Eco Friendly Hotels and Accomodation
We love seeing that modern day jet-setters are recognising the importance of being environmentally aware and wanting to check more eco friendly hotel and accommodation options out. 🌱🌏 People are increasingly seeking accommodation that supports environmentally friendly and sustainable tourism - whilst still being a great place for a well deserved break.
Here at My Eco House, we want to make sure you are making the best environmentally conscious decisions you can within all aspects of your day-to-day life. Whether that’s reducing the plastic in your kitchens or bathrooms, giving you more eco-friendly health care alternatives or just enlightening you all things sustainable.
Next on the list, is providing you with the most amazing eco friendly hotels and holiday accommodation so you can start booking your next trip! 🧳
The eco-problem with hotels 🏨
Before reading this article, you may have not known that hotels are notoriously bad for the environment. For example, did you know that when you stay at a hotel, you become personally responsible for a portion of that hotel's carbon footprint?
Hotels are renowned for the amount of waste they generate, especially when it comes to electricity, water and general waste. If you think about the most recent hotel you stayed in, I bet your room was armed with disposable cups and small portions of coffee packaged in two or three layers of plastic; all of that waste ends up in landfills.
Like me and the rest of the team at My Eco House, you probably don’t want that on your conscious - so take a look at these eco-friendly hotel and holiday accommodation options instead. And remember - if you can drive or get the train to the destination, that’s even better.
Top Ten Eco Friendly Hotels in Australia 💚
Who doesn’t love a staycation? They can be much cheaper than a holiday overseas and show you parts of your country you didn’t even were right on your doorstep. Now we want to practice what we preach so, all the following eco friendly accommodation options are right here in Australia.
New South Wales
#1. The Cove Glamping, NSW
We found this amazing little clamping spot on Green Getaways, and it made us want to pack our sleeping bag and head down to Jervis Bay ourselves!
The Cove Clamping offers amazing canvas bell tents which are already pitched and waiting for you. There’s even an outdoor bath, for a relaxing soak under the stars. Set in the heart of Booderee National Park, just metres from the beach, this stunning glamping spot is a must do on your eco friendly holiday list.
The camping ground itself is just a 20-minute drive from Jervis Bay town centre and Hyams Beach and only a 2-3 hour drive from Sydney! So you can drive your way to paradise and take in even more beautiful views along the way.
#2. H Boutique
Wait… what’s that? I can stay in an environmentally friendly haven and enjoy copious amounts of Hunter Valley wine this holiday season? Sign me up! H Boutique is situated in the Hunter Valley, overlooking the beautiful Brokenback Ranges.
#3. Isabella Tiny House
Last but certainly not least on our list of amazing eco friendly hotels in New South Wales. Located in a semi-secluded rain-forest is Isabella Tiny House, this holiday hideaway with ocean glimpses, is perfect for your next long weekend break. It is surrounded by trees and wilderness, yet is only minutes from cafes and 3 minutes from the beach.
This self-contained cabin in Coledale, is just over an hour drive from Sydney CBD or a short walk from the local train station.
#4 Apollo Bay Eco YHA
Apollo Bay - a popular stop on the Great Ocean Road and home to another amazing eco friendly accommodation option. The Apollo Bay Eco YHA is eco-certified and uses a range of energy and water saving techniques to reduce its impact on the environment. It does ALL of this whilst still giving you a great place to stay.
Apollo Bay Eco YHA is a hostel that’s been architecturally designed to feature a solar design, a wood fire heater, two spacious lounges, two kitchens, outdoor balconies and a rooftop deck with beautiful views of the Great Ocean Road. We have a winner!
There’s various room types available as well, including four multi-share, twin/double and family rooms.
#5 Twelve Apostles Walking Lodge
Another Great Ocean Road eco friendly hotspot is the Twelve Apostles Walking Lodge.
The walking lodge is situated at Johanna, the midpoint of the Great Ocean Walk trail and the start of the Twelve Apostles Walk. Sustainably designed and built during 2008, this eco lodge is only a 3 hour drive from Melbourne centre.
