From dreamy design – led tree houses to jungle and riverside resorts, these hotel openings are putting sustainability at the forefront of travel – and setting the standard for luxury stays.
One & Only Mandarina, Mexico
An eco – conscious oasis in Mexico’s spectacular and unspoilt Riviera Nayarrit, One & Only Mandarina collaborated with botany experts on the construction process to ensure preservation of the coastal rainforest environment that it sits within, while also ‘honoring the historic and ecological significance’ of surroundings. Immersing guests in the dramatic beauty of paradisal beaches and impressive volcanic peaks, the low – density planning and design blends in seamlessly with the setting. The brand’s philosophy of conscious living is particularly apparent at The Treetop – a sensorial dining spot where drinks are made entirely from sustainable ingredients, and the zero – waste program includes preserved fruit skins.
Six Senses Botanique, Brazil
A recent addition to the Six Senses portfolio, the brand’s first property in the Americas is situated at the confluence of three river valleys in the Mantiqueira Mountains and promises the ‘holistic approach to food, wellness, sustainability and out – of – the ordinary experiences’ that Six Senses is renowned for. The eco – focus is apparent in its sleek design, with the seven suits and 13 villas built using only local materials, including jacaranda wood, natural stones and chocolate slate. There are seven water springs inside the wellness – focused property, so the resort can offer its own mineral water; there’s also a water – treatment station on site to return clean water back to nature, and the brand has set the goal of being completely plastic – free by 2022. But that’s not all: the hotel collaborates with the local community on a number of initiatives that preserve traditions and cultures, and takes an active role in protecting the environment, too.
Cielo Lodge, Costa Rica
Offering an ultra – boutique, intimate escape in Costa Rica’s Golfito rainforest, Cielo Lodge has just six suites and embraces a minimalist approach to luxury. The buildings are elevated to minimize footprint on the ground and the resort is powered by solar panels and a small hydro system. With a commitment to restoring the majestic jungle in which it resides, staff have planted thousands of native hardwood and fruit trees in the area, and Cielo Lodge is now working with local HGOs focused on preserving the environment, as well as FONAFIFO – a government program dedicated to rainforest conservation.
Maslina Resort, Croatia
Perched between dense pine forest and the cerulean Adriatic, just along the coast from the UNESCO – protected town of Stari Grad, Maslina Resort overlooks Maslinica Bay and embraces the indoor – outdoor elements of its serene surroundings. The resort’s architecture and design details are heavily rooted in local, natural materials – including ample Brac stone sourced from regional suppliers – and the ingredients used in Maslina’s restaurants and spa are also regionally and seasonally sourced. Meanwhile, reforestation of the hotel’s equivalent – sized plot has been organized, providing protection to the area’s indigenous olive trees.
Habitas launched a magnificent 50,000 – hectare nature reserve earlier this year, where traditional safari experiences are offered alongside live local music, wellbeing sessions and cooking workshops. As well as a program of conservation efforts, Habitas Namibia is committed to a low – impact footprint, and eco – conscious practices in the design of its nature – immersed lodges include running on solar energy and recycled water. On its mission to give back via education and employment, it has partnered with the non – profit Saira Hospitality organization to provide local training and job opportunities.
Treeful Treehouse Sustainable Resort, Japan
Bringing the concept of ‘glamping’ to elevated new heights, the design – led Treeful Treehouse Sustainable Resort in Okinawa’s Nago city gives a 360 – degree perspective over the stunning surroundings of the Kenka River. The tree houses allow guests exclusive, unparalleled access to the tropical jungle canopy, and are operated solely on solar power, nixing the need for fossil fuels. In addition to using sustainable design and building methods, the resort is working on initiatives within the community to protect and restore the landscape and contribute to environmental projects in the area – one of which has already included reinstating a water mill at the Shizogumui Waterfall.
Casa Di Langa, Italy
Offering panoramic views over the rolling hills and working vineyards of northern Italy’s Piedmont region, the sustainably focused Casa di Lana hotel is constructed from local materials and takes inspiration from traditional Piedmontese architecutre and design. Among the environmental practices at its core are commitments to plan for carbon neutrality, zero single – use plastics, geothermal heating and solar – panel energy, plus the use of 100 percent recucled water for irrigation. At its Faula restaurant, local ingredients take center stage and sustainable agriculture and conservation practices are respected, while the divine Lelose Spa & Wellness studio also uses natural techniques and ingredients.