Hotel Orca Praia
Hotel in Funchal
Madeira > Funchal > Funchal Sao Pedro
8.3
Very Good
From $152
From $152
Hotel Taking Steps Towards Sustainability
Hotel Orca Praia, a leading property in the eco-friendly hotel industry, is deeply committed to sustainable practices, adopting numerous renewable energy systems. A significant solar system provides a vast capacity of 9,000 liters for sanitary water heating. This is supplemented by a biomass boiler, certified by TUV, that efficiently recycles paper, card, wood, and other bio-substances to generate heat for sanitary water. Adding to the environmental friendliness, the swimming pool is maintained through electrolysis of salt, eliminating harmful chemicals and preventing allergies. Hotel Orca Praia has made significant strides in decarbonization by curtailing the usage of petroleum-based products and making a shift towards Green Energy. Moreover, the hotel fosters self-reliance by harnessing energy from photovoltaic panels.

The hotel prides itself on a comprehensive management system that boasts the quality and environment accreditations of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. Additionally, a HACCP system is in place, reinforcing the hotel's commitment to safety and quality standards. It's applied to various services provided by the hotel, including accommodation, food and beverage, leisure activities, and courtesy transport to Funchal's city center. Pro-active measures, such as promoting recycling and electric vehicle use among guests, are continually implemented, with a keen focus on reducing environmental impacts and carbon footprint. The Green Key certification, among others, stands as a testament to their dedication to constant improvement. Hotel Orca Praia also gives food safety and hygiene paramount importance, ensuring quick and efficient response to any needs or issues. This commitment to continuous betterment and stakeholder satisfaction places Hotel Orca Praia at the forefront of eco-friendly hospitality.
Show more
Questionnaire
Certifications:
Green Key (greenkey.global)
Green Key Global (greenkeyglobal.com)
TripAdvisor GreenLeaders
ISO 14024 Ecolabelling
Do you utilise any renewable energy sources to produce energy on the hotel/accommodation premises?
Solar radiation
Hydro
Biomass
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Building materials from sustainable resources
Written environmental policy statement in place
The structure maximizes air flow to reduce the need for air-conditioning
The structure maximizes natural light to reduce the need for lighting and heating
Windows that block heat/cold (i.e. triple-glazed windows)
Engaged in eco-friendly initiatives (i.e. reforestation, wildlife conservation)
Rainwater collection and usage
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
Serving organic food at the restaurant
LED lighting throughout the premises
Environmental manager appointed
Employees are trained to follow environmental policies
Carbon footprint is measured by recognised CO2 measurement tool
Bicycles provided to guests
Electric car charging station(s) available
Toilets flush up to 6 litres per flush
Wastewater is reused after treatment
Signs in the rooms informing guests that towels will only be changed upon request
Toilet paper made of non-chlorine bleached paper or awarded with an eco-label
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
No disposable (single use) cups/glasses, plates and cutlery
Organic waste is composted
Automatic system or key card that turns off the light and electrical appliances when guests leave their room
Most of the ingredients used to prepare meals are locally produced
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
An energy audit is carried out at least once every five years
Show more
 
Biovilla Sustentabilidade
Lodge in Palmela
Setubal > Palmela > Palmela
8.2
Very Good
From $74
From $74
Lodge Taking Steps Towards Sustainability Questionnaire
Certifications:
TripAdvisor GreenLeaders
Do you utilise any renewable energy sources to produce energy on the hotel/accommodation premises?
Solar radiation
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Building materials from sustainable resources
The structure maximizes air flow to reduce the need for air-conditioning
The structure maximizes natural light to reduce the need for lighting and heating
Windows that block heat/cold (i.e. triple-glazed windows)
Engaged in eco-friendly initiatives (i.e. reforestation, wildlife conservation)
Rainwater collection and usage
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
Serving organic food at the restaurant
LED lighting throughout the premises
Environmental manager appointed
Employees are trained to follow environmental policies
Bicycles provided to guests
Electric car charging station(s) available
Wastewater is reused after treatment
Toilet paper made of non-chlorine bleached paper or awarded with an eco-label
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
No disposable (single use) cups/glasses, plates and cutlery
Organic waste is composted
Zero-energy building (zero net energy consumption on an annual basis)
Zero-waste hotel/accommodation
Most of the ingredients used to prepare meals are locally produced
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
Show more
 
Companhia das Culturas - Ecodesign & Spa Hotel
Farm Stay in Castro Marim
Algarve > Castro Marim > Castro Marim
8.8
Excellent
From $173
From $173
Farm Stay Taking Steps Towards Sustainability Questionnaire
Do you utilise any renewable energy sources to produce energy on the hotel/accommodation premises?
Solar radiation
Biomass
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Building materials from sustainable resources
Written environmental policy statement in place
The structure maximizes air flow to reduce the need for air-conditioning
The structure maximizes natural light to reduce the need for lighting and heating
Windows that block heat/cold (i.e. triple-glazed windows)
Rainwater collection and usage
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
Serving organic food at the restaurant
LED lighting throughout the premises
Employees are trained to follow environmental policies
Bicycles provided to guests
Electric car charging station(s) available
Toilets flush up to 6 litres per flush
Wastewater is reused after treatment
Signs in the rooms informing guests that towels will only be changed upon request
Toilet paper made of non-chlorine bleached paper or awarded with an eco-label
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
Recycling bins in guest rooms
No disposable (single use) cups/glasses, plates and cutlery
Organic waste is composted
Zero-waste hotel/accommodation
Most of the ingredients used to prepare meals are locally produced
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
An energy audit is carried out at least once every five years
Is there anything that you would like to highlight, add or clarify?
We are an agroturism, we produce in a permaculture system our own products. 8950 amenities is our organic brand free of plastic and polution elements for skin and environment.
Show more
 
