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Baros named “Indian Ocean’s Most Romantic Resort” for seventh time

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Baros, the Maldivian-owned boutique island resort, has been awarded as the “Indian Ocean’s Most Romantic Resort” for the seventh consecutive year at the 26th World Travel Awards ceremony held recently in Mauritius.

Established in 1993, the World Travel Awards are recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence. A series of regional gala ceremonies are held to acknowledge distinction within each continent, culminating in a Grand Final at the end of the year. Baros was chosen by voters consisting of industry professionals and travelers across the globe.

“This recognition as the “Indian Ocean’s Most Romantic Resort” for the seventh consecutive year is a high honour and we are very thankful for the trust that our colleagues in the industry and guests have in us,” said Ahmed ‘Jay’ Jihad, General Manager of Baros Maldives. “It motivates us to keep exceeding guests’ expectations and advancing the Baros legacy of providing personalized experiences in intimate luxury and with extensive care.”

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Intercontinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort Opening on September 2019

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InterContinental® Maldives Maamunagau Resort, the flagship property of InterContinental Hotels .The Intercontinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort is set to open on September 2019. The resort is located in Maamunagau Island, Raa Atoll and is a scenic seaplane ride away from Velana International Airport (VIA).


In order to celebrate this opening, Intercontinental Resorts and Hotels would be hosting an invite-only British Summer Party at The Arts Club in Mayfair, London on 25th June 2019. The cocktail event is to go on from 1800 hours until 2000 hours and attendees are required to dress in smart casual attire.

The Intercontinental Maldives Maamunagau resort has 83 rooms and caters different food varieties at their restaurants. Their facilities include spa services and a special center for water sports. Intercontinental Maamunagau is set to open on September 2019.

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Turn Your Dreams into Reality

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Weddings, renewal of vows and honeymoons are romantic milestone events to enjoy and look back on with cherished memories for the rest of your lives.

At Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa, we know how much you’ve dreamed about this special occasion and our team here on this beautiful island will help you turn that dream into reality.

For couples craving for genuine luxury and award-winning culinary experiences, this luxurious all-villa and suite concept resort provides everything you have been looking for.

Discover the secret haven on the private crescent-shaped Haa Alifu Atoll. As its name suggests, Hideaway really does offer the epitome of seclusion. In fact, the privacy levels are the resort’s hallmark, boasting some of the largest beachfront villas in the Maldives. You may opt to stay in the stunning over-water villa where you can fully surround yourself with the beauty and vastness of the ocean, all attended to by your own personal butler.

 Spend your days wallowing in the two infinity pools that blend seamlessly into the glistening waters, or indulge in a blissful pamper retreat at Hideaway Spa. The especially curated honeymoon package even includes a daily fruit basket, bottle of champagne and a candle-lit dinner for two.

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Emirates assume to launch new-look 777 plane on Maldives route



Emirates currently operates its latest Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to 
Brussels, Geneva, Vienna, Tokyo (Haneda), London Stansted and Riyadh.

Emirates has announced the deployment of its latest Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft fitted with the Game Changer First Class suites on its Dubai-Malé route from June 1.

The Maldivian capital will become the first destination in the south Asian region to be served on a regular basis by the new aircraft.

Passengers travelling to and from the archipelago on Emirates flights EK658 and EK659, one of three daily non-stop services connecting Malé with Emirates’ hub in Dubai, will be able to experience the fully-enclosed First Class private suites inspired by luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz.

The latest Emirates Boeing 777 aircraft features ergonomically designed seats, multi-million dollar upgrades and the latest version of the ice inflight entertainment system across all cabins.

Emirates currently operates its latest Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to Brussels, Geneva, Vienna, Tokyo (Haneda), London Stansted and Riyadh and has announced it will deploy the aircraft on flights to Kuwait from June 1.

Emirates is the world’s largest operator of the Boeing 777 family of aircraft, flying over 160 to six continents from its Dubai hub.



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Hard Rock Hotel Maldives to Launch Music Programme

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Music is a magnet that brings people together, and a spectacular new hotel will soon be launched in the Maldives that allows all different generations to unwind and reconnect with each other to sounds of their own beats.

