March 2018


Over 100 resorts, hotels confirm participation at TTM 2018


Over 100 tourist establishments in the Maldives have confirmed their participation in the second edition of Travel Trade Maldives (TTM) 2018.

TTM is scheduled to be held at the main convention centre of Dharubaaruge in capital Male from May 1-3. It is expected that along with over 140 resorts and hotels, 200 international buyers and media representatives will attend the travel trade show.

Premium exhibitors include Adaaran Resorts Maldives, Angiri Resorts, Crown and Champa Resorts, Bandos Maldives, and Villa Hotels and Resorts.

TTM Gala Night, which will be held at Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi resort, will host TTM Awards on May 2. TTM will also host the second edition of Hotelier Summit of Maldives, which targets investors as well as leading hotel owners, operators, developers, architects, interior designers and consultants.

TTM 2018 will also host the first Maldives Supplier Expo. It is the only event where exhibiting companies can expect to meet key decision makers, engineering directors and procurement manager from all over the Maldives. A total of 1000 plus key decision makers as well as purchasing chiefs from over 150 resorts and leading local companies are expected to pass through the doors of Maldives Supplier Expo to visit and network with the exhibitors.

The second edition Tourism Career Fair will be held during TTM at Dharubaaruge on May 3. Much like last year, the career fair is a great opportunity for students and professionals to meet and network with tourism industry representatives in the Maldives.

TTM aims to facilitate the tourism industry of Maldives to reach the ultimate target of two million tourists with over USD 3.5 billion in receipts by the end of 2020. More than 300 hoteliers, suppliers, related industries and travel industry professionals from the Maldives and abroad are expected to visit TTM to network, negotiate and discover the latest industry opinion and trends in the Maldives.

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First turtle hatchlings of 2018 at Dusit Thani Maldives

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During the night of March 5, new life was born at Dusit Thani Maldives as the last turtle nest of 2017 hatched on one of the resort’s beaches and 30 baby Green Turtles came into the world.

The hatchlings were kept overnight in a protected environment and then released from the beach on the evening of March 6 as the sun set over the horizon, to make their way across the sand to the water’s edge and their first dip into the ocean.

The island is home to many Hawskbill and Green Turtle nests each year when the females come out of the sea at night to lay their eggs.

Located on Mudhdhoo Island in Baa Atoll — the Maldives’ first ever UNESCO biosphere reserve — Dusit Thani Maldives blends gracious Thai hospitality with the unparalleled luxury setting of the Maldives. This luxury island resort comprises 95 villas encircled by white sandy beaches, a stunning 360 degree house reef and a turquoise lagoon. With a unique combination of beach and lagoon accommodation, Dusit Thani Maldives provides an unmatched luxurious escape for all travellers.

The resort offers a 360 degree vibrant house reef compliment with a turquoise lagoon, a 750-square metre infinity swimming pool with a lush Banyan tree in the centre, five restaurants and bars with breathtaking views and a Kids Club that is committed to making children’s dreams come true.

The award-winning Devarana Spa at Dusit Thani Maldives encompasses six deluxe treatment pods, which sit elevated amongst the island’s palm trees. For those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground, the spa has also developed two stunning ground level treatment rooms. Manicure and pedicure-dedicated area, private outdoor pool, steam and sauna are exclusively available for spa guests.

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Shangri-La, Taj’s ‘Warmer Welcomes’ alliance named Best Loyalty Partnership

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Groundbreaking hotel loyalty alliance launched by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris last year has been named “Best Loyalty Partnership” at Flightglobal’s 10th Loyalty Awards.

The award, judged by a panel of leading loyalty management specialists, highlights the unique guest proposition offered by the “Warmer Welcomes” hospitality alliance, which allows Shangri-La’s Golden Circle and Taj’s InnerCircle members to earn and redeem their preferred loyalty currency at the more than 200 hotels managed by the iconic hotel groups.  The award also recognises the commercial benefits generated by the partnership for the brand partners.

“It’s an incredible honour to have ‘Warmer Welcomes’ recognised by Flightglobal,” said Shangri-La’s Vice President Loyalty and Partner Marketing Wee Kee Ng was quoted in a statement, as saying.

“By merging global strategies, Shangri-La and Taj are able to offer over six million loyalty members new experiences and the benefits most important to them, while in the care of any of our hotels in over 131 destinations.”

“We sincerely appreciate the recognition and encouragement that this award has given to our team,” Ryan Pais, Associate Vice President for Customer Relationship Management at Taj Hotels, said.

“Warmer Welcomes has helped drive deeper engagement with our valuable guests by providing them with seamless benefits and opportunities to earn and redeem points across our iconic hotels.”

Flightglobal, founded in 1996 and based in Toulouse/France, is a leading independent management company that monitors all 200+ frequent flyer programmes in the travel industry.

Established in 1903, Taj is one of Asia’s largest and finest group of hotels, comprising 99 hotels in 61 locations across the globe, including presence in IndiaNorth AmericaUnited KingdomAfricaMiddle EastMalaysiaSri LankaMaldivesBhutan and Nepal.

In the Maldives, Taj runs two resorts: Taj Exotica Resort and Spa Maldives, and Vivanta by Taj – Coral Reef Maldives. Hong Kong-based Shangri-La runs the Villingili Resort and Spa in the southernmost Addu atoll and Hotel Jen in capital Male.

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Voting for SATA 2018 begins

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Voting for South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) 2018 has opened.

According to SATA Secretariat, votes can be cast via the official website till June 30. Evaluation of nominees by a jury would be carried in June and July, it said.

Nominations for the third edition of SATA, which consists of 36 categories in 10 segments, closed earlier this month with a record 500 plus nominations.

This year’s edition of SATA is scheduled to take place in India’s commercial capital Mumbai in September.

Launched in 2016 by Maldives-based event management company Highrise, SATA has been endorsed by regional tourism authorities and organisations, including the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Sri Lanka (FCCISL), Colombo Chamber of Commerce (CCC), Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC), Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO), Confederation of Associated Tour Operators (India), Association of Travel Agents (ATA) Maldives, Association of Travel and Tour Operators India (ATTOI), Association of Professionals in Tourism (APT, India), Kerala Hotel General Managers Club (KHGMC), Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Liveaboard Association of Maldives (LAM).

SATA is the first ever regional travel awards endorsed by multi national associations, providing the tourism sector of the South Asian region with recognition towards their facilities and service excellence. It aims to encourage and raise service standards in the region’s tourism industry.

The awards’ first edition, which wrapped up with a gala ceremony at the iconic Mount Lavinia Hotel in Sri Lanka, saw an overwhelming support with more than 260 nominations. Major travel media organisations, including Maldives Insider, Asian Traveller, Asian Geographic, Asian Diver and Floating Asia were appointed as media partners of SATA 2016.

More than 414 nominations from the Maldives, India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal were received for the 39 categories included in the 2017 edition of SATA, which took place at the southernmost Maldives atoll of Addu in October.

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List of Islands in Maldives and Atolls


How many islands in Maldives? Numbers of people, travelers or researcher wonder the total number of Island in the Maldives.

Maldives is composed of about 1,190 island stretching 90,000 square kilometers covering area and divided into 20 administrative atolls located at 500 miles south-west of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean with more than 400,000 total population in Maldives. Gan is the largest Island in Maldives, with 14 kilometer length only.
Out of 1,190 island, 200 are inhabited islands and some other are developed as tourist and about 150 private resorts and the remaining are uninhabited.

Tourism: the main source of revenue in the Maldives. Tourism first introduce in 1972 since it is grown fast and labeled as   ” Summer Capital“. Kurumba resort was the first resort to accept guest with 280 beds at that time. . Maldives the sunny side of life.

