January 2018




The top 10 hotels in the Maldives have been announced for 2018, based on the reviews on TripAdvisor, the travel website that helps find the latest reviews and lowest prices. These reviews are left by those who have already visited and enjoyed their time on these luxurious escapes. Based on traveler opinion, the following are the best 10 hotels in the Maldives.

10. Six Senses Laamu

The resort is situated within a domestic plane trip from Velana International Airport and a short speedboat ride. The water surrounding the resort is teeming with marine life and there are also a lot more to do on land. The luxury resort is a combination of on-land and over-water villas constructed of sustainable materials and set around the palm-fringed paradise.

At several lounges and restaurants their chefs prepare mouth-watering dishes, many created from produce grown in the island’s organic gardens.

9. Velaa Private Island

Located in the gorgeous Noonu Atoll, 187 kilometres north of Male, Velaa Private Island is an exceptional luxury retreat. 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.

Velaa Private Island has been designed and curated with privacy and comfort as the guiding principles while allowing the Indian Ocean to take centre stage. At one with nature, each of the private retreats is built using local materials, combining contemporary flourishes with interiors designed for sensory exploration.

8. LUX* South Ari Atoll

The picture-perfect island of Dhidhoofinolhu is home to LUX* South Ari Atoll, a luxury resort where your fantasy of a laid-back, desert island paradise is about to come true.

Here, you’ll discover 193 private villas, dotted at the water’s edge along two miles of powder fine beaches and perched on stilts above a crystal lagoon. On land or above water, sunset facing or sunrise, these super spacious rooms and suites bring an entirely original vibe of coastal, beach house chic to the Maldives.

With a 5-Star PADI dive centre, the resort’s limpid waters are a diver’s nirvana but there’s an equal abundance of snorkelling and opportunities to visit the resident whale sharks. LUX* South Ari Atoll also offers two infinity pools, floodlit tennis courts and a Technogym fitness centre while the LUX* Me spa, is host to a wellness concierge and a menu of indulgent and stimulating treatments.

LUX* South Ari Atoll boasts eight eateries and five bars. East Market is a sophisticated take on a bustling local night market. Umami offers fine dining from separate sushi, teppanyaki and robata counters as well as the Maldives’ largest selection of sakes and Japanese whiskeys. Allegria, Senses and MIXE stimulate international palettes and the new Beach Rouge introduces the dolce vita of a fashionable beach club to the island.

LUX* wouldn’t be LUX* without a few surprises. Expect island-roasted coffee in Café LUX*, impromptu screenings at cinema paradiso and the chance to hang your hopes on our magical tree of wishes.

7. Constance Moofushi

Set on its own secluded island, Constance Moofushi is a perfect combination of luxury and simplicity where everything is taken care of with the All-Inclusive Package – from premium drinks, exquisite cuisine to luxurious accommodation.

From snorkelling exploration, sunset cruise with a traditional Dhoni to dolphin search and big game fishing Maldivian style, the resort does not fail to deliver experiences.  All villas are built and decorated with wondrous tones of nature with a hint of Constance chic. Feast on fresh seafood and treat your palate to the finest wines in the sand floored restaurant.

6. Kandolhu Maldives

Located 70 kilometres south west of Male’ in North Ari Atoll, Kandolhu is an idyllic Maldives hotel which can be reached in 25 minutes by seaplane.

Kandolhu is an exquisite Maldives resort which features just 30 villas that perfectly combine natural elements of the Maldives with modern architecture and creature-comforts, in creating an experience so memorable that it will stay with you forever.

The island is lush, with wide sandy beaches surrounding the emerald green and is home to one of the most colourful and lively house reef in the Maldives.

5. JA Manafaru

This exclusive hideaway in Maldives is about 320 km north of Male’. Luxuriate in plush surrounds and set against a backdrop of stunning vistas, here magical moments are captured and senses are rejuvenated.

Dive into one of three pools or sail away on a wave of serenity across the ocean blue. As befitting Maldives’ best hotels, no island escape is complete without a host of activities designed for invigoration, rejuvenation or exhilaration.

Expect the exceptional when it comes to satisfying your taste buds at one of the best hotels in the Maldives. From traditional Maldivian cuisine to Asian-fusion fare, or a grilled seafood feast, seven scenic dining destinations cater to all your dining desires.

4. Mirihi Island Resort

Mirihi is located in the South Ari Atoll, reachable from Male on a 30-minute picturesque seaplane flight. Due to its size and limited number of Villas, Mirihi is considered as being one of the smallest islands in the Maldives.

This emerald gem is just 350 meters long and 50 meters wide with palm-fringed beaches and sand as soft as powder, inviting you to leave your shoes behind for the duration of your stay. Only a few meters into the sea, our spectacular house reef await you.

3. Soneva Fushi

Coming 3rd of the list is Soneva Fushi, hidden among dense foliage within the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Soneva Fushi inspires the imagination. The resort’s down-to-earth personality is reflected in its nature-inspired architecture. If the experiences are magical, the philosophy is simple; no news, no shoes.

