A trend of responsible and sustainable travel is on the rise, helmed by those trying to stay conscious of their impact on the environment as they explore the world. In honor of Earth Day, we’ve compiled five hotel and resort brands in the Inspirato Collection perfect for members trying to reduce their eco footprint; each is committed to utilizing sustainable practices in its own way.
An upscale subsidiary of the overarching Hyatt brand, Andaz is known for its luxe boutique residences. But the brand is also a leader in eco-friendly practices. In March 2018, Andaz Maui partnered with Pacific Biodiesel—a Hawaiian clean-energy company—to use oil from fields of sunflowers that Pacific Biodiesel planted. Andaz Maui then uses the sunflower oil in dishes at its onsite restaurant, giving the excess back to Pacific Biodiesel to be made into fuel.
Aman’s resorts are built to blend into their surroundings using natural materials like sandstone, evoking a harmony between the properties and the natural world. The brand’s U.S. resorts—Amangani and Amangiri—source meats and produce locally for their farm-to-table restaurants, and both implement recycling and energy-saving programs.
Touted as “eco chic,” Six Senses has been a leader in sustainability since opening its first resort in the British Virgin Islands in 1995. Its properties aim to pay homage to their location and environment, using local, sustainable materials. In particular, China’s Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain exemplifies the brand’s commitment to eco-friendly practices: It transports guests to and from the airport via Tesla, and utilizes an on-site organic farm and garden.
Alila—whose name means “surprise” in Sanskrit—is aiming to combat the spread of greenhouse gases from landfills to Bali’s farmlands and waterways. Its Bali resorts have adopted the “Alila Zero Waste to Landfill Project,” which pledges to process all hotel waste on site into products that can be reused on resort property. They’re also working to implement complete composting systems at the resorts, as well as on-site organic gardens.
Lauded by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, this hotel chain is more than just trendy; it was founded on the principle of honoring nature and the world around us. 1 Hotels are constructed using purely natural and reclaimed elements, and feature botanical installations meant to help guests breathe easier. CEO and Chairman Barry Sternlicht hopes the brand can be “a philosophy and platform for change.” Inspirato members can see the initiatives for themselves at 1 Hotels in Central Park, Brooklyn, and South Beach.