The Finolhu Villas by Club Med is the hottest new holiday destination in the Maldives: positioned as the perfect equilibrium between modern luxury and the natural charm of the Maldives, this is the world’s first entirely solar powered five-star resort, with several solar panels integrated into all aspects of the resort’s design.
Designed by New York-based architects Yuji Yamazaki Architecture, the almost 13-acre island on the Kaafu Atoll can accommodate within its 52 refined villas, around 100 guests year round, either on the island, or over the water in spectacular water villas that are accessed by a walkway, covered in solar panels.
The burden of global CO2 reduction lies primarily with a few large economies, however achieving carbon neutrality on this small island nation could be a template for future developments in larger countries. The island is approximately 12.6 acres with occupiable interior space of 123,000 sq. ft. It’s been determined that 67,000 sq. ft. of solar panels, with a storage battery generating 900 kw on an average sunny day, is sufficient to serve 100 guests and 100 staff occupying the resort at any time. 200 people occupying a 12.6-acre island is equivalent to the population density of Miami. In theory, if Miami and other cities in Florida could delegate 12% of their land or rooftops to solar panels, the sunshine would give the state of Florida something more than just a nickname—clean energy.
Do note this: The resort received 2015 International Hotel and Property Award – Best Beach Hotel and 2015 Interior Design Magazine’s Best of Year Award – Best Resort Hotel.