We intend to leave this magnificent and unique part of the Maldives in a better state than when we arrived. We accomplish this through having a positive impact in the community and giving back via education, development, and service.
For a glimpse into the true Maldivian lifestyle, the hotel offers a cultural and environmental bike trip around the nearby community. We also provide guided tours to Utheemu Island, where you can see the Sultan Mohammad Thakurufaaru’s palace and learn about his significance in Maldivian history.
A pesticide-free mosquito management is on place at our resort! This program is part of our sustainability commitment since we strive to find alternative eco-friendly solutions to preserve the environment.
The tap water is supplied from a reverse osmosis desalination facility that meets the daily water demand. This water is completely safe to use for dental hygiene.
We proudly reduce our plastic waste by bottling our drinking water in reusable glass bottles. This will save up to 300 throwaway plastic bottles per day. Plastic trash is a well-known reality that is one of the world’s most serious challenges, particularly in the Maldives. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a waste-filled expanse measuring 1.6 million square kilometers, is the result of out-of-control plastic manufacture. This is why at The Barefoot Eco Hotel strives to discover sustainable alternatives to this impacting material. We hope this effort can directly influence our surrounding environment while inspiring our guests and the local community to spread the word. All wastewater is then treated onsite in a water treatment plant, and we use only biodegradable laundry detergents and cleaning supplies to ensure that the water is not harmful to the environment once it has been treated.
In order to be classified as an Eco Hotel The Barefoot limits its impact on the food importation system and aims to be as self-sufficient as possible. That’s why our farm-to-table fruits and veggies are being grown in the resort. We can drastically lower our carbon footprint as a result of importing items this manner.
Waste management is one of the biggest challenges in the Maldives and facilities to collect, segregate, and recycle materials are still scarce. We are working hard to limit the amount of plastic waste we generate.
We encourage our suppliers to reduce packaging when delivering provisions and we always order in bulk whenever possible.
Guests are invited to take disposable and hazardous waste items, such as plastic bottles, batteries and empty tubes, back to their own countries, where recycling facilities are available.
We eliminated single-use plastics at the resort, including all plastic bags and bottles. Guests are given paper and Yuta bags only. Plastic straws have been replaced with paper ones and plastic bottles have been replaced with glass ones. We don’t use plastic cutlery anymore but wooden one only. We also ask to our guests not to wrap their luggage in plastic as it produces unnecessary waste and will never biodegrade.
We also supply recyclable aluminum bottles to our staff members and compost some food waste into organic soil for the garden.
We use sustainably grown wood coming from responsibly managed forests; we use energy-efficient lighting in order to reduce the electricity consumption; air condition serves as a water heater using the heat exchanger inside. We aim to fully rely on solar panels to generate electricity in the coming future, limiting the use of diesel generators which is widespread and impacting in the Maldives.
We are highly encouraging our guests to control their water consumption, to switch off the air conditioner when leaving the window and door open and we encourage them to turn the lights off when they leave their rooms.