This solar powered private island resort in the Maldives is a perfect ode to sustainable tourism

Who said that luxury only comes at a price too heavy for the environment? In proving that tourism and uber-luxe vacationing at that is all possible with zero harm to the planet, we now have the exotic Kudadoo island resort that recently opened doors in the Maldives. Designed by New York-based architectural firm Yuji Yamazaki Architecture (YYA), the private resort exemplifies sustainability with its impressive photovoltaic roof and several other defining features.

Located in Lhaviani Atoll, the resort comes with integrated solar panels, backed by a 320-kWp (kW peak) solar system that generates enough electricity to power the entire three-hectare (7.4-ac) island retreat without the need for any additional energy supply from outside. It further features wooden structures (constructed using wood sourced from sustainable forests in Indonesia, New Zealand, Canada, as well as trees sourced in close proximity to the island in the Maldives), along with a plethora of natural light and specialized tapings for natural airflow. Other amenities include a large and open-ended swimming pool and outdoor deck, a restaurant, a full-service bar, and a wine cellar.

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Commenting on the use of a solar-centric design, YYA in a statement said, “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 Kudadoo island resort features a total of 15 overwater residences, 13 one-bedroom Ocean Residences and two two-bedroom Ocean Residences with tariffs starting at US$4,000, excluding taxes and fees.

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