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Coco Bodu Hithi to welcome back Michelin-starred Chef Tom Kitchin

MALDIVES Diana and Bodgana at Adaaran Vadhoo in Male atoll, DOUBLE TAP IF YOU LOVE, COMMENT WITH LOVE PHOTO BY Asad

Coco Collection is set to welcome back Michelin-starred Chef Tom Kitchin to the shores of the group’s flagship resort, Coco Bodu Hithi.

Tom, who was at Coco Bodu Hithi in October 2017, will be serving an exquisite five-course menu at Coco Bodu Hithi on the December 23 and 27.

Born in Scotland, Tom is Chef Proprietor of one of Britain’s finest restaurants, The Kitchin in Edinburgh. The restaurant opened in 2006 and was awarded a Michelin star just six months later in 2007 which it has retained for 11 years.

Kitchin Group also includes award-winning Castle Terrace Restaurant and gastropub The Scran & Scallie which opened in March 2013 and was awarded a prestigious Bib Gourmand, becoming the only Scottish restaurant to be added to the 2017 Michelin Guide, last year.

Tom is a regular guest on The One Show, Saturday Kitchen Live, as guest judge on Masterchef and headlined the BBC2 series, The Chef’s Protégé. Tom’s newest cookbook, Fish & Shellfish, was released on 23rd August.

Three islands — Coco Bodu Hithi, Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu and Coco Privé — comprise the Coco Collection brand.

Coco Bodu Hithi, the flagship property in Coco Collection’s portfolio, is a chic retreat where you reconnect with yourself, your loved ones and the wonder of the natural world. Translating island life into contemporary sophistication, the resort, which is accessible by a 40-minute speedboat ride from the main Velana International Airport, offers 100 villas that are surrounded by the calm view of the lagoon and the soothing sound of the waves.

With seven restaurants and bars, Coco Bodu Hithi celebrates and offers a variety of exquisite cuisines, taking inspiration from the Maldives and further afield.

An award-winning wellness zone on stilts over the clear water, Coco Spa is a sanctuary for the soul. Mindful of the healing properties of nature and the ocean, the spa is designed to retreat for an escape, whether a massage in one of the eight treatment rooms or yoga on the pavilion overlooking the ocean and beach. With a range of products from the Paris label Thémaé combining the healing properties of tea, therapists at Coco Spa are trained in techniques to treat the mind, body and soul. An overwater gym within the zone inspires guests to keep up with their regime of active well ness when away on a holiday.

Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu is dedicated to the inspiring beauty and natural wonder of the Maldives. Here, environmentally-conscious touches are woven into luxurious natural surroundings and initiatives contribute to the environmental and social sustainability of Maldives.

At USD 45,000 a night, Coco Privé is the first private island for exclusive hire in the Maldives. Secluded and utterly discrete, the island is perfectly designed for guests to escape to an entirely private paradise.

With a master residence and five guest villas all with breathtaking views, a lavish dining room, purpose-built kitchen, cocktail bar, wine cellar, library, indoor and outdoor gym areas, sauna, and a 40-metre pool, this 1.4 hectare island is the perfect space to indulge in anything you can imagine.

A dedicated team of personal staff including private chefs, butlers and spa therapists ensure a level of service that is unparalleled. Every guest is given a completely personalised experience, and this is what makes stays on the island so exceptional.

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LUX* South Ari Atoll becomes first resort to join ATP’s single-use plastic ban campaign

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LUX* South Ari Atoll has become the first ever resort to join the Maldives Association of Tourism Professionals (ATP) in its campaign to ban single-use plastic in the Maldives.

Considered one of the leading sustainable resorts in the Maldives, LUX* South Ari Atoll already has a ban on single-use plastic straws and bags throughout the resort, as well as plastic bottles in the guest areas. The resort plans to ban all single-use plastics by the end of 2019, including all plastics bottles even in the staff area.

“We are proud to be the first resort to partner with ATP and we appreciate their support and commendable work across the Maldives in pledging to ban single-use plastics. This is so important to Maldives as a powerful tourism destination,” Jonas Amstad, General Manager at LUX* South Ari Atoll, said.

ATP notes the support received by the team at LUX* South Ari Atoll, especially that of the Regional Director of Training, Development and Quality Afeef Hussain, who has assured that LUX* will continue to minimise its carbon footprints.

The latest green initiative by LUX* South Ari Atoll follows a recent launch of an ambitious year-long plan to combat plastic pollution.

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

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

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

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

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Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort wins Agoda Gold Circle Award

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Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort has won the Gold Circle Award from Agoda, one of the world’s fastest growing online booking platforms.

The Gold Circle Awards, now in its 10th year, recognises elite service, high scoring peer-to-peer customer reviews from the 22 million reviews on Agoda, as well as excellence in pricing and availability. Travellers who book properties with the Gold Circle Awards icon will be assured of the property’s exceptional service, quality and value.

Situated on Dhigufinolhu island in the South Male Atoll is Anantara Dhigu, where luxury meets simplicity. The resort comprises of the most spacious of luxury villas coupled with private plunge pools while just being a quick 35-minute speedboat ride away from the main Velana International Airport.

Anantara Dhigu provides a harmonious combination of both the romantic, adventure and family friendly. Upon arrival guests can peer into the crystal waters below the jetty at puffer fish, sting rays and baby reef sharks.

