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The Maldives: The Land of Endless Blue Goes Green

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26-May-2023 Samantha Crosby

The Maldives: The Land of Endless Blue Goes Green

Nowhere does tropical paradise like the Maldives. But beyond the seascapes, spas and secluded overwater bungalows, its luxury resorts are keeping sustainability firmly in mind...

Dazzling white sand, endless blue skies and lagoons a shade of turquoise you can't quite believe. Nowhere does tropical paradise like the Maldives. But beyond the seascapes, spas and secluded overwater bungalows, its luxury resorts are keeping sustainability firmly in mind. From hands-on coral regeneration to zero-waste kitchen gardens, here are some of our top picks for a luxury stay without a trace.

Huvafen Fushi

Complete with a fabulous dining scene and the world's first and only underwater spa, heavenly Huvafen Fushi combines timeless luxury, utmost privacy and personalised service with a careful consideration for the environment. Indigenous plants are dotted around the resort, ingredients are sourced only from sustainable local suppliers, and they're constantly working to use more efficient energy.

Want to do your bit to help preserve the beautiful coral reef that surrounds the resort? You can adopt, name and help plant your own coral, which will then thrive in the carefully protected nursery. And when it comes to people, Huvafen Fushi hosts the Dream Journey apprenticeship programme, giving young locals chance to gain work experience in hospitality.
View of resort
Aerial Island View of Huvafen Fushi

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

Set on a paradise island in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, this luxury resort is surrounded by white sand beaches, untouched jungle and crystal-clear lagoons - which Four Seasons are working hard to protect.

Led by a team of passionate marine biologists, the Marine Discovery Centre invites wildlife lovers of all ages to learn more about the underwater world. Guests can plant their own coral reef, learn about fish breeding and help rehabilitate injured sea turtles. Environmentally minded teens can embark on new Trainee Marine Biologist modules - and there's a magical 'Manta-onCall' service that whisks you straight out by speedboat to snorkel with any manta rays sighted in nearby waters.
Aerial view of resort
Aerial View of Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa

The second Four Seasons resort in the Maldives is tucked away on a private, lushly planted coral island and styled to resemble a charming local village.

Having joined forces with the Maldivian Sea Turtle Conservation Programme, the resort is home to its very own Hatchling Rehabilitation Pools, where weaker baby turtles are cared for in the hope they can return to the wild. But that's not all, though. Coral transplanting, turtle tracking and dolphin surveillance are also regular activities at the resort - and you're invited to get involved. Even the youngest eco-warriors can plant corals and feed baby turtles through the incredible children's club.
Staff member and child looking after a turtle
Turtle Rehabilitation at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa

Soneva Fushi

It's often easy to forget that the postcard-perfect Maldives is facing a very modern threat in the form of plastic litter. To help combat this, Soneva Fushi has partnered with three neighbouring island communities and international NGO Common Seas, to provide a plan for how all Maldivian islands can eliminate single-use plastic, introduce recycling and inspire the next generations to protect the ocean in the future.

You can take a trip to the island of Maalhos to see the sustainability initiative in action, visiting the pioneering 'Eco-Centro' complex that aims to introduce creative new ways of waste management to end the hazardous open burning of waste.
Aerial view of Soneva Fushi island
Aerial View of Soneva Fushi

One&Only Reethi Rah

Translating to 'beautiful island' in Dhivehi, One&Only Reethi Rah is home to no less than twelve private beaches and an array of five-star facilities. But joining its passion for luxury is a dedication to sustainability - both in terms of nature and local culture.

Initiatives include embracing plant-based cuisine, employing and training people from the community, and taking care of the area's (super-cute) sea turtles. You can even head to the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre to chat to the experts and get involved.
View of restaurant and sea
Tapasaki Restaurant at One&Only Reethi Rah

Amilla Maldives Resort & Residences

Found within a UNESCO-listed World Biosphere Reserve, this luxurious island retreat is dedicated to conserving its patch of natural paradise - through reduction of packaging, coral regeneration and ethical purchasing.

Reducing food miles and maximising freshness, the Homegrown@Amilla initiative strives to grow as many ingredients as possible across the resort's organic gardens. There's also the charming 'Cluckingham Palace', where guests can visit to collect free range eggs for breakfast.
Aerial view of pool and sea
Aerial View of Amilla Maldives Resort & Residences

The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands

Set across three islands, this tropical paradise takes an eco-friendly approach to pure luxury.

After embracing the seven distinguished restaurants and uniquely designed spa, you can learn more about the area's natural wonders with the exclusive JeanMichel Cousteau´s Ambassadors of the Environment programme. It includes a variety of exciting experiences that both enrich your stay and help the environment - from guided snorkelling and coral regeneration to sustainably sourced cookery classes. Little ones are also encouraged to get involved, with daily-changing activities centred around the four pillars of land, water, environmental responsibility and culture.
Aerial view of resort
Aerial View of The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands

COMO Maalifushi

This luxuriously low-key COMO sanctuary is set in the tranquil and relatively undeveloped Thaa Atoll. And to keep it pristine for years to come, the resort is doing all it can do minimise its footprint. We're talking managing energy consumption, sourcing sustainably, and encouraging guests to get involved with their conservation efforts.

You can join the in-house marine biologist for a guided snorkelling tour of the coral reef or sponsor a new frame of coral to help this magical marine environment thrive.
View of beach and swimming pool
View of COMO Maalifushi Resort
If you'd like to experience sustainable living in the Maldives first-hand, please contact our Luxury Travel Specialists to discuss planning your luxury break.
Samantha  Crosby

Samantha Crosby

Marketing Executive

Holidays make me happy. Feeling the sun on my face on a beautiful beach, exploring city sights or taking in remote views, there's nothing I love more than getting out into the world. I've been lucky enough to spend much of my life visiting interesting places all across the globe and I hope it continues for many more years to come!