Saccharum - Resort and Spa - Savoy Signature
Resort in Calheta
Madeira > Calheta > Calheta
9.2
Excellent
From $250
From $250
Resort Taking Steps Towards Sustainability
Saccharum - Hedonist Design Resort, part of the Savoy Signature group, champions sustainable and eco-efficient management in its daily operations, keenly recognizing that environmental health is integral to both economic growth and social well-being. This includes rational use of natural resources and energy, and a dedicated effort to reduce pollution as much as possible. Regular evaluations are conducted to assess environmental impacts and ensure alignment with sustainable tourism norms. Preventing pollution, managing natural resources and waste effectively, and promoting communication with external entities, environmental groups, local authorities and the public form part of their environmental commitments.

Savoy Signature also places considerable emphasis on responsible purchasing. This involves a rigorous selection of suppliers based on sustainability criteria, preference for regional suppliers, supporting local socio-economic growth, and opting for reusable, returnable, and recycled goods where possible. There's a significant emphasis on promoting healthy diets at the resort, demonstrated by the provision of the highest quality, freshest produce, alongside stringent food safety and hygiene protocols. Organic and locally sourced produce are prioritized whenever feasible. Moreover, the resort stands by the most rigorous food hygiene and safety standards, ensuring all culinary preparations are executed under strict hygienic conditions, with all involved personnel being well-trained and supervised. Savoy Signature is committed to furthering their sustainable practices and continuously improving their procedures, with an annual sustainability report outlining their progress and achievements.
Show more
Questionnaire
Certifications:
Green Key (greenkey.global)
Travelife
Do you utilise any renewable energy sources to produce energy on the hotel/accommodation premises?
Solar radiation
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Written environmental policy statement in place
Engaged in eco-friendly initiatives (i.e. reforestation, wildlife conservation)
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
Serving organic food at the restaurant
LED lighting throughout the premises
Environmental manager appointed
Employees are trained to follow environmental policies
Carbon footprint is measured by recognised CO2 measurement tool
Bicycles provided to guests
Electric car charging station(s) available
Toilets flush up to 6 litres per flush
Wastewater is reused after treatment
Signs in the rooms informing guests that towels will only be changed upon request
Toilet paper made of non-chlorine bleached paper or awarded with an eco-label
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
Recycling bins in guest rooms
No disposable (single use) cups/glasses, plates and cutlery
Organic waste is composted
Automatic system or key card that turns off the light and electrical appliances when guests leave their room
Air-conditioning and heating automatically switches off when windows are open
Most of the ingredients used to prepare meals are locally produced
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
An energy audit is carried out at least once every five years
Show more
 
Paradise in Portugal
Bed & Breakfast in Santa Clara-a-Velha
Beja > Odemira > Santa Clara A Velha
9.3
Excellent
From $160
From $160
Bed & Breakfast Taking Steps Towards Sustainability Questionnaire
Certifications:
Tripadvisor Green Leader, Platinum Level
Do you utilise any renewable energy sources to produce energy on the hotel/accommodation premises?
Solar radiation
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Building materials from sustainable resources
Written environmental policy statement in place
The structure maximizes air flow to reduce the need for air-conditioning
The structure maximizes natural light to reduce the need for lighting and heating
Engaged in eco-friendly initiatives (i.e. reforestation, wildlife conservation)
Rainwater collection and usage
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
Serving organic food at the restaurant
LED lighting throughout the premises
Environmental manager appointed
Employees are trained to follow environmental policies
Electric car charging station(s) available
Toilets flush up to 6 litres per flush
Wastewater is reused after treatment
Toilet paper made of non-chlorine bleached paper or awarded with an eco-label
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
No disposable (single use) cups/glasses, plates and cutlery
Organic waste is composted
Zero-energy building (zero net energy consumption on an annual basis)
Most of the ingredients used to prepare meals are locally produced
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
An energy audit is carried out at least once every five years
Is there anything that you would like to highlight, add or clarify?
The various systems that run the Quinta have taken many forms over the years as I’ve built the place, and those installed now benefit from my years of mistakes and the many dead-ends I found when trying to make the Quinta operate efficiently. However, with the occasional light-bulb moment and flash of inspiration we now have robust, workable, cost-effective and reliable systems that require as little on-going maintenance as possible.

In general, every system has a back-up. The electricity is made through photovoltaic arrays backed up with a 3-phase genny, the water is heated through solar panels backed up with a gas powered “zero-loss” boiler, there is not one water-pump but two, (and both running off different power supplies), there are two dishwashers, 2 washing machines, etc etc. In this way, should the inevitable happen at any time and a machine or system have a glitch or breakdown, the Quinta is still operational while the problem is fixed with little or no inconvenience to the Quinta’s guests.


Electricity
First and foremost, the Quinta is not on the grid, so we make all our electricity ourselves. The Quinta is run 90% by the sun and we keep the place as ecological as possible with an extremely low carbon footprint. We have a “mixed” system, i.e. solar and generator. This is by far the most practical, robust and economical system.
In an average year, at present, we have a total electricity and water maintenance and running cost of €8,000, (inc. IVA but not including depreciation of infrastructure).
This cost will obviously rise in the future when one looks at the present state of the world, but it’s a far cry from the recent price rises for local State-supplied utilities which were in the region of 300%.

