Alaska – Located in the middle of Denali National Park, 10 miles from the summit of Denali – the tallest mountain in North America – Sheldon Chalet offers luxury consumers an experience previously reserved for mountaineers. During their stay at the 10-room chalet, guests can choose to explore the Ruth Glacier, experience the aurora borealis and venture to the original Don Sheldon mountain house, built in 1966 as a retreat for mountain-climbers.
Guests are flown in by helicopter and are treated to a champagne reception upon arrival. The family-run business is working to make the accommodation completely carbon-neutral, with solar panels and a run-off powered water supply as well as a special Finnish fireplace that doubles as a high-efficiency, clean-combustion heating system, all contributing to this aspiration.
Recently, Norwegian architecture studio Snøhetta unveiled plans for its Svart Hotel, which similarly concentrates on offering a sustainable hospitality experience in the Arctic Circle. There is a growing conscientiousness among brands of the need to create travel experiences that have a minimal impact on the local environment.