Travel more sustainably with this list of luxury hotels excelling in environmental and community protection.
Northern Territory, Australia
Longitude 131º is a romantic, adults-only retreat located in the rugged Australian outback. The 16 safari-style tents are set amongst the dunes with famous natural wonder, Uluru (also known as Ayer’s Rock), in the background. Protecting the untouched setting was reason enough to implement sustainable practices from day dot. Not only does the property run off solar power but the accommodation itself sits on stilts, designed to float above the desert and minimise the impact on the environment. The tents can even be dismantled and removed entirely so the site can return to its pre-development glory.
Book a stay with Total Management Travel and receive one AUD $65 Spa Kinara Credit, $65 AUD bespoke experiences credit, daily breakfast, early check-in/late check-out, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
This hotel on the Malaysian island of Langkawi has recently revealed its newly refurbished interiors and facilities following 12 months of renovation. It was luxurious and eco-conscious before, but this new unveiling takes sustainable luxe to entirely new heights. Overlooking Datai Bay–one of the Top 10 Beaches Worldwide according to National Geographic–the 121-room property places guests at the heart of mother nature. The protection of the surrounding environment and the planet itself is paramount. Guests are provided stainless steel drink bottles for excursions; sustainable bamboo toiletries are used in guest rooms; plastic straws have been replaced with bamboo or stainless steel alternatives; the hotel produces its own water from the water bottling plant; and there’s a self-sustaining, zero-waste permaculture garden that supplies organic, seasonal produce for the kitchens.
Book a stay with Total Management Travel and receive upgrade on arrival (subject to availability), daily breakfast, early check-in/late check-out, plus a complimentary 60-minute massage, foot bath, and tea for two.
Napa Valley, California
Head here for rest, relaxation and a glass of the region’s finest wine. Located in Yountville, this hidden Napa Valley gem has kept sustainability at its core since before construction on the property even began. No eco-friendly initiative–little or large–has been overlooked. Salvaged trees were repurposed for use as flooring, ceiling and desks; the field-to-fork dining experience makes use of ingredients grown at the onsite certified organic culinary garden; and there’s an underground geothermal system that heats and cools guest rooms and spa. The admirable efforts were recognised when Bardessono become one of the few elite hotels to hold Platinum LEED Certification, the highest standard of environmental design.
Book a stay with Total Management Travel and receive upgrade at time of arrival (subject to availability), full breakfast daily, $100 USD food and beverage credit, early check-in/late check-out and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Guanacaste, Costa Rica
This boutique beachfront hotel is committed to becoming one of the most eco-friendly properties in Costa Rica, echoed by their philosophy: Planet-Friendly, People-Positive. Part of the Autograph Collection, this luxurious resort spans a stretch of open-ocean coastline and features well-equipped guest rooms and an activity list that includes everything from canopy zip-lining to monkey safaris. The eco and community-centric pursuits include conservation work with local NGOs, reforestation, and education outreach programmes. The property has also been involved in the construction of a new Islita school, a collaborative effort from both the hotel, its guests and business partners.
Book a stay with Total Management Travel and receive upgrade at time of arrival (subject to availability), full breakfast daily, $50 USD equivalent spa services credit, a dessert or ceviche trio sampler for two, early check-in/late check-out and complimentary Wi-Fi.
The revered Six Senses hotel group has proved an unwavering commitment to sustainability across its growing portfolio of international hotels, resorts and spas. They have set the benchmark for the hospitality industry, highlighting that environmental protection and luxury accommodation needn’t be mutually exclusive. One such property helping raise the standard is Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain. Located in the UNESCO World Heritage and Natural Cultural Site, this resort has implemented a number of programmes to improve its ecological and carbon footprint. For example, the resort purifies and mineralizes its own drinking water; it promotes reusable glass bottles; there’s a Tesla electric car for airport transfers; and ingredients are sourced responsibility from local suppliers and the onsite organic gardens.