NEWS
Solar-powered floating island resort coming to Maldivian and Tunisian waters
POSTED 18 Mar 2014 . BY Tom Anstey
Italian designer Michele Puzzolante of MPD Designs has designed a new concept resort called the Solar Floating Island (SFI) – a totally self sufficient energy generator, which will use solar energy as its sole source of power.

The entire resort, constructed of floating pontoons, includes a five-star, 54-bedroom luxury hotel consisting of a 410sq m (4,413sq ft) spa and wellness centre offering a range of massages, manicures, pedicures, facials, body wraps, body exfoliations and hair styling services, in addition to a 150sq m (1,614sq ft) boutique area.

Also included will be more than 700sq m (7,534sq ft) of event space with four conference rooms, a restaurant, bar and VIP lounge, marina, underwater restaurant, underwater bar, three mini airports/heliports, staff accommodation and 20 private villas.

Individual villas would include outdoor decking, dining facilities and an underwater “observation bulb” that would allow guests to admire sea life in the privacy of their own room.

The SFI features a thin-film solar skin applied to a lightweight balsa-reinforced fiberglass hull. The rounded shape of the vessel provides constant exposure to the sun, charging the batteries during daylight hours to supply enough clean energy to last through the night.

All parts of the resort will be constructed separately in a factory, before being transported by containers to the site with the entire ‘Lego-esque’ assembly process only taking a few weeks to complete.

Previous plans for floating island concepts, including a golf course and an underwater hotel, have been announced, but never anything that would run solely off the sun’s power.

Puzzolante estimates the entire development could be built for US$145m (£87m, €104m) and the concept has received full support from Maldives’ president Abdulla Yameen. The first SFI construction is planned to take place in the next few months.

Speaking to Spa Business, Puzzolante said: "This will mark the beginning of a new era of hospitality – a totally self sufficient and ecological energy generator and resort."

Puzzolante also revealed that Albader Trading Group (ATG), represented by CEO Dr Salam Al-Bader, has been chosen to develop SFI as a worldwide brand and that SFI resorts have been commissioned by both the Maldivian and Tunisian governments, with the first thought to be soon underway.
RELATED STORIES
Two Bunch Palms to become first carbon-neutral resort in North America


The Two Bunch Palms Spa Resort in California, US will become the first carbon- neutral resort in North America after partnering with the nation’s clean energy provider, Pear Energy.
Chinese government's tourism plans means futuristic 'floating city' could well become a reality


London’s AT Design Office has released designs for a floating city in the China Sea, and the plans look set to become reality as China's government looks to maximise its tourist footprint.
 


ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media, Portmill House, Portmill Lane,
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DJ Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2019

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
 
Spa Opportunities: - Solar-powered floating island resort coming to Maldivian and Tunisian waters ...
Sign up for FREE ezine
Spa Jobs spa Industry News spa training spa oppportunities magazine spa opportunities blog spa-kit.net spa industry products Submit your news Advertise on Spa Opportunities Contact us at Leisure Media Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook

Jobs Search






diarydates

  Powered by leisurediary.com
19-22 May 2019
SPATEC Spring North America
JW Marriott Turnberry Resort & Spa, Miami, United States
23 May 2019
Forum HOTel&SPA
Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, France

spa-kit
suppliers news


Can your spa uniforms take the heat?

Combining comfort and style is never easy, but when it comes to the demands of life as a spa therapist in a hot climate can your spa uniforms take the heat?

beauty-kit


Vinésime launches Élixir Du Temps to combat signs of ageing round the eyes
Vinésime, a professional vino-cosmetics brand based in France, has launched a new eye emulsion that is designed to combat the signs of ageing.


 
latest spa jobs
1 to 25 of 25 Jobs
Spa Sales and Reservationist
The Bulgari Hotel London
Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Job location: London, UK More>>
 


Spa Attendant
The Bulgari Hotel London
Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Job location: London, UK More>>
 


Therapist
Strip Wax Bar & Boutique
Salary: Competitive Salary and Benefits
Job location: London, UK More>>
 


Spa Therapist

No1 Lounges Ltd

Salary: £24,000 - £25,500 pa
Job location:
London, UK More>>
Spa Therapist

The K Club

Salary: Competitive
Job location:
Straffan, County Kildare, Ireland More>>
Head of Department Roles

Aspria

Salary: Competitive
Job location:
Europe More>>
Deputy General Manager

Aspria

Salary: Competitive
Job location:
Europe More>>
General Manager

Aspria

Salary: Competitive
Job location:
Europe More>>
General Manager

Aspria

Salary: Competitive
Job location:
Belgium More>>
General Manager

Aspria

Salary: Competitive
Job location:
Germany More>>
Deputy General Manager

Aspria

Salary: Competitive
Job location:
Belgium More>>
Deputy General Manager

Aspria

Salary: Competitive
Job location:
Germany More>>
Head of Department Roles

Aspria

Salary: Competitive
Job location:
Belgium More>>
Head of Department Roles

Aspria

Salary: Competitive
Job location:
Germany More>>
Head of Department Roles

Aspria

Salary: Competitive
Job location:
Italy More>>
Deputy General Manager

Aspria

Salary: Competitive
Job location:
Italy More>>
General Manager

Aspria

Salary: Competitive
Job location:
Italy More>>
Spa Therapists

Wood Hall Hotel and Spa

Salary: Competitive salary plus benefits
Job location:
Wetherby, West Yorkshire, UK More>>
Spa Therapists

