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Soneva Fushi Unveils New Villa with 11M Tall Viewing Tower

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Soneva, the world-leading luxury resort operator, has just unveiled its newest villa at Soneva Fushi, a 20,000-square-foot five-bedroom villa, located on the sunrise side of this private island resort in the Baa Atoll of the Maldives. Villa 37’s main highlight is its 36-foot-tall viewing tower that features a dining table called the Moonlight Table. This viewing tower is now the tallest point on the island and the ideal spot from which to take in panoramic views, sunrises, sunsets, and stargazing. The maximum occupancy for this villa is ten adults, or eight adults and four children. This villa is very different from Soneva Fushi’s other villas in terms of its design and architecture and has set the benchmark for all new and renovated villas at Soneva Fushi.

The master bedroom features a dressing room with a daybed, indoor and outdoor showers, and an outdoor bathtub. The support pillars in the open-plan dining, kitchen and living areas were constructed from upside-down tree trunks, with the roots branching out across the ceiling. The lights above the bar are suspended from the ceiling on gnarled vines. The kitchen comes with its own wine fridge, minibar and a fully stocked pantry. The living room features a curved daybed lined with wooden fish. The villa also features a library, sauna, steam room, pool table and foosball table. There’s a 3,700-square-foot pool that wraps around the entire front of the villa, which includes a 270-square-foot children’s pool and a water slide.

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Villa 37 is also the latest addition to the Soneva Villa Ownership program, allowing returning guests to own a Soneva villa. Soneva made history by being the first and still the sole developer to offer luxury homes to foreigners in the Maldives. The villas become part of the resorts’ accommodation pool when owners are not in residence, earning them a strong cash yield, with capital prices appreciating by approximately 9% per year. Other benefits of being an owner include 20% savings on food and beverage, as well as on all flight transfers to/from Male. The villa is also fully maintained by the resort, which includes repairing and replacing furniture, fixtures, lighting, gardening, and cleaning. Each private residence at Soneva Fushi is designed to meet its owner’s specific requirements while remaining true to the brand mission of “intelligent luxury.”

Source:www.traveldailynews.com

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JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa Set to Open in July 2019

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JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa, formerly known as Victory Resort  is set to open in July 2019. JW Marriott is one of the most luxurious hotels and resorts brand by Marriott International.

JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa is set on the stunning island of Vagaru, Shaviyani Atoll, a scenic 55 minutes flight by seaplane from Velana International Airport, Male, Maldives. The property will feature 61 beach and overwater villas, ranging from 192 sqm to 638 sqm, all with private pools, spacious wooden decking and an array of other offerings.

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Eclectic dining and imbibing experiences will be highlighted throughout the property’s 5 outlets. The resort will have 29 secluded one-and two-bedroom beach villas nestled amongst the island’s lush greenery, each with its own private beach area. For the guests who would like to fall asleep to the sound of the ocean there will be 32 villas standing majestically on stilts over the glistening Laccadive Sea and one spectacular four-bedroom Royal Water Villa that will come complete with nanny’s quarters.

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Marriott International continues to push boundaries, creating new guest experiences which meet the needs of the evolving luxury traveler. With an unrivaled network of landmark hotels and resorts in more than 60 countries and territories today, Marriott International is poised to expand its luxury footprint with more than 200 properties in the development pipeline, representing 20 new countries for the company’s luxury portfolio, from Sri Lanka to Bermuda and Morocco to Kenya.

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JW Marriott offers differentiated luxury experiences at 84 hotels and resorts in nearly 30 countries and territories, including the recent opening of JW Marriott Nashville. Inspired by its legendary namesake, JW Marriott is committed to curating uplifting experiences for guests, delivering experiences and environments that help guests be fully present and bringing people together to celebrate life’s most meaningful moments. This year, JW Marriott anticipates continuing to bring its distinct style of warm service to established and emerging destinations with planned openings from the Maldives and Shanghai to Savannah, GA.

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BUBBLE PHENOMENON REACHES NEW HEIGHTS AT AMILLA FUSHI — New SkyHouse with Bubble now Officially Open!

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The bubble tent concept is being elevated to a whole new level in the Maldives this year, as luxury resort trendsetter Amilla Fushi debuts its new Skyhouse with Bubble accommodation –tranquil treetop eyries with their own private transparent Bubble, breathtakingly suspended 12 metres up between a canopy of lush palms and the vast Maldivian skies. The first Skyhouse with Bubble was officially opened by the Maldives’ Minister for Tourism, Ali Waheed, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at ITB Berlin today, 6 March 2019.

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Encircled by swaying palms, and measuring 4 metres in diameter, the Bubble’s interior will feature custom-fitted wooden floors, a rotating daybed, telescope, Bang & Olufsen soundsystem and bespoke furnishings. A removable cover provides solar protection during the day – and come nightfall, unfettered views of the star-studded heavens above. In addition to this spectacularly heightened hideaway, the enchanting 220sqm Skyhouse also boasts serene living spaces; a private infinity pool cantilevered out amongst the treetops; and a spacious bathroom. Formerly known as Tree Houses, Amilla’s five Skyhouses are available in one- or two-bedroom configurations, providing an ideal treetop hideaway for families and couples alike.

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Conceived and custom-designed by Eye In The Sky, the transparent inflatable Bubbles are constructed with super-strong, high tech polyester fabric using exclusive Précontraint Serge Ferrari® technology. UV-protected, fully waterproof and climate-controlled, the Bubbles create an inspiring environment where guests can enjoy a uniquely immersive, closer-to-nature experience – without compromising on high-spec design and luxurious creature comforts.

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Rates for Amilla Fushi’s new immersive SkyHouse with Bubble Experience are available on request, including accommodation; specially designed destination dinner; and breakfast served in the SkyHouse with Bubble, based on two adults sharing.

For more information on Amilla Fushi please visit: http://www.amilla.mv.

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Innahura Maldives Resort Opens its Doors .

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This unpretentious gem in the south-east Lhaviyani Atoll tempts sunseekers, young and young at heart, who have set their mind on a Maldives’ resort where letting your hair down and savouring life’s small pleasures are the norm. You will fall in love with Innahura because it’s just like you: laid back, fun and always up for new adventures.

