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Joali Maldives Introduces New Fitness Programs

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Joali Maldives , an all-villa resort, has announced new wellness initiatives for guests, including its Raw Fitness program and partnership with Lux Tennis.

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Raw Fitness

In partnership with the Ungoofaru School in Raa Atoll, the new Raw Fitness equipment is built by students who are practicing carpentry through the school’s vocational studies program utilizing natural, recyclable materials from the resort, such as tree trunks, coconuts, wood, sand and rocks. The equipment includes handcrafted wooden structures, coconut hand weights, natural fiber ropes and more.

The program aims to inspire guests to take their fitness journey outdoors and enjoy their Maldivian island surroundings. This approach to “green exercise” is said to have positive physical and psychological health benefits, including reducing stress and mental fatigue, improving concentration and cognitive function, as well as increasing the ability to cope with stress.

Guests can participate in the program by visiting the Raw Fitness cabana. Fitness instructors are also available to conduct a guest analysis which identifies a personalized path to meet each guests’ specific fitness needs. The program is complimentary for all guests and is also available for private or group training.

Lux Tennis

Lux Tennis has curated a new tennis guest program at Joali, which includes a rotating tennis professional available to guests, complimentary social tennis for adults and children as well as private lessons.


The tennis court can be booked complimentary on a first come first serve basis, while private lessons are available by reservation. Group sessions are held every Sunday for adults and every Wednesday for children under 12 years of age.

Lessons offered at JOALI include:

  • Private Lessons: This lesson allows guests to work on different aspects of the game and focus on cardio, technique, strategy or just have a fun hit.
  • Kids Lessons: Made for kids, this lesson is an ideal way to discover tennis and learn the basics.
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Vakkaru Maldives has introduced a Manta Ray Adventure package


Vakkaru Maldives resort has introduced the Manta Ray Adventure package from August to October.

The Manta Ray package features the two-hour manta snorkeling experience. The package includes a half-hour speedboat ride to the Hanifaru Bay marine protected area, Baa Atoll where the crew will guide the reef manta rays towards the snorkeling guests.

Vakkaru Maldives has also announced its participation in the Manta Festival scheduled for 20 September to 21 September 2019.

The property will sponsor snorkeling fieldtrips to Hanifaru Bay for local students in Baa Atoll with the aim to provide an educational experience about protected marine life in the Baa Atoll.

For more information visit : Vakkaru Maldives 🗾

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Carpe Diem Maldives Rebrands to “The Standard Huruvalhi Maldives”


Carpe Diem Beach Resort and Spa is set to change hands in Fall 2019, as it transforms into “The Standard Huruvalhi Maldives” ⁠— the first Asian property in US-based The Standard Hotels’ portfolio.

Featuring 115 private beach and water villas, Carpe Diem Beach Resort and Spa is located at Raa Atoll, Huruvalhi, a short seaplane flight away from the Maldives’ main Velana International Airport. Developed by local hospitality group, Carpe Diem Maldives, the property has been welcoming guests since its opening in late 2018.

Following its groundbreaking London debut, Standard International, the parent company of The Standard, the company intends to mark its entry into Asia with the rebranding of Carpe Diem Beach Resort and Spa to “The Standard Huruvalhi Maldives”.


“It is such a treat within the same year to show the world what The Standard can be in on one of the busiest places and one of the most tranquil places on the planet,” Amar Lalvani, CEO of Standard International, was quoted in a statement, as saying.

Created in 1999, The Standard hotels are known for their taste-making clientele, their pioneering design, and their unrelenting un-standard-ness. With now 6 hotels in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and now London, the goal of every Standard project—be it a hotel, a rooftop discothèque, or a magazine—is to defy conventions, up to the aesthetic stakes, and deliver an experience that can only be had at The Standard.

Maldives is included among the company’s extensive global pipeline which includes Milan, Paris, Mexico City, Jakarta, Phuket and Chicago.

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Hard Rock Hotel Maldives opens next month


Marking the brand’s first debut on the island, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives is set to open Sept. 1, 2019.

Only a 15-minute boat ride from the airport, the family-friendly resort is set in the Emboodhoo Lagoon, and provides direct access to The Marina @CROSSROADS—an entertainment island with dining, shopping, and more.

Hard Rock Hotel Maldives caters to families, and includes services and amenities like a special kids’ menu available in all restaurant outlets, special pricing for kids (children six years of age and under eat free; kids between six and 11 get 50 per cent off menu prices), Sittertrain-certified babysitters, and kids and teens clubs.

