The 10 Best Eco‐friendly Hotels in Maldives 2020


10 Most Sustainable Luxury Resorts in Maldives

The 10 Best Eco‐friendly Hotels in Maldives

10 Most Sustainable Luxury Resorts in Maldives


September, 2020

This days sustainability has become a key concept for tourist industry, with many travellers prefer more eco-friendly travel choices. Green travel makes a way that tourism can be maintained long-term without harming natural and cultural environments. One of the best ways to do this is to pick accommodation that supports eco-friendly and sustainable tourism when you travel.

Thanks to this fabulous growing trend, many luxury hotels in the Maldives have aligned their values with the eco-travellers, ensuring that resort's policy are in the interest of environmental conservation and that they put measures in place that preserve the local culture and support local businesses. From the latest eco-tech, to sustainable builds, to plastic-free products and coral restoration - staying in luxury can be even more enjoyable when you know you are doing your best for the environment .

Beneath the shimmering waters that surround the Maldives island archipelagos, a fragile world quietly rebuilds itself. If your aim is to travel ‘greener’ and to enjoy immersive experiences that allow you to connect fully with your chosen destination here are the 10 Maldives luxury resorts putting eco projects into action.

1 Gili Lankanfushi

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Best Experience:   Water villas, Honeymoon, Beaches, diving, spa

Gili Lankanfushi is rated by many among the best luxury resort in the Maldives, and with good reason. This stunning, 46-villa, eco-resort is just 20 minutes by speedboat from Male airport thriving in providing truly unpretentious, relaxed luxury. Barefoot are recommended (shoes are removed as soon as you leave the airport on the boat), and each guest is surrounded by the care of a personal butler with the title "Mr. Friday". The spacious, charmingly simple water villas crafted from natural wood and glass are equipped with sun decks with seaviews that can evoke tears of joy. On land, a beautiful island with palm trees offers a range of activities and an excellent dining options. This rare diamond in the Maldives is more authentic than other famous brand resorts at the same price - given the regular appearance in the Gili Lankanfushi of world celebrities.

Named world’s most eco-friendly hotel in the world in 2017 - sustainability is at the heart of Gili Lankanfushi, with emphasis on preserving the natural environment, protecting the fragile marine ecosystem and leaving only footprints behind. Anti-plastic paradise - Gili Lankanfushi celebrates with eco-friendly Initiatives. All Gili's buildings are constructed using sustainably-sourced wood. All rooms provide organic toiletries in refillable earthenware containers, to minimise plastics use and wastage. The island’s dedicated desalinisation plant provides bottled still and sparkling water for all guests. Energy efficiency is top of mind too, and while the resort has drastically decreased our fuel consumption, it's always looking to save more. Read Full Review

2 Constance Moofushi, Constance Halaveli

taj exotica water villas with view
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Best Experience:  All Inclusive, Honeymoon, Beach, Diving

A fantastic island paradise surrounded by large turquoise lagoons and teasing white beaches, Constance Moofushi combines primitive simplicity with the highest standards of luxury and service. The luxury all inclusive resort is located in South Ari atoll - one of the best spots in the world to swim with whale shark. With the ubiquitous stamp of "wedding-honeymoon" in the Maldives, Constance Moofushi is famous golden beaches, romantic villas and brilliant gastronomy. Generous prices all inclusive holiday mood and DJ music will push you to throw the purse into the sea and break your passport to never leave this place.

Constance Moofushi Maldives is the private island where sustainability is second nature. Moofushi's team implemented a number of eco measures, adopted the best sustainable practices & green initiatives to become eco-luxury resort in Maldives. Committed to delivering the best of service while keeping an environment clean and sustainable, Constance Hotels & Resorts integrated environmental leadership into everything they do and adopt the best practices while complying with regulatory requirements. Today Constance Moofushi is a Gold member of the Green Globe certification. Read Full Review

Green Globe recently has re-certified Constance Halaveli for the sixth consecutive year. Located on the Maldives’ North Ari Atoll the luxurious resort remains committed to its sustainability goals and has successfully implemented numerous green initiatives over the past two years including Collaboration with Parley, Nature guide booklet and Green News Magazine. Accessible by a 35-minute seaplane flight from Male Airport, the resort offers beach and water villas, as well family villas and a range of superb fine wine-and-dining options are available. Read Full Review

3 Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts

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Best Experience:  All Inclusive, Honeymoon, Family ho;iday, Beaches, Diving

Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts, who currently operate five resorts in the Maldives, have been committed to sustainability since their foundation. In this year three of the resorts have received Green Globe certification - OBLU Helengeli , OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo and OBLU Select at Sangeli.

