A selection of boutique eco-hotels who do things with conscience and pave the way for sustainable hospitality. Enjoy your stay at these boutique charming hotels and feel good about supporting a certain type of travel and experience.
Sustainable Tourism is “Tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities” UNEP, 2011
1. Quinta da Comporta, Alentejo, Portugal
Located in the heart of Comporta’s idyllic natural reserve, Quinta da Comporta is the first signature project dreamed designed by renowned Portuguese architect, Miguel Câncio Martins. More than just a hotel, Quinta da Comporta is a boutique wellness resort, offering everything you need for a relaxed and mindful holiday – spa, training program and yoga and meditation retreats. An exceptional place that combines excursions to the nature of Comporta, comfort and high quality services.
Quinta da Comporta immerges itself into the surrounding nature. Each room has a luxurious beach hut feel, with rustic-style furniture drawn from a natural colour palette. It has an authentic feel with its traditional Portuguese style mixed with contemporary design.
You can book one of the 73 rooms or townhouses or one of the 4 pool villas. As for the restaurant, its cuisine is local including seasonal dishes that feature organic products from local producers. The dishes created by Chef João Sousa will make you travel through your senses. Do not forget to have a drink at the bar where you can enjoy a sunset over the rice fields and a selection of signature cocktails.
From 235 euros per night for 2 people.
Rua Alto de Pina, 2 | 7570-779 Carvalhal, Portugal
2. Areias do Seixo, Alentejo, Portugal
If you want to let yourself relax and take a break, that’s the perfect place. A lovers weekend, surrounded by beautiful nature, a cozy design, a feeling of home away from home, the pleasure of simple things… It is the perfect journey to rediscover balance and relax surrounded by nature. More than an hotel de charme, Areias do Seixo is a place with a strong environmental awareness and commitment.
A global sustainable approach has been used throughout the facility with focus on: local sustainable development, selection of materials with low environmental impact, waste management, energy efficiency and water consumption efficiency. Local suppliers have been used at 90% as well as local construction materials such as brick, stone, gravel and concrete and natural materials with reduced transformation process, such as stone, heat treated wood or cork.
Accommodation is varied: shelters, different types of room, townhouses or villas. Hotel Areias do Seixo brings an authentic experience to share with your loved ones. A spa, yoga, pilates, bicycle ride, surf or personal trainings are offered. As well as trainings on permaculture in the lovingly tended garden.
From 315 € per night for 2 people.
Praceta do Atlântico, Mexilhoeira, Póvoa de Penafirme | 2560-046 A-dos-Cunhados | Portugal
3. Whitepod Hotel, Valais, Switzerland
Whitepod‘s goal is to prove that hospitality and environmental preservation can coexist to create a unique and positive experience. If you’re looking for an authentic yet luxurious experience with an adventure feel, this place will please you. Whitepod Hotel is an eco-luxury hotel with 18 pods and 9 suites-chalets between Martigny and Montreux, in the French part of Switzerland.
Plus, Whitepod is on a sustainability mission. The use of energy and water is controlled. Waste is recycled. Regional purchasing is favored. Motorized transportation in the camp is limited.
Enjoy a walk in the mountain or the forest, a bicycle ride, ski, a massage or a wine tour. There are plenty of activities both in summer or winter time in the Whitepod Hotel. You can book a pod (cosy, deluxe or suite) or a suite in a chalet.
From 365 euros per night for 2 persons.
Route des Cerniers 100 | 1871 Monthey, Switzerland
4. The Zetter Townhouse, London, UK
The Zetter Townhouse is part of The Zetter Group, an independent collection of hotels and restaurants with personality and pioneering eco-credentials. Situated on the historic St John’s Square in the heart of East London, “this eclectic property feels more like the private residence of an eccentric (and fabulous!) Great Aunt”. The hotel aims for the quality of guest experience, the well-being of employees and the role they play in the community and environment. The Zetter Townhouse, in Clerkenwell, is fueled by a passion for superb cocktails, award-winning cocktail lounge, and sumptuous food.
13-bedroom are available in this Georgian townhouse hotel, two spectacular suites, 11 bedrooms plus a Games Room and a Dining Room for private parties or meetings.
One of London’s most historic neighborhoods, today Clerkenwell has earned a reputation of a gastronomic destination.
From 259 euros per night for 2 people.
49-50 St John’s Square | Farringdon, London EC1V 4JJ | UK
5. Leitlhof, Alto Adige, Italy
Dreaming of nature ? Book your green hotel in the beautiful region of Dolomites in Italy. Leitlhof hotel, besides the view and the nature, is self-sufficient and climate-neutral. They are one of the very few self-sustained hotels throughout Europe. In fact, they generate their own electricity from wood, which makes them carbon-neutral. They use the best their region has to offer and enhance it with a fine note of luxury.
