The Ultimate Eco Hotels

The residences doing their bit for the planet

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DDG Retreat, Casares, Andalusia

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Where?

Beautiful eco bolt-hole, about one hour’s drive from Malaga, set in four hectares of natural woodland.

Eco credentials:

- own water supply from underground reservoir;

- pool uses an ozone cleaning system instead of chlorine;

- recycled water for irrigation;

- special biological tanks for waste water and bulk of electricity used produced by wind turbines;

- certified organic produce for spa treatments and in-casa toiletries;

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- the retreat's six casas are built to blend with the landscape and to protect the forest, losing only three trees in construction and replacing those trees with 100 others;

- a new tree planted for every booking;

- local produce used in the restaurant;

- free bike loan and walking maps provided to discourage use of cars.

Paraje La Celima La Manga, Los Olivos, Casares, Malaga 29690, Andaluisa, +34 359 168 217, ddgretreat.com Casas from £72 pp, room only
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Basecamp Explorer Eagle View, Kenya

Where?

Mara Naboisho Conservancy, in a remote and undeveloped part of the Mara.

Eco credentials:

- voted one of the most sustainable lodges by the National Geographic Traveller Magazine;

- built using recycled steel, sustainably sourced wood, certified bamboo and local materials;

- all grey water used on surrounding vegetation;

- electricity and hot water powered by solar energy;

- unlike many safari lodges built on ancestral Maasai lands, Eagle View supports the local community directly, paying a guaranteed income to each of the 500 families who own the Naboisho Conservancy.

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P.O.Box 43369-00100 Nairobi, Kenya, +254 733 333909, basecampkenya.com. Doubles from £558 including full board, airstrip transfer, walking tours & game drives.

The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi?, Maldives

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Where?

On its own little island in the Maldives.

Eco credentials:

- self-sufficient;

- sea water purification plant to produce all their own water;

- own sewage recycling plant and reusable fuel generators;

- they grow the majority of the produce used in the restaurants.

Noonu Atoll, Republic of Maldives, +960 6560 591, sunsiyam.com Doubles from £218, B&B

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, Aruba

Where?

The pretty island of Aruba, Caribbean

Eco credentials:

- won more than 24 environmental awards

- use of eco-friendly paper for marketing materials saved 82 trees,

- waste water reduced by 37,617 gallons, solid waste by 2,315 lb and greenhouse gases by 7,936 lb;

- solar panels for hot water and lowest per-occupied-room electricity usage of all hotels in Aruba.
- use local suppliers and products; ·
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- water reducers cut down water flow by 60%; ·

- bathroom water treated and reused in the gardens;·

- rain water tanks used to water plants;·

- in-room dispensers for locally made shampoos, conditioners and lotions cut down on plastic;·

- use bio-degradable and environmentally-friendly detergents.

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L.G. Smith Boulevard #55B, Eagle Beach, Aruba, + (297) 583-1100 , bucuti.com Doubles from £185, B&B

Hotel Santa Teresa, Brazil

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Where?

in the arty barrio of Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro.

Eco credentials:

- built with sustainable natural materials such as coconut, burnt slate, banana tree fibres, wild cotton, and tropical hardwoods;

- objets d’art sourced from local artisans, helping the artistic community;

- furniture is made from sustainable Amazonian timber.

Rua Almirante Alexandrino, 660 - Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, 020 8 133 27 30, escapecollection.com. Doubles from £215, room only.

Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort

Where?

North-west of San Jose, on the edge of the Parque Nacional Volcan Arenal, Costa Rica.

Eco credentials:

- Costa Rica’s first carbon-neutral resort;

- dedicated to protecting 700 acres of surrounding forest;

- all of the resort’s water is naturally heated by the neighbouring Arenal volcano;

- composting programme;

- low flow showers to help conserve water.

La Fortuna, Costa Rica. 0800 2888 8882, LHW.com/tabacon. Doubles from £159 B&B

Coco Palm, Maldives

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Where?

Dhuni Kolhu, Maldives.

Eco credentials:

- fruit, vegetables, spices, herbs, and orchids grown in their own garden;

- on-site drinkable water production and bottling plant, and glass bottles used to reduce the use of plastic;

- Sea Turtle Nest Protection Programme monitors turtles, prevents poaching, and releases baby turtles into the ocean to increase survival chances;

- Coral Nursery Programme - designed to regenerate and preserve the broken reef;

- Planting Trees Programme means guests can plant a sapling.

Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, Maldives, +960 664 6600, cocopalm.com. Beach Villa (for two) from £167, B&B

Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali

Where?
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Uluwatu, Bali

Eco credentials:

- villas designed and built in accordance with Green Globe standards; ·

- water conservation helped by specially installed soak-away rainwater tanks, and recyclable grey water system;

- use of recycled materials such as old coconut wood, railway sleepers and telephone poles;

- hot air created by air-conditioning units is redirected to heat water;

- each villa is designed with locally sourced bamboo ceilings, volcanic rock roofs and open windows to increase airflow and minimise the use of air-conditioning.

Jl Belimbing Sari, Banjar Tambiyak, Desa Pecatu, 80364 Bali, Indonesia, +62 361 848 2166P 62 , alilahotels.com/uluwatu. Doubles from £384, room only

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The Grove, Narberth
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Where?

Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Eco credendiats:

- emphasis on sourcing food locally and from their own kitchen garden;

- two bee hives produce fresh honey;

- fresh, UV filtered spring water from their own boreholes;

- solar panels supply electicity, and energy-saving light bulbs and LED lighting used across the hotel;

- water treatment plant and reed beds make sure all the foul water is properly treated;

- a wildlife pond, bird boxes, planted wild meadows and trees, and ancient hedgerows sustain many species of birds, butterflies and other wild life.

The Grove, Molleston, Narberth, Pembrokeshire, Wales, SA67 8BX, 01834 860 915, thegrove-narberth.co.uk. Doubles from £180, B&B
Fattoria San Martino, Italy

Where?

Montepulciano, Tuscany.

Eco credentials:

- simple interiors made from wood, stone and natural fibres;

- organic sheets, organic honey, organic soap, organic paint on the walls and no electrical circuits (make for a better night’s sleep);

- millett filled pillows;

organic swimming lake, a 'bio pond' with a completely natural filter system.

Montepulciano, Tuscany, 01223 460100, essentialitaly.co.uk/tuscany_hotels_fattoria-san-martino.phpDoubles from £125, B&B

Casas Bioclimáticas, Canary Islands

Where?

Tenerife, Canary Islands.

Eco credentials:

- Las Casas Bioclimáticas ITER (bioclimatic houses) are the world’s first village of carbon-free homes;

- opened in March 2010, the 24 villas are all autarkic (do not depend on external energy sources);

- developed by the Institute for Renewable Energy in Tenerife (ITER), each house is fitted with sensors that test temperature, humidity and air movement.

Polígono Industrial de Granadilla, s/n 38600 – Granadilla de Abona, Tenerife, +34 922 747 758, casas.iter.es/en , webtenerife.co.uk.

House for 2 people from £111 per day (room only, self catering)

Titanic Spa, Yorkshire

Where?

Huddersfield, Yorkshire

Eco credentials:

- own private borehole provides pure filtered Yorkshire water;

- solar power generates electricity;

- two electric car parking stations;

- organic, Fair Trade, locally- sourced food;

- eco spa brand, NEOM Organics used.

Low Westwood Lane, Linthwaite, Huddersfield HD7 5UN, 01484 843 544, titanicspa.com. Doubles from £220, B&B

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