Sustainable Luxury: 8 Eco-Friendly Hotels

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For the eco-conscious traveller, it can be a difficult thought fuelling a notoriously environmentally-unfriendly industry. The protection of the planet is front of mind for more people than ever before and with that, comes the rise of accommodation boasting clean, green credentials. This week The Edit brings you destinations that prove style and sustainability can go hand in hand.


Tri Lanka

Koggala Lake, Sri Lanka

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Sitting at the water’s edge of Sri Lanka’s finest lake, Tri is at the cutting-edge of sustainable design. A vision conceptualised by Robert Drummond who fell in love with the country and wanted to share it with others, Tri has taken its cues from nature rather than damaging it. Built entirely of recycled local materials, the site’s infrastructure is made of jak wood, bamboo and even lemongrass and cinnamon. The infinity pool is solar heated, living walls and green roofs adorn the suites and the menu showcases the best of local superfood ingredients.


The Scarlet

Cornwall, United Kingdom

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Perched upon a cliff in north Cornwall, this adults-only eco hotel is redefining luxury. Dedicated to reducing its environmental impact and enhancing the natural surrounds, the hotel’s sustainability policy has seen them take 101 steps in a green direction. Solar panels are used throughout, heat and warm water comes from biomass boilers fired on wood chips, staff receive regular sustainability training, and the hotel has set up a charitable community fund to support local environmental projects.


1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

New York, USA

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Raising questions around New York’s greenest hotel, 1 Hotel Brooklyn is shaking up the city’s elite hotel scene in all the right ways. Upcycled materials are scattered throughout; reclaimed wood from an old Kentucky distillery lines the floors and walls, salvaged rubber has been turned into an impressive art piece by local artist Jarrod Beck, and the rooftop bar and pool makes use of unwanted railroad ties. Not short of obvious green drives, like the 25-foot green wall that welcomes guests, rooms also contain hemp-blend mattresses, low-energy light bulbs, and there’s a fleet of Teslas on hand to get you around the city.


The Finolhu Villas

Baa Atoll, Maldives

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Designed by architect Yuji Yamazaki, this eco-friendly oasis set on the Maldives’ island of Baa Atoll is testament that luxury need not be compromised in the face of sustainability. Not letting the challenging environment hinder green practises, highlights include the resort’s waste management system, a desalination tank for self-sufficient water supply, and the aesthetically-pleasing solar panels that generate enough energy to power the whole island.


Six Senses Can Dao

Can Dao, Vietnam

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This five-star resort sits amongst the breathtakingly beautiful Con Dao islands, which also doubles as a protected national and marine park. Built using sustainable materials and operating at low energy and conservation levels, the 39 suite, 15 villa property’s architecture firm AW2 was awarded a Green Good Design award for their work. The spectacular views and luxury design promises guests a memorable stay, with minimal impact.


The Inn at Dos Brisas

Texas, USA

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Ranch-style living at its finest, The Inn at Dos Brisas is a truly authentic Texan experience. Set on a former cotton plantation spanning over 300 acres, the ranch retreat is well-regarded for its luxurious cabins and farm-to-table philosophy. The resort’s five-star restaurant offers menus that make the most of the on-site USDA certified organic farm; think pure Texas wagyu beef burgers, matsutake mushroom tempura and farm yolk pasta with truffle tremor and farm beets.


Cristalino Jungle Lodge

Alta Floresta, Brazil

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Comprised of 16 eco-friendly bungalows in the Amazon, Cristalino Jungle Lodge is immersed in one of the most ecologically rich areas of the world. Only accessible by boat, the stylish but sustainable accommodation is the first Private National Heritage Reserve (RPPN) in Mato Grosso, meaning it’s a site protected in perpetuity to preserve the untouched region’s biodiversity. Built in harmony with the environment, the bungalows are made of natural materials and have free-flowing ventilation but retain luxuries like indoor and outdoor showers, private verandas, hammocks and believe it or not, Wi-Fi. An entirely secluded Amazonian sanctuary, a stay here is in complete support of protecting one of the world’s most impressive natural wonders.


Ramada Eco Beach Resort

Broome, Australia

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Travel down under and bask in au natural luxury at Ramada Eco Beach Resort. The award-winning accommodation, set in Western Australia’s idyllic Kimberley region, boasts eco-friendly initiatives to put the minds of conscious consumers at ease. As well as an on-site water recycling plant and a restaurant menu created with fresh ingredients sourced from an organic garden, the 25 Eco Villas and 30 safari-style Eco Tents are run off solar power. Committed to sustainable tourism, the resort allows guests to experience and appreciate the environment with peace of mind.

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