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Sheraton Maldives Celebrates 50 Years of Sustainability, Heritage, and Future-Focused Luxury

Sharon Maldives Celebrates 50 Years
As Furanafushi Island, home to Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa, commemorates its 50th anniversary, the resort celebrates the remarkable transformation of the nation's tourism scene. This evolution not only highlights a commitment to preserving natural beauty but also underscores support for local community growth.

This significant milestone serves as a testament to the hospitality industry’s power to redefine the way travellers engage with their destinations. Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa embraces the Island’s Golden Jubilee by reflecting on its beginnings, leveraging valuable insights to shape the future of Furanafushi for the next 50 years.

Reflecting on the Evolution of the Island

The narrative of the tourism industry in the Maldives is a truly inspirational one. Emerging as a travel gem in the 1970s, the archipelago initially lacked tourism infrastructure and struggled to attract investments. Despite these humble origins, the Maldives has now ascended to a prominent position in the global tourism landscape. Renowned for its concept of barefoot luxury, exclusive retreats, and awe-inspiring landscapes, the Maldives stands as a testament to the remarkable transformation of a once-unexplored destination into a world-class haven for travellers.

Furanafushi itself holds a storied history, initially serving as a picnic destination for residents of Malé before being transformed into a resort. It later became known as Australia Island and was widely marketed under the tagline, ‘Found! A Lost Paradise’. 

In December 1973, the island welcomed the 56-key Sheraton Maldives, originally named Furana, as the fifth resort in the entire Maldivian archipelago. Underscoring the destination’s early commitment to enhancing the stay experience, clocks were regularly kept an hour early in Furana to give guests more time than they expected.

In April 1976, the island resort moved under the management of Wayne Reid, one of Australia’s best-known sports administrators, in a five-year lease that catalyzed an influx of investment and expansion. 

The early days of Furanafushi and Sheraton Maldives Resort & Spa are a testament to the growth of the island and its ongoing influence on the appeal of the Maldives as a bucket list travel destination. As the resort evolves with the industry, it maintains its heritage and remains dedicated to preserving both its own history and the history of its surroundings.

Recognising the Role in Hospitality

As one of the leading forces in global hospitality, Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa has been dedicated to uplifting island life and preserving the natural beauty that makes the destination extraordinary.

Beyond traditional hospitality, Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa connects with the local community through initiatives like school invitations, providing insights into our dynamic industry and our commitment to sustainability. During Ramadan, the resort also extends warmth to organizations like the Fiyavathi Orphanage, fostering community bonds.

The commitment to environmental stewardship by the resort is evident in initiatives like the Adopt A Coral program, where guests actively contribute to coral preservation. Our innovative water bottling plant reduces plastic waste by purifying seawater on-site.

For 50 years, Furanafushi has been a sanctuary for residents and global travellers. At Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa, the historic tranquillity is preserved while evolving to meet the changing needs of the community and the diverse expectations of guests. 

Staying Ahead of the Hospitality Curve

Adapting to the ever-growing need to align with global consciousness around environmental responsibility Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa remains ahead of the hospitality curve in terms of sustainability initiatives, leveraging its synergetic relationship with the natural surroundings to educate guests and elevating its eco-conscious offerings. The resort embraces modern technology to contribute to its efforts, including using AI-powered cameras to identify areas of food waste disposal, innovative Air Conditioning Systems that automatically adapt room temperatures to reduce energy consumption, and gardens that produce vegetables and herbs, as well as watermelon and cucumber crops.

As the bridge between technology and sustainability strengthens, the resort continues to drive forward-thinking solutions that will pioneer green tourism around the world, with plans to implement a biogas plant to transform food waste into gas for kitchen stoves and a vibrant chicken farm to produce organic eggs and meat on-site. 

By using technology to advance sustainability, Sheraton Maldives is shaping a world where environmental awareness is naturally integrated into our daily lives, championing the preservation of the natural island as we look forward to its brighter, greener future.