Male atoll (Kaafu Atoll): the most develop atoll in the Maldives. Mostly of the resorts, main offices, bank, main airport and the capital of Maldives, Male city are found in this atoll. Velana international airport (main airport)also known as Male airport situated at the island of Hulhumale, 6.5 kilometer away from the Male city.
Atoll It’s a group of coral reef or island that form a ring shape surrounded a lagoon.

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43 total number of islands

Inhabited Islands Baarah * Dhidhdhoo * Filladhoo * Hoarafushi * Ihavandhoo * Kelaa * Maarandhoo * Mulhadhoo * Muraidhoo * Thakandhoo * Thuraakunu * Uligamu * Utheemu * Vashafaru

Uninhabited Island
Alidhoo * Alidhuffarufinolhu * Beenaafushi * Berinmadhoo * Dhapparuhura * Dhigufaruhura * Dhonakulhi * Gaafushi * Gaamathikulhudhoo * Gallandhoo * Govvaafushi * Hathifushi * Huvahandhoo * Innafinolhu * Kandaalifinolhu * Kudafinolhu * Maafahi * Maafinolhu * Maarandhoofarufinolhu * Madulu * Manafaru * Matheerah * Medhafushi * Mulidhoo * Naridhoo * Umareifinolhu * Un’gulifinolhu * Van’gaaru * Velifinolhu.

38 total number of islands
Inhabited Islands Finey * Hanimaadhoo * Hirimaradhoo * Kulhudhuffushi * Kumundhoo * Kunburudhoo * Kurinbi * Makunudhoo * Naivaadhoo * Nellaidhoo * Neykurendhoo * Nolhivaram * Nolhivaranfaru * Vaikaradhoo

Uninhabited Islands Bodunaagoashi * Dafaru Fasgandu * Dhorukanduhuraa * Faridhoo * Maavaidhoo * Fenboahuraa * Hirinaidhoo * Hondaafushi * Hondaidhoo * Innafushi * Kamana * Kattalafushi * Kaylakunu * Kudamuraidhoo * Kudanaagoashi * Muiri * Rasfushi * Ruffushi * Vaikaramuraidhoo * Veligandu

46 islands
Inhabited Islands Bileffahi * Feevah * Feydhoo * Foakaidhoo * Funadhoo * Goidhoo * Kanditheemu * Komandoo * Lhaimagu * Maaungoodhoo * Maroshi * Milandhoo * Narudhoo * Noomaraa

Uninhabited Islands Bis Huraa * Dhigu Rah * Dhiguvelldhoo * Dholhiyadhoo * Dholhiyadhoo Kudarah * Dhonveli-huraa * Ekasdhoo * Eriyadhoo * Farukolhu * Fushifarurah * Gaakoshinbi * Gallaidhoo * Hirubadhoo * Hurasfaruhuraa * Kabaalifaru * Keekimini * Killissafaruhuraa * Kudalhaimendhoo * Madidhoo * Madikurendhdhoo * Mathikomandoo * Medhurah * Medhukunburudhoo * Migoodhoo * Milandhoo * Naainfarufinolhu * Nalandhoo * Naruibudhoo * Neyo * Vagaru * Firubaidhoo * Maakadhoodhoo

71 total number of islands

Inhabited Islands Foddhoo * Henbandhoo * Holhudhoo * Kendhikolhudhoo * Kudafaree * Landhoo * Lhohi * Maafaru * Maalhendhoo * Magoodhoo * Manadhoo * Miladhoo * Velidhoo

Uninhabited Islands Badadhidhdhoo * Bodufushi * Bodulhaimendhoo * Bomasdhoo * Burehifasdhoo * Dheefuram * Dhelibehuraa * Dhekenanfaru * Dhigurah * Dhonaerikandoodhoo * Ekulhivaru * Farumuli * Felivaru * Fodhidhipparu * Fushivelavaru * Gallaidhoofushi * Gemendhoo * Goanbilivaadhoo * Holhumeedhoo * Huivani * Hulhudhdhoo * Huvadhumaavattaru * Iguraidhoo * Kuddarah * Kadimmahuraa * Kalaidhoo * Karimma * Kedhivaru * Koalaa * Kolhufushi * Kudafunafaru * Kudafushi * Kunnamaloa * Kuramaadhoo * Kuredhivaru * Loafaru * Maafunafaru * Maakurandhoo * Maavelavaru * Medhafushi * Medhufaru * Minaavaru * Orimasvaru * Orivaru * Raafushi * Raalulaakolhu * Randheli * Thaburudhoo * Thaburudhuffaru * tholhendhoo * Thoshigadukolhu * Vattaru, Vavathi * Vihafarufinolhu

88 total number of islands

Inhabited Islands Alifushi * Angolhitheemu * Dhuvaafaru * Fainu * Hulhudhuffaaru * Inguraidhoo * Innamaadhoo * Kinolhas * Maakurathu * Maduvvaree * Maamigili * Meedhoo * Rasgetheemu * Rasmaadhoo * Ungoofaaru * Vaadhoo * Kandholhudhoo

Uninhabited Islands Aarah * Arilundhoo * Badaveri * Bodufarufinolhu * Bodufenmaaenboodhoo * Bodufushi * Boduhaiykodi * Boduhuraa * Ekurufushi * Etthingili * Dhigali * Dhoragali * Dheburidheythereyvaadhoo * Dhikkurendhdhoo * Dhinnaafushi * Dhuvaafaruhuraa * Faarafushi * Fasmendhoo * Fenfushi * Filaidhoo * Fuggiri * Furaveri, Gaaudoodhoo * Giraavaru * Goyyafaru * Guboshi * Hiraveri * Hulhudhoo * Huruvalhi * Ifuru * Kaddogadu * Kothaifaru * Kottafaru * Kottefaru * Kudafushi * Kudahaiykodi * Kudakurathu * Kudalhosgiri * Kudathulhaadhoo * Kukulhudhoo * Kuroshigiri * Lhaanbugali * Lhaanbugau, Lhohi * Liboakandhoo, Lundhufushi * Maafaru, Maamunagaufinolhu * Maanenfushi * Maashigiri * Madivaafaru * Mahidhoo * Meedhupparu * Muravandhoo * Mullaafushi * Neyo * Thaavathaa * Ufulandhoo * Ugulu * Uthurumaafaru * Vaffushihuraa * Vandhoo * Veyvah * Viligili * Wakkaru

75 total number of islands

Inhabited islandsDharavandhoo * Dhonfanu * Eydhafushi * Fehendhoo * Fulhadhoo * Goidhoo * Hithaadhoo * Kamadhoo * Kendhoo * Kihaadhoo * Kudarikilu * Maalhos * Thulhaadhoo
Uninhabited islands Ahivaffushi * Aidhoo * Anhenunfushi * Bathalaa * Bodufinolhu * Boifushi * Dhakendhoo * Dhandhoo * Dhigufaruvinagandu * Dhunikolhu * Enboodhoo * Fehenfushi * Finolhas * Fonimagoodhoo * Fulhadhoorah kairi finonolhu * Funadhoo * Gaagandufaruhuraa * Gaavillingili * Gemendhoo * Hanifaru * Hanifarurah * Hibalhidhoo * Hirundhoo * Horubadhoo * Hulhudhoo * Innafushi * Kanifusheegaathu finolhu * Kanifushi * Kashidhoogiri * Keyodhoo * Kihaadhufaru * Kihavah-huravalhi * Kudadhoo * Kunfunadhoo * Landaa Giraavaru * Lunfares * Maaddoo * Maafushi * Maamaduvvari * Maarikilu * Madhirivaadhoo * Medhufinolhu * Mendhoo * Milaidhoo * Miriandhoo * Muddhoo * Muthaafushi * Nibiligaa * Olhugiri * Thiladhoo * Ufuligiri * Undoodhoo * Vakkaru * Velivarufinolhu * Veyofushee * Vinaneih-faruhuraa * Voavah

