Six Breathtaking Stays with Ocean Views to Honor World Ocean Day
World Ocean Day is observed annually on 8 June as a moment to remind and inform people of the major role the oceans have in everyday life as well as the impact human action is having on oceans. According to our research, a large majority (81%)* of travelers confirm that sustainable travel is important to them, with 50%* saying that recent news about climate change has influenced them to make more sustainable travel choices. Additionally, almost three-quarters (71%) of global travelers* say that they want to travel more sustainably over the next 12 months. With that in mind, and to honor the beautiful oceans the world has to offer, we are sharing six incredible stays across the globe with stunning ocean views. Besides offering breathtaking ocean views, these properties also have a Booking.com Travel Sustainable badge, meaning that the properties have taken significant steps to operate more sustainably in order to help reduce their impact on the environment and engage more responsibly with the local community.
SwaSwara Gokarna - CGH Earth, Gokarna, India
Situated on Om beach, this wellness sanctuary is built in harmony with nature, and with the earth and the ocean in mind. Guests can discover their inner self at the meditation deck on the cliff overlooking the ocean and take in the incredible scenery of the surrounding mountains. Being an active participant in the local community, SwaSwara’s kitchen cooks with ingredients sourced from local villages and from their own farms. Since fresh water is scarce in the area, the property gathers rain water during the monsoon months and purifies it with a special system, consisting of three big reservoirs that can hold up to 4.8 million gallons (18 million liters) of water.
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa, California, United States
Who said that travelers have to sacrifice luxury to travel sustainability? Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, theHyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa offers sustainable practices for environmentally friendly travel. With a stunning oceanfront location that offers incredible ocean views, the property saves on energy and water use while recycling everything from cooking oil to light bulbs. In an effort to minimize energy consumption, the hotel uses electricity in rooms and meeting space only when necessary.
Le Grand Galle By Asia Leisure, Galle, Sri Lanka
Offering spectacular views of the Indian ocean and the iconic UNESCO Heritage site, Galle Fort, this beautiful property is a perfect getaway for guests to relax and make their vacation dreams of sun, sea and palm trees a reality. Besides offering guests relaxation, the property has taken several steps to protect the environment and its community. This Travel Sustainable property invests a percentage of revenue back into community sustainability projects. Guests can arrange a tour organized by local guides and learn everything about the local ecosystems, heritage and culture or just get a bike to discover the surrounding area. Travelers can sip tropical cocktails by the pool overlooking the ocean, after a day exploring the stunning golden beaches and the colonial architecture of Galle.
Noah Surf House Portugal, Santa Cruz, Portugal
The west coast of Portugal is a great destination for surfing with popular surf spots and incredible waves for all levels of surfing. Travelers can combine their passion for surfing and at the same time travel more sustainably to maintain the beauty of the ocean, by staying at Noah Surf House Portugal, a Travel Sustainable property, which has taken several measures to reduce their ecological footprint. Perfect for the 70% of global travelers* saying they would be more likely to choose a sustainable accommodation, whether they were looking specifically for one or not. With windows facing the water, this property has uniquely decorated rooms without air conditioning, utilizing the cooling sea breeze instead. The hotel has solar panels that generate 70% of their water heating needs, as well as an organic garden with chickens that help with the composting process.
Romans Villa, Gansbaai, South Africa
Set in Gansbaai, 650 feet (200 meters) from Romansbaai Beach, Romans Villa is a beautiful boutique guest house on Cape Whale Coast. With a private veranda overlooking the water, this Travel Sustainable property offers an environmentally-friendly stay in a fishing town popular for whale watching, sourcing most of their food locally and providing their guests with information about local ecosystems, heritage and culture. This coastal destination in South Africa has been taking action to address plastic pollution over the past few years by installing drainage nets to catch waste.
Encantada Tulum, Tulum, Mexico
Situated on a pristine beach between the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and Tulum National Park, Hotel Encantada is a tropical paradise committed to protect and preserve the beautiful destination of Tulum. Each room is decorated with local hand-made artwork and fabrics and guests can enjoy organic dishes made from local ingredients. Guests can enjoy serenity and relaxation during a natural spa therapy or a private yoga class overlooking the beautiful ocean.
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of 30,314 respondents across 32 countries and territories (1,000 from USA, 958 from Canada, 1,009 from Mexico, 1,001 from Colombia, 1,003 from Brazil, 1,017 from Argentina, 1,000 from Australia, 486 from New Zealand, 998 from Spain, 1,003 from Italy, 996 from France, 495 from Switzerland, 980 from the UK, 998 from Germany, 1,014 from the Netherlands, 991 from Belgium, 985 from Denmark, 984 from Sweden, 964 from Croatia, 976 from Russia, 1,008 from Israel, 1,002 from India, 1,004 from China, 925 from Hong Kong, 1,006 from Thailand, 988 from Singapore, 1,002 from Taiwan, 1,004 from Vietnam, 1,004 from South Korea, 1,003 from Japan, 1,006 from South Africa and 504 from Kenya ). In order to participate in this survey, respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have traveled at least once in the past 12 months and must be planning to travel in 2022, and be either the primary decision maker or involved in the decision making of their travel. The survey was taken online and took place in February 2022.