Driven as we are at Amyth of Mykonos by heart, soul and substance, sustainable tourism and corporate social responsibility have long been woven into our DNA. That’s why we are thrilled to announce we have been awarded the Travelife Gold certification – an internationally recognised award scheme for independently audited hotels that have attained the highest standards of environmental stewardship and corporate social responsibility.
The Travelife Gold Certification
Travelife, established in 2007, promotes sustainable practices within the travel and tourism industry. Achieving the Travelife Gold certification, Travelife’s highest award, required Amyth of Mykonos to undergo a detailed independent audit – and meet over 150 sustainability criteria – across all aspects of operations including energy efficiency, water and waste management, greenhouse gas emissions, fair labour practices, community relations and animal welfare.
When it comes to reducing our carbon footprint at Amyth of Mykonos, we leave no stone unturned. Our energy-saving measures include centrally controlled public area lights with energy-efficient sensors, chillers, air conditioning units, and LED light fixtures. Water-saving initiatives include timers for plant watering, dual flush toilets, encouraging the reuse of towels, and taps with foot pedals for use by our kitchen and bar staff. In addition, solar panels provide our hot water; guest room keys activate electricity access and we use recyclable and renewable materials wherever possible from welcome gift pouches to takeaway containers.
We believe that the nature that surrounds our hotel is not only ours to enjoy but ours to protect and work with local conservation projects to promote the protection of natural habitats and wildlife.
Upholding Fair Labour Practices
We are deeply committed to human rights and fair labour practices. We always ensure that our employees place of work is safe and respectful, that they are paid fairly, and have access to professional development opportunities.
Supporting the Local Economy
We understand how important it is to boost the local economy, by working with local suppliers and employing from within the community. We also promote regional sustainability and prioritise locally produced items where available including Mykonian yoghurt, cheese and milk, plus a range of fruits and vegetables native to the Cyclades, while our honey is sourced from a small Greek producer in Chalkidiki.
Celebrating Local Culture
We love to celebrate local architectural styles and offer genuine cultural experiences at our hotels. Collaborating with local craftspeople and cultural groups, we ensure our guests enjoy an immersive experience, helping to preserve our region’s cultural heritage.
Safeguarding Animal Welfare
Of course, we have strict policies to prevent animal exploitation of any kind and ensure that any guest activities involving animals are ethical and respectful. Our hotels are dog-friendly and operate SIMBA Animal Aid: a non-profit Cyprus-based organisation dedicated to the rescue of neglected or abandoned animals, providing care and finding forever homes for around 400 strays a year.
Communicating with Guests
We inform guests about our initiatives, offer tips on sustainable practices, and encourage their feedback. We see it as our role to inspire everyone with our long-term commitment to sustainability.
Benefits for All
We believe that Amyth of Mykonos’ Travelife Gold certification is more than an achievement for us; it’s a broader shift towards responsible tourism that benefits everyone. For our guests, it means the comfort of staying in a hotel that align with their values, and sleeping safe in the knowledge that they are contributing to a more sustainable world. For local communities, it means working with a hotel that respects their rights, culture, and environment.
It also sets a benchmark in the industry, encouraging other hotels to follow in our footsteps, weaving an ever-growing tapestry of environmental conservation, social responsibility and ethical business practices that benefits the world.
Learn more about our sustainability practices here.