September 2018 - LUX* Resorts is pleased to announce their luxury Maldivian resort LUX* South Ari Atoll has recently been awarded the Green Globe certification. Green Globe assesses the sustainability performance of the travel and tourism industry, and therefore highlights LUX* South Ari Atoll’s continued dedication to their sustainable development strategy.
Equipped with an onsite Marine Biology Centre to study and protect the native whale shark population, LUX* South Ari Atoll educates guests on eco tours and supports on-going scientific research. The marine centre staff are integral to removing ghost nets from the sea, which are deadly to many aquatic creatures. They are also responsible for regenerating coral to help support marine life.
LUX* South Ari Atoll is constantly striving to achieve a positive environmental impact on the Maldivian island of Dhidhoofinolhu. Their dedication to a greener future can be seen in the undertaking of various new initiatives that aim to work in harmony with the resort’s natural surroundings. One such project launching in October, is Energy Saving Solar, a partnership with Swimsol GmbH to convert sun energy into electricity. This, combined with the Solar Sea innovation of photovoltaic panels floating in the lagoon will further increase the resort’s energy capacity.
Additionally, LUX* South Ari Atoll is creating Fish Houses using recycled bathtubs which have been designed for a variety fish species to inhabit. The resort has also pledged a switch from plastic to paper straws, as part of the LUX* wide plastic free campaign to reduce ocean waste.
The General Manager of LUX* South Ari Atoll, Jonas Amstad, has said, “To be part of the Green Globe certification programme shows how our long term goals and initiatives towards environmental sustainability and conscious quality, health and safety policies has created a positive and thriving community throughout LUX* and here at LUX* South Ari Atoll.”
“We look forward to continuing the implementation and management of eco-friendly and culturally enriching practices that can only enhance and nurture our islands habitat and guest experiences.”