Choose between villas perfectly positioned to catch the sunrise or sunset, or those that have their own private plunge pool. Among Maldives luxury accommodation, Anantara Dhigu is outstanding with its choice of stylishly designed villas and suites. A number of these villas come with direct access to the powdery white beach and all only steps away from the tranquil lagoon.

Parents can relax while little ones are entertained for hours and spoilt for choice with Anantara’s kids club and numerous activities available. Thrill the family with adventures that include water bobbing, surfing and deep sea fishing. Families can even take a short pontoon ride to the island of Guli Fushi, picnic on the deserted beaches and experience some of the best snorkelling in the Maldives.

The cuisine at Anantara Dhigu is an inspiring Maldives restaurant gastronomic experience. Dining is relaxed and informal, with an array of seafood and meat grills, fine Italian cuisine and varying themed buffet dinners, to lighter meals poolside for lunch.

Anantara Dhigu’s evocative location is matched by a tranquil island design approach that feels like home away from home while providing guests with their every need.

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Angsana Velavaru to host Burning Man DJ Stuart Hunter for festive celebrations

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Angsana Velavaru is set to host Burning Man DJ Stuart Hunter during the upcoming festive celebrations.

Alongside Angsana Velavaru’s in-house DJ LAB, internationally acclaimed DJ Stuart Hunter aka DJ Motif will headline The Jungle Vibe Party on December 27, The Lagoon Party on 29 and New Year’s Eve Moonlight Party on 31.

Born in Coventry UK but now calling Sydney his second home, Stuart has been making waves through his own development as a DJ over the past couple years, as well as venturing into the world of promotions where his brand Motif is steadily becoming a go-to in Sydney’s underground Progressive House scene.

His music style has remained constant, featuring a blend of tracks sitting across the deep house, electronica and progressive house genres. Be it a tantalising warm up set or closing out proceedings with big melodic breakdowns, he shows comfort and maturity to keep the crowd wanting more at both ends of the spectrum. The recognition of this emerging talent is clear, having been asked to support some huge names in the business such as D-Nox, Eagles and Butterflies, Robert Babicz, Third Son, Cristoph, Quivver, and Khen and Madmotormiguel.

Stuart’s rise in Sydneyʼs underground scene was not rushed over night. After making his debut for the Spektrum crew, he followed that up with appearances for various promotions around the city until he hit his peak in 2016 when headlining Sash by Day at Greenwood hotel under their acclaimed ‘We Likeʼ sub-brand.

Since then, he has continued to stay humble and true to his craft, expressing his passion for music in his unique way, joining crews such as Blueprint Entertainment, S.A.S.H, We Love, Bassic Records and many others. In 2018, he performed at Electric Gardens Festival and Return to Rio, as well as Burning Man in Nevada and Burning Seed in Australia.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts, and Angsana Velvaru celebrates the festive season 2018/2019 in style.

From cocktail parties, DJ performances and gala dinners to family activities and kid’s Christmas beach fun and games, there is something for everyone at Angsana Velvaru. Apart from DJ Performances, guests will also have the option to enjoy a romantic Latino music by W&T band.

Originally from Argentina, Juan Pablo and Barbara have achieved a massive success in their home country and Europe. Barbara works on melodic compositions and lyrics for Sony BMG Berlin, whilst Juan Pablo is a renowned guitarist of The Tango Festival in Argentina.

Velavaru or ‘Turtle Island’ is located in the pristine Dhaalu atoll, and accessible by a 40-minute seaplane flight from the main Velana International Airport. This 113-villa resort offers 79 island villas and 34 InOcean Villas, revealing spectacular views and direct access to the Indian Ocean.

Spoil your taste buds with fresh ocean picks at the overwater Funa restaurant, or sample international delights at Kaani. Drop in at Kuredhi bar for an exotic cocktail or two as the stars sneak into the sky.Wine and dine in the privacy of your villa, or savour romantic moments with dinner on the beach. Take off to a secluded island with a picnic basket, where powder white sand and turquoise waters set the stage for an unforgettable experience amidst the natural splendour of the Maldives.

Indulge in a myriad of Asian-inspired spa treatments at Angsana Spa. Soak in the tranquil surrounds as our therapists deftly vanquish your world-weary strain and tension, leaving you rejuvenated, energised and radiant.

With guided snorkelling safaris, get your hands wet and join in the efforts to preserve the delicate balance between man and nature. Velavaru is a famed location for turtle-nesting and has its own Marine Lab, particularly committed to protecting marine creatures like the hawksbill and green sea turtles, and coral reefs.

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Maldives scores hat-trick with ‘Leading Dive Destination’ title at World Travel Awards

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Maldives has won the prestigious title of the ‘World’s Leading Dive Destination’ for the third consecutive year.

At the World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2018 held at the historic Pátio da Galé in Lisbon on December 1, Maldives once again secured the position after fierce competition with top tourist destinations such as Mauritius and Seychelles.

Maldives had won the ‘World’s Leading Dive Destination’ title every year since 2016 and in 2006.

“Maldives had won prestigious positions in various categories over the years. This year’s awards are yet again another tremendous achievement for the Maldives as a tourist destination. In 2017, over 1.3 million tourist arrivals were recorded to Maldives which is an increase of 8%. Maldives Tourism Visitor Survey shows that over 65% of these tourists visit Maldives for its underwater beauty,” Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) said, in a statement.

“Winning these awards will indeed enhance the image of destination and indicates the visitors’ love and confidence towards the Maldives.”

World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.

Each year, World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region. World Travel Awards Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries and international print and broadcast media.