One of the uniqueness of this resort is the observatory. Peer through the lenses of the state-of-the-art telescope and set your eyes upon the Plough of Saturn and its serene, translucent curves. Count the moons of Jupiter. Take advantage of our remote island locale, and see celestial bodies invisible from Europe and much of the world. Moreover, Soneva Fushi is the first resort in the world to introduce 3D astronomy in the property.

In addition to this, the resort offers a range of activities for families & children. Moreover, it is a heavenly escape for those who love the waters. As it is within the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the marine life around the resort is unlike any other in the Maldives.

2. Baros Maldives

Taking 2nd is Baros Maldives, a luxury hotel resort on a small coral island in the Indian Ocean ringed by a sandy beach and a living house-reef. Just 25 minutes by speedboat from Velana International Airport, it is an award-winning boutique resort renowned for discreet, personalised service excellence.

Beach Villa of classic elegance, set in lush vegetation, and secluded Water Villas, many with private pools; Baros Maldives is one of the most romantic resorts in the Maldives, the perfect honeymoon getaway. Inspired by Maldivian traditions of heartfelt hospitality, Baros luxury hotel Maldives is a tropical island dream come true, with fine cuisine, a garden Spa, a gym, an overwater swimming pool, individualised excursions and underwater experiences.

1. Gili Lankanfushi

With a collection of 45 rustic-chic thatched villas hover over transparent lagoon waters, Gili Lankanfushi is the highest visitor rates resort in the Maldives and takes the 1st place in this list.

This green, serene hotel is built from sustainable materials including plantation teak, palm wood, bamboo, pine and even telegraph poles. Each villa is looked after by a ‘Mr (or Ms) Friday’, a brilliant butler/companion, who you’ll want to take home with you.

Delve into the Maldives’ theatrical underwater world with Ocean Paradise Dive Centre – a PADI-certified outlet operating at Gili Lankanfushi. Many renowned dive sites, such as Banana, HP or Rainbow Reef, Okobe Thila, Nassimo Thila, Maagiri and Manta Point are a short boat ride away from this resort.

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Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has appointed Brice Borin as the general manager of Kuredhivaru Maldives



Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has appointed Brice Borin as the general manager of the 105-villa Mövenpick Resort & Spa Kuredhivaru Maldives, which will open this year 2018 , as the brand’s first property in the country.

Prior to joining Mövenpick, Borin was the general manager of the Soori Bali.

Brice has almost 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, more than 20 of which have been spent in the Asia Pacific region. Most recently he was the General Manager of the Soori Bali, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World.

The French hotelier will now return to the country where he previously spent two years as the General Manager of The Regent Maldives, and opened three properties for Anantara.

Scheduled to open later this year on a private island in the stunning Noonu atoll, Mövenpick Resort and Spa Kuredhivaru Maldives will feature 105 luxury villas, all with their own private swimming pool, including overwater accommodation.

Kuredhivaru Island is located on Noonu Atoll, in the northern part of the Maldives. Noon Atoll is one of the least developed parts of the Maldives thereby offering spectacular sceneries, untouched natural beauty and serene surroundings. The resort is designed in a contemporary style with emphasis on comfortable accommodation and a private, yet stimulating resort experience.

The contemporary tropical resort will combine comfort and style, with 33 Beach Villas and 72 Over Water Villas, all with their own individual plunge pool. 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.


  • 72 “overwater” suites with plunge pool
  • 33 Beach Villas with plunge pool
  • 3 Beach Suites (3 bedrooms and plunge pool)

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an international upscale hotel management company with over 16,000 staff members, is represented in 24 countries with 83 hotels, resorts and Nile cruisers currently in operation. Around 40 properties are planned or under construction, including those in Kuredhivaru, The Hague, Netherlands, and Basel, Switzerland.




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Abu Dhabi Group offers to recommence helicopter services in Maldives

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The Abu Dhabi Aviation Group has offered to recommence helicopter services in the Maldives.

In the annual report released by Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI), the association revealed that it met with Abu Dhabi Aviation Group to discuss restarting helicopter taxi service in the Maldives. The report said that the group even offered to carry out helicopter ambulance services to resorts.

 Abu Dhabi Aviation Group boasts a fleet of 57 helicopters, and is the most well-known group in the Middle East for helicopter services.

An official from the Civil Aviation Authority stated that they could give approval for the Abu Dhabi company after the relevant researches are completed, which are being carried out by a company from England.

Tourism minister Moosa Zameer had earlier announced that commercial helicopter sieves will start very soon on December 7, 2017. The Civil Aviation Authority had said that they would grant approval within a month at that time.

Helicopters are currently used only by the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF). The two helicopters were gifted to the Maldives by neighbouring India, and piloted by Indian soldiers.


