5 Awesome Eco Friendly Lodgings You Must Visit

Rua Augusta and downtown Lisbon

Rua Augusta and downtown Lisbon

 

Looking for ways to be more environmentally friendly when you travel?

In a time when the war on climate change is as fierce as ever, we all know that it’s up to us to do our part to save our planet.

But where do we start?

It’s rapidly becoming common practice at home. We are well aware of what we have to do in terms of recycling, being more energy efficient, and cutting down on our shower times. But when it comes to travel, where do we even start?

One thing you should definitely be looking into, is finding that environmentally friendly and eco-conscious lodging to stay at. Whether it’s a hotel or B&B, a villa or a camp site, the people who run the places you stay at should have a vested interest in responsible tourism.

From use of renewable energies, consumption of organically grown produce, complete involvement in the local communities, and the minimization of carbon emissions, a hotel or lodging owner must be on top of what effect their accommodation is having on the environment.

With this in mind, we’ve decided to compile a list of 5 must-visit locations which are not only in some of the most exciting places to visit on earth, but that are also environmentally friendly and environmentally conscious.

1. Langdale Hotel & Spa (UK)

Langdale Hotel & Spa gives you an experience in the Lake District like no other

Langdale Hotel & Spa gives you an experience in the Lake District like no other

If you are looking for a relaxing spa wash to away those working worries, then you need look no further than the magnificence that is Langdale Hotel & Spa.

Enjoy the splendours of 16 breathtaking lakes framed by the glorious backdrops of mountains, fells, and woodland in the Lake District. Whether it’s awe-inspiring treks or the relaxation of a sumptuous sauna, this place has it all.

Langdale Hotel & Spa has it’s own Electric Car Charging Points.

Langdale Hotel & Spa has it’s own Electric Car Charging Points.

Park and charge your electric car at the hotel’s charging point and enjoy a lodging who’s environmental policy includes detailed plans to tackle energy consumption, work on waste management, contribute and protect local ecology, and use an efficient and environmentally friendly water usage system.

You really couldn’t ask for much more from this 4-star / 5-leaf hotel!

It’s been like it for years, and so it continues to be that the staff at Langdale Hotel & Spa do everything they can to make sure you leave a minimal footprint while taking maximum enjoyment from one of the most invigorating and jaw-dropping locations in the country.

Book your stay and find out more about Langdale Hotel & Spa here.

2. Neya Lisbon Hotel (Portugal)

Sustainability is the order of the day at Neya Eco-Hotel

Sustainability is the order of the day at Neya Eco-Hotel

If you still haven’t visited Lisbon, then be sure to put it on your list of soon-to-visit locations.

Lisbon is a city bubbling in history, made ever vibrant by its engaging people, and yet still rough enough round its edges to keep its enthralling authenticity. It’s undoubtedly a city where your heart will go, and your heart will stay.

In the middle of it all stands a sleek, chic, and elegant state-of-the-art hotel called the Neya Lisbon Eco-Hotel. This place is so cool, it helps bring together organisations looking into their own eco policies by hosting environmentally friendly and sustainable ‘eco-meetings’ for them. If you were looking for proof that eco-friendly lodgings can co-exist with the modernity of a metropolis, then you need look no further.

Grab an e-bike and head on into the city!

Grab an e-bike and head on into the city!

Leave your car behind, grab one of the hotel’s eco bikes, and head out into a city with years of history.

Take a ride down to the main city centre which runs alongside one of the widest river mouths in Europe, and enjoy the many beautifully modern galleries, city sculptures, and traditionally delicate and quaint little cafes the city has to offer.

If biking is not your thing, simply ask the friendly staff at reception for the best way to get around the city. There’s a range of environmentally friendly modes of transportation from a very efficient bus system to a range of Segway trips and tours to be had.

Once back at the hotel, indulge in some of the luxurious massage rituals, holistic therapies, and sumptuous jaccuzzi’s, and let yourself go in a hotel who’s motto incorporates the ethos of sustainability being their way of life.

Relax and indulge in the wonderful facilities Neya has to offer.

