Reethi Faru has been conscious of the importance of protecting the environment, be it on the island or under water, since the development phase of the resort. The design focused on creating a luxurious tropical accommodation experience while upholding the high standards required of an eco-resort in the Maldives and internationally. Use of renewable energy, waste segregation, coral propagation are just a few of the projects the Reethi Faru team is committed to.
In specially equipped greenhouses and on dedicated patches of land on Reethi Faru, vegetables and fruit are grown as a part of the daily requirement for guests and staff. Cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, leaf salads and herbs can be found in controlled environments, papaya and passion fruit grow semi-wild. Whenever possible, the remainder of the fresh produce is purchased from local agricultural enterprises.
With around 3,000 photovoltaic cells installed on the roofs of virtually all buildings in the back of house, Reethi Faru currently operates one of the largest such installations in the country. Producing around 1 MW/h, directly supplied to the resort’s energy grid, the system helps to significantly reduce the use of fossil fuels.
Maldives is known to be home to one of the most elegant and mesmerizing creatures underwater, manta rays. The South Asian Monsoon brings in copious amounts of plankton that the manta rays seek out and feed on en masse. By creating a photo identification process, these creatures can be better understood and studied. In collaboration with Manta Trust, Reethi Faru Resort has started a Manta ID Project. Each manta has unique spots on the underside, the ventral side, which are used to identify the individual. These photos are sent to the Manta Trust, who then provide us with information on that particular individual (for example, sex, small-scale movement patterns, migratory patterns, etc.). This is our effort to contribute to the larger mission of the Manta Trust to drive the global conservation of manta rays and their habitat.
Guests who go out on manta snorkel and/ or dive trips with our dive team, Sea Explorer, are encouraged to capture and share their images with our marine biologist.
To produce sweet water, seawater is treated in a reverse osmosis (RO) process. Various stages of filtration are employed for tap water and drinking water, over all around 250 tons each day. Water samples are regularly sent to a laboratory for testing.
The resort currently produces 100% of the Mushroom consumption in-house, with the farming done inside a temperature-controlled room. With a harvest span of around a month, the resort is currently experimenting and growing three distinct types of mushrooms on the island.