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February 2018

Exclusive Privacy – World’s Largest Standalone Overwater Villa

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Standing at 1700sqm, The Private Reserve, the largest over water villa in Maldives and the world, is home to a 5-unit building with rustic chic style design that features one master en-suite bedroom, one duplex master suite with two bedrooms and one guest room with en-suite bathroom located on the second floor.

Facilities include private spa with sauna, indoor and outdoor treatment pavilion, gymnasium, private cinema on the 2nd floor of the central living area, an infinity pool, fully equipped gourmet kitchen, a water slide installed from the top deck into the coral pool. Additionally, there are also sea level sundecks with sun loungers with clear views of coral gardens and amazing marine life of the Maldives. Dining spaces include roof-top terraces with daybed and two outdoor dining pavilions.

Most of all, yours truly Mr and/or Ms Friday will be in residence on standby at your service for the length of your stay, to help you create memories for a lifetime and a stay that can only be justified as an incredible journey.

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At the Gili Lankanfushi Private Reserve, your heart’s desire to indulge in the ultimate getaway in the Maldives is fulfilled.

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Holiday Check Gold Award 2018: 4 Winners from the Maldives

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Holiday Check Awards, the prestigious award by a German travel company Holiday Check, is a highly sought after tourism prize given by the largest German speaking travel portal that offers extensive travel know-how, is being conferred for the 12th year to the most popular hotels worldwide.

In order to be nominated, the hotel needs to have a minimum number of reviews during the year of 2017 with a stay in 2017, a recommendation rate of minimum 90% from reviews in 2017 and a score of at least five out of six suns on Holiday Check from reviews in 2017.

This year, 4 resorts in the Maldives won this prestigious award as follows;

Kuredu Island Resort

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Kuredu Island Resort on the northern reef of Lhaviyani atoll, 80 miles north of the International Airport and 35 minutes by seaplane. It is  an area famous for its beauty and abundant marine life.

Exotic Bungalows and wonderful Villas line the white sand beach in Kuredu Island Resort. The villas are tastefully decorated in this modern resort, with over the lagoon fabulous Water Villa. In the centre of the island is the magnificent Sulthan Pool Villa. Kuredu is a large island with plenty of restaurants, bars, shops and activities among them the first golf course in Maldives.

Reethi Beach Resort

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Reethi Beach is located on a tiny island in Baa Atoll, a scenic 35-minute seaplane flight or a 20 minute domestic flight to Dharavandhoo followed by a short 15 minute speed boat ride, from Male’.

The elegant and spacious detached and semi-detached villas are built from natural materials in typical Maldivian-style, providing first class comfort in a unique setting. Rooms are air-conditioned and set amid tropical foliage fringing a long expanse of powder soft beach or on stilts over the clear blue lagoon. There are five restaurants and five bars, poolside and beachfront. Facilities include a PADI 5-star dive centre; a Spa and wellness retreat; Water Sports Centre; Sports Complex and a wide variety of group and private excursions have been carefully selected to enable you to explore the untouched beauty of Baa Atoll and the rich culture of its inhabitants.

Meeru Island Resort

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Meeru Island Resort, surrounded by a beautiful lagoon and long stretches of white, sandy beach, is the only Resort on the island of Meerufenfushi, North Male’ Atoll. A 55 minute scenic speedboat ride from Velana International Airport will take you to this beautiful hideout. It is 1200 meters long by 350 meters wide, about 90 acres of pure bliss in Maldives.

Kuramathi Island Resort

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An emerald jewel in the turquoise Maldivian waters. Acres of luxuriant vegetation. Spectacular beaches tapering into an endless sandbank.

Wander the narrow winding paths lined with thick foliage that snake their way across the island. Gaze up into the ancient banyan tree and spot the cranes nesting in the topmost branches.

