Banyan Tree Resorts Maldives launches ‘Connect To Earth from Dusk till Dawn’ environment initiative

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and Angsana Ihuru has initiated a monthly event called Connect to Earth from Dusk till Dawn.

Inspired by the Earth Hour Movement, a yearly event celebrated by switching off the lights for one hour, Banyan Tree Resorts Maldives decided to take the movement to the next level and dedicate 12 hours every month to connect to Earth.

September 14th marked the first of what will be a series of Connect to Earth from Dusk Till Dawn events, and the monthly occurrence is set to take place during full moon to take advantage of the moon’s natural luminescence as the two resorts switch off the lights from 6pm until 6am the following day.

“By switching off the lights for one hour, we can make a substantial difference in the energy consumption and we can help reduce the effect of global warming,” Hicham Najdi, the General Manager of Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and Angsana Ihuru, was quoted in a statement, as saying.

“Just imagine how much more we can save if we switch off the lights for twelve hours every month instead of just one hour every year.”

The resorts dubbed the monthly occurrence as 6to6, taken from the start and end time of the event. The restaurants and bars will be candlelit in the evening and a special full moon in villa dinner can be arranged for the guests upon request.

An “Under the Full Moon Night Snorkel” with the Marine Lab Team will be organised as part of the 6to6, aiming to give a delightfully unique underwater experience to the guests.

The event aims to help raise awareness and show support in sustainable approaches to tackle climate change.

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru opened its door in 1995 and is the first international chain resort in the Maldives. With just 48 pool villas dotting around the island, privacy and relaxation can easily be attained. The resort has a restaurant, bar, PADI Gold Palm five-star resort dive centre and a Banyan Tree Spa. It is also home to the Banyan Tree Maldives Marine Lab, the first of its kind to be funded and built on a private resort, where guests can learn about marine conservation and partake in the many sustainability activities on offer including coral planting, reef cleaning and daily stingray feeding sessions.

Angsana Ihuru is surrounded by one of the most vibrant and well preserved coral house reefs in the Maldives. The resort has 45 villas, a restaurant and a bar, a PADI Gold Palm five-star resort dive centre and an Angsana Spa.

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and Angsana Ihuru are located in North Male Atoll, just 25 minutes away by speedboat from the airport. The two resorts are just five minutes by boat away from each other.

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