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At Serendipity Tailormade weíre bringing the romance of voyaging to the far corners of the world to the Muslim traveller. Weíve travelled the world to bring you the most beautiful hotels and resorts whilst keeping your halal needs at the forefront of your travels. We create bespoke travel itineraries designed around your lifestyle, your loves, and the things that make you a little weak at the knees. Our expert team have seen it, flown it, climbed it and even sailed it to bring you first-hand knowledge of each of the beautiful destinations featured. Our halal friendly ethos encompasses food preparation, levels of privacy, prayer facilities, non-alcoholic rooms and Muslim friendly activities. However we go that little bit further to bring you responsibly sourced experiences that gives back to local communities and projects around the world.
Member since: 12 Nov 2018

How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...

Economic responsibility

The Serendipity Foundation is the most important part of the success that the Serendipity group of companies has achieved over the past five years. Founders Rukshan Warnacula and Nabeel Shariff, with Ehsan Osmani joining the effort in 2015, rely on the foundation to remind themselves that supporting humanity is the reason why they wake up everyday to do what they do.
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The foundation works in several countries, supporting local projects to help make a difference to communities who are struggling to make simple ends meet. Each project is close to one of the founders; there is a story behind how they found the need to support the project and this in turn means there is a personal interaction with the progress of the project. From building a roof over a school in Indonesia, to donating Christmas gifts to orphanages in Sri Lanka, the foundation is there to support projects which give children every chance to succeed and enjoy their childhood. We can all remember being a child, and the foundation believes every child should be given the same rights and opportunities, no matter where they are born.
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To date, the foundation supports seven projects and is growing. Each project is supported through private donations and long term donors. Since their establishment in 2010, Serendipity Tailormade and Luxury Halal Travel donate £5 to the foundation for each passenger who books a holiday, so for example a family of four booking their summer holiday can help a child in Sri Lanka go to school for a month.
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www.serendipityfoundation.com

Itís estimated that as much as 90% of what visitors spend
can leave the destination country. Rather than buying a
Pepsi or Coke, we suggest that you try a local brand or eat in locally owned
restaurants. Most likely, local produce would have been
used which then feeds into the economy of the region.
You can also encourage community initiatives such as
handmade crafts by buying locally produced souvenirs.
Things are much more authentic missing a 'Made in China'
sticker (unless you're in China of course!).
Meeting local communities provides
such a genuine insight to your
destination you simply won't find on a
commercial excursion. Here at
Serendipity we have a growing number
of projects around the world supporting
the wellbeing of children from Sri Lanka
to Thailand.
Our projects aim to keep children in
education, to help them achieve their
dreams through opportunities we
often take for granted.
WHILST YOU'RE ON HOLIDAY:
SOCIAL I M PACTS
Itís estimated that as much as 90% of what visitors spend
can leave the destination country. Rather than buying a
Pepsi or Coke, try a local brand or eat in locally owned
restaurants. Most likely, local produce would have been
used which then feeds into the economy of the region.
You can also encourage community initiatives such as
handmade crafts by buying locally produced souvenirs.
Things are much more authentic missing a 'Made in China'
sticker (unless you're in China of course!).
If you would like to visit one of our Serendipity Foundation projects, or
would like some advise on how to give back to the social environment of
your destinations, simply get in touch with one of the team
Itís estimated that as much as 90% of what
visitors spend can leave the destination country.
We try to ensure that as much as possible stays
in the local area by supporting community-run
and locally-owned businesses. Try to eat in
locally owned restaurants and order local drinks
and produce rather than international brands.
Keep a light heart and a big smile when
bargaining, and try to remember that small
amounts can mean a lot more to the vendor
than to you. Don't lead sellers down a path just
to 'try your skills' and only engage in a purchase
if you're serious on buying
Obviously use your discretion with this one,
but begging can take all types of guises; from
child exploitation to larger networks of
organised groups. If you really want to help
out, perhaps offer the person some food or
water instead. Also try and seek out local
organisations who work with under privileged
people in the area and ask if they require any
assistance.

Environmental responsibility

At Serendipity Tailormade we are conscious of the experiences we share with our clients. Our hand-picked experiences are always assessed for quality and service, however we are also aware that tourism can have an all costs approach.

Each of the experiences we offer are assessed for three key elements;

1. Does the experience harm or provide communities a disadvantage to their living space
2. Does the experience put wildlife in danger
3. Does the experience add value to the environment in any way

Our approach is simple. We donít offer experiences which involve riding or interacting closely with animals where itís unnatural. So no elephant rides, no tiger photos and youíll keep your distance when Whale Watching with us.

At home, weíre always switched on when it comes to switching off. The simplest changes to our daily consumption can have a lasting affect, so we make sure we switch off devices we can at the end of the day and operate a paperless office where possible. We donít print brochures either, you can head to our array of digital channels to find out all the wonderful experiences we offer.

We suggest that you take a reusable
cotton bag with you,
which you can take
to the local markets,
the gym, the beach
or to use on the
plane. This will help
tackle plastic waste
and multi-use your
carry items!

