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February 2016

Finolhu

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

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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 villa types to choose from – over water or on the beach, one or two bedroom, with or without pool – all eclectically furnished with Marshall speakers and blue bottles of organic skin and body products from UK brand, Neal’s Yard Remedies.

Collaborating once again with Island Restaurateur, Luke Mangan, Finolhu will be home to laid-back yet elegant dining options: Salt Grill is all about contemporary Australian cuisine; the Fish & Crab Shack is a relaxed nod to seaside food stalls; Baa Bar and Dining offers the simplicity of bold flavours served under the stars and accompanied by an extensive wine library; and Kanusan showcases the innovative flavours of Asian cuisines.

Centred around a hub of pastel-coloured beach huts, Finolhu’s The Cove will be a stripped-back spa concept, offering a calm haven with eight chandelier-lit treatment ‘Divans’, complemented by a fitness centre, yoga pavilion and outdoor ‘jungle gym’. The island’s natural environment is the inspiration for fitness activities at The Cove, from capoeira and paddleboarding to ballet and kickboxing, while the facilities will also include a relaxation area overlooking the beach, steam/sauna, wellness areas, salon and retail pavilion.

Finolhu’s Marine Hub is home to a variety of water sports and the dive centre, as well as the Oceaneers Club for tots to teens. For a go-slow beach vibe, guests can while away the days at the Baa Baa Beach Club, lazing and grazing on finger food, beers or cocktails.

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Four Seasons Announces New Hotel and Resort Openings in 2016

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Four Seasons Announces New Hotel and Resort Openings in 2016

 

September 14, 2015,  Toronto, Canada

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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.

 

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Four_Seasons_New_York_DowntownIn 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.

Planned            Four Seasons      Openings in 2016

Abu Dhabi, UAE – The first          Four Seasons     in the Emirati capital will be 200-room          Four Seasons     Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island, in the heart of the new Central Business District. The striking new building is on a prime stretch of waterfront adjacent to the new ADGM Square complex, home of the new Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange. A retro-modern Chicago steakhouse, a cocktail bar, and a poolside restaurant with sweeping views overlooking the sea are among an array of dining options planned.  The building will also house 124 private and serviced residences.

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Bogota, Colombia – The second of two additions to the brand’s South American portfolio, the modern, 64-room Four Seasons      Hotel Bogotá will also introduce an exciting new Japanese concept restaurant to a city that is receiving growing international attention as a destination for gourmands. Bogota is also attracting a new generation of cultural explorers interested in its rich history and colourful contemporary art scene, not to mention its 5,200 parks and the surrounding mountains.

Dubai, UAE –          Four Seasons     entered the UAE with its beachfront resort in Dubai less than a year ago, and will opens its second location in the city next year – this time in the heart of the 100 acre (45 hectare) downtown business district with the 106-room Four Seasons      Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre.  An 8th floor sky bar boasting Burj Khalifa views with a cigar room on the mezzanine is among the food and beverage options, while the rooftop pool and garden will provide a welcome oasis in this fast-paced city. Interiors by Tihany Design.

Kuwait City, Kuwait –The first          Four Seasons     in Kuwait will be the 263-room          Four Seasons     Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya in the central business district.  An Italian dining concept created around three wood-burning ovens as well as a pan-Asian restaurant – both with outdoor terraces on the penthouse level – will be among five food and beverage options. Interiors by Yabu Pushelberg will include a spectacular indoor pool in the beautifully designed spa and fitness complex.

Kyoto, Japan The 124-room Four Seasons      Hotel Kyoto will be the company’s second destination in Japan, in the city’s historic Higashiyama-ku district, close to the Kyoto National Museum and myriad heritage sites such as the Toyokuni Shrine and Kiyomizu Temple.  Local artists will be featured throughout the traditionally-inspired modern décor characterised by an understated Japanese aesthetic.  The Hotel will have a spa and fitness centre with a pool, and four food and beverage concepts.  There will also be 57 Four Seasons Private Residences.

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New York, New York, USA – Located in the heart of Lower Manhattan in the Tribeca district and just a short city stroll from the new World Trade Center, Wall Street and the trendy Soho neighbourhood, the 185-room          Four Seasons     Hotel New York Downtown joins its renowned sister hotel in Midtown, offering travellers two excellent options in the city.  The Robert AM Stern Architects building with interiors by Yabu Pushelberg will be home to an exclusive spa and fitness facility, naturally-lit event spaces, and soon-to-be-revealed street level restaurant and bar concept, as well as 157 Private Residences.

Oahu, Hawaii, USA – The highly anticipated fifth resort in the award-winning          Four Seasons     Hawaiian Collection and its first on Oahu, the 358-room Four Seasons      Resort O‘ahu at Ko Olina is located beachfront on the island’s sunset coast, with easy access to recreational pursuits, historic sites and shopping. Resort features include multiple beaches and pools – several reserved for adults only – a multi-level spa and wellness centre plus on-site tennis and watersports, and preferred access at the Ko Olina golf club.  Event spaces can host up to 900 guests. New design by Philpotts Interiors will enhance the original building by architect Edward Killingsworth.

