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It’s been some time now since going green at hotels meant getting grungy. Today, palapa-roofed eco-lodges have ceded much of their environmentally friendly ground to luxe retreats created by top designers.
And while token gestures like a recycling bin under the desk might have once been enough, today’s green-thinking jet-setters demand much more rigorous eco bona fides. Some of these enhancements—rainwater catchment systems, say—are invisible to guests (as well they should be). But others not only improve the hotel’s environmental impact, they go a long way toward improving the guest experience, too. Here are AD’s top picks for the most innovatively designed green hotels around the globe.