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Green Is The New Black

By: Annie Vernick

May 15 2019

We know. The term ‘eco-friendly hotel’ has a habit of making people think of rustic, remote shacks. The stereotype isn’t all that accurate, though—these 7 hotels prove that caring about your carbon footprint doesn’t mean you have to give up your modern luxuries.

ANDAZ MAUI AT WAILEA RESORT

MAUI, HAWAII 

The fact that it's gorgeous isn’t the only reason Andaz Maui is one of our favorite tropical retreats. As Hawaii’s first LEED-certified resort (not an easy feat), the resort goes above and beyond to reduce, reuse and recycle. From glassware made from recycled wine bottles to turning green waste into compost, it’s a beauty with a conscience.

WICKANINNISH INN

TOFINO, CANADA 

With orcas playing in the Pacific Ocean on one side and wolves and spirit bears roaming the ancient rainforests on the other, it feels like the Wickaninnish Inn is on nature’s edge. The Inn’s respect and dedication to preserving its enchanting home in Tofino has been apparent from the start...literally—the trees on the property guided the planning and placement of the Inn’s structures when it was being built.

TIERRA PATAGONIA

PATAGONIA, CHILE

Located in a place that can only be described as majestic, it makes sense that Tierra Patagonia is committed to sustainability. In addition to the usual eco-friendly suspects (LED lighting, thermal heating, on-property gardens for the chef), the hotel actively supports a reforestation project as mammoth as the mountains that surround it: Reforest Patagonia’s goal is to plant one million trees across Chile’s national parks. 

FOGO ISLAND INN

NEWFOUNDLAND, CANADA

Floating on stilts atop a tiny, remote island in Newfoundland, it’s safe to say that Fogo Island Inn has gone out of its way to be as least disruptive as possible. The Inn is committed to natural, local, and upcycled materials—the only plastic you’ll find in your room is the telephone.

1 HOTEL BROOKLYN BRIDGE

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

The 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge proves that even the smallest steps to decreasing your footprint can make an impact. Room keys are made of wood, hangers are made from 100% post-consumer recycled materials, and the rooms have chalkboards for notes and doodles instead of paper. To get guests in tune with nature, the hotel sports thousands of different plants, inside and out, effectively making itself a safe haven in the middle of the concrete jungle.

FREGATE ISLAND PRIVATE

FREGATE ISLAND, SEYCHELLES

Fregate Island Private proudly lives up to its name as the Jewel of Conservation. Acting as guardian of the native wildlife, the hotel’s concerted efforts have brought the Magpie Robin back from the brink of extinction and have grown the population of Giant Aldabra Tortoises from 150, 256 years ago to over 3,000.

THE RANCH AT ROCK CREEK

PHILIPSBURG, MONTANA

In a place where cattle outnumber people and there are acres upon acres of open land, The Ranch at Rock Creek is perfectly positioned for sourcing food locally. Kitchen staff travel regionally to meet with farmers and ensure their day-to-day commitment to working the land responsibly, bringing back only the highest quality goods for the cowboys and cowgirls at The Ranch.