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April 2017

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10 reasons why we love LUX* Resorts and Hotels

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10 reasons why we love LUX* Resorts and Hotels

We go on holiday to escape the routine… Stay at a conventional resort and before long you’ll know where everything is. That won’t happen at LUX* Resorts and Resorts. At LUX* every moment matters. The have created simple, fresh and sensory experiences to indulge you throughout your stay. We absolutely love the attention to detail and the lengths they go to surprise and delight their guests.  With generous touches and creative details around every corner here are ten reasons why we love LUX* Resorts and Hotels…

Al fresco film nights at Cinema Paradiso

Beanbags? Check. Fresh popcorn? Absolutely. Ice Cream? Of course. The al fresco boutique cinemas show cult classics, theme nights, family-friendly blockbusters and much more all under the stars and completely on the house! With state of the art rear projectors, wireless headphones, luxurious setting areas and exquisite snacks, Cinema Paradiso is a huge hit!

Message in a bottle

LUX* are all about keeping things fun and spontaneous! Every day is a treasure hunt with delightful surprises hidden around every corner. Spot a bottle buried in the sand with a message inside. No it’s not an ancient SOS from a stranded castaway… instead, you will find a gift: a candle-lit dinner for two by the water’s edge, a spa treatment, or a scuba diving lesson. Whatever the reward, it is on the house!

Phone Home

Not all ‘smart’ phones are mobile. Say goodbye to roaming charges and those nasty phone bill surprises whilst you are away. Instead, make the most of LUX*’s vintage red telephone boxes… step inside and call friends and family for free. There’s only one condition- you’re not allowed to call the office!

Make a wish

Close your eyes and make a wish. At every LUX* resort, you’ll find a Tree of Wishes sculpture. Upon check-in, you’ll be presented with a unique ribbon and tag with your initials on. Tie the ribbon around one of the enchanting branches and make your wish… We can’t promise that it will come true but once a year one lucky winner will win a free LUX* holiday!

The Sound of LUX* App

Bored with your music library? Solution: these downloadable playlists curated by LUX*’s professional music maestros ensure that every step of your stay- from basking on the beach to pre-dinner drinks, has a soundtrack to match your mood!

ICI

A holiday without ice cream is like an infinity pool without water. So LUX* have created their very own ice-cream brand called ‘ICI’. Boutique ice-cream stall are dotted around each resort serving these delicious homemade treats, including hand-waffled cones, glorious toppings and tailor-made flavours! Our favourite combo is Sicilian Pistachio Variegato and Madagascan Vanilla!

LUX* Me

The integrated philosophy of well-being with a step by step path to a healthier way of life includes outdoor exercise classes, personal trainers specialising in Pilates, yoga and meditation and a wellness programme created just for you! Your vitality-boosting regime will ensure you leave LUX* re-energised and fitter than when you arrived!

Café LUX*

Excellent coffee is a must not a luxury, that’s why you will find fresh-roasted barista-made coffee at the heart of all their resorts in Café LUX*. Perfecting the art of the perfect coffee, Café LUX* roast their fresh cocoa beans on-site so you can enjoy the most aromatic bean to cup coffee! They will even take you on a behind the scenes tour…

Panama Hat Station

Lightweight, brimmed straw headgear from Ecuador is an essential for any shade-seeker! Whether you prefer the traditional black-grosgrain ribbon or boldly hued band, browse the LUX* Panama Station and their range of hats at the pop-up stall!

Aperitivo

LUX* have introduced a new wandering Aperitivo Bar, designed to tantalise the taste buds before dinner with tasty tapas and signature cocktails created by their expert mixologist… Of course, this is no ordinary Aperitivo Bar, the renowned LUX* twist is that you won’t find this bar in the same place twice! One night it could be on the beach for some barefoot nibbles in the sand, another night it could be nestled away under some fairy lit palm trees…

Experience LUX* for yourself… with beautiful properties in the Maldives, Mauritius and Reunion Island which Indian Ocean Idyll will you choose?

