Eco Concept

Our decisions and activities are guided by a commitment to sustainability. We ensure that the unique surroundings, cultures and experiences we share with our guests will be enjoyed for centuries to come by being responsible today. We respect not only our guests and hosts, but also the communities and ecosystems in the area.

As a result of our ongoing commitment, in 2021 The Barefoot Eco Hotel was certified as a GSTC sustainable hotel. The GSTC certification promotes engagement to managing and operating businesses to the highest level of sustainability, managing and reducing the use of energy and water, promoting the reuse and recycling of materials, and supporting workforce diversity and inclusiveness while respecting local cultures.

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council is an organization established in 2007 committed to sustainability and social responsibility in the world of tourism. The GSTC certification is the only internationally recognised certification that guarantees compliance with social, economic and environmental requirements in order to demonstrate the sustainability of any tourist activity or the overall management of a destination.

The Barefoot has developed its structure with essential “green” features in mind, including:

– The use of ecologically grown wood, respecting the sustainability of the forest of origin.

– The use of a system recovering the heat generated by air conditioners to heat the water of the rooms.

– The opening of a purified water bottling plant in 2015 in order to mostly eliminate the use of plastic bottles and thereby the negative effects that plastic pollution has on the oceans.

– The establishment of a Conservation Center. The Center has developed a series of ‘responsible activities’ for tourists (such as snorkeling, dolphin watch, etc.), so that a double goal can be pursued: “fun” for the tourists and environmental monitoring. Our marine biologist “takes advantage” of the excursions to carry out several projects of environmental monitoring, in order to collect data on the ecosystem and monitor the impact of the Eco Hotel activities on the environment. These activities, developed in a context of monitoring and conservation, also have a strong positive effect on tourists, who rise greater environmental awareness and feel more involved in a global change of attitude towards the environment.