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Date: 19 January, 2003



Jennifer Everest from partner offers ten ideas for ethical holidays. For more details about the listed trips, either click on its picture or title

Had enough of the ordinary holiday? Why not do something a bit different this year and feel the difference while you make a difference. Here are ten top responsible holidays that help to preserve environments, local ways of life and support local economies, as chosen by You'll get a better holiday experience and give something back at the same time.

Oludeniz holiday hotel accommodation in Turkey
Black Tree is situated in a village 12km south of the resort of Oldeniz off the beaten track in the foothills of Babadag. The nine cottages range in size and sleep between two to seven people. They are built in local style from stone and timber, have working fireplaces and well equipped open plan kitchens with gas cookers and refrigerators. Bread is made daily and organically grown food is served. Local Lycian sites of Xanthos, Pinara, Letoon and Thlos are all within easy reach. There are many isolated beaches and mountain bike hire available for those keen to cycle.

Polis, Cyprus villa & hotel accommodation
Combining hotel and villa accommodation this is a truly unique holiday retreat. Set on a stunning location surrounded by beautiful Mediterranean orchards and gardens you'll find a combination of unspoilt sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and a beautiful countryside with a very rich wildlife. The hotel possesses sixty elegantly decorated bedrooms in the main building or in the garden wings. Each of the five luxurious villas has its own swimming pool and three twin bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. The hotel operates important water and energy saving practices and helps to operate a local conservation centre. CY£26 per twin room (winter) - CY£56 per twin room (summer) (1CY£=1.72 EUR approx)

Isle of Mull Farmstay holiday

A unique collection of self catering cottages and blackhouses on a remote headland overlooking the edge of Calgary Bay. Set within 1900 acres of organic farmland with four miles of coastline with grassy cliffs tumbling into the sea, raised beaches and hidden coves, the area provides wonderful walking and spectacular views to numerous Hebridean islands to the north, west and south of Mull. Accredited with a Gold Award by The Green Tourism Business Scheme they are making that extra effort to ensure that the Scottish environment remains as beautiful as possible. Cottages from £150 - £450 per week depending on the time of year.

Kenya safari

A journey of discovery through Kenya amid contrasting scenery, Rift Valley Lakes, Mount Kenya regions and the wildlife environments and cultures of Kenya's savanna. As well as superb wildlife viewing opportunities, insights into the way of life and cultures of local communities are included. This results in a much more rewarding and richer safari experience and the local community can gain a direct share of the benefits that foreign visitors can bring. Accommodation is in bush camps (fully supported), permanent tented camps and very comfortable local hotels. £540 on our regular scheduled small group departures, tailor-made options also available.

Conservation volunteering in the UK
Our conservation taster holidays could include any range of projects including: coastal conservation, wildlife habitat conservation, waterways and wetlands and woodland management. Don't worry if you've never tried done any conservation work before - full tuition will be provided on site. You could be working on a variety of farmland conservation tasks at an organic farm in northern Cumbria, helping out with tree planting, bird box construction and scrub clearance at community woodland in Scotland, or trying some wildlife gardening in Derbyshire.
From £40 - £250 incl. food and accommodation. Weekends and one to four week breaks

Algarve bed & breakfast, Portugal
This rural guesthouse is ideally located in the heart of the unspoilt Portuguese countryside, away from mass tourism amidst four acres of rural countryside - with an abundance of old almond, olive and fig trees. It consists of various renovated rustic buildings, in which simple but comfortable accommodation is offered. The guesthouse is situated on the south west corner point of the Algarve, 9 km NW of Lagos and at walking distance from of Barão de São João, an old authentic Portuguese village. A daily breakfast is served and there is also possibility for camping. From 28 Euro (1 person room) to 72 Euro (4 person apartment), low season

Walking in Andalucia, Spain
Five days are spent walking through rugged hills, picturesque white villages and tranquil olive groves. A variety of walks are included; a walk round the trails and paths of Penon hill, close to the Cortijo; a more strenuous walk amongst the granite peaks of the verdantly-forested Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park; and an easier route along the banks of the Guadalete River. We will walk for between 4 and 7 hours, stopping for a picnic lunch along the way. From £555 (8 days) inc. flights, £395 exc. flights

Dolphin conservation in New Zealand
Together with world-renowned marine mammal biologist Dr. Bernd Würsig, volunteers investigate the effects of tour boats on dolphins in Kaikoura Bay. In the past ten years, Kaikoura has become a Mecca for tourists who want to see whales and swim with dolphins. Clearly dolphins are good for business-an excellent incentive to protect them-but is business good for the dolphins? Teams will continue to monitor the dolphins' movements, group sizes, and vocal behaviours to help make recommendations on numbers and types of vessels to affiliate with animals throughout the year. £1,095 excludes international flights (12 days)

Barbados beach hotel accommodation
This hotel is situated on a lovely sandy beach overlooking the tranquil turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea on the south coast of Barbados, 1.5 miles from the capital, Bridgetown and two miles from the lively St. Lawrence Gap area. The hotel is situated on one of the island's foremost turtle hatching beaches and all hotel visitors are educated on the importance of the preservation of the marine environment. A stay at this beach hotel will provide a magical experience for people of all ages, and a warm welcome that will draw you back time and time again. Special rates until April 15, 2004 of US$123 per night. The rates are valid for single or double occupancy.

Loch Ness self catering accommodation
The cottage has a charm all its own and enjoys an elevated position with a stunning view overlooking Loch Ness, at Inverfarigaig, midway down the south eastern shore of Loch Ness, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Traditionally built and clad in cedar shingles, it has a restful atmosphere harmonising naturally in its woodland setting on the edge of the Farigaig forest. Miles of waymarked trails meander through the forest, to some of the finest viewpoints of Loch Ness. The kids and the dogs will love it, and, with a secure fenced garden to the cottage, you can relax with peace of mind. Accredited with a Gold Award by The Green Tourism Business Scheme. From £240 - £515 per week

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