Le Toiny, a quest for harmony

Insiders know this well-guarded treasure, perched high above Toiny. They are familiar with its fifteen villa-suites nestled in a tropical glade, gracious, its colonial manor house, and its famed Le Gaïac restaurant, presided over by Chef Stéphane Mazières, 2010 winner of the coveted Taittinger Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux award.

A quest for harmony

The changes wrought by hotel managers Dagmar and Guy Lombard and their team go far deeper than simply renewing the menu. With harmony guiding every decision, they were looking for changes that would contribute to the well-being of their guests and to the conservation of the wild beauty of the site. “This is the only hotel on Saint Bart’s rugged, untamed coast. We want to make a positive impact on our exceptional surroundings and have chosen environmentally responsible management, without compromising the quality and comfort levels expected by our guests,” claims Guy.

“In fact, a certain number of our clients feel exactly the same way we do: they want to strike a balance between their personal pleasure and their respect for the environment.” It all began with the upkeep of the palm grove, bordering the beach, and the conservation of lush local flora. Next came the careful renovation of traditional fishermen’s shacks, precious remnants of the simple homes of the original inhabitants of the exposed, windy coastline, along with their water tanks, their livestock pens… In partnership with Easy Time tour operators, the hotel offers guided walking tours to enable guests to discover firsthand the isle’s historical and natural riches.

In addition, an organic greenhouse, created by ForeverGreen a few yards below the hotel, keeps Le Gaïac’s chef supplied with the fresh vegetables and herbs that enhance his cuisine.

Positive Energy

Today, the Lombards continue to add new chapters to their quest, with an addition to the organic greenhouse, “Inno-Science” biodegradable cleaning products, and a well-thought out approach to generating electricity (produced by a fuel-powered plant for the island’s needs) onsite. Photo voltaic solar panels have thus been installed on the roofs of each of the hotel’s fifteen villas-suites, to produce all the power guests will need, “and maintain their pool water in the process, by running the new ChloroMatic salt chlorinator, much healthier and less polluting.”

Last but not least, heat recovery is being used to balance the impact of typical hotel services (laundry, cooking, etc), thus proving that hotel excellence can be compatible with making the smallest possible carbon footprint. One of the highest goals of Hotel Toiny’s quest for harmony is is contributing to preserving its raw beauty.

ForeverGreeg: Benoit Thiry - contact(a)forevergreen.fr

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