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For the third year running, Mr and Mrs Smith is including the Eco Award in the website’s boutique hotel awards, and public voting is now open.
Proving once again that luxury and sustainability can go hand in hand, the Mr and Mrs Smith Eco Award shortlist includes 20 of the world’s top luxury eco hotels.
Each property is as proud of their eco credentials as they are in offering guests a boutique experience - and it’s been shown time and again that the former makes the latter all the better.
The shortlist itself demonstrates that this award isn’t about paying lip service to a few green issues. Mr and Mrs Smith are adamant that hotels must be truly committed to sustainability, albeit with a ‘down-to-earth’ approach that avoids guilt-tripping guests.
Hotels shortlisted include everything from a British seaside boutique championing local food, to an off-grid Costa Rican cloud forest retreat; an upcycled farmhouse in Portugal and a green architectural feat in an Argentinian vineyard.
International Tourism Partnership member Soneva Fushi is shortlisted for a second time this year, as is previous Green Hotelier Award winner the Green House Hotel, and best practice case study Song Saa.
Public voting is live until the 30th September when the specialist judging panel will pick a winner from the top 10 voted-for hotels.
Judges this year include Ecoage founder Livia Firth and our own Co-Editor (currently on maternity leave), Holly Tuppen.
The Eco Award is sponsored by the Blue Marine Foundation, which was set up by the makers of the End of the Line documentary and works in the UK and beyond to raise awareness of ocean related environmental issues.
Winners will be announced on 5th November.