The best eco-friendly hotels around the world

These tranquil retreats won't cost the Earth

Fogo Island Inn exterior off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada
All profits from Fogo Island Inn are invested back into the community
(Image credit: Fogo Island Inn)

Many hotels tout their "sustainable" credentials, but these green pledges often amount to little more than phasing out single-use plastics.

Some hotels are making real efforts to minimise their environmental impact, though, and to give something back. Here are some of the best eco-friendly options in locations worldwide, from the white sandy shores of Zanzibar to the salt pans of the Namib desert.

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Irenie Forshaw is a features writer at The Week, covering arts, culture and travel. She began her career in journalism at Leeds University, where she wrote for the student newspaper, The Gryphon, before working at The Guardian and The New Statesman Group. Irenie then became a senior writer at Elite Traveler, where she oversaw The Experts column.