When you are faced with the the striking scenery of the Great Thar Desert, home to boutique hotel The Serai Jaisalmer, you can understand why the owners have so conscientiously ensured the least impact on their surroundings as possible and made sure that their property blends with the natural surroundings.

Take Coconut Creek in Goa, India which has a sustainable vision - there’s a recycling programme, water-saving measures in place and staff use non-toxic cleaning products - that doesn’t compromise on guest experience.

Many of our eco boutique hotels have a story behind them and an owner passionate about the environment. At Barbialla Nuova in Tuscany, it was Guido Manfredi Rasponi who decided to take the estate that had been in his family for generations and rally a group of friends to help him transform the organic farm into an eco-sensitive agriturismo with self-catering apartments. Fast forward 10 years and you’ll find solar panels, filtered water and wood burning furnaces in the 7 apartments and 1,200 acres of still organic land.

At Casa Talia in ancient city of Modica in south east Sicily, it’s the traditional Sicilian materials and methods used to restore the collection of small houses that is so considerate towards the environment (the vibe here is all about zoning out and slowing down). Rustic Don Enrique in Northern Argentina has been built using wood from the local area and all the fruit and vegetables you eat are from the garden, while Ilha de Toque Toque in Sao Sebastio in Brazil was created from eco bricks, eucalyptus and demolition wood.

Some of our eco boutique hotels, such as Grail Springs in Bancroft, Canada and Eremito in Umbria, Italy, are as concerned with your holistic balance and spiritual well-being as they are the environment. Others, like the Galapagos Safari Camp on the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador fit perfectly into an already well-established remarkable eco system (only 3 percent of the landmass is inhabited). What they all have in common is a love of the simple things in life: delicious food, an appreciation of nature and good living.

It is out of sheer respect for the environment that these small boutique hotels have been conceived, maintaining the luxury, service and style you would expect of a Chic Retreat while working to minimise their environmental impact, so browse our collection to find your top environmentally-friendly luxury hotel.


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gubbio, italy

La Cuccagna is a traditionally built Italian Chic Retreat set in the heart of the Umbrian countryside between Perugia and Gubbio. Owners, Sarah and Salvatore, who live on the first floor, have painstakingly restored this charming farmhouse into a simple boutique hotel in Umbria with 5 rooms and suites and an apartment for two.

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pokhara, nepal

Reflect, relax and re-connect at The Pavilions Himalayas which are surrounded by hills, mountains and organic farmland near Pokhara, one of the top trekking destinations in the world. Laze away by the pool, work out in the gym or be pampered in the spa.


istanbul, turkey

Adahan Istanbul is the latest boutique hotel to arrive on the scene in Istanbul.  Clean lines, stylish interiors and classic design makes this 40 room Chic Retreat the perfect choice for a stay in the fashionable district of Galata.


diani beach, kenya

AfroChic Diani is a newly opened luxury lodge on the Kenyan coast. This beautiful boutique villa has just 10 suites and is perfect for a relaxing stay after a safari. A peaceful hotel by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.


bodrum, turkey

Antik Zeytin Hotel is a small luxury hotel in Turkey, where the simple pleasures in life are the priority; baking bread in an ancient stone oven, producing your own olive oil, taking a dip in the outdoor pool or enjoying a day exploring by boat.


sithonia, greece

Areti Bungalows is located on the Sithonia peninsula, in one of the most unspoilt areas of Chalkidiki in Northern Greece. Situated on family owned land, nestled amongst olive groves, eucalyptus and pine trees, this Chic Retreat has 8 bungalows set a few steps back from 2 private beaches and the Aegean sea.


arusha, tanzania

Arusha Coffee Lodge is a luxury lodge located by the towering Mount Meru in Tanzania. Nestled amid coffee bushes and lavender plants, this luxury bolthole is a great place from which to embark on a memorable journey through Arusha National Park. 


virgin gorda, british virgin islands

Baraka Point Estate is an exclusive beach estate on Virgin Gorda, the British Virgin Islands. Enjoy soft sandy beaches, spectacular views, a pool, a spa, a boat, great food, 5 luxurious suites, 4 twin rooms and a dedicated staff of 8, all for exclusive use.


florence, italy

Barbialla Nuova sits in the heart of Tuscany and has been in Guido Manfredi Rasponi's family for hundreds of years. When he graduated from university in 2003 he decided to transform the organic farm into an agriturismo with self-catering apartments with the help of a group of friends. 


modica, italy

This two bedroom, 20th-century Chic Retreat is located in the historical heart of Modica, south eastern Sicily and is a charming romantic hideaway for those looking for a self-catering alternative to a boutique hotel. 


zamoranos, cordoba, spain

Casa Olea is a small boutique b & b in Andalucia between Cordoba & Granada. Nestled amid ancient olive groves, this 6-room hideaway, also available exclusively, serves great food and is perfectly placed to explore the nearby Moorish sites.



Sleep, eat and relax at this magical Chic Retreat in the heart of Modica, South East Sicily. Casa Talia has just 6 rooms and has been beautifully restored using traditional local materials. As we always say at Chic Retreats...Small is beautiful.

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