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This research has identified 12 Eco hotels that have been ranked as the top or the best ecotourist destinations. For each, this research has provided a brief description, the factors that make it eco-friendly, and two customer reviews. Additionally, this research presents two trends that are leading the ecotourism conversation: empowering women and shunning animal rides. These insights have been provided below.


Casa de las Olas, Mexico

  • This hotel has 455 reviews on TripAdvisor, with a rating of 5.0.
  • Review #1: True Sustainability in Tulum
    • "I wanted to mention that before I book a hotel, for the most part, I will choose a hotel that is respectful of the environment, especially when visiting more delicate areas where there might be limited resources (such as waste management). I can say with confidence that CASA DE LAS OLAS is my TOP ECO CHOICE for hotels to stay at in Tulum. What makes it sustainable: - powered by the sun - eco-friendly septic - uses reusable bottles for shower toiletries - compost and recycling in-room and onsite — collects rainwater to use for irrigation - no AC, rooms are designed to be cooled by the ocean breeze. I can say that I NEVER felt hot - in fact, I needed their extra blanket at night. - source ingredients for their restaurant locally - support the local..."
  • Review #2: Absolute Paradise! Didn't want to leave...
    • "This place really is incredible if you're looking for a relaxing getaway with incredible views of both the ocean/white sandy beach direct from our balcony or make use of the amazing roof terrace to watch the sunset with a full panoramic scope of the breathtaking Tulum jungle with not a single building or neighboring property in site! Clo & Jimmy were super welcoming, great hosts with fantastic local knowledge & recommendations for sightseeing, restaurants, bars etc... The food was organic, homemade, and put many large hotel chains and high-end restaurants to shame! Breakfast was always a treat with fresh local fruit, homemade granola as well as the main plate which was always a tasty surprise with a Mexican twist."

Zuri Zanzibar, Tanzania

  • This hotel has 344 reviews on TripAdvisor, with a rating of 4.5.
  • Review #1: WORLD CLASS
    • "This property has it all - firstly one of the very best beaches anywhere, then everything else is perfect, the villas have all that one requires, the food is superb and the staff are not only extremely efficient but incredibly friendly and helpful. We're fairly well-traveled and Zuri is certainly up there with the best!"
  • Review #2: Lost for words - the best holiday we've had
    • "We stayed at Zuri just over a year ago, and we haven't stopped talking about it since. We have been lucky enough to visit some beautiful places but Zuri is by far the best we've stayed at. Zuri has achieved resort nirvana; combining utter luxury in a perfect setting whilst retaining genuine local culture and an environment that makes you feel at home from the moment you arrive. The rooms are the most comfortable, well-appointed we have experienced. The four-poster bed was like sleeping on a cloud! We spent most days on the (private) beach. The sand is so fine like cornflour and water is crystal clear, warm and rejuvenating. We enjoyed kayak rides and loved how well Zuri blended in with lush, green environment from our viewpoint on the sea."

Six Senses, Fiji

  • This hotel has 190 reviews on TripAdvisor, with a rating of 4.5.
  • Review #1: Hidden Gem
    • "This resort is perfect for families wanting an extra value for their money. It is a great combination of fun and luxury. As I would possibly not recommend for exclusive honeymooners due to the inclusion of children, families and larger groups are to have a better experience with the many activities on offer. Staff were super friendly and we were well looked after. Major bonus was the food portions you really do get your moneys worth! Also, their home-made ice-creams are a must try!"
  • Review #2: Beachfront fashionable villas on a beautiful island 30 minutes from the port
    • "After a long trip from the U.K. to Fiji via Melbourne, we were delighted to arrive at Malolo Island, a 35-minute boat ride from the port on the main island of Fiji. Our lovely villa had a supremely comfortable bed, a nice living area, and an enclosed outdoor shower. We also had a little patio overlooking a plunge pool. Our villa was a short walk up from the beach. Our visit coincided with Cyclone Sarai so we were glad that the villa was sturdily built and we had the protection of trees surrounding us. Normally there are many activities at the resort, but due to the cyclone, we were mostly villa bound. The friendly and accommodating staff did all they could to keep us comfortable, well-fed, and calm."

