Floating private resort in the Maldives is 100% powered by the sun

January 21, 2019 by  
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Basking in the beauty of the Maldives is a luxury that can now be enjoyed in an all-inclusive eco resort powered entirely by solar energy. Opened at the end of 2018, the Kudadoo Maldives Private Resort was designed by New York-based architectural firm Yuji Yamasaki Architecture (YAA) to create a luxury experience guided by eco-conscious principles. The crowning jewel of the resort is The Retreat, a two-story dining and leisure hub topped with a folded roof clad in solar photovoltaic panels. Set on a private island on an aquamarine lagoon, the Kudadoo Maldives Private Resort offers 15 spacious residences ranging from one to two bedrooms. Each residence is over 300 square meters in size and opens up to a 44-square-meter infinity plunge pool and unobstructed ocean views. Guests also enjoy access to a private butler, tasteful handmade furnishings and modern fixtures including a television and surround sound system. Sustainability drove the architects’ design decisions, which minimized environmental impact wherever possible. The resort is mainly built of eco-conscious materials, such as timber from sustainably certified forests in Canada, New Zealand and Indonesia. Energy usage is reduced thanks to energy-efficient cooling systems, fully automated lights and passive design features that promote cross ventilation. Related: How floating solar panels are helping the Maldives ditch diesel fuel “Traditionally, solar panels are hidden in discreet areas in the Maldives and it does not have any other function, but in Kudadoo, [the] photovoltaic roof is decidedly visible and becomes the icon of the place,” the resort said in a statement. “Solar concept should be as informative and persuasive as it is productive. At a glance, visitors can assess the size of solar roof, and then comprehend the relationship to the scale of the resort served by it. As you get closer, the design of the building reveals geometry that not only maximizes production of electricity by its angle, but also minimizes consumption of electricity by allowing sunlight to come through the gaps between panels, minimizing the use of artificial light during the day.” + Kudadoo Maldives Private Resort Via New Atlas Images via Kudadoo

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This amazing underwater hotel room lets you sleep while surrounded by marine life

April 19, 2018 by  
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Putting a positive new spin on the expression “sleeping with the fishes,” a new hotel suite at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island in the Maldives lets guests sleep underwater. The first-of-its-kind hotel suite – called the Muraka – is a two-level residence that has an underwater living and sleeping area. Guests can experience being surrounded by the beautiful ocean waters and get a firsthand glimpse of the marine wildlife. However if the thought of sharks floating around you while you sleep doesn’t give you a heart attack, the price tag might: the Muraka starts at $50,000 a night. The undersea villas – which are expected to open in November 2018 – will be the first of their kind in the world. While other hotels have underwater suites , the Muraka (which means “coral” in Dhivehi, the local language in the Maldives) will be the first one to be set in real ocean waters instead of man-made aquariums. The luxury suite spans two floors, with the upper floor floating on the waters and the ground floor submerged more than 16 feet below the ocean surface. Related: Underwater Hotel Gets Green Light to be Constructed in the Maldives The suite was designed by the same team behind the resort’s underwater restaurant, Ithaa . Crown Company director Ahmed Saleem and engineer Mike Murphy thought of everything on their latest hotel venture , including open air decks on either side of the suite to offer a chance to enjoy both the sunrise and the sunset. The dual-level suite can sleep up to nine guests and includes a gym, butler’s quarters, and a bar. There are two bedrooms and large living areas on the top floor, and a large bathtub in the master bedroom faces the ocean. On the lower level, guests can marvel at the surrounding ocean world from their undersea bedroom , living area and bathroom. “Driven by our inspiration to deliver innovative and transformative experiences to our global travelers, the world’s first undersea residence encourages guests to explore the Maldives from an entirely new perspective below the surface of the sea,” said Saleem in a press statement. + Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Via Architectural Digest Images via Conrad Maldives Rangali Island  

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World’s largest underwater restaurant installed in the Maldives

March 14, 2016 by  
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Looking for a unique dining experience on your next trip abroad? The Hurawalhi Island Resort in the Maldives just installed the world’s largest underwater restaurant, which offers breathtaking views of the sea floor. While most underwater restaurants can only accommodate about a dozen people at a time, Hurawalhi Island Resort’s new dining room will be able to seat 30 when it opens in August 2016. Read the rest of World’s largest underwater restaurant installed in the Maldives

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Glass-bottomed wedding pavilion takes beach destination weddings to a whole new level

January 22, 2016 by  
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The Maldives To Become The World’s Largest Marine Reserve By 2017