There are two restaurants, The Elephant & Butterfly, which serves up Pan-Latin creations; and Sessions, which features cuisines enjoyed worldwide. There is also the Pool Bar and the classic Hard Rock Cafe.

Rooms & suites

Hard Rock Hotel Maldives has 178 guest rooms, suites, villas, and overwater villas.

Guests can choose from the Silver Sky Studio, the Silver Beach Studio, or the Silver Family Suite, which has two bedrooms.

Those looking for a more luxurious escape can choose from the following villas:

Gold Beach Villa: a private terrace with direct beach access, sun loungers and ocean views. The villa also includes an indoor chill-out zone, a 55″ screen TV, and an ensuite bathroom with a waterfall shower and signature amenities.

Platinum Overwater Villa: a private terrace, sun loungers, and direct lagoon access.

Platinum Overwater Pool Villa: an infinity pool, a private terrace, sun loungers, and direct lagoon access.

Rock Royalty Overwater Pool Villa (two bedrooms): located over the water; includes an outdoor living area, an infinity pool, sun loungers, and direct lagoon access.

Rock Villa: located over the water; includes private boat docking access, infinity pool, a tuk tuk bar, a large outdoor living deck with sun loungers, and direct lagoon access.

Regardless of room category, all of the suites and villas at Hard Rock Maldives provide the following:

  • Sound bar with Bluetooth connectivity
  • Signature pillow menu (upon request)
  • Fully-stocked, premium mini-bar
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary, high-speed Wi-Fi and universal plugs
  • Complimentary bottles of drinking water
  • Signature Hard Rock amenities (upon request)
  • Signature Sound of Your Stay program
  • Rock Om in room yoga program
  • 24-hour in-room dining

For more information on the new Hard Rock Hotel Maldives, click here

See it for yourself

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JOSH KERR CLAIMS SINGLE-FIN DIVISION At Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy


The Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy got off to an incredible start on 08th , August,2019 with racy overhead walls at Sultans providing the perfect canvas for some of surfing’s finest artisans to go to work on their single fins, in the first of three surfboard divisions. In a rematch of the 2012 Pipeline Masters final, which served as Australian Joel Parkinson’s world title coronation, Parkinson came up against lifelong friend and fellow Australian, Josh Kerr. “Don’t get me started on the judging at Pipe in that one!” laughed a fired-up Kerr before showdown.


Parkinson has long been considered the most stylish surfer of his generation, and that theory escalates further when he rides a single-fin. This year’s competitors have come armed with modern takes on the staple surfboard design of the ’60s and ’70s, and Parkinson put on a high performance display from the start in the final, signalling his intentions with a big aerial on his opening wave to lock in a 7.33, backed up soon after with an 8.43 to place one hand on the trophy at the halfway mark. It wasn’t to be, however, as defending event champion Kerr stormed home with an 8.50 for a series of explosive manoeuvres, then a 7.90 for a huge hit on the opening section and a string of fluent turns down the line, to win the day in the dying minutes and move to the top of the leaderboard with the twin-fin and thruster divisions still to run.


“To come to Four Seasons, score pumping waves on the first day and take the win, it doesn’t really get much better!” said an elated Kerr after the final. “The vibe is great but we’re all old competitive souls so once the contest jersey goes on we want to win. Joel and I grew up in the same board riders club; he’s older than me, was always in the spotlight and has definitely got the better head-to-head record, which makes this win even sweeter.”

In the semi-finals Kerr accounted for long time Championship Tour sparring partner Matt Wilkinson (AUS) in a back-and-forth showdown, though it was Wilkinson who banked the standout moment, an incredible re-entry that earned him a 6.83 and confirmed the goofy-footer still has one of the best backhands in surfing. “That’s the best turn I’ve ever done on a right,” Wilkinson said afterwards. “That’s the most dynamic turn that anyone has ever done on a single-fin!” Kerr confirmed. “I could see half of his board out the back of the wave!” said Parkinson, who was paddling out for the second semi-final, where he made light work of local wildcard Mohamed “Pelé” Fayaz (MDV).


“I really enjoyed today,” said Parkinson. “The single fin is a challenge, it shows your flaws, but it is so fun to ride. I’ve told (two-time winner) Taj Burrow for years that I wanted to get into this event, and now I can see why he loves it here so much. This is my type of contest now that I’m retired, no pressure, good friends and a lot of fun with my family, living in luxury. I’m really excited for the twin-fin now, I feel like it should be my strongest division, so hopefully I can snare a win there and get a little bit closer to being invited back here!”

