Marriott is proud to announce a new programme for 2020 to save some of the most diverse ecosystems on our planet, coral reefs. Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa has collaborated with environmental consultancy, Reefscapers, to develop a tailored marine biology programme that offers guest orientated activities to save the surrounding coral reefs.
As part of the resort’s sustainability focus, Sheraton Maldives has also launched complimentary speedboat transfers to and from Male International Airport – a first for the Maldives – which takes a quick 15 minutes.
Reefscapers Coral Propagation projects now rank as some of the most successful in the world, founded by lead by Marine Environment Consultant, Sebastian Stradal. To date, the team have transplanted more than six thousand coral frames using over 40 species of corals. The ecological benefits derived from the implementation of these new reefs are patent, contributing to the overall diversity of wildlife and increase the productivity of a reef flat.
Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa Coral Propagation Programme
New for this year, Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa has teamed up with Reefscapers to offer guest orientated activities specifically designed help save the surrounding coral reefs under threat.
The hotel is introducing a programme where coral frames are placed around the resort’s house reef, as a result of El Nino which took place in 2016 and saw unusually warm waters cause widespread coral bleaching. Weekly interactive frame building activities led by experts will offer hands on experience in how to ensure marine wildlife can continue to thrive, whilst reducing your own coral reef footprint. The structures are built locally in Baa Atoll Fulhadhoo, providing an alternative business to the 250 inhabitants whose sole previous source of employment was fishing.
As part of this initiative, Sheraton Maldives will also appoint a marine biologist to be stationed at the resort and conduct marine life educational workshops and guided snorkelling tours. It is hoped the coral from these frames will eventually grow onto the natural reef substrate and will improve the coral cover to build the marine habitat, increasing the number of species of fish and sea life.
The initial stage of artificial reef projects will start from around 12th-26th February when 50 coral frames, sponsored by Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa, will be planted around the resort. A kick off ceremony on 14th February will welcome the project followed by a talk and building exercise in the following week for all guests to enjoy and learn.
The unique programme offers sponsorship to guests which allows for dedication and hard work to be displayed on their website as well as a personalised plastic tag attached to each frame to remember their contribution to resolving the threatening decline in many ocean species. The on-site marine biologist will also send regular updates to sponsoring guests upon every six month inspection.
About Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa
Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa is situated on the private island of Furanafushi in the Republic of Maldives 1km and a 15 minute speedboat ride away from Malé International Airport.
The five-star resort offers 176 guest rooms designed to blend into the surrounding turquoise waters, pristine beaches and lush greenery.
Also boasting 7 unique restaurants and bars, the Shine Spa for Sheraton located on its very own island and 3 outdoor tropical fresh water pools, the resort caters for all guests and is the perfect destination for honeymooners, families with young children or teens and solo travellers alike.
Nightly rates at Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa start from $400/£315 per night based on 2 people sharing a Deluxe Garden View King Room on a B&B basis.