In recent years, sustainability has become a key focus for hoteliers worldwide. More hotels and resorts than ever before are integrating renewable energy, recycled materials and other eco-friendly elements to provide their guests with an experience that is not only rewarding for them, but beneficial to the environment as well. Here are five hotels and resorts around the globe that continually go the extra mile toward providing a sustainable guest experience.
1. Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Vanua Levu Island, Fiji
Named for environmentalist and undersea explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau, this tropical island resort brings guests closer to nature with bungalows providing views of crystalline Savusavu Bay and majestic mountain vistas in the distance. The resort also boasts a selection of fine cuisine with ingredients sourced from the on-site organic garden. Additionally, the selection of activities ranges from glass-bottomed boat cruises, mangrove forest tours and scuba diving to pick-up volleyball games with the hotel staff. This slice of Fijian paradise is an ideal escape for couples, families and solo travelers alike.
2. Hotel Europa, St. Mortiz, Switzerland
The luxurious Hotel Europa, nestled in the picturesque Swiss Alps, utilizes rooftop solar panels to generate electricity for hot water and interior heating, including the resort’s indoor swimming pool. Furthermore, this system is the largest of its kind in all Switzerland. Visitors staying in the hotel’s 104 guestrooms can dine in the La Vita restaurant and relax in a cozy fireplace room, all while admiring the breathtaking Alpine scenery. It is a charming, tranquil and one-of-a-kind experience.
3. Hotel Mocking Bird Hill, Port Antonio, Jamaica
Since it opened in 1993, Hotel Mocking Bird Hill in Port Antonio, Jamaica has led the way in providing luxurious yet environmentally sustainable accommodations to vacationers in the Caribbean. Locally made furniture, solar water heaters and in-room stationery made from recycled paper all add to the resort’s reduced environmental impact. Guests can enjoy a range of activities, from spa treatments to hikes through the rainforest and birdwatching in the garden, before enjoying dinner at the Mille Fleurs Restaurant.
4. Campi ya Kanzi, Mtito Andei, Kenya
Kenya’s Chyulu Hills are home to Campi ya Kanzi, an eco-friendly resort blending five-star luxury with wilderness adventure, up-close-and-personal wildlife interactions and local cultural immersion. As a result, guests are provided with an experience unlike any other. Accommodations range from small thatched-roof cottages to the exclusive Kanzi House villa, with breathtaking views of Kilimanjaro throughout. Campi ya Kanzi generates all of its electricity through solar power and collects water from rainfall, providing a truly sustainable experience in the heart of the savanna. It is not to be overlooked.
5. Hotel Terra Jackson Hole, Teton Village, Wyoming
Situated amid the natural splendor of Wyoming’s Teton mountains, Hotel Terra uses a combination of solar, wind and hydroelectric power to provide sustainable accommodations. Eighty percent of the hotel’s structure is comprised of recycled steel, with 50 percent of all construction debris repurposed throughout. Additionally, the hotel uses 100 percent organic cotton towels, bathrobes, bath mats and mattresses. Guest rooms are vibrant and welcoming, with black-and-white animal prints enhancing the decor. Furthermore, guests can enjoy the rooftop hot tub and Infinity pool and state-of-the-art fitness center. After a wilderness tour led by the hotel’s resident naturalist, visitors can enjoy fine Italian cuisine at Il Villaggio Osteria restaurant. A stay at Hotel Terra is definitely worthwhile.