The seed of the current VIVOOD Landscape Hotels was a project of sustainable prefab housing built thanks to an innovative technique to press straw bales. However, once it was selected by Lanzadera, the entrepreneurship program promoted by Juan Roig, president of the supermarket chain Mercadona, the starting point transformed into something bolder: designing a network of hotel resorts fully ecological and integrated into the landscape. Thanks to the cash injected by Angels venture capital firm, it was possible to built this pioneer landscape hotel in less than 12 months. Settled in the municipality of Benimantell, both the concept and the development were innovative for its construction had to cause the least impact on the natural environment around it and at the same time, it had to guarantee all the amenities a luxury hotel requires. Thus the original eco-friendly stance was translated to tourism, a field often bereft of ecological awareness.
In order to avoid disrupting the beautiful setting of the Guadalest valley in Alicante, the modular units (suites, restaurant and reception) were not built there but in a factory. They were later carried to the site where they were assembled. The person behind VIVOOD, Daniel Mayo, a young architect from Segovia, explains that the most important thing is “once in the plot, we used a non-aggressive system to prevent damaging the land. There are no foundations; stilts anchor the cabins to the ground and support their structure”. Additionally, the hillside was cleaned by means of a selective hand pruning and all the wood used in the structures comes from certified forests. Everything was made with all due respect to environment: “The 100 m2 area of the restaurant roof is covered with solar wafers and the swimming pool is filled with salty water, so its maintenance is 100% ecological, and besides we don’t use chemicals”, Mayo states.
Luxury suites are scattered over a vast area. These independent units secure isolation and tranquillity. Their large picture windows, facing towards inaccessible zones, not only provide plenty of natural light, but also turn the landscape into its main allure and decoration element, a placid decoration dominated by three colours: white on the walls, gray on the tiled floor and wood. Four of them have private outdoor hot tubs embedded in the rock and besides, there is an infinity pool from where the guests can enjoy of a spectacular as well as hypnotic panoramic view of the Guadalest valley. The swimming pool was painted black to work as a mirror reflecting the ever changing sky, the profile of the mountains and the leafy crown of the surrounding trees, thus blurring the lines between natural and man-made.
Three of our outdoor collections were picked out to furnish this exclusive complex, reserved for adults, whose most important privilege is, undoubtedly, that peace and freedom only nature can bring: Twins low armchairs by MUT Design and the modular sofa Plump by Studio expormim, both dressed in elegant black mesh, and Käbu sofa by Javier Pastor, in a flashy paprika upholstery. Not for nothing it was selected by the prestigious German travel magazine Geo Saison as best nature hotel in Europe 2016. VIVOOD shows how design and innovation can get along perfectly well with environmentalism to promote an alternative way of luxury tourism, far more sustainable and clean, capable of renewing the truncated dialogue with nature and even help finding oneself. A place were clocks stop ticking and rush does not exist. A dream come true.