“Kiwi Collection’s 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.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort – Bedwell River Outpost
Tofino, British Columbia, Canada
This luxury tented wilderness retreat not only aims to be self sufficient with programs such as comprehensive recycling and on-site waste water treatment, but its legacy work spans from salmon restoration to bear habitat mapping.
Papagayo Beach, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
This fully sustainable Silver LEED certified eco-chic hotel is nestled amongst a lush mangrove and beachfront forest. With sustainable farm-to-table dining and nature-inspired spaces, this is laid-back luxury with an eco-conscious flair.
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.
Hyatt Westlake Plaza
Westlake Village, Greater Los Angeles, USA
Hyatt employees are empowered to contribute ideas for corporate social responsibility. Staff at Westlake Plaza implemented an organic, pesticide-free garden right in the hotel’s backyard. Harvest from this garden serves all hotel staff, as well as farm-to-table dining at the Harvest Kitchen / Bar.
Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort & Nature Reserve
Lake Atitlan, Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala
Laguna Lodge protects over 100 acres of bio-diverse land and every detail is taken to minimize the environmental footprint, right down to the unbleached towels and vegan bedding. Other notable efforts include rain and lake water treatment, chemical-free operations, and careful planting of native species.
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.
Maui, Hawaii, USA
A retreat to restore your mind, body, and spirit, the design of this eco boutique resort honors the local, indigenous, and ancestral trees, plants, land, and people. Their conscious living efforts include farm-to-table dining and music fundraisers benefiting local partners ranging from a rescued animal sanctuary to land trust organization.
The Modern Honolulu
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
The Modern Honolulu is mindful of sustainability not only in their daily operations, including using organic locally sourced ingredients in their dining menus, sustainably developed spa products, and more, but also in the way guests experience Oahu with their curated Eco-Tourism activities.
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.
Tivoli Ecoresort Praia do Forte
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Simple architecture blends in harmony with the scenery and biodiversity here on the Bahia Peninsula. Along with eco-tourism activities, the Tivoli Hotels & Resorts group also has a four point sustainability policy.
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
Dusit Thani Maldives
Mudhdhoo Island, Baa Atoll, Maldives
With state-of-the-art engineering efficiency, this island resort has achieved Silver Certification by EarthCheck. A leader in sustainability, their long list of green initiatives include on-site bottling, heat recovery pumps, and a steam powered laundry facility.
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.
Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives
Lankanfushi Island, North Male Atoll, Maldives
This over water resort was built with renewable sources and designed to allow the natural flow of the sea. They also have a comprehensive water and waste management system, from treating water with reverse osmosis to crushing their own glass, and a sustainable supply chain.
The Naka Island, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Phuket
This island resort’s sustainable supply chain and efforts to use green products have awarded them a Project ICARUS Supplier Gold Medal. Guests can enjoy eco amenities such as green housekeeping and sustainable dining options.
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.