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June 2017

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Grand Park Kodhipparu opens in the Maldives

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Grand Park Kodhipparu, Maldives, has become the latest all-villa luxury resort to opened in the Indian Ocean.

A one-island-one-resort concept with luxury villas, world-class experiences, incredible dining choices and wide-ranging facilities, the new destination resort is truly a paradise.

With so much to discover, every second counts which is why Grand Park Kodhipparu is ready to whisk guests away the minute they arrive in Male. 

Located on the North Male Atoll, Grand Park Kodhipparu can be accessed with a 20-minute speedboat ride, ensuring that no time is wasted when it comes to enjoying paradise.

Each of the 120 villas and communal areas at Grand Park Kodhipparu have been carefully designed by renowned hospitality experts Hirsch Bedner Associates and draw inspiration from the natural beauty of the Maldives its marine life and unique local craft and culture. 

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Guestrooms are light and contemporary with a rustic feel featuring timber flooring, handmade carpets and textured walls.

Bespoke lighting and custom-made tiling and cushions provide a sense of relaxed luxury that blends perfectly with the surroundings.

The public areas, including the main lobby, bar and restaurants feature high ceilings, wooden pillars and open walls, allowing the beauty of the island to form the perfect backdrop without the need for ostentation. 

“The Maldives is a coveted holiday destination renowned for its pristine beaches and stunning breathtaking views.

“Grand Park Kodhipparu, with its variety of villas and host of facilities is designed to make paradise more accessible to a wider group of sophisticated travellers.

“We are very excited to extend our service philosophy of ‘Loving Hospitality’ to guests looking for an unforgettable Maldivian experience,” said Raffaele Solferino, general manager, Grand Park Kodhipparu. 

With 120 luxurious villas, of which 65 feature private pools, Grand Park Kodhipparu offers guests a variety of choices.

The restaurants and bars at Grand Park Kodhipparu are designed to maximise the natural beauty of Maldives with the menus at each of the three dining outlets carefully curated to deliver a memorable experience.

Situated next to the ocean, The Edge all-day dining restaurant will serve a changing selection of buffet dishes from breakfast through to dinner and guests can enjoy an unblocked view of the horizon from the indoor lounge seating or enjoy the stunning scenery while dining at the overwater private pods.

Adjacent to the infinity pool, Breeze Poolside Dining & Bar is perfect for light bites throughout the day.

At sunset, it transforms into a laidback resort bar offering an elevated experience with inventive cocktails and classic cigars.

Nestled in an intimate space away from the other resort facilities, Firedoor sets the stage for a special celebration, with a selection of prime grilled meats and fresh seafood prepared from the impressive Josper Grill.

Grand Park Kodhipparu Maldives is managed by the award-winning Park Hotel Group and a joint venture between Chip Eng Seng Corporation and Park Hotel Group.

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Travel

Baker appointed resident manager at Jumeirah Vittaveli, Maldives

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Baker appointed resident manager at Jumeirah Vittaveli, Maldives

Jumeirah Group has appointed Christopher Baker as the new resident manager at Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives.

“We extend a warm welcome to Christopher who is now part of our island resort family – a resident manager with his experience means an essential addition to our team, and I look forward to the creative innovations he will bring to the table.

“At Jumeirah Vittaveli, we constantly evolve and reinvent ourselves, while adhering to Jumeirah’s traditionally top level service standards, and Christopher will play an integral part in the realisation of our upcoming projects,” explained Amit Majumder, general manager of Jumeirah Vittaveli.

An experienced hospitality professional, Baker brings strong leadership and management skills to his new role.

He had joined the Jumeirah Group early on in his career, for the opening of Jumeirah Beach Hotel, and comes to Jumeirah Vittaveli with excellent knowledge of the world famous Jumeirah core standards and hallmarks.

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Later on, he has filled managerial positions for a number of hospitality companies including Rosewood, Anantara Hotels & Resorts, Marriott Hotels, and Emirates Hotels & Resorts, in countries such as Vietnam, UAE, Jordan, India and UK.

Hailing from the UK, Baker studied at the Birmingham College of Food, Tourism, & Creative Studies, and started his managerial career as head chef at Oliver’s Restaurant, located in the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.

Baker joins general manager Amit Majumder and his team at Jumeirah Vittaveli, an award-winning luxury island resort, situated only 20 minutes from the capital of Malé.

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Travel

World Travel Awards Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2017 headed for Sun Aqua Vilu Reef, Maldives

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Excitement is building for this year’s World Travel Awards Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony as the travel industry’s leading awards programme makes its final preparations for the prestigious event.

The event will this year take place on Saturday, July 8th, in the Maldives.

The five star Sun Aqua Vilu Reef will welcome hospitality leaders from across the region, as they gather to see who among them has been voted the pinnacle of the travel industry.

The glittering event will kick off with a cocktail reception at 19:00 while the gala ceremony and dinner commences at 20:00.

It will, this year, be compered by Maldivian Idol hosts Moosa Waseem and Aminath Lamha Latheef – two of the most familiar faces on Maldivian television.

