Design Hotels™ Stories: Sustainable Futures

Berlin – Sustainable actions come in different sizes and shapes, and many of them now go well beyond banning single-use plastics. From installing new on-site geothermal and solar power generation facilities to fostering partnerships with local communities and organizations, these eight properties have set their sights on a more regenerative and eco-friendly future.

AT Carlota in Quito, Ecuador, much of the materials found throughout the property are upcycled and upcycled, including carpeting and woodwork. In addition to having worked to reduce water consumption by 50%, the hotel now has an advanced filtration system that allows gray water to be recycled, and the bath products are therefore completely natural and biodegradable. Additionally, the property’s dining options focus on locally sourced organic vegetables and spices, and 30% of the hotel’s energy comes from on-site solar panels. Likewise, solar panels abound in Cervo mountain station in Zermatt, Switzerland, where a newly built geothermal pump also allows the hotel to generate 95% of its energy needs for hot water and heating. The resort’s three restaurants are stocked with locally grown produce, and an herb garden on the property’s grounds gives guests plenty of tea-making options. Partnerships with the local community and nearby food vendors as well as initiatives such as SlowFood and myClimate extend the property’s sustainable ethos even further.

Solar energy is also used by Rock House Hotel in Negril, Jamaica, for hot water. Here, natural features such as thatched roofs and locally sourced wood and stone are used not only in the guest rooms, but also in the hotel’s carpentry workshop and production facilities, where community members produce candles and toiletries. Additionally, Rockhouse captures rainwater for reuse, has strong recycling and composting programs in place, and is home to an organic garden and plant nursery. Maldives patina, on the Fari Islands in the North Malé Atoll, has an equally global vision when it comes to letting sustainable actions speak louder than words. The many dining options all feature island-grown organic produce, and all off-island ingredients are accredited by EarthCheck or the International Pole and Line Foundation. Additionally, all drinking water at the resort is treated and bottled (in glassware) at a facility on the island. This is all complemented by an extensive array of solar panels that supplies most of the resort’s energy needs, and an original initiative where, for every stay, 10 kilograms of marine plastic are collected, cleaned and repurposed into Parley for the Oceans material.

Encinitas, California is known for its commitment to the environment as well as its local agriculture and food movement, and city intimacy Twelve Senses Retreat reflects this spirit. Beyond an interior concept that sees the four bedrooms designed according to the four elements of nature, recycled fiberglass is incorporated into the property’s insulation and recycled felt is used for bottles, while plastics oceanic tiles have been transformed into beautiful tiles, seen at the rooftop bar, as part of a collaboration with Seaform. Elsewhere, the hotel of the tribe in Nairobi, Kenya, reflects the dynamism of its continent: the decoration of the property was entirely carried out by African artists and craftsmen. Additionally, the on-site restaurant, Jiko, offers a seasonal menu based on produce available from local farmers, always emphasizing fresh and organic ingredients.

The emphasis on local cuisine and products also takes center stage at Malia Cretan Parkthe restaurants. Menus here are created with produce from an on-site organic farm as well as a network of local farmers and the Phāea Farmers program. Through this initiative, the resort offers its staff, many of whom are off-season farmers, training in organic farming methods and sustainable land use. Produce grown by staff during the colder months – ranging from aloe, herbs, fruits and vegetables to dairy products, raki, wine and olive oil – is then used to supply the kitchens of the restaurants during the reopening of the Cretan Malia park. The property also has active organic waste management and composition systems, as well as Green Key certification, which requires a commitment to strict criteria set by the Foundation of Environmental Education. London Live in the hotel also has Green Key certification, and the in-house restaurant Yeotown offers a plant-based menu created with optimizing physical and mental health in mind. Additionally, the property has partnered with conscientious organizations like Globechain and Goldfinger. The first connects businesses and charities with individuals to enable the redistribution of assets to social causes rather than landfills. The latter is a social enterprise that teaches the craft of woodworking to marginalized young people, who work with skilled craftsmen to produce furniture and unique objects from reclaimed and sustainable materials.

About Design Hotels

Design Hotels™ represents and markets a curated selection of over 300 independent hotels in over 60 countries around the world. More than a collection of hotels, the company is a collection of stories. Each property reflects the ideas of a visionary hotelier, an “Original”, passionate about genuine hospitality, cultural authenticity, thought-provoking design and architecture. Each “Original” represents the individual, aesthetic and service-oriented experience that its hotel offers.

In 2017, Design Hotels™ launched Further, a traveling laboratory of experiential hospitality that transforms hotels around the world into temporal centers of thematic exploration. The mission behind Further aligns with the forward-looking values ​​of Promad, a new generation of travelers embracing progressive travel and global nomadism. First identified by Design Hotels™ in collaboration with future consultancy The Future Laboratory, the goal-driven, self-actualizing Promadic movement is poised to shape the future of hospitality.

Founded by Claus Sendlinger in 1993, Design Hotels™ offers its members in-depth knowledge of the travel industry, from advice on market trends to international sales representation. The company is headquartered in Berlin with branches in London, Los Angeles, New York and Singapore. In 2019, Design Hotels™ partnered with Marriott Bonvoy, enabling its member hotels to have both a broader and more selective reach while offering its Community the benefit of the industry’s leading loyalty program.

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