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May 2018

Maldives-Holiday

Underwater Massage Experience Launches

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Have you ever wanted to spa like a mermaid? If the answer’s yes, then head to Huvafen Fushi in The Maldives where you can experience the Underwater Dream spa treatment developed by massage expert Beata Alekandrowicz, co-founder of Pure Massage Spa Training Method®.

Delivered in Huvafen Fushi’s Pearl spa area, Underwater Dream offers sensory stimulation with stillness and tranquillity using unique massage techniques based on the rhythms of the body. The treatment aims to enhance guests’ quality of sleep.

Beata Alekandrowicz explains:

“Sleep is a vital element to our health as it helps the body to balance the different systems. A good night rest has the power of recharging the body completely, bringing back physical strength, hormonal balance and a much more positive outlook.”

 The treatment is conducted with the client resting on their back, enabling them to enjoy the mesmerising underwater landscape which boasts an array of the ocean’s tropical fish and coral. The fluid massage uses smooth, flowing strokes where the therapist creates a synergy with the environment. A combination of reflexology and shiatsu techniques are used, designed to complete the energy circuit in the body and promote sleep. Massage oil used helps to rebalance the hormones and induce an advanced meditative state for guests.         Beata adds: “I am really excited about this new signature treatment at Huvafen Fushi as it combines sensorial experience, creativity and a unique result – helping guests to achieve a great night’s sleep. This obviously speaks to me because the experience of touch relates directly to these concepts.”The Huvafen Fushi spa was opened in 2004 and features the world’s first underwater spa rooms.
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Plan Your This Summer Holiday In The Maldives

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It’s summer for the rest of the world but for the little archipelago scattered across the Indian Ocean, it has always been so. Take some time off to relax and unwind in paradise, as Maldives takes you on a journey of serenity, luxury and elegance.

Explore ancient caves, overhangs and greet its multicolored residents. Dive deep into the blues with dolphins, whalesharks, manta rays and turtles. A team of experts is always at your helm and no prior experience is required. Whether you are a novice or an experienced diver, some of the most diverse and pristine diving sites welcome you here, ready to take your breath away.

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Take a day off to revitalize, rejuvenate and pamper yourself. Soothe your body, mind and soul with ancient ayurvedic treatments, Balinese massages and therapies. The world’s first underwater spa beckons you here, offering new wellness packages where schools of colorful fish swim right by as you enjoy an exfoliating massage while the tranquility of the ocean surrounds you.

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Adrenaline junkies rejoice, as plenty of options remain for you to quench your thirst. Have your pick between paddle boarding, parasailing, kayaking, fun tube, banana boat and waterskiing in world-class watersports centres. If you don’t want to get wet, glass-bottomed boats, dolphin cruises and whale watching are ways to explore Maldivian waters.

 

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Surfers of all kinds flock to the Maldives to catch the perfect wave. Boasting world-renowned surfing spots, most of them are located near the capital, often a quick speedboat ride away from the international airport. The reef chains have waves all year round, with the biggest waves occurring from June till October. While some breaks such as Pasta Point, Honky’s and Lohis are great for left footers, others such as Cokes, Jailbreaks and Sultans are ideal for right footers.

Hop aboard a cruising safari and go on a journey across the Maldives. The traditional fishing vessel, the dhoni as your home for the week, travel from one remote island to the other, taking the path less trodden. Explore pristine snorkeling spots, stop by at uninhabited islands for a swim, go on the hunt for some coconuts and have a beach barbecue set up with the catch of the day as your meal.

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From chocolate tasting rooms to homemade gelato, experimental gastronomical delights and fine wine pairings, the Maldives offers some exquisite culinary adventures. From authentic Maldivian dinner spreads with local families to grand buffets with food from across the globe, options here are endless. Be it dinner under the stars at a secluded sandbank, barbecue under the mid-afternoon sun, poolside drinks, or even a three course gourmet meal at the world’s first underwater restaurant, the venues are breathtaking.

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Sunny all year round, the Maldives offers the discerning traveller an array of options from luxury to adventure and everything in between. Together with top-notch service and second to none luxury, the glistening turquoise waters, palm fringed beaches and the tropical sun makes the Maldives the ideal summer holiday destination.

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5 Reasons to Visit Dubai in December

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The month of December in Dubai is a hive of activity, from incredible shopping festivals offering unbeatable discounts to exclusive New Year’s Eve Gala Dinners and parties. And with great weather and special offers, visiting the city over the winter months gets even sweeter. Here are our top five reasons to travel to Dubai in December:

1. Great shopping bargains

December is a fantastic time to visit Dubai. During the festive season, you’ll enjoy a host of exciting offers and promotions at boutiques, shopping malls and stores across the city. The Dubai Shopping Festival lures travellers for its incredible discounts on high-end fashion, jewellery, electronics and more. Some items marked as much as 90% off during the months of December and January! Plus, a host of promotions are held in the malls during the shopping festival where you could win all sorts of prizes, from cars to spending money.

2. The best weather

As Dubai heads into its slightly cooler season, the month of December brings with it much milder and more enjoyable weather for spending time outdoors. And with an average temperature in the high twenties, December is still pleasantly warm enough for beach and poolside lounging.  Don’t forget the sunscreen!

3. Great freebies

During the month of December – in the middle of local school holidays – Dubai’s many attractions and activities offer some fantastic offers and freebies for travellers. Enjoy discounted prices on some of the most iconic hotspots in the city. These include the Burj Khalifa experience, desert safaris, theme parks and more.

4. Christmas celebrations

In addition to the Dubai Shopping Festival, there are plenty of festive season celebrations to look forward to in December. From special Christmas Day brunches to themed afternoon teas and dinners. And because Dubai is home to over 200 different nationalities, you’ll enjoy festive meals from all over the world. Not to mention the exciting Christmas-themed festive markets at St. Regis Dubai, the Santa Shuffle bar crawl, the Great British Christmas Ball – complete with Yule log and Christmas pudding – and the Dubai Winter Festival, the largest weekend of festive fun in Dubai!

Souk Madinat Jumeirah has a special winter wonderland theme set up with snowball fights for the kids, a cookie garden and roasted chestnuts. You’ll feel as though you’re enjoying a white Christmas even when the sun is shining. Our favourite? Atlantis, the Palm holds special Santa workshops and even gets visits from Father Christmas himself.

