Winners announced

Local Hotel Hero

Responsible travel requires more than the odd recycling programme – here we champion hotels that give a little something back; to the community and to the environment.

What makes a hotel a local hero? It's wholly committed to conserving, protecting and enjoying its environment, is fiercely community minded, has an ethical approach, strives to minimise its footprint, and does this all while enhancing the guest experience.

And the winner is...

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Winner

Song Saa Private Island

In a game of eco top trumps, Song Saa’s own 1,000,000sq m, biologist-backed marine reserve (Cambodia’s first) serves it well. With that as the benchmark, the inventive waste- and water-management schemes doesn’t surprise, nor the reclaimed driftwood decor. But the balance of island paradise luxury and eco well-being is executed excellently throughout.

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Runner-up

Soneva Fushi

‘Commitment to the environment here is as clear a priority as delivering a first-class experience; conservation efforts have resulted in the identification of new species’

– Holly Tuppen, Green Hotelier

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Runner-up

El Silencio Lodge & Spa

‘The setting is spectacular, in a private reserve: guests can get involved in tree-planting and sustainability projects. It’s the quintessential forest eco lodge’

– Katy McCann, Suite DNA

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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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Local Hotel Hero award criteria