8 Earthy Eco Escapes
You don’t have to stop protecting the planet as you travel to explore its many wonders. This Earth Day, hotel search trivago.ca is highlighting eight ecologically elite hotels that are taking “being green” to a five-star level. Whether it’s by using recycled materials, heating water via volcano, or growing their own organic produce, these hotels are setting a new bar for eco-friendly travel, and spending 365 days of the year helping travelers save the world in style and comfort.
Post Ranch Inn — Big Sur, California
Built from sustainable materials and drought-tolerant plants, the coast-side lodgings at the Post Ranch Inn offer uninterrupted panoramic views of Big Sur’s legendary coastline as the mountain-side houses curve around old-growth trees. In addition to solar power and water recycling, the grounds of the luxury hotel also serve as a habitat for native species like the endangered Smith’s Blue Butterfly and California Red-Legged Frog.
Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort — La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Located at the foot of Costa Rica’s most active volcano, the five-star Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort is set in the heart of the Arenal Volcano National Park and surrounded by miles of stunning conserved rainforest. Certified carbon neutral since 2009 and the first hotel in the world to receive the Seven Stars and Stripes Green World Award, this eco paradise uses the hydroelectric power and hot springs as a hot water source for the hotel. These hot mineral springs emerge from deep within the volcano, forming the waterfalls, streams, and lush gardens that create the resort’s natural spa.
Lefay Resort and SPA Lago di Garda — Gargnano, Italy
The gently rolling hills, olive trees, and woods overlooking the tranquil shore of Lake Garda are the perfect backdrop to the jewel of the “Riviera dei Limoni,” the 5-star Lefay Resort & SPA. Committed to 360-degree environmental protection, the resort makes use of rain water and reuses pool overflow for green irrigation.
Laguna Lodge — Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala
Accessible only by crossing the azure waters of Lake Atitlan by boat, the Laguna Lodge is the gateway to the Laguna Nature Reserve with a stunning view of three nearby volcanos. Built entirely from local materials, the lodge is almost entirely self-sufficient, producing the majority of its own energy, food, and clean water. Vegetarians and vegans will adore the eco-cuisine at this resort, whose seasonal menu is solely vegetarian and harvested daily from its own gardens, local farmers, and the reserve’s mountains.
Maliba Mountain Lodge — Leriba, Lesotho
The only five-star resort in this small South African mountain kingdom, the Maliba Mountain Lodge is focused on giving back to the nearby community as well as minimizing its environmental footprint. The luxury hotel stores a water tank at the nearby Ha Mali community center to collect rain water not only for its own use, but also to provide clean drinking (and bathing) water for preschool students and the community’s vitally important fruit trees.
The Orchid Eco Hotel — Mumbai, India
A breathtaking 70-foot indoor waterfall is the first introduction to this green haven in the heart of bustling Mumbai. The Orchid Eco Hotel’s “Save Our Planet Program” is committed to preserving energy, waste management, and especially water conservation and preservation that responsibly reuses waste water for green gardening.
Song Saa Private Island— Koh Kong, Cambodia
As Cambodia’s first luxury private island resort, the Song Saa Private Island encompasses two inter-connected and underdeveloped islands of virgin rainforests, tropical reefs, and pristine white sand beaches. The resort treats and reuses all water, a full-cycle system that never releases treated water into the environment. The practice of “reduce, reuse, and recycle” came into play even in the construction of the resort, with native vegetation, driftwood, and discarded fishing boats used to build and furnish the islands’ villas.
Hawaii Island Retreat at Ahu Pohaku Ho’omaluhia — Kapaau, Hawaii
Part of the International Ecotourism Society, the Hawaii Island Retreat at Ahu Pohaku Ho’omaluhia is a sustainable eco-boutique hotel that believes in eco-friendliness and luxury in equal measure. The resort was entirely designed to take advantage of the cool Kohala breezes for cross-ventilation, eliminating the need for air conditioning, and uses both solar panels and windmills for power. Even a day at the spa is completely guilt-free, as the majority of its ingredients are grown in the 50 acres of wild groves, valley trails, and organic gardens that surround the retreat.
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