The Nautilus Maldives celebrates Earth Hour 2023 with line-up of special activities

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27 March, 2023

Unique activities abound in the Maldives, no more so than at The Nautilus. The best of these experiences are those inspired by conscious luxury – those that help protect our exceptional surroundings and ensure a safe future for us and the planet.

With special activities planned for this year’s Earth Hour, the resort's team honours the iconic initiative started by the WWF more than fifteen years ago. This year, the mission exceeds a simple “global lights out to a call to create the “Biggest Hour for Earth”. Instead, we honour the Earth in 2023 by encouraging people to dedicate 60 minutes – and beyond – to environmental activism.

The island's Earth Hour activities: 25th March 2023

In honour of Earth Hour, the resort celebrates a natural heritage and commitment to sustainability by offering a plethora of experiences:

·   Nautilus Rising – our sundowner cocktail hour – won’t take place at the Naiboli Poolside Bar. Instead, you are invited to Veyofushi Private Island, where the pristine sand is beautifully lit up solely by candlelight. The cocktail hour is then followed by a special dinner on the beach, at Thyme Restaurant.

·  Our marine biologist will take you on a guided walk around the island. Learn tidbits about the Maldives’ natural vegetation and discover The Nautilus’s upcoming sustainability projects.

·  Our Young Wanderers will be treated to an environmental movie screening and fun crafts using recycled materials.

·  At Naiboli Poolside Bar, our onsite marine biologist presents a showcase of the coral reef restoration project at The Nautilus.

·  Solasta Spa will perform a 60-minute treatment of foot massage and meditation – by candlelight.

Beyond 60 minutes: Conscious luxury at The Nautilus

At The Nautilus, conservation is a 24/7 endeavour. It is key to not just our vision, but also our very livelihoods. The beauty of the Baa Atoll is rooted in the natural world – from the crystalline seas to the shimmering marine life below – and it is this natural treasure that draws visitors to our shores time and again.

guests at The Nautilus share our values

1. Coral Reef Rehabilitation

One of the most spectacular wonders can be found beneath the water – the coral reefs. Teeming with rich, diverse, colourful life, these ethereal marine structures attract both sea creatures – seeking shelter and food – and human explorers. We are blessed with some of the world’s most majestic coral reefs and atolls encircling our islands, making our archipelagic nation what it is; one of sheltered shores and bountiful waters that draw hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

Beyond this, the coral reefs are also vital to ecological health. However, the delicate system is under threat of destruction by industrial practices. Their preservation and restoration are thus of utmost importance, with one crucial conservation effort that of reattaching coral to the frame. You can also take part in this rewarding experience by adopting a piece of coral and monitoring its progress long after you’ve left The Nautilus.

2. Sea Species Conservation

The reefs, coves, lagoons, temperature and tides of Maldives create such perfect conditions for sea life. Our waters are blessed with an abundance of marine wonders. Among the number of progressive initiatives implemented to protect these precious species, is the prohibition of fishing at our house reef. Our seafood is thus sourced from trusted local fishermen using traditional methods that are truly sustainable and low impact.

In addition to protecting the fish population, we cherish our world-famous sea turtles as well. We help our precious reptiles with programmes dedicated to monitoring nesting turtles and escorting them safely back to their watery world.

3. Extensive Indigenous Planting

Besides the ubiquitous palm trees, a couple of hundred other native plant species call the Maldives home. One such plant is the dhun’gethi bush, which contributes to the treasured privacy on our island. We are also home to the Indian Ocean’s largest living wall. Comprising over 20,000 individual plants, and stretching to total a length of 330m, the green hedge plays an important role in reducing carbon emissions on the island.

We’ve also planted kitchen gardens whose benefit is two-fold: Our carbon footprint is reduced, and our organic produce is at its freshest. You can look forward to signature dishes that incorporate home-grown hibiscus, lemongrass, mint and chilli. What’s more, all our plants are watered by rainfall or harvested grey water.

4. A Chemical- and Plastic-free Zone

At our little corner of paradise, everything we do – from cleaning and recycling – is geared towards protecting the earth. Our cleaning and laundry products are chemical-free and ocean-approved, and our water and STP plants are designed to prevent contamination of the sea. Plastic straws and bottles are banned, bathroom amenities are provided unpackaged or in sustainable packaging, and wood products are either reclaimed wood or certified sustainable.

The Nautilus is part of the hospitality group Pulse Hotels & Resorts, which was established in 2015. The luxury resort is located in the Baa Atoll and it offers 26 beach and ocean houses and residences for guests to enjoy.

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