SAVOY GARDENS HOTEL, Madeira Island, Portugal

The Savoy Gardens Hotel is part of the Savoy Group of Hotels and Resorts located in Madeira, Portugal. The hotel was thoroughly renovated in 2008 with the aim of making the property as sustainable as possible. Having implemented an effective sustainability management programme, it is the first hotel in Madeira to achieve a Travelife Gold award.

Through the valuable assistance of Travelife, the hotel engages its guests, staff, suppliers and the local community to improve its environmental and people performance across their activities, products and services, including

  • They have designed leaflets, flyers and guest information to tell their guests about the many ways they can support their sustainability

  • All their staff are trained on how they can improve water and energy efficiency, as well as to reduce the amount of waste produced and how to follow the hotelís sustainability practices in their daily work
  • Supporting local business starts with their purchasing department, who give preference to suppliers who offer regional produce, as well as hiring local talents for musical entertainment for their guests
  • Supporting the local community through collaboration with the local hotel management school and other professional institutions, to offer work experience and training courses to students, as well as support a local rehabilitation centre, where they train and employ individuals to help reintegrate into the community

In addition, the Savoy Gardens Hotel is engaged in a number of other initiatives that support their sustainability commitments, including

  • During the refurbishment of the property, they used the opportunity to install energy and water saving devices
  • They have installed a droplet pipe system into the gardens which has reduced water consumption and only use organic fertilizer in their vegetable and herb garden

  • Support a variety of charitable institutions, including
    •Gil Foundation, providing support to children who have spent long periods of time in hospital
    •Ecological Park of Funchal, a conservation association
    •Quercus, which is Portugalís largest environmental organisation

This is only a snapshot of the Savoy Hotel Gardensí sustainability programme and if you would like to read more, you can either visit their case study at Ö or visit their website at Hotel Savoy Gardens Madeira.