Luxury and eco-friendly behavior are closer than ever these past few years with more and more hotels adopting this environmentally responsible business direction. From big cities to remote locations, you can easily find eco-friendly luxury destinations and have a great time while also saving our planet. And when you think about the places you must visit, take into consideration the following ones.
1. Whitepod Hotel – Switzerland
When you think of luxurious destinations in Switzerland, you probably imagine grand hotel resorts among the snowy peaks and flowery valleys. However, this is where you will also find simple, yet luxurious eco-friendly accommodation right in the Swiss Alps. Whitepod Hotel is a 15-years old establishment that adopted sustainability to the maximum without hindering the luxury of its guests.
Hotel offers stay in the pods which are geodesic structures using a self-supporting frame and less material for the build. Each pod has a wood stove, LED lighting and is equipped with water-saving devices on showers and taps. During the winter you can go on a dog sledding excursion, ski, paraglide and do snowshoe hiking. In the summer, when the greenery is in full bloom, you can hike, bike and visit local farms for fresh produce especially dairy. The hotel also offers massages and Ayurveda, as well as spring treatments with floral oils.
2. The Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort – Vanua Levu, Fiji
Vanua Levu is the second biggest island in Fiji perfect for travelers who want privacy and luxury in one. This island many consider a true tropical paradise offering incredible diving experience with coral colonies and exotic marine life. Spinner and bottle-nose dolphins are commonly spotted in Natewa Bay, while waterfalls and rainforest around Vuadomo Village will show you the island’s magnificent flora.
The Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort is the most popular eco-friendly hotel here offering a luxurious experience with authentic cuisine. The resort overlooks Savusavu Bay and stunning sunsets in the evening you can watch from your terrace. Although guests like to paddleboard and snorkel, some decide to stay by the luxurious pools and relax with cocktails and massages.
3. Algonquin Eco-Lodge – Ontario, Canada
Ontario province in Canada may be the home to its capital Ottawa, but it’s also famous for rare oak savannah habitat and Niagara Falls. However, if you want to meet the true beauty of Canada, you need to spend some time in its wilderness and Ontario offers a remarkable abundance of it. This also means that you can choose from numerous accommodations in the region ready to help their guests escape the city life.
One of those is the Algonquin Eco-Lodge completely dedicated to returning its guests to nature. There is no electricity and phone service so you will be able to completely cleanse yourself of technology and enjoy the beauties of our planet. Hiking, canoeing, and fishing are very popular here in the summer, while cross-country skiing takes over in the winter. The hotel has a wood-fired sauna, outdoor hot tub and micro-hydro generator using a nearby waterfall to create clean energy.
4. Andaman Resort – Langkawi, Malaysia
Langkawi is a cluster of 99 islands in Malaysia surrounded by the heavenly blue sea. People come here to escape the urban chaos and find peace among the natural landscapes like beaches of Datai Bay and Tanjung Rhu. Those not afraid of heights should take a walk over the 125-meter curved Langkawi Sky Bridge to build at a considerable height and with a magnificent view of Telaga Tujuh waterfalls.
The main island of Langkawi is home to the Andaman Resort situated in the middle of the Cincang mountains. The complex is firmly dedicated to eco-friendly operation with low-flow showerheads, program-controlled lighting, and energy-efficient devices. Motorized water sports aren’t allowed since they create pollution and endanger marine life in the area, especially the coral reefs. The hotel also turns used cooking oil into biodiesel and collects rainwater so guests can wash their hands and feet.
5. Southern Ocean Lodge – Kangaroo Island, Australia
Australia, just like the rest of Oceania, has been dedicated to the preservation of nature, from building wildlife sanctuary to offering tourists wonderful eco-friendly accommodations. Besides Tasmania and Daintree, Kangaroo Island is one of the top destinations accessible by private charter flights and offering luxurious privacy like Southern Ocean Lodge.
Here you will enjoy exquisite dining and amazing Australian wines while surrounded by wilderness and breathtaking views of the ocean and landscapes. The Southern Ocean Lodge uses solar panels and state of the art technologies for energy-efficient operation. Boardwalks and walking tracks will take you among the wildlife and gorgeous beaches, while you can visit Seal Bay Conservation Park also in the area.
6. Mocking Bird Hill – Port Antonio, Jamaica
On the far north of Jamaica, you will find a charming city of Port Antonio surrounded by tropical jungles and mountains. Jamaica has always valued its natural beauties, and those looking to marvel at it can do that just here in Port Antonio. With Blue Lagoon and its turquoise waters to numerous waterfalls like Reach Falls, visitors will truly feel like on another planet.
One of the first hotels to gain an eco-friendly certificate here is Mocking Bird Hill with its chic and luxurious design. Solar panels power the entire complex and all toiletries are locally produced, with firm environmental policies in place for sustainable operation. Nothing is made of plastic and water is available in reusable thermal flasks. A nice touch is stationary in rooms made by local women’s cooperative using recycled paper.
All these eco-friendly luxury destinations prove that you can go on an extravagant holiday and preserve the planet at the same time. And hopefully, one day, all the hotels and resorts in the world will adopt this eco-friendly behavior and help the planet regenerate.
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