We all know that maintaining a healthy environment is crucial to our collective future, so hotels that go above and beyond deserve special recognition. We are also more eco-conscious than ever before, and we want to share with you a selection of our most eco-friendly resorts, whose individual approaches to sustainability should be both commended and copied across the industry.
Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort
An organic vegetable garden and tropical plant garden thrive at the beautiful Heritage Awali. Committed to strong principles to reduce environmental impacts, the hotel has made it compulsory to train all employees on sustainable development issues and offers eco-friendly modes of transport to guests. ‘Now For Tomorrow’ is their sustainability programme which ensures that all guests have a carbon neutral stay through five key pillars - energy transition, circular economy, biodiversity, vibrant communities and inclusive development. The resort continues to reach out to local schools and the surrounding community by supporting local environmental activities and group events.
Six Senses Zighy Bay
As a resort built on sustainability, environmental care and local support is exactly what they do. Since 2016, Six Senses Zighy Bay has involved hosts, villagers, the local municipality and also guests in tree planting. In total, 80 percent of the waste created on the property is recycled or upcycled on site. The resort team often organise beach clean-ups which are continuously set on special event days such as World Environment Day and International Coastal Clean-up Day - all hotel guests are invited to participate. Appreciate a thrilling organic garden tour where you can hear interesting details about the hotel’s sustainable practices or join in on marine conservation and community development during one of your visits.
Arctic Treehouse Hotel
Innovative architecture and comforting details provide guests with an unforgettable wonderland experience at the award-winning Green Key eco-label private hotel. Ecological sustainability plays a central role at Arctic Treehouse Hotel; each building is designed using Finnish wood, a material that has been sustainably produced and is a renewable building material. The Treehouse’s green roofs provide effective vegetation while the eco showers have restricted hot water and hideaways are heated using natural gas, while the main building runs on solar energy. The hotel enhances its sustainability through locally produced ingredients and a seasonal changing menu.
Petit St. Vincent
An enchanting hideaway in the heart of the Caribbean, where island conservation and sustainable living are ever-present in the lives of the locals. The resort has eliminated single use plastic water bottles and provides its water supply through their state-of-the-art reverse osmosis desalination plant processor. Any glass containers and metal cans are crushed and transformed back into sand and small particles while fallen leaves, cut grass and seaweed provide a natural fertilizer for the chef’s garden. To provide for the local community, the island’s owners have established the Children Scholarship Fund, a financial opportunity to give back to their employees and assist with their children’s growing education. Reef regeneration is a crucial step towards creating a designated marine protected area around Petit St. Vincent. After partnering with local foundations, they have constructed a coral nursery where nearby reefs will begin to repopulate on the Atlantic side of the island.
Africa’s first permanent tented camp, remaining in its original site since 1972. Governor’s Camp has been awarded a Silver Eco Rating from Eco - Tourism Kenya, due to the sustainable tourism practices in place at camp. For almost 50 years the camp collection has been working hand in hand with its community neighbours and local conservation organisations in order to protect the unique wild areas and the species that flourish within them. The camp products are refilled into reusable metal canisters to reduce plastic waste while also being handmade in Kenya with natural ingredients that are in keeping with the sensitive environment. Travelling to these incredibly beautiful and fragile ecosystems, contributes to helping fund an umbrella of protection and supports local communities who really depend on tourism revenues.