Luxurious accommodation can be sustainable. Photo: Thinkstock
1. Crowne Plaza, Copenhagen Towers
Delegates to the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Summit stayed in this stylishly Scandinavian, sustainably powered, high-rise hotel. All its energy needs are met by renewables, including solar panels and pedal power generated by guests exercising in the gym. cpcopenhagen.dk
2. Six Senses Soneva Fushi, The Maldives
This idyllic beach resort and spa has a 70kW solar photovoltaic power plant, and aims to achieve a zero carbon footprint by 2012. Soneva Fushi recently hosted an eco symposium for the travel industry, addressing the challenges for high-end tourism in a low-carbon world. sixsenses.com/soneva-fushi
3. Ulusaba Lodge, South Africa
Richard Branson’s private game reserve borders the Kruger NP. Ulusaba works on sustainable local projects, recycles water, conserves bushland, monitors wildlife, caters to guests from an organic garden, and boasts a solar-powered airstrip. ulusaba.virgin.com
4. Southern Ocean Lodge, Australia
Occupying a wildlife corridor between national parks on Kangaroo Island, this superb wilderness retreat runs on solar power, is landscaped to minimise eco-impact, collects rainwater (it’s very nearly water self-sufficient), composts and treats wastewater and sewage for irrigation. southernoceanlodge.com.au
5. Daintree Ecolodge And Spa, Australia
Surrounded by the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest in Queensland, this luxury resort and spa was twice voted the World’s Leading Eco Lodge in the World Travel Awards. It strives to preserve biodiversity and protect cultural heritage, working in cooperation with the local indigenous people. daintree-ecolodge.com.au
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