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Soneva makes luxury Maldives getaways with whole family in mind

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Soneva has reported a 30 percent increase in families booking holidays at its resort since 2016.

This is largely due to its array of family-centred experiences and child-friendly facilities which include the expansive Den at Soneva Fushi (opened in early 2016) and the freedom that Soneva’s younger guests have to explore Soneva Jani’s island. Other offerings include a constantly changing roster of activities and experiences each week to keep the children entertained.

The Den, Soneva’s children’s club, can be found at each of its resorts. They were designed as spaces where children play and learn under the care of specially trained childminders.

Central to the Den is the philosophy of ‘free play’, where daily activities can be customised. Activities include cooking classes, play time in the Lego and dress-up rooms, reading from the library, learning to play local instruments, how to make scrubs or give massages, arts and crafts, learning Dhivehi, and learning about nature, recycling and conservation. The Den organises weekly children’s movie screenings with popcorn. Soneva also provides private tutoring for primary and secondary school level exams, these must be arranged during the reservation process.

A playground for the imagination, the Den offers younger guests the freedom to explore their creativity with engaging activities such as music and cooking classes, Lego building and much more. PHOTO/ SONEVA

When it comes to activities for the whole family, Soneva has a varied selection of experiences to choose from such as a joint tasting evening where adults explore the wines of the world and children enjoy ice cream and chocolate pairings. Excursions to deserted islands with guided snorkelling and gourmet picnics can be arranged, while dolphin spotting cruises, astronomy lessons with Soneva’s resident astronomers in the Observatory and private screenings at Soneva’s al fresco Cinema Paradiso bring the entire family together.

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

Established in 1995, Soneva Fushi is the original Soneva. The No News, No Shoes blueprint for all desert island barefoot luxury hideaways is located within the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Maldives. Soneva Fushi inspires the imagination with 65 spacious beachfront villas, ranging in size from one to nine bedrooms, hidden amongst dense foliage.

The iconic resort has bagged several international awards for eco-friendly tourism and green initiatives, including the 2017 Green Hotelier Award for the Asia Pacific region and the Sustainable Hotel Award by the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) as well as a spot in the Gold List compiled by Condé Nast Traveler China as the Best Hotel in the Maldives and amongst the best resorts in the world in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2017.

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

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

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

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

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Meeru Island Resort defends Agoda Gold Circle Award

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With five types of room categories to offer, Meeru counts more than 280 rooms, five restaurants, five bars, a renowned spa featuring treatment rooms both overwater and on land, and a wide range of sports and other recreation facilities.

Meeru is part of Crown & Champa Resorts, a leader in the Maldivian hospitality industry with over 40 years’ experience.

Crown & Champa Resorts diverse collection of resorts include Hurawalhi MaldivesMirihi Island ResortKomandoo MaldivesVeligandu Island Resort & SpaKuredu Resort MaldivesVilamendhoo Island Resort & SpaMeeru Island Resort & Spa, and one city hotel, Champa Central Hotel. Each resort offers guests an unforgettable experience and memorable moments, with beautiful sandy beaches, turquoise waters, beach dining options, water activates, dive centres and snorkelling in one of the most picturesque destinations in the world.

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Velaa Private Island crowned world’s leading luxury private villa

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Velaa Private Island has been crowned the leading luxury private villa in the world.

The global level recognition was awarded at the 12th annual World Luxury Hotel Awards gala held on November 10 at AYANA Resort and Spa in Bali.

Tucked away within the collection of islands that form the northern Noonu atoll, Velaa Private Island is elegantly positioned to overlook enchanting vistas of a cerulean ocean. Its name derived from generations of sea turtles that flock there to nest and hatch; it is comprised of 47 private villas, houses and exclusive residences. The resort also includes a Romantic Pool Residence which can only be reached by boat.

At Velaa Private Island, all details have been considered: each villa comes with a personal butler, all services offered can be tailored to personal specifications. Attention to detail everywhere is also impeccable: stone pavements from the desert in Jordan, Indonesian flowerpots, luxury wood panelling from Borneo, and glimmering Italian marble.

Velaa Private Island offers endless exclusive opportunities. These unique offerings include the Maldives’ first and only snow room, the largest and most extensive wine collection in the region, one of the few Maldivian resorts with a private submarine, an extraordinary kids’ club conceptualised as the world’s ideal kids’ club by the owner’s seven-year-old daughter, and the only resort in Asia with a My Blend by Clarins spa.

Personalising and tailoring the entirety of the island depending on specific requirements, there is no limit to ensure the ultimate experience. Guests can sit back in the knowledge that the island’s highly trained and dedicated butlers will cater to each and every whim. Whether it is watching a spectacular fireworks display within the Maldivian night sky, dancing into the early hours with an Al fresco live music event, stepping aboard the island’s private yacht for a glamorous sunset cruise or enjoying a private, open air cinema night, anything is possible. Other interactive activities perfect for private groups include gourmet cooking classes with one of the resort’s chefs or wine tasting within the Maldives’ largest wine cellar.

For those looking to get involved in some Indian Ocean adventure, Velaa’s high-tech water toys, including the hover board, jetpack and fly board serve as the definitive adrenaline rush. While discovering the wonders beneath the island’s welcoming waters, guests can learn to dive or simply snorkel the coral rainbow.

