By Thea Halstead and James Rampton
This story originally appeared in the March/April 2018 issue of Elite Traveler.
With an emphasis on seamless service and pampering, the high-end hospitality industry is generally not thought of as particularly eco-friendly. But for resorts whose draw is a magical wilderness environment, sustainability is an absolute must. We’ve put together a list of some of the top ecologically responsible suites in the world where a commitment to luxury and a strong conservation ethos go hand in hand. Though each is unique in its approach, all of these properties have a minimal impact on their surroundings and actively give back to the local community, even as they provide an unforgettable vacation experience.
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, Australia
Sheltered within the raw natural beauty of the Gardens of Stone and Wollemi national parks, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley was the first hotel in the world to achieve carbon-neutral certification by CarbonZero, a status it has maintained for the past eight years. Located on former cattle-grazing land, the resort is also involved in ongoing revegetation efforts and the survey of endemic wildlife. In a remote corner of the 70-acre property lies the Wolgan Villa, which offers exceptional views of the Wolgan Valley and the Greater Blue Mountains, a double-sided fireplace, 23ft-long private pool, and terrace that’s ideal for long evenings under the stars. During the day, join the resort’s wildlife safaris and horseback-riding adventures.
Special amenities Private butler, gourmet kitchen, private staff quarters, mountain bikes to explore the valley
Size 4,413 sq ft
Number of bedrooms Three
Nightly rate from $7,800
Contact James Wyndham, general manager, email@example.com, +61 293 080 550, oneandonlyresorts.com/australia