6 eco-friendly hotel options for green travelers

6 eco-friendly hotel options for green travelers
Gayana Eco Resort, Malaysia
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Fifty-eight per cent of hotel guests prefer to stay in eco-friendly properties according to a survey conducted by online accommodation booking platform Agoda.

"Nearly 40 per cent would spend an extra US$10 (S$14) a night to sleep in a sustainable property," said Agoda International Indonesia country director Gede Gunawan in a press release.

Following up the data, Agoda recommends six eco-friendly accommodation options around the region for green travellers.

Soori Bali, Bali

Visitors to Bali may want to check out Soori Bali. Situated on the coast of Uluwatu, the property was built using recycled material.

As for the design, the luxury boutique villas and residences were planned to blend into the surrounding hilltops and maintain the natural flora and fauna.

Soori Bali has become the first resort in Indonesia to get the Green Globe for Environmentally Sustainable Design.

Hotel Icon, Hong Kong

Dedicated to eco-tourist education and environmental sustainability, Hotel Icon in Hong Kong boasts over 8,000 plants in its sky-high vertical garden.

To support its eco-friendly concept, the hotel applies energy-efficient cooling and heating systems, natural lighting, ventilation, paperless check-in protocols, a garbage recycling programme and a food donation programme.

In addition to these environmentally friendly features, Hotel Icon also offers a Green Limousine Service from Tesla to send travellers to and from the airport.

ParkRoyal on Pickering, Singapore


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Taking a hotel-in-a-garden as its concept, ParkRoyal on Pickering, Singapore, was named Asia's Leading Green Hotel at the World Travel Awards for two consecutive years.

The green hotel is recognised for its rainwater harvesting programme, solar panels and LED lights.

Moreover, hotel guests can also enjoy open-air corridors and waterfalls along a 300 meter-long garden walk.

El Nido Pangulasia, Philippines


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El Nido Pangulasia is a resort located on Palawan Island, the Philippines.

Applying a zero-waste concept, the property ensures that no waste is discharged into the sea and segregates wastes before recycling it.

Furthermore, the property has committed to serving sustainable seafood on its menu and it only offers low impact water activities such as kayaking and snorkeling to protect the environment.

Gayana Eco Resort, Malaysia

Located 10 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, Gayana Eco Resort on Gaya Island allows guests to enjoy the natural environment with its over-water feature glass floors and outdoor hot tubs.

With its commitment to protecting the environment, the eco resort has established its own marine ecology research centre to protect coral-reef and endangered giant clams.

Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia 

Those looking for a property that applies a sustainability ethos in Cambodia may want to consider Song Saa Private Island.

Located on Koh Rong Island, the property was designed to preserve marine life.

The environmentally friendly resort also recycles all the water used on the island and has reintroduced native vegetation around the resort.

In regards to its interior design, the resort is said to use driftwood and recycled wood from old Cambodian fishing boats for the furniture.

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