Established in 2006, World Luxury Hotel Awards is the pinnacle of achievement in the luxury hotel industry offering international recognition as voted by guests, travellers and industry players alike. Over 300,000 international travellers vote each year, during a four-week period to select the winners. Luxury hotels have the opportunity to participate in the World Luxury Hotel Awards by entering hotel categories that showcase their unique selling points and destinations.

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Tropical festivities at Atmosphere Hotels’ four resorts in Maldives

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Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts, an award-winning Indian Ocean hospitality brand, is set to bring festive cheers across its four Maldivian resorts for vacationers with its tropical take on traditional festive celebrations.

In line with the group’s promise of ‘Joy of Giving’ and keeping with the spirit of the season, complimentary activities will be arranged for guests, as part of their one-of-a-kind, all-inclusive plan. With loads of activities to choose from such as seaside strolls, yoga sessions, DJ nights, games and crafts for kids to dinners and sunset dolphin cruises, there is something for everyone.

OBLU Select at Sangeli

Located on Sangeli island, the latest from the Maldivian hospitality group will be enlivening the festive atmosphere through many activities for all to enjoy between December 22 to January 4, 2019. For those who like an active vacation, there is aqua yoga, one-day soccer tournaments for the guests and staff, kayak races and water sports for both little ones and adults.

It also brings delicious food and beverages through festive breakfasts, lunches and dinners paired with DJ nights and live band performances.

Kids are especially in for a treat through hordes of activities available to keep them busy such as arts and crafts, Iron Man competition, photo frame making, games, Zumba, treasure hunt and so much more.

OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo

The flagship resort of the group, OZEN will be bringing in some festive magic to the Maadhoo island from December 22 to January 1, 2019, as it will feature activities for the young and old alike from sunrise yoga, t-shirt paintings, kayak and snorkelling races, card making and pamper parties to festively themed breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

The festivities don’t end there; it continues with karaoke festivals, coconut paintings, starry movie nights, aqua aerobics, Salsa and Waltz nights to bringing in the New Year with grand gala dinner and special band performance.

OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli

Boasting the world’s most admired in-house reef and diving channel, the festive celebrations at OBLU Helengeli from December 22 to January 2,  2019 will present a party unlike any other filled with scrumptious delights through its festive themed international F&B, all through the celebratory period.

In addition to the exquisite meals, guests can also enjoy sunset dolphin cruises, movie under the stars, live band music, friendly badminton and table tennis matches, marine biology presentation, treasure hunt with Captain Jack Sparrow, local origami class, special Arabic night, underwater selfie at the pool, snorkelling sessions, Kayak race, kite flying, burning of the old year and fireworks to welcome the new.

Face painting, arts and crafts, talent show, nail art and fashion shows are sure to keep the little ones entertained.

Atmosphere Kanifushi

Between December 22 and January 2, 2019, the group’s premium all-inclusive entry-level five-star resort with its elegant fusion of contemporary design and Maldivian architecture will present a local rendition of its festive celebrations.

Activities include sunrise yoga, historical island journey to Kurendhoo to delve into Maldivian culture, beach futsal, bingo for charity, live music, coconut show, aerobics, international themed F&B and so much more.

Kids can enjoy Zumba, scavenger hunt, crab race, language class for Dhivehi, water balloon fun, Nashaalamaa – Maldivian dance class, finding Nemo, recyclable bottle art and so much more.

Since the inception of Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts in 2013, the group has been rapidly expanding within different market segments: the four-star OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli, entry-level five-star Atmosphere Kanifushi, and the luxury all-inclusive OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo.

The high price-performance ratio common to all resorts is crucial for the success of Atmosphere Hotels and Resorts. United under the philosophy of “The Joy of Giving”, the brand has been successful in translating this core value to anything they deliver to the discerning customer consistently and effectively.

The critical objective of Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts is to always understate and over deliver. This is clearly the primary reason for their secret of success at such a rapid pace, culminating in the launch of their fourth resort, OBLU Select at Sangeli early this year.

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LUX* South Ari Atoll launches groundbreaking solar power project

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LUX* South Ari Atoll has officially launched its solar energy system that will utilise all available roof spaces on the island.

Part of an initiative to become a more environment-friendly resort running on clean energy, the solar power system will be coupled with offshore SolarSea platforms by next year to reach the desired solar power production capacity. The system will work together in hybrid mode with the diesel powerhouse of the island, and reduce the diesel consumption of combustion generators.

The estimated savings are around 234,000 litres of diesel per year, which corresponds to 620 tons of CO2 for the same period of time. This equivalents to driving 3.2 million kilometres by car or driving 81 times around the world by car every year.

“We are proud to have this project installed at LUX* South Ari Atoll. We always see ways to add value and put ourselves as a leading sustainability resort in the Maldives. Once Phase II of this project is in motion, we will be able to manage energy better and find ways to effectively save on the cost of producing energy on the island itself,” Jonas Amstad, General Manager at LUX* South Ari Atoll, was quoted in a statement, as saying.

The project is implemented in partnership with Swimsol, the leading solar energy company in Maldives and a global leader in offshore photovoltaics. The Austrian company has extensive expertise in island micro-grids and heavy-duty tropical solar PV systems as well as a large team in the Maldives for operation and maintenance.

“This is a milestone project showing what a high-end island resort can achieve with solar technology. So much diesel is saved and cost is reduced by using the roofs and the ocean for solar panels. For us, LUX* South Ari Atoll is an amazing partner in our quest to bring clean energy to the Maldives,” Thomas Siebenbrunner, Head of Sales at Swimsol, said.

