5 Unique, Innovative and Sustainable Hotels Around the World


5 Unique, Innovative and Sustainable Hotels Around the World

According to EHL Insights, the top three hotel trends making an impact on sustainability in 2021 are reducing consumption, technology use and digital management tools for measuring and managing sustainability initiatives. Options for eco-friendly domestic hotels and resorts around the world are staying evergreen and continue to grow. Here are five innovative and sustainable hotels around the world that are following these trends and taking sustainability seriously.

1. Resort at Squaw Creek, a Destination by Hyatt Residence – Lake Tahoe, California

The Resort at Squaw Creek is a four-diamond resort that rests at the base of Squaw Valley ski area, just minutes away from Lake Tahoe. More than 405 luxurious rooms and suites welcome guests to this eco-friendly resort where mountain meets modern ambiance. Every day is Earth Day at this idyllic resort thanks to its eco-conscious environment and endeavors. One of California’s most environmentally sound golf courses is located here and certified by the Audubon Society as a Cooperative Sanctuary for outstanding environmental stewardship. Plus, pure filtered Lake Tahoe water is offered at all water dispensers at the resort. Rooftop Roots is the resort’s hydroponic garden that produces various vegetables and herbs that are harvested and used at restaurants on-site. Any surplus leafy greens from the garden are sold to Tahoe Food Hub, a local Lake Tahoe non-profit that Resort at Squaw Creek partners with.

2. The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort – Big Island, Hawaii

The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort is a newly renovated retreat along the Kohala Coast and its namesake beautiful beach on the Island of Hawaii. While the Kohala Coast is renowned for its world-class shoreline and cultural and archaeological gems, this unique resort sits nestled between its lava fields formed centuries ago. This contemporary resort features more than 85,000 square feet of newly refreshed functional space for business meetings and social events. There are 249 oversized guestrooms that include 17 suites, an award-winning 18-hole Hapuna Golf Course designed by Arnold Palmer, two swimming pools (one of which is a 6,800-square-foot freeform family pool and the other is an adult-exclusive infinity pool), a WestinWorkout Center and Crossfit Studio in addition to the rejuvenating Hapuna Spa. This revitalized and reinvented contemporary island retreat complements every visitor’s stay with Westin signature amenities and endless views of the blues of the sky and the ocean.

3. Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa – Kauai, Hawaii

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa is bringing flexibility and peace of mind to travelers with less contact and more care. Contactless solutions that feature digital amenities are just a tap away and that’s not all. This innovative hotel is committed to providing equal access and opportunities for individuals with disabilities and easier access for older individuals with changing abilities that offer a seamless, simple experience. Grand Hyatt’s overall goal is to improve usability throughout the property for each and every guest, providing a unique experience for each unique visitor. While the beautiful views of verdant gardens and the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean are amazing, the hotel’s accessibility features are beyond. Here are a few accessibility features you should know about:

  • Self-parking for cars
  • Accessible hotel areas: restaurants, swimming pools, business centers and more
  • Accessibility for guest rooms and meetings: text telephone TTY, assistive listening devices for meetings provided upon request, accessible guest rooms with mobility features have doorways with 32in of clear width

4. Vincci The Mint – Madrid, Spain

Vincci The Mint was rated 100 out of 100 from Trip Advisor’s “great for walkers” list – it’s located within 0.3 miles of 689 restaurants as well as 167 attractions. This new, contemporary hotel was designed by Jaime Beriestain and is located on a popular street, Gran Via, in Spain’s capital city of Madrid and created for restless spirits, creative minds and modern travelers. Rooms and suites come with romantic features and the hotel itself features modern cuisine options, a roof terrace with a view of Madrid’s skyline and so much more to explore for adventure enthusiasts.

5. The Westin Palace – Madrid, Spain

The Westin Palace Madrid is an authentic landmark in the heart of Spain’s metropolis city, Madrid. It’s an iconic property located in the renowned Art Walk that links to the city’s most amazing tapas restaurants and museums like El Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bonemisza. This hotel is Green Key Certified which means they are also considered a GreenPartner by following general sustainability trends and practices regularly. Conde Nast Traveler has rated this property as one of the best hotels in Spain for that reason and its 470 guest rooms and 51 suites speak to that with plush Heavenly Beds and the refreshing Heavenly Bath. Plus, its state-of-the-art meeting rooms are home to some of the largest events facilities in the city. Since 1912, this hotel has been a key component to keeping Madrid’s cultural, social, and business scene alive and thriving. Through innovative ways and ever-changing hospitality, it has adapted to today’s travelers and guarantees guest’s well-being by keeping its iconic essence.

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