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With its  78 Beach bungalows that line on the island’s beach are perfect for honeymooners, families planning a long overdue get-together, and anyone who fancies a week or two living the good, easy life with as much or as little to do as one’s heart desire.

SUNSETBEACH BUNGALOWS

33 airy bungalows with magnificent views of Innahura’s picture-perfect lagoon.

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SUNRISEBEACH BUNGALOWS

41 bright bungalows complete with views of the open ocean as far as the eye can see.

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ADJACENTBEACH BUNGALOWS

Friends and families who travel to the Maldives together stay together. A total of 4 adjacent bungalows for maximum fun.

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The wonderful thing about Innahura is that its riches don’t end with beaches – plenty of events and activities are at your fingertips, all with a Maldivian twist to them. Appreciate this beautiful country, its culture and its people through authentic experiences and spontaneous moments.

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At Innahura, days are filled with joyful moments rather than  luxuries. Like beach barbecues and beer over gala dinners and champagne, barefoot frolicking over Rolls Royce limo service.

Here, life is easy – and probably just like you would want your holiday in the Maldives to be!

For more information and Booking : https://www.innahura.com

 

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The first ever Paramotoring expedition from north to south of the Maldives

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The first paramotor expedition across the Maldives started on Saturday, with A team of 10 intrepid paramotor pilots will travel to one of the most idyllic locations on the planet in an audacious bid to raise awareness of the effects that pollution, climate change and rising sea levels are having on the Maldives and the imminent threat to the islands and their inhabitants.

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Photo Credit : Paramotor Maldives

The ‘Maldives Paramotors 2019’ event was organised by local firm Sky Guys Pvt Ltd, with local telecom giant Dhiraagu as the official sponsor.

This two week aerial challenge will start from the northernmost Thuraakunu island and traverse down to the southernmost Addu Gan. En route, the pilots will present a flying spectacle as they circumnavigate the inhabited islands and resorts of the Maldives. Special flying displays will take place in the population centres of Kulhudhuffushi, Male’, Fua Mulak and Addu. The team anticipate stopping in 24 Islands en-route. Pilots will fly at approximately 50 metres over inhabited islands and between inhabited islands approximately 150 metres.

THE ROUTE

The Route below is approximate and will be liable to change. Flying days will be determined by weather conditions. If flying conditions are unfavourable the team will continue the journey by sea transport.

Not all pilots will fly at one time. The team plan to fly 1-2 Hrs in the morning and 1-2 hours in the afternoon with a 3 hr lunch stop in the islands.

PILOTS

The Paramotor Maldives Event has gathered a core team of ten intrepid pilots from around the world. Each pilot is no stranger to adventure and has many hundreds of flying hours between them. Pilots can choose to fly either the northern route (Thuraakunu to Male’) or the southern route (Male’ to Addu) or both. Pilots will also offer tandem flights as they travel down through the Maldives. The team consists of :

  1.   Dave Hardingham
  2.  Kester Haynes (Chief Pilot)
  3.  Zak al Shanfari
  4.  Daniel Rodrigues
  5.  Nadav Palmach
  6.  Seth Royce
  7.  James Borges
  8.  Gilo Cardozo
  9.  Damian Cardozo
  10.  Tom Prideaux-Brune

The Managing Director of Sky Guys Javid Hussain, highlighted  that their main aim is to raise awareness about the global warming and sea level rise  across the Maldives.

Also Javid added  promoting Sports and Adventure Tourism in the Maldives is  one of their main objectives.

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Six Senses Laamu Integral in Campaign Launch to Protect Seagrass in the Maldives

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One of the most valuable ecosystems on our planet, seagrass, is being deliberately removed so as to maintain the white sand beaches and clear turquoise waters prized by the tourism industry in the Maldives.

On World Seagrass Day, March 1, 2019, the Maldives Underwater Initiative (MUI), the marine team at Six Senses Laamu and Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) will be launching the #ProtectMaldivesSeagrass campaign to protect seagrass at all resorts in the Maldives.

Natasha Prokop, MUI head marine biologist says, “We’re only just beginning to comprehend the scale of the problem in the Maldives. In a survey of 49 resorts, we found that 50 percent of those that have seagrass actively remove it- and those are just the ones admitting to it.”

Dr. Paul York, a world-renowned expert on seagrass from James Cook University in Australia, spoke out against the controversial practice at a seminar on seagrass at the Maldives National University. “It is deeply concerning that resorts are removing one of the most important ecosystems in our biosphere. Seagrass is a vital food source for the endangered green sea turtles, it supports healthier coral reefs, fights climate change, offers coastal protection and supports commercial fisheries”.

Natasha added, “Resorts mostly remove their seagrass for aesthetic reasons, ignoring the ecosystem services it provides in favor of potential for the tourism industry.”

Marteyne van Well, Six Senses Laamu general manager, has seen the benefits seagrass has had on tourism since the resort pledged to help protect it almost two years ago. “Whether it’s watching green sea turtles feed meters from their villas or snorkeling alongside eagle rays, numerous guests have praised us for pledging to help protect our seagrass. This feedback from guests shows that seagrass and tourism can coexist – with overwhelming benefits to all parties”.

The campaign will bring together resorts, international organizations, film makers and scientists all in partnership and all advocating for its protection.

Marteyne spoke out about the growing need for resorts to work together in the Maldives to tackle environmental issues. “It’s easy as a resort to just focus your marine conservation efforts on your own doorstep. We’re looking forward to working with other environmentally-conscious resorts to create a larger voice and advocate for not only seagrass protection, but for numerous other conservation issues. These partnerships will be a key tool in tackling the challenges the Maldives is currently facing and developing a sustainable business model for existing and future resorts.”

Dr. York felt optimistic that the campaign could set an example for the global tourism industry. “With the total area of seagrass worldwide declining at a rate of 7 percent per year, there has never been a more important time to start protecting seagrass. If the Maldives tourism industry sets the standard for other locations around the world, then we’re likely to see other countries follow suit, reap the benefits seagrass has to offer and protect a key habitat on a global scale.”

