Seychelles, 29 November 2023 – Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare has achieved yet another milestone in its efforts to be eco-friendly. The resort has been recognized by EarthCheck as a Gold Certified hotel, making it a leader among sustainable tourism operators worldwide.
EarthCheck is the foremost authority in certification, consulting, and advisory services for sustainable destinations and tourism organisations. They employ a rigorous and all-encompassing certification process that focuses on key performance areas.
To achieve the certification, Kempinski Seychelles Resort underwent a detailed assessment that considered factors such as energy and water consumption, waste management, carbon footprint, and community involvement, and stood out notably in three key sustainability categories: Conservation, Water, and Solar Energy initiatives.
Water Conservation Excellence:
The resort's commitment to water conservation is exemplified by a comprehensive water reduction policy, serving as a management plan that meticulously identifies primary water usage areas. This plan includes a water conservation action strategy, outlining specific measures to curtail water wastage across declared usage domains. The implementation of low-flow aerators in showerheads and taps further reinforces the resort's dedication to minimising water consumption. Guests are also empowered with choices, as each room features signage allowing them to opt for delayed linen and towel washing.
Moreover, Kempinski Seychelles Resort takes pride in possessing its own sewage treatment plant and rainwater storage facilities. These resources are efficiently utilised for the irrigation of hotel grounds, demonstrating the resort's holistic approach to sustainable water management.
The resort's commitment to conservation extends beyond its premises, with active participation in projects such as beach cleaning and tree planting in Baie Lazare and Mahe. Noteworthy is the safeguarding of giant tortoises, a protected species that contribute to the region's ecological balance. Recently Kempinski Seychelles Resort initiated a collaboration with Wise Ocean for a reef restoration project, solidifying its dedication to environmental preservation.
Local culture also takes centre stage at the resort, evident in its architecture and decorations featuring local arts. The food and beverage menu emphasises local items, significantly reducing reliance on imports. The resort's expansive grounds host a variety of fruit trees, including banana, papaya, and coconut, catering to over 20 percent of the property's fruit demands.
Solar Energy Initiatives:
We are placing a strong emphasis on advancing our commitment to sustainability through significant initiatives. Our cutting-edge PV solar system is one of our powerful tools in our pursuit of renewable energy projects. This strategic investment not only underscores our dedication to reducing our environmental impact but also positions us as forward-thinkers in the realm of eco-friendly practices. Additionally, we are actively engaged in efforts to eliminate plastic usage. This involves a comprehensive approach, ranging from minimising single-use plastics within our operations to promoting awareness and sustainable alternatives among our staff and guests. Our dedicated focus on both the implementation of solar power and the reduction of plastic usage reflects our unwavering commitment to fostering a greener, more sustainable future.
By prioritising eco-friendly practices, engaging in community initiatives, and actively contributing to environmental preservation projects, the resort not only sets a benchmark in the industry but also paves the way for a more sustainable and mindful approach to tourism. As we look ahead, Kempinski Seychelles Resort stands as a beacon of inspiration for others, demonstrating that a harmonious blend of luxury and environmental responsibility is not only possible but imperative for the well-being of our planet.