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These are the luxury resorts actively protecting the ocean

16 May 2022

Looking to discover a luxury hotel that is doing its bit for the ocean? BOAT rounds up the luxury resorts that are taking a stance in ocean conservation.

The Brando, French Polynesia

Set on the private island of Tetiaroa in French Polynesia, The Brando is on a mission to achieve carbon neutrality. Built almost entirely from local, renewable and recycled materials, the resort has implemented a number of initiatives such as sea-water air conditioning and solar panels. It has also introduced a sustainable fishing programme, which aids research into the biology and ecology of the atoll’s bonefish. 

Thanda Island, Tanzania

Residents at this East African island retreat can enjoy exclusive use of a marine reserve. Thanda’s resident marine biologist is on hand to take guests through its conservation and education programmes, which support the island’s sea turtles, dolphins and whale sharks as well as the coral reefs and local community. 

Petit St Vincent, St Vincent and The Grenadines 

This private island resort is playing a large part in protecting its pristine surrounding waters and ecosystems. Having partnered with the Philip Stephenson Foundation and CLEAR Caribbean, the island has its own reef regeneration programme, which has seen the construction of a coral nursery using fragments of elkhorn coral. 

Joali, Maldives 

Set on Muravandhoo island on the Raa Atol, Joali Maldives has implemented several initiatives to support its surrounding environment, from banning single-use plastic, to implementing a rainwater-powered energy supply. Before guests even arrive, the resort offsets all carbon emissions from their stay by working with local communities to re-plant trees. Joali has also created its own pioneering Reef Restoration Project with an on-site coral nursery, which will eventually be transplanted onto the existing house reef to help it regenerate.

Anantara, Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas 

As part of their ongoing commitment to support the surrounding environment, Anantara Mai Khao has been working in partnership with Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation. The initiative safely retrieves sea turtle eggs, and ensures they are incubated in a secured environment and released from the beaches. Guests can also get involved by releasing a fledgling turtle to begin their life at sea.