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January 2018

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TOP 10 HOTELS IN THE MALDIVES – TRAVELLER’S CHOICE AWARDS BY TRIPADVISOR

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

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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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Celebrate Love at Kurumba Maldives!

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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!

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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.

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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 LAUNCHES THE SEA TURTLE RESEARCH EXPEDITION

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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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ANANTARA, AVANI END THE USE OF PLASTIC DRINKING STRAW

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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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