The vast majority of the electricity we use, including that for our water supply, is produced by photovoltaic arrays which are backed up by a 3-phase generator running a couple of hours a day on half-price agricultural diesel.
In terms of use, you won’t notice any difference from a normal household, apart from a lack of mini-bar fridges and air con as in a “normal” lodge. The problem of mini-bars is avoided by having a bar that is operational the majority of the time. The problem of air con is avoided by having well-designed and built structures with plenty of insulation.

The technical aspects are as follows …
The electricity supplied to the buildings is to the normal European standard of 240 volts. This electricity is stored in twenty-four 2 volt batteries, wired in series to produce 48 volts which is then inverted by a Sunny Island invertor to supply 240 volts. The batteries can produce 1,450 amps per hour for 100 hours thus with a maximum capacity of 69 kilowatts.
The Sunny Island invertor can produce 8 kilowatts for 30 minutes or 6 kilowatts continuous. This is backed up by a Sunny Boy Direct Invertor mounted on the rotating photovoltaic array that produces 3.6 kilowatts. This is added to the 6 continuous; thus the system produces 9.6 kilowatts of continuous power – way more than is ever demanded of it.
During the day there is no power normally taken from the batteries as the Sunny Boy provides power direct from the photovoltaic arrays, thus saving the batteries to supply power only when the photovoltaic arrays are not functional, i.e. on cloudy days or at night.
The Sunny Island Invertor is an intelligent system that is programmed to monitor the batteries constantly and thus prolong their life. For example, should the batteries ever be at 80% of their capacity for 3 hours, the genny will start up automatically to keep them topped up, and the same will happen should they be at 70% capacity for 2 hours or at 60% for 1 hour or 50% for 20 minutes etc etc. This actually happens very rarely, most often during the winter if it’s cloudy for several consecutive days when we’re shut and therefore have little necessity of the genny. It’s actually better for the system as a whole to make use of the genny every other day during the winter for 20 minutes or so.
The generator is 3-phase, capable of 21 kilowatts; again, way more than is ever demanded of it. There is also a “Phase-regulator” installed which equalizes the phases when the genny is running, thus making the genny run more efficiently and prolonging its life. The genny starts automatically if needed, but can also be started manually on a timer .

There are three photovoltaic arrays; one fixed, (that only powers the solar pump), another fixed, (supplying power to the main system) and the last rotating, (again supplying power to the main system).
The batteries are checked twice per year and re-filled with distilled water should this be needed.
Each room has a fuse box, with, up-line of these, fuse boxes in the individual “blocks” and a main fuse situated in the battery shed.
The basic outline of the system is that the photovoltaic arrays charge the batteries during the day whenever the sun is shining on them, and the power stored in the batteries is changed from 24 volts to 240 volts by the Sunny Island Invertor.
Whenever the genny is used to power the 3-phase dishwasher, power is also generated as a free by-product both to charge the batteries and to pump water to the Charca, (the water tank), should this be needed.

Thus, by putting on a load in the 3-phase dishwasher after dinner we also charge the batteries last thing at night so that there is always enough power to get us through to the next day. (In actuality, the batteries have enough power stored in them to enable the Quinta to run normally with no lack of power for 2-3 days, but you get the picture.) The 3-phase dishwasher can do a load in 20 minutes, so a couple of loads done during dinner is usually sufficient – any extras are loaded into the normal dishwasher for cleaning with the breakfast detritus during the morning when the sun is shining. This normal dishwasher does a load in 3 hours, but basically costs nothing to run.

In this way, while any use is made of the 3-phase dishwasher, we are also charging the batteries and pumping water at no extra cost and any use of the normal dishwasher during the day incurs no costs for the Quinta. Both dishwashers have hot water fed to them from the solar system, thus avoiding the need for them to use electricity to heat the water.
This system, (feeding water pre-heated by the sun into the machines), is also used with the clothes-washing machines, and this saves, literally, thousands of euros every year. Both washing machines are working pretty well all day simply on the power supplied direct from the sun with no need for the genny to start.

Finally, there is an electric fence that switches on automatically every night to deter the Wild Boar from partying in the garden. These animals can do a great deal of damage in a single night. 

Water-feed and heating
The water from the taps comes from the lake and is pumped to the Charca at the top of the hill by a solar pump, from where it comes down the hill again, (giving us our pressure of 2 bar in the bathrooms). This solar pump is operational any time that the sun is shining on the pump’s photovoltaic array and is completely autonomous of our main electricity supply. It is backed up by the 3-phase pump running off the genny when needed. By having two pumps operating off two separate power supplies, the water-feed system is rendered both more robust and cheaper to run, i.e. we hardly ever use the 3-phase pump during the winter as, with no irrigation, we use far less water.
Water pumped up to the Charca falls into it from a height of 3 mts, thus aerating it and inhibiting algae growth. There are also several types of fish in the Charca to prohibit any mosquito problem.
The Charca level is checked first thing every morning with a phone-mounted camera app, and the fish fed every couple of days. The Charca’s overflow is piped first into the stone bowl outside the kitchen window, from where it enters the drain and waters the garden below the West Wing, but it also has another four piped exits into four distribution points behind and above the main buildings thus watering the hillside behind the Quinta.
Once the main feed comes down towards the house it is passed through three types of filtration, firstly a solid mesh, followed by an advanced, self-cleaning Backwash Filter before finally passing by an Ultra-violet bulb which thoroughly cleans it so that it’s fit for human consumption. There is, finally, one more filter for any water entering the dishwashers as these are pernickety machines and demand special treatment if we are to avoid expensive visits from the Miele engineers. Once a year the whole system is flushed with a chlorine solution which cleans all remaining pipe-work.
Water that is solely intended for garden use bypasses the last two of these filtration systems but has instead a series of solid mesh filters which are cleaned once a week on average. This cleaning takes 15 minutes.
Hot water is primarily made with the solar panels mounted behind the kitchen, and this system is backed up by a “Zero-loss” boiler. The vast majority of the time there is no need for the Zero-loss boiler to function at all, but with the Quinta full in inclement weather it is essential. The boiler is fueled by propane gas fed off the same feed as supplies the gas cooker in the kitchen.
There is storage of 1,500 lts of piping-hot water.

