Marriott Bonvoy resorts in the Maldives are preparing to launch various sustainability and environmental awareness initiatives on 22 April to mark Earth Day, an annual event to support environmental protection.
At JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa, wellness Instructor Vishnu, whose mantra is “be active physically and relax mentally,” will lead a dedicated session using techniques of the ancient practice of ‘Prithvi Yoga’ to help guests to reconnect with the earth.
“This is the perfect setting for us to help our guests reconnect with nature,” he said. “With the natural surroundings of sand, sun, breeze and sea, we are embracing the natural elements of earth, air and water, and weaving it into the heart of the session.”
The team at W Maldives will be gearing up with snorkelling masks, fins, gloves and mesh bags for reef cleaning and tree planting events. The resort’s commitment to environmental protection is epitomised by ‘sustainability shorts’ made from 12 plastic bottles by Māzú Resortwear.
As part of Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa‘s coral propagation initiative, a large coral frame will be placed in the lagoon in partnership with Reefscapers for guests and associates to plant up to 106 coral fragments. The resort’s ‘Adopt a Coral’ programme allows guests to plant coral fragments that would otherwise otherwise not survive if left out in the open ocean, giving them a chance to thrive and grow into a beautiful ecosystem. After the frames helped repopulated the reef with corals, the resort has recorded over 100 species of fish around the frames.
Situated in the Unesco Biosphere Reserve in Baa Atoll, The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort will be organising a clean-up of Brother Island, a small uninhabited island near the resort.
“Unfortunately, we all know of the plastic crisis which is plaguing our oceans, with trash washing up on our beaches at an alarming rate. To show our support for Earth Day, we hope to successfully remove as much non-biological debris as we can and maintain Brother island’s pristine state,” said marine biologist Filipa Lopes.