The history of Maldives with Kurumba Maldives as the first One Resort One 1 Island,

Kurumba – The Beginning Tourism: an industry that brought prosperity and progress to the Maldives. It began with Kurumba’s...

THE SMALL MALDIVES ISLAND CO. LAUNCHES FINOLHU: A REVIVAL OF CLASSIC BEACH CHIC

Vibrant new resort set to lead Maldives scene back to a glamorous future from Summer 2016   Having revolutionised...

Maahefun

Maahefun or Maahifun Celebration marks the beginning of the Ramadan, Where the Muslims in Maldives celebrate the taking of their...

Hulhumale

Welcome to Hulhumale Hulhumale is essentially an extension of Male proper on the far side of the airport island,...
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The history of Maldives with Kurumba Maldives as the first One Resort One 1 Island,
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THE SMALL MALDIVES ISLAND CO. LAUNCHES FINOLHU: A REVIVAL OF CLASSIC BEACH CHIC
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HOW TO HONEYMOON IN THE MALDIVES

There are few places in the world that have captured my heart quite like the Maldives. I mean sure, I can’t give a solid answer as to my favorite place in the world on a good day… but this country would have to be up there in the few I can count on one hand! Recently myself and my partner set off on a not-our-honeymoon honeymoon trip to experience the Maldives as it is so well set up for – as a couple. While I’m usually off balancing my jet-setting around the world solo with a week or two at home to see him, I was very excited to bring him along on an adventure and share this special destination with him. So… wondering how to honeymoon in the Maldives? We’ve got you covered!     Make sure you try all of the activities The Maldives are a collection of…

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10 of the world’s most quirky restaurants

Sure, the quality of the food is usually the main reason to try a new restaurant. But at these 10 eateries, the experience is about more than taste. Recently highlighted by TripAdvisor.com, these wonderfully strange restaurants just might change your definition of dining out. The Rock (Zanzibar, Tanzania) It’s exactly what it sounds like. The Rock restaurant is perched on a rock off Michanvi Ringwe Beach on the southeast coast of Zanzibar. With just 12 tables, The Rock is small. But if you’re lucky enough to get one you’ll enjoy unforgettable views of the sea and coast. Originally a fishermen’s post, the restaurant specializes in seafood. The octopus salad is a great start before “the Rock special” of lobster, cigal, jumbo prawn, fish fillet and calamari on the grill. The restaurant is accessible by foot during low tide and via boat transfer during high tide. The Treehouse Restaurant at the Alnwick Garden (Alnwick, England) Have a…

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The history of Maldives with Kurumba Maldives as the first One Resort One 1 Island,

Kurumba – The Beginning Tourism: an industry that brought prosperity and progress to the Maldives. It began with Kurumba’s opening in 1972. At the time, this remote archipelago, inhabited only by fisher folk, was unknown to the outside world, with no foreign investment. There was only a small airstrip on Hulhule Island (the present international airport), built by volunteers, with no regular flights. Mohamed Umar Maniku, Universal Enterprises’ Chairman, recalls: “We had nothing in the Maldives then, nothing. No Banks, no airport, no telephones only ham radio or Morse code contact with Colombo. Even the UNDP experts said that tourism would never succeed because there were no facilities, no infrastructure.” Here was an industry that could have easily missed its chance to grow, yet tourism flourished thanks to the right people in the right place at the right time, and the passion and determination of its young Maldivian founders. It…

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THE SMALL MALDIVES ISLAND CO. LAUNCHES FINOLHU: A REVIVAL OF CLASSIC BEACH CHIC

Vibrant new resort set to lead Maldives scene back to a glamorous future from Summer 2016   Having revolutionised the ‘typical Maldives resort’ concept with this year’s game-changing launch of Amilla Fushi, The Small Maldives Island Co. looks set to confound expectations once again with the opening of sister resort Finolhu in Summer 2016.  Bringing a timeless sense of style to the pristine lagoons and rich waters of the Maldives’ Baa Atoll, Finolhu will be a refined, retro-inspired island paradise for the fun-loving beach-erati, and an unexpected revival of the halcyon days of the classic chic getaway. Located in the UNESCO world biosphere that is the Baa Atoll (just 30 minutes in a speedboat from sister resort Amilla Fushi) Finolhu is the ultimate island experience for chic couples, fun-loving families and gatherings of friends alike.  Over water or on the beach, as one or two bedroom with or without pool,…

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Roxy-Pacific Holdings ventures into the Maldives with Zitahli Kuda-Funafaru purchase

