2016 SHORTLISTS ANNOUNCED AND VOTING OPEN 1 SEPTEMBER

The Eco Award

It ain't easy being green: luxury and eco-tourism aren't the most natural of bedfellows. Responsible travel requires industry change at grass-roots level – and the Eco Award sets out to champion those hotels making ideals a reality.

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Blue Marine Foundation

Smith Hotel Awards partner: Discover & Deliver

The best eco-friendly hotel does far more than recycle paper, serve organic eggs and suggest you re-use your towels: it's wholly committed to conserving, protecting and enjoying the environment, has an ethical approach, strives to minimise its footprint, and does this all while enhancing the guest experience.

Top 10

Previous winners

Winner

Sal Salis


Here on this remote spot in the Cape Range National Park, campmates aside, your only likely visitor is the occasional kangaroo. These luxury seaside tents rely purely on solar power, use composting toilets and have a tightly controlled water system: overall, it’s an inspiring example of striving to protect a fragile eco-system.

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Runner-up

Sextantio Albergo Diffuso

‘Eco here is all about heritage, which is refreshing. Building sensitively, using local materials and labour isn’t cheap, so to make a successful business of it is commendable’
Holly Tuppen, editor Green Hotelier

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Runner-up

Cuixmala

‘At Cuixmala there’s an excellent local food-sourcing practice, local materials are used across the estate, and there’s also the turtle protection programme’
Livia Firth, Eco-Age creative director

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Winner

Sextantio Albergo Diffuso

Albergo Diffuso is more than a hotel, it’s whole new accommodation concept built around restoration and sustainability. Spread around the buildings of what was an abandoned village high in the Italian Apennines, the project hasn’t just created a an utterly unique place to stay, it’s reinvigorated an entire mountain village that would otherwise have been lost to history. Decorated with craftwork made by villagers and radiating rustic simplicity, but with modern luxury seamlessly incorporated, there’s just nowhere else like it.

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Runner-up

Song Saa Private Island

'Using local and reused materials, the investment into the community (with education and training of the local population) and care of the local environment makes this an exemplar that looks at sustainability in its wider context' 
Eco-architect Lily Jencks
'This hotel created the first marine park in Cambodia – and it's a country I'm longing to visit' 
Livia Firth, Eco Age

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Runner-up

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

'More than just a hotel project: they conserve their whole 4,000-acre estate'
Katy McCann, Suite DNA
'The world's first carbon neutral hotel? That's a pretty incredible achievement – talk about raising the bar high. Amazing' 
Mary Garvin, Mr & Mrs Smith head of curation

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The Eco Award award criteria

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