“Kiwi Collection’s new eco-friendly hotel program is a committed effort to raise the bar in luxury accommodations.
It feels good to be part of such a conscientious endeavor!”
— Hitesh Mehta, eco-tourism expert
TOP ECO-FRIENDLY HOTELS IN THE AMERICAS
Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Sitting on a picturesque oceanfront property in the heart of Palm Beach, this property uses a reverse osmosis irrigation system for its golf course. It also purchases a 50% energy offset from Renewable Choice Energy.
San Francisco, California, USA
Located in historic Fort Baker, situated 15-minutes from San Francisco, this national park lodge is LEED Gold certified. It’s re-use of old buildings and renovations with environmentally friendly materials are seamless and impressive.
Fairmont Mayakoba, Riviera Maya
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
This is a luxury, car-free resort where lush jungle and the Caribbean intermingle. All chemicals used on site are biodegradable and eco-friendly and it maintains a strong community benefits program, including a local Mayan product that, this year, will sell carbon offsets.
Hotel Punta Islita
Punta Islita, Costa Rica
Located in Guanacaste, this luxury resort boasts all the amenities you’ve come to expect in a beach holiday. Its environmental awareness programs and infrastructure improvements have been key in reversing environmental degradation and fostering strong programs in the community.
Lapa Rios Ecolodge
Lapa Rios, Costa Rica
Situated smack in the middle of Central America’s last remaining lowland rainforest, this beautiful tropical jungle lodge is intimate and quietly luxurious. Poking up from the forest canopy, it protects 1000 acres of Rainforest and employs a unique pig-methane-bio gas program.
Post Ranch Inn
Big Sur, California, USA
Understated, serene, and exclusive, Post Ranch Inn is the ultimate romantic getaway. Perched on the cliffs of Big Sur, the property installed the first gray water system in Monterey County and has uniquely earth-sheltered guesthouses with sod roofs.
TOP ECO-FRIENDLY HOTELS IN EUROPE MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
Located at the foot of the White Mountain in Siwa Oasis, eight hours from Cairo, this resort relies on candles instead of electricity for light. In addition to an organic garden, sustainable construction allowing for comfort without the use of air conditioning is a commendable feat.
Lake Manyara Tree Lodge
Here you’ll spend your days in search of lions and your nights sleeping high above the mahogany forest in tree suites that were carefully built to maintain a very light footprint. Every year, this resort shares lessons of conservation with surrounding school children and their teachers to encourage conservation in the community.
One Aldwych London
Located in Covent Garden, this hotel was awarded a gold grading from the Green Tourism for London 2010, London Development Agency and the Luxury Eco Certification Standard (LECS) from Sustainable Travel International (STI). A comprehensive recycling system is among the various efforts employed to protect our environment.
Located on Potsdamer Platz, the beating heart of new Berlin, this hotel introduced their Eco-Management and Audit Scheme to monitor all efforts. Since January 2011, they have significantly reduced their light energy consumption by using ‘Green Energy’
Located in a landmark 1889 building enjoyed by the likes of Winston Churchill, Katherine Hepburn, and Claude Monet, its butlers are trained in its very own school – the first of its kind. The hotel currently operates a 98% diversion from landfill rate and recently initiated an eco-program encouraging employees to engage in efforts off property, including biking to work.
TOP ECO-FRIENDLY HOTELS IN ASIA PACIFIC
Banyan Tree Bintan
Located on the northwest tip of Bintan Island and best reached by a stunning 45-minute, high-speed catamaran ride from Singapore, this resort is secluded and peaceful. In addition to planting over 22,000 trees, every inch of the resort’s tropical scenery was hand-pegged to avoid sacrificing any more.
Chiva-Som International Health Resort
Hua Hin, Thailand
An ocean-front haven for those looking for help escaping the maddening pace of city life, this sensational resort is the place to deepen your appreciation for the flavors of Thailand — and your tan. Their CRS programs are commendable, well implemented and include the use of solar energy to heat all water.
Gayana Eco Resort
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Located off the coast of Borneo, this resort teeters on the edge of a tropical jungle and above the azure waters. Few remaining places on Earth offer access to both an unspoiled tropical jungle and vibrant coral reefs. It also features its own onsite Marine Ecology Research Center that passionately propagates endangered species and restores natural coral reefs.
This haven is located on the small and exclusive island of Sumba in the most unspoiled region of the Indonesian Archipelago. It creates bio diesel from coconuts, uses a blackwater program, and consistently garners attention from its community for its conservation efforts.
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay
Ninh Hoa, Vietman
The next best thing to your own private tropical island, these 58 pool villas feature traditional Vietnamese architecture and are built on a lush jungle-covered hill overlooking white-sand beaches. It’s careful to source local materials without disrupting the fragile surrounding eco-system or any endangered and threatened species.
Soneva Gili by Six Senses
Lankanfushi Island, Maldives
45 stilted villas float on a lagoon surrounding a tiny coral island in the Maldives, offering sophisticated glam for those who prefer to be barefoot most of the time.
Employing an in-house “green team,” their SLOW LIFE program focuses on sustainability, education, and conservation.
Soneva Kiri by Six Senses
Koh Kood, Thailand
Located on Koh Kood, one of Thailand’s largest yet most uninhabited islands, this waking dream offers 29 villas and numerous private residences. A fund was established in which 2.5% of total bills go to mitigate carbon footprints and its eco-villa is one of the best examples of eco-architecture in the world.
Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa
Nestled in a breathtaking valley, visitors will be impressed by this hotel’s commitment to the Blue Mountains region. It procures 35% of its power from renewable resources including wind, solar, and hydro and it has planted over 175,000 indigenous trees. Local carpenters were commissioned, mostly using recycled Australian hardwood, to create the resort’s signature furniture collection.