The latest green initiative by LUX* South Ari Atoll follows a recent launch of an ambitious year-long plan to combat plastic pollution.

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

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

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

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

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Hideaway Beach Resort wins regional title for top island resort at World Luxury Hotel Awards

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Hideaway Beach Resort and Spa Maldives has been recognised as the leading luxury island resort in the Indian Ocean Islands region.

The regional level award was presented at the 12th annual World Luxury Hotel Awards gala held on November 10 at AYANA Resort and Spa in Bali.

Located in the northernmost Haa Alif atoll, Hideaway Beach Resort and Spa is accessible by a 50-minute domestic flight followed by a 15-minute speedboat ride.

The five-star resort offers guests the luxury of space and privacy across 297,000 square metres. The 103 luxury villas fall into eight categories ranging from beachfront to over-water. Each villa has been carefully positioned to offer peace, comfort and privacy to guests.

Home to the first fully-functional marina in the Maldives, due to its unique reef system, Hideaway Beach Resort and Spa boasts an enviable dive spot close by. The resort offers an extensive programme of wellness and sporting experiences, vast culinary offering, and one of the largest spas in the Maldives.

Established in 2006, World Luxury Hotel Awards is the pinnacle of achievement in the luxury hotel industry offering international recognition as voted by guests, travellers and industry players alike. Over 300,000 international travellers vote each year, during a four-week period to select the winners. Luxury hotels have the opportunity to participate in the World Luxury Hotel Awards by entering hotel categories that showcase their unique selling points and destinations.

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Kuredu Resort Maldives introduces recreational tennis coaching

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Kuredu Resort Maldives has added recreational tennis coaching to the range of activities available on the island.

The resort has partnered with Recreational Tennis Coaching (RTC) to offer guests tennis courses and private lessons conducted by a resident coach.

“Even if you’ve never tried tennis before, why not try your hand at it during your holiday in the Maldives,” an announcement read.

“Kuredu’s floodlit court with its convenient location close to your villa and our experienced in-house instructor make it easy for you to discover a new passion or to give the young budding Roger Federer in your family some quality support and well-spent time outdoors.”

Following the introduction of a padel tennis court, guests will also be able to take padel tennis instructor courses.

Based at the Barcelona Tennis Academy, which is renowned for producing some of the world’s best tennis players, RTC offers worldwide tennis coaching that focuses on four key areas of the game: technical base, tactical understanding, physical training and mental toughness. The RTC tennis programme takes pride on a comprehensive structure, making it suitable for novice players as well as for experienced club players looking to improve their game.

Located on a 1,800 metre by 325 metre remote island in the northern atoll of Lhaviyani, Kuredu is accessible by a 35-minute scenic seaplane flight from the main Velana International Airport. This 4.5-star resort has 383 rooms, including beach and water villas, making it the second largest resort in the Maldives.

The island boasts a dive and snorkel centre, a water sports centre, a spa, golf and tennis courses, a kids’ club, and an extensive choice of restaurants and bars. Kuredu guests can also dine in 5.8 Undersea Restaurant at the neighbouring Hurawalhi Maldives resort.

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JA Manafaru wins continent title for top island resort at World Luxury Hotel Awards

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JA Manafaru Maldives has been recognised as the leading luxury island resort in Indian Ocean.

The continent level award was presented at the 12th annual World Luxury Hotel Awards gala held on November 10 at AYANA Resort and Spa in Bali.

Accessible via a 75-minute seaplane flight from the main Velana International Airport or by a 45-minute domestic flight to Hanimaadhoo Airport followed by a 35-minute luxury speedboat transfer, JA Manafaru is a peaceful haven situated in the northernmost atoll of Haa Alif, where world-class service is delivered amidst dazzling turquoise waters, white sand beaches, distinct Maldivian architecture and lush vegetation.

A total of 83 villas and suites, each with their own private plunge pool are dotted throughout the spacious island.

Two exquisite Royal island Suites await world-weary travellers and spa aficionados. Perfect for a large group of family or friends, this exclusive two-storey beach residence, features its own private spa facilities and treatment room. Passing through a private courtyard decorated with ornamental ponds, the airy living and dining area opens to reveal a spectacular private pool bordered by an enlarged sundeck, while lush greenery conceals a secluded pristine beachfront with a beach cabana.

At JA Manafaru, guests can also find island bliss with over eight spa treatment rooms at the award-winning Calm Spa, gourmet galore at one of seven restaurants and create lasting memories with water sports such as scuba diving, jet skiing and kayaking.

Established in 2006, World Luxury Hotel Awards is the pinnacle of achievement in the luxury hotel industry offering international recognition as voted by guests, travellers and industry players alike. Over 300,000 international travellers vote each year, during a four-week period to select the winners. Luxury hotels have the opportunity to participate in the World Luxury Hotel Awards by entering hotel categories that showcase their unique selling points and destinations.

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Jumeirah Vittaveli unveils new Ocean Villas with longest water slides in Maldives

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Jumeirah Vittaveli has unveiled newly revamped Ocean Villas featuring water slides, so the young-at-heart can plunge straight from their room into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. 

Dotting the azure waters in the South Male Atoll, all of the resort’s freestanding Private Ocean Retreats and seven Infinity Pool Ocean Villas now offer the 23-metre slide, which runs from the top deck into the gentle waters of the crystal clear lagoon.

A Private Ocean Retreat with Slide.

