Take 3: Eco hotels


Fairmont Waterfront, Vancouver, Canada


This huge hotel is building towards recycling and composting 100 per cent of its waste next year. Guests turning up in electric cars get free parking, those driving hybrids get 50 per cent off, while anyone can recharge their electric vehicle at the hotel. Local and sustainable food is served in the hotel, some of it from its own herb garden. Doubles from $256 a night (€182).


Vigilius mountain resort, South Tyrol, Italy.


By architect Matteo Thun, this car-free resort (you reach it by cable-car) has it all going on: “ecotecture” and “organic architecture”, combining nature, landscape and design. The grass roofed hotel was built with local materials where possible and uses untreated larch, clay and silver quartz. The biomass heating system burns local wood. Doubles from €190.


SixSenses, Con Dao, Vietnam


Those great sea vegetarians the dugongs- related to sea cows- thrive on the sea grass beside this resort, which is committed to protecting the mammals. Named one of the world’s top eco-lodges by National Geographic Traveler, Six Senses has programmes to conserve energy, reuse water for secondary applications and to recycle waste. From $670 (€497) a night.

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