Sustainable tourism has become an even bigger focus than ever in recent years, with more and more holidaymakers seeking out eco-friendly hotels that not only offer a comfortable holiday, but also help to preserve the local culture and environment. Ahead of the annual celebration of Earth Day on 22 April, we've rounded up some of the best hotels and resorts around the world that offer eco-friendly initiatives.
1 Hotel South Beach, Miami
This stunning beach front hotel is designed to be environmentally-friendly, featuring pure and natural elements such as hemp-blend Keetsa mattresses, eco-friendly cleaning products and reclaimed materials. However this sustainable hotel doesn't skip on luxury; the upscale five star hotel offers stunning beach views, four swimming pools and a spa, and counts Ellie Goulding among its famous fans. "An eco hotel inspired by nature will always be my #1," the singer captioned a photo of herself in the hotel earlier this year. See more at 1hotels.com/south-beach.
Atmantan Wellness Resort, India
Designed to care for the mind and body of guests as well as the environment, Atmantan Wellness Retreat offers a full eco-friendly experience in its stunning location in India's Sahyadri mountains. The resort has been designed to coexist with the natural landscape and spaces have been architecturally designed to utilise natural light. As well as growing their own organic vegetables, the resort also uses solar energy as the primary source of water heating. For more information on the resort's wellness retreats visit healthandfitnesstravel.com.
EcoHotel L'Aubier, Montezillon, Switzerland
Looking for a truly relaxing and sustainable getaway? You won't be disappointed with EcoHotel L'Aubier, which offers panoramic views across Lake Neuchâtel and the Alps. This hotel offers organic cuisine utilising dairy products, meat and cereals from its own bio-dynamic farm, sure to satisfy the 30% of global travellers who told Booking.com that one of their top motives for choosing eco-friendly accommodation was that they tended to provide more organic and locally-sourced food. Book your stay at booking.com/hotel/ch/l-aubier.
Hotel Skeppsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden
This charming Swedish hotel is nestled on a peaceful island just three minutes' walk from the beach with regular boat services across the water to Stockholm's Old Town. Labelled as eco-friendly, the hotel also serves classic Swedish dishes made exclusively from locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients. For more information visit booking.com/hotel/se/skeppsholmen.
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