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Six Senses Laamu leads sustainable tourism in Maldives with BlueGreen360 award

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Six Senses Laamu has received the highest honour in a global recognition for sustainable tourism.

The resort received the BlueGreen360 Resort of the Year Award at the recently concluded Asia Dive Expo (ADEX) in Singapore. General Manager Marteyne Van Well was in Singapore to receive the award on behalf of the resort.

Six Senses Laamu is the only resort located in the Laamu Atoll, which lies in the southern part of the Maldives. Surrounded by the Indian Ocean, the resort prides itself on its commitment to sustainable operations and development as outlined by Agenda 21 and Green Globe Benchmarking.

Some of the key initiatives created by the resort include:

  • Six Senses Laamu has laid the foundation to be the first plastic-free atoll in the Maldives by 2020.
  • Creation of an Earth Lab; a centralised hub of recycling and innovative ideas. Glass is recycled into pots, vegetable waste becomes compost, and wood into charcoal. For example 660kg of recycled glass light covers were produced in the Earth Lab.
  • The resort enforces a strict “no-take” stance on the purchase of endangered or vulnerable fish from local fishermen.
  • The resort funded and created the first Turtle Festival in Laamu, “Turtles in Laamu, Safe and Protected,” which had more than 600 attendees.
  • In 2014, they created and distributed the country’s first ever Dolphin Watching Code of Conduct as well as a turtle interaction code of conduct.
  • Six Senses Laamu partners with international NGOs such as the Manta Trust, the Blue Marine Foundation, and the Olive Ridley Project.
  • Reef Check, Fish Watch, Shark Watch, barnacle studies and biodiversity surveys are conducted year round with data submitted to the IUCN, Marine Research Centre, and the Olive Ridley Project.
  • Their reusable bag initiative teaches local women to make bags from old clothes, eliminating the need for single-use plastic bags.
  • The resort provides marine education to local youth in all 13 schools in Laamu.
  • Bi-monthly community meetings are held about waste management, marine reserves, and internship/employment opportunities.
  • Designated plastic, metal, paper, glass bins are constant reminders to guests about the importance of waste segregation. Guests are encouraged to bring batteries, lighters, and plastic back to their respective countries for recycling.
  • Bicycles are provided for transportation around the island.
  • Suppliers are asked to reduce any necessary packaging in all deliveries.
  • The resort conducts beach and reef clean-ups, tree-planting sessions, local community visits, and turtle and manta naming.

Planters made from recycled glass at the Six Senses Earth Lab. PHOTO/ JOANNA LENTINI

The BlueGreen360 Awards celebrates businesses and individuals in the ocean tourism industry that have proven their dedication to sustainable tourism within the communities they operate. The award programme focuses on liveaboards, resorts, dive operations, and cruises in the Asia Pacific region with winners announced at the ADEX fair.

In addition to Six Senses Laamu, the recognition was accorded to Scuba Junkie of Malaysia (Dive Operator of the Year), AB Wonderdive of Philippines (Green Fins Award), and Dennis Bait-it of Philippines (Personality of the Year).

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Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa: Unforgettable Easter Awaits Families and Friends

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Families and friends seeking an unforgettable Easter experience can look no further than Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa. Nestled on the captivating Furanafushi Island in North Male Atoll, the resort invites guests to embark on a week-long adventure filled with laughter, creativity, and togetherness.

Festive Fun for All Ages:

  • March 30th: Immerse yourself in the vibrant Poolside Easter Festival, followed by a magical Beach Movie Night under the stars.
  • March 31st: Witness the excitement of the Easter Parade and Egg Hunt, followed by the whimsical Glow in the Dark Disco under the Maldivian sky. The day culminates with the most anticipated Easter Beach Buffet Dinner featuring culinary delights from around the world, starting from USD 115 per person (children under 12 eat free).

Easter Adventures Continue:

  • April 1st: Participate in the thrilling Easter Amazing Race and dance the night away at the lively DJ Night.

Family Fun at the Sheraton Adventure Club:

  • March 25th-31st: Engage in a plethora of exciting activities designed for families, including crafting a DIY Easter Bunny, participating in an Egg Drop Challenge, and showcasing creativity with White Rabbit Canvas Painting.

