Consideration for the environment has never before been so important. Especially in the tourism industry. That’s why more and more hotels around the world are taking measures to reduce their global impact and become sustainable.
They are wisening up to the fact the environment matters. And conscious travellers have been the driving force behind this trend. But you don’t need to go to the Costa Rican rainforest or a nature reserve in Bali to experience this new wave of eco-friendly hotels.
There’re some very stylish ones much closer to home. So, without further ado, here’s a look at 6 of the best eco-friendly luxury hotels in Europe.
Set within 27 acres, looking over the charming village of Gargnano from its mountainside position, Lefay Resort prides itself on its environmentally friendly philosophy, from its construction with local materials to the home-grown produce used in its kitchens.
As well as being home to a phenomenal multi-award winning spa, this eco-resort boasts beautifully authentic rooms with locally-sourced walnut and olive floors, a glass-fronted gym, and a fitness path with five meditation areas dotted along it.
Lefay also makes its own olive oil, the on-site Mediterranean restaurant uses seasonal produce from nearby farms, and all electricity used is from renewable sources. The LeFay also takes part in measures to improve their waste management, water saving, and overall social responsibility.
Situated in the picturesque Oxfordshire village of Great Milton, Raymond Blanc’s famous hotel Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons is an opulent country oasis. Its essence is devoted to French flair, idyllic English service, and what it calls “responsible luxury”.
With 32 individually-designed rooms and suites, the traditional manor house is best known for its outstanding, two-Michelin star restaurant. Here, celebrated chef Raymond Blanc OBE serves exquisite haute cuisine based on seasonal, organic, free-range and wild produce – much from the hotel’s own garden. There’s also an incredible wine cellar stocked with over a 1000 wines.
London’s environmentally friendly hotel, One Aldwych is located five minutes from Covent Garden. It embraces sustainable tourism whilst retaining the refined five-star service it’s known for, granting guilt-free luxury to guests.
The hotel uses only biodegradable packaging for all in-room amenities; 100% pure and natural cosmetic products from T London; and a chlorine-free swimming pool, which uses a mineral based cleaning system.
These measures have led One Aldwych to become the only hotel in the UK to be awarded the Luxury Eco Certification Standard (LECS) from Sustainable Travel International (STI).