The road which leads to Aura Relais is rather like a watershed between the routine of ordinary life and a place which seems suspended in time and space, where rhythms are not imbued with frenetic human activity but with a measured cadence which only nature knows how to orchestrate.
As you travel the road which takes you up to 632 metres above sea level, you will be aware that metre by metre you are leaving behind that everyday stress to be welcomed by such a sense of wellbeing which stimulates all your senses.
This place is dominated by Mother Nature and we as her guests must respect her.
Respect for nature has become our mission which we strive to upkeep every day making choices which embrace sustainability, eco friendliness and the environment.
The first steps we took in this direction were with the building project.
Maintaining the perimeters of the very old farmhouse and salvaging and reusing as much material as possible, relais blends seamlessly in the landscape thanks to the natural materials chosen for the renovation
The technology used is also eco friendly and also energy efficient.
>The use of natural stone and wood
>Underfloor heating in the entire building fuelled by a biomass (thanks to wood chips made from wood wastage.
>All electric cables are underground so they don’t spoil the landscape.
>The lighting system is low consumption LED lighting
>Thermal and Acoustic insulation
>Use of spring water and a rain water saving plant
>Water treatment system to provide drinking water
>Electric charging systems
The green approach is not only manifest in the structure of the building but also in the small details and choices of everyday life.
Every risorse is used sparingly with an eye to reuse, recycling and the correct disposal of waste.
Each choice is dictated by the wish to create a synergy and wellbeing of the person with that of the environment.
Every proposed activity is aimed at the very pleasing discovery of the area, giving value to all the beauty which nature puts at our disposition.
Being eco friendly was also in the choice of local suppliers and expert craftsmen who use all their skills and really put their heart into everything they produce.
For example, to give the furnishings a little of that Alpine touch which we adore, we used South Tyrolean craftsmen specialised in both woodworking and the treatment of wood. The materials we used were the much sought after wood salvaged after storm Vaia which in 2018 was concentrated on the mountainous areas of the North East of Italy felling millions of trees.
For our courtesy sets and all the products in the well being area, we chose a laboratory in Urbino which made especially for us a line of cosmetics which are 100% natural including the packaging which is plastic free. The composition of the powders used in the products for the body and the essential oil essences in the diffusers leave a particular perfume derived from the ‘Scotano’ a plant typical from our area.
Lastly we strongly desired to use the renowned handmade Casteldurante Ceramics (used for decorative objects and functional purposes). We also have artistic incision art from local artists honouring the quality of craftsmanship linked to the antique tradition of the Ducato di Urbino.