By Gordon Miller at Sustain Worldwide
AlmaVerde Village & Spa, nr Lagos, Western Algarve, Portugal
AlmaVerde is a pioneering luxury eco resort, located in the underdeveloped and unspoiled Western Algarve. AlmaVerde’s stylish villa properties’ eco credentials include adobe bricks and the innovative Coolhouse cooling and heating system, which reduces energy consumption by as much as 94 per cent over conventional air-conditioning.
Prices start from €550,000 www.almaverde.com
L’Amandier, Atlas Mountains of Marrakech, Morocco
L’Amandier is an exquisite boutique resort development of just 15 exclusive villas, located in a lush valley overlooked by the snow-peaked Atlas Mountains. The project was conceived by award-winning London-based architect Nick Gowing, and has been developed as a low-density and authentic contemporary vision of traditional Moroccan riad-style architecture.
Prices start from £319,000 www.lamandier-maroc.com
Porto Heli Collection, Peleponnese, Greece
The Porto Heli Collection features branded Aman, GHM and Nikki Beach Villas and Residences, and unbranded Golf and Sea Front villas. Already available for sale, are the Aman Villas at Porto Heli, which feature a limited number of exclusive, spectacular designer residences for sale, each with elevated vistas out to the Sea. Sustainable resource management minimises energy and water use,
emissions and waste production.
Prices start from €2m www.portohelicollection.com
Joia das Dunas, Santa Cruz nr Lisbon, Silver Coast, Portugal
Joia das Dunas is a collection of 18 Contemporary Eco Villas serviced by a 5-Star Boutique Hotel & Spa. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the luxury resort utilises geothermal heating and cooling technologies. Designed by the renowned architect Vasco Vieira, the
units have three en-suite bedrooms, a pool, barbeque area and terraces.
Prices start from €625,000 www.elementsclub.com
PGA Catalunya, Girona, nr Barcelona, Costa Brava, Spain
PGA Catalunya is a master-planned resort of striking architectdesigned, floor to ceiling glass ‘wall’ contemporary sustainable houses. Set in 300 hectares with two golf courses – the Stadium course is ranked number two in Spain, third in Europe and 88th worldwide. The double volume, pavilion style villas, townhouses and apartments are exemplars of dynamic bioclimatic design.
Prices start from €320,000 www.pgacatalunya.com
Medina Palms, Watamu, Indian Ocean, Kenya
Medina Palms is an exclusive collection of luxury apartments and villas, all with direct access to the beautiful white-sand beaches of the Watamu National Marine Park and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The properties are built from locally sourced stone block, concrete and steel, with palm thatch roofs. Water conservation is practiced – dual-flush wcs and aerated showers – and rainwater harvested for irrigation use.
Prices start from £188,000 www.medinapalms.com
La Reserve, Annecy, Haute Savoie, France
La Reserve, in the beautiful French lakeside town of Annecy, in the foothills of the Alps, comprises just two stylish apartment blocks. One is home to four apartments and the second housing seven, including a penthouse on each. All the apartments have balconies with stunning lake and mountain views. The interior materials used include materials like stone and timber, sourced from nearby quarries and sustainable forests.
Prices start from €536,000 www.mgm-constructeur.com
Minthis Hills, nr Paphos, Cyprus
Minthis Hills, a collection of stylish open plan, glass, pavilion-style villas, located in the hills 20-minutes’ drive from Pafos, creates a harmonious balance between contemporary design and the environment by carefully integrating the development into the landscape. The private residences, situated around an elevated 18-hole golf course, have a passive solar design, and low e-glazing to repel UV rays and prevent overheating.
Prices start from €1.1m www.minthishills.com