Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa Unveils New Sustainability Programmes

Featuring a 500m² greenhouse, intensive coral restoration, food waste initiatives and plenty more, we take a closer look at the way Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa is making waves through sustainability

A 141 villa resort sitting secluded on the natural island of Thilamaafushi, an eco-conscious hideaway comprised of indigenous flora and fauna, Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa is fully committed to not only preserving its beautiful surrounding biodiversity but helping it thrive.

Thus, it has implemented a number pioneering programmes that promote a culture of best practice throughout resort operations, ranging from coral restoration projects to sustainable design and even a 500m² Greenhouse. From food waste to fresh water, we take a closer look at the sustainable initiatives awaiting you in paradise.

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Restoring and protecting the world’s greatest natural structures

Fringed by a vast lagoon, the coral reef that forms and surrounds the resort islands is one of the most complex ecosystems on earth. But sadly, dangers from global warming and rising sea temperatures are putting the coral in danger of bleaching – which has led the the resort to monitoring the condition of the reefs around the resort.

A coral restoration programme was put in place during construction, with resort owners, management, dive and watersports operators, and the local community all doing their bit to help the project come to life. In addition, coral regeneration will be an important ongoing part of the resort’s experiential programme, with educational programmes tailored to different age groups to help teach guests about the importance of conservation.

Since the initiative’s launch, the number of marine life has already increased around the resort, particularly reef fish such as surgeonfish, damselfish, angelfish and more

“The Greenhouse”: Fresh leafy vegetables from soil to plate

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Smart sustenance. A significant step towards self-sufficiency, “The Greenhouse” is a semi-automated hydroponic system that produces fresh leafy vegetables for resort guests and consumption on neighbouring islands.  Developed in conjunction with Singapore-based company Kok Fah Technology Farm, the 500 m² greenhouse uses a range of state-of-the-art technologies, including an automated irrigation system that captures and recycles rainwater.

This produces clean vegetables that are free of pesticides, grown in a stress-free environment and particularly nutrient-rich through the use of peat moss. Various leafy vegetables, Maldivian chillies, tomatoes and herbs have already been successfully grown in “The Greenhouse” with plenty more to follow – the harvest target is about 30 kilograms daily and up to 11 tonnes of vegetables annually. Now that’s a lot of fibre.

The hard work isn’t left to the staff alone – guests can also get involved, taking on some gardening in the greenhouse or utilising ingredients during cooking classes. Ideal for foodies, there’s also “the “Harvest Table”, a weekly supper club dining experience that spotlights hydroponic farming practices whilst enjoying imaginative dishes with a conscience.

Fresh drinking water from the ocean through reverse osmosis

Naturally, the resort’s remote location presents a challenge when it comes to fresh water supply; but the desalination plant overcomes this by converting seawater into drinking water. Through a clever reverse osmosis, the purified water is available as still and carbonated (sparkling) water.

The plant has two separate taps; one provides chilled still water, the other sparkling – which is then transferred into Le Méridien brand reusable glass bottles to supply the rooms and restaurants.

From waste to raw material: efficient recycling methods

Food waste is converted into compost in a state-of-the-art facility, which is used throughout the resort’s landscaping.  The composting method is an automatic process of dehydration, and microbes decompose the food waste. In the process, the system is self-contained, releasing no odour or visible smoke.

This method can compost up to 200 kilograms of waste per day. In addition, the resort uses a glass bottle crusher as part of its recycling and reduction strategy: When bottles are needed for hygiene and storage solutions and there is no alternative way to reuse them, they are crushed to reduce the volume. The ground glass powder can be reused in cement blocks and up cycled into the resort’s art classes.

Harnessing the power of the sun: 480-kilowatt solar panel system

Last but not least, the resort further aims to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels. An impressive 1,300 solar panels have been installed on all roofs, as well as on the back of the house. Walkways meanwhile, are solar-powered for nighttime strolls.

The resort’s solar panel initiative is one of the largest in the Maldives, with a large percentage of the resort’s energy being supplied by solar power. The resort estimates a cost saving of 700 to 1,200 litres of diesel per day for the entire resort or approximately 438,000 litres per year.

Find out more via lemeridien maldives.com.

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