Hard Rock Hotel Maldives will open its doors this summer as part of CROSSROADS Maldives, the Indian Ocean’s largest integrated resort.
Located on the stunning Emboodhoo Lagoon, just 15 minutes from Mali International Airport by speed boat, the hotel will feature a series of signature music-inspired experiences for all ages, including the Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club and Teen Spirit, dedicated hangouts for kids and teens, plus a Body Rock fitness centre, a Rock Spa and a Rock Shop.

For kids, no two days at Hard Rock Hotel Maldives will be the same.

Young guests who visit Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club and Teen Spirit will be given an ‘All Access Pass ‘and can collect passport stamps by participating in activities, or jams . A daily jam programme can include arts and crafts, a mini circus with aerial acrobatics, gymnastics, a climbing wall and introductory self-defence classes, beach activities, water sports and musical stage shows with real instruments and professional musicians or with lip-synching, air guitar, dance routines and more. Private music lessons will also be available to unleash your child’s inner guitar hero or superstar DJ.


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Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Leads the Luxury Travel Evolution


Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world’s leading luxury hospitality company, unveils plans for an all-new Four Seasons Private Jet that will take flight in early 2021, evoking the bygone glamour of air travel coupled with thoughtful, guest-centric design.

A new A321LR aircraft, part of the new Airbus NEO family, is being fully customised by Four Seasons and tailored to the continually evolving vision of its industry-first Private Jet experience. The concepts embodied in the current Four Seasons Jet, with its luxurious comforts and amenities, are being taken to the next level with even more space for Private Jet guests and staff to mix and mingle, or simply relax and enjoy the ride.


“The Four Seasons Private Jet experience defines modern luxury air travel, encouraging meaningful connections between people and places while delivering a seamless and highly personalised journey,” says Christian Clerc, President, Worldwide Hotel Operations, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “Building on the tremendous success of our Private Jet program to date, with consistent sell outs, wait lists, and near perfect guest satisfaction rates, our drive to continuously innovate and push the conventional limits of travel has led to this new opportunity to experience Four Seasons like never before.”

An Interactive Flight Experience


Built to replace the current aircraft, the new Four Seasons Private Jet will offer an even more modern, enriching and interactive flight experience, thanks to meticulous construction and thoughtful Four Seasons design.

Offering the widest and tallest cabin in its class, key features include a new spacious lounge area that invites socialising among guests, and also becomes the stage for a series of Four Seasons artisans to showcase their talents and craft in interactive workshops.  Guests will have the opportunity to meet and learn from Four Seasons master chefs and mixologists, wellness experts and arts and culture aficionados for an enriching in-flight experience.

With only 48 custom handcrafted seats designed by Optimares, with leather from Italian producer Poltrona Frau, the spacious interior will also allow guests to socialise more easily while seated.  New purpose-built personal ottomans at each seat will encourage interaction and comfortable face-to-face connections. With every detail under consideration, lavatories are also being expanded for added comfort and flexibility, reflecting a more residential style.

The Evolution of Luxury Travel


“When designing the new Four Seasons Private Jet, we were inspired by the glamour and prestige of air travel in times past, when every flight was a special occasion,” says Dana Kalczak, Four Seasons Vice President, Design. “With a laser focus on comfort and functionality, our aim is to create an environment that encourages spontaneous social interaction between everyone on board, reinforcing the power of connection.”

Culinary Delights


The on-board Four Seasons Executive Chef will enjoy an expanded galley area in which to prepare menus that are inspired by the journey itself, with the opportunity for spur-of-the-moment culinary surprises along the way.

The Executive Chef is joined by a full complement of dedicated Four Seasons staff, including a Four Seasons Concierge, Director of Guest Experience, Physician, and Four Seasons-trained in-flight crew, ensuring an elevated and highly-personal experience that guests have come to expect from Four Seasons.


What Isn’t Changing?

Four Seasons Private Jet guests will continue to enjoy the ultimate freedom of travelling worry-free, knowing that every step of the journey – from the accommodations and trip itinerary to the highly exclusive excursions and local recommendations – will be looked after with the attention to detail, exceptional quality and caring service for which Four Seasons is renowned.  Since launching the hospitality industry’s first fully branded and customised private jet in 2015, the Four Seasons Private Jet experience has transported hundreds of guests on bespoke journeys around the world, opening doors to extraordinary adventures and memorable destinations, while staying in complete comfort and luxury with Four Seasons along the way.  

