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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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ކަނޑުގައިވާ މަސްމަހާއި މެއްސަށް އަހަރުމެން ކާންނުދޭވީ ސަބަބު !!!

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އަޅުގަނޑުމެންގެ ދިވެހި ރާއްޖޭގެ ކަނޑުއަޑީގެ ރީތި ކަމާއި ގޮނޑު ދޮއްތަކުގެ ވާހަކައަކީ މުޅި ދުނިޔޭގައިވެސް ނަން ފަލަސުރުޙީން ލިޔެފައިވާ އެއްމަންޒިލެވެ. ނަމަވެސް އަޅުގަނޑުމެންނަށް ހެދޭ އެންމެ ބޮޑު އެއްގޯހަކީ އަޅުގަނޑުމެންގެ އަތުން ކަނޑުގެ ދިރުން ނެތިދާ ފަދަ ޢަމަލުތައް ކުރެވުމެވެ.

އިންސާނުންގެ ސަބަބުން ކަނޑުގައިވާ ގުދުރަތީ ނިޒާމަށް ބަދަލު އައުން އައިސް އޭގެ ސަބަބުން އެތައް ގެއްލުން ތަކެއް ދަނީ ކުރިމަތިވަމުންނެވެ.

ކަނޑުގައިވާ މަސްމަހާއި މެއްސަކީ އަހަރުމެން އިންސާނުންނެކޭ އެއްފަދައިން އެމިނޯ އެސިޑް މާއްދާ ހިމެނޭ ކާބޯތަކެތި އެކުލެވޭ ކާއެއްޗިހި ބޭނުންވާ އެއްޗެކެވެ. މިކަން މަސް މަހާއި މެއްސަށް ވަނީ ގުދުރަތީ ގޮތުން ހަމަޖެހިފައެވެ. އަހަރުމެން މަސްމަހާއި މެއްސަށް ކާން ދެމުންދަނީ މުނިފޫހި ފިލުވުމުގެ ގޮތުންނެވެ. ނަމަވެސް މަސްމަހާއި މެއްސަށް ކާން ދިނުމުގެ ސަބަބުން އޭގެ އުޅުމަށް ބަދަލުއައިސް އަދި ތަބީއަތަށް ބަދަލު އައިސް މަސްމަހާއި މެއްސާއި ކަނޑުގައިވާ ދިރުން ދަނީ ފަނާވަމުންނެވެ. މިގޮތަށް ކާންދިނުމުގެ ސަބަބުން ބައެއް ހާލަތް ތަކުގައި ފީނަން ގޮސް އުޅޭމީހުން ދިއުމުން ކާންދޭނެ ކަމަށް ހީކޮށް ކޮށާ ހަދައެވެ.

ފީނަން ގޮސް އުޅޭ މީހުން ކާންދީ ހަދަނީ އަހަރުމެން ކައިއުޅޭ އެއްޗިއްސެވެ. އޭގެ ތެރޭގައި ޕާން، ރޯމަސް އަދި ބައެއް ކާނާގެ އެތިއެތި ކޮޅެވެ. ޕާނަކީ މަހަށް ވަރަށް ގެއްލުން ހުރި އެއްޗެކެވެ. ޕާނަކީ އޭގެ ޒާތުގައި އީސްޓް އަޅައިގެން ހަދާ އެއްޗަކަށް ވުމުން ޕާން ކެއުމުގެ ސަބަބުން މަހުގެ ހަޖަމު ކުރުމުގެ ނިޒާމަށް ގެއްލުންވެ މަސް އަވަހަށް މަރުވުމަށް މެދުވެރިވެއެވެ.