Source :  Mihaaru News


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Best diving spots in the Maldives

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Exploring the ocean and the many wonders within it is a passion for many. The Maldive islands host some of the most vibrant and unspoilt diving sites in the world, making it the ideal dive holiday destination. The tropical climate and the Indian Monsoon current of the region ensures that the waters are ideal for fish breeding and coral growth, allowing parrotfish, fusiliers, jacks and snappers, not to mention whale sharks, mantas, and turtle species to thrive.

With professional instructors providing dive gear and guiding you through, both novices and experts can explore the curves and ripples of the ocean floor studded with colourful corals as its residents come out to swim with you. Whether you come back from your holiday a licensed PADI diver, or you go on your first dive, there will be plenty of stories to share about the mysteries of the ocean.

While the best dive sites are concentrated around the South Ari, Vaavu and North Male’ atoll, the best spots for whale shark encounters are located in South Ari atoll. For a swim with mantas, be sure to head to Baa, Haa Alif or South Ari atoll. For shark enthusiasts, Fuvahmulah area is the place to be. Some of the best dive sites in the Maldives are:

Kudarah Thila, South Ari Atoll
The marine protected area is known for it’s soft coral formations and colourful fish species. One is sure to find an array of reef fish including fusiliers and snappers. Swim through the famous arch bejeweled with corals and the overhang here. A torch in hand, dive in further to find moray eels, nudibranchs, puffer fish and grown turtles hunting for their prey around the overhang.

Fotteyo Kandu, Vaavu Atoll
Arguably the best dive site in the Maldives, Fotteyo Kandu promises encounters with schools of shark species, including the occasional hammerheads. The site is a diver’s paradise complete with overhangs, swim-throughs and caves to explore while jacks, tunas and schools of snappers, unicorn fish and eagle rays trail around you. Keep an eye out for the yellow soft corals growing on the overhangs, and black coral bushes.

Okobe Thila, North Male’ Atoll
Consisting of three main pinnacle sections, the currents here will carry you spiraling your way up and around. Prepare yourself to be greeted by white tip reef sharks and moray eels bobbing their heads out for food. Schools of banner fish and batfish are also known to make appearances. In addition to the holes and cavities in the pinnacles, you will also find lots of interesting coral formations to explore here.

Kandooma Thila, South Male’ Atoll
A dive here will leave you breathless, and for all the right reasons. This teardrop shaped pinnacle does not hold back. It boasts schools of red bass, grey sharks, white-tip sharks, eagle rays and dogtooth tunas. Keep an eye out for the turtles that come out to greet you. The west point of the Thila, Jack Corner is a great spot for barracudas, and further down, a cave known to house snappers and big-eye trevally beckons you.

Broken Rock, South Ari Atoll
With a canyon that breaks the reef into two, the current is quite strong here. Here divers can swim through the canyon as schools of fish whizz past them. Look out for the pastel coloured soft coral formations on the canyon while jacks, butterfly fish, angelfish, moray eels, scorpion fish, puffer fish and the occasional napoleon wrasse comes out to play.

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Gili Lankanfushi & Baros Maldives wins in the Travellers Choice Awards for Hotels by TripAdvisor


TripAdvisor, the travel website that helps find the latest reviews and lowest prices, have announced the winners of its Travellers’ Choice awards for Hotels.

Travellers’ Choice award winners were determined based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travellers worldwide and two resorts from the Maldives have secured positions among the top 25 hotels in the world.

Baros Maldives placed 15th in the list. A small coral island in the Indian Ocean, just 25 minutes by speedboat from the Maldives International Airport, lush with mature palm trees and brilliant tropical vegetation, this island is perfect for a peaceful vacation in a private Beach or Water Villa of elegance and style. Set in a translucent lagoon surrounded by a sun-drenched, golden sand beach, ringed with a colourful living coral reef, Baros Maldives is perfect for a holiday to remember.

Taking 5th place in the list was Gili Lankanfushi, set on a private island in the North Male’ Atoll, this amazing retreat is a short 20 minute speedboat ride from the Velana International Airport. The marine life around this resort flourishes with a resort policy of preserving the environment. The utmost care was taken in developing the island with respect to its ecological balance.  You can dive into the deep blue with the fully equipped PADI diving school in the resort or enjoy a variety of water sports.

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Kandima Maldives: Your Kind of Place!


Kandima Maldives has quickly built a reputation for awesomeness, barely a year since it opened its powder white beaches to tourists. Reason? It’s fun and cheap! It’s fun because it’s artsy and light-natured, and it’s cheap because of all the sweet deals it offers. Kandima Maldives is the place to be right now!

The rates are low for the modern luxury and lush experiences the resort offers. Mingled with our special offers for Kandima Maldives, your visit to one of the most coveted holiday destinations in the world won’t put a significant dent in your wallet.

Kandima Maldives offers a playfully creative ambiance

Scrutinizing Kandima Maldives makes it clear why it’s ‘your kind of place’, as their motto goes. The resort challenges the status quo on the traditional concept of vacationing in the Maldives.

