It’s Earth Day on Saturday, 22 April, which makes this week’s focus on properties that do their utmost to protect our planet very timely. Enhancing precious resources, heading for carbon-neutrality and total sustainability can all be achieved somewhere wonderful, as these six destinations demonstrate…
Oasyhotel’s first property based around values of environmental sustainability is in Tuscany, at the heart of the Dynamo Oasis Nature Reserve, a World Wildlife Fund-affiliated park that’s left its dark hunting past way behind. It’s the blueprint for several more with its wooded hillsides teeming with wildlife, including deer and wolves, and pristine flora and fauna. The spacious lodges, though, are ultra-luxurious. There are two haute-cuisine restaurants as well as relaxation and wellness centres, and a private lake. It’s simple yet sophisticated. And a model of social responsibility.
Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Chile
Brilliantly blended into the pristine steppe landscapes of Torres del Paine National Park, this beautiful eco hotel with just 40 rooms has won awards for its architecture. Crafted entirely from native lenga wood, with a living roof, it sits on the shores of Lake Sarmiento overlooking the iconic Paine Massif; entire walls of glass bring the outside in. Every day, local guides lead small-group adventures for hiking, kayaking, mountain-biking or horse-riding through pine forests, as condors soar above in blue skies. The sound of silence has to be heard to be believed! Then it’s home for a contemporary Patagonian dinner, great wine, and a soak in some enormous bathtubs.
COMO Laucala Island, Fiji
A private Fijian island encircled by a dramatic reef with exceptional diving and snorkelling, this amazing place is rich with forest, flowers and healing natural plants. Every day, guests will encounter ruby-red land crabs, butterflies, and birds dipping their wings mid-flight into the island’s numerous private swimming pools. The resort’s 25 sea-facing residences have traditional thatched roofs, and all five restaurants feature healthy COMO Shambhala options, reflected in the island’s own cattle and poultry farm, hydroponics, herb garden and fruit orchards. The cherry on the cake is the 50 dive sites within a 20-minute boat ride. / You will be spoilt with 50 dive sites within a 20-minute boat ride
Lost among a 51,000-hectare nature reserve, where rare and majestic wildlife roam free, this wild and untouched space aims to cherish a traditional culture and way of life. Education, employment opportunities, wildlife conservation and sustainable practices are all part of the ethos, aiming to fulfil United Nations’ Sustainability Development Goals by 2030. Modular construction minimised impact; single-use plastic is banned and waste is recycled; and events proceeds are funnelled into reforestation. You’ll love the tranquillity as much as the attentive hospitality.
1 Hotel Central Park, New York
Sustainable responsibility… in the city that never sleeps? Really? Look no further than this Central Park location for the Big Apple that’s gone organic! Like all 1Hotel establishments, this one has been carbon-neutral since 2018, and is also 100% certified by the Leadership In Environmental Energy & Design scheme for building standards. The building is covered in 36,000, oxygen-giving ivy plants. The hotel supports charities and staff development. Food and menus are planned with sustainability foremost, with as much local, seasonal and fresh ingredients as possible. And they have a war on waste. Plus, as we say, like – hello, this is Manhattan!
Here is the world’s first energy-positive off-grid destination dedicated to the protection of nature and preserving the raw, pristine polar region… while offering activities in breath-taking surroundings. Its Green Framework is self-sufficient in electricity, water and waste management, with a farm-to-table ethos for food, but the service is always exceptional. In 2024 a Six Senses hotel will open where you’ll be staying in a fully carbon-neutral and emissions-free hotel, offsetting each guest journey using cutting edge technology via Net Zero Labs and we look forward to sharing the latest news of this exciting new property with you very soon.
Ask your 360 Private Travel Designer for more information on any of these, to make your getaway as green as possible. Happy Earth Day!