52 total number of islanfs
Inhabited islands Hinnavaru * Kurendhoo * Maafilaafushi * Naifaru * Olhuvelifushi
Uninhabited islands Aligau * Bahurukabeeru * Bodhuhuraa * Bodufaahuraa * Bodugaahuraa * Dhidhdhoo * Dhirubaafushi * Diffushi * Faadhoo * Fainuaadham-Huraa * Fehigili * Felivaru * Fushifaru * Gaaerifaru * Govvaafushi * Hadoolaafushi * Hiriyadhoo * Hudhufushi * Huravalhi * Kalhumanjehuraa * Kalhuoiyfinolhu * Kanifushi * Kanuhuraa * Komandoo * Kudadhoo * Kuredhdhoo * Lhohi * Lhossalafushi * Maabinhuraa * Maavaafushi * Madhiriguraidhoo * Madivaru * Maduvvari * Maidhoo * Mayyafushi * Medhadhihuraa * Medhafushi * Meedhaahuraa, Mey-yyaafushi * Musleygihuraa * Ookolhufinolhu * Raiyruhhuraa * Selhlhifushi * Thilamaafushi * Varihuraa * Vavvaru * Veligadu * Veyvah * Vihafarufinolhu
107 total number of islands
Inhabited islands Dhiffushi * Gaafaru * Gulhi * Guraidhoo * Himmafushi * Huraa * Kaashidhoo * Maafushi * Thilafushi * Thulusdhoo
Uninhabited islands Aarah * Akirifushi * Asdhoo * Baros * Bandos * Biyaadhoo * Bodubandos * Bodufinolhu * Boduhithi * Boduhuraa * Bolifushi * Dhigufinolhu * Dhoonidhoo * Ehrruh-haa * Enboodhoo * Enboodhoofinolhu * Eriyadhoo * Farukolhufushi * Feydhoofinolhu * Fihalhohi * Funadhoo * Furan-nafushi * Gasfinolhu * Giraavaru * Girifushi * Gulheegaathuhuraa * Helengeli * Henbadhoo * Huraagandu * Ihuru * Kagi * Kalhuhuraa * Kandoomaafushi * Kanduoih-giri * Kanifinolhu * KKanuhuraa * Kudabandos * Kudafinolhu * Kudahithi * Kudahuraa * Lankanfinolhu * Lankanfushi * Lhohifushi * Lhosfushi * Maadhoo * Madivaru * Mahaanaélhihuraa * Makunudhoo * Makunufushi * Maniyafushi * Medhufinolhu * Meerufenfushi * Nakachchaafushi * Olhahali * Olhuveli * Oligandufinolhu * Ran-naalhi * Rasfari * Thanburudhoo * Thulhaagiri * Vaadhoo * Vaagali * Vabbinfaru * Vabboahuraa * Vammaafushi * Velassaru * Velifaru * Veliganduhuraa * Vihamanaafushi * Villingilimathidhahuraa * Villingilivau * Ziyaaraiffushi
33 total number of islands
Inhabited islands Bodufolhudhoo * Feridhoo * Himandhoo * Maalhos * Mathiveri * Rasdhoo * Thoddoo * Ukulhas
Uninhabited islands Alikoirah, Bathalaa * Beyrumadivaru * Dhin-nolhufinolhu * Ellaidhoo * Etheramadivaru * Fesdhoo * Fusfinolhu * Fushi * Gaagandu * Gaathufushi * Gangehi, Halaveli * Kandholhudhoo * Kudafolhudhoo * Kuramathi * Maagaa * Maayyafushi * Madivarufinolhu * Madoogali * Mathivereefinolhu * Meerufenfushi * Mushimasgali * Rasdhoo madivaru * Velidhoo * Veligandu (resort) * Vihamaafaru
49 total number of islands
Inhabited islands Dhangethi * Dhiddhoo * Hagnaameedhoo * Kunburudhoo * Maamingili * Mahibadhoo * Mandhoo * Omadhoo
Uninhabited islands Fenfushi * Alikoirah * Angaagaa * Ariadhoo * Athurugau * Bodufinolhu * Bodukaashihuraa * Bulhaaholhi * Dhehasanulunboihuraa * Dhiddhoofinolhu * Dhiffushi * Dhiggaru * Enboodhoo * Finolhu * Gasfinolhu * Heenfaru * Hiyafushi * Hukurudhoo * Hurasdhoo * Huruelhi * Huvahendhoo * Innafushi * Kalhuhandhihuraa * Kudadhoo * Kudarah * Maafushivaru * Machchafushi * Medhufinolhu * Mirihi * Moofushi * Nalaguraidhoo * Rahddhiggaa * Rangali * Rangalifinolhu * Rashukolhuhuraa * Theluveligaa * Tholhifushi * Thudufushi * Vakarufalhi * Vilamendhoo * Villingili * Villingilivaru
19 total number of islands
Inhabited islands Felidhoo * Fulidhoo * Keyodhoo * Rakeedhoo * Thinadhoo
• Uninhabited islands Aarah * Alimathaa * Anbaraa * Bodumohoraa * Dhiggiri * Fussfaruhuraa * Hingaahuraa * Hulhidhoo * Kuda-anbaraa * Kudhiboli * Kunavashi * Maafussaru * Medhugiri * Thunduhuraa * Raggadu * Ruhhurihuraa * Vashugiri * Vattaru * Fottheyo
33 total number of islands

Inhabited islands Boli Mulah * Dhiggaru * Kolhufushi * Madifushi * Maduvvaree * Muli * Naalaafushi * Raimmandhoo * Veyvah
Uninhabited islands Boahuraa, Dhekunuboduveli, Dhiththudi, Erruh-huraa, Fenboafinolhu, Fenfuraaveli, Gaahuraa, Gasveli, Gongalu Huraa, Haafushi, Hakuraahuraa, Hurasveli, Kekuraalhuveli, Kudadhigandu, Kurali, Kudausfushi, Maahuraa, Maalhaveli, Maausfushi, Medhufushi, Raabandhihuraa, Seedhihuraa, Seedhihuraaveligandu, Thuvaru, Uthuruboduveli, Veriheybe

23 total number of islands

Inhabited islands Bileddhoo * Dharanboodhoo * Feeali * Filitheyo * Magoodhoo * Nilandhoo
Uninhabited islands Badidhiffusheefinolhu, Dhiguvarufinolhu, Enbulufushi, Faanuvaahuraa, Himithi, Jinnathugau, Kandoomoonufushi, Maafushi, Maavaruhuraa, Madivaruhuraa, Makunueri, Minimasgali, Villingilivarufinolhu, Voshimasfalhuhuraa

56 total number of islands
Inhabited islands Bandidhoo * Hulhudheli * Kudahuvadhoo * Maaenboodhoo * Meedhoo * Rinbudhoo * Vaanee
Uninhabited islands Aluvifushi, Bodufushi, Bulhalafushi, Dhebaidhoo, Dhoores, Enboodhoofushi, Faandhoo, Gaadhiffushi, Gemendhoo (abandoned), Hiriyanfushi, Hudhufusheefinolhu, Hulhuvehi, Issari, Kandinma, Kanneiyfaru, Kedhigandu, Kiraidhoo, Lhohi, Maadheli, Maafushi, Maagau, Maléfaru, Meedhuffushi, Minimasgali, Naibukaloabodufushi, Olhuveli, Thilabolhufushi, Thinhuraa, Uddhoo, Valla, Vallalhohi, Velavaroo, Vonmuli
66 total number of islands