Due to Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) having to withdraw from the event last minute, Wilkinson and Fayaz received first round walk-throughs today. Meanwhile, in the second three-man round one heat, Kerr and Parkinson narrowly accounted for Hawaiian waterman and multi-board phenomenon Kai Lenny, on their way to the semi-finals.


The Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy is hosted aboard Four Seasons Explorer – the Maldives’ ultimate surf vessel. Fans can get up close to the action with onboard VIP passes while the ‘surf tour’ experience continues with nightly events back at Four Seasons Kuda Huraa, which plays host to the contest’s competitors, judges and Tropicsurf partners.


Single Fin Division Results

  1. Joel Parkinson (AUS)
  2. Josh Kerr (AUS)
  3. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) equal with Mohamed Fayaz (MDV)
  4. Kai Lenny (HAW)

2019 FS Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy Leaderboard

Josh Kerr (AUS) 1000pts

Joel Parkinson (AUS) 900pts

Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 800pts

Mohamed Fayaz (MDV) 800pts

Kai Lenny (HAW) 700pts



Juliana Ang
Director of Public Relations
Four Seasons Resorts Maldives
Tel:      (65) 6514 8281
Fax:     (65) 6835 9839
Email:  [email protected]
Web:   www.fourseasons.com/maldives
Twitter: http://twitter.com/FSMaldives

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Trailblazing Destination Resort CombatsPlastic Pollution as it Collaborates with Parley For The Oceans and John K. Melvin to Raise Awareness for the Oceans.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, the pioneering resort nestled in the South Ari Atoll embarks on an eco-journey though working with leading environmental organization and collaboration network, Parley For The Oceans and ephemeral artist, John K. Melvin to ignite appreciation for the oceans and surrounding environment. To celebrate the progressive movement towards fostering sustainable hospitality, the resort unveiled a large-scale installation by acclaimed artist John K. Melvin. Encouraging participation from both the Maldives community and global travelers alike, the resort continues to further its commitment to preserving the beauty of the Maldives, for generations to come.

Starting late summer 2019, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island will work with ParleyFor The Oceans to take an active role in becoming part of the solution to the challenges that face the world’s oceans. Following the principles of the Parley AIR Hospitality Program (Avoid, Intercept, Redesign), the resort will help to drive change by offering its guests a Parley Kit available in each guest villa. Each Parley Kit contains a reusable stainless steel 0.7L Conrad xParley co-branded water bottle and a Parley Ocean Plastic® Tote Bag. Each bag is made of an average of 5 intercepted plastic bottles and its purchase contributes to the removal of 10 pounds of marine plastic waste via the Parley Global Clean Up Network. This way, Conrad guests are encouraged to play an active role in reducing the use of harmful materials.

“With a mindful approach to travel, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island continues to inspire change,” said Stefano Ruzza, General Manager of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. “Through creative collaborations with likeminded brands and the development of unique and educational experiences on and off property, we encourage our guests to become part of the solution as they reinforce a positive impact while traveling as well as in their daily life at home.” Building on their mission to inspire guests’ connection to the Maldives, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is using art as a catalyst for conversation and creativity to incentivize change and address the need for implementing sustainable practices. The resort commissioned renowned ephemeral eco-artist John K. Melvin to construct an installation that speaks to the human relationship with the environment and more specifically, the topic of plastic pollution. EvoGyre debuted at Rangali Bar on June 23, 2019 and is assembled using nearly 5,500 locally-sourced single-use plastic bottles held together by coir rope, steel cable and illuminated by LED lighting.

The life-size structure, built at five meters x five meters x seven meters, hangs from the ceiling and serves as an educational and interactive touchpoint for guests who find themselves enamored by the piece. Resembling a jellyfish, a species known for being an indicator of climate change, EvoGyre makes a direct connection between the surrounding marine environment of the Maldives and the impact of plastic. Inspired by THE MURAKA and the surrounding Maldivian community, EvoGyre serves as a visual reminder of the humankind responsibility to protect the oceans. Committed to the Parley AIR strategy to end plastic pollution (Avoid, Intercept, Redesign), the resort has also pledged to eliminate the use of plastic on property. By January 2020, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island will officially replace any single-use plastic bottles with either glass or a reusable material. This investment in the future of the environment is complemented by the resort’s new guest programming, which includes eco-activities ranging from beach clean ups on neighboring islands to a coral reef regeneration initiative with the resort’s own marine biologists.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is aligned with Hilton’s global corporate responsibility strategy “Travel with Purpose,” which is dedicated to developing shared value for communities where the hotels and resorts are located. Conrad Maldives supports Hilton’s commitment and Travel with Purpose strategy to cut its environmental footprint in half and double its social impact investment by 2030, a strategy that supports the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

Through a robust corporate responsibility program that encompasses sustainability and community investment initiatives, Conrad Maldives strives to make an enduring and positive impact on the lives of the people living in these communities.

