SEYCHELLES – Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa is proud to announce that it, in conjunction with the Island Conservation Society (ICS), has been awarded a certificate of recognition from the Seychelles Sea Turtle Committee. The award heralds the outstanding efforts and hard work in conservation that the resort has undertaken.
Alongside ICS, Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa has operated tirelessly to monitor sea turtle numbers and protect the Silhouette beaches which are nesting grounds for Hawksbill and Green Turtles; species which are respectively critically endangered and endangered. Hilton Worldwide’s Travel with Purpose program focuses on preserving the environment, and conservation actions such as these, with local and staff support, allow for the protection of unique biospheres for the enjoyment and education of future guests and generations.
Over 93 percent of Silhouette Island has been designated as a National Park, while the waters adjacent to the isle are part of a Marine Park. Each week, the ICS team patrols the different beaches to record nesting turtle numbers, follow their movements using tags, and rescue weak turtles if necessary. The staff also help hatchlings to reach the ocean safely when seen during patrols. Unfortunately, Silhouette’s beaches see hundreds of kilos of garbage washed up every year. This waste is a threat for turtles as they can confuse it with food or get entangled in the refuse, in order to avoid this, the beaches are cleaned weekly by ICS and Hilton Seychelles Labriz teams.
In order to highlight the importance and precarious nature of the natural environment, the ICS Conservation Centre on Silhouette aims to educate guests about the flora and fauna of the island. The Eco Center at Labriz encourages guests to explore the diverse Marine National Park that surrounds the island, and the Hilton Eco-guides allow guests on hikes to explore the island itself.
Whilst staying at Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa, guests also have the chance to witness the work of ICS, based on the Silhouette Island, next to the Grann Kaz Restaurant. This non-governmental organisation, founded in 2001, aims to promote the ‘conservation and restoration of island ecosystems, sustainable development of islands, and awareness of their vulnerability and vital importance to the planet’s biodiversity.’
Andre Borg, general manager, Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa stated: ‘We are truly honored to be recognized by the Sea Turtle Committee. At Hilton Labriz Resort & Spa we offer our guests a direct experience with turtles and at the same time we work determinedly to protect and conserve this wonderful yet endangered species. We will continue on our mission to enrich our environment and our guest experience through such action, in line with our global Travel with Purpose platform.”
About Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa
Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa is located on Silhouette Island, 20 km northwest of Mahé; this luxurious mountainous beach hideaway is sandwiched between a dazzling 2.5 km long white beach with leaning palms over turquoise seas strewn with granite boulders and tropical forest. Only a 20 minute helicopter transfer from Seychelles International Airport, Mahe and a 45-minute boat trip via Bel Ombre Jetty, the resort is home to one of the largest nature reserves and National Marine Parks in the country. Guests can choose from four spacious and peaceful villa categories, from Garden Villas, to Beachfront Villas to Deluxe Hillside Pool Villas and Deluxe Beachfront Pool Villas. The jewel in the crown of these rooms is the magnificent Presidential Villa offering panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. The resort offers an unparalleled choice of dining experiences as well as a wide range of leisure activities including exploratory nature hikes, diving, fishing and romantic sunset cruises. Families, nature lovers, divers, adventure-seekers and romantics can all find a haven at Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa.
- World Travel Awards’ Seychelles Leading Resort – 2013, 2014
- World Travel Awards’ Indian Ocean Leading Spa Resort – 2015, 2016
- World Travel Awards’ Seychelles Leading Spa Resort – 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
- World Travel Awards’ Seychelles Leading Green Resort – 2016
- Global Traveller Awards’ Best Resort in Africa – 2013
- Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence – 2013, 2014, 2015
- Luxury Travel Guide – Seychelles’ Luxury Romantic Resort of the Year – 2016
For more information on Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa please visit: seychelleslabriz.hilton.com.
About Island Conservation Society (ICS)
The Island Conservation Society is a Seychelles registered NGO running conservation and island restoration programmes. ICS owns Aride Island Nature Reserve and also operates conservation centers on the IDC Islands of Alphonse, Desroches, Silhouette, Farquhar, and Poivre. Contact ICS Silhouette on +248 271 44 88.
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