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Maldives Holiday Resort | Six Senses Leads in Marine Conservation

Six Senses Laamu Recognized as Leaders in Marine Conservation

LAAMU, Maldives – October 31, 2018Six Senses Laamu has been named Marine and Coastal category winner at the 17th Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards, held at the at the 79th Skål World Congress in Kenya. Three independent sustainability experts judged 62 entrees from 31 countries, placing Six Senses Laamu top in its category.

The award recognizes the resort’s commitment to protect the Laamu Atoll's marine environment, spearheaded by the efforts of a nine-member marine team, the Maldives Underwater Initiative. The team has been regularly monitoring the health of reefs since 2012. Their conservation and research efforts have since expanded across numerous disciplines, including coral restoration, seagrass, turtles, dolphins and manta rays.

Marteyne van Well, Six Senses Laamu general manager says, “Being the only resort in the whole of Laamu Atoll we have a responsibility to the surrounding environment and communities. The resort prides itself on its marine conservation efforts and the award recognizes the tireless work of our team.” Marteyne emphasized the importance of the team's community outreach and education initiatives, adding, “Inspiring the next generation of Maldivians to be stewards of their oceans will be a critical step in protecting Laamu’s marine life.”

Since the bold pledge over one year ago to protect their 538,195 square feet (50,000 square meters) of seagrass, the resort has been reaping the benefits, including additional protection to their beaches and their guests enjoying snorkeling with grazing green sea turtles. Encouraged by the results of the pledge, the team is working on launching a nationwide campaign to encourage other resorts to join them in protecting this vital, yet highly undervalued ecosystem.

As a further commitment towards their marine conservation efforts the resort is in partnership with three international NGOs: Manta Trust, Blue Marine Foundation and Olive Ridley Project. All three are working towards the long-term protection of Laamu's precious marine resources, with a focus of Blue Marine Foundation being with the local community to create a network of marine reserves.

The marine team recently held Laamu's third annual turtle festival with their partner NGO Olive Ridley Project, where more than 1,000 community members and all of the Atoll's 13 schools came together to celebrate the importance of sea turtles.

A key driver in the success of their community involvement has been the Eku Eky program that brings together local government councils from all 11 of Laamu Atoll’s inhabited islands. The program has provided a platform to build strong relationships with the community, discussing solutions to goals such as making Laamu the first single use plastic-free Atoll in the country. As part of their vision to increase involvement by the community in their efforts, the team are working on developing education programs targeted at creating the next generation of Maldivians to be guardians of their oceans.

The marine team at Six Senses Laamu, Maldives Underwater Initiative.

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A marine biologist carries out a seagrass survey as part of the team’s research to understand what species inhabit the resort’s surrounding meadows.
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Biologist Jenni Choma accepts the Marine Conservation award on behalf of Six Senses Laamu at the 79th Skål World Congress in Mombasa, Kenya.
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About Six Senses Laamu
Six Senses Laamu is the only resort in the Laamu Atoll, deep in the Indian Ocean, surrounded by a beautiful coral house reef. Most of the villas and facilities are built overwater, however beach villas and on-land dining is an option. All villas offer a sense of privacy and seclusion, with an amazing view to the Ocean and Maldivian nature.

Six Senses Laamu offers a wide range of dining options, with cuisines from around the world, an ice cream parlor, an overwater wine cellar and a signature Chill bar. Many activities, excursions and options are available for everyone to enjoy, both over water and underwater, in addition to the Six Senses Spa.

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas operates one hotel, 15 resorts and 31 spas in 21 countries under the brand names Six Senses, Evason and Six Senses Spas. The portfolio will triple over the next five years with resort, hotel and spa openings underway in Austria, Bhutan, Brazil, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, St. Kitts and Nevis, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States.

Six Senses properties share a leadership commitment to community, sustainability, wellness and design, infused with a touch of quirkiness. Whether an exquisite island resort, mountain retreat or urban hotel, the enduring purpose is to help people reconnect with themselves, others and the world around them.

Six Senses Spas offers a wide range of holistic wellness, rejuvenation and beauty treatments administered under the guidance of expert therapists in all resorts as well as at 16 additional standalone spas. The high-tech and high-touch approach guides guests on their personal path to well-being, taking them as deep as they want to go.

Evason follows the Six Senses philosophy of uncompromised responsibility to sustainability and the community. Its two unique resorts provide a strong value focus, while offering a vast array of personal guest experiences that the whole family will love.

For further information, please contact:

Ali Rifhaan
Marketing Communications Officer                   
Six Senses Laamu
T +960 6800 800
M +960 791 6897
E rifhaan.ali@sixsenses.com

Benjawan Sudhikam (Ms.)
Director of Public Relations
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas                         
T +66 2 631 9781
M +66 8 181 38234
E ben@sixsenses.com


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