Environmental responsibility is of the utmost importance to all of us at Agapi Beach Resort. Our hotel is one of the Crete Resorts dedicated to preserving and maintaining our surroundings, so that the unparalleled natural beauty of Crete can be treasured by future generations.
To that end, we have developed an Environmental Management System, and have acquired a certification according to ISO 14001. Our goal is to promote an environment that is as ecologically-friendly as it is enjoyable.
The enforcement of this environmental management system and its associated legislation is an ongoing effort, and one that we are committed to continuing and improving.
We have integrated an extensive recycling program resulting in a significant reduction of the volume of waste ending up in landfills.
TOWARDS NO SINGLE-USE PLASTIC OPERATIONS
We work on a comprehensive plan to move from single-use plastic, starting with the identification of 10 plastic products that will be replaced over the next three years.
ORGANIC WASTES MANAGEMENT
We implement a series of actions towards reducing our organic wastes & have participated in Food for Feed pilot project, converting our food residues into animal feed, supplied to local farms.
We operate our own open-air organic gardens and cultivate different varieties of fruit trees, lawns, vegetables, and aromatic herbs that are endemic to the island.
Committed to using locally sourced products and we strive to contribute to the development of new, sustainable local businesses that can be included in our supply chain.
We have implemented a number of criteria for our food and beverage purchases; buying local, seasonal ingredients, from certified organic producers, limit purchases of fish species at risk etc.
ENVIRONMENTAL PRESERVATION THROUGH RESPONSIBLE PROCUREMENT
We aim to minimize the intake of natural resources, as well as the use of toxic materials, and manage according to the best available environmental option the waste and pollutants generated from our operation.
Employing locals wherever possible adding another layer of authentic Cretan hospitality. Our staff embodies our traditional island values through their sincerely warm-hearted approach to friends old and new.
DEVELOPMENT & APPRECIATION
Our development programming includes our online training portal, HR workshops, Associate Excellence Appreciation, and more.
ENGAGEMENT & SATISFACTION
Our people are the foundation for our success. We pride ourselves on creating a respectful, professional, and inclusive workplace for everyone.
Our social impact programming includes in-kind donations of hardware or food and monetary donations that support many local, native and international social care causes - including local hospitals, schools, nursing homes, and many more.
For us, charity really does begin at home. As part of our in-kind donations, we support our 2 local hospitals and nursing homes, Make a Wish Greece, and Diversey (Linens for Life program) to name a few. Our food and monetary donations include the SOS children’s villages, charity organizations, and local animal welfare organizations.
We activate our Volunteers program through our incredible team members, who bring our corporate responsibility efforts to life every day. Some do this at a very personal level, for example, donating bone marrow. Others lend their efforts to help out with farming and environmental projects, such as planting trees and growing potatoes, where the produce is donated to families in need. We, also host environmental awareness events at our resort, for local elementary schools.
From traditional recipes to the region’s bounty of produce, every element of Crete’s culinary identity is interwoven into the food and beverage offerings.
MENUS INSPIRED BY OLD CRETAN RECIPES
The emphasis is on showcasing fresh local produce - sourced from local or native small-scale farms- and designing vegan and vegetarian dishes inspired by the Minoan cuisine, that allow the ingredients to co-exist, like the island itself - in harmonious balance.
ORGANIC KITCHEN GARDENS
The resort’s on-site vegetable and herb garden, where produce destined for any one of the hotel’s food outlets is cultivated. Tended to by an in-house team, the gardens’ harvest seasonal crops; vegetables, and fruits.
The resorts’ focus on sustainable local gastronomy is anchored in a passion and devotion to the island’s Cretan heritage and natural bounty, using the finest locally sourced ingredients even from the resort’s own organic garden. All menus have been curated by celebrated Greek Chefs, while epicurean concepts that reveal Cretan ritual cuisine honed from time-honored traditions.
We are committed to developing concepts that redefine the essence of Greek hospitality, giving prominence to a truer, more timeless Greece.
Fully supporting our resort's dedication to relaxation and recreation is a series of spaces devoted to wellness; yoga, meditation, fitness sessions and more.
We encourage guests in recycling activities, various clean-up projects, tree planting, & garden tours.
PROMOTING LOCAL EVENTS
We support new, local initiatives such as our World Tourism Day celebration, the Cretan Street Food festival, and many more.
INVOLVING TEENS & KIDS
We create opportunities for younger guests to get involved, with an array of land and marine experiences hosted by the hotel and specially tailored to children: Kids’ Clubs eco-awareness activities, clean-up activities, mini organic gardening.
Our island brims with quaint and quirky stories and customs, and we are enthusiastic about sustaining this fascinating heritage. Vibrant examples include grape stomping in August & Raki Distillation in October, fire-jumping, and fortune-telling at Klidonas in June, the May Day rituals.
Our Concierge teams are the destination authorities of Crete, crafting tailor-made itineraries that unlock the secret treasures of Crete.