ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY & SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT
As modern and innovative eco resorts, Villa Hotels & Resorts are proud of the nature-friendly initiatives and various conservation programs at our collection of Maldives resorts. As a company we strive towards minimizing our environmental footprint by implementing sustainable initiatives and action plans to reduce the use of energy and water, avoid the use of plastic and effectively manage waste.
Villa Hotels & Resorts recognizes that the guest experience is also dependent on its natural surroundings as well as the culture and the people of the Maldives. To preserve our natural island locations, we take care of the fragile environment, respect the ecological balance and are committed to achieving best practices of environmental and social sustainability. In addition to implementing Environmental Management Systems, sustainable products and services are sourced from local farmers and fishermen.
SOLAR POWERED ENERGY
Sustainability is a way of life at Villa Hotels & Resorts. Sun Island Resort and Paradise Island Resort have unveiled roof top solar panel systems to reduce their carbon footprint while creating clean and renewable energy to power the resorts. The solar systems will reduce the resorts carbon dioxide levels while protecting the natural ecology of the islands and creating a positive impact on the planet. 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.
GREEN KEY ECO AWARD
Sun Island Resort & Spa and Royal Island Resort & Spa have been awarded the International Environmental Green Key award.
The Green Key award is a leading standard of excellence in the field of environmental responsibility and sustainable operation within the tourism industry. This prestigious eco-label award represents Villa Hotels & Resorts commitment to adhere to the strict criteria as stipulated by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). Achieving Green Key demonstrates the resorts efforts to develop an environmentally friendly, sustainable, and responsible business.
Sun Island Resort & Spa and Royal Island Resort & Spa have implemented a sustainability policy and concrete plan with objectives and annual actions formulated for continuous improvements in environmental management, social and cultural commitments and health and safety issues. The resorts have developed strategies to keep the natural ecology of the islands untouched and preserve the nature of the Maldivian islands. This includes avoiding the use of pesticides and environmental pollutants and using natural alternatives as well as using eco cleaning products.
Coral Garden Restoration Programme at Paradise Island
The Maldives islands are vulnerable to the consequences of climate change and as the temperatures in the ocean rise, the coral reefs become bleached and damaged. In a continuous commitment to the environment and ocean preservation, diveOceanus at Paradise Island have implemented a Coral Garden restoration programme in the hope to preserve and protect the coral reefs for the future. The dive team will harvest and reproduce the resilient coral fragments from the Paradise Island house reef which will then be planted on designated coral frames and placed in the house reef. The restoration programme aims to reproduce healthier coral which will be resilient to ocean temperature changes and in future foster a healthier and more robust house reef.
LUSH TROPICAL ENVIRONMENT
Sun Island Resort & Spa, awarded Luxury Eco Resort in the 2021 World Hotel Awards, boasts a lush tropical environment with extensive botanical gardens which produce more than 20,000 coconuts per month as well as a wide variety of tropical fruits, vegetables and herbs which are picked and served in the resort restaurants. The island's fertile land provides the resort with ample space to cultivate fresh produce and operate sustainably. Royal Island All-Inclusive Premium Resort is home to thriving gardens which provide a natural sanctuary for birds and other wildlife. Fresh herbs and tropical fruits are picked from the lush gardens and served in the resort restaurants. To protect the natural biodiversity of the islands, only organic pesticides are used. Villa Hotels & Resorts are committed to protecting the natural environments of each island and aim to operate fully sustainably.
MIGRATORY BIRD SANCTUARY
Sun Island Resort & Spa is home to various migratory birds which take shelter within the dense tropical vegetation on the island. While birds can be seen across the island, their sanctuary is located close to the botanical gardens which are left untouched yet cared for to maintain a rich and nurturing environment. Guests can enjoy the tropical sounds of the birds while rejuvenating and being at one with nature. Royal Island Resort & Spa is located in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll, which is home to a variety of tropical birds and wildlife.
