At home, we are in control of most of our carbon footprint choices, but what happens when we go on vacation? How does one embrace a holistic approach to living while traveling?
Surprisingly, there’s a growing number of destinations making their mark on eco-friendly, sustainable tourism.
What is Sustainable Tourism?
Sustainable Tourism is defined as “tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities” stated by the United Nations World Tourism Organization.
Many hotels use the most widely known green building rating system in the world called LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Hotels are rated Certified, Silver, Gold, Platinum or LEED Zero honoring projects with net-zero goals in carbon and/or resources.
Sustainable Eco-Friendly Hotel features may include:
- Establishments designed to respect the environment.
- An effort to reduce the consumption of natural resources for a low environmental impact.
- Reducing the expense of emissions and energy used.
- Green building, natural lighting, and self-contained, renewal green energy production, like solar power.
- Sourcing local products and services.
- Bioclimatic construction.
- Energy conservation.
- Water conservation.
- Recycling and waste reduction, while offering reusable supplies.
- Organic bath amenities.
- Room Keys made with renewal paper sources.
- Organic and toxin free cleaning products.
- An effort to utilize locally sourced and organic produce and animal products as much as possible.
- Resort Spas that offer natural and organic treatments.
24 Sensational Sustainable Eco-friendly Hotels
Consider visiting one of these dreamy destinations supporting nature’s beauty.
- Patagonia, Chile – Tierra Patagonia – Blending into and protecting its pristine landscape, this hotel was inspired by fossil shapes, built from natural materials, and operates with conservation and sustainable practices.
- Lonvala, India - The Machan – A Tree House Resort – This is an exclusive eco-resort focusing on sustainability, ecological responsibility, and being one with nature in unique tree house settings rising 30-45 feet above the forest.
- Bali, Indonesia – Bambu Indah – This eco lifestyle boutique hotel offers a sustainably minded jungle retreat with luxury hotel service. The hotel proudly embraces a responsible lifestyle through sustainable design, natural pools, filtered water, linen resuse options, organic products, and recycling.
- Tulum, Mexico - Azvlik – As an exotic oasis blending architectural imagination with tropical beauty, this resort offers a place where nature, art and ancestral wisdom coexist.
- Oslo, Norway - Svart – Located at the base of the Svartsien Glacier, Svart is the world’s first energy-positive off-grid haven that aims to “inspire discerning travelers to care for the protection of nature, preservation, and the importance of the pristine polar region.”
- Monthey, Switzerland – Whitepod Eco-Luxury Resort – This collection of geodesic dome pods provides breathtaking views and an extraordinary European mountain experience.
- Six Senses Resorts and Spas – With 21 locations globally, the Six Sense Resorts weds “uncompromisingly gorgeous hideaways” with social responsibility and environmentally friendly practices.
Architectural Salvage Historic Hotels
Another way to embrace sustainable travel is through salvaged architecture and historical buildings that have been reclaimed, renovated, and reinvented.
- The McMenamins Historic Hotels in Washington and Oregon transformed old buildings, hotels and schools into modern day escapes. With over 30 years in business, McMenamins focuses on their green initiative with earth friendly, sustainable, and local options.
- Additionally, Historic Hotels of America boasts 273 celebrated destinations nationwide with an additional 483 historical sites worldwide.
A Ground Swell of Change
As our global society makes a concerted effort to improve the human planetary impact, sustainable travel options continue to rise. With a little curiosity and effort, eco-friendly travel is not only possible, but also offers an array of exclusive sublime retreats.
And when you return home, you can continue your reuse, recycle and reclaim efforts through resources like ReCapturit bringing really cool architectural salvage to purchasing ease at the click of a button. Being green is possible, not only at home but also everywhere we go. Enjoy the adventure!