Learn more about the campaign at www.protectmaldivesseagrass.com and show your support for the campaign on social media by using the hashtag #ProtectMaldivesSeagrass.

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IndiGo to start operations from Pune to the Maldives in March end

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According to a source, the low-cost carrier IndiGo will start flights from Pune to Velana International Airport. This will also be IndiGo’s first international flight from Pune.

“The 10-hour flight is expected to start from March 25. While exact details aren’t known yet it will be an early morning flight – with a 5 AM take-off” a Pune airport official said.

“Indigo had been looking to start an international connection from Pune for a long time. A flight to Dubai was almost finalized last year, but things fell through” the official added.

According to the IndiaTimes the flight will not be a direct flight since it will halt at Bengaluru.

The budget passenger carrier started flights to the Maldives on last year’s November as a part of it’s international expansion.

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Vegetarian restaurant in the Maldives lets guests harvest their own food

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 A luxury Soneva Resorts are participating in the ultimate farm-to-table experience — and they even get to harvest the ingredients for their own dinners. The Soneva Fushi just opened Shades of Green, its new vegetarian restaurant at the exclusive Maldives resort.

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The seed for the vegetarian restaurant was planted when Copenhagen-based chef Carsten Kyster visited Soneva Fushi as a guest in March 2018. Kyster has worked at the River Café and The Sugar Club in London as well as traveling and working in Southeast Asia over the last 15 years. After eating a lunch made with ingredients from Soneva Fushi’s organic garden, inspiration struck. A year later, the 20-seat Shades of Green welcomes guests for intimate, plant-based dinners.

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Before dining at the new vegetarian restaurant, guests take a guided tour of the garden, learning about the herbs, fruits and vegetables while picking dinner ingredients. They gather around a fire pit for an appetizer, then move to tables set beneath fruit trees to enjoy the remaining six courses. Dinner can last late into the night.

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Shades of Green’s menu will change with the seasons and is based around the colors red, green and yellow. Chef Kyster blends Maldivian and other Southeast Asian cuisines with Nordic culinary techniques, such as salting, smoking, pickling and fermenting. The meal is designed to fulfill six categories: cleanse, raw, crispy, grain, fire and sweet. For example, mangosteen kombucha paired with plums, beetroot vinegar powder and shiso leaves is a cleansing dish. A fire dish contains hotter ingredients, such as leeks and pepper sauce.

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Soneva Fushi is located within the Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve coral reef. Guests in the 61 private villas enjoy amenities like an open-air cinema, a high-tech observatory, a glassblowing studio, private butlers and 500 different wines — and now, a vegetarian restaurant, too.

 

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Soneva Announces Partnership Between Soneva Jani and the Olive Ridley Project

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Eco-friendly luxury resort operator Soneva has announced a partnership between its Soneva Jani resort in Maldives and the Olive Ridley Project.

The aim of the official new partnership involves hiring a special Turtle Biologist to oversee the Turtle ID Database in Noonu Atoll, monitor turtle nesting activity at Soneva Jani, and eventually run the rehabilitation centre that will be built on the island to help sick and injured sea turtles regain their health. The Turtle Biologist will also run regular workshops and activities for guests at Soneva Jani to help raise awareness about turtle biology, their importance in the marine environment, and the threats they face today.

“We are thrilled to partner with Soneva Jani and look forward to working together to protect sea turtles in the Noonu Atoll. Our collaboration will provide a platform that ensures the best possible care for injured sea turtles and allows us to better monitor populations in the region. We are proud to be working alongside a dedicated and passionate team that share common values towards the marine environment,” Martin Stelfox, Founder and CEO of the Olive Ridley Project, was quoted in a statement, as saying.

Soneva Jani has been working with the Olive Ridley Project since 2017, during which the resort’s resident marine biologist has worked to remove ghost nets from the ocean, assisted in the rescue of injured turtles, and contributed valuable sea turtle photo ID’s to build a database of turtles resident in the Noonu atoll. The hotel has also welcomed Olive Ridley Project’s Senior Project Scientist Dr. Jillian Hudgins and Lead Veterinarian Surgeon Dr. Claire Petros to the island to conduct training and awareness sessions for both guests and staff on the subject of turtle rehabilitation, and to educate people on the dangers of ghost nets in the ocean.

“We are delighted to announce our recent partnership with the Olive Ridley Project, which will serve as a valuable platform for us to continue our commitment to raising awareness about the dangers that sea turtles face today,” Eleanor Butler, Soneva Jani’s Marine Biologist, said.

“The Olive Ridley Project is renowned in the Maldives for their ongoing, selfless work in turtle conservation, and we are beyond proud to be a part of this.”

Every year, it is estimated that 640,000 tonnes of ghost nets are discarded at sea, which amounts to 10 percent of the world’s total marine debris. Ghost nets are commercial fishing nets that have been lost, abandoned, or discarded at sea. Every year, they are responsible for trapping and killing millions of marine animals including sharks, rays, bony fish, turtles, dolphins, whales, crustaceans, and birds. Ghost nets cause further damage by entangling live coral, smothering reefs and introducing parasites and invasive species into reef environments. Between July 2013 and July 2018, there were 601 turtle entanglements recorded in discarded fishing nets in the Maldives alone.

The Maldives is home to five species of sea turtles, the most frequently spotted out of these five are the Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) and the Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata). Loggerheads, Leatherbacks and Olive Ridley turtles are the rarer species. Although all species of turtles have been protected by law in the Maldives since 1995, the major threats to these animals continue to be egg and meat poaching and entanglement in marine debris. All seven of the world’s species of sea turtles are on IUCN’s Red List with the Hawksbill turtle being listed as the most critically endangered out of the seven.

The Olive Ridley Project, a UK Registered Charity (No. 1165905), was founded in 2013 due to the large numbers of Olive Ridley sea turtles being entangled in fishing nets in the Maldives, where this turtle species is particularly rare. Most encounters with this vulnerable sea turtle in the Maldives are under stressful conditions; entangled in ghost nets, or floating injured on the surface. Turtles trapped in ghost nets regularly suffer from exhaustion, malnutrition, buoyancy issues and deep lacerations around the neck and flippers, and commonly require further specialist care and long term rehabilitation after being cut free from the net.

