We at the Vitalpina Hotels actively support our local beekeepers: in some cases, the hoteliers themselves keep bees or host beehives around the hotel. Did you know that bees pollinate 80 percent of our fruit and vegetable crops as well as other plant varieties? A top-performing bee can pollinate up to 3,000 flowers a day. Producing one gram of honey then requires the nectar from 8,000 to 10,000 flowers: one kilogram of honey thus corresponds to the lifetime production of 350-400 bees. Protecting bees is vital in protecting the environment and indeed the entire ecosystem.Free-range, contented chickens
Chickens are known as particularly intelligent creatures, with their intelligence in fact comparable to that of anthropomorphic monkeys. Chickens can make friends and recognise faces, both those of other chickens and those of humans. We at the Vitalpina Hotels use high-quality eggs from contented chickens that are kept in appropriate conditions. The hotel kitchens only use eggs from South Tyrol, either from their own production or from neighbouring farms.Goats, a (hu)man’s best friend
Goats are perhaps not the first animals that come to mind when talking about pets. Yet it would appear that goats are not only intelligent and curious by nature, but can also recognise people’s intentions and, consequently, communicate with us. And not only that: these endearing animals can distinguish different human expressions and prefer happy people. Goats have been bred in South Tyrol for many years: their milk has a special aroma and a particular taste: it is rich in calcium, phosphorus, potassium and riboflavin, while also low in lactose and easy to digest. It can also be used for body care products and is especially suitable for the care of dry skin.Ducks and geese as an alternative to insecticides
Some of the hosts at the Vitalpina Hotels not only have their own vegetable gardens, they also keep their own farm animals so as to offer their guests products of guaranteed origin and quality. Cows, pigs, goats, sheep and other animals graze freely on nearby mountain pastures, while geese and ducks keep the farmland free of insects and snails. The work on the mountain pastures follows the rhythm of nature, without the use of insecticides or artificial fertilisers. Some places organise guided tours for our guests to let them experience the animals up close – or even help out with small tasks.
Nature and biodiversity are close to the heart of our Vitalpina hosts – and this is reflected in their daily activities and lives. To the Vitalpina Hotels.