Rubbish
We re-use if possible and re-cycle if not, so there’s very little rubbish that is actually going to landfill. Anytime we’re going out to pick things up we take any rubbish out and drop it off. We re-use any food waste, (either dogs, chickens or compost), and chuck bottles, cardboard and plastic into the various containers in the Bombas, (the petrol station), in Santa Clara. We can’t be bothered with tins having been cut too many times to make it attractive.

Waste water
As far as possible we re-use all the water we take from the lake, but as the Quinta sits directly above its own water-feed it is of course vital that our wastewater is cleaned and disposed of efficiently.
The first line in the Quinta’s wastewater management is that all wastewater is divided into several different “runs” and areas to avoid saturation at any point.
The dirtiest water is, in fact, not human waste but the wastewater from the washing machines. This wastewater cannot be re-used, so it has its own dedicated soak-away set apart from any other wastewater system.
The wastewater from the kitchen also has some detergent in it but is far less chemically-laden and can be re-used in the garden once the oils and fats have been extracted. This is done with the Fat-trap situated outside the kitchen. After the fat-trap this wastewater is piped along a soak-away ditch through the garden.
The main wastewater from the bathrooms is divided into grey-water, (water from sinks, showers and baths), and black-water, (water containing human waste).
Black-water goes into a septic tank with three divisions before entering a soak-away, while grey-water bypasses the septic tank and flows straight to a soak-away.
The Quinta’s wastewater in this regard is divided into 2 septic tanks and 2 soak-aways, that for the West Wing running west with everywhere else going east.
As with most of the Quinta’s management systems, both septic tanks are far larger than needed, but this has the advantage that they only need emptying once every fifteen years. I have emptied them twice since I built them, (the last in 2018), and both times it has been unnecessary. However, I prefer to err on the side of caution in this respect.

Space Heating
There are two Heat-recuperators, one in the Private Side and one in the Banana Salon.
That in the Banana Salon heats just that room, and is usually only used during April, some of May and October – bearing in mind that we’re closed November to March.
That in the Private Side is a different beast altogether as it is far larger, and the heat produced is piped to seven different rooms – basically the whole of the private side and two kid’s rooms. Thus one fire keeps us warm all winter.
Andorinha has a small but efficient Wood-burning Stove. The rooms in the West Wing are heated with portable gas burners should this be necessary.
The wood necessary to feed the Heat-recuperators and Wood Burner comes from the Quinta’s own land and therefore costs nothing apart from a little petrol, chain saw blades, some sweat and a little time – it’s a decent-enough way of keeping occupied during the winter and working off the excesses of the summer.

Irrigating the garden
There are fourteen automatic irrigation “runs” present throughout the garden totaling approx. 100 separate sprinklers. These runs are programmed individually so that every run can turn on at a different time in order that they always have enough pressure for every sprinkler involved in that run to operate efficiently. The various runs are checked once a week to make sure they’re always operating efficiently and that no sprinklers have become clogged or are broken.

Internet
The Quinta has a satellite system installed using Starlink. This is the fastest available system here and we have a large wifi capability installed at no little cost throughout the Quinta. At present it’s cheap at quadruple the price – but don’t tell them.
Show more
 
Casa Agricola da Levada Eco Village
Guest House in Vila Real
Vila Real > Vila Real > Vila Real (Nossa Senhora Da Conceicao)
9.3
Excellent
From $104
From $104
Guest House Taking Steps Towards Sustainability Questionnaire
Certifications:
Green Key (greenkey.global)
Do you utilise any renewable energy sources to produce energy on the hotel/accommodation premises?
Solar radiation
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Written environmental policy statement in place
The structure maximizes air flow to reduce the need for air-conditioning
The structure maximizes natural light to reduce the need for lighting and heating
Windows that block heat/cold (i.e. triple-glazed windows)
Rainwater collection and usage
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
Serving organic food at the restaurant
LED lighting throughout the premises
Environmental manager appointed
Employees are trained to follow environmental policies
Carbon footprint is measured by recognised CO2 measurement tool
Bicycles provided to guests
Electric car charging station(s) available
Toilets flush up to 6 litres per flush
Signs in the rooms informing guests that towels will only be changed upon request
Toilet paper made of non-chlorine bleached paper or awarded with an eco-label
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
Recycling bins in guest rooms
No disposable (single use) cups/glasses, plates and cutlery
Organic waste is composted
Most of the ingredients used to prepare meals are locally produced
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
An energy audit is carried out at least once every five years
Is there anything that you would like to highlight, add or clarify?
Casa Agrícola da Levada is family owned and managed, and we strive to make the estate as ecological and self-sustainable as possible.
We are aware of the amount of waste and residues typically produced by the hotel industry, and we reject this business model.
Ecology is our mission and we go way beyond the current environmental legislation. In 2019, we emitted 19,332 tons of CO2. Subtracting this from the 80,000 annual tons our trees capture makes us a carbon-negative territory. In the past five years, we have reduced the volume of waste produced by 60% and, with the help of solar panels, we produce 35% of the electricity we consume.
Show more
 
