The Six Senses Duxton represents the luxury range’s first city hotel and foray into Singapore – though it’ll be accompanied by a bigger counterpart at Maxwell later in the year. Sustainability measures are practised at every level, including the supply chain – the hotel returns styrofoam boxes back to the suppliers to be reused, while single-use plastics (plastic drinking straws, bottles and paper plates) are not stocked at all. The hotel also has a mineralisation machine on-site that produces, treats, and bottles its own drinking water.
The JW Marriott Hotel South Beach’s approach is as architecturally arresting as it is eco-friendly. Any visitor there would have noticed the soaring metal canopy – its undulating features, designed by British architects Foster+Partners, is meant to mimic ocean waves but the design has also been angled in such a way so as to lower overall temperatures by approximately two degrees. Not only that, the structure also collects rainwater for usage and has been outfitted with solar panels. The energy collected from these solar panels go into lighting up the building’s facade.
When it comes to eco-friendly digs in Singapore, Parkroyal on Pickering is one of the most committed players, especially with its verdant veneer made up of live plants. And they’re not just there for show – there are gardens located on every fourth floor, and the ample amount of vegetation help to absorb heat, reducing the reliance on cooling systems. Part of their water supply comes from a mix of rainwater, as well as Newater (Singapore’s recycled water). Small wonder that the hotel has clinched the Asia’s Leading Green Hotel accolade at the World Travel Awards for three consecutive years.
Designed by the same award-winning local firm – WOHA – behind Parkroyal on Pickering, Oasia Hotel Downtown has frequently been featured on design sites, thanks to its eye-catching red facade. The red aluminium mesh exterior supports more than 50 different species of plants, which in turn attracts fauna such as squirrels and bees, increasing the biodiversity in the area. The openness of the design also promotes natural cross-ventilation and less reliance on air-conditioning systems.
Formerly the administration building for the British Far East Command, this five-star luxury hotel is situated in the picturesque Fort Canning and has received the Green Mark Gold Plus Award from the Building and Construction Authority (BCA). The hotel also snagged the country winner in the category of Luxury Eco/Green Hotel at the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2017. Their eco-friendly measures include chlorine-free mineral water swimming pools filtered by NASA technology, harvesting fresh herbs from their own on-site gardens, as well as a plant-a-tree initiative for customers.