While every campsite and wooden shack is rebranding itself as 'eco', simply by virtue of depriving guests of creature comforts like climate control, hot water and solid walls, the real future in ethical travel is being pioneered by luxury hoteliers, who are investing in green technologies, training and employing local people, and championing local, organic, cruelty-free and Fair Trade goods. But with so many hotels claiming ethical credentials, it's becoming more difficiult for consumers to know what's genuinely eco and what's greenwash. That's where we come in. We're professionally and independently assessing the world's greenest, luxury hotels, telling you what they're doing right, and what they could be doing better.
Jill Starley-Grainger

Jill Starley-Grainger


A journalist specialising in luxury travel and ethical issues, Jill has particular interest in luxury hotels, animal welfare, women's rights and green energy. She has written for Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Conde Nast Traveller (UK), Harper's Bazaar Dubai, Tatler, Asia Spas, The National (UAE), The Guardian, The Express, www.elleuk.com, www.redonline.co.uk, www.jetsetter.com, www.thedailymeal.com, www.thetraveleditor.com and more. You can see her portfolio at www.stgr.net.

Jill is now Editor of Which? Travel magazine, and is therefore no longer actively working on EcoLuxHotels.com.
Time Starley-Grainger

Tim Starley-Grainger

Eco consultant

An environmental consultant and physicist, Tim has worked for some of the UK's leading environmental consultancies, including the Building Research Establishment and Max Fordham & Partners, and has helped develop national and international energy policies in relation to carbon emissions and sustainable design. His expertise covers energy use in buildings, passive design, renewable and low-carbon energy, and sustainable design. He is currently spearheading major low-carbon and solar-panels projects in London.

Other contributors

Leo Bear

Journalist Leo Bear
writes travel features and hotel reviews for luxury titles, including Brides, Condé Nast Gourmet Travel, Quintessentially, City AM and Red online.

Emma Toovey

Ecologist Emma Toovey is Associate Director at one of the UK's leading environmental consultancies. Her expertise includes Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA) and maximising biodiversity benefits through sustainable design.

Lara Dunston

Travel journalist Lara Dunston
is always on the move and writes about her travels in international publications, including National Geographic Traveler, The Independent, Wanderlust, Get Lost, Lifestyle+Travel, Hemispheres, Four Seasons magazine, Ritz Carlton magazine, and Dorling Kindersley. She is the Dubai Travel expert for The Telegraph.


Highly respected international animal-rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
assesses the cruelty-free credentials of our hotels' cleaning products and toiletries.