St. Regis Maldives launches Adopt-a-Coral programme to repopulate coral reef

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort has launched a special programme through which guests can help repopulate coral reefs surrounding the Dhaalu atoll.

Under The St. Regis Maldives’ Adopt-a-Coral programme, guests can work with a local marine biologist to harvest Staghorn coral, one of the fastest growing branching corals, and attach them to one of the underwater rope frames. They can then track their coral’s growth with quarterly updates, and in about 18-months, once the coral has matured it is transplanted onto the island’s reef.

The Adopt-A-Coral programme by The St. Regis Maldives aims to restore and preserve the magnificent and fragile ecology of the Maldives.

From 2015 through 2017, the world’s coveted ocean reefs saw the most devastating coral bleaching event in history, where 80 per cent of corals were bleached due to increased water temperatures.

The St. Regis Maldives is nestled on a private island in the secluded Dhaalu atoll, amidst thriving marine life. Just 40 minutes from the main Velana International Airport by seaplane, guests are transported to a newfound paradise.

Designed with great respect to its natural surroundings, the resort is surrounded by a large house reef and the island is defined by several distinct ecological areas: lagoon, beach coastal and jungle. At The St. Regis Maldives, guests have the luxury of staying in one of the 77 island and overwater villas, shrouded in lush tropical flora, each with a private pool.

There are seven distinct dining venues, including an Asian specialty restaurant, a modern Italian restaurant that features a grand staircase, an underground wine cellar restaurant, a shack style restaurant, a signature overwater bar that rolls out stunning views of dramatic sunset, and a pop-up restaurant in the middle of the resort.

The signature Iridium Spa at The St. Regis Maldives promises a transformative journey in an oasis of tropically inspired sophistication. Alighting atop the scintillating waves of the Indian Ocean, the 1,850-square-metre overwater sanctuary features plush furnishings set against white oak interiors to create an ambience of elegant tranquility.

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