Singapore-listed Roxy-Pacific Holdings Limited has agreed to buy Zitahli Kuda-Funafaru Resort and Spa located in Noonu Atoll, the Republic of Maldives, for US$ 31 million through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Roxy Hotels and Resorts Pte Ltd. JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group was the exclusive advisor for the sale, acting on behalf of AAA Group, which owns Zitahli Kuda-Funafaru. The resort is the Singapore group’s first acquisition in the Maldives following a competitive process that attracted strong interest from groups in China, Thailand, Australia, UK and the United Arab Emirates. Nihat Ercan, Executive Vice President, JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group, Asia said, “We would like to congratulate Roxy-Pacific Holdings on the acquisition of this spectacular property. Zitahli Kuda-Funafaru is a five-star, luxury resort in one of the world’s most coveted tourist destinations. With its investor-friendly policies and robust trading fundamentals, we are seeing a surge in investor interest in Maldives resort assets….

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Baglioni reveals resort opening in Maldives

A new luxury private island resort developed in the Maldives by Baglioni Hotels is to open in the first quarter of 2017. The Baglioni Resort Maldives will be the first Italian luxury five-star resort in the Maldives, on the private island of Maagau in Dhaalu Atoll. This exclusive resort of 99 villas surrounded by turquoise water, velvet white sand and the tropical nature of one of the most spectacular Maldivian islands, will allow guests to experience a bespoke stay in the heart of the Indian Ocean with the unique Italian hospitality of Baglioni Hotels. Designed to minimize the environmental impact, with sustainable materials and measures for the maximum sustainability and efficiency, Baglioni Resort Maldives will be the perfect destination for an unforgettable stay between sport and relax, all enriched by a prestigious gastronomic offer for the most exclusive International clientele. It includes three restaurants, a swimming pool and bar, spa and…

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Kurumba Maldives receives two World Travel Awards in 2016

Approval Kurumba Maldives is proud to announce that they have been awarded two accolades in the 2016 World Travel Awards as follows: Maldives’ Leading Resort 2016 Indian Ocean’s Leading MICE Hotel 2016 The first award highlights Kurumba as Maldives’ Leading Resort, which is presented to the best 4.5 to high end 5-star resorts. Kurumba Maldives has been revitalizing itself with a large investment to enhance the guest experience progressively over the past six years. Combined with these actions, the resort was rebranded under the principle of “Maldives in Full Colour”, which has brought a highly differentiated guest experience with the goal to offer more for its guests than resorts further afield. The second award, as Indian Ocean’s leading MICE hotel is presented due to the resort being able to successfully host corporate retreats, groups, incentives, meetings and events on its grounds. The prestigious World Travel Awards have been recognizing organizations…

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From Thilas to Kandus: Scuba Diving in the Maldives

With 20 atolls and around 1,200 islands the Maldives are, without doubt, one of the finest dive sites that our Blue Planet has to offer. Almost every diver dreams about visiting this stunning archipelago at least once in their lifetime. The azure blue lagoons surrounding the islands of the Maldives draw in visitors from across the world, each seeking to explore the underwater world while snorkeling or scuba diving. The variety of intact reefs and colorful marine life is spectacular to witness, but the attraction of the Maldives goes beyond the underwater world. The sight of the dreamy white sand beaches, palm trees and dense green vegetation is equally beautiful and unique. So, with this widespread appeal, it’s not surprising that every hotel island in the Maldives has its own dive center, offering trips to the most beautiful places of the atolls. The range of dive sites that span the…

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Maahefun

Maahefun or Maahifun Celebration marks the beginning of the Ramadan, Where the Muslims in Maldives celebrate the taking of their last meal before beginning the month-long fasting. It is a traditional celebration where everybody gathered to have their last meal before fasting and thereafter the peoples of Maldives began to throw any living thing that moves into nearest beach, Fuvahmulah Thundi is one of the most visited places of Fuvahmulah on this Festival, People from Male and other islands of Maldives visit the closest uninhabited island on this occasion. Accommodation   Food Places in Fuvahmulah Royal Restaurent Mango Activities     Maahifun 2015 at Fuvahmulah thundi by Asad’s Photography | Ibrahim Asad | http://asad.photo   Maahifun 2011 at Fuvahmulah thundi by Asad’s Photography | Ibrahim Asad | http://asad.photo      

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Hulhumale

Welcome to Hulhumale Hulhumale is essentially an extension of Male proper on the far side of the airport island, where 1.8 sq km of reef has been built up to create a manmade island – the first phase of an ambitious project to relieve the pressure caused by population growth on Male. Sand and coral were dug up from the lagoon and pumped into big heaps on the reef top. Hulhumale is essentially an extension of Male proper on the far side of the airport island, where 1.8 sq km of reef has been built up to create a manmade island – the first phase of an ambitious project to relieve the pressure caused by population growth on Male. Sand and coral were dug up from the lagoon and pumped into big heaps on the reef top. Then bulldozers pushed the rubble around to form a quadrilateral of dry land…

