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Eco-Friendly Top 7

Ecologically The Maldives is delicate, and there is much to protect. The great coral bleaching of 1998 woke much of the country up to the beauty that they had taken for granted and the fragility of their natural world.


There is a strong green conscience in the country and a desire to care for their environment. The following resorts are notable for their efforts to research and demonstrate concern for the flora and fauna of their island worlds.

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru leads research from a Marine Centre that has studied coral growth, sharks, and Green Sea Turtles, the last of which are abundant in the lagoon. Sister brand Angsana share the same sense of environmental responsibility, witnessed on Angsana Ihuru. Guests at Soneva Fushi can snorkel with the resident marine biologist and take walks through the rare, lush interior, past organic vegetable gardens. Rooms here and on Soneva Gili are designed to work with nature both visually and in constitution: they are made with as natural materials as possible.

Many resorts spray their shrubbery to kill off bugs, warding off other wildlife too. This practice is banned on Adaaran Vadoo and the lack of major reconstruction means that the resident naturalist has plenty of birds to show the guests. Reethi Beach won Kuoni’s Green Award for not spraying its many mature trees and for leaving the beach to nature’s course. This is permitted on Madoogali too, where the vegetation grows naturally, the house reef is regularly cleaned by hand and they recycle imaginatively.

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