Full list of winners from European Sustainable Tourism Awards

UK: The Winners of the European Sustainable Tourism Awards have been announced.

UK: The Winners of the European Sustainable Tourism Awards have been announced.

The GrINN Awards, which are run by Quartz Hotels, invited the public to vote for their favourite out of 50 categories with the final say by the expert judging panel.

Alexander Zawadzki, organiser of the GrINN Awards said: “We are very happy with the outcome of the awards, as our main goal is to promote sustainability and we have achieved it in many countries of Europe. The response and help from the audience and accommodation providers have been astonishing. 
We hope that their example can inspire others and together we can create a more sustainable tourism industry. We invite all accommodation providers that are making efforts towards sustainability to apply to our next edition”.

Jury member, Lidiia Tkachenko added: I am impressed by the sustainability progress all participants have made and continue pursuing in order to achieve sustainability goals and make a positive impact on our planet and society”. 

Here is the full list of the award winners:

Best Luxury Eco Accommodation: El Jardín de las Delizias, Spain (Pictured)

Best sustainable progress: Miluna Open Nature Rooms, Spain

Best Eco-friendly Travel App: Treeapp

Europe’s Leading Sustainable Travel Brand: Book Eco Hotels

Europe’s Leading Sustainable Travel Blog: Brainy Backpackers

Europe’s Leading Sustainable: Travel Influencer Linn Haglund, Brainy Backpackers

Most sustainable Travel Metasearch: Kayak

Most sustainable OTA: Select Green Hotels

Most sustainable Travel Startup: Miluna Open Nature Rooms, Spain

Most Sustainable Female Entrepreneur: Tiffany Belle Harper, Belleva House, England

Most Sustainable Male Entrepreneur: Ángel Bonilla, Hotel Sostenible La Laguna, Spain

Best Sustainable Initiative: Kaj Hotel, Denmark

Best Local Gastronomy: Francisco Rodríguez Mora, The Sun Inn Lydiard, England

Best Sustainable Hotel, United Kingdom: The 25 Boutique B&B, England

Best Sustainable Hotel, Seaside: Kalesma Mykonos, Greece

Best Sustainable Hotel, City: Stow-Away Waterloo, England

Best Sustainable Hotel, Rural: Alma Calma Hotel Rural, Spain

Best Sustainable Hotel, Mountain: Cork Valley Pod Houses Toledo, Spain

Best Sustainable Resort: Blue Dream Hotel | Greece

Best reforestation initiative: Miluna Open Nature Rooms, Spain

Best sustainable accommodation, Central Europe: Hotel Gilbert, Austria

Best sustainable accommodation, Eastern Europe: Ursa Mica Glamping Resort, Romania

Best sustainable accommodation, Northern Europe: Varanger Lodge, Norway

Best sustainable accommodation, Southeast Europe: Blue Dream Hotel, Greece

Best sustainable accommodation, Southern Europe: Cipresso e Pietra, Italy

Best sustainable accommodation, Western Europe: ahead burghotel, Germany

Best sustainable accommodation, Southwest Europe: Hotel Bosque Mar, Spain

Best sustainable accommodation, Turkey: Trendy Lara Hotel, Turkey

Best sustainable Villa, Europe: La Casa del Alfarero, Spain

Best sustainable Hostel, Europe: Urban Garden Hostel, Portugal

Best sustainable Apartment, Europe: Daphne’s Club Hotel Apartments, Greece

Best sustainable 5* Hotel, Europe: Domaine des Etangs, France

Best sustainable 4* Hotel, Europe: The Twelve Hotel, Ireland

Best sustainable 3* Hotel, Europe: Hotel Bosque Mar Spain

Best sustainable 2* Hotel, Europe: Chalet Saint-Barthélemy Hotel, Italy

Best sustainable Aparthotel, Europe: Stow-Away Waterloo, England

Best sustainable accommodation, Spain: Los Lirios Hotel Rural, Spain

Best sustainable accommodation, Croatia: Treehouse Resnice -Mrežnica, Croatia

Best sustainable accommodation, Greece: Ouzas Luxury Hotel, Greece

Best sustainable accommodation, Italy: Naturhotel Leitlhof, Italy

Best sustainable accommodation, Netherlands: BOAT&CO, Netherlands

Best sustainable accommodation, England: The Paddock Wildcamp, England

Best sustainable accommodation, Scotland: Langridge Highland Home, Scotland

Best sustainable accommodation, Northern Ireland: Finn Lough, Northern Ireland

Best sustainable accommodation, Wales: Larkhill Tipis and Yurts, Wales

Best sustainable accommodation, Ireland: Inch House Ireland, Ireland

Best Sustainable & Original Accommodation, Europe: Quinta do Rapozinho, Portugal

Best Nature Accommodation: Glendoria, Poland

Best Responsible Accommodation Project: Ursa Mica Glamping Resort, Romania

Best Sustainable Tourism Leader: Alina Marinescu, Ursa Mică Glamping Resort, Romania

Along with main Sponsor MEWS, Sustainable Hotel News supported the awards for: Best Luxury Eco Accommodation, Best Sustainable Accommodation – Scotland, Best Sustainable Accommodation – Wales.