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BAROS MALDIVES WINS FIVE TRIPADVISOR AWARDS

Baros Maldives has been awarded recognition by TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice as Number 8 in the World’s Best Hotels for Romance and as Number 2 Best Hotel for Romance in Asia. The Awards are based on millions of reviews collected during 2015 from TripAdvisor users worldwide. Established in 2002, the Travelers’ Choice awards are the highest honour TripAdvisor can bestow on a hotel. They reflect “the best of the best” for service, quality, and customer satisfaction. Baros Maldives also won a further three TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards, being acclaimed as No 9 in Asia Top Hotels as well as featuring in the top 25 of Asia’s Luxury Hotels and for the Best Service of a Hotel in Asia. The Resort Manager of Baros Maldives, Mr Shuhan, said: “We greatly value the recognition by TripAdvisor in this manner because the awards are based on the comments of guests who have stayed at…

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THE GENTLEMAN’S SIDE OF BAROS MALDIVES

Acclaimed as one of the world’s most romantic resorts, Baros Maldives has so much more to offer than romance, making the island ideal for gentlemen seeking respite from the pressures and routine of daily life. This private island resort offers everything from big game fishing to signature cocktails; from lessons in windsurfing or diving to tutored wine tastings; from a dedicated villa host as a Personal Assistant to gourmet cuisine in a sophisticated setting; from solitude for reflection to instant connectivity with the cyber world. Far away from the stress of responsibility and formal attire, but close to the world being just 25 minutes by resort speedboat from the Maldives International Airport, Baros Maldives is easily accessible for a relaxing short break. It’s one of the few places in the world where a hard working gentleman can take off his tie and leather shoes and trade them in for bare feet in…

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Lily Beach Resort & Spa at Huvahendhoo Won the Maldives’ Leading All-Inclusive Resort Award!

The team at Lily Beach Resort & Spa are overjoyed to be able to share with you the exciting news that with your help, Lily Beach has won the outstanding ‘Maldives’ Leading All-Inclusive Resort 2016‘ title. Yet as much as we are proud of having been voted the Maldives’ Leading All-Inclusive Resort 2016′, what makes our hearts skip a beat is foremostly the fact that so many of you took the time to express your satisfaction with Lily’s Platinum All-Inclusive Plan. We thank you for that! Our guests favour the Platinum All-Inclusive Plan because it’s an all-encompassing all-inclusive package that takes away the hassle of worrying about your day-to-day expenses at the resort; why not budget your holiday in advance and indulge in a carefree, no-fine-print-break once you’re here! The extensive Platinum Plan undoubtedly puts Lily Beach head and shoulders above most of the Maldives’ resorts; as pioneers of the…

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Indian Ocean Winners 2016

Indian Ocean Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline Air Seychelles Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline – Business Class Air Seychelles Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline – Economy Class Air Seychelles Indian Ocean’s Leading Airport Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, Maldives Indian Ocean’s Leading Airport Lounge Air Mauritius: Mauritius International Airport The Amédée Maingard Lounge Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Destination Maldives Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Resort Andilana Beach Resort, Madagascar Indian Ocean’s Leading Boutique Hotel Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel, Mauritius Indian Ocean’s Leading Boutique Hotel Brand LUX* Resorts & Hotels Indian Ocean’s Leading Cabin Crew Air Seychelles Indian Ocean’s Leading Car Rental Company Europcar Indian Ocean’s Leading Cruise Destination Seychelles Indian Ocean’s Leading Cruise Line Royal Caribbean International Indian Ocean’s Leading Cruise Port Port Victoria, Seychelles Indian Ocean’s Leading Culinary Hotel LUX* Belle Mare, Mauritius Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination Maldives Indian Ocean’s Leading Dive Destination Maldives Indian Ocean’s Leading Dive Resort Constance Moofushi, Maldives Indian Ocean’s…

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Maldives becomes fourth island state to ratify Paris climate deal

Environment minister says new research on potential sea level rise makes approval of UN pact vital for vulnerable low-lying countries By Ed King The Maldives has become the fourth small island state to announce it has ratified the Paris climate agreement, two weeks before an official UN signing ceremony in New York. Parliament voted to approve the pact on Tuesday, which commits countries to limit global warming to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels, and target net zero carbon emissions before 2100. “It is telling that some of the country’s most vulnerable to the crisis were the first to approve its ratification,” said Maldives environment minister Thoriq Ibrahim. “We hope the rest of the world follows our example and, even more importantly, moves expeditiously to implement climate solutions.” The decision follows those of the Marshall Islands, Fiji and Palau in recent weeks. Analysis: UN’s Paris climate deal could enter into force…

