LUX* RESORTS & HOTELS SPEARHEADS ECO-TOURISM INITIATIVES IN MALDIVES
LUX* Resorts & Hotels is set to significantly boost its green footprint, Travel Gold Life and Green Globe certifications with further sustainable tourism developments announced in the Maldives, following their Australian Roadshow 9-20 July. The new initiatives build on the brand’s global Tread Lightly program which targets a carbon
neutral footprint through renewable energy projects including carbon offsetting, water saving devices, energy management systems, LED light retrofits, locally sourced water with in-house bottling, towel and linen reuse, paper reduction technology and more. Flagship resort LUX* South Ari Atoll will lead the new initiatives, followed by
the launch of LUX* North Male Atoll in early 2019 through:
Energy Saving Solar
New technology harnessing solar energy using photovoltaic panels will be installed on accommodation within the resort and on a platform in the lagoon. This unique Hybrid power generation technology reduces diesel generator consumption, while guests can follow the plants performance and comparative carbon footprint reduction live on TV.
LUX* Underwater Festival
A week-long celebration of marine conservation, underwater photography, workshops and scuba diving with PADI dive experts and Project AWARE founder, Dr. Drew Richardson will be held at LUX* South Ari Atoll 16-22 September. Ideal for marine lovers the festival includes dive excursions with top experts, a chance to try the
latest underwater tech and education on what measures are being taken and how to protect our marine life and waters.
Resident Marine Biologist
With global warming, the preservation of the Maldivian reefs has become more important than ever. LUX* resident Marine Biologist Mark McMillan is leading coral regeneration in the region in partnership with other marine conservation groups, participating in debris and ghost net cleanup along with plastic free initiatives. From June
2018 all plastic straws have also been banned at LUX* properties as part of their commitment to protecting the environment.
There’s something fishy going on at LUX* South Ari Atoll and guests love it. Fish Houses using old recycled bath tubs have been designed and set down on nearby reefs to attract a variety of species to the area and to encourage inhabitation by our finny friends.
For a fun, healthy and more environmentally friendly form of transport, red Island Beach Cruiser electric bicycles have been introduced across the island.
A peaceful oasis of tranquility has been created by resident horticulturalists at LUX* South Ari Atoll. Be taken on a tour along the winding paths and herb gardens, to discover over seven varieties of orchids that have been nursed there.
Wellbeing Expert Led Workshops
LUX* resorts continue to build on the success of their creative expert-led workshops, designed to boost guest health and wellbeing. Every month leading specialists from around the world host a range of workshops from marine conservation to stargazing, photography to nutrition and yoga, sharing their unique knowledge and skills
LUX* North Male Atoll launching January 2019
LUX* Resorts sustainable tourism philosophy and Tread lightly program will be mirrored at the new launch LUX* North Male Atoll opening January 2019. This all-inclusive resort features stand-out luxury and a fresh perspective on the landscape thanks to 67 penthouse villas, each a minimum of 350sqm. Traditional thatchedroofs have been replaced by white washed double story designs featuring solar roof paneling, energy saving cooling systems, recycling systems to reduce waste and eco-friendly water heating systems. In fact, all hot water across the island will be generated solely by recycling water to create steam.
The best of conscious luxury, each villa features a private butler, pool and expansive rooftop Sky-Lounge, for indoor-outdoor living, along with world-renowned scuba diving, snorkeling and high-adrenaline sports available beyond the resort. Whether dining under the sea in the wall-to-wall aquarium at The Barium private dining room,
chic Beach Rouge, or INTI with its Peruvian and Japanese cuisine, expect to see glass bottles, plastic straw free options and eco-friendly décor choices throughout.
Deepak Booneady, Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for LUX* Maldives resorts says: ‘As one of the biggest resort island in the Maldives and a year-round destination for whale sharks, snorkeling and diving, LUX* South Ari Atoll aims to lead the way with eco-tourism and marine conservation work in our region. One of the many ways LUX* promises guests a lighter, brighter holiday experience that celebrates life, is through our commitment to good governance, social responsibility and respect for environmental standards.’