Earth Day is the one day of the year dedicated to celebrating our beautiful planet and protecting our environment, but we should do our best to take care of Earth every single day.
Luckily some resorts around the world are doing just that and are working hard to reduce waste, reuse water, and create sustainable eco-friendly green vacations year-round.
Six Senses Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
The Six Senses Uluwatu was designed to sustainably blend into the landscape by being built on a limestone cliff with limestone from the same land. What’s more is that all of the furniture was made with wood locally sourced in Bali, and decor throughout the hotel that features water is rain and wastewater that’s been treated at the resort’s own plant.
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru -- Baa Atoll, Maldives
Aside from being located in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru installed 3,105 solar panels to power the resort, saving 300,000 liters of diesel and 800 tons of CO2 emissions annually.
The Datai Langkawi -- Malaysia
A recent renovation in 2018 at The Datai Langkawi saw the addition of a nature center run by marine biologists and naturalists, who launched the Fish for the Future program that creates artificial reefs for local fisheries to provide a sustainable ecosystem.
Trisara -- Phuket, Thailand
The resort’s restaurant PRU is Phuket’s first Michelin star dining venue of 2018, and serves six-to-eight course meals made with only locally sourced ingredients -- many of which are grown at Trisara’s own organic farm.
Fairmont Mayakoba -- Riviera Maya, Mexico
The Fairmont Mayakoba has teamed up with coral reef reforestation organization Oceanus AC, giving hotel guests an opportunity to get involved with coral reef restoration and adoption programs to help put an end to coral bleaching and marine habitat loss.
Amanzoe -- Porto Heli, Greece
A big believer in supporting the local community, Amanzoe donates used slippers, uniforms, linens, and curtains to the KESO Institute where jobs for unemployed women are created by teaching them to sew. The donations are repurposed into new items and waste is reduced, ultimately helping the environment.
Tortuga Bay Hotel -- Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Not only was this picturesque Tortuga Bay designed by the late Oscar de La Renta, but it also opened the first Center for Marine Innovation in the Caribbean in 2018 and has a zero waste program that expanded its wastewater treatment plant to return 100 percent of used water to irrigation and significantly reduce waste sent to landfills.
Thanda Safari -- South Africa
As a resort situated on a massive 34,600 acre Big Five private game reserve, Thanda Safari is collaborating with Project Rhino KZN, which is an organization that helps stop poaching and has conservation programs. Through the organization, guests are able to participate in the Thanda Safaris Ulwazi Research and Volunteer program, where rhinos are tracked and identified to save them from being poached.
Arctic TreeHouse Hotel -- Rovaniemi, Finland
The Arctic TreeHouse Hotel in Finland allows guests to admire the ethereal Northern Lights from gorgeous houses constructed from Finnish Wood that the hotel makes sustainable by planting 5,000 to 10,000 seedlings in the forest around the property each year.
andBeyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge -- Botswana
This resort uses 63 percent renewable energy sourced from their own solar plant, and any imported perishable foods are flown in using reusable coolers. Taking things a step further next year in 2020, the resort will be adding a bottling plant to eliminate plastic water bottles.
H/T: Robb Report