In a stunning vindication of the guiding philosophy of Sardinia’s Delphina hotels & resorts, their 5* Valle dell’Erica Resort Thalasso & SPA property has been crowned “Europe’s Leading Green Resort 2019” at the highly anticipated World Travel Awards – which acknowledges and celebrates excellence across key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries.
5* Valle dell’Erica Resort, Thalasso & SPA is set in 28-hectares of scented shrub-land, along 1400m of un-spoilt, sparkling coastline, sandy beaches and wind-carved coves making a truly unique natural oasis. Moments from the ancient village of Santa Teresa Gallura, amidst the National Park of the Archipelago of La Maddalena and the Straits of Bonifacio, Corsica and La Maddalena Archipelago International Marine Reserve, this elegant resort provides sun, sea, sand and seclusion in abundance.
Still run by members of the founding local Muntoni family, Delphina hotels & resorts was established on sustainable principles from the very start, and long before it became one of the imperatives for running modern resorts.
“I remember that from the beginning of us building the company, back in the 70s, my brother Francesco was strongly determined, together with his partner Tore Peru, to make every single building fit harmoniously into the surrounding nature, as if it had always been there. This meant doing meticulous surveys to safeguard each individual sapling, using local stones and materials, ensuring the low-level buildings. In the following decades we have always enthusiastically followed this “vision” in the management of Delphina hotels and resorts.” said Marco Muntoni, Delphina CEO.
On the award win Marco Muntoni commented: “This award is a great recognition for the life of the two founders. We also dedicate this award to all the collaborators who have contributed to this success and to the memory of Popò Vincentelli, a pioneer of Sardinian tourism who, with far-sightedness and environmental sensitivity, began to build the first part of the Valle dell’Erica tourist complex in the 50s.”
Delphina hotels & resorts President, Francesco Muntoni, now in his 70’s, is still in charge of the day to day running and development of Delphina. A property developer from Gallura in the Northern part of Sardinia, he built his first hotel, 5* Capo d’Orso, for another operator but then took it over in 1992 under the Delphina hotels & resorts brand. Today Delphina hotels & resorts owns and operates twelve 4* and 5* hotels, 2 exclusive residences 6 SPAs and 23 villas.
Now, as part of their innovative and industry leading We Are Green® protocol, Delphina uses 100% green (renewable) energy across all resorts including their Head Office, saving the CO2 equivalent of 25,000 trees every year.
Therefore, at the Resort Valle dell’Erica (as well as in all the other hotels) all vehicles are electric, charged each night on site at the recharging stations. Ecological paper and mineral free inks are used throughout even to the brochures used to promote the resort. The Spa uses eco-bio and paraben free products with locally sourced ingredients.
Delphina is also a Corporate Golden Donor in support of the Italian Environment Fund, which works for the protection of the beauty, culture and natural heritage of the country. This commitment to the local environment goes beyond sustainable energy and products. Delphina takes great care to work with nearby producers to source the very best local food and wine according to season. Local crafts are also supported, and local maintenance and support firms are used wherever possible. Regular excursions, led by locals, allow guests to appreciate and understand the nature and traditions of the island’s communities, and the land around the resorts is either left “wild” or planted with local flora needing little water and fitting in with the natural landscape.
“When we were growing up our father confronted us with the responsibility we had to the island we lived on, the seas that surround it and the people, animals and plants that live there,” said Elena Muntoni, now the group’s Brand Director. “Now every single action we take is based on those principles. Even the new beach bags we will give our guests for summer 2019 are fully recyclable, made from natural materials and inspired by a local, traditional design. Winning this award at our flagship Valle dell’Erica resort means far more to us than another star-rating. It vindicates all our family have strived to achieve over more than a quarter of a century and helps guide our actions in the future.”