Travellers interested in booking the luxury adventure of a lifetime are invited to visit for a closer look at the exclusive journeys on offer in some of the world’s most captivating destinations. All-new itineraries aboard the new Four Seasons Jet are currently in development and will also be unveiled in 2019.

Welcome to the new Four Seasons Private Jet.


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Bandos Maldives Stops Usage of Plastic Straws

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Bandos Maldives has announced its decision to discontinue the use of plastic drinking straws.

As part of the decision made to mark Earth Day on April 22, Bandos will discontinue the use of single-use, plastic drinking straws with immediate effect. Guests will instead be served drinks without any straws; if they request for a straw, biodegradable straws will be used instead of plastic.

“… join with us in this worldwide movement and commit to skipping the straw which is only a small step that will go a long way in protecting our species,” an announcement by the resort read.

“Thank you for your cooperation in this initiative to save our environment.”

The switch away from plastic straws is the latest initiative by Bandos to lighten its environmental impact.

Bandos has introduced glass bottles to phase out single use plastic water bottles. Guests are now offered bottled water in reusable glass bottles, and the water is produced at the island’s own drinking water facility.

While plastic is one of the most defining inventions of our time, its negative environmental impact is undeniable. Globally, 300 million tons of plastic are produced on an annual basis and around 8.8 million tons are dumped into the oceans.

The throwaway nature of single-use, seemingly harmless plastic straws are actually one of the top two polluters of the ocean, and each straw takes up to 500 years to decompose. The total number of plastic straws used daily is so large that no global usage figure exists, but Americans alone use 500 million straws daily, according to the National Park Service.

Located in North Male Atoll and accessible by a short 10-minute speedboat ride from the main Velana International Airport, Bandos features spacious rooms with balconies overlooking the garden, beach or the ocean.

Authentic Thai cuisine can be enjoyed at Koon Thai restaurant, while Sea Breeze Café offers western and international food by the sea. A wide range of buffet foods can be savoured at Gallery Restaurant. Huvan and Sand Bar provide lovely tropical settings to enjoy cocktails and live entertainment. Umi Yaki restaurant serves Japanese Teppanyaki food.

A pool with swim up bar is available, while beauty and massage treatments are available at the resort’s spa. Club House offers a range of fitness activities, including a gym, aerobics, badminton, tennis courts, squash and table tennis, while Kokko Club offers babysitting services along with a range of programmes for the little ones.

The resort also features a water sports centre and a dive school.

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Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi will be opening on July 1

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luxury brand, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, will soon welcome guests to the heart of the South Malé Atoll with the opening of Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi. Set to debut on July 1, the all-villa resort spans three private islands, providing secluded enclaves and a tranquil escape.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi - Aerial View

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi will offer a sophisticated and serene retreat just 30 minutes from Malé International Airport via the resort’s private yacht. An escape for families and couples in search of space and exclusivity, the resort boasts 122 luxuriously appointed villas, each equipped with a pool and uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean in its own private enclave. Each reef, beach and overwater villa will open onto an indoor and outdoor deck featuring a swinging daybed, dining gazebo, an infinity pool, in-water lounge and an outdoor shower.


“We are thrilled to bring this unforgettable property and best-in-class experience to the Maldives,” said Dino Michael, Global Head, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. “The resort’s inspirational environment, refined culinary offerings and thoughtfully designed family options, combined with the brand’s unparalleled commitment to personal service, will give every guest the freedom to create memories that last a lifetime.”


In line with Waldorf Astoria’s legacy of culinary expertise, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi will offer 11 exceptional, specialty dining venues. Each venue will deliver distinctive, immersive dining experiences – the variety of which is a first in the Maldives. Guests can enjoy an elevated treetop-dining concept at Terra, featuring spectacular views of the ocean and horizon, as well as exquisite food and wine pairings in a tranquil setting seemingly chiselled out of the face of a boulder at The Rock. Yasmeen will boast authentic Middle Eastern flatbreads and mezzes, impeccably prepared crispy Peking duck fresh out of the first wood-fired oven in the Maldives, and embracing the garden-to-table concept, Glow will serve healthy and holistic cuisine made from the freshest ingredients harvested from the resort’s herb garden. To further elevate Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi’s culinary offerings, the hotel will be announcing a partnership with a world-renowned chef and restaurant in the coming weeks.

