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Several endemic and indigenous plant species have been replanted throughout the grounds of the resort to restore the natural beauty of the site which had been laid bare by fire 11 years earlier. These fires led to deforestation, land erosion and coastal damage. We’ve since set out on a mission to plant as many trees as possible on the site, and along with the help of TRASS (Terrestrial Restoration Action Society Seychelles), our team has planted over 200 endemic plants and contributed to planting over 1000 mangroves.
We have collaborated with the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles to kickstart a coral rehabilitation project at the resort’s resident beach. This included the construction of coral nurseries and a guest snorkelling trail. Guests are also invited to coral planting activities as an opportunity to be part of the restoration. With the help of Nature Seychelles, this project is expanding to around 100 artificial reef frames to promote reef life in the area. Our on-site team carries out assessments and monitors the success of the reefs.
Goodbye Single-use Plastic
In 2019, our resort took a stand to reduce and then stop the use of disposable plastics on the island. Today, there is zero single-use plastic on-site and we are now proud sponsors of the Aldabra Clean-Up Project. Each year, more than 50 billion plastic water bottles are used across the globe, up to 8.3 billion plastic straws are scattered around the world’s beaches, and there are more than 270,000 tons of plastic floating at sea. Our villas feature plastic-free amenities and our on-site boutique sells items made from recycled plastic. We are passionate about environmental preservation and sustainability, and take an eco-conscious stance throughout our operations, including providing ways in which guests can decrease their carbon footprint during their stay, and ending the use of plastic straws and other non-biodegradable materials.
Think Out of the Bottle
The Raffles Seychelles water purification project introduced glass bottling on property and has resulted in positive outcomes on energy usage and a significant decrease in plastic waste. Five-stage filtration has enabled the hotel to tap into alternative water resources. Water is sourced from a mountain on-site and bottled in the resort, providing a sustainable solution for our pristine sanctuary, for guests and for those who live in the surrounding archipelago. To date, the bottling plan has prevented the use of over 260,000 plastic bottles, weighing more than 130,000 kg.
Farm to Table
The freshest catch of fish and seafood served at our restaurants is always purchased from local fishermen. A healthy 98% of fish (the only exception being salmon), as well as fruits and vegetables, are sourced from local farmers. The island has a limited supply of many basic ingredients, those which we have to import. However, we promote healthy living by sourcing our food from local suppliers where possible and promoting local produce on the many wellness-driven dishes on our restaurant menus.