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Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa invests in technology for sustainability

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In its ongoing quest to play an active role in protecting the environment, Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa is investing in pioneering technology to drastically reduce food waste within the resort’s seven food and beverage outlets. The shocking fact that, according to Earth.Org, around one-third of all food worldwide is wasted, while at the same time, one in nine people go hungry, has prompted the five-star resort on the private island of Furanafushi to explore innovative ways with artificial intelligence to address this global social problem. The smart control of air-conditioning systems with the help of INNCOM to improve energy efficiency in the rooms as well complements the comprehensive measures to promote sustainability.

To raise awareness of the daily waste production and to further promote sustainability in practice the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa has integrated Winnow’s artificial intelligence into its processes. This incorporates a camera so that monitoring can be done on which food and how much of it is being thrown away. This new technology makes it possible to determine the cost of food waste and also to automatically pass it on to the chef so that he can adjust the calculation accordingly. The aim is to reduce food waste on-site by at least half.

Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resorts & Spa’s efforts go beyond food waste management. For example, in cooperation with INNCOM Guestroom Management Systems, a system was introduced to control all air conditioning units, which is intelligently linked to the hotel’s property management system. The system analyses the guest status in the individual accommodations and controls the air conditioning units accordingly. When a room is unoccupied, the air conditioning is kept at room temperature to save energy. When a room is occupied, the system automatically adjusts to the current ambient conditions to ensure optimal room temperature. Another effective step to avoid energy waste is the automatic shutdown of the air conditioner when the room door is opened to the outside. This intelligent feature helps to reduce energy consumption and brings the resort closer to its goal of complete energy efficiency. “It is a matter close to our hearts to make a positive impact on the environment,” says Mohamed El Aghoury, General Manager of Sheraton Maldives Resort & Spa, “Our goal is not only to reduce food waste and save energy through innovative technologies and sustainable measures but also to provide our guests with an enjoyable stay with a clear conscience. Together, we are proud to take a significant step towards a more sustainable future.”

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Enjoy ultimate luxurious escape on Eid al-Adha at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives

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Celebrate the occasion of Eid Al-Adha by embracing island life at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands. To commemorate the holiday, the resort invites GCC travellers into a world of breathtaking natural beauty, exclusive accommodation, legendary service, exquisite food, and once in a lifetime experiences.

Guests are invited to indulge in stunning turquoise water views teeming with marine life, pristine untouched white-sand beaches and lush greenery amid the Indian Ocean. With an array of bespoke Eid activities happening for the holiday including sunset cruises, chakra yoga, coral regeneration, design artistry workshops and more, guests can step into a world of exceptional luxury, to enjoy the resorts breathtaking island home.

With only a short flight time from across the GCC, those visiting the island from Monday 17th June until Friday 21st June, can embark on captivating adventures and experiences for the whole family.

Dive into the crystal-clear waters and snorkel alongside majestic turtles or contribute to the preservation of the vibrant marine ecosystem with the hotel’s Coral Regeneration programme. Watch the sun dip below the horizon aboard a luxurious Sunset Dolphin Cruise or guests can try their luck at reeling in the catch of the day with a Big Game Fishing excursion. If guests are looking for something more challenging, try a Killer Abs workout or group Aerial Hoop Class. For those seeking a more creative activity, enjoy an Eid Design Artistry workshop and discover the joy of expression through art.

Nourish the body, mind, and soul with The Ritz-Carlton Maldives curated selection of indulgent experiences. Become immersed in the ancient practice of Chakra Yoga, harmonising inner energies amidst the breathtaking backdrop of the Maldives, or learn how to give a Gua Sha Massage, where guests can transform their skincare routine by revealing radiant and rejuvenated skin. For those looking to experience something new, attend the Bamboo Tapping workshop where guests will discover a soothing rhythm.

Celebrate Eid Al-Adha in culinary bliss with nightly Levantine cuisine served on the pristine sands of the hotel’s island paradise, courtesy of The White Journey. Guests can enjoy a Maldivian Night on the final evening of the Eid holiday, with a culinary journey underneath the stars where traditional flavours of the island can be enjoyed in every bite.

Keeping young hearts and minds engaged throughout the Eid holiday, the Ritz Kids programme offers a range of exciting activities. From crafting memories on the beach with Sandcastle Decoration to unleashing their inner artist with Eid Pallet Art Painting, children enjoy the holidays like never before. Children can also embark on a thrilling Eid Dhoni Boat Safari or unravel the mysteries of the island with an exciting Eid Treasure Hunt.

For an exclusive Eid activity, football legend Ivan Rakitic will be hosting two football workshops during the celebrations. The Saudi Pro League player and former Barcelona FC icon will be sharing his expertise with guests, and teaching life-long skills to aspiring young players.

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Atmosphere Core leads sustainable travel in Maldives

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International hospitality company, Atmosphere Core announces sustainability achievements across four pillars of Community, Operations, Resources and Environment. This environment-conscious approach is evident through the company’s many impactful initiatives such as renewable energy infrastructure and water-saving technology across resorts. Along with company-wide projects, individual resorts are also looking at innovative pilot projects such as a vertical hydroponic garden at OZEN LIFE MAADHOO or the in-house biogas setup at OBLU SELECT Sangeli.

