14 Jul 2020
More and more hotels across the island of Ireland are implementing eco-friendly practices that allow you to stay in luxury accommodation without leaving a hefty carbon footprint behind.
Here are six oh-so-chic sustainable properties, equipped with everything from solar-powered roofs to electric car charging stations, so you can feel good knowing that the only footprints you’ll leave during your next holiday are those in the sand.
Slieve Donard Resort & Spa
Nestled at the foot of the Mountains of Mourne in County Down, this luxury hotel boasts everything you’d expect on a top end getaway, such as gorgeous rooms and outstanding dining, plus a few you might not think of – electric car charging, an on-site food waste processing plant and a wood pellet boiler to power the world-class spa facilities. The Slieve Donard is now one of the most energy-efficient and environmentally friendly hotels in Northern Ireland.
After a busy day of adventure on the Wild Atlantic Way, retreat to the luxurious four-star bedrooms, soft sheets and cushiony pillows of Hotel Doolin in County Clare. Located near the famous Cliffs of Moher, this contemporary hotel is carbon neutral and a leader in green hospitality in Ireland. From no single-use plastics, to organic bath and soap products, rainwater harvesting and much more, the hotel has won numerous eco awards and is committed to sustainability in every aspect of your stay.
Gregan’s Castle Hotel
Caring for the environment and co-existing with nature is at the heart of this hotel’s philosophy. The luxury and gourmet retreat is situated in County Clare in the heart of the beautiful Burren region on Ireland’s west coast. A founding member of The Burren Ecotourism Network, it offers special ecotourism packages to guests. Laden with indulgence at every turn, this place will impress with immaculate service, fine cuisine, tasteful décor and a clear respect for the environment.
Sandymount Hotel, Dublin
This luxury eco hotel with jaw-dropping views of the Atlantic Ocean is located on the Causeway Coastal Route, one of the world’s great road journeys. Overlooking the town of Ballycastle, County Antrim, it’s the perfect haven to escape the hustle and bustle of modern day living. Immerse yourself in a world of coastal calm and rest assured that in this ‘smart’ carbon neutral hotel luxury can go hand in hand with sustainability. There are also eco-friendly lodges available within the grounds of the hotel.
Dublin’s largest family-run hotel has scooped the title of Europe’s Leading Green Hotel for three years in a row, with its in-house green team ensuring that most of the hotel’s waste is recycled or recovered. The hotel offers peaceful four-star luxury in a lovely seaside suburb complete with a breezy beach. A unique oasis of calm in Ireland’s bustling capital, this comfortable and stylish spot is only a short leisurely stroll to the city centre.
Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
With its leave no trace policy, waste reduction and separation, state-of-the-art wood pellet boilers and solar panels providing carbon neutral hot water and heating, sustainable travel is made easy at one of Ireland’s finest luxury castles. Set on the banks of the Owenmore River in the heart of the Twelve Bens mountain range in County Galway, romance, history and breathtaking natural surroundings also come as standard.
The Salthouse, County Antrim
Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, County Down
Luxury Room at The Salthouse
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