Posts tagged Eco-Friendly Design
Not all water is equal

Approximately 71% of the Earth's surface is water-covered, and the oceans hold about 96.5% of all Earth's water. Many people think The Bahamas archipelago is a part of North America and the Caribbean. It’s neither. Geographically, the Bahamas is located in the Atlantic Ocean, while the majority of other Caribbean territories are located in the Caribbean Sea.

Unmistakable, the Bahamas from space.

Unmistakable, the Bahamas from space.

The Bahama Banks are the submerged carbonate platforms that make up much of The Bahama Archipelago and its banks are the Great Bahama Bank, Little Bahama Bank and Cay Sal Bank. The limestone that comprises the Banks has been accumulating since perhaps as early as the Jurassic period. The waters of the Bahama Banks are very shallow; on the Great Bahama Bank they are generally no deeper than 25 meters (80 feet) but with very steep slopes around them such as the border of the Tongue of the Ocean. You can find the third largest fringe barrier reef, and Dean’s Blue hole (the world’s deepest blue hole), one of many blue holes, in The Bahamas.

The Bahamas and its 3 major Banks and deep drop offs, in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Bahamas and its 3 major Banks and deep drop offs, in the Atlantic Ocean.

This build up of limestone makes variation of shallow water banks and contrasting deep drops an incredible canvas, especially from space. For astronaut Scott Kelly, the sight of The Bahamas from his vantage point onboard the International Space Station had been a regular talking point on Twitter - sending out photos of the beauty of the nation as seen in 2015, during his year from space.

The Caribbean Sea is a sea of the Atlantic Ocean in the tropics of the Western Hemisphere. It is bounded by Mexico and Central America to the west and south west, to the north by the Greater Antilles starting with Cuba, to the east by the Lesser Antilles, and to the south by the north coast of South America. Atlantic deep water is thought to spill into the Caribbean and contribute to the general deep water of its sea. Atlantic Ocean water enters the Caribbean through the Anegada Passage lying between the Lesser Antilles and Virgin Islands and the Windward Passage located between Cuba and Haiti.

The Caribbean with the Bahamas and the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean.

The Caribbean with the Bahamas and the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean.

LESS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT: LESS PLASTIC IN OUR OCEANS ANd SEAS

Columbus Cove, Long Island. Columbus first landed in The Bahamas in 1492. Long Island is home to the monument of the landing of The Santa Maria, Dean’s Blue Hole and what is believed to be the largest Lucayan Indian settlement throughout the Caribbean and Bahamas.

Columbus Cove, Long Island. Columbus first landed in The Bahamas in 1492. Long Island is home to the monument of the landing of The Santa Maria, Dean’s Blue Hole and what is believed to be the largest Lucayan Indian settlement throughout the Caribbean and Bahamas.

Yacht Sweet Escape now has the GROHE Blue® kitchen faucet system that reduces CO2 emissions by 60% as compared to bottled mineral water. It delivers delicious filtered water chilled to the perfect drinking temperature in three options – still, medium or sparkling – at the touch of a button.

Yacht Sweet Escape strives for the best tasting, safest eco-friendly options for our drinking water supply. With the human body being made of approximately 60% water, Yacht Sweet Escape wants only the finest of water for our guests. To make your water drinking more interesting, we can provide a variety of customized chill and carbonation variations. Using the GROHE Blue® we will eliminate the unnecessary wastage of using single-use-plastic, excessive storage of plastic onboard and the process of the manufacturing the technology is equally as green; GROHE itself is an award winning company for being a sustainable model for an eco-conscious business.

GROHE Named to Fortune 2017 “Change the World” List for Global Sustainability Efforts

The Only Plumbing Industry Company Recognized for Providing Water and Energy Conservation Solutions that Have Positive Social Impact.

According to Grohe, the GROHE Blue® combines convenience and a healthy lifestyle in one environmentally-conscious package. Compared to the pollution and energy consumption caused by filling and transporting bottled mineral water, filtering tap water has a negligible environmental impact. GROHE Blue® saves on precious resources; seven liters of water are needed to put just one liter of bottled water on a supermarket shelf! Energy is also saved, as heavy bottles are no longer needed to be carried onboard.

Using GROHE Blue® filter systems means taking responsibility for the environment. Sparkling water made @WholeFoods' top 10 food trends for 2018. Enjoy it straight from the tap of our GROHE Blue® Chilled & Sparkling. Feel good about what you put into your body with a conscious effort to make choices that effect our oceans.

In the US alone, over 33 billion liters of bottled water is sold per year, 80% of which end up in a landfill or our oceans. Estimates show that the annual consumption of bottled water requires an energy input of 32-54 million barrels of oil. 