“As the fifth Waldorf Astoria to open in the region, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi represents a significant milestone in the brand’s continued growth in Asia Pacific following the successful opening of Waldorf Astoria Bangkok last year,” said Daniel Welk, Vice President, Luxury and Lifestyle Group, Asia Pacific, Hilton. “We are extremely proud to bring the brand to a destination as synonymous with luxury as the Maldives, and we look forward to delivering unforgettable experiences that reflect Waldorf Astotia’s unique sense of place and iconic service standards.”

For those seeking the ultimate in exclusivity, the Ithaafushi Private Island features a two-bedroom overwater villa as well as a three-bedroom beach villa. The 32,000 square foot island sanctuary – accessible by yacht – comes complete with a dedicated chef and personal concierge team, as well as its own spa, gym, five swimming pools, entertainment center and pristine beaches. Two Stella Maris Ocean Villas, inspired by a celestial charm – accessible only by boat – will also allow discerning guests to enjoy unrivalled privacy. Floor-to-ceiling windows, chef service, a jacuzzi and direct ocean access will make for an unforgettable and memorable escape.

“We are delighted to bring the illustrious brand heritage and the world-renowned True Waldorf Service to the Maldives,” said Etienne Dalançon, General Manager, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi. “Our brand has redefined the hospitality experience for the modern, luxury traveler in landmark locations around the world, and we look forward to transforming the Maldives experience for our guests.”

For additional pampering, guests can visit the Waldorf Astoria Spa, comprised of 10 idyllic overwater or garden treatment villas, which will offer an extensive menu of treatments and Asian-inspired therapies focusing on relaxation and rebalance. The Waldorf Astoria Young Discovery Park, a water park for young guests, and the Lagoon Pool, are ideal for families looking to enjoy a variety of activities with ease. Other facilities include the beachfront, 40-meter Mirror Pool; the Ocean Pavilion, which will host a range of wellness activities; a fully-equipped fitness center; and a combined water sport and PADI dive center.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program 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.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi will be begin taking bookings from July 1, 2019, and is located at Ithaafushi Island, South Malé Atoll, Republic of Maldives.

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Maldives’ Flyme Poised to Start Seaplane Operations

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Maldivian domestic carrier Flyme (Villa Air) will start seaplane operations soon after Malé International Airport opens a new seaplane terminal.

Flyme, the airline subsidiary of Maldivian conglomerate Villa Group, has ordered four de Havilland Canada Series 300 Twin Otter floatplanes, says Flyme managing director, Abdulla Nashid. The aircraft will be delivered in October, he says, adding that the new seaplane terminal at Malé airport is due to open in August and will have twice the capacity of the old terminal.

Abdulla says they chose the Series 300 Twin Otter because it has good economics and reliability. The Series 300 model is also preferred over the new glass cockpit-equipped Viking Air 400 model because maintenance crews want the proven reliability of the Series 300 model, he adds.

Flyme is not the only operator entering the seaplane game in Maldives. Start-up Manta Air recently announced that it is in the process of acquiring seaplanes to service about 20 resorts. There is also long-time operator Trans-Maldivian Airways who has 48 Twin Otters, which is the largest seaplane fleet in the world.

Abdulla says: “We are not too concerned [about the competition] because seaplane operators in the Maldives tend to service completely different islands and resorts. The market is also not very saturated so competition will actually be good for people.”

“The growth in tourism is also very good for business. Tourist arrivals are rising by about 8-11 percent a year. Wider GDP growth is also strong, at over 6 percent a year on average.”

“The only concerns I think everyone has is that we will be competing for talent. Maldives is small, so this means we are always worried about a shortage of pilots, engineers, crew and planners,” Abdulla adds.

