The Maldives is one of the most alluring destinations of the world. Its beauty both above and below the water’s surface is admired by travellers seeking a holiday which provides much more than relaxation and recuperation. Accor’s resorts scattered across the Indian Ocean are committed to promoting positive hospitality, ensuring that this pristine sanctuary receives the respect and support that it needs to thrive. Travellers seeking meaningful escapes can find a multitude of experiences across this archipelagic country and support its preservation for hundreds of years to come.
Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi is the sole resort on this pristine atoll boasting a crystal-clear 600-hectare lagoon, one of the largest in the Maldives. Its enormous marine ecosystem has thrived thanks to the resort’s marine conservation efforts. Guests can take part in the resort’s coral restoration project by helping the Resident Marine Biologist to attach baby coral fragments to frames under the water. The Coral Nursery Frames are located next to the Coralarium, the Maldives’s only underwater art installation. The frames in the nursery act as a tremendous human-made habitat for marine life to feed, spawn, and benefit from protection against predation. Each frame can be personalised with the guest's name on a tag. As coral fragments grow, the Marine Biologist will share photos to update guests on its progress in becoming a home for small schools of fish.
Through the Turtle Rangers programme at Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi, guests can become a close friend to the resident Hawksbill Turtle population. The marine biologist team will take guests out to the house reef to photograph the essential migration data. So far, 51 seasonal visitors have passed the resort’s house reef, and around ten turtles decided to live around the island throughout the year. Each turtle has unique spot patterns on its face, which is similar to a human fingerprint, so it is easy to track the movements of your favourite turtles. The team at Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi is happy to introduce guests to the unique turtles and share tips on a variety of conservation efforts to help protect the marine environment.
At Raffles Meradhoo Maldives, guests will have a chance to immerse in the true beauty of the marine ecosystem with the resort’s dedicated Marine Biologist. Giulia Pellizzato, a resident marine biologist with more than five years in marine life studies and diving, will take guests through the Marine Discovery programme and snorkelling tours to discover and understand the beautiful underwater world. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge on how humans can take steps to protect marine life. The resort also undertakes a number of actions to preserve the surrounding environment. Smart food production systems have been implemented, such as growing produce on the island and operating an in-house water bottling plant that employs Reverse Osmosis Technology to turn seawater into drinking water. A zero-single-use plastic policy has been upheld throughout the resort. Villas and walkways are equipped with LED lights to save energy.
Conscious foodies, aware of the impact that our consumption is having on the planet, can happily enjoy the culinary journey at Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives. The resort is home to Mövenpick Garden, a hydroponics farm and garden that harvests around 70 kilograms of the freshest produce each month. The initiative is part of the sustainable product supply programme with the intention of becoming as self-sufficient as possible. The hydroponic system allows vegetables and fruits grown in the garden to be fresh, rich in nutrients, and bursting with flavour. Kitchen waste and dry leaves are turned into compost for the resort’s plants and trees. To eliminate plastic waste, Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives has its own water bottling plant and there are no plastic bottles or straws used on the island. Moreover, Kuredhivaru Island is one of the few islands in the Maldives that uses solar panels for electricity generation.
Pullman Maldives Maamutaa
Nature lovers can join the resident marine biologist, Amandine Vuylsteke, for a session to learn more about Maamutaa. As the Maldives is not only about reefs, the guided Nature Walk will take guests through the four living wonders of the resort’s lush green island - the reef flat, lake, forest, and beach, to discover native plants, flowers and birds. Younger guests can have the opportunity to become a marine biologist for an afternoon to learn more about the fascinating world, animal behaviour, fun facts about sea life, and ecological protection. Once a week in the evening, the resort will host the Marine Biologist Night, where Amandine will share the wonderful stories of fish, turtles and corals through an incredible slideshow on the adventure of underwater life. Those who love water sports can engage in conservation activities such as reef surveys and a newly launched turtle identification project.