ޑައިވިން އަށް ގޮސް އުޅޭ ގަޑިތަކުގައި އެސޮރުމެން އުޅޭ ސަރަހައްދު ދުކޮށް ކާއެއްޗިހި ހޯދުމަށް ދެއެވެ. މިސަރަހައްދު ފާހަގަކޮށް އެސަރަޙައްދުތަކުގައި މަސް އާލާވުމުގެ ސަބަބުން ކަނޑުގައިވާ އެހެން އެއްޗިހީގެ ޝިކާރައަށް ވެގެން ދެއެވެ. ފަރުގައި އުޅޭ މަސްމަހާއި މެއްސަކީ ފަރުގައިވާ ފެހި ކައި މުރަކަ ސާފުކޮށް މުރަކަ ބަލަހައްޓަމުންދާ މަހެކެވެ. ނަމަވެސް އަހަރުމެން ގަޑިން ގަޑިޔަށް ކާންދީ ހެދުމުން މަސް އޮޅުވުމުގެ އިތުރުން މުރަކާގައި ޖަހާ ފެހި ކާން ބޭނުން ނުކުރުމުން ފެހި އާލާވެ، ގިނަވެ މުރަކަ ނެތިދެއެވެ. މިއީ ކަނޑުއަޑީގައި ގުދުރަތީ ގޮތުން މަސްމަހާއި މެހީގެ ދައުރެވެ. މިއީ އަހަރުމެންނަށް ހެދޭ ވަރަށް ބޮޑު ގޯހެކެވެ.

ފަރުގައި އުޅޭ ބައެއް މަސް މަހަކީ ވަރަށް ނުރައްކާތެރި މަސްތަކެވެ. އޭގެ ތެރޭގައި ލަޔަން ފިޝް (ފަންހާ މަސް)، މޮރޭ އީލް

،ސްޓިންގްރޭ ( ނަރު ނަގޫ މަޑި)، މިޔަރު، ސީ އަރޗިންސް (ހިޔަމަ)، މޮރޭ އީލް (ވެނުގެ ބާވަތެއް)،  ބަރަކޫޑާ (ފަރު ތޮޅި)، ގްރޫޕަރ (ފާނަ) . ދުނިޔޭގެ އެކި ކަންކޮޅުތަކުގައި ވެސް މަދުން ނަމަވެސް ނުރައްކާތެރި މަހުގެ ޙަމަލާ ބައެއް ފަހަރު ދަނީ ކުރިމަތިވަމުންނެވެ.

1999 ގައި ފްލޮރިޑާގައި ޑައިވިންއަށް ގޮސް އުޅުނު ޑައިވަރަކަށް ވަނީ ޙަމާލާ ދީފައެވެ. 2011 ވަނަ އަހަރު އިހުރު އައިލެންޑް ރިސޯޓްގައި މޫދަށް އެރި އުޅުނު ފަތުރު ވެރިޔަކު މޫދަށް އެރި ހުއްޓާ އަތުގަ ކާއެއްޗިހި ހުރިކަމަށް ހީކޮށްވަނީ އަތަށް ލައްވައިގެން ހުރި އަންގީގަ ކޮށައިފައެވެ. މިޔަރަކީ އެހެން މަސްމަހާއި މެއްސަށް ވުރެ އިންސާނުންނަށް އެންމެ ނުރައްކާތެރިކަން ބޮޑު އެއް މަހެވެ. މިސަރަޙައްދުގައި އެއްދުވަހުން އަނެއްދުވަހަށް މިޔަރު ދަނީ އާލާވެ ގިނަވަމުންނެވެ.

ބައެއް ފަހަރު އަހަރުމެން މޫދަށް އެއްލާލެވޭ ކާ އެއްޗިހި މަސް ނުކައި ގިނަ ދުވަސް ވުމުން ކުނިވެ ނުބައި ވަސްދުވައި އެސަރަޙައްދު ތަޢައްޔަރު މިފަދަ ކާއެއްޗިހި މޫދަށް އެއްލާލުމުން މުރަކާގައި ޖަހާފެހީގައި ނިއުޓްރިއެންޓްސް ލެވެލް މަތިވެ ނުރައްކާތެރި އެލްގީގެ ސަބަބުން މުރަކަތައް މަރުވެ މަދުވެގެންދެއެވެ. އަހަރުމެންގެ އަތުން އެއްލާލެވޭ ނުކެވި ހުންނަ ކާނާގެ ބާކީ ކާއެއްޗިހި އަދި ޕްލާސްޓިކް މާއްދާ ހިމެނޭ ބާވަތްތައް މޫދަށް އުކުމުގެ ބަދަލުގައި ޑަސްބިންނަށް  އުކާލުން ކީއްތޯއެވެ؟ މި ގޮތަށް އެއްލާލެވޭ ކޮންމެ އެއްޗަކީ މަހުގެ ކާނާއަށް ވެސް ގިނަފަހަރު ވެގެން ދެއެވެ. ކަނޑުގައިވާ މުރަކައަށް ވެސް އަހަރުމެންނަށް ނޭނގި ނަމަވެސް ދެވެނީ ގެއްލުމެވެ. ކަނޑަށް އެއްލާލެވޭ ތަކެތިން އުފެދޭ ވިހަ މާއްދާގެ ސަބަބުންވެސް މަސްމަހާއި މެހި އަދި މުރަކަ މަރުވުމަށް މެދުވެރިވެއެވެ.

