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November 2017

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Fulhadhoo Beach and Dhigurah Island were amongst The World’s 50 Best Beaches

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Fulhadhoo Beach and Dhigurah Island were amongst The World’s 50 Best Beaches by FlightNetwork. Reference to FlightNetwork online, the hot list of the world’ 50 best beaches were administered and categorised by their in-house team of travel professionals after being consulted with some 600+ globe’s top travel experts, including journalists, editors, bloggers and agencies. Voting based on their opinions and experiences. Fulhadhoo’s beach, the Maldives was ranked at No. 22 and Dhigurah Island of the Maldives was ranked at No. 34 in their hot list. 

Fulhadhoo Beach

FlightNetwork described Fulhadhoo Beach as “sitting on a little-known piece of paradise lost in the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. This snow-white sand beach is surrounded by far more coconut palms than people”. 

Fulhadhoo Beach is located on the inhabited Island of Fulhadhoo in Baa Atoll of the Maldives. The island has an excellent house reef for snorkelling or free diving. You’re likely to see schools of colorful fish, sea turtles when you snorkel or free dive here. Other sandy, uninhabited island escapes are just a short swim away. 

Number of low budget guesthouses are on offer for travellers visiting Fulhadhoo Beach. 

Dhigurah Island

FlightNetwork described Dhigurah island as follows “ With two-thirds of the island covered in lush green Maldivian forest and never-ending silky-smooth sand, you’ll feel like you’re starring in your very own Castaway movie”.

Dhigurah is located in the South Ari Atoll, approx. 20 minutes by domestic flight from Velana International Airport MLE. With more than 3 km of natural white sandy beach, it is considered one of the most beautiful inhabited islands in the Maldives. With a population of about 600 native local people, Dhigurah has all the necessary facilities for human habitation, including a school, medical centre and a harbour. The population is concentrated on a small area in the north of the island, with the rest reserved mostly for fruit and vegetable gardening and natural vegetation. Dhigurah is close to some of the most famous dive spots in the country such as Kuda Rah Thila, Manta Point and Reethi Thila. Guest staying at the guesthouses on the island can easily get access to whale-shark watching areas in South Ari Atoll, the Maldives.

The Maldives is popular for its unique natural beauty, especially for its white powdery sandy beaches, turquoise waters surrounding the islands and palm trees. Over a million tourists visit these islands every year for once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Source: FlightNetwork Online

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Hong Kong Airlines to Operate weekly flights to Maldives

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TMT Maldives – Hong Kong Airlines has announced it will operate a three-time weekly service to the Maldives from 16th January 2018.

Hong Kong Airlines will operate its Airbus A330-300 aircraft, which features a two-class configuration, including 32 full-flat seats in Business Class and 260 seats in Economy Class. The flight time between Hong Kong and Malé is approximately six hours.

Wayne Wang, assistant director of commercial at Hong Kong Airlines, said: “The Maldives represents the perfect getaway for a growing number of travelers, having enjoyed a 5.9 per cent year-on-year growth during the first eight months of 2017, according to official statistics by the Maldives Tourism Ministry.

Flights will depart from Hong Kong to Malé International Airport every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Each traveler will receive a 30-day visa upon arrival.

Located in the majestic Indian Ocean, the Maldives is comprised of a series of islands renowned for their natural beauty. Maldives is the most popular holiday hot spot, the islands that make up this exotic travel destination are blessed with white sandy beaches, and are surrounded by crystal clear water – home to a spectacular array of underwater life.

The Maldives has always been the ultimate holiday and honeymoon destination. Set in the dazzling Indian Ocean, there are 1,192 coral islands of which fewer than 200 are inhabited.

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The Velaa Private Island Unveils New Aircraft

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TMTMaldives – The Velaa Private Island branded seaplane will be operated by Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA), which boasts the largest seaplane operation in the world. The branded DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft will be used exclusively for guest transfers to and from Velaa Private Island.

TMA operates an all-amphibian fleet of 49 aircraft — one DHC-6-100, one DHC-6-200, 44 DHC-6-300s, and three DHC-6-400s – on regular flights throughout the Maldivian archipelago.

