Travel Awards

Asia’s Best Sustainable Hotel

From recycled building materials to solar energy, read about the eco-friendly initiatives undertaken by the winner and shortlist for Asia's best sustainable hotel in the 2019 Marco Polo Club Members' Choice Awards

Asia’s Best Sustainable Hotel

Winner: Trunk, Tokyo

Giving back meets good taste in this stylish hotel where every product tells a story – whether it’s made from recycled materials, sourced locally or contributes to society. In a city where consumption is the order of the day, the hotel aims to encourage guests to reflect on how they do so.

‘Even the exterior is made from recycled woods. It has a generally socially conscious philosophy and guest programme, eco-friendly amenities and gift-shop items – and more.’ –Christina Ko, travel and entertainment writer and part of our panel of travel experts

Asia’s Best Sustainable Hotel Shortlist

Katamama, Bali

Built from 1.8 million bricks, each one hand-pressed by Balinese artisans and fired using biomass from coconut shells, this is just one way that the hotel is committed to both sustainability and upholding Balinese traditions.

Six Senses Maxwell, Singapore

Leading the way in sustainable luxury, this urban retreat‘s eco-friendly initiatives include the implementation of zero-waste operations. It has already achieved carbon neutral status and is on a mission to be plastic-free by 2022.

Golden Buddha Beach Resort, Phang Nga

Solar energy powers fans and heats the water. Sea breezes cool rooms. Plastic bags have been banned. Ducks and chickens are reared on site. There’s recycling and composting. This hotel is all about minimal impact.

Alila Villas Uluwatu

Having established the Alila Zero Waste to Landfill project, the hotel aims to process waste onsite into higher value products and services for reuse. It has also implemented composting and pioneered permaculture to move towards self-sufficiency in fresh produce.

Hyatt Regency Bali

Following an extensive five-year renovation, this hotel has not only been significantly upgraded, but is focusing on minimising its impact on the environment, reducing single-use plastics and introducing re-usable items.

Oasia Hotel Downtown, Singapore

This 27-storey hotel sets an example for sustainability with a façade filled with plants that adds biodiversity and greenery to the surrounding CBD and acts as a sun shade. Sky gardens and atria elsewhere allow for natural cross-ventilation.

Capella Ubud, Bali

Committed to minimal intervention, this tented camp in Bali’s rainforest ensured all local plants and trees were protected during construction. It boasts an organic garden, crayfish farm and beehives, and is committed to giving back to the local community.

Eaton HK, Hong Kong

This interdisciplinary hotel is about inspiration and impact. It is dedicated to sustainability and the environment and to presenting a motivating programmes for guests, as well as striving for positive impact in the community.

Suarga Padang Padang, Bali

Delivering luxury with minimal impact, this sustainable boutique resort incorporates repurposed wood and locally sourced or made materials into its design, recycles rainwater and produces more energy than it consumes from solar panels.

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