The World’s Most Eco-friendly Hotels & Resorts

Posted on 30 March 2024 By Nomvelo Masango

Travelling in luxury doesn’t always have to mean a compromise in sustainability. Eco-friendly travel has made it easier to reduce one’s carbon footprint even while enjoying a good getaway.

If you’re an eco-conscious traveller, there are plenty of hotels across the world that are forward-thinking. These places operate in ways that offer customer satisfaction while also doing their bit to save the planet.

Here are just a few of the world’s most eco-friendly hotels and resorts:

Soneva Fushi, Maldives

Picture: Sourced / Soneva Fushi

The luxurious Soneva Fushi is an eco-pioneer when it comes to sustainable accommodation in the Maldives. It recycles 90% of its waste on-site at its own recycling plant. Moreover, the food waste from the resort’s eating establishments is composted to create nutrient-rich soil. The resort also has a ‘Waste to Wealth’ program that seeks to help local communities reduce the use of plastic. The program also educates children about waste and protecting the ocean.

Picture: Sourced / Soneva Fushi

Capella Ubud, Bali

Capella Ubud is hidden in a lush rainforest and hugged by paddy rice fields. In order to preserve the area’s serene surroundings, no tree was cut down during the resort’s construction.

Moreover, the property has a no-single use plastic policy. They also provide the surrounding villages with educational programmes focused on sustainability and the importance of eliminating plastic.

Sussurro, Mozambique

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Located right at the coast of the Indian Ocean, Sussurro is the perfect place enjoy natural beauty and open plan living in Mozambique. The whole resort is off-grid and solar powered, with the restaurant using ingredients sourced from local farmers and fishermen. Moreover, the accommodation uses materials which are 100% sourced from Africa and no single-use plastics.

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&Beyond Phinda, South Africa

& Beyond Phinda boasts 30 000 hectares of land and is home to a flourishing population of wildlife. The resort is focused on conservation, as well as  energy-saving initiatives. Sustainability practices have been adopted as a daily priority, including the elimination of plastic bottles.

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