Mercedes Hutton
Mercedes Hutton


HOTELS • July 2018

Six indulgent escapes for the eco-traveller

From a safari lodge in Kenya to a lakeside retreat in the Dolomites, appeal to your inner eco-champion at these fabulous environmentally friendly resorts, says travel writer Mercedes Hutton

Lefay Resort & Spa

Nature’s best

Perched on a mountainside that runs down to meet the crystalline waters of Italy’s Lake Garda, Lefay Resort & Spa’s green credentials equal its superlative style and character. Built using local stone, olive wood and oak to resemble the region’s lemon houses, the resort is powered by renewable electricity, rainwater is recycled and its restaurant sources most ingredients from nearby farms. Then there is the award-winning spa and quintessentially Italian approach to aesthetics – need we say more? Doubles from €490

Mashpi Lodge

Canopy conservation

Nestled high up in the canopy of Ecuador’s Chocó rainforest, Mashpi Lodge must be seen to be believed. Built on a site earmarked for deforestation, not a single tree was felled for its construction. Now run by a staff of conservation specialists and former loggers, the glass-fronted lodge boasts views through the trees, meaning you’ll get up close and personal with the likes of howler monkeys and hummingbirds, all from the five-star comfort of one of 24 rooms.Doubles from US$1,098

Nihi Sumba

Retreat to paradise

An enchanting island getaway, Indonesia’s Nihi Sumba whisks you off for an indulgent and environmentally responsible escape. Here, luxury means an authentic experience. Whether that’s dining on organic vegetables picked from the garden, sunset horseback riding, catching a wave on the morning surf or learning about Sumbanese cultures and traditions is entirely up to you, but the resort encourages giving back to the community that welcomed it. Villas from US$795

Camp Ya Kanzi

Maasai moment

On the edge of a private, Maasai-owned game reserve in Kenya, Campi ya Kanzi gets you as close to nature as possible, while having minimal impact on the awe-inspiring environment. Completely solar powered, carbon-neutral and built entirely from natural resources, each of the eight lodges affords country-chic comforts and breathtaking views across the savannah. Conservation is key to the experience, and proceeds from your stay will go towards the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust. Luxury tented suites from US$116

Akyra Tas Sukhumvit

Plastic-free haven

Recently opened Akyra Tas Sukhumvit in Bangkok is set to become one of Asia’s first hotels to eschew single-use plastics entirely. So instead of finding bottles of water by your bedside it will be stylish stainless-steel vessels, with drinking-water fountains easily accessible from every room. Additionally, bathroom amenities will be natural, refillable and presented in locally crafted containers. Doubles from £75


Time for wine

California’s stunning wine country provides the picture-perfect backdrop to H2Hotel, which echoes the verdant Sonoma County hills in its undulating green roof and organic architecture. Inside the green-certified building, natural materials bring the outside in, while fittings, art and amenities have been selected for their provenance, and still and sparkling water fountains eliminate the need for plastic bottles. Doubles from US$280

BA is developing plants to convert household waste into renewable jet fuel to power its fleet. Read more about this and the airline’s other green initiatives here

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