If you’re planning a sustainable getaway with your Go Anywhere Gift Card, check out some suggested properties below that are doing their bit to help you rest easier knowing that your stay is that bit greener.
Falls Hotel is a certified carbon neutral hotel and has taken many steps towards reducing the environmental impact of their operations, including reducing their carbon emissions by an astonishing 90% and generating power for the hotel by utilising a hydroelectric turbine on the nearby river. They are also proud members of the Burren Ecotourism Network which works to promote the UNESCO Geopark as a shining example of ecotourism internationally.
The Bush Hotel is the first Hotel in Ireland to receive the EU Eco-label award back in 2009. They boast a low-energy property and a zero waste status by even committing their suppliers to make deliveries with as little packaging waste as possible. Their commitment to sustainability and efforts for raising awareness of the EU Eco-label has seen the hotel awarded many accolades, such as their impressive win in the service provider category.
The Merrion Hotel is committed to making Dublin’s fair city greener. Powered by 100% renewable energy, refurbishing furniture and donating food and toiletries to local charities, they have taken steps to a zero waste policy. They also have beehives on the roof of the hotel that produce honey used in the hotel, as well as supporting pollination in the area.
Located near the stunning Killarney National Park, sister hotels The Killarney Park and The Ross have both implemented extensive green policies to preserve the beauty of the area including being active members of Killarney Tidy Towns. As founding members of The Killarney Hotels Sustainability Group, the hotels are certified as single-use plastic-free properties, powered by carbon neutral renewable energy and they will even plant a tree on your behalf following your stay.
The hotel’s very own Greening Committee is dedicated to ensuring that the property meets the sustainability goals that they have set to make their operations greener each year. Their rooftop garden is used to grow vegetables and herbs for meals at the restaurant and cocktails from the bar. They have also introduced an in-house composting system to allow them to reduce their food waste and reuse it in the garden. To help promote wellness, Cork International Airport even brings plant power to their rooms by allowing guests to borrow plants for their room to reap the benefits of nature such as purified air!
The family-run hotel has made big steps towards a greener resort. With their own well and waste water treatment centre on site, a state-of-the-art power and heat system that has reduced their energy usage and using food waste as compost in their organic garden, the resort is impressively almost entirely self-sufficient.
Nestled in the rolling hills in the Garden county, Brooklodge & Macreddin Village has a fantastic sustainability policy. The hotel’s restaurant, The Strawberry Tree, was named Ireland’s first certified organic restaurant which uses wild ingredients foraged nearby. Their geothermal energy system sustainably powers the under-floor heating and air conditioning. As well as that, it is the only hotel in Ireland with 2 carbon-neutral wood chip burners providing all of the hot water.
The hotel recently developed Kelly’s Kitchen Garden - an on-site garden that could supply the restaurant with fruit, vegetables and herbs year-round. They have also consciously planted perennial flowering plants to encourage the bee population and coffee grounds are reused as compost in the garden. Along the coast of Ireland’s sunniest corner in Rosslare, Kelly’s Resort have utilised their natural resources and the hotel is powered by solar energy.
What can you do?
During your stay at a Go Anywhere Gift Card hotel or guest house, there are some simple steps that you can take to help play your part in a more sustainable visit:
Use towels and robes as required. Many hotels ask that you reuse your towels to cut down on the amount of laundry.
Bring your own toiletries to avoid using the miniature toiletries in your room.
Open a window instead of using the air conditioning.
Explore local attractions on foot, by bike or utilise public transport to lower your carbon footprint.
Enjoy an eco-friendly escape.
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