These unusual resorts all share a common trait – serious luxury with an environmental twist.
Six Senses is strengthening its environmental stance, having recently announced that it plans to stop importing bottled water to its resorts. Instead each of the brand’s 20 properties will provide still and sparkling water that has been treated at the resort or from a local source close to the property. Six Senses says it is undertaking the initiative in order to reduce the company’s carbon footprint and to build closer partnerships with local communities.
Hotel das Cataratas
Having acquired Hotel das Cataratas in the Paraná area of Brazil in September 2007, Orient-Express Hotels has now set about entirely refurbishing the property. The project is due to be completed in early 2010, when the 195 guest rooms, pool and public areas will have been completely renovated. The restoration also includes the reinstatement of Churrascaria, a Brazilian rotisserie restaurant where meats are grilled over open coals in the style of roadside gaucho grills. A new addition will be the hotel spa, due to launch in October 2009. Built in Portuguese colonial style, Hotel das Cataratas was first opened in 1958 and is located in the Iguaçu National Park, close to the famous Iguaçu Falls. It is the only hotel to be located within the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Rave in a cave
Sassi di Matera is a new Italian boutique hotel with a difference: the ‘property’ is housed in a series of Neolithic caves close to the ancient city of Matera, which dates back 9,000 years and is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The luxury hotel has been created by converting the caves which have been used as dwellings for hundreds of years. Sassi di Matera also includes an open-air spa for those who don’t want their experience to be too rustic.