Naladhu Maldives Tops Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2017

Naladhu Private Island Maldives resort named #1 resort in the world

With only 20 beach houses dotted around a palm-fringed island in the middle of the ocean, Naladhu Private Island Maldives by Anantara epitomizes castaway luxury with timeless moments.

Recognized for its entirely unique take on the Maldivian experience, Naladhu has been awarded a top spot in the Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards, positioned as the #1 Resort in the World.

The Readers’ Choice Awards are known as “the best of the best of travel”, the epitome of excellence, with this year’s awards the 30th in an illustrious history. Over 300,000 dedicated readers voted on their favorite hotels, destinations and travel experiences across the globe.

“It is a great honor to be recognized by Condé Nast Traveler’s readers as the number one resort in the world. This year, we decided to rename the property to reflect its true and unique qualities and so this award is a testament to the dedication, passion and commitment of our team in delivering this experience to our guests,” comments Coetzer Deysel, General Manager at Naladhu Private Island, Anantara Dhigu and Anantara Veli.

“Naladhu Private Island Resort has been a favorite choice for travelers from all around the world for many years as it provides them with the luxury, exclusivity and privacy that they seek from a holiday in the Maldives. We measure our success by the high levels of returning guests who visit us year after year, treating Naladhu as their island paradise home.”

Naladhu Private Island Maldives, formerly known as Naladhu Maldives, pampers guests from the minute they arrive to be greeted by their own, personal, 24-hour on-call House Master. They experience the ultimate in barefoot luxury and secluded island living, staying in one of only 19 stylish and elegant houses or the island’s lavish 2-bedroom residence. Each island home blends colonial-style interiors, luxurious sophistication and above all offers complete intimacy and privacy.

In 2018, Naladhu Private Island will see a number of extra additions that will elevate it even further as the world leader, making the guest experience even more exquisite and unique.

Naladhu Private Island Maldives delivers foot-in-the-sand luxury, with days spent in hammocks fixed between palm trees or in lounge chairs on the private pristine white beach, nights at its world-class restaurant – The Living Room, which entertains a number of Michelin Star chefs from around the globe each year.

Anantara Resorts made a clean sweep of the Indian Ocean category as well, with Naladhu Private Island Maldives placing #1, Niyama Private Islands Maldives placing #2, Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas placing #12 and Anantara Veli Maldives Resort and Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort placing #17 and #18 respectively.

Anantara is a luxury hospitality brand for modern travelers, connecting them to genuine places, people and stories through personal experiences, and providing heartfelt hospitality in the world’s most exciting destinations across the world. From cosmopolitan cities to desert sands to lush islands, Anantara connects travelers to the indigenous, grounds them in authentic luxury, and hosts them with passionate expertise.

Greater at Anantara

In a nation famed for its reclusive reefs, the Maldives’ single-island resort concept has produced more than 100 little pieces of paradise for the ultimate tropical getaway.

In this sense, Anantara’s slice of South Male’ atoll is no different, offering the romance, the tranquility and the adventure of a Maldivian holiday in equal measure. However, at Anantara’s resorts just south of the capital, these qualities are spread across three different resorts, creating a unique neighbourhood of luxury; Greater Anantara.

Upon arrival at the airport, would-be Anantareans are taken to the resort’s airport lounge, before migrating south, past Male’ on the 35 minute trip to the cluster of islands they will make their home.

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Six islands, spread over 2.7km of coral on the eastern side of the atoll, provide options for families, couples and everyone inbetween. Dhigu – the largest of the three – features 110 family-sized beach villas and overwater suites; Veli, a few moments away caters to couples, with a range of rooms made for two; and Naladhu – the smallest of the three – offers around 20 ‘houses’ for those who really want to get comfortable.

Two ‘picnic islands’ – one with it’s own cafe for hungry snorkellers – as well as a staff island, complete the complex.

Dhigu is without doubt the heart of this coral community, housing four restaurants, the Aquafanatics water sports centre and the largest of the complex’s three spas.  It’s recently renovated water villas are particularly spacious, assisted by cavernous ceilings designed to resemble an upturned dhoni.

Dhigu - Sunset Overwater Suite

Sprouting northwards from the tip of the island, the water villas’ wall to wall windows frame spectacular sunsets and sunrises. Similarly, the island’s dining options serve up early morning sun at the Fushi Cafe, or residents can drink in the sunset at the poolside Aqua Bar on the opposite side of the island.

