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February 2017

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Uncover Thailand’s hidden sites and experiences

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Ride a brand new train, cook with a celebrated Thai chef or trek through a national park by torchlight. Our Thailand specialists share their top hidden spots, as well as some new experiences that haven’t made the guidebooks yet.

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Calcutta: culture and cuisine in India’s friendliest city

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India specialist Graham explores the culture and cuisine of Calcutta, also known as India’s friendliest city.

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9 markets worth a visit

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Whether you’re sampling fresh seafood in Japan, exploring the floating markets of Vietnam or shopping for artisanal goods in Australia, these are our specialists’ top picks for must-see markets around the world.

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Sailing Yacht Elieser

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Elieser is a stylish sailing yacht for charters based in Male Atoll, the Maldives. The yacht has 5 cabins, a comfortable salon and galley area. You can relax aboard and see yourself loving the independence and indulgence offered by all this space. You’ll easily be able to imagine living aboard and cruising with your family and friends. An excellent yacht for your bareboat or skippered sailing vacations around the pristine waters of the Maldives Atolls.

Below decks: light, openness, remarkable fittings and materials, everywhere space — the space to get together when you want, but also to have some space to yourself if that’s what you feel like.

Topside: cockpit, stern platform, deck-easy going and protected everywhere.

And then: Stowage space forward, separate crew cabin, roomy stern stowage space with tilting cover revealing a large bathing platform. You can enjoy all your creature comforts and the convenience of beautifully designed equipment.

A superb Yacht! Beautiful people!

YACHT SPECIFICATION

TYPE: SAILING YACHT
MANUFACTURER: DUFOUR
MODEL: GIB’ SEA 51′
LENGTH: 15.80 M
WIDTH: 4.84 M
ENGINE: 78 HP
FUEL: DIESEL
MAIN SAIL: BATTENED
5 DOUBLE CABINS
5 SHOWERS
1 SALOON
NAVIGATION: GPS
10 PASSENGERS

Elieser charter comes with complete crew including skipper and cook. Sailing, snorkelling, visit native islands to explore culture, visit sandpits to soak up the sun, ocean and the sand.

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Sailing Yacht Elieser

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Elieser is a stylish sailing yacht for charters based in Male Atoll, the Maldives. The yacht has 5 cabins, a comfortable salon and galley area. You can relax aboard and see yourself loving the independence and indulgence offered by all this space. You’ll easily be able to imagine living aboard and cruising with your family and friends. An excellent yacht for your bareboat or skippered sailing vacations around the pristine waters of the Maldives Atolls.

Below decks: light, openness, remarkable fittings and materials, everywhere space — the space to get together when you want, but also to have some space to yourself if that’s what you feel like.

Topside: cockpit, stern platform, deck-easy going and protected everywhere.

And then: Stowage space forward, separate crew cabin, roomy stern stowage space with tilting cover revealing a large bathing platform. You can enjoy all your creature comforts and the convenience of beautifully designed equipment.

A superb Yacht! Beautiful people!

YACHT SPECIFICATION

TYPE: SAILING YACHT
MANUFACTURER: DUFOUR
MODEL: GIB’ SEA 51′
LENGTH: 15.80 M
WIDTH: 4.84 M
ENGINE: 78 HP
FUEL: DIESEL
MAIN SAIL: BATTENED
5 DOUBLE CABINS
5 SHOWERS
1 SALOON
NAVIGATION: GPS
10 PASSENGERS

Elieser charter comes with complete crew including skipper and cook. Sailing, snorkelling, visit native islands to explore culture, visit sandpits to soak up the sun, ocean and the sand.

Request a quote NOW

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The Sunday Times photography competition: spotlight on three of our weekly winners

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We’ve enjoyed receiving the latest entries for the Sunday Times Travel Photography Competition. Here we highlight three winners which showcase the talent we’ve seen so far.

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Our top 6 glamping spots

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Looking for inspiration in finding a standout camping experience? Our specialists reveal the best alfresco escapes.

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THE MAGICAL DEEP NORTH DIVING CHARTER

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The Magical Deep North Diving Charter itinerary is a special Cruise from August to November during North West Monsoon, to discover Baa Atoll and its best dive sites. Most of them will be Thilas, underwater Pinnacles, well-known for beautiful coral and abundant fish life. At the outside reef it is very likely to see Manta Rays, Whale Sharks and other big visitors.

