Park Hyatt Hadahaa Maldives welcomes Resident Marine Biologist & Earth Check Coordinator: Ciara McCarten

Source: Maldives Promotion House

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A great deal of attention has been given to the protection and sustainability of the environment and Maldivian Resorts have taken extra steps to be at the forefront of this movement. In accordance with this, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa has introduced Ciara McCarten as its new resident Marine Biologist & Earth Check Coordinator.

Ciara would be offering weekly workshops and courses to measure coral, identify marine life and estimate fish stock, which would help in educating guests, staff and even local islanders on how to preserve, protect and sustain the environment. In addition to this CiaraPark-Hyatt-Maldives-Hadahaa-Scuba-Diving would also be carrying out weekly reef fish surveys to support the Darwin Initiative and Marine Conservation Society UK ‘ Darwin Reef Fish Project”. Guests, staff and locals also have the opportunity to participate in the Darwin Reef Fish Project and assist Ciara with surveys of the health and biodiversity of the reef.

Ciara McCarten expressed that she was delighted and excited to be joining an organization such as Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa that has a strong commitment to the environment.  She is also thrilled to be working so close to an environment with high levels of biodiversity and believes that hiring her is a strong poof of the resorts conservation initiatives.

Park Hyatt

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa Pool SidePark Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa located 400 km south of the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport in the North Huvadhoo Atoll. The only property of Park Hyatt brand in Maldives, this amazing resort epitomizes what the Park Hyatt brand stands for: elegance, luxury and comfort.  The surrounding Hadahaa reef is said to be one of the healthiest reefs in the world with a wide array of marine life and topography of coral unlike any other.  There are over 125 endangered species including coral in the Hadahaa Reef. It is also home to several species of stingray and sharks and the endangered Hawksbill Turtles and Napoleon Wrasses.

Island SpaPark Hyatt is the first resort in the Maldives to follow the EarthCheck certification standards for construction and operations.  The resort also takes great initiative to minimize its effects on the earth’s environment by employing energy saving techniques, water conservation, solid waste management and community initiatives. 

Jumeirah Maldives launches “Low Miles” Menu

Jumeirah logoJumeirah Vittaveli and Jumeirah Dhevanafushi have started a special “low miles menu” in their respective restaurants. Unveiled in their luxurious restaurants of Azara and Samsara, this menu is designed to lessen the carbon footprint of the hotel while providing quality service.

In accordance to the brands on-going commitment to lessen its impact on the environment, the menu’s which were created by Jumeirah Maldives chefs are designed to provide a culinary experience with a conscience. Highlighting the impacts a restaurant could have on the environment, the chefs at the renowned restaurants created low miles menu out of genuine concern for its surrounding environment.

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This new initiative, based on the concept of responsible luxury, intends to make most of the local fresh ingredients available of its nearby surroundings.  While providing a distinctive and delicious traditional cuisine, the chefs are also able to ensure minimal air and sea miles are required to bring in the ingredients needed for the menu. This in turn would minimize the harmful greenhouse gas emissions released into the atmosphere during the transportation of the food.

The low miles menu compromises of a sustainable and delicious culinary experience with dishes such as Reef Fish Pappillote with vegetables, Coconut and Chili or Mild Yellow Fish Curry with Chapatti, Mango Chutney and Local Herb Salad. For desserts guests can tuck into to an authentic Maldivian Fruit Cocktail served with a Biscuit and also a Local Custard Cream or Friend Local Banana Fritters served with Island made Coconut Ice Cream. Jumeirah Vittaveli guests can also enjoy this amazing menu as part of destination dining with multiple setting such as a private romantic dinner at the beach or a celebration with a group of friends.

The Azara Restaurant of Jumeirah Dhevanafushi is a food lover’s heaven. International jumeirah-dhevanafushi-azara-03-hero-300x119cuisines are served among the brilliant backdrop of the Maldivian landscape. Feast for your hearts delight with the restaurants a la carte menu’s while enjoying the sophisticated beauty of the Maldivian beach.  Its sister restaurant Samsara in Jumeirah Vittaveli is equally impressive.  With views off the dazzling Indian Ocean, diners can indulge in an exciting mixture of Maldivian delicacies.  Impressive choices are available at this world class restaurant suitable for all types of food aficionados.

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Maldives well represented in the Seven Star Global Luxury Awards

Source: Seven Star Global Luxury Awards

Signum Virtutis

Continuing their good form in the awards ceremonies, Maldives resorts and the destination itself has been nominated for several awards in the most prestigious awards in the travel industry. Maldives has been nominated in the “Seven Star Destination Winner” category along with 21 other destination that include: Abu Dhabi, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Dubai, Fiji , France, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Jamaica, Mauritius, Mexico, Peru, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, St Lucia, Turkey and Turks & Caicos.

The awards to be held at the Villa Padierna Palace Hotel, Marbella, Spain on the 28th of June 2013. Seven Star Global Luxury awards points out that only the pinnacle of luxury enters the its ranks and to be nominated by itself is a huge accomplishment in itself to the Maldives.  The Seven Star Global Luxury Awards recognizes extraordinary achievements in the Hospitality and lifestyle sector by bestowing the Signum Virtutis – the seal of excellence. With this consumers are guaranteed that the service providers are truly the best in their field.

In addition to being nominated in the destinations category, several resorts of the Maldives have also been nominated in the resorts and hotel category.  With over 22 nominees representing several of the most famous and luxurious properties in the Maldives, it is one of the most well represented destination in this country. Resorts that are nominated include: Ayada Maldives, Banyan Tree Maldives, Baros Maldives, Coco Palm Bodu Hithi, Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, Cocp Palm Kuda Hithi, Conrad Maldives, Diamonds Thundufushi, Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Maldives, Kanuhura Maldives, Jumeirah Dhevanafushi, Jumeirah Vittaveli Maldives,  Lux* Maldives, Niyama , One and Only Reethi Rah Maldives, Park Hyatt, Shangri-la Villingili Resort & Spa, Sheraton Maldives, Soneva Gili, The Haven Paradise Island Resort, Vadoo and W Maldives.

The world famous spas of Maldives have also a good representation in the awards Seven Star Spa’s Nominations. Eight different spas of the country which include the famous LIME Spa of Huvafenfushi and the Ananatara Veli Spa are carrying the country’s flag high in this award ceremony.

Being nominated alone for an accolade of this nature indicates that the Maldives has been gaining popularity among its visitors and would serve as a guarantee to its visitors to quality of the resorts that are established in this beautiful country.