Opened in December 2016, Soneva Jani is Soneva’s newest property and the world-leading luxury hotel group’s second resort in the Maldives.

Soneva Jani is located on the island of Medhufaru within a 5.6 kilometre lagoon in the Noonu Atoll, and has uninterrupted ocean views in all directions. The lagoon is 35 minutes by seaplane from Velana International Airport and one hour by speedboat from Soneva Fushi.

Meaning ‘wisdom’ in Sanskrit, Soneva Jani currently comprises 24 overwater villas and one island villa, with additional villas to be built in phase two. Five islands encircle the lagoon, each one with soft white sands and covered in rich tropical vegetation. Four of the five islands will remain untouched, making Soneva Jani the lowest density development in the Maldives. The overwater villas are spaced across the expansive lagoon, offering privacy and extensive views over the Maldives’ turquoise waters. The island villas will be tucked into the lush greenery, providing the ultimate privacy, and all within steps of the beach.

Soneva Jani’s main guest facilities are located at The Gathering, the heart of the overwater villas. This dramatic three story structure is home to the main dining outlets, in addition to the Soneva Spa, library, retail area and wine cellar. It is located next to the Maldives’ first overwater Observatory.

Facilities on the island include the overwater Cinema Paradiso, the Eco Centro Waste-to-Wealth centre, organic gardens, tennis courts, water sports champa and Zuhair’s Beach on a desert island in the lagoon.

Source:www.maldives.net.mv

 

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Coral conservation at Anantara Maldives.

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Conservation is key for resorts that dwell on the beauty of its natural surroundings.  Recently reported on  the coral reef conservation work undertaken by The Andaman in Langkawi and following suit is Anantara Maldives.

Beneath the clear waters that surround the island archipelago of the Maldives’ South Malé Atoll, a fragile world is quietly rebuilding itself. Reef conservation charity, Coral Reef CPR’s pioneering Holistic Approach to Reef Protection (HARP) programme, funded by Anantara guests, has been fundamental in creating significant improvements to coral health and size in the past three years, with some corals growing over 15cm in the past 12 months, an extraordinary improvement, given corals grow only 1cm a year sometimes.

Coral reefs protect the pristine beaches at Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort, Anantara Veli Maldives Resort and Naladhu Private Island Maldives and guard the islands’ crystal-clear lagoon. They also support an astounding array of tropical fish, crustaceans and molluscs. However, for all its beauty and apparent resilience, coral is a sensitive organism, vulnerable to extreme weather, sudden environmental changes, the effects of global climate change, as well as outbreaks of coral predators.

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Anantara’s philosophy is that environmental responsibility begins at home. So the Anantara team in the Maldives joined forces with marine biologists whose mission is to reduce threats and promote sustainable management and rehabilitation of reef ecosystems, in order to develop ways to protect the coral ahead of the anticipated environmental stresses of El Niño, a climate cycle that has a global impact on weather patterns.

Led by chief scientist, Dr Andrew Bruckner, the pioneering five-year programme, HARP, encompasses practical environmental protection and marine education with the goal of limiting potential damage to the reefs in the Maldives and ensuring the coral reefs continue to not only survive, but to thrive. Just as Anantara is taking its responsibility to the local environment very seriously, the programme is also ensuring that guests at each resort – as well as the local community – can continue to enjoy the spectacular world beneath the waterline for many years to come.

The programme focused on four aspects; nursery maintenance, expansion of coral nurseries through the addition of new fragments to coral ropes and coral tables, out-planting of nursery-grown corals onto degraded reefs, and maintenance and expansion of the Aqua Bar snorkel trail.

  “A positive environmental impact on the overall ecosystem of the Maldives”

Director of Conservation for Minor Hotels, the umbrella brand overseeing Anantara, John Roberts, said: “The Maldives is a low-lying atoll nation in the Indian Ocean, and as such is a country at high risk from the impacts of climate change; including increasing sea surface temperatures that lead to coral bleaching, as it did in 2016.

“With the Maldives being highly dependent on its breathtaking and world-famous coral reefs, not just for tourism but for other industries such as fishing, the coral reef programmes such as HARP play a fundamental role in food provision, shoreline protection, tourism revenue and ultimately the enjoyment of guests visiting Anantara Maldives. Work to date conducted by Andy and the Coral Reef CPR team has helped to regenerate and sustain the reefs that surround the Anantara resorts, nurturing a positive environmental impact on the overall ecosystem of the Maldives.”

Dollar for deeds

Currently, all project work undertaken in the Maldives by Coral Reef CPR for HARP is funded by the Anantara initiative ‘Dollars For Deeds’, whereby Anantara guests are invited to donate one dollar for each night of their stay, which is then matched dollar for dollar by Minor Hotels. Dollars For Deeds funds raised in the Maldives are committed over the coming five years to three key focus areas: protection of marine and coastal environments; environmental education; and community welfare.

In April 2018, Coral Reef CPR, in partnership with Silver Sands, completed the next phase of coral nursery and coral restoration work at Anantara Dhigu and Anantara Veli as part of the HARP programme. All of the work was undertaken within the shallow lagoonal and reefal habitats surrounding Anantara, in South Malé Atoll, Maldives. Corals within the four nurseries (Aqua Bar, Advanced Snorkel Area, Veli lagoon and Dhigu House Reef) have all shown substantial growth, with over 97% survival since the establishment of the nurseries and a 500-1000 fold increase in biomass of corals. A total of 1,484 new corals were added to the nurseries at Dhigu and Veli, South Male Atoll.

Source :https://www.traveldailymedia.com

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Celebrate Easter Like a VIP at Jumeirah Vittaveli Maldives

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If you’re still searching for the ideal destination to celebrate Easter with your family, Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives offers you the perfect place.

Imagine being flown on a private seaplane 100km away from Malé for the world’s most exclusive dinner or celebrating with the family at the resort’s Zootopia party.