“Sustainability isn’t an option; it’s our ethos. We look at reusing, reducing, and recycling. All our resorts use a paperless app-based booking and check-in system. At our spas, we serve handmade candied orange peels, and all our resort teams maintain kitchen gardens with a constant effort to improve every year. The cumulative impact of these eco-friendly choices can have a lasting positive change. From conscious development to conserving resources and curating culturally connected experiences for our guests, every decision we make is rooted in preserving the natural beauty that surrounds us in the enchanting islands of Maldives,” comments Shrikant Dash, the Deputy Managing Director for Corporate at Atmosphere Core.

Driving Positive Community Impact

Recognising the need to give back to the local community, Atmosphere Core has been supporting charities and driving impact through a non-profit, non-governmental organisation – Atmosphere Foundation. In the span of two years, the foundation has achieved significant milestones. It has built a high-quality training kitchen for special needs students, run reading programmes for 7,196 youngsters and supported health screening programs for 590 senior citizens at local islands.

By introducing bamboo plantation and cultivation not just on the group’s resorts, but also in local community outreach programs, Atmosphere Foundation is at the forefront of bringing responsible hospitality and climate protection programmes together. Bamboo plants are known for their exceptional carbon absorption rate, contributing to the goal of making the Maldives a carbon-free destination. Through the Bamboo for Climate Change Mitigation project, Atmosphere Foundation has donated over 4,000 germinated seedlings and introduced saplings to 27 islands, collaborating with local councils on 9 initiatives. This project has covered all but 5 atolls in Maldives. Over 1,000 seedlings have also been planted in resorts operated by Atmosphere Core.

How the Sun Powers Atmosphere Core’s Resorts

Atmosphere Core is driving a solar revolution in the Maldives by maximising every opportunity to power resorts with clean energy from the sun. In 2019, Atmosphere setup a marine and rooftop solar system at OZEN LIFE MAADHOO. Since then, the solar setup has expanded across resorts, leading to a year-over-year increase in solar energy production. With a 40% increase in 2022 followed by a 14% rise in 2023.

As of May 2024, there are 8,890 solar panels installed across seven resorts which have produced a cumulative of 16,500 MWh of clean energy from 85 roof installations and 12 floating platforms. To put those numbers in perspective, Atmosphere Core has saved 4,459,459 liters of diesel by using solar energy, and thus resulting in a cumulative reduction of 11,951 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Commitment to Coral Conservation

At the resorts within the Atmosphere Core portfolio, environmental care takes centre stage, with a special focus on coral conservation. Within the portfolio of nine resorts, seven have an actively managed coral conservation programme and four resorts have a dedicated marine biologist. In 2023, a total of 279 coral frames were installed in Atmosphere Core waters with about 13,436 coral fragments. In Q1 2024, 21 new frames were installed across the resorts. Through continuous monitoring and maintenance, the coral fragments have encrusted onto the frames and started to grow new branches. Over the years, through coral propagation, these conservation gardens have flourished with live corals attracting marine life including Parrot Fish, Snappers, Eagle Rays, Sharks, and other invertebrates.

All of Atmosphere Core’s resorts have received Green Globe Certification for environmental sustainability, with OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI and OBLU NATURE Helengeli by SENTIDO receiving gold certifications. With a 10% global market share, Green Globe is one of the most preferred sustainability certifications for resorts and involves successfully being audited on 44 key environmental criteria and up to 380 compliance indicators depending on the destination.

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JA Manafaru celebrates 2024 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award: A paradise of personalized service

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JA Manafaru, the luxurious Maldivian resort renowned for its idyllic setting and impeccable service, is celebrating a prestigious win. The resort has been recognized as a 2024 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award winner, placing it among the top 10% of hotels worldwide based on outstanding guest reviews.

“This recognition from TripAdvisor is a tremendous honor,” says Jason Kruse, General Manager of JA Manafaru. “It reflects our unwavering commitment to exceeding guest expectations in every way, from our luxurious accommodations and diverse culinary experiences to our personalized service that goes above and beyond.”

Guest reviews consistently highlight the resort’s strengths, including:

  • Dine Around all-inclusive package: Travelers rave about the vast culinary options offered within the all-inclusive package.
  • Personalized service: JA Manafaru prioritizes personalized attention, ensuring each guest has a seamless and unforgettable stay.
  • Well-equipped accommodations: Guests consistently praise the comfort and amenities offered in their villas or suites.
  • Pristine beaches and exciting excursions: The resort’s stunning location and diverse activities provide guests with a true Maldivian escape.

A growing number of returning guests is a testament to JA Manafaru’s dedication to creating exceptional experiences. “We are thrilled to see so many guests returning to our resort,” says Kruse. “Our top priority is exceeding guest expectations, and their positive word-of-mouth is our greatest reward.”

With its unwavering commitment to personalized service and luxurious amenities, JA Manafaru continues to be a haven for discerning travelers seeking an unparalleled Maldivian experience.

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