Green Globe certified Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa team members took the opportunity during recent lockdowns to work on environmental projects in preparation for the return of guests after restrictions are lifted.
Set amongst the lush jungle of Silhouette Island, Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa boasts spacious individual villas that stretch across the resort’s expansive grounds.
During the isolation period from March 27th (the day the last guest left the island) to June 12th, the 200 remaining staff managed to complete many projects that had already been planned for 2020, one of which was the Big Island Clean-up. In line with Hilton’s Travel with Purpose strategy, the initiative aims to drive responsible travel and tourism globally by helping to protect the environment and support local communities.
Teams took part in major clean-ups both on land and underwater at several locations across the entire island. Groups of dedicated staff members collected garbage found on hiking trails, beaches and within the resort grounds while scuba divers collected waste strewn within the waters of the marine park and Silhouette Island Marina. Although plastic bottles are banned at the resort, countless plastic bottles are carried across the ocean and wash up on the island’s shores. To combat this and other waste pollution issues, additional clean-ups are being planned for the coming months.
The resort’s organic gardens have also been expanded during the travel restriction period to boost the volume of fresh produce already grown. Currently, over 100 kilograms of more than 200 varieties of fruits, herbs and vegetables are harvested per week. These freshly picked ingredients from the organic gardens are used in the kitchens of the resort’s fine dining restaurants and other food and beverage outlets. The organic, pesticide-free gardens alone have reduced the resort’s energy and water consumption levels by 20 per cent.