މަހަށް ކާންދިނުމުގެ ގޮތުން މޫދަށް ނުވަތަ ފަރަށް އަޅާ ކާނާ އުކުން ހުއްޓާލުމަކީ އެންމެންގެ ޒިންމާއަކަށް ހަދަމާތޯ!

މޫދަށް އެއްލާލުމުގެ ބަދަލުގައި ޑަސްބިންއަށް އުކާލުމަށް އާދަކުރަމާތޯ!

ކަނޑުގެ ދިރުން އުފެދިފައިވާ ނިޒާމަށް އިޙްތިރާމްކޮށް މަސްމަހާއި މެހީގެ ތަބީއަތް ގެއްލުވާ ނުލަމާތޯ؟

 

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10 Perks of Flying with Etihad Airways

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Flying from three UK airports – London, Manchester and Edinburgh – visiting the elegant emirate of Abu Dhabi has never been simpler. Just a seven hour flight with our preferred airline partner, Etihad Airways, will deliver you to sunshine, beautiful beaches and fascinating culture. And with their impressive new-generation fleet, you can enjoy extended cabin space, improved amenities and comfort without the extra cost.

With Etihad Airways, your experience on the ground is just as important as in the air – expect added benefits like pre-ordering opportunities, family services, transfers and airport lounge access that means you can get from A to Abu Dhabi in comfort and style.

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Where do they fly from: Etihad Airways flies from three airports in the United Kingdom. Three flights run daily to Abu Dhabi from London, two daily from Manchester and five a week from Edinburgh.

Flight time from London: Just 7 hours on the Airbus A380.

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1. The Flying Nanny

Long gone are the troubles of flying with bored kids since Etihad introduced the novelty of the Flying Nanny – someone to help parents travelling with children on long-haul flights. The nannies offer in-flight child care assistance and are prepared with exciting games and goodie bags filled with games, activity books and stickers.

2. Family-friendly services

Etihad Airways makes travelling with children super easy. You can pre-book baby bassinets, baby meals and kids’ meals so you don’t have to worry about a thing – think burgers, fish fingers, pizza and chicken nuggets! Baby meals are also provided but if you prefer to bring your own, these can be heated up for you on-board. Complimentary strollers are also provided at Abu Dhabi International Airport and family play rooms are available in the airport lounges.

3. Sky-high entertainment

Did you know that with over a thousand hours of movies, box sets and games on Etihad Airway’s E-BOX In-Flight Entertainment, you’d have to fly around the world 25 times before running out of things to enjoy? And as if that’s not enough, there are also seven channels of live television, meaning you can get the latest news and live sports games even when you’re 30,000 feet up in the air.

4. Retail therapy

Indulge in a little retail therapy before you even hit the ground. Enjoy tax-free shopping on perfume, cosmetics, jewellery on-board and more and have it all delivered to your seat. Etihad now offers pre-orders where you can save 10% by browsing and booking online before your flight.

5. Connectivity is key

Etihad knows how important it is to stay connected, whether you are flying for business or pleasure. Your seat comes equipped with USB port and power sockets so you can keep your phones, laptops and iPads charged.  Need to keep in touch? Etihad also offers Wi-Fi on-board at a nominal cost so you can connect to the internet and keep in touch with friends and family back home.