Jumeirah Vittaveli’s Private Ocean Retreats are popular with honeymooners and offer a wonderful sense of seclusion – it’s what dreams are made from. At 400sqm, guests can relax during the day on the newly enlarged open air deck and admire the underwater world from a glass bottomed sunken lounge. By night, they can sink into the outdoor relaxation bed for romantic evenings under the starry skies or recline in the extended overwater hammocks while admiring the chiffon-pink sunsets this tropical hideaway is so famous for.

Perched on stilts, the Private Ocean Retreats offer a fabulous vantage point to look for black tip reef sharks and shoals of tropical fish whilst sipping a piña colada or fresh coconut juice. There is a private infinity pool with show stopping 180° views and wooden steps that lead straight into the warm waters of the lagoon. The sociable space offers a dining area for six, complete with glass-bottom floor – perfect for catching a glimpse of the vibrantly coloured reef fish as they swim by.

The spacious villas also have the luxury of a master bedroom upstairs and a second bedroom downstairs, complete with separate bathrooms and a walk in closet on the ground floor.

The master bedroom of a Private Ocean Retreat with Slide. The second bedroom of a Private Ocean Retreat with Slide.

For those who wish to be pampered, spaces inside the villas can be transformed into chic spa treatment areas. Bespoke yoga and personal training sessions can be arranged in the villa so fitness fanatics can keep up their routines in paradise. Luxury touches include a private bar area with a full size wine fridge and a personal butler on call 24/7, who can take care of every whim – from running a romantic flower-petal bath, to arranging a deserted sandbank adventure, or arranging a private seven-course gourmet dinner cooked by a personal chef – this is barefoot luxury at its best.

For the Infinity Pool Ocean Villas, exteriors include extended seating areas and glass bottom floors, with overwater hammocks completing blissful outdoor relaxation. The interiors have a fresh look too, and have been enhanced by a new colour palette, inspired by the warm Maldivian sunsets and sparkling turquoise lagoon. The additional windows add an airy touch and bring the beautiful outdoors in, and whilst the resort offers ten food and beverage outlets, the in-villa private bar means guests may simply choose to stay in the luxurious surroundings of their island hideaway.

“At Jumeirah Vittaveli, we are always thinking of new and exciting ways to wow our guests. Be it the first ice skating rink in the Maldives, the 5-bedroom Royal Residence, the underground Whiskey Salon, UnderChic, or our stunning beachside bar B4R. The list goes on. We look forward to welcoming our guests to stay at the resort and especially our new Private Ocean Retreats and Infinity Pool Ocean Villas which now feature the longest water slides in the Maldives,” Amit Majumder, General Manager at Jumeirah Vittaveli, was quoted in a statement, as saying.

An Infinity Pool Ocean Villa.

A 20-minute boat ride from Velana International Airport brings you to Jumeirah Vittaveli.

Whether for an intimate escape or an indulgent family retreat, Jumeirah Vittaveli offers unmatched diversity, subtle luxury and personalised exploration. Impeccable choice and seamless service shape the character of this resort paradise, where every detail has been meticulously crafted to inspire journeys of discovery and enjoyment.

Whether beach-side or overwater, all villas feature stunning interiors with private pools and access to the sandy shores or glistening waters. The sprawling 5-bedroom Royal Residence comes with private beach, spa, gym, two swimming pools, and its own dedicated restaurant.

An inspirational spa, a well-equipped overwater gymnasium, a children’s club and five-star PADI dive centre mean guests are always able to try something new. The country’s first ice rink invites guests for a world first – ice skating on an eco-friendly synthetic ice rink, overlooking the powder soft beaches and crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean.

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Hurawalhi Maldives defends Agoda Gold Circle Award

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Agoda, one of the world’s fastest growing online booking platforms, has awarded its prestigious Gold Circle Award to Thulhagiri Island Resort and Spa for the second consecutive year.

The Gold Circle Awards, now in its 10th year, recognises elite service, high scoring peer-to-peer customer reviews from the 22 million reviews on Agoda, as well as excellence in pricing and availability. Travellers who book properties with the Gold Circle Awards icon will be assured of the property’s exceptional service, quality and value.

Officially inaugurated in 2016, the five-star Hurawalhi resort is accessible by a 40-minute scenic seaplane flight from the main airport, and offers 90 villas, including 60 Ocean Villas and 30 Beach Villas, for grown-ups who are seeking luxury and innovation. The villas are stylishly and beautifully conceived featuring soothing décor, sumptuous linens on king size beds, bleached wooden floors, and private terraces with panoramic views.

There is an ocean of delights to take in at Hurawalhi: dining at 5.8 Undersea Restaurant, snuggling up with your darling under a blanket or sparkling stars on the iconic Dream Island sandbank, falling in love with the plethora of marine life on the island’s doorstep – in fact, one visit to the resort is hardly enough to experience it all.

Hurawalhi is part of Crown & Champa Resorts, a leader in the Maldivian hospitality industry with over 40 years’ experience.

Crown & Champa Resorts diverse collection of resorts include Hurawalhi MaldivesMirihi Island ResortKomandoo MaldivesVeligandu Island Resort & SpaKuredu Resort MaldivesVilamendhoo Island Resort & SpaMeeru Island Resort & Spa, and one city hotel, Champa Central Hotel. Each resort offers guests an unforgettable experience and memorable moments, with beautiful sandy beaches, turquoise waters, beach dining options, water activates, dive centres and snorkelling in one of the most picturesque destinations in the world.

