Going green has no longer hippy image. On the opposite - a sustainable approach to hospitality in Italy has become a differentiator. Today’s sustainable hotels recycle, reuse and reduce without compromising on style.
Filario Hotel & Residences Lake Como
Filario Hotel & Residences in Lezzeno , on Lake Como, launches a number offers. The excellence of Italian hospitality is combined with an idea of 360 ° sustainability: from the new vegan menu to the exclusive charging service for electric boats, there are many initiatives dedicated to responsible luxury.
For the restaurant, the young and talented Neapolitan chef Alessandro Parisi uses only seasonal Italian raw ingredients, mostly from small local providers: the promotion of local products - from the heroic viticulture of Valtellina to the fish of the lake - is in fact a mission and a point of pride. for the chef. Sustainability also passes through the choice of packaging and tableware, with compostable disposable items, cellulose pulp fabrics and biodegradable straws.
Filario is the first hotel on Lake Como to inaugurate a charging station for electric boats in its port. This novelty arrives, not surprisingly, in the year in which the 250th anniversary of the historic Larian shipyard Ernesto Riva is celebrated, one of the pioneers in the construction of luxury electric wooden boats. With an increasingly large and equipped private beach and the infinity pool overlooking one of the most famous and evocative views of Lake Como, Filario Hotel & Residences confirms itself as the ideal destination for those looking for a wellness stay , relaxation, food and wine, but also a bit of adventure.
Villa Crespi - Lake Orta
Villa Crespi was built in 1879 by Cristoforo Benigno Crespi, a pioneer of the Italian cotton industry. Following a business trip to the Middle East, Crespi created his very own Moorish-style hideaway on the romantic shores of Lake Orta. Today, the gorgeous parquet flooring and period furniture are enjoyed by guests looking for a luxury stay in a hotel which operates with high sustainability principles. Energy usage is carefully monitored to help avoid waste, rooms are cleaned by steam only and the restaurant – whose patron chef is TV’s Antonino Cannavacciuolo – uses organic, local produce where possible.
Lefay Resort & Spa - Lake Garda
Not just a luxurious wellness retreat, Lefay Resort & Spa employs the motto “personal wellness should never overlook environmental wellness” and their green commitments prove it’s not just a marketing ploy. Lefay Resorts is the first Italian tourism company to sign an agreement with the Ministry of the Environment aimed towards neutralising CO2 emissions. The complex has been awarded a number of environmental certifications including the Green Globe and the Being Organic and Ecological Spa award. In 2017, they topped things off with the crown of Best Luxury Eco-Spa. The resort that seems to emerge from the forest and blends in perfectly with its landscape in accordance with the brand’s philosophy, Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti reinterprets the traditional architecture of northern Italy.
Hotel Milan Scala - Brera District
The first zero-emission hotel in Milan is conveniently located in the Brera district of the city, with the main sights either within easy walking distance or a short public transport ride away. The super sleek furnishings of the Hotel Milano Scala might not immediately conjure up thoughts of sustainability and eco-friendliness but this swanky spot isn’t short on green credentials. Water-to-water heat-pumps power the heating and air conditioning, complimentary toiletries are 99% biodegradable and the sixth floor features an organic garden that supplies the restaurant with seasonal produce – all without releasing any CO2 into the atmosphere.
Relais del Maro - Borgomaro
Relais del Maro is an albergo diffuso, a concept that sees the hotel dispersed across three historic buildings in the town of Borgomaro in the northwest region of Liguria. Aside from protecting the identity of the local area, this style of hotel development has a low environmental impact as it promotes the sustainable restoration and renovation of existing buildings instead of new construction. The swimming pool – always a big source of energy and water consumption – is heated using solar-thermal panels.