The exceptional hospitality project
in South America (Brazil)

Eco Estrela
project

Eco Estrela´s Masterplan has been developed by EDSA – a world reference in planning, landscape architecture and urban design. The result is a combination of natural beauty and an orderly occupation with a nature inspired design.

Project Details

  • Parameter
    number
  • Total area of plots
    2,571 ha
  • Lenght of beachfront
    6,5 km
  • Planned construction units
    3,300

Introduction

Gremi International SARL, based in Luxembourg, an international holding is developing the “Eco Estrela” project in Baia Formosa, Brazil. It is a new, world class, prestige tourist destination comparable to exotic, luxury locations such as Porto Cervo, Sardinia (Italy), Sotogrande (Spain) or Mayakoba (Mexico). The ”Eco Estrela” project is envisaged to comprise of several hotels, resort facilities as well as luxury residential units. The extraordinary site features 6,5 kilometers (4,1 miles) of Atlantic beachfront and covers an area of 2,571 hectares (6,353 acres). Gremi plays a role of pre-developer, concentrating its efforts on preparing the site for future commercialization with brand investors.  The project has its Master Plan (prepared by EDSA) which permits the construction of up to 3,300 units. Most importantly, Gremi holds the Environmental Preliminary License for the Project (the “LP”). The LP, based on the Master Plan, was issued in March 2016 by the Environmental Agency of the State of Rio Grande do Norte for the Project. In August 2018 documentation for final Installation License was submitted to the authorities and the final permit to start construction is expected by the end of the year.

The first phase of the “Eco Estrela” concept is the “Six Senses Formosa Bay” project developed in direct cooperation with Hotels, Resorts & Spas management company Six Senses. Contract signed with such a successful company as ”Six Senses” for their first and biggest South America destination, is a rational “proof of concept” of the business plan and an ultimate indicator of the project quality.

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Project Site

 Baía Formosa
 Eco Estrela Project Property at Baia Formosa
The project is located north of Baia Formosa, the easternmost town in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Norte located in the northeastern region of the country. Rio Grande do Norte occupies the northeasternmost tip of the South American continent. Because of its geographic position, the state has strategic importance, being the closest location to Europe accross the Atlantic Ocean. The state capital and its largest city is Natal, located one hour north from Baia Formosa. Natal is considered to be one of the fastest growing cities in the country.
Natal City 

Air Traffic and Accessibility

The nearest international airport to Eco Estrela Baia Formosa is Natal (99 km via highway). Opened in June 2014 represents high standard and has potential to receive the Airbus A380 and handle up to 6.2 million passengers. Due to its proximity to Europe and Africa it is the shortest and most fuel-efficient location for airplanes to cross the Atlantic Ocean. The government of Rio Grande do Norte offered incentives in order to positively influence the airlines to choose Natal (reduced the fuel tax to 12 % for scheduled domestic flights, 9 % for international flights and abolished it for charter flights in 2015). Currently, the Natal airport is privately owned and operated by Inframerica, which also operates the international airport of Brasilia and is one of the largest private airport operators worldwide. The number of airlines serving the air connections to Brazil is constantly growing, e.g. in August 2018 the Norwegian Air received a green light to operate flights in and out of Brazil. A private landing strip, suitable for small jets is located in proximity to the “Eco Estrela” project site. The strip is about 1.2 km long and belongs to a private residence located about three kilometres south of the current entrance to the Baia Formosa property.

Generally, the “Eco Estrela” project site benefits from good accessibility by car. Natal and the international airport can be reached in about 1 hour (assuming favorable traffic conditions, about 99 km). The international airport of João Pessoa can be reached in about 60-70 minutes (assuming favourable traffic conditions; about 106 km).

Natal Airport 

Uniqueness of Eco Estrela Location

The “Eco Estrela” project is located in the state of Rio Grande do Norte (north-east of Brazil), near the town of Baía Formosa, which lies about 94 km south of Natal (the capital of the state of Rio Grande do Norte) and about 106 km north of João Pessoa (the capital of the state of Paraíba).
Natal is a popular destination especially among domestic tourists as well as South Americans (especially from Argentina) and Europeans. In 2016 Natal ranked seventh among the country’s most popular tourist destinations (source: Brazilian Government). The region is known for its attractive climate. It records over 300 days of sunshine every year and has one of the best air quality in the world.
The extraordinary “Eco Estrela” site features 6,5 kilometres (4,1 miles) of Atlantic beachfront and covers an area of 2,571 hectares (6,353 acres).
Originally, it was used as a coconut plantation and, as a result, 47 thousand coconut trees create the unique site landscape.

