As we shop, eat and live more eco-consciously, new hotels like Gennadi Grand Resort in Rhodes are shining a spotlight on sustainability within travel. Impressive and inspiring in their ethos and pioneering practices, Gennadi Grand Resort, re-opening for its first full season this April, puts the glamour back into green.
Sexy and sustainable, Gennadi Grand Resort embodies the art of thoughtfully considered design. Consciously created by Dimitris Melenos & Partners, the architects take their cues from the charming landscape with a neutral palette, sharp angles, low-slung buildings and slanted roofs that complement the surroundings and optimise microclimate conditions. Recently awarded a prestigious Green Key in the International Environmental Awards, the eco-chic resort has a focus on its water consumption, using a reverse osmosis system to deliver 20,000 litres of clean, sustainable water to the resort every hour and a conscious effort has been made to collect and recycle any rainwater.
Locally sourced porphyry rock, chosen for its minimal maintenance properties, provides the foundations of the resort whilst the floor-to-ceiling windows make for a spectacular theatre of foliage, the Aegean Sea and the mountainside surrounding the resort. Flourishing in the Mediterranean climate are the evergreen shrubs, cypress and pine trees that are scattered throughout.
Situated on the less-explored Southern corner of the largest Dodecanese island by a traditional fishing village off the tourist trail, Gennadi Grand Resort respects the culture and history of Rhodes. Supporting the economy of its local community, guests are invited to discover Ancient Greece, explore a local village, witness the farm-to-fork food philosophy or simply sit back in a sun-kissed solace.
The resort itself boasts 161 private pools for couples craving privacy, families wanting flexibility and friends in need of a respite. Adapted to suit individual tastes are the 11 bars and restaurants with interactive cooking stations where small independent producers are prioritised for authentic Greek flavours. The sustainable green roof is the perfect spot for walks or yoga and the resort’s spa and health club offers a selection of signature rituals, facials and body treatments.
Rates at Gennadi Grand Resort start at €150 (approx. £129) per night, based on double occupancy with breakfast. Half board and ultra-all-inclusive options also available.
For more information or to book visit www.gennadigrandresort.com