Celebrate a fun-filled Easter in Maldives with  Zootopia themed festivities and a Pop-up by HIDE’s Michelin Star Chef Ollie Dabbous including the world’s most luxurious dining experience.

From 19 April to 24 April 2019, Chef Ollie Dabbous will host interactive dinners with wine pairing and showcase his signature dishes at the main restaurant Samsara. Grand finale of his residency will be a sunset cruise with champagne and canapes followed by an intimate dinner hosted by the Michelin starred chef himself.

The main venue for Chef Ollie’s pop-up will be Cuvée, the wine library with panoramic glass walls which also doubles as space for private functions and degustation dinners. Cuvée boasts over 350 labels from select vineries around the world including a number of unique bin end wines.

The world’s most exclusive dining experience, hosted by Chef Ollie Dabbous. The experience starts with a private VIP seaplane flight to one of the last untouched atolls of the Maldives, 100km away from Male. An exquisite Michelin starred menu cooked live by Chef Ollie will await, set up at a table carved from sand. Spend the night star-gazing from your own private luxury yacht before you return to Jumeirah Vittaveli. The ultimate dining experience is available from USD 25000 including a 5-night stay for 2 guests at Jumeirah Vittaveli.

On the island, colourful Easter decorations will paint a cheerful mood. Children can dress up as one of the characters from Zootopia and join an island treasure hunt in search for the golden egg. The Easter bunny will stop by to surprise children and join in some of the festive fun! The Easter festivities will end in an opulent spread at Samsara, serenaded by a live band.

Dubbed as one of London’s Best chefs and by The Guardian as the most wanted chef in Britain, Chef Ollie worked his way up in some of the UK’s best kitchens with likes of Claude Bosi and Raymond Blanc. Chef Ollie Dabbous opened his first restaurant ‘Dabbous’ in 2012 to unprecedented critical acclaim. It fast became one of London’s busiest restaurants. He released his cookbook two years later, and maintained the Michelin star until he closed in 2017 in order to concentrate on his work as Executive Chef and Co-Owner of HIDE.

Your Easter celebrations could include:

  • Easter Bunny visit for children
  • Colourful Easter Tea Party with cupcakes, chocolate eggs, cotton candy and fun decor
  • Hunt for the golden Easter egg
  • Indulgent Chocolate spa package**
  • Festive Easter dinner buffet at Samsara
  • Family fun water rides** at the Water Sports Centre

The Guest Chef Residency Programme for Chef Ollie Dabbous is as follows:

  • Saturday, 20 April: Wine dinner at Cuvée**
  • Sunday, 21 April: Live pop-up at festive Samsara Easter dinner
  • Monday, 22 April: Four-hand dinner at Swarna, joined by Executive Chef Francis Cornelious**
  • Tuesday, 23 April: Wine dinner at Cuvée**
  • Wednesday, 24 April: Champagne sunset cruise, followed by dinner at Cuvée**

Your stay at Jumeirah Vittaveli will come with:

  • Complimentary daily buffet breakfast
  • Private swimming pool with every villa
  • Complimentary access to Kuda Koli Kids Club and activities
  • Exclusive access to private, pristine beach or lagoon
  • Wi-Fi access all around the resort
  • Complimentary non-motorised water sports
  • Complimentary use of Vittaveli Cycles to explore the island

** These experiences are chargeable and subject to availability.

For more information visit : Jumeirah Vittaveli Maldives

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Increase in UK Visitors to the Maldives

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The Maldives has announced an impressive 10.2 per cent year-on-year increase in the total number of UK visitor arrivals in 2018, when compared with 2017

In total, 114,602 UK tourists arrived in the Indian Ocean destination from January – December 2018, compared with 103,977 in 2017.

December alone saw 10,784 UK tourist arrivals in the Maldives, representing an increase of 11% when compared to the same month in 2017 when 9,717 UK travellers arrived in the Maldives. The UK represents the second largest European inbound market for tourism to the Maldives and the third largest globally, with holidaymakers from the UK counting for 7.7% of total arrivals to the Maldives in 2018.

Globally, the Maldives welcomed 1.48 million international tourists in 2018, representing a 6.8% year-on-year increase when compared to the total arrivals in 2017.

In 2018, the Maldives celebrated major infrastructure transformations and several new resort openings, including The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort and Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi. This year at least 17 further resort openings are planned in the Maldives, including LUX North Malé Atoll, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi Resort and The Nautilus, a 26-roomed boutique resort in the heart of the Maldives’ UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. In 2019, the Maldives will also celebrate the opening of CROSSROADS, a combined leisure and entertainment project that will span across nine islands and will become the largest integrated resort in the Indian Ocean.

Commenting on the increase of tourist arrivals, the Maldives’ Minister of Tourism, Hon. Ali Waheed, said: “The UK is one of the Maldives’ most important inbound markets for tourism, so we are extremely pleased to see a continued increase in the number of British travellers who choose to holiday here. This year, we will welcome the opening of several new exceptional four-star and luxury resorts so we look forward to welcoming even more new and returning UK guests to our islands.”

In addition to new tourism developments in the Maldives, the destination was presented with a host of impressive industry awards in 2018 and was most recently crowned as the ‘World’s Leading Dive Destination 2018’ at the World Travel Awards, which were held in Lisbon in December 2018. Furthermore, five Maldivian resorts were also recognised at the awards evening, including Baros Maldives, which was named the ‘World’s Most Romantic Resort 2018’, and Jumeirah Vittaveli, which was awarded as the ‘World’s Leading Honeymoon Resort 2018’.

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InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) Announces Acquisition of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

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InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) has today announced the acquisition of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, one of the world’s leading operators of luxury hotels, resorts and spas. The $300 million cash acquisition from Pegasus Capital Advisors includes all of Six Senses’ brands and operating companies and does not include any real estate assets. 

