Kath Norgrove review 23 Nov 2019
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Hike up and around the crater of Vesuvius, Herculaneum, Pompeii
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Shoulder season is better to see sites comfortably without hoards of people; Pompeii was still heaving on a damp November week so be warned! After booking we did read that November is the rainiest season and the weather seemed to live up to it! The weather is the risk you take, but the weather isn't predictable at any time.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
On the whole yes. It was based around a smaller, family-run hotel and the company ethos is around minimising our impact on local resources, immersing ourselves more easily in the local cultural and social heritage, using locally sourced food (which we understand the hotel did wherever possible) and respect for biodiversity. However, we did feel that the hotel we stayed at had a monopoly and we would have liked more opportunity to use other places in Bomerano (we did on our free night and had an excellent meal at a different local restaurant for very good value) or elsewhere to support other local businesses. The operator has also reduced the use of single-use plastic bottles from it's trips and encourages clients to do the same by providing free tap water to fill reusable water bottles. However, the hotel we stayed at used a lot of single-use plastic straws and plastic stirrers (I hope the latter could be washed and reused but not sure if they were) which wasn't necessary. I refused mine but still ended up with them appearing in my glass! If they must use them, it would be good to see alternatives or them asking if people really need a straw.
There wasn't much around conservation on this trip.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
Overall a good trip, especially if you like a bit of walking and a bit of sightseeing and you want a lower impact vacation.
Read the operator's response here:
We would like to thank Kath for her review; we were pleased to read that she enjoyed the itinerary, however we were very sorry that she was so disappointed with the accommodation. The hotel in Bomerano uses biodegradable straws, and the stirrers, whilst plastic, are reusable and are washed after every use and this property has been using solar panels for the past 10 years to generate clean energy for the hotelís day-to-day activity.
The owner and staff are continuing their efforts to be more environmentally friendly as they are switching to eco-friendly toiletry options, as well as biodegradable packed lunch packaging, and will cease advertising bottled water at the hotel bar. Whilst we sincerely regret that Kath felt the accommodation had a negative impact on her tour, we genuinely hope that this helps reassure that there are conscious efforts to improve the sustainability and reduction of impact this property has on the environment.