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10 Stunning Hotels From Around The World That Run On Renewable Energy

By Desirée Kaplan

Hotels all around the world are making efforts to be more eco-friendly. From using less water to building with sustainable materials, there seem to be endless options for properties to minimize their environmental impact. 

As many eco-conscious travelers are keeping tabs on their CO2 flight emissions by purchasing carbon offsets, the sky is the limit for travelers who want to explore the world responsibly. Read on to explore how ten hotels around the world are incorporating renewable energy into their properties.

1. Star Island - Eleuthera, Bahamas

In recent years, properties all over the Caribbean have been shifting towards renewable sources of energy as a form of more reliable and cleaner power. Just a quick 15-minute boat ride from the famous pinks sands in Harbour Island, STAR Island is one of the hotels that has completely embraced a sustainable system. 

STAR Island’s tropical environment gives guests an immersive experience in nature with opportunities such as diving and sailing. For reliable energy that can power the property during hurricane season, the hotel has solar panels that harness the Caribbean’s abundant sunshine and can power the hotel even through the night. 

2. Hotel Geysir - Haukadalur, Iceland

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Iceland is famous for its wild landscape, which is peppered with breathtaking waterfalls and powerful geysers. Hotel Geysir, as its name implies, is located near one such geyser in the historical site of Haukadalur.

The hotel, which is outfitted with twenty four cabin rooms, is located next to a river and is all about helping guests unwind and regenerate. Hotel Gyser heats its water using a local geothermal system which taps into the warmer, natural heat underground.

3. Garonga Safari Camp - Limpopo, South Africa

In the heart of the African wilderness, adventure seekers can stay at the Garonga Safari Camp, which is sprawled across 54,363 acres in the Greater Makalali Pidwa Private Nature Reserve. As the ultimate nature destination, the area is home to wild animals such as elephants, lions, rhinos, cheetahs, and leopards. The camp offers six luxury tents with private decks and breathtaking views of the area. 

For power, the Garonga Safari Camp looks to its sunny skies and covers 30 percent of their electric needs with solar energy. They’ve also worked in a heater pump system, water treatment, vegetable garden, and bio-gas system to minimize their carbon footbridge in the wild.