Inhabited islands Burunee * Dhiyamingili * Gaadhiffushi * Guraidhoo * Hirilandhoo * Kandoodhoo * Kinbidhoo * Madifushi * Omadhoo * Thimarafushi * Vandhoo * Veymandoo * Vilufushi
Uninhabited islands Bodufinolhu, Bodurehaa, Dhiffushi, Dhonanfushi, Dhururehaa, Ekuruffushi, Elaa, Fenfushi, Fenmeerufushi, Fonaddoo, Fondhoo, Fonidhaani, Fushi, Gaalee, Gaathurehaa, Hathifushi, Hiriyanfushi, Hodelifushi, Hulhiyanfushi, Kaaddoo, , Kadufushi, Kafidhoo, Kakolhas, Kalhudheyfushi, Kalhufahalafushi, Kandaru, Kani, Kanimeedhoo, Kolhufushi-1, Kolhufushi-2, Kudadhoo, Kudakaaddoo, Kudakibidhoo, Kurandhuvaru, Kuredhifushi, Lhavaddoo, Maagulhi, Maalefushi, Mathidhoo, Medhafushi, Olhudhiyafushi, Olhufushi, Olhufushi-finolhu, Olhugiri, Ruhththibirah, Thinkolhufushi, Ufuriyaa, Usfushi, Vanbadhi

82 total number of islands
Inhabited islands Dhanbidhoo * Fonadhoo * Gaadhoo * Gan * Hithadhoo * Isdhoo * Kalhaidhoo * Kunahandhoo * Maabaidhoo * Maamendhoo * Maavah * Mundoo * Maandhoo * Vadinolhu * Olhuveli
Uninhabited islands Athahédha, Berasdhoo, Bileitheyrahaa, Bodufenrahaa, Bodufinolhu, Boduhuraa, Bodumaabulhali, Bokaiffushi, Dhekunu Vinagandu, Faés, Fonagaadhoo, Fushi, Gasfinolhu, Guraidhoo, Hanhushi, Hedha, Holhurahaa, Hulhimendhoo, Hulhisdhoo, Hulhiyandhoo, Kaddhoo, Kalhuhuraa, Kandaru, Kudafares, Kudafushi, Kudahuraa, Kudakalhaidhoo, Kukurahaa, Maakaulhuveli, Maaveshi, Mahakanfushi, Medhafushi, Medhoo, Medhufinolhu, Medhuvinagandu, Munyafushi, Olhutholhu, Thunburi, Thundudhoshufushi Nolhoo, Uthuruvinagandu, Uvadhevifushi, Veligandufinolhu, Ziyaaraiffushi
82 total number of islands
Inhabited islands Dhaandhoo * Dhevvadhoo * Dhiyadhoo * Gemanafushi * Hadahaa * Kanduhulhudhoo * Kolamaafushi * Kondey * Maamendhoo * Nilandhoo * Vilingili
Uninhabited islands Araigaiththaa, Baavandhoo, Baberaahuttaa, Bakeiththaa, Beyruhuttaa, Beyrumaddoo, Bihuréhaa, Boaddoo, Bodéhuttaa, Budhiyahuttaa, Dhevvalaabadhoo, Dhevvamaagalaa, Dhigémaahuttaa, Dhigudhoo, Dhigurah, Dhonhuseenahuttaa, Falhumaafushi, Falhuverrehaa, Farudhulhudhoo, Fénéhuttaa, Fenrahaa, Fenrahaahuttaa, Funadhoovillingili, Funamaddoo, Galamadhoo, Haagevillaa, Hagedhoo, Heenamaagalaa, Hirihuttaa, Hithaadhoo, Hithaadhoogalaa, Hulhimendhoo, Hunadhoo, Hurendhoo, Idimaa, Innaréhaa, Kalhehuttaa, Kalhudhiréhaa, Kanduvillingili, Keesseyréhaa, Kendheraa, Koduhuttaa, Kondeymatheelaabadhoo, Kondeyvillingili, Kudalafari, Kuddoo, Kudhébondeyyo, Kudhéfehélaa, Kudhéhuttaa, Kureddhoo, Lhossaa, Maadhiguvaru, Maaféhélaa, Maagehuttaa, Maakanaarataa, Maamutaa, Maarandhoo, Maaréhaa, Mahaddhoo, Maththidhoo, Maththuréhaa, Médhuburiyaa, Médhuhuttaa, Medhuréhaa, Melaimu, Meradhoo, Minimensaa, Munaagala, Munandhoo, Odagallaa, Raaverrehaa, Rinbidhoo, Thinrukéréhaa, Uhéréhaa, Viligillaa, Vodamulaa
153 total islands
Inhabited islands Fares * Fiyoaree * Gaddhoo * Hoandeddhoo * Maathodaa * Madaveli * Nadellaa * Rathafandhoo * Thinadhoo * Vaadhoo
Uninhabited islands Aakiraahuttaa, Athihuttaa, Badéfodiyaa, Barahuttaa, Baulhagallaa, Bodehuttaa, Bodérehaa, Bolimathaidhoo, Dhékanbaa, Dhérékudhéhaa, Dhigérehaa, Dhigulaabadhoo, Dhinmanaa, Dhiyanigilllaa, Dhonigallaa, Dhoonirehaa, Ehéhuttaa, Ekélondaa, Faahuttaa, Faanahuttaa, Faathiyéhuttaa, Faréhulhudhoo, Farukoduhuttaa, Fatéfandhoo, Femunaidhoo, Fenevenehuttaa, Féreythavilingillaa, Fonahigillaa, Gaazeeraa, Gan (Huvadhu Atoll)
Only 1 total number of island
Inhabited islands Fuvahmulah
22 total number of islands
Inhabited Islands
Addu City * Hulhumeedhoo (Seenu Atoll)
Uninhabited islands
Aboohéra * Bodu Hajara * Boduhéragandu * Dhigihéra * Fahikédéhérangada * Gan (Location of Gan International Airport) * Gaukendi * Geskalhuhéra * Hankedé * Hajara * Heré-théré (Location of Canareef Island Resort) * Hikahera * Kafathalhaa * Héra * Kandu Huraa * Kédévaahéra * Koahera Kuda * Kandihéréganda * Maahera * Maamendhoo * Madihéra * Mulikédé * Savaaheli * Vashahéra * Villingili (Location of Shangri-La Resort)

List of Islands in Maldives reference: Maldives tourism

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JW Marriott Maldives Resort and Spa set to open in November

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Marriott International has announced plans to launch its JW Marriott brand in Maldives with the opening of JW Marriott Maldives Resort and Spa in November.

The 61-villa property will be headed up by renowned General Manager Marc Gussing and will bring fierce competition to the Maldives, with highlights including a private pool with every villa, a treetop restaurant, an and expansive wine cellar.

The resort, located on the island of Vagaru in the northern Shaviyani atoll, will be accessible by a scenic 55-minute seaplane flight from Velana International Airport.

Guests will have a choice between five villa categories ranging from 234 sqm to 638 sqm, all of which come with private pools and spacious wooden decks.

There will be 29 secluded one- and two-bedroom beach villas nestled amongst the island’s lush greenery, each with its own private beach area. For guests who like to fall asleep to the sound of the ocean there will be 32 villas standing majestically on stilts over the glistening Laccadive Sea and one spectacular four-bedroom Royal Water Villa that will come complete with nanny’s quarters.

A serene Spa by JW will provide guests with the chance to fully re-charge and relax on their holiday. Six treatments rooms, one Royal Treatment Suite, a gym, yoga pavilion and beauty salon will ensure guests return to the UK feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Additionally, the resort will offer The Pier, an ever-changing pop-up dining concept open at differing times throughout the year, the Curry Pit which will offer spices of the Indian Ocean and will only be open on chosen evenings subject to reservations, 24-hour in-villa dining and private dining in select locations.