Casa Laranja Boutique House
Guest House in Cascais
Lisbon > Cascais > Carcavelos
9.7
Excellent
From $149
From $149
Guest House Taking Steps Towards Sustainability Questionnaire
Certifications:
LEED Certification level: Platinum (80+ points earned)
Green Key (greenkey.global)
Green Globe
EarthCheck
Certified to GSTC-Recognized Standards
Green Tourism Active (GTA Global)
Carbon Trust Standard
Do you utilise any renewable energy sources to produce energy on the hotel/accommodation premises?
Solar radiation
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Building materials from sustainable resources
Written environmental policy statement in place
The structure maximizes air flow to reduce the need for air-conditioning
The structure maximizes natural light to reduce the need for lighting and heating
Windows that block heat/cold (i.e. triple-glazed windows)
Engaged in eco-friendly initiatives (i.e. reforestation, wildlife conservation)
LED lighting throughout the premises
Environmental manager appointed
Employees are trained to follow environmental policies
Carbon footprint is measured by recognised CO2 measurement tool
Bicycles provided to guests
Toilets flush up to 6 litres per flush
Signs in the rooms informing guests that towels will only be changed upon request
Toilet paper made of non-chlorine bleached paper or awarded with an eco-label
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
Air-conditioning and heating automatically switches off when windows are open
Most of the ingredients used to prepare meals are locally produced
Show more
 
Sé Boutique Hotel
Hotel in Funchal
Madeira > Funchal > Funchal Sao Pedro
8.9
Excellent
From $144
From $144
Hotel Taking Steps Towards Sustainability
Sé Boutique Hotel, a proud recipient of the Green Key award, allows guests to contribute to environmental preservation simply by choosing to stay there. This award, granted by the Foundation for Environmental Education, attests to the hotel's adherence to stringent environmental requirements. Every task conducted by the Sé Boutique Hotel is performed with sustainability and eco-friendliness at its core. The Green Key is an internationally recognized symbol of eco-responsibility, present in 57 countries, and in Portugal, it is represented by the Blue Flag of Europe Association.

Additionally, Sé Boutique Hotel is not merely focused on implementing sustainable practices within its own operations. A key objective of the hotel is to engage in its activities sustainably while simultaneously promoting sound environmental practices within the wider community. The hotel actively encourages sustainable movement and places high value on creating a healthy and sustainable environment for all.
Show more
Questionnaire
Certifications:
Green Key (greenkey.global)
Green Key Global (greenkeyglobal.com) - Keys: 2
Ecolabel or Eco Flower (EU)
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Green roof
Building materials from sustainable resources
Written environmental policy statement in place
Engaged in eco-friendly initiatives (i.e. reforestation, wildlife conservation)
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
Serving organic food at the restaurant
LED lighting throughout the premises
Environmental manager appointed
Employees are trained to follow environmental policies
Signs in the rooms informing guests that towels will only be changed upon request
Toilet paper made of non-chlorine bleached paper or awarded with an eco-label
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
No disposable (single use) cups/glasses, plates and cutlery
Organic waste is composted
Zero-waste hotel/accommodation
Automatic system or key card that turns off the light and electrical appliances when guests leave their room
Most of the ingredients used to prepare meals are locally produced
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
Show more
 
Canto De Luz - Luxury Maison
Bed & Breakfast in Porto
Porto > Porto > Cedofeita
9.6
Excellent
Bed & Breakfast Taking Steps Towards Sustainability Questionnaire
Certifications:
Green Tourism (UK and Canada)
Do you utilise any renewable energy sources to produce energy on the hotel/accommodation premises?
Solar radiation
Biomass
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Building materials from sustainable resources
Written environmental policy statement in place
The structure maximizes air flow to reduce the need for air-conditioning
The structure maximizes natural light to reduce the need for lighting and heating
Windows that block heat/cold (i.e. triple-glazed windows)
Rainwater collection and usage
Serving organic food at the restaurant
LED lighting throughout the premises
Electric car charging station(s) available
Toilets flush up to 6 litres per flush
Signs in the rooms informing guests that towels will only be changed upon request
Toilet paper made of non-chlorine bleached paper or awarded with an eco-label
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
No disposable (single use) cups/glasses, plates and cutlery
Automatic system or key card that turns off the light and electrical appliances when guests leave their room
Air-conditioning and heating automatically switches off when windows are open
Most of the ingredients used to prepare meals are locally produced
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
An energy audit is carried out at least once every five years
Is there anything that you would like to highlight, add or clarify?
We use Bioss Mass and Airsource heating as as well Solar hot water and Solar power to reduce our energy footprint and heat hot water. Well Water is used for irrigation and grey water supply - At Canto De Luz, a Luxury Stay doesn't have to weigh on our guests eco conscience !
Show more
 
