In recent years, the word “sustainability” has almost become a fashion.
However, the concept of respect for the environment and the community is often just something to be included in company brochures, especially when it comes to travel and accommodation facilities.
In reality, as far as hotels are concerned, being sustainable does not just mean being kind to the environment or using renewable sources.
The true definition of sustainability to follow is: “satisfying the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to satisfy their own”.
(Brundtland, G.H. 1987. Our Common Future)
It is therefore necessary to protect the communities and ecosystem that hosts the accommodation, investing in long-term projects that can give real value to the word sustainability.
Here are three truly sustainable luxury hotels.
Borgo Santo Pietro – Palazzetto, Siena – Tuscany
A 5-star boutique hotel in the heart of the Tuscan countryside.
Three restaurants, two of which are starred, a holistic wellness center, exclusively organic laboratories to produce the skincare line and even a farm.
A strong identity, characterized by a strong bond with nature and the desire to follow its rhythms, bringing only the products of one’s own reality to the table.
Borgo Santo Pietro is in fact a completely self-sufficient reality.
Six Senses Douro Valley – Lamego, Portugal
The view over the existing valleys of the Duoro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is what characterizes this structure.
The mission of this hotel is to protect the environment that hosts it: it has in fact erected a four-hectare forest to give breath to the river that flows through it.
An organic garden, various actions in defense of abused animals but also constant investments to maintain the fertility of the soil: this is what makes Six Senses a unique and truly sustainable hotel.
Six Senses Shaharut – Shaharut Negev Desert, Israel
This charming property will officially debut in August.
The landscape in which it is immersed makes it unique in the world.
A magical encounter suspended in time between desert, sunsets and starry nights.
There are also many sustainable activities for this structure, aimed in particular at protecting local communities and the delicate ecosystem of the desert.