SELF SUFFICIENT WATER ON ISLAND
Villa Hotels & Resorts harvest and utilize rainwater as well as incorporating water saving and recycling devices on each island. All resorts have introduced reusable glass bottles throughout the resorts and on drive excursions in a development strategy to eliminate plastic completely. Producing drinkable water on island enables the resorts to avoid plastic bottles which are a constant danger to the Maldives environment, wildlife and marine life.
As part of a continuous pledge to help protect the natural environment, Villa Hotels & Resorts donate plastic for recycling in partnership with Parley for the Oceans - an organization addressing major threats towards our oceans and fighting for environmental protection through recycling initiatives and global projects.
PROTECTING THE FRAGILE CORAL REEFS
The surrounding coral reefs of the Indian Ocean are part of the 8th largest coal reef system in the world, as well as a variety of endangered marine species that call the reefs home. Climate change and widespread coral reef bleaching are extremely damaging for the Maldives and maintaining a healthy reef and ecosystem is vital. As part of Villa Hotels & Resorts commitment to protecting and preserving the coral reefs and marine life, several measures are implemented at the resorts. Royal Island Resort & Spa is located in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll, which is renowned for its rich biodiversity and healthy colorful coral reefs.
Sustainable initiatives implemented at the resorts include regular beach and ocean clean ups, the use of glass bottles in the resort and on all excursions and regular reef care and maintenance carried out by DiveOceanus dive centres.
PRESERVING THE PRISTINE WHITE BEACHES
The pristine white beaches and secluded sandbanks nestled by crystalline turquoise lagoons are synonymous with the natural beauty of the Maldives tropical archipelago. Villa Hotels & Resorts Maldives collection of resorts are proud to have some of the most idyllic white sandy beaches and uninterrupted shorelines in the Maldives. In an effort to only leave footprints behind, all Villa Hotels & Resorts pledge to protect the natural environment with several key initiatives in place including regular clean ups held on the islands and nearby sandbanks as well as planting coconut saplings for a greener and brighter future.
ENERGY SAVING AND DIGITALLY EFFICIENT
Villa Hotels & Resorts prioritize environmental sustainability and caring for the natural environment and as part of our commitment we have integrated energy saving strategies, efficient waste management and eco-friendly technologies to reduce energy consumption across all resorts. In an effort to educate and inform, Villa Hotels & Resorts regularly holds awareness programs for both employees and guests on the importance of reducing water consumption and the methods used at the resorts. We believe in the power of change and raising awareness to actively take care of our planet for future generations.
In addition to energy and water saving initiatives, our DiveOceanus dive centres are 100% paperless with all training material, administration forms and material provided to guests digitally.
PRESERVING MARINE BIODIVERSITY AND SUSTAINABLE FISHING
Fishing in the Maldives has a long history and is an integral part of the country's culture. The Maldives maintain a sustainable fishing industry with most fish, including tuna, caught by the traditional pole and line method. Protecting our oceans is a main priority and preserving marine biodiversity is critical to the health of people and our planet. Careful management of our essential resource and marine protected areas is a key feature of a sustainable future.
Following the United Nations Sustainable Development goals for a healthy ocean and sustainable future, Villa Hotels & Resorts support a sustainable ocean economy and source only from local fishermen who use the traditional pole and line method of fishing. In addition to fish, we prioritize sustainable lobster fishing in accordance with the size criteria. It is part of our core commitment to preserve the Maldives ecosystems and biodiversity for the future.
HOW YOU CAN HELP VILLA HOTELS & RESORTS
Villa Hotels & Resorts are committed to continuing the sustainable ecological philosophy throughout the Maldives collection of resorts. Before you travel to any of our beautiful island resorts, we would like to take the opportunity to invite you to help us be more environmentally sustainable. In a commitment to protecting the natural environment, we have implemented several eco-friendly initiatives to reduce energy consumption, save water and recycle. Energy saving initiatives such as turning off the lights when not in your villa, recycling and only washing linen and towels when needed will all help. While we have drastically reduced our fuel consumption, we are always looking to save more. We hope you will be excited to support our efforts towards a sustainable future.