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.