Giving Back
Heritage Resorts Mauritius corporate social responsibilty

CSR HERITAGE RESORTS

Giving back to the society

At Heritage Resorts we care about giving back, giving back to this beautiful nature on land and in the sea that is welcoming us, to the communities which surround us, to the culture and history who make us who we are. The protection of the environment is a central concern for us, for several years now, Heritage Resorts has been putting in place actions to preserve the region natural resources and to raise awareness within the local communities. Heritage Resorts has obtained in December 2016 the international Green Key label, proof of its engagement and continuous efforts towards sustainability.

“Respect our Coast” campaign

“Respect our Coast” campaign

 

From this need, emerged the Respect Our Coast campaign in partnership with Reef Conservation, a local NGO aims at drawing attention to the fragility of Mauritius’ coastline

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Mobile Marine Education Unit - "Bis Lamer"

Mobile Marine Education Unit - "Bis Lamer"

 

An innovative educational bus project (Mobile Marine Education Unit), putting marine science and environmental issues within the reach of the general public and students. 

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Lagoon Directory

Lagoon Directory

 

The lagoon directory can be found in your hotel room and is worth the read. The booklet will give you all the tips about how to use the lagoon responsibly.

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Respect our coast of Mauritius

“RESPECT OUR COAST” CAMPAIGN

 

Mauritius enjoys a rich marine ecosystem with a wide variety of corals, fish, algae, mangroves and other animal and vegetal species. However, due to increasing human activities and environmental constraints, our coastal ecosystems are now seriously endangered. As Rogers’ activities intervenes in various economic sectors, be it by land or sea, the group of which Heritage Resorts belongs is donating Rs 50 millions (approx. 700 000 Euros) to the preservation of Mauritius coastline. Aware of the wider national framework, Rogers works relentlessly with governmental authorities and individuals for a sustainable development of the island. Rogers’ Corporate Social Responsibility strategy comprises of three main orientations over the next 5 years:

 

  • Awareness: Make citizens aware of their responsibility towards the degradation of our coastal areas.

  • Education: Educate on the best practice to make a difference

  • Support: Support, over the next 5 years, at the national level and within the communities, actions which will favour the protection of our coastline.

 

From this need, emerged the Respect Our Coast campaign in partnership with Reef Conservation, a local NGO aims at drawing attention to the fragility of Mauritius’ coastline and ways to contribute to its preservation. This NGO focuses on the protection of the island’s marine environment through research, restoration, education and training.

 

In order to measure the impact of the Awareness, Education and Actions projects on Mauritian citizens, Rogers will conduct a baseline survey on the current level of "Knowledge, Attitudes, Behaviors and Perceptions” of the general public on the subject.

MOBILE MARINE EDUCATION UNIT - "BIS LAMER"

 

An innovative educational bus project (Mobile Marine Education Unit), putting marine science and environmental issues within the reach of the general public and students. This unique class is equipped with fun presentations, interactive tools, as well as laboratory equipment. The project is part of a long-term partnership with the Reef Conservation NGO.

LAGOON DIRECTORY
 

The lagoon directory can be found in your hotel room and is worth the read. The booklet will give you all the tips about how to use the lagoon responsibly and help us keep this very healthy lagoon healthy! You will be able to discover the different fish, shells, corals and algae which live just beneath you when going for a swim, paddle tour or dive.

The Plankton project

The Plankton project

 

Heritage Resorts is one of the hotels in the region to recycle its plastic and glass bottles through the Plankton project. 

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Eco-friendly golf course

ECO-friendly golf course
 

This golf course is managed in an environmentally responsible way: usage of 100% organic fertiliser, minimal toxicity pesticide used and weed control is done with coarse untreated salt.

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Managing energy consumption

Managing energy consumption

 

For years, Heritage Resorts has put in place several actions for energy saving: usage of Led lighting, magnetic cards automating the turning on and off room lights.

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THE PLANKTON PROJECT

 

Heritage Resorts is one of the hotels in the region to recycle its plastic and glass bottles through the Plankton project. Effective since December 2011, this project responds to both ecological and economic problems. Its purpose is to provide an environmental and sustainable solution to the issue of waste management. Moreover, it creates jobs for locals, reduces carbon emissions from garbage trucks and provides an ecological finished product, which previously had to be imported. The Recycling Unit currently processes around 1.5 tonnes of glass bottles and 250 kg of plastic bottles per month.