The Sea, Fire, Salt restaurant goes a little further west, bringing spectacular surf and turf over the reef, with ‘Salt Gurus’ on hand to change the way you feel about seasoning. Upstairs, those wishing to journey still further west can take in Italian cuisine at Terrazzo.

Dhigu dwellers looking for a new place to eat can use Greater Anantara’s transport service to Veli, taking a bicycle to the south of the island before hopping onto the cushioned ferry between the islands. Lazy hammocks and love hearts emerge from behind the tiny Moyo Island sandwiched in between, as do more of the island’s intimate water villas. Veli is Greater Anantara’s adults-only area, bringing ocean calm up the beach and into the island.

Photography: Naj
Photography: Naj
Photography: Naj
Photography: Naj

Breakfast and dinner buffets at the pavilion-style 73 degrees restaurant can be interspersed with poolside snacks at the Dhoni Bar, while Origami brings Japanese cuisine into the fold. As with Dhigu, the Veli suburb offers a range of activities, including cooking classes, watersports, and morning meditation and Yoga to kick-start a hard day’s relaxation.

Invitation only cocktails at the Orchid garden add further to the refined air of Veli, with countless Mr and Mrs’ having left their mark via wooden hearts decorating the area. Lying on a long jetty between Veli and Naladhu is the Baan Huraa restaurant – claimed to be arguably the finest Thai restaurant in the Maldives.

Naladhu itself is the smallest and the most-exclusive district in the Greater Anantara constellation. A large wooden door at the end of the long bridge from Veli is more Dungeons and Dragons than Sun and Surf, bringing an air of mystery to what is essentially a private, gated community.

Photography: Naj
Photography: Naj

This island is accessible only to residents, and no amount of riddles solved or duels won will gain you entry to this tranquil realm (residents have a key, while other Anantareans can book ahead for dinner on the island).

Twenty ‘houses’ – all named after local flora – are nestled along a weaving maze of sandy paths. Inside, a mixture of world styles furnish the apartments, making even the farthest flung traveller feel at home. Bookshelves are customised to the guests before their arrival and room service is available – 24/7 – at the touch of a button, leaving no impediment to the suburb’s glorious privacy. Enormous outdoor decking areas provide cinematic views from the outdoor bathroom, which leads into the generous pool.

Photography: Naj
Photography: Naj

The theme continues in the aptly named Living Room, where guests can live another Indian Ocean sunset as they enjoy a bottle from the restaurant’s impressive cellar – one of three in the community’s $500,000 wine treasury.

Whichever resort you choose to stay in, this tropical trio – Dhigu, Veli, and Naladhu – together provide a wide range of options to make your trip to Greater Anantara greater.

Anantara in the Maldives Wins Three Prestigious World Travel Awards

Anantara Resorts in the Maldives is in celebration mode once again, winning three of the top travel and tourism honours for the Maldives at this year’s 22nd annual World Travel Awards for Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Anantara has been making its mark in the global tourism arena as one of the top destinations in the Maldives for holidaymakers ever since the brand entered the country in 2006 with Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa. This was strengthened in 2008 when the adults-only resort of Anantara Veli welcomed its first guests, along with the bespoke services of the boutique resort Naladhu. In 2011, Anantara once again raised the bar with the all pool villa resort of Anantara Kihavah Villas. The World Travel Awards Gala Ceremony, held in the Seychelles on June 20th 2015, saw travel and tourism professionals acknowledging Anantara resorts with three of this year’s top awards for the Maldives.

Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa
Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa

Leading Spa Resort Brand in the Maldives; Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas

Rooted in the timeless healing traditions of the world’s richest cultures, Anantara Spas are designed to restore balance and harmony between body and mind in an oasis of beauty, grace and tranquillity. Intoxicating aromas of the world’s most exotic elixirs and oils are used in treatments designed to deliver radiance, healing and a quiet sense of inner and outer well-being. Receiving the awards on behalf of Anantara, Elizabeth Smailes, Area Director of Marketing Communications in the Maldives for Minor Hotel Group, says “It is an honour to win this prestigious award and to be recognised by our peers in the travel industry. This stands as a testament to the team members at Anantara Spas across the Maldives who continuously deliver a truly unique, indigenous and rejuvenating five star experience.”