For our turn-downs, Yacht Sweet Escape uses the Alfi® Hotel TT Thermos in polished stainless steel and clad in a stitched melange grey leather. Alfi®’s own AromaSafe principle and the fact that all Alfi® products, including this vacuum carafe, is produced with absolutely no toxins whatsoever makes Alfi® an even greener choice. By integrating the GROHE Blue® systems and these incredibly efficient vacuum thermoses, it allows for our guests to keep their optimal temperature in still or sparkling at their besides every evening. This chic thermos eliminate the use of plastic bottles and help us to keep plastic from our seas and reduces the use of fossil fuels. Alfi® is a brand synonomis with luxury yachting, and we could not help but be obsessed with this particular ultra exclusive design by Alfi® only found through their European market!

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JANUARY 2019

SPOT LIGHT ON OUR INTERIOR DESIGNER, Sweet Escape Hospitality and Brand
Interior Designer of Yacht Sweet Escape, Ghandi Knowles, of Bahamas Property Services. Interior Designer and Property Developer, Ghandi Knowles lends her unmistakable design style to each project wether in the sun, sea or snow.

Interior Designer of Yacht Sweet Escape, Ghandi Knowles, of Bahamas Property Services. Interior Designer and Property Developer, Ghandi Knowles lends her unmistakable design style to each project wether in the sun, sea or snow.

Over the last few years BahamasPS has conceptualized and now brought through to completion the full infrastructure of a “green” lakefront, 20 home development in Cable Beach, The Bahamas named Oakridge Estates; Oakridge is completely “green”, with its own solar power, water maker, and environmentally friendly design mere steps from BahaMar.

There is nothing like it in the Bahamas, Oakridge Estates is for the most discerning of clientele, with its small size, unique location and forward thinking. Ghandi strives for a green approach to her projects, which is probably why her ethic translates so well to properties like yachts and mountains, where resources require utmost respect. From logistical nightmares, with shipping and delays, and knowing no mistake is “just” a little one, Ghandi is familiar with the practicality it takes to do business in the islands, out at sea, and of course up the mountains!

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Oakridge Estates, Cable Beach, The Bahamas a lakefront “green” community.

Oakridge Estates, Cable Beach, The Bahamas a lakefront “green” community.

With Bahamian heritage and an avid traveller, she marries elements of bold color from her roots, always finds unique textile art, and makes a transitional aesthetic. “I cannot describe my style in a specific box like island classic, because that would put my creativity in a catalogue and that is just not what I do! I have decorated several town houses and estates in the United Kingdom, a Chalet in France, numerous yachts and private homes in The Bahamas. If my clients thought I was just one genre, I would be disappointed! I definitely have a particular style that is distinctly recognizable as Ghandi Knowles but it is far from limited to the traditional shells and bells of the old school Bahamas.”

As well as skills in interior design, Ghandi has a wealth of experience for the detailing and white goods for hospitality management and rentals. Her company, Bahamas Property Services, has been in the industry for years and work with LEED guidelines and MLS Real Estate and Yacht Brokers. Living between Nassau, Europe and Fort Lauderdale, Ghandi is also currently working on Lot 83, Albany, Bahamas. This is a 11,000+ square foot, sensational home with golf course views on the twelfth hole, in an exclusive members community; home of Tiger Wood’s Hero Challenge. The Marina at Albany is state of the art and worth a visit while on charter with Yacht Sweet Escape, Book for the 2019 event with your preferred broker!

Responsible for the refit and reboot of the Sweet Escape hospitality brand since 2017, the collaboration has inspired a luxury alpine chalet and most recently a pied-à-terre, Cottage Sweet Escape, on the infamous Paradise Island, steps away from the Atlantis Hotel and Cabbage Beach.

Being eighth generation Bahamian, has its many benefits, Ghandi worked for Yacht Sweet Escape on itineraries and in specializing the toy chest to take full advantage of what The Bahamas is best at. The movie library features almost all of the movies filmed in The Bahamas, after all 4 James Bond films were located in The Bahamas for a reason, not just Thunderball Grotto. Look closely at the library and you may see the theme of historical books such as Those Who Stayed and thrilling novels on such characters as Sir Harry Oakes or Joe Carstairs.

Snorkeling, fishing, conchin’, secret bays and secluded beaches…those little gems that Bahamian’s do not share with just anyone, all in Yacht Sweet Escape’s repertoire. The interior department has benefited from the array of table settings and themes having been revitalized, impressing and surprising even the most seasoned of charter guests. Have a look at the testimonials, don’t just take our word for it! It will be exciting to see what Ghandi Knowles and Sweet Escape’s next venture could bring.

December 2018