Being a lover of luxe doesn’t mean that you’re oblivious to the perils of the world around you. While to some a stay at a luxury hotel or resort can seem like a wasteful over-indulgence, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Many hotels with five-star service are starting to place a greater amount of emphasis on sustainability in a commitment to reduce their carbon footprint and, ultimately, help the environment. Today’s green-thinking jet-setters are demanding eco-conscious getaways that don’t take away from their luxury experience. If you’re looking for a luxe experience that is easy on you and the environment, try these eco-getaways on your next trip.
The Park Hyatt Hadahaa is a private-island hideaway in the Indian Ocean that is everything you dream of when you think of the Maldives, and more. Made up of 50 villas, 14 of which are built over the water and many with their own pools, the resort is simply paradise. The best part of this paradise is that the resort was designed to blend into its surroundings as much as possible, leaving both the local vegetation and the surrounding coral reef untouched. Hadahaa has even earned a Silver EarthCheck Certification and the 2012 Green Good Design Award for its water, energy and waste management practices. Concerned about the colorful fish you saw on your snorkeling trip? Park Hyatt Hadahaa has a marine biologist on staff who works to uphold the resort’s EarthCheck status.
Campi ya Kanzi is a great example of eco-tourism in Kenya. The camp was built using only local materials that had fallen from trees naturally and state of the art technologies have been used to make the least impact on the environment: water comes from rain cropping, electricity from 72 photovoltaic panels, hot water from solar panels, food is cooked using an eco-friendly charcoal. But most importantly the lodge is a partnership with the Maasai local community.
A rustic, yet modern 40-room hotel and spa, Tierra Patagonia sits on the shores of Lake Sarmiento at the entrance to Torres del Paine National Park and the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Tierra Patagonia fits right in with its surroundings boasting low-energy LED lighting, high-grade insulation, and a layout that does away with the need for air-conditioning in summer and requires little if any heating in winter. As if that’s not enough, as part of the reforestation efforts following January 2012’s Patagonia fire, the hotel plants a tree for every guest.
The Park Hotel at Hyderabad, a 270 room flagship property of The Park Hotels is one of the finest luxury hotels in Hyderabad. It’s also one of the most eco-friendly. The Park Hyderabad received LEED Gold status in 2011 for its energy savings, water efficiency, reduced carbon emissions, and use of recycled materials. The building’s metal screens reduce light pollution inviting in enough sun to reduce guests’ reliance on electric illumination. Want to keep it green on the go? Guests of the hotel will find charging points for electric cars and dedicated parking for bicycles.