Teams at each property adhere to comprehensive sustainability plans to ensure effective resource management is carried out. Energy, water and waste reduction targets are benchmarked and monitored regularly to minimize environmental impacts. Energy saving technology is utilized at all three resorts. Solar panels have been installed on the roof tops of staff areas at each property as well as on floating platforms in the sea. All resorts use glass bottles for drinking water, and plastic straws are banned. Guests are actively encouraged to preserve nature and the surrounding underwater world, to help further protect the environment. In addition, the Maldivian culture and heritage is shared at the resorts, to ensure it is known and protected. Learn more

4 Soneva Fushi, Soneva Jani

Maldives Luxury Water Villa Resort
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Best Experience:  Crusoe Villas, the beach houses, Spa, Family Holiday, beaches

Awarded with white sandy beaches of a private island in Maldives, the Soneva Fushi's eco-chic villas are the material of the romantic fantasies of Robinson Crusoe. Drop your shoes and worries: with an luxury spa, hypnotic house reef and high quality butler services, you will not need anything on this laid-back playground of a beautiful uninhabited island. The eight categories of rooms, each trying to outdo the elegance of a neighbor, start with a simple Rehendi from 182 m2 to a huge Jungle Reserve villa of 720 m2, passing by Crusoe villas, apartments or even a new Water Retreats with slide. Read Full Review...

The iconic resort has bagged several international awards for eco-friendly tourism and green initiatives, including the 2017 Green Hotelier Award for the Asia Pacific region and the Sustainable Hotel Award by the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) as well as a spot in the Gold List compiled by Condé Nast Traveler China as the Best Hotel in the Maldives and amongst the best resorts in the world in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2017.

Soneva Jani is a zero-waste resort also – all waste are composted, reused, recycled or used in construction. A state-of-the-art Eco Centro waste-to-wealth facility processes all waste and provide an educational centre for guests and our local communities. Waste water is treated in natural filtration ponds and is used as nutrient-rich irrigation in the vegetable gardens. Villas are constructed using sustainable wood and the hand-woven interior fabrics come from Sri Lanka. The beach is renowned locally for its turtle population and the beautiful lagoon houses a stingray nursery and a manta ray feeding station. A 1.2 hectare vegetable gardens are supply the resort with fruit, vegetables and herbs for the kitchens. Solar panels cover the rooftops of the host accommodation, providing a clean energy. Read Full Review...

Both Soneva resorts in the Maldives has been designed and built to world-leading sustainability standards. Every aspect of the Total Impact Assessment has considered, from protecting the local flora and fauna, to building strong community relationships with their neighbours. Every detail of the resort, whether it be front of house or behind-the-scenes host accommodation and operational facilities, has been considered to the finest detail, using the experience gained over 20 years of creating resorts that aim to set the benchmark for responsible tourism. Read More.

5 LUX* South Ari Atoll

Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa
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Best Experience:  Couples, Family, Value, Beach, Diving, Dining, Whale Shark Watching, All Inclusive

Cutting-edge designer villas and world-class dining can be found only a 30-minute seaplane transfer away from Malé International Airport, making LUX* South Ari Atoll one of the most exciting resorts in the Maldives. With 187 private villas dotted at the water’s edge along four kilometres of powder fine beach or perched on stilts above a crystal clear lagoon, these spacious pavilions and villas bring an entirely original vibe of coastal, beach house chic to the Maldives. Excellent eating and drinking is always a cut above the rest at LUX*, and the all inclusive resort has the PADI 5-Star Dive Center, two infinity pools, a floodlit tennis court, a fitness centre and a renowned spa.