The property will be surrounded by calm, crystal clear waters and a house reef teeming with sea life.

The water sports and dive centre with an on-site Marine Biologist will offer deep sea fishing, sailing excursions, para-sailing, jet skiing, kayaking, line-fishing, kite surfing, diving and more.

Marriott already runs three resorts in the Maldives, including The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort and Spa, and W Maldives. The company is also gearing up to open The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort and a Ritz Carlton branded property in 2019.

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Over 100 Resort/Hotel Properties Confirm their Participation for TTM 2018


Over 100 resorts/hotel properties in the Maldives have confirmed their participation in the 2nd edition of Travel Trade Show of Maldives 2018. TTM is scheduled to be held at Dharubaaruge, Male’ Maldives from the 1st to 3rd of May 2018. It is expected that along with over 140 resorts/hotels properties, 200 international buyers/media will attend the show.

Premium Exhibitors include Adaaran Resorts, Angiri Resorts, Crown & Champa Resorts, Bandos Maldives & Villa Hotels & Resorts Maldives. TTM Gala night which will be held at Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi will host TTM Awards on the 2nd of May 2018. TTM will also host 2nd Hotelier Summit of the Maldives targeting the Hotel investors, leading hotel owners, operators, developers, architects, interior designers, consultants.

TTM will host 2nd “Hotelier Summit Maldives” which will offer a solution-oriented platform that facilitates face-to-face meetings, networking activities, and information exchange amongst the most elite assemblage of hotel owners and general managers. A total of 4 panels is scheduled to take place at the summit in which more than 150 hotel owners, general managers from resorts and hotels of Maldives is set to take part. Various topics are set to be discussed that are significant to the Maldivian tourism industry.

TTM 2018 will hold the first Maldives Supplier Expo. It is the only event, where exhibiting companies can expect to meet key decision makers, engineering directors and procurement manager from all over the Maldives. A total of 1000+ key decision makers and purchasing chiefs from over 150 resorts plus leading companies of Maldives are expected to pass through the doors of Maldives Supplier Expo to visit and network with the exhibitors.

TTM 2018 Gala Night is set to be held on the 2nd of May 2018 from 6 pm to 11 pm at Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi. The Gala event will feature a classy dinner with rich and exotic Maldivian tastes, live music by leading artists the opportunity to network with the highest executives, decision-makers and market shapers of the industry.

The 2nd “Tourism Career Fair” will be held during TTM at Dharubaaruge on 3rd of May 2018. Much like last year, the career fair is a great opportunity for students/professionals to meet and network with tourism industry representatives in the Maldives. The career fair will be held from 20:00 – 23:00 at Dharubaaruge, Male’ Maldives.

TTM aims to facilitate the tourism industry of Maldives to reach the ultimate target of 2 million tourists with over USD 3.5 billion in receipts by the end of 2020. More than 300 hoteliers, suppliers, related industries and travel industry professionals from the Maldives and abroad are expected to visit TTM to network, negotiate and discover the latest industry opinion and trends in the Maldives.

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MATATO hosts destination stand at Vietnam International Travel Mart


Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) has hosted a destination stand at the Vietnam International Travel Mart (VITM).

During the fair being held in Ha Noi from Thursday to Sunday, the Maldives is represented by representatives from resorts such as Villa Hotels, Amaya Kuda Rah and Kihaa Maldives. Officials from MATATO as well as local PR firm Maldives Getaways are also taking part in the fair.

VITM is the leading travel fair in Vietnam and one of the key travel shows in the region.

VITM has once more been a tremendous success in 2017 when it attracted the participation of 672 tourism enterprises and organisations from 25 countries and territories displayed in 465 booths. The event also welcomed nearly 3,000 tourism professionals and over 61,000 pubic visitors. Additionally, a large array of professional activities was held, including international forums and seminars, destination presentations, and cultural performances.

As part of the destination marketing efforts by MATATO, it has in the recent years increased the number of travel trade events that it takes part in. Last year, MATATO along with tourism industry representatives showcased the Maldives at 15 international travel shows and exhibitions.

MATATO has announced plans to participate in 19 international travel trade fairs and exhibitions in 2018.

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Actress Sienna Miller spends Easter at Jumeirah Vittaveli


Popular English American actress Sienna Miller has arrived in Maldives with her family for a short Easter getaway.

According to sources, Sienna arrived in the Maldives Wednesday afternoon with her mother and five-year-old daughter. They travelled to Jumeirah Vittaveli resort for their vacation.

Jumeirah Vittaveli will be hosting a programme of traditional Easter celebrations, enabling families visiting the award-winning resort to join Master Classes by Guest Chef Anthony Demetre and admire art by renowned Sri Lankan artist Mueen Saheed.

Families will be able to meet the Easter bunny who will visit children with chocolate eggs and goodies. Children are also invited to join the resort’s Kuda Koli Kids Club for fun activities including an Easter egg roll, sweets and treats and a colourful tea party at the Samsara Boardwalk.

Easter at Jumeirah Vittaveli. PHOTO/ JUMEIRAH

Located a short 20-minute ride on board a luxurious motorised catamaran from capital, Jumeirah Vittaveli offers unmatched diversity, subtle luxury and personalised exploration, whether you are seeking a romantic getaway or an exotic destination for your family.

In addition to the new Royal Residence, which was recently recognised as Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa at the World Travel Awards, Jumeirah Vittaveli comprises 89 villas and suites each with their own swimming pool and direct access to the beach or lagoon. The private and spacious villas are available with one or two bedrooms making them the ideal accommodation for both families and couples. Highlights are the free-standing Ocean Suites, located only a heartbeat away from the main island and accessible by complimentary boat service.

For the evenings, guests have the choice of a culinary journey through India in the resort’s signature restaurant Swarna, or an overwater fine dining experience featuring French cuisine at Fenesse.

The Talise spa at Jumeirah Vittaveli has been named Best Luxury Wellness Spa in Maldives by the World Travel Awards in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Treatments at the spa are inspired by concepts of light and space connecting with the purity and vibration of ingredients. The team produces their own island made 100 percent pure coconut oil, which is used in treatments and available as a take-home souvenir. The garden and overwater treatment rooms provide romantic spaces for couples who wish to enjoy blissful relaxation, while the spa menu also includes dedicated Mother-Daughter and Father-Son pampering sessions.

For those seeking adventure, the island’s water sports centre offers flyboarding. For those looking to experience the wonder of the underwater world of the Maldives, there are diving and snorkelling excursions to see turtles and magnificent shipwrecks.

Jumeirah Vittaveli. PHOTO/ JUMEIRAH

Born in New York City but raised in London, Sienna began her career appearing in British films, with a supporting role in 2004’s crime thriller Layer Cake, followed by Alfie (also 2004). In 2006, Miller portrayed the lead role of Edie Sedgwick in Factory Girl, followed by a supporting role in Stardust (2007). In 2008, she was nominated for a BAFTA Rising Star Award.

Miller garnered mainstream attention in the late 2000s for her role in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009), and received critical acclaim for her role as Tippi Hedren in the television film The Girl (2012), for which she was nominated for a BAFTA Television Award for Best Actress and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.

In 2014, she starred in two biographical dramas, Foxcatcher (2014), playing Nancy Schultz, and American Sniper (2014), portraying Taya Kyle. The following year, she starred in the dystopian drama High-Rise and the independent drama Mississippi Grind, which debuted to critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2016, Miller portrayed Nina Fawcett, wife of ill-fated British explorer Percy Fawcett, in the adventure drama The Lost City of Z and gangster moll Emma Gould in the crime drama Live by Night.