5. New Year’s Eve extravaganzas

Atlantis, the Palm is one of the best places to spend New Year’s Eve. Hordes of fireworks, delicious feasts and live entertainment keep you entertained well into the new year. The world-famous Under the Stars Gala Dinner held on the beach is an unparalleled celebration with champagne, canapés and live music. Plus there’s even a special Under the Sea area for little ones complete with a jumping castle and outdoor cinema. The Atlantis Royal Gala is highly sought after and tickets are booked up well in advance.

Where else? Jumeirah Zabeel Saray hosts some world-class New Year’s Eve celebrations and At.mosphere on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa has two dining options, including entertainment by a violinist and illusionist. There are also special NYE cruises where you can watch Dubai’s famous fireworks from the water.

There are so many reasons to visit Dubai in December. Looking for a great deal? Browse our Dubai hotel offers in December.

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[Watch]Six Senses Laamu Maldives | Luxurious Resort

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Six Senses Laamu Maldives

5 star resort located in Laamu Atoll, 50 minutes domestic flights from Male International Airport to Kadhdhoo Airport.
* 4 Restaurants On Site
* Designated Smoking Area
* Air Conditioning
* Souvenir/Gift Shop
* Safe
* Non-smoking Rooms
* Room Service
* Free Wifi
* Health & Wellness Facilities

==>US$1,053 per night for two adults, low season price (online) more info.

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NOSTALGIA: THE MALDIVES THAT USED TO BE

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Nika Island Resort & Spa is a milestone in the hospitality industry of the country. The resort has been pioneering the concept of tourism for more than 30 years, instilling and spreading Italian culture in Ari Atoll.

Nika Island Resort & Spa является важной вехой в индустрии гостеприимства в стране. Отель является новаторской концепцией туризма более 30 лет, прививая и распространяя итальянскую культуру в Атолле Ари.

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A.A. Kudafolhudhu turned into a resort back in 1983: since its inception, the philosophy and values that shaped this unique boutique-hotel are the same: privacy, natural sophistication and local heritage.

А.А. Кудафолхудху превратился в курорт еще в 1983 году: с момента его создания, философия и ценности, сформировавшие этот уникальный бутик-отель, были такими же: конфиденциальность, естественная утонченность и наследие местной культуры.

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All the villas have been built according to the traditional Maldivian architectural style: being one of the first hotels built in the country, everything on the island has been built using coral blocks, coconut wood and palm leaves.

Все виллы построены в соответствии с традиционным мальдивским архитектурным стилем: будучи одним из первых отелей в стране, все на острове построено с использованием коралловых блоков, кокосовых пальм и пальмовых листьев.

A collection of antiques and unique Maldivian pieces of art decorate the interiors of all the villas.

Коллекция антиквариата и уникальные мальдивские произведения искусства украшают интерьеры всех вилл.

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“We believe in aesthetics and culture” says Edo.“We consider Nika an ideal place where Italian traditions and culture meet the local heritage: we are the Maldives that used to be”. The aficionadosof this unique boutique hotel knows how much we have been investing into preserving and maintaining a strong Maldivian identity here, at Nika”

«Мы верим в эстетику и культуру, – говорит Эдо. «Мы считаем Нику идеальным местом, где итальянские традиции и культура сочетаются с местным наследием: это – Мальдивы, какими они были раньше». Постоянные гости этого уникального бутик-отеля знают, сколько мы инвестируем в сохранение и поддержание сильной мальдивской идентичности здесь, в Ника ”

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Edoardo Caccin – General Manager of the Nika Island Resort & Spa Maldives / Эдоардо Качин – Главный Управляющий Nika Island Resort & Spa

Nika promoted a special night called “Nostalgia: the Maldives that used to be”: an event that gathered not only the guests spending their stay at this unique boutique hotel, but also the representatives of the neighbouring local islands (Mathiveri and Bodufolhudhoo) and the GMs of the main Resorts and Guest-Houses in Ari Atoll.

Nika провела специальный вечер под названием «Ностальгия: Мальдивы, какими они были раньше»: мероприятие, которое собрало не только гостей этого уникальном бутик-отеля, но и представителей соседних местных островов (Mathiveri и Bodufolhudhoo) и управляющих основных резортов и гостевых домов в Атолле Ари.

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Edoardo Caccin opened the show declaring: “Nika believes in culture. We are convinced that it is a powerful driver for development, with community-wide social, economic impacts, not only for the resort but also for the entire community living in our beautiful Atoll”.

Edoardo stressed that “culture has a transformative power on existing development approaches, helping to broaden the terms of the current development of our operations and to make development much more relevant to the needs of our guests and of the community; Cultural heritage, cultural and creative industries, can serve as strategic tools for creating a complete experience for our guests and for all the people visiting and residing in our beautiful Island”.

Эдоардо Качин открыл вечер, объявив: «Ника верит в культуру. Мы убеждены, что это мощный стимул для развития с социальными и экономическими последствиями для всего сообщества не только для курорта, но и для всего сообщества, живущего в нашем прекрасном атолле».

Эдоардо подчеркнул, что «культура имеет преобразующую силу в существующих подходах к развитию, помогая расширить условия текущих операций и сделать развитие более актуальным для нужд наших гостей и сообщества; Культурное наследие, культурная и творческая индустрия могут служить стратегическими инструментами для создания полноценногого опыта для наших гостей и для всех людей, посещающих и проживающих на нашем прекрасном острове».

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The event totally focused on the (almost) lost tradition of Stone Carving.

Mohamed Imran is a talented Maldivian artist residing in Male who masters the techniques of stone-carving. During the event, he explained to the crowd the importance of this art for the country, and what he’s currently doing to revamp local heritage.
An exhibition with a selection of hand-made artifacts carved on a variety of materials allowed Nika’s guests to discover a centuries-old tradition that is fading away and slowly disappearing.

Both Edoardo Caccin and Imran agreed that “revamping the country’s heritage is not a commercial strategy, it is a moral obligation”.

Мероприятие полностью сосредоточилось на (почти) утраченной традиции резьбы по камню.

Мохамед Имран – талантливый мальдивский художник, проживающий в Мале, который овладевает техникой каменной резьбы. Во время мероприятия он объяснил зрителям важность этого искусства для страны и то, что он сейчас делает, чтобы обновить местное наследие.

Выставка с множеством рукотворных артефактов, вырезанных на разнообразных материалах, позволила гостям Ники открыть многовековую традицию, которая угасает и медленно исчезает.

И Эдоардо, и Имран согласились с тем, что «перестройка наследия страны не является коммерческой стратегией, это моральное обязательство».

