Nurturing Nature, Empowering Art: Striving for Sustainable Luxury in the Maldives

The Maldives is a paradise known for its pristine beaches and turquoise waters. But at Oaga Art Resort, we understand that true luxury goes beyond indulgence. It’s about creating a haven for our guests while preserving the very environment that makes us special.

Empowering Local Communities

Our commitment to sustainability begins with fostering the vibrant Maldivian culture. We source welcome snacks and condiments from local artisans on nearby islands. These handcrafted treats offer a delicious taste of Maldivian tradition, while supporting local cottage industries.

Art is another cornerstone of Maldivian life. Our galleries showcase the works of talented local creatives, providing a platform for them to connect with international guests. This is a unique opportunity for visitors to own a piece of authentic Maldivian art, while simultaneously empowering the local art scene.

The pampering at Hoba Spa goes beyond deep-tissue massages. The base oil used in our treatments is handcrafted by a group of Maldivian women on Thinadhoo island using age-old traditions. These age-old methods, employing firewood for low-heat cooking (“Dharu Un’dhun”), ensure the purity and quality of the coconut oil.

Upcycling for a Unique Aesthetic

Sustainability extends to the very design of our resort. Many of the living spaces and furnishings boast a unique upcycled aesthetic. From the charming barrel counters in your rooms and Raa Baa, to the captivating Suvāsthi Studio and Kraken Water-sports Centre – all crafted from refurbished containers – we breathe new life into discarded materials.

Combating Plastic Pollution

The Maldives faces a significant threat from plastic pollution. Here at Oaga, we have a two-pronged approach to tackling this issue. We’ve built our own bottling plant, significantly reducing our reliance on single-use plastic bottles. Additionally, inspired by the majestic manta rays that grace our waters, we’ve installed a giant “Manta-ceptor” near the arrival jetty. This ingenious device acts as an interceptor, collecting drifting plastic waste before it can harm the delicate marine ecosystem. We encourage our guests to join us in this effort by depositing any encountered plastic waste into the Manta-ceptor.

Restoring the Coral Reefs

The vibrant coral reefs are the very foundation of the Maldivian ecosystem. In 2018, we partnered with Coralive to establish a coral nursery. This project utilises 300 metal reef structures powered by Mineral Accretion Technology (MAT) to nurture over 7,000 coral fragments. With a goal of complete house reef restoration by 2028, we are actively working to ensure the continued health and beauty of our underwater world.

Closing the Food Cycle

Minimising waste is another pillar of our sustainability efforts. In the near future, food scraps from our kitchens will be diverted to Ollie’s Farm. This will create a closed-loop system, using food waste to nourish farm animals and keep food wastage to a minimum. Additionally, our restaurants offer al la carte options for lunch and dinner, allowing guests to order only what they need.

Energy Conservation

Small changes can lead to big results. We encourage our guests to switch off lights and appliances when not in use, helping us reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Likewise, we practice linen and towel changes every three days, with the option for more frequent changes upon request. This approach allows us to conserve water and energy used for laundry services.

A Sustainable Sanctuary for Art Lovers

At Oaga Art Resort, we believe that luxury and sustainability can coexist beautifully. By supporting local communities, embracing upcycled design, and actively protecting the environment, we strive to create a sanctuary where art and nature thrive.

So come experience the certified good vibes and forge unforgettable connections – all while contributing to a brighter future for the Maldives.