At Shangri-La, we believe that luxury need not cost the earth. Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa in Oman exemplifies this ethos by protecting turtle nesting sites of endangered Hawksbill turtles and Green turtles on its beaches.
On January 7 and 8, Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa welcomed the first turtle nests of the year. On the morning of January 8, Turtle Ranger Mohammad Al Hassani discovered female Hawksbill Turtle tracks that led to the nest on the resort’s private beach cove. The second nest was laid on January 8 in the Al Husn beach.
“We are fully committed to the care and protection of turtles in the Sultanate of Oman and it is our privilege to provide a sanctuary for mother turtles, care for their hatchlings and protect these endangered species,” said Sandro Mazza, the resort’s general manager. “The first nest of the season is heartwarming, and we consider our turtle visitors as repeat guests. Similarly, the hatching and release of these tiny creatures is a very special experience, which we are pleased to share with our guests to create lasting holiday memories.”
The protected beaches of Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa and Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa are one of five turtle nesting sites in the Sultanate of Oman. Each year, approximately 100 female turtles return to the resorts’ beaches to lay their eggs. Each nest contains up to 120 eggs.
“It takes between 90 and 100 days for a nest to incubate,” said Hassani. “The expected hatching for these nests is mid-April.”
We look forward to the safe hatching of the turtles in April!