Tucked away on the idyllic Malolo Island is the Six Senses Fiji which opened its doors back in April. Images of the resort bear all the typical markers of an island paradise from tall swaying palms to painted sunsets and crystal clear azure waters. This beautiful resort, however, is far from typical thanks to their commitment to sustainability and minimizing their environmental impact.
For starters the resort’s 24 one- and two-bedroom pool villas and 10 private residences are 100% solar powered. Six Senses Fiji even boasts the largest microgrid in Fiji using Tesla batteries. The resort uses low power pool filtration in its resort and residence pools; and low environmental impact refrigerant in all air conditioning units. Sensors in the villas automatically switch off the air-conditioning once the doors are opened, to conserve energy.
Six Senses Fiji has also made strides in waste management from a septic system that relies on tiger-worms to a composting program that reduces waste by converting food waste into fertilizer. Even waste water is treated so it can be used in the irrigation system.
The resort follows best practices in several other areas, from employing local Fijians, to growing their own herbs and vegetables in a special kitchen garden. This garden also supplies produce that helps the resort to create their own tonics, ginger beers and probiotics onsite. Even the resort boutique stocks homeware items and handicrafts made by Fijian women living in remote communities. It is refreshing to see that the resort management has intentionally thought of ways to not only improve the experience for their own guests, but also improve life for the surrounding communities.