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Kanuhura Maldives: An All New USD 42 Million Gypset Style Resort

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Kanuhura Maldives - thundi.com - Maldives Wedding & Honeymoon Destination Blog  Kanuhura Maldives, owned and managed by Sun Resorts, has shared the wishes of its high profile, long-term guests with the world by re-imaging a property consisting of three islands in the northern quadrant of the Lhaviyani Atoll.
With as many as 15 annual visits, lovers and dreamers who first set foot on the soft sands of Kanuhura as couples or young families were the cornerstone for this evolution.
This nautical bohemian design concept over the unique three island experience is by former Gold Key Designer of the Year and Founder of London-based Muza Lab, Inge Moore, in cooperation with Hirsch Bedner Associates, that revitalises the identity of the resort by focusing on the idea of “Gypset”.

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Gypset is a new way of life, according to New York-based journalist and author Julia Chaplin, who wrote about a generation of travellers who she defined as part Gypsy, driven by freedom and escapism, and part Jetset, a reflection of their success and appreciation of the finer things in life.

 

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The USD 42 Million design overhaul of Kanuhura, combined with the buying of the Masleggihura island, was overseen by Sun Resorts CEO David Anderson, who appointed Robert Hauck, formerly of Raffles Hotels and Resorts and Asia’s top sports and lifestyle complex, Thanyapura Phuket as General Manager to lead the resort.
“We have a uniquely sheltered location over three islands and are blessed with a heritage of repeat guests over the past 20 years,” said Mr Hauck. “We have grown up together and are now enhancing this by developing experiences for guests where they can be free, unconventional, open, stay fit and totally relax.”

“We offer everything from total escapism and tranquility on Masleggihura island to a 300-metre sea swim to Jehunuhura island, a 2.25km round island run on Kanuhura and soon to be launched Project South which will be the first martial arts academy in the Maldives led by two-time world Muay Thai champion, Irshaad Sayed.”

Guests can experience a local culinary masterclass at A Mano. A Mano, which means “touched by the hand”, is an ethos that is celebrated throughout every aspect of the island’s kitchen. All produce is free range, seasonal and mainly from small growers and producers – a celebration of traditional home cooking found on the trade routes.

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Kokaa Spa, named after the all-white local butterfly, features Marma therapy that focuses on releasing energy from 103 pressure points in your body. It was recently recognised as one of the “World’s Best Spas” in National Geographic’s Spa & Wellness Collection.

For more information on Kanuhura Maldives, visit them at www.kanuhura.com.

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Mövenpick reveals first property in the Maldives

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Mövenpick reveals first property in the Maldives

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has signed an agreement to manage its first resort in the Maldives.

The planned 102-unit resort, Mӧvenpick Resort & Spa Kuredhivaru Maldives, will be situated on the remote Kuredhivaru Island in Noonu Atoll, providing a desirable sanctuary surrounded by pristine natural beauty in the undeveloped northern part of the Maldives.

It is scheduled to open during the first quarter of 2018.

The contemporary tropical resort will combine comfort and style, with 32 Beach Villas and 70 Over Water Villas.

While designed as a destination for relaxing and rejuvenating escapes offering a high degree of privacy, the resort will also feature an array of onsite recreational facilities to entertain a wide range of guests, from honeymooners to adventurous families.

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Located in one of the Maldives’ least developed regions, the resort will be one of the only properties in the area to offer guests an opportunity to completely immerse themselves in spectacular scenery and untouched nature.

Many of the surrounding islands are still uninhabited.

“It’s no secret that the Maldives is a much sought after global holiday destination that is still increasing in popularity,” said Mövenpick chief development officer, Andrew Langdon.

“We look forward to introduce guests of Mӧvenpick Resort & Spa Kuredhivaru Maldives to Mӧvenpick’s signature style, hospitality and service once it opens.”

Rich in marine life and excellent diving opportunities, the waters surrounding the resort will play an integral role in its appeal through a variety of above and underwater experiences.

The resort will feature a comprehensive dive centre, as well as a small scale marine research centre and private marina for 12 catamarans.

