Travelling responsibly is at the forefront of my mind whenever I book a trip. Of course, it can manifest itself in different ways, from limiting my air miles and taking overland public transport, to eating produce that is sourced as locally as possible when at my final destination. And then there’s always where I choose to stay to consider, too.
Enter Lonely Planet! Their team of over 200 authors around the world strive to find the most eco-friendly accommodation in each destination they visit. And now for the first time, a panel of independent judges have selected the 10 most outstanding eco places to stay in 2014. Each business in the list was chosen as it had made impressive strides to minimise its environmental impact, and contribute to its surrounding local communities.
THE TOP 10 ECO HOTELS LIST
- Lapa Rios, Peninsula de Osa, Costa Rica
- Bulungula Backpackers, South Africa
- Chole Mjini, Chole Island, Mafia Archipelago, Tanzania
- Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Aguas Calientes, Peru
- EcoLodge Chepu Adventures, Chiloe, Chile
- Maison Anglaise, Taroudant, Morocco
- Earthship Rentals, Taos, New Mexico, USA
- Dana Guest House, Jordan
- Nuli Sapi, Papua New Guinea
- Baikaler Eco-Hostel, Listvyanka, Russia
Lonely Planet.com Editor Tom Hall was part of the expert panel who selected the finalists. He said; “We’re delighted with our first ever list of top hotels. This collection is one of a kind we believe, as it is put together by the most well- travelled people on earth. At Lonely Planet we’ve been giving recommendations to travellers about where to stay for 40 years.”
Click through the gallery below to see some beautiful images of the winning eco hotels. My favourite? Definitely Papua New Guinea… Now where’s my credit card?
Find out more about each of the winning hotels, including commentary from the Lonely Planet authors, at lonelyplanet.com/best-eco-hotels