Villa Resorts’ Sun Island and Royal Island Presented with Green Key Award

Sun Island Resort & Spa and Royal Island Resort & Spa – two Villa Hotels & Resorts properties- have become the first Maldives resorts to be awarded with the Green Key award.

A standard of excellence, the Green Key award represents a commitment by businesses that their tourism establishments adhere to the strict criteria as stipulated by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). The high environmental standards of the awardees are maintained through rigorous documentation and frequent audits.

Both Sun Island in South Ari Atoll and Royal Island in Baa Atoll, have measures in place to calculate carbon footprint annually, with targets to reduce carbon emissions and achieve carbon neutrality. Furthermore, environmental committees at the resorts help preserve nature and generate staff and guests’ awareness on social, cultural, economic, quality, human rights, health, and safety issues. In addition, the resort teams are actively monitoring the use of water and energy with planned actions to reduce them considerably.

The resorts’ teams also plan a variety of environmental events and activities to preserve nature and the surrounding underwater world to help further protect the environment, such as the StopPlasticPollution clean-up dive in their house reeves.

“To achieve the Green Key award, we maintained high environmental standards for our establishments through complex and rigorous documentation and frequent audits. Further, responsible teams comprehensively worked through stringent certification criteria to assure the resorts adhered to them, considering various factors such as sustainability, behavioural changes in guests, staff, and suppliers, social and economic considerations, and environmental conservation,” read a statement by Villa Hotels & Resorts. The resorts have also recently earned the WELL Health-Safety Rating seal through the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI).

Featured Image: Sun Island Resort & Spa


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