With an aim to imbibe sustainability in their day-to-day operations, the number of eco-friendly hotels and resorts around the world is on the rise. Here, we have listed wonderful properties around the world that have taken initiatives to save mother earth:
Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort, Belize
The property takes the simplest form of sustainability by growing its own organic garden, composting its scrap fruits and vegetables and making rugs out of its old towels and linens. The layout of the property minimised the cutting down of trees during its construction. It also offers diving adventures that minimise the effect of human interaction with nature.
Hix Island House, Puerto Rico
This property uses energy from solar panels. It also returns rainwater and the clean and filtered wastewater from its baths and washing machines back to the environment. The management does not allow distracting gadgets like television sets and cell phones and encourages its guests to allow nature to entertain them, instead.
Chumbe Island Coral Park Eco-bungalows, Tanzania
The property’s architectural design has nearly zero impact on the environment. Aside from deriving its energy from solar panels, its environmental efforts include saving rainwater, composting toilets, and vegetative greywater filtration. They only offer seven bungalows so the place is not noisy and crowded.
The Whitepod Resort, Switzerland
Guests stay in igloo-shaped pods that are built in strategic places that make it possible for guests to connect with nature. The temperature in each igloo is maintained by the use of wood-burning stoves, and the guests enjoy comfortable organic bedding. And oh, getting to your pod from the reception desk means walking for 20-30 minutes so you get to enjoy the view!
Hangaroa Eco Village and Spa, Chile
This property is built using tree branches, clay, and volcanic rock. It recycles its water and has a design that maximises natural light. The best part? Most of the staff members are Rapa Nui, the natives of Easter Island.
Puri Dajuma, Indonesia
This property aims to have zero marine pollution. It also composts its organic waste and recycles glass and plastic. It minimises the use of energy and uses rainwater and catchment.
The Proximity Hotel, United States of America
The hotel boasts almost a hundred sustainable practices. It uses solar panels to heat its water, its bistro bar is made of salvaged walnut trees that came down due to storm, its guestroom shelving is made from 100% post-industrial recycled wood pulp, it recycled 87% of its construction waste, and the property provides bicycles to its guests, to name a few.
Campi Ya Kanzi, Kenya
During the construction of this property, they made sure to leave the surrounding vegetation untouched. The guests’ tents have grass thatch roofing and are elevated on a wooden platform. Its facilities include a 3-chambered wastewater management system, 120 solar panels, and recycling bins for solid waste. The property has a supply of shampoo, soap, and laundry detergent that are made of biodegradable chemicals.
El Nido Resorts, Philippines
The management invested in a sewage treatment plan that guarantees no harmful wastewater makes its way to the sea. It also segregates its solid wastes and composts its organic wastes. Solar panels and rainwater catchment are also installed to conserve resources.
Allawah Retreat, Australia
This property supports the conservation of its surrounding outback bush. It also makes sure to source its food locally to reduce the carbon footprint from transportation. It composts its waste food and is committed to educating its staff to always apply green practices.
There is indeed a budding concern on environmental conservation. With the help of hotel proprietors, it is possible for travellers to appreciate different places while keeping their impact on the environment at a minimum. Do you agree with me? Please share your thoughts with us at the comments below.
Mish worked as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since she graduated, she decided to give up her corporate job. She now focuses on her 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. She is a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, she’s tiny but she is an Olympic-level glutton. Let her bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach her at LinkedIn.