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

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

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Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi

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…

Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi

Due to the remoteness and logistical challenges of being an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, staying sustainable in the Maldives is no mean feat. One hotel leading the way is the Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi, the only resort in the Shiviyani Atoll which is home to a huge range of marine life including dolphins, manta rays and turtles. In order to preserve this pristine marine environment the Fairmont has undertaken a number of ocean preserving initiatives, including banning plastic straws, and is home to the Maldives' first coral regeneration project. This artificial reef is planted with underwater poplar trees and indigenous corals providing new habitats for undersea creatures affecting by coral bleaching. Alongside this, the Fairmont is also investing in its own water bottling plant and runs an Ocean Discovery programme for families featuring educational talks with marine biologists, turtle release events, the opportunity to plant coconut trees on the island and experience manta rays up close during a diving trip to the resort's manta ray cleaning station.

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