Maldives Promotion House – Four Seasons Resorts Maldives and Soneva Resorts has won Condé Nast Traveler World Savers award 2012.
For this award Condé Nast Traveler recognizes tourism companies that are working hard toward making the world a better place. Categories considered for this award are education – building schools, openings minds; health – funding clinics, fighting decease; poverty – enriching local communities; preservation – championing heritage, greening the planet; wildlife – protecting habitats, saving species; and doing it all.
Four Seasons Resorts Maldives, Kuda Huraa and Landaa Giraavaru has won the award for ‘Doing It All’ and ‘Wildlife Conservation’ categories. They run a turtle conservation and a reef restoration program. The resorts have also planted more than 2,000 frames with coral attached to help revive the reefs, 90 percent of which died in 1998 due to ocean warming. An apprenticeship program trains 17- to 20-year-olds from other Maldivian islands; one of the 265 graduate is now executive chef to the Maldivian president.
Soneva Resorts won the award for ‘Doing It All’. The barefoot-chic Soneva Resorts are all about the surrounding turquoise waters, and the company has made water part of its commitment to doing the right thing. Soneva banned imported bottled water and instead sells its own water in reusable glass containers. The benefits are twofold: It eliminates carbon emissions from transporting plastic bottles, and 50 percent of the water revenue helps fund global water projects. More than $600,000 has been raised so far, helping about 600,000 people in 52 countries.
Doing good is part of founder Sonu Shivdasani’s SLOW LIFE philosophy—Sustainable, Local, Organic, Wellness, Learning, Inspiring, Fun, Experiences. Bungalows are made by locals, using sustainable materials, and most of the organic food is grown in the area. “We try to create experiences that have a sustainable approach and which get people in touch with nature in an unforgettable fashion. That’s true luxury,” says Arnfinn Oines, the company’s Social & Environmental Conscience (no kidding). Soneva dedicates 0.5 percent of its revenue to a fund that supports social and environmental projects around the world
Bollywood actress Amyra Dastur escapes to Furaveri Maldives
Bollywood actress Amyra Dastur recently took a much-needed break from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai to enjoy a blissful holiday at the stunning Furaveri Maldives resort. The actress shared her Maldivian adventure with her fans through a series of captivating photos and videos on Instagram.
Dastur’s Instagram feed was transformed into a tropical paradise, showcasing her idyllic escape at the luxurious resort. One post featured the actress soaking up the sun in her Water Villa’s infinity pool, floating in a whimsical unicorn floaty. The caption perfectly captured the essence of her Maldivian escapade: “☀️🏝️🌊 @pickyourtrail @furaverimaldives ♥️ #waterbaby #maldives #mermaid #thalassophile #wanderlust #november #2023 #islandlife #travel #travelgram #foryou #beachbabe #beachlife #oceanview #oceanlover #instatravel #sealife”.
Another vibrant post depicted Dastur riding a jet ski across the crystal-clear waters, embracing the thrill of the open ocean. The caption aptly described the exhilarating experience: “The best kind of #mondayblues 🌊🏝️☀️♥️”.
Dastur also shared a mesmerizing video that showcased the breathtaking beauty of Furaveri Maldives, with its pristine beaches, lush greenery, and turquoise waters. The caption simply stated: “Sun, Sand and the Sea ☀️🌊🏝️”, perfectly summing up the idyllic Maldivian escape.
Rounding off her Maldivian sojourn, Dastur posted a series of captivating underwater photos, capturing the vibrant marine life that thrives beneath the turquoise waters. The caption declared: “My happy place 🌊”.
Dastur’s Maldivian adventure at Furaveri Maldives serves as a reminder of the importance of taking a break from the daily grind and immersing oneself in the beauty of nature. Her Instagram posts provide a glimpse into the tranquility and rejuvenation that await those who seek solace in the Maldives.
Amyra Dastur’s love affair with the Maldives is not a fleeting romance but a long-standing relationship. The Bollywood beauty has expressed her fondness for the Maldivian archipelago, considering it one of her favorite holiday destinations. This recent visit is just one in a series of trips. In May 2023, Amyra delighted in the Maldives once again, further solidifying her connection with the sunny side of life.
OUTRIGGER Maldives introduces exclusive private island retreat for discerning guests
OUTRIGGER Maldives Maafushivaru Resort has unveiled an unparalleled experience in barefoot luxury travel, allowing its esteemed guests to bask in the epitome of relaxation on their own secluded haven – the exquisite Lonubo private island.