Leading Water Villa Resort in the Maldives; Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa

Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa in the South Malé Atoll was recognised for its 40 Over Water Suites, offering a variety of sunset and sunrise views, as well as those with private pools. Torsten Richter, Cluster General Manager for Anantara Dhigu, Anantara Veli and Naladhu Resorts comments, “Almost everyone coming to the Maldives dreams of staying in an overwater accommodation, so this is a tremendous accolade to receive. World Travel Awards recognition is great for Anantara and for the Maldives as a destination. Our guests have become more sophisticated and more widely travelled than ever before, and we are already staying on the pulse by upgrading our water villas. When they fully re-open in October this year, I am confident the refurbished design will enhance the guest experience even further.”

Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa
Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa

Leading Villa Resort in the Maldives; Anantara Kihavah Villas

No stranger to global attribution, Anantara Kihavah Villas has been acknowledged with the ultimate accolade in the resort category this year, as Leading Villa Resort in the Maldives. Commenting on the award, General Manager Jean-Marc Ma-Poon says, “We couldn’t be more delighted with this acknowledgement from the travel industry professionals. It’s a fantastic affirmation for the professional dedication the resort team delivers, ensuring the villas not only look great, but are brought to life in a unique style. When the resort was initially designed, the synchronicity of four architectural and interior design companies kept the island’s environment of lush vegetation intact, harnessing its tropical nature and local culture to excellent advantage. It’s wonderful that four years after opening, our design teams continue to be recognised for their brilliant achievements and Anantara Kihavah Villas has proven itself to be a timeless leading resort in a highly competitive market.”

Anantara Kihavah Villas
Anantara Kihavah Villas

Considered one of the most respected and trusted sources in the travel and tourism industry, the World Travel Awards were established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the WTA brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire. Anantara Resorts in the Maldives will now move forward to the Grand Final held in Morocco later in the year.

For more information: //www.anantara.com/maldives/

Two-Star Michelin Chef Heiko Nieder Returns for a Special Appearance

Anantara and Naladhu Maldives are welcomes back Two-Star Michelin Chef Heiko Nieder to their kitchen for a two-night guest chef appearance in the first week of August 2015. Delighting epicurean travellers staying at Naladhu, Anantara Dhigu and Anantara Veli Resort & Spa in South Malé Atoll, Chef Heiko will create an exquisite nine-course tasting menu, served exclusively at The Living Room in Naladhu for two evenings.

Two-Star Michelin Chef Heiko Nieder with the Chefs of Naladhu Maldives
Two-Star Michelin Chef Heiko Nieder with the Chefs of Naladhu Maldives

The driving force since 2008 at The Restaurant in The Dolder Grand, Zurich, Chef Heiko is renowned for his fresh and innovative gourmet cuisine, and was awarded two Michelin stars in 2011. Further accolades include the Gault Millau since 2012 and for Chef Heiko personally in 2014 he was awarded the titles of “Best German Chef abroad” by Gault Millau Germany and “Le Grand Chef du Guide Bleu” by Guide Bleu 2014/15 for his culinary creations.

After training at the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten (Hamburg ) Heiko Nieder went to Le Canard Josef Viehhauser in Hamburg in 1994, and in 1995 to the Zur Traube for Dieter L. Kaufmann, Grevenbroich. In 1997 he joined Vau in Berlin. In 2002, he came as a chef in the l’ Orquivit in Bonn, where he was awarded the Michelin Guide of 2005 with his first Michelin star.

Naladhu Maldives
Naladhu Maldives

“Having watched documentaries on Chef Heiko and after the distinct pleasure of his first guest dinner with us in March this year, I admire his dedication to perfection, being under pressure every day to deliver a two-star Michelin experience,” compliments Torsten Richter, Cluster General Manager of Naladhu and Anantara Resorts in South Malé Atoll. “Chef Heiko has a contemporary plating style, which is in keeping with the elegant surrounds of The Living Room and timeless nature of Naladhu. It is an honour for us that Chef Heiko will be returning for special appearance, cooking solely for just 16 guests each night. It will be truly a memorable event, and one which places the Maldives high on the international map for culinary excellence.”

Q&A with Two-Star Michelin Chef Heiko Nieder

When did you know you wanted to be a chef?

My grandmother was a cook and she cooked wonderfully. As a child I would try to imitate her dishes, but I never actually wanted to become a cook myself. There was a risk of becoming thick…then while still at school I did the usual practical placement, working in the office for an import-export company. I quickly realized that I never wanted to work in an office, but the company was trading tea and vanilla, and those were the things that fascinated me. Shortly afterwards I helped a neighbour, who was a trained chef, to create a buffet. The work with food was so much fun and tasted so delicious…that’s when my decision was clear to become a Chef.

Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa
Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa

Name some inspirational mentors in your career and why?