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The artist Mohamed Imran / Художник Мохамед Имран

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The day after the show, Nika promoted a tailor-made workshop, involving all the children and encouraging them to carve small fragments of stone.

На следующий день после шоу Ника организовала специализированную мастерскую с участием всех детей, обучая их вырезать небольшие фрагменты из камня.

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Nika Island is a perfect example of a boutique hotel that breaks the dynamics of big international brands that are reshaping the Maldivian hospitality industry. Nika is a heady mix of Italian lifestyle and Maldivian traditions: a unique platform where heritage and natural beauty meet together. “A thing of beauty” that should be experienced at least once in a lifetime.

Остров Ника – прекрасный пример бутик-отеля, который нарушает динамику крупных международных брендов, которые меняют малдивскую гостиничную индустрию. Nika – это хитрое сочетание итальянского образа жизни и мальдивских традиций: уникальная площадка, где встречаются наследие и природная красота. «Нечто прекрасное», что нужно испытать хотя бы раз в жизни.

photos of the Nostalgia event by: Ahmed Razeen

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[Watch] One&Only Reethi Rah Maldives

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One & Only Reethi Rah Maldives

List of Resort Close in Male Airport.
Cheap Water Villas

DISTANCE FROM MALE: 40km; 50 minutes from Malé International Airport via speedboat
STANDOUT FEATURE: The area around One & Only Reethi Rah boasts six kilometres of private coastline including 12 pristine beaches and over 2,000 species of fish living in the local coral reefs. Come and explore the otherworldly reefs, wrecks and drop-offs below the islands turquoise waves.

Video Credit: One & Only Resort

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Fushifaru launches ‘Maldivian Mind, Body & Soul’ with all-women Maldivian guru’s

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February, 2018 – Fushifaru Maldives is partnering with some of the Maldives leading female wellness and creative figures to launch its wellness programme Maldivian Mind, Body & Soul this Spring 2018 onwards. Strength training, mindful yoga and colour therapy will be the core principles of the programme led by Kai, Iman Rasheed and Shifana Mufeed respectively.

From left to right: Kai, Shifana and Iman Rashd

Having searched far and wide across the Maldives’ 1190 islands, Fushifaru’s Maldivian Mind, Body & Soul with Kai, Iman and Shifana will feature their signature brand of fitness and wellbeing, to encourage guests to take a break from technology and to return the focus back to themselves, while showcasing Fushifaru’s ongoing commitment to bringing local Maldivian talent to the forefront of guest experiences.

Located on the far North East border of Faadhippolhu Atoll – more popularly known as Lhaviyani Atoll, the exquisite island of Fushifaru is home to an extraordinary landscape above and below the waterline. With ‘Fushi’ meaning ‘island’ and ‘Faru’ meaning ‘reef’ in the local Dhivehi language, the island is the perfect getaway for a digital detox and a little soul searching.

Mind – Colour Therapy with Iman Rasheed

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Having graduated with Honours in Graphic Design and receiving her Masters in Fine Arts from the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco, Iman thrives on finding the bright and colourful in life’s simple things. The Maldives is the perfect drawing board to find inspiration with its natural vivid colours and incredible wildlife and Iman will be introducing her Colour Therapy to Heylhi Spa with experiences such as ‘Mindful Drawing’, a silent treatment that involves observing the island’s natural patterns, textures and details, whether it be a seashell or coconut husk, and depicting it in whatever random representation the participant feels fit using a number of different tools such as paint, markers and pens. Iman will also be leading sessions of ‘Observation Drawing’ and ‘Watercolour Techniques’, where guests will be encouraged to take pleasure in the therapeutic practice of focusing on the elements of nature to create their own artwork. In doing so, guests delve in deep to explore their own natural creativity and create unique momentos of their Maldives holiday as well as something to hang on their wall when they return home, to forever remind them of the colours and textures they saw at Fushifaru.

Body – Strength Training with Kai

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A famous Maldivian wellness figure, renowned for her strength training retreats is Kai, who will be creating a routine especially for guests at Fushifaru that will include a combination of Muay Thai, Boxing, HIIT, and Core Conditioning. Kai will also be available to guests focusing on targeted areas such as rehabilitation and pre and post pregnancy conditioning. A certified trainer for over ten years, Kai has participated in various sporting events, boot camps and retreats around the world, including running a marathon barefoot in Athens. Kai is looking forward to meeting Fushifaru guests barefoot on the much softer sandy terrain of the island.

Soul – Yoga and Dancing with Shifana Mufeed

Shifana will be bringing her dynamic aerial yoga, island dancing and mindfulness yoga to the vast beaches of Fushifaru, as guests will discover hidden corners of the island while flexing both their muscles and mind through her effective practice methods. A certified instructor and personal trainer, Shifana has brought her retreats to as far as Goa and Indonesia and looks forward to spending time at Fushifaru to help guests reap the benefits of doing yoga and dance in such a naturally beautiful setting, feeling the unparalleled feeling of sandy toes and sea breeze on warm skin.
To complement the retreats, Fushifaru’s culinary maestro, Chef Fatheen will be whipping out healthy menus and raw juices to fuel that burn and feed the soul. Look forward to infused coconut water, freshly caught Maldivian Yellow Fin Tuna seared to perfection and other signature dishes.

Shifana Mufeed

A champion of local experiences, Fushifaru also offers a glimpse into island living and local culture. Only a 20-minute speedboat ride away is the atoll’s capital island, Naifaru. For the last five years, Naifaru has been home to the atoll’s turtle conservation programme, championing numerous social and sustainability volunteer activities. An 18-minute speedboat ride will take you to Felivaru where one of the Maldives largest fish canning factories is located. The island of Hinnavaru is also just a 15-minute speedboat ride away, offering an immersive experience of local island life.

With 49 beach and water villas that exude luxurious coziness with carefully selected amenities, choose from 18 beach villas with private plunge pools, 26 beach villas and 5 water villas. Each features stunning outdoor bathrooms, large outdoor decking, 43” IPTV, Egyptian-cotton linen and 24-hour personalised Resident service.

Fushifaru’s Maldivian Mind, Body & Soul package starts from:-
• US$3192 for three nights at double occupancy and includes a daily one hour session with one Guru, a 60 minute spa treatment, a daily detox juice and a healthy set dinner menu at Raakani Grill.
• US$5583 for five nights at double occupancy and includes a daily one hour session with one Guru, three 60 minute spa treatments, a daily detox juice and a healthy set dinner menu at Raakani Grill.

Seaplane transfers are additional. Prices are subject to change.

