The Maldives is one the most exotic and fragile tropical destinations on the planet. This nation is a string of atolls sitting on top of an undersea mountain range that rises from the ocean floor to just a couple of metres above the waves of the Indian Ocean. In recent times tourism has moved alongside fishing as one the main economic drivers, and beautiful resorts are now dotted across the Maldives archipelago.
Jumeirah Vittaveli, with its collection of luxurious hotel suites and over-sea villas, is located a short boat ride South-West of the capital Male. The resort has been Green Globe certified since 2015 and has once again been recognised for its sustainable management and operations.
Announcing the resort’s 2017 re-certification, Jumeirah Vittaveli General Manager Amit Majumder said the team is dedicated to activities implemented since opening in 2011 and have donated their time and energy to many CSR outreach programmes such as regular island and reef cleaning sessions which are hosted together with guests.
“As a globally recognized organisation, the certification by Green Globe validates our efforts when it comes to environmental initiatives. We aim to build a better future not only for our guests who consider this island their home away from home, but also for our colleagues for whom Jumeirah Vittaveli is their actual home,” said General Manager Majumder.
He added that the resort has installed new water dispensers and distributed free reusable water bottles to colleagues so the resort can move closer to being a plastic bottle free island in the near future.
“The addition of a resident Marine Biologist to our team has added educational and fun activities to our guest programme with the Junior Coral programme at the Kuda Koli Kids Club, and the Vittaveli Coral Restoration project,” added General Manager Majumder.
Jumeirah Vittaveli’s Green Team has been active for a number of years, bringing sustainable innovations to their island home. In 2013 a water bottling plant was installed, providing mineralized drinking water to guests and colleagues and saving 70,000 plastic water bottles per year.
Jumeirah Vittaveli is well known for its superb marine environment and is dedicated to conserving this precious natural resource. The resort’s resident Marine Biologist surveys the local reefs and works on planting coral frames to support natural growth and counter-act the El Nino effect that leads to bleaching and coral dieback. Weekly reef biology presentations are also held for the education and enjoyment of resort guests. Topics include understanding the fragile coral reef environment in the Maldives, adverse effects of El Nino and the Coral Restoration programme. Children attending the Kids Club are also introduced to the basics of marine science, with a dedicated Junior Coral Rangers programme where fun activities educate on environmental protection.
Community Programmes are a key part of Jumeirah Vittaveli’s sustainability management plan. In collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) the resort is working on several initiatives including the possibility of building a holding station on the resort to receive injured turtles and then arrange onwards transfer to a full rescue centre with a veterinarian on site.
Colleagues from Jumeirah Vittaveli also connect with island communities in their area with initiatives planned by the BOLI Committee (Building Our Lives Innovatively). Resort colleagues regularly visit surrounding islands for community outreach programmes and donation of essential equipment to schools, hospitals Malé and children’s homes. Recently a permanent collaboration was established with the Children’s Autism Centre in Hulhumale, an island next to the capital city of Malé.
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About Jumeirah Vittaveli
Located a short 20-minute ride on board a luxurious motorised catamaran from Malé, Jumeirah Vittaveli offers unmatched diversity, subtle luxury and personalised exploration, whether you are seeking a romantic getaway or an exotic destination for your family.
The resort comprises 89 villas and suites each with their own swimming pool and direct access to the beach or lagoon. The private and spacious villas are available with one or two bedrooms making them the ideal accommodation for both families and couples. Highlights are the free-standing Ocean Suites, located only a heartbeat away from the main island and accessible by complimentary boat service. The sprawling 5-bedroom Royal Residence comes with private beach, spa, gym, two swimming pools, and its own dedicated restaurant.
Jumeirah Vittaveli provides extensive leisure and wellness facilities including a 5 star PADI dive centre, award-winning Talise Spa and Talise Fitness, as well as one of the largest kid’s clubs in the Maldives, Kuda Koli Kid’s Klub. The Talise Spa is surrounded by lush, natural gardens and offers Asian inspired treatments all using organic or natural products. The spa team produces their own island-made 100% pure Coconut Oil which is utilized in select signature treatments and available for purchase at the spa boutique. Daily yoga and fitness classes as well as personalised wellness programmes are also available.
Home to one of the healthiest and most abundant House-Reefs in the South Malé Atoll, Jumeirah Vittaveli offers numerous diving and snorkeling opportunities exploring the colourful house reef. The more adventurous can explore five wreck dive sites near-by, maybe a sunken treasure will await hidden amongst sleeping fish and blooming corals. The resort also offers tours along its house-reef by semi-submarine – a comfortable way for the entire family to enjoy the beauty of the underwater world.
About Green Globe Certification
Green Globe is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe is based in California, USA and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe is an Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). For information, please visit www.greenglobe.com
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