Landhaus Stricker is a luxurious boutique hotel on the Germany’s most northerly isle—Sylt. The island is considered one of the last true wildernesses in central Europe and is celebrated for its stunning natural beauty. Yet this unique ecosystem is under threat from continual erosion by the sea.
Previous attempts to contain the problem using concrete breakwaters proved futile, but the formation, in 2007, of the government-backed Küstenschutz Sylt (Sylt Coastal Protection), has finally delivered effective protection for the island’s coastline. Landhaus Stricker and its four partner hotels on the island have provided continual support to Küstenschutz Sylt. Every year the partners hold a “friends-of-the-island” promotional month. This helps raise awareness among visitors about the crucial importance of protecting the island. The hotels host a series of guided tours, highlighting key areas for conservation. During the month, the hotels gather donations from guests for the cause. They also divert a proportion of the price of every overnight stay to the association’s work.