Velaa Private Island is the realization of a dream to create a ‘beyond luxury’ exclusive boutique hideaway. This unique destination was developed to embody the very best of this unique archipelago, bathed by azure skies in the aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean.

Located in the gorgeous Noonu Atoll, 187 kilometers north of Male, Velaa Private Island is an exceptional luxury retreat where our guests are treated like royalty.

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The Velaa Private Island Unveils New Aircraft

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TMTMaldives – The Velaa Private Island branded seaplane will be operated by Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA), which boasts the largest seaplane operation in the world. The branded DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft will be used exclusively for guest transfers to and from Velaa Private Island.

TMA operates an all-amphibian fleet of 49 aircraft — one DHC-6-100, one DHC-6-200, 44 DHC-6-300s, and three DHC-6-400s – on regular flights throughout the Maldivian archipelago.

Velaa Private Island is the realization of a dream to create a ‘beyond luxury’ exclusive boutique hideaway. This unique destination was developed to embody the very best of this unique archipelago, bathed by azure skies in the aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean.

Located in the gorgeous Noonu Atoll, 187 kilometers north of Male, Velaa Private Island is an exceptional luxury retreat where our guests are treated like royalty.

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The National Day of the Maldives

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The National Day of the Maldives is celebrated as a tribute of the day when local resistance drove out the Portuguese occupiers after they had seized and ruled the islands for a span of 15 years.

The Portuguese had arrived in 1558, killed the local sultan, and taken over. In 1573, however, Muhammad Thakurufaanu and his forces took back Male in a decisive victory that effectively eliminated the Portuguese presence.

The date  of Maldives National Day is based on the Islamic calendar, which is a lunar calendar. Therefore, the date will change by about 10 days each year. However, National Day falls on the first day of the month of Rabi-ul-Awwal, which in 2017 is November 19, depending on the moon sightings. The National Day in the local Dhivehi language is “Qaumee Dhuvas”. National Day is celebrated primarily by means of numerous parades held throughout Maldives, the main one being in the capital city of Male. These are heavily military parades, very ceremonial in nature and flag-raising ceremonies. You can also find stage performances, children’s events, and fireworks displays at some events on some years.

We wish all Maldivians a very happy National Day 2017.

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Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa offers adventure for all

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Like a leaf floating in a pool, Centara Grand Island Resort and Spa is a tiny patch of verdant green in the sapphire sea of South Ari Atoll. Approaching Centara Grand Island Resort and Spa, I immediately noticed the rich growths of coral that bloom under the aquamarine waves of its lagoon.

I visited the resort at a time when the winds had picked up and waves were being a bit friskier than usual. So I arrived by speedboat at the eastern jetty. From there, I was introduced to the Coral Bar. The vibrant colors and cozy décor of the bar immediately made it feel like home… a fun home! Out on the deck shaded by bright umbrellas, I could see the outdoor pool with two sculpted fish spitting up jets of crystal clear water heavenwards. There were rows of sun loungers arrayed up to where the deck abruptly ended at the edge of the lagoon. Indoors on the counter reposed trays of tasty pastries for all to grab. The comfortable seating and lovely little swings indoors made me want to sit there forever. But I perked up at the mention of the ‘E-Zone’ and absolutely had to see it.

The E-Zone sits over the Coral Bar, being a spacious area meant for recreational activities. It was a fun few minutes in there! I tried my hand at table tennis and pool, before throwing myself into the large beanbags on the floor and sinking down into its heavenly depths. In the E-zone one can enjoy computer games or read books. Younger couples on their honeymoon would surely love the hang-out area, as would children of families who visit the resort for vacation.  The gym is close by, too, along with a small sandy area in the bar reserved for cultural boduberu dances during the weekends. For a moment I wondered why anyone would want to step away from the Coral Bar and its immediate vicinity. I could just remain there for the duration of my stay and still be happy.

But apparently, there was more to the little island. I bade farewell to the Coral Bar and started off down the sandy path winding through shoreline bushes. The main Reef Restaurant was nearby with a tasteful interior and offering meals ranging from Japanese to Brazilian cuisines. There’s a teppanyaki table which has to be pre-booked, for those who need more excitement in their meals. I also passed by the Thai restaurant Suan Bua, standing by a lotus pond. I was told that there was a specialty Italian restaurant as well, the over-water Azzuri Mare. These also had to be pre-booked, a chance I would have liked to explore had I more time.

