Geothermally Heated Villages Nature Paris Project on Track for 2017 Opening
Next spring, 14 years after being conceived by Pierre & Vacances Center Parcs and Euro Disney, Villages Nature Paris will open 20 miles east of Paris. The resort will be a showcase for green design, geothermal technology and will be based on harmony between man and nature. Villages Nature Paris will open with 916 dwellings, more than two-thirds of which will be cottages and one-third family suites. The dwellings will be owned by individual and other investors and managed by Villages Nature Paris. According to Dominique Cocquet, CEO of Villages Nature Paris, within five years the development is expected to include more than 1,700 dwellings.
Villages Nature Paris is expected to host more than 1 million visitors a year on its 444 acres. In addition to places to stay, there will be many attractions including the Aqualagoon covered water park and outdoor lagoon, shops and restaurants, farm, lake, spa and gardens. “We believe we will have mostly families,” Cocquet says.
The resort, which Cocquet describes as “cutting edge and in synch with what the next century will be,” will offer a more relaxing alternative to nearby Disneyland Paris. The priority market for Villages Nature Paris is France and the United Kingdom, Germany is a secondary market, and Belgium, Netherlands, Scandinavia and Middle East have been identified as opportunistic markets. “Our goal is that at least one visitor in three at Villages Nature Paris comes by public transport,” Cocquet says.
One Planet Living Principles
Ten years ago Villages Nature Paris was one of the first projects to embrace the One Planet Living principles and to embed them into its concept, design and vision. One Planet Living is a global initiative based on 10 principles of sustainability developed by BioRegional and WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature). One Planet Living projects aim for zero carbon. Villages Nature Paris partners are aiming for net zero carbon impact from all energy use by 2020. One Planet Living projects also have the goals of zero waste, sustainable transport, local and sustainable materials, local and sustainable food, sustainable water, land use and wildlife, culture and community, equity and local economy, and health and happiness.