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Ms. Zora

Anna Zora

Sustainability Manager, Six Senses Zil Pasyon

Originally a biologist, Anna Zora follows her biggest passion: nature. Which led her to become the Sustainability Manager of Six Senses Zil Pasyon in the Seychelles in July 2017. She believes that being a biologist is not only a job, it is a way of living with respect to nature and a commitment to the environment.

Ms. Zora has extensive knowledge of ecology, botany, marine life and wildlife and her expertise has led to one local and one international recognition of sustainability practices for Six Senses Zil Pasyon.

Ms. Zora studied in Switzerland where she became fluent in four languages in addition to her native Italian language. Following this, she studied in the University of Bologna in Italy from where she obtained her Doctorate in Marine Biology five years later. She then moved to Madagascar where she spent four years working on conservation projects related to the tourism industry. She also got involved with Conservation International for the protection of lemurs, turtle projects and marine life protection.

Ms. Zora then traveled to Seychelles, Maldives and Vietnam, where she joined Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas for the first time as a Sustainability Consultant. She then returned to Seychelles as a Sustainability Manager and is now looking after all sustainability and conservation initiatives and projects of the resort.

Ms. Zora is an avid diver, free diver and a skipper, making the ocean her home. She also believes it is very important to spend time with her daughters teaching them how important is to care for nature and passing her love for the wildlife.

Please visit http://www.sixsenses.com for more information.

Ms. Zora can be contacted at +248 2814365 or sustainability-zil-pasyon@sixsenses.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.