Image: El Jardín de las Delizias, Spain winner of Best Luxury Eco Accommodation:

Six Senses Hotels & Resorts to open sustainability focused resort in Grand Bahama 

BAHAMAS: Six Senses Hotels & Resorts has announced the development of a resort on Grand Bahama with sustainability at its heart.

BAHAMAS: Six Senses Hotels & Resorts has announced the development of a resort on Grand Bahama with sustainability at its heart.

The resort will offer 45 waterfront villas on the beach and future access to a marina. There will be a restaurant, boathouse and pool bar as well as an “Experience Center” with artist studios, relaxed meeting spaces, a fitness centre, and a Six Senses Spa. 

Six Senses CEO Neil Jacobs said: “We’re eager to reflect the authenticity of Bahamian lifestyle, culture, and landscape through organic pathways and architectural design to create a community blended with our signature ethos of wellness, sustainability, crafted guest experiences, and emotional hospitality.”

The sustainable aspects of the development include using units, which are modular and prefabricated to minimise on-site impacts. 

Designed by architects 3XN, founder Kim Herforth Nielson said: “This is a great opportunity to investigate new construction methods and define a specific and new approach to sustainability in The Bahamas – both for the buildings and to respect the exceptional local nature.”

The village will have one of the Six Senses Earth Lab’s (Earth Lab serves as a place dedicated to engagement and innovation. This is where the group communicates the work happening on and off site at each of its properties. It also displays consumption data including water, energy and waste).

The resort will also be home to a Marine Research and Dive Center, which will focus on driving coastal resilience, native plantings, and land restoration. 

The development and investment team, led by Weller Development Partners and Pegasus Capital Advisors, has a proven track record of environmental sustainability and a reputation for delivering transformative projects. 

Founding partner and president of Weller Development Partners, Marc Weller said, “We are dedicated to ensuring that our developments have a positive social impact on surrounding communities. Our team uses sustainable practices that reduce our carbon footprint, establish resilient and healthy communities, and preserve our natural environment. We want to build trust and work with the people of Grand Bahama to achieve their priorities and realise the potential of this amazing island.”

Founder and CEO of Pegasus Capital Advisers Craig Cogut said: “Our aim is always to create nature-based solutions and sustainable infrastructure while generating social and environmental outcomes that are intentional, material, and scalable.”

Pegasus Capital Advisors specialises in investments in sustainable ocean production, eco-tourism, and infrastructure.

Grand Bahama is the gateway to The Bahamas and a short flight to and from South Florida. Six Senses Grand Bahama is slated to open in 2026.

Other Six Senses eco friendly projects include the announcement of its Net Zero hotel in Norway and its Sustainability Camp aimed at teenagers, in the Maldives.

Image credit: Six Senses Hotels and Resorts

Six Senses aims Sustainability Camp at teenagers

MALDIVES: Six Senses Hotels and Resorts has launched a sustainability camp at its Maldives property, aimed at teenagers.

The camp, which launched today on World Tourism Day at Six Senses Laamu, complements the brand-wide Climate Warriors initiative and the resort’s Junior Marine Biology program already in place. 

The camp is run over three days and guests taking part can choose from several workshops and topics. Each session is led by a designated guide, a team member specialising in the topic who assists with crafts and workshops while sharing their knowledge and experience in the area. The camp also offers knowledge on how to make daily improvements guests can make at home, striving towards a more sustainable way of life.

Greg Holder, guest education coordinator of the Maldives Underwater Initiative, said: “Over time, we found that many teenagers were very interested in learning more about sustainability and marine conservation, but we didn’t have activities attractive for their age group. Our Sustainability Camp is a chance to share our insights, skills and, above all, our passion for nature and conservation to help shape the next generation of conservation heroes.”

Sessions on offer at the Sustainability Camp are as follows:

Zero Waste – focuses on being creative with used items, identifying reusable materials, reducing single-use plastics, and encouraging teamwork. 

Home Grown – invites guests on a seed-to-farm journey, where they plant and grow their own microgreens using compost and then watch them grow over the duration of their stay. 

