These days, it’s easier than ever to travel responsibly - even if you still value luxury and comfort. An increasing number of hotels are emphasizing environmental and socio-cultural programs, which are preserving both local culture and local economy. And with more and more people traveling, it’s the way of the future.
Luz Houses, Portugal
Beautifully nestled in a lush garden surrounded by trees and flowers, Luz Houses welcomes its guests with 15 bright guest room in the town of Fatima. The main house accommodates the reception while the dining area and living room offers a cosy fireplace. Luz Houses use rainwater and cisterns to avoid unnecessary waste as well as solar panels.
The pastel-colored rooms have wooden elements and lots of space, and each room has a small kitchen with a space for dining; quite ideal for families. This is a green breathing space where nature plays the most important role.
Rua Principal nº 78, Moimento, 2495-650 Fátima, Portugal
With a strong desire to preserve the natural environment in the region of the Dolomites, Leitlhof is a true advocate of climate protection.
As soon as you arrive to the wellness hotel in Southern Tirol, your relaxing vacation begins. The cozy atmosphere with an open fireplace and comfortable furniture, immediately makes you feel at home. And speaking of interior; all furniture is made from regional and natural materials. The kitchen offers a combination of Mediterranean and Alpine cuisine.
Leitlhof consists of 55 rooms, a wellness area with an indoor swimming pool, a jacuzzi connected to the exterior pool, a sauna scenery, a Turkish steam bath and a massage shower.
Via Pusteria, 29, 39038 San Candido BZ, Italy
Die Forelle, Austria
Weissensee in Austria, the highest lake for swimming in the Alps, is home to Genießerhotel Die Forelle.
This family-owned hotel has been running for the last 40 years, it consists of 42 rooms with wooden furniture, minimalistic architecture and a lobby with fire place. The kitchen offering healthy, local and seasonal dishes, deserves a chapter of its own.
Die Forelle also provides a small health oasis with saunas, fitness- and relaxation rooms, a steam room and a massage area; naturally, always accompanied by a view of the Weissensee Nature Park. The private beach area and the terrace overlooking the lake, invites you to relax and unwind completely. This is an ideal base for an active vacation in summer or winter - no matter the season.
Die Forelle has the green key and the hotel works with energy and waste management.
Techendorf 80, 9762 Weißensee, Austria
OCÉANO Hotel Health Spa, Tenerife
The OCEANO Hotel Health Spa is located directly to the Atlantic coast on the Spanish island of Tenerife, granting guests an astonishing view of the Anaga mountains.
Consisting of 91 rooms with modern equipment, the hotel is awarded for its medical spa, which is one of the best in Spain. Here, one can find trained therapists and doctors, various kinds of massages, therapies and beauty treatments.
As OCEANO still continue to further develop their sustainable and eco-friendly approach, they offer bio beds in all rooms, locally produced bio products in the restaurant, and the toiletry products are also eco-friendly. Furthermore, the hotel uses power-saving LED lights for energy reduction.
Calle Océano Pacífico, 1, 38240 Punta del Hidalgo, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
The Whitepod Eco Resort, Switzerland
This resort, located in the Swiss Alps, might be a tad different of what you’re used to. The reason is the luxurious, eco-friendly sleeping pods, which can be utilized all throughout the year. The pods are low impact, which means they use a minimal of water and electricity, and they primarily consist of renewable resources.
The hotel offers a wide range of activities all year round, e.g. thermal baths, an aqua park and outdoor activities reachable by car.
Three different pod’s are offered: a so-called ‘cozy pod’ for couples, a family pod with plenty of space for adults and children, and a regular pod with two single beds. The Deluxe pod’s are for those wanting extra comfort and state of the art technology.
Les Giettes, Les Cerniers, 1871 Monthey, Switzerland
Milia Mountain Retreat, Greece
Milia Mountain Resort is rustic simplicity at its best. This stone-built eco-cottage lies in a beautiful village surrounded by a nature trails and wildlife. The region of Western Crete is perfect for both adventures and quiet holidays.
Milia is located in an environmentally-friendly area, perfect for those who wish to escape the busy everyday life and relax in a small Greek village, which holds many years of history. There are 16 cottages all together offering four kind of rooms; standard double rooms, large double rooms, suites and family apartments.
Speaking of sustainability; Millia Mountain Retreat commits to it by providing solar powered water, and wood burning stoves are heating up the cottages. Electricity is used to fuel gas lamps and all rooms offer eco-certified beds.
Milia Mountain Retreat, Vlatos, Vathi 730 12, Greece
The LeFay Resort, Italy
LeFay is the first Italian company in the tourism sector to work extensively with neutralization of CO2 emissions.
This impressive luxury resort in Italy, grants you access to a new world of luxury and well-being. The spa offers individual programs for guests as well as an extensive wellness menu, and it’s all set in 11 hectares of natural beauty just above the ancient village of Gargnano by Lake Garda. We don’t need to mention the views from here, do we? Let’s not forget the spa area, which is both indoor and outdoor. Guests will find heated saltwater pools (infinity pool), five different saunas, a tea bar and a fitness room.
All rooms are bright with a private balcony or patio and a bathtub. Guests can choose a health program spanning from 3-7 days depending on needs etc.
Via Angelo Feltrinelli, 136, 25084 Gargnano BS, Italy
The Green House, United Kingdom
“Serious about luxury, serious about sustainability”. Those are The Green House’s own words in which they’re truly committed.
An old villa in Bournemouth, creates the settings of 32 rooms, where you’ll immediately feel at home. Sustainability is first priority to this hotel; it’s even in the details, which you’ll quickly notice. The sun heats the water and produces electricity, all floor carpets are made from locally produced wool, furniture is wooden and the cars belonging to the hotel, runs on cooking oil (!)
Guests can enjoy locally brewed beer in the bar, and even the wine is selected after organic principles.
The Green House is a prime example on how luxury and sustainability can be combined.
4 Grove Rd, Bournemouth BH1 3AX, UK
Design & Wine Hotel, Portugal
If you are looking for comfortable eco-accommodation in Portugal, then you should consider staying at the Design & Wine Hotel in Caminha. This hotel building consists of a solar-powered rotating steel structure, which saves energy and helps to protect the local environment. Furthermore, guests are provided with a beautiful view of the Santa Tecla Mountain and the Minho River.
Design & Wine Hotel works with interesting environmental policies, and each room has an individual theme, such as ‘movies’, ‘street art’ etc. The atmosphere is both vibrant and minimalistic.
The traditional, regional cuisine is renewed to perfection and paired with locally produced wine to complete the experience. And you can bike, dive, hike and fish in the area.
Praça do Conselheiro Silva Torres 8, 4910-122 Caminha, Portugal
Hotel ZOO Berlin, Germany
Welcome to (one of) Berlin’s most iconic design hotels! All materials used are sustainable and the hotel has a Green Globe Certificate. The name refers to its location next to Berlin’s ZOO - and its history deserves a chapter for itself. Hotel ZOO was the place to be from the 1920s-1950s. Today, its completely reinvented yet with respect for its heritage.
Casual elegance blends together with modern comfort. A big fireplace and the Winter Garden invite guests to unwind from Berlin’s hectic city life, and there are nine different types of rooms ranging from standard to suites. In short: there’s something for everyone.
Hotel ZOO Berlin also offers a restaurant with Asian and European cuisine, a bar with shimmering details and a popular rooftop, where one is encouraged to enjoy a drink or two after dinner.
Kurfürstendamm 25, 10719 Berlin
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