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6 of the best honeymoon resorts in the Maldives

Celebrate tying the knot in one of the most beautiful beach destinations on the earth Maldives honeymoon resorts – in pictures White sandy beaches, crystal clear lagoons and dazzling astronomical displays: it’s not difficult to see why the seductive islands of the Maldives are a popular honeymoon destination for newlyweds. After the emotional rollercoaster involved in planning a wedding, the sunny Maldives is a peaceful getaway for couples to unwind and enjoy time away from London life in the idyllic and peaceful waters of the Indian Ocean. Looking for the low-down on where to stay? We’ve rounded up six of the most luxurious resorts to make any honeymoon unforgettable. Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi   Butlers bringing you brunch while you paddle, private sands and an underwater spa experience: boutique hotels don’t come much more blissful than Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi. Honeymooners can book a large and luxurious deluxe beach bungalow which opens out onto…

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The Maldives voted top location for honeymoon couples

When it comes to the honeymoon, will you be shunning two weeks on the beach for somewhere off the beaten track? Travel brand Kuoni has revealed its latest report showing the Maldives scores as the top location for honeymoon couples, but also that adventure holidays are growing in popularity over stay-put beach breaks Couples see the Maldives as the ultimate luxury island paradise, with the holiday destination scoring the top spot for honeymooners, Kuoni’s worldwide trends report shows. With its unique collection of all-island resorts and over-water villas, the Maldives continues to set the pace in luxury travel and scores higher than any other destination on customer satisfaction. The worldwide holiday company has seen holidays with an adventure, cultural or touring element as part of the itinerary grow at twice the pace of stay-put beach breaks over the past two years, and the report has also unveiled the top locations…

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Preparing for the launch of Finolhu, the latest from The Small Maldives Island Co.

Having revolutionised the ‘typical Maldives resort’ concept with 2014’s game-changing launch of Amilla Fushi, The Small Maldives Island Co. looks set to confound expectations once again with the opening of sister resort Finolhu in mid-2016. To celebrate the soon-to-open property, the new Resort Manager, Rochelle Kilgariff, visited Sydney and invited media guests to a sumptuous lunch at Regatta Rose Bay on Friday 12 February. Over lunch of sashimi cones and savoury cigars, Ms Kilgariff described what guests can expect at Finolhu. The new resort is set to bring a timeless sense of style to the pristine lagoons and rich waters of the Maldives’ Baa Atoll, taking the form of a retro-inspired island paradise for fun-loving jetsetters. Located in the UNESCO World Biosphere that is the Baa Atoll (just 30 minutes by speedboat from sister resort, Amilla Fushi), Finolhu is an island experience for couples, fun-loving families and gathering of friends. There are seven…

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Four Seasons Announces New Hotel and Resort Openings in 2016

Four Seasons Announces New Hotel and Resort Openings in 2016   September 14, 2015,  Toronto, Canada          Four Seasons continues to expand its global footprint and affirm its position as the world’s leading luxury hospitality brand with 12 new openings currently scheduled in late 2015 and 2016, including several first-time entries in new countries.  As always, each new          Four Seasons     hotel or resort will be as unique as the destination it calls home.   In 2015, the opening of Four Seasons      Hotel Bahrain Bay marked the first          Four Seasons     in that country, and the company added a second hotel in France with the re-branding of the storied Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat.  By year’s end, the company will add three more destinations to the global traveller’s wish list with Four Seasons      Hotel Seoul, Four Seasons      Hotel Casablanca, and Four Seasons      Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá, the first of two in the city….

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Win A Luxe Honeymoon in Maldives by Haa Alifu atoll,

There are few destinations more breathtaking than the Maldives… Think a string of far-flung desert islands where you sleep in thatched villas built on stilts over the water and swim in a sea the colour of topaz jewels. Win A Luxe Honeymoon in Maldives by Haa Alifu atoll, Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa is a short seaplane ride from Malé, Well, win this mega-watt competition and you could be lounging on those same white sands in your favourite kaftan quicker than you can shout ‘someone bring me a Mai Tai!’ A private island paradise in the Haa Alifu atoll, Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa is a short seaplane ride from Malé, one of the most lusted-after resorts in the Indian Ocean. You’ll enjoy 10 nights half-board (breakfast and dinner included) in a Deluxe Water Villa, which comes with its own plunge pool and private sundeck with steps down to a…

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