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The Vacation Report THE ECO HOTEL LIST

Making an impact on the environment without compromising on style and comfort, these sustainable hotels offer a conscious yet luxurious stay.

Words by Emily Mathieson.

ANDBEYOND BENGUERRA, MOZAMBIQUE

This is the kind of place that the term ‘barefoot luxury’ was invented for – all thatched huts with decks overlooking the sea, palm trees and shady infinity pools on an Indian Ocean island. But it’s not just about high-level R&R. The AndBeyond group is known for its commitment to the environment and there are a range of initiatives underway at Benguerra. The island is part of a marine conservation area which not only makes for beautiful diving and snorkelling but provides opportunities to learn about the area’s endangered dugongs, or watch ancient turtles crawling up the sand to nest on the island’s huge sand dunes. andbeyond.com/benguerra-island

andbeyond.com/benguerra-island
andbeyond.com/benguerra-island
andbeyond.com/benguerra-island

La Granja, Ibiza

La Granja would be a hotspot even without the eco-conscious cred. This beautiful Ibizan farm conversion is the vision of Design Hotels founder Claus Sendlinger, who has created a de rigueur back-to-the-land experience for anyone wanting to embrace the slow-living lifestyle without compromising on cool. Food is at the heart of the experience – there is a veritable farm-to-plate dining ethos and guests can get stuck in with picking their own ingredients. The look is very much modern meets rustic, with most of the furniture in the bedrooms sourced from second-hand markets. There are no TVs or air-conditioning; instead, guests are encouraged to commune with nature, read, converse with other guests or sample the mezcals on offer at the tequila bar built into an old carob tree. lagranjaibiza.com

La Granja, Ibiza
La Granja, Ibiza
La Granja, Ibiza

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, New York

The Dumbo neighbourhood is often overlooked by tourists en route to (or from) Brooklyn’s better-known attractions, but the new 1 Hotel makes it a place worth stopping. This wind-powered, 194-room property is rightly proud of its contemporary LEED-certified architecture and eco touches that range from hemp-blend mattresses to a rainwater-reclamation system. Excellent service and some high-class amenities coming soon (a big-name chef and a Bamford Haybarn spa) help it straddle that tricky balance between sustainability and indulgence. Spacious rooms reflect the area’s industrial heritage and have mesmerising views across the East River to Manhattan. The location also makes for easy access on (non-polluting) foot or bike to the fabulous new Brooklyn Bridge Park, 1.3 miles of fun activities (carousels and roller rinks) and natural beauty (hidden gardens and foraging paths) along the waterfront. 1hotels.com/brooklyn-bridge

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, New York
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, New York
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, New York

Katamama, Bali

Employing local artisans and materials is one of the best ways a hotel can integrate with its community and minimise the impact of its construction. Katamama, the first hotel from the team behind Bali’s groovy Potato Head Beach Club, has done it with aplomb. The uniquely deigned angular exterior of this property in buzzy Seminyak was crafted from more than a million hand-pressed Balinese bricks. Inside, it’s filled with the work of regional craftspeople – from custom ceramics in the lobby-cum-cocktail bar to tie-dyed slippers and hand-made wooden furniture in the bedrooms. Katamama is a showcase of how modern design and heritage can come together to striking effect. katamama.com

Katamama, Bali
Katamama, Bali
Katamama, Bali

the PILGRM, LOnDON

The Pilgrm, as its name suggests, is something of a pioneer in hotel terms. Due to open this summer, it couches its appeal in a commitment to its local community, bringing a much-needed touch of excitement to Paddington. But co-founder Jason Catifeoglou, who cut his teeth at The Zetter in Farringdon, is paying more than lip service to the hotel’s brand philosophy. A multimillion-pound renovation has involved painstaking efforts to preserve the building’s beautiful Victorian features, including cast-iron radiators and 200-year-old parquet floors. Bedrooms will be simple but elegant, with character coming from the vintage cornicing, locally made furniture and organic mattresses. Downstairs, instead of a conventional reception desk, guests will be welcomed into a cafe that aims to serve the neighbourhood with good coffee and great style. thepilgrm.com

The Pilgrm, London

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