Choose reef-friendly
sunscreen and nontoxic
insect repellent. Coral around
the world are being harmed
by some of the chemicals in
traditional sunscreen, which
washes off into the water in
huge amounts. Choose sun
protection that is certified
reef-friendly!

It takes anywhere from 450-1000
years for a PET bottle to decompose
in our oceans (which is where many
end up). Many airports have water
fountains, so simply fill up and see
how many bottles you can avoid
using in a trip and avoid single use
plastics.

Do you change your towels daily at
home? Didn't think so. If your hotel
has a policy for reusing sheets or
towels, try to support this as often as
you feel you can. This will save water,
energy and reduce the number of
chemicals entering the eco-system.

Remember to turn off lights and
electrical equipment in your room if
youíre not using them, and turn off
air-conditioning units when theyíre
not needed or when you leave the
room.


Water can be a precious resource, so
try to keep your usage of it to a
minimum, both in your hotel room
and whenever possible throughout
your trip.


Take your litter with you. Seems
simple right, but recycle as much as
you can (which can be tricky in some
places) or take it back to your hotel
to discard responsibly. Mr Turtle
really doesn't want metals and
plastics to swim through dude.


Never buy souvenirs made from
animals, eat exotic meats, or support
cruel animal practices. It's amazing
how many items you can still find
from animals that are critically
endangered from the Far East to
parts of Africa.

Riding elephants, being photographed
next to a Lion, charming a snake,
trained monkeys or teasing a crocodile;
ALL NOT COOL. Avoid attractions
where animals are kept in captivity and
be aware of money making traps
designed to put the most discomfort
on wild animals

When visiting national parks and
nature reserves, stick to set paths in
order to preserve natural habitats
and leave animals undisturbed. Also
remember not to take Corals, Shells
or anything that belongs to the sea.
If you see some rubbish in the sea,
help by picking it up, even if it's not
yours.



Social responsibility

Always ask if itís OK to take a
personís photograph, and be
aware that flash photography
can be damaging to artwork

Do a little research on the
destination you're travelling to.
It's always handy to know a few
of the local words, but it makes
such a huge impact on the locals
when they feel you've taken the
time to appreciate their culture
and language.

Meeting local communities provides
such a genuine insight to your
destination you simply won't find on a
commercial excursion. Here at
Serendipity we have a growing number
of projects around the world supporting
the wellbeing of children from Sri Lanka
to Thailand.
Our projects aim to keep children in
education, to help them achieve their
dreams through opportunities we
often take for granted.
WHILST YOU'RE ON HOLIDAY:
SOCIAL I M PACTS
Itís estimated that as much as 90% of what visitors spend
can leave the destination country. Rather than buying a
Pepsi or Coke, try a local brand or eat in locally owned
restaurants. Most likely, local produce would have been
used which then feeds into the economy of the region.
You can also encourage community initiatives such as
handmade crafts by buying locally produced souvenirs.
Things are much more authentic missing a 'Made in China'
sticker (unless you're in China of course!).
If you would like to visit one of our Serendipity Foundation projects, or
would like some advise on how to give back to the social environment of
your destinations, simply get in touch with one of the team.

The Children of Koh Yao Noi

The small island of Yao Noi, located less than hour by boat from Phuket is a sleepy island where many of Serendipity Tailormadeís guests visit to spend a quiet, relaxing vacation. The island is very close to Nabeel and his wife Asmaaís heart, as it was one of the first places they visited together.
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The island is home to a mainly Muslim population, and as you jump on a moped to follow the only road on the island, youíll see small girls in hijab heading home from school, boys playing football with tatty balls and their parents ploughing the fields. The warmth of the people, with a simple way of life, brings a sense of contentment to whatever little they have. Serendipity Tailormade have partnered with the Six Senses Yao Noi, a preferred partner in Thailand, to embark on a series of projects through the Serendipity Foundation.

School support

If there is one thing children on the island love more than anything, it is to learn. They have been blessed with the amazing gift of willpower, and their drive to learn and educate themselves is self propelled.
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However, due to irregular government funding, some schools simply do not receive enough support to ensure a safe and nurturing environment for the children. The Foundation helps one of the schools with financial support for school meals. A well fed child will be able to use that energy throughout the day, and currently the school are fundraising an extra £1200 a year to ensure the children have a free meal. By subsiding meals, the school can use that money elsewhere.
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The Foundation are also looking to support the school with new computer equipment, to ensure the children are engaged in the rapidly developing digital world. It's incredible to see none of the children with a smartphone in their hands, still enjoying the outdoors, however some exposure to the technologies of today will keep them in good stead for the future.
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Finally, another school on the island is in desperate need of a new outdoor pavilion to hold assemblies and for the children to find shade in the heat of the day. The structure is simply unsafe, especially with young children around. With your help, we're hoping they will soon be able to provide a safe area for the children to use.

Click here to view a video of our work on the island of Yao Noi

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