When Samit Sawhny took a break from work to travel the world, he arrived in Havelock and found his life transformed forever.

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Taken aback by the natural beauty of the island, he decided “never to leave it again”. He started ‘Barefoot at Havelock’ — a resort that offers a chance for its visitors to immerse in the beauty of the island.

Located alongside the beach, the resort is steeped in natural beauty and eco-friendly practices.

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“When you come to the island, what you’ll notice is that it’s a combination of thick woods and beaches. So I decided to create a resort that blends into the natural surroundings and does not disturb the wildlife,” he says.

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Samit also started a banana plantation and built his resort in a way that merges with the nature in it. For the construction of the property, Samit used natural materials like mud, wood, and thatch. “We also have natural pathways with no concrete on them,” he says, adding that the resort uses very low lighting as they have four different varieties of owls that stay on the property.

As for their waste management, he informs, “Kitchen wastewater flows through grease traps, and sewage is directed into septic tanks before being taken through our sewage treatment plant. Wastewater flows into soak pits.”

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