Eco-friendly hotels are against the sterile and needlessly expensive environment, but they make up for it with heart and imagination. Some feature tent stays, countryside potter’s wheels, beaches, forest terrain and organic home cooking. The most important characteristic is the “off-the-grid” and recyclable approach the hotel takes, letting you feel good about your responsible vacation.
Eco-Friendly Hotels
'14jan2
Columbarium  
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Many years ago, in the ancient land of Judea, there lived a people who carved their homes from caves. Today, you can stay in a luxurious version of these cave houses. In ancient times, precious water was funneled into wells and similarly, your room has a glowing well where the …
Accommodation types: Cave   Eco-Friendly   Spa
Location: Shekef  Israel  Middle East
'13nov13
Eve's  
Garden
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This hotel is an Organic Bed & Breakfast and Ecology Resource Center which means they have amazing gardens overflowing with flowers, hand-built guestrooms using ethically-sourced materials, and a lovely courtyard and tea room. Much of the hotel has been made from recycled materials. There are buildings made from straw-bale and …
Accommodation types: Concept   Eco-Friendly
Location: Marathon  USA  North America
'13oct29
Chumbe  
Island
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Award-winning eco-design hotel, Chumbe Island Resort about as much impact on its environment as a drop of rainwater. You stay in a traditional thatched cottage built to catch the sea breeze and keep you cool as you swing on your day-bed without the need for fans and air conditioning. They …
Accommodation types: Beach   Eco-Friendly   Island   Remote
Location: Zanzibar  Tanzania  Africa
'13jul24
Antik Zeytin  
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This hotel loves nature. They like to make olive oil from their own trees - in fact; you can get involved and learn the ancient art of extracting the rejuvenating and delicious oil yourself. Then you can bake your own bread using the special herbs that grow nearby and learn …
Accommodation types: Art   Eco-Friendly   Nature
Location: Bodrum  Turkey  Middle East
'13jul19
Whitepod  
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These futuristic eco pods nestle in the Alps creating a little igloo village. Your pod is made out of insulating fiber and has a wood-burner for comfort. There is an en-suite bathroom and super luxurious bedding. Whitepod is part of the eco-tourism movement and aims to be carbon neutral. Each …
Accommodation types: Eco-Friendly   Igloo   Mountain   Nature   Tent
'13may15
The Dune  
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The Dune is a holiday village spread over 35 acres near the Bay of Bengal. Your accommodation can be found in one of the bungalows and villas located between lush trees along 700 meters of private beach. Each structure has been designed to minimize environmental impact by using renewable energy …
Accommodation types: Beach   Eco-Friendly   Spa
'13may9
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Endemico
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Hotel Endemico is a rustic retreat in Mexico’s wine country situated on a slope overlooking the Valle de Guadalupe. “Endemico” is a Spanish word meaning “part of the environment” and so each eco-pod is designed to show off the rural landscape. The local area is village-quaint, left alone by commercialism, …
Accommodation types: Eco-Friendly   Nature
'13mar4
Arrebol  
Patagonia Hotel
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This hotel blends seamlessly with the forests and lakes of Puerto Varas which is one of South America’s most treasured landscapes. Local wood was used to construct the wooden fences that protect the outer walls. The interior walls are constructed from wooden bricks and other paneling was done by local …
Accommodation types: Design   Eco-Friendly
'13feb25
Nature Observatorio  
Manzanillo
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This could be the first structure ever built from the top-down. The two-floor room-and-observation-deck is suspended from a tree using nylon ropes, nylon stripes. Not one screw or nail was used in its construction. Water for the bathroom comes from rainfall and electricity comes from solar panels. Located on the …
Accommodation types: Eco-Friendly   Jungle   Treehouse
'13jan8
EcoCamp  
Patagonia