DAY ONE (1)
Upon arrival to Male ‘ International Airport, you will be met & greeted by our representative and then you will be transported to your chosen Safari Boat. Enjoy your welcome drink and take your time to discover your room and unpacking. Relax in the restaurant before we come together for our Safety Briefing. After chilling out and setting in we anchor outside Kurumba. No time to waste to get into the water for our Check Dive at KURUMBA HOUSE REEF or FARU CORNER to get comfortable in the waters of Maldives. While we anchor in Kurumba, you have time to explore the Boat.

DAY TWO (2)
In the early morning we get fresh at NASSIMO THILA with its scattered pinnacles going down to 30m or at OKOBE THILA which comprises three large coral heads and where you can see Eagle Rays, Jacks and Napoleon Wrasses. Our second dive is either conducted at BODU HITHI THILA where many holes and crevices surprise you with colorful Sea Slugs, Flatworms, Cleaner Shrimps and Morays or at RASFARI THILA, on the West side of North Male’ Atoll. Announced as one of the many marine protected areas in the Maldives, this outer reef is famous for good drift dive with large sloping walls, dropping down to 90m. Most likely you will see Gray Reef Sharks, Silver Tip and White Tip Reef Sharks as well as Eagle Rays dancing in the current. Our last jump happens at ZIYAARAIY THILA, situated in the middle of the wide channel, running roughly east-west at about 9m depth. Watch out for Mantas. After this experience the boat crosses Kardiva Channel, the largest channel in Maldives, to move from North Male’ Atoll to Baa Atoll. This cruise needs around 6hrs and we will be out of signal range for about 1hr.

DAY THREE (3)
The boat is resting at Dharavandhoo where we descend at DHONFANU THILA, our first spot to see Mantas. This oval shaped reef reaches from 7-14m with a beautiful formed swim-through at about 18m depth, ending at 25m. Follow the canyon between the main reef and a slightly standing rock with astonishing corals and marine life. During this season you find all big visitors such as Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays and Barracudas. Let’s venture to DHIGU THILA, often referred as Manta Point, as outgoing current provides best feeding conditions for those amazing giants. On the South side of the reef you find a wall with overhangs and caves between 15-20m. We go for DHARAVANDHOO THILA, a photographer’s highlight for stunning landscape shots of steep ledges, colorful caves, sand slopes and narrow crevices. The beauty of this Thila is its unusual features. We anchor at Dhiggiri for our night shutdown.

DAY FOUR (4)
To discover the other side of this partially 200m wide reef, we take you once more to DHARAVANDHOO THILA, to complete your discovery tour. The boat cruises North-East, to drop us off in the area of HANI FARU BAY, where we conduct the second dive at HANI FARU and the third dive at HANI THILA, both hotspots for exciting get-togethers with Whale Sharks and big groups of Mantas, which means about 100’s. As this small bay is the ultimate area for spectacular photo shots, make sure you take your camera.

DAY FIVE (5)
In the early morning hours the boat cruises to Maalhos in the East, where we anchor for the day. Today we discover two reefs, all about Manta Rays. Our dive sites are DHE’ GAA THILA and DEEGUNA THILA. Watch these magnificent creatures feeding and cleaning to get rid of the unwelcomed parasites at the famous cleaner stations around the reefs. Our third stop is at DHIGALI HAA, a submerged pinnacle starting at 7m depth and smaller pinnacles at the Western edge. A famous spot for Sharks and small schools of Barracudas. But you will also experience big schools of Unicornfish, playing in the bubbles, legions of Blue-Dash Fusiliers and hunting Jacks and Trevallies. A photographer’s paradise for “arty” shots.

DAY SIX (6)
You wake up in Maamaduvari from where we head to NELIVARU GIRI for a relaxing early morning dive. This large reef with a healthy coral life, rocks and caves features especially Snapper,Tuna, Turtles and Mantas. Watch the reef carefully, as there is so much to see. We have a big time ahead at KUDADHOO CORNER, at the channel entrance to Maavihaa Kandu, the Southern tip of Baa Atoll. This area offers all the unusual range of fish life. Here you will find Napolean Wrasse, Lobster, Nurse Sharks and Turtles. After our last dive at MAAMADUVARI THILA, we take you to an uninhabited island to enjoy a typical Beach BBQ.

