Off grid sustainable resort to open in the Caribbean

CARIBBEAN: Coulibri Ridge, the Caribbean’s latest sustainable offering, will open later this month on Dominica.

CARIBBEAN: Coulibri Ridge, the Caribbean’s latest sustainable offering, will open later this month on Dominica.

Coulibri Ridge has been developed over the last 20 years with research into the buildings, infrastructure and local environment by Quebec born Daniel Langlois. 

Langlois and his partner Dominique Marchand first visited Dominica, the in the late 1990s and fell in love with the natural environment of the island.

Coulibri Ridge is an off-grid resort, with 14 spacious suites. The resort uses solar energy and wind turbines to power the building and the operations, which are designed to have limited impact on the local environment. 

Coulibri Ridge collects rainwater, which is purified by ultraviolet light and copper ionisation, and is then funnelled to each suite as well as serving the chlorine-free swimming pools. Rainwater and grey water can then be used to irrigate the gardens and a small farm (which is opening next year).

The resort offers four room types including suites with full kitchens for longer stays and some suites have private infinity pools. There are also two infinity pools available for all guests, as well as a gym, yoga space and spa. For meetings and events there is space as well as two dining rooms for private meals

The 285-acre resort will welcome guests on October 22.

Six Senses Hotels & Resorts recently launched a Sustainability Camp at its Maldives property.

Image: Coulibri Ridge

Low carbon destination goal for small island in Thailand

THAILAND: Koh Mak, a small tropical island in Thailand, is striving to become a low-carbon destination.

THAILAND: Koh Mak, a small tropical island in Thailand, is striving to become a low-carbon destination.

Over the last 10 years both private and public money has been pumped into the island to keep sustainable initiatives developing, and to create a greener tourism model.

The idea is for the island to welcome tourists with as little impact on the environment as possible and positively benefit the local community.

Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said: “Koh Mak’s path towards becoming the first ‘Low-carbon Destination’ is very much in line with Thailand’s direction towards more responsible and more sustainable tourism through the ‘Visit Thailand Year 2022-2023: Amazing New Chapters’ campaign, and the government’s Bio-Circular-Green or BCG Economy Model. It is wonderful to see such a genuine effort aimed at preserving the natural and cultural attractions that make the island so charming.”

Thailand’s Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA) – which coordinates and supports people and companies looking to develop sustainable tourism frameworks, has helped with the low-carbon mission on Koh Mak.

The Koh Mak Low-carbon Destination Declaration was signed in 2012 and since then three campaigns have been implemented to encourage sustainable tourism. 

Eat it Fresh – restaurants, hotels, and resorts on the island to buy local seafood and use vegetables and fruits free of pesticides. 

Help Ko Mak, encouraging tourists to follow green behaviour (reducing use of lights, towel washing etc) when staying in hotels and also aim to plant 10,000 trees on the island.

A Good Host – encouraging local people to sort waste and use renewable energy solar cells, green hotels in Thailand also have to follow environmentally friendly criteria and all businesses to make use of the ‘Koh Mak Low Carbon Calculator’ online tool.

Japan recently launched its Sustainable Brochure for tourists including sustainable hotel options.

Image: TAT

Foster + Partners to design sustainable development on Red Sea

SAUDI ARABIA: The Red Sea Development Company has unveiled plans for a sustainable marine life institute, designed by Foster + Partners, which will also feature hotels.

SAUDI ARABIA: The Red Sea Development Company has unveiled plans for a sustainable marine life institute, designed by Foster + Partners, which will also feature hotels.

The institute will be a scientific research centre with the aim to attract and educate tourists who will stay in the resorts on the site. The marine life institute is part of phase one of AMAALA Triple Bay. The facility will also be home to one of the world’s largest man-made reefs, measuring 40 metres long and 10 metres deep and providing a “Grand Reveal” moment for visitors on arrival. Excavation work on the reef has already begun.

AMAALA is calling itself the “first global integrated family wellness destination”. There will be eight resorts at the institute with more than 1,200 keys. However, this is only for phase one, which is to be complete in 2024. The full plans for the accommodation are for 25 hotels with around 900 luxury villas and 3,000 keys.

John Pagano, group CEO of The Red Sea Development Company said: “We wanted to design a first-of-its-kind facility that extends far beyond any existing marine life attraction. With 10 zones that provide everything from augmented reality experiences to night diving, and spaces for the scientific community to effectively progress their environmental projects, the Marine Life Institute is undeniably unique. Not only will it drive global green and blue innovations, it will also help put Saudi Arabia on the map for travellers seeking trips that enrich their lives.”