On this stunning Maldives island resort, you can stroll along sandy white beaches and dip your toes in the water to cool off on a balmy day. Spend leisurely hours exploring the vibrant reefs or an afternoon of extravagance at the spa. Indulge in dining and wining experiences to suit your every desire.

We wish all the winners a hearty congratulations on their success and hard work.

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INDIAN OCEAN SUNSETS – THE BEST IN THE WORLD?

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Sunsets. There’s something magical about watching the sun go down, creating beautiful colours in the sky, reflections on the water and shadows on the ground. And with over 158 million pictures on Instagram tagged with #sunset, the world agrees!

Many of us have great memories of sunsets in particular places, perhaps shared with loved ones or simply in a spectacular location. Where did you experience your most memorable sunset?

 

Pink pastel sunset at Constance Ephelia SeychellesAn enchanting pastel sunset captured at Constance Ephelia Seychelles by @campsbaygirl

With sparkling seas and beautiful, open skies, a holiday in the Indian Ocean is guaranteed to leave you with an abundance of Insta-worthy sunset snaps. Here’s where to head for the best sunset experiences.

  1. PRETTY PEMBA PANORAMAS

Just off the coast of Tanzania, Pemba Island in the Zanzibar archipelago is a jewel in the Indian Ocean and home not only to fascinating wildlife, lush tropical forests and exquisite beaches, but spectacular sunsets too.

Constance Aiyana Pemba, Zanzibar on the northern tip of the island is the perfect place from which to enjoy incredible views like this…

Indian Ocean sunsetSunsets like this are on the horizon for your visit to Pemba Island…

  1. SANDY SEYCHELLOIS SUNSETS

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Often listed as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Anse Georgette is a secluded bay surrounded by dramatic Seychellois boulders, lush greenery and, best of all, is accessible by a nature trail from Constance Lemuria. Spend the day enjoying the white sand, turquoise seas and abundant marine life before taking in incredible views as day turns to night.

Romantic sunset dinner at Constance Ephelia SeychellesSeychelles sunsets are like no other!

 The Seychelles has the highest air quality in the world, making for unique sunsets featuring exquisite colours. You won’t be able to put your camera away!

  1. GOLFING INTO DUSK IN THE SEYCHELLES

Sundowner at Lemuria Golf CourseWrap up your round and enjoy a glass of fizz as the sun goes down

The championship golf course at Constance Lemuria Seychelles not only offers incredible golf, but incredible views too.

You can enjoy a private and tranquil sundowner experience from the course with a well-deserved drink, simply taking in the panoramic sunset views as dusk arrives.

Have you ever golfed in a setting like this?

Tee 18 on Lemuria golf course offers unrivalled views across Cousin and Cousine Islands – dreamy!

Peacock at Constance Lemuria SeychellesCome and join this sunset poser!

  1. SANDBANK WINE TASTING AND SUNSET CRUISES IN THE MALDIVES

Completely dependent on the tide, a sunset wine tasting experience on Maldivian sandbanks at Constance Moofushi is rare – relish the opportunity when it comes about!

A selection of winesGathering on the sandbank to sip on exquisite wines and take in the views

The Maldives are well known for some of the best sunsets in the world. What could be better than experiencing one from a glorious white sandbank, wine glass in hand?

Pastel Maldivian sunsetThis glorious pastel Maldivian sunset was captured by @elsaandrose

At Constance Moofushi, you can also take a sunset cruise in a traditional sail dhoni, allowing you to experience the beauty of the Maldives beyond the shores of the resort.

Sunset dhoni sailingYour sunset dhoni cruise will be complete with chilled Champagne and delicious canapés!

 Need any more incentive to get yourself to the Maldives? Thought not!

  1. CATAMARAN CRUISE IN MAURITIUS

Mauritius is well-known for its gorgeous sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons and lively reefs – as well as its superb sunsets, of course! In fact, Lonely Planet named Mauritius as one of their top 10 travel destinations for the coming year.

