Beyond the Green Horizon: Amaya’s Vision of Sustainable Architecture and Himalayan Luxuries

A crisp autumn morning over a decade ago on this wild, untamed expanse set our intentions for Amaya. The perfumed air presented the scent of wildflowers and pine as our vision of Amaya began to take shape. Today, the ecosystem at Amaya, a sanctuary that is in harmony  with its environment, is built on the pillars of conservation and sustainability.

The founders and architects of our boutique estate proudly share an ethos that if Amaya were to be abandoned, every ingredient used in its construction would naturally blend into its surroundings and nature would slowly engulf Amaya without leaving much of a human trace. 

The patchwork of aged terraces which were once cultivated by generations of Darwa’s farming families provide the space where the Amaya accommodations are built. Moreover, the use of local stone, reclaimed wood, and traditional Himachali masonry  ensures our presence is as timeless as it’s ephemeral.  Rest assured, travellers like you are treated to a Himalayan paradise promoting sustainable minimalism in its finest aesthetic form.

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Besides bespoke local furniture made using salvaged wood, our furniture comes from Sibast Furniture, HAY, Menu, & tradition from Copenhagen, lighting from Tom Wilkinson UK, all-natural sleep systems from Cocomat, Greece and more. Be it our marble coffee table with teak legs or our floor lamps and side tables in black ash with brass legs, the overarching design is poetic in ways more than one.

Whether you’re indoors in the chalets or strolling around the hilly terrain, each man-made structure here speaks stories of communal heritage without leaving a scar upon the land it inhabits.

Here’s how Amaya strives to be a sustainable boutique hotel that seeks to use and environmental resources rather than drain them.

Your Home That Makes a Statement of Sustainability

Guided by the contours of the land, our design philosophy was simple: let the earth speak. The architecture of Amaya–with its sweeping terraces and undulating roofs–follows the natural curves of the hills. The entire design aims to minimize our footprint and maximize the breathtaking vistas of the nearby forests and valleys. 

From marble bay windows that frame the majestic pines to walls, hand-crafted timber doors, and bespoke furniture that accommodates no form of cement, every material used in designing Amaya is sourced responsibly, oozing sustainability. 

Much of our inspiration comes from the topology of neighbouring settlements. Thus, we indulge the local artisan community that’s proud to watch their crafts celebrated in every corridor and corner of Amaya.

Each space, from our cosy 300 sq. foot nooks to sprawling 3000 sq. foot villas, is a reflection of sustainable living.

A delightful blend of mindfully angled terraces and a quiet, concealed-yet-breezy porch takes travellers on a trip down memory lane of a life that was simple, uncluttered and comfortable. 

You’ll experience a quartet of subtle yet evocative design influences stemming from Japanese, Nordic, Himalayan and British Indian cultures. Such inspirations create an atmosphere that’s both global and intimately local.

Here at Amaya, there are minimal boundaries that confine you. The absence of such structures opens up expansive, uninterrupted views of lush surroundings, allowing nature to be an integral part of the experience. The interiors and exteriors ensure that every decor element tells tales of a time where each design was handcrafted with purpose.

Our design choice was deliberate, aiming to dissolve the barriers between inside and out, inviting the landscape to step within and mingle with the decor.

The rooms are artworks of light and shadow, unfolding natural lighting in mesmerizing style and settling guests into an immediate state of transcendence. Also, the placement of marble shutters casts a kaleidoscope of hues across the interiors, reflecting the varied yet unified shades of the natural stones used in their construction. 

Likewise, the lighting fixtures and austere framework of these items show Amaya’s dedication to sustainability. Each such thought is woven into the materials of our spaces, creating an ambiance that speaks to worldly sophistication yet feels deeply personal and rooted in the local terrain.

No Compromises on Beauty

We’re determined to prove that eco-conscious design doesn’t sacrifice beauty. Our commitment shines through in every aspect of construction, particularly in the slanting doors and windows adorned with thin marble panels that catch the mountain light, bathing our interiors in the sun’s nurturing energy.

The materials we chose—marble, timber, and stone—are not merely structural; they are a declaration of our ethos. These elements brand Amaya as an ecologically conscious haven, a place where luxury and responsibility coexist in harmony. 

The local craftsmanship is evident in every corner, from the brick walls that echo the traditional Himalayan architecture to the copper roofing that gleams under the sun.

Our roofs, designed with both aesthetics and durability in mind, are crafted to resist corrosion and withstand the capricious Himalayan weather, promising integrity over time. 

And not just the roofs—throughout Amaya, you’ll find dry-stacked stone walls that elevate our aesthetic appeal, each layer meticulously assembled by skilled artisans whose knowledge of time-tested techniques ensures that these structures are as enduring as they are beautiful.

How Amaya Stays True to the Pillars of Sustainability

Here are some additional ways we keep sustainability ingrained in our identity:

  • Illuminating spaces without overshadowing the stars: Incorporating energy-efficient practices like the installation of low-energy lighting solutions
  • Celebrating Kasauli’s offerings: Sourcing ingredients from local farmers and producers to reduce our carbon footprint and boost the local economy
  • Feasting on a seasonal bounty: Offering seasonal menus based on organic produce from the farms at Amaya which avoids spending energy on storage and transportation
  • Landscaping native flora: Using native plants that require less water and reduce the overall water usage for landscaping. Intensifying forest cover inside Amaya by planting 4000 trees and counting. the reforestation effort reduces soil erosion in the area, and offsets carbon emissions.
  • Sustainable wellbeing: Presenting sustainable bathing and skincare products in washrooms and bedrooms for a delightful wellness experience
  • Nothing goes to waste: Running a zero-waste kitchen through culinary operations that compost food scraps and use all parts of the food ingredients
  • Enhancing flavours: Preserving and fermenting techniques like pickling used to extend the usability of seasonal produce
  • Eco stewardship: Engaging the local community on environmental projects and supporting local environmental initiatives
  • Eco Tours: Touring guests through local ecosystems to strengthen their knowledge of conserving Himalayan forests

We invite you to be a part of this journey, to experience firsthand the fusion of luxury and sustainability.