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Six Senses Laamu Succeeds with the Eku Eky (Together) Initiative

LAAMU, Maldives – February 6, 2018 – One of the core values of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is local sensitivity, global sensibility. This means addressing worldwide problems at a local level. Six Senses Laamu thrives at being part of the local community and supports sustainable development in the atoll through public works projects and education programs. Eku Eky means together in the local language of Dhivehi and as no one can succeed entirely alone, we must do it eku eky.

The Marine and Sustainability Teams at Six Senses Laamu aim to teach young people about their surrounding environment so that they may appreciate it and become inspired to protect it. Encouraged by the words of Nelson Mandela who said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” the Laamu Marine and Environmental Education Program was conducted in two local schools. It consisted of eight lessons covering topics including atoll formation, coral reefs, invertebrates and fish, marine megafauna, fisheries and marine protected areas, climate change and waste management. Each lesson demonstrated key concepts using presentations, videos, worksheets, outdoor activities, games, crafts and field trips. In total 39 students completed the program.

Last year also saw the inception of the Eku Eky program, which was launched to build stronger relationships between the resort and the local community. Representatives from all 11 island councils and all 13 schools in Laamu Atoll were invited to the resort quarterly to discuss sustainable development and future partnerships. Everyone was enthusiastic about driving marine conservation initiatives and working together towards sustainable development in the atoll. Some of the major focuses include clean, reliable drinking water and the reduction of single-use plastic bottles and bags.

The marine team then visited the 11 islands in the atoll, conducting sessions that targeted three specific audiences. First, a visit to the school to conduct a condensed version of the yearlong education program for schoolchildren grades 6 to 10. Next, a meeting with the island council members to discuss development projects. Finally, an open community forum to convey the research being done at the resort, as well as give people a platform to ask questions and brainstorm ideas. Some initiatives that have come from this program include reducing use of single-use plastics and inspiring students to enter the fields of conservation and marine biology.

At the annual MATATO Maldives Travel Awards 2017, Six Senses Laamu won Leading CSR Program for outstanding performance and achievement in corporate social responsibility. The team owes the award to the people in Laamu who continuously strive to make the atoll a happier, healthier and more sustainable place in which to live.

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Six Senses Laamu marine biologists with students from Isdhoo School during an island visit, part of the Eku Eky Program.
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Students from Hithadhoo School on a field trip to their island’s mangroves, part of the Laamu Atoll Marine and Environmental Education Program
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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.

About
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas operates 11 resorts and 30 spas in 20 countries under the brand names Six Senses, Evason and Six Senses Spas.

Six Senses resorts are set in locations of incredible natural beauty that will stop you in your tracks, and an uncompromising level of service that will stay with you long after you’ve left. Each property has a distinctive personality, but shares a commitment to community, sustainability, wellness and design. This award-winning approach extends to new openings, including the urban concept premiering in New York in 2019.

Six Senses Spas incorporate local healing traditions with holistic rejuvenation treatments administered under the guidance of expert therapists and visiting practitioners. They constantly explore and rethink the typical spa model to offer pioneering wellness, not only in all resort spas, but also in standalone spas in prestigious hotels and premier class lounges.

Evason properties continue the philosophy to protect their natural environments and cultures. Family friendly, these properties also provide a strong value focus, while offering a vast array of personal guest experiences.

For further information, please contact:

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

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

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