Patina Maldives celebrates World Ocean Day with craft, care
Unwavering in its pursuit of perpetuality, Patina Maldives, Fari Islands embraced the opportunity to engage guests and local community alike with an inspiring World Ocean Day programme encompassing hands-on conservation workshops, ocean-themed facepainting, and thought-provoking collaborative art projects.
Patina Hotels & Resorts’ passion for nurturing next-gen sustainable values in tomorrow’s travellers was in evidence at the local school on neighbouring island Gaafaru, as the resort’s aptly named resident marine biologist Oshin Christopher led a coral ceramics workshop. The schoolkids discovered how Patina Maldives and its ceramic tableware partner, Kevala Ceramics, successfully innovated handmade ceramic frames as a natural alternative to the metal frames traditionally used for coral propagation – before making their own, to be added to the 70-plus ceramic frames and structures already planted in the resort’s house reef to date.
Back at Patina Maldives’ pioneering children’s centre, Footprints – a place of discovery and inspiration powered entirely by Swimsol marine solar panels – younger resort guests took up a World Ocean Day poster-making challenge, using paints and marine cut-outs to fill a giant canvas with heartfelt slogans and moving depictions of the marine environment.
Older guests meanwhile were invited to take part in a collaborative art project, using pieces of recovered marine plastics, ghost gear and other recycled materials to transform a wire framework into a striking sculpture of a sea turtle. While this transformation took shape, the resort’s marine biology team gave a World Ocean Day presentation; kids enjoyed marine animal facepainting – complete with a photobooth to capture their new looks; and a special ocean-themed high tea and drinks were served.
As the sun set on World Ocean Day 2023, the kids’ giant canvas and the turtle sculpture were carefully relocated for display as a permeant, continually evolving installation in the resort’s Fari Marina Village, that will invite guests to contribute to its evolution with their own marine plastic and ghost gear finds. The sculpture will serve as a perpetual reminder of the urgent need to protect and restore our blue planet, and a testament to what can be achieved through collective action.
Rates at Patina Maldives, Fari Islands start from USD1,552 (approx. GBP1,245) per night based on two adults sharing a One Bedroom Pool Villa in June 2023, excluding tax and service. Receive 25% off villa accommodation with the ‘Summers at Patina Maldives’ package, plus complimentary half board, return airport boat transfers for stays of four consecutive nights or more, and complimentary Guest Benefits. Stay must be booked 30 days in advance. To book visit patinahotels.com/maldives-fari-islands, email firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. +960 4000 555.