PSA: The Lodge is part of the Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk and therefore the only way to stay there is to do part of that walk. So pack light and bring good walking shoes
#6 The Canopy Treehouses
Looking for an eco-escape in Queensland? Check these amazing Canopy Treehouses out! These treehouses blend in naturally with the surrounding rainforest for the ultimate eco-friendly rainforest resort in Australia.
You will be woken up every morning to the sound of wildlife and can spend your days wandering along one of the many walking tracks in the rainforest.
The Canopy Treehouses is definitely a unique experience, set in 100 acres of ancient rainforest located on the Cairns Highlands. It’s a luxurious forest getaway that won’t make you feel guilty.
#7 Thala Beach Nature Reserve
Here's a great option for a family staycation! A 5 star* family owned and operated Queensland Eco Resort, Thala Beach Nature Reserve.
This amazing eco friendly hotel is located 45 minutes north of the Cairns International Airport and 15 minutes south of Port Douglas. The resort is home to 83 deluxe timber bungalows which are built high on stilts, nestled in the forest canopy providing a magical relationship with the natural world outside.
#8 Heron Island
Want to go live your best island life?🏝️ We don’t blame you. But, you don’t even need to leave Australia to do it! Heron Island is located right on the Great Barrier Reef and is an island getaway filled with those dreamlike white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and acres of coral with beautifully coloured marine life. So don’t forget to pack your snorkel.
At this World Heritage-listed Marine National Park all flora and fauna is protected, so the island is a nature lover’s paradise!
#9. Ramada Eco Beach Resort, WA
We are heading over to WA now! Welcome to the Ramada Eco Beach Resort in Western Australia.
This is the perfect destination for guests to indulge themselves in what promises to be an unforgettable experience of relaxation and warmth, even in winter! The accommodation has everything you need for a perfect holiday including a day spa, oceanfront swimming pool, in-house yoga and even off-site glamping.
#10. Sal Sails Ningaloo Resort
Sal Salis, in the Cape Range National Park, has just sixteen eco-luxe wilderness tents in this extraordinary wilderness location, and is one of Australia’s best kept natural secrets.🤫
Come to Sal Salis and enjoy an exclusive bush camp hidden in the dunes overlooking the beach. Sounds pretty perfect right? With 16 wilderness tents to choose from, Sal Salis ensures an exclusive experience that is both intimate and personal.
Three More Options for International Travel 💚
Finolhu Villas, The Maldives
Now here’s a holiday you’ll never forget! In the beautiful Maldives you’ll find the Finolhu Villas known as the world’s first fully solar-powered resort. The entire facility is equipped with 2,000 square metres of solar roof panels that meet all of its energy needs. There are 52 eco-friendly villas spread across 12 acres on the private island of Gasfinolhu.
The island is said to generate around one megawatt of energy per day, due to its location on the Equator, and any excess energy generated each day can be stored for use on another day.
The White Pod, Switzerland
Hit the slopes this winter in the most eco-friendly way. The White Pods are set at the foot of the Dents-du-Midi mountain range in the Swiss Alps. Each pod is a self-sufficient room that’s connected to a water system and heated by a wooden stove designed to use a minimal amount of water and electricity.
Lisu Lodge, Chiang Mai, Thailand
In Chiang Mai, the Lisu Lodge gets its name from the nearby Lisu tribe village. The lodge was built originally as part of a community-based project aimed at conserving Thailand’s heritage, so guests can experience Lisu customs with local families. Lisu lodges overlook the rice paddies, and from there you can head out on a cycle tour and stop at a tea plantation for a cup of fresh-roasted tea.
The Wrap Up
We hope this article has given you some greater insights into eco friendly hotels and accommodation that are right here on your doorstep! And given you some holiday-inspo, especially now that summer is right around the corner!
If you’ve ever been to any of these amazing eco friendly places and want to leave a review, or have any more recommendations for more eco savvy accommodation then be sure to leave a comment in the section below. 👇
See you next time 👋