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There may be no better place to view a Mauritian sunset than from the ocean itself. At Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritiusyou can enjoy a family catamaran sundowner trip, taking to the water to witness stunning colours and reflections.

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  1. MARVEL AT THE MADAGASCAN SUNDOWN

You’re guaranteed to end your stay at Constance Tsarabanjina Madagascar with memories of deep burnt orange and red skies as the sun sets over the beautiful ocean. Why not sit back and take it all in with a glass of wine in hand?

Cheers to Indian Ocean SunsetsHere’s to another stunning sunset at Constance Tsarabanjina!

Whether you’re on the water or on land, and no matter which island you visit, you’re guaranteed to witness unbelievable Indian Ocean sunsets during your holiday. Where will you visit first?

HAVE YOU WITNESSED A STUNNING INDIAN OCEAN SUNSET? WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT SUNSETS?

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Top Tourism Videos of 2017

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10 – Constance Hotels & Resorts,
Constance Hotels & Resorts is a collection of luxury hotels in authentic destinations across the Indian Ocean.

Beautiful Mauritius, Magical Maldives, True Seychelles, Authentic Madagascar & Soulful Zanzibar

From luxurious glitz to Robinson Crusoe-like escape, you will be whisked off to timeless adventures in our hotels surrounded by a turquoise lagoon and genuine personnel.

 

 

 

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Soneva Launches ‘A Festival of Colour’ Campaign to celebrate rare experiences across its resorts

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Renowned French film director Bruno Aveillan has created a series of short films themed around each colour of the campaign

February 19, 2018: Soneva, the world-leading luxury resort operator, has launched its first ever year-long campaign known as a ‘Festival of Colour’ to celebrate the diverse array of guest activities and experiences on offer this year, ranging from visiting Michelin-starred chefs and astronomers, through to authors, champion free-divers, artists and more. Each month of the year is associated with a different colour and theme, which will be brought to life at Soneva’s resorts in the Maldives and Thailand through special on-site events and collaborations.

Underscoring the Festival of Colour is a series of short “colour” films created by the renowned French film director Bruno Aveillan. Bruno visited Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani in early 2017 to shoot the films, which were inspired by the different colours he found at the resorts. Soneva plans to release one colour film each month during the campaign on its website and on social media.

As part of the Festival of Colour, Soneva has confirmed a huge line-up of visiting experts, including chefs, authors, wine producers, world-champion free-divers, astronomers, artists, wellness practitioners, tennis coaches and more at all resorts.

Fine dining experiences are a pivotal part of Soneva’s Festival of Colour, and the company has so-far confirmed 28 of the world’s top chefs (many of which have at least two Michelin stars and above or are included within The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list) for exclusive dinner events.

Confirmed chefs include (in alphabetical order):

