Mahé, Seychelles – July 2019: The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach, an intimate, tropical island resort in Seychelles,leads a series of environmental initiatives that allow guests to experience luxurious hospitality while contributing to environmental protection and conservation.
The award-winning resort, which has been recognised as Seychelles’ Leading Green Resort in 2018 and 2019, has conservation and education programmesin place, which enableguests to experience nature while enjoying valuable time together.
“We understand sustainability as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations. By establishing a series of programs that encourage the need to protect our environment, we are proving that conservation and hospitality can come together in harmony,” says Claudio Capaccioli, CEO H Mark Hosts.
Guests are encouraged to join several eco-friendly activities offered at the resort. Kids can attend the coral growing workshop and help plant baby corals to restore the coral reefs; be a wetland ranger for the day and discover the unique species of plants and trees that surround the resort; sign up for the creepy-crawly lab and find out about the conservation efforts dedicated to animals; and experience jewellery making out of the treasures from the beach.
The resort’s eco-project is based on five interconnected pillars, namely: (1) reduce, reuse, recycle; (2) wildlife – flora and fauna; (3) water consumption; (4) energy conservation; and (5) local care and fair trade.
A pioneer in sustainable practices and activities, the team at the resort adheres to a strict recycling programmeand ensures that recycled products are disposed of appropriately whenever possible, within the local capabilities. In 2018, the Seychelles government announced that effective January 1, 2019, all single-use plastics will be banned on the island. The H Resort Beau Vallon Beachwas one of the first resorts to begin the #RefuseTheStraw campaign,asking guests to have their drinks without straws or using edible ones.
The resort is the only property in Seychelles to have a food composter, through which all food waste is recycled andutilised as a fertiliser in the landscaping of the property.
The island is blessed with a tropical climate and rains are almost a common occurrence, prompting H Resort Beau Vallon Beach to make all its structures rainwater harvesting compatible to contribute to the water table and natural lagoon of the property. There is an established osmosis plant which will re-use the lagoon water effectively in the public areas and in the staff accommodation.
The property encourages a “switch off policy” among the staff and guests and is working towards being a 100% LED illuminated property this year, aiming to optimise resources and to preserve energy wasting. Solar panels will be installed in line with the government directive that by 2022 most business/commercial establishments will have solar panels to provide energy for its various facilities.
To support the community, spa treatment products are sourced locally and fresh seafood and a selection of the catch of the day are bought from the island’s fishermen. The resort also maintains its own herbs, fruits and vegetable garden.
“A world of exploration and fun awaits grown-ups and little ones at H Resort Beau Vallon Beach. Anyone with an adventurous spirit and love for the natural world would be delighted to engage in our conservation activities. We invite everyone but speciallythose who are looking for a family holiday destination to book their stay at the H Resort Beau Vallon Beach where they can create an enriching experience for them and their children,” adds Johannes Steyn, General Manager, H Resort Beau Vallon Beach.