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Responsible tourism: Maldives luxury resort

Environment

Waste
The Maldives is a fragile environment. It is more fragile and more in danger than most other places on earth. The country’s existence relies on healthy coral reefs and a moderation of the sea level rise. The Maldives struggles to eliminate all the rubbish produced by over 1 million tourists per year and whilst educating locals in waste management is all part of a large project, as visitors to their home we encourage our guests to support in the following ways and help by leading by example. For this reason and for the obvious difficulty in eliminating several materials, we suggest to bring back the empty containers of shampoo, bath foam, conditioner, cream and photograph film, Reuse plastic bags in shops. We are currently, in the process of designing and producing roll away shopping bags that will be given as a welcome gift to all our guests, with the opportunity for guests to purchase additional bags for us to distribute within the community.

Suppliers
We choose suppliers that match our environmental values. The resort we partner understands that maintaining the natural and local environment is of paramount importance and endeavor to evoke environmental awareness among their employees and guests whilst implementing sustainable policies to minimize the impact on the environment. The resort itself is adapting special arrangements to reduce power consumption as much as possible. For example using low consumption lamps whilst the air conditioning system also works as a water heater using the heat exchanger inside. This small but ingenious invention allows us to save an average of 1,200 KW per day and contributes to making the property an eco-resort.

Community

Traveling with respect
We work to create good relationships between tourists and the local community. Visit's are arranged to the nearby inhabited island where income from tourists goes directly into the islands economy.

Campaigning for change
We recognise local issues and actively campaign to address them. We have this year shown support in conjunction with our partner PADI Dive Centres by involving ourselves in public awareness dives for various campaigns including, Dive for Diabetes, a condition prolific in the Maldives, Dive for Gaza with all funds raised being passed to the Maldives Gaza charity and Environmental Awareness dives to clear rubbish from local island harbour areas.

Reviews of Maldives luxury resort

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Snorkelling with Manta Rays. You need to be a very strong swimmer to get in the sea with the Mantas as they move very quickly. You also need to be confident with your snorkelling equipment as you will need to get it on/off very quickly. The marine biologist who co-ordinated the trip is very supportive and gives you lots of advice on how to be in the water.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


The Maldives is an expensive destination so you need to factor this into your vacation spending budget. Bottles of water/fizzy drinks are 3 - 4 times dearer than you would expect to pay in the UK. We found it worked well to be on the half board tariff and to buy a snack at lunchtime, but there was a limited choice of light meals. Check the small print of any deal as often only the buffet choice is included (even in the AI packages) and al a carte options are a costly extra. Everything attracts additional 22% local taxes so this pushes up you costs. There is not a lot to do in the evening so download some movies/tv shows to you Kindle/ipad.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The resorts employ local people so it helps the economy, but they also employ a lot of foreign workers which means money often goes outside the country.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


The vacation was good, but for what it cost it should have been stupendous

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Elayne,

Many thanks for providing your feedback and advice to future guests.
We are pleased that you enjoyed your vacation. I know that you were excited to encounter manta rays so it comes as no surprise to learn it was one of the most
memorable aspects of your vacation!
As you note Maldives resorts can be an expensive option which is why we also provide local island vacation options which ensures your money goes directly back to the local communities with whom we work.
We would love to welcome you back to the Maldives in the future and perhaps next time you would consider a combined resort and local island stay.

Thank you again for your comments, which we will also share with the resort.
Kind Regards,
Ruth

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