DAY SEVEN (7)
Today we move back to North Male’ Atoll, but if you are not flying within the next 24hrs, you have the chance for a last early morning dive at OLHUGIRI KANDU, the South End of Baa Atoll. This interesting dive site with its special morphology full of life, allows a great “power glide” towards the inside of the Atoll. To enjoy the time out of the water you go for an excursion to Male’ City, the capital of Maldives. See the historical sites, visit the markets or go for some shopping to complete your experience of the Maldives.

DAY EIGHT (8)
After breakfast your crew will transfer you to Male’ International Airport.

The above Itinerary is just to give you an idea of the routes we follow and dive sites. The route will be discussed on your arrival, we will consider your preferences, weather and seasons to offer you an unforgettable diving experience.

Our selection of handpicked liveaboards are excellent choices for diving charters in Maldives. Get a quote now.

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THE MAGICAL DEEP NORTH DIVING CHARTER

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The Magical Deep North Diving Charter itinerary is a special Cruise from August to November during North West Monsoon, to discover Baa Atoll and its best dive sites. Most of them will be Thilas, underwater Pinnacles, well-known for beautiful coral and abundant fish life. At the outside reef it is very likely to see Manta Rays, Whale Sharks and other big visitors.

DAY ONE (1)
Upon arrival to Male ‘ International Airport, you will be met & greeted by our representative and then you will be transported to your chosen Safari Boat. Enjoy your welcome drink and take your time to discover your room and unpacking. Relax in the restaurant before we come together for our Safety Briefing. After chilling out and setting in we anchor outside Kurumba. No time to waste to get into the water for our Check Dive at KURUMBA HOUSE REEF or FARU CORNER to get comfortable in the waters of Maldives. While we anchor in Kurumba, you have time to explore the Boat.

DAY TWO (2)
In the early morning we get fresh at NASSIMO THILA with its scattered pinnacles going down to 30m or at OKOBE THILA which comprises three large coral heads and where you can see Eagle Rays, Jacks and Napoleon Wrasses. Our second dive is either conducted at BODU HITHI THILA where many holes and crevices surprise you with colorful Sea Slugs, Flatworms, Cleaner Shrimps and Morays or at RASFARI THILA, on the West side of North Male’ Atoll. Announced as one of the many marine protected areas in the Maldives, this outer reef is famous for good drift dive with large sloping walls, dropping down to 90m. Most likely you will see Gray Reef Sharks, Silver Tip and White Tip Reef Sharks as well as Eagle Rays dancing in the current. Our last jump happens at ZIYAARAIY THILA, situated in the middle of the wide channel, running roughly east-west at about 9m depth. Watch out for Mantas. After this experience the boat crosses Kardiva Channel, the largest channel in Maldives, to move from North Male’ Atoll to Baa Atoll. This cruise needs around 6hrs and we will be out of signal range for about 1hr.

DAY THREE (3)
The boat is resting at Dharavandhoo where we descend at DHONFANU THILA, our first spot to see Mantas. This oval shaped reef reaches from 7-14m with a beautiful formed swim-through at about 18m depth, ending at 25m. Follow the canyon between the main reef and a slightly standing rock with astonishing corals and marine life. During this season you find all big visitors such as Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays and Barracudas. Let’s venture to DHIGU THILA, often referred as Manta Point, as outgoing current provides best feeding conditions for those amazing giants. On the South side of the reef you find a wall with overhangs and caves between 15-20m. We go for DHARAVANDHOO THILA, a photographer’s highlight for stunning landscape shots of steep ledges, colorful caves, sand slopes and narrow crevices. The beauty of this Thila is its unusual features. We anchor at Dhiggiri for our night shutdown.

DAY FOUR (4)
To discover the other side of this partially 200m wide reef, we take you once more to DHARAVANDHOO THILA, to complete your discovery tour. The boat cruises North-East, to drop us off in the area of HANI FARU BAY, where we conduct the second dive at HANI FARU and the third dive at HANI THILA, both hotspots for exciting get-togethers with Whale Sharks and big groups of Mantas, which means about 100’s. As this small bay is the ultimate area for spectacular photo shots, make sure you take your camera.

