RE­USE, RE­CY­CLE, RES­TORE

The Peak (Singapore) - - The Hot Seat -

Lux­ury re­sorts with shin­ing eco-cre­den­tials can put a green halo on your next hol­i­day. In Shang­hai, the new Amanyangyun (www.aman.com/re­sorts/amanyangyun) re­sort sets new stan­dards for con­ser­va­tion and restora­tion. Com­pris­ing Ming- and Qing-dy­nasty ar­chi­tec­ture, fused with min­i­mal­ist yet luxe de­sign by Kerry Hill Ar­chi­tects, the es­tate is nes­tled in a for­est of over 10,000 trees – in­clud­ing a 1,000-year-old Em­peror tree. The most amaz­ing part: Each tree and brick in the re­stored build­ings was painstak­ingly re­lo­cated from ru­ral Fuzhou, 700km away from Shang­hai. That takes ded­i­ca­tion – and about 10 years. Also a decade in the mak­ing is ac­tor and cli­mate-change cam­paigner Leonardo DiCaprio’s well­ness-fo­cused eco-re­sort Black­adore Caye (www. restora­tiveis­lands.com /black­adore-caye/). The Belize pri­vate is­land, which is ru­moured to open late this year or early next year, will be com­pletely pow­ered by so­lar en­ergy, and aims to have net-zero wa­ter us­age, and be free of plas­tic and pes­ti­cide. Sit­ting be­hind the world’s sec­ond-largest bar­rier reef, the 42ha es­tate is de­signed to even im­prove the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment around it.

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