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Earth Day Special: Branded Homes with Eco-Friendly Features

In celebration of Earth Day, is taking a look at those hotel-branded residences that are not only leading the way in luxury, but also in environmental preservation.

Some developers sacrifice everything to create exclusive luxury environments with exotic finishes and extravagant services. These three top developments prove that luxury hotel residences and environmentally-sustainable methods are not mutually exclusive.

The Residences at Sugar Beach is a Viceroy-branded resort and residential development on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, designed to provide an experience defined as “barefoot chic by the shore.” This mentality extends from a down-to-earth approach to five-star services through to its environmental ethos. Indeed, it may have been difficult to ignore caring for the environment given its spectacular setting in a rainforest with volcanic mounts above a pristine beach, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.

The design of the Residences at Sugar Beach is distinctly West Indian and many local materials have been used in the construction to minimize energy for long-distance transportation. Other methods to reduce waste on the property include re-using “graywater” for landscaping irrigation, and composting food waste for use as fertilizer. Set in a lush garden environment, each of the residences feature terraces with dramatic sea and mountain views and their own infinity pools. Pricing for the villas ranges from US$2.4 million to over $9 million.

Meanwhile in the Rocky Mountains, the Montage Residences Deer Valley is slated to become the first silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified hotel/residential development in the state of Utah. Several measures are being taken to ensure that the construction is done with care for the environment, including nearly half of the materials being recycled or sourced from within 500 miles of the site. This luxury ski-in, ski-out resort even features its own Director of Sustainability to coordinate all of the initiatives in operation, including comprehensive waste, paper, and energy reduction programs. Available residences range from an oversized two-bedroom apartment for US$2.995 million to a 4864-square foot four-bedroom penthouse for US$8.675 million.

Down in the Southern Hemisphere, the Four Seasons Private Residences, Anahita, bring eco-luxury to the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius. The 45 villas are set in lush gardens with sea, mangrove or golf course views and two to six bedrooms each. The structures have been designed to maximize both natural light and cooling sea breezes. Special care has been taken to source local materials, while reducing waste through reusing graywater for irrigation and compost as fertilizer. Remaining villas for sale range from 207 to 610 square meters (2228 to 6566 square feet) in size.

For some, a luxury residence with the stamp and service of a major hotel brand is not enough. Being able to sleep easy knowing that your beach hideaway or mountain lodge is respectful to its surroundings and will help keep them pristine goes a long way to completing the full luxury package.