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Dusit Thani Maldives celebrates World Oceans Day 2012
11 Jun 2012
World Oceans Day is the biggest celebration of the ocean on the planet. It is held on the eighth day of every June and is recognised by the United Nations as an opportunity to celebrate, and improve the health of, the world’s oceans. World Oceans Day provides the opportunity to learn about ocean creatures and habitats, and recognise the need for conservation.
Dusit Thani Maldives plays its part in ensuring that the world’s oceans are protected for future generations by organizing fun, inspirational, and educational activities for both employees and guests in honour of World Oceans Day 2012. Activities such as Coral Replanting, Reef Cleaning, and Beach Cleaning were initiated with the hope of encouraging both guests and employees to love and respect the oceans, and the incredible biodiversity that resides within them.
As Lauren Arthur, resident marine biologist of Dusit Thani Maldives has said: “We hope we can inspire a generation of passionate marine conservationists through our initiatives, and it is for this next generation that we must protect the oceans and pass onto them a healthy and thriving marine environment that they can conserve.”
Dusit Thani Maldives has been taking significant steps in protecting the marine environment. “Our resort has the distinction of being located in a world-renowned UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, where the rich tropical waters are filled with a diverse array of marine life, namely seasonal gatherings of the gentle giants: manta rays and whale sharks,” says Niti Racharit, Resident Manager of Dusit Thani Maldives. “Our entire operation is geared toward achieving a carbon-neutral programme; we have been one of the leaders in sustainable resort development in the Maldives.”
In addition, Dusit Thani Maldives is focusing on pioneering green energy solutions to ensure minimal impact on the Maldivian environment. Dusit Thani Maldives invested in state-of-the-art engineering facilities such as: solar thermal heating; an onsite water-bottling factory to reduce one-way plastics; a diesel steam boiler using minimal electricity for laundry; LED (light emitting diode) lights in all guest areas; and many more green initiatives are in place throughout the resort. Biodegradables are used for composting, fertilising and landscaping. Meanwhile, restaurant staff cultivate a herb and vegetable garden, which helps lower the carbon footprint and reduce reliance on imported produce.
Dusit Thani Maldives boasts a prime spot in the country’s first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and the largest swimming pool in the Maldives. Accommodation includes 31 Beach Villas, 15 Beach Villas with private pool, 30 Lagoon Villas with private pool, 20 Ocean Villas with private pool, 2 Beach Residences with private pool and 2 Ocean Pavilions with private pool.
Additional amenities include international cuisine at the resorts restaurants and bars – Market, Benjarong, Sea Grill, Sand Bar and Sala Bar, as well as floodlit tennis courts, a fully equipped fitness studio with personal trainer & yoga instructor, a children’s play area and club facility, a library and a dive centre. The Dusit Thani Maldives is just 35-minutes from Malé by seaplane, and 10-minutes by speedboat from the new domestic airport.