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With grow­ing em­pha­sis on eco-aware­ness and sus­tain­abil­ity in schools across the UAE, kids are be­com­ing much more knowl­edge­able about green is­sues; and ac­cord­ing to a re­cent Trip Ad­vi­sor sur­vey 71 per cent of tourists said they plan to make more eco-friendly choices in the next 12 months.

That doesn’t mean you have to rough it, of course. At the exquisitely ap­pointed Raf­fles Praslin in the Sey­chelles, kids can join in with a new ‘Ranger for a Day’ pro­gramme. It takes place on the neigh­bour­ing is­land of Curieuse, no­table for its bare red earth and Coco de Mer palms, and ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude ju­ve­nile le­mon shark tag­ging, or bird nest mon­i­tor­ing, fol­lowed by in­ter­ac­tion with the gi­ant tor­toises, the most pop­u­lar in­hab­i­tants of the is­land.

Chil­dren aged seven to 12 years can en­joy a half-day ex­pe­ri­ence on Curieuse, where they will have the chance to in­ter­act with the tor­toises, plant trees in the tree nurs­ery, and go on na­ture walks with Raf­fles Rangers teach­ing them about the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment in a fun and ed­u­ca­tional way.

And of course, the all-villa re­sort of­fers su­perb ac­com­mo­da­tion, as well as be­ing lo­cated on what is widely re­garded as one of the best beaches in the world, Anse Lazio.

The low-down: Stays at Raf­fles Praslin Sey­chelles start from about Dh2,430 per villa per night, based on a fam­ily of four in a Bay View Queen Pool Villa on a B&B ba­sis. The ‘Ranger for the Day’ pro­gramme is non-profit and costs Dh686, which is do­nated to the Sey­chelles Na­tional Park Au­thor­ity to help pro­tect the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment (raf­ Re­turn flights from Dubai to Mahe, Sey­chelles, with Eti­had cost from about Dh4,110.

The all-villa Raf­fles Praslin is lo­cated on Anse Lozio in Sey­chelles, which is widely re­garded as one of the best beaches in the world

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