Six Senses currently manages 16 hotels and resorts, with 18 management contracts signed into its pipeline, and more than 50 further deals under active discussion. With properties in locations such as the Maldives, the Seychelles, Yao Noi in Thailand, Zighy Bay in Oman, and Portugal’s Douro Valley, the addition of Six Senses’ award-winning estate and high-quality development pipeline will further round out IHG’s position in the luxury segment. 

At Six Senses’ core is a commitment to guest rejuvenation and reconnection, with an expert focus on wellness and sustainability. The acquisition extends IHG’s reach to a community of affluent travellers and new owners and provides instant entry to some of the world’s most sought-after locations.

Six Senses will sit at the top of IHG’s luxury portfolio, complementing the world’s largest luxury hotel brand, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts; the recently acquired and repositioned Regent Hotels & Resorts; and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, for which IHG has secured a presence in 14 countries, since its acquisition of the brand in 2015. Today’s acquisition of Six Senses takes IHG’s portfolio of open and pipeline luxury hotels to 400 hotels (108,000 rooms) globally.

By combining IHG’s scale, systems and operational excellence with Six Senses’ luxury, resort and spa expertise, IHG sees the potential to grow the Six Senses estate to more than 60 properties globally over the next 10 years. This includes bringing Six Senses to important urban markets, with a property already under construction in West Chelsea, Manhattan, New York City.

Keith Barr, Chief Executive Officer, IHG, commented: “Six Senses is an outstanding brand in the top-tier of luxury and one we’ve admired for some time. You only have to look at its iconic hotels and resorts to see how this acquisition will further round out our luxury offer. With a focus on wellness and sustainability, Six Senses has been voted the world’s top hotel brand for the past two years, which is testament to its impressive management team who bring deep experience to IHG’s luxury operations.
“Six Senses’ attractive development pipeline provides us with a platform for high quality growth. With the power of the IHG enterprise, we believe we can expand Six Senses to more than 60 properties globally over the next decade. This acquisition continues the progress we’ve made against the strategic initiatives we outlined a year ago, which included a commitment to adding new brands in the fast-growing $60 billion luxury segment.”

Neil Jacobs, Chief Executive Officer, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, commented: “An outstanding business has been built over the past 20 years, and a respected portfolio of hotels and resorts, with wellness and sustainability at their heart. This distinct proposition and the popularity of our award-winning estate, combined with IHG’s scale, systems and expertise gives us the opportunity to accelerate Six Senses’ global growth.”

David Cogut, Principal, Pegasus Capital Advisors, commented: “Six Senses fit well with our core themes of investing in sustainability and wellness with a focus on ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) integration, and we’re proud of the work we have done to build it into one of the world’s best luxury hotel brands. Since acquiring the brand in 2012, we have taken the Six Senses experience to some of the world’s most select locations. IHG shares many of our values and will protect what’s special about the brand as it drives Six Senses’ next phase of growth.”
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas was established in 1995 and is a leading global luxury hotel, resort and spa business. It manages 16 hotels and resorts (1,347 rooms) across 12 countries in some of the most sought-after and aspirational destinations globally. In the Maldives Six Senses operates the Six Senses Laamu.

IHG ® (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including Regent Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN® Hotels, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, voco™ Hotels, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express®, Holiday Inn Club Vacations®, Holiday Inn Resort®, avid® hotels, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®.
IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns more than 5,500 hotels and approximately 826,000 guest rooms in almost 100 countries, with more than 1,800 hotels in its development pipeline.

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Etienne Dalançon Appointed as a General Manager Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi.

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Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts has announced the appointment of Etienne Dalançon as general manager of the upcoming Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi.

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With more than 20 years of experience in various roles within the hospitality industry, Dalançon joined the Hilton team in 2018, and was most recently general manager of opening projects at Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

Over the years, he has strengthened his experience across multiple geographies including Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, as well as in his native home of France.

Daniel Welk, vice president, luxury and lifestyle, Hilton, Asia Pacific, said: “We are delighted to have Etienne on board, overseeing the team at Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi to offer unrivalled service to discerning global travellers.

“With his immense experience in the industry, his appointment represents our commitment to delivering unforgettable experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time.”

In addition to his experience in hotel management as general manager of Park Hyatt Shanghai, alongside opening hotels such as Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome in 2002, Dalançon also has a strong background in sales and marketing, having previously held senior positions at Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

“I am incredibly excited about the opportunity to be a part of such an iconic brand,” said Dalançon.

“Waldorf Astoria has redefined hospitality for the modern-day traveller in landmark locations all around the world, and I am thrilled to be able to play a part in driving this through the forthcoming opening of Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi.”

Spanning three islands in the South Male Atoll, a short 30-minute yacht journey away from Malé International Airport, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi will offer a private escape for couples and families seeking the luxury of space and exclusivity, as well as unique experiences, including a private sandbank available for guests to turn into their own playground paradise.

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Kandolhu Maldives wins one of the TOP Romantic Resort in the World

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Kandolhu Maldives has once again received the highest honor from the travel review giant TripAdvisor. The TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice is given to the top 1% of the hotels around the globe, and Kandolhu Maldives has achieved this in various categories based on numerous excellent reviews by our guests from all corners of the world.

A member of the Small Luxury Hotels, Kandolhu is authentic hospitality paired with raw luxury and intuitive service. Fringed by a house reef offering endless underwater adventures and a plethora of dining options, this tiny island provides for that perfect holiday haven. Guests at Kandolhu are spoilt for choice with five lavish villa types inspired by contemporary Maldivian architecture that come with world class fittings to provide that perfect home away from home. For the ultimate Kandolhu experience, opt for an Ocean Pool Villa with its expansive living space and “glass box” bathroom.

According to the thousands of reviews submitted to TripAdvisor, Kandolhu Maldives is:

  • Top 25 Hotels for Romance — World
  • Top 25 Hotels — Asia
  • Top 25 Hotels for Romance — Asia
  • Top 10 Hotels — Maldives
  • Top 10 Hotels for Romance — Maldives
  • Top 10 Luxury Hotels — Maldives
  • Top 10 Hotels for Service — Maldives

“It is an honor and compliments for the Kandolhu team to be placed in several of the Traveler’s Choice lists. We would like to thank all our guests for the tremendous support to our small intimate island. These accolades could not have been achieved without the commitment to exceptional guest service provided by our fantastic and genuine team”, says Marc LeBlanc, Resort Manager.

