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.
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).
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.
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.