There's no question that travel is a glorious, multifaceted, and eye-opening experience but being the great conscious consumers we are (!), we also have to remember that jet-setting can be environmentally compromising: transportation has a huge carbon footprint and hospitality practices can be very wasteful. With a little consideration and planning our vacations can be earth-friendly and still fun, luxurious, and relaxing.
But let’s start with where to stay. With a focus on environmentally-friendly food, service and architecture, all of these luxurious eco hotels will let you relax guilt-free.
The Hix Island House – Vieques, Puerto Rico
A beautiful, angular concrete structure disrupts the lush green foliage on the island of Vieques. Hix Island House is a balance of isolation and relaxation with views of the Caribbean and a quick walk to the beach. The cement buildings keep things cool, solar panels power the hotel’s electricity and shower/bath water is used to feed the plants.
The Home Hotel – Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Home Hotel is a little jewel in the heart of the cool, bustling neighborhood Palermo Soho. It’s the perfect place to stay when you really want to explore the city but also relax after a long day on your feet. Solar panels, reusable packaging, a towel-donation program, and many other sustainable elements make this hotel an A+ choice.
Aire de Bardenas – Navarra, Spain
Don’t know about you but staying in a clear bubble under the stars sounds great to us. Located in the pretty inhospitable desert in northern Spain, Aire de Bardenas melds nature with nurture. With a self-sufficient restaurant, reused containers that act as wind protection, and a design that allows the hotel to be easily disassembled and recycled, Aire de Bardenas is definitely worth seeing for it’s eco practices alone. Plus they have a pool and beautiful views and regular rooms if you don’t want to stay in a bubble.
Lefay Resort – Lago di Garda, Italy
Built into the hillside, Lefay Resort is a minimal and stunning escape in the Rivier die Limoni area of Italy. Sustainable practices are an intrinsic part of Lefay’s luxury hospitality mission and are present in everything from the building materials to the meals served. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in need of a Mediterranean getaway.
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