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MAHRP Gears Up For First Ever Maldives National Hr Convention and Expo

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Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP) is gearing up for the first ever National HR Convention and EXPO.

Endorsed by the Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI), Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) of Sri Lanka and World HRD Congress of India, the largest gathering of HR professionals in the Maldives will take place from March 4-5, 2019 at the main convention centre of Dharubaaruge in capital Male.

Aimed to provide transformational experiences for all speakers and participations, the National HR Convention and EXPO 2019 is set to be the ultimate platform to feature the latest HR innovations, strategies, insights, and domestic and international best practices by the most influential and respected HR leaders, speakers and practitioners from the Maldives and the region. The expo will feature various services and solutions for managing day-to-day HR practices and functions within organisations.

The theme for the inaugural edition of the convention is, “Future of HR and Work”. Keynote speakers and other presenters will share best practices and highlights covering four main areas: Talent Development and Culture, Employee Wellness and Engagement, Innovation and Digitalisation in HR Practices, and HR as a Business Partner and Future of Work.

Amongst the six keynote addresses, Avi Liran, Chief Delighting Officer at Delivering Delights, will speak on the topic of ‘Creating Delightful HR Experiences’, whilst Jerome Joseph, Chief Delighting Officer and CEO at Brand Theater, will touch upon the concept of ‘Internal Branding and Employee Experience’. Founder and Chairman of World HRD Congress Dr RL Bhatia, Head of Research and Thought Leadership at CIPD Edward Houghton, President of Asia Professional Speakers Association Fredrik Haren, and author and speaker Su Patel will also deliver keynote addresses on the topic of ‘Further of HR and Work’.

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Twenty presentations and speeches will be delivered on a range of topics, including ‘HR Innovation and Digitalisation’, ‘Talent Development and Culture’, ‘Future of Work and HR in Hospitality World’, and ‘Future of Work and Data’. Confirmed speakers and presenters include some of the most well-known names in the local HR professionals network:

  • Ibrahim Inaz, Resort Manager at S Resorts & Hotels
  • Adam Naseer, Director Technical Services at Auditor General’s Office
  • Ali Adam, Manager Human Resources at Universal Enterprises
  • Dr Ahmed Shahid, Dean of Faculty of Research at Villa College
  • Hassan Saeed, Resort Manager at Dhigali Maldives

During the two-day convention, two panel discussions will take place on the topics of ‘HR as a Business Partner’ and ‘Employee Wellness and Engagement’. Panelists include Head of HR Business Partner at Bank of Maldives Ahmed Ibrahim, Cluster Director of HR at S Hotels & Resorts Aminath Shaly, Director of Human Resources at Villa Shipping & Trading Ibrahim Moosa, and Speaker and Trainer at Empowering All Masood Ali.

“This is the first time an event of this magnitude is carried out in the Maldives. We are optimistic that we will be able to gather over 300 HR professionals and leaders to this. Our speakers line includes authors, global keynote speakers from Singapore, Sweden, India, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, and of course the best speakers from Maldives,” MAHRP President Hussain Afeef, who also serves as the Regional Director of Training, Development and Quality Assurance at LUX* Resorts, said.

MAHRP is the first professional association registered in the Maldives, dedicated to human resources and people development.

The association’s mission is to serve the needs of HR professionals by providing the most current and comprehensive resources, and to advance the profession by promoting HR’s essential values, setting professional standards and providing the know-how. It is committed to linking and connecting HR professionals and practitioners locally and oversees through signature events and membership activities.

As part of its aim to develop human resources, MAHRP regularly hosts knowledge share events. The association also organised an exclusive training event in Maldives with world’s leading customer experience consultant Ron Kaufman.

MAHRP’s main focus for 2019 is identifying key challenges in human capital development and work towards adding value to every aspect of HR throughout the country. This includes a series of activities, including HR knowledge share, best practice share, HR organisational level quizzes, HR convention and debate sessions, as well as inspirational talks with world-class speakers.

Registration is now open for National HR Convention and EXPO 2019. Individual participants can register through the link  https://form.jotform.me/90261142208446. Group discounts are offered and requests can be sent to events@mahrp.org or president@mahrp.org. Event Hotline is +960 7778035 or +960 7303617.

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The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort To Host ‘Matt Robert’s Wellness Retreat’ Package

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The UK’s premier fitness expert is inviting guests at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort to experience the ultimate getaway that is guaranteed to generate a feeling of health and well-being, both mentally and physically.

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The tropical vegetation and white-sand beaches of The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort makes it the perfect location to experience the ‘Matt Robert’s Wellness Retreat’.

Taking place from March 17 to March 22, the retreat will provide the ultimate mix of luxury, relaxation and fitness . Guests will experience personal training sessions each day under the watchful eye of Matt himself in addition to yoga and meditation. Guests will enjoy a world-class selection of health-conscious and energizing dishes created by the resort’s team of international chefs.

A leading name in the global health, fitness and well-being industry, Matt’s clients include some of the most famous names in fashion, music, and politics. Matt’s extensive knowledge and international reputation means he is the go-to expert for media in the UK and USA.

The idyllic setting of The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort also means guests can take part in snorkelling, scuba-diving expeditions or water sports between working out their body and calming their mind. Daily rejuvenating treatments will also be available at the resort’s award-winning Iridium Spa.

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Priced from USD 16,700 for couples, the ‘Matt Robert’s Wellness Retreat’ package provides guests with the very best service and accommodation .

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort has to offer, as well as special additional extras provided by Matt and his team of health and fitness experts to make your stay ever more memorable.

