Maldives resort tells guests: Do drink the water

Hideaway Beach Resort makes its own still & sparkling water

Hideaway Beach Resort makes its own still & sparkling water

A Maldives-based resort and spa with its own desalination plant is urging guests: ‘do drink the water’.

The Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa is taking steps to develop more responsible tourism and has started producing and bottling its own drinking water on-island.

Tucked away in the heart of the resort, the desalination plant is producing 400 litres of drinking water each day, and expects to save 3,000 kilos of plastic bottles each year.

Located on the second largest island of the region - in the lowest country in the world - the resort is recognising the role it plays in good environmental and sustainable practice and is taking the necessary steps towards preservation of the islands, which thanks to climate change could be completely under water by 2100.

Now, contrary to popular travel advice, guests are urged; ‘Do drink the local water’, as the resort has begun to produce fresh water from desalinated ocean water.  The move represents one of the resort’s new steps towards delivering services with a sound environmentally-friendly purpose.

“With the move to producing our own drinking water, we expect to save around 3,000 kilos of plastic bottles each year,” said general manager, Carsten Schieck. “Producing our own water saves on importing tonnes of bottled water each year and more importantly of course, greatly reduces the number of plastic bottles we need to dispose of in a country that’s still working on refining its recycling capabilities.”

The resort is able to produce both still and sparkling water, saving the importation of around 12 tonnes of drinking water each month. Set in the middle of the staff village, the bottling plant is located behind the resort’s water desalination plant where the water is piped in and undergoes two more rounds of filtration and sterilisation to ensure the water meets international drinking standards.  The water is served to guests in glass bottles which are then returned to the bottling plant for washing and re-filling.

Looking ahead the resort’s future ecological plans include: organic herb gardens, collecting and recycling rain water, and increasing its use of solar power.

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