Unforgettable Memories Await:

Elevate your Easter experience with the resort’s exclusive room offer. Starting from USD 620 per room per night, enjoy a full board meal plan and complimentary stay dining for children under 12. The package also includes a complimentary return airport transfer.

Book now and create lasting memories with loved ones this Easter at Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa! Visit https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/mlesi-sheraton-maldives-full-moon-resort-and-spa/overview/ or contact the reservations team at Sheraton.Maldives@sheraton.com for more information.

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Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island Unveils Enchanting Easter Celebration for Families

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This Easter, journey to a paradise of sun-kissed beaches and turquoise waters at Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island. From March 28th to April 1st, 2024, the luxurious all-villa resort promises an unforgettable Easter adventure for families, blending timeless elegance with cherished moments.

Culinary Delights and Festive Fun:

  • Embark on a culinary odyssey with interactive workshops, crafting Indian dishes, cocktails, or mocktails.
  • Indulge in a sun-kissed sandbank picnic or a romantic sunset wine tasting.
  • Experience a magical sunset cruise followed by a delectable seafood mezze dinner on Good Friday.
  • Easter Sunday unfolds with a lavish breakfast, a poolside party with a live DJ, and a beachfront cocktail party with a gala dinner featuring international cuisines and a dedicated kids’ buffet.
  • Savor sweet Easter treats at the resort’s Café Lounge and Gelateria.

Unforgettable Easter Package:

  • Start your day with a floating breakfast in your private pool, followed by a picturesque picnic on a nearby sandbank.
  • Enjoy an afternoon sunset wine tasting and conclude with a private BBQ dinner on the beach under the Maldivian night sky.

Tailored Activities for Young Explorers:

  • Little ones can participate in Easter egg decoration classes, Easter Olympics, and art workshops.
  • Learn about marine life with the resident Marine Biologist or enjoy an al fresco cinema featuring classic Easter films.
  • Explore the underwater world through the windows of a semi-submarine.

Wellness and Rejuvenation:

  • The Talise Spa offers unique experiences, from splash Zumba to family massage sessions.
  • Mothers and daughters can create their own exfoliating scrub and enjoy a Balinese massage.
  • Discover the magic of Easter at Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island and book your elegant escape with the Jumeirah Escapes offer.
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Sun Siyam Vilu Reef Celebrates Eid with Enchanting Festivities

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Sun Siyam Vilu Reef, a captivating tropical hideaway, invites guests to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in style from April 10th to 12th. Immerse yourself in a vibrant program filled with delectable feasts, engaging activities, and cultural experiences.

Festivities Kick Off with Culinary Delights and Beachside Fun

The celebrations begin on April 10th with a sumptuous Eid lunch at Aqua restaurant, followed by the lively Eid Rhythm Beach Party at Positive Beach. Live stations offering mocktails, popcorn, cotton candy, and engaging activities like color runs, balloon dances, and sandcastle building competitions, promise an unforgettable experience for all ages. The day concludes with an authentic Thali-style dinner at the Traditional Cultural Village.

Lively Activities and Cultural Immersions

April 11th offers exciting pool soccer for children with a live DJ, creating a vibrant atmosphere for families. In the evening, the Eid celebrations Management Cocktail at Nautilus Beach features oriental-flavored canapés, adding a touch of sophistication to the festivities.

Culminating with Kites, Culture, and Gala Dinner

The celebrations reach their peak on April 12th with the colorful Eid Kites Challenge, followed by a traditional Maldivian showcase. Indulge in a Maldivian-style Eid Gala dinner at Aqua restaurant, culminating with captivating traditional entertainment and dance performances showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the Maldives.

Relaxation and Adventure Await

Throughout the Eid celebrations, pamper yourself with a specially curated Eid Pamper package at the resort’s spa. Water sports enthusiasts can also enjoy a 15% discount on selected activities, adding an extra layer of excitement to your stay.

Join Sun Siyam Vilu Reef for an unforgettable Eid experience, where breathtaking beauty meets cultural immersion and lasting memories are created.

To find out more or to book your stay, visit offers page on the website  or follow the resort  on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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