Quinta do Cobral
Vacation Home in Oliveira do Hospital
Coimbra > Oliveira do Hospital > Oliveira Do Hospital
9.5
Excellent
From $111
From $111
Vacation Home Taking Steps Towards Sustainability Questionnaire
Certifications:
Green Tourism Active (GTA Global) - Certification level: Green Champion with Distinction (90% pass rate)
Green Tourism (UK and Canada)
Do you utilise any renewable energy sources to produce energy on the hotel/accommodation premises?
Solar radiation
Biomass
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Building materials from sustainable resources
Written environmental policy statement in place
The structure maximizes air flow to reduce the need for air-conditioning
Engaged in eco-friendly initiatives (i.e. reforestation, wildlife conservation)
Rainwater collection and usage
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
LED lighting throughout the premises
Carbon footprint is measured by recognised CO2 measurement tool
Toilets flush up to 6 litres per flush
Signs in the rooms informing guests that towels will only be changed upon request
Toilet paper made of non-chlorine bleached paper or awarded with an eco-label
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
Recycling bins in guest rooms
No disposable (single use) cups/glasses, plates and cutlery
Organic waste is composted
Most of the ingredients used to prepare meals are locally produced
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
An energy audit is carried out at least once every five years
Is there anything that you would like to highlight, add or clarify?
We are a fully off grid destination, we have a solar system (no mains network), solar thermal for hot water, 2 boreholes for our water, organic vegetable production and an incredible biomass boiler for our central heating. We are working on a biodiversity plan with the environment agency in Portugal, all our policies including accessibility, responsible visitor code, fire policy, environmental policy and action plan, bottled water policy and climate action plan are all available to view on our website. We will be regularly posting our waste plan targets online as well. We are a GOLD award winner with Green Tourism as well.
Show more
 
Casas da Levada
Farm Stay in Ponta do Pargo
Madeira > Calheta > Ponta Do Pargo
9.3
Excellent
From $386
From $386
Farm Stay Taking Steps Towards Sustainability
From the get-go, Casas da Levada made a conscious decision to adopt permaculture principles in its design and space management. The concept of permaculture, a term originating from "permanent agriculture", has evolved over time to encompass a broader perspective of a "sustainable permanent culture". This methodology is described as a design system for constructing sustainable, productive human environments in balance and harmony with nature.

In executing their project, Casas da Levada has allowed permaculture to permeate all aspects of their operations, embodying a holistic and integrated approach. This approach centers around three core pillars: Earth Care, which encapsulates environmental sustainability; Caring for People, signifying social sustainability; and Sharing Fair, representing economic sustainability. These elements together form the backbone of Casas da Levada's commitment to fostering a sustainable and harmonious relationship with both the natural world and the community it serves.
Show more
Questionnaire
Do you utilise any renewable energy sources to produce energy on the hotel/accommodation premises?
Solar radiation
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Green roof
Building materials from sustainable resources
Written environmental policy statement in place
The structure maximizes air flow to reduce the need for air-conditioning
The structure maximizes natural light to reduce the need for lighting and heating
Windows that block heat/cold (i.e. triple-glazed windows)
Engaged in eco-friendly initiatives (i.e. reforestation, wildlife conservation)
Rainwater collection and usage
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
LED lighting throughout the premises
Environmental manager appointed
Employees are trained to follow environmental policies
Electric car charging station(s) available
Toilets flush up to 6 litres per flush
Signs in the rooms informing guests that towels will only be changed upon request
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
Recycling bins in guest rooms
No disposable (single use) cups/glasses, plates and cutlery
Organic waste is composted
Most of the ingredients used to prepare meals are locally produced
Show more
 
Hostel Boutique Marisol
Guest House in Monte Gordo
Algarve > Vila Real de Santo Antonio > Monte Gordo
5.6
Rated
From $44
From $44
Guest House Taking Steps Towards Sustainability Questionnaire
Certifications:
Green Globe - Certification level: Certified Member
Travelife
ECARF Seal of Quality - Allergy-friendly
Do you utilise any renewable energy sources to produce energy on the hotel/accommodation premises?
Solar radiation
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Written environmental policy statement in place
The structure maximizes air flow to reduce the need for air-conditioning
The structure maximizes natural light to reduce the need for lighting and heating
Windows that block heat/cold (i.e. triple-glazed windows)
Rainwater collection and usage
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
LED lighting throughout the premises
Bicycles provided to guests
Electric car charging station(s) available
Toilets flush up to 6 litres per flush
Signs in the rooms informing guests that towels will only be changed upon request
Toilet paper made of non-chlorine bleached paper or awarded with an eco-label
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
No disposable (single use) cups/glasses, plates and cutlery
Organic waste is composted
Air-conditioning and heating automatically switches off when windows are open
An energy audit is carried out at least once every five years
Show more
 
