Vacations here are different; to start with, it's a quiet spot, our guest house is small and comfortable and we always try to create a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Our energy saving measures include low energy light bulbs, timers for heating and turning off lights in communal areas (patios, toilets etc.). Water is a precious resource on the island and we explain to guests that bed clothes and towels need not be washed daily, and we use the economical setting on the washing machines. Our waste is recycled in the community facilities available. In our office we use recycled paper and do almost all of our work on-line. Our garden plants are all native to the region and we don't use any pesticides or fertilisers.
We employ people from the local area and buy much of our food locally, including vegetables, fruit and cheese which we try to ensure is free from pesticides, growth hormones etc. We lend our guests a guide book so that they can discover interesting places - more than just 'beach and sun' - and we explain how to get there. We also leave out information in the bar about local activities, museums etc. and a network of 'casas rurales' which belong to the Rural Tourism Association which we are a member of. We support our local stray dogs and cats charity (OKAPI) and tell our guests about it.
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