The trend for purposeful, responsible travel has a new champion in Patina Maldives, Fari Islands, a luxury archipelago retreat launching later this year built on nurturing sustainable values and a “commitment to perpetuity”.
While it’s easy to dismiss buzzwords, the Patina Maldives has gone above and beyond to prove its dedication to sustainable travel, which is just as well as the Maldives is under severe threat of rising sea levels as a consequence of climate change.
During construction, locally sourced, biodegradable and reusable materials are being incorporated wherever possible (all timber is FSC-certified and sourced from 100 percent transparent supply chains), while all 1,600 workers have been given refillable water bottles to minimise rubbish.
Going forward, all drinking water on the island will be produced and bottled in-house with on-island water bottling plant, Nordaq.
A solar plant by Swimsol (a company specialising in marine offshore solar panels and also the leading solar panel provider in the Maldives) serves as a source of renewable energy, with aims to provide 50 per cent of the resort’s needs by 2030.
This is supported by the Patina Maldives’ participation in global “carbon sequester” programmes that neutralise its carbon output. Future plans include investing in long-term Blue carbon partnerships and a solar-powered transportation fleet.
Marco den Ouden, general manager of the Patina Maldives, Fari Islands, says: “Patina Maldives, Fari Islands, is well aware of the global challenges that are affecting the worldwide carbon footprint. Our archipelago at Fari Islands provides us with a scalable opportunity to positively impact our construction, supply chain, operational standards, marine biosphere, and most importantly, community, directly.
“This has been our driving intent and the main inspiration for ‘perpetuality’, our ethos. It will continue to help us identify targeted and innovative collaborations in the near- and long-term future.
“We are humbled and impressed with the global knowledge and support that we have received from our partners thus far, and remain positive about their perpetual contributions to Patina Maldives now and in times ahead.”
Sought-after for its crystal clear waters and bright blue hues, it comes as no surprise that Patina Maldives is on a mission to tackle ocean pollution. Leading regular guest and team beach clean-ups both on site and on neighbouring local islands, Patina is striving for 10kg of marine plastic to be collected for every stay, which is then cleaned and repurposed into Parley ocean plastic material.
The hotel has also set out to implement a comprehensive coral propagation project, helping to establish the Fari Islands as a new standard-bearer for marine conservation in the Maldives. Guests will also have the chance to learn more about the resort’s partnership with the Olive Ridley Project, and will be encouraged to adopt a sea turtle during their stay.
Based on the nose-to-tail, root-to-leaf principle, all food served at Patina Maldives not only is prepared to minimises waste, but also advocates the benefits of a eating a plant-based diet. The premises’ on-island organic permaculture garden reduces greenhouse gas emissions and houses fresh produce where guests are invited to forage its vegetables and herbs.
Regenerative, Renewable, Reusable
As part of Patina Maldives’ commitment towards renewable energy, plans are in place to expand its solar plant to provide 50 percent of the resort’s energy needs by 2030, with future plans including investment in Blue carbon partnerships and a solar-powered transportation fleet.