Located in Valais, Switzerland, Whitepod is an eco-luxury hotel owned by the Delarive Group. Since its creation, the hotel has aimed to prove that hospitality and environmental conservation can coexist to create a unique and positive experience.
This is shown through the hotel’s unique form of accommodation with pods. Designed to combine ecology and luxury, a pod is a geometric dome that serves as a room or suite. There are three types of pod: the “Cosy”,
the “Family” and the “Deluxe”. They are both energy-efficient and have a low impact on nature. The energy required to heat and cool a dome is approximately 30 percent less than a conventional building. Connected to the water system and heated with a pellet stove, the pods have all the comfort of traditional hotel rooms.
Whitepod also saves water and energy with the use of closed fireplaces to slow down wood consumption and through the installation of water-saving devices on taps and shower heads. The resort also utilises natural and local products, spring water, wine and wood from surrounding forests.
Les Giettes, Les Cerniers, 1871 Monthey, Switzerland | www.whitepod.com
Set on a private island off the east coast of Bintan, Nikoi is a holiday destination that embraces the preservation of natural beauty. One of the unique aspects of Nikoi is the use of driftwood and alang-alang roofing as the resort’s primary building materials, which were recovered from the beaches on surrounding islands. All of the resort’s furniture and carpentry are made on site or from collected driftwood.
The beach houses utilise a unique double-layered roof design to promote natural ventilation. They make minimal use of cement, plastics, paint, glass and other man-made materials. In addition, LED lighting is used along with solar hot water systems.
How to get there: Half-hour car journey to Kawal and half-hour boat trip to Nikoi Island | www.nikoi.com
Turtle Island Fiji
Located in the Yasawas, this privately owned island in Fiji offers 14 light-filled bures (villas) situated on the Blue Lagoon. The resort has planted trees and bushes all over the island, which was once barren as a result of being overgrazed by goats. They have now planted 100,000 mahogany trees, which add to the benefits of ecological biodiversity, reestablishing indigenous forests and preventing soil erosion. The resort has also installed a solar farm; 968 solar panels are now providing 100 percent of the power needs on the island.
The solar installation allows it to reduce its carbon footprint by saving 220 tons of greenhouse emissions and 85,000 litres of diesel per year. The resort also commits to saving the lives of sea turtles through its Turtle Preserve programme.
How to get there: Seaplane or boat ride from Nadi International Airport | www.turtlefiji.com
Six Senses Zil Pasyon
Located on the private island of Felicite in La Digue, Seychelles, Six Senses Zil Pasyon has built sustainability into its resort and architectural design. Officially opened last September, Zil Pasyon is part of the renowned Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas group.
Consistent with the commitment of the Six Senses group on sustainability, Zil Pasyon focuses on habitat restoration and propagation of rare local plants. The resort manages its own reverse osmosis plant and crystal water refinery, producing high-quality drinking water without the use of plastic bottles. A chicken farm and an organic garden also support the ultimate aim of self-sustained food and beverages on the island, drastically reducing the environmental footprint.
The resort has taken several steps to reduce energy usage. Solar energy is converted to direct current energy for use across the island and all of the air-conditioning units use low environmental impact refrigerants. Zil Pasyon also donates water systems and solar heaters to schools and hospitals on La Digue.
How to get there: 20-minute helicopter ride from Seychelles International Airport | www.sixsenses.com
1 Hotel South Beach
The landmark, 1 Hotel South Beach, sits on 600 feet of beachfront in Miami, Florida. Offering views of the Atlantic Ocean, Biscayne Bay and Downtown Miami’s skyline, 1 Hotel South Beach is part of the 1 Hotel group opened in March 2015.
The property was created in an existing building that was overhauled to adhere to the brand’s standards for less consumption and more conservation. The property has installed energy efficient heating and cooling systems, motion sensors and LED illumination to reduce electrical demands and heat build-up from lighting.
Furthermore, the resort has filtered and saved million gallons of water through its Triple Clear Water purification system in all taps, sinks and showers, as well as using low-flow plumbing fixtures to conserve more water.
The daily operation of the hotel has been carefully orchestrated to minimise its footprint by leveraging local resources, conserving non-renewable resources, mitigating paper consumption and reducing landfill waste.
Guests can enjoy an array of experiences and rituals designed to celebrate art in nature and natural ingredients. These activities range from Dark Sky, a monthly event where the lights in the hotels’ public spaces dim for a candlelit evening, to the Lobby Farmstand which features seasonal offerings from local farmers and purveyors.
Lincoln-Marti School, 2341 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | www.1hotels.com
The Brando is a luxury resort on French Polynesia’s beautiful private atoll of Tetiaroa. Widely known as Marlon Brando’s private island, the resort was inspired by the late, great actor’s vision to create a venture of sustainable development that resonates with visitors, along with fostering opportunities to get to know both the place and people of French Polynesia. It was officially opened in July 2014.
The resort has used local materials extensively in its design and construction. All building materials used are of local or certified origin, renewable or recycled components. In addition, the resort uses a deep seawater air-conditioning system to reduce energy demands and rely entirely on renewable energy sources, including solar power and coconut oil.
In pursuit of Brando’s dream to build a “university of the sea”, the resort established Ecostation on the island, which was gifted to the Tetiaroa Society. Guests are welcome to visit Ecostation, interact with scientists in the field, and actively participate in studies conducted by some of the world’s leading research institutions.
How to get there: 20-minute flight from Faa’a International Airport, Papeete, Tahiti | www.thebrando.com