The ‘Matt Robert’s Wellness Retreat’ package includes:

  • 5 nights’ accommodation in your chosen villa category (Over-water Villa / Beach Villa or 2-bedroom Family Villa)
  • Return seaplane transfer for two people
  • Customized breakfast, lunch and dinner each day for two people
  • Five spa treatments per person
  • Fitness and Wellness sessions with Matt each day
  • Fully customized daily routine prepared by Matt
  • VIP arrival amenity
  • St. Regis Butler Service

 

Booking and Inquiries  Visit  :  The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

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A Unique Culinary Experience with Chef Johnny Gu at Coco Bodu Hithi

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Coco Bodu Hithi is set to welcome Chef Johnny Gu from Shanghai this March. Chef Johnny will be hosting two exclusive dinners at Aqua restaurant, as well as a very special masterclass for guests. He is the Executive Chef at Lilac Family Cuisine, a fine-dining restaurant based at the Le Sun Chine Hotel Shanghai, a member of Relais & Châteaux.

Johnny began his culinary career in 1996, working at the first international five-star hotel in Pudong, Shanghai. It was here that he was taught by Chef David Yip, the renowned Chinese master chef who has won a Five Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences.

In 2002, Johnny joined Nobel House, a top seafood restaurant chain as their Executive Chef. In 2010, he worked alongside Michelin-starred chefs Gianni D’amato from Italy and Toni Morwald from Austria on several high-end dinner events. Johnny has appeared as a judge on the popular Shanghai SMG TV show, Runway Chef, in 2016. In 2017, he served on the judging panel of the Food and Hotel China International Competition.

Coco Bodu Hithi is situated on the private island of Bodu Hithi in the North Male’ Atoll, a 40 minute (29 km) luxury speedboat ride from Male’ International Airport.

The island is rich in vegetation with naturally designed sandy walkways and coconut trees, edged with white sandy beaches, turquoise seas and isolated sand banks. The ambiance of the island is enchanting for even the most discerning of guests.

To book your exclusive dinner by Chef Johnny Gu, please contact reservations@cococollection.com  Visit  : https://www.cococollection.com

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Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives Partners With Adrienne LDN

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As part of its “Master in Residence” program, Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives has announced its partnership with one of London’s wellness experts and adidas global ambassador, Adrienne LDN. Adrienne will bring her fitness expertise to the resort for an exclusive 10-day experience from April 9, 2019.

During the residency, guests can enhance their fitness journey with five-kilometer runs, private training sessions, total body workouts, morning mobility classes and fitness-for-children sessions. Adrienne will lead participants along a new five-kilometer running trail, which will take runners through 10 locations unique to the resort. Runners can get their hearts pumping as they pass Mount Villingili, the highest peak in the Maldives at five and one tenth meters, run through the lush jungle with 17,000 coconut trees and banyan trees, pass historical sites, witness natural lagoons and the turtle nestling beach, and step through the closest point to Antarctica.  The route also passes along the sandy coastline and through the golf course.

Adrienne, the host of podcast “The Power Hour” and co-founder of “Get To Know,” a platform designed to inspire and support women along their career paths, will also hold a motivational workshop to complete the experience.

Starting from USD800 per night for a minimum of five nights, guests can book the Wellness with Adrienne LDN package. The package includes:

Terms and conditions apply.

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

Source :www.luxurytraveladvisor.com

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Luxury resort The Nautilus Maldives opened its doors .

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The Nautilus Maldives welcomed its first guests on 3rd February 2019. The entire staff welcomed the first guests with champagne, bodu beru and ribbon cutting ceremony. The Major highlight being the ‘first steps’ on the island by guests.  Celebrations continued on to the evening with sunset cocktails and the first ever ‘Nautilus Rising’ ceremony as the distinctive nautilus shell in the pool gradually comes alight, giving the appearance of rising out of the water.

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The inspiration behind this boutique 26-room island is Dr. Ibrahim Maniku, a Maldivian entrepreneur with over 30-years’ experience in business and resort ownership. Originally thinking about building his dream retreat on the tiny island, The Nautilus has grown to become his personal vision of what the last word in island luxury – in both the Maldives and worldwide – should be. “The Nautilus Maldives has been designed for the new generation of luxury travellers; travellers who expect more than just a great sun tan at the end of a holiday and are looking for transformative experiences and activities that they can share with those who matter the most to them,” states Dr Maniku. “Before beginning this project we did a great deal of research about luxury resorts around the world to ensure that we can surpass their standards and also launch a concept that’s different.

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Accommodation at The Nautilus is called ‘houses and residences’ because guests should feel the same levels of comfort and ease as when at home, along with the most spectacular features the Maldives has to offer. Those features include private pools, ocean views from every house, soft sandy beaches encircling dense tropical greenery, and a rich coral reef just metres from the island’s shores. Originally a deserted island – too small at 250m diameter for inhabitation – the tiny island retains many of its original native plants and trees.

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The Nautilus philosophy therefore is one of absolute freedom for its guests, offering a laid-back ‘modern bohemian’ lifestyle where guests can escape from their everyday lives, truly be themselves, and reconnect with their inner being, with nature and with their families – all in a beautiful Maldivian setting. This philosophy has meant rethinking how a luxury resort is run in order to base services around the guest and not follow standard operating procedures. With this in mind, service is driven by the House Captains (butlers), who take care of every detail instead of handing over to receptionists, concierges, excursion guides etc.

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Restaurants don’t have set opening hours: breakfast can be taken at any time of day – and not even in the restaurant if the guest prefers breakfast in bed or by their pool. While there will be menus in each of the three restaurants, these are seen as starting points for a discussion with chef about what the guest would like to eat rather than as set guidelines for what can be ordered.

Spa treatments can happen without appointment and if the urge to borrow the resort’s yacht and head out into the blue yonder for a picnic should suddenly strike, the House Captain – one to every guest – will simply arrange everything as needed.

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The resort also features three restaurants, two bars and a spa.

The Nautilus Maldives  situated in the biosphere reserve, the resort is in close proximity to famed Manta Ray spot ‘Hanifaru Bay’ and other pristine dive sites across Baa Atoll.

Uniquely in the Maldives, The Nautilus experience begins on the runway at Velana International Airport, where every guest will be taken straight from the plane to a VIP terminal in the airport for a relaxed customs and immigration clearance. From there it’s a short hop to The Nautilus’ own private lounge to await the 35-minute seaplane flight to Baa atoll.

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