The institute has been designed to look like the distinctive tube coral reef, using glass and concrete moulded into pipe shapes. It will have 10 zones offering visitors different experiences from augmented reality to snorkelling with rare species and walking underwater. They will also be able to participate in lab tours and dive the depths of the Red Sea in a submarine.

As part of its sustainable design the site will feature 40 per cent native plants, and a system to collect water, prevent erosion and pollution, while reducing mains water use. The lighting throughout the development has also been designed to prevent light pollution to protect the nocturnal environment. 

Gerard Evenden, head of studio at Foster + Partners, said: “The Marine Life Institute will take guests on a vibrant, educational, and awe-inspiring journey that unveils the natural wonders of the Red Sea and blurs the boundaries between the institute and the ocean. By recreating natural marine habitats, offering unforgettable marine interactions, and sharing glimpses into conservation projects, it will provide guests with an immersive marine experience unlike any other.”

John Pagano, Group CEO of The Red Sea Development Company added: “The overlay of sustainable design, build and operations, guest experience and meaningful scientific work underpins our commitment to drive enhancement of the environment and tourism growth. It’s a perfect model of sustainability, balancing people, planet and commercial success”.

Image from Amaala Triple Bay

Melia Hotels presents ‘Travel for Good’ for World Tourism Day

SPAIN: Melia Hotels has marked World Tourism Day with its Travel for Good campaign, which highlights its ESG commitments.

SPAIN: Melia Hotels has marked World Tourism Day with its Travel for Good campaign, which highlights its ESG commitments.

Travel for Good shows Melia’s pathway to sustainability with structured information about key areas and projects under way.

Gabriel Escarrer, vice president and CEO of Meliá Hotels International,  said: “Our passion for hospitality drives us to respond to global challenges, viewing sustainability as a fundamental driver behind the transformation of the travel model to ensure a positive legacy for our planet and our society”. 

Travel for Good looks at four main areas of sustainability.

  • Good for the Planet: Environmental strategy and projects towards being carbon neutral. This includes sustainable construction, efficient and responsible use of energy and water, and implementing a circular hotel model, as well as protecting destinations and biodiversity.
  • Good for our People: How the hotel group offers a work environment committed to equality and diversity.
  • Good for the Community: Commitment to local communities.
  • Governance for Good: Ethical and responsible commitments to stakeholders including the ethical management of its supply chain and encouraging partnerships for more sustainable tourism. 

Meliá is aiming to post more detail about each of these commitments across social media with the hashtag Travel4Good. In fact it began the campaign on World Tourism Day (Sept 27) with this Youtube video.

Six Senses aims Sustainability Camp at teenagers

MALDIVES: Six Senses Hotels and Resorts has launched a sustainability camp at its Maldives property, aimed at teenagers.

The camp, which launched today on World Tourism Day at Six Senses Laamu, complements the brand-wide Climate Warriors initiative and the resort’s Junior Marine Biology program already in place. 

The camp is run over three days and guests taking part can choose from several workshops and topics. Each session is led by a designated guide, a team member specialising in the topic who assists with crafts and workshops while sharing their knowledge and experience in the area. The camp also offers knowledge on how to make daily improvements guests can make at home, striving towards a more sustainable way of life.

Greg Holder, guest education coordinator of the Maldives Underwater Initiative, said: “Over time, we found that many teenagers were very interested in learning more about sustainability and marine conservation, but we didn’t have activities attractive for their age group. Our Sustainability Camp is a chance to share our insights, skills and, above all, our passion for nature and conservation to help shape the next generation of conservation heroes.”

Sessions on offer at the Sustainability Camp are as follows:

Zero Waste – focuses on being creative with used items, identifying reusable materials, reducing single-use plastics, and encouraging teamwork. 

Home Grown – invites guests on a seed-to-farm journey, where they plant and grow their own microgreens using compost and then watch them grow over the duration of their stay. 

Conscious Cooking – has chefs showing guests some simple plant-based recipes with ingredients they can grow themselves and Garden Mixology – shows them which herbs and spices can be used to make drinks and sauces.

Nature Conservation – is about marine conservation and sustainability initiatives already in place in the resort. Guests can get hands-on with citizen science sessions, including an introduction to the local megafauna and seagrass meadows.

Carbon Caring – is an introduction to blue carbon habitats (ecosystems which prevent climate change and protect coastal communities from changes in the environment like flooding and sea level rises). Guests will also learn about mangroves and seagrass meadows and how carbon is stored in these habitats and what they can do to protect them. 

The Sustainability Camp can be booked from today onwards and welcomes teenagers and their families who would like to spend quality time together while learning more about leading a more sustainable life after they return home. 

Image: Six Senses

Six Senses was recently in the news after announcing it was launching a Net Zero hotel in Norway.