 
The south west Mauritius golf club

ECO-FRIENDLY GOLF COURSE


Created in 2004 at the foothills of Bel Ombre, the Heritage Golf Club was built on a hilly site, crisscrossed by streams, rivers, the golf course gains tremendously from its natural topography enabling the irrigation to come only from the collection of rainwater and runoff. This golf course is managed in an environmentally responsible way: usage of 100% organic fertiliser, minimal toxicity pesticide used and weed control is done with coarse untreated salt.

MANAGING ENERGY CONSUMPTION

 

For years, Heritage Resorts has put in place several actions for energy saving: usage of Led lighting, magnetic cards automating the turning on and off room lights, sliding doors equipped with detectors to cut off the air condition, 80% of water used on the premises is purified and recycled and usage and composting is common practice and used in our gardens.

Empower locals

Empower locals

 

Heritage Resorts is set in a poor region of the island which is underdeveloped with small fishermen villages who depend on the sea to earn a living.

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Nature protection 

Nature protection with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation

 

Heritage Resorts is set in the preserved South of Mauritius, a coast which has been barely affected by any development.

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Cultural Heritage

Cultural Heritage

 

Created in 1765, Domaine de Bel Ombre carries you to the grace and romance of the plantation era. Bernardin de Saint Pierre, famous french writer was the first to refer to the place.

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Empower locals responsibilty

EMPOWER LOCALS

 

Heritage Resorts is set in a poor region of the island which is underdeveloped with small fishermen villages who depend on the sea to earn a living, this is charming but it also brings its load of poverty. With the help of local NGOs such as Caritas, Heritage Resorts is involved in education campaigns for children and community empowerment programmes for women, enabling some of these women to find employment in the hotels of the region.

Nature protection social responsibilty

NATURE PROTECTION WITH THE MAURITIAN WILDLIFE FOUNDATION

 

Heritage Resorts is set in the preserved South of Mauritius, a coast which has been barely affected by any development. Being set in such rugged nature is considered a real privilege at Heritage Resorts and respecting the surrounding nature on land and in the lagoon is a priority. This is why the 1,300 hectares of endemic flora and fauna of the Frédérica Nature Reserve is protected in association with the Mauritius Wildlife Foundation. One of the objectives of the Frédérica Nature Reserve is to preserve and promote Mauritius’ unique biodiversity. Together with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, the nature reserve’s team has spearheaded numerous conservation projects to protect its fragile ecosystem. Visitors are invited to commune with nature as they break through the luxuriant vegetation and come across rare endemic beauties such as the Roussette bat and the Jumella Recurva orchid which was rediscovered after having been listed as extinct. Several ways of discovering the Nature Reserve are offered with a trained guide: trekking, 4x4 and quad bikes.

Cultural heritage CSR Mauritius

CULTURAL HERITAGE

 

Created in 1765, Domaine de Bel Ombre carries you to the grace and romance of the plantation era. Bernardin de Saint Pierre, famous french writer was the first to refer to the place and write its name as it is commonly used today. During his 1769 journey by foot around the Isle de France, he mentioned the name “Bel Ombre” – a place where he said 200 to 300 runaway slaves used to live.

 

We owe the splendour of Bel Ombre to Charles Telfair, who from 1816 to 1833 substantially developed the region with his social, botanical and engineering innovations. 1910 saw the creation of Bel Ombre Sugar Estate which gave a new dimension to the region. Specialised in the cultivation of sugar cane, the Estate created employment, provided skills and expertise and significantly industrialised the region.This industrial shift saw the dawn of hospitality, whilst the safeguard of nature remained a constant priority.

 

More than two centuries after its creation, Domaine de Bel Ombre has preserved this priceless historical heritage into an exclusive art of living. Le Château de Bel Ombre is emblematic of this history set majestically in French Gardens punctuated with ancient trees, this 19th century property has been tastefully restored to its former glory. Old-fashion charm emanates from its antique furniture, beautiful panelling, high ceilings, majestic steps and veranda. The bungalow was built in the 19th century, under the instruction of Sir Hajee Jackaria Hajee Ahmed, a wealthy Indian who never lived in the Chateau, though he sent representatives (supervisors) to see how the property was managed. These supervisors seem to have had a penchant for the good life and for their harems and they had a large colonial house built for their wives, which is known today as the Château de Bel Ombre. . Designed in an Anglo-Indian Colonial style of this era, it was labelled a ‘chateau’ due to its imposing size and structure.