DAY FIVE (5)
In the early morning hours the boat cruises to Maalhos in the East, where we anchor for the day. Today we discover two reefs, all about Manta Rays. Our dive sites are DHE’ GAA THILA and DEEGUNA THILA. Watch these magnificent creatures feeding and cleaning to get rid of the unwelcomed parasites at the famous cleaner stations around the reefs. Our third stop is at DHIGALI HAA, a submerged pinnacle starting at 7m depth and smaller pinnacles at the Western edge. A famous spot for Sharks and small schools of Barracudas. But you will also experience big schools of Unicornfish, playing in the bubbles, legions of Blue-Dash Fusiliers and hunting Jacks and Trevallies. A photographer’s paradise for “arty” shots.

DAY SIX (6)
You wake up in Maamaduvari from where we head to NELIVARU GIRI for a relaxing early morning dive. This large reef with a healthy coral life, rocks and caves features especially Snapper,Tuna, Turtles and Mantas. Watch the reef carefully, as there is so much to see. We have a big time ahead at KUDADHOO CORNER, at the channel entrance to Maavihaa Kandu, the Southern tip of Baa Atoll. This area offers all the unusual range of fish life. Here you will find Napolean Wrasse, Lobster, Nurse Sharks and Turtles. After our last dive at MAAMADUVARI THILA, we take you to an uninhabited island to enjoy a typical Beach BBQ.

DAY SEVEN (7)
Today we move back to North Male’ Atoll, but if you are not flying within the next 24hrs, you have the chance for a last early morning dive at OLHUGIRI KANDU, the South End of Baa Atoll. This interesting dive site with its special morphology full of life, allows a great “power glide” towards the inside of the Atoll. To enjoy the time out of the water you go for an excursion to Male’ City, the capital of Maldives. See the historical sites, visit the markets or go for some shopping to complete your experience of the Maldives.

DAY EIGHT (8)
After breakfast your crew will transfer you to Male’ International Airport.

The above Itinerary is just to give you an idea of the routes we follow and dive sites. The route will be discussed on your arrival, we will consider your preferences, weather and seasons to offer you an unforgettable diving experience.

Our selection of handpicked liveaboards are excellent choices for diving charters in Maldives. Get a quote now.

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Casa Mia Maldives at Mathiveri

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Casa Mia Maldives at Mathiveri, the very words conjure up the magic of tiny pristine secluded islands, gentle whispering of swaying palms and coconut trees, turquoise blue seas gently lapping upon the purest of white sands. To most, this is indeed a dream but Casa Mia Maldives proves that all this can be a true reality for you, your family and your friends.

Accommodation at Casa Mia Maldives
With 10 modern, spacious and elegantly appointed rooms positioned on 2 levels, all are directly facing the tantalising Indian Ocean. Nestled within lush and verdant garden of indigenous greenery, Casa Mia Maldives becomes your home away from home.

Food and Drinks at Casa Mia Maldives
Sumptuous breakfasts, lazy lunches, starlit dinners come as standard.

How to Get to Casa Mia Maldives
The adventure of a speedboat return transfer from Male International Airport to Casa Mia Maldives, your chosen idyll, comes as standard. For added excitement and an alternative perspective on the beauty of the Maldives, Seaplane transfers are easily arranged.

Location of Casa Mia Maldives
Casa Mia Maldives is situated on the locally inhabited island of Mathiveri in the North of the Ari Atoll, one of the most diverse of the Maldivian island chains. Mathiveri Island is well laid out with track roads, local stone houses, a small school, a simple clinic and a traditional coral stone Mosque. Unlike other areas, this local island is truly untouched by commercialism; therefore your time exploring the real Maldivian way of life is a genuine and educational experience.

Casa Mia Maldives has it’s own perfectly private and tiny island within just a few strokes away across the shallow azure waters. Within minutes you can laze and luxuriate in a true paradise idyll and look over to your chosen home away from home, from a very tropical and different perspective.

Scuba Diving at Casa Mia Maldives
To continue enhancing your true dream of paradise, Casa Mia Maldives has a Scuba Schools International (SSI) Diving School, which will inspire you to explore the incredibly panoramic underwater world. For certified diver, Casa Mia Maldives is located directly in the heart of the world famous diving mecca of North Ari Atoll with several of Maldives best dive sites easily on hand, Maaya Thila, Fish Head. Hafsa and Rasdhoo, all within just a ripple away. For those water lovers who prefer to view the marine life from above, by just donning mask, fins and snorkel the magic of the underwater world is at your fingertips. Immerse yourselves into the surrounding waters of Casa Mia Maldives and add magic to your dream.