Please contact Reservations at [email protected] for more information or log on to www.fushifaru.com. Alternatively, keep up to date on Facebook or @fushifaru on Instagram and Twitter for daily updates.

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Kooddoo Airport | IATA: GKK | ICAO: VRMO

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Kooddoo Airport | IATA: GKK ICAO: VRMO situated at the island of Kooddo part of Gaafu Alif Atoll. A domestic airport that own by Bonavista (Maldives) Pvt. Ltd. and operated by Island Aviation Services. It was opened on 10 September 2012 by the President Mohamed Waheed Hassan.

Kooddoo Airport

Airlines and Destination

Airline
Destination

Maldivian
Gan, Kadhdhoo, Male

Kooddoo Airport Flight Schedule

Check:List of Maldives Airports

Budget Accommodation near in Kooddoo Airport

Pearl Beach View


Free wifi, private beach and onsite restaurant and more that Pearl beach view can offer to their guest. One of the best and affordable accommodation near by the airport. Each room here will provide you with air conditioning, a minibar and a seating area. Complete with a refrigerator, the dining area also has an electric kettle and a dining table. Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with free toiletries. A garden view from the room that make you more relax.
==>US$55 per night per two pax/ low season rate(online price) more info.

Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort


30m from the airport. Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort a four star resort offers a best deal of comfort. Guest can enjoy the taste of their delicious foods serves in there 2 on-site restaurant, Alita Restaurant international foods: open for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, A la carte and buffet Menu | Vistas international foods, open for Lunch, Dinner, Cocktail hour, À la carte Menu. The exciting Watersports such as snorkeling, sailing, kayaking are available to all guests free of charge. Motorized water sports such as jet skis and fun tubes are also available.

This property is recommended by couple travelers.
==>US$224 per night in low season for two pax,(online rate) for booking.

Things to do in the Gaafu Alif Atoll

  • Scuba Diving:
  • Island Picnic
  • Fishing,;
  • snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Water sports (motorized and nonmotorized)

Things to do in the Maldives.

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Velana international airport flight schedule

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Real time flight schedule of Velana International airport (Male International Airport).

Velana international airport is the main airport in the Maldives. This Airport situated at the island of Hulhumale, 15mins ferry ride from the main city (capital city, Male) of the Maldives.

Ibrahim Nasir International Airport the previous name of Velana airport and also known as Male airport. The airport terminal is very much associated with significant air terminals around the globe, for the most part filling in as the primary portal into the Maldives for voyagers.

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Velana international Airport small illustration at near departure entrance.

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Domestic and international Entrance.

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Entrance lobby.

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International departure Entrance.

Departure and Arrival flight schedule in Velana Airport.

There are twenty plus airline working in this airport. Now, this airport a little bit busy, so, the Maldives airport company and aviation requesting all the passenger must be their 3 or 4hours prior to departure time for all international flights.

The List of Airport in the Maldives international and domestic.
Maldives located in the world with full map, island resorts located, name of atolls.
Traditional dress in the Maldives

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Kadhdhoo Airport (IATA CODE: KDO | ICAO: VRMK)

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Kadhdhoo Airport (IATA CODE: KDO | ICAO: VRMK), situated in the island of Kadhdhoo in Laamu Atoll, Maldives. 4 ft / 1.2 m airport elevation from the sea level, with the length of 1,220 meters (4,003 feet). This domestic airport operated by the Maldives Airports Co. THe Airport apron is 105 m x 22 m. Short take-off and landing aircraft whose maximum weight does not exceed 5700 kg can be accommodated.

Airlines and Destination

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Destination

Maldivian Airline
Gan, Male, Kaadedhdhoo, Kooddoo Airport

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Gan, Male, Kaadedhdhoo, Kooddoo Airport, Dharavandhoo Airport, Maamigili Airport

Kadhdhoo Airport Flight Schedule

Check:List of Maldives airports

Budget Accommodation near in Kadhdhoo Airport

Reveries Diving Village, Maldives


A 3 star hotel, 9.1km away from the airport 10 minutes rides to the property. Tastefully decorated, rooms come with soothing colour tones and modern interiors. Each unit is well equipped with a flat-screen TV, seating area and offers sweeping views of the sea. Guest can enjoy in their numbers of water sports activities. It is recommended for budget couple traveler
==>US$58.40 per night for 2 person, low season rate(online) more info.

Also CheckBudget Resorts Near in Male Airport

Mo Hotel


1 onsite restaurant open for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Menu: Buffet & À La Carte, international dish. 6.3km from the airport, 3 star hotel offers a budget accommodation in Laamu atoll. Each room at this guest house is air-conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Certain rooms feature views of the pool or garden. All rooms include a private bathroom. Two minutes walk to the beach. Free wifi with in the property.
==>US$59 per night for 2, low season (online rate) more info.

Six Senses Laamu


It is one of the top choice resort near in the airport of Kadhdhoo. The four star resort “Six senses Laamu Resort” offers a luxury deluxe beach hotel situated in the island of Olhuveli, in the Laamu Atoll in the south part of the Maldives archipelago, 15 minutes speedboat ride from the airport. Beautifully designed, air-conditioned villas feature an outdoor bathroom with rainshower where guests can shower under the stars. Private day beds and sunloungers lets guests enjoy the Maldivian sun from the comfort of the villas. Rooms offer electric kettle, slippers and dental kit.
==>US$1,053 per night for two adults, low season price (online) more info.

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BAA ATOLL FESTIVAL 2018

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ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE BAA ATOLL SUMMER FESTIVAL IN MALDIVES –
6 RESORTS, 14 DAYS, ONE EVENT!

Summer is coming and what better way to welcome our guests than joining forces with other resorts in Baa Atoll to offer our best, as a destination?

            

With this thought in mind, resorts namely – Soneva Fushi, Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, Dusit Thani, Amilla Fushi, Vakkaru Maldives and Finolhu, all located in Baa Atoll have come together to celebrate the Summer Festival with a bang in Baa Atoll calling it the “Baa Atoll Summer Festival 2018”. This first ever and one-of-its-kind festival will be held from 20th July to 3rd August 2018, bringing the best each resort has to offer in the dining scene. Guests from each resort will have the opportunity to experience the varied cuisines Baa Atoll has to offer as a destination, on dedicated nights. This will give them a taste of our creativity and service, with a chance to explore other islands during their stay. 

As per MATATO (Maldives Association of Travel Agents & Tour Operators), Destination Marketing is the new trend Maldives is aiming for. Stats show that the tourism industry has welcomed more than 1.3 million tourists in 2017 and this number will grow for the market this year and in the years to come.

