Sustainability

FAIRMONT MALDIVES

FAIRMONT MALDIVES

Asset Class: Hospitality | Location: Maldives | Investment Year: 2016 | Room Keys: 120

Nestled on the secluded Shvaviyani Atoll, Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi (“Fairmont Maldives”) is a 120-villa luxury resort located in the far north of the Maldives. Fairmont Maldives is designed to connect visitors and guests with sustainability, natural beauty, and indulgent comfort.

As a Green Globe certified resort, Fairmont Maldives is internationally recognised for its strong sustainability initiatives, including deploying solar panels, reducing water consumption effectively, managing waste effectively, supporting the local communities, and being a strong advocate for marine biodiversity protection.

Solar Energy Generation

Fairmont Maldives installed its solar farm in 2018 and generated approximately 1MWp of solar energy through the installation of 3,307 corrosion-proof, marine-grade solar panels on 11 roofs. These solar panels supplement 12% of the resort’s daily energy needs (based on full occupancy) and saw a reduction of diesel consumption by around 245,000 litres a year.

In 2023, the resort will expand its solar generation capacity to 2,500 kWp with the installation of floating solar panels in a nearby lagoon one kilometer from shore. Supported by a 1.7MW capacity “grid-forming” battery, the expanded solar farm is expected to supply 40% of the resort’s daily energy needs. This is estimated to save around 930,000 litres of diesel a year as the resort will switch off its diesel generators for 9 to 10 hours during the daytime. When completed, the solar farm will potentially be the second largest in the Maldives.

Solar Panels at Fairmont Maldives

Biodiversity and Conservation

Turtle Ranger Programme

Turtle Ranger Programme

Fairmont Maldives partners with the Olive Ridley Project, a non-governmental organisation, to protect turtles by providing photo ID updates of all their turtle encounters. The resort enlists the help of their guests to take photos of turtles around the island, providing invaluable information about migration patterns to enhance conservation strategies.

Resort guests are also taught to safely release turtles when they hatch from their nests. Resort staff are alerted to locations of the nests before erecting barriers around them to avoid any potential disturbance. The barriers are subsequently removed when the baby turtles are ready to make their way to the sea. In FY2021, around 1,200 baby turtles were born on the resort’s beaches and released to the waters of the Indian Ocean through this programme.

Turtle Ranger Programme

Fairmont Maldives partners with the Olive Ridley Project, a non-governmental organisation, to protect turtles by providing photo ID updates of all their turtle encounters. The resort enlists the help of their guests to take photos of turtles around the island, providing invaluable information about migration patterns to enhance conservation strategies.

Resort guests are also taught to safely release turtles when they hatch from their nests. Resort staff are alerted to locations of the nests before erecting barriers around them to avoid any potential disturbance. The barriers are subsequently removed when the baby turtles are ready to make their way to the sea. In FY2021, around 1,200 baby turtles were born on the resort’s beaches and released to the waters of the Indian Ocean through this programme.

Turtle Ranger Programme

Manta Ray Trust

Manta Ray Trust

Fairmont Maldives collaborates with Manta Ray Trust, a non-governmental organisation, by providing photo ID updates of all their manta ray encounters while diving or snorkelling. Together, staff and guests have identified 30 unique manta rays since 2017, contributing to data that will help fill in the gaps on their migration patterns.

Three naturally occurring manta cleaning stations also attract many Manta Rays from all over the Maldives—fish gather at these corals and remove parasites from the manta rays.

Manta Ray Trust

Fairmont Maldives collaborates with Manta Ray Trust, a non-governmental organisation, by providing photo ID updates of all their manta ray encounters while diving or snorkelling. Together, staff and guests have identified 30 unique manta rays since 2017, contributing to data that will help fill in the gaps on their migration patterns.

Three naturally occurring manta cleaning stations also attract many Manta Rays from all over the Maldives—fish gather at these corals and remove parasites from the manta rays.

Manta Ray Trust

Coral Regeneration

Coral Regeneration

In FY2021, Fairmont Maldives introduced the Coral Nursery, a coral restoration programme, which allows resort guests to play an active role in propagating corals by donating a personalised coral frame. Notwithstanding the limited number of resort guests due to the pandemic restrictions, 12 personalised coral frames were sponsored by guests in FY2021 and placed in the Coralarium, leaving a positive footprint in the ocean. Resort guests are also continuously involved in the programme even after their departure as they will receive live coral updates from Fairmont Maldives’ resident marine biologists every three months.

Coral Regeneration

In FY2021, Fairmont Maldives introduced the Coral Nursery, a coral restoration programme, which allows resort guests to play an active role in propagating corals by donating a personalised coral frame. Notwithstanding the limited number of resort guests due to the pandemic restrictions, 12 personalised coral frames were sponsored by guests in FY2021 and placed in the Coralarium, leaving a positive footprint in the ocean. Resort guests are also continuously involved in the programme even after their departure as they will receive live coral updates from Fairmont Maldives’ resident marine biologists every three months.

Coral Regeneration

Towards Zero Waste

Sustainability Lab

Fairmont Maldives has launched the Sustainability Lab, with the mission to become the first recycling centre in the Shaviyani Atoll. Surrounding islands will be encouraged to collect, sort, and recycle their plastic waste by sending it to the Fairmont Maldives for conversion, as opposed to landfill or ocean disposal.

The Sustainability Lab features specialised machinery that transforms and repurposes plastic waste into usable products, including furniture. The resort has processed over 950 kg of plastic in the lab since the inception of the Sustainability Lab in December 2021, turning plastic waste into exquisite and unique furniture, useful stationery for local schools including rulers, clipboards, and carabiner hooks, as well as turtle-shaped luggage tags for guests.

The Sustainability Lab will become the centre of Fairmont Maldives’ wider sustainability initiatives, offering a variety of educational programmes and activities to provide guests with first-hand experience in conservation research. Guests can join the sustainability team to collect plastic waste before learning how to use the machines and make their own products, learning the importance of segregating and recycling plastic and how it can be repurposed to usable items.

Backyard Sustainability

Nestled in the resort is its very own sustainable backyard garden. Fairmont Maldives has its own chef’s garden which grows fresh greens to promote farm-to-table social movement. The resort’s on-site spa also uses herbs that are freshly picked from the herbs garden for treatments and spa amenities. To reduce waste generation, the gardens utilise the compost generated in the resort.

Against Single-Use Plastic

In 2019, Fairmont Maldives introduced the Turtle Savers Straws programme, eliminating single-use plastic straws and offering sustainable paper straws upon request.

Apart from that, the resort’s toiletries are ordered in bulk to reduce packaging waste by bottling them in reusable and sustainable packaging. To reduce the reliance on imported bottled water, Fairmont Maldives generates still and sparkling water for guests and staff by using Ecopure Water System, an on-site desalination plant. This initiative has seen an annual reduction of over 86,000 single-use plastic bottles for 2020 and 2021 combined, compared to previous years of operation.

Sustainability Lab

Turtle-shaped luggage tags made from plastic waste