Flyme serves the Villa Group’s five resorts, one of which is the largest in the country, as well as third-party resorts. It also owns and operates the country’s first private airport, Villa Airport, and flies two ATR 72-500s and one ATR 42-500 from Malé to other domestic airports.

“We are closely monitoring the building of the new seaplane terminal, which is committed to opening in August. We will do four seaplanes first. But we are also looking at other avenues for expansion, including starting international operations in the early 2020s,” Abdulla says.


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It’s Springtime Fun at Niyama Private Islands Maldives!

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Niyama Private Islands Maldives has lined up myriad delightful activities for festive fun this Easter. The twin islands, Chill and Play, offer experiences to fulfil every mood and desire, from relaxing spa encounters to exhilarating wave surfing and more, providing the perfect playground for families to create cherished holiday memories.

When it comes to kids’ clubs, Niyama remains unrivalled with its world-class facilities and services. Throughout the Easter holidays, Niyama has organised dedicated activities for kids, including an Easter Party, suitable for children of all ages. The whole family can also join in an Easter Run around Nature’s Playground and Easter Egg Hunt to celebrate the festive season.

This season, the sea conditions will also be perfect for youngsters to try their hand at beginner surf lessons at the iconic Vodi Point located in front of Surf Shack, as well as to enjoy a starlit Full Moon Party on Easter Friday. Families can also enjoy the warmth of the evening with an outdoor movie night while indulging in delicious snacks under the stars.


Guests will feel spoiled for choice with endless magical gastronomical experiences awaiting them. From specialty menus to Easter buffets, every taste bud will be tempted and tickled. Each location will feature a unique experience – an Easter feast six metres under the sea at Subsix or a Michelin-starred dinner six metres above at Edge. There is also a sake dinner in the jungle canopy of Nest and butcher’s dinner at Tribal; Maldives only Afro Latin restaurant.

The choices of abode are limitless, each one being synonymous with luxury. Offerings include private villas and pavilions, overwater spa suites opening up to the ocean, garden hideaways floating on water, and more. Families can continue to enjoy some R&R at Drift at Niyama, which is ready to relax, sooth, and invigorate the entire family this Easter. Exclusive spa sessions have been created for the whole family, a perfect way to introduce the younger family members to healthy wellness experiences. Drift Spa has also curated special Family Spa-rty packages, where the children enjoy a 30-minute massage followed by a choice of activities with Drift’s expert staff, while parents indulge in some quiet adult time.

For a little alone time to rejuvenate, parents can explore alternative healing, holistic beauty treatments and non-surgical facelifts with the world-renowned visiting Masters of Wellness experts, Dr. David Alessi and Dr. Paulo Fernandes. Or, they can re-energise from a selection of exclusive Beverly Hills IV vitamin infusions or revitalise their complexion with an Intraceuticals oxygen-based facial.

To find out more about the spring holiday delights Niyama Private Islands Maldives has planned this year, visit or call +960 676 2828.

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Maldives is progressing on Clean Energy

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Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru has connected its first RoofSolar inverter, turning on one of the Maldives’ largest resort-based solar installations.

The ambitious project comprises 3,105 panels and spans 5,380 square metres (58,000 square feet) – the roof surface of the staff village – and has been installed by Swimsol, specialists in tropical coastal-region solar systems.

It is estimated that the new solar set-up will produce (and save) between 900,000 and 1.1 million kWh of energy every year and save between 250,000 and 300,000 litres (55,000-66,000 gallons) of diesel, which corresponds to 650-800 tons of CO2.

                        “We take our role… very seriously”

Armando Kraenzlin, regional vice president of Four Seasons Resorts in Maldives, explained: “Our Baa Atoll home became the Maldives’ first UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in 2011 on account of its unique harmony between man and nature, and we take our role in preserving that status very seriously.

“This project is an important rung on our conservation ladder and takes us a step closer to reaching our eventual goal of becoming carbon-neutral.”


Data and figures

Putting this data into tangible real-world examples, the annual savings equate to powering all 103 of Landaa’s luxurious guest rooms, villas, and suites for 32 days or charging one of the Resort’s eco-friendly electric golf cars more than 82,000 times.