All my kitchen chefs have taught me so many things, and each of them has made an impression on me in one way or another. And from there, you find your own way…but every good cook who has his own style has inspired and motivated me!

How do you describe your signature cooking style?

Light, modern cuisine with an extraordinary combination of flavours!

With two Michelin stars and “Germany’s Best Expatriate Chef” to your name, where does your creative inspiration come from?

I never want to be bored in my place of work. And in that quest, I would like our guests to have some participation. The search and discovery of new creations and combinations using the best ingredients is always exciting, but it should never be experimental just for the sake of showing off. The result should always be as if the unusual finds a natural yet surprising harmony together.

Seafood, Sea.Fire.Salt, Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa
Seafood, Sea.Fire.Salt, Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa

What was most surprising about your first visit to Anantara in the Maldives in March this year?

The knowledge, the enjoyment at the workplace, the quality of food and the work ethic of the whole kitchen team, from the Chef to the youngest member of the team, I was quite honestly extremely positively surprised. It was so much fun!

Is there a Maldivian ingredient or dish that has since then provided inspiration for your dishes?

There is a dish with smoked fish, coconut and a few other ingredients. It was a joy to eat and it stimulated my own ideas for a few new creations too. Which destinations have surprised you most as foodie hotspots? I find that in every country, every region has something for me to get excited about. There are great dishes to discover everywhere, you just have to find them, and when I do, I am the happiest person in the world!

Do you prefer to pair wine with food, or food with wine?

I prefer to have the dish first and then seek a wine to pair it with. But that’s because we do it that way here on a daily basis. The guests choose first the food and then the wine. The other way around is also fun though, and I do that more at home or for special guests.

What can guests at Anantara in the Maldives expect from your forthcoming visit?

An evening that will make your holiday, in addition to the great location…the islands, the resort, the amazing personnel, the Maldives alone….even more special and memorable!

Aerial view, Anantara Veli Resort & Spa
Anantara Veli Resort & Spa

Only 16 seats are available for this special event, so hurry up and reserve at [email protected]

Linger for longer in the Maldives

From romantic escapes to action-packed aquatic adventures, “Stay Longer” invites guests to live out their dreams in one of the world’s most coveted destinations.

Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa
Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa

Linger a little longer in your preferred Anantara Resort enjoying the natural wonders of azure waters, white beaches and colourful marine life, matched with personalised service. From three up to 10 nights’ accommodation poised over the ocean or on the beachfront with savings of up to 30%*; the longer guests stay, the greater the savings to spend on a wide choice of great experiences. Snorkel amidst colourful marine life, dive deep beneath the surface of the ocean to explore shipwrecks, revel in the thrill of mastering the waves surfing, discover a path of wellness with Yoga and Ayurveda, or relaxation and rejuvenation at Anantara Spa.

Deck chairs and infinity pool over amazing tropical lagoon
Deck chairs and infinity pool over amazing tropical lagoon

Escapes with Anantara are tailored to discover a destination that is anything but ordinary while simply enjoying quality time together. Book a Stay Longer Offer at your chosen Anantara resort in the Maldives and travel before August 31st to enjoy the special rates.

Over Water Pool Suite, Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa
Over Water Pool Suite, Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa

Recently recognized as the Leading International Resort Brand in the Maldives by the Maldives Travel Awards, it’s easy to see why. Choose your preferred Anantara resort in the Maldives on anantara.com and discover our Stay Longer Special Offers.

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73-Degrees-Ocean-Deck-Anantara-Veli-Resort-Spa.jpg

Naladhu Maldives releases 69 baby Green Turtles

Set on the island of Veligandu Huraa amidst a quintessential collection of beautiful island gems in the South Malé Atoll, Naladhu Maldives resort was host to a green turtle nest and the release of 69 baby turtles this month.

Marine Biologist Hamid Rad with 69 baby green turtles, Naladhu MaldivesOn March 6th, the female turtle swam into the lagoon under a full moon. As she crawled up Naladhu beach, one of the resort’s House Masters noticed the unusual guest and accompanied her to the favoured place on the island to lay her eggs – a shaded spot on the resort’s sunset beach. After digging a deep hole using her hind flappers and the turtle laid 71 eggs, buried them and returned to the ocean, under the care and attention of the resort House Masters.

