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SustainableTourist Accommodation - Greece, Halkidiki


 Alexandros Palace *****  
“The Ecolabel motivated us to implement simple and complicated practices I thought of as important but have been letting aside for years. Few new practices currently being implemented: the complete use of led lighting, the replacement of 80% of our equipment with heat pumps and the reduction of detergents' use for laundering guest linen daily. The majority of the criteria are easy to most people's perception, but adding all of them up, comes the challenging hard work that leads to real change and improvement. During a time in which a country has been shrouded by the burden of socioeconomically problems, such changes may seem insignificant compared to other matters. "I do not think the measure of a civilization is how tall its buildings of concrete are, but rather how well its people have learned to relate to their environment and fellow man” (Sun Bear of the Chippewa Tribe).” Thomas Aslanidis, owner and Manager.

Best practices in sustainable development:
  • 80% of the hotel’s equipment have been replaced  by heat pumps
  • Emphasis on every minor or major ecological implementation towards a   more sustainable economy.

Oceania Club ****
Oceania club is a new resort built in a luxurious contemporary Mediterranean style; inspired by local architectural traditions. It is located on a beautiful amphitheatric hill surrounding by pins, olive grove and cypress trees leading to a long sandy beach. SANI S.A applies to Oceania Club, its well established standards of quality, services, entertainment, design, and lifestyle to develop a new five star ultra-inclusive concept, first in Greece.

Best practices in environmental sustainability:
  • Planting over 10,000   trees in burnt down areas of Kassandra, Halkidiki.
  • Partnering with a local   non-profit organizations; ‘’Halkidiki Animal Rescue’’ and ‘’Arctouros’’ to   improve and protect the wildlife of Greece.
  • Sourcing products locally   and showcasing local customs and products.

Villa Despina Green Suits  
The family run business located in the village of Polychron goes beyond standard ecological practices by implementing an eco-policy to ensure their green credentials. The modern hotel has appropriate technological advancements have contributed to the success of a reduction of energy consumption.

Best practices in environmental sustainability:
  • Solar panel are emplaced to generate hot water and to minimize the oil heater’s usage.
  • Guidance and recommendations of  outdoor trails and routes for guests to visit the green environment of the surrounding area around Polichrono.
  • As a welcome gift and to promote local products, guest are offered a bottle of their home-made extra virgin olive oil and a bottle of local white wine