Set in the heart of a picturesque 750-acre organic estate in Tuscany, just a short drive from the medieval hill towns of Volterra and San Gimignano. Borgo Pignano has a strong focus on sustainability and is really raising the bar in Italy. 100% of their heating is produced in-house using renewable energy. The property is 70% self-sufficient growing heritage varieties of fruits, vegetables, organic olives, cereals from ancient seeds and biological crops. They also make artisanal breads, organic pastas, jams as well as soaps and other toiletries using trad...
Conscious consumers who are looking to learn more about their natural environment can join one of Mandarin Oriental’s new conservation activities, The Reef Discovery. Setting off from Godahl Beach, the agenda includes learning about the numerous species of coral and fish that inhabit one of the Caribbean’s largest, natural coral reefs including Blue Tang and Doctor Fish, as well as keeping an eye out for turtle and stingrays. The Blue Tang and Doctor Fish play an important role in maintaining the health of the sand. The reef spans from the corner of...
Schloss Elmau is located in a natural preserve and makes every effort to reduce its CO2 foot print to a minimum. For this reason, the hotel is heated by burning wood waste from the surrounding forests in their 1 MW wood chip power plant. As a backup and to cover peak demand they use their own combined heat and power cogeneration plant (CHP) which is fired by gas and generates 50% of their electricity. Schloss Elmau’s own hydroelectric power station, which has been in operation for more than 100 years, contributes another 15%.
St. Hubertus is the wonderful three Michelin-starred restaurant at the five-star Rosa Alpina Hotel in the Italian Dolomites. The restaurant's head chef, Norbert Niederkofler, fuses inherently Italian recipes with flavours from his South Tyrolean heritage, culminating in delectable dishes. The intimate restaurant has nine tables in the dining room, one chef's table with a view to the kitchen and one small table at the open fireplace and is open for dinner during both the summer and winter ski seasons.
Switzerland's hippest new ski hotel, leading the way to a green future. The wooden facade blends into the mountain scenery and a state-of-the-art 'ice battery' powers the 40 bedrooms and 9 serviced apartments. With 225km of groomed slopes just steps away and easy ski-in access, Arosa also offers over 60km of winter hiking trails, Nordic walking and a 4.5km sledge run. Relax in the 800sqm Valsana Spa whilst gazing out on to the snow-covered forest.
Recognised for their environmental endeavours and awarded with the Green Globe Certification, Valsana is an eco-powerhouse running on recycled energy via an ice battery, has limited its ecological footprint to just 4% with virtually zero emissions and remains completely carbon-neutral. The eco philosophy runs throughout the hotel from the chunky wood furniture, floors and exterior, all made with trees from the surrounding area. Restaurant Twist has a light and holistic approach to Swiss mountain cuisine with a focus on seasonal local produce.