With the rising temperatures and its impending doom on planet earth, it is imperative for us to focus on sustainability in tourism. And presenting us with a fitting alternative is the novel Six senses resort in Norway. Touted to be the world’s first net energy positive destination in the world, the property features 94-room in total. It is located at the foot of the breathtaking Svartisen glacier and is slated to open in 2024. The hotel is further perched above the Holandsfjorden fjord via poles to minimize the impact on the surrounding glacial environment.
The property’s design is inspired by the “fiskehjell” (an A-shaped wooden structure for drying fish) and the “rorbu” (a coastal fisherman’s cabin) and is a modern-day ode to futurism and sustainably. It features the highest energy-efficiency standard in the northern hemisphere and will be able to harvest enough solar energy to go back into the system such that it is independent of the power grid.
The hotel will also come with its own waste and water management systems, thanks to its ingenious recycling and renewable infrastructure. Not one that is completely deprived of technology, each room at the resort will boast a non-invasive touchless technology called the Svart Touch. It will be capable of adjusting as per the guest’s state of mind and health and thereby provide an immersive experience to guests.
Further, visitors will also be able to indulge in other purpose-driven initiatives such as the Experience Center, the Alchemy Bar, the Earth lab, and more. They will be invited to dine at The Marketplace, a zero-waste venue, and sample drinking water that is filtered and bottled in-house.
Commenting on it, CEO of Six Senses Neil Jacobs, in a statement, said, “Sustainable properties call for extraordinary creativity, and Six Senses Svart takes us to a whole new level in terms of pushing boundaries.”
He further added, “The concept has become bigger than the project itself, as it will provide a futuristic showcase for what can be achieved in terms of sustainability and energy solutions, and therefore a blueprint within our hospitality industry and the development sector in general.”
Who said luxury always comes at an environmental cost?