In daily terms, it’s the daily equivalent of powering 15 Villas for 24 hours; applying reverse osmosis technology to 540 cubic metres (19,000 cubic feet) of water at the Resort’s onsite desalination plant; or washing and drying 3,350 kilograms (7,400 pounds)of laundry.

Finally, looking at the diesel-saving ability, the annual figure equates to driving around the world 94 times – with the corresponding annual CO2 reduction eliminating the emissions of 544 flights between London to Male.

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Banyan Tree Hotels Celebrates 25 years of ‘EXCEPTIONAL EXPERIENCES’


Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts is celebrating its momentous 25th anniversary this year with the theme “Exceptional Experiences” as a fitting homage to the award-winning luxury hospitality company and one of Asia’s most successful brand’s rich heritage and core values.

A sanctuary for the senses offering unique and modern accommodations across the world, Banyan Tree received its first guest in the flagship Banyan Tree Phuket, Thailand in 1994 – built on an abandoned tin-mine site which was transformed into Laguna Phuket, Asia’s first destination integrated resort. Since then, Banyan Tree has grown from a single property to a chain of successful resorts, hotels and spas with footprints across Asia, America, Africa and the Middle East.

A total of 39 hotels and resorts worldwide across four hotel brands — Banyan Tree, Angsana, Cassia and Dhawa — will be crafting their own local and authentic Exceptional Experience with their guests in mind.

From March 29 onwards, Banyan Tree has been unveiling exceptional campaigns and sharing heart-warming stories focusing on the most important attributes of the brand – people and the environment. Rooted in its corporate ethos of “Embracing the Environment, Empowering People”, Banyan Tree’s sustainability approach emphasises on building in harmony with nature and contributing to the growth and development of the community where each of its hotels is planted.

From exceptional guest stay experiences to exceptional working experiences of associates and exceptional sustainability experiences, these curated Banyan Tree stories are being featured on the websites as well as the social media channels of each brand.

Banyan Tree will kick off the celebration with a special 25th Anniversary Celebratory Offer that includes 25 per cent savings on rooms (Best Available Rate), food and beverage services, spa and gallery retail. All guests partaking in this offer will be treated to the signature 25th anniversary cocktail The Botanical, a concoction of Bartender Khun Kornchaphat Pichayadechapaisarn of Banyan Tree Phuket — winner of the group-wide 25th Anniversary Cocktail Contest.

The highlight of this offer is a complimentary Exceptional Experience for the guests from one these three categories:

  1. Celebrate Self: Re-centre yourself with an activity focused on you as an individual. At Banyan Tree Phuket, guests can attend a body awareness workshop conducted by accredited Wellbeing Hosts and gain insightful knowledge on how one’s body posture can impact overall health and wellbeing.
  2. Celebrate Relationships: Reconnect with your loved ones and participate in an activity together. At Cassia Phuket, guests can hop on a scooter tour and explore the streets the way locals do. They can look forward to uncovering local treasures and experience the authentic way of life with their loved ones during an amazing afternoon out in town.
  3. Celebrate Community: Immerse in the local culture, discover hidden gems or participate in a sustainability activity. Go on a tour of the surrounding local islands and meet the local community or learn more about marine conservation at the Marine Lab at Angsana Velavaru.

As a leading international hotel operator and developer, Banyan Tree pioneers and champions sustainable development since its inception in 1994. During the stay, guests will be invited to partake in its group-wide sustainability activities from tree planting, school projects to community home visits — focusing on its ethos of creating better environments and enriching more lives as it celebrates 25 years and beyond.

Banyan Tree Holdings runs three resorts in the Maldives: Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and two Angsana-branded properties, Angsana Ihuru and Angsana Velavaru.

The 25th Anniversary Celebratory Offer is open for bookings until December 18. A minimum of two nights stay is required for this offer. For bookings, please visit the official website.

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South Palm Resort Maldives to Host open days in Addu City

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A new resort which is being developed don the uninhabited island of Ismehela Hera, South palm Resort Maldives, has reported that they plan to host open days in the last few days of March 2019, and the first couple of days of April 2019.