Actress Sienna Miller. PHOTO/ THEDAILYBEAST

Maldives is amongst the most sought after destinations by high profile personalities and celebrity travellers from around the world.

Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio and American TV personality Paris Hilton have partied in the Maldives.

The likes of English singer and television presenter Rochelle Humes and her husband Marvin, and British TV personality Billie Faiers have all declared the Maldives as their favourite part of the world for a relaxing getaway. Another British singer Perrie Edwards and English actress Millie Mackintosh have also fell in love with the white sands, turquoise waters and the blue skies of the Maldives.

Hollywood actress Gal Gadot, Bollywood personalities such as Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Alia BhattPriyanka Chopra and the Bachchan family as well as world-renowned music artists such as Robin Thicke and Justin Bieber have declared their love for the Maldives.

Sports personalities, including the likes of David BeckhamCarlos TevezArjen Robben, Miroslav Klose, Franz Beckenbauer, Ronaldo Luís Nazário de LimaCristiano Ronaldo and Marcel Desailly have also spent their hard-earned vacations in the tropical paradise.

Main photo: Vaguthu Online

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MATATO President Abdulla Ghiyas named 2018 PATA Face of the Future

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Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) President Abdulla Ghiyas has been named the 2018 PATA Face of the Future, the most prestigious honour given by Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) to young tourism professionals in the Asia Pacific region.

As the 2018 PATA Face of the Future, Abdulla will have extensive exposure at the PATA Annual Summit 2018 from May 17-20 in Gangneung, Korea. He will be one of the speakers at the PATA Youth Symposium, be interviewed by BBC World News Presenter and Producer Sharanjit Leyl at the one-day conference and be one of the debaters at the UNWTO/PATA Leaders Debate. Abdulla will also be invited to join the 2018/2019 PATA Executive Board as a non-voting member and observer.

“I would like to congratulate Abdulla on winning the 2018 PATA Face of the Future award. His clear commitment to the responsible development of travel and tourism in the Asia Pacific region is highlighted by his more than 10 years of service with MATATO and his many other activities and partnerships in the industry. In addition, his unique experience and insights will be a welcome addition to the Executive Board,” Dr Mario Hardy, CEO of PATA, was quoted in a statement, as saying.

Abdulla is a young energetic disrupter in the Maldivian tourism industry who has been instrumental in changing the tourism landscape in the last few years by giving a voice to all Small Medium Enterprises in the industry.

“I am truly overwhelmed and humbled to have been recognised with the prestigious PATA Face of the Future award. This award is for the hard-working team at MATATO and Inner Maldives Holidays, and every dreamer out there for believing that there is always room for thinking bigger, pushing limits and imagining the impossible,” Abdulla said.

“Today we are living in an era of ever evolving challenges and changes. The role of youth and students across the globe is being redefined and I believe younger generations can play a vital role in travel and tourism. I look forward to working together with PATA and other travel industry stakeholders to further the role of youth and inspire them in joining this movement.”

MATATO is today considered the leading NGO in the Maldives, with the association engaged in various activities such as advocacy and lobbying, training and workshops, fam trips, loan schemes via different financial institutions, recognition programmes such as awards, travel conferences and forums, publications and much more. The association last year organised destination stands and road shows, exhibiting brand Maldives in 14 countries around the world.

Abdulla is also a serial entrepreneur engaged in leading travel businesses and startups.

He is the Deputy Managing Director of Inner Maldives Holidays, one of the largest inbound and outbound travel agency in Maldives. He is also a Director for Ace Travels Maldives and Spence Maldives, which are joint ventures with Sri Lankan blue chip conglomerate Aitken Spence PLC.

Having 14 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry, Abdulla was the youngest Board Director of the Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA) from 2014 to 2017. He was also named by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Maldives as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons in Maldives in 2010 for his role in business turnaround in Inner Maldives Holiday.

Abdulla also contributes to the Consulate of the Republic of Seychelles to the Maldives as the Deputy.

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MATATO to host dedicated Maldives destination showcase event in India

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Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) has announced plans to host a Maldivian Night destination showcase event in India.

The event, which will take place in Indian commercial capital of Mumbai on May 11, will feature a networking cocktail event with destination showcase and a host of entertainment activities by Indian artists.

According to MATATO, 300 people, including 150 leading travel agents, will be invited from the Indian corporate sector. The event will also be attended by popular personalities from Bollywood, and covered by prominent media outlets in Mumbai.

Registration for the event, which is limited to a maximum of 10 companies, is now open.

A fee of USD 5,000 covers participation for two representatives in the destination showcase, invitation to cocktail reception and Maldivian Night entertainment programme, and a five-minute video or product presentation during Maldivian Night. MATATO will also assist participants to get discounted air fare and accommodation.

As part of the destination marketing efforts by MATATO, it has in the recent years increased the number of travel trade events that it takes part in. Last year, MATATO along with tourism industry representatives showcased the Maldives at 15 international travel shows and exhibitions.

MATATO has announced plans to participate in 19 international travel trade fairs and exhibitions in 2018.

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Soneva Fushi to welcome renowned British historian Professor Andrew Roberts

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Soneva has announced that it will be welcoming visiting British author Professor Andrew Roberts at Soneva Fushi in the Maldives.

During his visit from April 8-15 as part of Soneva’s recently launched Festival of Colour, Professor Roberts will be hosting various guest lectures and private dinner events at Soneva Fushi, on the subjects of Napoleon and Winston Churchill, including a session on the ‘Grand strategy of World War Two’. With his extensive knowledge of the British Monarchy, the Professor will also be talking about the importance of Windsor and its castle to the British Royal Family.

Professor Roberts, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, is a British historian and journalist. He is a Visiting Professor at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London and a Lehrman Institute Distinguished Lecturer at the New York Historical Society. Roberts himself is best known for the 2009 non-fiction work The Storm of War. The book has received numerous awards including the British Army Military Book of the Year Award for 2010.

He is also an accomplished public speaker, having delivered the White House Lecture, spoken at Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, Princeton and Stanford Universities, as well as at The British Academy, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Sandhurst, Shrivenham and the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. In 2011, NBC commissioned the professor to commentate on the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton. He also commentated for NBC on The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the birth of Prince George of Cambridge.

Soneva’s guests who are interested in history and literary discussion will also be able to take part in a book club evening with cocktails and canapés with Professor Roberts. The reading material is Napoleon The Greatby Andrew Roberts, which won the Prix Du Jury Des Grands Prix De La Foundation Napoléon 2014 and the Los Angeles Times Biography Prize 2014. The book is lauded as the definitive modern biography of Napoleon.

In February, Soneva 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.

Soneva, a world-leading luxury resort operator, runs two resorts in the Maldives, Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani.

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 amongst dense foliage.

The iconic resort has bagged several international awards for eco-friendly tourism and green initiatives, including the 2017 Green Hotelier Award for the Asia Pacific region and the Sustainable Hotel Award 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.

Opened in December 2016, Soneva Jani is Soneva’s newest property and its second resort in the Maldives.

Soneva Jani encompasses a collection of 24 overwater villas and one island villa set in a 5.6 kilometre private lagoon located in the northern Noonu atoll. The resort spans five islands surrounded by pure white beaches, covered in rich tropical vegetation, offering the ultimate in privacy and luxury.

Each of the resort’s multilevel water villas has its own private pool and a retractable roof that allows guests to sleep beneath the stars. Many villas also have slides that transport guests directly from the top level into the lagoon below. Other hotel highlights include a spa, an observatory — home to the largest telescope in the Indian Ocean — and an outdoor cinema.

