Dovetail's Edit: Luxury Sustainable Travel
16 October 2019

Dovetail's Edit: Luxury Sustainable Travel

The Dovetail Agency

Laucala Island, Fiji

Set in the South Pacific’s Fijian archipelago, Laucala Island (www.laucala.com) is a private tropical paradise and ecological Garden of Eden that combines a unique commitment to the environment with unparalleled levels of luxury and privacy. Set over 12 square kilometres of volcanic mountains, rainforest and idyllic white sand beaches, style and sustainability go hand in hand. The resort itself sits on the north coast and only covers approximately one third of the island, leaving the vast majority of land an unspoiled wilderness of jungle and coconut plantations, home to some of the archipelago’s rarest birds and animals.

85% of all food served on Laucala Island is produced and grown on the island including fruit orchards and vegetable gardens, free-range poultry, Wagyu cows, pigs, Fiji Fantastic sheep and freshly caught fish.

Guests are encouraged to pick their own spices, herbs, flowers and fruits from Laucala Island’s spa garden, in addition to creating a signature essential oil, soap or lotion in the spa kitchen, where a coconut press produces oil in small batches.

For bookings, please email reservations@laucala.com or visit www.laucala.com.

Hotel Schweizerhof Bern, Switzerland

Part of the Bürgenstock Selection, 5* Superior Hotel Schweizerhof Bern’s (www.schweizerhof-bern.ch/) “Green Busters” meet regularly to implement environmentally-friendly ideas. Recent initiatives include reducing food waste by using vegetable leftovers to make vegetable salt and introducing fully recyclable boxes that allow guests to take any food home when dining in the hotel’s restaurants. In addition to this, 150,000 bees can be found on the roof of the hotel, producing 120kg of honey annually.

For guests looking to reduce their CO2 emissions, climate-neutral rooms are now available. The hotel has partnered with myclimate and guests may donate CHF4.00 to the organisation’s project in Madagascar and with this offset their CO2 emission. This project supports the manufacture and distribution of efficient cookers, countering the island’s rapid deforestation.

Rates at the Hotel Schweizerhof Bern start from CHF 439 per night in a deluxe room. For more information and to book, please visit www.schweizerhof-bern.ch/en or call +41 31 326 80 80.

 

Bürgenstock Hotels & Resort, Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

Following its reopening in 2017, Bürgenstock Resort (https://www.buergenstock.ch/en) championed sustainability in both its construction and approach. Recycled material was used for the construction of the new road, and thousands of cubic meters of excavated material were utilised in the preparation of construction material such as concrete. With the recycled 165,000 cubic meters of rock excavation, a total of 18,333 truck journeys were not required; the equivalent of trucks driving nine times around the world. Where possible, the historic construction material was preserved, and restored, with all existing walls dismantled and restored by specialists.

The resort is almost entirely CO² neutral thanks to its unique energy system which uses lake water operated by 100% certified local hydroelectric power, while 100% of the resort's cooling and 80% of its heating needs are derived from lake water. 74 acres of forest and meadows help to offset any carbon emissions and there is now 2,283m² more forest than before the construction.

For bookings please email reservations@buergenstock.ch or call +41 (0) 41 612 60 00.

 

Jumeirah Vittaveli, Maldives

A 20 minute boat ride from Male International Airport brings you to Jumeirah Vittaveli (www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/maldives/jumeirah-vittaveli/). Whether for an intimate escape or an indulgent family retreat, Jumeirah Vittaveli offers unmatched diversity, subtle luxury and personalised exploration. Impeccable choice and seamless service shape the character of this resort paradise, where every detail has been meticulously crafted to inspire journeys of discovery and enjoyment. Whether beach-side or over-water, all villas feature stunning interiors with private pools and access to the sandy shores or glistening waters. The country’s first ice rink invites guests for a world first – ice skating on an eco-friendly synthetic ice rink, overlooking the powder soft beaches and crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Jumeirah Vittaveli places a high importance on preserving and protecting its local environment as well as striving towards a more sustainable future for the Maldives.

International Awareness Days:

Jumeirah Vittaveli regularly invites its guests to join together as it marks and honours a number of internationally celebrated days to create awareness about the environment including Earth Day, World Ocean’s Day, World Turtle Day and World Tourism Day.

