Staff at both Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea and sister hotel Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo collect bottle tops for recycling to help raise funds for a charity in Taormina that supports women with cancer. The charity provides transportation to the hospital for chemotherapy and replacement hairpieces.
Every year teams of staff join some 150 schoolchildren to participate in the Isola Bella Ecological Project. Together, they clean up the area surrounding this beautiful island near Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea. In addition, on World Environment Day (5 June), hotel teams clean the seabed near the hotel, removing debris brought by winter storms.
A variety of cultural activities, including sessions to promote local crafts, are arranged at both hotels. For example, ceramics experts from Caltagirone provide hands-on demonstrations for guests to discover a traditional craft that is threatened by the rise of modern industries.
Energy, Water and Waste Initiatives
A new refillable dispenser for concentrated eco cleaning products has been introduced, reducing waste and packaging.
Both hotels are fitted with energy-saving light bulbs. Cooking and refrigeration units are being replaced with energy-saving models. Temperatures of products inside fridges (rather than air temperature) are controlled to help reduce energy-inefficient fluctuation.
New eco boiler and air-conditioning units have been installed, thereby reducing gas emissions by more than 50%.
Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea has created a small kitchen garden that children at its adjacent Smile Club can tend.
The hotel sources produce from local suppliers wherever possible, and showcases a wide range of fruit and vegetables. Special Sicilian delights include citrus fruits, a huge choice of honeys and olive oils, and fish and seafood caught just offshore.
The hotels are restocking all paper supplies with environmentally friendly and recycled paper, and have installed recycling bins for waste of different types throughout the premises.