Summer Island Maldives has defended two prestigious awards, for South Asia’s Leading Beach Resort/Hotel and Maldives’ Leading Beach Resort/Hotel, at the annual South Asian Travel Awards (SATA).
Summer Island was chosen as the winner from amongst 25 hotel and resort finalists in the South Asia category, and from 16 finalists in the Maldives category.
Summer Island’s Resort Manager Mari Shareef accepted the awards at a gala lunch in Mumbai Saturday afternoon.
“Summer Island is blessed with a beautiful natural beach and lagoon, and all of us, including the staff and guests, work hard to keep it clean and healthy. It’s this tireless work that makes all the difference,” Mari said, while accepting the awards.
“We are very happy to be recognised with these awards. Even though our resort is small, and we are not the most luxurious in the Maldives, we treat the island as our home, and we take extra special care of it.”
Last year, Summer Island also won South Asia’s Leading Beach Resort/Hotel and Maldives’ Leading Beach Resort/Hotel at the SATA awards.
A four-star resort located in North Male Atoll, Summer Island is one of the Maldives’ first resorts, and remains locally owned. A recent refurbishment has created fresh and zesty rooms, a rustic beach bar, and a world-class overwater spa.
Summer Island made headlines in August by installing the world’s largest 3-D printed reef, in a bid to help corals adapt to a warming climate. The project is part of the resort’s environmental initiatives, which have also seen recent bans on plastic drinking straws, a phase-out of imported, bottled water, and a shift to solar power.
Launched in 2016 by Maldives based event management company Highrise, SATA has been endorsed by regional tourism authorities and organisations, including the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Sri Lanka (FCCISL), Colombo Chamber of Commerce (CCC), Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC), Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO), Confederation of Associated Tour Operators (India), Association of Travel Agents (ATA) Maldives, Association of Travel and Tour Operators India (ATTOI), Association of Professionals in Tourism (APT, India), Kerala Hotel General Managers Club (KHGMC), Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Liveaboard Association of Maldives (LAM).
SATA is the first ever regional travel awards endorsed by multi national associations, providing the tourism sector of the South Asian region with recognition towards their facilities and service excellence. It aims to encourage and raise service standards in the region’s tourism industry.
A record 500 plus nominations from the Maldives, India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal were received for the 36 categories in 10 segments included in this year’s edition of SATA.