 

There is some mystery surrounding the name Bel Ombre...

 

 

There are two possible explanations to these two spellings. Bel Ombre: Ombre in French also is a masculine noun which refers to a freshwater fish (“grayling”) in northern Europe, but this fish does not appear in any botanical or historical records about Mauritius. “Belle Ombre”, however, could refer to the expansive and generous shade provided by the huge banyan tree next to the estate house, which has now reached an exceptional size. Yet, how tall was it at that time? Let a hint of mystery remain...

 

NEWS & EVENTS

 

Fun adventures

Reduce Your Ecological Footprint During Your Stay in Mauritius

The fact of the matter is that air travel is the most polluting means of transportation, but also the fastest, most convenient way to reach the speck of land that is Mauritius. So, how can you reduce your impact on the environment while on vacation? What if we told you that Heritage Resorts has the (green) key?

 

Indeed, this coming year, Heritage Resorts is doing its best to obtain the Green Key ecolabel and join the 2,500 tourism establishments in 53 countries that adhere to the environmental norms set by the Green Key initiative, a point of reference in the hospitality industry for all things green.

 

Green Key in a Nutshell

 

Green Key is a global ecolabel awarded to tourism establishments for their commitment to sustainability. The pledge entails a strict adherence to the norms set by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). By choosing to spend your vacation in a hotel labeled “Green Key,”, you can be certain you are minimizing your footprint in the host country. The measures taken by the hotel will be brought to your awareness and you will be invited to participate in the change. For instance, by being mindful of your water and energy consumption during your stay. Who these days isn’t conscious of his impact on Nature, and even more so when travelling to an idyllic island destination like Mauritius…

 

What is Heritage Resorts doing about it?

 

Heritage Resorts has been committed to protecting the environment through numerous initiatives for a number of years now. The protection of the lagoon of Bel Ombre, putting a stop to the use of plastic bottles, and the installation of solar panels and energy-efficient LED lightbulbs are just a few examples. Today 5-star establishments are revving up with several projects under way. A number of projects are well underway while others will be carried out gradually:

Conduct an awareness campaign to sensitize our personnel about the best practices to adopt at work.

Install water-conserving fixtures in rooms and communal spaces.

Create a compost zone at the Domaine de Bel Ombre to reduce food waste.

The existence of an organic vegetable garden and an endemic plant garden at Heritage Awali, with plans to implement a similar concept at Heritage Le Telfair.

Work jointly with local suppliers to ensure their practices are in line with Heritage Resorts’ philosophy, which includes favouring the consumption of local produce.

Replace all household products with certified, alternative, eco-friendly products.

Partner with local NGOs to raise public awareness of the issue of environment within our communities.

Collaborate with the local community to launch a program which aims to educate villagers from the Bel Ombre region so they may join the Villa Valriche teams.

 

Learn more about Heritage Resorts’ green initiatives: Why should we, and how can we protect the lagoon of Bel Ombre, Mauritius?

 

Has Heritage Resorts been awarded the Green Key ecolabel yet?


The Heritage collection of hotels will be audited this coming December. Meanwhile, we are actively engaged in working towards the award. For instance, we sensitize and train our personnel to think “green” and to cultivate eco-friendly everyday actions. We aim to be key actors in the pursuit of global environmental sustainability. We are gradually replacing the detergents we use with alternative, eco-friendly products that are endorsed by Green Key.

 

What role does Green Key play in our pursuit of eco-friendliness?

Green Key is globally accredited with being a key actor in sustainability. It is a stamp that guarantees that our hotels are in compliance with the established norms in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint.

Green Key enables us to move forward by providing a clear work method and informing us on innovations and breakthroughs that can benefit our group.
 

What are our targets in the pursuit of sustainability?

That all hotels within our group be certified Green Key.

That the Heritage Golf Club be accredited with being a Green Golf.

To focus on sustainability in the early stages of the building of a second golf so that it is certified Green Golf at its opening.

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