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JA Manafaru celebrates World Sustainability Day with engaging eco-friendly activities and innovative culinary experience

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To mark ‘World Sustainability Day’ on the 26th October, the team at JA Manafaru hosted a series of engaging and fun environmentally-friendly themed activities for guests and staff. 

The day started with a short boat ride to the picturesque uninhabited island of Medhafushi, a popular castaway destination for guests who wish to slip off the resort and enjoy a real castaway experience. Guests and staff teamed-up and collected the flotsam and jetsam rubbish JA Manafaru uses to recycle through its ‘Ocean Bound Plastic’ program, making bags and other items for guests from such waste material.

Next was the island team artistic ‘Upcycling Competition’. Sculptures and fascinating creations were made from waste that would normally end up in land fill. With huge number of amazing concepts from each of the departments, winning designs were awarded from Landscaping, Front Office and Kitchen departments. 

Following the competition guests were invited to an educational Walking Tour to learn about all JA Manafaru’s sustainability initiatives. Part of this was the usable gardens as part of the Homegrown program. Growing produce helps the team reach its sustainability goals by decreasing packaging waste, reducing air miles and of course providing guests with the most nutritious food. JA Manafaru’s gardens grow different types of salad leaves, bananas, oyster mushrooms and other herbs. Guests were also welcomed to the newly opened Cluckingham Palace, where the Maldives happiest hens provide the freshest eggs for guests to enjoy for breakfast.

The day concluded in a unique ‘Zero Waste Menu’ experience laid on by Executive Chef Moosa Nazeeh and his team, who were recently awarded ‘Best Culinary Resort’ in the Maldives. Key items from the menu included broccoli & cauliflower stem crudo with dehydrated tomato skins, Hainan chicken rice using crispy chicken skin or guests could opt for a vegetable peel lasagna. A lemon peel and mint stem sorbet refreshed between courses and guests indulged at the end with a carrot cake made from juice pulp that also featured coconut cream cheese, bread end crisp and carrot jelly. 

This creative menu is just one of the highlights from the resorts recent Wellness Your Way launch, held on World Food Day. Key to this launch was the WYW menus that offer dedicated dishes to cater to variety of different eating lifestyles. Each of the resorts five restaurants now offer menus dedicated to vegan/vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free and low carb.  Sustainability Advisor, Victoria Kruse said, “In the Maldives the actions we take daily have an immediate effect on our natural environment. The whole team at JA Manafaru is committed to reducing the island’s carbon footprint as well as educating our guests on being mindful and how we all can take small steps to protecting our planet.”

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Angsana Velavaru reaffirms commitment to sustainability, cultural heritage, local economy

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At Angsana Velavaru, an all-inclusive premium resort in the virtually untouched South Nilandhe Atoll sustainability and cultural preservation are woven into the fabric of daily life. The resort’s journey, driven by passion and dedication, begins with a simple yet profound question: “What if dried coconut leaves could find new life? Can they breathe new purpose to the local community?”

Part of Banyan Group, an independent, global hospitality company with purpose, Angsana Velavaru honours Maldivian heritage and protect the environment, by embarking on the unique initiative, ‘The Life Cycle of Coconut Leaf.’ This starts with planting coconut trees on the resort and trimming their leaves regularly. Partnering with local communities, the resort transforms these discarded leaves into beautiful thatched roofs known as kajan.

Guided by the Group’s ethos, “Embracing the Environment, Empowering People”, the cycle begins with lush, green coconut palm trees that provide shade and beauty to the resort. As leaves naturally die, they turn brown, becoming a potential resource rather than waste. Skilled climbers carefully harvest dead leaves, promoting new growth and maintaining tree health. Collected leaves are stored to dry and harden, preparing them for traditional weaving. Local artisans collect the aged leaves, ready to transform them into functional kajan roofing. The resort buys the processed leaves, supporting local artisans and preserving traditional skills. The kajan is delivered to the resort, carrying the essence of Maldivian craftsmanship. The thatched panels are installed on villa roofs, blending tradition with natural aesthetics. Old thatched roofs are carefully removed for repurposing, minimising waste. The removed kajan is composted, enriching the soil with nutrient-rich organic matter. The compost is used to plant new coconut trees, completing the cycle of renewal. Through this initiative, we create a cycle of renewal that supports local communities, preserves cultural practices, and nurtures our environment.

