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 95

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 94

3752 Las Vegas Boulevard South

This newly opened (2009) CityCenter oasis features gourmet dining, spa services, spacious guest rooms and a fitness center offering Pilates and yoga classes.

- Michelin Guide

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

The interior is equally exclusive, boasting an elegant design and muted colour scheme, as well as a 'Privileged Club Service', which meets the very highest standards.

- Michelin Guide

The Green House 85

4 Grove Road

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

- Gayot

URBN Hotel Shanghai 84

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 92

16371 Concordia

This 20-year-old eco-resort is a pioneer in sustainable tourism, drawing electricity from photovoltaic power and collecting (and filtering) water in cisterns.

- Frommer's

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort 81

Lesiaceva Point Road

The brainchild of one of the ocean’s greatest explorers, this Fijian eco-hideaway also offers free unlimited babysitting, and five star amenities.

- Condé Nast Traveler

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

On a Pacific cove tucked into a mountainside, this "hidden gem" has a tiered layout with views of the ocean and the tropical forest

- Condé Nast Traveler

Six Senses Yao Noi 73

56 Moo 5 Tambol Koh Yao Noi

Six Senses has brought the best of Southeast Asia’s healing arts to a speck of land off Phuket’s eastern coast.

- Travel + Leisure

Inn By the Sea 72

40 Bowery Beach Rd

For those seeking a resort experience with the convenience of access to Portland in mere minutes, look no further.

- Frommer's

Art'otel Amsterdam 72

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 71

Galle Road

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

- oyster.com

1 Hotel Central Park 71

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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