Situated just 200 metres from OUTRIGGER Maldives Maafushivaru Resort, Lonubo boasts lush palm-covered landscapes and promises an exclusive retreat with unparalleled tranquility and privacy for an unforgettable experience.
“With a private island at their disposal, OUTRIGGER guests can elevate the castaway beach experience to unprecedented heights,” affirms the resort’s General Manager, John Allanson. “Our commitment to privacy and exclusivity, coupled with luxurious touches, ensures an experience beyond compare.”
Upon arrival at Lonubo via a private boat transfer, couples are welcomed to their own private paradise equipped with sun loungers, plush beanbags, sunshades, towels and light refreshments for a four-hour escape into unparalleled bliss.
For those seeking to elevate their experience, an optional gourmet picnic awaits, complete with a curated setup and a selection of delectable food and beverages tailored to their preferences. Romantic evenings can be further enhanced with a starlit barbecue beach dinner, featuring a private chef and waiter ensuring an indulgent barefoot wining and dining experience.
As the sun sets, guests can choose optional enhancements such as an open log fire, tantalising canapés paired with Taittinger Brut Reserve champagne and a private movie screening featuring the film of their choice.
For culinary connoisseurs, the resort’s chef recommends the ultimate surf and turf dinner – a lavish feast featuring a one-kilo Maldivian lobster and 500g of black Angus tenderloin steak, expertly grilled to perfection by the dedicated chef on Lonubo.
A detailed brochure outlining the exquisite Lonubo Island private experience is available for interested guests.
To make this dream-like experience a reality, OUTRIGGER Maldives Maafushivaru Resort is offering exclusive savings and value-added promotions until 4 December, 2023, as part of the resort’s CYBER Sale promotions.
Visit OUTRIGGER.com to seize this exceptional opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime escape.
Patina Maldives achieves EarthCheck Silver Certification for 2023
Patina Maldives continues to advance their commitment of purposeful travel with a hands-on, data-led approach resulting in the resort’s EarthCheck Silver Certification. This milestone highlights the resort’s commitment to environmentally conscious practices and business excellence that positively impacts people and place.
As we celebrate the EarthCheck Silver Certification for 2023, we reaffirm our resolute commitment to sustainable tourism and environmental stewardship, said Antonio Saponara, General Manager.
This accolade underscores our dedication to perpetuality, marking a pivotal step towards a more sustainable future for Patina Maldives, he added.
Key Sustainability Initiatives at Patina Maldives
To reduce import footprints, Patina Maldives houses an organic permaculture garden that cultivates fresh pesticide free produce, including watermelon, sweet melon, okra, eggplant, cucumber, capsicum and pumpkin. All food waste is turned into organic fertiliser through bio-digesters. Plant-based Roots, one of the resort’s signature restaurants, operates on the root-to -leaf principle to encourage guests to adopt a more conscious and conscientious lifestyle.
Advancements in Green Energy
Patina Maldives continues to spearhead green energy initiatives by investing in renewable sources. The resort plans to expand renewable panels in 2024 including more rooftop panels and a solar farm, with the objective of solar providing 50% of the resort’s energy needs.
Resort Build and Engineering
From its inception, the Fari Islands’ development has been guided by sustainable architecture and design. It is the largest hospitality project globally to benefit from the extensive use of offsite manufacturing technology known as ‘Mass Engineered Timber’ or ’MET’, which reduced carbon emissions by over 6,000 tons after production and transportation; in addition, all the villas were prefabricated, to ensure minimal run off into the marine ecosystem Departing from the conventional thatched roof structures prevalent in the Maldives, villas and amenities were designed with flat roofs, allowing solar panels to be easily mounted. This allows the Fari Islands to host one of the latest largest solar installations in the Maldives.
Ceramics – Innovative Coral Restoration
Through a pioneering collaboration with Kevala Ceramics in Bali, Indonesia, Patina Maldives initiated a groundbreaking coral restoration project. Ceramic plates, identified as ideal hosts for live coral fragments, promote reef growth.
Stewart Moore, CEO and Founder of EarthCheck, praised Patina Maldives for its significant leadership in sustainability, stating, “I would like to congratulate the entire team at Patina Maldives on their remarkable achievement. Patina Maldives is a valued member of a global group of tourism operators dedicated to making a positive difference.”
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