For some people, traveling is synonymous with leaving a massive carbon footprint. Vacationers release high amounts of pollution into the air as they fly or drive to their destinations, participate in activities that use high levels of energy and leave litter in areas that are supposed to be natural. Fortunately, tourism does not have to spell doom for Mother Nature. There are plenty of ways that energy use can be reduced while you are on vacation. You can get from place to place by walking or with the help of public transit, buy products that are recyclable and participate in activities that do not require large amounts of fuel. And when you settle down for the night, you can further help the Earth by staying in an eco-friendly hotel.
Eco friendly hotels are devoted to minimizing the environmental impacts of doing business. The buildings are constructed with techniques that allow for greater energy efficiency. Staying in an eco friendly hotel is a great way to do your part for the environment. A lot of tourists hold an unfortunate misconception that eco friendly hotels are dirty and uncomfortable. This could not be further from the truth. Environmentally friendly hotels offer the same luxuries as other hotels. In fact, they often provide a cozier and homier feel than some of the more Spartan accommodations you may have encountered. What’s more, their operating costs are greatly reduced by practices that promote energy efficiency. These savings are passed on to the customer. If you want to stay at a comfortable UK hotel without contributing to the destruction of the environment, check out one of the following accommodations.
51 Buckingham Gate
Conveniently located near Buckingham Palace, this London Hotel has over 80 suites and apartments, all of which come with kitchens and living areas. The suites can be found in three Victorian-style townhouses, surrounded by stunning courtyard gardens. Start each day with a delicious organic breakfast, served in the hotel’s library. From there, you can relax in the gardens, which are kept healthy with a environmentally responsible water harvesting system.
If you prefer the homey feel of a bed and breakfast establishment, you’ll enjoy staying at West Winds. The North Yorkshire B&B’s motto is “looking after our shared environment for tomorrow.” All electricity and heating is supplied through the use of renewable resources. The bed and breakfast is constructed in a sustainable manner, with well-insulated walls and energy efficient lighting.
Bedruthan Steps Hotel
Enjoy a relaxing beach vacation at Bedruthan Steps. The hotel overlooks the sandy beaches of North Cornwall. Visitors can relax in large suites facing the ocean, or head over to the ballroom for theatre productions and casino nights. A leader in environmental practices, the hotel has several green initiatives, including an outdoor pool heated with solar panels, low-energy lighting and an organic menu.
Whether you prefer luxury hotels or quaint bed and breakfasts, you should have no trouble locating an eco friendly hotel that meets your needs in the United Kingdom.
Sarah writes for the Primrose Valley Hotel in St Ives Cornwall. The Primrose Valley hotel sit within a collection of St Ives hotels that are all of high quality and wonderfully luxurious. If you are thinking of taking a short break in St Ives then look no further.