Monday, 26 February 2018

Hotel Updates: Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa

Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa Taking Steps To Reduce Plastic Across Resorts

At a time when ecotourism is continuing to grow as a trend amongst travellers and with even the UK’s royal estate announcing plans to cut down on plastic use, Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa is delighted to announce a new initiative that aims to reduce the amount of plastic on the island. 

To ensure maximum impact, the project will have a two-pronged approach: removing plastic bottles from the resorts and replacing with glass and carbon bottles, along with eliminating the use of plastic straws in exchange for biodegradable, plant-based straws. This initiative stems from Hilton Seychelles’ aim to have a positive impact on the surrounding environment and protect and preserve the island’s underwater flora and coral reef.

In February 2018, Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa began bottling its own water, taken from the source of Mount Dauban which is the largest peak on Silhouette Island and the second largest in the archipelago. This stops the need for water to be imported onto the island, thereby reducing pollution levels. The water is then filtered before being served throughout the resort in glass bottles, which are sanitised and reused. In the coming months, it will also be shipped to Labriz’s sister resorts, Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa, and Doubletree Allamanda Resort & Spa, to ensure an eco-friendly atmosphere across the archipelago. 

Guests will find glass bottles with still and sparkling water in their rooms and in all restaurants and bars throughout the resort. Hilton Seychelles is also offering carbon bottles at a small fee, which guests can use throughout their stay, refilling at pods distributed across the resort, before taking it home with them for future use. 

Of the new anti-plastic initiative, General Manager Andre Borg has said: “Labriz Resort & Spa is fortunate to be the only resort on Silhouette Island, which is the third largest island here in the Seychelles. With 93% of it covered by national parks, and as host to the largest marine park in the country, it is our duty to preserve this incredible eco-system for future generations to ensure they have access to this incredible gift of nature.”

With responsible tourism on the rise and travellers choosing hotels and destinations based on their environmental policies and initiatives, it has never been more important for the travel industry to take steps to protect the environment and ensure they have a positive impact on their surroundings. Hilton Seychelles’ new initiative complements the other environmentally focused projects that are already in place, including Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa’s kitchen garden which has reduced energy and water consumption levels by 20% and the use of solar panels on the resort’s buggies to help power them.

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