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  • Nat Frogley


Updated: Apr 4, 2023

Historic loan follows EDGE Advanced Certification recognising the Fari Islands archipelago as being ‘zero carbon ready’.

The developer of Patina Maldives and the Fari Islands, Singapore-based luxury property developer Pontiac Land Group has converted a US$180 million bank loan for the project into a green loan after achieving EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies) Advanced Certifications, an international green building standard developed by IFC (International Finance Corporation, member of the World Bank Group).

This is the first green loan in the Maldives to be granted by Pontiac Land Group’s international banking partners DBS, HSBC and UOB, as well as being the developer’s first green loan. This historic milestone lays the foundations for the next chapter in establishing the Fari Islands as a future-ready integrated destination that is carbon-neutral without offsets and reaffirms Pontiac Land Group’s commitment to building a better future for the generations to come.

Forward-looking Fari Islands

From its inception, the Fari Islands’ development has been guided by sustainable architecture and design. It is the largest hospitality project globally to benefit from the extensive use of offsite manufacturing technology known as ‘Mass Engineered Timber’ or ’MET’, which reduced carbon emissions by over 6,000 tons after production and transportation; in addition, all the villas were prefabricated, to ensure minimal run off into the marine ecosystem Departing from the conventional thatched roof structures prevalent in the Maldives, villas and amenities were designed with flat roofs, allowing solar panels to be easily mounted. This allows the Fari Islands to host one of the latest largest solar installations in the Maldives (>2MW). Pontiac Land is currently exploring further site-specific renewable energy solutions to help achieve its net-zero goals.

A first in the Maldives, the island archipelago features the Fari Campus, an island dedicated entirely to a revolutionary purpose-built mix of staff housing and facilities that seeks to bring a sea-change to employee accommodation and wellbeing in the Maldives.

Designed by Gaurang Khemka, founder of award-winning architectural and urban planning firm URBNarc, the spacious Fari Campus offers generous, comfortable living spaces and a full suite of recreational facilities and amenities, as well as the benefit of abundant outdoor areas, including the entire coastline of the island. It was designed to foster a sense of belonging and kinship, with intuitive communal spaces inspired by traditional Maldivian communities, crafted to meet the varying needs of its residents. In partnership with leading hospitality institution Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL), Fari Campus provides high quality Swiss education to employees in the Indian Ocean offering local talent a realistic, credible alternative to hotel schools in Europe.

Patina for Perpetuality

The flagship of the four-island Fari Islands archipelago, Patina Maldives, the inaugural resort by new lifestyle brand Patina Hotels & Resorts by the Capella Hotel Group, opened in Q2 2021, with a guiding principle of sustainability at its core. A hands-on, data-led approach to positively impacting people and place reflects a brand-wide commitment to the pursuit of ‘perpetuality’.

To further reduce import footprints, Patina Maldives houses an organic permaculture garden, the Garden of Perpetuality, that cultivates fresh pesticide-free produce, including watermelon, sweet melon, okra, eggplant, cucumber, capsicum, pumpkin and kang kong; all food waste is turned into organic fertiliser through bio-digesters. Plant-based Roots, one of the resort’s signature restaurants, operates on the root-to-leaf principle to encourage guests to adopt a more conscious and conscientious lifestyle. Drinking water for the whole archipelago is filtered on site by Nordaq and bottled on island without the use of single-use plastic. In the rooms and at Flow spa, guests are treated to a range of sustainable amenities in refilled containers by British brand Haeckels and US-based OSEA.

Patina’s interpretation of perpetuality is rooted in its belief in effecting and empowering lasting change - starting with nurturing sustainable values in tomorrow’s travellers. Embodying this future-thinking approach, marine conservation and sustainability are woven into the daily offering, through partnerships and creative guest programming focused on coral propagation, ecological research, turtle rehabilitation and repurposing marine plastic.

In partnership with their partner for ceramic tableware Kevala Ceramics, who individually handcraft each piece in Bali, Indonesia, the resort has introduced the use of handmade ceramic frames as a natural alternative to other materials that are widely used. The resort's marine biologists, along with the guests, have completed 32 coral frames, 30 ceramic structures, and planted 1200 fragment corals into the house reef.

A strong emphasis is placed on children’s activities to engage and raise awareness amongst the next generation of champions for the ocean. Embodying this future-thinking approach, Patina Maldives’ pioneering children's centre, Footprints, is a place of discovery and inspiration, engaging activities and exceptional facilities – all powered entirely by Swimsol, a company specialising in marine offshore solar panels and the leading solar panel provider in the Maldives. Patina Maldives plans to expand renewable panels by the end of 2023, with more rooftop panels being installed on all beach villas, with the ultimate goal of outfitting solar panels on all of the villas at the resort. With this addition, the solar contribution will increase from 15% to 20.8%, with the objective of providing 50% of the resort’s energy needs within the next five years.

David Tsang, Chief Executive Officer of Pontiac Land Group said, “Pontiac Land takes a long-term view on our real estate investments and developments, demonstrating responsibility, integrity and serious consideration for sustainability in every project.

Antonio Saponara, General Manager of Patina Maldives, Fari Islands, commented: “As an industry, we are entrusted with the role of custodians of the natural beauty of the extraordinary destination that is the Maldives. At Patina Maldives we are meticulous in our efforts to minimise the environmental impact of Fari Islands; we are constantly monitoring our processes and operations to make sure we always focus on human, social, economic and environmental factors, and to ensure we have a positive impact through everything we do.




Patina Maldives, Fari Islands is the inaugural flagship property from sophisticated new lifestyle brand Patina Hotels & Resorts, the latest hospitality concept by Capella Hotel Group. Designed by renowned Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan, Patina Maldives offers 90 contemporary one- to three-bedroom Beach and Water Pool Villas, alongside 20 Fari Studios, all of which embody a harmony of sanctuary and stimulation. Set in the Fari Islands archipelago in North Malé Atoll, guests can immerse themselves in a new expression of island life through thoughtful tailor-made wellness journeys, interactive music programmes, captivating culinary experiences, and bask in the light-filled James Turrell Skyspace pavilion — all while embracing the vibrant social scene that emanates from the destination’s communal heart: the Fari Marina Village and Fari Beach Club.


Patina Hotels & Resorts is the latest hospitality concept from Capella Hotel Group. Born out of guests’ desire to honour individuality, Patina appeals to a new generation of travellers who seek deeper connections with themselves and the world around them. The human-centred design flows with the natural modes people are in, gently and intuitively providing for each guest’s individual needs, ensuring that no two stays are exactly the same. A five-star, sophisticated lifestyle brand, Patina Maldives, Fari Islands will be the first launch, with another property in Ubud, Bali also in development. Patina Hotels & Resorts is a member partner of DISCOVERY, a multi-brand loyalty programme representing a collection of 40 independent hotel brands over 100 countries worldwide.


Fari Islands is an elevated Maldivian resort experience that celebrates nature, craft and connection. A Pontiac Land Group development anchored by three world-class hospitality brands, Fari Islands is located in the North Malé Atoll within the Maldives, a 50-minute luxury boat transfer from Malé International Airport. The archipelago also features the picturesque Fari Marina Village, built around a vibrant Beach Club, charming boutiques and a selection of handpicked, upscale food and beverage options. Spaces have been masterfully designed by renowned architects from Studio MK27 (by Marcio Kogan), Kengo Kuma & Associates, and Kerry Hill Architects, to bring about a delicate balance of serene and social. One of the islands is home to a thoughtful hospitality campus; Fari Campus is a dedicated island for staff with a focus on community, education, and engagement, and is the first of its kind in the Maldives.

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