Working Towards our Goals
At Vakanananu Retreat, we redefine the concept of a resort by offering a one-of-a-kind off-grid experience on Taveuni. Our commitment to sustainability goes hand in hand with providing exceptional service and a remarkable experience for our guests.
Recognized for our dedication to sustainability, we have been awarded Silver accreditation by the esteemed Green Tourism program. As a Travel Sustainable resort listed on Booking.com (Level 3), we are constantly seeking ways to improve and contribute to a greener future.
Our unwavering commitment to sustainability guides our every endeavour, ensuring a harmonious blend of eco-conscious practices and exceptional service. We deeply value our surrounding environment, actively engage with local communities, and empower our guests and staff to embrace our principles of mindful living.
At Vakanananu Retreat, we take great pride in our commitment to sustainability. We are delighted to share that our resort operates entirely on solar energy, allowing us to minimize our impact on the local and global environment. Through efficient energy management, we continuously strive to reduce our consumption and promote a greener future.
We take responsibility for our water usage and prioritize conservation. Through our rainwater harvesting system, we are able to sustainably provide water for our entire property. By educating both our staff and guests about the importance of water conservation, we strive to create a culture of mindfulness and appreciation - every drop is precious!
At Vakanananu Retreat, waste management is a top priority as we strive to minimize our environmental footprint. Through careful practices, we have significantly reduced our waste output and prioritize recycling whenever feasible. We are committed to continually improving our waste management strategies and exploring innovative approaches to achieve even better results.
We take pride in our commitment to organic and sustainable food practices. Our property features an organic garden and by growing our own food, we can ensure its quality and minimize food waste. In line with our sustainable approach, we offer meals based on the availability of ingredients each day, avoiding over-purchasing and unnecessary waste. Our culinary offerings predominantly consist of vegetarian dishes, complemented by locally caught fish and occasionally organic meat sourced from our island.
Social and economic sustainability are integral to our business philosophy. We take pride in supporting our local communities by exclusively employing builders, contractors, and staff from nearby villages. We encourage a culture of self-sufficiency by facilitating the trade of fruits and vegetables grown by our staff in their own homes. By fostering a symbiotic relationship with our surroundings, we strive to be a positive force within the community rather than a burden.
Despite the challenges of living on a small island with limited purchasing options, we prioritize selecting environmentally friendly goods and services. We make conscious decisions to support sustainable practices whenever possible. Whether it's sourcing eco-friendly products or making thoughtful purchasing decisions, we always consider the environmental implications and strive to make responsible choices.