In the mood for both luxury and sustainable vacation? Perfect, we have a few suggestions for you. The luxury hotels on this list try their best to maximise their green credentials, so you can relax on your holiday safe in the knowledge that you’re not doing harm to the planet.
1.Whitepod eco-luxury hotel, Switzerland
Since opening in 2004, Whitepod’s goal is to prove that hospitality and environmental preservation can coexist to create a unique, positive and quality experience. Guests stay in luxury pods that are made from a self-supporting framework to minimise the use of building materials. Each pod is heated with its own wood stove, which runs on locally sourced wood. Lighting is by LED bulbs and is kept to a minimum at night, and local spring water replaces bottled water. Staff live nearby and walk to work. Regional purchase is favoured. Read more about its sustainability concept here.
2. Hotel Punta Islita, Costa Rica
Hotel Punta Islita opened its doors in 1994 and was developed in full synergy with its local neighbours, prompting wildlife conservation, reforestation, and local employment opportunities. Today, Hotel Punta Islita is not only a globally recognized sustainable travel destination, but also a thriving region characterized by a healthy natural environment and a dynamic collective of travel professionals, community artists, and micro-entrepreneurs. It won an award for sustainability and it will certainly win your heart with luxury. Read more about its sustainability concept here.
3. Jumeirah Vittaveli, Maldives
Awarded the Green Globe Certification (GGC), the luxury Jumeirah Vittaveli resort has taken numerous green steps in line with its Corporate Responsibility programme. The GGC has 349 strict standards with which tourism businesses must comply. The Jumeirah Vittaveli has implemented a number of eco measures, including switching to LED light bulbs and installing a heat recovery system that channels energy from generators and uses it to heat the water. The resort also has the ‘Eco Pure’ system, which treats seawater to create fresh drinking water, and it bottles its own water in recycled glass bottles, saving around 50,000 plastic bottles a year.
Source: About Time