Villa Hotels & Resorts Ongoing Journey to a More Sustainable Future

18th August 2022

Villa Hotels & Resorts is a brand that passionately advocates caring for and preserving the Maldives fragile environment. Two of the brands properties, Sun Island and Paradise Island have unveiled roof top solar panel systems to reduce their carbon footprint while creating clean and renewable energy. Built as part of the company’s advanced initiatives towards sustainable living, each of the solar panels will reduce the resorts carbon dioxide levels drastically while protecting the natural ecology of the islands and creating a positive impact on the planet.

Photo by Swimsol Maldives

The solar panels were installed by Swimsol Maldives, a global leader in offshore photovoltaics with more than 22 years of experience in the European solar industry.

“Swimsol is very happy and proud to have installed its to date largest solar systems at Sun and Paradise Island, which will jointly save more than 1 million liters of diesel and 2,600 tons of CO2 each year. We are thankful for the great support that we have received throughout the whole process from the resorts´ staff, and look forward to a continued cooperation with Villa to bring renewable energy to all of their properties.” – Mr. Daniel Reinhardt, Sales and Partner Support Manager of Swimsol

Photo by Swimsol Maldives

The PV (photovoltaic) system installed at the eco-luxury Sun Island Resort has a capacity of 1,122kWp with a grid of over 2,400 panels. The solar panels will supply the resort with power and reduce annual diesel consumption by 411,077 litres and CO2 by 1085 tonnes annually which is the equivalent of the emissions of 868 flights from Male’ to London. The substantial amount of energy generated is sufficient enough to power 135 villas across the resort daily. Moreover, at Paradise Island Resort located in North Male’ atoll, the Swimsol RoofSolar PV system has a capacity of 1196 kWp with over 2600 panels. Assisted by a buffer battery and a special control system, it supplies the resort with a significant amount of energy to power over 150 villas across the resort. Swimsol includes maintenance and management of the PV system as well as continuous optimization to ensure system performance.

Sustainability is a way of life at Villa Hotels & Resorts. Developing innovative ways to preserve the environment and achieve carbon neutrality is at the forefront of the company. Reflecting the care for nature, renewable energy production on the islands further affirm the resorts best practices of environmental sustainability in alignment with the prestigious Green-Key certification. Guests are invited to support the resorts sustainable efforts and help the planet by adopting the eco-friendly practices in place, which include only washing linen when required, switching off electricity when not in use, recycling and taking part in beach clean ups held on the islands and nearby sandbanks.

Villa Hotels & Resorts collection of award-winning resorts are set in some of the most beautiful atolls in the Maldives archipelago. Celebrated for their authentic hospitality, signature Indian Ocean experiences and sustainable way of living. Spacious and private accommodation, combined with the natural beauty of the islands and the captivating variety of activities and innovative experiences present inspiring escapes. Set on one of the largest Maldives islands measuring 1.6km long and located in South Ari Atoll near the South Ari Marine Protected Area (SAMPA), Sun Island Resort is home to thriving biodiversity and marine life and overflowing with over 20,000 palm trees and botanical gardens. A magical resort offering an abundance of freedom and unprecedented privacy to reconnect with nature. Situated a short 20-minute domestic flight from Velana International Airport followed by a speed boat journey, Sun Island Resort boasts 462 private villas featuring luxurious indoor-outdoor living spaces.

Located in North Male’ Atoll, just a short 15-minute speed boat journey from Velana International Airport. Paradise Island Resort is a chic island retreat surrounded by azure waters, idyllic pearl white beaches and lush coconut palms; the buzzing vitality of this stunning island is the underlying inspiration for the vibrant and urban-style environment. A total of 282 beach and overwater villas, each villa whether on a secluded pearl white beach or suspended above the turquoise lagoon, is a luxurious private sanctuary with uninterrupted Indian Ocean views.