If your carbon footprint is looking a little hefty but you're reluctant to give up that well-deserved foreign holiday, why not find an eco friendly bed and breakfast to help ease the guilt? Sustainable tourism and ecotourism are becoming an increasingly popular way to travel, and more and more properties are adopting planet-saving measures to attract the climate conscious, while still offering top-quality accommodation and unbeatable service. Here is BedandBreakfastworld.com's guide to the best eco friendly bed and breakfasts, an ideal choice for your eco holiday.
Villa Serica, Bergamo, Italy
Villa Serica is a 17th-century stone farmhouse B&B located in the small village of Ombria, close to Bergamo and Milan. Set amid unspoilt natural surroundings, guests can enjoy the beauty of the Lombardy countryside while experiencing a taste of rural Italian life. The refurbished interior has been crafted with local materials and traditional techniques, and the delicious meals are prepared using the wide array of fruit, vegetables and herbs which are grown in the garden.
Auberge Keur Marrakis, Mbour, Senegal
For Senegal accommodation, try Auberge Keur Marrakis, an eco friendly bed and breakfast close to the picturesque market town and fishing port of Mbour. Ideal for families, Auberge Keur Marrakis is situated right by a sandy beach, and has a private swimming pool as well as a garden restaurant serving up Italian and traditional African dishes. The five guestrooms have been decorated using natural local materials, such as the hand-carved calabashes which create an atmospheric lighting effect, or the wooden beds, produced by skilled craftsmen from Mbour.
Posada al Sur, Montevideo, Uruguay
Posada al Sur is located at the heart of Montevideo's historic Old Town area, and is part of a sustainable tourism project which aims to promote and protect the environment as well as local identities and social development. The beautiful 19th-century house has been fully restored and now provides a range of simple but stylish guestrooms at affordable prices, an ideal and eco friendly choice for accommodation in Uruguay.
Novecento Bed and Breakfast, Sicily, Italy
Novecento is a traditional Sicily bed and breakfast, situated in the capital, Trapani. The property has four elegantly decorated guestrooms, all with access to a terrace or balcony, as well as a two-bedroom private apartment for self-catering guests. The owners are committed to sustainable tourism and do their best to minimize their impact on the environment, so you can enjoy a guilt-free taste of luxury.
Hostal Dinamarca, Temuco, Chile
Hostal Dinamarca is a brand new guesthouse offering eco friendly accommodation in Temuco, home of the Mapuche Indians and a perfect place from which to explore the lush green forests and snow-capped volcanic peaks of Chile's Lake District. The comfortable guestrooms at Hostal Dinamarca have been furnished in a modern and homely style, and the owners have introduced a number of energy-saving measures to minimize their carbon footprint.
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By: Eleanor Brown