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Finolhu Villas on Kaafu: World’s first 100% solar-powered 5-start resort

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Finolhu Villas on Kaafu Atoll in The Maldives is world’s first 5-start resort to be powered completely from solar power. The breathtaking luxurious resort is designed by Yiji Yamazaki on a 13-acre island. It’s one of its kind gateway and a demonstration how luxury and sustainability can go hand in hand.

The resort features 52 villas, three room each, that appear to branch off towards the water in a row. It resembles spine-structure of a vertebrate. The villas have 12-feet ceiling that curve up like cresting waves, and shingles cover the entire roof. It gives the resort a traditional appeal. Each villa features a pool and private beach. The view is such that guests can enjoy unobstructed view of sunrise and sunset.

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Solar panels are wonderfully integrated into the whole structure as design elements. On a sunny day, the resort can generate about one megawatt of energy, which is more than it requires. Additional energy is stored for rainy or cloudy days. The resort also features a waste management system and desalination tank for self-sufficient water supply.

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The architect has proved that you don’t need to sacrifice sustainability in order to enjoy 5-star resort luxuries, and that makes it an ultimate destination for eco-conscious tourists.

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