With continued success for over 35 years in the tourism industry, the GHOTELS group has succeeded in gaining the trust and respect of their guests. In addition to this, the hotel chain has invested further research and funds for the improvement and necessary course of action regarding the environment, ecology and general quality of life.
GHOTELS have designed a long-term ecological policy, in order to preserve the unique natural heritage surrounding the hotels, and furthermore to protect the environment by applying well-targeted practices, programs and activities such as:
THE TRADITIONAL CULTIVATION OF VEGETABLES AND FRUITS
The GHOTELS group is particularly proud of its cultivation ecology concept. For over 25 years it has developed agricultural activities within a privately owned area of 150.000 square meters, next to the hotel grounds, using only traditional methods to produce clean and high quality products invariably with the utmost respect to the health of its guests, employees, tradition and the environment. On a daily basis, our hotel chefs visit the plantations and personally choose a selection of fruits and vegetables, thereby offering guests all the advantages of enjoying freshly picked vegetables, fruits and aromatic herbs.
Vegetables such as:
- a variety of peppers and lettuces
are used to create fresh, crisp mouthwatering salads, rich in vitamins contributing to a healthy and enjoyable eating program.
Also fresh fruits such as:
teem with the scent and flavor that come directly from our farms to our guests’ table ensuring quality, flavor and freshness.
Homemade fruit jams and conserves are also made from the hotel’s own fresh fruits, grown and harvested under the care and supervision of our farmers and agriculturalists, all of which have been allowed to grow naturally under the summer sun of Halkidiki and go on to enrich the hotel restaurant buffets.
On a weekly basis, we invite our guests on an organized tour of our vegetable and fruit plantations. Our farmers are always keen to show and discuss their work. Our guests are encouraged to pick and try our produce, maybe a tempting bunch of grapes, an aromatic peach or a deep red ripe tomato and with this an offering of a refreshing glass of ouzo!
USE OF GLASS INSTEAD OF PLASTIC PACKAGING
Due to the harmful properties that plastics have on the environment, we at GHOTELS pay great attention to this fact and endeavor to use more glass packaging options rather than plastic in the delivering of goods.
RECYCLING OF PAPER AND OTHER MATERIALS
It is a well-known fact that the excessive consumption of paper causes great damage to the environment. Within the premises of the hotels, we have reduced paper consumption considerably within our offices, kitchens and restaurants. Wherever possible, paper is reused, thereby constantly improving the recycling program.
RECYCLING OF ALUMINIUM, COPPER AND IRON
We save valuable raw materials by recycling metals, providing a cleaner environment and a better quality of life.
In order to protect the environment we have placed collection points for the disposal of used batteries within the hotel.
SE OF ENERGY-SAVING LAMPS
Long before the proposal of the European Union for the use of energy saving lamps, GHOTELS on its own initiative installed energy saving lamps in all hotel rooms and public areas.
USE OF NATURAL GAS FOR THE OPERATION OF COOKING AND HEATING EQUIPMENT
Natural gas is an environmentally friendly option with many advantages. For this reason it is widely used by us to run most cooking and heating appliances. In this way we help to reduce the emissions of CO2 responsible for global warming.
USED COOKING OIL COLLECTION
This activity is a great benefit to the environment, and we aim to contribute towards collecting cooking oils and edible fats in suitable containers, forwarding them to independent recycling companies for further management (biofuels).
Recycled water after complete biological treatment is then used solely for the hotels’ gardens and landscape irrigation.
USE OF ECOLOGICAL WASHING DETERGENTS AND CLEANING PRODUCTS
Due to the thousands of sheets and linen washed every day within the hotels, we have adopted the use of biodegradable washing detergents and cleaning products. Written instructions can be found in all rooms informing our guests of the most appropriate use of white linen. These instructions spare the environment from the excess use of detergents.
GHOTELS do not rely on existing policies alone, we continue and further the study of methods to reduce the deterioration of the environment, and we continue to research and improve methods with an ongoing responsibility and sensitivity towards a better quality of life.