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Fushifaru crowned Maldives’ Leading Beach Resort




Fushifaru Maldives has celebrated winning the ‘Maldives Leading Beach Resort’ award at the 26th edition of the World Travel Awards.

W T A  honour the top travel destinations worldwide as declared by  travel professionals best knows  “Tourism Oscars”, the World Travel Awards are renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the global industry and recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence. On Monday, on the resort’s stunning beach, over 100 residents and guests celebrated this remarkable victory at a magical sunset cocktail event, exulting traditional Maldivian elements that Fushifaru Maldives is renowned for.

The trophy made a grand entrance on a jet ski arriving at the beach in style, where it was received with an authentic Maldivian welcome and was escorted between the rejoicing audiences.

“Winning the award is an outstanding affirmation of the trust our guests place in our personalised services and serve as positive motivation for us to continue raising the bar in being the resort of choice for leisure travelers. All our resident hosts and staff are dedicated to provide our guests with inspiring and memorable experiences during their stay. With 49 villas, our resident hosts are able to cater to every guest’s wish to ensure a magical Maldivian adventure,” General Manager Ahmed Siaar was quoted in a statement, as saying.

Fushifaru is located in Lhaviyani atoll between 5° 15″ and 5° 35″ N and between 73° 20″ and 74° 40″ E. The northern atoll holds 54 island and its capital is Naifaru. Maldivians traditionally call it “Faadhippolhu” without adding “atoll”. Legend says only some atolls have names of such. In the early 12th century during the reign of King Koimala Siri Mahaabarana Mahaa Radun -the first king to rule over all the Maldives- this atoll was called Faadu Bur. They say some of the best divers in the country come from Faadhippolhu.

Merging Maldivian design and architecture with modern esthetics, Fushifaru Maldives’ beach and water villas exude a sense of coziness yet luxurious in space and amenities.

Guests will dine at Korakali for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Raakani Grill for signature Asian recipes with a focus on the finest local varieties of seafood and Fanihandhi Bar for sunrise lounging and sunset cocktails.

Heylhi Spa, wellness sanctuary will sooth any tired soul while the multi-sports court and various exciting water activities will keep guests vibrant with energy.You can reach Fushifaru from a seaplane ride of just 35 minutes giving you a sky-high view .


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Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives has signed as Resort Partner for Southern Maldives Business EXPO 2019


Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives has signed as Resort Partner for Southern Maldives Business EXPO 2019 to be held on 1- 3 August 2019 at Equator Village ( Blue Lagoon ).

Photo Credit : Naail

The agreements was signed on 20th July 2019 at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives .  The agreement was signed by Philippe Claverotte , General Manager of Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa and Zeenath Hassan , Sales & Marketing Manager of Titan Maldives .

Talking to media , Ms. Mei P. Pun, Resident Manager of Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives said “ Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa is pleased to support the Southern Maldives Business Expo 2019, a unique opportunity for exhibitors from various industries to network and develop potential business in the Southern Maldives. We believe it is important that Addu City and the southern atolls develop strong ties in order to positively impact the business and tourism in this region. This exhibition provides a great platform to showcase all the southern part of the Maldives has to offer to local and international audiences.”

Southern Maldives Business Expo is a 3 days  event scheduled to take place from 1st August – 03rd August 2019 in Equator Village, Gan, Addu City, Republic of Maldives. This event showcases the products and services for both local and International business audiences.

For more information about  the EXPO Visit : Southern Maldives Business EXPO

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives

Photo Credit : Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa

Located in the Southern Hemisphere of the equator on Villingili Island,  the southern-most tip of Addu Atoll, Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa offers guests a stylish and luxurious experience in a spacious, and boutique-style environment. The natural dense vegetation of the island sets it apart from many other Maldives resorts. The three-kilometre-long island features 12 hectares of lush vegetation, towering banyan trees, 17,000 coconut trees, 45 species of plants, three natural lagoons and nature trails for guests to explore.

For more information visit : https://www.shangri-la.com/male/villingiliresort/




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Maldives records 96.4% growth in Indian arrivals from Jan-May’19



The Maldives continues to ride the wave of growth with an increasing number of Indian tourists each year. The island nation witnessed tremendous growth of 96.4% in tourist arrivals from India from January to May 2019 in comparison to the same period last year. The destination hosted around 66,265 travellers from India till May of 2019.

Home to numerous beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves, Maldives has become popular among Indians with free tourist visa facility and good connectivity from most of the cities in India, including Delhi and Mumbai.

