Low-Impact Sustainable Resort Development in the World’s Most Outstanding Natural Environments

David Culberson

Owner, Developer, or Development Director of sustainable resorts in some of world’s most unique locations; each a creation of small footprints that promote vernacular architecture, protect local culture, and preserve the surrounding environment.

Gallows Point Resort
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In many popular resort areas where nature is the main attraction, too often developers and tour operators saturate the environment with non-sustainable designs and operations that allow too much inappropriate activity, effectively diminishing the value of the very thing that attracted them in the first place – Mother Nature.

The ability to enjoy these sought after areas depends on the availability of the land and the long-term sustainability of the resorts or communities built within it.

Isla Holbox
The old way of resort development was to stack units vertically in high-rise structures along a thin stretch of beach, essentially insulating the guest from all intrinsic natural environments. The New Way of resort development is to co-mingle nature and man-made structures in ways that allow the natural environment to be the focal point of site design and guest experiences.

David has always been aware that issues such as climate change, regulatory risks, environmental degradation, water and power management, and responsiveness to local communities need to be addressed. Those developers who don’t address these issues run the risk of losing market share and investor interest.

Over three decades of pioneering and implementing low-impact, sustainable resort and second home development, Culberson has championed the concept that people and man-made structures should respectfully co-mingle with nature in ways that allow the environment to control site design and guest experiences; allowing no environmental degradation, giving those structures and people the feeling of being “of” the land, not simply “on” the land.

Brickyard Creek Nature Trail

David incorporates into every project a development philosophy of creating and maintaining high property values through thoughtful development plans and the use of leading edge building and operating techniques that preserve the area’s natural environment and indigenous culture.

Conventional application of environmental preservation removes humanity from nature. We can put a fence around a forest and call it preservation, while it is still being heavily impacted by the surrounding community. We can read books on the subject and feel good, or visit natural protected areas for a few hours, and governments can offer broad policies that help protect the environment. But we cannot teach and we cannot learn about the importance of our natural environments unless we personalize the experience. With thoughtful design and building practices firmly in place, one has to touch, smell, taste, and live with their natural surroundings in order to learn how to respect it. As this type of environmental understanding and hands-on education continues to grow around the world there will be less need for “preservation”.

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Gallows Point

Caribbean: (St. John, USVI)

Yucatan Peninsula:

Yum Balisi


Roys Point Marina, Bayfield, WI



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