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6. Comfort no matter the class

The Etihad Smart Seat has an adjustable headrest and you’re given full-sized fleece blankets to ensure you stay warm even when the air-conditioning is on full blast.  The seats also have adjustable back support, plenty of legroom and fantastic recline capabilities. Need a bit more? Extra-legroom Seats are available in economy class. Or for ultra-luxury, First and Business Class offer the convenience of fully-flat beds.

7. The bidding system

We all know how much empty neighbouring seats are appreciated – particularly on long haul flights. Etihad’s Neighbour-Free scheme means you can bid before take-off to keep one, two or even three seats beside you free (subject to demand). You can also bid for an upgrade to the next cabin or pay a bit more for a first-row seat with the Preferred Seat option.

8. Exclusive airport lounges

Have a long lay over? Why not treat yourself to airport lounge access, complete with classic drinks, showers and spa treatments? Guests travelling in Economy Class can pay to access the Etihad Lounge in Abu Dhabi in terminals one and three. Business Class passengers are entitled to use the Premium Lounges.

9. Chauffeur service

Economy Class passengers are entitled to make use of the inter-emirate Etihad coach service to Dubai and Ai Ain when arriving or departing Abu Dhabi International Airport. The service is free but you’ll have to book early to get a seat. First and Business Class travellers will enjoy the added benefit of the Etihad Chauffeur Service operated with a full Mercedes Benz fleet.  Just fill in your booking reference to reserve your transfer from Abu Dhabi International Airport to and from anywhere in the UAE.

10. The destination

The emirate of Abu Dhabi is a fascinating destination for so many reasons. Whether you are looking to experience the incredible culture by visiting the famous Sheikh Zayed Mosque, relax on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches or indulge in some tax-free shopping, this culture capital has it all – just seven hours from the United Kingdom.

Want to learn more about Abu Dhabi? Chat to our travel specialists on 020 3131 6028 or visit our website.

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Cadau appointed head chef at Gili Lankanfushi

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Gili Lankanfushi has appointed Aldo Cadau as the island’s new executive chef.

Cadau joins the Gili Lankanfushi team in an exciting phase of the island’s gastronomic journey, as he spearheads developments in the resort’s restaurants, news of which will be announced in spring 2018. 

He will oversee operations of the main restaurant and Gili Lankanfushi’s other dining destinations.

These include By the Sea, a Japanese fine-dining restaurant specialising in exquisite sushi, Fini Foni, a poolside ice cream parlour, and the Overwater Bar, in addition to destination dining experiences and in-room villa dining.

Hailing from Sardinia, Cadau’s culinary passion started in his mother’s kitchen, helping her make fresh pasta, pastries and bread.

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His father reared pigs and sheep and taught him how to make prosciutto sausages and cheese, instilling the importance of food’s provenance from a very early age.

Inspired by his upbringing, Cadau continued his culinary journey and trained at the Hotel Institute in Arzachena, Italy.

Bringing a wealth of international influences and impeccable standards of service to Gili Lankanfushi, Cadau looks forward to introducing sand oven cooking techniques to the island, the first of its kind in the Maldives, inspired by the subterranean cooking techniques he learnt in the Middle East.

David Stepetic, general manager of Gili Lankanfushi, said: “Having worked with Aldo previously, I am very excited for him to bring his wonderful culinary – talent and culture to the island.

“He has an intrinsic respect for food and ingredients while being a natural creative, always delivering memorable dining experiences for his guests. 

“We look forward to working with him to grow Gili Lankanfushi’s reputation as one of the Maldives finest gourmet destinations.”

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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.

Catamarans on the beachTake to the water! Photo credit: The Life Bath

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.

Sunset reflections at Constance Prince MauriceNo filter needed!

  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.

Soneva Fushi

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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SONEVA FUSHI MALDIVES – Luxury tropical island resort in the Maldives

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Soneva Fushi Maldives Crusoe Villas

Soneva Fushi – a world famous name in the Tourism & Hospitality industry located on one of the largest islands in beautiful Baa Atoll of the Maldives. This unpretentious luxurious resort can be reached by a 30-minute scenic air ride on one of the domestic flights to the Domestic Airport on Baa Atoll Dharavandhoo.

