Beach House Maldives, a Waldorf Astoria Resort is one of the resorts that work to preserve the natural beauty of the Maldivian islands. In an attempt to protect the environment and to restore coral reefs, Beach House Maldives, a Waldorf Astoria Resort offers its guests a perfect memento of their stay: a patch of coral reef to call their very own.
This Super Luxury Resort’s coral reef regeneration project allows guests to select and “plant” a small area of coral reef in the Indian Ocean where it will grow and thrive. According to Beach House the project is particularly popular with newlyweds honeymooning at the resort. The creation of a patch of reef takes only about an hour and costs USD150, while the benefits last a lifetime.
According to the General Manager of Beach House Maldives, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, Frederic Lebegue, they are carrying out the project because coral reefs are easily destroyed and difficult to grow.
“Coral reefs are one of the most spectacular and fragile environments on this planet,” Lebegue said. “Coral that takes decades to grow can be destroyed so easily which is why we support this project to transplant and re-grow the coral at Beach House Maldives, a Waldorf Astoria Resort”.
The coral reef regeneration project is lead by Seamarc, a Maldives-based marine consultancy that has developed a successful coral propagation technique with remarkable growth. The living but damaged or threatened corals from the surrounding waters, harvested by the resort’s resident marine biologist, are attached by guests to a lightweight pyramidal frame structure and transplanted in the resort’s lagoon, with their name on it. This replenishes the old habitats and creates new areas of reef. Guests can also follow the progress of their reef by logging into a dedicated website where they watch it as it grows throughout the years.
This is indeed the world’s most unique and best holiday souvenirs. Planting a coral reef has a significant social and environmental impact on the country. In fact such reefs are very quickly populated by different varieties of fish.
“The Maldives depends on tourism and fishing, which are the two largest contributors to the economy. Both of these industries rely on the continued existence of healthy, vibrant reefs that are as appealing to tourists as they are to the fish that live in them. It’s also important to remember that a coral reef surrounding an island protects it from wave action and erosion,” Lebegue said.