LOS ANGELES, California – Green Globe Certification today announced the certification of Anantara Kihavah Villas, Maldives. Located on the Baa Atoll island archipelago, Anantara Kihavah Villas is on the frontline of ecological preservation, battling against the effects of rising sea temperature and climate change.
Mr. Guido Bauer, CEO Green Globe Certification said, “On no other location on Earth, can the impact of climate change be seen so dramatically. For over a decade, coral bleaching events have decimated the reef’s fragile eco-system. Acting as a guardian for their unique marine location, Anantara Kihavah Villa is at the forefront of preserving and reintroducing corals to support this marine habit.”
“Certification of Kihavah Villas is confirmation of the efforts throughout the resort to manage tourism in a responsible manner, while actively improving and protecting their spectacularly beautiful destination,” added Mr. Bauer.
“Anantara is committed to sustainable tourism operations through the integration of social and ecological responsibilities into our core business operations,” Mr. Peter Carmichael, Senior Vice President, Anantara said. “We view the fragile environment in the Baa Atoll island archipelago in a very serious light and our proactive ethical and environmentally friendly practices during the construction of Anantara Kihavah Villas are testament to this.
“We are actively engaged in our adherence to the Green Globe Certification standards by introducing innovative technological measures that contribute to the preservation of the fragile ecosystem of the Maldives, and acting each day on both an individual and company level to minimize the impact that our business activities have on the environment,” said Mr Carmichael.
Anantara Kihavah Villas is committed to responsible tourism to create better places for people to live in and better places to visit. During the construction of the resort, a marine biologist nurtured small coral and created coral gardens in various areas of the lagoon by attaching the growing corals on frames. This conservation effort proved to be very successful and the initial results can already be seen around the island. Guests can also partake in this on-going project by adopting a coral frame and participating in the creation and planting thereof. The frames are positioned between the resort’s Over Water Pool Villas in the shape of Anantara Resorts’ “A,” thus creating an artificial snorkeling trail. Coral Adoption Program sponsors can monitor the growing process on their adopted frame on a custom-designed website.
ABOUT ANANTARA KIHAVAH VILLAS, MALDIVES
Set on Kihavah Huravalhi, one of the most pristine Maldivian islands, the resort is just 35 minutes by seaplane from Male International Airport. Following the scenic flight, guests arrive to a postcard-perfect setting surrounded by the jewel-colored waters and uninhabited islands of the majestic Indian Ocean. Seventy-eight spacious private pool sanctuaries, ranging from 260 to 860 square meters, are either poised over the water with sweeping ocean views or nestled along a pristine stretch of private beach.
Comprising 74 one-bedroom villas and 4 two-bedroom residences, each hideaway boasts large personal infinity-edge pools, dining pavilions, expansive wooden sundecks, and ample lounging areas complete with swinging daybeds, hammocks, and sun loungers. All villas feature his and hers walk-in wardrobes, rain showers, outdoor showers, and over-sized bathtubs big enough for two. Sunken glass bottom bathtubs in the over water villas offer a mesmerizing view of the sparkling ocean, both below and beyond the adjacent infinity-edge pool.
ABOUT GREEN GLOBE CERTIFICATION
Green Globe Certification is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally-accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA, and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe is the only certification brand to be an affiliate member of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), is partly owned by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), and a member of the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST) governing council. For information visit www.greenglobe.com .