Setting up an ecological lodge: the 3 essential points

After having listed the technical aspects such as the elaboration of the business plan, the respect of the regulations in force, or the choice of materials, in the previous article "Creating your own unusual accommodation: mistakes to avoidToday we would like to help you better visualise the essentials for offering your future travellers an extraordinary experience. Indeed, it is necessary to elaborate in advance the conditions that will make your future tourist village a solid and sustainable concept, fully in line with the glamping trend

1. Find the ideal plot

First of all, you need to define the surface area on which your domain will take place. This will depend on the nature of your idea: the number of accommodations envisaged, the type of space used, the budget available, etc. Defining these elements precisely will enable you to estimate the minimum surface area to be planned. Be careful, the analysis of the region where the project is to be set up must be taken into account to evaluate the tourist potential and the offer already present in the surroundings.

In addition, the general condition of your site should be examined. Indeed, thevisual aspect is essential and will allow your glamping site to be more attractive. Therefore, several natural elements should be considered. Specifically, it is best to include a wooded area that gives contrast to the structure and allows for shaded accommodation. The presence of a natural aquatic area can also be an asset to allow future holidaymakers to bask on the banks of a pond, a lake or even a stream. Indeed, if your core target is a family clientele, the presence of a water feature gives a friendly atmosphere and a considerable charm to your domain that will delight young and old alike.

2. Be familiar with administrative and legal procedures

A laborious but compulsory step, this part aims at knowing and respecting the legal provisions in force in your entrepreneurial project. 

As mentioned in our previous article, the choice of the concept and the visualisation of the available budget are the first points to be defined before you start drawing up the business plan. This essential step, which must include a complete market study (definition of the market, analysis of supply, demand and the environment), will serve to demonstrate the viability of your project. These documents will be essential for developing an effective business and marketing strategy. In addition, there are different regulations depending on the size of your future tourist village: a capacity of less than 15 people only requires the completion of a Cerfa document, whereas above this number, more specific standards concerning accessibility, safety and fire must be respected.

As we explained in our article "Creating your own unusual accommodation: mistakes to avoid".As we explained in our article, town planning is a considerable constraint for those planning unusual accommodation. However, certain types of accommodation can make the planning process easier. Indeed, not all habitable structures require planning permission. For example, our unusual accommodation of no more than 20 m2 does not require planning permission, and is a strategic choice for faster development of your hotel business.

3. Designing housing in a functional way

Since the Covid-19 crisis and its repeated periods of confinement, it is certain that the notion of space has become essential for most people in search of well-being and tranquillity. The trend is away from crowded living spaces and towards quiet, private areas. Your entire concept should also be consistent. Thus, proposing structures that are too different could blur the general vision and the specific positioning that you wish to give to your hotel project. The important thing is to prioritise quality over quantity, ensuring that the accommodation you offer meets your objectives and the expectations of your target customers. Choosing thelocation of accommodation structures requires an upstream examination of the different orientations you wish to offer your future customers. Various elements should be taken into account, such as the amount ofsunshine and the wind direction. Some holidaymakers prefer a good exposure to the sun, while others prefer shady spots, so it is up to you to vary the possibilities. In the end, to offer a real ecological and innovative experience to travellers, there is nothing better than to offer them a total immersion in nature. A successful stay in your future ecolodge will depend on the solidity of your project. Keep in mind the previous points, which are essential for creating a successful unusual accommodation!

Founded in 2011, FUGU® specialises in Nomadic Structures & Innovative Architectures for the event and hotel industry

By clicking on "Accept all cookies", you agree that cookies may be stored on your device in order to improve the navigation of the site and to analyse its use. See our Legal Notice for more information.