June 22, 2012 by  
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Just a few days after Australia officially created the world’s largest marine reserve , the President for the Republic of Maldives has announced that the state will become  the first country to be a marine reserve —making the Maldives the single largest marine reserve in the world. Speaking at the 1st Plenary Meeting of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development at the Rio+20 Conference , President Dr Mohamed Waheed highlighted the environmental challenges faced by the country as well as the conservation work it has been performing, such as making the Baa Atoll the first UNESCO Biosphere reserve . Read the rest of The Maldives To Become The World’s Largest Marine Reserve By 2017 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: australia marine park , Great Barrier Reef , Maldives , maldives marine reserve , marine conservation , marine park network , ocean conservation , ocean protection , president waheed , rio+20 , sustainable practices , the maldives , wwf

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June 22, 2012 by  
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Just a few days after Australia officially created the world’s largest marine reserve , the President for the Republic of Maldives has announced that the state will become  the first country to be a marine reserve —making the Maldives the single largest marine reserve in the world. Speaking at the 1st Plenary Meeting of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development at the Rio+20 Conference , President Dr Mohamed Waheed highlighted the environmental challenges faced by the country as well as the conservation work it has been performing, such as making the Baa Atoll the first UNESCO Biosphere reserve . Read the rest of The Maldives To Become The World’s Largest Marine Reserve By 2017 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: australia marine park , Great Barrier Reef , Maldives , maldives marine reserve , marine conservation , marine park network , ocean conservation , ocean protection , president waheed , rio+20 , sustainable practices , the maldives , wwf

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Isabella Rossellini Plays Burt of Burt’s Bees in Bizarre Pollinator Week PSAs

June 22, 2012 by  
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Italian actress, filmmaker and veteran insect reenactor Isabella Rossellini has teamed up with Burt’s Bees to create a thoroughly bizarre set of PSAs titled “ Burt Talks to the Bees ,” which look at the troubling decline in bee populations due to colony collapse disorder . Donning a paper beard, Rossellini takes the role of “Burt” himself, a real-life beekeeper who founded the company some 25 years ago, and imagines the conversations he might have with his own bee population about their plight (the bees too, played by Rossellini). The videos come just in time for National Pollinator Week, which was established by the US Senate five years ago to raise awareness of declining pollinator populations. Find out more and watch the PSAs over on Ecouterre! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bee decline , bee population , bee threat , burt shavitz , burts bees , colony collapse disorder , green porno , isabella rossellini , pollinator decline , pollinators week

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June 22, 2012 by  
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Italian actress, filmmaker and veteran insect reenactor Isabella Rossellini has teamed up with Burt’s Bees to create a thoroughly bizarre set of PSAs titled “ Burt Talks to the Bees ,” which look at the troubling decline in bee populations due to colony collapse disorder . Donning a paper beard, Rossellini takes the role of “Burt” himself, a real-life beekeeper who founded the company some 25 years ago, and imagines the conversations he might have with his own bee population about their plight (the bees too, played by Rossellini). The videos come just in time for National Pollinator Week, which was established by the US Senate five years ago to raise awareness of declining pollinator populations. Find out more and watch the PSAs over on Ecouterre! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bee decline , bee population , bee threat , burt shavitz , burts bees , colony collapse disorder , green porno , isabella rossellini , pollinator decline , pollinators week

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Maldive Islands Largest PV Installation Donated Courtesy of Kyocera Solar

June 18, 2012 by  
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The Maldive Islands are well on their way to completing their largest solar installation. The system is a donation from Japan of 675kW of Kyocera PV modules installed in a total of 10 locations. The work is a way to help the island nation take affirmative step is reducing their need for fossil fuels, the prime contributor to rising ocean levels which is a major threat to a nation whose highest natural point is a mere 8 feet above sea level. The Maldives has been a leader in the global push for countries take concrete steps in reducing green house gas emissions. Read the rest of Maldive Islands Largest PV Installation Donated Courtesy of Kyocera Solar Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: global warming solar PV , Kyocera Solar , Maldive solar , Maldives

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Water Boatman Bug Inspires New Submarine Design That Could Skate On Top of the Ocean!

June 18, 2012 by  
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A team from the College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Hexi University in China believe that by studying the superhydrophobicity of the water boatman’s hind wings, they can design a submarine that is not only capable of operating underwater, but also of maneuvering on the surface! Their research focuses on superhydrophobicity — the interaction between solids and liquids which gives water boatmen the amazing ability to swim, breathe, balance and ‘skate’ over the surface of lakes and ponds.   Read the rest of Water Boatman Bug Inspires New Submarine Design That Could Skate On Top of the Ocean! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bio mimicry , biomimicry , corixidae , hexi university , submarine , submarine design , water boatmen , water vehicle design

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