World Travel Awards Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2017 will also allow attendees to get in touch with authentic Maldivian culture through traditional dances such as Bandiya and Maafathi.

The main act for the evening will be performed by the legendary Maldvian singer Unoosha.

Looking ahead to the Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2017, World Travel Awards president, Graham Cooke, said: “It will be our pleasure to welcome guests to Sun Aqua Vilu Reef.

“With just a two and half weeks to go until the event, we are putting the finishing touches in place and I look forward to greeting all our guests at a wonderful resort in a picturesque tourist hotspot.”

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.

Evgenia Boyankova, group director of business development, Sun Siyam Resorts, added: “We love hosting world class events!

“It’s always been a thrill that brings a lot of fun and enjoyment to our guests.

“We are getting ready for World Travel Awards Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony with great excitement.

“Myself and the team look forward to welcoming the participants to our boutique resort, where Maldivian hospitality, culture and luxury is unrivalled.”

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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Make the Maldives Your Corporate Incentive Destination

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There is nothing more valuable to a business than its employees, so it only makes sense that you should want to treat your most hard-working and dedicated team members to an experience that will show how much you value them. The epitome of luxury, beauty and rejuvenation, the Maldives is the perfect place for your company’s next corporate trip. As one of the most revered holiday destinations in the world, this picturesque island nation offers everything you could ever want from

 Luxury at every turn at Cheval Blanc Randheli

Luxury at every turn at Cheval Blanc Randheli

The Maldives is a destination unlike any other; one that would fit any type of corporate getaway or incentive program that your company might need. With your best and brightest team members in tow, it won’t be surprising to find that they might be feeling invigorated and inspired by their surroundings… the Maldives tends to do that to people. There is truly no better backdrop to your team bonding sessions than the unrivalled beauty of this stunning archipelago, and our concierge service allows you to tailor your group trip to fit the themes and activities that you simply don’t want to miss out on. The options are endless – a Maldivian beach party where traditional dancers perform as you sip on delicious cocktails and mingle with your colleagues; a themed movie night at a luxurious open-air cinema, where you can relax on plush couches in the balmy night air enjoying gourmet snacks as a film plays on the big screen; a day in the ocean learning how to surf, knee board or scuba dive in some of the most pristine, crystal clear waters you can find anywhere around the world. When you want your employees to feel spoilt, take them to the place where anything and everything is possible.

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And when you want to talk business, you even have the option of transforming a residence or a restaurant into your own private meeting room. The stunning Amilla Fushi residences are perfect for this, providing elegantly furnished living areas and gorgeous outdoor spaces where your team can spend time discussing innovative ideas and strategies that will take your business to new heights. Each residence has a personal butler on hand to fulfil your every need, as well as exquisite views of the Indian Ocean that is sure to inspire your team and get their ideas flowing. By swapping your meeting room for a slice of paradise, you can treat your team to a holiday they won’t forget whilst also taking advantage of the exciting and motivating atmosphere of the Maldives.

 You are sure to be dreaming of the gorgeous Amilla Estate long after you've left.

You are sure to be dreaming of the gorgeous Amilla Estate long after you’ve left.


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Once the team bonding and brainstorming has concluded, it’s time to reward your most dedicated and deserving employees with sometime where they can relax, unwind and make memories they won’t ever forget. Cheval Blanc Randheli Resort has an entire island dedicated to their state of the art spa, making it easier than ever to forget your stress and completely surrender yourself to living in the moment. Choose from a wide range of holistic Guerlain treatments that are tailored to however you might be feeling that day and replenish yourself with a healthy snack at their cafe. But if true relaxation is what your employees are in desperate need of, you simply can’t look past a yoga class or traditional hammam bath overlooking the myriad of blues that make up the surrounding water. If there is anything more serene than watching the sun set over the vast Indian Ocean, we have yet to find it…

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Of course, your employees aren’t the only people who make sacrifices in order to help your company grow. Spouses and children are often on the sidelines supporting and encouraging loved ones in their roles even when it means they might not get to see them as much as they would like to. When you make the Maldives your corporate incentive location, it’s easier than ever to include your team members’ families in on all the fun and excitement. One&Only Reethi Rah offers an array of gorgeous beach and water villas that make room for the whole family without missing out on any of the incredible luxury that the Maldives is known for. Think personal butlers, private pools, crystal clear lagoons just a few steps from the door and open-air rooms – these are all part and parcel when it comes to staying in the Maldives.

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Children will also be able to enjoy island life with some of the best Kids Club activities in the world, including options such as exploring nearby reefs with a marine biologist or taking part in a cooking class. After all, in the Maldives, there are incredible experiences for people of every age.

At the end of the day, the Maldives is the ultimate corporate incentive destination because not only will it motivate, inspire and encourage your employees to succeed, but it will show them that their hard work doesn’t go unnoticed. With a wide range of packages available for corporate partners, get in touch with Addicted to Maldives today to learn more about how we can make your corporate holiday stand out from the rest.

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