 “The Baa Atoll Festival is a brilliant concept and opportunity, and hopefully becomes an annual event that resorts and guests look forward to. And I hope this festival will be marketed to tourists around the world through all these resorts PR channels”, says MATATO President Abdulla Ghiyas.

On Wednesday, 9th May 2018, all participating resorts came together in Soneva Fushi Sandbank to bring this festival to light with an official announcement during a gathering with Chefs, Marine Biologists and the leaders.

The Baa Atoll Festival will officially launch on Friday, 20th July 2018, with a cocktail event in each of the resorts where the teams will celebrate with their guests the opening night. From Saturday, 21st July, each resort will welcome the guests from other resorts with a special set menu for dinner in their featured dining restaurant, for two consecutive weeks on a designated night.

This gives the resort the opportunity to showcase its ‘Dining Scene’ to the guests of the resort itself and those visiting from the other islands for dinner, transportation will be organized by the respective resorts to the featured resort on a daily basis, for a minimum charge of $25++ per person. If the guests would like to repeat their experience in a specific resort, then special arrangements will be made to accommodate the same. Each resort will present a set menu for $120++ per person on food with a special menu for kids. Therefore the price of the menu in each featured restaurant will remain the same. This is compiled with an aim to create an experience for the guests as the talented chefs unveil their dishes.

This destination dining concept aims to tantalize the taste buds of our guests in all participating resorts and make Baa Atoll location  in Maldives a ‘must visit’ Atoll during summer. Moreover, during this summer festival, each resort will offer a calendar of activities to keep the entire family entertained, from water sports to kids’ activities and more. It is fun time for all!

The team have come together to show the strength in the form of a dedicated website and social media account that will be constantly updated with beach activities, events and water experiences. With this first ever event, Baa Atoll destination has created a benchmark for itself and aims to be more creative in the years to come with the support of Maldives Media.

The Baa Atoll Festival closing ceremony will once again bring the teams together in celebration, on a Sandbank for a Catamaran Regatta competition on Sunday, 3rd August 2018.

Schedule for the Baa Atoll Festival 2018:

  • Saturday, 21st July & 28th July: Amilla Fushi
  • Sunday, 22nd July & 29th July: Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
  • Monday, 23rd July & 30th July: Finolhu
  • Tuesday, 24th July & 31st July: Dusit Thani
  • Wednesday, 25th July & 1st August: Soneva Fushi
  • Thursday, 26th July & 2nd August: Vakkaru Maldives

Visit: www.baaatollfestival.com for more information and follow us on Instagram: @Baa_Atoll_Festival

# SummerFestival #DineAroundinBaa #TourDeBaa #ItsBetterInBaa #DineAround

For any media enquiries, please contact:

Brinda Hora, Director of Communications

Amilla Fushi & Finolhu Resorts

The Small Maldives Island Co

brinda@tsmic.mv

+960 7922 343

About the resorts and participating restaurants:

Soneva Fushi (resort):

The original Soneva. The No News, No Shoes blueprint for all desert island barefoot luxury hideaways, located within the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Maldives. Soneva Fushi inspires the imagination with 61 spacious beachfront villas, ranging in size from one to nine bedrooms, hidden among dense foliage.

Out of the Blue (participating restaurant): Once Upon a Table, which opened in May 2018, is one of the five new outlets in Soneva Fushi’s ‘Out of the Blue’ dining complex; a two-storey overwater structure with beautiful views of the sunset. A culinary theatre showcasing some of the biggest names in fine dining, Once Upon a Table’s horseshoe shaped table seats just eight diners for an intimate dining experience. In 2018, more than 30 of the world’s top chefs, most with one or two Michelin stars, will cook at the outlet.

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru (resort):

Combining innovation, wellness and conservation, Landaa Giraavaru is a 44-acre wonderland of pristine tropical beauty in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Exotic jungle greenery is flanked by immaculate white beaches and one of the Maldives’ largest natural lagoons.

 Blu (participating restaurant): Overlooking a 1.2 mile lagoon, Blu embraces the essence of the Maldives as the place where the ocean meets the sky. This contemporary Italian restaurant serves light Mediterranean fare during the day and offers a fine dining experience in the evening, serving up vibrant dishes with a Southern Italian accent.

 

Dusit Thani (resort):

Dusit Thani Maldives blends graceful Thai hospitality with the unparalleled luxury setting of The Maldives, encircled by white sandy beaches and a stunning 360-degree house reef full of marine life.

Benjarong (Participating restaurant): Benjarong, the signature overwater Thai restaurant, takes diners to the Land of Smiles with authentic delicacies bringing Royal Thai cuisine to Baa Atoll.

Amilla Fushi (resort):

The name itself translates to ‘island home’ – effortlessly welcoming in the most idyllic ways. A comfortably elegant retreat in the UNESCO Biosphere of Baa Atoll, Amilla Fushi stands apart from the crowd with its minimalist white villas and its appreciation for the avant-garde.

Feeling Koi (participating restaurant): Crystal waters lap below Amilla Fushi’s signature restaurant. Japanese minimalism on an open deck, chefs performing in a theatre kitchen – culinary magic with exquisite presentation. Izakaya-style dining comes to life with openhearted service and shared ‘tapas’ plates. Umami works of art in a spectacular setting. Downstairs, a lounge bar for post-dinner drinks. Smooth sounds from the DJ, moon reflecting off the seas.

Vakkaru Maldives (resort):

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.

ONU (participating restaurant): ONU means Bamboo in Dhivehi. An elegant bamboo fashioned culinary theatre within a tropical plantation offering a dining experience inside and out, seasoned with a tropical ambiance, idolising the finest from our organic farm. A designed space with showcase kitchen, counter dining, garden pavilions and lounge areas.

Finolhu (resort):

Where do the cool cats go to catch some rays? Finolhu, of course. Let us clue you in on what’s shakin’ at the grooviest resort in the Maldives. Whether you want to be thrilled or be chilled, tune in or tune out, Finolhu’s your bag, baby. Welcome to the Grooviest Island in the Maldives.

Kanusan (Participating restaurant): Kanusan’s deck dips you into a dazzling dining experience.  Whet your whistle on classic favourites such as Mandarin roasted duck and larb gai – with a refreshing Kanusan twist. Kanusan features a totally fresh overwater bar area and two dining areas. There’s a chilled indoor dining space, and an open lower deck which provides the archetypal Maldivian experience of being surrounded by the sights and sounds of the sea.

