CINNAMON Hotels & Resorts: Sustainability from Sri Lankan Forest to Maldives Island

CINNAMON Hotels & Resorts: Sustainability from Sri Lankan Forest to Maldives Island
May 23, 2018 Bradley Cox

Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts Group with properties located across Sri Lanka and the Maldives seeks to continuously minimize the environmental impacts of its operations and contribute positively towards local communities.

In recognition of Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts Group’s sustainability achievements, Green Globe recently recertified Cinnamon Lodge Habarana, Sri Lanka and awarded Cinnamon Dhonveli, Maldives its inaugural certification.

Cinnamon Lodge Habarana is a 5-star nature resort nestled in nature’s serenity right in the heart of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle. The property lies in close proximity to the Minneriya National Park, home to over 300 elephants who make their way to an annual gathering each July, the Purple-faced Leaf Monkey, the Toque Macaque, Sambar Deer and a myriad of bird, butterfly and reptile species.

Resource management is of key importance at all Cinnamon properties. A centralized Utility Management System (UMS) monitors electricity, water and gas usage at various resorts including Cinnamon Lodge and also alerts operational teams of any unusual activity levels that require maintenance. There are plans for the UMS to be rolled out in the Maldives in due course. To further reduce energy consumption at Cinnamon Lodge, the majority of lighting in guest areas use CFL and LED bulbs. Solar panels heat hot water in 50% of guest rooms while waste heat from Eco-gen AC units are diverted to heat water in the remaining guest rooms.

Waste management is handled effectively at Cinnamon Lodge. Treated wastewater is re-used for gardening purposes and irrigating the organic farm. In addition, wet garbage is provided to a piggery for animal feed, and garden waste is composted and used as fertilizer in the resort’s organic farm. Other waste is separated and dispatched for reuse or recycled by an external company.

Earlier this month, Green Globe awarded Cinnamon Dhonveli its first certification with the property achieving a high compliance score of 85%. The resort, a water enthusiast’s dream destination, is located a short 25-minute speedboat ride from Male making it one of the most popular locations in the Maldives.

Environmentally friendly techniques were utilized in the construction of newly refurbished guest rooms. Roofs of these rooms utilize 4 layers of insulating sheets to reduce heat absorption and require lower maintenance than the previously installed cajan roofs. Furthermore, the restaurant in the newly refurbished section has higher ceilings so that natural light can be better utilized during the day. Better water management is also achieved in the maintenance of the guest swimming pool, which utilizes a plastic pellet medium instead of sand filters. This enables backwash once a month as compared to daily backwash required with sand filters.

Energy saving measures have been implemented at Cinnamon Dhonveli such as the increased use of LED bulbs throughout the property and installation of LEDs within all of the newly refurbished water villas. Inverter AC units are fitted in all guest rooms and timers control 100% of outdoor pathway lighting. As water is a precious resource on this tiny island, treated wastewater is utilized in all flush toilets.

To encourage regional development in their different zones, Cinnamon Lodge has established an extensive onsite organic kitchen garden that produces fruits and vegetables that are used in resort kitchens. While in the Maldives, Cinnamon Dhonveli purchases locally sourced seafood and vegetables where available.