Marriott in Mauritius acknowledges their responsibility in minimising its impact on the environment by engaging in conservation practices. Through local partnerships, sustainable practices and education, the resorts create positive change and continue to regenerate the environment.
Sustainable travel is front of mind for many travellers in June every year, with World Environment Day and World Ocean Day highlighting the negative effects of humanity’s impact on the planet. JW Marriott Mauritius Resort, Le Méridien Ile Maurice and The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa, Mauritius offer a luxury-meets-nature alternative to help minimise guests’ holiday footprint.
The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa Mauritius recently scooped the ‘’Coup de Coeur’’ award in the Sustainable Tourism Mauritius 2023 Awards for its continuing efforts to focus on sustainability. The resort is committed to preserving and respecting Mother Nature with its sustainable food and beverage experiences which centre around organically grown produce and lessening the resorts carbon footprint. Being eco-conscious is more than just separating plastics from glass. It’s about concern for consumption habits from purchase to paperless menus, to waste disposal. Sustainable practices include Meatless Mondays which reduce greenhouse gas emissions and carbon miles, zero waste cocktails with edible garnishes, responsibly sourced seafood, daily buffet breakfast rotation of local and seasonal fruits and guests also get to enjoy cage-free eggs.
The onsite, carefully planned vegetable garden harvests every kind of vegetable and herb. “Carefully nurtured by the botanic team, the organic garden is not only productive but also lush and beautiful. Once a week, guests are invited to celebrate the harvest with a specially curated four-course candlelit barbeque experience in the garden. Aligned with the resort’s sustainable initiatives, each course is paired with an organic wine. Plant-based canapés, special signature cocktails and an array of wholesome flavours awaits”, says Karishma Jingree, Sustainable Development Manager for the three properties.
Guests may participate in the Coco WondersWorkshop to learn more about the diversity of coconuts as a refreshing healthy beverage with essential enzymes, to cooking with coconuts, and learning how to masticate coconut into an exfoliation ingredient and using the shell as a natural, decomposable vessel.
Le Méridien Ile Maurice strives to reduce its water consumption, recycle its waste, protect biodiversity and optimises energy consumption with its automated guest room management system which includes smart switches and sensors to efficiently manage guest room energy consumption.
JW Marriott Mauritius Resort is committed to preserving and regenerating the environment and having a positive and enduring impact on guests and the planet by initiating sustainable programmes dedicated to energy management, reusing linen and towels, waste segregation and water-saving measures. The resort reduces plastic waste by treating water in-house and bottling it in reusable glass bottles. Bottles are placed in all rooms and restaurants for guests’ use. Guests may also access free fresh drinking water wherever they are within the property. Parking areas and pathways use solar energy, heat is recovered from chillers to preheat boiler water and room key cards effectively manage energy consumption in guest rooms.
The Pure Spa offers Lancaster vegan-friendly sun care products formulated to be more respectful of the ocean and natural elixirs and indigenous ingredients are sourced from the organic JW Garden such as mood-enhancing ylang-ylang, moisturising coconut and powerful anti-inflammatory turmeric used for homemade scrubs, face masks and revitalising potions.
The JW Gardenat JW Marriott Mauritius Resort has become an integral part of the resort’s environmental sustainability initiatives with organic produce from the garden making its way to all restaurants and bar operations. This serene and fragrant retreat provides a verdant, evergreen escape and is noted for being thoughtful and productive, embracing the temporal nature of the tropical landscape. Predominantly featuring herbs such as rosemary, bay laurel, olive, sage and lemon verbena, the overriding scents and colours offer pungent aromas, shimmery shades of blue, green and silver, culinary condiments and indigenous elixirs.A dedicated team of gardeners tend to the garden daily with kitchen waste being composted back into the soil. The resort’s chefs carefully choose ingredients to garnish and cook with.
Marriott International’s trio of luxury resorts have partnered with the Marine Megafauna Conservation Organisation (MMCO) with an aim to helping to protect and nurture endangered megafauna species, mainly whales, sea turtles and sharks in Mauritian waters, by engaging local communities in conservation activities, raising awareness and educating both children and adult guests about the significant role megafauna play in keeping oceans healthy. The biodiversity programme highlights how megafauna keep ecosystems in balance by controlling populations of smaller predators and herbivores and linking ecosystems that would otherwise never be connected.