded by the gorgeous mountains. After the whole day of skiing, you can relax in a Chill Spa (the name alone should do it) with big sky views and cosy interior or some spa treatments offered by the hotel. If you are not feeling like skiing, you can take part in one of their National Park Wildlife Safaris.
Staying in each and every one of these hotels you will not only get a bed and breakfast but an all-around experience of the new cities, cultures and nature. And that’s the best gift you can give someone.