As we continue our battle with climate change, hotels are doing their best to be as sustainable as they can. Hotels can have a negative impact on biodiversity due to their excessive resource use. Lucky for us, many hotels these days are looking into these impacts and doing all they can to avoid them. They’ve also incorporated more greenery into their interior amidst all the concrete buildings that commonly surround the hotel. If you’re looking to make that conscious decision on your next vacation, here are some eco-conscious hotels in Malaysia.
1. Kloe Hotel
Tucked in the heart of Bukit Bintang is Kloe Hotel, one of the most beautiful eco-conscious hotels in Malaysia. Though its entrance may be difficult to find, we promise you it will be worth it. While many other hotels stick to the usual “no straws” or “no plastic cup” eco-conscious concept, Kloe is doing things differently. Materials used in building Kloe Hotel actually improve indoor air quality. Furthermore, the finishing on the walls is of water-based coating to reduce harsh chemicals. Natural materials like wood, metal, and stone are also used instead of polymer. In addition, Kloe sources many of its furniture (and even dishes) from local artisans which actually reduces carbon footprint. Thus, it’s more than just a boutique hotel, because every little detail pays homage to being eco-conscious; and we’re in love with it.
Address: 227, Bukit Bintang St, Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Contact details: 03-2772 1313
2. Alila Bangsar
Home to the famous Entier, Alila Bangsar is reachable via LRT, for those who want to reduce carbon footprint even more. The hotel has multiple initiatives when it comes to sustainability. In hopes of being as energy-efficient as possible, window tinting to reduce heat penetration and maintain the cool temperature inside the building is done. In addition, they also reduce the number of lifts in operation during off-peak hours. But the highlight of their sustainable efforts is the ‘Giving Bag’, available in every room. This allows visitors to donate unwanted or gently used things to be given out to local charities.
Address: 58, Jalan Ang Seng, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Contact details: 03-2268 3888
3. The Element Kuala Lumpur
There are 252 rooms at The Element Kuala Lumpur, which is also one of the tallest eco-conscious hotels in Malaysia. The hotel’s environmental initiatives are rewarded with a Green Building Index accreditation. Utilizing rainwater collection, energy-efficient lighting, and an indoor air quality monitor are just a few of their initiatives. The hotel offers a contemporary design with marble bathrooms. There’s also a beautiful swimming pool, a gym, and an on-site restaurant.
Address: IB Tower, 8, Jln Binjai, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Contact details: 03-2771 3388
4. Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur is one of Malaysia’s leading luxury hotels. But did you know that it’s also one of the best eco-conscious hotels in Malaysia too? With this initiative, all guest rooms will be free of single-use plastic bags. Furthermore, mini-bar goods will be packaged in environmentally friendly materials and food waste will be minimised. Other than that, they are also putting greater emphasis on locally sourced seafood.
Address: Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Contact details: 03-2380 8888
5. The Dusun
The Dusun is located about an hour and fifteen minutes from Kuala Lumpur. The sprawling resort, which is run by a single family, first opened its doors as a getaway in 1984. As one of the best eco-conscious hotels in Malaysia, The Dusun is sure to provide you with an unforgettable jungle experience. A Malaysian non-profit called Truly Loving Company (TLC) provides its organic vegetables, eco-friendly products, and plastic-free soap and shampoo. Whenever possible, they also seek to fill their workforce with members who hail from the area.
Address: 3437, Jalan, Mukim, Kampung Baru Pantai, 71770 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
Contact details: 012-616 2585
6. Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa
The International Hotel Awards recognised this secluded beachfront resort as the ‘Best Sustainable Hotel in Malaysia’ a few years ago. Till today, Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa remains one of the best eco-conscious hotels in Malaysia. Some of their efforts include using biodegradable and starch-based toiletries. In addition, fuel-powered boilers are replaced with heat pump systems. There are also regular beach clean-up sessions that all resort personnel and sometimes guests participate in.
Address: Batu Feringgi Main Road Batu Feringgi Main Road, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Pulau Pinang
Contact details: 04-888 8888
7. Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat
As one of the best eco-conscious hotels in Malaysia, Banjaran Hotsprings is surrounded by limestone mountains, lush rainforests, rejuvenating geothermal hot springs, and waterfalls. The retreat sets a range of eco-conscious efforts throughout the hotel, including timer-controlled LED lighting in all public areas and water-saving devices in guest bathrooms. Furthermore, they also have a towel and linen reuse policy and even recycling programmes.
Address: 1, Persiaran Lagoon, Sunway 3, 31150 Ipoh, Perak
Contact details: 05-210 7777
8. Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur
The Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur’s locally-inspired bar concept, Bar Trigona, won a top sustainability award a year after it opened to much fanfare. Thanks to this, they are now one of the best eco-conscious hotels in Malaysia. However, they are continuing the journey to becoming even more sustainable through various initiatives. They have energy-saving features in every room alongside a unique effort that allows guests to ‘adopt’ a local beehive.
Address: 145, Jln Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Contact details: 03-2382 8888
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