Content by: Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa – www.maldives.hadahaa.park.hyatt.com
Posted by: Eco-Question Editor
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- Timothy Roberts
Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa – www.maldives.hadahaa.park.hyatt.com
Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa – Hyatt’s first 5-star luxury hotel in the Maldives – is situated on a pristine island 400 kilometers south of Malé in the North Huvadhoo (Gaafu Alifu) Atoll, one of the largest and deepest atolls in the world.
50 villas are luxuriously designed and furnished to ensure guest comfort and privacy, whilst maintaining environmental sensitivity. Nestled within the natural vegetation and only a few steps from the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean are 16 Park Villas and 20 Park Pool villas, with a further 14 Park Water Villas all enjoying direct access to the coral-filled waters below and breathtaking panoramic sunset views.
PHMH was the first resort in the Maldives to commit to the EarthCheck principles throughout the design, planning and construction phases for the environmental sensitivity it displayed and has recently achieved Silver EarthCheck accreditation.
The resort takes great care to minimize its effect on the environment by energy saving initiatives, water conservation, solid waste management and community & economic initiatives.
Ecoluxury – the resort is a qualified member in the category of ‘Seaside Resorts & Private Islands’ and successfully completed the Ecoluxury Compliance Audit achieving 3 out of 3 Tents.
It recently won the coveted 2012 Green GOOD Design Award from The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.
Magnificent House Reef
During the design and planning of the resort, great care was taken in trying to construct in and around the island’s vegetation with minimal damage to the environment.
There were no channels made in their House Reef so an incredibly rich and untouched reef encircles the entire island – as a result they have beautiful sandy beach which encompasses the whole island too.
There are approximately 250 coral species and a 1,200 species of fish found on their house reef.
Diving – several species of sharks, critically endangered Hawksbill turtles and Napoleon wrasse are regularly seen in this atoll and their reef.
Dive sites in this atoll are continuously being found. Dive sites are not crowded due to the sheer number of available sites and the limited number of resorts within our atoll. This undiscovered underwater treasure is undamaged and pristine.
Moreover, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa bottle all of their water onsite so they use no plastic bottles which save them from disposing of about 100,000 plastic bottles per year – Their water is a product of the classic crystal purification system and all the bottles are re-usable. They also place a green preference card in each of their villas which gives guests the option (if they place it on their beds) to have their linens and towels cleaned every other day instead of everyday.
Silver EarthCheck Certification
Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa was the first property in the Maldives to follow the EarthCheck Planning and Design Standards during construction, which resulted in the resort becoming bronze benchmarked in 2009 by EarthCheck – the world’s leading sustainable travel and tourism certification organisation. Following an extensive audit in 2011, the resort has now reached the programme’s coveted Silver certification.
Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa was highly commended by EarthCheck for the resort’s strong environmental and social responsibility programme, in particular for having an established system for energy conservation, coral and endangered species protection, solid waste management, using natural materials, community initiatives, and the resort’s dedication to guiding and encouraging local agriculture. The audit also identified local employment at the resort exceeds the Government requirements – one of the few properties in the south of the Maldives, it has dramatically increased employment opportunities in this region of the country.
Arabella Willing, Resident Marine Biologist and EarthCheck Coordinator commented: “As one of only three resorts in the Maldives to have reached this level, we are extremely proud of the achievement and are delighted that our ongoing commitment to the environment has been recognised by EarthCheck. We are aware that we have a big responsibility to continue our growth as a sustainable company, and we will therefore continue to work closely with EarthCheck to maintain and develop our environmental and social responsibility programmes.”
This achievement follows the recent launch of the Hadahaa Community Project, which enables employees to continue to contribute to their communities despite living away from home, demonstrating their commitment to Hyatt Thrive, the company’s global corporate responsibility platform.
Learn more on: Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa Case Study for EarthCheck
2012 Green GOOD DESIGN AWARD
The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design have joined forces on two continents to present an innovative and challenging new public award. The Green GOOD DESIGN category identifies the world’s most pioneering examples of sustainable design, and highlights the companies that showcase an ongoing commitment to preserving the environment.
As the Hyatt Group’s first sustainable tourism development, the primary objective was to ensure that the resort was planned, designed and built in an environmentally sensitive manner. Designed by SCDA Architects of Singapore, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa creatively blends architecturally innovative design with strict environmental standards. The resort is made up of 50 luxurious and contemporary villas, each carefully constructed to ensure no damage to the surrounding coral reef, to the island’s natural vegetation or to the resort’s pristine shoreline.
The first property in the Maldives to commit to the EarthCheck Planning and Design Standards during construction, the interiors include natural timber and stone to reflect the lush, indigenous surroundings and infuse contemporary design with traditional Maldivian elements. The resort site also has a very low building and infrastructure coverage area to preserve the island, and the general areas have been orientated to best deal with the tropical climate.
During operation, the resort also takes great care to minimize its effect on the environment, enhance the Maldivian experience and to be as energy efficient as possible. Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa therefore remains committed to energy saving techniques, water conservation, biodiversity protection, solid waste management and ongoing community initiatives.
Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa is proud to have successfully completed the EcoLuxury Compliance Audit, achieving a maximum number of Golden Tents. The resort is now recognised as a qualified member in the ‘EcoLuxury Seaside Resorts & Private Islands’ category.
EcoLuxury showcases retreats around the world that are wholly committed to reducing their impact on nature, while still offering the highest level of luxury. The EcoLuxury Compliance Audit focuses on four distinct categories – Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Energy; Culture and Heritage; Social Responsibility and Responsible Procurement; and Hospitality Experience. Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa successfully achieved a result of 75% – 95% in all four categories.
The resort also regularly participates in Earth Hour, the largest environmental event organised by WWF, which unites millions across the globe and raises awareness about the need to take action on climate change. In addition, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa’s relationship with the local communities remains strong. Currently more than 55% of the resort’s employees are Maldivian, of which a large proportion come from the surrounding islands in the south, and guests are encouraged to interact with the local communities and learn about their environment, though a variety of excursions and workshops.
The Vidhun Spa has also been custom-designed to embrace the local culture and environment, and provide an authentic and indigenous Maldivian healing experience. The spa blends the pure beauty of the southern islands, fresh, native fruits and herbs, with the power and history of Maldivian wellness. Local elements used include fresh plants and herbs of the Maldives such as the national fruit, Coconut, and the national flower, the Rose.
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