A holiday on a tropical island is the stuff dreams are made of, but luxury island resorts aren't often the eco-ideal. Thankfully, architects all over the world have been busy designing the ultimate paradise getaways that combine sustainability, luxury and adventure, all within a single eco-friendly island destination. From an organic garden in Fiji, a hydro-powered hotel in the Bahamas, to the concept of a repurposed oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, whether you are looking to plan a real-life escape, or are simply looking for a way to break free from the daily grind without leaving your desk, jump ahead for six of the most impressive and innovative sustainable island resorts from across the globe!
The 121-acre Resorts World Sentosa, an idea conceived by household name Michael Graves, is the brilliant eco-resort built on an island off the coast of Singapore. A multi-million square foot complex, the resort features six hotels, a casino, a convention center, a waterfront auditorium, a spa, a marina, an animal park, retail and restaurants. To compliment all this extravagant fun, the resort also features a number of sustainable initiatives such as photovoltaic systems to provide power, and green roofs to insulate the buildings.
Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort is an extraordinary little eco-resort located on a peninsula outside of the town of Savusavu, Fiji. Alongside the opportunity to take part in some amazing diving and snorkeling in a marine reserve, the resort boasts traditional Fijian architecture and an organic garden. Plans include the restoration of the surrounding eco-system and the resorts boasts a community foundation that gives back to the local people.
This five-star resort on Star Island in the Bahamas is among the most luxurious in the world, yet stays true to its promise of being entirely energy self-sufficient. All the power for the resort is produced from solar, wind, and micro-hydro generators. The resort also offers diving, tennis and shore-side cocktails, but the sustainability of the resort’s construction, interior and grounds are the most impressive of the features on offer.
Vietnam’s Con Dao Island Six Senses Resort is a site where eco-consciousness meets lavish luxury . This award-winning project, designed by Reda Amalou and AW² Architecture, was also recognized by World Tourism Organization, Green Globe 21. Surrounded by sand dunes, the resort is a combination of suites, villas and restaurants. Construction is supported with sustainable timber frames, and the entire resort operates at low levels of energy, underscoring conservation.
With a 25-year lease from the Maldivian government, Slovenian architect studio OFIS was given the opportunity to develop a set of four islands into tropical eco-resorts. The firm’s objectives for the project include maintaining concern for the local environment and creating a self-sustaining project, all while adhering to the cultural and ecological authenticity of the local area. A 100-bed, 5-star resort is among the plans, and would be spread throughout the islands as a variety of different accommodation styles, from bungalow to villa. Construction would follow the local law that no building be built higher than the island’s tallest tree.
Houston-based architecture and design firm, Morris Architects, won the Radical Innovation in Hospitality design competition back in 2009 with their brilliant Oil Rig Platform Resort and Spa concept. Reclaiming one of 4,000 oil rigs out in the Gulf of Mexico, the firm takes on the dirty energy source and converts it to an eco-haven that generates all of its power from renewable sources.