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.
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.
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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