15 of our favorite eco-friendly hotels

Staying in an environmentally-conscious hotel doesn’t mean you have to skimp on luxury.

by Maria Milkova

From beach resorts to urban retreats to idyllic villas in the countryside, some of the most upscale hotels in the world are finding more earth-friendly ways to indulge their guests. If you think glamor and sustainability lie at different ends of the accommodation spectrum, a stay at one of these 15 eco-friendly hotels may change your mind.

Spice Island Beach Resort 94

Grand Anse Beach

You'll sip your cocktail with a clear conscience, knowing that the property's water is solar-heated... and the pool is treated with salt instead of chlorine.

- Travel + Leisure

Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas 96

3752 Las Vegas Boulevard South

Traditional Eastern influences mix with modernist touches throughout this spot, not least of all at Twist, by Michelin three-star chef Pierre Gagnaire.

- Departures

The Umstead Hotel and Spa 93

100 Woodland Pond Dr

Though close to the airport, this modern and luxurious hotel feels light years away from the traffic of Interstate 40. Sleek and spacious, its interior is a treat.

- Fodor's

Hotel Topazz 90

Lichtensteg 3

Topazz seamlessly blends into the historic first District of the city and takes to the podium as Vienna's greenest hotel, with everything from construction materials to the bed linen locally sourced.

- Wallpaper

The Green House 89

4 Grove Road

This hotel is proof that luxury and a commitment to sustainability can reside together in harmony.

- Gayot

URBN Hotel Shanghai 88

No.183 Jiaozhou Road, Jing'an District

Though it doesn’t quite live up to its considerable hype, this hip little hotel is still pretty good value for this price range.

- Rough Guide

Concordia Eco-Resort 93

16371 Concordia

This off-the-beaten-path resort is on the remote Salt Pond peninsula.

- Fodor's

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort 89

Lesiaceva Point Road

Tropical Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort hotel on Fiji's Vanua Levu Island is a romantic yet family-friendly retreat with a dive school run by the son of legendary scuba-pioneer Jacques Cousteau.

- Mr & Mrs Smith

With some of the finest diving in the archipelago to be enjoyed on the island's coral reef, this award-winningly eco-friendly hotel is one not to be missed by fans of the deep blue sea.

- The Telegraph

Remote eco-sleep with two pools and oceanfront casitas on 80 hillside acres of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula

- Jetsetter

Six Senses Yao Noi 80

56 Moo 5 Tambol Koh Yao Noi

Sumptuous 24-acre island resort with a magical location in Phang Nga Bay, about 45 minutes by speedboat from Phuket.

- Andrew Harper

Inn By the Sea 79

40 Bowery Beach Rd

Located 7 scenic miles south of Portland's lively Old Port and Arts Districts, this impeccably maintained seaside retreat is a low-key, contemporary, all-suite resort.

- Star Service

Art'otel Amsterdam 78

Prins Hendrikkade 33

The monumental former bank across from Centraal Station now houses an artsy, ultracontemporary hotel where (thanks to the friendliest service in town) "everything is possible.

- Fodor's

Heritance Ahungalla 75

Galle Road

Heritance Ahungalla is an upscale 152-room beachfront resort with a huge building and a casual vibe.

- Oyster

1 Hotel Central Park 80

1414 Avenue of the Americas

With sweeping views of Central Park and and bountiful plants throughout the space, its easy for guests to feel one with nature in this unique hotel.

- Travel + Leisure

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