Kandima Maldives is located in Dhaalu Atoll of the Maldives. Guests at the island resort can enjoy every typical hedonism the Maldives traditionally promises… which is, basically, relaxation.

But perhaps you want a bit more. Have no fear, you have lots to explore. At Kandima Maldives, you can have experiences found nowhere else in the Maldives!

World-class DJ’s belting out dance-inducing party beats at every corner. You can engage in every water sports activity invented by mankind. And at the in-house art studio, creative-juices start flowing freely. Inspiration abounds.

Other adventures that throw you into the midst of Maldivian culture includes island hopping and fishing trips along with several other excursions.

Meanwhile, HQ & Den offers solace for introverts. It’s gloriously stylish with touches of greenery. There, you can swim in a literary wonderland in the library or immerse yourselves in gameplay.

There’s no such thing as boredom on the island.

Let’s first look at the most important thing in life and how it fares at Kandima Maldives: FOOD!

 Foodies won’t be disappointed!

Kandima Maldives houses absolutely stunning restaurants.

Flavor Zest outlets are all-day dining venues located near the resort’s swimming pools. They offer market-style food from around the world. You can just drop in and grab a casual bite when you feel like it.

The Sea Dragon serves authentic Chinese cuisine with modern twists, perfect for families. Aroma is located on its very own lake, a serene little joint where you can have cake and paint with the artists. Azure is a chic beach house with casual dining.

Guests hang out at the Beach Club all day and night. They mingle and sip on homemade Mojitos, freshly squeezed juices, and granitas from the bar; it’s especially cool at sunset. At Breeze, you can have drinks and shisha with a glorious view of the infinity pool. It’s the longest outdoor pool in the Maldives at a hundred meters in length!

Smoked restaurant offers mouth-watering dishes of steaks, smoked ribs, and fresh fish from the open BBQ kitchen. They also serve vegetarian dishes. And finally, the Deli restaurant is devoted to stylish food boutique for a quick bite. Or you can order take-aways to your room.

Speaking of rooms…

Stay in spacious, beautiful villas

Kandima Maldives houses 274 studios and villa’s that are stylish and modern. There’s no conceivable shortage of accommodation choices.

They have Beach & Sky Studios, Beach Villas, and 79 Aqua Villas. Some of these picturesque villas sitting over the turquoise lagoon are exclusive to honeymooners. The rest is OK for families… but it’s best for groups of friends looking for a crazy time in the Maldives.

All the rooms are spacious and an art form in themselves.

The bars and lounges are colorful and airy. The ambiance envelops you in a warm embrace that makes you feel at home. Casual wear is encouraged (so remember to pack light, and pack smart!). You can enjoy electrifyingly good DJ’s and music anywhere on the island, as you soak in the island vibes over amazing cocktails.

Turn your vacation into a lifestyle

Kandima Maldives strives to warp your vacation into a lifestyle. It’s as if you got dropped off into a dream with a wow factor of 100%. Yet nothing feels strange or out of place.

Art connoisseurs can fully appreciate the visual treats sprinkled throughout the island resort. Kandima Maldives welcomes and offers something worthwhile to singles, groups of friends, honeymooners, couples of all ages, and families.

Adventure, sport, wellbeing, and relaxation is taken to the next level on this three-kilometer long island. Families should check out Kandiland; it offers tonnes of fun to the younger guests.

The Aquaholics water sports center will take you on rip-roaring oceanic adventures. You can jet ski and kite surf among an array of other activities. Or go scuba diving to explore the underwater wonderland that surrounds the island resort. Afterwards, you can relax at the esKape Spa.

Imagine how cool (or Kool, as Kandima Maldives stylizes) it’d be to return home with new skills under your sleeve?

You can learn to paint at the art studio. Or take pottery and local handcraft classes. You can enroll in guest photo sessions and classes at the photo studio.

Food lovers can learn to cook or make cocktails. You can also take massage classes (couples… getting any ideas?), DJ workshops, and… wait for it… dance classes!

Talk about lasting impressions. Kandima Maldives gives you skills.

In a nutshell, go for Kandima Maldives!

All in all, Kandima Maldives’ aspirations to become a unique destination in the Maldives is a breath of fresh air that does not disappoint.

The fact that family bonding, friends fun, and romance for couples are all accessible at Kandima Maldives makes the island resort all the more endearing. And of course, who wouldn’t love a vacation which rewards you with amazing new knowledge?

Play, explore, and learn from the living the life!

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One of the most luxurious motor yacht visits Maldives



One of the largest and most expensive motor yachts in the world has visited the Maldives.

The luxury motor yacht, “A”, docked near Dhoonidhoo , on January 21st, 2018 was the sixth largest motor yacht in the world, worth USD 323 million.

Sources and media say that motor yacht “A” arrived in the Maldives from the Port of Salalah, Oman.