Surfside, Florida, USA – The exclusive 77-room Four Seasons      Hotel The Surf Club revives the celebrated Surf Club in Four Seasons style, and will be the company’s fourth location in the Sunshine State.  The 9-acre (3.6-hectare) complex with 965 feet (300 metres) of Atlantic beachfront will offer more than 40 beach cabanas among landscaped gardens and four pools.  Design architects for the Hotel and 150 Private Residences are Richard Meier & Partners.

Tianjin, China – Underscoring the continued strategic importance of China as both an inbound and outbound travel market, the 259-room          Four Seasons     Hotel Tianjin will be the brand’s 9th hotel in the country. Part of a mixed complex with an office tower and retail stores, the Hotel is in a pedestrian-friendly area near Nanjing Road, the city’s main east-west thoroughfare and Bingjiang Avenue, the city’s major shopping area.  With three food and beverage options and a spa and fitness facility with a pool, the hotel will be the first Four Seasons in China’s 4th most populous city.

 

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PRESS CONTACTS

 

Sorya Gaulin

Director, Global Corporate Public Relations and Social Media

1165 Leslie Street

Toronto

U.S.A.

prsm@fourseasons.com

 

+1 (416) 441-4440

 

 

 

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Honeymoonlifestyle

Win A Luxe Honeymoon in Maldives by Haa Alifu atoll,

Wedding photo shoot of Mr and Mrsbin Maldives, Its one of the most memorable event a couples life time,

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 lagoon teeming with tropical fish. Surrounded by coconut palms and lush vegetation, this is the ideal place to live out your Robinson Crusoe fantasy – the only effort you’ll need to make is padding to and from the mini-bar or cracking open the gorgeous Bulgari goodies in the luxurious bathroom.

As part of your prize, you and your new husband will also get the chance to snorkel among the kaleidoscope of sea life in the resort’s shallow lagoon (cue turtles, stingrays and colourful brain coral).

But that’s not all: you’ll be treated to a relaxing 50-minute Balinese massage for two at the sublime Hideaway Spa. Here, the emphasis is on pampering the natural way, with Natura Bissé products and a soon-to-be introduced organic German range Dorissima. But be careful: you could easily lose a whole day here.

When the sun goes down, you’ve got free rein to sample the delicious cuisine at any of the fabulous restaurants, including the exotic Indian fare at the overwater Samsara, the open-deck Matheefaru – a buffet restaurant with a daily changing menu – and the heavenly beach-front Meeru Grill, which does excellent wood-fired pizzas when lobster and fillet steak gets too much. Our favourite? The Blue Heron, a new buzzing beach club where you can feast on sashimi and oysters at the ‘raw bar’ to a soundtrack of DJ beats.

We can’t think of a more enticing prize – enter now for your chance to win the ultimate honeymoon!

To enter: For your chance to win, simply answer the question below correctly.

For more details on the resort, visit Only Honeymoons at www.onlyhoneymoons.com or call 020 3824 8444. Only Honeymoons is a trading name of Prestige World ATOL 10803

Prize breakdown:

– Return economy flights from London and the regions (Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow) to Malé including taxes.

– 10 nights at the Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa Hotel staying in a Deluxe Water Villa on half-board basis (breakfast and dinner included).

– Transfers to and from Malé airport via seaplane subject to arrival time. (Stopovers can be arranged in Dubai in either direction.)

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Terms and conditions: 
Entry is restricted to persons aged 21 or older and resident in the UK or Republic of Ireland who are not employees of Condé Nast Publications Limited; Only Honeymoons or Prestige World or in any way connected with the promotion. No employee, agent, subcontractor or director of Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa, nor anyone connected with the competition, nor any member of such person’s family, is eligible to enter. The organisers reserve the right to verify the eligibility to enter. One entry per household. The winner will be chosen at random from all correct entries received by 24th March 2016. All travel must be taken between 1st June 2016 and 30th May 2017, subject to availability. Blackout dates: 21st September – 10th October 2016; 6th December 2016 – 5th February 2017; and 31st March – 15th April 2017. Travel must start in the UK and the prize cannot be transferred, exchanged for cash or used against another holiday, hotel or airline. Both passengers must travel together. All extra incidentals including spa treatments, entrance fees to tourism sites, additional meals, laundry and beverages etc. must be paid for directly by the prizewinner. Transfers to and from the UK departure point, gratuities and personal expenses are not included. Prize is not valid in combination with any other offer or promotion. Travel insurance or any airport fees and taxes are not included in the prize. It is the responsibility of the individual passengers to ensure they have travel insurance cover (which is strongly recommended to guard against cancellation), valid passports and inoculations prior to their journey. Visa applications for entry into countries requiring them for certain passport-holders must be obtained prior to travel. Once the flight tickets are issued, no changes can be made to the booking and routing charges are not permitted. The editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The promotion will be governed by English Law.
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Lily Beach Maldives is World Luxury Hotel Awards Nominee

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We are delighted to announce that Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Maldives, has been nominated for the prestigious 2016 World Luxury Hotel Awards. Following the recent nomination of our fine dining restaurant Les Turquoise d’Aqua for the 2016 Wold Luxury Restaurant Awards, the pleasure is even greater.