Green Turtles being released at Naladhu Maldives
Green Turtles being released at Naladhu Maldives

With the help of the resident Marine Biologist, Hamid Rad, from a sister resort in the same lagoon, Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa, a cage was built around the nest to protect it from predators and unassuming guests walking on the beach. Under the watchful eyes of the Marine Biologist, the baby turtles appeared after 53 days incubation at 7:30am on April 28th, with only two eggs unhatched. Each hatchling emerged during a short period of time, burrowing their way to the surface and kicking off the last of their encrusted shells.

Baby green turtle entering the water, Naladhu Maldives
Baby green turtle entering the water, Naladhu Maldives

The 69 baby turtles were kept for a day under observation with the marine biologist on Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa and then released at dusk on the same day, from the same place as the nest. Naladhu guests were able partake in this experience by helping the Marine Biologist release the newly-born turtles into their new home, the ocean.

Naladhu Maldives
Naladhu Maldives

This last known turtle nest on Naladhu was in 2012. In one of the world’s most celebrated tropical havens, Naladhu Maldives offers a unique lifestyle to those who appreciate privacy, sophistication and charm of times past throughout 20 houses, each with a private pool and House Master to take care of the guests’ every whim. For more information about the resort, please visit www.naladhu.com

Anantara and Naladhu Maldives Invites you to a Merry Festive Season

Eat, drink, relax and be merry above and below the water with Anantara and Naladhu Maldives this festive season

Imagine spending the festive season this year in the world famous paradise of the Maldives. Picture yourself relaxing where the water is 29 degrees all year round, in a private sanctuary with or without a private pool, a step away from silky sands or perched directly above the azure Indian Ocean. Welcome to Anantara and Naladhu in the Maldives, where a festive escape in the sun and dreams of a white sand celebration are paired with memories for a lifetime across our resorts in Baa Atoll and South Malé Atoll.

A wide array of accommodation choices are complimented by the perfect festive experience at Anantara Kihavah Villas, Anantara Dhigu, Anantara Veli and Naladhu Maldives. Enjoy a Christmas Eve buffet dinner, serenaded by Atoll Angels Choir in Kihavah as well as Anantara Dhigu and Veli, where renowned African-American jazz and blues singer Coco York will also entertain guests with her resounding voice and captivating stage presence.

Create a Christmas snapshot that tells an unforgettable tale of Indian Ocean adventure with an “Underwater Photo Shoot”. Dive or snorkel into crystal clear waters and experience a thematically surreal world beneath the shimmering surface, where tropical fish swim around Anantara’s eco-friendly underwater Christmas trees made from coral. Unable to resist the fun and events, Santa Claus will also be making unusual entrances the delight guests young and old with presents and good cheer.

Anantara Veli Resort & Spa
Anantara Veli Resort & Spa

At Ananatara Kihavah, spoil yourselves with a connoisseur experience of dazzling ocean marine life without ever entering the water. Descend to Kihavah’s exclusive and signature underwater restaurant and wine cellar, Sea, for a gourmet dining experience like no other as kaleidoscopic sea creatures glide gracefully beyond the glass, in full view of the underwater coral Christmas tree.

Ushering in a new dawn and a new year full of adventures, in welcoming 2015 Anantara Kihavah will be bringing the Spice and Silk Routes to the island with dishes and decorations inspired by traders over the decades to a backdrop of modern Bollywood entertainment and midnight fireworks.

At our cluster of three resorts in South Malé Atoll, just 35 minutes by speedboat from Malé, at Anantara Veli the adults-only guests enjoy a “Simply White” themed night of sparkling elegance and entertainment, releasing lanterns into the sky at midnight. At Anantara Dhigu families, friends and couples can choose their favourite character from The Jungle Book and enjoy the “Bare Necessities of Life” to colourful decorations and delectable treats, counting down to fireworks as the clock strikes 12. Across the lagoon at Naladhu Maldives, Captain’s Table is the theme for a night of reverie and revelry under a star studded sky that will be illuminated with a firework display of unimaginable colours.

Spend the festive season in paradise and choose your dream experience at your choice of Anantara resorts and Naladhu Maldives.

Reservations can be made by contacting the Maldives Central Reservations office on [email protected]

Marine Biologist Joseph Lassus from French Caribbean Joins Anantara Kihavah Villas

Joseph Lassus is said to have been involved involved with a WWF project at the Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve, in Mexico before coming to Maldives.

“This opportunity to be the Marine Biologist at Anantara Kihavah Villas provides me with a perfect combination of teaching to dive and snorkel, which I love to share with guests, as well as continuing my research in exciting new fields of exploration and behavior associations of aquatic life. Here, I encounter completely different species to those I am familiar with from my native home in the French Caribbean, such as the Napoleon Wrasse, Clown Fish, and different coral. They all exist in a fragile community – one cannot survive without the other.”

