Three New Hotels That Are As Eco-Conscious As They Are Luxurious
Sustainability and luxury are at the core of these recent debuts in Peru, Sri Lanka, and Ethiopia.
Explora Sacred Valley
Since opening their first hotels in Chile’s Atacama Desert and Patagonia in the nineties, Explora has been proving that sustainable design can also be sexy. In July, the company debuted its first Peruvian property, a 50-room structure of stone, wood, and adobe built around ruins discovered during construction. It’s an ideal launchpad for seeing the Inca empire. doubles from $1,273.
The 11 suites here overlook the shore of Sri Lanka’s Koggala Lake, and each is made with living roofs planted with native creepers. Tri works with a local energy consultant to minimize its waste as much as possible, as evidenced by the use of solar panels and recycled wood. The treetop yoga space is a delightful finishing touch. doubles from $248.
This new 12-room lodge overlooking Ethiopia’s breathtaking Simyen Mountains National Park is made entirely from wood, thatch, and rammed-earth walls. Solar panels heat the water and a leach-field system irrigates the grounds, where foreign plants will eventually be replaced by native species. Nearly all of the food is sourced from nearby communities. doubles from $200.