Baa Atoll- Maldives:
A thirty-minute seaplane ride from the Maldivian capital of Male is the Baa Atoll, a UNESCO declared Biosphere Reserve and home to recently re-certified Anantara Kihavah Villas. Set on Kihavah Huravalhi, one of the most pristine islands of the Maldives, Anantara’s luxury property was purposely built to highlight and protect the delicate marine ecosystems of the Indian Ocean.
Sebnem Aylin Akyurt, Resort Manager in charge of the latest re-certification said, “For the past three years we have been actively engaged in our adherence to the Green Globe Standards by continuously introducing innovative technological measures that contribute to the preservation of the fragile ecosystem of the Maldives. And each day we act on both an individual and company level to minimize the impact that our business activities have on the environment,” said Sebnem.
Protecting the pristine beaches at Anantara Kihavah Villas and guarding Kihavah Huravalhi Island’s crystal-clear lagoon is the atoll’s coral reef. This diverse marine habitat supports an astounding array of tropical fish, crustaceans and molluscs, but for all of its beauty and apparent resilience, the coral is a sensitive organism, vulnerable to extreme weather and sudden environmental changes.
To protect this eco-system, important sustainable practices were integrated into the development of Anantara Kihavah Villas from the start. During the construction of the resort, Anantara employed a Marine Biologist to nurture small coral and created gardens around the reef by attaching the growing corals onto frames.
Since then, Anantara Kihavah Villas has initiated the Coral Adoption Programme, a long-term plan designed to share learning experiences with guests, accelerate the regeneration of coral growth in the atoll, and ultimately ensure the future of this unique Maldivian destination. This conservation effort continues and guests can also play a role by adopting a coral frame. Coral Adoption Program sponsors can monitor the growing process on their adopted frame on a custom designed website.
For more information about the Coral Adoption Program please visit: http://kihavah-maldives.anantara.com/Coral-Adoption/
In its overall effort to apply sustainable practices, the resort property also works to reduce waste as much as possible, and gives preference to reusable and recyclable items, as well as bottling its own water to avoid the use of plastic containers. Anantara Kihavah Villas is committed to responsible tourism, to create better places for people to live in and better places to visit.
PRESS NOTE: Anantara is delighted to announce from February 2015 Mr. Jean-Marc Ma-Poon as been appointed the new General Manager, Anantara Kihavah Villas.
SOURCE: Green Globe