The world's 5 best eco hotels: what's so special about them
Eco-tourism has been gaining popularity for several years now. More and more people from all over the world want to organize environmentally conscious trips, the main purpose of which is to have a vacation without harming the environment. It is not surprising that hotels that meet this demand are appearing at a frantic pace. Here are just a few of them.
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge (New York, USA)
This American hotel is very different from anything you might see in bustling and ultra-modern New York. It has a gold certificate from LEED (the Green Building Council) for its modern initiatives. This means that absolutely everything here is made of environmentally friendly materials that do not harm the environment.
"1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is located on the banks of the East River near one of the most famous bridges in the United States - the Brooklyn Bridge. Its rooms offer a charming view of Manhattan, the pond and green spaces.
On the hotel grounds you will see many beautiful areas with various trees and flowers. However, the most impressive is the access to the waterfront, which resembles the landscape of a tropical island.
An important element is that 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is very responsible for energy use. Therefore, all rooms are equipped with solar panels and smart light and heat control systems.
The ecological approach also applies to the local cuisine. The hotel employs a renowned chef, Dan Churchill, who prepares unique delicacies from farm products.
The hotel representatives say that it is important for them to maintain the body, spirit, and mind of their guests in good condition. Therefore, on the territory of the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge you can order a variety of SPA treatments, visit the gym, swim in the strait or relax in the relaxation area.
The Springs Resort (Colorado, USA)
If you want to take a break from the city, work, responsibility and problems, then pay your attention to The Springs Resort, located in a remote and sparsely populated part of Colorado. Just imagine: comfortable rooms with almost all the furniture made of wood and environmentally friendly materials, views of Arenal Volcano and the centuries-old forest, thermal springs and incredible hiking trails nearby. All this awaits you at this amazing resort.
For many centuries, this location has been used by indigenous tribes for medicinal purposes. It was believed that the hot water of the local springs could take away any disease and give eternal beauty and youth. Today, the positive impact of local SPA treatments on human health has been scientifically proven.
Just like the previous hotel, The Springs Resort has a LEED Gold certification. By the way, the local landscapes often appear on television. For example, the American version of The Bachelor was filmed on the territory of this resort.
Mashpi Lodge (Quito, Ecuador)
This hotel is located in the middle of one of the most famous and largest nature reserves in Ecuador - Mashpi. There are hundreds of hectares of rainforest, wild animals, rare birds, long trails and magical views around. So, if you want to be among the unexplored nature, you should pay attention to this resort.
"Mashpi Lodge has only 22 rooms, so it is always quiet and peaceful here. Each of them is equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay. At the same time, everything is done to bring you as close to nature as possible.
Of course, the hotel cares about the environment, so they minimized the use of plastic and other harmful materials. Instead, there are many things made of wood and stone, which gives the resort a special atmosphere.
The rooms there offer a beautiful view of the forest and mountains. And in the morning, you can hear exotic birds singing and see hundreds of butterflies calmly flying into the rooms.
Mashpi Lodge is also proud of its restaurant. It is located in a two-story building with panoramic windows. It serves a variety of European dishes. There is a separate menu for vegetarians. You can also order delicacies for raw foodists.
By the way, the resort has a wide range of activities. Sightseeing hikes, bike rides, and interesting theme nights are organized here. Participation is, of course, voluntary, so you can choose how you want to spend your vacation.
Arenas Del Mar Beach & Rainforest Resort (Costa Rica)
If you want an unusual vacation on one of the paradise beaches of Costa Rica, then the Arenas Del Mar Beach & Rainforest Resort will definitely appeal to you. Of course, it has private access to the water, sun loungers and incredible cocktails, but it is not famous for this.
The resort is located in the middle of an amazing nature reserve that stretches for dozens of hectares. Here you can see sloths, monkeys and other animals, as well as 7000 trees.
Interestingly, the hotel has its own vegetable garden where vegetables are grown for the restaurant. "Arenas Del Mar Beach & Rainforest Resort is famous for its delicacies made from organic products.
By the way, it is forbidden to use plastic bottles and disposable bags here. This is the hotel's policy, which has not changed for many years and applies to all guests, regardless of their status and financial security. The rules are the same for everyone.
Camp Glenorchy (New Zealand)
A beautiful hotel amidst the Richardson Mountains and dense forests will impress you with its innovation. It was built as part of the Living Building Challenge architectural competition. Thanks to a number of innovative solutions, it uses 50% less water and energy than other similar resorts. In addition, Camp Glenorchy isfully self-sufficient in energy thanks to solar panels.
It is worth noting that this hotel has everything you need for a great vacation: from luxurious rooms to exciting entertainment. One of these is a helicopter tour, during which guests are taken to a bird's eye view and delivered to the top of one of the local mountains. The view from there is incredible.
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