Herdade da Malhadinha Nova - Relais & Châteaux
Hotel in Albernoa
Beja > Beja > Albernoa
9.1
Excellent
From $422
From $422
Hotel Taking Steps Towards Sustainability Questionnaire
Certifications:
sustainability program of alentejo wines
Do you utilise any renewable energy sources to produce energy on the hotel/accommodation premises?
Solar radiation
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Written environmental policy statement in place
The structure maximizes natural light to reduce the need for lighting and heating
Windows that block heat/cold (i.e. triple-glazed windows)
Engaged in eco-friendly initiatives (i.e. reforestation, wildlife conservation)
Rainwater collection and usage
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
Serving organic food at the restaurant
LED lighting throughout the premises
Environmental manager appointed
Employees are trained to follow environmental policies
Bicycles provided to guests
Electric car charging station(s) available
Signs in the rooms informing guests that towels will only be changed upon request
Toilet paper made of non-chlorine bleached paper or awarded with an eco-label
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
No disposable (single use) cups/glasses, plates and cutlery
Most of the ingredients used to prepare meals are locally produced
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
Is there anything that you would like to highlight, add or clarify?
Environmental Protection
The entire property is part of the “Rede Natura 2000“.
This special protection zone created by UNESCO in 1998 aims to protect extremely rare species such as the Great Bustard, the Little Bustard, or the lesser Kestrel, the agricultural practices identified and encouraged by it are fully complied with in the "Malhadinha Nova".
The sustainability and environmental protection measures supported by European funds cover different practices, such as organic production, efficient use of water, extensive breeding of native breeds, grazing, traditional olive groves, among others.
Good agricultural practices are based on respect for ecosystems in the "Malhadinha", privileging the harmonious coexistence between the various species.
The production of honey and the maintenance of around 30 beehives in permanent activity also contribute decisively to the balance of the "Malhadinha" ecosystem.
As in 2020, the 2021 wine labels had Avifauna as their theme, but in an even more detailed way, since each design depicts a species of bird that is part of this natural heritage so favorable to its creation, development, and preservation.
For 2022, scientific illustrations of insects are already under development, together with the Illustrator of the Nature Protection League, and the drawings will be recreations of the most relevant species for the balance of the "Malhadinha" ecosystem.
Together with the "Castro Verde Sustentável" program, the "Malhadinha Nova" is working on identifying the most important species, which will be designed by the illustrator and portrayed on the labels by the children of the Soares family, according to the tradition since the Farm's first wine, for nearly two decades.
The entire 455 hectares of the property were converted to a biological regime in 2017, having acquired official certification in 2020. The wines that reached the market in 2021 are already fully organic.
This means applying good agricultural practices, such as the natural fertilization of the soil using manure and auxiliary crops, the natural cutting of infesting weeds using sheep grazing at certain seasons, the use of rose bushes as they were used to detect diseases in the vines.
Species such as broad beans, lupine, clover, planted in the vineyards, serve both to naturally supply nitrogen to the land and to create a perfect habitat for the various species.
The reuse of natural manure produced on the property for fertilizing the vineyards is another of the practices carried out for many years at HMN.
More recently, the planting of vegetable curtains of various species around the different vineyards to attract and fix auxiliary species in the fight against pests, or the introduction of natural predators in the ecosystem, demonstrates our intention to deepen and improve the sustainability subject.
Show more
 
Caparica Azores Ecolodge
Resort in Biscoitos
Azores > Praia da Vitoria > Biscoitos
9.2
Excellent
From $153
From $153
Resort Taking Steps Towards Sustainability Questionnaire
Certifications:
Level 5 Miosotis Azores
Do you utilise any renewable energy sources to produce energy on the hotel/accommodation premises?
Solar radiation
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Building materials from sustainable resources
Written environmental policy statement in place
The structure maximizes air flow to reduce the need for air-conditioning
The structure maximizes natural light to reduce the need for lighting and heating
Windows that block heat/cold (i.e. triple-glazed windows)
Engaged in eco-friendly initiatives (i.e. reforestation, wildlife conservation)
Serving organic food at the restaurant
LED lighting throughout the premises
Environmental manager appointed
Employees are trained to follow environmental policies
Toilets flush up to 6 litres per flush
Signs in the rooms informing guests that towels will only be changed upon request
Toilet paper made of non-chlorine bleached paper or awarded with an eco-label
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
Recycling bins in guest rooms
Automatic system or key card that turns off the light and electrical appliances when guests leave their room
Most of the ingredients used to prepare meals are locally produced
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
Show more
 
Ahoy Surf House
Hostel in Ferrel
Leiria > Peniche > Ferrel
8.8
Excellent
Hostel Taking Steps Towards Sustainability Questionnaire
Certifications:
Green Key (greenkey.global)
Green Globe - Certification level: Certified Member
Energy Star - Score: 5
European Ecotourism Labeling Standard (EETLS)
Blue Planet Friendly certification
Do you utilise any renewable energy sources to produce energy on the hotel/accommodation premises?
Solar radiation
Hydro
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Building materials from sustainable resources
Written environmental policy statement in place
The structure maximizes air flow to reduce the need for air-conditioning
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
Serving organic food at the restaurant
LED lighting throughout the premises
Environmental manager appointed
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
Zero-energy building (zero net energy consumption on an annual basis)
Zero-waste hotel/accommodation
Show more
 
Boticas Hotel Art & SPA
Hotel in Boticas
Vila Real > Boticas > Beca
8.8
Excellent
From $129
From $129
Hotel Taking Steps Towards Sustainability Questionnaire
Certifications:
LEED
Energy Star
Do you utilise any renewable energy sources to produce energy on the hotel/accommodation premises?
Solar radiation
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Written environmental policy statement in place
The structure maximizes air flow to reduce the need for air-conditioning
The structure maximizes natural light to reduce the need for lighting and heating
Engaged in eco-friendly initiatives (i.e. reforestation, wildlife conservation)
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
Serving organic food at the restaurant
LED lighting throughout the premises
Employees are trained to follow environmental policies
Electric car charging station(s) available
Signs in the rooms informing guests that towels will only be changed upon request
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
No disposable (single use) cups/glasses, plates and cutlery
Automatic system or key card that turns off the light and electrical appliances when guests leave their room
Most of the ingredients used to prepare meals are locally produced
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
An energy audit is carried out at least once every five years
Show more
 
Casa Grande do Seixo
Farm Stay in Vidago
Vila Real > Chaves > Vidago
9.2
Excellent
From $80
From $80
Farm Stay Taking Steps Towards Sustainability Questionnaire
Do you utilise any renewable energy sources to produce energy on the hotel/accommodation premises?
Solar radiation
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Building materials from sustainable resources
Written environmental policy statement in place
The structure maximizes air flow to reduce the need for air-conditioning
The structure maximizes natural light to reduce the need for lighting and heating
Windows that block heat/cold (i.e. triple-glazed windows)
Engaged in eco-friendly initiatives (i.e. reforestation, wildlife conservation)
Rainwater collection and usage
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
LED lighting throughout the premises
Environmental manager appointed
Employees are trained to follow environmental policies
Signs in the rooms informing guests that towels will only be changed upon request
Toilet paper made of non-chlorine bleached paper or awarded with an eco-label
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
Organic waste is composted
Most of the ingredients used to prepare meals are locally produced
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
An energy audit is carried out at least once every five years
Show more
 