Designed by the world-renowned Philippe Starck and engineered by naval architect Martin Francis, M/Y “A” was built by the Blohm + Voss shipyard at the HDW deepwater facility in German port city, Kiel. It is owned by the Russian industrialist and philanthropist, Andrey Melnichenko and his wife, Aleksandra Melnichenko.

It is reported the name “A” was used in order make the vessel appear first on shipping registers, while the design is largely based on advanced nautical engineering and maritime technology which accounts for many benefits including wave-less cruising.

Melnichenko co-founded the MDM Group comprising industrial assets which later formed Siberian Coal Energy Company (SUEK) and the mineral and chemical Company EuroChem. Andrey Melnichenko also became one of the founders of TMK, Pipe and Metallurgic Company, Russia’s largest manufacturer and exporter of steel pipes.

The vessel has evoked comparisons with submarines and stealth warships prompting Forbes magazine to wax that the vessel “was designed by Philippe Starck and resembles a sleek, futuristic submarine”.

The 400 ft yacht has a space of 24,000 square feet along with a 2,500 square foot Master Bedroom and six guest suites allowing for a total of 14 guests at a time.

Equipped with a helicopter hanger on the roof and a speedboat access of 30 foot, the vessel has three swimming pools, one with a transparent floor.

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Hidden Beaches: trends for 2018


Influenced by our Hidden Beaches specialists, read our travel trends tipped for 2018. Combine time on the coast with responsible wildlife experiences, seek out creatures spotted on Blue Planet II or make the most of new direct flights to the Seychelles.

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Hidden Beaches: trends for 2018


Influenced by our Hidden Beaches specialists, read our travel trends tipped for 2018. Combine time on the coast with responsible wildlife experiences, seek out creatures spotted on Blue Planet II or make the most of new direct flights to the Seychelles.

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Celebrate Love at Kurumba Maldives!


Plan something special for your loved ones this Valentine’s Day with a visit to Kurumba Maldives. The resort offers a range of special activities planned all day long for the romantic in you!


Special decorations in the main area will set the mood for your celebration and creative “love” cocktails in bars. Spend the day at the Spa, with unique Maldivian healing treatments, romantic outdoor couple massages next to the sparkling ocean or Valentine’s chocolate flavoured specials, designed for the occasion.

Treat yourself to an exclusive 5 course dinner served in Kurumba’s signature dining outlet – Thila restaurant. All courses are paired with fine wines selected by our sommelier. A journey of love in Kurumba Maldives to share between the two of you while wondering at the stars. If you’re in the mood for something else, the Italian restaurant Isola will also have on offer an exceptional 3 course dinner menu carefully design by our Executive Chef especially for the occasion.


Other holiday’s specials include romantic champagne and chocolate coated fruit delivery service from the In Villa Dining or spend a dreamy Arabic night in Fez, Kurumba’s famous shisha lounge, with colourful after dinner cocktails and the fruity smoke from your shisha.

Join us in the Maldives this Valentine’s Day to celebrate life and love.

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The Olive Ridley Project (ORP) was established in 2013 to actively fight ghost nets in the Indian Ocean. They also promote recycling of end-of-life fishing nets, offer marine and turtle conservation education programs and carry out research. Further to this they also provide care, protection, treatment & security for turtles found injured. ORP Marine Turtle Rescue Centre is situated at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu Resort in Baa Atoll.

The research expedition conducted by ORP spans over 4 weeks and will be carried out in Haa Alif Atoll to explore the area for sea turtles. This is a remote area where little scientific work has been previously conducted. During the pilot surveys of ORP, there have been reported sightings of manta rays, dolphins, sharks and stingrays in addition to turtles.

This volunteer opportunity is open to anyone who is interested in sea turtle research and looking to go on an adventure. Volunteer requirements include being 18+, able swimmers/snorkelers and have a passion for sea turtles and research. Your ‘home base’ will be a tropical island, and therefore quite isolated. If you do not think you are particularly adventurous, then this expedition may not be for you.

The research expedition can accommodate 5 volunteers at a time & the Olive Ridley Project requests a reasonable donation to cover the expenses of the expedition.