I was introduced to The Club shortly after having a look at the compact spa. The Club is an exclusive hangout for guests who may want to enjoy the luxuries of food, drink, and relaxation away from the other facilities on the island. Supplements available at The Club include a private chef and a private team of Centara staff. The area reserved for The Club is airy and regal, with a pool on which there’s an overwater dining spot. There’s a library and an air-conditioned indoor working area, along with recliners to lounge on while waiting for private lunch and dinner. The Club will suit those seeking a lavish and cossetting atmosphere, while the Coral Bar will be best suited for those who thrive in exuberance and activity. From here it was clearly safe to say that Centara Grand had something for everyone: from young to old, and singles to couples.

Beyond The Club I walked onto the timber walkways that have become a trademark of almost all resorts in the Maldives, extended out into the lagoon, a means of accessing the 112 water villas flanking the island. The Sunset Ocean Pool Villa, Deluxe Water Villa, and Ocean Water Villa are all breathtakingly quaint, perfectly whitewashed little love-nests for honeymooners. Each villa has a terraced area with outdoor shower, sun loungers, and stairs leading down to the sea if the tenants spontaneously wanted a dip. The Ocean Water Villa is the highest you could aim for, with its very own private pool and absolute privacy.

The Family Water Villas are located further south of the island. They’re markedly different from the others, having safety features such as railings around the terrace. The 93 square meter rooms have bunk beds for kids, PlayStation gaming setup, Jacuzzi, and free wireless internet access. With in-villa dining available around the clock, families will find a lot of time saved while getting the most out of the magnificent scenery.

Walking down the walkway, I could see swathes of coral growth here and there in the lagoon, and I was told that the management gave priority to coral health, even bringing in coral specialists and doctors annually to check up on the local marine ecosystems. The corals help attract a myriad fish for snorkelers to enjoy. The lagoon area is not prone to strong currents and is relatively safe and calm all year round for snorkelers to explore.

Centara also offers three choices for beach villas, which gives direct access to the pearly beach where vegetation gives just the right amount of shade when you need a time-out from working on your tan. The paths through the island almost seem to be tunnels of greenery, and I can vouch for the privacy of the beach villas.

At noon, to get the adrenalin pumping, water sports are all the rage. Non-motorized water sports are all complimentary, with a chance to get one ticket for one motorized ride. Needless to say, O observed a veritable battalion of children enjoying banana boat rides, tube rides, and various beach games. In the lagoon bobbed a red half-submerged submarine; I’m told that it had a clear bottom that would offer the sights of the house reef in all its glory, with seating for a dozen people.

The PADI dive center on the island is always eager to take guests for some serious diving if the need arises to delve deeper into the aquatic wonderland of Maldives. Centara Grand is not far from one of the best dive spots in South Ari Atoll, where forests of coral attract turtles, whale sharks, manta rays, and throngs of varicolored fish. The best thing is that there’s a shipwreck as well, which is exactly the kind of thing that appeals to eels and sharks.

I depart from the western jetty, timed perfectly with the sunset. The sun cast its last rays over the overwater Aqua Bar, a cool breeze passing through its interior unobstructed. Sundowner parties are often held there, and the vibe is electrifyingly positive. Three seats float over the water, the perfect nests for couples to cuddle on while sipping pre-dinner cocktails or nightcaps. Centara Grand Resort and Spa may be a small island, but it packs a punch of a lifetime for vacationers. The island certainly left me breathless for more.

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Roxy Maldives Resort

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Roxy Maldives Resort open in November 2017 is a Newly opened Resort in Maldives. Situated in Noonu Atoll, 189 km north of Velana International Airport, the resort is reachable by a 45 minutes scenic seaplane flight.

The island is 750 meters in length and 250 meters in width, which is the perfect size to immerse yourself in our tropical serenity. Roxy Maldives Resort is planned to be fully operational in the last quarter 2017.

