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Now that One&Only Hayman Island is up and running (the $80 million renovation wrapped up this summer), the brand is moving on to add another Australian property to its portfolio: it will manage Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa for owner Emirates from early next year.
Yes, that is Emirates as in the airline, with the hotel officially becoming Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley. A few hours’ drive northwest of Sydney, Wolgan Valley lies within the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, built around an 1832 Heritage Homestead. There are 40 freestanding suites, each with private pool and outdoor terrace.
All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen will be talking with the people who perform some of the coolest Green Hotel Jobs out there. He reached out across the globe to talk to the dynamic folks who do everything from breeding fish to teaching indigenous survival courses, and everything in between.
Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa in Australia’s picturesque Blue Mountains is the world’s first certified carbon neutral luxury resort, so naturally when we were thinking of the coolest Green Hotel Jobs out there, we thought we’d say g’day to the resort’s Senior Field Guide, Ben Boothby, whose job it is to basically oversee every living thing on the 4,000-acre reserve.
Leave it to the Aussies to out-eco everybody. We've been following Emirates Hotels and Resorts' Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa for some time now but it was the property's official designation as the world’s first carbon-neutral luxury resort that really got our attention.
Not only is the resort in the gorgeous Blue Mountains outside of Sydney super-duper green, it's been topping 'Best Of' lists all over the world, including Condé Nast Traveler’s Hot List, Travel + Leisure’s 'It List 2010,' and Luxury Travel Magazine’s 'Gold List Awards.'
The Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, the resort that Emirates is building in the middle of three national parks west of Sydney, isn't due to open until 2009, but that hasn't stopped the publicity machine pumping out praise for the green efforts of Emirates.
One of the features of the resort will be a conservation area that is only accessible to resort guests, plus the Emirates group have a range of plans to do some carbon offsetting.