• Chef Tom Aikens, the youngest British chef to win two Michelin stars
• Chef Andre Van Alten, from the one-starred Restaurant La Provence in Driebergen- Rijsenburg, Netherlands
• Chef Jean-Christophe Ansanay-Alex, a two-Michelin starred chef from Auberge de l’Ile Barbe, France
• Chef Wilco Berends, of the two Michelin starred Restaurant De Nederlanden, Netherlands
• Chef Tim Butler, of Eat Me, Bangkok
• Chef Benoit Dewitte, the head chef and owner of the Michelin-starred restaurant Benoit Dewitte in Belgium
• Chef Andre Van Doorn, from the one-starred Restaurant Kasteel Heemstede, Netherlands
• Chef Jarno Eggen, from the one Micheline-starred Restaurant De Groene Lantaarn, in Zuidwolde, Netherlands
• Chef Jos Grootscholten, from the one-starred Old Town Hall of Capelle aan den Ijssel, Netherlands
• Chef Kenji Gyoten, the youngest Japanese chef with three Michelin stars
• Chef Michael Husken, who heads up the kitchen team at Sophia’s restaurant at Rocco Forte’s “The Charles Hotel”, Munich
• Chef Mark Lundgaard, a one-Michelin starred chef of Restaurant Kong Hans Kaelder in Denmark
• Chef Gert De Mangeleer, a three-Michelin starred chef who co-runs Restaurant Hertog Jan in Belgium
• Chef Max Mascia, of the two-Michelin-starred San Domenico Imola (Italy)
• Chef Claus Meyer, co-founder of Noma in Copenhagen, of Bolivia’s best restaurant GUSTU and of the one-Michelin-starred Agern and Great Northern Food Hall in New York City
• Chef Kiko Moya, a two Michelin-starred chef from L’Escaletta, Spain
• Jean Baptiste Natali, a one-Michelin starred chef from At the General’s table, Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, France
• Chef Bruno Oger, a renowned two-Michelin-starred chef from Le Cannet, France
• Chef Pere Planaguma, 2 Michelin Stars. He is the head chef of Les Cols of Olot from Girona, spain
• Chef Tim Raue, from the two-Michelin starred restaurant TIM RAUE in Berlin, Germany
• Chef Prateek Sadhuof Masque, one of Mumbai’s most acclaimed restaurants
• Chef Dmitry Shurashov, a Russian celebrity chef
• Christian Le Squer, a three-Michelin-starred chef from France
• Chef Ton Tassanakajohn of Le Du in Bangkok; one of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants
• Chef Edwin Vinke, from the two Michelin-starred Restaurant De Kromme Watergang in Hoofdplaat, Netherlands
• Chef Michael Wignall, formerly at Gidleigh Park, UK, with two Michelin stars and five AA rosettes
• Chef Lu Yao, the head chef at the Relais & Chateaux property Yihe Mansions in China
• Chef Eric Yu, the head chef at the Relais & Chateaux property Seven Villas Hangzhou, China

“We’re really focused on crafting these beautiful, beyond bespoke experiences where discovery is a way of life. With our expert hosts as personal guides, we invite our guests to explore and delight in experiences that will last a lifetime. Soneva has never been so full of LIFE*,” said Sonu Shivdasani, Founder, CEO and Joint Creative Director of Soneva.

In addition to chefs, other experts include the renowned British historian Andrew Roberts, the world-champion free-diver Umberto Pelizzari, the astronomer Massimo Terenghi, plus glass artists James Devereux and Louis Thompson, among many others.

Guests who visit any Soneva property during the Festival of Colour will be treated to special colour-themed movie screenings, cocktails, canapes and more. There will also be announcements over the next few months linked to new restaurant openings and new guest experiences, all linked to different colour themes.

The video for the first colour in the Festival of Colours, pink, will be revealed shortly. Soneva’s Festival of Colour runs from February 2018 – February 2019. For more information about Soneva, visit www.soneva.com. For more information about the Festival of Colour, together with the calendar of visiting artists, visit www.soneva.com/festivalofcolour

For a selection of high resolution images, kindly visit www.sonevabrandcentre.com

* LIFE stands for Learning, Inspiring, Fun, Experiences.

About Soneva
Soneva is a pioneering family of hospitality properties and products, offering holistic encounters in luxurious and inspiring environments – from world class hotels to outstanding natural locations. Combining luxury with a conscientious approach to sustainability and the environment, and proactively changing the nature of hospitality, it delivers intuitive service and meaningful experiences to the guests.

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Soneva Fushi has bagged a spot in Condé Nast Traveler 2018 Gold List

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Listing Soneva Fushi in the Gold List, Condé Nast Traveler described the resort as a “chic island idyll” which “offers nearly every indulgence that money can buy — except those that compromise the resort’s eco-friendliness, that is.”

“Go for a beachside picnic, kick back at an open-air cinema, unwind at a Six Senses spa, and sleep soundly in one of the resort’s 59 one-to-nine room villas, which are built with sustainable materials. Your wish? Literally their command: Each villa comes with its own private butler, which means that if you want ice cream at 2:47 a.m., you get it,” it said.

