Top 10 eco-friendly hotels around the world

Top 10 eco-friendly hotels around the world

From a coastal Thai eco-retreat to a Costa Rican jungle getaway, hotel search website Trivago presents some of the world's greenest retreats.

1. The Andaman, Malaysia

Situated on the Malaysian island of Langkawi in a tropical rainforest between the Cincang mountains and the Andaman Sea, The Andaman encourages guests to participate in the conservation of the surroundings, which include coral-reef enhancement and tree- planting programs.

Eco-friendly features: Energy-efficient light bulbs, low-flow shower heads and pre-programmed light and air conditioning settings. The hotel also recycles as much as possible by salvaging used cooking oil and using it as biodiesel. Rainwater is also collected for guests to use for washing their hands and feet.

2. Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa, Australia

Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa is located in the heart of the oldest rainforest in the world, Daintree Rainforest in Australia's North Queensland.

Guests will immediately feel at one with nature with the property's private waterfall, which is a significant local Aboriginal site. Eco-friendly features: Self-sufficient, pristine water supply for guest use and hotel operations.

3. Viura, Eskuernaga, Spain

Hotel Viura's futuristic asymmetrical cubes are juxtaposed against the traditional Spanish village of Eskuernaga.

The Rioja region is famed for its wine of the same name, making Viura the ideal destination to sample wine from the surrounding vineyards and wineries.

Other outdoor activities available include exploring the neighbouring 16th century San Andree Church, trying your hand at the traditional sport of Basque pelota on the adjacent court, or hiking and cycling in the shadow of the Sierra de Cantabria mountain range.

Eco-friendly features: Sustainable architecture and promotion of green living. Bicycles are available upon arrival.

4. Mocking Bird Hill, Jamaica

Mocking Bird Hill offers an unbeatable location between the Blue Mountains and the Caribbean Sea.

Eco-friendly features: Besides solar-powered water heating, Mocking Bird Hill also uses locally produced toiletries. Interestingly, none of its hotel amenities are made from plastic, with bottled water provided in reusable thermos flasks and stationery in guest rooms made from recycled paper by a local women's cooperative.

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