As part of its celebrations for World Environment Day, Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa introduced its first-ever innovative carbon-free menu. The launch of the menu aligns with the resort’s commitment to sustainability and with Marriott International’s ‘Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction’ initiative. Moreover, it also offers guests the chance to indulge in exceptional dining experiences while minimizing their environmental footprint.
Sheraton Maldives’ eco-conscious dining options are spearheaded by Executive Chef Riccardo Pinna alongside his stellar culinary team. Spotlighting its dedication to sustainable practices, the resort utilizes the freshest vegetables harvested directly from its organic Chef’s Gaden. The on-site Chef’s Garden spans a remarkable 130m2 and is a flourishing green oasis home to various produce such as tomatoes, lettuce, okra, basils, chillies, lemongrass and many more.
These organically grown vegetables are nurtured by Sheraton Maldives’ landscapers led by Ali Thakan. Together, they ensure that a continuous supply of fresh and organic produce is grown, tremendously reducing the resort’s carbon footprint. Additionally, the resort also emphasizes supporting local communities and reducing food miles. As such, locally sourced fish is obtained from nearby fishermen who practice sustainable fisheries. This allows guests to indulge in the bounty of Maldivian seas while mitigating the carbon impact associated with long-distance transportation.
The Carbon-Free menu brings forward a selection of delectable dishes to the Sea Salt Restaurant including Organic Watermelon and Tomato Jam with Local Coconut and Basil, Reef Fish cooked in Coconut Water and Furanafushi Spinach and Reef Lobster stew with Frisee Lettuce and Lemongrass among others. Each dish is thoughtfully put together to reflect the resort’s unwavering commitment to sustainability while showcasing the richness of locally sourced and organic ingredients.
An advocate of environmental stewardship himself, the General Manager of Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa, Mohamed El Aghoury shares: “At Sheraton Maldives, we understand that every action counts when it comes to preserving our planet. The introduction of our carbon-free menu is a significant step towards minimizing our ecological impact while delivering extraordinary culinary experiences to our guests.” Speaking further, he added that by cultivating a diverse range of plants, the resort ascertains a steady supply of organic produce, which considerably reduces the carbon footprint and enhances the quality of dishes.
On June 5th, Sheraton Maldives celebrated World Environment Day by engaging the resort community through a special planting activity for younger guests. The hands-on experience aims to foster a connection between children and nature from an early age onwards, promoting sustainable practices. The older guests at the resort also partook in the activity and planted 50 Dwarf Hybrid Coconut Trees around the island, adding to the 65+ varieties of plants that are grown naturally on the island.