Exquisite culinary experiences are a cornerstone of the Mövenpick experience and the new Maldivian resort will offer five unique dining venues.

Among these are a welcoming all-day dining restaurant, a speciality restaurant with sunset views, a seafood restaurant, a grill bar and private dining room for special occasions.

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Luxury Overwater, Underwater and By the Water Experiences in the Maldives

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Surrounded by the unforgettable blues of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is perhaps best known for its ability to take its unique natural environment and turn it into an experience unlike any other. 

Here are our top picks for the most luxurious ways to enjoy the underwater treasures offered by the world’s most stunning destination…

 A gorgeous Maldivian sunset beyond the Baros Piano Deck.

A gorgeous Maldivian sunset beyond the Baros Piano Deck.

The Ultimate Underwater Indulgence

Pampering yourself at Huvafen Fushi’s LIME Spa is an experience quite literally unlike any other. This underwater spa is the first of its kind in the world, allowing you to enjoy the complete tranquillity that only the depths of the ocean ca provide. LIME gives new meaning to the term ‘indulgent’, offering an exquisite array of treatments tailored to your specific wants and needs. As you descend the stairs into the treatment rooms, you will be transported into a new world coated in the deep blue shades of the ocean outside – a moment that you are certain to never forget.

 Huvafen Fushi's LIME Spa is an underwater haven for anyone seeking to relax and unwind.

Huvafen Fushi’s LIME Spa is an underwater haven for anyone seeking to relax and unwind.

Silent Cinema by the Ocean

Once you experience the complete comfort and tranquillity of Cinema Paradiso at Soneva Jani, your local cinema just won’t feel the same. This overwater silent cinema is perched atop the surrounding lagoon, the perfect place to relax and enjoy the balmy ocean breeze as you relax under the stars. Pop on your noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones – a detail that ensures the nesting native wildlife are just as comfortable as you are – and sip on champagne as your every desire is catered to by the resort staff. From fresh popcorn to gourmet meals and private screenings curated just for you and your guests, nothing is out of reach when you’re at the most incredible open air cinema in the world. Cinema Paradiso provides the perfect opportunity to slip away for a relaxed date night with your loved one or take the little ones to a screening of a family movie that everyone can enjoy.

 Enjoy a film by the water at Soneva Jani's aptly named Cinema Paradiso.

Enjoy a film by the water at Soneva Jani’s aptly named Cinema Paradiso.

Deep-Sea Dining

There are only a handful of underwater restaurants in the world, but SEA at Anantara Kihavah Resort truly offers a one of a kind experience. No bathers are needed when you’re transported to this stunning underwater world, where every wall is coated in the turquoise blue of the surrounding water – a detail that only adds to the feeling that you’re dining in a secluded nook of an under-ocean world. Only here can you dine on mouth-watering meals of seasonal seafood and sip on your favourite wine as schools of fish dart in the deep blue water surrounding you. Architecturally designed to make you feel as though you’re sitting on the reef itself, SEA must be experienced by anyone who loves delicious food, great wine and breathtaking glimpses into the world’s most beautiful ocean life.

 Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner with the ultimate view.

Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner with the ultimate view.

Redefining Ocean-Side Dining

If you would prefer to feel the fresh, warm breeze of the ocean air on your face as you enjoy a gourmet meal, put the Piano Deck dining experience at Baros Resort at the top of your list. This incredible suspended Pontoon places you right in the middle of the ocean, far enough away from the nearby atolls to deliver total serenity and seclusion. Here you can enjoy a gourmet breakfast as the sun rises right in front of your eyes, a private dinner under the sparkling night sky or even a massage as the sun sets around you. Once you have experienced the ethereal world of Baros’ Piano Deck, it’s safe to say that most other dining options will pale in comparison.

 The Piano Deck at Baros Resort is the perfect way to enjoy a secluded meal in the most stunning location.

The Piano Deck at Baros Resort is the perfect way to enjoy a secluded meal in the most stunning location.

