September 2016


Exploring countries through their food and drink


Our specialists have distilled some of the best food experiences from their recent travels, from cookery courses and street food tours to al fresco fine dining, here are their highlights.

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Audley Travel Guide Awards 2016


Our hand-picked local guides are a key ingredient to our trips. Each year we invite our most celebrated guides to a special weekend to celebrate their outstanding achievements over the past 12 months.

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7 Medals for Lily Beach Chefs at the FHAM 2016


The Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Maldives, team of chefs won a total of 7 medals at the Food and Hospitality Asia Maldives International Culinary Challenge & Exhibition 2016.

Please join us in congratulating the whole team on winning 1 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals, and thereby receiving a prominent accolade that each chefs in the region aspires to. The awards appropriately reflect the endless hours of efforts that our chefs spend to present to Lily Beach guests culinary creations that are nothing short of perfect.

Hats off to Prasanna Dinesh, Jude Cooray, Zahir Musthafa, Dilusha Lakmal and Sakthivel Dharmaraj!

Lily Beach is known across the Maldives for its simply spectacular dining options; from the luscious buffets at Lily Maa to a la carte fine dining at Tamarind to romantic, private dining, it is not only your appetite that will be whet – you will enter a foodie heaven that will whip up your already fabulous holiday at Lily Beach to one that’s seasoned to perfection!


With the clock ticking faster in the Maldives, you may wish to consider pre-booking some of our guests’ favourite dining experiences:

Fine dining special dinner
Romantic candlelight dinner with a personal chef

Teppanyaki dinner



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Carbon offsetting – where does your money go?


It’s important to us to assess our carbon footprint when travelling abroad and reduce the impact of our own carbon emissions. We do this through ClimateCare, investing funds in projects around the world.

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Comment on Introducing Obonjan: the best holiday you’ve never had by Linda Aksomitis

Honeymoon Couple in maldives Chris & Venessa

A restival sounds amazing! So far, I must say the best restival I’ve ever had was a train trip, but this looks even better.

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9 sides of China


Our China specialists can recommend places and activities to suit a variety of interests, whether you want to stay in a characterful property, explore the local culture or enjoy the country’s busiest attractions away from the crowds.

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Zambia safari: A journey in pictures


Georgia Darlow won our Sunday Times Photography Competition in 2015. She was fortunate to win a safari for two to Zambia, and talks us through her favourite photos captured on the trip.

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MALDIVES Diana and Bodgana at Adaaran Vadhoo in Male atoll, DOUBLE TAP IF YOU LOVE, COMMENT WITH LOVE PHOTO BY Asad

Spring is here so why not treat yourself to a luxury getaway to the glistening waters of the Maldives.

Couples, honeymooners, fun loving families and groups of friends, Addicted to Maldives has something for you all so be sure to take a look at some of the fabulous Spring Treat Offers we have below:


A remote island paradise, tucked away in a southern corner of the stunning Maldives. This idyllic resort offers large and luxurious villas, all featuring private pools, a personal butler to cater to your every need and some of the best snorkeling we have been fortunate enough to experience in the Maldives!

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Jumeirah Dhevanafushi are offering;

·       A whopping 45% discount off room rates

·      Complimentary upgrade to half board meals!

·      2 x children under the age of 12 years, stay and eat complimentary!

Throw in a 20% discount on all pre booked spa treatments and a 15% discount on destination dining experiences and you have an offer that will be hard to beat!

Valid for travel from the 1st October – 19th December 2016



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Welcome to your “island home”

Amilla Fushi is an uber modern resort featuring white cube houses blessed with private infinity edged pools, perfectly positioned baths to take in the glorious ocean views, personal Katheebs(butlers) to take care of your every need and is surrounded by the incredibly rich in marine life waters of Baa Atoll.

After a day of snorkeling and exploring the island, flop on a bean bag at the Emperor Beach Club and listen to the chilled out beats of the resident DJ. My suggestion would be to order yourself a nice bottle of vino from the impressive wine cellar and why not indulge in a cheese and antipasto platter while you’re at it!

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A perfect Maldivian Island hideaway, Amilla Fushi caters to those seeking to do absolutely nothing but work on your tan and also those who enjoy a little more activity in their holidays! Sign up for a match of tennis with the on site tennis pro, or take on the staff in a friendly game of soccer… I warn you though, they make a strong team and recently won the Baa atoll challenge!

With more than 6 enticing dining options and bars, Amilla Fushi will have you looking forward to every meal….you could easily spend 2 weeks here (which I have done) and not get bored!