Thoyyib Mohamed, Managing Director of Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation (MMPRC) said, “We are happy to witness the tremendous increase in arrivals from India this year. India is an extremely important market to us, showing potential for further growth as increased direct connections have made it easily accessible to travel to the Maldives. We are working closely with the industry partners to promote the Maldives as the ideal holiday destination among luxury travellers, while also promoting other segments such as local island tourism and liveaboards. We hope that our continued efforts to promote the destination will result in keeping a steady growth in arrivals from the market.”

Indian market holds third place in terms of arrivals to the Maldives with a market share of 8.8% till May 2019. Moreover, as India ranks within the top five, with great accessibility to the Maldives, MMPRC plans to further strengthen the market with additional activities throughout the year.

MMPRC is entering into partnerships with key tour operators and online tour agencies in India. Apart from this, it is looking forward to collaborating with Indian celebrities which are followed by a large number of travel takers in India. MMPRC is also working closely with the Indian travel trade, media and influencers to showcase various facets of Maldivian touristic offerings with the aim to promote the destination to consumers directly.

MMPRC recently conducted “Journey to the Sunny Side” roadshow in India with promising success. The event took place in five cities – Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata, New Delhi and Chandigarh – over five days with a travel and tour operator turnout of over 100 in each city.

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Four Seasons Kuda Huraa host to “ The Most Luxurious Surfing Event in The World.” , August 5-12 ,2019

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Let’s talk luxury. Or, at least what that word — luxury — actually means. Etymologically, it’s been around since the 14th Century in Old French, meaning “self-indulgence,” then morphing into “sensual pleasure,” luxury in the Latin form “luxuria” signified “an excess, extravagant living.” And then in English, since the 17th Century, meaning: a “habit of indulgence in what is choice or costly, or comfortable beyond life’s necessities.”

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa plays host to “the most luxurious surfing event in the world.”
Defending Champ Josh Kerr with the Four Seasons Explorer in the background

You know…like a ballin’-ass boat trip to a zone in the tropics with perfect surf. Speak of the devil! It’s that time again, when the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy event goes down, an invitational mobile surf comp known as “the world’s most luxurious annual surfing contest.”

In true Four Seasons fashion, this event continues to further evolve that special little word, picking six lucky gentlemen this year to compete in picture-perfect Maldives surf (all aboard the Four Seasons Explorer vessel by day, then back at the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa in the evening.) The six gents—Joel Parkinson, Matt Wilkinson, Wiggolly Dantas, Kai Lenny, local boy Mohamed Fayaz, and last year’s champ, Josh Kerr—will compete in three different divisions (Single-fin, Twin-fin and Thruster) for the trophy over the course of a week (August 5th-12th).

2019 Surfing Champions Trophy invitees. Top (L-R) Mohamed Fayaz, Matt Wilkinson and Josh Kerr. Bottom (L-R) Kai Lenny, Wiggolly Dantas and Joel Parkinson

The event’s also made it quite easy for fans to get in on the show and taste that luxury for themselves (if they’ve got the coin, of course) with various day-passes, VIP passes and packages to get onboard or join the parties back the ‘Seasons. And, yes, there’s still time for you too, so don’t miss the…you know…boat

When the crew isn’t chasing waves on the Explorer they will be soaking up the luxury at the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa.

Of course, another derivative of the word luxury comes from the Latin word lux, meaning, “light,” and with Surfline partnering up this year…the event’s future looks bright.

Sultan’s is a stone’s throw away and one of the premiere waves in the area.


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Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts announced the global launch of #MyShangriLa Photography Contest .



The 6-month contest aims to give new meaning to ‘Shangri-La’ – a memorable, magical moment that catches people by surprise and delights with joy. Guests, travelers and beyond are invited to capture and share their unique Shangri-La moment.

“Shangri-La is both a feeling as well as a place. It’s about an unexpected moment of happiness which can happen to anyone at any time, anywhere,” said Anthony Wong, Executive Vice President Brands.

“We taste it at our favorite table. We hear it in a child’s laughter. We discover it in our travels. And it’s different for each one of us.  In our hotels and resorts, we strive to go the extra mile to connect our guests with their own Shangri-La through our thoughtful service that comes from the heart.” From 15 July 2019 to 10 January 2020, participants can share images of what their Shangri-La looks like on Instagram with #MyShangriLa and @shangrilahotels or upload them on http://www.shangri-la.com/myshangrila. It can be that special occasion, or moment; or simply a feeling of pure joy and happiness. Photos must be taken at one of Shangri-La’s hotels, resorts or destinations where the properties are situated.

