Outside the Nile Valley, Egypt is primarily desert, with an occasional oasis breaking the arid landscape. Small wonder then that the Egyptian government has taken steps to be more eco-friendly and resource-savvy. This move has trickled down even to the tourism sector, with hotels in the country encouraged to practice environmentally conscious policies. Among the criteria that were set to identify whether or not an establishment complies with the standards are use of renewable energy, water conservation initiatives, and reduction of carbon emissions. Want to contribute to this movement? Choose one of these green hotels in Egypt to stay in when you’re in the country for work or holiday.
This hotel is perched right beside the Orman Botanical Garden, considered as the largest green space across Cairo. This, however, is not the reason why this establishment is considered as a green hotel. In early 2019, the hotel made headlines when it became the first hotel in Egypt to install an electric car charging station. This sustainable initiative is not just isolated: the Four Seasons hotel chain as a whole is serious about its environmental conservation efforts. If you’re in town for a business trip, you’ll be pleased to know that the franchise has established “Greening Meetings”, a program that allows organizers to shift to environmentally friendly alternatives such as paperless conference correspondence. As much as possible, the ingredients they use come from local producers, and amenities that are left unused at the end will be donated to charities. If these aren’t enough, each Four Seasons Hotel has a Green Team which ensures that the hotel promotes sustainable practices.
Located in Marsa Alam City, Ecolodge Bedouin Valley Camp and Diving Center is the best place to be for those who want to stay close to nature, want to do some soul-searching, or simply just disconnect from the world for just a little while. The accommodations here may be more stripped down compared to conventional hotels (this includes limited electricity), but that’s precisely the beauty of this place - and why it can lay claim to its eco-friendly initiatives. What’s more, you’re right by the beach so you can have all the time that you want communing with the waters and the world around you.
Down Town Hotel takes pride in laying claim to the title of being the first ecological hotel in Cairo. It was designed and constructed using sustainable materials, including locally sourced stone that helps make the establishment blend in within its surroundings. Its location is fantastic as well, being within walking distance (which means no carbon emissions from motorized vehicles!) from tourist attractions such as the Cairo Tower, Egyptian Museum, Tahrir Square, and the majestic Nile River.
Down Town Hotel Cairo
Address: 37 Kasr Al Nile, Down Town
Hotel Novotel Cairo El Borg is an establishment that strives to limit its carbon footprint. Among the initiatives it is taking are reducing unnecessary water and energy consumption and taking active steps to recycle waste. The toiletries provided to their guests and the cleaning products used throughout the hotel are eco-friendly. Their efforts don’t stop there: they also engage their partners and stakeholders so they can also contribute to the green movement. To add to that, the hotel and its sister companies have already planted about three million trees worldwide as part of their contribution to the global reforestation project.
This hotel’s appreciation of environmental conservation is at the community level which is why it engages its stakeholders - including but not limited to its guests, staff, and partners - in taking concrete steps to live more sustainably. It has a rainwater harvesting system and has mechanisms to reduce water waste, and also utilizes “cleaner” energy sources. This hotel is also part of the movement to plant around three million trees as part of their efforts to support the global reforestation project. It also tries to do its part to contribute to the zero food waste movement.
Including some famous eco-friendly resorts
El Gouna was recognized as the most environmentally-friendly holiday destination in Egypt so you can bet Mosaique Hotel El Gouna is more than able to step up and give justice to the town. You may find it difficult to imagine that this resort is as eco-friendly as it is beautiful, but that is certainly true. It is a recipient of the Green Star Hotel Egypt certification which is given to establishments that are able to show that they have good sustainable environmental management practices. As an added perk, it’s just right by the beach.
Fanadir Hotel El Gouna is your very own seaside paradise with distinct Arabic influence. This adults-only hotel is also a holder of the Green Star Hotel Egypt certification which recognizes the establishment’s efforts to shift towards more sustainable systems and services. These include but are not limited to use of renewable energy, reduction of waste and carbon emissions, ensuring proper waste management, and advocacy work among its staff and its guests.
Staying at the Taziry Ecolodge Siwa is almost like traveling back in time and going glamping at the same time. Forget about the typical amenities you can find in a traditional hotel because this resort will be giving you the experience of a lifetime. You’ll be staying in a cottage-like structure that’s made from mud bricks, with dried palm for its roofing. There’s no electricity here. Instead, you will be using oil lamps and candles as light sources, although they are now taking steps to get solar panels so as to have an energy source. The food that you will be eating comes from the farm itself. The establishment is also setting up ways to preserve this area’s traditional practices, including but not limited to astrology, calligraphy, and poetry.
Last but certainly not the least in this list is Mövenpick Resort & Spa El Gouna, which is considered as one of the pioneers in promoting environmental sustainability. It has over 90% recycling rate and takes active steps to reduce energy and water waste. One of the out-of-the-box initiatives being done by the resort is asking guests to plant their own tree so they can have incentive to come back and visit it. Given the beauty that will surround you when you stay here, how can you say no to both the hotel and to nature?
Movenpick Resort & Spa El Gouna
Address: El Gouna
Price: from 100 USD
Back massage Manicure Make up services Tickets to attractions or shows Babysitting/child services Swimming pool Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities Guests can opt-out of accommodation cleaning service
In the olden days, oases provided travelers respite from the heat of the sun. Today, these eco-friendly hotels serve a similar purpose, providing you with water and shade to stay cool. At the same time, certain steps are undertaken to ensure that you won’t produce more carbon footprint than you need to. In light of climate change, it’s a good idea to be more environmentally conscious. Be an eco-savvy traveler and stay in one of these green hotels in Egypt on your next trip.
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