Serkan studied Drama at Bristol University then worked as a film maker in Soho, London, but his love of his home country, Turkey, led him to set up a tour company. His itineraries combine extraordinary experiences in weird and wonderful places along with the traditional highlights. Serkan hand-picks local guides for their genuine respect, personality and charisma, who don’t just regurgitate information from textbooks. He believes that the incredible hospitality, curiosity and warmth of the people, as well as the landscapes and history, are what make Turkey so special. These ambient holidays offer an opportunity to see the country through the eyes of a local.
This beach holiday in Turkey donates £5 from your booking fee to the Ulupinar Conservation Coop who protect and monitor the activities of local sea turtles. The beach is a popular nesting site for the species known as Caretta Caretta. Protecting them may also save the area from major development. There are few places left in Turkey, perhaps the whole Mediterranean, that are as pure and as beautiful as Olympos beach. We feel we must do anything we can to help preserve it. With the money raised from these holidays we aim to equip the conservation coop with a new GPS system and an infrared video camera to help document turtle activity. The beach is also home to various rare species of plants including Sand Lilies.
The accommodation is an independent small hotel that maintains high standards of responsibility with regards to its operation; composting of organic waste, recycling bins, no use of chemicals or pesticides in the gardens, solar heating panels for hot water and low energy bulbs and appliances where possible. Careful consideration has also been put into the construction of these cottages so that they work in harmony with their surroundings. All cottages are built entirely from wood, no concrete is used in their construction. In theory, the cottages can be removed at any time with no scar on the landscape or environment.
Food produce is mainly sourced from local organic farms. The village of Cirali has several farms that are certified organic! This hotel is family run and also contributes positively to the local village economy; airport transfers and other related operational tasks are done by local people.
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