The resort has recently launched the world’s largest solar sea panels, and this is just the start of the many initiatives LUX* plans to undertake to care for the planet. Equipped with an onsite Marine Biology Centre to study and protect the native whale shark population, LUX* South Ari Atoll educates guests on eco tours and supports on-going scientific research. The marine centre staff are integral to removing ghost nets from the sea, which are deadly to many aquatic creatures. They are also responsible for regenerating coral to help support marine life. Sustainable development is at the core of everything they do, and highlights LUX* South Ari Atoll’s continued dedication to their sustainable development strategy. Green Globe certificate holder, LUX* South Ari Atoll has been awarded Leading Eco-Friendly Resort in the Maldives at the 2019 South Asian Travel Awards (SATA). Read Full Review...

6 Grand Park Kodhipparu, Maldives

Grand Park Kodhipparu, Maldives overwater bungalow with pool
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Best Experience:   for Honeymoon, Family Holiday, Activities

Grand Park Kodhipparu, Maldives is a new luxury 5-star resort in 20 minutes by speedboat from Male airport. The stunning private island promises its guests an unforgettable Maldives all inclusive experience offering a new landmark in luxurious hospitality. 120 idyllic beach and water villas including 65 with private pools, large infinity swimming pool overlooking the turquoise ocean, starry culinary options in three restaurants, world-class spa, excellent house reef snorkeling, fully equipped water sports center and dive center, beach club and children's club provide guests with everything they need for an unforgettable holiday in the Maldives.

Green Globe recently awarded Grand Park Kodhipparu Maldives its first certification in acknowledgement of its sustainable management and operations. Environmental initiatives are at the forefront of efforts aimed at protecting the pristine natural waters and surroundings at this island resort.

Plastic straws have been replaced with biodegradable paper and reusable stainless steel straws. In addition, last year an on-site bottling plant was installed and environmental conservation information is displayed on IPTV monitors. Fundamental practices have already been implemented with more projects in the pipeline that enhance green and eco driven initiatives for the benefit of everyone.

An in-house Resident Marine Biologist educates guests on actions they can take to protect the reefs and sea life whilst enjoying snorkelling and other water sports. Furthermore, the property invites visitors to participate in international environmental awareness celebrations such as Earth Hour, Earth Day, World Environment and World Oceans Day along with regular activities such as tree-planting and reef cleaning days. Read Full Review...

7 Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa
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Best Experience:  Honeymoon, House Reef Snorkeling, beaches, Diving

With natural white beach, an azure lagoon and a 360° house reef to be enjoyed, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa is award-winningly eco-friendly resort that not to be missed by fans of the deep blue sea. Sited in the heart of Huvadhoo Atoll, the largest and deepest atoll in the country, Hadahaa is small, round and verdant, and surrounded by one of the finest beaches in the country. With unsual architecture the luxury boutique resort has 50 villas, 20 of which have a private pool. There's a good choice of dining options, the luxurious Vidhun Spa add to a pure Maldivian healing experience, and dive & water sports centre.

An environmental and socially sustainable culture has always been an integral part of the resort’s daily operations since the very beginning. Green Globe recently recertified the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa, reinforcing their Gold status. While provide guests with a barefoot luxury holiday experience, resource management is a key consideration at Hadaha. Water, electricity and fuel usage is monitored daily. The resort continues to focus on sourcing products locally and to date, conducts business with up to 70% of sustainable food and beverage suppliers. Eco-wood made of long lasting compressed bamboo is also utilized for replacement decking at the property. In bathrooms, reusable ceramic bottle amenities feature in place of disposable mini plastic bottles. Since 2015, plastic straws have been replaced with paper ones. To protect and sustain the pristine waters and corals surrounding the island, motorized water sports are not permitted. Coral reef monitoring is conducted monthly to evaluate the reef’s condition and recovery. During traditional Maldivian fishing trips offered by the resort, fish that do not meet the minimum length or are a protected species are released to ensure fish stock numbers are replenished. Read Full Review...