Since its opening, Soneva Jani has created a lot of buzz amongst luxury travellers with its exciting features such as the retractable roofs and the water slides. It has been named the Best Over-the-Top Luxury hotel of the year by, the best new resort in the world by CNN, and the Leading Luxury Hotel/Resort in South Asia and Leading Luxury Hotel/Resort in Maldives.

Photo: Rebecca Reid

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Hilton to open first Curio Collection resort in Maldives

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Hilton on Monday announced plans to open a new boutique resort in the Maldives under the Curio Collection by Hilton brand.

The new Curio Collection property forms part of CROSSROADS project, the first ever integrated leisure and entertainment resort destination in the Maldives that is currently under development in Emboodhoo Lagoon. The new resort will be managed by S Hotels and Resorts, a subsidiary of Thai developer Singha Estate, and is scheduled to open in end-2018.

“Opening the first Curio Collection hotel in the Maldives is a very exciting milestone for us,” Mark Nogal, Global Brand Head for Curio Collection by Hilton, was quoted in a statement.

“The Maldives is renowned for being a one-of-a-kind tropical paradise and we are confident that the resort will offer curious travellers seeking an authentic experience truly memorable accommodations.”

The new resort, which is 15 minutes away by speedboat to the Maldives main Velana International Airport, will have 198 spacious guest rooms, beach villas and overwater villas as well as facilities such as a fitness centre and swimming pool. In addition to duty free shops and multiple restaurants, guests of the resort will also enjoy convenient access to a beach club, water sports, a dive centre, a cultural centre and a kids club — all located within CROSSROADS.

“As we continue to grow our portfolio across Asia, we are proud to introduce the Curio Collection by Hilton brand in one of the world’s most celebrated resort destinations. The Maldives remain a top choice for global travellers today and we are thrilled to be partnering with Singha Estate on this very exciting CROSSROADS project,” Guy Phillips, Senior Vice President for Development in Asia and Australasia at Hilton, was quoted in the statement.

“With this brand, our owners can benefit from the proven track record and quality of the Hilton engine, also known as the Hilton performance advantage, while staying true to their hotel’s individuality.”

Developed by Singha Estate, CROSSROADS spans nine islands in the Emboodhoo Lagoon and will have a plethora of dining, retail, entertainment, recreational and leisure-lifestyle offerings, including a 50-berth marina. In addition to Hilton’s Curio Collection resort, which will be set exclusively on one of the islands within the integrated destination, CROSSROADS will also be home to Hard Rock Hotel Maldives and Hard Rock Cafe Maldives — the first development in the Maldives by world-class entertainment and lifestyle brand Hard Rock International.

“CROSSROADS project, the first integrated leisure and entertainment resort in the Maldives, is a reflection to Singha Estate’s vision to be the premier lifestyle developer while delivering sustainable growth and creating value for all stakeholders,” Singha Estate CEO Naris Cheyklin said.

“We are delighted to partner with Hilton on this unique, integrated resort and look forward to seeing our exciting collaboration lift Singha Estate’s rapidly growing hospitality portfolio to a new level.”

One of Hilton’s 14 market-leading brands, Curio Collection by Hilton is a global, upper upscale collection of distinctive hotels and resorts that offer guests one-of-a-kind experiences, each unique to the destination they call home. The new Curio Collection by Hilton resort will have its own unique character, appealing to the curious traveller seeking a fun and authentic Maldives vacation experience.

“S Hotels and Resorts aims to craft quality settings in a sustainable environment where guests can relax, play, work, enjoy and share instant stories, and to meet the travellers’ demands at maximum,” Dirk De Cuyper, Chief Hospitality Officer of S Hotels and Resorts, said.

“We are very pleased to manage the new lifestyle resort that will be a part of Curio Collection by Hilton.”

The Curio Collection Maldives resort joins close to 80 Hilton hotels open and under development across gateway cities and popular destinations across the South East Asia.

In the Maldives, Hilton currently runs the award-winning Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort, and is set to open a brand new resort under its top luxury brand Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts in early 2019.

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Huvafen Fushi unveils The Playpen, The Grand Beach Pavilion


Glamorously grown-up Maldivian hideaway Huvafen Fushi has revealed the latest stunning chapter in its coming-of-age, The PlayPen, The Grand Beach Pavilion.

An exquisite architectural hymn to pleasure, The PlayPen weaves fluid New York loft-style living spaces with a nostalgic neo-Parisian penchant for vintage pieces and an eclectic collection of handpicked furniture. Opened on March 20, the two-storey, 445 sqm PlayPen starts from USD 17,000++ per night for minimum five-night stays.

Upstairs, an open-plan chamber-cum-‘playroom’ features a centrepiece bed, oversized ocean view bath and wet area with steam and sauna. A panoramic west-facing balcony draws the eye over the burgundy floodlit lava-stone infinity pool and private jetty to sunsets over the house reef.

Accessed via a dramatic private courtyard, the ground floor is a fluid, unconstrained living and entertainment space. The lounge and dining area — think Bang & Olufsen sound system, plasma TVs and bottomless cocktail bar — and culinary gallery flow seamlessly out to the private deck. Daybeds, outdoor shower and a private BBQ area frame that striking infinity pool and the beach beyond.

Discerning pleasurists staying in the PlayPen arrive via a breathless dalliance with Huvafen Fushi’s dashing 45’ Italian luxury speedboat Veloce. Once ensconced in their private paradise, guests can expect to be pampered with 24/7 butler service courtesy of the resort’s signature thakurus; enjoy a sensuous massage in PEARL, Huvafen Spa’s legendary underwater treatment area, and discover a bespoke intimate gift box from Maison Mika.

Opened over a decade ago, Huvafen Fushi built a deserved reputation amongst dynamic connoisseurs, seduced by the sensuous embrace of this iconic island. Now in the arms of The Small Maldives Island Co, the perennial poise and allure of this fashionable global icon has been lovingly rekindled; reinvigorated for a new generation of sophisticates drawn irresistibly by the promise of a glamorously grown-up rendezvous.

The adults-only island’s 44 enrapturing, naturally modern villas – all with private pools – are refreshed; the famed spa resculpted and enhanced by celebrated wellness practitioners from PURE Massage to Teresa Tarmey. New culinary experiences include modern Japanese cuisine with a Latin twist at Feeling Koi and designer drinks dreamt up by mixologists from London’s PURL, complimenting the established gastronomic lineup including subterranean wine trove Vinum, alfresco Italian Forno and relaxed deck dining at Celsius.

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Earth Hour 2018: Embracing the Nature of the Maldives


This year the Crown & Champa Resorts equally participated in Earth Hour, held on Saturday March 24, 2018. The initiative sees an astounding number of participation from 185 countries and millions of people around the world turning off their lights for one hour, as a symbolic commitment towards positive environmental change.


Each Resort took part in switching off the lights between 2030 and 2130, with speeches from General Managers encouraging guests and staff alike to do their bit in supporting our initiatives.


Earth Hour Maldives 2018


Other highlights include special Candlelight dinners on the beach, especially prepared with the Earth Hour theme, fun and games around the white, sandy beaches, as well as candle lighting ceremonies of the 60+ symbol, drawn on the sand.


As the largest global demonstration of support for action on climate change, Earth Hour highlights the negative impacts on our environment while encouraging a dialogue on ways to improve our contributions to the planet’s sustainability.


Earth Hour Maldives 2018

With the theme #Connect2Earth relating to biodiversity, the Maldives is the best place to highlight the importance of our land and marine ecology.


The Maldives thrives on tourism and the pristine natural environment of the Islands, and encouraging sustainable operations and responsible practices is an integral part of Eco-conscious Hospitality and Eco-Tourism. This is in line with the values of Crown & Champa Resorts, as the leading tourism and hospitality group in the country towards preserving the natural environment.


