The best eco-friendly hotels in Southeast Asia
Have a fun and feel-good holiday at these hotels that take sustainability seriously.
- December 2019
As sustainability marches into the mainstream, travellers are demanding more eco-friendly options. Jump on the bandwagon with these hotels in Southeast Asia that are committed to reducing the amount of waste they produce.
The Hideout, Koh Yao Noi
Accessible via boat from Phuket, this rustic resort on the lush island of Koh Yao Noi is as eco-conscious as they come. For instance, disused fabrics such as old bed linens and bathrobes are repurposed as cleaning cloths. The kitchen also turns leftovers into homemade jams, syrups and tonics. Earlier this year, the resort launched The Hideout Trash Adventure Project, which rewards guests who opt to collect trash on the island with cocktails.
Akyra TAS, Sukhumvit, Bangkok
This chic spot was purportedly the first city hotel in Asia to ban single-use plastic when it opened in May 2018. Here, guests are offered stainless steel water bottles upon check-in, which they can refill throughout their stay. Bathroom amenities are stored in locally manufactured celadon dispensers, while all bin bags are biodegradable.
Alila Seminyak, Bali
In November 2018, all four of Alila’s Bali properties, including Alila Seminyak, achieved zero waste to landfill — a notable achievement for a major hotel chain. This was attained largely thanks to an on-site Integrated Sustainable Resource Recovery Facility (iSuRRF) — a laboratory where waste such as plastics and ceramics is either recycled, transformed into green building materials or converted into crude oil.
Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia
This upscale resort has been flying the flag for sustainability ever since it opened in 2012, making it one of the zero-waste pioneers in the hotel industry. “Since day one, we have only used bamboo straws for our drinks. We also refill glass drinking bottles in-house and all excess food waste from our restaurants is composted and donated to local farmers,” says general manager Donald Wong.