Sustainable Stays (That don’t budge on comfort!)
Booking.com reveals their top picks of the world’s most luxurious eco-friendly stays – the best of both worlds!
According to a recent survey by Booking.com of over 32,000 global travellers, more than half of respondents said they were likely to choose a destination based on its social or environmental impact in 2015. In celebration of World Earth Day, Booking.com is sharing their favourite picks of the world’s most indulgent properties - that are also leading the way in balancing luxurious accommodation with 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.
Alila Villas Uluwatu, Uluwatu, Indonesia
If a 50 metre outdoor pool with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean wasn’t enough, guests to this stunning property will have access to a yoga studio, the option of a personalised butler service and an onsite restaurant serving Indonesian specialties. Even better, the entire resort has been designed in concord with its surroundings, using sustainable materials wherever structuraly feasible.
The Park Hyatt offers holistic classes to help you feel good from the outside in. Equipped with an outdoor pool, an onsite spa and open-concept bath areas, total relaxation is guaranteed at this luxury resort. Their feel good approach to holidaying extends to the property surroundings, with the resort ensuring 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.
Six Senses Samui ticks all of the boxes when it comes to aspirational luxury. Guests can laze in the infinity pool, admire panoramic views across the gulf of Siam and relax in the Six Senses spa, offering divine massage treatment and yoga classes.The property 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.
Full-length windows enable guests to enjoy stunning city views at this chic New York hotel, while the restaurant serves a gourmet brunch and delectable afternoon tea. For those looking for a quiet night in, Crosby Street is home to its very own private theatre for relaxed movie nights. It might be in the heart of the city, but the hotel still considers the environment in every way 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.
First opened in 1889, rooms at this iconic London hotel have a marble bathroom, views of the Thames and an optional butler service. 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.
Guests to the Mandarin Oriental can unwind on the roof top pool, where the hourly sunglasses cleaning service means you can always admire the view with perfect clarity. 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.
Surrounded by untouched woodland, Saffire offers guests a complimentary spa treatment on arrival and the unviraled opportunity to marvel at the picturesque Tasmanian views from their private deck. Saffire’s world-class restaurant offers a menu made up of fresh, locally sourced produced. Vegetating deforested sites in the area is a big part of the property’s dedication to the environment, alongside collecting and reusing rainwater to aid the long-term sustainability of the site.
Hidden deep in the Blue Mountains, guests can spend their time horse riding, mountain biking or soaking in the spa at this breathtaking resort. Each suite has its own plunge pool and an open fireplace, while the two onsite restaurants serving up the freshest offerings of locally sourced ingredients. Along with rainwater collection and recycling, the resort makes a sizeable 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, showcasing their commitment to renewable energy.