Conscious Cooking – has chefs showing guests some simple plant-based recipes with ingredients they can grow themselves and Garden Mixology – shows them which herbs and spices can be used to make drinks and sauces.

Nature Conservation – is about marine conservation and sustainability initiatives already in place in the resort. Guests can get hands-on with citizen science sessions, including an introduction to the local megafauna and seagrass meadows.

Carbon Caring – is an introduction to blue carbon habitats (ecosystems which prevent climate change and protect coastal communities from changes in the environment like flooding and sea level rises). Guests will also learn about mangroves and seagrass meadows and how carbon is stored in these habitats and what they can do to protect them. 

The Sustainability Camp can be booked from today onwards and welcomes teenagers and their families who would like to spend quality time together while learning more about leading a more sustainable life after they return home. 

Image: Six Senses

Six Senses was recently in the news after announcing it was launching a Net Zero hotel in Norway.

Tablet launches sustainable icon for its hotels

Tablet Hotels, the hotel curators for the MICHELIN Guide, has launched a programme to help travellers choose greener options.

Tablet Hotels, the hotel curators for the MICHELIN Guide, has launched a programme to help travellers choose greener options.

To get a sustainable icon next to its name the hotel on Tablet’s booking system has to achieve the following.

  • Every hotel is given a set of sustainability standards and asked to assess how they’re working to make a positive impact on the planet and in their community. The icon indicates that a hotel has completed the assessment, and their sustainability measures are available to view.
  • The icon also appears when a hotel has been awarded a verified sustainability certification.

More than 1,000 hotels have earned the icon since April this year and hotels have been keen to promote their green initiatives, as the demand for sustainable travel increases. According to Booking.com’s Sustainability Report this year, 78 per cent of of travellers intend to stay in a sustainable property compared with 46 per cent who stayed in one last year.

Lucy Lieberman, CEO of Tablet Hotels said: “More and more travellers say sustainability is important to them, but they don’t always know where to find the right information. We want to provide the tools they need to make hotel choices that fit their values, and we want to show that travel and sustainability are not at odds. The sustainability icon is just the first part of our plans to accomplish those goals.” 

The hotels have to fill in a self assessment document about their environmental and sustainable practices as well as how they contribute positively to social responsibility and cultural heritage.

They also get an icon when they achieve an accreditation recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), or other sustinabel authorities such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Green Building Council, and Accor’s Planet 21

Roi Ariel, general manager of the GSTC said: “This is an impactful moment in the travel industry. Tablet has spent more than two decades defining the essential qualities of a great hotel; now they’re helping to put sustainability at the top of that list.”

Tablet Hotels was founded in 2000 and has been part of MICHELIN since 2018.

Google has a similar sustainability filter tool on its travel hotel booking website – read more about that here.

Image from Table Hotels – one of the sustainable hotel options in Italy, Vivere Suites and Rooms.

Scandic to open 100 per cent renewable energy hotel

NORWAY: Scandic Hotels, Norway’s largest hotel operator, has signed an agreement for a new 220-room hotel in Ski, just outside Oslo.

NORWAY: Scandic Hotels, Norway’s largest hotel operator, has signed an agreement for a new 220-room hotel in Ski, just outside Oslo.

The hotel will be part of Norway’s new environmental requirements and guidelines from Nordic Ecolabel

This means the hotel will have to use ecolabeled products and chemicals as well as 100 per cent renewable energy.

The hotel will reject any products using single-use disposables, and will be reducing its water consumption. 

There will be a “climate-friendly” menu and reduced food waste.

The rooms at the new hotel will be designed with the circular economy in mind and parts of the room interiors will be environmentally certified or made from recycled materials, most of which can be reused or recycled during renovations. 

The property will also be constructed according to a high environmental and technical standard with the goal to be certified according to BREEM Excellent, one of the highest levels in environmental certification for buildings.

Asle Prestegard, head of Scandic Hotels Norway said: “We are very happy to have had this opportunity to open a new Scandic hotel in Ski.  This agreement will strengthen our position in the region surrounding Oslo, which is undergoing rapid development, and at the same time create an exciting new meeting place for people who live and work in the city.”

The hotel is expected to be completed in 2026.

The hotel company recently opened Scandic Helsinki Hub in Finland which also adhered to the principles of sustainable development with many of the hotels original elements being preserved. The hotel achieved the Nordic Swan Ecolabel.

Scandic is the largest Nordic hotel operator with more than 280 hotels in operation and under development in more than 130 destinations. The company currently operates 19 hotels with a total of 4,211 rooms in and around Oslo.