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

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Baros Maldives

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-fee, fish-friendly havens. Here’s our pick of the best…

Baros Maldives

Opened more than 40 years ago, the locally-owned Baros hotel is a Maldivian institution and home to the archipelago’s first dive centre which was founded in 1979. The hotel’s focus on all things aquatic also led to its own Reef Rehabilitation Programme in which guests can sponsor a coral frame to help increase the amount of coral growing in the area. Each frame is engraved with its sponsor's name and can be planted by them using fragments of broken coral collected from the seabed. Sponsors then receive bi-yearly updates so they can see how their cage is progressing while a programme of year-round activities also helps to educate guests about the plight of coral and raise money for Baros’ Coral Reef Rehabilitation Fund. To date around 200 coral frames have so far been planted around the resort.

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