Top eco hotel winners in November 2014

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Sal Salis winner of this year's Mr & Mrs Smith Eco Award. Photo: Archie Sartracom

November has been awash with glitzy ceremonies and proud winners and, with eco categories popping up in an increasing number of hotel awards, we've been thrilled to be part of the celebrations.

Here's a quick run through of some top eco hotel winners announced this month:

World Responsible Tourism Award's Best City Hotel: Hotel Verde, South Africa

This 4-star hotel just 400m from Cape Town's international airport bends the rules of convention when it comes to airport hotels - being both family run, boutique chic and sustainable. The award judges commented 'Hotel Verde aspires to be “Africa’s Greenest Hotel”. The application demonstrated that commitment and they share it with every guest, delegate and supplier with whom they interact. Hotel Verde stood out in this category, not only as an advanced new build in terms of sustainable technology but also In daily operations:  they continue to reduce waste and energy consumption and communicate their green approach with guests in a quirky and entertaining way as well as providing educational visits for schools'. For more information see the Hotel Verde website.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith Eco Award: Sal Salis, Australia

Sal Salis have gone to a whole lot of effort to let nature speak for itself with its luxury tents the only thing dividing the Australian bush with some of the world's finest reefs. The camp is 100% solar powered, boardwalks prevent soil erosion, compost toilets are taken off site to be cleaned, grey water is collected to prevent damage caused by run off and guests are given a daily water allowance. Respecting the fact that nature is the camp's main asset, education is key. Guests are encouraged to make use of the camp's guides to learn more about the local flora and fauna and understand challenges facing this precious eco-system. For more information see the Sal Salis website.

European Hospitality Awards Green Hotel of the Year: Inspira Santa Marta Hotel, Lisbon

Inspira Santa Marta aims to respect the environment whilst meeting the demands of its environmentally conscious guests, and this award is recognition for some hefty sustainable investment in the last four years. Inspira has implemented measures to minimise its ecological footprint, reducing consumption in all operations areas, using 100% green energy, thermal accumulators, recycling systems and paperless procedures, amongst other initiatives. For more information see our Best Practice Case Study.

World Boutique Hotel Awards Sustainable Hotel of the Year: Zeavola Resort, Thailand

The judges at the World Boutique Hotel Awards commended this bare-foot luxury resort for initiatives including water collection and their own reverse osmosis treatment plant, establishing local anchor points to protect coral reefs and donating $3 per night per guest  to local education and 'lunch' projects. For more information go to the Zeavola Resort website

For more information see Mr & Mrs Smith Awards, European Hospitality Awards and Responsible Travel Awards. If you have recently held awards for sustainable hotels or are a hotelier who has won an award, we'd love to hear from you. Get in touch via Twitter or Facebook

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