The Maldives may welcome you, but Casa Mia Maldives will embrace you into a tropical idyll like no other. Welcome to our world, soon to be your world. Casa Mia Maldives at Mathiveri.

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Casa Mia Maldives at Mathiveri

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Casa Mia Maldives at Mathiveri, the very words conjure up the magic of tiny pristine secluded islands, gentle whispering of swaying palms and coconut trees, turquoise blue seas gently lapping upon the purest of white sands. To most, this is indeed a dream but Casa Mia Maldives proves that all this can be a true reality for you, your family and your friends.

Accommodation at Casa Mia Maldives
With 10 modern, spacious and elegantly appointed rooms positioned on 2 levels, all are directly facing the tantalising Indian Ocean. Nestled within lush and verdant garden of indigenous greenery, Casa Mia Maldives becomes your home away from home.

Food and Drinks at Casa Mia Maldives
Sumptuous breakfasts, lazy lunches, starlit dinners come as standard.

How to Get to Casa Mia Maldives
The adventure of a speedboat return transfer from Male International Airport to Casa Mia Maldives, your chosen idyll, comes as standard. For added excitement and an alternative perspective on the beauty of the Maldives, Seaplane transfers are easily arranged.

Location of Casa Mia Maldives
Casa Mia Maldives is situated on the locally inhabited island of Mathiveri in the North of the Ari Atoll, one of the most diverse of the Maldivian island chains. Mathiveri Island is well laid out with track roads, local stone houses, a small school, a simple clinic and a traditional coral stone Mosque. Unlike other areas, this local island is truly untouched by commercialism; therefore your time exploring the real Maldivian way of life is a genuine and educational experience.

Casa Mia Maldives has it’s own perfectly private and tiny island within just a few strokes away across the shallow azure waters. Within minutes you can laze and luxuriate in a true paradise idyll and look over to your chosen home away from home, from a very tropical and different perspective.

Scuba Diving at Casa Mia Maldives
To continue enhancing your true dream of paradise, Casa Mia Maldives has a Scuba Schools International (SSI) Diving School, which will inspire you to explore the incredibly panoramic underwater world. For certified diver, Casa Mia Maldives is located directly in the heart of the world famous diving mecca of North Ari Atoll with several of Maldives best dive sites easily on hand, Maaya Thila, Fish Head. Hafsa and Rasdhoo, all within just a ripple away. For those water lovers who prefer to view the marine life from above, by just donning mask, fins and snorkel the magic of the underwater world is at your fingertips. Immerse yourselves into the surrounding waters of Casa Mia Maldives and add magic to your dream.

The Maldives may welcome you, but Casa Mia Maldives will embrace you into a tropical idyll like no other. Welcome to our world, soon to be your world. Casa Mia Maldives at Mathiveri.

Check Availability and get a package deal NOW

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Newtown Inn

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Hotel Overview
Newtown Inn is conveniently located in the heart of Hulhumale, just 15 minutes from MLE international airport. Newtown Inn is a guesthouse offering modern facilities. All rooms are air-conditioned with free Wi-Fi. It features its own restaurant and a 24-hour front desk.

Distance from airport.
Newtown Inn is 5 km from the Male’ City. Male’ International Airport is 7.5 km from the property.

Room Amenities:
All rooms have a flat-screen cable TV, Mini bar, air-con, ceiling fan, inter-com desk phone, reading light, bedside table, luggage rack, wardrobe, tea/ coffee making facility and laptop desk. Private bathroom includes a shower, toilet, hairdryer and free toiletries. Guests can enjoy massage services during their stay at Newtown Inn. Laundry services are also available. Local and Indian cuisine are served at Newtown Inn’s restaurant.

Number of Rooms:
8 Deluxe Double or Twin Room
2 Super Deluxe Double Room

Hotel Facilities:
Facilities of Newtown Inn include a Restaurant, bar, 24-hour front desk, Terrace, Safety deposit box. Activities such as Massage, BBQ are available on demand. Services offered are Room service, Babysitting/child services, Laundry, Currency exchange, Tour desk, Concierge service, Airport shuttle (surcharge) Free! Wi-Fi is available in all areas.

Policies of Newtown Inn
Check-in 14:00 hours/ Check-out 12:00 hours

Children and extra beds
Free! One child under 2 years stays free of charge when using existing beds.
The maximum number of extra beds/children’s cots permitted in a room is 1.

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