Our impact on the environment is becoming an increasing factor in the how we book our holidays, a consideration that has only escalated during the Covid-19 pandemic as we all try and care better for a world we have sorely missed exploring. Plenty of hotels and resorts are doing their bit to protect the wonderful environments that surround them and Heritage Le Telfair in Mauritius is the latest resort making a difference.
In fact, it has become the first resort in Mauritius to offer carbon neutral stays for all guests. This has been made possible through the use of carbon credits (a way to encourage the resort to sustainably reduce their carbon emissions) and supporting green projects like contributing to the construction of a nearby photovoltaic farm. Its sister resort, Heritage Awali, is also offering carbon neutral stays. This green promise is part of the wider island initiative Now For Tomorrow, which looks to reduce the Mauritius’ footprint through sustainable consumption, protecting the island’s remarkable biodiversity through mindful development and supporting its vibrant local towns and villages.
Going green isn’t something that’s new to Heritage Le Telfair and Heritage Awali. A conservation programme has helped to create ten artificial reefs in Bel Ombre Lagoon, which they both look out over. It’s had startling results, with significant regeneration of coral and 20 new species of fish being spotted in the area. In 2019, their new water bottling unit has saved the resorts using 27 tons of plastic bottles and 65% of their waste was recycled. The Heritage Training Academy also empowers locals in nearby communities and helps them to begin a career in the hotel industry.