Do you care about nature and do not want to give it up for the holiday? Choose eco-hotels. Experts of the travel planning services especially for The Spherical have compiled a list of popular hotels in the world that will appeal to all eco-activists.
A responsible attitude towards nature, which has become a trend, is actively supported by the hotel industry: more and more hotels with the “eco” concept are appearing, located in different parts of the world. People who want to contribute to protecting the planet as much as traveling can now easily do so.
Eco-hotels conserve natural resources with modern technology, build with natural or recycled materials, use solar and wind energy or as a minimum install energy-efficient equipment, and serve food from seasonal local produce (often with an eco-hotel farm). What’s more, some eco-hotels also dedicate the money they earn to restoring and caring for different natural areas. As a rule, eco-hotels are located in protected areas, but hotels capable of providing conditions that are not harmful to nature have also started to open in metropolitan areas.
Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
The family-run villas are built of reeds and are surrounded by ponds and canals that feed the nearby rice fields. If you wake up early, you can see the water shimmering beautifully in the rays of the dawn sun. This is where the morning will be truly kind. Climbing to the top of the rocky plateau of Sigiriya, you realize the power of nature in Sri Lanka. There are the ruins of a 5th-century palace on the plateau, one of the island’s main attractions.
Lisu Lodge, Chiang Mai, Thailand
The hotel is surrounded by vibrant nature by the side of a Thai village. That’s why it’s appreciated by travelers who prefer to stay where there are fewer tourists and a more authentic country atmosphere. The locals, through the Thai Heritage Project, are eager to introduce you to their traditions. You can even join them in rehabilitating a forest ecosystem at a neighborhood nursery. You can also cycle around the area, stopping at tea plantations for a freshly brewed cup of tea.
Lefay Resort and Spa Lago di Garda, Gargnano, Italy
Another representative of the extravagant environmentalists. Situated on Lake Garda’s Lemon Coast, the hotel is built of stone and wood and looks great against a backdrop of olive groves and hills. You can admire the scenery by swimming in the outdoor pool (the water that pours out of it is not lost, by the way, but used for irrigation). The Lefay Vital Gourmet concept, which involves using seasonal produce from local farmers to prepare meals, provides delicious Mediterranean fare of the highest quality on the table every day.
Park Hyatt Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India
A wonderful example of how five-star luxury and sustainability come together. The impressive architecture and immaculate, stylish rooms with panoramic windows offering breathtaking views of dynamic Hyderabad make it a palace-like experience (guests are even offered personal butler service). However, the hotel is very economical in its use of water and electricity and has low-carbon technology. Just a short distance away are the ruins of Golconda Fort and the Charminar Mosque, both of which are must-see sites when traveling in India.
“Aktra Hotel”, Altai Republic, Russia
The cedar cottages on a hill on the picturesque shores of Lake Teletskoye create a feeling of total unity with the mysterious nature of the Altai. The hotel takes care of it, not only using natural materials for construction and decoration but also making use of its own boiler house, which runs on eco-friendly fuel. Here you can go fishing or go on a water excursion on one of the largest bodies of water in Southern Siberia, or you can spend your days more active: riding bicycles or horseback riding through the amazingly beautiful places.
Finca Rosa Blanca, Heredia, Costa Rica
A place where mornings begin not just with coffee, but with the world’s best coffee, which is recognized as Costa Rican. The hotel is also located next to a coffee plantation. On a guided tour you will learn all the secrets of this deliciously refreshing beverage and participate in a tasting. The parts of coffee beans that are not used in production are used to make fertilizer for the garden, which is used to grow food for the hotel restaurant. The electrical wires here are hidden underground so as not to accidentally harm the animals. By the way, the fauna of Costa Rica is incredibly rich: colorful parrots and toucans, beautiful lizards and iguanas, many playful monkeys – such exotic neighbors await you if you decide to go to this country.
Chateau Mcely, Mcely, Czech Republic
It’s not just an eco-hotel, but a real eco-chateau. Chateau Mcely has been renovated into a five-star hotel that cares about nature. Electricity is supplied to the hotel from renewable sources, wastewater is filtered through its own purification system. And rainwater is collected to irrigate the park. If you prefer not to go to castles on excursions and would like to live in the atmosphere of palatial sophistication yourself, this is the place for you. Travelers also note that this is an ideal place for weddings.
Hacienda Tres Rios, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
It is an eco-resort in a unique jungle setting, with 18 rivers flowing into the ocean. The hotel offers hippotherapy, or therapeutic horse-riding, amidst beautiful scenery. All rooms have been designed to minimize direct sunlight and to retain natural coolness and fresh air. This cuts down on air conditioning costs and avoids its harmful effects. The hotel has completely eliminated the use of plastic and freshwater (drinking water is obtained by desalinating seawater). A portion of the hotel’s profits goes towards reforestation. We recommend visiting the ancient Mayan cities of Tulum and Coba for a touch of history, as well as the Shel Ha National Park, where you can walk through the valleys, admire the mountain scenery, and find waterfalls hidden deep within the reserve.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Machu Picchu, Peru
In Peru, many hotels follow eco-friendly principles, but this one is the most popular. Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is located in the heart of the rainforest at the foot of the famous ruins of the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world. Staying close to a world-class attraction, you can enjoy the flora and fauna of the protected forest, relax in a hot pool filled with mountain spring water, surrounded by orchids – in short, melt into the Peruvian flavor.
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