The first recruitment session is scheduled to be held on the 29th of March at Sharafuddhin School in Hithadhoo ward of Addu City, from 9am to 5pm. Then another at Hithadhoo School in the same wars from 9am to 5pm on March 30th. One more session will be held at the resort’s office in Feydhoo ward of Addu City on the 2nd of April from 9am to 5pm.

The 2team from South Palm Resort Maldives will also be visiting the neighboring atoll of Fuvamulah on the 1st of April and will be hosting walk-in interviews at the Fuvamulah Youth Centre from the 9am to 5pm.

The recruitment open days are being held in order to fill vacancies in several departments of the new resort. They include, human resources, finance, front office, sales and marketing, engineering, culinary, food and beverage, transport, water sports, housekeeping, and gardening and landscaping.

Interested candidates are required to bring their CV along with a recent photograph. Those who are unable to attend the designated open days, are welcome to email their CV and recent photo to [email protected]

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South African Airways to Operate More Flights to Addu City


More flights from South African Airways (SAA) are being scheduled to fly to Addu City during mid-2019 as per the Tourism Minister Hon. Ali Waheed.

The management of SAA noted during a meeting with the Minister of Tourism that the flights operated by SAA to Addu City are so far successful. Hence, more flights are being scheduled to fly to Addu City during mid-2019 as per Hon. Ali Waheed. In addition to this, operating of flights by SAA to more destinations in Maldives is now in discussion as per the Ministry.

SAA begun operating flights to Addu City during 2018, resulting in more tourist arrival to Maldives from South Africa. 2 tonnes of cargo can be imported to Maldives during these flights.

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South African Airways to Operate More Flights to Addu City

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More flights from South African Airways (SAA) are being scheduled to fly to Addu City during mid-2019 as per the Tourism Minister Hon. Ali Waheed.

The management of SAA noted during a meeting with the Minister of Tourism that the flights operated by SAA to Addu City are so far successful. Hence, more flights are being scheduled to fly to Addu City during mid-2019 as per Hon. Ali Waheed. In addition to this, operating of flights by SAA to more destinations in Maldives is now in discussion as per the Ministry.

SAA begun operating flights to Addu City during 2018, resulting in more tourist arrival to Maldives from South Africa. 2 tonnes of cargo can be imported to Maldives during these flights.

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The Embraer “Shark” E190-E2 Arrives in Maldives for the Demonstration Tour


Embraer’s E190-E2 Profit Hunter demonstration airplane, with its distinctive shark livery, completed a demo flight at Velana International Airport this afternoon. Potential buyers and prominent airline officials from Maldivian, Flyme and Manta Air took part in the 1-hour demo flight.

The E190-E2 aircraft attracted a lot of attention at the Farnborough airshow in England last year, where the aircraft started the tour, and since then has visited more than 39 countries and was presented to 120 airlines. During the tour, the aircraft has landed at airports with several operational challenges, such as short runways, as in London City, or at runways at high altitudes, as in Tibet and Nepal. In addition, the aircraft visited remote places of the planet, such as Kiribati.

The E-Jets E2 are the most efficient family of aircraft in the single-aisle market burning up to 10% less fuel than its direct competitor. The E190-E2 brings also more flexibility with maximum range of up to 5,300 km or about 1,000 km longer than current generation E190.

The E190-E2 also brings significant savings to airlines in terms of maintenance costs, with up to 25% reduction thanks to a smart design based on direct feedback from the operators. It has the longest maintenance intervals with 10,000 flight hours for basic checks and no calendar limit in typical E-Jets utilization. This means additional 15 days of aircraft utilization in a period of ten years. The company reported taking firm orders and letters of intent for an astounding 300 airplanes valued at $15.3 billion.
Embraer is a global company headquartered in Brazil, and a leading manufacturer of commercial jets up to 150 seats. The Company has 100 customers from all over the world operating the ERJ and E-Jet families of aircraft. For the E-Jets program alone, Embraer has logged more than 1,800 orders and 1,400 deliveries, redefining the traditional concept of regional aircraft. Today, E-Jets are flying in the fleet of 70 customers in 50 countries. The versatile 70-150 seat family is flying with low-cost airlines as well as with regional and mainline carriers.

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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.


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.”

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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.


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.


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.


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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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.


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.


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.


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:

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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.


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.


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

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

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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.


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!

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