In one with the beautiful natural surroundings of the Maldive Islands, Soneva Fushi can only be called “your home away from home”. The lush vegetation & foliage encases you the moment you land down from the speedboat on to the fine white sandy beach all around the island. The Soneva Fushi villas are built in harmony with the delicate environment as well keeping in mind the guest who will visit this island resort many a times. Soneva Fushi seems as if the island resort just appeared like that. The architecture has been carefully thought about and designed with unpretentious luxury surrounding everything on this island resort in the Maldives. The Crusoe feel of Soneva Fushi is the hallmark of the resort changing your vacation filled with one-of-a-kind experiences.

Soneva Fushi Maldives Private Reserve
Soneva Fushi Maldives Private Reserve

From above, like an emerald drop on cerulean waters, Soneva Fushi is surrounded by a large lagoon giving the guest the chance to snorkel among shallow waters. The shallow lagoon provides a safe place for the kids to play for hours as you lie back and relax under the tropical foliage of this island. The Soneva Fushi Family Villas will certainly bring you and your family immense pleasure as your every wish will be attended to by the smiling efficient staff of this resort. The Crusoe feel of this island resort will be a joy for your little ones as they slide down from their rooms to their own private pools. Just steps away the fine white sandy beaches await. We would certainly love to recommend Soneva Fushi for your tropical family holidays in the Maldives.

Soneva Fushi Family Villa Suite with Pool
Soneva Fushi Family Villa Suite with Pool

Soneva Experiences are one of a kind. Experiences to cherish certainly. An experience for everyone. From the unique Sandbank Private Picnics to Dinner & Dance on the Sandbank, each experience will last a lifetime. If your stay falls on a full moon, do not forget to experience a Full Moon Dinner on Soneva Fushi Maldives. Experience the Jungle Dinner as well where you will be picked up from your Villa, blindfolded and taken to a secret jungle location. Your chef for this unique experience will craft tantalizing dishes which will sum up the whole experience as uniquely exotic. If you are a wine-enthusiast, do try the Cellar Dinner which is an unforgettable seven-course culinary celebration. This culinary experience is served in the underground candle-lit wine cellar on Soneva Fushi Maldives. This unique experience is completed by five hand-picked wines by the Executive Chef of Soneva Fushi Maldives. Sonu’s Picnic is another wonderful experience. Dip yourself in the crystal clear blue lagoon with the in-house snorkelling guide while your chef prepares gourmet temptations in the most romantic of settings, on a desert-island. Do not miss out on Sobah’s Dinner & Cruise. Sobah’s is a traditional Maldivian restaurant located on an uninhabited island only 15 minutes away by speedboat from Soneva Fushi. The food is prepared using Maldivian traditional methods. This unique experience is led by Sobah who has been with Soneva for many years and the restaurant on this uninhabited island is open twice a week.

Soneva Fushi - The Den - Kids' Club
Soneva Fushi – The Den – Kids’ Club

Diving in Soneva Fushi is another unique experience as Soneva Fushi is located in Baa Atoll – an atoll protected under UNESCO’s World Biosphere Reserve and home to abundant marine life. We certainly would love to recommend Soneva Fushi for your diving experiences. Hanifaru Bay, which is one home to the world’s largest population of Manta Rays is just 20 minutes away by speedboat. Whether you are doing your first dive or the hundredth dive, the Soleni Dive Centre’s multi-lingual PADI instructors will ensure you get a first-class diving experience before you leave the island.

Soneva Fushi Villa Suite
Soneva Fushi Villa Suite

Do not forget to experience The Observatory in Soneva Fushi Maldives. Far from the lights of civilization, in the middle of the Indian Ocean, gazing at the starry skies is a wonder on most clear nights. Taking it to the next level, peering through the lenses of the state-of-the-art telescopes will let you discover celestial bodies which you might have not been able to see from other parts of the world.

The Observatory - Soneva Fushi Maldives
The Observatory – Soneva Fushi Maldives

Soneva Art is an experience to divulge in, especially along with your young ones. All artwork exhibited at the Soneva Art Gallery is created on the premises with an emphasis on utilizing waste materials from, and natural materials found on or around, this breath-taking tropical island. Take your kids through Soneva fushi’s own glass art studio. An experienced team of glass specialists work very closely with the guests to create your very own masterpiece to take home.

