Mosquito-Free And Eco-Friendly Resort You Have To Check Out
Mosquito-free and eco-friendly places to lodge in whilst traveling don’t come around very often. For good reason too. Think about it. Anywhere that’s eco-friendly will likely be located somewhere in the bush. This generally means lots of insects, creepy crawlies and the dreaded mosquito. Whilst we encourage conscious living and traveling, having to endure a mass of mosquitos can be very unpleasant. Not to mention the chance of getting malaria, if you’re in a high-risk zone.
However, there is a very luxurious eco-resort called ‘The Brando.’ It is reportedly one of the most luxurious eco-resorts on the planet. Moreover, it is situated on an atoll in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The Brando exudes pioneering technology and unexpectedly so. Who would think a place in the middle of nowhere would be so cutting-edge? This place is!
If you’ve got a bucket list and want to experience an eco-friendly haven with a very low chance of encountering a mosquito. Then you need to jot this down on your list.
Mosquito-Free And Eco-Conscious
According to BBC News, ‘The Brando’ resort on Tetiaroa is a stunning atoll north of Tahiti. This eco-friendly haven is the epitome of luxurious exclusivity. It has two-room bungalows starting from €3,700 (£3,200) a night.
Furthermore, the resort used to be owned by the Hollywood legend Marlon Brando. He was happy to convert it into a conscious living experience. Today, it is now a hideaway for the rich and famous seeking conscience-soothing holidays that do less harm to the planet.
Having said that, it’s not for the middle class. But it’s good to know that there are more developments like this resort. This also gives us more reason to create other ones that are more affordable. I think that more and more people around the world are finding new ways to make their impact by helping save our planet.
Many people, according to BBC News, have dismissed the resort as an ‘island for liberal elites.’ This place has housed guests like Beyoncé and Barack Obama. Elite or not, the message to be eco-conscious is inspiring for the fans of these celebrities. Current owner Richard Bailey claims it is close to becoming a ‘carbon neutral and self-sustainable’ resort as well.
Eco-Friendly Electricity Systems
They’re conscious of electricity too and everything is powered through solar panels. The resort even uses coconut oil for biofuel and waste water for sustainable irrigation. The Brando doesn’t use air conditioning either. It has its very own cooling system which uses a ‘closed loop heat exchanger.’ This takes very cold sea water from 900m (2,950ft) below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. The cold water is then used to cool fresh water and circulate cool air around the complex.
This system is powered by water pressure. Therefore, it uses a very small amount of energy.
Experts explain that many people think that luxury hospitality can’t be sustainable. However, The Brando proves that it is possible. There is still going to be some kind of carbon footprint because flying there releases a lot of carbon dioxide into the air. But it’s still a step in the right direction!
Mosquito Harassment Free
Interestingly, mosquitoes are not the only problem. Rats cause a lot of trouble too. The resort has created projects to try and reduce the amount.
Apparently, The Brando says guests are unlikely to be bitten by mosquitoes. This is because of the sterilization program that has eliminated Tetiaroa’s mosquito population by at least 95%. Dr. Hervé Bossin of the Institut Louis Malardé is the leader of the entire project. He says the program breeds and releases non-biting male mosquitoes. They have made a mission to infect the mosquitoes with a Wolbachia virus. This makes the wild females who do bite – sterile.
There are other countries trying similar initiatives. However, Tetiaroa is the biggest success. The mosquito levels are extremely low there, that they’re not even catching females any more. Dr. Bossin says that the success of the project recently convinced the local government to fund a much larger breeding facility that could see the program expand to other Pacific islands. This is massive and could potentially help improve the climate of other initiatives with a similar eco-friendly focus.
From Mosquito To Saving Turtles
The luxury resort is also trying to cope with the number of rats. The issue with a rat infestation according to Dr. Bossin is that they eat everything. From the sea turtles to the sea birds which is really not good for the coral reefs. That’s where technology can help save the situation. Apparently, the resort team wants to use 2.2m-diameter drones to drop poisonous bait designed to attract rats but not other species.
Sounds a bit intimidating and brutal. However, I can understand why it’s necessary. It is also only the Brando’s second time running the operation. BBC News explains that it will be led by Island Conservation, a US NGO that protects endangered species by removing invasive ones.
Unfortunately, rats cause problems just like a mosquito does. They contribute to the collapse of the entire terrestrial ecosystem, says Island Conservationist, Sally Esposito.
Mosquito Technology Is Amazing!
Apparently, the resort has attempted to use both helicopters and drones to spread the bait. But because it’s a tricky environment, drones seem to work better. They can get into more awkward spaces and have helped create a haven for endangered native species. BBC News says it has helped species including the Polynesian Ground-dove and the Tuamotu Sandpiper.
It doesn’t end there either. The most futuristic project on Tetiaroa is the Island Digital Ecosystem Avatar. Apparently, this uses light detection and ranging (Lidar) surveys to create a 3D model. It also considers other data, about animals, plants, topography, and more. These are all included to create a model that might be used to predict how the island will react in different scenarios, from flooding to the introduction of new species. This is probably one of the most technology-savvy and eco-friendly luxury resorts you will find.
We Must Do Something About Climate Change
Scientific director Neil Davies, of Tetiaroa Society, says that The Lidar surveys give them a 3D representation of the physical contours of the island. This even includes the soils. He adds that it’s a lot like putting the island through a scanner.
In addition, the team’s aim is to capture the atoll’s whole ecosystem one day. They want to do this ‘from molecule upwards’ so it can help local governments and communities evaluate future risks and make better decisions.
Worldwide, people are seeking more eco-friendly experiences. They’re trying to live consciously, which is why eco-tourism is huge. We all need to start making more responsible choices, especially because of climate change. There are some other resorts around the world are doing their best to implement new eco-friendly initiatives and programs. From vegetated roofs to ponds and storm water storage tanks as heat sinks for air conditioning systems.
Apparently Leonardo DiCaprio, who is also a high-profile environmental campaigner and a ‘Brando’ regular. Has set to open his Blackadore Caye eco-island resort off Belize in 2020.
The sad fact is, mosquito and rat problems or not, tourism itself contributes about 8% to global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the journal Nature Climate Change. This means that all resorts will have to become carbon neutral, and not just those targeting the world’s rich. The Brando is a very good place for us to start looking for inspiration to do the right thing for our planet.
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