Top 10 Green Hotels in the World
Now it’s a competition, and that’s a beautiful thing. Who can offer the next great, green hotel? They’re all over the world, and you’re about to be privy to a shortlist. A disclaimer: These are 10 fantastic hotels — all green, all operating towards sustainability. Are they really the greatest? I suppose that can be left to debate, but any additional suggestions are always appreciated — especially if you’ve stayed in one. Contact us here at Easy Ways to Go Green with your green hotel reviews, and we’ll jump on the research and post a new report. Leave a comment at the end of this article, and we’ll get right on top of it. And now, the hotels.
It is Kansas City’s first green hotel, a convert from the historic Quarterage Hotel, a Kansas City favorite. The Q Hotel and Spa’s eco-friendly makeover has created a more welcoming environment for guests.
Those who stay at the Q Hotel and Spa can rest assured that each room has been designed to be energy efficient and sustainable, and that there will be no funky chemicals used for cleaning. The hotel offers a hybrid shuttle as well as bicycles to guests for exploring the local Kansas City cityscape.
Whitepod Eco-Retreat — Switzerland
Our neighbors across the Atlantic have offered a fantastic way to get away from it all, into the splendor of snow-covered Swiss Alps, and without leaving carbon footprints the size of Godzilla. You may leave a few snowshoe prints at the Whitepod Eco-Retreat, because that’s one option to reach this retreat. The other being on skis or by dog powered sled. Each “tent,” that looks more like a golf ball stuck in the snow, possesses a stove and is far more similar to a resort style setting than an “alpine campground.”
Voyages Longitude 131 — Australia
When you visit Voyages Longitude 131, you will have the chance to explore the land of Oz in a style so unique, you may regard your journey as completely surreal. Close to the border of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, this 5 star luxury joint offers everything from private style, eco-friendly, luxury “tents,” offering gorgeous views and access to everything from exploration to spa treatments.
Chumbe Island Coral Park — Zanzibar, Tanzania
The eco-friendly bungalows at Chumbe Island Coral Park will serve to offer daily rest, after you’ve enjoyed an adventure to one of the most fascinating coral reefs planet Earth has to offer. All structures on the Chumbe Island property offer exactly what you’d hope for in an African vacation — uniquely raw, and full of natural beauty and native wildlife.
Spice Island Beach Resort — Grenada
Lost off the coast of South America, the tropical island getaway at Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada is about as good as it gets when it comes to luxury and a little pampering. The pool water is treated and softened by salt instead of chlorine, while the water throughout the resort sinks and showers is heated through solar power. Eco-friendly electrics are also used in everything from appliances to artificial lighting, helping cut the resort’s overall use of electricity.
Adrere Amellal — Egypt
The Berbers have been responsible for saving the lives of many desert travelers, and the Adrere Amellal offers a wonderfully unique insight into the traditional living style of these desert people. The walls of this 39 room lodge are constructed in traditional desert fashion, using clay and water. There is no electricity within the resort, which spans some 80 acres. Lighting is provided by natural beeswax candles, and meals are created from organic ingredients purchased at fair market value.
Devil’s Thumb Ranch — Colorado
Located in the Colorado Rocky Mountain Range, Devil’s Thumb Ranch, an environmentally friendly facility, is open year round, for any mountaineer who is looking for the best skiing and boarding conditions in the winter, to the best climbing, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and canoeing conditions in the summer. And if you would happen to be one of those people who loves to dabble in photography, you may not have enough film or digital memory to capture the view outside the front door of your cabin.
Tiamo Resort — Bahamas
Tiamo translates to “I love you” in Italian, and for the environmentally conscious individual, there may not be a better phrase for this resort. Offering only 11 private beach bungalows, the entire resort uses less electricity in a month than the average American household. Tiamo didn’t set out to produce an eco-friendly resort, rather the idea came from placing a simplistic, raw vacation resort in one of the earth’s most beautiful locations — and then keeping it that way.
Soneva Fushi Resort — Maldives
In the North Baa Atoll region of the Maldives, the island resort known as the Soneva Fushi Resort is surrounded by a coral lagoon.
From villas to bungalows, the accomodations here are truly luxurious, yet their commitment to the environment is what makes this location one to keep an eye on.
In 2008, the Soneva Fushi will cut its greenhouse emissions by 50 percent, and by 2010, they should have achieved carbon nuetrality.
Gaia Napa Valley Hotel & Spa — California
Gaia Napa Valley Hotel and Spa is Napa Valley’s first “fully environmentally-sustainable hotel & spa.” As the Napa valley region represents an ideal getaway spot for couples, visitors can enjoy everything from Napa wine country tours, to personal pampering at the hotel spa. With regard to sustainability, Gaia Napa Valley Hotel was awarded an LEED Gold rating; a full list of their environmental friendly features can be found on the hotel website.
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