Nominated in Travel Trade Maldives 2024 under the Most Sustainable Resort category and South Asian Travel Awards 2024 under the Leading Eco-Friendly Hotel / Resort, Angsana Velavaru emerges as a frontrunner in showcasing an unwavering commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable practices. The resort’s initiatives to reduce its environmental footprint, conserve natural resources, and protect the biodiversity of the Maldives through Marine Talk, Citizen Science Snorkelling, Coral Planting, House Reef Cleanup and beyond, are exemplary – setting a standard for responsible tourism.

In July 2023, the Green Sustainability Team, composed of passionate associates from various resort departments, launched the “SustainLinen Tote Bag with Purpose” initiative. This program, aimed at reducing plastic waste, provided eco-friendly alternatives to disposable plastic bags for resort associates. By September 2023, the initiative was expanded to include neighbouring communities and in-house guests.

In April 2024, the resort took this initiative further by repurposing broken umbrellas into stylish and durable tote bags. This innovative step underscores their commitment to sustainability, demonstrating how even unexpected items can be transformed and given new life.

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Rejuvenate at Baros Maldives with renowned practitioner Jang Kanlayanee

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Serenity Spa at Baros Maldives has announced the arrival of renowned wellness practitioner Jang Kanlayanee for an exclusive collaboration. From 1st to 15th September 2024, Baros guests will have the unique opportunity to indulge in Jang’s exceptional treatments, including her signature treatment, Quantum Touch Sound Healing.

Hailing from Thailand, Jang Kanlayanee brings over 25 years of extensive experience in the spa, wellness and hospitality sectors. Her impressive career includes roles at prestigious five-star resorts such as Kamalaya Thailand, Soneva Kiri Six Senses and Talise Spa Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives. Jang has excelled as a Senior Spa Therapist, Instructor, Holistic Practitioner and Corporate Training Manager.

Jang’s expertise in wellness and yoga therapies is evident through her contributions to luxury resorts like One & Only Resorts in Australia and Museflower Retreat & Spa in Chiang Rai. Her holistic approach aligns body and mind, promoting overall well-being through physical health.

During her exclusive residency at Baros, Jang will offer signature treatments including Emotional Release Massage, Body Alignment Therapy, Quantum Cranial Crystal Sound Vibration Healing and Chakra Healing. Guests can also experience bespoke yoga sessions, body awakening therapies, and sound bath healing, all designed to achieve deep relaxation and balance.

This unique collaboration with Serenity Spa provides a transformative wellness experience for guests visiting Baros in September. Don’t miss this opportunity to rejuvenate and realign your body and mind under the expert care of Jang Kanlayanee.

Serenity Spa at Baros is dedicated to providing exceptional wellness experiences through a range of individually curated therapeutic treatments and services. Collaborations with visiting practitioners and global experts ensure that guests receive the highest standard of care and the latest in holistic healing practices. Book your journey of rejuvenation and holistic wellness at Baros today!

A three-night stay in a deluxe villa on bed and breakfast basis, in September starts from USD 669 per night based on two adults sharing when booked direct via Baros’s website, including taxes. 15 per cent off on spa treatments and other exclusive perks for direct bookings apply.

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Discover holistic healing at The Nautilus Maldives with Ananda in the Himalayas’ experts

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The Nautilus, a five-star ultra-luxury private island hideaway in the Maldives, will host two senior practitioners from the world’s most renowned holistic wellness retreat, Ananda in the Himalayas from 17th to 25th August 2024. Combining Ananda’s specialist Ayurvedic knowledge with The Nautilus’s timeless hospitality offering, this residency will provide the ultimate restorative wellness experience.

Ananda’s experts Sandeep Dhamada and Krishna Karki will guide guests through personalised wellness journeys, featuring treatments such as Ananda Touch with Reflexology, Indian Head Massage with Reflexology, and the Himalayan Honey and Rose Facial with Foot Massage. As a follow up to these speciality treatments, The Nautilus guests will benefit from an online consultation with an Ayurvedic physician so that the holistic benefits of the treatments will continue after their stay at The Nautilus.

To enhance the healing effect of Ayurveda self-care, a gourmet signature menu from Ananda’s Executive Chef will be available in the island’s restaurants, incorporating anti-inflammatory Ayurvedic principles. With just 26 beach and ocean houses and residences, The Nautilus offers an unmatched ultra-luxury five-star experience, making it the perfect private island resort to relax, reset, and recharge amidst the natural beauty of Hanifaru Bay.

To learn more about the Ananda Wellness Residency at The Nautilus, visit www.thenautilusmaldives.com/ananda-wellness-residency.

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