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Proud to be green

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Support Local Culture

Explore and enjoy the destination by attending local events, festivals and attractions.

Support the local economy

Support our local farmers and producers, who play such a valuable role in improving the local economy. Preserve the landscape by visiting farmers markets, craft fairs and buying local and regional produce.

Enjoy Your Stay

Come back time and time again, and we can all help to protect this beautiful destination for generations to come!

Save Energy

Always turn lights off when you leave a room or go out, and preserve air conditioning by closing patio doors and window and blinds/shutters.

Reduce Congestion Pollution

Leave the car behind and see the best of the scenery by walking, cycling and using public transport.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Waste less and reduce the impact on the environment and recycle any waste you have. Cook the right amount. Use leftovers.

Conserve Water

Save water by turning off the tap when brushing your teeth. Washing with full loads and on a cool setting and consider taking a shorter shower instead of a bath.

Are you a Villa Owner?

Introducing the James Villa Holidays Green Scheme

Welcome to the James Villas Green Scheme, a unique collection of greener and more environmentally friendly accommodations promoting a more Eco-friendly holiday experience.

The James Villas Green Scheme identifies properties whereby owners and suppliers have taken extra steps to be kinder to the environment. We only include properties that have met our assessment criteria and reward those who do well by showcasing their achievements to our customers. We do this by displaying an award logo against their property in the brochure and website, and a certificate to display within their property.

The Criteria

We have established our Green Scheme by creating a criteria which focuses on environmental and social sustainability, in the hope that we are able to provide more sustainable properties to our customers. The scheme also helps protect and respect their local environment and the local communities where they operate. We encourage accommodation owners to think sustainably by encouraging recycling, waste minimisation, using renewable energy, energy and water efficiency. We provideing more information about the local area and facilities, encourage guests to use local transport, walk or cycle and purchase locally produced goods by visiting local markets.

Playing our part

Since launching "Wyndham Green" in 2006, Wyndham Worldwide has invested in sustainable practices by introducing the Wyndham Green programme across its business units, which focuses on sustainability across the company and its many brands including James Villa Holidays. The Wyndham Green programme is a way of living and working, based on our vision and values and supporting our global and local communities while developing sustainable programmes that deliver economic benefits. Most importantly, it shows we understand that our business activities do impact the earth and peoples lives, and are committed to improving our sustainable practices.

In 2015, James Villa Holiday was very proud to become a partner of Travelife along with cottages.com and Hoseasons, who are also part of WVRUK (Wyndham Vacation Rentals UK). Travelife is a leading training, management and certification initiative for tourism companies committed to sustainability. Operating our business in a socially and environmentally friendly manner makes good business sense.

Are you a villa owner?

Would you like your property to be featured as part of our unique collection of greener and more environmentally friendly accommodations? If so, we introduce you to the James Villas Green Scheme.

The James Villas Green Scheme identifies properties where owners/suppliers have taken extra steps to be kinder to the environment. It rewards those who do well by showcasing their achievements to the consumer by becoming part of our green collection of properties, having a "Green" award logo against their property on the website/brochure plus a certificate to display within their property. In addition to this owners/suppliers will be given a "Think Green - Top Travel Tips" poster to display in the property which contains energy and water saving tips amongst others, for our guests. The green scheme is Free and Optional and operates via a self-assessment.

The Criteria

We have established our Green scheme by creating criteria which focuses on environmental and social sustainability in the hope that we are able to provide more sustainable properties to our customers that protect and respect their local environment, and the local communities where they operate. We encourage accommodation owners to think sustainable by encouraging recycling, waste minimisation, using renewable energy, energy and water efficiency, providing more information about the local area and facilities, encourage guests to use local transport, walk or cycle and purchase locally produced goods by visiting local markets.

What's next for me?

It's simple. If you would like to become part of our green portfolio, please request a Self-Assessment via email. Please ensure your state the following: Green Self-Assessment Request/Destination/Resort/Property Name. Your Name. Example: Green Self-Assessment Request/Algarve/Gale/Villa Sun, Susan Smith.

  • After completion, your will be notified whether or not your villa/property has passed the criteria.
  • For villas/properties which pass the criteria, your villa/property will be recorded in our Green database ready to have the award certificate/poster sent and logo added to the website.
  • In the event that your villa/property does not pass the criteria, you will receive an action plan containing recommendation on what you need to do in order to qualify. This is completely optional and there are no timeframes given for completion.

We would like to encourage as many owners/suppliers to complete the self-assessment as soon as possible. You may already be eligible for the reward. Why not try it and see!

Proud to be Green How Green are you?

Take the Test

Save Energy

A How likely are you to turn lights off when leaving a room/villa?

B Are you likely to dry your clothes by?

C If air conditioning is available in your villa, when in use would you...

Conserve Water

A How likely are you to take a shower instead of a bath during your holiday?

B Will you prepare your salad/vegetables...

C When using the washing machine, will you wash your clothes in...

Reduce Congestion & Pollution

A How do you prefer to see your destination?

B How will you travel to your local shop?

C How likely would you be to hire a bike for exercise or family fun on your villa holiday?

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

A When dining alfresco at your villa, will you...

B Will you place your solid waste (glass, plastic, metal, paper) in...

C When you have left over food from your meal, would you...

Support the local economy

A Are you more likely to buy your produce from...

B For entertainment are your more likely to...

C Are you more likely to buy your holiday souvenirs from...

Please ensure that all questions have been answered

How Green Am I?

Complete our green scheme quiz to discover how green you are when on holiday!

You are a Champion of Green Holidays!

You scored points! Congratulations - you are a green supreme while on holiday! Having a positive impact on the environment is important to you, and it shows. See our selection of villas which meet our Green Scheme assessment criteria and start planning your next eco-friendly holiday.

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You are a Green Godess!

You scored points! You are really helping the environment by trying your best to be green on holiday. Just a few more steps and your impact on the environment could reduce even further! See our selection of villas which meet our Green Scheme assessment criteria and start planning your next eco-friendly holiday.

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You are a Green Student

You scored points! You are making some positive moves to be green on holiday. Just a few more steps and your impact on the environment could reduce even further! See our selection of villas which meet our Green Scheme assessment criteria and start planning your next eco-friendly holiday.

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You are Not Green

You scored points! When you go on holiday the impact on the environment isn't a top priority, but you do help here and there. Why not make further small changes to become more eco-friendly during your villa stay? See our selection of villas which meet our Green Scheme assessment criteria and start planning your next eco-friendly holiday.

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You are Not at all Green

You scored points! When you go on holiday the impact on the environment isn't a top priority. Why not look at how you can be more eco-friendly during your villa stay and try buying local produce from the market, recycling, and exploring on foot? See our selection of villas which meet our Green Scheme assessment criteria and start planning your next eco-friendly holiday.

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