How does Kuramathi Maldives tackle plastic pollution?
Considered as one of the biggest islands out of the many resorts existing in the Maldives, Kuramathi has come a long way since October 1, 1975, when it first opened its doors to tourists that discovered the pristine island nation. The resort has gone through a spectacular series of renovations over the years, enhancing the Kuramathi experience, with its wide range of villas, restaurants and bars.
But what about its back of the house operations? How does it run so efficiently, independently and most importantly sustainably?
Five powerhouse generators provide a steady flow of electricity to fuel the island’s electricity. A world-class sewerage treatment system is installed and in place, recycling a bulky amount of water reused in irrigation and in water closets of guest villas.
A bottling plant on the premises pumps enough potable water produced in still and sparkling forms for guests and team members’ usage. The water is distilled in glass bottles, shaving off an estimated 300,000 plastic bottles per year.
To top the icing off the cake, the resort also has its own hydroponic garden, which harvests 3.5 tonnes of salad per annum. A delightful mix of salads and other herbs such as dill, sage, basil, lemongrass, rocket, cherry tomatoes and mint is cultivated fresh and catered to all the restaurants including our team restaurants!
Late July, Kuramathi made another significant decision by swapping plastic straws with paper straws for good. This simply means plastic straws will no longer be used in the resort, with a complete ban in effect. The replaced paper straws, are even aesthetically pleasing to the eye, if not environmentally friendly, made out of food grade ‘kraft’ paper with specifications ‘320g, 3-ply’.
“This will be but a stepping stone to achieving the eco-friendly practices we aspire to harness, and we will take strong measures to make it a reality,” says Abdul Latheef, General Manager of Kuramathi, in light of the complete plastic straw ban on the island.
As a testament to the green initiatives and eco-conscious thinking integrated in the daily operations of the resort, Kuramathi has secured the Travelife Gold certification for three consecutive years.
Kuramathi is one of the first resorts to open in the Maldives and is part of Universal Resorts of Universal Enterprises, a 100 percent Maldivian company and the pioneers of tourism in the Maldives.
An emerald jewel in the turquoise Maldivian waters, Kuramathi is a stunning island retreat with acres of luxuriant vegetation surrounded by spectacular beaches tapering into an endless sandbank. Villas blend contemporary design and nature, and are set on the beach, amongst lush gardens or over water. Four poster beds, open-air bathrooms, rainfall showers or Jacuzzi, large outdoor decks with inviting daybeds or sun loungers, are just some of the creature-comforts enjoyed by guests.
Dining options are diverse with many restaurants, bars and great-value all-inclusive packages, topped off with Maldivian service – welcoming, genuine and friendly.