You probably didn’t think it possible for pioneering sustainability and unashamed luxury to go so seamlessly hand in hand? Well, we’re out to make you think twice with this twin-island luxury holiday in the Maldives, where we pair two island resorts that have both the planet and their guests at their heart.

Like a perfect oval of sandy serenity floating in a bath of deep Indian Ocean blue, Kudadoo is an island the likes of Robinson Crusoe and Tom Hanks (during his Cast Away days) would find themselves stranded on. Its blink-and-you-miss-it size only adds to its appeal – it takes ten minutes on foot to circle its entire circumference – especially when you consider the resort aims to have an even smaller footprint than the island itself. You’ll be staying at the first fully solar-powered resort in the Maldives when it opened in 2018. Everything has taken the environment into consideration, from glass-bottled water supplied from a nearby desalination plant to teaming up with manta ray and sea turtle conservation projects.

What’s most impressive is Kudadoo’s eco-ethos doesn’t shortchange you on opulence. The resort’s triple-A promise – anything, anytime, anywhere – is Maldives sustainable tourism on a completely new level. This where anything goes and you’re in charge: fancy a floating breakfast in your private infinity pool? No problem. Keen to get up early for a diving adventure at sunrise? Absolutely. Want to escape to a deserted sandbank for a while on your beach holiday in the Maldives? Of course. Your twenty-four-seven butler is there to make it happen.

You’ll then hop over to Patina Maldives in the far-flung Fari Islands, a resort that saw Kudadoo’s pioneering sustainability and followed in its footsteps. Melding a green ethos with a modernist design and pieces of expressive art sprinkled between the palms and sandy pathways, Patina Maldives has gone above and beyond in its quest for conservation. It has transplanted trees from nearby islands that were due to be cleared for industrial use, used only FSC-certified timber in its construction and grows organic produce in its permaculture garden. Even the cocktails here are designed to be low-carbon, ideal for a luxury honeymoon with a conscience.

Like Kudadoo, Patina ensures it still delivers lavish luxury at full pelt. You’ll have twelve restaurants to dine from during your stay, with its signature eatery being the plant-based Roots, and a tidal wave of water sports to perfect, while its Flow Spa is a tranquil temple devoted to total relaxation. But of course, there’s a green angle to much of what goes on at Patina Maldives and you can play a starring role, whether it’s contributing to its coral seeding programme, beach clean-ups or cruises with the resort’s in-house marine biologist. Sustainability has never looked so cool.

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Experience highlights

  • Stay at Kudadoo, the first fully solar-powered resort in the Maldives. A pin-prick of a sandy island floating in the Maldives’ Lhaviyani Atoll, this is where sustainability and luxury go hand in hand like nowhere else
  • Kudadoo’s ‘Anything, Anytime, Anywhere’ concept offers the ultimate flexibility on your island escape. Whether it’s a top-end takeaway in your villa, dinner by candlelight on the beach or a gourmet picnic on an isolated sandbar, the choice really is yours.
  • The things you can get up to at Kudadoo are equally as limitless, from dolphin-spotting trips to diving alongside manta rays and treatments in its Himalayan salt cave – the first of its kind in the Maldives.
  • Your second stay, Patina Maldives, both looks good and does good. From giving each of its 1,600 construction workers a reusable water bottle so there’d be no single-use plastics from the beginning to ambitions to become 50% solar-powered by 2030, this is a resort with nature at its core.
  • Embark on an innovative tasting tour of the world at Patina’s twelve restaurants. Feast on Patagonian cuisine at Brasa, pair Asian creations with craft beers at Wok Society and try toes-in-the-sand Aegean food at Helios. Plus, there’s free ice cream all day at Tuk Tuk Gelato – what’s not to love?
  • Give something meaningful back to this Maldivian paradise with Patina’s range of eco experiences. You can contribute to an artificial reef and explore the nearby rich underwater worlds by boat, with the resort’s marine biologist revealing all about this beautiful but fragile environment.
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Experience highlights

Take a seaplane flight from Malé to Kudadoo in the Lhaviyani Atoll
Land on the milk-white sands of Kudadoo
Kudadoo is the Maldives' first fully solar-powered resort, thanks to the 984 solar panels on The Retreat building
All of the overwater villas are serviced by your own private butler
Enjoy views of Indian Ocean from your private infinity pool
Kudadoo's 'Anything, Anytime, Anywhere' concept means the rules are yours to make, like a beach dinner by candlelight
Try your hand at any number of water sports, including kayaking, snorkelling and sailing
Your butler can plan a gourmet sandbank picnic at the drop of a hat
Head out on private cruises spotting dolphins
Pay a visit to Kudadoo's Himalayan salt cave, the first in the Maldives
Hop over to Patina Maldives, where all the villas are made from sustainably sourced wood
Rather than traditional thatched villas, Patina has introduced a Brazilian modernist style for its hideaways
Spy custom-made art pieces in between the island's emerald interior
Patina Maldives' twelve restaurants take you around the world, including the plant-based restaurant Roots
The cocktails served at Veli Bar are designed to be low carbon
There's ice cream on tap all day at Tuk Tuk Gelato
Contribute to reef regeneration by making your own coral frame
Explore nearby marine worlds on a cruise led by the resort's resident marine biologist
Play to the beat of Maldivian culture with a traditional boduberu class
Feel complete blissed out at the spa at Patina Maldives

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    Where you’ll stay

    Maldives

    Kudadoo, Maldives

    In an exotic archipelago awash with luxury resorts, it can be super tricky to stand out. But Kudadoo did exactly that when they opened as the first fully solar-powered resort in 2018. No expense is spared – not for the planet or its guests – as Kudadoo manages to mix green living with sumptuous luxury. Its ‘Anything, Anytime, Anywhere’ concept means you are in charge and you can eat what you want, do what you like and mould your holiday exactly how you fancy, all while keeping Mother Nature happy.

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    Patina Maldives, Maldives

    Setting new standards for sustainability in the Indian Ocean, Patina Maldives is a little peek into the Maldivian holiday of the future. Out goes the traditional thatched villas and in comes the contemporary cool of its geometric Brazilian-modernist design. Along with the style comes substance and the biophillic ethos here means Mother Nature comes first, from its zero waste practices and low-carbon cocktails to its on-island water bottling plant and eco-friendly guest experiences like coral replanting. This is sustainable travel, but not as you know it.

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