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With the start of a fresh year, on January 1, 2018 Anantara and AVANI Hotels and Resorts have announced their decision to end the use of plastic drinking straws at all their hotels and resorts in Asia.
With this decision, Anantara and Avani has become the first major hotel brands to eradicate the use of plastic straws and replace with bamboo straws in all properties across the Asia Region.
“As industry leaders, it’s important for us to play an active role in reducing the consumption and wastage of plastic globally. The enormous benefits for the health of the oceans makes this an obvious choice from both a business and environmental perspective. Across Asia, this will save 2.5 million plastic straws in the first year alone,” William Heinecke, Founder, CEO and Chairman of Minor Hotels, which includes both Anantara and AVANI brands has stated.
The negative impact of plastic on the environment is one that cannot be denied with 300 million tons of plastic being produced on an annual basis and 8.8 million tons being dumped into the ocean globally.
The throwaway nature of these single-use, seemingly harmless plastic straws are actually one of the top two polluters of the ocean, and each straw takes up to 500 years to decompose. The total number of plastic straws used daily is so large that no global usage figure exists. But Americans alone use 500 million straws daily, according to the National Park Service.
Anatara and AVANI hope to inspire more hospitality ooperators to follow leas and even ecourage guests to draw from such experiences and be more eco conscious once back in their day to day lives as well. They added that it is also a major step forward in achieving wider sustainability goals and contributes hugely to protecting the natural habitats of many endangered species
“As both brands are part of the Minor Hotels International Group, this initiative will also be adopted by Oaks and Tivoli properties in Asia. The Elewana Collection properties will also follow once the plastic straw ban is applied to properties outside Asia,” the statement read.
The announcement comes alongside the existing environmental initiatives at various Minor Hotels globally. These include the Dugong Conservation projects at Anantara Si Kao, the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, the aquaponics farm at Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort, and the ongoing work of the Holistic Approach to Reef Protection at Anantara Kihavah Maldives.
Anantara runs three resorts in the Maldives: Anantara Veli Resort and Anantara Dhigu Resort in South Male Atoll, and Anantara Kihavah Villas in Baa atoll. In addition to the Anantara branded resorts, Minor separately runs Naladhu Private Island Maldives in the South Male Atoll and Niyama Maldives Private Islands in Dhaalu atoll.
Meanwhile, AVANI has recently announced the development of its first property in the Maldives, with the AVANI Fares Maldives Resort scheduled to open in late 2019.

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Been there, done that? Now try this…


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Been there, done that? Now try this…


Do you have a passion you feel compelled to explore in ever greater depth on your travels? Here, we suggest (superficially dissimilar) destinations that offer similar experiences, whether you’re into wine, wilderness walking, or observing endangered primates.

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Gili Lankanfushi reveals 2018 wellness programme


Luxury Maldivian eco-resort, Gili Lankanfushi, is debuting a revolutionary new wellness programme for 2018.

Four world-leading international wellness practitioners, working in areas as diverse as transformational breath-work, sound therapy, and hypnotherapy, will be leading island residencies throughout the year.

The will offer treatments and workshops for guests, and passing on their skills to the team at the island’s Meera Spa.

The international wellness residency programme will kick off in March with bestselling author, Ayurveda enthusiast, cook, and wellbeing entrepreneur Jasmine Hemsley visiting Gili Lankanfushi from March 12th-19th.

Hemsley will be leading immersive and soothing sound bath sessions, helping guests to switch off their minds, open their hearts and nurture their spirits with waves of therapeutic crystal tones to balance the chakras.


April 10th-18th will see the arrival of international author, breath coach and founder of Breathing Tree, Rebecca Dennis.

Dennis trained in the cutting edge breath technique transformational breath, used to harness the power of conscious breathing to unblock emotions and release tension, and specialises in treating issues such as stress, anxiety, addiction and sleep problems. 

Meditation guide, inspirational speaker, writer and intuitive mentor Jody Shield will be taking over the island from August 22nd-29th.

Shield is fast becoming a household name amongst London’s high-fliers as the go-to healer to solve all manner of modern woes, supporting people to process the past, be present and build a life they love.

The final international wellness residency of the year will be hypnotherapist, anxiety expert and bestselling author Chloe Brotheridge.

She will be leading hypnotherapy workshops on the island for guests from November 10th-17th, to help with issues including anxiety, confidence and sleep problems.

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Futboltec Easter Football Camp @ Amilla Fushi


Addicted to Maldives in partnership with Futboltec Australia and Amilla Fushi Resort Maldives is proud to bring the very first Futboltec Easter Football Camp for Kids Only @ Amilla Fushi Maldives.

Designed and developed by former professional footballers Jason and Glen Trifiro, Futboltec focuses on the techniques of young footballers in a professional and enjoyable learning environment.

Jason Trifiro – Asian Champions League Winner with Western Sydney Wanderers, Former player WS Wanderers and Melbourne City FC in the Australian Hyundai A-League. Former Youth International (Australian U17)

Glen Trifiro – Former player Central Coast Mariners in the Australian Hyundai A-League. Former Youth International (Australian U20)


Mark Hehir – CEO & Curator of The Small Maldives Island Co, talks to Addicted to Maldives about another exciting first for the Maldives.

“Easter 2018, Amilla Fushi again thinking differently, passionately and intuitively see the love for football with our world class facilities has partnered with FUTBOLTEC Australia, to bring a world class football clinic to the Maldives for the first time, I’m super excited to bring this idea alive after both Glen and I shared a conversation last year, his team has quickly mobilised and has put together a great program, that will provide another unique Rich Experience for our customers, islanders and community. Look out this year for more innovations from our island gems”.

