Eco-friendly island retreat opens @ the Maldives

- A Monitor Desk Report 07 Jan, 2019 | 764 Views | - +
Dhaka: An eco-conscious luxury hotel graces the Maldives as Crown and Champa Resorts opens its latest property - Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi in Lhayivani Atoll.

The resort has 15 villas which are fuelled by the sun. Each one has almost a thousand solar panels generating 300kW of electricity. Yuji Yamazaki Architecture has designed the island retreat. Architectural Digest has recognized it as one of the Hottest Designed Hotels in 2019.

An official from the resort said, “Traditionally, solar panels are hidden in discreet areas in the Maldives and it does not have any other function, but in Kudadoo, the photovoltaic roof is decidedly visible and becomes the icon of the place.”

Besides the solar panels, the hotel uses eco-conscious materials such as wood from forests in Indonesia, New Zealand, Canada, as well as locally-sourced timber from the Maldives.

By definition, the hotel steers clear of using single-use plastics. They ensure all of the usable material is biodegradable. This allowed the hotel’s architectural work to be more about natural lighting and airflow.

Adding to the ultimate luxury experience, there are personal butlers for each villa. In the sand lagoon, one-or two-bedroom residences are snuggled where visitors can stay. The villas make use of large and open spaces which follows the ‘open plan’, a designing method. The other highlights of the villas include Tasmanian Oak floors, an eco-cooling system, private outdoor decks and private infinity plunge pools.

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President, the Republic of Maldives, opened Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi, in December 2018.

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