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Ecotourism, the magic of design domes in the snow

Ecotourism, the magic of design domes in the snow

18 domes immersed in snow and silence, a hotel designed to blend with the surrounding nature under the banner of ecotourism.

At first glance they remind him of igloo of the Inuit, the classic shelters created with blocks of ice where they found refuge and shelter. Bad domes that stand out in the snows of the Canton of Valais, in Switzerland, are the emblem of how the design can blend in a respectful way with the environment and ecotourism.

Eighteen independent geodesic domes that overlook the Alps and make up the Whitepod eco-luxury hotel. A real ecological resort immersed in the silence of nature, in full respect of the local ecosystem and the surrounding environment.

Designed in 2014, these wonderful under they offer a diversified itinerary and stay, based on personal needs. Suitable for both couples and families, they can offer the well-being and comforts of a traditional hotel.

Each dome contemplates the presence of one wood stove, a panoramic terrace and linen made with ecological fabrics. Based on individual needs, the hotel guarantees a series of additional services such as a relaxing massage in the room, but also the possibility of booking one suite with sauna.

An intriguing project in the name of sustainable tourism, it is no coincidence that the 18 pods are reachable only on foot, in total respect of the present nature. Guests who reach the reception are provided with backpack with map, headlamp and walking sticks, alternative means of transport banned.

A much broader discourse that involves every service offered by the resort itself, for example the staff are local and reach the pods strictly on foot. The use of water and energy is monitored, the restaurant offers local specialties prepared with ingredients at zero kilometer and the waste is all recycled.

The Whitepod is a well-being fable steeped in nature and in the silence of the valley, a perfect place for those who want to disconnect from the frenzy of everyday life. And that inspired the creation of a series of eco-chalet in locally crafted Swiss larch wood, designed by the Californian-Swiss architecture firm Montalba Architects.

True shelters between verde and snow, but the hotel also offers a range of activities in line with ecotourism and the philosophy of the place such as walks and excursions with certified mountain guides, paragliding, dog sledding and much more.

Source: Living – Corriere delle Sera

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