When choosing a hotel, consider more than the amenities or the cost. Take into account the hotel's sustainability practices and environmental initiatives as well. No matter where you are traveling, you can find eco-hotels these days.
Green travel: Best green places to stay
Let's take a look at some of the best green hotels in the world.
Adrere Amellal (Siwa Oasis, Egypt)
Located at the foot of the White Mountain, Adrere Amellal offers unparalleled insight into the traditional living of the people in this desert area. The 39-room lodge is constructed from clay and water and sits on 80 acres. There's no electricity here -- all the lighting is from beeswax candles. Water comes from a natural spring on site and natural ventilation keeps the resort cool. The food is made from organic ingredients and all food waste is composted. The carbon footprint of this amazing green hotel is almost zero.
Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa (Queensland, Australia)
Located in the oldest rain forest in the world, the Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa uses solar power, LED lights and even grows their own produce for meals. It's a tranquil getaway with only 15 "Bayans" (villas) nestled among the trees. Daintree promotes ecotourism and is involved in initiatives to preserve and protect the environment. In additional to their amazing spa treatments, they also provide Kuku Yalanji aboriginal cultural guides, where guests can learn about Australian aboriginal culture through education and experiential learning activities. The Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa has won more than 40 national and international major awards for excellence in eco, spa, health and wellness, nature, green and travel experience.
Explore travel in Western Australia >>
Soneva Fushi Resort (Baa Atoll, Republic of Maldives)
With tremendous commitment, this gorgeous resort achieved total carbon neutrality in 2010. Soneva Fushi Resort is located in the North Baa Atoll region and is surrounded by white sand beaches and a beautiful blue lagoon. The hotel sources materials locally, collects rainwater, uses filtered seawater in its pools and takes advantage of natural ventilation. All the furniture throughout the hotel is created from local, renewable materials, and energy-efficient or natural lighting is used throughout. Winner of a number of awards and accolades for its green practices and sustainability, this resort is committed to environmental initiatives including energy efficiency, reducing waste and consumption, preventing release of toxins and preserving the island.
Hotel Mocking Bird Hill (Port Antonio, Jamaica)
For more 15 years, this small eco-friendly hotel has practiced sustainability. Located in the beautiful Port Antonio area of Jamaica, this island paradise uses solar energy, natural air conditioning and rain-water harvesting. Their low-chlorine pool operates on renewable energy, and they don't use pesticides or insecticides in the garden. Winner of a variety of green awards, the Hotel Mocking Bird Hill received the American Express/CHA prize for most environmentally friendly small hotel. This hotel believes in reusing and recycling whenever possible and uses local, organic goods whenever possible.
Get a taste of Jamaica >>
Gaia Napa Valley Hotel and Spa (American Canyon, California)
Want to stay in the States? Head to Napa. The Gaia Napa Valley Hotel and Spa is the first Gold LEED-certified hotel in the world. You can enjoy the beautiful wine country tours and days of pampering at the spa, knowing this hotel is doing everything it can to promote sustainability. Solatube tubular skylights provide natural lighting, and organic cleaning products and low-flush toilets are used throughout the hotel. They also have carpeting created from recycled materials, energy-efficient HVAC systems, low energy-transmittable windows, a reflective roof and much more. They even use recycled water in the koi pond. You'll find recycling bins in every hotel room, as well as throughout the property.
More about green travel
Photo credit: Omar Hikal