Glass Maker at Soneva Fushi
Glass Maker at Soneva Fushi
Glass Products - Soneva Fushi Maldives
Glass Products – Soneva Fushi Maldives

As we walked under the lush vegetation of this island resort, we knew that the brand Soneva has truly captured their envisioned island of dreams for all ages. Drawing inspiration from the child-like wonder of children, the kids’ club – The Den is a playground of imagination. With the Crusoe feel of this island, imagination of children is enhanced by all that is on offer, from the pirate ship, two swimming pools, Lego room, dress-up area, cinema, library, learning area to the music room filled with instruments. Let the kids go on the Dolphin-watching Cruise and let them star-gaze in the resort’s own Observatory. We surely would love to recommend Soneva Fushi for the group of family planning for the next vacation. A variety of weekly-programs with several activities are scheduled for the young ones and most of it are complimentary. The Den is complimentary for all in-house guests and is open from 10.100 am – 1700 hrs.

The Garden Restaurant - Soneva Fushi Maldives
The Garden Restaurant – Soneva Fushi Maldives

Whether you want to stay solo, as a couple, with a group of friends, with your family, Soneva Fushi is among the top recommendations from Travel Centre Maldives. Let us know your travel plans and we will assist you in choosing the best destination in the Maldives.

Soneva Fushi Villa 2 bed-room with pool
Soneva Fushi Villa 2 bed-room with pool

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6 Award-winning Hotels in Europe

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Here at Best at Travel, we’re all about making sure you get the most out of your holiday. We understand that time is precious and time off from work even more so. That’s why we’ve selected only the best hotels and partners to ensure you always get what you pay for – and a little bit extra. Looking to stay somewhere truly special? These award-winning European hotels have all been voted the best in their categories by the most trusted of customers – you.

The TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards and the World Luxury Travel Awards recognise the best hotels in each destination and promise style, sophistication and so much more. So when you’re next planning a trip, why not go award-winning? With sunshine, short flights and well-regarded hotels, the continent really does have it all. Here are our best award-winning hotels in Europe…

Aria Hotel Budapest

Aria Budapest

🏆 World’s Best Hotel 2017 and Top 25 Hotel in Europe 2018 in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.

Voted the best hotel in the world last year, Aria Hotel Budapest has continued to wow guests, making it onto the Top 25 Hotels in Europe for 2018. This musical-themed hotel is truly one-of-a-kind with a whimsical piano-key pathway, violins and treble clefs hanging from the ceiling, an enormous space age piano and 49 rooms dedicated to artists from Beethoven to the Beatles. Located in four wings depicting four musical genres, namely the jazz, classic, contemporary and opera wings, each room is as unique as the next and, with incredible sound systems, they’re all fortuitously soundproofed. A music director will curate your stay and guide you through the hotel’s extensive music library when you’re not hanging out on the incredible rooftop terrace or being pampered in the underground spa.

Top tip: There’s a daily piano cocktail hour with free cheese and wine in the lobby! See more. 

Hotel Pulitzer, Amsterdam

Pulitzer Amsterdam

🏆 2018 Gold List of the 20 Best Hotels in the World by Conde Nast Traveller.

Housed between 25 historical buildings winding their way along the canal, Pulitzer Amsterdam is steeped in history; nestled within structures once home to 17th century mansions and artisan workshops. Holding a prestigious notch on Conde Nast Traveller’s 2018 Gold List, this city hotel is an impressive amalgamation of quirky décor, winding staircases, courtyard garden hideaways and artwork from the hotels’ own collection of modern art. The rooms come in all shapes and sizes (we love the Book Collector’s Suite!) and feature many of the building’s original features. Take an afternoon tour along the canals on one of the city’s most beautiful salon boats.

Top tip: The lobster risotto at Jansz restaurant is highly recommended and the Dashing Daisy cocktail inspired by the Great Gatsby with marigold-infused gin is fantastic! See more.

Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, Sicily

Grand Resort Timeo in Sicily

🏆 2018 Gold List of the 20 Best Hotels in the World by Conde Nast Traveller.

Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo takes pride of place on Conde Nast’s Gold List 2018 – a hotel heralded for having the best views of Sicily. Set alongside the Greek theatre, this hotel is the epitome of timeless Sicilian luxury with flower-filled terraced gardens and incredible views of Mount Etna. The bedrooms are charming with Italian antiques and some, found within Villa Flora just 50 metres away, have spectacular views over the ocean and volcano. Staying with family? The Villa Family Rooms have plenty of living space and the Smile Club keeps kids entertained with sandcastle building contests and cookery classes. In the afternoons, savour a crisp glass of Sicilian wine or an Etna Spritz on the Literary Terrace – paired perfectly with Arancini. Feeling a beach day? The sister hotel’s private beach is just 5km down the road – limo transfers available, of course, and there are complimentary boat excursions along the east coast from May to September!

Top tip: Book the ‘Godfather’ tour to Savoca by Fiat where you can immerse yourself in the backdrop of Francis Ford Cappola’s film. See more.

Domes of Elounda, Greece

Domes of Elounda

🏆 Europe’s Leading Family Resort in the World Luxury Travel Awards 2017.

With an excellent kids’ club, a playground and specially tailored kids’ menus, it’s no surprise that Domes of Elounda took home the award for the best family resort in Europe.  Perched on a hillside overlooking the island of Spinalonga, this family hotel has five swimming pools, a pretty beach and lush gardens – perfect for little energetic feet. We love the spa with its indoor seawater pool and the multi-roomed Private Residences which come with whirlpool bathtubs and use of the chauffeured club car. Whether you want to try your hand at a new watersport or simply relax with a yoga session, this resort has it all.

Top tip: Book the Luxury Villas, Private Residences and Luxury Residences to receive special Haute Living extras, including exclusive access to the Haute Living Room, a members-only gym and Breeze Beach Lounge. Plus, enjoy the services of a villa host, daily canapés and afternoon tea as well as specially reserved beach loungers.

Aria Hotel Prague

Aria Prague

🏆 Top 25 Hotels in Europe 2018 in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.

Welcome to Aria Hotel Prague, a favourite among TripAdvisor travellers who love this quirky city hotel for its UNESCO-listed Baroque gardens just five minutes from Charles Bridge or, perhaps more noticeably, it’s unusual musical theme. Hotel floors are themed by genre and rooms are named after famous artists (think Elvis and Mozart suites) – plus they all come with sound systems and iPads loaded with hotel favourites. The music library comes complete with a music director! Spend some time in the Vrtba Garden, Prague’s oldest garden, by using the private entrance available to hotel guests. The rooftop terrace is the place to see and be seen in summer while the fireplace lounge with its extensive book collection or the winter garden atrium with its concert-quality grand piano are fabulous when it’s chilly outside.

Top tip: For an evening of music and movies, head to the private screening room and Music Box entertainment room with snacks ordered from the restaurant. See more.

Grand Resort Lagonissi, Athens

Grand Resort Lagonissi in Greece

🏆 Europe’s Leading Luxury Wedding Resort in the World Luxury Travel Awards 2017

Set on the shores of a secluded peninsula, you couldn’t ask for a location more perfectly intimate for a destination wedding than Grand Resort Lagonissi. Calmingly Mediterranean, the resort has a stretch of glorious Greek beachfront complete with waiter service, a mini golf course, and an open-air cinema. When it comes to wining and dining, you’ll have your pick of 10 award-winning restaurants. Many of the rooms, villas and bungalows come with their own private pools and decks leading to the sea and private boat trips and yacht hire means you’ll get to explore the coastline peppered with private bays – perfect for snorkelling!

Top tip: Make your holiday that little more special with VIP services including limousine hire, helicopter and Lear jet rentals – the sky is the limit. See more. 

Which of these award-winning European hotels is next on your bucket list? Haven’t found what you’re looking for? Browse our Europe holidays online or give us a call on 02038 115 220 to plan your Europe holiday!

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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.

Kandolhu Maldives

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.

Sunset at Baros Maldives

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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Helicopter service in the Maldives

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Helicopter in Maldives

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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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