Discover a world of luxury resorts that care for the environment as much as you do, offering immersive experiences aimed at appreciating nature at its finest. From kayaking with resident ecologists to coming face to face with majestic whale sharks, Xclusivity presents the finest environment-loving escapes in some of the most luxurious destinations in the world.
Four Seasons at Landaa Giraavaru
Situated at the heart of the Maldives’ only UNESCO World Biosphere, Four Seasons at Landaa Giraavaru is a pioneer of the eco-friendly resort, surrounded by some of the world’s most renowned diving spots and natural phenomena. A nesting island for 2 species of sea turtle, the resort features an Interactive Marine Discovery Centre containing a Turtle Rehabilitation Centre aimed at educating visiting guests on the research and conservation of the marine environment that surrounds them. A base for pioneering research on manta rays and coral reef-scaping, the centre works to preserve at risk species with a range of opportunities for guests to get involved in their work.
A dedicated children’s section offers a range of interactive experiences for younger guests as they help the marine biologists to transplant the coral frames so vital to their work. For a truly immersive experience, become a Manta Ray scientist for the day through the Maldivian Manta Ray project as you board a dhoni alongside some of the world’s leading experts on manta rays. Spend the day cruising the turquoise waters of the Baa Atoll, helping to record important environmental information and learning to take identification photos before free-diving into the Indian Ocean to observe Manta Rays and Whale sharks in their natural habitat.
For those keen on interacting with Manta Rays first hand, a ‘Manta-On-Call’ service allows you to be immediately contacted whenever Manta Rays are spotted near the resort, ready for you to hop on a speedboat and go snorkelling with the kings of the sea. During June and October, large numbers of Manta Rays, whale sharks & other large fish migrate to the area meaning it is the perfect time to embark upon a guided tour of the nearby Manta Bay and the surrounding whale shark feeding sights.
Discover the home of majestic Hawksbill turtles, humpback whales, bonefish and hundreds of migratory bird species as you bask in the tranquil setting of the Turks & Caicos and uncover all that nature can provide with a range of nature-themed past times under the watchful guidance of a team of specialists at Amanyara’s Nature Discovery Centre. Embark upon an exciting Exploration Safari as you delve into dry tropical forest and explore the coastal ecosystem. Do your part for the protection of sea turtles as you accompany experts conducting cutting-edge biological research and get involved with flipper tagging and attaching satellite tags to teenage turtles to further understand their movements.
Kayak or snorkel along the reefs with a naturalist to discover indigenous flora and fauna or take part in an eco-hike to learn more about your surroundings. Younger guests can take part in the Youth Nature & Science programmes aimed at those aged 5-12 with additional teens programmes available and guests below that age invited to take part with the supervision of a parent or guardian.
Whilst there, why not take the unusual opportunity to gaze upon a night sky devoid of any light pollution by borrowing a stargazing kit to learn about the night sky or taking part in a guided stargazing event. For those setting sail on a private boat excursion, why not book a resident Naturalist to accompany you and learn more about the Turks & Caicos Islands or invite them to join you on a scuba diving excursion.
Fregate Private Island
Discover a beating heart of conservation on its very own island in the Seychelles. Visit the destination single handedly responsible for saving the Seychelles Magpie Robin from extinction and the home to 2,200 free-roaming Giant Aldabra Tortoises. At the forefront of its ecological footprint, Fregate safeguards the nests of hundreds of endangered Hawksbill turtles and has embarked upon the rehabilitation of its indigenous forest, planting thousands of trees
A sanctuary to hundreds of species of tropical birds, Fregate Private Island boasts beaches frequently voted the most beautiful in the world and offers guided nature walks with resident conservationists for those wanting to learn more about island life. Watch specialists as they check nesting sites for tiny turtle hatchlings or contribute yourself through the Tortoise Adoption Programme. Alternatively, if your interests are less land-based, take a dip in the tropical waters and explore the colourful array of marine life that surrounds the island, accompanied by knowledgeable resident ecologists as they share their unique understanding of the marine environment.
A haven for nature lovers, Fregate Private Island is a unique and immersive experience allowing guests to become one with the myriad of plant and animal life that inhabits the island and its captivating surrounding waters.
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles
Allow the WiseOcean Marine experts to educate you on the marine life of Petite Anse or, see it for yourself as they take you on a guided snorkel of the area’s renowned reefs. Watch as specialists in their field give open talks at the beachside Coral Cabana or conduct research into the surrounding reef, supporting marine conservation efforts by the Seychellean government.
Unwind at a resort that is as aware of its global impact as you are, even down to the resort’s golf course, using Ecobioballs that biodegrade in less than 48 hours, releasing fish food into the water. On-site bird watching and off-site jungle trekking and deep-sea fishing ensure an interaction with nature to suit every traveller. Discover for yourself the Petite Anse Reef Restoration project which aims to transplant 16,000 coral fragments to a designated one hectare of reef through the use of a coral nursery.
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