Posted on Jul 23, 2011 | Comments 1
– Protect the earth while staying in luxury!
Heading out of town on vacation and looking for the perfect location for your travel retreat? If you’re a green traveler, then we have got the list of green hotels for you!
Whether you’re looking for a tropical hideaway, a mirror pond, or a hot beach, we’ve got 8 of the most tranquil and beautiful green hotels in the world to choose from.
1. Banff Park Lodge
Lover of mountains and outdoor adventuring? Looking for a challenging hike or to just sit beside a brilliant blue, calm lake? Fancy a quiet canoe trip with your sweetheart? Then you’ll want to check out Banff Park Lodge in Alberta, Canada.
They’re Canada’s first EcoLogo Certified Hotel, but also sport affiliation with Green Key Hotels and iStayGreen.org. They’ve taken measures to reduce their environmental impact by reducing waste, developing a green purchasing policy, making recycling facilities easy and accessible, and more.
2. Hotel Monaco
As a Green Seal Certified Hotel, the Hotel Monaco in Salt Lake City is one of the green hotels for anyone looking for a playfully eclectic luxury stay in a buzzing urban center.
Get a complimentary chair massage and glass of wine each evening, then relax with a treatment or two from their spa – in your very own room! Their green initiatives include eco-friendly cleaning supplies, green printed materials, water conservation, organic food offerings, and more.
3. Alaska’s Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge
Get away from it all at Alaska’s Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge. It’s been voted one of North America’s top ten green hotels by Natural Home Magazine, partly because of their involvement in programs such as Green Star Hotel Rating and the Green Globe certification program.
Do some bird watching, spend some time watching whales go by, take a berry-picking hike, or venture out on some horseshoes. It’s a rugged paradise.
4. Cheli & Peacock
Immerse yourself in the adventures of Africa with a stay at Cheli & Peacock. As an innovator in the green hotel community and a member of Green Star Hotel Rating, this accommodation scores big on sustainability, socioeconomic, cultural, and environmental scales.
They hire mostly locals to work in the hotel and specialize in giving you an authentic, breathtaking wildlife experience.
5. Kerala Houseboat
If you’ve always wanted to go to India, then perhaps an Eco Trails Kerala Houseboat trip would be just the thing. Known as “God’s Own Country,” Kerala is an experience in and of itself with its rivers, beaches, wildlife, and more.
You’ll ride your houseboat through the backwaters of the area, seeing rustic homes, coir villages, lush paddy fields, and other enchanting sights. Dine on this green boat as you enjoy all the sounds and flavors of India.
6. Inn by The Sea
If seaside life is more your thing, then check out the Inn by the Sea in Crescent Beach, Maine. Registered with several green hotel organizations, this property offers tranquility that can only come from spending time near the ocean.
They use biofuel for heat, warm the pool with solar energy, and take measures to project the local monarch butterfly. Spending time in the Spa or at the Spa Glass Dining restaurant will further enchant you.
7. Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach
For beach lovers, there’s always the Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic.
Hang out by the pool, eat in one of the many on-site or local restaurants, spend time on the water skiing, snorkelling, or fishing, play some tennis or bocce ball on the beach, or learn how to scuba dive. And you can do it all knowing that they’re rated well in iStayGreen.org.
8. The Atami Hotel
With a three-star green hotels of the world rating, the Atami Hotel is a spectacular choice if you’re looking to travel to the Middle East. Located in Bodrum, Turkey, this boutique hotel is situated on the undisturbed Paradadie Bay surrounded by natural beauty.
But you’ll also find luxury here, with beautiful water for swimming and snorkeling, yoga classes, ikebana lessons, a Mediterranean garden, and much more. They’ve received very good ratings in many environmental categories, including energy and water use, disposal practices, environmental projection, and so on.