On this episode of the Our Conscious Journey podcast, Daniel Lauber, the creator of Cervo Mountain Resort, in Zermatt, Switzerland, shares how practicing mindfulness and engaging with the local community are impacting the hotel for the better. We learn about some of the biggest hurdles for hotels in general, how they can be more mindful, and what the future holds for Cervo.
In a recent renovation, the hotel made adjustments to drastically lower its carbon footprint, upgrading to geothermal and solar energy and heating systems. Fireplaces even heat some of their water tanks. Thanks to these efforts and a dedication to “a mindful awareness of life,” as Lauber puts it, the hotel was recently awarded Ibex Fairstay platinum certification. He and his partner Seraina Lauber created Cervo in 2009 as a retreat in the Swiss Alps; in the years since, it has solidified its standing as much more than just a hotel.
Cervo Mountain Resort
Wood is used to fit into the surrounding nature. The original chalet, where the main reception is, has remained much the same. Regional traditions are highlighted throughout.
All trash is separated and recycled accordingly. We donate all leftover candles to a company working with disabled people to produce new products.
Cervo uses LED lighting, solar panels on the balconies, geothermal energy, efficient wastewater heat recovery, and more.
Guests have reusable water bottles in their rooms, which they can fill at smart taps that also make sparkling and heated water.
Whenever possible, products come from within 150km of Zermatt. Where this is not possible, the hotel chooses sustainable and organic suppliers.
Cervo supports local initiatives, such as sports clubs, and runs projects in collaboration with Lebensraum Zermatt, including a monthly soup table, a regular vegetable market, and an annual Sustainability Day.
Guests can join complimentary yoga, mediation, and Pilates classes. The hotel also recommends hiking and biking routes in the summer and skiing options in the winter.
Zermatt is car-free, so it is only reachable by train or taxi. Cervo recommends that guests do not rent a car during their stay.
Weekly staff activities such as yoga, climbing, skiing, and meditation are offered. Weekly breakfasts or after-work drinks are offered. Career development is encouraged by looking for managers from within existing teams.
Employees are trained at the beginning of their contract and are regularly informed about the sustainability efforts. Staff is encouraged to speak with guests about these programs.