Lubi Plantation: Where luxury meets sustainability

Posted September 14, 2023

By: Philippine Daily Inquirer

Dusit Thani Lubi Plantation Resort Aerial View

The solar facility has an output of 415.8 kilowatt-peak (kWp). When you’re in one of the most breathtaking islands in Mindanao, it’s easy to get lost in the beauty of its immaculate shores, pristine white sand beaches, lush coconut groves, and verdant landscapes.

But Dusit Thani Lubi Plantation Resort, located in an island off the coast of Davao Gulf, will let you appreciate this exquisite coastal escape beyond its promise of a serene, luxurious stay.

The flagship leisure development of Torre Lorenzo Development Corp. (TLDC) also showcases a beautiful—amazing, actually—synergy between technology and nature that enables it to be naturally green and eco-friendly. Emerging as a model of sustainability and eco-tourism, Lubi Plantation’s allure indeed runs beyond its aesthetics.

Clean, renewable energy

While the resort’s operations already speak volumes about its commitment to sustainability, TLDC has ramped up efforts to further minimize the resort’s carbon footprint.

Earlier this week, TLDC inaugurated the 756-unit solar farm, which was constructed in partnership with Corenergy Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vivant Energy Corp.

The solar facility, which can help reduce carbon emissions by 251 metric tons annually, has an output of 415.8 kilowatt-peak (kWp). At full development, it is poised to power 60 percent of the resort’s energy needs. Prior to the installation of the ground-mounted solar panels, the resort was running mainly on diesel gensets.

According to TLDC chief executive officer Tomas P. Lorenzo, TLDC, as a company, has always been “very much dedicated to sustainability—but sustainability that makes sense.” This latest addition to the resort—another showcase that luxury and sustainability can go hand in hand—also provides a more meaningful experience to the guests, he added.

TLDC COO Cathy Casares-Ko meanwhile noted that Lubi Plantation is currently the first TLDC development to be powered by renewable energy—but it certainly won’t be the last. This facility, she added, will benefit not only the resort, but also the environment and surrounding community.

“We take pride in having gained the trust of TLDC to be its partner for this project. We at Corenergy believe that with TLDC and Dusit Thani Lubi Plantation Resort leading the way, we would see more and more property owners and major players in the hospitality sector taking steps towards sustainability,” Corenergy COO Michael Lasam said in a statement.

Embracing sustainability

Embracing sustainability indeed comes second nature for Lubi Plantation—a sun-soaked paradise that offers a moment of pure escape in the rustic elegance of its private villas and pools, sophisticated amenities, and facilities showcasing 1920s South Pacific Island influences, as well as a stunning respite amid the island’s pristine natural surroundings.Besides the solar facility, Lubi Plantation uses a heat recovery system wherein the heat produced by the airconditioning system in every villa is conserved and recovered to provide hot water. Lighting systems are also designed for reduced energy consumption. The porcelain tiles in the pool meanwhile are designed to absorb and retain heat.

The roads at Lubi are also made of sand. Aesthetic as they may seem, such feature serves another purpose. These roads are meant to absorb rainwater to replenish the island’s aquifers, which in turn serve as a primary source of drinking water in the island. The water is purified via the reverse osmosis plant on the resort.

More efforts make Lubi a haven—not only of tranquility and elegance, but also of sustainability. Lubi is a turtle sanctuary while TLDC maintains a coral sanctuary in the Davao Gulf. TLDC likewise ensures to source locally—meaning within the Philippines—as much as possible, from the food, materials, fixtures to the finishes. Employees are from Davao de Oro, where the island is part of. And as a way of giving back, TLDC has livelihood, education, and social development partnerships with the communities here.

There is no doubt that Dusit Thani Lubi Plantation Resort presents a truly immersive, premier island experience. Nestled in the clear, sparkling waters of Davao Gulf, this luxurious and sustainable tropical getaway will not only offer a retreat in the heart of nature, but will actually rekindle your reverence and appreciation for the marvels of the natural world.

Lubi Plantation is a sun-soaked paradise that offers a moment of pure escape and a stunning respite. The porcelain tiles in the pool are designed to absorb and retain heat.

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