21. February 2019
Here are our mango trees again! Do you remember? In May 2018 these rows of trees were snow-white. The last picture showed the leafless trunks and branches of our old mango trees which we had protected from the sun with a layer of lime after a drastic rejuvenating pruning. Now, almost a year later you can hardly recognise those former ghost-like creatures. Now every tree bears bushy crowns which are thick, healthy and green. We are amazed by nature’s magic and looking forward to the harvest. We are expecting new buds in the coming year and from the following summer on juicy mangoes for our buffet!
Five large paintings by German-Swiss artist Ingeborg Lüscher serve as the new eye-catcher in the entrance to the Banana Hall. We were delighted to receive this very special gift from finca guests at the end of last year. And we are equally delighted to be able to exhibit the expressive works of art in the newly-renovated Banana Hall.
Our Banana Hall is now sound-proofed and new lighting has been installed. It’s bright, but not glary: The lighting is good and can be dimmed to suit the prevailing mood. The new lights serve multiple needs so that when not in use for dining, guests can use the Banana Hall as a meeting place – perhaps to play board games or view the artworks exhibited there.
The ceiling of the Banana Hall, which is more than 100 years old, has undergone a number of changes. The existing noise-reducing elements have been renewed and improved. Quiet, especially when dining, fosters relaxation and calms the nerves. And here at El Cabrito that is the ultimate aim.
Photo: Benoit Tremsal
Fountain of light on the cliff wall
Premier at the start of the year: Rather than sending up fireworks that produce noise and clouds of smoke, for the first time since it opened El Cabrito welcomed the New Year with a fountain of light. Using the cliff wall behind the finca’s bar as a backdrop, we projected a fountain of vibrantly-coloured lights. With fireworks firmly a thing of the past, from now on we’ll be holding our new-style, environmentally-conscious celebrations every New Year’s Eve.
21. December 2018
At El Cabrito, some of the most memorable moments are presented every morning by nature when the sun rises on the horizon as if emerging from the sea. Turning darkness into daylight, it works its magic across the bay. The black silhouettes of the palm trees, the backdrop of rugged rocks, the grey stone walls of the banana hall and the finca’s red clay-tiled roofs: In just a few magical minutes, the vibrant colours painted by the first rays of the morning sun set the finca aglow.
This is the time of year when we welcome our Christmas-season guests as they gradually arrive to spend their holidays under palm trees in the warmth of the Canarian sun.
From El Cabrito we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look forward to welcoming you back again in 2019.
10. December 2018
Caring for the environment
We have an ambitious action plan – one that sees us adding more eco-powered vehicles to our existing fleet, reforesting the area around the new bar with native plants, telling guests how they can help us save electricity and water, and enlarging the goat pen to improve our livestock management approach. These are just some of the goals we want to achieve by 2020 here at the El Cabrito Finca Hotel – and they are part of our binding cooperation agreement with the Garajonay National Park.
For the past seven years or so, we have used activities like those listed above to demonstrate how tourism and environment protection can work hand in hand. In close collaboration with the national park, we agree clearly-defined goals that set out the environment protection activities we want to introduce on the finca and in the hotel. At a meeting held just recently (photo), we agreed a whole catalogue of measures that we must implement in the course of the next two years.
30. November 2018
Organic honey from Canary black bees
El Cabrito has welcomed some hundred-thousand new helpers who will be buzzing about to make sure breakfasts feature a local speciality in 2019: Organic honey made by black Canarian bees. The finca is supporting a project run by Miguel and Mathias who breed and keep hives of the island’s indigenous black bees. When it comes to honey-making, El Cabrito’s remote location provides a perfect site: Its fruit trees, vegetable crops and especially the wild flowers on the hillsides all offer an endless supply of nectar. And by pollinating El Cabrito’s tree blossom and flowers, the busy Canary black bees help us cultivate our own organic crops.
Not a Fountain of Joy
The frost-resistant fountain grass with its elegantly swaying translucent ears is to be found in many European gardens. Unfortunately, it has found a literally “solid place” on the Canary Islands where it has now become a plague because it drives out local plants and therefore endangers the variety of the flora. On La Gomera the barranco of El Cabrito has been particularly affected. In order to contain the spreading we cooperate with the organisation Matarrisco who are presently busy removing seeds and plants from the riverbed. This is an arduous task which we willingly support: We organize the transfer by boat and meals for the helpers. All guests on the finca who are prepared to exchange their staff for a rake for a few hours a more than welcome in the Matarrisco team.