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owns the Lodge?: Please clarify if private, family, public, municipal,
NGO, cooperative, as well as the nationality and place of birth of the
manages the Lodge?
many rooms are there?
many beds are there?
many employees are there?
many employees are from the same village / city?
applicable, do employees or the community own any shares or share part
of the revenue?
is the total size of the land on which the Lodge is built?
has access to the Lodge’s facilities and its land and for what uses?
1.i2: squacco herron one of the unusual birds that can be seen down by the river, together with red pluver, hoopoes, bee eaters, kingfishers, paraquetes (Summer 2008)
Lodge Siting (how was location chosen):
Policy followed during construction:
Insect, pest control:
Energy Sources, Use & Saving Measures:
Accessible by public transport?: (If yes, please provide instructions
from nearby city.)
What is the recommended way of reaching your Lodge from the nearest
Distance from nearby village / city:
Initiation or participation in local projects:
Contact, cooperation with local organisations:
We make clients aware of their work by having a file full of photographs and information.
In 2007 we subsidised half the cost and fitted for free a high pressure misting system for cooling at a donkey refuge 8Refugio los Burritos. where the older and sometimes frailer animals get stressed and ill in the summer heat. In early 2008 we provided the equipment for them to fit a system, at half our cost, to a similar refuge in Nerja.
We contribute directly to the offset of our calculated carbon emissions. (this year 7 tons). We provide links on our website to enable clients to easily offset flight emissions if they choose. This year our contribution will go to Kenya re-forestation.
Who took the initiative to build this Lodge?
Did the local community participate in the decision-making process
concerning the founding and creation of this Lodge?
How are profits distributed, and who decides about it?
Are there any national and local taxes to be paid or are you exempt?
What percentage of consumables are locally sourced, how many are
nationally sourced, and how many are imported?
Do you cultivate food for the guests?
Do you have any agreements with local producers?
Have ever you received any funding, state, national, private or
international and for what purposes?
Do your employees have health insurance?
Do your employees have paid leave?
Are your employees entitled to maternity leave?
Do you pay your employees above the minimum wage? (Please state minimum
wage, and provide salary details)
Average and maximum working day, and work hours per week:
Do you employ your staff all year round? (If not, please
Do you employ immigrants? Are they offered the same remuneration
Do you employ trainees? Please explain what type of tasks they perform,
how much they are paid, how many hours do they work and how do you
Do you use volunteers? Please explain what tasks they are given?
Do you offer concessions to elderly visitors?
Is there disabled access at your Lodge?
What measures are in place to protect the local (or the indigenous)
population from some adverse impacts of tourism?
Do you undertake any poverty reduction initiatives or does your
operation contribute to poverty reduction?
Do you undertake any inequality reduction initiatives or does your
operation contribute to inequality reduction?
Do you undertake any injustice reduction initiatives or does your
operation contribute to injustice reduction?
What is the minimum, average and maximum age of your employees?
Is there a local community / e.g. a nearby village?
Do guests interact with the local community and how?
What type of information is available to guests at the property?
What type of activities are available to guests at the property?
Local guided tours for guests?
(5.f) Events / presentations held
at the facility so far?
Specific programme for children?
Research / Publications produced / assisted by the property so far?
(5.i) Is the local community at
all involved in the operation of the Lodge and how?
Please state any awards or green certificates won by the property:
(6.2). Have there been any independent (i.e. not paid or otherwise related to you) guest reviews, newspaper, radio, TV or guidebook reviews on your property, which may support any of your replies above? If so please provide detailed information and links (up to 10).
You can find 17 reviews on
We are reviewed in Alistair
Sawday's :- Special places to stay - Spain, and also in the
new publication 'Green Europe'
We pay for these entries but, they send round their inspectors and reject entries that do not meet their criteria
We are in Guy Hunter Watts: 'Small Hotels and Inns of Andalucia' and also in a number of lesser known written guides and travel websites (Lanier's, Fischer's).
(6.3). Please propose up to 5 people with full title and contact details who are well-informed about your Lodge and are ready to back your statements in this application.
Details of 4 references were provided and these were contacted by ECOCLUB to review the application and confirm its accuracy. Three references replied confirming the accuracy, one reference did not reply.
(6.4). Is there anything else you feel relevant to this questionnaire, that you have not already covered?
We provide only serve fish and vegetarian cuisine. We totally avoid meat the production of which I believe disproportionately consumes scarce resources, contributes to the degradation of the environment by destroying virgin land to create pasture and, produces green house gasses. Most ethical guides seem to over look this.
(6.5). Please sign to indicate your agreement with the following:
I hereby declare that all my answers are true and accurate to the best of my knowledge and understand that I and/or my company will not have the right to veto or 'hide' our ECOCLUB Rating, which will be decided in the manner specified at http://www.ecoclub.com/rating if we find it unfavourable. I also understand that the rating will be valid for a minimum of 1 Year, and a maximum of 3 Years. By submitting this questionnaire I indicate acceptance of all ECOCLUB Rating terms, conditions and procedures as stated at http://www.ecoclub.com/rating and understand that these may be modified at any time without notice.
(Please enter (paste) your signature below or type your initials to indicate acceptance)
Your Name: Kenneth Beachill - Date: 14 July 2009
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