St Pierre Park Hotel and Golf Resort

Salary: Competitive salary plus benefits
Job location:
Guernsey More>>
Spa Therapists

Rookery Hall Hotel and Spa

Salary: Competitive salary plus benefits
Job location:
Nantwich, UK More>>
Spa Therapists

Rhinefield House Hotel

Salary: Competitive salary plus benefits
Job location:
Brockenhurst, Hampshire, UK More>>
Spa Therapists

Nutfield Priory Hotel and Spa

Salary: Competitive salary plus benefits
Job location:
Redhill, Surrey, UK More>>
Spa Therapists

Norton House Hotel and Spa

Salary: Competitive salary plus benefits
Job location:
Ingliston, Edinburgh, UK More>>
Spa Therapists

New Hall Hotel and Spa

Salary: Competitive salary plus benefits
Job location:
Sutton Coldfield, UK More>>
Spa Therapists

L'Horizon Beach Hotel and Spa

Salary: Competitive salary plus benefits
Job location:
Jersey More>>
Spa Therapists

Grand Jersey Hotel and Spa

Salary: Competitive salary plus benefits
Job location:
St Helier, Jersey More>>
Spa Therapists

Fawsley Hall Hotel and Spa

Salary: Competitive salary plus benefits
Job location:
Fawsley, Daventry, UK More>>
Spa Therapists

Brandshatch Place Hotel and Spa

Salary: Competitive salary plus benefits
Job location:
Fawkham, UK More>>

Spa Therapist
The Bulgari Hotel London
Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Job location: London, UK More>>
 


Senior Spa Therapist
The Bulgari Hotel London
Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Job location: London, UK More>>
 


Wellbeing and Fitness Manager
Champneys Tring
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Tring, UK More>>
 


Jobs page: 1


 
latest spa news

18 Mar 2014

Solar-powered floating island resort coming to Maldivian and Tunisian waters

BY Tom Anstey

Individual villas would include outdoor decking, dining facilities and an underwater “observation bulb”
photo: MPD Designs

Italian designer Michele Puzzolante of MPD Designs has designed a new concept resort called the Solar Floating Island (SFI) – a totally self sufficient energy generator, which will use solar energy as its sole source of power.


The entire resort, constructed of floating pontoons, includes a five-star, 54-bedroom luxury hotel consisting of a 410sq m (4,413sq ft) spa and wellness centre offering a range of massages, manicures, pedicures, facials, body wraps, body exfoliations and hair styling services, in addition to a 150sq m (1,614sq ft) boutique area.

Also included will be more than 700sq m (7,534sq ft) of event space with four conference rooms, a restaurant, bar and VIP lounge, marina, underwater restaurant, underwater bar, three mini airports/heliports, staff accommodation and 20 private villas.

Individual villas would include outdoor decking, dining facilities and an underwater “observation bulb” that would allow guests to admire sea life in the privacy of their own room.

The SFI features a thin-film solar skin applied to a lightweight balsa-reinforced fiberglass hull. The rounded shape of the vessel provides constant exposure to the sun, charging the batteries during daylight hours to supply enough clean energy to last through the night.

All parts of the resort will be constructed separately in a factory, before being transported by containers to the site with the entire ‘Lego-esque’ assembly process only taking a few weeks to complete.

Previous plans for floating island concepts, including a golf course and an underwater hotel, have been announced, but never anything that would run solely off the sun’s power.

Puzzolante estimates the entire development could be built for US$145m (£87m, €104m) and the concept has received full support from Maldives’ president Abdulla Yameen. The first SFI construction is planned to take place in the next few months.

Speaking to Spa Business, Puzzolante said: "This will mark the beginning of a new era of hospitality – a totally self sufficient and ecological energy generator and resort."

Puzzolante also revealed that Albader Trading Group (ATG), represented by CEO Dr Salam Al-Bader, has been chosen to develop SFI as a worldwide brand and that SFI resorts have been commissioned by both the Maldivian and Tunisian governments, with the first thought to be soon underway.



Connect with
Spa Opportunities
Magazine:
View latest issue
Sign up:
Instant Alerts/zines

Print edition
 

Four Seasons opens second hotel in India
CBG Architects complete set of wellness villas in Australia’s spa country
Revealed: Foster + Partners' major hotel project with LVMH
UK’s The Massage Company expands into India, with plans for 50 franchise locations
Rosewood Ningbo set for ‘new green landmark’ in the heart of ancient Chinese city
Sangha Retreat names Alan Navarrette spa director
 
Catalogue gallery



Featured supplier




Invest in your employees – and your company – with FH Joanneum’s MBA in spa management

The FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences offers a unique MBA programme in International Hospitality and Spa Management, and for the first time, is offering substantial financial grants for students who begin the course this year.


Company profile



Focus Training is a leading provider of Active IQ and YMCA Awards certified Personal Trainer courses. Flexible learning with full and part time courses available at venues across the UK.
View full profile>>

spa directory

Consultancy & management

Spa and beauty equipment

Spa marketing

Spa furniture

Saunas, steamrooms and spas

Skincare

Linen

Skincare

Architects/designers

Consultancy & management



Published by The Leisure Media Company Ltd Portmill House, Portmill Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1DJ. Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385 | Contact us | About us | © Cybertrek Ltd