Best Eco-Friendly Luxury Resorts Around the World
Six Senses Zil Payson
Location: Seychelles, Africa
Nestled on a stunning private island, the design has focused on habitat restoration by removing invasive species and supporting the threatened ecosystem with the propagation of rare local plants, and creating genuine conservation value. Each of the stand alone villas has it’s own private pool, wine cellar, and personal 24-hr butler.
Notable Eco-highlights: Reverse osmosis refinery for potable crystal water without the use of plastic bottles, chicken farm, organic garden to increase sustainability
Photos: Six Senses Zil Payson
Garonga Safari Camp
Location: Limpopo, South Africa
Situated in the Makalali Conservancy, 90 minutes from the Kruger National Park’s Phalaborwa gate, Garonga offers a relaxing natural experience in beautiful surroundings. The six luxury tents blend classic luxury, comfort and exceptional service to promise a "safari for the soul".
With resident massage therapist, morning game drives to view wildlife, and luxurious outdoor bath overlooking the surroundings, you will be able to relax and instantly feel at one with nature.
Notable Eco-highlights: solar panels, bio-gas system for food waste and natural waste, their own vegetable garden, water treatment tanks, and heat pumps, which reduce the electricity needed to produce hot water by 80%.
Photos: Garonga Safari Camp
Thala Beach Lodge
Location: Oak Beach, Australia
The lodge's design is a low impact style that set out not to dominate the surrounding landscape. The Thala Beach Nature Reserve has shepherded the reestablishment of complex forests that was once decimated by extractive and unsustainable farming. This is has in turn, exploded with wildlife re-population in the area.
Resort activities include a spa, sea kayaking, star gazing, nature tours and bird watching.
Notable Eco-highlights: Use of natural sustainable building materials, commitment to eco-tourism with respectful nature tours to guide guests in the forest, beaches or rocky headlands with personalized, quiet and unregimented fashion, and active affiliation and contributions to the Australian Rainforest Foundation.
Photos: Thala Beach Nature Reserve
Lefay Resort & Spa
Location: Gargano, Italy
Personal wellness should never overlook environmental wellness, especially since the impact of man on nature and it's effects can no longer be ignored. This is why the Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda has been designed and built with respect for the environment, in accordance with the Lefay philosophy, which has made social and environmental responsibility one of its principal, indispensable guidelines.
The perfect architectural integration of the resort into the surrounding countryside, the implementation of latest-generation technologies and the use of renewable energy sources have qualified the Lefay Resorts group, since its opening, as one of Italy’s foremost companies integrating business with sustainability and enabled the resort to reduce the carbon emissions by 1,130 tons per year.
Notable eco-highlights: biomass-fueled plant, a micro-turbine co-generation system and an absorption cooling plant, solar panels, rainwater catchment and irrigation systems and specialized energy saving laundry management policies.
Photos: Lefay Resort & Spa
Soori Luxury Villas
Location: Bali, Indoesia
Designed, owned and operated by renowned architect Soo K. Chan and his wife Ling Fu, the resort prioritizes environmental and cultural sustainability. Crafted out of local materials, Soori Bali maintains a true sense of place. They also offer customized eco-friendly activities such as watching the sunrise in the Tanah Loft Hindu temple, or authentic Balinese culture experiences for children.
Notable Eco-highlights: certified by EC3 Global Earthcheck rigorous standards & requirements for Building, Planning and Design; fresh, natural and quality ingredients in all beauty recipes, fresh organic locally grown produce & spices, and nutritious meals
Photos: Soori Bali
Location: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
The Park Hotel at Hyderabad, a 270 room flagship property of The Park Hotels' collection of boutique hotels is one of the finest luxury hotels in Hyderabad. The hotel's contemporary design derives succor from Hyderabad's traditional lineage as a historical nerve center and a modern day capital of design and production of precious stones and rich textiles. The breathtaking facade references jewelry settings and metal reminiscent of the Nizam's legendary jewelry collection, evokes passion of the era gone-by, and sets the royal ambiance of this Hyderabad hotel.
The unique perforated metal exterior has been inspired by the 'Jalis' of old Indian palaces, while the naturally illuminated, indulgently luxurious interiors reflect traditions of patterning, craftsmanship and style to carve a niche of exclusivity at this hotel in Hyderabad. With a jewel tuned palette and custom installations, lighting and furniture in the rooms and suites, all inspired by the legendary jewels of the Nizams, every guest would feel like royalty.
Notable eco-highlights: Awarded LEED Gold certification, the level attained for using an average of 20% less source energy than it's conventional building counterparts.
Photos: Park Hyderabad