We are proud to be working with Ibiza Preservation, a non-profit environmental organisation, with a focus on preserving the natural beauty of the island through sustainable initiatives. Our objective is to dramatically reduce the environmental impact a villa has when occupied. Nearly 30% of Ibiza’s tourists stay in rented accommodation and countryside villas use high quantities of energy and water. The island is a fragile paradise that has become overly strained and needs to be protected.
We are leading the island’s villa sector in the area of villa sustainability and are advising AVAT (the association of villa owners and rental agencies) in collaboration with Ibiza Preservation. We want to reach all stakeholders; villa guests, owners, service providers and government bodies. We have started to work with each villa owner to create a 5-year action plan on how to make their property more sustainable. We are encouraging all our villa guests to use the villas in a responsible way during their holidays and to understand that their environmental footprint marks the island long after they have left. We also continue to change our own working practices as villa managers.
It doesn’t happen overnight, but together we can make a big difference in keeping our island beautiful so that our children’s children can enjoy it in the same way we can today.
The 5 areas of focus are;
All our villas have recycling bins for the guests to use and clear instructions on how to use them.
2. SAVE WATER
Ibiza suffers from a long-term water shortage and many aquifers, the island’s only natural water source, have run dry. We are looking at ways that consumption can be reduced at each villa through its infrastructural set up and more responsible guest use.
3. BUY LOCAL PRODUCE
We provide guests with a list of the best places to buy local organic produce so that they can enjoy the real fruits of the island. As a start, our welcome packs are full of locally sourced products.
4. REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION
We are looking at ways that energy consumption can be reduced at each villa through its infrastructural set up and by more responsible guest use. We are reviewing and implementing better energy sources like solar and heat pumps and reducing consumption through domestic machine upgrades, day light sensors for external lighting etc.
5. REDUCE PLASTIC
We have installed osmosis filters in the kitchen sinks of most of the villas to provide drinking water thus eliminating the need for guests to buy bottled water. We provide large strong reusable shopping bags so guests can use these instead of buying plastic bags from the supermarket. We have removed single use plastic bottles of shampoo and shower gel and replaced these with larger refillable bottles for the guests to use. We continue to look for ways to help guests reduce their need to purchase plastic.
See our Guest Communication PDF.
See our Villa Checklist PDF for villa owners.
Find out more about the amazing work of the Ibiza Preservation Fund.