A new experience a new beginning and a new sense of appreciating nature. Surrounded by untouched reefs turquoise water and pristine beaches this breathtaking luxury resort offers an unrivaled level of style personalized services and privacy. Spectacular and sleek Roxy kuda-Funafaru is destined to inspire peace solitude and relaxation. Roxy Maldives Resorts offers warm Maldivian hospitality ensuring a memorable experience.

The Roxy suite is secluded from other villas and offers absolute privacy and luxury in its spacious two bedrooms. The suite consists of a living area master bedroom guest bedroom private deck and huge fresh water plunge pool with a private sun deck for relaxing and dining.

Breeze through casual restaurants and enjoy international cuisine at your leisure. Available a la carte all day or buffet style for breakfast lunch and dinner.

Making time to indulge in the spa experience is essential to any holiday however the skill of savoring each magical treatment may take lots of practice. A blend of body rituals delivered in a sacred sequence and designed with your needs in mind. Let us show you the way.

Operated by the internationally acclaimed werner lau diving centre who will guide you to explore the marine life here at Roxy Maldives Resort. Dive centre we cater for those who are beginners to those who have accomplished the art of scuba diving.

Roxy Maldives Resort KudaFunafaru is one of the first resorts to open in Noonu Atoll, where all reefs are unexplored and untouched. The resort will be re-branding as Noku Maldives Resort in not too distant future.

For more details and bookings – TMT Maldives – http://www.tmtmaldives.com/resorts/roxy-maldives-resort

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Fushifaru Maldives welcomes its first guests

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The first guests at Fushifaru Maldives, located at northeastern Faadhippolhu atoll, were given a proper Maldivian greeting at the pier. They were welcomed with the traditional bodu-beru drums and the sounding of a conch shell. In the ancient days, residents of every island were alerted to important events by the blowing of the sea conch, and so it drew the staff to the pier who at once demonstrated that their services were top-notch and satisfactory for holiday seekers. The guests reached this small gem of an island after a 35-minute seaplane ride from the Male’ International Airport.

Fushifaru Maldives is a small island, but they offer much. For starters, the island is right in the middle of two channels that connect Faadhippolhu atoll’s inner lagoon to the Indian Ocean. Fushifaru Kan’du, the larger of the two, is a National Marine Protected Area. It teems with marine flora and fauna that would make underwater photographers swoon. Divers find the channel highly appealing. There are three renowned dive spots there; one of them, the Fushifaru Thila, is the single most extraordinary diving spots in Maldives, considering that it is home to a large marine cleaning station.

Fushifaru Maldives is now the custodian to this exquisite marine wonderland and is geared to preserve its ecosystem, while at the same time sharing all of its glory with visitors from all over the globe. You can opt to go snorkeling and still witness the glorious ocean life. Or you can check it out without getting wet thanks to the semi-submarine.

Only a few meters away from Fushifaru Maldives stretches a lovely sandbank whose shores are gently washed by the turquoise waters of the lagoon. This sandbank makes for a surreal private picnic spot. Activities like paddle boarding can take you there as well, and you can explore the shallows populated by tiny darting fish scintillating in the tropical sunshine.

Accommodation options at Fushifaru Maldives include sunrise and sunset Beach Villas – also available with attached private pool, just an upgrade away – and Water Villas suffused with absolute bliss. There are a total of forty-nine villas at Fushifaru Maldives. Meals can be had at any of the two eateries: Korakali for an international menu, Raakani Grill for signature Asian dishes. Plus, you can choose to dine anywhere you want if you’re determined to get the most out of the island resort. Afterwards, detoxtails and sunset cocktails can be had at the Fanihandhi bar.

Fushifaru Maldives has created a spa steeped in nature; Heylhi Spa is a veritable jungle with five treatment rooms hidden among the vibrant foliage, ensuring a deeply Maldivian experience. Apart from the spa, there’s a gym, multi-sports court, and an array of watersports activities that can keep you healthy and fit throughout your stay. All in all, this little new resort is certainly up to par with some of the best names in the Maldives.

Fushifaru Maldives has special year-end offers with up to 40% off, resort opening offers, and discounts for stays early next year. Book with us and we’ll assist you to plan an awesome holiday at this brand new resort.

 

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