A Look at the Next 50 Years

Throughout its 50 years, Furanafushi has seen pioneers, people, and policies shape its attraction on the global stage, its position among neighbouring islands, and its impact on the local community. In the next 50 years, the same will remain – and it is up to us to actively participate in the protection, preservation, and promotion of the island.

To honour the history of Furanafushi, and to highlight the culture of the residents, Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa stands as a beacon of authentic Maldivian hospitality, inviting guests and residents alike to join its journey of tropical transformation as it seeks to maintain its original beauty while cultivating new ways of discovering true paradise.

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Unveiling SO/ Maldives: A Spectacular Grand Opening Celebration!

Taking the front-row to unveil the latest resort in the Maldives!

SO/ Maldives has officially opened up the avant-garde island with its grand opening hosted on 23rd March 2024. The much-anticipated opening of SO/ Maldives adds a third resort to the beautiful collection of resorts at CROSSROADS Maldives. With this, travellers can now explore SO/ Maldives, SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton, and Hard Rock Hotel Maldives, all at CROSSROADS Maldives!

Exploring SO/ Maldives

Located just 15 minutes by speedboat, SO/ Maldives boasts 80 breathtaking luxury villas, including beachfront and overwater villas. All of the villas offer an open-plan living floor plan with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean! Every stay at this resort is a memorable experience, as each villa comes with a private pool and deck. No matter which villa you choose to stay in, the crystal-clear waters of the Maldives are just a few steps away.

Everything from the beautiful villas to the unique experiences at this luxury resort brings travellers to an island getaway rooted in fashion and art. In addition to its diverse dining options, the resort also offers a bohemian beach club overlooking the turquoise ocean, as well as a serene spa for ultimate relaxation.

World-Class Dining Options

For all-day dining experiences, guests can explore the tastes of Citronelle Club. Inspired by the flavours of Asia, Citronelle Club brings a laid-back experience to your vacation.

Guests can also explore amazing Mediterranean flavours at the Lazuli Beach Club. Additionally, guests can also explore the atmosphere and aromatic flavours of Arabian nights with Levantine cuisine served at the signature restaurant Hadaba.

Exploring the Bespoke Spa

Whether you’re looking for a laid-back or active getaway, SO/ Maldives brings it all to the table. Guests can explore a bespoke spa featuring a hammam, steam and sauna, modern organic treatment rooms, and a state-of-the-art gym!

The Grand Opening Party – A Front-Row Experience!

On 23rd March, SO/ Maldives invited travellers to take the front row as the resort officially opened its doors for a castaway experience in the Maldives. The grand opening party brought a fusion of luxury and avant-garde styles. The evening kicked off with an exquisite soirée featuring a Veuve Clicquot takeover compliment by the gastronomic artist of Chef Dharshan.

As the sun started setting on the horizon of the beautiful resort, SO/ Maldives showcased one of the first international fashion shows to take place in the Maldives. Showcasing the swimwear collections by Milin, the evening was also graced with beautiful live music by Lydia and enchanting tunes of the saxophone.

Travellers then got to experience a lavish seafood dining experience under the star-lit sky of the Maldives. The spread featured everything you could ever imagine, from lobsters to beef and pasta to sushi rolls and more! During the dinner, SO/ Maldives surprised its guests with a lucky draw, with featured stays at SO/ hotels around the globe. From Paris to Dubai and the Maldives, winners got free stays and experience, allowing them to explore the brand in different parts of the world.

The evening came to an end with the celebration of Earth Hour and an after-party to remember! As the lights dimmed, Habeys Bodu Beru took over to drum the beats of traditional Maldivian music. Following this exceptional performance, DJ Basil took over the electrifying after-party.

Booking Your Stay at SO/ Maldives

If you’re looking for a luxury and avant-garde getaway in the Maldives, get ready and book your trip to SO/ Maldives now. Your stay at this beautiful resort starts at just $1300+++. You can elevate your experience at the bespoke resort by upgrading your stay to a half-board package now.

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