Shangri-La will be giving away delightful prizes including 10,000 Golden Circle Award Points each month to celebrate the most heartwarming, unexpected moments of joy.  As the ultimate grand prize, one winner who shares the most inspiring #MyShangriLa moment will be awarded a 2-night getaway inclusive of flights to one of 10 Shangri-La destinations of their choice, including divine and exotic destinations such as Kota Kinabalu, Muscat and Istanbul.

Winners will be chosen based on photo quality, creativity and uniqueness of the entry, at the sole discretion of the Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts.

Renowned for its distinctive Asian hospitality, Shangri-La Hotels and Resort is an iconic flagship brand of the Shangri-La Group, currently operating over 80 deluxe hotels and resorts worldwide.

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Kudadoo Maldives Private Island Introduces Yacht ‘Bella’



Recently opened Kudadoo Maldives Private Island – the first fully solar-powered, all-inclusive luxury resort in the Maldives – has introduced a Princess F55 motor yacht – christened ‘Bella’ – as an additional experience for its guests. Bella is available to be rented for half a day, full day or multiple nights for private excursions and fine dining on the Indian Ocean.

Bella is a teak decked, luxurious space. Its flybridge features a convertible sun-bed, twin helm seats, a wetbar and ergonomic dining areas. Panoramic saloon windows and wrap around front screens offer uninterrupted vistas from the main deck, whilst expansive hull windows flood accommodation areas with natural light. With a top speed approaching 33 knots, Bella offers performance and comfort in equal measure.

Mr Calder concludes: “We can operate charters within the entire Maldives, with Bella. There is so much to see, and now everything feels a bit closer – for the joy of all luxury island hoppers who choose to visit us at 
 Kudadoo Maldives Private Island.”

Visitors looking to stay at multiple locations in the Maldives can now arrive in style, as usually they would have to fly via Male International airport to reach other island destinations.

Bella is available to be rented for half a day, full day or multiple nights, starting from US$5,000, for private excursions and fine dining on the crystal blue Indian Ocean.

All-inclusive luxury prices for Kudadoo Maldives Private Island Ocean Residences start from US$3,800 per night. Exclusive hire (15 Ocean Residences) is available starting from US$80,000 per night.

For further information contact [email protected].

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Chef Heiko Nader to return to Niyama Private Islands Maldives



Nader is the founding force behind two Michelin-starred The Restaurant at the Dolder Grand

Niyama Private Islands Maldives has announced the return of two Michelin-starred chef, Heiko Nader, who will be making his fourth guest appearance at Edge. For one night only, on July 20 2019, Nader will serve up an exclusive five-course tasting menu paired with wine. Nader’s innovative flavour combinations are modern and light are featured dishes including lobster with melon and green curry as well as tangerine and agave with aji amarillo.

Hailing from Germany, Nader is the founding force behind The Restaurant at the Dolder Grand on Lake Zurich, where he was awarded two Michelin stars. The restaurant was also awarded 18 Gault Millau points in 2012, when Nader was named ‘Most Improved Chef of the Year’.

Niyama offers its guests haute cuisine in settings across two islands. Asian avant-garde in a treetop setting, Champagne breakfasts six meters below the ocean’s surface, tribal cuisine in the jungle and modern fine dining located half a kilometre from shore at signature restaurant, Edge

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LUX* South Ari Atoll Wins Best Luxury Resort Spa Award


The World Luxury Spa and Restaurant Awards has announced the winners of 2019, with LUX* South Ari Atoll recognised as the winner of ‘Best Luxury Resort Spa’ in the Indian Ocean region.


The highly competitive 2019 World Luxury Spa and Restaurant Awards, recognising establishments for world-class service excellence, took place on at The State Hermitage Museum Official Hotel in St. Petersburg, Russia. This was the fourth event of its kind and more than 200 guests flew in from around the world, representing more than 90 countries, 450 spas and 270 restaurants. The World Luxury Spa and Restaurant Awards are presented on a country, regional, continental and global basis.

Winners are selected by public vote online, providing true recognition that reflects the hard work and dedication exhibited by staff. “We are extremely honoured and proud to defend this position as we constantly strive to innovate, develop therapy practises and take on new challenges. Thanks to our hardworking team, we have taken our services to the next level, always with the quality and luxury at the core of everything we take on. This is yet a milestone on our journey together with our lovely guests, and we are excited to keep going,” says Sindy Lagare, Director of Wellness & Spa at LUX* South Ari Atoll.


