Melia Bali Helps Restore Coral Reefs
Bali, Indonesia, July 7, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Meliá Bali, an oceanfront resort situated along some of Bali’s most idyllic coastline, is making sure visitors can enjoy the sea for years to come through a hands-on collaboration with local non-profit, Nusa Dua Reef Foundation.
The resort is taking an active role in Bali’s coral reef recovery effort, and inviting guests to do the same. Through the joint project Meliá staff have undergone training on how to establish and protect coral, have learned how coral is grown, and have started to plant coral on a nearby reef, just ten minutes from the property.
Guests can show support for the initiative by purchasing coral through the resort, which will be used by Meliá Bali on their reef project. For each coral purchase, the guest will receive a certificate acknowledging their contribution. Upon special request the resort is able to arrange coral plantation activities for 10 or more participants, who would like to plant the coral themselves and learn about local marine life.
According to the Nusa Dua Reef Foundation in 2016 more than half of the coral reefs of Nusa Dua suffered from coral bleaching, where coral under stress turns completely white and becomes susceptible to a heightened risk of death. The foundation has been working to protect reefs around Bali since 2010 with the creation of artificial reefs and transplantation.
Meliá Bali started working together with Nusa Dua Reef Foundation to plant corals in March this year, and have so far planted three pieces of coral, ranging in size. The resort will support the reef’s expansion by adding two corals each month. So far the Nusa Dua Reef foundation has placed 62 artificial reef sculptures and 117 artificial reef structures at six locations underwater off Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa beaches.
Protecting the environment is an essential pillar of the growing global hotel group, Meliá Hotels International. The company was recently named the second most sustainable hotel company in the world in S&P Global’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA), the world’ most comprehensive sustainability assessment, which ranks more than 10,000 companies across all industries. In 2019 and 2020, Meliá ranked first in the global hotel industry, and in 2021 maintained its leadership in Europe and Spain.
About Meliá Hotels International
Founded in 1956 in Mallorca (Spain), Meliá Hotels International operates more than 380 hotels (portfolio and pipeline) throughout more than 40 countries, under the brands Gran Meliá Hotels & Resorts, Paradisus by Meliá, ME by Meliá, Meliá Hotels & Resorts, INNSiDE by Meliá, plus a wide portfolio of affiliated hotels under the “Affiliated by Meliá” seal. The Group is one of the leading companies in resort hotels worldwide, while also leveraging its experience to consolidate the growing segment of the leisure-inspired urban market. Its commitment to responsible tourism has led the Group to become the most sustainable hotel company in Spain and Europe in 2020, according to the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). It also has ranked seventh in the Wall Street Journal’s list of the 100 most sustainably managed companies in the world (and the leading travel company) and is the only Spanish travel company included in the list of “Europe’s Climate Leaders 2021” by Financial Times. Meliá Hotels International is also included in the IBEX 35 Spanish stock market index and it is the Spanish hotel leader in Corporate Reputation (Merco Ranking).
About Meliá Hotels & Resorts
Meliá Hotels & Resorts is the most well-known brand within Meliá Hotels International; it has more than 100 city and resort hotels in the main leisure and business destinations of Europe, Asia, Africa and America. Meliá Hotels & Resorts instinctively understands the guests’ needs and lifestyle expectations and caters to every aspect of guests’ wellbeing. It offers exemplary meetings and events facilities in all key business cities and exotic locations, serving the ever-expanding conference and incentive travel market.