The Brando, French Polynesia

  • This hotel has 324 reviews on TripAdvisor, with a rating of 5.0.
  • Review #1: Great Resort!
    • "Our bungalow was fabulous! Bed, extremely comfortable! Everything immaculate. Food was good but not great. Service was very good. Beware of the sun as it is so hot and dangerous! I did get burned! Loved it. Plunge pool was delightful!"
  • Review #2: Return to Paradise
    • "This was our second visit to The Brando and again we were amazed by the beauty of the atoll as well as the lovely, kind service from everyone. The spa is perfect, so relaxing and spiritual and Marine gave me the best massages I've ever had! The most thrilling experience was the hatching and release of the baby turtles which we were lucky enough to be there for, and the volunteers are quite impressive. I'm surprised someone feels there is little to do here because the concierge staff are so attentive and have so many activities arranged. The villa is beautiful and well maintained with an excellent housekeeping staff. The bed is very firm, but when I requested a pad and goose down pillows it was so comfortable..."

Wilderness Safaris Serra Cafema, Kaokoland, Namibia

  • This hotel has 144 reviews on TripAdvisor, with a rating of 5.0.
  • Review #1: Remote and rare experience‼️
    • "This was a fabulous place to stay in Namibia. Rooms are huge and unique. The service is 5 star! We had an exceptional guide who took us to several villages where we able to interact with the women of the Himba tribe. A very memorable and special experience."
  • Review #2: Very nice
    • "The hotel is in middle of nowhere and is beautiful. The food is excellent and the service is even better. The excursions were unbelievable and very different from the others in Africa. You have to see the Himba tribe!! Mandatory!!!"

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, New York

  • This hotel has 1,122 reviews on TripAdvisor, with a rating of 4.5.
  • Review #1: Another wonderful stay at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge!
    • "We live overseas and often visit Brooklyn to see family. 1 Hotel B B is our favorite place to stay. It manages so well to uphold its eco standards whilst providing luxurious accommodation. This last stay was for a particularly special family celebration, and Eszter Toth, the concierge did everything possible to make sure it was a success in every way. Thank you all, we’ll be back!"
  • Review #2: A haven you wish to own
    • "I stayed in one the of Liberty view rooms and it couldn't have been a sweeter choice. Having a glass of wine with an open window on such a view definitely heightened the experience for us. And needless to say, we couldn't keep ourselves from keeping the curtains open the entire time we were there. There's nothing much to say about the amenities, except that they were of the highest quality. As a designer, I appreciated every little detail that the hotel possessed. We had a short stay of one night, but regardless our concierge Eszter made sure we were taken care of from a week before the trip until the time we checked out. She was attentive to our every ask and was only a quick text away should anything else come up during our stay..."

Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador

  • This hotel has 462 reviews on TripAdvisor, with a rating of 5.0.
  • Review #1: Awesome adventure!!
    • "We added a 3-day stay at Mashpi prior to our Adventures by Disney Ecuador and Galapagos trip. It was fantastic! Being a family of hikers and adventurers it was perfect. Hikes to the waterfalls both during daylight and at night were awesome. Don't be afraid to get wet and muddy and you will have a ball. Tour guides were great as was the food and accommodations. Highly recommend."
  • Review #2: Amazing Experience
    • "Mashpi was phenomenal, Thank you for the hospitality and friendship, the staff was so amazing, delicious food all the time, incredible wildlife, I hope to return one day, my stay was too short, God Bless."

Thala Beach Nature Reserve, Australia

  • This hotel has 1,732 reviews on TripAdvisor, with a rating of 4.5.
  • Review #1: A slice of paradise in Paradise
    • "Beckoned in by a plantation of coconut trees the promise of a memorable experience is suggested. Rich timbers of sweeping stairs & lofty ceilings reveal open-plan vistas of tree tops & ocean. There’s nothing more refreshing than tropical mocktails with splashes of ocean & lush vegetation. As lunchtime draws near we venture into Osprey’s Restaurant and we settle on Popcorn crocodile on Thai slaw with chilly hair - the chilly hairs are hand done on the premises .... like spicy saffron threads!! Amazing. Followed by lobster & tiger prawn roll with truffle mayo - shredded cos & onion chives with juniper & celery salted fries with skin, such morish & crispy decadence. The tropical fruit & fruit sorbets were melting moments of heaven..."
  • Review #2: Lunches over the weekend
    • "My parents suggested going here for lunch because of the amazing location and views. We were taken back by how beautiful everyone was, it felt like a hidden oasis. We had such a lovely first lunch, that we came back the next day! The food and drinks were gorgeous and I’m glad I left room for dessert. Special thanks to Jamon who made us feel very welcome both days. When we visit Cairns again, this place will be on the top of our list to visit. And it should be on yours as well!!"

