These places are the leaders in sustainable travel and green living while ensuring luxury and unforgettable experiences!
The holiday season is upon us and we all hope that the current travel restrictions will be lifted soon so that we can enjoy some sun, lovely sea view and visit exotic places to rejuvenate our body and mind.
Ecotravel is a real thing. Who said that luxury and green cannot be combined? A & Z Twinshh has picked the best hotels across the five continents that combine luxurious services and sustainability at the same time.
Let’s start with Europe. Italy is the one! New luxury, Italian style and wide bright spaces that touch nature are the recurring themes of Lefay Resorts. Every single detail, from the first steps into the entrance to the inner rooms, has been designed to offer the guests an exciting and comfortable living experience.
Lefay Resorts is the first Italian company in the tourism sector to sign an agreement with the Ministry of the Environment for projects aimed at neutralisation of CO2 emissions. This is achieved through the purchase of CERs credits (in accordance with the Kyoto Protocol), intended to reduce emissions in Italy and in developing countries. The resort also publishes the results and objectives in a Sustainability Report, which is an effective tool for managing and reporting environmental, social and economic sustainability.
For more information, please visit the official Lefay Resorts website.
Next stop is Asia! You will be really impressed by Jetwing Vil Uyana’s facilities in Sri Lanka. With 28 acres of fertile agricultural lands, Jetwing Vil Uyana has been committed to preserving and promoting the community and environment since 2006. The man-made lakes of the exclusive sanctuary at Jetwing Vil Uyana are filled with water that is harvested entirely from rain.
Not extracting water from local sources such as irrigation canals, their wetland avoids competing for water with local farmers. The wetland even helps stabilise the water table in the region by acting as a groundwater recharge point. The hotel proudly shares a legacy of true Sri Lankan hospitality with the world, in the finest of modern ecological luxury. And with a mystifying blend of rustic tradition and natural magnificence, they promise you an unforgettable experience.
For more information, please visit the official website.
For those who wish to travel to Australia, we’ve got your back. Alto Hotel on Bourke located in Melbourne is the first hotel in Australia to receive the coveted EarthCheck Gold Certification, and has been awarded several sustainability awards. Also, it is the first city hotel in Australia to offset all calculated carbon output and therefore be carbon neutral. The hotel also offers to its guests honey from their own rooftop beehive & fresh herbs from their planter box garden.
For more information, please visit Alto’s official website.
South African hotels are making efforts to preserve and protect the planet by utilizing and promoting green practices. However, there is one that has gone the extra mile. Grootbos is a world leader in sustainable tourism and has been awarded some of the highest international accolades possible, making them one of only a handful of lodges to achieve this. All rooms and facilities at Grootbos have been designed to complement their pristine natural setting, while never compromising on style or luxury.
For more information, please visit Grootbos’ official website.
Our final destination is America and we’ve selected the Hawaii Island Retreat’s eco-boutique hotel and wellness spa that ensures an unforgettable stay. The hotel is a place of intentional peacefulness, set among towering evergreens and ocean breezes along Hawaii Island’s North Kohala coast. The Eco-Boutique Retreat offers a choice of elegant bungalows, suites and yurts. Guests can feel on their arrival how sustainability and elegant living can co-exist in perfect harmony.
For more information, please visit Hawaii Island Retreat’s official website.