Nestled on a stunning coral island in the Baa Atoll, a protected UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort is an idyllic fusion of luxury and sustainability.
Launched in October 2018, the innovative eco-resort represents the bold debut of Westin Hotels & Resorts in the Republic of Maldives.
Designed by award-winning Milan-based architects Peia Associati, the resort takes inspiration from the azure ocean with a creative approach towards social and environmental sustainability.
“People are becoming increasingly aware of their environmental footprint, and want to see brands doing the same. At Westin, we’re at a stage in our evolution where environmentally friendly practices are synonymous with good business practices,” explains General Manager Brendan Corcoran.
Aiming for minimum consumption of land and natural resources, the resort has slashed its use of plastics and upped its reliance on solar power and rain water harvesting for energy generation.
“In a fertile island environment like the Maldives, the result of plastic use can be seen floating in the ocean around us,” Brendan notes.
“It’s a location that presents an interesting challenge. The less we bring onto the island, the less we have to take off the island – it’s a constant battle to achieve balance.”
Creating an island oasis
Having worked with a range of boutique companies as well as large international hotel brands including Hilton, InterContinental, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and Westin, Brendan’s industry expertise spans more than 20 years.
“I’ve been working in the Maldives on and off since 2006, so I’ve gained deep insights and knowledge of the region, and I know how to deliver a personalised luxury guest experience,” he says.
“Particularly in a high-end dream destination like the Maldives, a holiday is an expensive investment. Whether it’s a honeymoon, an anniversary or a 50th birthday, we go above and beyond to make every stay special.”
Existing in harmony with its surroundings, The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort’s contemporary interiors showcase local artwork, and its natural sloped exteriors feature timber wood harvested from neighbouring countries.
Each spacious villa and suite features a private deck and boasts far-reaching ocean views; some built overwater with glass floors and a private pool.
Guests can enjoy all-day dining at Island Kitchen, indulge in exquisite Japanese cuisine at The Pearl, sample authentic Asian food at the buzzing Hawker restaurant, and enjoy happy hour drinks overlooking the ocean at Sunset Bar.
There is also a state-of-the-art WestinWorkout Fitness Studio, Westin Kids’ Club, multifunction recreation ground and a Heavenly Spa by Westin, which offers a range of treatments to leave guests revitalised in both body and mind.
When it comes to creating a truly memorable guest experience, Brendan believes that treating guests as individuals is critical. “You can’t use a cookie-cutter approach, because no two guests are the same. It’s about satisfying different needs and recognising people as individuals – that’s what makes a difference,” he says.
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