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MALDIVIAN NIGHT IN MUMBAI ATTRACTS THE INDIAN TRAVEL MARKET

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With a target to attract 100,000 tourists from India, MATATO steps up destination marketing efforts with an Exclusive Destination showcase for Maldives in Mumbai.

05th May 2018, Mumbai, India; A destination showcase for Maldives is hosted in Mumbai, India, on Friday, 11th May 2018, branded as Maldivian Night, organized by Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators MATATO. More than 200 travel professionals from the two countries attended this exclusive event, hosted at the Four Seasons, Mumbai. This event was organized as part of the ongoing campaign by MATATO to attract 100,000 tourists form India in 2018.

Maldivian Night was presented in part as a business networking event, where Maldivian hoteliers and Travel agents had the opportunity to meet and conduct business with more than 150 prominent travel agents and tour operators from India. 08 Maldivian companies took part in the business networking event concluded with an entertainment evening, to promote and feature Maldives and was joined by Indian media representatives from International travel brands based in Mumbai.

Maldives attracted 83,019 tourists from India in 2017 which 24% growth from previous year. India has become a bigger source market to Maldives than more tradition markets like Switzerland, Russia, Japan, Korea. To keep the momentum on this growth, MATATO took part in 5 travel trade shows in India in the last two years.

SATTE India – February 2016

BITB New Delhi, India – October 2016

SATTE India – February 2017

India International Travel Mart (IITM) Bangalore, India – July 2017 SATTE India – January 2018

MATATO also recently organized a roadshow in India. The roadshow was in partnership with OTR in three cities in India – Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi from 19 – 22 March 2018.The association has also been working closely with the Embassy of India in the Maldives to promote Maldives in India. The association has also engaged with a PR firm in India for various publicity and promotions.

“We are really excited about having stepped up Destination Marketing efforts this year. And we look forward to continuing on this branding of events at major travel markets for Maldives. This is year so far we have been very loud in our marketing activities in Asia Pacific region especially in India” Said Abdulla Ghiyaz Riyaz, President of MATATO.

In addition MATATO enjoys a strong partnership with The Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) . The Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) was established in 1986. It is a dynamic organization that guides the travel industry in India. TAFI’s membership today comprises of 1400 Active, Associate, Allied and Affiliate members from all over India. MATATO is working closely in promoting Maldives to Indian travel agents and tour operators with a more aggressive outreach campaign.

The association targets to reach 100,000 tourists from India by end of 2018 thus working closely with various stakeholders to reach this target especially Ministry of Tourism and MMPRC. The association also believes India has the potential to become the number one source market for Maldives in the next five years.

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International Festival of Modern Magic in Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa

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Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa is excited to announce that they will host the spellbinding Villingili International Festival of Modern Magic on their enchanted island. The first of its kind in the Maldives, the festival will take place in July 2018 and will see five world renowned magicians take residency at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa. For adults and young guests alike, the month will see the magicians perform two shows per week on Villingili’s sparkling sands as well as daily close up magic at guests’ dining tables where sleight of hand will take centre stage.

Located in the Maldives’ southernmost atoll, with only the Indian Ocean separating the island from Antarctica, there is certainly something magical about a private island resort situated quite literally on the edge of the world. During the 1– 31 July 2018, five magicians are set to enhance the resort’s beautifully ethereal atmosphere through a range of traditional showstopper tricks and more unusual modern illusions and mentalism that will blow guests’ mind away. Throughout Villingili’s magic month, guests will be able to enjoy daily close up magic performances at all restaurants across the resort as well as a magic show twice a week, with all magicians coming together for a mesmerizing performance. A special “Magic Box” dinner will be available as part of the resort’s exclusive Dine By Design programme, which sees expert chefs curate meals served in special locations around the island. The “Magic Box” dinner will centre on innovative food illusions and delicious gastronomic surprises served in unusual and creative forms. Moreover, guests will be treated to a transforming spa treatment working magic on their skin and wellbeing, at CHI, the Spa, a secluded sanctuary with its own spa village within the resort. The treatment is using warm Dosha pacifying Ayurvedic herbal oils, known for their super healing powers that have a soothing effect on the body and mind, and release all toxins and stress.

As the first hotel in the Maldives to host a magic festival, Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa is set to bring a whole new meaning to magical Maldivian service this summer. The resort has positioned itself as the perfect destination for families on the lookout for once-in-a-lifetime experiences with an extra magical touch this July. Against the sparkling backdrop of the turquoise Indian Ocean waters, younger guests will be able to learn the basics of magic within the hotel’s award-winning Kid’s Club and later dazzle their parents with their new found skill as the sun sets.

Each of the five magicians are specialists in their own particular field of magic, thereby ensuring that the festival has a wide range of different types of trickeries, illusions and sorcery:

‘The Conjurer’ Duc Nhien
Nhien has been passionate about the art of magic and puzzles since he was 13 years old. In 1981 he became the Belgian champion of the Rubik’s cube, which later gave him inspiration for his unique creation ‘Pixism’. Since then the internationally renowned trickster has published a plethora of French educational videos on ‘Virtual Magic’ and various articles in America’s top selling magician magazines “Magic” and “Genii”. Originally from Belgium, Nhien is the number one magician in his home country and boasts the prestigious title “Master Magician”. Another one of his talents are portraits which sees Nhien use only scissors to create sough-after silhouettes leading him to be nicknamed “The Magician Profiler”.

‘The Trickster’ Antoine Leroux
Leroux specialises in the vastly popular magic of proximity, otherwise known as close up magic. He honed his skills in France working at private parties and events where he impressed guests with his mind-blowing tricks right before their very eyes. Leroux’s experience and professionalism make him one of the most requested magicians in France and will be an enchanting addition to the island of Villingili.

‘The Mindreader’ Frank Truong
Known for co-starring in the popular French television show “La grande illusion”, Truong is regularly employed by prestigious brands and is highly-regarded within the magic circle. Truong specialises in reading people’s minds often leaving audiences speechless with his predications. In 2016, Truong participated in “France’s Got Talent” where he seduced the country and the judges with his humour and charisma reaching the live semi-finals. Since then, Truong has been travelling through France demonstrating the art of mentalism through his show “You Think So I Know” which is met with continuous success.

‘The Digitalist’ Sebastian Camersini
Camersini is also a magician on the French television show “La Grande Illusion”. He has perfected the art of digital magic and is without a doubt one of the most skilful digital magicians on the planet. Camersini works exclusively with the most prestigious members of the magic circle and it known for his elegance and charm when performing.

