Eco friendly hotels are a growing trend around the world.
Once the domain of lodges tucked away in remote natural areas, today urban and city hotels are also recognising the importance of being sustainable. More and more people are focused on how their consumer decisions affect global issues such as climate change. Eco friendly properties adopt a range of initiatives to save water, reduce waste, save energy, contribute to conservation initiatives and minimise their impact on our earth.
Here are some of our favourite eco-friendly hotels in Australia and around the world!
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RAMADA ECO BEACH HOTEL
Eco Beach, Broome
Set amongst the pristine and untouched Kimberley environment, just one hour drive south of Broome, the resort has received Advanced Eco Certification for its minimal environmental impact. The Eco Villas are solar powered and virtually self-sustaining, wastewater is recycled by using it to water the landscaped grounds, and all the toilet, sink taps and shower-heads are “lo-flow”. An onsite vegetable garden is used by the restaurant, and the accommodation has been designed to maximise ventilation and air circulation, hence omitting the need for air-conditioning.
Port Douglas, QLD
Located on its own private beach and nature sanctuary in Tropical North Queensland. Over a period of 30 years, the owners have planted many thousands of indigenous plants to rehabilitate the site that was once cleared by extractive farming. With the return of the forests, wildlife populations have exploded. The lodge is built out of natural sustainable materials in a low impact style that does not set out to dominate the surrounding landscape.
Melbourne City, VIC
Alto Hotel on Bourke is the first hotel in Australia to receive the coveted EarthCheck Gold Certification, and has been awarded several sustainability awards. The hotel has a great convenient location right in the Melbourne CBD. The hotel was the first city hotel in Australia to become carbon neutral.
Jervis Bay, NSW
This Advanced Eco certified authentic Australian bush experience combines luxury tented accommodation with wonderful food and warm hospitality. The property is a perfect example of how low impact, sustainable accommodation can provide a touch of luxury in the bush. Examples of eco initiatives include sourcing local products, growing their own produce, architect designed buildings in sympathy with the landscape and solar powered lighting.
RAWNSLEY PARK STATION
Flinders Ranges, SA
Rawnsley Park’s luxury eco-villas were designed by an architect who specialises in sustainable architecture. The villas are located with the wild and majestic landscape of the Flinders Ranges as their backdrop. They are made from rendered straw bales, which provide excellent thermal insulation, keeping the properties cool in summer and warm in winter. Raked ceilings with a closable vent at the apex, a concrete slab floor, wide verandahs and double-glazed windows also help minimise the use of air-conditioning and heating.
Located in the picturesque city of Nice, this hotel has received a Green Globe certification for using recycled paper, organic paint, eco-friendly cleaning products and organic food.
LEFAY RESORT & SPA LAGO DI GARDA
The various structures of the resort are built into the village’s hilly slopes to reduce heat dispersion and ultimately energy consumption. The property also collects rainwater and manages waste sustainably.
HOTEL PUNTA ISLITA
Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Hotel Punta Islita’s dedication to protecting the environment has earned it awards from the Costa Rican Government’s Sustainable Tourism Department, and the staff regularly engage in reforestation initiatives and wildlife conservation.