A law to protect corals in the Pacific, container architecure with a very luxurious feel, and a garden rooftop with view over the Eiffel Tower... this is our curated conscious travel news of the week.
Palau becomes the first country in the world to ban sunscreen
Palau is worried for its Jellyfish Lake, one of the country’s Unesco World Heritage sites after noticing damages caused by mainstream sunscreen. The Western Pacific nation has decided to ban reef toxic sunscreen by 2020 meaning products containing any of 10 harmful chemicals including oxybenzone and octinoxate. Indeed, oxybenzone poses a hazard to coral reef conservation by sapping coral of nutrients and bleaching it white. Tourists who bring banned sunscreen into the country will have them confiscated and retailers who attempt to sell them and break the ban will face fines of $1,000. Discover alternative and safe sunscreen over here.
Just opened: Seychelles Eco Camp Luxury Hotel
With a commitment to the conservation, preservation and protection of the natural resources of Cosmoledo island, the new Blue Safari eco-hotel comprised eight design restored shipping containers. These 38 square meters luxurious Robinson Crusoe accommodation come with a fully retractable front wall and covered terrace allowing guests to admire a private ocean view. As for the decor, old tree trunks have been repurposed as tables and fishing nets as hanging lamps. Cosmoledo Eco Camp is the only accommodation available in the wild Cosmoledo Atoll, a cluster of 21 islands located 1,030km from the Seychelles main island of Mahé. It is one of the most remote groups of outer islands in the Seychelles.
Europe’s first underwater restaurant is now taking bookings
Seafood belongs underwater and for the first time in history we will be able to enjoy it... on location. We covered the announcement of this new venture by Snøhetta architecture studio in this article. ‘Under’ restaurant – which name has the double meaning of “sunken” and “wonder” in Norwegian – is opening at the southernmost point of Norway’s coastline, near the village of Båly early next year. It will double as a research centre for marine life. You can now book your submarine table for dates beginning April 2019.
Le Brach: A kitchen-garden suspended over the Parisian rooftops
Designed by Philippe Starck, the recently opened Le Brach Hotel is the first hotel in the Evok group portfolio. Located in the heart of the 16th arrondissement of the French capital, on the site of a former postal sorting center of the seventies, it boasts 59 rooms and suites with terraces, all of them with views over the city. The large garden with its hen house and aromatic herbs, fruits and vegetables patches on the rooftop where workshops are held brings a refreshing countryside touch to this urban gem. Evokhotels.com