Over the last few decades, we have seen some rising trends in the global travel industry and a noticeable shift towards ecotourism and sustainability. In Greece such trends have received a warm welcome, primarily due to the fact that agriculture is at the heart of its economic life and culture. With thousands of villages, hundreds of mountains and a plethora of products, a turn towards eco and agro farms was at the heartbeat of its society. And as far as we know, it was all there. What was missing was the marketing voice to spread the word to both local and incoming guests. Ironically the crisis was the driving force which encouraged a few Greek corporate professionals to return to their motherland, to discover new career paths closer to home and to apply their know how and international approach, creating unique concepts and responsible approaches. We choose three such concepts worth noticing:
Eleonas, Rovies Evia
Entering this vegan haven, you automatically feel ready to switch up your lifestyle. The selection of earthy fabrics & furniture, the eye-soothing color palette as well as the harmonious music filling up the open space restaurant are just a few reasons to make you want to stay. The rest of the reasons lay on the menu… The plethora of delicious raw dishes are basically healthy bites of heaven, ranging from salads to tarts to wraps showing off the rich vegan cuisine. The best news is that before you leave, you can buy plentiful delicacies to munch on your way back.
The hotel is located at the heart of an organic farm surrounded by perennial olive trees, fruit and vegetable gardens, about 2 km from the village of Gouves in a traditional farming area surrounded by the mountains Taygetos and Parnonas. There are five elements/ houses for guests, all built with eth same eco philosophy and style. Guests during their stay and participate in the farm’s daily activities such as picking and pressing grapes, or picking olives and produce olive oil. All produces are organic and privately labeled by the farm. In addition guests can enhance their farming life with hiking, mountain biking or yoga, getting even closer to nature. The hotel stands out for the sustainability policy and regional contribution.
The mountain farm, Vasilikia, is amphitheatrically located between the forest and the village Pavliani, a region of greenery landscapes, home to two of the oldest national parks. The farm unfolds in 2.6 hectares, with fruits and vegetables, horses and ducks, while there are 3 cottages for hosting the guests. The houses are built with local wood while the interior design enhances the mountain aura and lifestyle. The breakfast area is like grandmas’ kitchen where guests can also cook and explore the local secrets first hand. A family of entrepreneurs coming from the fashion industry originally as their own private hideaway built the farm. Today, the farm is hosting guests who get involved in the farm’s activities, enjoy hiking and running and love local food and recipes.