 Coral Reef Protection and Restoration:

Jumeirah Vittaveli has launched the Vittaveli Coral Regeneration Project in collaboration with Best Dives Maldives, the on-site Dive and Water Sports Centre, and is run under the supervision of Jumeirah Vittaveli’s resident Marine Biologist. The Marine Biologist teaches both children and adults about the importance of coral protection and marine habitats. One of Jumeirah Vittaveli’s latest projects is the Underwater Bicycle Garden where old and discarded guest bicycles are stripped off their plastics to bare metal structure and are used as coral planting frames to create a beautiful bicycle garden for snorkelling trips in the lagoon.

 Heat Recovery:

Jumeirah Vittaveli uses a heat recovery (cogeneration) system that utilises excess or ‘waste’ heat from the generators to heat the water supply on the island. The heat released during power generation warms up the cooling agent of the generator, gets passed on to an exchanger attached to the generator’s radiator and is then transferred to the cold freshwater from the desalination plant via stainless steel plates. In this way, 30°C water is heated to 50°C, therefore saving energy and reducing heat waste. 

 Water Bottling Plant:

Jumeirah Vittaveli uses an in-house water bottling plant as part of an on-going commitment to reduce the resort’s carbon-footprint. By utilising the water bottling plant instead of shipping in bottled water, the resort saves approximately 100,000 plastic bottles per year. This water system is an important part of the resort’s continued effort to preserve the idyllic surroundings of the Maldives for future generations of guests.

For further information or bookings, please call +960 664 2020, email JVMreservations@jumeirah.com, or visit www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/maldives/jumeirah-vittaveli.

 

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, South Africa

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve (www.sabisabi.com), this year celebrating 40 years at the forefront of sustainable eco-tourism, is world renowned for its luxurious lodges, service and unique safari experience.

Sabi Sabi’s model of sustainable eco-tourism epitomises the interdependence between tourism, conservation and community.  It is without a doubt one of the best examples of the role the private sector can play in conservation and community development in Africa today. Sabi Sabi has led the way with a number of industry firsts, including the development and appointment of the first Shangaan ranger guides, a first in the private game lodge industry in South Africa at the time. They also were one of the first to employ female guides.

This February, Sabi Sabi pledged its support to the “planet or plastic” campaign, where plastic bottled water is used made from PET which is globally recognised as a safe and 100% recyclable material. Sabi Sabi ensures this process is done responsibly and educates the local communities on the importance of responsible recycling. Unfinished water bottles are taken to a central point where the remaining content is used for laundry and watering plants, ensuring that not one drop goes to waste. All plastic bottles and lids are also used to create employment opportunities, they are donated to a local empowerment group of ladies who recycle the lids and bottles.

Sabi Sabi is committed to supporting local business where possible, all water bottles are supplied locally - packaged in corrugated cardboard (which is made from the recycled bottle caps) and are specifically provided with no stick-on labels so that the bottles can be fully recycled.

100% compostable straws are also exclusively used which, when thrown away, feed plants their naturally organic properties.

 Rates start from ZAR 15000 (approx. £830) per person. To book a stay at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve and for more information visit www.sabisabi.com.

 

SeaDream Innovation

SeaDream Yacht Club’s (www.seadream.com) new mega-yacht SeaDream Innovation will raise the bar for sustainability at sea by being the world’s most advanced hybrid ship.

SeaDream has received a grant for USD $1.8 million for the creation of the revolutionary vessel from Enova, an organisation owned by the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment. The ship will be equipped with a large battery pack of approximately 4 MWh, which enables sailing silently and without emissions for up to three hours with no disturbance to surrounding wildlife. The hybrid system will reduce local emissions by supporting the diesel generators in “peak shaving mode”, reducing fuel consumption. The yacht will be able to sail to sensitive areas such as the Norwegian fjords and along the ice edge toward the North Pole because of this system.

SeaDream Innovation will also install an "Organic Rankine Cycle" machine that takes waste heat from the engines and converts it to electricity. This can produce up to 150 kW of electrical power, which would otherwise have been wasted energy, and instead reduces fuel consumption and results in lower emissions.

 

Where available by port, SeaDream Innovation can be plugged into shoreside electrical grids around the world by using a multi-voltage shore connection system reducing local pollution anywhere in the world.

 

SeaDream believes in authentic experiences that allow guests to enjoy the world’s natural beauty while preserving its resources and promoting sustainability and responsible travel.

 

To learn more about SeaDream as it enters this new era of “Global Yachting,” please visit www.seadream.com/global-yachting.