There are few experiences that beat staying in a great five-star hotel. Sure, a once in a lifetime luxury cruise to Antarctica or watching the sunrise over Ankor Wat in Cambodia are pretty tough to beat. But when a hotel goes above and beyond, it can be unforgettable. And when the hotel is doing something so impactful it’s actively making the world a better place, well, that’s pretty great too.
There’s no doubt that we still have a way to go when it comes to traveling sustainably, but the consumer interest in topic has grown post-pandemic. Of the 30,000 travelers in 32 countries recently surveyed, almost 80-percent said they intend to stay in a sustainable property at least once in the coming year, a figure that’s up 10 percent from 2021.
“Many of the sustainable travel trends that were already on the rise pre-pandemic will accelerate exponentially, as consumers who are more conscious than ever about their impact on the people and places they visit increasingly look for opportunities to contribute to positive change,” Vice President of Sustainability for Beyond Green Nina Boys told Robb Report. “Likewise, savvy companies and destinations will invest in real innovation to meet this demand, including through tools that allow travelers to more seamlessly support local communities and help protect the incredible richness of our planet’s diversity through their explorations.”
Which is all to say, we’re no longer talking about “green” in that in the “reusing your towels” and “eliminating single use plastics” kind of way (although, yes, that’s a good place to start). Instead, here are seven hotels that—through innovative design, impactful experiences and more—are working to make a world of difference every single day.