Sign up your little football stars for an exclusive complimentary 3-day Football Camp and let them develop their skills on a pitch built in the middle of the Maldives, where football creativity and freedom can be capped off with a swim in the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean.

Dates: 31st March to 2nd April 2018

Junior Players (Aged 5-11 Years) – 9:30am – 12:30pm

Senior Players (Aged 12-16 Years) – 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Each player will receive a training shirt, shorts and socks, 9 Hours of experienced coaching.

The Addicted to Maldives and Amilla Fushi Exclusive Stay and Play package over the easter period allows your little football players to enjoy the training camp whilst you relax and soak up everything the Maldives has to offer.

Contact Addicted to Maldives through the sign-up button below to enquire.

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Ahmed Jay Appointed as aGeneral Manager At Baros Maldives



Baros Maldives is delighted to announce Ahmed Jihad-Jay as new General Manager as of January 2018.

Having worked at Baros Maldives in 2010 as Operations Manager, Ahmed is coming ‘home’ to Baros, this time as General Manager, after gaining a wealth of experience in the Maldives. He began his hotel career at Full Moon Maldives, after completing a degree in Hospitality Management at TAFE, QLD, Australia.

He started as Front Office Manager, working his way up to Resident Manager. This was followed by a stint at Sheraton Maldives, before he joined the team at Braos for the first time in 2008. His career took him to NIYAMA Maldives in 2011, followed by Huvafenfushi, where he remained Resort Manager for the past five years.

Being one of the very first luxury resorts to open in the Maldives, Baros always remained close to Ahmed’s heart. He states: “I am delighted return to my Baros Maldives family as General Manager and am thrilled to be a part of a resort and team with such strong Maldivian connections. The hotel is Maldivian-owned and is extremely proud of its roots and culture, just as I am, so I am so excited to take on this new challenge.

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Abu Dhabi Travel Guide: When to Travel


First time to Abu Dhabi? This exciting city is a land of contrasts with year-round warm weather, fascinating cultural traditions and world-famous events. Whether you want to relax on the beaches during the milder (yet still pleasantly warm!) winter temperatures or kick it up a notch by watching the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix, this spectacular city has it all. Read on to learn about the best time to visit.

Best time to travel


In our opinion, the best time to travel to Abu Dhabi is between November and May when the temperatures are much milder yet still pleasantly warm (approx. 25 degrees Celsius). While travelling during the summer months will yield soaring temperatures, great value hotel discounts and summer shopping sales (and excellent air-con!) can make travelling during low season worthwhile. Here are a few events and promotions to look out for when travelling to Abu Dhabi:

Special Events

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: November 

Don’t miss the exciting annual Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, a Formula One motor race held at the Yas Marina Circuit at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi.

Ramadan: 30 days in May – June 

Ramadan, The Holy Month, is a time for prayer and contemplation when Muslims fast between dawn and dusk. Ramadan is usually celebrated between May and June each year for approximately 29 to 30 days. However as Ramadan begins and ends with the sighting of a crescent-shaped moon, the exact timing is different each year.

Spring Shopping Festival: March/April

Take advantage of the fantastic spring and summer shopping sales in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, offering fantastic discounts on clothing, electronics and more.

Abu Dhabi Film Festival: Oct – Nov 

Film lovers will love the chance to be a part of the annual Abu Dhabi Film Festival (previously known as the Middle East International Film Festival). This international film festival began in 2007 and is usually held in the month of October.

Abu Dhabi Festival: March

This festival is a celebration of music and the arts, featuring an array of Abu Dhabi’s fascinating local culture.

Abu Dhabi Golf Championship: January 

The Abu Dhabi Golf Championship is one of the largest events on the European Tour. The tournament is held at the world-class Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Sheraton, featuring 27 holes, including the 18-hole National Course. This competition is a part of the trio of European Tour events in the Gulf States including the Dubai Desert Classic and Qatar Masters. The 2012 event boasted a record number of 82,000 golfing fans!

Camel Racing: Thursdays and Friday mornings in winter

Camel racing is a huge part of every day life in Abu Dhabi. It is incredibly competitive and exciting sport because of the generous prize money that stands to be won from it. This event attracts many tourists from the across the country and all over the globe including members of the royal family. The races take place every week on Thursday and Friday mornings during the cooler winter months.


Discover your perfect Abu Dhabi getaway – flying direct in just 7 hours from the UK with our preferred airline partner, Etihad Airways.

Looking for more information on Abu Dhabi? Read more from our Abu Dhabi Travel Guide:


Eating Out

What To Do

Customs and Traditions

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Will Cocoon Maldives score a World Luxury Restaurant Award?


Cocoon Maldives island resort has been nominated for the prestigious 2018 World Luxury Restaurant Awards. The World Luxury Restaurant Awards incentive celebrates excellence in the field of gastronomy, from hospitality and tourism properties all over the world.