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Arabian Travel Market 2017: Jumeirah Vittaveli unveils Royal Residence

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Step inside the Royal Residence at Jumeirah Vittaveli and discover the ultimate beachfront retreat.

Designed for families and groups of friends looking for the ultimate in luxury, this stunning residence offers five bedrooms extending across 3,500 square meters of pure tranquillity.

Cocooned in a Maldivian hideaway, the Royal Residence is a resort all of its own.

Home to two private swimming pools overlooking the private residence beach, a dedicated island grill restaurant offers live cooking and teppanyaki style cuisine set atop a Dhoni shaped deck.

Guests can also dine in the opulent dining room or relax in the sunken lounge which is surrounded by a fragrant lily pond and has its own overwater bar and sundeck.

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Amit Majumder, general manager, Jumeirah Vittaveli said: “I wanted to create an entirely unique, yet indulgent concept for our guests at Jumeirah Vittaveli. For the last five years we have continuously added new facilities to the resort.

“Now that we have crossed the five year milestone, we wanted to present something spectacular.

“The design elements of the Royal Residence are taken from the resort and made even more opulent, its space and layout is second to none.

“Guests will enjoy unrivalled privacy with a totally personalised service, while still having access to the activities and facilities that our award-winning resort offers.”

In the heart of the Residence resides the Sanctuary suite, which features a king-sized bed, a walk-in wardrobe, and separate indoor living area.

The bathroom includes an oversized stone bathtub by Kelly Hoppen crafted uniquely for the space, complemented by his and hers Hermès vanities.

Created with families in mind the Royal Residence also houses two Guest Villas, one king-sized suite and one twin bedded suite, flanking the main Sanctuary on either side.

The main Residence entrance leads guests into a separate living and dining pavilion which features entertainment options to enjoy quality time with the family and opens out onto a full sized swimming pool.

Connected to the Royal Residence is a two-storey, two-bedroom Guest House with its own swimming pool and private white sandy beach.

At the Royal Residence no demand is out of reach and no luxury is spared.

Guests of the Residence enjoy access to the personalised concierge service, including private butlers, dedicated Royal Residence golf buggies and chauffeurs.

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Sun Aqua Vilu Reef to host World Travel Awards Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony

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World Travel Awards has revealed the five-star Sun Aqua Vilu Reef will host its prestigious Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2017 on the July 8th.

The event will take place on Meedhuffushi Island in the Maldives’ South Nilandhe Atoll, with hospitality leaders from across the region expected to be in attendance.

Sun Aqua Vilu Reef offers 103 luxurious rooms and suites – all of which come with deep soaking tubs, complimentary Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service.

Beyond the bedrooms, guests can indulge in signature spice-scented scrub at the spa or borrow a book to read while soaking up the sun on the pristine beach.

When night falls, sample one of Sun Aqua Vilu Reef’s restaurants serving a range of international cuisine, before enjoying a sun-downer cocktail while listening to DJ spun tunes.

Ahead of the Indian Ocean Ceremony, WTA president Graham Cooke said: “It is an honour for us to reveal Sun Aqua Vilu Reef as the host for the World Travel Awards Indian Ocean Ceremony 2017.

“This is a wonderful resort in a picturesque tourist hotspot. It will be genuine pleasure for us to welcome nominees to the event in July.”

Cooke added: “With voting still open there is a chance for members of the tourism industry and general public to make their voices heard in the build up to the event.”

Voting for the World Travel Awards Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony is open until May 22nd, with more information here.

A full list of nominees can be seen here.

World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.

Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.

Each year, World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region.

World Travel Awards Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries and international print and broadcast media.

