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50 years of tourism in the Maldives

2022 marks the anniversary year of the island nation in the Indian Ocean

A lot has happened since 1972 – above all, new resorts are taking sustainable and eco-friendly paths in the construction and operation of luxury resorts – an example:
Ritz Carlton Maldives, Faroe Islands
which opened a year ago.

Munich, 24 August 2022 – Each year, Travel + Leisure’s Global Vision Award recognizes companies, individuals, destinations and organizations committed to developing sustainable and responsible projects and products in the tourism industry. In 2021, this award went to Kerry Hill Architects (KHA) for The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, a 100-villa resort on the beaches of North Male Atoll, whose philosophy and design is centered on wholeness and Maldivian flair. . The resort’s minimalist, circular architecture draws on the elements of water, wind and sun.

“We wanted to think from the ground up about how to build appropriately in the Maldives today, with strong, contemporary architectural forms that reinforce the deep connection between the guest and the natural spectacle that surrounds them.”

Kerry Hill Architects

“The Motion of the Sea”

Inspired by the natural landscape of the turquoise lagoon, the swirling sea breeze and most importantly the movement of the Indian Ocean, the vision behind the resort’s design embraces the cycle of island life, where modern architecture meets the Maldivian. The interior and exterior design is unassuming, minimalist and visually light, maximizing the horizon view and connection with the elements.

Sustainability and environmental protection are included in the planning

Minimizing the impact on the delicate reef ecosystem was a top priority when the resort was planned. By using pre-engineered construction methods and materials, KHA was able to ensure that no cutting work was required on the island, reducing heavy labor and, most importantly, no waste or pollution. Where possible, natural breezes are used to cool public spaces, and sophisticated glazing has been used elsewhere to limit the use of air conditioning. Together with the widespread use of solar panels, the sustainability of the materials used and the easy-care, naturally weathered surface, this ensures that the architecture has a low carbon footprint.

The design of the villas offers plenty of privacy surrounded by the clean, sweeping curves and lines of the architecture, where the water, the landscape and the breeze flow around and between the rooms. All bedrooms look out to the horizon through panoramic sliding doors that blur the line between indoor and outdoor, with a curved terrace and private pool that flows into the sea. The interior design of the villas also follows the simple approach to detailing with a limited palette of natural materials and tones. Furniture, rugs and fabrics are designed by KHA, using local craft traditions in collaboration with Maldivian and international artists.

About the Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Faroe Islands:

The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands is part of the Fari Islands and is located in North Malé Atoll, 45 minutes by boat from Malé International Airport. The resort, with its 100 villas and seven restaurants and bars, a spa and the Ritz Kid Club, was designed by the architectural firm Kerry Hill Architects. The minimalist, circular architecture of the villas and spa is characterized by nature and, above all, by the flow of water. Through The Ritz-Carlton Maldives’ exclusive partnership with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Asia Pacific Environmental Program, guests at the resort will have the opportunity to learn more about the world above and below the water and explore it with expert instruction and guiding experience. The resort opened in June 2021.

About the Pharisees:

Located in North Male Atoll, Fari Islands is an exclusive Maldivian holiday experience that celebrates nature, craftsmanship and connection. The archipelago includes three world-class resorts, a lively marina and a purpose-built village campus that offers plenty of variety for visitors.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC:

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC, based in Bethesda, MD, is part of Marriott International, Inc. and currently operates more than 100 hotels in 32 countries and territories. For more information or reservations, visit the company website at www.ritzcarlton.com, for the latest company updates, visit news.marriott.com, to join the live conversation, use #RCMemories and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR). The Ritz-Carlton is part of the Marriott Bonvoy program, Marriott International’s global travel program. The program offers its members a unique portfolio of international brands, exclusive experiences at Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unrivaled benefits such as free nights and recognition of elite status. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com.

The Ritz Carlton

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Claudia Dressler & Sieglinde Sülzenfuhs
T. +49 (0) 89 2153793 -82/ -84
Mail: TheRitzCarltonMaldives@gce-agency.com 
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Handelsregister Frankfurt, HRB 76467  

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