TreeCasa Resort, Nicaragua

  • Review #1: Luxury in the jungle!
    • "I spent one month in Tree Casa. I just loved the architecture and the video of the full place! I also enjoyed the decoration of the room, the food, all the staff, the pools, the sunset spot. I definitely recommend."
  • Review #2: Tree Casa is Mindblowing
    • "Wow! What can I say? I stayed at Tree Casa for 30 days during my yoga teacher training. The resort is stunning but honestly, it's the staff that make this place what it is. They continued to go above and beyond for us during our training, food was exceptional, rooms were always cleaned top to bottom, our NYI contacts were always on hand, tours and excursions offered were absolutely amazing. I cannot wait to return next year."

Tambo Del Inka Hotel, Peru

  • Tambo Del Inka Hotel is located in Peru, surrounded by mountains. This LEED-certified hotel is located at the heart of nature.
  • It is recognized for creating its own wastewater treatment plant, implementing low-flow plumbing, installing an indoor climate monitor, a strongly-enforced recycling program, and the use of local materials, such as lumber, in the construction of the hotel.
  • This hotel has 3,729 reviews on TripAdvisor, with a rating of 5.0.
  • Review #1: 5 Star everything
    • "To say that this hotel was amazing does not do it justice. Right in the middle of a small town is this five-star luxury, world-class property, and resort. The interior is immaculate in every way. The staff is friendly and welcoming, the restaurant and bar leave nothing to be desired, all the rooms were clean and spacious. We had a problem with our room and got moved without a fuss. The spa is very nice and the pool has a spectacular half in and half out design. I highly recommend this hotel if you’re considering it."
  • Review #2: Amazing property and service
    • "This hotel is amazing. I had wonderful and aggressively attentive service from the team every day, especially in the mornings at breakfast. He bent over backward to anticipate my every need!! The landscaping and rooms are extraordinary. The food was terrific."

Proximity Hotel, North Carolina

  • According to TripAdvisor, the hotel has 653 reviews and is rated 4.5 stars. Additionally, it is ranked second of the 80 Hotels in Greensboro. It has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence and ranked by the GreenLeaders at the Platinum level.
    • "Refreshing place to stay while in town on business. Beautiful aesthetics and thoughtful additions for traveler comfort. Pleasant check-in, a beautiful atrium, spacious and clean rooms, standard workout room. Room service was high-end, may have even needed some more causal choices."
    • "Wow, we came to Greensboro specifically to stay at this hotel after seeing a piece about it on UNC-TV. It was our anniversary weekend and the hotel was very accommodating with a special package. We loved the classic timeless decor and the eco-initiatives that make the hotel a platinum level Leeds certified property, like the filtered water bottle filling station on each floor. It’s located in an office park area so not exactly downtown. But we hopped on our bikes (they had loaners off you don’t bring your own) and rode the nearby network of greenway path and got a good overview of the area. They also have a cool London cab to take you into town. Really enjoyed our stay and love supporting an employee-owned business."

Svart Hotel, Norway

  • Svart Hotel in Norway will generate more energy than it uses in the course of its lifetime. The not-yet-constructed space-age hotel has ambitious goals.
  • This hotel, from its raw materials, construction equipment, the daily processes, and its eventual demolition, is aimed to be highly sustainable and waste-free. As it is yet to be built, this hotel does not have any customer reviews available.


Trend#1: Empowering Women

  • Initiatives such as the #MeToo movement have increased the awareness of issues facing women globally. The travel industry has joined in with this trend by looking for ways to uplift the women in the communities of their travel destinations.
  • This trend has seen an increase in female-owned establishments and businesses witnessing an increase in bookings or by purchasing supplies or souvenirs from the local female traders and artists. Additionally, tour operators have noted the trend and are now designing packages that surround supporting women empowerment.
  • Lokal is a tours' operator that supports women businesses, establishments, and destinations.

Trend #2: Shunning Animal Rides

  • As growing ecotourism trends, safaris and natural reserves are beginning to implement rules to avoid animal rides and petting. Elephant safaris are popular in Asian countries. Even though the animals may not be physically abused, it goes against respecting the immediate environment and wildlife.
  • It is unnatural to keep animals locked/caged in and maintaining increased human contact affects the animal's instincts negatively. It may interfere with their ability to adapt to their natural habitats.
  • Social media has played a key role in increasing awareness of how some places are inhumane to these animals. Although entertainment purposes in zoos.these videos of cruelty may not be constant across various places, there are still some negative impacts that may occur, even to animals locked up for
  • Tourists have joined in the fight against elephant rides and petting zoos. These efforts, coupled with petitions that are doing rounds, aim to prevent these practices from continuing, with the intention of releasing the animals back into their natural habitat.