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Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort crowned world’s leading luxury new resort

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Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort has been crowned the leading luxury new resort in the world.

The global level recognition was presented at the 12th annual World Luxury Hotel Awards gala held on November 10 at AYANA Resort and Spa in Bali.

Managed by French multi-national hotel giant AccorHotels, Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort welcomed the first group of guests in August.

The four-star resort, developed on the island of Kooddoo in Gaafu Alif Atoll, boasts 68 stylish and well-appointed villas, comprising 43 overwater villas and 25 beach villas with 20 of them featuring a private swimming pool. Attesting to the Mercure brand promise of an authentic experience, vivid colours and decorative motifs along with warm textures and local design touches are used tastefully throughout the villas in order to create a haven of peace with a strong local character.

Guests are offered several attractive dining options. The all-day dining Alita Restaurant serves Pan-Asian à la carte cuisine and themed buffets, with both indoor and outdoor seating. Vistas, an overwater restaurant and lounge, serves tapas, snacks and handcrafted cocktails, while the Alita Pool Bar offers cocktails and light bites with a view.

Suvadiva Divers, the resort’s five-star PADI dive and water sports centre, provides aquatic excursions to the many unique and wonderful locations nearby. Several water sports options such as snorkelling, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, catamarans, jet skis and fun tubes are also available.

Additionally, the resort has several recreational activities and facilities such as the 50-metre lagoon-side swimming pool, fully equipped fitness centre, tennis court, kids’ club and off-island day trips. The marine-themed Suvadiva Spa at Mercure Maldives Kooddoo, meanwhile, offers a range of treatments and therapies for guests in need of relaxation and rejuvenation.

Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort is the only resort in the Maldives directly accessible via domestic flight from the main Velana International Airport, with no need for an additional speedboat transfer. The domestic plane transfer to Kooddoo, which also houses a fish processing plant, takes about 55 minutes.

Established in 2006, World Luxury Hotel Awards is the pinnacle of achievement in the luxury hotel industry offering international recognition as voted by guests, travellers and industry players alike. Over 300,000 international travellers vote each year, during a four-week period to select the winners. Luxury hotels have the opportunity to participate in the World Luxury Hotel Awards by entering hotel categories that showcase their unique selling points and destinations.

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Meeru Island Resort introduces enhanced All-Inclusive Plus package

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Meeru Island Resort and Spa has introduced an enhanced All-Inclusive Plus package.

The package offers delicious meals at Farivalhu and Maalan buffet restaurants, as well as a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy throughout the stay. Exciting activities such as the Sunset Cruise, group snorkellingwindsurfing and golf driving range lessons provide ways for guests to make the most of their stay.

The enhanced All-Inclusive Plus package includes:

  • Unlimited “all you can eat” special Snack Menu including pizzas, burgers and ice-cream from 10am to 7pm, served in Dhoni Bar, Hot Rock Bar and Uthuru Bar
  • Blended drinks: milk shakes and smoothies
  • Juice and assorted snacks from the mini bar
  • One Dhiffushi excursion, regularly scheduled
  • Daily (twice free) snorkelling trip to the house reef, regularly scheduled
  • Free use of the nine-hole Pitch ’n Putt Golf Course (equipment included)

The package does not cover:

  • Food from other resort restaurants, room service, the gift shops, excursions items not listed above
  • Beverages from other resort restaurants, room service, the gift shops, the sports centre and excursions items not listed above
  • Beverage not listed above, such as: other liquors, liqueurs, selections from the wine list and fresh fruit juice
  • Blended drinks and cocktails (premium brand spirits)

“Meeru Island Resort & Spa maintains an outstanding reputation as one of the best all-inclusive resorts in the Maldives, where guests are afforded the luxuries of a carefree holiday experience. From November 1, you can enjoy new additions to our All-Inclusive Plus package with more value for money,” an announcement by the resort read.

“With the new additions, the All-Inclusive Plus package provides a range of food, beverages, snacks and activities to make your stay in the Maldives as carefree and unforgettable as possible.”

Located in the North Male Atoll and accessible by a 55-minute speedboat ride from the Maldives main Velana International Airport, Meeru is one of the largest resorts in the Maldives, offering its guests a variety of facilities and affordable to superior accommodation.

With five types of room categories to offer, Meeru counts more than 280 rooms, five restaurants, five bars, a renowned spa featuring treatment rooms both overwater and on land, and a wide range of sports and other recreation facilities.

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Reethi Faru Resort crowned Indian Ocean’s leading luxury new hotel

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Reethi Faru Resort has been crowned the leading luxury new hotel in Indian Ocean.

The continent level award was presented at the 12th annual World Luxury Hotel Awards gala held on November 10 at AYANA Resort and Spa in Bali.

Reethi Faru opened in December 2017.

The four-star plus resort, developed on the remote island of Filaidhoo in the northern Raa atoll, can be reached by a scenic 45-minute seaplane flight from the main Velana International Airport or a 20-minute domestic flight to Dharavandhoo domestic airport followed by a 30-minute speedboat ride.

The island, which measures 600 by 350 metres, offers 150 well-furnished, homely and spacious detached and semi-detached villas built in traditional style and that blend perfectly with the natural beauty of the environment. The unique setting – amid tropical foliage, fringing a long expanse of powder soft beach or on stilts over the clear blue lagoon – will make every guest wish to stay on and on.

Reethi Faru, which means Beautiful Reef in local Dhivehi language, has numerous restaurants to cater for everybody’s tastes, while its poolside bar and beachfront bar invite guests to linger.

