Travelling sustainably whilst not compromising on luxury is becoming easier thanks to an ever expanding catalogue of sustainable eco-hotels. These sustainable hotels are paving the way for responsible, conscious tourism and are a sign of what the future of travel looks like.
Here we talk about some of our favourite eco hotels from across the globe, highlighting what they’re doing to warrant their green credentials.
Ecuador’s extraordinary Mashpi Lodge is an eco-wonder set in the incredible Choco-Andean Cloud Forest, a biodiversity hotspot. The glass walled Lodge is constantly reinventing ways to increase conservation efforts. Heavily involved in scientific research on the biosphere’s diverse wealth of plants and wildlife, the lodge has introduced plans to officially expand the Mashpi reserve by 2,500 hectares to widen their scientific and research scope.
Eco super power: Scientific Research
A list of eco hotels wouldn’t be complete without a Costa Rican entry and Lagarta Lodge in Nosara ticks all the sustainability boxes you’d expect from a country train blazing in sustainability. The Lodge was built using 100% sustainable practices and materials. Lagarta Lodge is heavily involved in the community, giving young people apprenticeships to work on the private reserve the lodge sits on.
Eco Super power: Helping young, local people
Located just above the Arctic Circle, Svart is an ambitious project that plans to generate more energy than it uses over the course of its lifetime. The energy costs involved from the initial building process to its eventual demolition are being considered from the outset. The hotel is set to be a pioneer in a new kind of responsible travel when it opens in 2022.
Eco Super power: Energy positive.
Sat on an island, hidden away within a small fishing community off the Newfoundland coast, Fogo Island Inn is a social enterprise initiative which re-invests 100% of generated profits back into the community. Supporting community growers and fishers for food, using local artisans whenever possible for furnishings and design, the hotel has kept to the ethos of promoting one of Canada’s oldest communities.
Eco Super power: Community Feels
The land Bill Bensley’s tented camp sits on, deep in the Cardamom Mountain was bought at auction as he posed as an American buyer looking for logging land. In reality, he bought the land to help protect the surrounding 860-acre forest from the serious effects of logging. Guests who stay here make a real difference in protecting the unique and endangered species that live here. Around 70% of the 120 staff are from the local village and include former poachers and loggers.
Eco Super power: Conservation.
We are so incredibly passionate about travelling with purpose and doing so consciously. Working with lodges, suppliers and local communities that share our passion for responsible and sustainable tourism is at the forefront of our minds as we return to travel. Lets travel better and with absolute purpose to protect our beautiful big wide world