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Skiathos Hotel gets green award

- by Karen Mills

Skiathos Palace hotel gets green award.

The beach holiday hotel Skiathos Palace, in Koukounaries Skiathos, has picked up a top international award for its green credentials. The 550-bed hotel which overlooks one of the world's best known holiday beaches at Koukounaries in Skiathos has lifted a 'Green Key' award from the Greek Society for the Protection of Nature (EEPF).

The Green Key award is granted for eco-friendly hotels and covers environmental management and education as well as energy consumption, water use, waste handling and the use of environmentally friendly products as well as foods and drinks.

The Maratha beach next to the hotel has also picked up its first Blue Flag this year. The beach is organized and managed by the Skiathos Palace.

The Blue Flag is granted to beaches that pass a total of 32 tests on water quality, environmental education-information-management and protection as well as beach cleanliness and safety for swimmers and visitors.