Coco Bodu Hithi Maldives earns Travelife Gold certification
Coco Bodu Hithi resort has earned the prestigious Travelife Gold certification for its sustainability efforts.
Travelife is an international certification system that promotes sustainability within the tourism industry by monitoring social and environmental impacts.
“This achievement is celebrated by each and every associate on our team! Coco Bodu Hithi is the ideal retreat for the romantics looking to get away from the hassle of it all,” said Georgios Papazoglou, General Manager.
“At the same time, it is a haven for the conscious travellers seeking to make their holiday matter. This certification puts us on the map with islands that are committed to making holidays greener.”
During the process that led up to this achievement, the operations of the island were carefully assessed by the Travelife team, taking into account 150 sustainability criteria. These included environmental policies to minimise waste, energy and water consumption.
According to the resort, to become more energy efficient, Coco Bodu Hithi has replaced incandescent bulbs with LED lights and controlled public area and pathway lights with photocell and timers.
“The amount of waste produced has been controlled by creating natural compost for the lush gardens around the island. Additionally, the resort utilises various water-saving methods; including collecting rainwater to underground tanks and re-using treated non-toxic sewerage water for gardening purposes,” the resort said in a statement.
“Coco Bodu Hithi came up strong with further measures to protect the marine environment through the initiatives of a dedicated marine biology team.”
The resort says that contribution to several key projects such as the sea turtle and manta ray identification project has put the island at the top of the list of research submitters identifying the behavioural patterns of these fragile species.
“Furthermore, Coco Bodu Hithi is very keen on communicating the environmental policies and the conservation initiatives.”
Citizen science projects have become a norm on the island with the contribution of guests, either by submitting identification pictures of marine life, planting coral nurseries, or taking part in the reef cleaning activities.
Coco Collection has also teamed up with the Olive Ridley Project to reduce the effects of ghost nets on marine life.
Phase one includes a turtle rescue centre at Coco Palm, the portfolio’s property in Baa atoll, with phase two seeing the construction of another centre at Coco Bodu Hithi.
According to the resort, guests also have played a tremendous role in supporting this initiative through generous contributions through direct donations and the purchase of plush turtle toys.
Other recent developments in the green arena include, both Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu being picked by Green Pearls, a portfolio of sustainable and unique places worldwide.
“The members of the portfolio show a large diversity of different approaches to sustainability. But they all have one thing in common: they guarantee a dedication to the social balance of their respective vacation area, and both Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu are proud to be associated with this,” the resort said.
Coco Collection’s portfolio comprises three distinct brands, Coco Resorts: Retreats, Coco Palm and Coco Privé.
The Coco Resorts: Retreats includes the luxury resort Coco Bodu Hithi; Coco Palm features the environmentally conscious escape Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu; and Coco Privé consists of the private and exclusive Coco Privé Kuda Hithi Island.
Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu are both members of Preferred Hotels & Resorts.