Over the years, Crown & Champa Resorts have maintained award-winning, exemplary sustainable tourism enjoyed by all our guests, and every single contribution from guest’s counts.


Each light switched off, each tap closed, each coral left undamaged and each recycled item all go a long way towards our efforts to maintain our beautiful Islands. Together, we can make the necessary change.


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Kandima Maldives announces #KoolFriends competition with five-night holiday giveaway

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Kandima Maldives has announced a worldwide competition, giving the chance for two best friends to spend their holiday in paradise.

To participate in the#KoolFriends competition:

  1. Go to #KoolFriends tab on the left side of Kandima’s Facebook page
  2. Choose the coolest Friends picture
  3. Write a caption explaining why you guys are the two coolest friends in the world and why you should be at Kandima
  4. Agree on Terms and Conditions
  5. Click Submit
  6. Copy the URL and share it on your Facebook page and get as many of your friends and family to share the link to reel in those votes

The winner will receive a five-night holiday for two at Kandima.

Located on a lush tropical island in Dhaalu Atoll, Kandima offers a choice of 272 stylishly designed studios and villas, with 11 different categories to choose from, all of which have a private terrace and endless tropical views to enjoy.

The four-star plus resort, which opened early this year, has first class infrastructure, boasting the largest pool in
 the Maldives, tennis courts, an art studio, a marine biology school, a kids club, a game room, a library, a gym, a yoga studio and a spa. There is plenty to keep everyone occupied and the array of activities and events on offer is endless, including a huge choice of watersports, diving or snorkelling near the house reef, yoga, Zumba, bicycles, beach volleyball, petanque, arts and crafts lessons, and much more.

The island also offers one of the largest selection of F&B outlets in the country, with an incredible choice of ten restaurants and bars, all featuring unique and individual menus offering flavours of the world from Chinese and Japanese to authentic Maldivian and Mediterranean. So be it tropical or traditional, Kandima has something to suit everyone’s tastes.

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Top 5 summer destinations for families


As summer approaches, plan a family trip that goes beyond the beach. Our specialists suggest destinations for child-friendly options, from Aboriginal art and snorkeling in Australia to seeing the vast herds of the Great Migration in Kenya.

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Top 5 summer destinations for families


As summer approaches, plan a family trip that goes beyond the beach. Our specialists suggest destinations for child-friendly options, from Aboriginal art and snorkeling in Australia to seeing the vast herds of the Great Migration in Kenya.

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Malediven: Huvafen Fushi eröffnet ein neues Penthouse


Das Huvafen Fushi setzt wieder Maßstäbe für Luxus-Unter­künfte auf den Male­diven: Ab 20. März zeigt das neue, 800 Quadrat­meter große PlayPen Pent­house am Strand des Hidea­ways, wie gut der schil­lernde Style der New Yorker Upper East Side und moderne Pariser Lebensart in ein Strand­haus passen.

Gäste, die das Pent­house buchen, erwa­chen in einem erhöhten Haupt­schlaf­zimmer mit Blick auf den Ozean. Entspan­nend wird es im haus­ei­genen Dampfbad, der privaten Sauna oder im 60 Quadrat­meter großen Infi­nity-Pool aus tief­schwarzem Lava­ge­stein.


Über eine sepa­rate Treppe gelangen die Gäste in das tiefer liegende Wohn­zimmer und in den angren­zenden privaten Innenhof des Pent­house. Vervoll­stän­digt wird das exklu­sive Urlaubs­er­lebnis durch eine private Lounge, einen Unter­hal­tungs­be­reich mit Cock­tail-Bar und einem an die Villa anschlie­ßenden privaten Garten, der direkt zum Sand­strand führt.

Die Krönung des Aufent­halts in der neuen PlayPen Villa ist aber der exklu­sive Service des „Thakuru“, wie der private Butler auf den Male­diven genannt wird. Unter­stützt von einem profes­sio­nellen Team, will er den Gästen jeden Wunsch von den Lippen ablesen – ob es nun ein privates Barbecue oder ein roman­ti­sches Pick­nick am Strand ist, eine Massage im Unter­wasser-Spa oder ein Schnor­chel-Ausflug.

Das Huvafen Fushi gilt als Ikone der male­di­vi­schen Luxus­ho­tels und hat hier auch einen ganz eigenen Life­style geprägt. Im welt­weit ersten Unter­wasser-Spa tauchen die Gäste sprich­wört­lich ab und genießen ihre Anwen­dungen unter der Wasser­ober­fläche, während sich vor den Glas­wänden die tropi­schen Fische tummeln.

Ein sinn­li­ches Erlebnis sind auch die Restau­rants – vom „Celsius“, wo das Früh­stück serviert wird, über das italie­ni­sche „Forno“ bis zum japa­ni­schen „Feeling Koi“. Das neue Pent­house ist ab 17.000 US-Dollar pro Nacht bei einem Mindest­auf­ent­halt von fünf Nächten buchbar. Mehr über das Huvafen Fushi auf travel4news lesen Sie hier: Neues Design und „Adults-only“ im Huvafen Fushi. Weitere Infos sind auf zu finden.

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LUX* South Ari Atoll to host expert-led workshops with celebrated photographer Christian del Rosario


LUX* South Ari Atoll is to host a series of expert-led photography workshops with celebrated photographer Christian del Rosario.

Aimed at beginners and those who like to capture both life’s big and small moments on their smartphones or DSLRs, guests will learn the practical skills and techniques on how to make their photos vibrant and social media ready.

During two-hour workshops on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at LUX* South Ari Atoll’s Wanderlust Library, Christian will teach how to create Instagramable shots, best lighting practices, using editing apps, DSLR basics, and drone photography. Guests will be able to document the unique and vibrant scenery of the Maldives and transform standard smartphone pics into works of art.

“By the end of the workshop series, participants will have a variety of stunning images for their personal library and the knowledge of photography basics,” the resort said, in an announcement.

The Wanderlust Library at LUX* South Ari Atoll.

Christian’s passion for photography was developed as an avocation from from his corporate job in Los Angeles. In 2008, his weekend-defined hobby turned into a full-time career when he realised that one’s work should be their passion.

His world recognised clients now include the likes of the UN World Tourism Organisation, Seychelles Tourism Board, McDonald’s, Holland America, and The John Maxwell Team, amongst many others. His work has been published in Glamour Magazine, Hawaii Magazine, Ironman Magazine, Los Angeles Times, to name a few.

Christian loves the opportunity to promote travel and tourism and believes that personal growth can be achieved by experiencing various cultures. Aside from photography, Christian also has a passion for the love and protection of animals.

Cutting-edge designer villas and world-class dining can be found only a 30-minute seaplane flight away from the main Velana International Airport, making LUX* South Ari Atoll one of the most exciting resorts in the Maldives.

With 187 private villas dotted at the water’s edge along four kilometres of powder fine beach or perched on stilts above a crystal clear lagoon, these spacious pavilions and villas bring an entirely original vibe of coastal, beach house chic to the Maldives.

Excellent eating and drinking is always a cut above the rest at LUX*, and at LUX* South Ari Atoll, there is authentic South East Asian street food in the Maldives’ only over-the-water gourmet night market and world-class Chinese cuisine at East, along with the Japanese restaurant Umami, which offers live teppanyaki and dazzling selection of sakés.

While the resort has a PADI-certified dive centre, two infinity pools, a floodlit tennis court, a fitness centre and a renowned spa which hosts a wellness concierge and a menu of indulgent treatments, what sets the property apart from its neighbours are surprises, or better known as #ReasonstogoLUX. Designed to create lasting memories for guests, these ‘reasons’ can range from island-roasted coffee in Café LUX* to impromptu movie screenings at cinema paradise and the chance to hang your wishes on the Tree of Wishes.

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