You’ve gone green, and that’s great, but what happens when you’re on holiday or take a long-weekend breakaway? Do you still lap up the luxurious life without any cares in the world? Of course you don’t! A greenie could never feel relaxed when they know what it takes to bleach and crisp those superfine Egyptian cotton sheets. Which of them could sigh deeply after taking a sip of irresponsible coffee, however delicious? Wouldn’t it make you want to run home, or for the hills? Of course it would. But, that is no longer your only option anymore. Now you can have your sustainable cake, and eat it too.
Green hotels may have just been a thing of novelty in the past, but they are now becoming the most fashionable, and interesting way to see new places and experience foreign cultures. The power of the green movement has seen sustainable travel grow from Angola to Azerbaijan, ensuring that for the conscious traveller there are a plethora of options that will leave your feet itchy to see the world.
Even South Africa is home to some amazing green options that many local travellers aren’t even aware of. Last year Hotel Verde in Cape Town became the very first hotel in the world to be awarded double platinum for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), they also have a six star-rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa.
Here are ten of our favourite green hotels in the world.