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.
There are a couple of key Maldives experiences that Soneva Gili doesn't really do well, yet I would rather holiday here than almost anywhere else in the country. It’s no surprise to me it was named Most Romantic Resort in the Maldives 2013.
Simple, quiet luxury at a young, modern resort famed for its house reef and world-beating beach. A cosy bar and superb spa add to the experience of a perfect island.
Enjoyed mostly by Italians, others are yet welcome to enjoy the unspoilt beauty of a well-kept resort. Stands out for its beach, reef, excursions, spas and joyful staff.
Naturally beautiful island hosting a great value all-round resort. Snorkeling and diving are very good, the beach is gorgeous, food is good, and there is plenty to do.
A faultless resort. Natural, luxurious, a destination for gourmets of wine and food, mind and body. And with a green conscience second to none.
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