Each year, the leading voice on sustainability in the hotels sector Green Hotelier chooses the world’s most eco-friendly and sustainable hotels who receive Green Hotelier Awards.
The Awards judges use the following criteria to evaluate applications from hotels: efforts taken to reduce energy and water consumption, waste output, the hotels’ roles as responsible businesses to their employees and in the local community, the way hotels communicate their sustainable and responsible ethos to guests.
This year Awards judges received 60% more applications than in 2016. This means that more hotels around the world are striving to do their best to take care of the environment, their staff and their community.
“It was a great surprise to receive so many applications this year and we were even more delighted to see that quality came with quantity. Hotels around the globe are innovating for the environment; taking action on such sensitive issues as modern slavery, and creating solid trends on how to provide fair and meaningful employment for their staff. Some of the applications we received were really off the chart. Congratulations to all our applicants for their initiatives and setting the bar on what a sustainable hotel looks like,” said Awards judge and Programme Manager of the International Tourism Partnership (ITP), Nicolas Perin.
These are the 4 eco-friendly hotels that received 2017 Green Hotelier Awards
- Constructed in 2012, it was the first organically certified hotel in Brandenburg
- Many of the products used in the hotel are certified fair-trade
- Hotel is equipped with photovoltaic cells, rainwater collection systems for all bathrooms, and wood heating systems
- Organic bedding and mattresses made of organic cotton, seaweed, and coconut are used in the rooms
- Hotel serves organic breakfast that includes many local products
- They share their green innovations with their guests in fun and engaging ways
Location: Chole Mjini offers tree house accommodation located on Chole Island in the heart of the Mafia Island Marine Park.
- This property is off-grid and provides its own energy
- Non-potable water in their outdoor showers is used
- Property owners invest in the education of local people
- They serve only freshly caught fish and vegetables that are grown on the island
Country: The Maldives
Location: This island resort is hidden among dense foliage within the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
- The resort’s architecture is inspired by nature
- It has been carbon neutral for all activities including guests’ flights since 2012, investing in renewable, recycling and carbon-offset projects
- They use rainwater collection systems and desalination
- They convert Styrofoam and glass waste into lightweight bricks for construction
- They offer employability training to local young people
Location: It is located just 30 km off Machu Picchu
- Rooms are styled with rustic dark wooden beams, regional artwork and natural fabrics
- The restaurant offers dishes made with products grown at the hotel’s organic farm and fair-trade Cusco coffee roasted at the hotel’s roasting facility
By Natalie Myhalnytska
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