One of the most heartwarning aspects of the lockdown is the way that several of the Coast’s leading hotels and restaurants have come together to help those less fortunate.

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 health crisis, the Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Resort has been committed to making its resources available to the Spanish authorities and social organisations collaborating to manage the crisis.

The hotel made its facilities available to World Central Kitchen (WCK), the NGO of the renowned chef José Andrés, to prepare daily food rations for vunerable people. The hotel kitchen has been used as a preparation base for meals that will be distributed in the region thanks to the collaboration of different local institutions such as the Food Bank (Banco Alimentar), DYA and Cáritas.

“As we search for glimmers of hope during this difficult time, World Central Kitchen is a great initiative. We are very grateful to all the chefs, volunteers, and the Anantara brand, who have been involved in this project from the first moment.” said Jorge Manzur, General Director of Anantara Villa Padierna.

Chef Aitor Perunena and Manolo Navarro, Anantara Villa Padierna’s Executive Chef, are co-ordinating a team of 120 volunteers from recognised establishments in the area such as: El Lago, Boho Club, Besaya Grupo, Grupo Fuerte Hoteles, Finca Cortesin, Hotel Don Carlos and Elba, among others.

“In these critical and uncertain time we are incredibly proud to be part of this great team and initiative. We started with great strength and enthusiasm, demonstrating what the hospitality industry is capable of achieving in situations such as we are currently experiencing” explained Jorge Manzur.