Responsible tourism: Ski chalet near Bansko, Bulgaria, sleeps 10
We encourage guests not to needlessly waste energy, We ask that you unplug any idle electrical appliances and to turn off lights & radiators whilst your out on the mountain away from the chalet.
Our booking process is paperless. This reduces our carbon footprint in terms of paper, ink and energy.
In today's age, we have to emphasise how precious water is; it is something that shouldn't be wasted. We politely ask guests for their cooperation by taking shorter showers during your stay with us. Our heating system also ensures that only a limited amount of water can be heated at any one time. We explain this to our guests and encourage them to be aware that their excesses may mean other guests may miss out on a shower for example, this helps nudge them into using less water/take shorter showers.
All of our company vehicles have been converted to run on lead free LPG fuel which is a cleaner alternative to conventional diesel and petrol engines. We offer free transfers from only the most local major international airports and plan and combine all transfers to minimise the number of journeys we make.
We don't like non-recyclable waste and we make the extra effort to keep it to a minimum, when shopping we choose products with less packaging and recycle everything that can be recycled.
Where we can, we use natural, environmentally-friendly and paraben free cleaning products which cause less harm to the environment compared to other products on the market.
By adapting our menu during the year we favour produce that is fresh and in season. This keeps the food tasty and helps limit our impact on the local environment. Any meats or fish on the menu have been responsibly sourced and have not been treated inhumanly when alive.
We always aim to buy fair-trade produce and deal mostly with local producers and farmers from the village and surrounding area. In doing so we support those around us and make sure the money we generate contributes to the surrounding communities.
Chalet Levente's eco-heating and hot water systems help maintain the perfect in-house temperature with minimal burning of natural resources. The chalet uses a back boiler heating system making it as environmentally responsible as possible.
Whilst we provide breakfast every morning we provide evening meals for our guests on six evenings of their seven night stay. This provides guests with the opportunity to sample locally owned restaurants. We always recommend those that are both local and often where we know the owner who lives locally too, thus reinforcing the spreading of tourist income in and around our communitty.
Many of our guests have ski lessons whilst on holiday, be it a beginner looking to master the basics, the more experienced looking to hone their skills or the experienced looking to expand their horizons and try something more adventurous. Whatever the requirement we have working relationships with a wide range of instructors and guides who can offer all the above and more. Significantly we only work with local organisations and companies who also support our values when is comes to sustainable skiing holidays. To ensure both guests and guides get along we will always personally introduce them.
With any product or service we or our guests need we will always look to source this locally and independently of any multinational or international organisation as investing in our own community can only mean an even better outcome for our neighbours and an even better stay for our guests.