‘The Magician’ Vincent Bruneau dit Senzo
Vincent’s passion for magic and new technologies led him to found Magency, the first company to offer a collaborative digital solution to engage participants in seminars, conventions, training and meetings. Vincent cites magic and the art of stage as the inspiration behind Magency in which he emphasises the importance of companies engaging their employees from an emotional and human angle. Vincent is also a pioneer of digital magic in France. He creates all of the effects for “La Grande Illusion” show and manages a range of magicians, specialising in the customization of effects.

The resort will also provide a magic wand to all its guests as a form of memorabilia from the festival.

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Maldives chefs recognised as ‘Most Promising Talent’ at Asian Pastry Cup 2018

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A three-member team from the Maldives has been recognised as the “Most Promising Talent” at the Asian Pastry Cup 2018.

In a first for the Maldives culinary industry, Chef Aminath Hameed from Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Chef Ibrahim Fareed from Soneva Fushi and Chef Indra Kumar Limbu from Hulhulé Island Hotel (HIH) participated in the event, held from April 24 to 25 at the Singapore Expo during Food and Hotel Asia 2018.

Their participation was sponsored by leading resort supplier Bestbuy Maldives (BBM) and Maldives Exhibition and Conference Services (MECS).

“Congratulations to our chefs who recently participated in the Asian Pastry Cup 2018 and were named the Most Promising Talent after competing with over 12 countries. We are delighted regarding this achievement and will keep on supporting the promising Maldivian Culinary Industry,” Mohamed Mazloom, Director at CEO of BBM, was quoted in a statement, as saying.

The Maldives team competed alongside Asian culinary giants like Australia, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, China, India, Taiwan, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Syria in an eight-hour-long competition, which saw the preparation and presentation of a chocolate showpiece, a sugar showpiece, 18 plated desserts and two chocolate pastries by each team.

The chefs from Maldives were awarded the Most Promising Talent award by a jury comprising the likes of Gabriel Paillasson, President D’honneur of World Pastry Cup; Philippe Rigollot, World Champion and International President at World Pastry Cup; and Jean-Francois Arnaud, Asia President at World Pastry Cup.

“We are extremely proud to be in partnership with BBM to allow the talented chefs in the Maldives to participate in the Asian Pastry Cup 2018. It truly was a delight to witness our Chefs receive the ‘Most Promising Talent’ at such a renowned competition,” Husnie Rauf, General Manager of MECS, said.

The Asian Pastry Cup is a competition held in the same format as World Pastry Cup, one of the most prestigious culinary competitions for pastry chefs. Each team consists of three individuals – two of which will create the showpieces, chocolate cakes and plated desserts, and a jury member who will be part of the judging, which is led by the founder of the World Pastry Cup Gabriel Paillasson.

Associated with the “Club Coupe du Monde”, the Asian Pastry Cup is the official selective platform in Asia to the World Pastry Cup in Lyon. The Asian Pastry Cup aims to:

  • Ignite creativity and interest in culinary art,
  • Raise the status of the pastry industry in the region,
  • Provide a platform for communication and education for pastry enthusiasts in Asia; and,
  • Promote the best Asian Pastry Chef of the year from the region.

BBM together with MECS, the organisers of the the annual Hotel Asia Exhibition and International Culinary Challenge, believe in invigorating the skills of the local chefs and improving the Maldivian culinary industry, and have taken this initiative to sponsor the team at the Asian Pastry Cup for the very first time. Apart from this, they have sponsored local chefs to various other competitions in Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong.

BBM and MECS also take a very keen interest to impart knowledge, skills and latest techniques to the chefs in the island nation, and has conducted a series of Masterclass Workshops of the topmost figures in the global culinary industry such as award-winning Michelin-starred chefs, Bocuse d’Or winners, Culinary Olympic Champions and professors in gastronomy just to name a few.

A special training programme was recently conducted at the Hulhulé Island Hotel from March 9 to 12 by award-winning Pastry Chef Leslie Teong and world-renowned Chef Alan Palmer. The four-day training camp exposed Maldivian chefs to the latest techniques and methods of pastry.

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Kandima Maldives appoints Anna Karas as Marketing Communication, PR Director

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Kandima Maldives has appointed Anna Karas as the Director of Marketing Communication and PR.

With a significant experience as a public relations and media professional, Anna will lead Kandima Maldives’ PR practice. She will be responsible for managing media relations, marketing, advertising and lifestyle partnerships of the 272-villa resort.

Within over 10 years of hospitality experience from the Maldives and Middle East, the Polish national brings with her extraordinary experience garnered from top hospitality brands, namely Waldorf Astoria, Anantara Hotels and Resorts, Warwick Hotels and Resorts, and W Hotels.

Anna likes diving, photography, graphic design and painting.

Sanjay Maniku, the new hospitality group Pulse Hotels and Resorts’ Managing Director, says: “We are delighted to appoint these two exceptional individuals [new General Manager Brett Castleman and new PR director Anna Karas], and for Brett Castleman to oversee our latest project in Maldives. I’m confident that Brett and Anna will add a new dimension to the guest experience at Kandima Maldives and contribute in achieving our group-wide targets with passion and style.”

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 just over a year ago, 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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Gili Lankanfushi announces spa specials for Mother’s Day

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Gili Lankanfushi has announced a range of special offers for Mother’s Day, allowing guests to pamper their mother with a blissful and rejuvenating experience at the spa.

The Spa Indulgence offer costs USD 235, and includes:

  • 60 minutes Meera signature massage or your preference.
  • 30 minutes Scrub Enhancer (Body exfoliation)
  • 30 minutes Express calm facial

The Pure Bliss offer is priced at USD 195, and includes:

  • 60 minutes Pure Radiance Facial
  • 30 minutes Nails grooming or foot massage

“Experience the healing touch of our Asian therapist and begin a relaxing journey to melt away the stresses of a modern day mum. Relaxation starts with a nourishing scrub enhancer blended with sweet brown aromatic sugar, cinnamon and tea tree oil. Enjoy deeper relaxation with our Meera signature massage for the relieve of aches and pains, followed by a calming facial leaving your beloved mom fully relaxed and energised,” an announcement by the resort read.

Set on the private island of Lankanfushi in the North Male Atoll, Gili Lankanfushi Maldives is an intimate coral island in a sparkling lagoon, with jetties threading across the water out to spacious villa accommodations, where ultimate privacy can be found. This luxury resort is just a 20-minute speedboat ride from the main Velana International Airport.