Casas da Moagem
Country House in Sao Domingos
Setubal > Santiago do Cacem > Sao Domingos
9.0
Excellent
From $79
From $79
Country House Taking Steps Towards Sustainability Questionnaire
Certifications:
LEED Certification level: Silver (50-59 points earned)
Biosphere Responsible Tourism
Do you utilise any renewable energy sources to produce energy on the hotel/accommodation premises?
Solar radiation
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Written environmental policy statement in place
The structure maximizes air flow to reduce the need for air-conditioning
The structure maximizes natural light to reduce the need for lighting and heating
Windows that block heat/cold (i.e. triple-glazed windows)
Engaged in eco-friendly initiatives (i.e. reforestation, wildlife conservation)
Rainwater collection and usage
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
LED lighting throughout the premises
Employees are trained to follow environmental policies
Bicycles provided to guests
Toilets flush up to 6 litres per flush
Signs in the rooms informing guests that towels will only be changed upon request
Toilet paper made of non-chlorine bleached paper or awarded with an eco-label
No disposable (single use) cups/glasses, plates and cutlery
Organic waste is composted
Most of the ingredients used to prepare meals are locally produced
Show more
 
Quinta do Bom Despacho
Guest House in Ponta Delgada
Azores > Ponta Delgada > Ponta Delgada Sao Pedro
8.3
Very Good
From $120
From $120
Guest House Taking Steps Towards Sustainability Questionnaire
Certifications:
Certified to GSTC-Recognized Standards
Green Growth 2050
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Written environmental policy statement in place
The structure maximizes air flow to reduce the need for air-conditioning
Engaged in eco-friendly initiatives (i.e. reforestation, wildlife conservation)
Rainwater collection and usage
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
Serving organic food at the restaurant
LED lighting throughout the premises
Employees are trained to follow environmental policies
Electric car charging station(s) available
Toilets flush up to 6 litres per flush
Signs in the rooms informing guests that towels will only be changed upon request
Toilet paper made of non-chlorine bleached paper or awarded with an eco-label
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
No disposable (single use) cups/glasses, plates and cutlery
Organic waste is composted
Most of the ingredients used to prepare meals are locally produced
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
Show more
 
Quinta do Pomarinho
Farm Stay in Arouca
Aveiro > Arouca > Burgo
8.7
Very Good
From $89
From $89
Farm Stay Taking Steps Towards Sustainability Questionnaire
Do you utilise any renewable energy sources to produce energy on the hotel/accommodation premises?
Solar radiation
Biomass
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Building materials from sustainable resources
The structure maximizes air flow to reduce the need for air-conditioning
The structure maximizes natural light to reduce the need for lighting and heating
Engaged in eco-friendly initiatives (i.e. reforestation, wildlife conservation)
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
LED lighting throughout the premises
Employees are trained to follow environmental policies
Toilets flush up to 6 litres per flush
Signs in the rooms informing guests that towels will only be changed upon request
Toilet paper made of non-chlorine bleached paper or awarded with an eco-label
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
Zero-energy building (zero net energy consumption on an annual basis)
Zero-waste hotel/accommodation
An energy audit is carried out at least once every five years
Show more
 
*Additional taxes or fees may apply. Please check the final price before completing your booking.
Categories:
  •     Sustainability Journey (2065)
  •     Parking (1222)
  •     Pool (1187)
  •     Small (1179)
  •     Outdoor Pool (1107)
  •     Accessible (974)
  •     Honeymoon (759)
  •     4 Star (651)
  •     Romantic (616)
  •     Family (615)
  •     3 Star (592)
  •     Business (552)
  •     Dog Friendly (525)
  •     Luxury (417)
  •     EV charging stations (369)
  •     Gym (365)
  •     Spa (318)
  •     Indoor Pool (268)
  •     Heated Pool (260)
  •     Free Wi-Fi (253)
  •     Yoga (245)
  •     Beach (242)
  •     Tennis (229)
  •     Cheap (227)
  •     Adult Only (173)
  •     Nightlife (170)
  •     Golf (164)
  •     5 Star (153)
  •     Boutique-Style (145)
  •     Children's Pool (129)
  •     Private Pool (119)
  •     Panoramic View Pool (109)
  •     Health & Safety (84)
  •     Dogs Stay Free (62)
  •     Historic (62)
  •     Infinity Pool (46)
  •     Vineyard (44)
  •     Beachfront (41)
  •     Rooms with Jacuzzi / Hot-Tub (25)
  •     Dog Play Area (24)
  •     Rooftop Pool (16)
  •     Pool Lap Lanes (15)
  •     All-Inclusive Packages (9)
  •     Pool Water Slide (9)
  •     Rooms with Fireplace (7)
  •     Pool Swim Up Bar (7)
  •     Monastery (6)
  •     Water Park (5)
  •     Castle (5)
  •     Casino (3)
  •     Unusual (2)
  •     Skyscraper (1)
  •     Lazy River (1)
×
Checkin
×
Categories
1
Map
× Home About Press Categories Blog Hotel Awards Travelmyth GPT Contact Terms & Conditions Privacy Policy Cookies Policy FAQ