In Makryammos, nature is a huge part of who we are: the entire region is literally bursting with life; from its rich vegetation to the unique animals you will encounter here. Lucky visitors might even see dolphins or rare birds such as. It is only natural that we try our best to learn more and operate in a way that respects and protects our environment.
And what an environment it is…The Makryammos beach has been awarded a Blue Flag, which means that it operates under the highest environmental standards. As for further outside the coast, the seabed is covered by large Neptune Grass meadows (Posidonia Oceanica) which are home to a wide variety of sea creatures. Unfortunately, the Neptune Grass seaweed is susceptible to pollution and is rapidly disappearing from the Mediterranean. As a response, parts of Thasos with wider ecological importance, including Makryammos, are protected under the European Commission’s Natura 2000 Networking Program.
In terms of how the hotel operates, we recycle a range of materials such as glass, used oil, batteries, scrap metal and packaging materials like paper, aluminum, tin can and plastic. Electric car chargers are available as well.
We have also installed the ISO Energy system, which turns energy from natural sources into energy that can be utilized in our hotel. Environmental-friendly lights are installed throughout. We make an effort to use water as efficiently as possible. On the northern end of our hotel you will find our greenhouse which grows vegetables for our taverna, herbs for our bar, taverna and restaurant as well as flowers and bushes for our gardens. Composting also lets us fertilize in a natural and efficient way. As for our deer and peacocks, they are fed from the mowed weeds and the vegetable leftovers from the hotel’s kitchen making sure that waste is minimal.
In the Mini Club, there are a lot of initiatives regarding environmental awareness whereby children are encouraged to explore the sea and the nature of the hotel. For example, the children visit the greenhouse and collect herbs that they can take home as a souvenir. We hope activities like this will help children learn more about the local flora and fauna and its importance.
These are some of the ways that we think will make us more respectful towards the environment, and we are continually trying to make our day-to-day operations as sustainable as possible.