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12 Eco Hotels for Design Buffs

Sustainable design is becoming the norm more and more as we start to realize the impact we have on the planet. Here are 12 hotels that were designed not only for the guest, but also the environment.

12 Sustainably-Designed Hotels for Design Buffs

By The Culture-ist

  • Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

    By The Culture-ist

    The [Six Senses Zighy Bay](http://www.sixsenses.com/resorts/zighy-bay/accommodation/villas-and-suites) was constructed using local stone and wood. Some environmental projects include the creation of a marine protected area and funding research for protection of coral reefs.

  • Ulagalla, Sri Lanka

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    [Twenty ecologically-built chalets](http://www.ugaescapes.com/ulagalla/) on 58 acres of land allow guests to unplug & reconnect with nature. Sustainable initiatives include organic farming, reverse osmosis water management & a solar farm.

  • Tierra Patagonia, Chile

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    [Tierra Patagonia](http://www.tierrapatagonia.com/) sits on the edge of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve & sources all materials for its exterior design & furniture from nearby sources. In addition, the hotel plants a tree for each guest.

  • Park Hyatt Hadahaa, Maldives

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    Situated on its own island, [this slice of paradise](http://maldives.hadahaa.park.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html) has 50 villas, 14 of which are located on the water. Yet, it was constructed such that the surrounding vegetation & coral reefs were left untouched.

  • The Scarlet, England

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    Built atop a cliff, the designers of [The Scarlet](http://www.scarlethotel.co.uk/) set out to prove that luxury didn't have to mean unsustainable. From building materials to the sources of energy, all aspects of design were addressed.

  • H2Hotel, USA

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    [The H2Hotel](http://www.h2hotel.com/home/) has a living roof to filter rainwater and insulate the building, and solar panels to heat water. Using two-thirds less energy than expected, the property received LEED Gold certification.

  • Six Senses Con Dao, Vietnam

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    The abundant sliding glass doors are designed to let the outside world cool or heat the building. Moreover, construction of [the hotel](http://www.sixsenses.com/resorts/con-dao/offers) left much of the surrounding environment untouched.

  • ALT Hotels, Canada

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    [The ALT Hotel](http://www.althotels.ca/) chain is the first in Canada to follow principles of ecological architecture, utilyzing geothermal heating, which radiates from the floor and reduces CO2 emissions by 430tons/year

  • Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali

    By The Culture-ist

    [The Alila Villas Uluwatu](http://www.thecultureist.com/2012/07/05/alila-villas-uluwatu-eco-resort-bali/) seamlessly combines nature with luxury, not only through its design, but also in the choice of materials, which are locally sourced to reduce environmental harm.

  • Proximity Hotel, USA

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    One of two LEED Platinum certified hotels in America, the 4-diamond [Proximity Hotel](http://www.proximityhotel.com/) uses nearly 40% less power than buildings of its caliber and 35% of that is powered by renewable energy.

  • Shipping Container Travelodge, UK

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    [The Uxbridge Travelodge](http://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/365/London-Uxbridge-Central-hotel) is creatively designed — built completely from shipping containers, the hotel is both economically and environmentally sustainable. 

  • Bardessono, USA

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    LEED Platinum certified, the [Bardessono](http://www.bardessono.com/) is built from salvaged wood and stone and is designed to retain heat in the winter and stay cool in the summer, saving a significant amount of energy.

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