Relax and indulge in the wonderful facilities Neya has to offer.

Book your stay and find out more about Neya Lisboa eco-hotel here.

3. Bells at Killcare (Australia)

Explore the wonders of New South Wales

Explore the wonders of New South Wales

The east coast of Australia has long been a destination for travellers looking for excitement, adventure, and life-changing experiences. It’s a coastline that has a little bit of everything, and to this it owes great thanks to the marvels that nature has given it.

About a 2-hour bus ride north of Sydney, and a stone’s throw away from the luscious Bouddi National Park, you will find Bells at Killcare.

Whether it’s for a party, wedding, conference, or simply for a place to lay back and relax, this boutique hotel, restaurant, and spa is the ideal place to relax, explore, and immerse yourself in the wonders that New South Wales has to offer.

Much of the produce is brought in from the local garden

Much of the produce is brought in from the local garden

Enjoy a culinary journey of authentic Italian-style cuisine from a kitchen that is not only inspired by the produce grown and harvested in the estate’s famous vegetable garden, but that also believes in everyday sustainability and minimal waste.

Showcasing many local producers, suppliers, winemakers, and growers from the region, Bells at Killcare are a beacon of light for anyone looking for relaxation, inspiration, and organically-minded jubilation.

There are truly not many places like this one out there, so enjoy it when you can!

Book your stay and find out more about Bells at Killcare here.

4. Sleeping Lady Resort (USA)

Warning! Counting stars may take all night!

Warning! Counting stars may take all night!

If you know anything about the Northwest of the US, then you’ll know what Sleeping Lady resort is all about. Nuzzled up off the Cascade Mountains on the banks of Icicle Creek in Washington State, the resort boasts a magnificent setting where the stars light up a blackened sky, and where dips in the local rock hot-pools are an absolute must!

Indulge in a spot of swimming at one of the resorts heated, natural pools.

Indulge in a spot of swimming at one of the resorts heated, natural pools.

Discover a lodging which works alongside nature in a truly inspiring way.

Sleeping Lady Resort offers guests an unforgettable and unique experience, with gourmet food inspired by the produce from their garden, and a host of wonderful activities to embark on from hiking and biking to fishing, nature walks, horseback riding, white-water rafting, and wine tasting, along with a spot of skiing in the winter.

If ever there was a ‘getaway’, this is probably it!

Food is grown, and  consumed  locally

Food is grown, and consumed locally

Book your stay and find out more about the Sleeping Lady Resort here.

5. Finca de Arrieta (Lanzarote - Spain)

Finca de Arrieta - A resort for relaxation, exploration, and adventures

Finca de Arrieta - A resort for relaxation, exploration, and adventures

Picture yourself on an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The warm breeze trickles over you, prompting a feeling of overall, constant relaxation.

Now put that together with a hotel so funky, even the most dedicated of holiday-seekers will need to take a step back to truly take it all in!

Rest, relax, and recharge in one of the resorts eco-twin rooms.

Rest, relax, and recharge in one of the resorts eco-twin rooms.

Eco Village Finca de Arrieta is a once-in-a-lifetime-experience, off-the-grid resort, powered solely by solar and wind energy. There are seventeen Mongolian and traditional-style yurts and cottages, offering communal relaxation areas and adventures for kids all round.

There’s plenty to do and plenty of kids adventures to be had

There’s plenty to do and plenty of kids adventures to be had

It is a truly inspirational project that takes environmental friendliness off on a ride to behold, bringing together rich comforts and concepts of luxury with a responsible and sustainable holiday experience.

Whether you’re an adventure-seeking traveller or couple, or a family or group of friends, get picked up in one of the resorts’ Toyota hybrid cars, and dropped off in a magical destination that will change the way you think of travel forever!

Book your stay and find out more about Finca De Arrieta here.


Think Green When You Travel

At Five-Leaf System we want to inspire travellers by finding environmentally friendly accommodation. With the same token, we support eco-accommodation that demonstrates positive environmental initiatives and show their commitment to lessen their environmental impact on the world.