LUX* South Ari Atoll, which won ‘Leading eco-friendly resort in the Maldives 2019’ at the South Asian Travel Awards this year, launched a few new eco-initiatives at the end of last month.  

They’ve premiered edible straws, biodegradable cups and plant-based ‘beef’. 

The straws, made from cooked rice flour, tapioca starch and water, last an hour before they turn soft and dissolve. 

Take-away coffee now comes in biodegradable bamboo cups from the property’s signature Café LUX*. The dishwasher-friendly lids are made of biodegradable silicone and the resort sells these cups at their retail outlet. 

The plant-based protein, formerly known as Beyond Burger™, is now available at three of the resort’s eight restaurants and provides an additional vegan and kosher choice for guests. 

“Protecting the environment is at the core of everything we do. Our planet needs us now more than ever, and we are proud to demonstrate mindful, sustainable and innovative top luxury. Our guests love it, and for many travellers, a sustainable mindset is a fundamental criterion when choosing a destination” says Jonas Amstad, general manager at LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas. 

Check out https://hotelinsidermv.com/2019/11/19/jonas-amstad/ for our interview with Jonas.