The Zammit Tabona Family, together with the management
of The Xara Collection hold the culture of sustainability close
to heart. This core value is reflected in all practices adopted
throughout the vast portfolio of the Xara Collection.
also reflected in the buying behaviour of all demographics,
which is showing a shift in favour of environmentally
conscious businesses and brands; in particular those with a
tangible commitment to safeguarding future generations.
Through Xara Gardens, the owning family
and management, with the guidance and
expertise of young expert farmer Cane Vella
and Sustainable Resource Innovator Michael
Bourne, are actively and perceptibly looking
for a more sustainable way of doing business.
Collection is essentially a pioneer in investing in innovative
practices in sustainable growth. At the Xara Gardens, 50% of
the vegetables used in the various restaurants and The Xara
Palace Relais & Chateaux forming part of The Xara Collection
portfolio are home-grown.
Waste food recycling, upscaling of waste material including
wood and carton boxes amongst others, storage of rainwater
and water retention techniques in the fields to reduce water
required for irrigation, no pesticides (through companion
planting) are all great additional sustainable concepts that
add more value to the work done at the Xara Gardens.
Through Xara Gardens, a space found a stone’s throw
away from the Xara Lodge, farming experts and Chefs
work together to establish which seasonal crops to grow
that will ultimately find themselves on the menus of the
various restaurants; guaranteeing not only the freshest
of ingredients but also a solid reduction in fuel miles
that would result from deliveries on trucks from third
The end result being a true farm to fork
experience for our clients.
The practices and techniques adopted in the Xara
Gardens are not a well-kept secret. On the contrary, the
management is happy to showcase the learning curve to
any business stakeholders or colleagues in the industry willing to learn more and optimistically implement some of these practices within their business operation too.
At Xara Gardens, education is not limited to businesses alone, as management is constantly educating internal staff on the importance of sustainable business.
At the recent Mediterranean Tourism Forum Gala Dinner held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre; The Xara Collection’s sustainability effort was acknowledged with the Innovation Sustainability Award. A reward we hold with great pride as it gives us further drive to keep focused on our sustainable growth.
Commenting about this, Justin Zammit Tabona, Director of The Xara Collection “We are all very proud of our continuous efforts to push our gastronomic boundaries through our unique sustainable project at Xara Gardens by making a better world through cuisine and hospitality, continually pushing to put Malta on the international gastronomic map.”