Ecotourism has reached its pinnacle, and in the beautiful and luxurious form of sustainable hotels and resorts. Aside from the usual upscale amenities, they respect and embody the natural environment.

Snøhetta designed ‘Svart’, a sustainable ring-shaped hotel located at the base of Norway’s Almlifjellet Mountain, in the Arctic Circle. The hotel is designed to be ‘energy-positive’, which means it will generate more energy than it consumes–and 85 percent less energy in comparison to other modern hotels, which can be attained through the hotel’s solar panels. Snøhetta tried to design a sustainable hotel that would leave a small environmental footprint on the northern nature.

The Ulaman Eco-Retreat Resort, built primarily from bamboo, is designed by Inspiral Architects and is situated in Bali’s Kaba-Kaba village. Built using materials discovered on the site, the resort is carbon zero. Aside from bamboo, rammed earth has been utilised for the resort‘s ground-level walls. Rammed earth is a green alternative to concrete which accounts for more than 8% of the building industry’s emissions, which in turn contributes to 30% of global greenhouse emissions.

This Eco-Floating Hotel in Qatar is powered by wind and solar energy and offers tidal sustainability mechanisms and a revolving restaurant. Designed by Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio (HAADS), the hotel would encompass more than 35,000 sq m (376,000 sq ft) and house 152 rooms. The glass donut-shaped structure comes complete with a green cover built into its exterior and an indoor waterfall with a large vortex glass roof. Sustainability forms the core of this design and all of the details revolve around the core. The vortex shape of the roof will collect rainwater for irrigation, while solar panels and wind turbines will supply clean energy. The water current will be harnessed with a tidal energy system, so when the hotel revolves it can generate power like a dynamo. The hotel will purify seawater and treat its wastewater so it won’t hinder the environment. The team intends to develop waste separation units for efficiency and to utilise them as fertilizer in the landscape for the recycling of substances like food waste.

The Lilypad, a luxury villa designed by Chuck Anderson, is located north of Sydney’s Palm Beach. Anderson is a boat fan and has built a floating residence. This Airbnb is also ecofriendly and is solar-powered. The house is formed from timber and includes an open living area, a wine cellar, a sleeping loft, and a bathroom. Also available is al fresco dining and a sunbathing area.

E-glamp is a combination product and service designed to elevate economic and tourist development in rural regions. An Airbnb-variety tiny house combined with a biking network such as Bird or Lime. It stands as an integrated system of modernistic cabins all solar powered through panels. Those tiny homes are outfitted with smart tech and are connected to the e-bike system which promotes carbon-neutral exploration of the landscape. Biking is encouraged with this tourism model. As an added bonus, the E-glamp houses are modular, movable, and built with sustainable materials like timber. And rainwater will be repurposed for the guest’s requirements.

Available for virtual tours is the O2 Treehouse by Treewalkers, the ultimate treetop construction that can be used to design whole villages. The homes are modular so it empowers franchisees to initiate their own village setups that can assume the forms of sustainable hotels, Airbnb getaways, or camping sites.

Nimmo Bay is based in Canada and surrounded by pine trees and lakes. The resort even features a floating cedar sauna — a calming cabin that doubles as a wellness space or as a place for group yoga classes. You only can reach the wood spa via a kayak or a canoe. The floating wooden platform features the cabin on one end and a socialising space featuring a picnic table, and tub can on the alternate end. Nimmo Bay is the ultimate sustainable site, as its presiding host family prides themselves on living off the land. The resort includes a hydropower system fueled by streams and waterfalls, supplying clean drinking water and up to 80% of the resort’s power requirements, and floating docks.

The Red Sea Project is a luxurious retreat that also forms a segment of a large-scale infrastructure that revolves around renewable energy, water conservation, and repurposing resources to minimise waste. Its locale was selected by way of bathymetry investigation, biodiversity studies, and marine engineering studies, to prevent hindrance to the coral reef and avoiding interference with the sea currents, explained Kengo Kuma & Associates. The grand plan features a specialised airport designed by Foster + Partners custom made for this destination. The initial phase of building is scheduled to be completed soon and a segment of the resort will debut in 2022, which will feature five developed islands and a pair of inland sites. By 2030, the destination will include 22 islands and six inland sites. The Japanese architectural design studio is making an effort to respect the environment by selecting a light-touch approach that will bear less impact on the biodiversity of the islands.

The brainchild of H2, the Saigon Thuong Mai Hotel in Vinh, Vietnam, was reconstructed from an already standing hotel. The hotel was built with the use of sustainable materials. H2 designers collaborated with local residents to comprehend and use regionally sourced materials. Reclaimed wood forms the core of the hotel. Local wood from regional joinery stores cultivated little wooden pillars, which were then joined with iron frames to construct the base modules for the hotel. A lovely wood facade was devised, which permitted natural light to stream into the building, and facilitated natural wind and ventilation.

And In-tenta design formed ‘DROP box N-240’ – a low-impact small hotel suite in a resort, based in a small Spanish village. It’s a sustainable and relaxing vacation spot on a small land plot, while also offering luxury amenities. Positioned on a sloped terrain, the small suite bears little impact on its host site.

Source: Yanko Design

Image credit: Inspiral Architects