The World Luxury Hotel Awards is a recognized global organization providing luxury hotels with recognition for their world-class facilities and service excellence provided to guests. As it is guests’ voting that determines the winners, the award is even more important; it gives a say to those who we base everything that we do on. Our guests’ satisfaction is at the forefront at the resort and with the consistent positive feedback that we have been receiving on site, we hope that your excellent impressions of Lily Beach will help us stand out from the crowd and prove that Lily Beach is a gem worth visiting.

For an overview showing that Lily Beach is a true all-inclusive resort, don’t miss out the Platinum Plan information here

.manta-underwater-ocean-Ari-Atollfpo_mlg_183Would choose to prefer a Sand bank or a virgin palm island in Maldives?

Go to World Luxury Hotel Awards to see the listing and follow our blog and Facebook for updates on the voting.

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Coming Soon: Fly Fishing in the Maldives at Lily Beach Resort & Spa

Time to catch some fishes for tonights BBQ, It was a gorgeous time with friends around the most beautiful Natural islands of Maldives in Kaafu Atoll, Kaafu atoll is the most visited atoll in nation being the gate of the Maldives

The abundance and variety of fish beneath the South Ari Atoll make Lily Beach a top destination for any fly fisher.

Not only do you have the chance to catch your triumphant fish, but also to catch a sight of the Maldives’ breathtaking landscape, making the overall experience one that is bound to reel you in.

The number and size of fish are exceptional: Bonefish, Yellowfin Tuna, Barracuda and Milkfish are just a few species from the long and distinguished list of fish you may come across, not the forget about the one species that tops the wish lists of many anglers: Caranx Ignobilis, a.k.a. the Giant Trevally.

Explore beyond Lily Beach and hop on one of the fly fishing excursions that are coming soon to the Resort:

Guided half day fly fishing trip: $450

Guided full day fishing trip: $600

Those interested in doing some proper fly fishing in the Maldives may be interested in the exclusive fly fishing offer that we have running for a limited time – find detailed information about the 7-day Package, incl. accommodation and Platinum All-Inclusive, below:

Flying Fish Special 

Its the Maldives wedding by Asad, You must be heading to my web site to check these in high resolution, http://asad.photography

Time to catch some fishes for tonights BBQ, It was a gorgeous time with friends around the most beautiful Natural islands of Maldives in Kaafu Atoll, Kaafu atoll is the most visited atoll in nation being the gate of the Maldives Every single bit of Maldive is romantic, Its clear sunny days, Turquoise lagoons and its warm water, White sandy beaches and its surrounding environment and natural music, Photo by Asad Ethunuge kula gandu haadha fakkaley, I felt in in Love with the day and the scene in, Can you list the colors on this Image? How do you measure love in Maldives? Can we measure love with Naalhi or Laahi?
Disclaimer: The above prices are valid at the time of publishing, and are subject to change.

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DIVE INTO the Blues of Maldives

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Imagine coming up close and personal with a majestic manta ray, performing graceful underwater ballets. Watching sea turtles graze on seagrass in the lagoon, unbothered by your presence. Even better, a whale shark gliding peacefully through the crystal water, meters away from you.

In Maldives, anything is possible. The amazing underwater world, which put the Maldives on the world travel map in the first place, is an experience not to be missed. As befits a luxury, 5-star resort, the coral reefs offer some of the Maldives’ top dive and snorkeling sites.

Dive into the beautiful underwater realm that gives you endless opportunities to lay your eyes on the 5-star coral reef metropolis, buzzing with marine life. Novice snorkellers can admire the colourful marine life from the flat surface of the Indian Ocean, be it on the well protected and easily accessible house reef or by joining one of Prodivers’ several snorkelling excursions. Divers will know that the South Ari Atoll is home to the Maldives’ best diving and the islands of Ari Atoll offers an excellent jumping-off point for trying to find everything that’s on your Maldives bucket list.

The Maldivian Experienced Divers team will be pleased to show you around their stunning office and regardless of whether you have thousands of dives under your belt or you are a beginner, you will immediately realize that what lies on your doorstep in Maldives will be difficult to surpass anywhere in the world.

One of the biggest fascinations for those seeking scuba diving or snorkeling experiences in the Maldives, is the high likelihood of observing white sharks and manta rays. The Maldivian waters, and in particular Ari Atoll is home to one of the world’s most significant stocks of whale sharks and manta rays.

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Four Seasons Maldives Explorer is the brand’s only floating resort
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