Sey­chelles: Aca­jou Beach Re­sort

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Aca­jou Beach Re­sort

Dat­ing back to its open­ing in 1996, the Aca­jou Beach Re­sort has had ecol­ogy at the heart of its ethos. The ho­tel is named af­ter the French word for ‘ma­hogany' in ref­er­ence to the nat­u­ral tim­ber-themed de­sign of its con­struc­tion, us­ing wood specif­i­cally cul­ti­vated in an en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly man­ner.

In keep­ing with this com­mit­ment to the en­vi­ron­ment, the re­sort and its 52 rooms were re­fur­bished in 2014 util­is­ing mod­ern tech­nol­ogy to dra­mat­i­cally re­duce its car­bon foot­print.

The in­stal­la­tion of a pho­to­voltaic so­lar panel sys­tem re­sulted in 50 per­cent of the re­sort's light­ing and air-con­di­tion­ing needs be­ing pow­ered by the sun - a ma­jor long-term in­vest­ment for a lo­cally owned ho­tel.

To fur­ther re­duce en­ergy con­sump­tion, Aca­jou in­stalled an en­ergy man­age­ment sys­tem (EMS) and ef­fi­cient LED light­ing in ev­ery room. The EMS fea­tures sen­sors that de­tect when doors to a room are open or ajar and au­to­mat­i­cally switches off the air-con­di­tion­ing unit af­ter sev­eral min­utes if not closed.

A waste man­age­ment sys­tem and sewage treat­ment plant were also in­stalled to limit the im­pact of waste that the re­sort gen­er­ates in its op­er­a­tions. Aca­jou also em­barked on a com­post­ing project for the land­scaped gar­dens and for its own sub­sis­tence pro­duce, in the form of veg­eta­bles, fruits and spices that are grown on site.

Aca­jou's en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­icy also ex­tends to its stretch of pris­tine Côte d'Or beach­front where the thick shrubs known in Cre­ole as vouloutier ( scaevola tac­cada - an ex­cel­lent an­tidi­a­betic & an­tiin am­a­tory rem­edy) are left un­touched to avoid beach ero­sion, just as na­ture in­tended. This pol­icy has re­cently at­tracted Hawks­bill sea tur­tles, which pre­fer to nest un­der the coastal veg­e­ta­tion.

Travel. En­joy. Re­spect. #IY2017

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