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As summer rapidly becomes a distant memory, it's time to start planning a bit of winter sun or compiling your wishlist for next year's big vacation.

And as air travel becomes cheaper and accessible to all, it's easier to visit further flung parts of the world. But with travel, comes emissions.

According to the European Commission, just one return flight from London to New York, "generates roughly the same level of emissions as the average person in the EU does by heating their home for a whole year."

The Commission further states that by 2020 international aviation emissions will be roughly 70 percent higher than in 2005.

With that in mind, finding accommodation that's both beautiful and sustainable is important. Here, Sustainable Energy takes a look at some of the world's most stunning and sustainable holiday destinations.

By Anmar Frangoul, Special to CNBC.com

Posted on October 30, 2015.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai

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One of the world's most luxurious holiday destinations, the Jumeirah Beach Hotel has also earned praise for its sustainable features, including a prestigious Green Globe Certification.

According to Jumeirah, a chiller plant in the building uses evaporative cooling systems and waste heat recovery technology, helping to cut electricity consumption by 20 percent.

What's more, LED lights have been installed throughout the hotel, helping to save energy and cut costs. Accommodation prices, however, are at the top end of the market: in October, a one-night stay in a deluxe twin room with sea views will cost around $898, according to the hotel's website.


Chumbe Island Coral Park, Tanzania

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The Chumbe Island Coral Park is an award-winning resort located off the coast of Zanibar in the Indian Ocean, and has a range of sustainable features.

Eco bungalows – all of which have sea views – are equipped with composting toilets and have been specially designed to capture rainwater, which is then hand-pumped through a solar powered heating system to provide hot and cold water for showers.

Solar panels on the roof power lighting in the bungalows, while the open design of the bungalows allows for natural air flow, negating the need for artificial air conditioning.

It costs $280 per person per night to stay at the resort in high season, according to the resort's website.

Sarara Camp, Kenya

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Located in the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy, in the north of Kenya, the Sarara Camp offers incredible views and claims to be a model of sustainability.

Powered by solar energy, all buildings make use of local stone and local, naturally felled trees – trees that have fallen due to natural causes rather than being cut down artificially.

Instead of being stored in conventional refrigerators, food is kept in a charcoal store. This food, according to the Sarara website, is soaked with water twice a day, with the water's evaporation helping to keep perishables "at cellar temperatures."

Prices start from $590 per person per night when booked through safari specialists Pure Safari.

Hotel Remota, Chile

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Situated in Chilean Patagonia, an area famous for its rugged beauty, the Remota hotel has a range of sustainable features, including low energy light bulbs, water saving features in its bathrooms and green rooftops.

A water treatment plant for "grey waters" enables water to be re-used in the hotel's gardens, while special glass panels help to conserve heat and energy.

Furthermore, the hotel looks to employ local people from the surrounding areas. Between October and March, a single room with bed and breakfast will set travelers back $300 per night.

Sambiya River Lodge, Uganda

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Located in the world-famous conservation area Murchison Falls National Park, the Sambiya River Lodge has sustainability at its heart.

According to the resort's website, Sambiya has been built with local materials, while hot water for showers is provided by solar heaters. A full board single room in one of the resort's cottages will cost non residents $162 per night.


URBN Hotel Shanghai, China

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A boutique hotel in downtown Shanghai – where a one night stay this month will cost around 1391.50 Chinese yuan ($218) – the URBN has eco-friendly features dotted around its 26 rooms and claims to be China's first carbon-neutral hotel.

According to the hotel, recycled and reclaimed materials were used in its development, while energy-efficient heating and cooling systems have been installed.

The hotel also states it purchases trees to be planted in Inner Mongolia in order to offset CO2 emissions.


Hidden Valley Cabins, Australia

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Situated near the Paluma Range National Park in North Queensland (pictured), the Hidden Valley Cabins resort is powered on 100 percent renewable energy, according to its website.

A 90 meter square solar array helps save 26,000 liters of diesel – the equivalent of 78 tonnes of CO2 emissions – every year.

Energy saving lightbulbs have helped reduce the resort's power consumption from 2220 watts to 430 watts, saving 18 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. While paper products and food are composted and used in gardens. It costs $229 for one night in a "rustic cabin," including breakfast and other extras.