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The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands Partners with Jean-Michel Cousteau

Jean-Michel Cousteau
The Ritz-Carlton Maldives partners with Jean-Michel Cousteau to Bring Ambassadors of the Environment Program to the Region.

The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands announced its partnership with the iconic Jean-Michel Cousteau. The property opening on 1st June 2021, will be the only resort in the region to offer the Ambassadors of the Environment program and will join five other Ritz-Carlton properties globally to bring this preservation program to guests.

In collaboration with the Ocean’s Future Society, the resort will enrich the experience for guests of all ages to the natural Maldivian wonders both above and below water.

With the goal of marine conservation, Jean-Michel Cousteau has dedicated his entire life to working with leaders of countries and industries, and especially the next generation, to share with them the value of ocean heritage, the need to protect it, and specific actions for sustainable management.

Extending the Ambassadors of the Environment program to the Maldives was an obvious next step for the brand as it will allow our naturalists to create new and cutting-edge programming for the resort’s guests.

Richard Murphy, a spokesman for the Ocean’s Future organization.

Murphy began working with Jean-Michel and his father in 1968. With a PhD in marine biology, he has participated in Cousteau expeditions around the world and served as a photographer, scientist, educator, and spokesman for the Cousteaus. He now leads the Ambassadors of the Environment teams and is intimately involved in the development of new programs with the
Ritz-Carlton brand.

As the only resort offering this in the region, our partnership with the iconic Jean-Michel Cousteau will further our commitment to a sustainable future and bring this incredibly important environmental preservation aspect through to the guest experience.

Mark Hehir, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands.

The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, will carry on the values of Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society through immersive and educational programming that explores and protects the delicate ecosystem of the Maldives. Each program’s menu of activities varies on what the region supports however, programming may include kayaking, underwater photography and videography, rock wall climbing, night snorkelling, astronomy and more.

Beginning in 2005, Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C. agreed to partner exclusively and bring Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program to Ritz-Carlton hotels around the world.

Currently, the program provides educational, outdoor adventures to guests and the local communities of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman; The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua; Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve; The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara and Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.

Feature image by The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands

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