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Take advantage of the fabulous offers available at Amilla Fushi now:

·      Complimentary room upgrade from a Lagoon house to an Ocean Reef House or One bedroom Beach House. (Valid for 2 x adults until 30th April 2017)

·      Receive a 25% room rate discount on stays of 4 nights or more

·      Receive a 30% room rate discount on stays of 8 nights or more

·      Book 45 days prior to departure and enjoy complimentary half board meals for 2 x adults! (Certain times of the year only)



 A brand new jewel in the Indian Ocean, this Maldivian beauty is due to open on the 1st October 2016 and is one of the most awaited openings of the year!

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Staying true to their environmentally friendly ethos, Sonea Jani offers an authentic Maldivian Luxury experience .

The water retreats offer every luxury your could imagine and either feature a gorgeous hanging pod chair suspended over the lagoon, or a water slide from the top level going directly into the lagoon! And if that isn’t enough, each villa features a retractable roof above the main bedroom area so that you can lay back and enjoy an evening of star gazing from the comfort of your private villa!

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A beach club features on the most stunning stretch of beach…here you will spend your day relaxing under luxurious Balinese styled tents while enjoying a variety of refreshments offered beachside. And you must try the Beach BBQ lunch where freshly caught fish and different meats are prepared fresh and cooked in the ground in front of you!

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Let’s not forget the Maldives first over water silent cinema or the complimentary chocolates, ice cream and cheese offered from the on-site deli room!

Addicted to Maldives are offering the below for bookings between 1st October -19th December 2016 at Soneva Jani:

·      A huge 50% off room rates

·      Complimentary upgrade to half board meals (Australian residents only)

·      Up to 2 x children under the age of 12 years receive complimentary seaplane transfers and full board from the children’s menu! 



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Finolhu opened with a bang back in June and has been enjoying rave reviews ever since!

A true beach club haven, Finolhu Maldives brings a fun, chilled out beach vibe to the Maldives!

Make a splash at the daily retro pool party at the Baa Baa Beach Club, or spend the afternoon up at the Fish & Crab Shack feasting on buckets of fresh prawns and soft shell crab tacos , all washed down with a refreshing glass of rose’.

You’ll find a resident DJ here too, mixing beats and bringing back some old school tunes that will call for a bit of beach dancing!

The villas are located either over the turquoise lagoon or on the beachand some feature private pools!

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If you’re seeking an active holiday, Finolhu ticks all the boxes with a wide variety of water sports available, a huge state of the art indoor gym as well as a mini outdoor gym, tennis and mutli courts and of course, it wouldn’t be the Maldives without a sublime spa to unwind in.

Check out the amazing offers below available now until the 30th September 2017 at Finolhu: (Blackout date periods apply)

·      Save a huge 53% off room rates

·      Complimentary upgrade to full board meals in the Main dining restaurant

·      Complimentary room upgrade from a Lagoon Villa to an Ocean Lagoon Villa with Pool

·      Stay 5 nights and receive 1 x complimentary spa treatment per person

·      Stay 7 nights and receive 2 x complimentary spa treatments per person


So what are you waiting for?

Pull out those suitcases, bikinis and kaftans and contact us today to start planning your dash to the Maldives in 2016! T&C’s apply..some offers applicable to Australian Residents only

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Comment on What makes a winning hotel? Have your say in the #SmithAwards by Emily Stone

Honeymoon Couple in maldives Chris & Venessa

I think the most important aspect of a good hotel is the level of service you receive and the hotel amenities.

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Comment on Biking Charleston: a video tour on two wheels by Best Flight Deals

Honeymoon Couple in maldives Chris & Venessa

Great, that place is looking so beautiful and very happy to know you explore beauty of that beautiful place on two wheeler. that is one of the great things and very interesting video you have shared.

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Experience La Dolce Vita in Italy


The allure of Italy is endless, from local delicacies in Tuscany and historical architecture in Rome to the rugged coastline of the Amalfi Coast. With activities spanning every range of interests it can be difficult to know where to begin, but our Italy specialists have traveled the country to select the best of all Italy has to offer.

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Apologies for that terrible pun but this spectacular and hard to spot creature is a Leaf Scorpionfish (Taenianotus triacanthus), it is the sole member of its genus and that makes it pretty special in our books. They get their name due to their thin bodies that waft like a leaf in the currents, this is only one of their camouflage techniques.
If that wasn’t enough it can also have colour variations throughout it’s life, every 10-14 days it molts and can change it’s colour after this. Left Scorpionfish can be red, yellow, orange, green, brown, pink or white, with a whole host of patterns to help it camouflage.
That’s not a beard growing around its mouth but many tiny branches of skin mimicking algae. It can also have real algae or hydroids attached to it attracting smaller fish to come closer. Once the small fish is lured in the huge mouth is opened and the vacuum effect sucks in any prey nearby.
So why are we Leafing and Branching Out? Well our little team has spread out to Soneva Jani resort and future posts will mix between the two resorts as we continue to explore and protect the marine life at our islands!
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