At Gili Lankanfushi, an idyllic personal hideaway is one of 45 spacious, rustic overwater villas crafted from natural wood and glass. A palette of sparkling blues paints the horizon, the ocean stretching to infinity wherever on the island. The open design, with indoor and outdoor living space, allows guests the freedom to be themselves, the sound of the sea and warm breeze soothing all senses.

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Travel Trade Maldives 2018 wraps up

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Travel Trade Maldives (TTM), the largest travel fair in the Maldives, has officially concluded its second edition.

Held from April 30 to May 5, the second edition of TTM received tremendous support from industry professionals.

Spanning over a period of six days, this year’s TTM featured a brand new component, the Maldives Supplier Expo, which was targeted towards resort personnel from departments such as procurement, finance, accounts, F&B, and engineering. With 23 suppliers exhibiting during the first of its kind expo, major local and international supply chains participated, along with operational personnel from various tourism establishments including resorts and guesthouses.

Maldives Supplier Expo held during TTM 2018. PHOTO/ MALDIVES GETAWAYS

Local suppliers include Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC), Al Shaali Marine Maldives, Allied Insurance, Fuel Supply Maldives (FSM), Ooredoo Maldives, Laniakea Tech, Linkserve, M7 Print and State Trading Organisation (STO). Alia Investments, Asia Group, Asters, Astrabon, City Investments, Copier Plus, EVO, Male’ Aerated Water Company (MAWC), Onestop, Rateria Fabrics, Scarlet Maldives, Sea Gear, The Hawks, and VAM & Company also exhibited at the two-day expo.

Maldives Supplier Expo held during TTM 2018. PHOTO/ MALDIVES GETAWAYS

TTM 2018 has been more successful than the first edition held last year, as this year’s show hosted over 400 industry professionals from leading resorts and hotels. More than 4,000 meetings were held at the main convention centre of Dharubaaruge in capital Male, where business contracts were negotiated amongst the exhibitors and travel agencies.

“TTM 2018 pre-scheduled meetings which was held from 1st-3rd May was an immensely successful component for all the exhibitors and the travel agents/tour operators from across the globe who participated in this three-day fair,” a statement issued by organiser Maldives Getaways read.

Pre-scheduled meetings of TTM 2018. PHOTO/ MALDIVES GETAWAYS

TTM 2018 kicked off on April 30 with a summit dedicated to tackle the most pressing issues in the world-renowned holiday destination.

While the pre-scheduled meetings took place from May 1-3 at Dharubaaruge, all participants of TTM 2018, including local and international exhibitors and visitors as well as partners, attended the TTM Gala Night hosted by Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi resort Wednesday evening.
Officials of Maldives Getaways pose for a photo with partners at the gala night of TTM 2018. PHOTO/ MALDIVES GETAWAYS

TTM, which was launched last year by local PR firm Maldives Getaways, aims to facilitate the tourism industry of Maldives to reach the ultimate target of two million tourists per year with over USD 3.5 billion in receipts by the end of 2020.

According to organisers, the third edition of TTM will take place from April 20-22, 2019.

Meanwhile, Maldives Getaways will partner with Sri Lankan authorities to host the first ever Travel Trade Sri Lanka from April 24-26, 2019 in capital Colombo.

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Fun for all the family at Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort

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With some of the most spacious, luxury villas in the Maldives, a superb kids club, a huge choice of activities and just a 35-minute speedboat ride from Velana International Airport, Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort is a picture-perfect setting for your next tropical beach holiday with the family.

From the moment you arrive at the resort’s jetty, little ones will be ooh-ing and aah-ing in wonder as they peer into the crystal-clear waters to spy puffer fish, sting rays and baby reef sharks. And they will be wide-eyed with delight as they discover the endless choice of activities, adventures and excursions that await!

Dhigu island has lots of pathways and space begging to be explored on foot or by bike, with activities laid on for little ones, plus recreation areas around the island for older children and the whole family including table tennis, Petanque, badminton, volleyball and life-sized chess.

Kids Club

Parents can relax with complete peace of mind while little ones have oodles of fun at Anantara’s kids club. The Dhoni Club is home to two fun-packed dhoni boats, a climbing wall and a tree house. It’s a great escape from 9am to 6pm for kids from 3 years to 12 years old, while mum and dad are doing “grown up things”. Here, they will meet Little Hermie and his friends Mishell, Cookie Crab and Captain Red Claw as they make new friends, explore new places and get crafty with a team of qualified child supervisors.

Watersports

Older children and teens will revel in the huge choice of water-based activities available. From some of the best snorkelling in the Maldives, deep sea fishing, kayaking, sailing, water skiing and windsurfing – there are ample options to divert attention away from their screens!

For a great family adventure packed with thrills and spills, the Anantara Surf School by Tropicsurf will create some superb holiday memories. With lessons for all abilities and easy access to some of the best waves in the Maldives, surfing at Anantara Dhigu is an experience not to be missed! N.B. The surfing season runs from April to October inclusive.

Families inspired by the BBC’s Blue Planet will enjoy trying their hand at gardening Maldivian style! Join the resort’s marine biologist to assist in coral planting and learn how new coral gardens are created by attaching coral to iron frames. The Anantara Coral Adoption Programme is a long-term plan designed to share learning experiences, accelerate the regeneration of coral growth in the atoll reef, and ultimately ensure the future of this unique Maldivian destination.

Perfectly suited to families

From the moment children arrive on Dhigu island, they are made to feel part of the Anantara family. At the kids club, every child receives an imaginative children’s kit with a Little Hermie beach bag, sun hat, colouring book and a pencil kit. In the room, they will discover children’s bathroom amenities, flip flops and slippers.

With an excellent selection of spacious villas perfectly positioned to catch the sunrise or sunset, on the beach and over the water, or even with a private plunge pool – there is something to appeal to all families. All villas can occupy two adults and two children, and the resort also offers gorgeous Two Bedroom Family Villas for those seeking a separate children’s bedroom.

With eight dining options each with a tasty children’s menu, families are sure to find something to please even the fussiest of eaters. What’s more, children under the age of 12 years old are invited to dine for free from the children’s menu when accompanied by their family.

Should parents want a well-deserved a night off, they can enjoy some precious time together as a couple over a delicious meal, safe in the knowledge that their little ones are being looked after by the resort’s qualified babysitters, available for children over the age of three months.

For a family holiday that truly exceeds expectations, make Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort your choice for 2018.

Nightly rates at Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort start from £ 474 (USD 656) in a sunrise beach villa on a B&B basis.

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