Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo Resort is building a Sustainable Future

Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo Resort is building a Sustainable Future
August 9, 2013 Arton Kabashi

For years, the Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo Resort, located in the Maldives, has been enthusiastically involved in environmental protection activities – to live by the John Keells Group pledge ‘I will be Green’. This upscale resort is in compliance with 100% of the indicators against the Green Globe standard, and recently earned re-certification.

“We are very proud about our Green Globe certification for the 4th consecutive year,” said Mr. Kumar Prem, General Manager at the Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo Resort. “As one of the trendsetters in Maldives, we have paved the pathway towards a sustainable future. Our commitment is reflected in our management principles and daily practices, which aim at building a sustainable future for the generations to come. We strive to include our partners, customers, staff, and local communities where relevant and to the extent possible. We minimize waste by evaluating operations, ensuring efficiency by adapting environmentally-friendly waste disposal practices, composting programs, and actively promoting reuse and recycle programs. Over the past few years we have seen a drop of 25% in energy per guest.”

The Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo implemented a number of commendable innovations, such as a heat recovery system that captures an immense amount of heat energy wasted during electricity production. Heated water is collected in a 5,000 liter stock tank and distributed on requirement to the laundry, main and staff kitchen, and the guest rooms. Most vegetables and herbs are grown in the resort’s own hydroponic garden. The traditional mud and wattle house offers a unique experience for guests to observe an organic meal prepared from the vegetables selected by them from the garden. In addition, the resort is self-sufficient with its compost, and provides excess to the nearby islanders in various CSR projects. In observation of World Environment Day, the resort provided 200 compost bags and 250 banyan trees to neighboring Hagngnameedhoo Island this year.

CSR activities are numerous at the Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo, and the resort supports the field of medicine in particular, to ensure a better health of the community. A group of resort executives has teamed up with local health officials, traveling around the islands to hold educational seminars on healthcare and deliver medicines, such as drugs for first aid kits, infections, IV fluids, pain killers, ear and eye drops, skin ointments, dressing and wound management, disinfectants, and multiple others covering the primary health care area. In April a blood donation campaign was organized with the assistance of National Blood Transfusion Services of Maldives. The blood was donated to the Thalassemia Center in Male.

About Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo Resort
The Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo is part of John Keells Hotels PLC, which is the hospitality leader in the Sri Lanka and Maldivian sector. Diving to die for! Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo is an emerald island paradise, located 25 minutes from Male, the capital of Maldives, and can be reached via seaplane. This upscale resort features 14 standard bungalows, 28 superior rooms, 46 beach bungalows and 24 water bungalows. The pristine coral reefs have the most incredible underwater life and a stay at the resort offers a wide variety of water sports, such as snorkeling around the island. With the island’s exotic beauty, the resort is a popular wedding destination.

Kavinga Karunasekara
Specialist Sustainabiity & Processes
John Keells Maldivian Resorts (Pte) Ltd.
2nd floor, H. Maizan Building, Sosun Magu
Male, 2052 Republic of Maldives
Phone: +960 7970 795 (mobile)
+960 6640 055 (general)
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