Responsible tourism: Luxury yoga & wellness retreat in Spain, just glow
Our accommodation is a purpose built hotel complex, it was constructed using the principles of Feng Shui, it has its own modern sewage treatment plant which supplies all the water to the gardens. The units are very well insulated so that energy consumption can be kept to a minimum, heated in winter and cool in summer. The complex employs an "intelligent" building system, iHAS, this turns lights off automatically and regulates interior and exterior lights according to the level of darkness again reducing power consumption.
The food served to our clients is, in-season, locally sourced and produced, unrefined, unprocessed and wherever possible organic, this means we can minimise packaging and support local growers and producers whilst ensuring our clients enjoy the very freshest produce possible.
In this region of Spain everyone recycles their waste, both individual households and business, glass, metal, plastic, paper and organic and garden waste.
All guests are informed and encouraged to be environmentally aware both inside and outside the complex, inside by conserving power and water and outside by understanding why it is so important to stay on the designated tracks when hiking or mountain biking, we limit our groups to a maximum of 12 people, not only does this ensure our clients receive individual attention but also that there is less impact on the environment.
The accommodation / retreat complex we use employs all local staff. All of our transfer company drivers, housekeepers, chef & kitchen team, spa therapists holistic therapists are local, all of our fitness instructors & health & wellbeing coaches are local, and we use local guides for both hiking and mountain biking, this not only offers employment to people who live in the area surrounding the retreat but also means that our clients benefit from genuine local knowledge that cannot be found in a guide book. We never "fly in" non resident hosts or teachers / trainers etc but draw from the local community & re-train team members if necessary.
The owners of the retreat venue use local suppliers and use goods and services from the local areas; this is particularly important during the autumn and winter months on the coastal areas as when the summer tourists have left the unemployment rates soar.
All of the unused natural products supplied in our guest welcome bags are gifted to a local children's home & charity.