11 sustainable hotels in Europe for a greener holiday

Apr 23, 2022

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According to a survey by Booking.com, more than 87% of travellers list travelling sustainably as a goal. Many are making sustainability a priority in their post-pandemic holidays, seeking destinations, hotels and tours that align with their values. And accommodation is one of the first places to start — almost 50% of travellers deemed finding eco-friendly lodging high on their list.

So instead of picking your destination first, consider creating your next European eco-friendly holiday around staying at one of these top sustainable hotels.

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Related: The top eco-friendly hotels in the UK

1. GF Victoria, Tenerife, Spain

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Enjoy your next Canary Islands holiday at Tenerife’s GF Victoria Hotel, a new way to experience the island’s Costa Adeje. The building was erected using special materials to reduce consumption and uses solar energy, complete with LED lighting and a biomass boiler.

The all-inclusive packages include cuisine with plenty of vegan options and locally-sourced Canarian ingredients, and the spa focuses on bio-wellness experiences and treatments using all-natural products.

Room rates start around £200 per night (£300 for full-board).

2. Luz Charming Houses, Portugal

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Luz Charming Houses use local materials and traditional construction methods to give travellers a true Portuguese lodging experience. Thanks to those traditional construction methods, the thick, insulated thermal brick walls keep the rooms at a pleasant temperature year-round.

With an emphasis on connecting with nature, the property grows its very own garden, as well as using LED lighting, rainwater cisterns and a special recycling system. The hotel partners also with local businesses to offer guests homemade delights like local jams and fresh bread for breakfast.

Room rates start at around £100 per night for room and breakfast.

3. Monaci delle Terre Nere, Sicily, Italy

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If your dream holiday includes the words ‘bio wine resort,’ you can finally make your trip a reality at Monaci Delle Telle Nere, a Mount Etna wine resort on the Italian island of Sicily. The country bio retreat is a 25-hectare, 18th-century estate (renovated using eco-friendly, non-toxic materials) that focuses on slow living and slfood movement.

Whether it’s an eco-breakfast featuring cuisine organically grown and cultivated on the property, holistic yoga and meditation classes, nature walks or eco-wine tastings, this Relais & Chateaux property proves that you don’t have to sacrifice luxury for sustainability.

Rates start at £480 for a two-night stay including breakfast.

4. Masalina Resort, Croatia

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Masalina, located on the island of Hvar, embraces what they call ‘mindful luxury,’ a focus on responsible, slow travel. Staff, as well as travellers, are encouraged to breathe deeply and enjoy the moment.

The resort, which has 8,000 square meters of garden and farm dedicated to growing organic produce, medicinal herbs, olives and grapes, focuses on offering organic cuisine, providing therapeutic spa services (yes, some of those home-grown herbs are used for essential oils and tonics for treatments) and helping travellers enjoy the local area, gastronomy and wine.

Masalina opens for season on May 1, 2022 and bed and breakfast rates start at £298 per night.

5. Sturm Biohotel,  Germany

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This climate-neutral property in Germany’s Rhone Valley focuses on bio experiences, including regional, home-grown cooking and rejuvenating wellness activities. With a natural onsite garden to grow food and a focus on slow food and slow living, Sturm ensures that travellers can relax knowing that everything labelled bio is truly bio.

The hotel features activities like guided tours with herbalists of the property’s organic farm and spa treatments using 100% organic, locally-grown products. Guests can enjoy the natural beauty of this protected biosphere region while knowing that their accommodation was built using sustainable materials and is under ecological management.

Room rates start at £176 per night.

6. Ion Adventure Hotel, Iceland

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Iceland‘s Ion Adventure Hotel brings in the country’s wild, rugged nature using geothermic energy, emphasizing regional cuisine and offering Icelandic spa treatments at the Lava Spa. The property even has its own geothermic hot pool, and visitors can enjoy the Northern Lights phenomenon while having a cocktail at the bar.

Built using recycled materials like tires and natural materials like lava, driftwood and even Icelandic wool, the hotel’s focus on sustainability goes beyond just its decor and is reflected within its amenities, too. All linens are organic and fair-trade, the hotel uses water-saving systems and both in-room and spa amenities use local Icelandic herbs. Plus, all the art and sculptures are made by Icelandic artists.

Room rates at the Design Hotel. Room rates start at £300 per night.

7. Mod Santorini Vegan Hotel, Greece

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Santorini‘s first vegan hotel, the eco-conscious Mod Santorini is all about bringing you holiday bliss without harming the environment. Besides its focus on plant-based, bio ingredients when it comes to the hotel’s cuisine, guests can rest easy knowing the bed linens, mattresses, pillows, sheets, towels, bath amenities and even wine and mini bar items are vegan and sustainably sourced. Guest rooms are even cleaned and sanitised with vegan cleaning products.

Besides being fully vegan, Mod Santorini aims to minimize its carbon footprint with low-waste systems and sustainable operating practices like reducing plastic and energy conservation. Activities like vegan tours and picnics are also available at the property.

Room rates start at £165 per night.

8. HOY Paris, France

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Escape the busy streets of Paris at urban haven HOY, which features a yoga studio, wellness centre and even a flower shop. At HOY, guests can eat 100% plant-based cuisine at the onsite restaurant MESA, relax with healing treatments like postpartum care or osteopathy at the spa, take yoga in the dark, an infrared heat studio and even learn the art of flower arranging. The hotel has partnered with the first zero-waste store in Paris, The Naked Shop, to create special toiletries and amenities for guests.

HOY uses sustainable waste disposal practices and sources as many products as possible from local providers and artisans. Each guestroom comes with an air purifier, yoga set and dance bar for the ultimate wellness experience. And expect to see details like biodegradable tissues, artfully placed plants and dried floral arrangements and reusable water bottles.

Room rates start at £225 per night.

9. Arctic Bath, Sweden

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Stay at the floating Arctic Bath Hotel in Sweden for a true wellness immersion. The property, part of the Small Luxury Hotels program, offers guests a chance to seamlessly blend in with the natural surroundings by sleeping in Scandanavian design land or water cabins. Besides using natural materials like timber and stone to construct the unique property, the land cabins are set on stilts so as to not disturb the flora below.

Dip into the healing waters of the cold bath or dine at the artic restaurant, which features locally-sourced dairy, honey, beef, chicken, lamb, oil, mustard and herb products, plus foraged berries, wild birds, moose and reindeer.

Room rates start at £470 per night.

10. Hotel Milano Scala, Italy

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An eco-friendly refuge from the hectic Milanese streets, Hotel Milano Scala has worked to reduce its heat and energy emissions and uses local produce from their onsite vegetable garden in the restaurant and biodegradable products whenever possible. The hotel also encourages electric car use and has special charging stations for guests.

Whether it’s relaxing in the greenery of the panoramic terrace or perusing the herb garden, guests can enjoy being right in the middle of Milan’s action, just steps from the Teatro Alla Scala and the Duomo while still having a relaxing, eco-conscious lodging experience.

Room rates start at £195 per night including breakfast.

11. Cervo Hotel, Switzerland

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Cervo’s mountain cabins were built with natural materials and use renewable energy. The resort has made it a point to work with eco-conscious vendors and partners to create stylish, design-inspired rooms using recycled materials and products.

One main priority for the hotel is social responsibility, so they work with local tour companies and guides to create conscious experiences for guests that reflect the hotel’s values and respect the natural surroundings. Cervo also offers holistic, spa and wellness experiences to encourage guests to rejuvenate and soak in the beautiful nature of the Swiss Alps.

Room rates start at £200 per night.

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