Celebrate Earth Day Every Day At These 6 Sustainable Eco-Luxe Resorts – Forbes

Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto is one of 6 hotels profiled that are committed to … [+] environmental sustainability
In celebration of Earth Day, here’s a collection of sustainable hotels and resorts that prioritize eco-friendly practices and environmental conservation. These 6 properties, located around the world, showcase the beauty of their surroundings while remaining committed to sustainable initiatives that protect and preserve the environment.
‘Alohilani Resort
‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach,Oahu, Hawaii
‘Alohilani Resort, set in the heart of Waikiki, was the first hotel in the state to commit to achieving PAS 2060 carbon-neutral certification, the only recognized international standard for carbon neutrality. The resort embraces other sustainable practices, such as native and drought-tolerant landscaping, compostable packaging for takeout containers, refillable water bottles and more.
Furthermore, in an effort to revive Hawaii’s endangered hardwood species and rehabilitate a native ecosystem, the beachfront property has committed to planting 100,000 native trees in partnership with the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI). Guests even have the opportunity to tour and plant a tree at the HLRI forest on the picturesque North Shore of Oahu. Throughout April, for every “When in Waikiki” signature cocktail sold, the resort will contribute $1 to HLRI. Additionally, the resort’s “Earth to Cup” happy hour series highlights sustainability, featuring menu items that showcase the rich variety of local produce and sustainable agricultural practices unique to each Hawaiian island.
The Twin Fin
Leader in ocean conservation and education for guests, The Twin Fin Hotel, Oahu, Hawaii
Just steps from Waikiki’s stunning shoreline and famous surf breaks, the Twin Fin Hotel has formed an exclusive partnership with Mananalu, the water brand founded by Hawaii-born actor and ocean activist Jason Momoa. Guests can enjoy Mananalu’s large refillable bottles as complimentary amenities and refill stations are peppered throughout the property.
Additionally, the hotel is renown for providing educational programs, beach clean-ups, and sustainability speakers throughout the year. In collaboration with Parley for Oceans, the property will be unveiling a unique interactive exhibit promoting ocean conservation. Even the art at the hotel is sustainable, such as the one-of-a-kind installations The Wave, which is created out of plastic and Albizia wood, an invasive species to Hawaii.
Ibiza Gran Hotel
Dive with a National Geographic marine expert, Ibiza Gran Hotel | Ibiza, Spain
At the Ibiza Gran Hotel bucket-list experiences include diving with National Geographic marine expert and photographer Manu San Félix to highlight the need to preserve Posidonia, an endemic sea grass known as the “lungs of the sea”. The reef near the island is of crucial importance for carbon capture (these sea meadows are said to store more carbon than forests), providing oxygen and fostering a diverse marine ecosystem. Additionally, the hotel employs solar panels to cut CO2 emissions by hundreds of tons yearly and also offers guests a glass refill water bottle program in partnership with local company Agua Kmzero.
Zafiro Palace Andratx
Support the circular economy, Zafiro Palace Andratx, Mallorca, Spain
This opulent five-star property is sincerely committed to reducing its carbon footprint and promoting the island’s circular economy. For instance, the hotel offers guests take-home vanity cases that are made by Teixits Vicens, a local artisanal textile producer renown for its traditional manufacturing methods. This initiative is part of the “Zafiro Goes Greener” program, which underscores the hotel’s efforts to decrease water and energy consumption and protect the natural environment. In fact, the property’s conservation efforts have resulted in recognition as an Ecotourism Hotel by the Alcudia City Council in Mallorca.
Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto
Explore one of the world’s largest protected marine parks, Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto by Danzante Bay, Loreto, Mexico
This family-friendly resort, located in the Loreto Bay National Marine Park, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The marine park, which spans nearly 800 square miles off the coast of Loreto, is a protected area with an incredible array of marine life. The park’s protected status restricts the size and power of boats allowed in its crystal-clear waters, minimizing pollution.
Guests can explore the incredible location (often called the “Galápagos of Mexico”) by going scuba diving, snorkeling, or on a kayaking tour with the hotel. The marine park is also home to a third of the planet’s whale and dolphin species. The property relies on numerous eco-friendly approaches, including solar panels, a seawater purification system for all the resort’s water, a greywater recycling program to conserve water resources, and maintaining an onsite garden.
Cliff Suites at Oil Nut Bay
A sanctuary for sustainability, Oil Nut Bay, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Located in the North Sound region of the British Virgin Islands, Oil Nut Bay stands as a sanctuary that prioritizes environmental stewardship. The low-density community dedicates half of its 400 acres to green space, while solar power is the main energy source for essential amenities.
Homes and villas are built to LEED energy specifications and blend seamlessly with the landscape; several even have living green roofs overflowing with native flora. Guests can enjoy activities like turtle tagging and mangrove kayaking in glass-bottom kayaks. The turtle tagging experience offers a unique chance to work alongside researchers, fostering indelible memories and promoting environmental awareness. The Ranger Program allows younger guests to immerse themselves in eco-friendly activities that nurture a deep connection with nature. Moreover, the onsite animal rescue barn provides a haven for rescued animals, including horses, emus, tortoises, and flamingos.


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