Goa has long been known as the tropical paradise of India. Visitors from all over the world flock to this region yearly to have fun in the sun. Its popularity among tourists, however, has slowly taken a toll on the area, with both the travelers and the commercial establishments sharing the dubious responsibility of polluting the state. The good news is that there are now a number of establishments in Goa that trying to do their part to reverse this problem by enforcing environment-friendly initiatives in a bid to promote sustainable tourism. A number of green hotels have taken the lead in this effort. Take a look at this list of the top eco hotels in Goa, India. Book a room at any one of these environment-friendly hotels and be a responsible traveler.
Sustainability has always been the name of the game with Alila Diwa Goa. The greenery surrounding it is not an accident, it was designed in such a way as to keep the surrounding forest intact and sustain the paddy fields in the area. What’s more, it was made using locally sourced materials. Its efforts are not without results: the area surrounding the hotel is now pretty much a birder’s dream come true, as different varieties of birds now call this area their home. If these aren’t enough, the hotel is also involved in community projects, which includes providing support to the local school.
Vivanta Goa is considered as one of the best hotels in Panaji, and the fact that it’s also eco-friendly is the icing to an already loaded cake. It is part of EarthCheck, a program that evaluates the performance of an establishment on the following criteria: environment, community, cultural heritage, and local economy. This family-friendly property also welcomes pets for an additional fee.
Vivanta Goa, Panaji
Address: Off D. B. Bandodkar Road
Price: from 51 USD
Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities Rooftop pool Property is cleaned by professional cleaning companies Ticket service On-site parking Free WiFi Meeting/banquet facilities Delivered food is securely covered
Dona Sa Maria takes pride in its claim that it’s a self-sustaining resort. Fruits and vegetables served to guests are sourced from organic farms by the locals. The staff takes care to segregate garbage, from the leftover food to the burned-out lightbulbs and used batteries. Eco-friendly soaps and detergents are used here as well. The hotel also promotes eco-awareness programs for both its staff and its guests.
Dona Sa Maria Holiday Home
Address: Before the Church, Tamborim, Cavelossim Beach, Cavelossim, Goa
Other options for eco-friendly resorts
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa is located at Benaulim, a virtually unspoiled beach in South Goa. To help preserve the beautiful natural surroundings, the hotel has set up several environment-friendly initiatives, which include reducing carbon emissions, using “clean” energy, water harvesting and recycling, acquiring fresh vegetables and produce from local farmers, and ensuring the use of eco-friendly/biodegradable materials. It also helps the local community by supporting over 600 students from the local villages.
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa
Address: Benaulim Beach
Price: from 133 USD
Spa and wellness centre Shallow end Pets allowed Babysitting/child services Table tennis Lift Thermometers for guests provided by property Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines
To say that the ITC hotel chain is serious about sustainability would be an understatement. It set up WelcomEnviron, a program that ensures that its hotels capacitate its staff on environmental awareness, purposefully uses energy-saving equipment and environment-friendly materials, and engages with the local communities. It prides itself in having all of its luxury hotels attain the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification. Some of the initiatives that ITC has taken include taking steps to prevent wastewater from being released to sewers. Instead, it’s sent to a sewage treatment facility and then recycled back into the building for toilet flushing, watering plants, and the like.
ITC Grand Goa, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa
Address: 263C, Arossim Beach, Cansaulim
Price: from 98 USD
Kids' club Water slide Beachfront Newspapers Spa and wellness centre Special diet menus (on request) Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus Valet parking
Marriott is a hotel chain that is upfront about its sustainability initiatives. These measures had already been factored in even before their latest hotel had been built. The chain seems to have already taken the initial steps to reduce harmful environmental impact. Goa Marriott takes direct measures to limit its energy and water wastage, reduce its carbon emissions, and has increased its use of renewable energy. Furthermore, it also consciously chooses producers and suppliers that, like them, are focused on sustainable and responsible production.
This is a green resort, both literally and figuratively. The property is surrounded by lush plants. Chalets are made from sustainable materials. The fact that it’s right by the sea doesn’t hurt, not to mention its spa services. Guests can also enjoy a variety of water-based activities here. For those who want to stay even more in touch with nature during their vacation, they can join the yoga classes conducted here.
This Holiday Inn is part of IHG’s Green Engage program, a global initiative that ensures that the hotels under it - and even their guests - understand that they are active players in the preservation - or destruction - of the environment. This hotel is also right by the beach, so you don’t need to drive or commute to get to the seaside, which makes for fewer carbon emissions.
Goa-ing back to nature
Goa has suffered in the past years due to bad tourism practices. Things are now starting to change there, however, as more establishments have become conscious of the fact that a collective effort is needed to sustain the environment - and their respective livelihoods. If you plan on visiting Goa anytime soon, make sure to do your part by choosing to stay in a green hotel during your visit.
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