8 Anantara Maldives Resorts

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Anantara runs five resorts in the Maldives offering a range of holiday options to suit all tastes whether you want to go on honeymoon, take the family, or simply looking for a winter sun beach break as a couple. Wherever you stay, Anantara’s gurus and islanders will be on hand to discover for you which side of the island to be on, the proportions of the villas, the quality of the house-reef for snorkelling or the best of the cocktail at sunset - any question you might have, they will know the answer to make your moments special. Tailor your Maldives island time to your pace and your passions.

Since 2012 Anantara Resorts has Green Globe Certification for its two resorts in the Maldives, Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa and Anantara Veli Resort & Spa, that joining its latest Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas deluxe sanctuary. The exclusive Naladhu Private Island Maldives, managed by Anantara Resorts, has also been awarded this status under Green Globe’s standards. This recognition highlights Anantara Resorts’ sincere commitment to operating in an environmentally, socially and culturally responsible manner through a broad spectrum of eco-friendly initiatives in the Maldives.

All Anantara’s resorts in Maldives incorporate all aspects of sustainability standards in their daily operation, principally in environmental conservation such as water, energy and waste management efficiency. The resorts support their local communities and environment through corporate social responsibility programmes, and promote the islands’ social and cultural heritage through resort and local island experiences. Read Full Review

9 Milaidhoo Island Maldives

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Best Experience:   honeymoon, beach, diving, swimming with mantas

Intimate and stylish, at Milaidhoo it’s about enjoying the natural environment in understated luxury. Tucked in the heart of a UNESCO biosphere reserve on Baa atoll, surrounded by powdery white sands and nestled beside a colourful coral reef, Milaidhoo Maldives is a luxurious natural wonder. Envisage upscale delights with a ‘Reinvented Luxury’ twist, where guests will experience an indulgent escape in the Maldives’s most unique getaway. Created for couples and romance only, Milaidhoo welcomes children above the age of 9 years only. What's more, it is only 30 minutes by seaplane from Male or a 15 minute domestic flight followed by a short speedboat ride.

With it's premium location in the UNESCO world biosphere reserve, conservation of the precious environment is one of the resort's guiding philosophies. Being participants in the Green Globe certification process, Milaidhoo island implements a number of eco measures, adopted the best sustainable practices & green initiatives.

The boutique resort has a state-of-the-art water and STP. They use accredited eco-friendly chemicals in the laundry and cleaning. Milaidhoo has a coral regeneration programme in place and their guests can support this by ‘adopting’ a reef of their own, planting it and watching it grow over the years. The resort's team support and work with local charities and world foundations such as The Manta Trust and Manta Matcher, Shark Watch, Olive Ridley Turtle and Green Fins. As well all local environmental laws, standards and regulations are respected. These are kept updated and referred to regularly. Read Full Review...

10 Baros Maldives

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Best Experience:    Honeymoon, Beach, Spa, House Reef Snorkeling & Diving

Baros is a perfect honeymoon getaway located in the North Malé Atoll only a 25-minute by speedboat from Malé Airport. With a variety of villas to choose from, these very stylish settings make this the ideal island retreat for couples young and old. Located on a beautiful private island with a crystal clear coral lagoon, Baros is a 5 * star boutique hotel in the Maldives that will surpass all of your highest fantasies of the "dream island". Surrounded by clean, warm waters and snow-white sands, with groves of coconut palms and fragrant flowers, this cozy resort landscape is really worthy of fainting. The team is serene modern rooms (including water villas), fine dining, a fantastic spa, a large swimming pool and water entertainment from a luxury yacht to diving and yoga.  

With initiatives including biodegradable cleaning products, installing LED lights, using a heat-exchange system to heat bath water, recycling water for garden irrigation and using CFC-free air conditioning, Baros have carefully nurtured the natural eco-systems of the island, the lagoon and the majestic underwater world beyond. For over 47 years Baros has been, and always will be an enchanting natural wonderland. Baros' team organise awareness programmes with tours to neighbouring villages and uninhabited islands, and diving and snorkelling activities to promote understanding of ecological issues. Read Full Review...

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