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.
Eco Friendly Luxury Resorts
In the Maldives, the beaches change shape and size as a result of the monsoons. 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.
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 sea water, 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.
HOMEMADE @ AMILLA
This signature programme helps our sustainability goals by dramatically reducing food packaging by 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 via Homegrown@Amilla rather than importing everything, we lower our carbon footprint. If you’d like to take a closer look, you can 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 at the southern end of the island which aims to meet the resort kitchen’s salad leaf requirements.
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.
LEMONGRASS HOUSE AMENITIES
We are 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.
Amilla works with our supply partners to ensure that items are purchased 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.
To make the most of our gardens we offer an opportunity for you 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.
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.
Our mushroom hut is growing delicious oyster mushrooms for your eating pleasure. Situated near Cluckingham Palace.
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 completed with Joali’s and Undoli’s for swinging in.
Our coconut processing facility is sustainability at its core. This dedicated facility utilises all the produce from the more than 2500 coconut trees on our naturally lush island. The facility makes coconut oil, vinegar, milk, and cream as well as utilising the waste products to make nutritious coco peat for the gardens and crafts.
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.
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.
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.
We are working our way to get certified by EarthCheck " the world’s leading scientific benchmarking certification and advisory group for the travel and tourism industry" with an audit scheduled for September 2021.
OCEANR 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.
OCEAN BOUND PLASTICS
We have just received our reusable food boxes for the kitchen as well as the 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 reducing the plastics entering the oceans. A double benefit.