The World Luxury Restaurant Awards doesn’t solely look for the best cuisines. They also keep an eye out for the most memorable experiences, outstanding atmosphere, and top-notch services. Cocoon Maldives, designed by Italian-based LAGO, is competing for the award from the Luxury Interior Design/Architecture category. Guests of nominated hotel properties and industry professionals vote based on their personal experiences.

Cocoon Maldives is in Lhaviyani Atoll, a 30-minute seaplane ride away from the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. Located on its very own island of Ookolhufinolhu, Cocoon Maldives is developed with an elegant and modern look that compliments the surrounding tropical vibrancy. The interiors reflect the mesmerizing beauty of the marine world in the Maldives, and an earthy ambiance is provided by furniture hewn from 200-year-old Wildwood. The resort features an expansive reception pavilion, three restaurants, two bars, dive center, spa, lounge, library, gym and kid’s club.  Cocoon Maldives houses 150 villas on the beach and over the turquoise lagoon.

The fantastic interiors at Cocoon Maldives certainly deserve the award for the chic luxury they offer. The South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) recognized Cocoon Maldives as South Asia’s Leading Design Hotel on 28 October 2017, so chances are Cocoon Maldives’ impeccable decor will once again get a prestigious recognition.


The Maldives grabbed several World Luxury Restaurant Awards for 2017. The Ithaa Undersea Restaurant at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort, of course, won accolades for Global Restaurant of the Year, Luxury Unique Experience, and Luxury Resort Restaurant. Another notable achievement for the Maldives last year was the recognition by World Luxury Restaurant Awards of Samsara Asian Fusion at Hideaway Beach Resort and Spa, which sits on stilts over the island’s heavenly lagoon. Samsara Asian Fusion got accolades for their mouthwateringly scrumptious Asian Cuisines. Last year’s award for Fine Dining Cuisine went to Trio at Sun Siyam Irufushi, and the best Luxury Seafood Restaurant accolade went to Thila at Kurumba Maldives Resort.

The 2018 World Luxury Restaurant Awards will be announced at a Gala Ceremony on 22 August 2018.  We’re keeping our fingers crossed, wishing for a hearty success to Cocoon Maldives! If you’ve stayed there, you can contribute to the polls as well. If not, why not head over to the Maldives for a unique luxury experience? We have a special offer with some discounts at Cocoon Maldives, which is especially suitable for families with more than one kid in tow. You can also experience the award-winning Trio restaurant by booking a stay at Sun Siyam Irufushi, for which we have a sweet deal as well, suitable for honeymooners, families, and seniors.

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Resorts Opening in 2018


Maldives Resort Openings 2018

Maldives set to open an abundance of new resorts throughout 2018 and in early 2019.

The government strategy is to dramatically increase the number of hotel rooms in the Maldives. Work is currently underway on a collection of new resorts and hotels that will open in the Maldives. Following a push to improve hotel capacity, the Indian Ocean archipelago will play host to more than 10 new hotels & some of the international brand like;

The Lux Resorts brand is planning to expand its presence in the Maldives with a new property LUX* North Male Atoll, Maldives at Olhahali Island. Resort will start welcoming guests in April 2018. A short transfer from Male by luxury speedboat, the intimate LUX* North Male Atoll resort disrupts the Maldivian mould by replacing traditional thatched villas with over-sized, penthouse residences..

The Movenpick Resort and Spa Kuredhivaru opening in early 2018, will be the global hotel group’s first foray into the islands. Situated on the remote Kuredhivaru island in Noonu Atoll, it will provide 32 beach villas and 70 over water suites and a variety of onsite recreational facilities. The first Marine National Park in the Maldives is a 15-minute speedboat ride away, providing guests with excellent diving opportunities.

The Carpe Diem Beach Resort and Spa will be operational from next spring, bringing a unique concept , combining live-aboard cruises around the islands with resort stays. Based on one of a trio of uninhabited islands on the edge of Baa Atoll, the resort’s vast lagoon will be home to 115 pool villas, a spa, a selection of restaurants, and a private water park. Carpe Diem also has three high-end live-aboard boats offering diving and leisure facilities, each catering to 20 guests at a time.

The four-star Oblu Select at Sangeli is the latest Maldives property developed by Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts. Scheduled to open on July 1, 2018, the brand new four-star deluxe resort is located on the desirable Sangeli island in the northwest rim of Male atoll. Amidst one of the best diving and snorkeling locations in the entire Male atoll, OBLU Select at Sangeli will feature 137 stand-alone villas in six categories, both along the beach and over water.

Another resort featuring over water villas and suites on the beach – the Emerald Maldives Resort and Spa will open in Raa Atoll in October 2018, while the ultra-luxurious Waldorf Astoria Maldives is set for an early 2019 opening.

Since 2013, 20 new resorts have already opened in the Maldives. Following the opening of Fushifaru , Reethi Faru and Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort towards the end of 2017, the first Italian-designed Baglioni Resort will be added to the mix in 2018.

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