Top 6 eco-friendly hotels in Singapore 2021
Release your inner eco-warrior in the Garden City.
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As one of the most progressive cities in the world, Singapore is leading the way with its eco-initiatives. To see this, you only have to look at Gardens by the Bay or one of the country's many eco-reserves, which prove that the natural world and the concrete jungle can live side by side in harmony.
With the Singapore government offering financial incentives for hoteliers up to the challenge of creating sustainable accommodation, more eco-friendly hotels are popping up now than ever before.
Each hotel is designed with only the most up-to-date technology, biodiverse sky gardens and impressive water-saving measures. For this reason, eco-friendly hotels in Singapore don't come cheap, but they are ultra-cool and very unique.
The ParkRoyal's leafy-green exterior, reflecting pools and man-made waterfalls are a welcome sight in Singapore's central business district.
- Features one of the world's first zero-energy sky gardens that is maintained exclusively by gravity-driven rainwater irrigation and solar energy.
- Guest rooms are equipped with separate recycling bins for plastic, glass and paper.
- Cleverly designed spaces that make use of natural light, along with energy-efficient lamps and water fittings throughout the building, help to reduce artificial energy usage.
- A seasonal plant-based menu is available in the on-site restaurant and encourages guests to choose vegetarian alternatives, therefore reducing their carbon footprint.
Proving that a trip to Singapore isn't just about the city, the Siloso Beach Resort is one of the most eco-friendly hotels to stay in on the palm-lined Sentosa Island.
- The resort was designed to be built around the existing landscape, which means no trees were cut down to make space.
- Works with a heat exchange system where the heat that's generated from a high-tech cooling system is then used to produce hot water for the resort.
- Water-efficient tap and shower fixtures, rainwater harvesting and the filtration and recycling of wastewaters helps the resort reduce its water usage.
- Guests are educated on the resort's eco initiatives and how they can start to live more sustainably at home through an eco tour that is offered six out of seven days of the week.
You can't get much more central than JW Marriott's Singapore branch, which sits just a five minute walk from Marina Bay, the Merlion and The Shoppes mall.
- A 280-metre-long canopy is positioned to create a pleasant micro-climate. It filters sunlight and channels wind into public spaces to eliminate excessive air conditioning use.
- The canopy is also designed to collect and harvest rainwater, which is filtered and used for garden maintenance and cleaning tasks.
- Solar panels line the top of the canopy and the energy collected is used to power internal and external lights.
As one of Singapore's most iconic landmarks, the Marina Bay Sands is not just a pretty face but a luxury hotel with a surprising amount of green initiatives.
- Its $25 million Intelligent Building Management System has over 90,000 control points across the hotel. This system allows the control of lighting, heating and water from these points and includes an eco button for guests to use on their in-room controls.
- The rooftop garden supplies Rise Restaurant with all of its herbs, reducing the need for transportation.
- Enjoying a huge glass facade, the hotel utilises natural resources and reduces the need for artificial lighting.
- It is a chief sponsor of environmentally-friendly initiatives throughout the country, including iLight the sustainable art festival and the Switch Off, Turn Up campaign.
- Rainwater is collected on the roof, filtered and used to water the hotel's various gardens as well as flush toilets throughout the building.
This tropical oasis in the heart of downtown is covered head-to-toe in natural vines and is so green that it's created its own ecosystem.
- The plants that make up the building's facade are connected by an automatic irrigation system which uses primarily rainwater. Timed watering occur twice a day.
- 40% of the building consists of well-ventilated communal spaces that are open to natural airflow. This reduces the need for air conditioning throughout much of the building.
- With so much green space in such a densely urban area, the tower has begun to create an ecosystem of its own, attracting birds, squirrels and other mammals, as well as releasing more oxygen into the environment.
6. Lloyd's Inn
Making a name for itself around Southeast Asia's biggest cities, Lloyd's Inn has become a popular haunt for budget and eco-friendly lodgings that don't skimp on amenities.
- Open-air corridors and bathrooms allow for natural airflow and reduce the need for energy consumption.
- Guests are encouraged to reuse towels and to only have bed sheets changed when necessary.
- Large windows and natural lighting eliminates the need to use artificial lights during the day.
Why we chose these accommodation options
- They all bring a bit of nature into Singapore's concrete jungle, whether it be through a sky garden or with living walls.
- These hotels have a clear mission to reduce their electricity usage. This means plenty of solar panels and the utilisation of the natural airflow for ventilation.
- A plan for water conservation is clear. This is predominantly done by harvesting the city's rainwater, which also helps fight against water shortage issues.
What to know before you go to Singapore
- Unlike many other Southeast Asian countries, the tap water in Singapore is safe to drink. In fact, it's considered to be one of the safest and cleanest tap waters in the world. So bring your reusable bottle to cut down on single-use plastics.
- While Marina Barrage has helped to alleviate the city's reliance on water imports from Malaysia, the city is still under threat from water shortages. Taking shorter showers and remembering to turn off taps can help.
- Singapore has a fantastic underground public transport system which eliminates the need for excessive taxi use. You can also walk the city, or bike it using the handy e-bikes.
Things to avoid when booking eco-accommodation in Singapore
- While it can be difficult for older hotels to keep up, with the Singaporean government offering incentives for developers who then incorporate green strategies into their designs, there really is no excuse for new hotels not to have at least one green policy in place.
- Though surprising to some, Singapore is still home to areas of wild rainforest where animals such as macaques, dugongs and rare leopard cats live. Any hotels that have displaced these animals to build property should be avoided.
- It's important to make sure that your accommodation is upfront about its eco-initiatives. These can usually be found via the hotel's website, social media or by contacting it directly.
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