Along with a stunning white sand beach, a house reef just 30 to 80 meters from shore, coconut palm groves and lush vegetation, the resort offers a wide range of recreational facilities, including diving, water sports, tennis, squash, badminton, a gym, an aerobic room as well as a spa to pamper your body and soul.

Reethi Faru is owned and operated by Mahogany Pvt Ltd, the company that runs the four-star Reethi Beach Resort in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Baa atoll.

Established in 2006, World Luxury Hotel Awards is the pinnacle of achievement in the luxury hotel industry offering international recognition as voted by guests, travellers and industry players alike. Over 300,000 international travellers vote each year, during a four-week period to select the winners. Luxury hotels have the opportunity to participate in the World Luxury Hotel Awards by entering hotel categories that showcase their unique selling points and destinations.

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MMPRC opens registration for three travel trade fairs

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Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) has opened registration for three travel trade fairs taking place in January 2019.

Registration is open for the OneWorld Travel Market (OTM), which takes places in the Indian city of Mumbai from January 23-25, and FITUR 2019, which is to be held in Spanish capital of Madrid from January January 23-27. The cooperation is also accepting registration for FESPO 2019, to be held in the Swiss financial capital of Zurich January 31 to February 3.

MMPRC asked those interested in taking part in these fairs to fill in separate co-exhibitor registration forms (OTM, FITUR and FESPO) and send them to its office with the payment before 3pm on December 13.

Registration for each fair costs USD 1,000 for resorts, hotels, and foreign travel agents and tour operators, while safari vessels, guesthouses, local travel agents, dive operators, transfer companies and picnic islands will be charged USD 500. The fee covers two representatives per company, with each additional official being charged USD 212 for participation.

With over 1,000 exhibitors from 50 countries, OTM is the largest and most international travel trade show in India, now also the largest in the Asia-Pacific region on the basis of sellers, buyers, rented area and number of participating countries. More than 15,000 trade visitors and over 800 buyers from across all industry sectors visit this annual exhibition every year.

India has become a major emerging source market for the Maldives’ tourism industry.

Official figures show that 83,019 tourists arrived in Maldives from its closest neighbour last year, a 24 percent increase from the 66,955 Indian travellers that chose the Maldives in 2016.

That growth is expected to continue this year as well, as the number of Indian tourists that visited the Maldives recorded a 1.7 percent increase in the January-October period of this year to reach 64,224 compared to 63,141 in the same period last year.

Now in its 39th year, FITUR is one of the biggest global platforms for leading travel trade professionals for inbound and outbound markets. The first three days of the fair is solely for trade visitors and the last two days are for both trade visitors and public.

Arrivals to the Maldives from the Spanish market grew 10.5 percent in 2017 compared to the previous year. That growth has almost tripled in the past 10 months of this year, with arrivals reaching 26,723 from 21,047 in the January-October period.

Now in its 29th year, the FESPO fair offers its visitors information about adventurous, exciting, relaxing and unique holidays. In 2018, over 600 exhibitors showcased their products and attractive offers to an audience of more than 63,000 visitors.

Majority of Swiss travellers to the Maldives are repeat visitors, and Switzerland has been highlighted as one of the most potential markets for Maldives in terms of visitor arrivals.

Arrivals to the Maldives from the Swiss market increased by 3.1 percent last year, with a total of 32,651 by the end of December 2017. In the past 10 months of this year, the number of Swiss holidaymakers travelling to the Maldives increased by 0.9 percent to reach 26,025 from 25,803 in the same period of last year.

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Lily Hotels appoints Khumar Askerova as Group Director of Sales, Marketing

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Khumar Askerova has been appointed Group Director of Sales and Marketing for Lily Hotels and Resorts.

The company owns and operates two resorts in the Maldives: Lily Beach Resort and Spa, and Hideaway Beach Resort and Spa.

With 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Khumar brings extensive management experience to these two Maldives luxury resorts.

Khumar joined the group in July 2017 as Sales and Marketing Director at Lily Beach Resort.

Prior to joining Lily Hotels and Resorts, Khumar served as the Cluster Director of Sales & Marketing for Marriott International’s Autograph Collection. Khumar has also worked with Hyatt Regency and Park Hyatt in her native Azerbaijan and in Brazil.

Located in the northernmost Haa Alif atoll, Hideaway Beach Resort is accessible by a 50-minute domestic flight followed by a 15-minute speedboat ride.

The five-star resort offers guests the luxury of space and privacy across 297,000 square metres. The 103 luxury villas fall into eight categories ranging from beachfront to over-water. Each villa has been carefully positioned to offer peace, comfort and privacy to guests.

Home to the first fully-functional marina in the Maldives, due to its unique reef system, Hideaway Beach Resort boasts an enviable dive spot close by. The resort offers an extensive programme of wellness and sporting experiences, vast culinary offering, and one of the largest spas in the Maldives.

Set on the island of Huvahendhoo in South Ari Atoll, Lily Beach Resort is a 25-minute seaplane flight away from the main Velana International Airport. This five-star luxury resort, which perfected the Platinum All-Inclusive holiday experience, features 125 villas — both on land and over water — with private decks and open-air bathrooms with jacuzzis, canopy beds, glass floors and plunge pools. 

In close proximity to some of the most amazing dive sites in the world, Lily Beach Resort also offers a wide range of recreational activities and plenty of relaxation options.

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