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What to Expect From Your First Trip to the Maldives

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Every trip to the Maldives is an experience that you will remember for a lifetime, one that is filled with wonder and excitement as you discover all the treasures that exist within this small but remarkable island nation. For a first-time traveller, however, there are a few experiences that will undoubtedly fill you with awe and make you never want to leave…

Experiences to suit every interest

The Maldives offers something for every type of traveller, from the loved-up romantics to those who are lovers of nature, wanting some quality family time or the social butterflies looking for a place to let down their hair. Explore the wonders of the surrounding coral reefs and their schools of fish, tortoises, manta rays and whale sharks or indulge the foodie within you at one of the may world-renowned restaurants scattered across the resort islands. For the thrill seekers, spend your days playing water sports, learning to surf the crystal-clear waves with your own personal instructor or enjoying the serenity that comes with laying on your own private yacht as it sails between different atolls. And if you enjoy a good nightlife scene, nothing compares to the festivities you’ll find at resorts like W Hotel and Finolhu. International DJ’s are commonplace here, providing the soundtrack to out-of-this-world parties where the champagne is free-flowing and the entertainment ranges from acrobats flying high in the sky to spectacular fireworks shows. These beach clubs – much like everything else you’ll find at luxury Maldivian resorts – leave nothing to the imagination.


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But the excitement isn’t simply limited to the adults, either; Maldivian resorts are renowned for providing the ultimate kids club experiences for your little ones. Think reef exploring with marine biologists, traditional Maldivian dance classes and gourmet cooking classes from renowned chefs. In this part of the world, it doesn’t matter how young or old you are; adventure is always at your fingertips.

Beautiful scenery at every turn

You may have spent hours staring at photographs of the divine collection of atolls that make up the Maldives – but nothing in the world compares to the overwhelming beauty of having these vistas right before your very eyes. The power-white sand beneath your toes; the endless shades of blue that make up the depths and shallows of the surrounding water; the view from your luxury villa as the sun rises and sets over the Indian Ocean – these are the wonders that will leave you awe-struck no matter how many times you travel back to this divine corner of the globe.

 Nothing beats the stunning views that surround the Maldives' luxury over-water villas, such as this one at Six Senses Resort.

Nothing beats the stunning views that surround the Maldives’ luxury over-water villas, such as this one at Six Senses Resort.

Access to world renowned luxury

Nowhere in the world does luxury quite like the Maldives; a fact that must be experienced to truly be understood. Only here does decadence follow your every footstep, from staying in picturesque over-water villas to having your every whim catered for by your own personal butler, dining at Michelin star restaurants, relaxing on your own private island for a day or spoiling yourself with some of the world’s most indulgent spa treatments. If there was ever a place in the world where anything was possible, this would be it. All you need to do is ask and your every wish is sure to be fulfilled.


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A holiday so spectacular you won’t ever want to leave

As much as we wish it weren’t true, every holiday must come to an end – a fact that is particularly heartbreaking once you have experienced the blissful paradise that is the Maldives. All it takes is one visit to find yourself completely captivated by this stunning island nation and everything it encompasses. No sooner will you be on the plane home before you begin planning your next trip back. And only then will you understand why we call ourselves Addicted to Maldives…

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The Best Over-water Villas in the Maldives

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Known for its incredible turquoise lagoons and fifty shades of blue vistas, the Maldives have perfected the art of bringing the ocean right to your doorstep. Home to some of the most spectacular overwater villas in the world, these spaces allow you to completely immerse yourself into the beauty and serenity found only in this incredible island nation.

 Crusoe Residence at Gili Lankanfushi

Crusoe Residence at Gili Lankanfushi

Sunset Deluxe Water Pool Villa | Velaa Private Island

Pristine blue water as far as the eye can see – this is what you can expect when staying in the remarkable sunset deluxe villas offered at Velaa Private Island. Nestled on an extended jetty that delivers you atop an alluring turquoise lagoon, it is here that you can enjoy unrivalled luxury at every turn. As the name of the villa suggests, each night you can enjoy a front row seat to famous Maldivian sunsets as you lounge on your cosy, outdoor daybed. Alternatively, for those days and nights spent enjoying the company of family and friends, the spacious living area – complete with its own bar and wine fridge – makes for the perfect place from which to entertain. Featuring one of the largest private pools in the Maldives, and an ultra-deluxe bathroom that invites you to look out at the gorgeous vistas while relaxing in your very own spa, there is no shortage of special moments to be made in this villa. And of course, who could deny the alluring gaze of the ocean beneath you? With stairs leading directly into the unspoiled water below, you can immerse yourself in the surrounding lagoon anytime you wish.

