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Looking beyond the immediate travel restrictions and taking a cue from the current positive environmental progress, Gili Lankanfushi, an eco-resort in the Maldives, has introduced ‘Powered by Plants’ — a programme that will facilitate responsible travellers to return to the property post the pandemic. Here’s all we know about it. By Bayar Jain
Located in North Male Atoll, Gili Lankanfushi is an epitome of sustainability and conscious living. A 20-minute speed boat journey from Male is all it takes for you to reach this slice of paradise where up-cycled bed frames and handwoven wire mesh lampshades await.
Adding to this love for the environment is their new initiative. Opened as an over-water resort in 2000, this Maldivian retreat is all set to welcome guests with a Powered by Plants package post the pandemic. This newly introduced package would provide the guests with a series of plant-based offerings and nature-based experiences to indulge in. By doing so, visitors will not only have sacks of memories in their bags but will also be honouring their natural surroundings.
Guests who opt for this package will be greeted with sweet vegan treats, and feather and wool-free bedding in their villas. Here, they will also be gifted with a complimentary bottle of reef-safe Australian gold botanic sunscreen so they can take a dip in the crystal clear ocean while simultaneously protecting the surrounding eco-system. Food, too, will pay homage to the beautiful environs. Guests will be treated to colourful and balanced plant-based menus that draw inspiration from Maldivian culinary traditions and are carefully crafted by Gili Lankanfushi’s executive chef Hari Govindaraj using organic herbs, vegetables and fruits that are lovingly grown in the resort’s very own organic garden without using harmful pesticides. All food waste will subsequently be processed in an advanced rocket composter to produce natural fertilisers, which will then nurture the island’s extensive organic garden.
A similar thread of conscious travelling will weave its way into the activities at the resort as well. Nature-based days will begin with a private vinyasa flow yoga class on the beach followed by a guided snorkelling session with a local marine biologist. Here, guests can get acquainted with Gili Lankanfushi’s pioneering Coral Lines Project which provides a nursery environment for new corals to grow, bolstering the house reef and monitoring survival types across coral genotypes. The island’s dedicated marine biology team monitor the health and biodiversity of the ecosystems, measure light intensity and sea temperature, while also identifying and tracking manta ray and turtle populations. Apart from these guided underwater expeditions, they will also offer a new programme of additional lectures at their dedicated research centre, Gili Veshi.
As a souvenir, guests can take back tricks of the trade from Chef Govindaraj, thanks to a private Gili Vegan Cooking Class where guests will prepare Maldivian curries, juices and smoothies using fresh ingredients found in the gardens. After a full day of outdoor pursuits, guests can retreat to the blissfully secluded Meera Spa and enjoy a holistic and healing treatment using cruelty-free vegan products.