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2015
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9 Stays to Pamper Yourself Responsibly

With summer officially on its way, many of us are starting to think about pampering treats in sunny climes. But according to a recent survey by Booking.com of over 32,000 global travellers, more than half of us are likely to choose a destination based on its social or environmental impact this year. The good news is that luxury and sustainability can go hand in hand. With over 650,000 properties and over 48 million verified reviews, Booking.com has found some of the world’s most indulgent properties that also lead the way in redefining luxury alongside social and environmental consideration. From city retreats to beachside resorts, they all have one thing in common; striving to work in harmony with their surroundings to give guests a five star holiday with added eco credentials.

Ocean View: Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia, 9.2

Luxury…

How does a 50 metre outdoor pool with views of the Indian Ocean sound? There’s also a yoga studio, the option to have a personalised butler service and an onsite restaurant serving Indonesian specialties.

Sustainability…

The entire resort has been designed in harmony with its surroundings, using sustainable materials wherever possible. This property also supports various non-profit organisations that help the local community.

Ocean View: Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa, Gemanafushi, Maldives, 8.6

Luxury…

This property takes a healing approach and offers holistic classes to help you feel good from the outside in. There’s also an outdoor pool, an onsite spa and open-concept bath areas so you can soak in the view.

Sustainability…

This feel good mentality extends to the property surroundings. The resort ensures any construction plans or activities don’t infringe on local customs and cultural practices. Park Hyatt also collaborates with EarthCheck to make sure it stays as environmentally sound as possible.

Ocean View: Six Senses Samui, Koh Samui, Thailand, 8.6

Luxury…

This property ticks all of the boxes when it comes to luxury. Guests can lounge in the infinity pool, admire panoramic views across the gulf of Siam and relax in the Six Senses spa that offers massages and yoga classes.

Sustainability…

The Six Senses Samui focuses on keeping the island of Samui a dream travel destination, filtering and recycling rainwater and working with a local team to remove rubbish and litter from the beaches.

City Chic: Crosby Street Hotel, New York, USA, 9.2

Luxury…

Full-length windows mean guests can enjoy stunning city views, while the restaurant serves up a gourmet brunch and afternoon tea. This property even has a private theatre for movie nights and a 24 hour gym.

Sustainability…

This property might be in the heart of the city, but it still considers the environment wherever possible. The 12th floor has a kitchen garden complete with a chicken coop to supply fresh eggs to the hotel restaurant, while the smart construction maximises daylight to reduce energy usage.

City Chic: The Savoy, London, United Kingdom, 9.2

Luxury…

Luxury doesn’t come much more historic than this. First opened in 1889, rooms have a marble bathroom, views of the Thames and an optional butler service.

Sustainability…

The Savoy might be better known for its elegant décor and wonderful views, but it’s also committed to reducing its carbon footprint. Smart initiatives such as movement controlled lighting, natural ventilation, and sustainable menu options in its restaurants all demonstrate the properties eco credentials.

City Chic: Mandarin Oriental at CityCenter Las Vegas, Las Vegas, USA, 9.4

Luxury…

Guests can enjoy a retreat from the strip in the luxurious spa. They can also chill out on the roof top pool – where the hourly sunglasses cleaning service means you can always admire the view.

Sustainability…

This famous Las Vegas hotel was created using sustainable materials, with smart architectural concepts to create a naturally cool temperature. Floor to ceiling windows encourage natural light to save energy, with water conservation technology and non-toxic paint used throughout the hotel.

Nature Retreat: Saffire - Freycinet, Coles Bay, Australia, 9.8

Luxury…

Surrounded by untouched woodland, Saffire offers guests a complimentary spa treatment on arrival and the chance to marvel at the views from their private deck. The restaurant also offers a menu made up of fresh, regional food.

Sustainability…

Vegetating deforested sites in the area is a big part of the properties dedication to the environment, while consideration has been given to bushfire management. It also collects and reuses rainwater to aid the long-term sustainability of the site.

Nature Reatreat: Bardessono Hotel and Spa, Yountville, USA, 9.5

Luxury…

Private balconies, spacious suites and a local winery within walking distance certainly qualify as luxurious. There’s also a rooftop pool, full-service spa and morning yoga classes available.

Sustainability…

The hotel’s onsite restaurant keeps things local with a menu of organic and locally grown ingredients. The smart underground geothermal system heats and cools the rooms and the domestic hot water supply so that almost no offsite energy is used.

Nature Retreat: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, Newnes, Australia, 9.7

Luxury…

Hidden deep in the Blue Mountains, guests can spend their time horse riding, mountain biking or soaking in the spa. Each suite has its own plunge pool and an open fireplace, while the two onsite restaurants ensure a delicious meal is never far away.

Sustainability…

Along with rainwater collection and recycling, the resort also makes a huge effort to protect the surrounding area. The construction of the property was completed without removing any trees and solar panels provide hot water to the site, showing their commitment to renewable energy.