 The Sunset Deluxe Water Villa at Velaa Private Island comes with its own pool - one of the largest in the Maldives.

The Sunset Deluxe Water Villa at Velaa Private Island comes with its own pool – one of the largest in the Maldives.


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Water Retreat Villas | Soneva Jani

The winding neighbourhood of luxury overwater villas that encapsulates Soneva Jani is something that must be seen to be believed. Available in 1, 2, 3 and 4-bedroom designs, these incredible villas provide just as much opportunity for fun as they do for relaxation, featuring open air bathrooms, private wine cellars and a rooftop living room and dining sala. Take a dip in the crystal-clear waters below by way of your own private water slide before relaxing in the sun on the netted hammocks hanging just above the lagoon. And for lovers of great food, you can enjoy days and nights on the open deck area watching the sunset as you enjoy a gourmet banquet prepared for you by the resort chef. Waking up is always a dream when you’re staying in these spectacular water retreats, with a retractable roof above the master bedroom providing the perfect opportunity to soak up that incredible morning sun before you even get out of bed. Whether you’re planning to make the most of some invaluable family time or looking for the perfect space to get away with friends, Soneva Jani offers incomparable luxury behind every door.

 One of Soneva Jani's incredible Water Retreat Villa's, which includes a private pool, netted hammocks and a waterslide leading straight into the crystal clear waters below.

One of Soneva Jani’s incredible Water Retreat Villa’s, which includes a private pool, netted hammocks and a waterslide leading straight into the crystal clear waters below.


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Crusoe Residences | Gili Lankanfushi

The Crusoe Residences are designed for holidaymakers who desire complete privacy while on their Maldivian escape. These over-water eco-luxury villas make the most of the surrounding natural environment by standing entirely alone amongst the vast blue serenity of the Indian ocean, each one coming with a private boat to transport you elsewhere on the island. Amongst many other incredible amenities and experiences, these residences include a spacious living area with unique glass flooring, access to your own personal ‘Mr Friday’ butler and on the second level, a gorgeous open-air sundeck with a daybed that can be transformed into the perfect space for you to spend balmy nights sleeping under the stars. After a day spent enjoying the incredible experiences the Maldives are known for – such as scuba diving with the diverse ocean life or enjoying a delicious meal at a world-class restaurant – you can even retreat to your own private hammock suspended directly over the surrounding lagoon. With a good book in one hand and a delicious cocktail in the other, this is the perfect place to indulge in some rest and relaxation amongst the world’s most beautiful backdrop.

 This luxurious outdoor area - complete with netted hammocks and steps leading directly into the lagoon - is just one incredible feature of Gili Lankanfushi's Crusoe Residences.

This luxurious outdoor area – complete with netted hammocks and steps leading directly into the lagoon – is just one incredible feature of Gili Lankanfushi’s Crusoe Residences.


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International hospitality community to gather for Travel Trade Maldives

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International hospitality community to gather for Travel Trade Maldives

Travel Trade Maldives is the platform that connects the travel trade community of the Maldives to the global network of travel agents easily and instantly.

Staged annually in Maldives, the event is the leading global event for the travel trade industry of Maldives to connect with a diverse range of international hoteliers and travel professionals.

Travel Trade Maldives provides industry professionals with the opportunity to grow their businesses within one of the most lucrative and leading travel destinations in the world, the Maldives.

Using the handy Connect software available on the official website, registered users can prescheduled face-to-face meetings with the most powerful decision makers in the industry.

Travel Trade Maldives is also the only platform in the world dedicated to selling Maldives – winner of many awards in some of the most prestigious categories of World Travel Awards.

Last year the Maldives was recognised as the World’s Leading Beach Destination and World’s Leading Dive Destination by the World Travel Awards, while also taking the title of World’s Best Spa Destination at the World Spa Awards.

