Luxury hotels pamper their guests with every possible indulgence and tons of visually attractive additions, but what does all of this mean for the planet?
In an effort to reduce their carbon footprint and conserve the environment, many resorts these days, are investing in sustainable practices. At the end of the day, if there is no natural beauty around us, travelling would be pointless.
So for those who’d like to stay in a ‘green’ hotel, here’s a round-up of some sustainable luxury hotels around the world:
Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa does its bit by regularly sending out Maldivian dhonis to gather plastics discarded at surrounding islands and take them to a main collection area. The hotel uses local and sustainable produced ingredients at its restaurants.
Also in Maldives, Soneva Fushi in Baa Atoll has its own herb and vegetable garden. Surrounded by a beautiful jungle, the resort has been fashioned with locally sourced materials, and guests are also encouraged to indulge in ‘barefoot luxury’.
Baros Maldives occupies its own island in North Male Atoll, which is the first eco-dive centre in the country. Water used at the resort is recycled and purified, after which it is used to water the plants. Heating and air-conditioning at the resort utilize no CFCs.
Six Senses on Laamu Atoll, Maldives, features villas that have been built from indigenous bamboo. The resort employs a research team to discern ways of protecting the island’s biodiversity. Six Senses Laamu is famous for its magnificent surfing waves.
Samaya Ubud in Bali is Green Globe certified, and has implemented a system to gather spring water for its use. The resort employs a full-scale team to manage its CSR activities, which include recycling programs and eco-friendly LED lights.
The St. Regis Bali Resort has consistently achieved the EarthCheck Silver certification for its sustainable practices. The resort has devised systems to save energy and practices transparency by submitting its ecological footprint reports to various auditors.
Alila Uluwatu in Bali believes in community service, and demonstrates dedication to environmental sensitivity through a variety of initiatives. The resort uses as less water as possible, recycles and reuses its solid waste, and installs energy-efficient lights in all rooms.
The Soneva brand is well-known for its commitment to sustainability and carbon neutrality. Soneva Kiri in Koh Kood, Thailand, upholds the brand’s ethos by respecting the beautiful ecosystem that it operates it. The resort is built with sustainable materials and grows its own produce.
Keemala Phuket in Thailand is very popular with guests for its theme cottages and villas, which emulate everything from tree houses to birds’ nests. The resort grows its own produce, and refrains from using artificial lights or draining too much of its surrounding natural resources.
Al Maha is an eco-luxury desert resort in Dubai’s Desert Conservation Reserve. Environmental conversation and the preservation of the Bedouin cultural legacy is important for the resort, which grows 75 native plants and nurtures native gazelles.