The mission of The Barefoot Eco Hotel is not only to preserve the marine environment, but we are also aiming to the conservation of the above sea level habitat.
The hotel offers cultural and environmental bike tour in the local village for a peek into the authentic Maldivian lifestyle. We also organize guided trips to Utheemu Island to visit the Palace of the Sultan Mohammad Thakurufaaru and to learn about his importance in Maldivian history.
The tap water comes from a reverse osmosis desalination plant which meets the daily water demand. This water can be used for oral hygiene without hesitation.
We bottle our drinking water in reusable glass bottles, proudly reducing our plastic waste. We estimate this stops the use of up to 300 disposable plastic bottles per day. It is a commonly known fact that plastic waste is one of the greatest problems we face worldwide, specifically in the Maldives. This out of control plastic production has led to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an area of waste covering 1.6 million square kilometers! This is why at The Barefoot Eco Hotel we aim to find sustainable alternatives to this impacting material. We hope this effort can directly influence our surrounding environment while inspiring our guests and the local community to take this message home as well. All wastewater is then treated onsite in a water treatment plant, and we use only biodegradable laundry detergents and cleaning supplies so that when the water is treated, it is not harmful to the environment.
In order to be an Eco Hotel The Barefoot limits its impact on the food importation system and aims to be as self-sufficient as possible. We are growing our farm-to-table fruits and vegetables. This way we can significantly reduce our carbon footprint in consequence of importing goods. Homemade fruit jam is also served fresh daily.
Waste management is one of the biggest challenges in the Maldives and facilities to collect, segregate, and recycle materials are still very limited. We are actively trying to reduce plastic waste.
We encourage our suppliers to reduce packaging when delivering provisions and we always order in bulk whenever possible.
Guests are invited to take disposable and hazardous waste items, such as plastic bottles, batteries and empty tubes, back to their own countries, where recycling facilities are available.
We eliminated single-use plastics at the resort, including all plastic bags and bottles. Guests are given paper and Yuta bags only. Plastic straws have been replaced with paper ones and plastic bottles have been replaced with glass ones. We don’t use plastic cutlery anymore but wooden one only. We also ask to our guests not to wrap their luggage in plastic as it produces unnecessary waste and will never biodegrade.
In addition, we provide our staff members with reusable aluminum bottles and we compost some food waste into organic soil for the garden.
We use sustainably grown wood coming from responsibly managed forests; we are improving the use of solar photovoltaic panels to generate electricity, limiting the consumption of diesel generators (very common in the Maldives and highly harmful for the environment); we use energy-efficient lighting in order to reduce the electricity consumption; air condition serves as a water heater using the heat exchanger inside.
We are highly encouraging our guests to control their water consumption, to switch off the air conditioner when leaving the window and door open and we encourage them to turn the lights off when they leave their rooms.