“We congratulate this year’s winners. True luxury is not easily attained. It takes highly efficient and dedicated staff, who are willing to go the extra mile and stop at nothing to ensure that every guest feels cared for and no challenge goes unresolved. This is the definition of luxury. It is what makes the winners shine,” says World Luxury Awards Group Marketing Director Michael Hunter-Smith.

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Singapore has launched a Dreamliner to the dream destination of the Maldives.



Singapore has launched a Dreamliner to the dream destination of the Maldives. The Dreamliner will fly directly from Singapore International Airport (SIN) to Male Airport (MLE) and is set to begin flying to the Maldives on 1st September 2019.

The new route will take approximately four and a half hours with flights on a daily basis. Singapore currently operates three Airlines to the Maldives including their budget Airlines, Silk Air and FlyScoot and their flag carrier, Singapore Airlines.

This new route is only possible thanks to an open skies agreement between Singapore and the Maldives. Signed just on the 1st July, it allows both countries to run as many services between each country and beyond (as a fifth freedom flight) as they like. This includes cargo and passenger flights.

Although Singapore has been running a direct service between the islands since 1984, it is the first time it has been done under an open skies agreement and using a Boeing Dreamliner.

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Addu International Airport signed as Airport partner for Southern Maldives Bussiness EXPO


Addu International Airport has signed as Airport  Partner for Southern  Maldives Business EXPO 2019 to be held on 1- 3 August 2019 at Equator Village ( Blue Lagoon ).

The agreements was signed on yesterday ( 10th July )  at Equator Village   .  The agreement was signed by Ahmed Shafeeg , Manager Terminal Operations of Addu International Airport Ltd   and Mohamed Shahid ,  Director Marketing  of Titan Maldives.

Photo : Mohamed Waheed 

First built by the Royal Navy, and transferred to the Royal Air Force as RAF Gan, it was a military airbase used during World War II and until 1976. The British handed it over to the government and it was used as a domestic airport. Recently the airport has been upgraded to international standards in preparation for international flights with the opening of tourist resorts in the area.

The airport was run by the Government of Maldives (GoM) with a human resource base consisting of civil servants along with technical assistance from Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) until January 2010. In June 2009 a public enterprise by the name of Gan Airport Company Limited (GACL) was established by H.E. President Mohamed Nasheed as part of GoM’s privatisation policy. GACL took over management of GIA in January 2010. A transitional stage followed with an administrative restructuring which also involved a formal transfer of existing civil servants into the company’s new organizational structure.

To promote tourism and other economic activity in the south a new venture was formed early in 2012 to further develop and expand GIA. A joint venture was formed between GACL, MACL and State Trading Organization Plc (STO). The new venture is Addu International Airport Pvt Ltd (AIA). Gan International Airport is now owned and managed by Addu International Airport Pvt Ltd.

For more information Visit:   ( GAN AIRPORT )


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Sound Wave by 3S Maldives has signed as City Hotel Partner for Southern  Maldives Business EXPO 2019 to be held on 1- 3 August 2019 at Equator Village ( Blue Lagoon ).

The agreements was signed on today at Wave Sound by 3S Maldives .  The agreement was signed by Sharaf Zaad Saeed , Director of Wave Sound and Zeenath Hassan , Sales & Marketing Manager of Titan Maldives .

” This event showcases products and services for both local and International business audiences. Hotels and Resorts in Maldives are taking part in this event , Also Brands from International Markets  , Journalists , Travel Agents , Travel Bloggers , Influential Instagrammers , TV Channels , Celebrities are Scheduled to Visit . Its a great opportunity on Networking B2B and BC ”  Said Zeenath Hassan .

WAVE SOUND  ( Beach Hotel ) Exclusive seven room hotel , where elegance meets serenity.Hidden amongst lush vegetation beyond the Equator in Addu, the Southern tip of Maldives; a slice of paradise awaits you.


With a pristine white beach and a translucent sea stretching out as far as the eye can see. Sit back, relax and indulge your senses in crimson sunsets, synchronized to the rhythm of the waves, beating against the reef.


The facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi. The accommodation offers evening entertainment and ticket service. At the guest house, every room includes a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom.


A wide choice of activities is available Guests at WAVE SOUND by 3S Maldives can enjoy on snorkeling , diving , night fishing , cruising and Island Hoping .


The area is popular for cycling, and bike hire and car hire are available at WAVE SOUND by 3S Maldives.

To Book This Hotel Visit :https://www.3smaldives.com/



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Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi resort Opens its Doors!

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Hilton’s iconic luxury hotel brand, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts debut Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi today , the highly anticipated opening of Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi — setting a new standard of luxury in the Maldives.