This win comes less than a month after Soneva Fushi was named amongst the best resorts in the world in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2017.

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Established in 1995, Soneva Fushi is the original Soneva. The No News, No Shoes blueprint for all desert island barefoot luxury hideaways is located within the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Maldives. Soneva Fushi inspires the imagination with 65 spacious beachfront villas, ranging in size from one to nine bedrooms, hidden among dense foliage.

The iconic resort has bagged several international awards for eco-friendly tourism and green initiatives, including the 2017 Green Hotelier Awards for the Asia Pacific region and the Sustainable Hotel Awards by the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) as well as a spot in the Gold List compiled by Condé Nast Traveler China as the Best Hotel in the Maldives and amongst the best resorts in the world in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2017.

Soneva also operates the Soneva Jani resort and Soneva in Aqua luxury yacht in the Maldives.

The annual Gold List is Condé Nast Traveler’s list of the best hotels in the world; the ones its editor’s keep coming back to time and again. It is described as the world-leading travel publication’s “love letter to the hotels that make us feel sexier, smarter, flirtier…that make us walk with a little more swagger and remind us who we want to be and how we want to live.”

This year’s Gold List spans six continents and 54 countries.

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LOVE IS IN THE AIR!

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In the wake of Valentine’s Day, a day dedicated to celebrating love & life among all, we look at the most romantic hotels in the world.

TripAdvisor has released the Traveller’s Choice Awards for the Top 25 Hotels in the World and we are proud to say that 2 resorts in the Maldives have landed a place within this list of romance.

Taking 19th is Kandolhu Maldives, located 70 kilometres south west of Male’ in North Ari Atoll, is an idyllic Maldives hotel which can be reached in 25 minutes by seaplane.

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Kandolhu is an exquisite 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.

It is a heaven for the romantic in you, where you can enjoy intimacy and love.

Securing the 13th place on the list, Baros Maldives is a luxury hotel resort on a small coral island in the Indian Ocean ringed by a sandy beach and a living house-reef.

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Just 25 minutes by speedboat from Velana International Airport, it is an award-winning boutique resort renowned for discreet, personalised service excellence. It is also the proud owner of 2nd place in the Traveller’s Choice Awards for the Top 10 Hotels in the Maldives by TripAdvisor.

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.

Whether a honeymoon, a birthday of your loved ones or an intimate vacation with your partner, Maldives is a destination for lovers all over the globe.

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THE PATH TO WELLBEING THIS 2018 AT KUREDU ISLAND RESORT & SPA

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Duniye Spa at Kuredu Resort Maldives has just the right kind of relaxation with a special three-day Wellness Retreat in February.

Whether you want to lose weight, create new lifestyle habits, start to exercise more or find a way to a more peaceful, stress free lifestyle a wellness retreat is exactly what you need. Stress relief can create amazing results in all areas of your well-being and this retreat helps you to get the tools and strategies to make it happen. The program is informative, inspiring and insightful; you will be well equipped to experience more vibrant energy, radiant health and vitality back home.

The retreat, which will take place from February 19-21, is designed to help participants make effective and powerful lifestyle changes. Combining the relaxing nature of the Maldives, with Duniye Spa’s experience in wellness and promoting healthy living, the retreat promises to be the perfect opportunity for anyone looking to kick-start a lifestyle change during their stay on Kuredu.

Located on a 1,800 metre by 325 metre island in the northern atoll of Lhaviyani, Kuredu is accessible by a 35-minute scenic seaplane flight from the Velana International Airport. This 4.5-star resort has 383 rooms, including beach and water villas, making it the second largest resort in the Maldives.

The island boasts a dive and snorkel centre, a water sports centre, a spa, golf and tennis courses, a kids’ club, and an extensive choice of restaurants and bars. Kuredu guests can also dine in 5.8 Undersea Restaurant at the neighbouring Hurawalhi Maldives Resort.

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