Earth Day: the world's top 10 sustainable hotels
Every April 22, the world celebrates Earth Day and while travel and sustainability don't always go hand in hand, it's a sector of the travel market that's rapidly expanding. The travel experts at Expedia have analysed thousands of customer reviews to put together a report that details the top 10 sustainable places to stay around the world.
Singapore features twice in the list and Texas represents the United States with one of the oldest sustainable resorts on offer. The Listel Hotel in Vancouver fuses green-living with art and there's a funky, tech-focused abode in Paris that's geared towards eco-minded digital nomads. Here's the entire list in reverse order.
Sandos Caracol Eco Resort – Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Expedia travellers picked the Sandos Caracol Eco Resort in Mexico’s pretty Playa del Carmen as the eco-friendliest stay on the planet. Nestled in lush jungle, this hideaway offers eco-activities, cultural programmes and nature-immersed experiences – and everything comes on an all-inclusive basis. That means unlimited swims through mangrove forests, endless stargazing sessions with no light pollution, snorkelling among coral reefs, on-site gardening and tree-planting fun. There’s also a huge water park for children to enjoy and the resort has the most eco-efficient rooms in the Yucatan Peninsula's Riviera. Eco-nature tours, cruelty-free animal interactions and beach meditation on the shores of the Caribbean Sea await. All-inclusive rates start at Dh1,391 for a minimum three-night stay.
Nomad Hotel Roissy CDG – Paris, France
Geared towards digital nomads, the Nomad Hotel Roissy CDG is just five minutes from Charles de Gaulle Airport and gives travellers sleek Scandinavian-inspired design and tech-enabled rooms. It comes with impressively low energy consumption rates thanks to green exterior cladding, solar panels and air-handling units. There’s also an efficient rainwater collection system in place, furniture that’s made out of recycled or sustainable materials, like rugs crafted out of reclaimed fishing nets, and everything is controllable at the touch of an iPad. Rooms start at Dh335 per night.
Siloso Beach Resort – Sentosa, Singapore
The second Singapore resort in the top 10 list is Siloso Beach Resort on Sentosa Island, a unique luxury beach experience flanked by the South China Sea. It boasts 200 original trees and 450 more planted on-site, the longest spring water landscape pool in the country and more than 70 per cent of it is open-air, meaning guests have the chance to really connect with nature. Activities on offer include nature walks, green cycling tours and eco-Segway adventures. Locally-sourced food, limited use of single plastics and reduced energy consumption secured this place a spot on the top 10 eco-stays list. Rooms cost from Dh627.