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Sin-free stays: The world’s finest ocean-friendly hotels

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Alphonse Island, Seychelles

It’s all well and good banishing plastic water bottles from your fridge and microbeads from your bathroom when you’re at home but, when you’re heading on vacation, how can you be sure that your chosen hotel is doing its bit to tackle the biggest threats to the world’s oceans? As discussions around plastic pollution and coral bleaching take up more and more of the global conversation, many hotels are embracing the cause and transforming into plastic-free, fish-friendly havens. Here’s our pick of the best…

Alphonse Island, Seychelles

This private island resort in the Seychelles' Outer Islands has long been high on the eco-stays list thanks to its strict catch-and-return fly fishing policy, sustainable line fishing methods for guest meals, on-site arm of the Island Development Company which works to preserve the oceans and wildlife of the Seychelles and the fact 50% of the island is left untouched to support indigenous species. In autumn 2018, however, Alphonse took things one step further by announcing it had installed 2,200 solar panels on which it would be completely reliant for power thus eliminating the use of 268,000 litres of diesel usage per annum and reducing the island’s emissions by 718.24 tonnes each year.

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