Located deep in the heart of the second largest natural atoll in the world, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa is untouched, unspoilt and authentic Maldives. 400 kilometres south of Male, the resort is a pure paradise for those exploring the stunning coral reef, which rings the island. Formerly operating as Alila Villas Hadahaa, the 50-villa hotel re-launched as Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa in April 2011 – the Hyatt Group’s first property in the Indian Ocean.
More than 10 kilometres from the nearest inhabited island and only a stone’s throw from the Equator, Hadahaa is reminiscent of the Maldives some fifty years ago and subsequently has one of the most abundant and healthiest house reefs in the world. The first resort in the Maldives to follow Earth Check (formerly Green Globe) certification standards for construction and operations, the resort also takes great care to minimise its effect on the environment by energy saving techniques, water conservation, solid waste management and various community initiatives.
Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa launched their first project as part of ‘Hyatt Thrive’, which enables employees to contribute to their communities despite living away from home.
The dedicated Hyatt Thrive Committee selected the nearby Gemanafushi and Dhaandhoo islands as the first communities to take part in kick-off projects. With tourism being the largest industry in the Maldives, the team visited schools to give students an introduction to hospitality. Four workshops, which were met with great interest and enthusiasm, focused on Food & Beverage, Housekeeping, Engineering and Guest Interaction and gave a valuable insight into working life on a resort such as Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa.
Currently more than 55% of the resort’s employees are Maldivian and despite most coming from the nearby islands, the remote location of Hadahaa means nearly all staff live on the island. With this in mind, Park Hyatt has begun to develop a symbiotic relationship with the neighbouring islands and has formed a committee of elected ‘Ambassadors’ to represent the different communities.
Through better connectivity, shared knowledge, development of business skills, and encouragement and participation from both sides, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa hopes to create a mutually beneficial programme that inspires sustainable development projects, allows the resort to gather supplies and recruits from nearby islands, and ensures the local communities develop and prosper.
The Hadahaa Community Project will therefore utilise the knowledge and abilities of employees as well as the wider communities, in order to give everyone a means, as well as the education, to act on their concerns. Through better understanding of each of the island’s industries, skills and employment opportunities, Park Hyatt will be able to introduce sustainability goals, provide guidance and support, and open up a unique channel for employees to add value to their communities. The project will also enable the resort to purchase high quality local produce and handicrafts, maintain sustainable work practices and hire new recruits.
The programme will initially focus on improving five key areas:
• Business Development – Agriculture and handicrafts
• Career Development – Career advice: job application through to job development
• Hospitality – Development of skills required for the hospitality industry
• Environment – Provision of education and guidance to ensure sustainable and environmental awareness in order to support the long term maintenance of the islands natural resources and bio-diversity
• Social Awareness – Health advice and drug awareness