ECO Hotels: interior design with a green heart lifestyle
According to the World Tourist Organisation, 8 out of 10 people prefer to stay in places which have sustainable initiatives. These hotels define their ECO stance through the inclusion of ecological materials and the enactment of a respectful lifestyle with the environment.
The Tulum ruins are one of the most representative architectural remains of the Maya civilisation which have been found in Mexico. Just a stone’s throw away from these ancient remains and nicely situated in front of the Caribbean sea, we have the Azulik Tulum Hotel which offers its guests a sustainable experience with a difference. With limited access to electricity, and with no television or WIFI either, the rooms bank on the panoramic views and dimmed candlelight. The 48 cabins which are located in the jungle are made with local wood and the walkways are designed around the very trees that ensure their preservation. Another resource that the Azulik Tulum Hotel protects is none other than water. The natural well on which the hotel has been built supplies the water for the baths in the villas. The wetland area provides water purification, flood control, a carbon sink and coastal stability.
Arctic Bath, Sweden
Arctic Bath offers unique experiences for those who prefer colder climates and the northern lights on a floating hotel. Situated on the waters of the river Lule in Lapland, this accommodation is based on those old wood piles which were made up of those logs that got stuck when they were taken along the fluvial channel. The architects, Bertil Harström and Johan Kauppi, created this sustainable hotel which does not change the surrounding area, but offers magnificent views, as a reminder of the important role that forests play in the development of the country. Because of where it is, some 60km away from the Arctic Circle, the Arctic Hotel is transformed from being a floating hotel to a building on the frozen river in winter. A thorough experience which banks on an excellent sauna area, a spa and those traditional hot and cold Swedish baths.
Whitepod Eco Resort
This luxurious complex is made up of some 18 pods, which rest on wooden platforms right on the slopes of the Swiss Alps. A new cabin concept in the shape of a capsular which has been designed by Whitepod, where we find the combination of a sustainable philosophy and cutting-edge technology. Located in Les Cerniers, some 1.400 metres above sea level, this complex has a restaurant and its very own ski slopes. The igloos, which are perfectly glazed and protected from extreme temperatures that can occur around there, have bedrooms, a chimney and a fitted bathroom. The decor stands out, and it has been done with antique pieces and big windows which allow for all the incredible views of the lake and the mountain to be savoured.
Capella Ubud, Bali
Capella Ubud is one of the most sustainable and well-known hotels in Bali. Located in Ubud, nicely situated between lush green forests and rice fields, this eco-hotel is made up of some 22 exclusive tents, which blend perfectly into the surrounding nature. The objective is to enjoy the incredible views without causing any damage by using recyclable materials and minimal architecture. Its unique 100% organic design is based on those first European expeditions from the 19th century, along with its adventurous spirit. A tribute to its architect, Bill Bensley; to the history of Bali with its native food; the wide range of treatments in the spa area and the saltwater swimming pools.