At Anantara Maia Seychelles Villas, we are committed to giving our guests a memorable experience while embracing sustainable hospitality.
The Seychelles, considered by many as a Garden of Eden, has committed over 50% of its ocean and islands as protected Special Reserves, World Heritage Sites, Ramsar sites and Shell Protections, including 30% of its marine and coastal waters – an area of 400,000 square kilometres. This commitment inspires us to do our part in preserving these beautiful islands.
Effective 01st August 2023, a compulsory Seychelles Government Levy, “Tourism Environmental Sustainability Levy”, will be applicable. Proceeds from the Levy will go towards to the country’s efforts in securing and enhancing its natural environment. The Levy of EUR 5.25 per person, per night will be payable at check-out (from 12 years and above).
Our unique, boutique property is scattered along 30 private acres of the Anse Louis peninsula on the main island. Inspired by the lush gardens and the granitic boulders of Seychelles, the 30 Bill-Bensley-designed villas complement their surroundings, built into nature and respecting the landscape. Our garden boasts a diversity of plants, spices and fruit trees and flowers of which 15 are endemic to Seychelles, including our famous Coco-de-Mer.
At Anantara Maia Seychelles Villas, we are committed to supporting sustainability initiatives to help preserve and protect our beautiful Seychelles islands.
We have introduced our Sustainable Environmental Fee of EUR 5 for every night’s stay, per villa, as a contribution to the marine conservation and education programme of our dedicated partner, the Marine Conservation Society of Seychelles (MCSS) - a non-governmental organization.
With our Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label – obtained in 2022 – and our UNESCO Travel Sustainability Pledge, the entire team at Anantara Maia is proud to demonstrate that luxury and sustainability can co-exist. We believe that sustainability and its challenges are constantly evolving and require dynamic, innovative solutions.
Clean Up the World Initiative
As we continue to adopt greener practices, our initiatives are wide-ranging:
⮚ Environmentally friendly laundry and cleaning chemicals (with Ecolab)
⮚ Usage of digital menus
⮚ Digital daily newspapers (via PressReader)
⮚ Plastic-free amenities such as bamboo straws and wooden drink stirrers
⮚ Eco-friendly in-villa amenities, including wooden combs and bamboo toothbrushes
⮚ 100% of our buggies are zero-emission vehicles.
We believe that as members of our local community, we must work closely with all stakeholders to ensure continued growth and sustainable development. Our aim is to deliver immediate benefits for our community while ensuring a legacy that can be built for generations to come.
Collaborating with the local Anse Boileau School, we aim to raise awareness of conservation and environmental protection, and promote activism among young students, to create a future in which they can continue to commit to their community over the long term.
Marine and Sea Turtle Conservation
In partnership with the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles (MCSS), a non-governmental organisation, Anantara Maia Seychelles promotes marine conservation through education, research and the implementation of several programmes.
An in-house marine agent is available to educate and bring greater awareness to our guests and team members, offering activities such as snorkelling safaris along our house reef and conservation talks. Anse Louis beach is a nesting beach for Hawksbill and Green Turtles, and through the partnership with MCSS, we have developed a long-term turtle monitoring programme, which takes into account environmental aspects such as beach profile, vegetation , accessibility and nest monitoring and relocation.
All menus are served on an a-la-carte basis only; dishes are prepared on request to minimise food waste and increase quality.
Some highlights of 2022
⮚ 14% of kitchen waste was repurposed; this was shared with our partner farmers from the local community to be used as animal feed and compost.
⮚ 9,866 kg of glass bottles were recycled.
⮚ 1,368 litres of used cooking oil was recycled.
We also repurpose grey water to be used for irrigation.
Zero Carbon Footprint
We play an active role in the global fight against climate change by striving towards carbon neutrality within our hotel operations. Local produce has given farm-to-table a new meaning at Anantara Maia, with some delicacies crafted using ingredients grown nearby on the main island.
We aim for a zero-carbon footprint by working with local fishermen and farmers in our surroundings, creating authentic experiences for our guests. Fresh produce such as vegetables, local fruits and fish are delivered daily based on demand to minimise food wastage. A variety of herbs and chillis grown in our spice garden are used daily for our own consumption. In 2022 alone, we harvested over 95 kg of our own avocados.