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Male’, Maldives, 6th March 2024 – Amilla Maldives, a pioneer in conscious luxury, has received the prestigious accolade of ‘Responsible Hospitality Partner of the Year’ 2024 at Forbes Travel Guide’s annual summit in Las Vegas. This esteemed recognition underscores the outstanding commitment of the Amilla team to diversity, equity, inclusion, and environmental sustainability.

Hervé Houdré, Forbes Travel Guide’s Global Ambassador for Responsible Tourism, emphasized, “What makes the difference at Amilla Maldives is the passion to be as inclusive as possible. It is definitely a major responsibility of the hospitality industry to be hospitable to all. There are a lot of great properties doing the right thing everywhere in the world, but we were particularly impressed with Amilla’s approach to inclusivity.”

Narelle McDougall, General Manager of Amilla Maldives, expressed gratitude for the recognition, stating, “This acknowledgment from Forbes Travel Guide is praise for our team’s commitment to wellbeing, inclusivity, and sustainability. Responsible hospitality is about environmental sustainability, and equally, it is about inclusivity for all; removing barriers; engaging and investing in the local community, culture, employment, and empowerment.”

As an IncluCare-certified resort and a member of The Conscious Travel Foundation, Amilla Maldives is dedicated to providing opportunities for everyone, regardless of abilities, to enjoy the beauty of the Maldives. The resort has been adapted with accessibility features seamlessly integrated into its design and architecture. From subtly lowered mirrors, sinks, and counters in guest bathrooms to ramps in restaurant areas inspired by local sea life, Amilla continues to evolve to enhance the resort experience for guests with varying abilities and needs.

In line with its commitment to sustainability, Amilla Maldives completed a solar panel installation last year, generating 600,000kWh in nine months and reducing diesel consumption by over 170,000 liters. Recent sustainability initiatives include introducing refillable, PCR-packaged, vegan-friendly luxury amenities from Swedish cult brand 19-69 and Dutch social enterprise Marie-Stella-Maris. Additionally, the resort provides refillable silicone Rolla Bottles for all guests to use and take home, reducing single-use plastic water bottle consumption on the island.

Participating in NGO Blue Marine Foundation’s ‘Maldives Resilient Reefs’ (MRR) initiative since December, Amilla Maldives supports sustainable fishing practices by paying an additional 20MVR/kilo for fish caught according to MRR guidelines, benefitting the local fishing community.

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