Since Travel Trade Maldives is an exclusive one-to-one “invitation only” event, with buyers carefully selected, personally invited and verified against our strict qualification criteria, guests can be sure that the people you meet are those who actually have the decision making power to conclude and finalise deals immediately.

Over 80 resorts have already confirmed their participation in the first international travel trade Show of Maldives.

Travel Trade Maldives is scheduled to be held at Dharubaaruge, Male’ Maldives from July 12th13th.

It is expected that over 100 resorts/hotels will take part in TTM along with 150 international buyers/media.

Exhibitors include Adaaran Resorts, Universal Resorts, Crown & Champa Resorts, and Bandos Maldives & Villa Hotels & Resorts Maldives.

Travel Trade Maldives will host PATA Academy for the first time in Maldives.

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Centara Hotels & Resorts signs on for fourth Maldives property

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Centara Hotels & Resorts has signed a new hotel management agreement for its fourth beach resort under the Centara umbrella in the Maldives – Centara Grand Muthaafushi Resort & Spa Maldives.

The signing ceremony took place between Centara Hotels & Resorts and partners Muthaafushi Orient Investments and Well Land Investment.

Under the agreement, Centara Hotels & Resorts will manage and operate Centara Grand Muthaafushi Resort & Spa Maldives, a new five-star resort in the South Western portion of Baa Atoll.

It will comprise 24 land villas and 77 water villas with an array of international restaurants including an underwater restaurant, a floating cinema, a dedicated Thai spa, a fitness centre, and other facilities expected in a Centara Grand resort.

The new resort is expected to have soft opening in the fourth quarter of 2018 and grand opening in 2019. 

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Thirayuth Chirathivat, chief executive, Centara Hotels & Resorts remarked: “We are delighted to be selected by Muthaafushi Orient Investments to manage and operate their new five-star resort in the Maldives.

“We believe that Centara Grand Muthaafushi Resort & Spa Maldives will fit well into our Centara Grand resort portfolio.

“This expansion of the business in the Maldives is in line with Centara’s growth strategy to strengthen our presence both in the South Asian region and internationally.”

Baa Atoll, also known as Southern Maalhosmadulu Atoll, is approximately 123 kilometres north-west of Malé International Airport in the Maldives.

Consisting of 75 islands dotted around three separate natural atolls, Baa Atoll is home to some of the richest biodiversity in the region, and as such has held the status of UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve since June 2011.

The recognition was a significant achievement for the Maldives, placing it in the company of world famous ecological sites.

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Conrad Bora Bora Nui opens in French Polynesia

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Conrad Bora Bora Nui opens in French Polynesia

Conrad Hotels & Resorts has welcomed guests to Conrad Bora Bora Nui, the destination’s first five star resort to debut in ten years.

Conrad’s first property in French Polynesia is ideally located in a private cove on Motu To’opua, a small islet off the coast of Bora Bora.

The beachfront property features 114 guest rooms, including 28 tropical garden and beach villas and 86 overwater bungalows, as well as the Presidential Villas, Bora Bora’s only two-story overwater accommodations.

The new resort blends Tahitian history and legend with modern design and amenities.

Dining concepts include an overwater lounge and swim-up pool bar serving international cuisine, while the full-service Hina Spa offers an indulgent oasis with seven indoor treatment rooms and one open-air space overlooking the lagoon.

The resort also features an expansive infinity pool, Kids Club, mini-golf course, fitness centre, retail spaces and complimentary activities such as kayaking, snorkelling, scuba diving, stand up paddle boarding and sight-seeing boat tours.

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The exclusive private islet of Motu Tapu, located a short boat ride away, is ideal for intimate events and romantic dinners for two.

“Our remote location in a private cove offers a truly special setting for Conrad’s debut in the South Pacific,” said Jean Duc, general manager, Conrad Bora Bora Nui.

“At Conrad Bora Bora Nui, we provide new ways for guests to discover this one-of-a-kind destination and the dynamic Tahitian culture.”

