Sustainable Design

Sustainable Design

Walk softly upon this earth - giving what you can and taking only what you need.” Buddha

We are located within the Rekawa Nature Reserve, a protected area home to a rich, tropical mangrove ecosystem, a peaceful lagoon, diverse wildlife and a stunning, unspoilt stretch of sandy beach where giant sea turtles come to nest. Our vision was to design and build the Sanctuary with the utmost sensitivity and respect towards the surrounding flora and fauna. In order to achieve this, we worked with independent environmental consultants over an 18 month period to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment to determine the most suitable way forward.

Our Sanctuary is a bespoke design from the Brazilian-American architect Adriana Arbex. All exteriors and interiors are of local craftsmanship using local materials, and no heavy machinery was employed in the development. Our cabanas are built on stilts to allow the natural flow of animal migration. Circular in form, the main building and cabanas mimic the natural shape of the conical shell, drawing earth energy up from the land and encouraging a continuous flow of Prana throughout the space. Prana is our vital life energy, the invisible but powerful energetic force that pulses throughout nature. The design works in harmony with its natural habitat: the boundaries between inside and outside are merged and we are nourished by the Prana of our natural surroundings. This creates a space which facilitates healing, the sense of interconnection, creativity and transformation.

We are continually working to reduce our carbon footprint through a range of sustainability policies, for example:

  • We currently generate 50% of our electricity from solar panels and our aim is to be fully sustainable in this respect by 2022
  • We minimise the use of plastic wherever we can, for example, we only use reusable glass bottles in guest rooms and metal straws in our king coconuts
  • We invite guests to contribute to our green efforts during their stay by reusing beach towels and bathroom towels wherever possible
  • Our team participate in a daily beach clean rota. Luckily we have an unspoilt beach with very little litter - and we like to do our bit to ensure it stays that way!
  • We are now growing our own vegetables and fruits at our bio dynamic farm in the rainforest, and aim to supply 75% of the Sanctuary’s food by the end of 2020
  • Where possible, the remainder of our food is seasonal, locally produced, and supplied by local markets less than 10kms away who share our ethos on sustainable food production.

Testimonials

What a special place!! I had an unforgettable week at the sanctuary. Filled with relaxing treatments, friendly faces and the most nourishing food. Also loved the nearby rock pool and watching the turtles nest their eggs on the beach in the early mornings. Truly recommended!

Constanze Saemann

- February 2020

Overall was a great 2 weeks staying at Sen Wellness, where we reached the goals that were defined - clean the mind, loose weight and starting to get back in shape. We'll be back.

Rui & Claire

- December 2019

What an amazing experience. Everything was above and beyond- treatments, service, staff, hosts, doctors. I thoroughly enjoyed my 7 night stay in a private cabana with amazing meals. The excursions were great and everything flowed so well. I highly recommend if your just looking for a place to relax, if you have a health issue or stress to deal with. Thank you to Sen, I look forward to coming back again.

Madison Graham

- November 2019

Sen Wellness Sanctuary is a true oasis for wellness, relaxation, detox and a culinary heaven. We were pampered from check-in to check-out. The staff was always friendly, the treatments were amazing, the beds were so comfy and everything was very clean. The food was amazing: so tasty and fresh. I was looking forward to yoga on the beach or gong meditation daily as it was the best thing to start or end your day. I would recommend staying at least 7 - 10 days, since 5 days are waaaay to short. There is nothing that I didn't like about this place!

Mimi Harp

- December 2019

This was one of the most uplifting experiences of my life. Everyone was so kind and considerate, nothing was too much trouble. The team are so knowledgeable, catering for your own personal needs. The surroundings are idyllic and food great. I came away after a 12 day stayfeeling like a new woman, totally re-energised both physically and mentally. Just wonderful!!

Karen Lester

- January 2020

A stay in the Sanctuary was a wonderful experience in every respect (renewal for the body, mind and balance of emotions). For 10 days fantastic and professional people took care of us: Ayurveda treatments, delicious and healthy food, daily yoga and meditation. Fantastic yoga teachers (Kundalini, Yin and Vinyasa) and the wonderful Dr. Sam (bioenergy therapy, acupuncture). The area is ideal for retreatment (nature, peace and quiet). This is a place worth returning to - we will definitely be back next year, especially since we need to check how the mango trees planted by us on the lagoon grow

Paweł Bębenek

- November 2019