Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism
We do not have a conventional restaurant, but the “chef on demand” concept, in which, by reservation, we prepare traditional Alentejo dishes with a more refined presentation. The “chef on demand” concept reduces the waste of pre-cooked food and its consumption.
In terms of environmental sustainability, we produce more than half of our electricity with our photovoltaic panels, water heating and central heating are done by solar collectors, aided by pellet boilers on the coldest or rainiest days. Both heating and cooling in summer is done by underfloor heating. All our lamps are LED. We measure our consumption against the defined objective, which allows us to currently have the Biosphere Hotel certificate by the RTI (Responsible Tourism Institute) and in the past to have had the ECO Hotel certificate by Thuv Reihnland.
Finally, in job creation, all our employees are from the region and indirectly we contribute not only through partnerships but also through our suppliers to the development of the region. We try in every possible area to buy our products from local producers. We don’t make the exhaustive list here, but local suppliers make up almost 90% of the total.
EcoHotel Rural Monte da Provença is a small, charming hotel that aims to contribute to the “branding” of Alentejo as a region of Portugal with high quality and a lot to offer, both in terms of accommodation and in terms of history, culture, crafts, gastronomy, wines and other products. We also promote the concept of ecological and sustainable tourism.
At the moment we have a still new vineyard, which will start its initial production in 2022.
We bet on the Aragonês, Alfrocheiro, Trincadeira and Alicante Bouchet varieties, to produce and sell high quality and exclusive wines at the Hotel.
Also, our guests interested in wine experiences can participate in various activities related to the vineyard, as well as stay in the suite and room of the vineyard, located next to the vineyard.
Having opened its doors in February 2015, we have already had customers from 49 nationalities in addition to Portuguese and in 2018 we had an average occupancy rate of 56.1% (the average rate in Alentejo is 40%) and we expect this year to reach 60% or overcome. In these 4 years of activity, more than 90% of local suppliers in total.
The Hotel building resulted from the recovery and expansion of a ruin, keeping the exact Alentejo traces of the region’s old “manor houses”, which very favourably impresses guests by combining a return to the past with all the modern comfort and contributes to the good. landscape and cultural planning of the Alentejo.
To promote the products and culture of Alentejo, we started partnerships with several companies in the region to provide quality experiences to our guests. From wine tasting, visits to wineries, balloon rides, carp fishing, birdwatching, horse riding, cultural visits, etc. We also promote events in the region on our Facebook page.
– Booking.com 9.5/10 (2018) and 9.4/10 (2017, 2016, 2015)
– Biosphere Hotel – Responsible Tourism Institute (2019)
– Eco-Hotel Certification – TÜV Rheinland (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015)
– TripAdvisor – Travelers Choice Award (2019, 2018) in Category: Top 25 Small Hotels in Portugal
– TripAdvisor – 5/5 (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015)
– TripAdvisor – Certificate of Excellence Award
– TripAdvisor – GreenLeaders Platinum Award
2015 to 2018 we achieved:
– Install 2 Tesla chargers for Electric Vehicles
– save 75,491 KWh of electricity, using photovoltaic panels vs electricity from the grid;
– save 103,200 KWh of electrical energy, with LEDs, class A+++ appliances and state-of-the-art pumps, with low consumption compared to conventional ones;
– save 137,610 KWh of thermal energy, through the use of solar collectors for heating and DHW vs conventional systems;
– reduce 209 tons of CO2 by using renewable energies and fuels that are CO2 neutral vs grid gas and electricity;
– planting 575 trees and shrubs, adds up to a total of 3,406 trees and 5,416 shrubs, which consume 153 tons of CO2 per year.
– separate 11.5 Tons of garbage for recycling;
– separate 475 liters of vegetable oil for recycling;
– separate all used ink cartridges and sent to Hewlett-Packard for recycling,
– separate all batteries for recycling