Gallery: Eco-Luxury Hotel for the Bahamas’ Star Island

Star Island

Next year, eco-luxe travel will get a new destination with the opening of a new five-star resort for Star Island in the Bahamas. In and among diving, playing tennis and drinking a cocktail or two, holidaymakers will discover that the resort is entirely energy self-sufficient, with power coming from solar, wind and micro-hydro generators. And, that the sustainability aspects of the resort’s construction, interior and grounds have also been considered in impressive detail.

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  1. sustainexpert November 2, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    It is a good thing that developers are starting to work with the environment…for whatever reason. I also like the idea of targetting upper-class tourists for the sake of spreading the idea of sustainability, as they do set the trends. However, considering a larger context of things may weaken the claimed degree of sustainability of this development; do people have to travel by air to this development from far-away sites, how sustainable is this if they are encouraged by a marketing campaign to travel 5000 miles to spend a few green days? Is the island better off ecologically after the development?

  2. wklopf August 17, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    We have a lot on Greater Abaco. We want to use insulated concrete forms. Does the Bahamian government give any tax credits for building with energy conservation in mind?

  3. bahamaslass June 10, 2008 at 10:18 am

    Eco freindly? Just look at the eco friendly scar on the face Mr. Sklar has left us with on Eleuthera. He started a vision called Sky Beach on the island. It now looks like a quarry. All vegetation was stripped, when it rains there are mud slides that cover the roads leaving traffic stuck in mud and sliding out of control. It will take 20 years to put back the vegetation that was strip mined from our island. I can only judge a person by their actions and all the fancy web sites in the world will not hide what he has done to our island. The Sky Beach web site shows lush vegetation, the reality is bare limestone rock, not one inch of sub soil left. Time will tell, but I don\’t see Mr. Sklar as a very eco friendly person.

  4. hmmarquard June 9, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    This looks great but I am kind of disappointed that “unless guests take an active interest in sustainability issues” they’re not really going to get the picture of where they’re staying and what makes it nice. When did it become wrong to try and teach people about a different way of life? Why does “luxury” always have to be tied to frivolous excesses and mass amounts of waste? Seems a shame to spend all this effort to green this resort and then keep it a well-hidden secret from the hoity-toities going there who, if no one has noticed, have started jumping out of their Hummers and onto the sustainability bandwagon faster than you can say “green”.

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