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Sandibe Okavango in Botswana is the first sustainable luxury resort
On the banks of the Okavango River, in Botswana, the natural materials of the Sandibe resort blend in with the landscape without sacrificing comfort.
Along the delta of the Okavango River, Botswana, it is possible to admire African wild fauna without undermining the environmental balance of the natural reserve, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. The &Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge resort, designed by Michaelis Boyd and Nick Plewman, offers all comforts and, at the same time, is respectful of nature.
&Beyond Sandibe Okavango overlooks the Okavango River, almost merges with the reserve’s vegetation and animals and blends with the landscape thanks to its sinuous lines, recalling local stilt houses, and the unique use of sustainable materials such as wood and terracotta. The project, inspired by the pangolin shell, an African anteater, opens up to the water course by allowing ventilation and natural light to illuminate the rooms.
To keep the rooms comfortable all year long, the resort is equipped with the most modern renewable energy systems, the only artificial element in the whole building. This is due to the fact that the rooms, similar to nests among the trees, are covered with a wicker that reminds us of local craftsmanship and allows thermal insulation in the summer as well as in the winter, without employing air-conditioning systems.
The message that &Beyond Sandibe Okavango and architects Boyd and Plewman want to convey is that of an eco-friendly travel without sacrifices. The increasing demand of low impact buildings proves concern for environmental issues even in the luxury hotel sector. The renovation of the hotel in Botswana is one of these cases in which details are not neglected, including that of the respect for nature.
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