From ditching the single-use plastic straw to encouraging responsible interactions with marine life, sustainable tourism – one that respects the environment – is increasingly becoming a core value of many Maldives’ resorts. Fortunately, this green mindset is also shared with guests who in fact choose their holiday destination based on how much emphasis it puts on being in sync with nature and its people.
Tourism boosts the economy of the archipelago however at Hurawalhi we are mindful of how we can lessen the impact and actually be a part of the local community and contribute to the well-being of both local residents and natural resources.
Constantly on the lookout for ways to minimise our impact on the fragile ecosystem that we are a part of, these are some of the achievements we take particular pride in:
- Embracing the power of the sun through 4,102.5 m2 of solar panels.
- Hot water requirements are met through a high-efficiency heat recovery system.
- We reduce plastic waste and transport costs by getting your complimentary drinking water that comes in 1-litre glass bottles from a nearby desalination and bottling plant.
- Wherever possible, food is sourced locally. Only fishermen with a proven record of sustainable practices are commissioned.
- Together with Prodivers Maldives we host the atoll’s first marine biology centre, which is a Manta Trust research facility. Resident marine biologists educate guests and local communities about ocean conservation, and run important projects such as the recent installment of a coral nursery.
- Our team and guests take part in citizen science by providing data on turtle sightings to Olive Ridley Project.
- Toiletries provided in your villa and at the spa are from Healing Earth, a recognised industry leader adept at luxury green amenities. They are biodegradable, packaged in recycled glass and delivered in bulk.
- Regular clean up events are organised, as are community outreach programmes and awareness-raising events with visiting local and international researchers.
- Healthy dining options are available at restaurants.
- To support local artists, we showcase exclusively young Maldivian bands every weekday at Coco Bar.
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