It’s never been more important to travel consciously, and hoteliers across the globe are now implementing sustainable practices to preserve surrounding nature and educate guests.
The five-star Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi is part of this imperative movement, with sustainability initiatives including the first coral regeneration project in the Maldives which acts as an artificial reef, a ban on plastic straws and a manta ray cleaning station.
As the sole resort on the Shaviyani Atoll, Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi – which means ‘secret water island’ – boasts uninterrupted vistas, abundant sea life and pristine coral house reef, with the largest resort lagoon in the Maldives.
Home to 112 luxury villas each with their own private pool, plus the largest, 200m infinity pool in the Maldives and a tranquil Willow Stream Spa, this luxury hideaway is just as sustainable as it is sleek.
Natural beauty is found in abundance – manta rays, turtles, large pods of bottlenose dolphins and spinner dolphins are regularly spotted in the crystal-clear waters of the 600-hectare lagoon that surrounds the resort.
Striving to protect the natural surroundings and flourishing wildlife is the innovative coral regeneration project; a uniquely designed, semi-submerged cube structure that stands in the ocean lined with underwater poplar trees and endemic planted coral.
This encourages the settlement of underwater life and acts as an artificial reef which will become a vibrant and colourful undersea garden once populated, patrolled by manta rays and over 250 species of tropical fish.
Eco-conscious travellers can also snorkel amongst this to discover treasures of the underwater world and plant their own coral, before a night snorkelling programme offers guided exploration with a marine biologist.
Aiming to educate the next generation of eco-conscious travellers, Fairmont Maldives also offers an Ocean Discovery programme with educational talks on the importance of protecting marine life with a marine biologist.
Sustainable travelers can additionally participate in turtle release programmes or plant their own coconut tree on the island.
Not stopping there, the island is also home to a rare manta ray cleaning station, where guests can admire one of the world’s most majestic marine creatures on an exciting and once-in-a-lifetime diving trip.
Striving to reduce their carbon footprint, Fairmont Maldives banned plastic straws in an effort to reduce single-use plastic and will soon have its own water bottling plant, which will further reduce plastic waste.
When it comes to sustainable escapes, this dreamy resort is perfect for enjoying a luxury getaway that comes with an eco-conscious edge.
Hayes & Jarvis is offering 7 nights at the five star Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi, from £3,349 per person. Please phone (01293 762 456 to enquire further and make a booking.