February 17, 2007

Shompole :: Paradise on Earth

Shompole. It is quite literally paradise on earth and just looking at the photos doesn’t do it justice – you need to go there and experience the peaceful serenity and privacy this place offers. Picture a hotel room but without the 4 walls. Picture the bathroom without any walls. Picture a private pool that looks out onto the plains of the Shompole Conservancy and the volcanic hills of the Great Rift Valley. Let me give you a few minutes to savour the photos.

Shompole has won a number of awards as you can imagine but it prides itself in the eco-lodge category. Art of Ventures, the company behind the Shompole concept has as its mandate to work with rural communities to conserve their environment and try ensure that they benefit from sustainable use of natural resources.

The use of unique, innovative design and beyond-5-star service is what they hope will attract more guests to drive the initiative and kick home the message that we need to save our ecosystem. International recognition through the eco-friendly principles, innovative design and community work have already caught the eye of editors at magazines including Vogue and the French newspaper Le Figaro. Mr Gates of Microsoft Corp. and Mr Branson of Virgin have already enjoyed the pleasures of this exclusive (honeymooning) paradise.

Shompole is an ecolodge with private investment that is looking to generate profits which will be used to build more such properties. A new way of social (environmental?) entrepreneurship which I hope succeeds because quite frankly without investment in eco ventures we won’t have an eco-system.

But don’t ask me how much I paid to stay in heaven on Earth!

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  1. Wow… looks amazing!

    17 Feb 2007, 13:36

  2. Nysh

    Random question: Do you agree with Richard Leakey, that the only way to conserve the environment is to remove it and isolate it entirely from the people?

    26 Feb 2007, 00:33

  3. I disagree. People are just as much a part of the environment and it does rely on us taking things out and putting things back into its system – one of the reasons why I like the word ‘ecosystem’. The only problem is that we are forgetting to put things back into the system and yes it does affect the environment but it will also start affecting us soon – its just not happened yet. well not significantly enough.

    26 Feb 2007, 00:55

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