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Spotlight On: Luxury Sister Resorts Amilla Fushi & Finolhu

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As the focal point of incomparable luxury, it’s no secret that the Maldives are home to the world’s most exclusive and indulgent resorts. This week, we wanted to shift the focus to a decadent duo that offers everything from elegant lagoon villas to exclusive health and fitness programs and world-renowned restaurants.

Introducing Amilla Fushi and her naughty sister island, Finolhu…

 Finolhu Kanusan 

Finolhu Kanusan 

Amilla Fushi

Bordered by pure white sand, serene lagoons and coral reefs teeming with ocean life, one glance at the Villa Residences of Amilla Fushi and it’s easy to see why they are considered the height of lush living incomparable to anywhere else in the world. These unique abodes feel like home from the moment you walk in, carefully designed to encompass the luxuriousness of being on holiday with the comfort that comes with feeling right at home. Available in 4-bedroom, 6-bedroom and 8-bedroom options, these residences are perfect for a family getaway, couples retreat or a holiday with friends, while also providing a fabulous space for family gatherings, celebrations and special events.

 The luxurious villas of Amilla Fushi

The luxurious villas of Amilla Fushi

 The Beach Residence's of Amilla Fushi are perfect for celebrations and gatherings with family or friends.

The Beach Residence’s of Amilla Fushi are perfect for celebrations and gatherings with family or friends.

But the magic of Amilla Fushi doesn’t stop at where you sleep. This island paradise truly leaves nothing to be desired, boasting something for everybody amongst its state of the art facilities and extensive array of unique activities. The health-conscious can take part in the exclusive Bodyism health program, specifically curated to rejuvenate your mind and body through a variety of tailored treatments. Or perhaps you’re a foodie, in which case you simply can’t go past the acclaimed Feeling Koi restaurant – just one of five spectacular places to eat in the resort – which combines authentic Japanese cuisine with a Latin twist that is as mouth-watering as it is unique. Follow this with a cocktail or two at the stylish 1 OAK Lounge to discover the sophisticated allure of the Maldivian nightlife.

  'Feeling Koi' restaurant offers a variety of delicious fusion cuisine.

 ‘Feeling Koi’ restaurant offers a variety of delicious fusion cuisine.

 Enjoy a cocktail or two at Finolhu 1 Oak Beach Club

Enjoy a cocktail or two at Finolhu 1 Oak Beach Club

Finolhu

Finolhu is Amilla’s trendy younger sister – just as extravagant and special but with a wicked side that can’t quite be contained. Characterised by a youthful vibrancy, this resort is perfect for those who seek a getaway that offers both fun-filled adventures and laid back luxury.

By day, take a stroll down the one kilometre long sandbar to the funky Fish and Crab Shack. Feast on platters of sumptuous, locally caught seafood and sip on a glass of your favourite champagne as you gaze into the distant horizon where clear skies meet the pristine ocean of infinite blue. By night, watch as this incredible island transforms into a thriving scene with endless opportunities. Make your way to 1 Oak Beach Club to sip on glasses of world class wine, cocktails and spirits and take in the incredible panoramic views surrounding the Baa Atoll as acrobats perform around you. And for the party animals among us, there are no shortage of memorable events to quench your thirst for revelry, with the Beach Club playing host to a variety of extravaganzas that feature the world’s hottest DJ’s.

 The Fish and Crab Shack sits just metres away from the enticing blue of the ocean.

The Fish and Crab Shack sits just metres away from the enticing blue of the ocean.

 Finolhu's decadent 2-bedroom villa.

Finolhu’s decadent 2-bedroom villa.

But whether you tire from being the life of the party or simply want a place of your own to relax and unwind between activities, the sophisticated modern luxury of Finolhu’s villas are the perfect place to retreat to. The spectacular 2-Bedroom Ocean Lagoon Villa will feel like your home away from home, with its spacious rooms, direct access to the stunning turquoise lagoon below and all the modern luxuries you could ever ask for. All in all, Finolhu is the perfect combination of cool and calm that is simply unmatched anywhere else in the world.

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