It is with no doubt that the popularity of eco-friendly travel is on the rise as holiday makers are now more aware of the environmental impact they create on their travels. Many hoteliers nowadays are doing their part in the awareness campaign with the on-going efforts to go green.
Besides the obvious touches like solar panels and low-flush toilets, there are many other factors that are taken into account when it comes to making a hotel eco-friendly. These hotels are also required to comply with the international environmental standards in dealing with ecological responsibility.
Below are the top 5 eco-friendly resorts in East Malaysia that you should check out:
Standing 1,000 meters above sea level, the number of guests are limited to 60 per day to reduce the impact on the surrounding area. Apart from offering a beautiful scenery where you can just be one with nature, the hotel also uses organic farms for its meals and a trained horticulturist is there to educate guests on what they are consuming.
Sprawling over 25 acres amidst lush jungles with the legendary Mount Santubong in the background and overlooking the South China Sea, One Hotel Santubong takes you back to nature. Located only 25 minutes away from the city, the resort is surrounded by the green landscape of the Damai Golf and Country Club. Offering 380 modern and spacious rooms, suites and self-contained chalets, this eco-friendly resort is perfect for a quick getaway.
Located at the edge of one of Malaysia’s most magnificent rainforests, Batang Ai Longhouse Resort managed by Hilton on the island of Borneo is the perfect place for a relaxing break. Only a two-hour boat ride away from the Batang Ai National Park, the resort offers an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts and exotic cocktails for guests to enjoy as they look out at the peaceful lake. The hotel is also equipped with energy-saving lights that come with a motion sensor function. How cool is that?
Paradise surrounded by nature’s beauty, Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa in Kota Kinabalu offers guests with a gentle breeze caressing their faces as they wake up to the sound of waves lapping the beach. The balcony opens up to an inspiring vista of sparkling coral islands and swaying of palm trees, this resort is the perfect tropical getaway.
Only 38km away from the Kota Kinabalu Airport, Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai is set amidst 3,335 acres of natural and landscaped surroundings creating the perfect background for all its guest rooms, suites and luxury villas. Nominated for the Asean Green Hotel Awards 2014, guests can enjoy the award-winning 18-hole championship golf course and exclusive Borneo Spa services to just relax and embrace nature.