Joseph Lassus, Marine Biologist, Anantara Kihavah Villas
Joseph Lassus, Marine Biologist

Maldives consists of 1,192 coral islands, approximately 200 of which are inhabited. Spread out over 26 natural atolls, each island is no more than 2m (7ft) above sea level. Baa Atoll, home to Anantara Kihavah Villas, is situated on the west of the Maldives’ atoll chain and comprises 75 islands. Located only 35 minutes by seaplane from Malé International Airport.

The coral reefs of the Maldives were first badly damaged in 1998, when shifting ocean patterns associated with El Niño raised sea level temps above 90 degrees. The result then was that 70 to 90 percent of the reefs surrounding the Maldives 26 atolls were badly “bleached,” the warm temperatures killing off the symbiotic algae that lives within the coral and gives it color. While since then many of the reefs have been recovering, according to a report by the Maldives-based Marine Research Center, another warming last year (2010) estimated that “10-15 percent of shallow reef coral is now completely white, while 50-70 percent has begun to pale.”

463 square miles of aquamarine Indian Ocean was recently named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Ever since Anantara Kihavah Villas’ opening in 2012, they have been dedicated to supporting the recovery, operating as an eco-conscious resort.

The arrival of marine biologist Joseph Lassus to Anantara Kihavah, means that guests can draw on his expert knowledge as they go into the depths of the ocean and discover the underwater world that lies underneath. Hosting presentations for guests in the mesmerizing surrounds of ‘Sea’ – the resort’s signature underwater restaurant, Joseph describes the natural aquarium through the glass walls as it envelopes the restaurant to provide a breathtaking 180 degree view of fish, turtles, sea eels with all their friends at play.

Guests can join Joseph on diving, snorkeling, dolphin discovery, turtle quest and manta excursions, or participate in coral transplanting and essential research snorkeling adventures, taking identification images of larger animals.

Coral reefs support a vast array of marine life and contribute to the livelihood of millions of people worldwide. As a nursery, home and supermarket for fish of all shapes and sizes, reefs are an important resource to protect for the future health of the ocean. These living barriers also act as a natural defence against beach erosion and wave destruction. Without reefs, island archipelagos like the Baa Atoll would eventually disappear.

Anantara is hugely committed to conserving the environment and is a Green Globe certified member. Green Globe is the global certification for sustainable tourism. It 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 is based in California, USA and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe is recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, supported by the United Nations World Tourism Organization.

The Green Globe Certification Standard consists of 41 criteria and 337 indicators. The main areas are:

Sustainable Management (Implement a Sustainability Management System, Legal Compliance, Employee Training, Customer Satisfaction, Accuracy of Promotional Materials, Local Zoning, Interpretation, Communications Strategy, Health & Safety)

Social / Economic (Community Development, Local Employment, Fair Trade, Support Local Entrepreneurs, Respect Local Communities, Exploitation, Equitable Hiring, Employee Protection, Basic Services)

Cultural Heritage (Code of Behaviour, Historical Artifacts, Protection of Sites, Incorporation of Culture)

Environmental (Conserving Resources, Reducing Pollution, Conserving Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Landscapes)

To date (Q4 2013), 16 resorts have been awarded Green Globe Certification:

Maldives:

Anantara Kihavah Villas
Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa
Anantara Veli Resort & Spa

Other countries include Thailand, Indonesia and United Arab Emirates.

Anantara projects:

Anantara is currently undergoing a huge expansion programme that will take the number of its properties up to around 50 by 2015. The range of Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas locations are in Thailand, Bali, UAE, Indian Ocean and China – means many different cultures, wildlife and environments. One thing that all of these places has in common, is the need to ensure that tourism is operated in a way that is sustainable for the people that live there and for future generations of residents and travellers.

Some of the projects to help the communities Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas belongs in:

– Anantara’s 365 Days of Good Deeds
– Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation
– The King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament
– Roy E. Heinecke Foundation

The Coral Adoption Programme

In its commitment to protect the environment, Anantara Kihavah Villas has initiated the Coral Adoption Programme, a long-term plan designed to share learning experiences with guests, accelerate the regeneration of coral growth in the atoll reef, and ultimately ensure the future of this unique Maldivian destination.

To experience the rich biodiversity of these undersea habitats with a visit to Anantara Kihavah Villas.