March 2018

First Ice Rink in Maldives Inaugurated by Olympic Gold Medalist Copy

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Jumeirah Vittaveli inaugurated the first ice rink in the Maldives with a celebrity performance by Russian Olympic Gold medallist Evgeni Plushenko.

Russian Olympic Gold medallist Evgeni Plushenko inaugurating “Ice Ice Maybe”

“I congratulate the entire team here at Jumeirah Vittaveli for having managed to introduce a world-first to the Maldives – an eco-friendly ice skating rink on a tropical island is a true expression of our aim to ‘Wow’ our guests, not just with genuine service from the heart but with innovative additions to our resort that provide extraordinary experiences to the adventurous traveller. An immense thank you also goes to the inimitable Evgeni Plushenko – we are honoured that such a world-class skater and enthralling performer as Evgeni was the first to leave his mark on our rink! I look forward to seeing the many happy faces of children and adults alike when they try out our beachside ice rink while looking out over the ocean.” comments the General Manager of Jumeirah Vittaveli Amit Majumder.

The ice rink was first introduced in a sneak preview event on March 20, 2018, to which local media and resort partners have been invited. Culinary treats included ice-themed snacks such as snow cones and a molecular food station, while entertainment was provided by a live band followed by a breathtaking ‘Art of Poi’ fire dance. Grand finale of the event was Mr Plushenko’s performance on the newly opened ice rink – Evgeni was later joined by his son Aleksandr Plushenko, an ice skating wunderkind of only 5 years old, and his wife Yana Rudkovskaya. The official opening was celebrated on Wednesday, March 21, with in-house guests at Jumeirah Vittaveli.

A performance at the event

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From Parrotfish to Paradise


Within the UNESCO BIOSPHERE RESERVE of Baa Atoll in the Republic of the Maldives lies a reef island composed entirely of sediment produced on the surrounding coral “faru” (or reefs), 85% it is thought, by parrotfish, the fish grinding up coral during feeding and, after digesting the edible content, excrete the rest as sand, creating the powder soft, brilliant white sands that encircle the island. (According to a study published in the journal Geology in 2015 after having taken samples and surveys on the reefs around Vakkaru island.)

From that beginning, the exceptional beauty and awe-inspiring location were what drew the owners of this untouched jewel, to select Vakkaru in their quest to fashion an idyllic, sustainable environment of pared-back luxury under the endless emeralds and azures of The Maldives.

VAKKARU MALDIVES has welcomed guests since December 2017 and is a scenic twenty-five minutes north of Male International Airport by seaplane.

Drawing on the rich traditions of the locale, design elements are focused on Maldivian style fused with the finest natural resources in order to preserve the integrity of local architecture with a contemporary style. The result is the creation of amazing spaces for guests to connect with each other and the environment around them.

“It is an extraordinarily stunning island with an impressive house reef and more than 1,400 mature coconut trees left from earlier days when the island was a coconut plantation. I love that we were able integrate the trees within the design of the resort, especially given that Vakkaru means coconut wood in Dhivehi. We also wanted to consider the importance of parrotfish to our island, so we have named the little islanders club Parrotfish Club” says Narelle McDougall, Director of Business Development.

Over Water Pool Suite of Vakkaru Maldives

The resort offers an extensive selection of accommodation, with 125 beach and over water villas and suites catering for couples and families alike, as well as indulgent dining choices, guests can enjoy sampling flavours from Europe to Asia in four restaurants and two bars.

Preferring to keep the natural beauty of the island as unspoilt as possible, this independently operated resort is remarkably elegant and understated says General Manager, Wicus Prinsloo, “fashionable design elements, impressive jungle feel to the gardens and vegetation, apothecary organic bathroom amenities, intelligent guest room connectivity and an array of recreational activities await travellers seeking an intimate getaway in arguably one of the most desirable island destinations on the planet”.

Less than three months after welcoming guests from around the world, Vakkaru Maldives was announced “New Comer of the Year” during ITB in Berlin at the annual Hideaways Party, a prestigious event hosted by publishers of exclusive travel magazines and the Hideaways Hotels Collection.

Let the timeless allure of the Maldives welcome you in as you discover the warmth and affection of its people in this idyllic island retreat.

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