How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...
Villa Retreats are proud of our principled based values which our community can always depend on. With every villa rental our valued customers have access to our discreet and conscientious concierge service which can provide everything from shopping services to specialist car hire. Over the years we have built up fantastic relationships with local providers of all of these services to ensure that the profit stream stays within the regions our customers visit. By solely using local services we can ensure that our guests’ visits are having only a positive effect on the local communities. By promoting tourism to these areas we are also contributing towards employment in the area and we only select villas that use local people for all in-house services such as maintenance services, maid services and chefs. Where possible we also ensure that any in-house chefs use as much local produce as possible and we encourage our guests to visit the local markets as opposed to large chain supermarkets.
Alongside our sister company “WILDFOOT Travel” we support numerous charities and NGOs both nationally and internationally, including Surfers Against Sewage and the RSPB. We make it our firm mission to give back to the world what we take from it.
At Villa Retreats we place a huge emphasis on ensuring, where possible, that the villas on our portfolio are owned by individuals who are as dedicated to the protection of the environment as we are. This translates into selecting properties which have eco-friendly practices in place such as solar power, water filtering systems, recycling practices and swimming pools which use as little harmful chemicals as possible. We also actively seek out properties which have been built to high environmentally friendly standards using sustainable materials. We encourage both our property owners and our valued guests to act in an environmentally responsible way and this includes providing information on responsible use of electricity and air-conditioning, efficient recycling and encouraging low-impact travel whilst in resort such as cycling, walking and the use of hybrid cars. As a company we believe environmental responsibility starts at home (and the work place of course). We encourage recycling of waste as a company and as individuals, we use as many energy saving products in the office as is feasible, and where possible for business use we use public transport. In addition to this, when producing and distributing pre-departure information documents to our customers we save valuable paper by sending these documents electronically as opposed to printing and posting.
Our team of dedicated and experienced destination experts make it their priority to have an extensive knowledge of the areas in which our luxury villa rentals are found. This means they are best placed to provide up-to-date information to our guests on the best local attractions, bars, restaurants and activities to use. We ensure that this information is beneficial to the local communities and we provide insight on the cultural etiquette of the area and traditions which should be observed whilst visiting. Our team also provide information on local markets and encourage our guests to visit as well as encouraging the use of local produce.