Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites and Spa
Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa

BIODIVERSITY

Our Hotel sustainably manages its outdoor spaces. As a rule, endemic plants are in outdoor spaces, while a constant effort is made to increase the variety of species and the number of plants, beneficial insects, and microorganisms endemic to the local ecosystem.

To create a sustainable future, sustainable management includes environmental, social, and economic factors, while it also incorporates the goals of international sustainable development programmes. The principles of sustainable landscape management are summarised below:

  • Protection, maintenance, and restoration: with the aim of adopting the natural rhythms and processes of the local ecosystem, without exerting pressure on plant capital for the sake of high growth rates.
  • Use of native and indigenous plant varieties ( Hibiscus, vineyards, pears, quince, olives, tamarisk trees, cypress, bananas, apple tree, figs, prickly pears, carobs, date palm, almond trees, pine cones, aloe, Laurel, rosemary, mint, thyme, lavender, myrtles, marjoram, honeysuckle, oregano, valerian): this reduces the need for constant care and, as a result, reduces energy consumption, as endemic species adapt to the local climate and geology. This supports populations of endemic birds, insects, and other animals that have evolved in the past, promoting a self-controlled and healthy community of organisms.
  • Soil health: the goal is to increase the population of soil microorganisms and improve all parameters that demonstrate measurable soil health. The principles of Council Regulation 834/07 and Commission Regulation 889/08 of the EU on organic production are implemented meticulously.
  • Prevention of damage to the ecosystem: use of the principle has been designed with nature playing the primary role.
  • Responsible water management: reduction of water consumption without jeopardising the state of green areas, while plants are selected for low water consumption. Water consumption is measured continuously, and thorough checks are carried out on water use in all outdoor areas.
  • Pest, disease, and weed management, based on the principles of EU Regulations Nos 834/07 & 889/08 on organic production: population growth of useful organisms is predicted. The protocols and decision-making files on all interventions are stored. Visitors are notified of the application of preventive or therapeutic spray coatings with approved active substances.
  • Low content plant nutrition: acceptable slow growth rates of plant capital, with selection of approved nutritional compositions, aiming at minimising the distance from which they originate. Soil minerals are incorporated into soil. Green fertilisation is applied to individual areas of hotel land where olives and vineyards are cultivated.