Holiday & Beaches
Celebrate Earth Day in Your Own Way – Visit an Eco-Friendly Resort!
Earth Day – a celebration of our planet and a day to demonstrate support for viable ways of protecting our delicate environment – has just been and gone for another year, this year providing us with something rather momentous: the signing of the Paris Agreement. The main aim of this agreement is to curtail global warming, mainly through lowering the amount of greenhouse gas emissions in the 175 signatory countries. This is obviously something we can all get behind: global warming can only spell bad news.
In our own way, we wanted to get on board with the festivities a little bit. Of course, the best way to be green when you’re going on holiday is to not go on holiday at all… but where’s the fun in that? Instead, we’ve compiled a short list of some of the most fantastic eco-friendly resorts on the planet. Bon voyage!
India: The Park Hotel, Hyderabad
This is the ultimate in both luxury and environmental friendliness. The Park Hotel is a five star location found in the beautiful south of India, and even if you don’t care about anything else, the place looks fantastic, taking inspiration from the textile and gemstone industry in the region.
The architecture is centred on an elevated courtyard, really maxing out the amount of natural light that enters the building, therefore cutting down on the use of electrical lighting. It is the first hotel in all of India to receive the prestigious Gold Certification from LEED, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – a true testament to its dedication to sustainability.
Puerto Rico: Hix Island House, Vieques
This hillside eco-retreat was designed by the well-known architect John Hix, who actually specialises in the creation of energy-efficient buildings. Hix Island House comprises 13 beautiful apartments in this lovely part of Puerto Rico, and uses the local environment to its advantage, running on solar power and collecting rain water, which is then used to heat the rooms.
It has a real commitment to being green: you won’t find any televisions, phones or air con here. The showers are all outdoors, with the water being heated by the sun, and the bedrooms in particular are gorgeous.
The Maldives: Finolhu Villas, Gasfinolhu
Perhaps the best for last: Finolhu Villas is the first fully solar-powered resort on the planet. With 2000 square metres of solar panelling, the 52 villas on the 12-acre private island are incredibly eco-friendly.
And with a self-sufficient water supply and a seriously efficient system for waste management, you’d be hard pressed to find a greener place to stay. Luckily for us, it also happens to be stunningly beautiful!
UK: The Green House Hotel, Bournemouth
The aptly-named Green House Hotel is a lovely place to stay, and is just a short walk away from Bournemouth’s beautiful beaches. It calls itself the most eco-friendly hotel in the UK, and has put its environment-first approach at the forefront of every aspect of its running.
This includes everything from using only recycled paper to running their company car on biofuel, yet they certainly aren’t skimping on the luxury – there’s no need to worry about comfort here!