As marine biologists we have a special responsibility for this idyllic atoll. Our actions are based on a deep respect for its flora and fauna. One of our daily tasks is to check and optimise the ecological viability of what the hotel offers. This includes, for example, protecting the turtles that lay their eggs here on the island. It’s a great moment when the baby turtles hatch and for the first time make their way across the sand towards the sea.
TOM ZIMMER – MARINE BIOLOGIST
In translation Finolhu means “sandbank”. Opened in 2016, the resort is unique in the Maldives. It stretches across four islands and its beaches are about two kilometres long. Tropical plants line the sandy paths of the main island like in a botanical garden. As a guest in Finolhu you immerse yourself in different worlds, and not just underwater. With its 125 private villas and four restaurants, our resort is as varied as the coral landscape of Baa Atoll.
Those looking for tranquillity can surrender to the music of the waves and the turquoise blue of the sea. In the evening they can take a stroll across the sandbank to the Crab Shack and enjoy the sunset with drinks and snacks and that Robinson Crusoe feeling – highly instagrammable. Those who – like dolphins – prefer doing things as a family or group can create an eventful day for themselves, including diving, snorkeling or a trip by boat or catamaran. Or what about a casual evening at one of our parties by the pool bar? Cara Delivingne and Paris Hilton have already been there. Yes, Finolhu is definitely a place for individuals, but its fascination has side effects. After your holiday on our sandbank you’ll probably have difficulty getting used to ordinary everyday life again!
It is one of 26 natural atolls in the Indian Ocean. Baa Atoll lies on the edge of the ocean, overlooking a deep channel. Its geographical location is unique worldwide. Reefs, submerged cliffs and so-called “thilas” – small, round underwater hills – offer a natural marine habitat for about 1200 different reef species. It’s no coincidence that Baa Atoll has been declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO. The tropical climate guarantees an average air temperature of 29 degrees and water temperatures of 24 degrees. Summer all year round!
Living in a UNESCO-protected biosphere reserve imposes its own obligations. We protect what sustains us. On Finolhu we’re to a great extent self-sufficient. We don’t buy drinking water in plastic bottles and we encourage our guests not to bring plastic bottles with them – and if they do, to take them back again on their departure. Our osmosis plant converts seawater into drinking water, which is then bottled in glass bottles. There are no plastic straws on Finolhu. We have developed these strategies for the preservation of our ecosystem and protection of the sea together with our own marine biologist, Tom Zimmer, and the “Parley for the Oceans” organisation.
Parley was founded by ADIDAS, which among other things produces sneakers from the plastic dumped in the world’s oceans by environmental polluters. In addition, the government of the Maldives imposes high standards: an environmental study determines exactly what can be built on an individual island and how. In any case, only few of the Baa-Atoll islands are inhabited. All this guaranteed the tremendous diversity of the species here and the purity of the ecosystem – and will make your experience of the crystal clear waters of the atoll a memorable one. We are committed to Parley and our other activities out of conviction that everyone is responsible for protecting our planet – and for making sure that our blue paradise is preserved for future generations.
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