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Domes are all the rage in eco-tourism these days. Where old-style hotels needed deep foundations, roads, pipes, and cables to be laid down – eco domes are made from special vinyl that is warm, durable, and light. They are built using the “leave no trace” philosophy and the hotel’s designers …
Accommodation types: Eco-Friendly   Mountain   Nature   Tent
'12dec28
Hapuku  
Lodge
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Set in the small fishing town of ‘Kaikoura’ (which means ‘to eat crayfish’ in Maori) the Hapuku Lodge is the place to stay if you love eco tourism, beautiful scenery, and sea air. The area has been home to the Maori for over 1000 years and is an excellent example …
Accommodation types: Eco-Friendly   Nature   Treehouse
'12dec17
Three Camel  
Lodge
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Built in the heart of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia the experience hotel is staffed by Mongolians who offer traditional hospitality to visitors. You stay in a “Ger” which is the traditional tent of Mongolia’s nomadic herders. They are heated by a wood burner and supported by beautifully painted wooden …
Accommodation types: Desert   Eco-Friendly   Remote   Yurt
'12nov29
Morerava  
Cottages
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Eco cottages on the mysterious Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui, are a fine way to visit this small island also known as the “bellybutton of the world”. The special cottages are assembled off-site and placed carefully in the landscape so as not to disturb the fragile ecosystem. Special …
Accommodation types: Eco-Friendly   Nature
'12nov22
Eco Lodge  
Mancora
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Northern Peru - the sun sets like an Orange half disappearing behind the blue punch of the ocean. It’s a popular beach but you have privacy because you are staying in the Eco Lodge Mancora. This small but perfectly formed hotel is part of the eco-lodge movement. Therefore it is …
Accommodation types: Design   Eco-Friendly
Location: Mancora  Peru  South America
'12nov21
The Hoopoe  
Yurt Hotel
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Well known to discerning free spirits, the Yurt is the traditional accommodation of the native peoples of Afghanistan and Mongolia. They are canvass constructions with wooden floors and colored lattice wooden supports. Inside it is a cozy and intimate experience. Opening the painted wooden door directly into the stunning scenery …
Accommodation types: Eco-Friendly   Nature   Yurt
'12aug22
El Silencio  
Lodge
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‘El Silencio Lodge & Spa is the friendliest, most soul-soothing sanctuary where Costa Rica’s visitors can fully attune to a natural state of bliss’ says owner Karin Zurcher. Her brother, Ronald happens to be one of Costa Rica’s most prominent architects and he built the hotel using wood, bamboo, and …
Accommodation types: Eco-Friendly   Jungle   Nature
'12aug3
Hotel  
Puntagrande
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It holds the world record for ‘smallest hotel in the world’ and, when you arrive at Punta Grande, you will be forgiven for thinking you have arrived at the home of an insane fisherman with a love for very exposed locations. Situated on a rocky outcrop in the island of …
Accommodation types: Eco-Friendly   Island
Location: El Hierro  Spain  West Europe
'12aug1
Chateau  
Mcely
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This baroque chateau was built in the 17th Century. Originally intended as a hunting lodge, the chateau became the country residence of a succession of aristocratic families. The house hosted great ballets and balls until the communists took over in the 1940s and pooped the party. The chateau fell into …
Accommodation types: Chateau   Eco-Friendly
'12jul29
Nordic Light  
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Famous for its ‘mood rooms’ – this is Stockholm’s foremost design hotel. Its rooms are fitted with lighting designed to inspire moods and create atmospheres – like lighting a candle and dimming the lights - only more awesome. You can choose ‘relaxing blue’, ‘refreshing green’ or ‘pulsing red’ and adjust …
Accommodation types: Design   Eco-Friendly
'12jun28
IceHotel  
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Like the Fortress of Solitude in Superman minus the crystal-powered computer, the ICEHotel is built every winter in Swedish Lapland. It melts every summer and rises again the following year. An open to call to artists, architects and designers is always open and the hotel pushes creativity forward with a …
Accommodation types: Eco-Friendly   Ice