The northern part of the property borders with the river Curimatau and is relatively flat, whereas the southern part is characterised by sand dunes offering attractive views of the natural settings on one side and the sea on the other.
The project site benefits from very good visibility from basically all directions. Due to the remote location and the nature surrounding the project site as well direct beach access, it benefits from unobstructed views.
The project site offers vast potential for various water sports activities such as kite surfing, surfing, sailing, etc. In addition, a diverse environment including the beach, the Private Natural Heritage Reserve Mata Estrela and the mangroves offer the possibility to organise buggy rides, horse riding, walking and kayak tours. Moreover, the clear water and relatively short distance to the edge of the continental shelf provide good conditions for scuba diving.

The “Eco Estrela” project offers a magnificent natural setting for a coastal resort. The project embraces the sites’ character and positive qualities to give residents and visitors a unique and varied experience. Restoration is key to the project as it enhancing the different landscapes that configure this beautiful property. Boutique hotels by the beach side, resorts by the plantation side and natural restoration site by the salt marshes create a dialogue between lifestyle and sense of place. The project is filled with activities that recognize the wind, the sun and the sand, the organic geometry of a coconut growth and the rolling topography that contains them, the value of preservation and the great gift of giving back to the community. The “Eco Estrela” project is to become a thriving and diverse community that will offer the best of experiences to all who want to explore.

Sustainability as Key Value

The basic concept of use and occupation of the area established for the “Eco Estrela” project is entirely integrated with nature, aimed at harmonious coexistence of resort real estate, sports and leisure facilities with natural features of relevant environmental interest that shall be protected on the investment site. The concept for the investment is based on the development of a range of sustainable tourist activities kept in harmony with local nature and following all the requirements and occupation indices established in the relevant environmental legislation. The “Eco Estrela” project is expected to host areas intended for resorts, hotels, technological centre, commerce and service facilities, horse riding centre, Projeto Tamar Center (Centre for Turtle Research and Protection), sport fishing and diving centre, as well as extensive green areas and professional stables and game fields for the Polo Academy. The junction of natural beauty and orderly occupation is aimed at creation of a sustainable tourist destination focused on high standard local and international niche markets. The suggested occupation model respects public space through the creation of elements that will emphasize the landscape value and natural road system. The effective use of solar energy, responsible management of water resources, greenery architecture based on endemic species and transportation services utilizing solely electric vehicles - are the fundamentals of the “Eco Estrela” Concept.

Unique Zone of Attractions for Everyone

The “Eco Estrela” project site was home to a former coconut plantation which shared the land with prolific mangroves through which future guest could navigate by boat. Ongoing development of additional freshwater canals and lakes will enhance the experience and also provide opportunities for a raft of water activities including sports fishing.

For all of the “Eco Estrela” project resorts including the Six Senses Formosa Bay one of the leading attraction will be its full offer of sport and leisure activities. It should position itself as an essential destination for outdoor sports to attract couples, individuals and groups.

One of the “Eco Estrela” project’s unique selling propositions is that most activities can be performed throughout the year, which will help reduce the seasonality of overnight demand. The development by Gremi International of such facilities as: gym, tennis and beach volleyball courts, equipment rental centre (e.g. bikes, surfboards etc.), surf and kitesurfing school, scuba diving centre, docking point for small yachts and solar boats (for sport fishing), electric beach buggy rental, and Activities Centre (for guided horseback tours through the original rainforest and sand dunes) on the area of 1898 ha (4690 acres) will increase the overall attractiveness of the project. One of the highlights will be a professional field with all the necessary facilities and stables for Polo Cup Tournaments and Polo practice. Due to Polo popularity in Brazil and Argentina, the Eco Estrela Polo Club will become one of the most prestige places in the world for Polo players and fans.

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