LUX* Resorts & Hotels has stepped up its commitment to sustainable tourism in the Maldives. To show just how serious they are about it, the luxury hotel brand has unveiled several fresh initiatives which build on their existing Tread Lightly program.

The brand’s Aussie roadshow wraps up today with news that their flagship resort LUX* South Ari Atoll will lead the eco-friendly plans, followed by LUX* North Male Atoll, their new resort which will open in early 2019.

LUX Resorts & Hotels are already proud supporters of carbon offsetting, saving water, LED lights, locally sourced water with in-house bottling and towel and linen reuse but now they are taking things to the next level. Here’s how.
 

Energy Saving Solar

New technology harnessing solar energy using photovoltaic panels will be installed on accommodation within the resort and on a platform in the lagoon.

This unique Hybrid power generation technology reduces diesel generator consumption, while guests can follow the plants performance and comparative carbon footprint reduction live on TV.
 

The LUX* Underwater Festival

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A week-long celebration of marine conservation, underwater photography, workshops and scuba diving with PADI dive experts and Project AWARE founder, Dr. Drew Richardson will be held at LUX* South Ari Atoll from September 16-22.

The festival will include dive excursions with experts, a chance to try the latest underwater tech and education on what measures are being taken and how to protect our marine life and waters.
 

Having a Resident Marine Biologist

LUX* resident Marine Biologist Mark McMillan is leading coral regeneration in the region in partnership with other marine conservation groups, participating in debris and ghost net clean up along with plastic free initiatives.

Plastic straws have now been banned at LUX* properties.
 

Fish Houses

There’s something fishy going on at LUX* South Ari Atoll and guests love it.

Fish Houses using old recycled bath tubs have been designed and set down on nearby reefs to attract a variety of species to the area and to encourage inhabitation by our finny friends.
 

Island Cruisers

For a fun, healthy and more environmentally friendly form of transport, red Island Beach Cruiser electric bicycles have been introduced across the island.
 

Orchid Nursery

A peaceful oasis of tranquility has been created by resident horticulturalists at LUX* South Ari Atoll.

Be taken on a tour along the winding paths and herb gardens, to discover over seven varieties of orchids that have been nursed there.
 

Wellbeing Expert Led Workshops

Every month leading specialists from around the world host a range of workshops from marine conservation to stargazing, photography to nutrition and yoga, sharing their unique knowledge and skills with guests.
 

LUX* North Male Atoll launching January 2019

LUX* Resorts sustainable tourism philosophy and Tread lightly program will be mirrored at the new launch LUX* North Male Atoll on Olhahali Picnic Island.

The all-inclusive resort will feature 67 penthouse villas with solar roof panelling, energy saving cooling systems, recycling systems to reduce waste and eco-friendly water heating systems.

In fact, all hot water across the island will be generated solely by recycling water to create steam.

Each villa will feature a private butler, pool and expansive rooftop Sky-Lounge, for indoor-outdoor living.

Whether dining under the sea in the wall-to-wall aquarium at The Barium private dining room, chic Beach Rouge, or INTI with its Peruvian and Japanese cuisine, expect to see glass bottles, plastic straw free options and eco-friendly décor choices throughout.

Keep up to date with LUX* at www.luxresorts.com.

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