The 122 all-villa resort spans across three interconnected islands, including an independent private island for those seeking an exclusive enclave equipped with a dedicated staff and luxury amenities. A short 30-minute yacht journey away from Malé International Airport, the iconic resort paradise boasts 11 world-class, specialty dining venues, a plethora of activities for guests of all generations, and a personal concierge service giving guests the freedom to create memories that last a lifetime.

“Asia Pacific is enjoying a golden age of travel, and the launch of Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is part of the growing momentum of Hilton’s Luxury and Lifestyle portfolio throughout the region,” said Alan Watts, president, Asia Pacific, Hilton. “This is especially significant as the Maldives becomes an increasingly popular destination for global travelers. As the first international hotel brand to have opened in the Maldives over 21 years ago, it is especially fitting that this opening takes place as we celebrate Hilton’s 100th year milestone as a leader in global hospitality.”

Each luxuriously appointed beach, reef and overwater villa opens onto either a white sand beach or an expansive deck, and features a private infinity pool with uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean, allowing guests to bask in the island’s natural beauty in the privacy of their villa.


The resort also features two Stella Maris Ocean Villas, accessible only by boat. These villas feature floor-to-ceiling windows and direct ocean access, providing unmatched views of the sunlit paradise and celestial charm of the night-time Maldivian sky.

At the height of exclusivity is the Ithaafushi Private Island. Accessible only by yacht, the 32,000-square-meter sanctuary features a four-bedroom residence, three-bedroom beach villa and a two-bedroom overwater villa, giving guests a transcendent sense of space. The private island comes complete with a dedicated chef and personal concierge team, an overwater spa and gym, five swimming pools, an entertainment centre and pristine beaches, providing endless options in which guests can indulge.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

“The Waldorf Astoria brand has a long-standing legacy of setting the standard for luxury and for providing personalized, graceful service,” said Martin Rinck, executive vice president and global head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton. “The debut with our flagship brand in the Maldives is no exception, and we will continue to redefine what it means to provide luxury escapes and deliver memorable experiences for the discerning traveler.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty programme for Hilton’s 17 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, and free standard Wi-Fi.

To celebrate the hotel’s opening, Hilton Honors members will earn an additional 5,000 points per minimum stay of three nights, for bookings from July to September 2019, when booking directly with Hilton.


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Lux Resorts & Hotels appoints regional director of sales and marketing for Middle East, Maldives



Roshan Radhay has more than 10 years’ of experience in the industry

Lux Resorts & Hotels has appointed Roshan Radhay as the regional director of sales and marketing at Lux South Ari Atoll and Lux North Male’ Atoll, Maldives & Middle East.

Previously, Radhay was the cluster director of sales at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa and Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa in Muscat, Oman.

He has previously held key positions with premium brands such as Jumeirah Royal Saray in Bahrain, One&Only Seef Bahrain, One&Only Le Saint Géran and Sofitel SO Mauritius.

Radhay has more than 10 years’ experience in the luxury hospitality sector, sales and marketing.

He graduated with an MBA in business administration from MANCOSA, South Africa and a BA with honours in international relations from People’s Friendship University of Russia

Speaking about his role, Radhay said: “I am thrilled to be joining Lux Resorts & Hotels. As the brand is growing at a very fast pace.  I look forward to working with the talented team and taking the properties to the next level.”

Source : www.hoteliermiddleeast.com
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Lily Beach Resort ‘ defends MALDIVES’ Leading All-Inclusive Resort Title at World Travel Awards

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Lily Beach Resort & Spa has defended Maldives’ Leading All-Inclusive Resort title at World Travel Awards.

The award was presented at the World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony, which took place at Sugar Beach – A Sun Resort in Mauritius on June 1.

Lily Beach has won the same title each year since 2016.

The five-star Lily Beach Resort and Spa is located on the 600-metre-long and 110-metre-wide island of Huvahendhoo in South Ari Atoll.

With its Platinum Plan, which includes far more than the traditional package of cocktails, premium brands, champagne and international culinary delights, Lily Beach offers luxury all-inclusive holidays at the highest level. These include two excursions, which can be selected from a wide range of activities, including sunset fishing, snorkelling trips or a visit to a local island.

At your disposal are 125 luxurious villas in five categories. Add to this, the Tamara Spa, Prodivers Diving School, a specialty and main restaurant featuring fine dining, three bars, Turtles Kid’s Club, and one of South Ari Atoll’s best house reefs. Guests can also enjoy a diverse entertainment programme with live music and DJs, shisha lounge, traditional cultural performances and much more ..

For more information visit : https://www.lilybeachmaldives.com/


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