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Fancy staying in a floating hotel? In Lombok you could.

By Dian Hasan | July 11, 2010

As the world’s largest archipelago, Indonesia is naturally home to plenty of sea-faring indigenous tribes. The stories of their bravado and skills in navigating treacherous seas are legendary. Such as the Bugis people of South Sulawesi (Celebes) whose magnificent Phinisi wooden schooners have plied the seas for centuries and ventured as far away as Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. When not at sea, these proud “sea people” still live on the sea, literally above the ocean, in houses on stilts.

If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to live in a traditional floating house, there’s a hotel just like, the Nirvana Roemah Air floating hotel in Lombok Island, Bali’s neighbor to the east.

Akin to staying in a house boat, except that Nirvana Roemah Air doesn’t move around, and stays “moored” on site, the name translates to Nirvana Water House in Indonesia.

Nirvana Roemah Air is located in the village of Medang – Sekotong Tengah, Lombok Barat – NTB. It is a real boutique resort, extremely unique. It is a combination of ‘Crystal Turquoise and Silky Green’ environment: the Medang Bay with its Mangrove forest.

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Eco Rustic | Pulau Macan (Tiger Island) Eco Resort, Thousand Islands, Jakarta Bay, Indonesia

By Dian Hasan | July 9, 2010

As the global economy forges ahead, it gives birth not only to an army of new consumers with buying power, but also to mega cities as a consequence. Urbanization comes as a package with economic development, and is both a bane and blessing to any city managing all its resources. But enough of that for now.

Let’s just focus on the needs of urban-dwellers, who live out their busy lives in chaotic cities, all yearning for one thing – mostly during weekends: AN ESCAPE!

Jakarta is no exception. Beaming with a new-found self confidence with an economy that has sailed through the recent global downturn, cosmopolitan professionals abound with a zest to escape the bustling city in search of respite and solitude.

Pulau Macan (Tiger Island) Eco Resort is the right antidote! The brainchild of Jakarta-born Dutch-American, Roderick des Tombe, or Drigo, as he likes to be called, drummed up an environmentally-sustainable resort that he hopes will become a model of future resort developments in Indonesia.

Drigo (Roderick des Tombe), founder and eco-ambassador of Pulau Macan

With the island’s solar power, organic garden, rain catchment and back-to-nature housing arrangements, Drigo has been running Pulau Macan since 2006 and is fast getting noticed by Jakartans who are looking for unique leisre alternatives not too far from the city. Drigo’s statement encapsulates the idea perfectly: “Part of our aim is to show people you don’t need big cement walls, you don’t need flatscreen TVs, you don’t need air conditioning.”

So whether it’s back-to-nature tent accommodation of “glamping” (glamorous camping”), Robinson Crusoe-style rustic huts fashioned from sustainable materials found in the area, or the more permanent brick bungalow, there’s a suitable choice for everyone. Continue reading

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Green & Chic ~ Juvet Landscape Hotel, Norway

By Dian Hasan | June 10, 2010

When you think of Scandinavian Design you tend to think about an urban setting, with the clean and modern cities that celebrate egalitarianism, civic order, and a perfect blend of old and new design & architecture.

There’s of course the great outdoors where all the raw material and inspiration for the wonderful design comes from. One place where both elements come together in perfect sync is the Juvet Landscape Hotel & Spa in Geirangerfjord, Norway.

Juvet comprises an existing quaint farmhouse, a barn, and seven separate cabin structures scattered in a virgin scenery. Each cabin features floor-to-ceiling glass windows, overlooking the craggy Norwegian setting, with a view of either the farm, river, valley, mountains or the ravine.

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Green Hotels of the Future | Hilton Bariloche, Argentina


Another fine example of exciting things to come in the area of eco-oriented hotels. The proposed eco-hotel Hilton Bariloche in Argentina. The marriage of architecture – green architecture, that is – and the environment it’s taking advantage of is what’s interesting to see. How the “Green Movement” is affecting hotels and how they in turn go about to accommodate the growing “Green Lifestyle” of travelers seeking and supporting hotels whose mission are no longer service and profit, but increasingly summed into the 3 main traits of: 1. Profit, 2. People, and 3. Planet. Creating profitable businesses that engage the communities around them and respect (for a lack of a better term) the natural environment they are bestowed of caring for. Hence a hotel animal of a very different kind – one with a agreen one!

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Green Hotels of the Future | Monterey Bay Shores, California

By Dian Hasan | September 8, 2009

Monterey Bay Eco Development Project 2

Amid the vibrant movement to “Go Green” and create a “Green Lifestyle” it’s interesting to ponder about the future and peek into what’s in store. Especially in the world of travel, the hospitality industry is clearly at the forefront, fueled by the desire to accommodate the new “Green Lifestyle”, and Branding themselves accordingly. Knowing full well that discerning travelers are a pesky bunch. Additionally, Tourism is recognized as among the world’s biggest industry, with potentially the broadest economic multiplier effect. Here’s one look at what’s in store in eco-progressive Northern California, as reported by Tree Hugger. Transforming an old mining site into a cool eco retreat. Monterey Bay Shores Eco-Development.

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Green & Chic ~ Adrere Amellal, Siwa Oasis, Egypt


It used to be that adventure travel was the exclusive domain of a few intrepid individuals on a scientific mission to explore the far corners of the world, courtesy of organizations such as National Geographic, The Smithsonian, or Jacques Cousteau. And while this still holds true, opportunities for today’s avid traveler abound (just as daring a traveler, I might add!) in seeking adventures that are as simple as the journey of reaching a hotel. Such is the experience that awaits you at Adrere Amellal, a luxe eco-retreat in the Egyptian desert that defies categorization.

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Green Hotels of the Future | Island Resort, East Kalimantan (Borneo)

By Dian Hasan | August 25, 2009

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Bali has firmly placed itself not only as a formidable world class travel destination that garners accolades from respectable travel & lifestyle authorities each year, but also for its unique Bali Design has been adapted by the world of Architecture & Design for its truly distinctive style. Making its mark across fine hotels & resorts across the world, from Turks & Caicos in the Caribbean to South Beach Miami, Milan and The Maldives.

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