Barbados holistic accommodation in the Caribbean
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$50US Sur Charge, payable on Arrival. $30US Airport transfer (one way) $30US Early or Late checkin $10US washing load Air-conditioning: $10US (day) $20US (day & night) $20US extra guest (RedC, Muss.)
Description of Barbados holistic accommodation in the Caribbean
Our mental and physical wellbeing is often put to one side until after we've dealt with daily life. Family, work and social schedules, or lack of them...
The poet Derek Walcott, who came from St Lucia, said that “The Caribbean is not an idyll, not to its natives. They draw their working strength from it...
Electric Car Charge Point:
We have an electric car charge point for our guests to use.
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetHere at The Chi Centre, we have an acre and a half of Tropical Fruit Trees, a Kitchen garden that grows a variety of herbs as well as a vegetable garden. All foods are grown organically and all kitchen and garden waste is composted. We only use fruits and vegetables when in season, no canned produce is used, only fresh!
No chemicals of any kind have been used on the grounds for over 28 years! Guests do have the opportunity of learning about organic farming whilst volunteering in the garden! Rainwater and greywater are recycled and plans have been formulated to use clean rainwater for toilet flushing & washing machines! All light fittings are LED and Guests are encouraged to minimize their use of electricity and water! Electric fans are available instead of air-conditioning to minimize our electrical usage. As the Chi Centre is built of local Coral Stone, this makes it a relatively cool place, and we also have many windows which are open 24x7 in order to use the natural airflow, and the shade of trees around the house, also keep it cool! Our Guests are encouraged to Hike or Bike (when practical!) in order to conserve gas!
The owner has been an environmentalist for many years and therefore the Centre is Vegetarian, thus minimizing their footprint! A number of Crafts are taught at the Centre.
We use recycled products. Sheets and towels are washed at the visitor's discretion (NOT every day!!). All washing is sun-dried on the washing line!
There is an electric dryer which can be used in an emergency!!!
No Polystyrene is used at the Centre, there are no Microwaves, etc! We have Solar-powered hot water systems and plan to get off the grid as soon as possible!
PeopleWe donate anything no longer needed to the local Salvation Army so that they can give it to the people in need, and the Centre has supported the local Challenor School of Special Needs for Adults and Children with donations of clothes and art & craft materials for a number of years. The owner is an active member of Be The Change Barbados, as well as participating in Slow Foods, The Barbados Chapter, and supporting the local environmental group called The Future Centre.
Many products used at the Centre are sourced locally to support small businesses on the Island, and guests are encouraged to help in beach cleanups, etc.
All staff employed at the Centre are locals and the cuisine is also Barbadian & Caribbean (not Tourist Junk Food!) The Chi Centre is committed to keeping the Barbadian community and economy thriving by providing a unique vacation destination that benefits both locals and tourists. The Chi Centre provides classes for locals to learn about sustainable and healthy living which would allow their daily living expenses to decrease!
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