You can enjoy a spa or many activities like skiing, hiking, biking. All meals are prepared with love and creativity, amazing wines can be found in their wine cellar.
Rooms and suites are both available, from 243 € per night for 2 people.
Via Pusteria, 29 | 39038 San Candido BZ | Italy
6. Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda, Italy
Lefay Resort at Lake Guarda is an elegant and eco-friendly destinations for nature and well-being loverrs. Lefay Resort brings luxury, wellness and nature in one place to enjoy a full experience. It is located in Gargnano in the heart of the spectacular and renowned “Riviera dei Limoni”. Experience the Mediterranean climate, the vegetation, the beautiful landscape, the flavors and the local aromas.
Lefay SPA is an exclusive temple of wellness, where body and soul are treated through the rediscovery of vital energy via health programmes, treatments and massages.
The 93 suites of the hotel are divided in prestige, deluxe, family, exclusive and royal pool and spa suites. They are tastefuly decorated with a mix of warm olive wood, stylish oak furniture and bathrooms in Italian marble. And each one offers an amazing view on Lake Garda. Seasonal ingredients, extra virgin olive oil, citrus fruits from the lake and locally grown herbs all create a light Mediterranean cuisine while respecting the environment.
From 360 € per night for 2 people.
Via Angelo Feltrinelli, 136 | 25084 Gargnano BS | Italy
7. Monaci delle Terre Nere, Sicily, Italy
The historic estate of Monaci delle Terre Nere is located on the Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. This countryside boutique hotel is a very special place.
Explore the romantic terraced gardens, visit the farm and vineyards, relax by the pretty pool, and discover its unique atmosphere for yourself. It is the perfect country retreat in Italy. You should also enjoy yoga time, holistic massage or horseback or biking ride.
Slow food, seasonality, and Sicilian-origins are the bases of the cuisine at the restaurant Locanda Nerello. Products are sourced from their own organic farm and hand-picked local suppliers. Monaci delle Terre Nere cultivates its vineyards to produce its own wine.
Classic and deluxe room, suite and villa are available, from 320 € per night for 2 people.
Via Monaci | 95019 Zafferana Etnea CT | Italy
8. Di Forelle, Lake Millstatt, Austria
What better place to relax than a hotel with a lake view? Di Forelle Hotel’s location, right on the shore of Lake Millstatt, guarantees a holiday full of peace. This 4* hotel offers rooms in a charming vintage style, its own fishery, indoor pool, saunas, steam bath and a wellness area, which received high praise. Die Forelle is the ideal starting point for cycling tours, hiking tours, golf and fishing trips.
Freshly caught fish from the hotel-own fishery is served daily in the hotel’s restaurant. The menu also includes typical Austria delicacies. The terrace floating above the lake invites you to enjoy and soak up the sun.
From 222 euros per night for 2 people.
9. Coco Mat Eco-residences, Serifos, Greece
A little sustainable escape in Greece? Slow down and relax at the dreamy Greek spot in Serifos, an idyllic Cycladic island. It is 2 hours away by speed boat from the Piraeus of Athens. Once a complex of miners’ houses, Coco Mat Eco-residences has just been renovated, respectful of both the local traditional architecture and contemporary eco-friendly practices. Located by the lovely Vagia beach, enjoy your caffé frappé and day bed at the beach.
The hotel has one-bedroom, two-bedroom and family residences of 75 sqm for 4 people, with sea view and possible fully-equipped kitchen if you prefer to cater for yourself instead of the restaurant. The hotel offers local Mediterranean cuisine and typical Greek food.
Here you will experience Greek summer at its best: the beautiful and unforgettable shades of white and blue, friendly and hospitable people, delicious food and the clear sea. Please note that Coco Mat is not the most suitable hotel for small kids given the big number of stairs.
From 315 € per night for 2 people.
Vagia Beach | 84005 Serifos, Greece
10. Treehotel, Harads, Sweden
Welcome to a one-of-a-kind hotel where nature and imagination are intertwined. At Treehotel, nature, ecological values, comfort and modern design are combined for an exciting adventure. 7 different cabins are available, perched high up in the trees, each with a particular design concept – from mirrorcube, a bird’s nest, an ufo and many others. A guesthouse is also available accommodating up to 12 people in six rooms.
Treehotel is an enchanting place to experience the northern lights (From September to March) from your bedrooms or jacuzzi (guided tours are also available on request to see the northern lights). From horse riding, dogsledding, to ice fishing, forest spa, hot tub and ice dining, plenty of activities are offered for an unforgettable experience. It will definitely be a peculiar trip or escape.
The chef also offers a great culinary experience with the local products.
From 595 € per night for 2 people.
Edeforsväg 2 A | 960 24 Harads, Sweden