We are a family from Istanbul and settled in Cirali in 1996. In 2005 we’ve decided to convert our summer house into a small hotel and received an organic certificate for our garden. After being flustrated and tired from way of life in big city, we tried to create a peacefull, ecological and family friendly small zone near lovely Cirali beach.
We are cooperating with the local community with organic agriculture efforts. We are one of the members of the ecological agriculture association which was founded by local villagers.
We restored 3 of our houses in 2006 and added 2 more in 2013. The houses were restored by local labour and we use local people for maintenance. Most of the textile materials used in the house are produced in our own workshop.
We support the municipal plan which is prepared with the assistance of WWF and supported by most of the local people in Cirali. We have an agreement with a local transport company, the airport transfers of our guests are being done by this company. We use local markets for shopping (especially when we buy nearly all of vegetables and fruits from local markets). We go to local restaurants regularly and we recommend them to our guests also. We are marketing locally produced hand made traditional crafts and soaps which are being produced by a Turkish charity foundation called “Nahil”.
We inform our guests about protection activities for caretta sea turtles, the support of the guests are crucial for protection of these turtles. (WWF and a local organization acting about this issue).
We have big compost in our garden. There are separate organic waste boxes in all of our houses. Our garden has had an organic certificate since 2005. We are cooperating with Nopcert. We only use organic fertilizers such as manure and compost. We never use pesticides in our garden.
We don’t use any chemicals in garden and we use environment friendly cleaning products. We started to use the sprinkler irrigation first time in the village and when we started organic farming in 1998 we were the first organic farmers in the Cirali. We use well water for irrigation. Almost all of our bulbs in our accommodations are energy efficient. We encourage our guests to minimise their use of the air conditioning.