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 (raffles.com/praslin). 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