We have embarked on an exciting new journey of sustainability. From creating new organic gardens to protecting our UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, we believe in Voting for the Planet.
Sustainability at Amilla Maldives
Eco Friendly Luxury Resorts
We work with our partners to ensure that we purchase items from responsible suppliers. We ensure our meat suppliers maintain a cruelty-free programme and we purchase items made of natural or recyclable materials wherever possible.
Amilla has successfully achieved Silver EarthCheck Certification for 2021! This places us as a leader in the unique worldwide group of sustainable tourism operators certified to the internationally recognised EarthCheck Company Standard with the exclusive EarthCheckTM seal of approval..
Manta Trust - Responsible Manta Tourism Operator
The Maldivian Manta Ray Project (MMRP) is the founding project of the Manta Trust. It consists of a country-wide network of dive instructors, biologists, communities, and tourism operators. We now help the MMRP collect data to contribute to their research around the country's manta population, its movements, and how the environment and tourism / human interactions affect them.
At Amilla, we strive to protect our reefs, as they are such an important and fragile ecosystem. Not everybody realizes it, but even just stepping on a bit of coral could kill it. You can help us preserve the reef by not standing on it and by being careful not to kick it with your fins when you snorkel. Reefs also help protect the island from erosion. The coral reefs in the Maldives (and worldwide) have been damaged a little due to rising sea temperatures, but we are working hard to bring ours back to health.
Don’t miss a visit to ‘Cluckingham Palace’ chicken coop, which we created to ensure you can enjoy the freshest of eggs, every day. Pop by to meet the ‘ladies’ and choose an egg for your breakfast too, if you fancy it! Their fancy pad is designed in the style of a traditional Maldivian House complete with joalis and undolis to swing in.
HOMEMADE @ AMILLA
Our signature programme helps us meet our sustainability goals by dramatically reducing food packaging through making as many products as we can in-house. Homemade at Amilla encompasses spa products made from our coconut oil and Homegrown plants as well as a range of food items for our kitchen such as yoghurt, jams and pickles. With your wellness in mind, we make a range of probiotic sodas including eight flavours of kombucha, as well as our very own plant-based milk.
HOMEGROWN @ AMILLA
We aim to reduce the impact that we have on the environment by growing fresh produce in our gardens. All islands in the Maldives have to import products from overseas, as they aren’t big enough for large-scale agriculture, plus the climate isn’t suitable for growing every type of fruit and vegetable our guests need. By producing as much as we can here rather than importing everything, we lower our carbon footprint. Take a closer look, and discover our Mystique Garden in the centre of the island, along with the banana plantation, ‘Sweet Spot’ sweet potato garden, and vegetable garden. We also have a large-scale hydroponics garden which aims to meet our kitchen’s salad leaf requirements.
The UN, short for ‘Undo the Harm’, is our centre for waste management. All resort waste is taken here, sorted, and processed accordingly. We crush glass and use it in cement for building works, prepare plastics for recycling through our partner Parley for the Oceans, compact paper, and, importantly, process food waste into nutritious compost for our gardens.
To decrease our carbon footprint and support the local economy, we choose to purchase from local suppliers as much as we can, to help support the local community.
Seeing a ‘Bodu Beru’ show is an enthralling cultural experience that Maldivians have developed over centuries and it’s still very popular today. Bodu Beru has African origins which are evident in the performance. Long ago‚ sailors‚ traders and shipwreck survivors from Africa settled in the Maldives along with others from India‚ Sri Lanka‚ Malaysia and Indonesia and they became the present-day Maldivians (there were no indigenous people living on these remote islands previously). The customs, ideas, and art that all these immigrants brought to the Maldives is reflected in ‘Bodu Beru’ as well as other aspects of the culture.
All drinking water at Amilla is created using reverse osmosis, otherwise known as ‘desalinization’. At Amilla, we have a deep water bore to collect water from the island’s water table. It’s less salty than seawater, therefore it takes less power to desalinize it. The water is processed through the plant before being pumped to a special drinking water plant, where it is re-mineralized and decanted into our glass water bottles. This eliminates the need for plastic bottles, which create waste. We also create our own sparkling water on site.
LEMONGRASS HOUSE AMENITIES
We partnered with Lemongrass House to bring you a range of natural and completely biodegradable bathroom products and amenities. Our signature amenities are specially crafted from 100% organic products and placed in ceramic containers so as to avoid single-use plastics. Amilla’s signature scent is a blend of tea tree, mint, and germanium which was been created for its antiviral and anti-bacterial properties.
To make the most of our gardens, we offer guests an opportunity to book a special foraging lunch experience. This activity sees you accompany our Chef and Wellness Guru through the gardens to collect fruit vegetables and more. You will then prepare and cook the bounty together, including making coconut milk from our sustainable supply of coconuts.
Our mushroom hut is growing delicious oyster mushrooms for your eating pleasure. Situated near Cluckingham Palace.
Our coconut processing facility has sustainability at its core. This dedicated facility utilises all the produce from the more than 2,500 coconut trees on our naturally lush island. Here, we make coconut oil, vinegar, milk, and cream as well as utilise the waste products to make nutritious coco peat for the gardens and for crafting.
PLASTIC’S NOT FANTASTIC
We’re working hand-in-hand with Parley for the Oceans on fighting plastic ocean waste. We use refillable ceramic containers for bathroom amenities and have banned plastic straws.
The Technical and Vocational Education Centre was established by the Coastline Foundation in 2017. It trains Maldivian youths and adults with no formal education in vocational skills for sustainable employment opportunities. TVEC also embeds social and personal development in the training.
The Maldives has so many talented musicians and performers that are largely unknown to the outside world at present. We love inviting Maldivian bands and DJs to Amilla to showcase their skills. We regularly have a Maldivian DJ on the decks but also you can also often catch Maldivian singers performing in a range of genres (subject to availability). It complements our line-up of foreign bands and DJs.
In the Maldives, the beaches change shape and size as a result of the seasons. Each island and each beach see their own specific changes. It’s important to keep as many plants as possible along the beach, as their roots hold the sand together and help protect buildings when the beaches shift. At Amilla, this means that we see a shift in the sand from season to season. We are working to reduce the impact on you, our guests, by creating sea walls, or groins, that prevent the sand from being moved as much.
OCEAN RECYCLED CLOTHING
We have an exciting range of rash shirts, caps, and clothing made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. The ‘Ocean-R’ range uses recycled ocean waste to produce bespoke clothing designed especially for Amilla. In fact, each shipment contains items made from 3,752 pieces of plastic bottles retrieved from the world’s oceans. Just one more step in helping the oceans to be plastic-free.
CRU Kafe Pods
CRU Kafe has been committed to running an ethically sustainable business and is continually striving to reduce its carbon footprint. Their coffee pods are organic, sustainable, and recyclable. Everything from the beans they source to the farms they work with and the products they create, are all designed to make you feel good about what’s going into your coffee.
OCEAN BOUND PLASTICS
We now have reusable food boxes for the kitchen as well as a range of bags and other items made from ocean-bound plastics. Many of these items will reduce plastic use on the resort as well as reduce the plastics entering the oceans. A double benefit.