Yoga vacation in Barbados, Christmas & New Year

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2016: 10 Dec, 17 Dec, 24 Dec, 31 Dec
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Environment

Wildlife
Set in 22 acres of virgin Barbadian forest, we are not the usual tourist experience in Barbados. Far from the more inhabited parts and the often densely populated hotel industry, our retreat centre is a unique experience on the island. We have a variety of tropical birds who thrive in this wilder part of the East coast. The African green monkey or vervette is prolific here as well as the mongoose and sighting of the occasional wild hare. It's an unspoilt natural environment flourishing with tropical flora and fauna that have sought to preserve rather than dessimate as often happens in other tourist developments.

Waste
Waste disposal on a small island like ours is an issue, with little main stream recycling initiatives as can be found in Europe or America. We compost as much food and plant waste as we can for use in our tropical flower farm, but are working on ways we can recycle more of our general waste.

Water
In the Caribbean, like in other places on the planet, we have been first to feel the effects of global climate change. We have experienced more periods of drought than ever before and with a rise in water consumption from some of the large hotels and golf courses, this has begun to affect the water table levels below. So we encourage our guests to be careful with their water use and are investigating ways we can reuse our water for irrigation for instance.

Energy
Our main energy source is from the Barbados Light and Power Co. which ironically on island with so much sunshine is still dependent on gas and oil to generate electricity. To help reduce our dependence on these finite fossil fuels we use solar water heaters to produce hot water in all our cottages. However further investment in solar power for electricity is where we are headed.

Buildings
We have 6 one bedroom and 5 two bedroom wooden eco cottages and have been designed to maximise the ventilation coming in from our position overlooking the Atlantic ocean. They are all made from Coubaryl, a hard wood we source from sustainable forests in Dominica, Guyana and Brazil.

Transport
The majority of transport in Barbados is still traditional gasoline powered automobiles. We encourage our guests to explore and enjoy the local forest, gardens and beaches by foot or bicycle as much as possible to reduce the impact we all make by using cars. If you'd like to visit some of the other beautiful places in Barbados, there is a network of public buses and private mini vans that you can utilise, although you might like to consider hiring a mini moke or car for a few days as well.

Suppliers
We try to buy local as often as we can. Yet our choice of suppliers on this small island is not a vast one and so we often have to choose the best quality of companies we can find that supply the hotel sector here.

Strangely for such a fertile island, Barbados grows very little of its own food - an unfortunate legacy of the sugar and banana industry here over the years. So a consistent supply of local food production especially organically grown vegetables and root crops is hard to find but we are discovering some wonderful local growers who are beginning to supply us with seasonal vegetables and fruits.

We also are a supplier ourselves with the tropical flowers from the farm being ordered by other guest houses, shops and hotels elsewhere.

Community

First and foremost we are a locally owned project. This is important as often hotels are not owned by Barbadians. We employ artisans from our own community to decorate the cottages and are quick to recommend two restaurants in the local area as alternatives to our on-site Naniki Caribbean Cuizine restaurant.

We adhere to fair pay principles and employ staff from our immediate and neighbouring community. We all throughly enjoy welcoming visitors to our retreat centre and hope you will be able to relax here in the homely atmosphere we seek to create.

The pace of life in Barbados is renowned for being a little slower than perhaps you might be used to. The tropical heat, especially in the afternoons, means we all need to work and move accordingly. Slowing down is an essential part of your retreat with us, so do please be patient and kind in your dealings with all our staff and your fellow guests.

Reviews of Yoga vacation in Barbados, Christmas & New Year

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 09 Jan 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The spot - very quiet and green - nice people

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Relax and enjoy

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Very good

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