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


Jumeirah Vittaveli’s stunning overwater bungalows in the Maldives now offer more than an awe-inspiring view. The newly revamped Ocean Villas have been refurbished with 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 Malé 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.

Just a 20-minute luxury catamaran ride from Malé, 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.

Infinity Pool Ocean Villa Bedroom illustration (Photo: Jumeirah Vittaveli)

Perched on stilts, the Private Ocean Retreats offer a fabulous vantage point to look for black tip reef sharks and shoals of tropical fish while sipping a piña colada or fresh coconut juice. There’s 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.

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 while 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, Jumeirah Vittaveli

Jumeirah Vittaveli offers romantic escapes as well as land- and water-based activities, including the destination’s first ice rink, a PADI Dive base, water sports centre, Talise Spa, six restaurants and bars, a wine library, and two lounges, the underground whiskey salon will open in December 2018.

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World’s Best Dive Destination 2018 – MALDIVES!

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Maldives wins the prestigious position of the World’s Leading Dive Destination 2018 at the Grand Final of The World Travel Awards held last evening at Pátio da Galé in Lisbon, Portugal. Maldives once again secured the prestigious position after fierce competition with top tourist destinations such as Seychelles and Mauritius.

World travel awards are well-known as the highest and most exclusive award ceremony in the Travel and Tourism Industry. It is also renowned as the “Oscars of the Travel Industry.” Established in 1993, it is widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry among industry leaders, governments, luminaries’ international print and broadcast media.

Today, the World Travel Awards™ brand is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire. Hospitality leaders from across the globe were presented during the colourful ceremony held in recognition of the best travel destinations of 2018.

In addition to the Destination award, the Maldives won the below awards in a stunning 5 categories.

  • World’s Leading Airport Resort 2018 – Hulhule Island Hotel, Maldives
  • World’s Leading Honeymoon Resort 2018 – Jumeirah Vittaveli, Maldives
  • World’s Leading Luxury Private Island Resort 2018 – Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives
  • World’s Leading Water Villa Resort 2018 – Sun Aqua Vilu Reef, Maldives
  • World’s Most Romantic Resort 2018 – Baros Maldives

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.

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

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Festive celebrations at Kurumba Maldives

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Festive season is true to be the most wonderful time of the year with events that are perfect for any holiday celebration. Celebrate the festive season in style this year at Kurumba Maldives with a great selection of experiences. From a traditional festive dinner on Christmas Eve highlighting delightful signature Christmas dishes, and more to elegant degustation dinner, buffet style on New Year Eve. The resort has everything that needed for a memorable year-end celebration with tropical twists.

A sparkling season starts with an unsurpassed repertoire of exciting activities for both children and adults in celebration of Christmas such as Ginger bread tree decoration, Christmas sand art competition, Christmas Tree Decoration etc…A surprise Christmas show will surely get everyone into the Christmas mood, before attending a very special dinner with an exquisite selection of festive delights at Thila and enjoying the night entertainment with live band “2 Sense” at Kandu Bar.

With festive favourite spread, there is nowhere else to be on Christmas than at the various planned events at Kurumba Maldives. On Christmas day, a kid’s party will be organized by the pool side. At some point during the party, Santa Claus will get to appear with a sack full of goodies for all, bringing party favours and festive cheer to our youngsters.

This year, New Year eve Gala Celebration will be kicked off with a final gathering cocktail party by the pool side. Enjoy a glass of bubbly and canapés to set your mood for the evening before adjourning for dinner. The year-end celebration will continue with a delectable buffet dinner at Thila and Vihamanaa restaurants. Guests will be invited to join for what promises to be a spectacular, 1980s themed night with exciting entertainment throughout the dinner, a few surprise performances and a fabulous award ceremony for guests with prizes to be given, excitingly a raffle draw which is not to be missed.

As the night progresses, the party will move to Kandu Bar where “2 Sense” band and DJ Paide will take the crowd on a hot ride from the 80’s to today’s music with their magical mixes while waiting for the countdown to the new beginnings of 2019 and toast to unforgettable memories.

After a big celebration of the previous night, guests will be invited to meet 2019 head on with a sumptuous recovery brunch served from 8.00 hrs until 14.30 hrs at Vihamanaa with sparkling wine and Detox corner.

On 6th February 2019, guests who celebrate Orthodox Christmas, can gather for a hearty buffet dinner with a delicious range of dishes served in Thila.

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The Nautilus Maldives Wins Award for ‘Hottest Independent Hotel’ in the World

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The Nautilus, a luxury beach and ocean resort in the Maldives, has won a ‘Hottest Independent Hotel’ award in the 2018 Vision Style Awards.

The Awards, which are run by global textiles giant Vision Support Services, are an online incentive aimed at rewarding and recognising excellence in the interior design of hotels, restaurants, spas and bars around the world.

The resort has 26 private beach and ocean houses and is located on its privately-owned island in the heart of Baa Atoll; centrally situated in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The luxury resort also includes private pools, ocean views, tropical greenery, three restaurants and a poolside bar.

The Awards were judged by a number of renowned and esteemed professionals from across the hospitality and travel industry including:

  • Lori Pinkerton-Rolet – Director of Park Grove Design
  • Mark Wynne – International Sales Director for Vision’s Hospitality Division
  • Nigel Haworth – Chef and Ambassador to the Northcote Group
  • Abigail King – Award-Winning Photographer, Journalist and Blogger
  • Bill Lumley – Editor of Luxury B&B Magazine
  • Fraser Donaldson – Group Hospitality Sales & Marketing Director for Vision Support Services

The judges sat down and deliberated over three finalists, from each of the seven categories, in order to crown their final seven winners.

The judges said: “This makes it look so easy to be there – a sense of peace of mind added by the symmetry of the bedroom and lounge.”

Fraser Donaldson, Group Hospitality Sales & Marketing Director for Vision, said: “The Awards are in their sixth year now – and it’s astounding to see how much they grow year-on-year. Last year, we opened our search up to include Europe and this year, for the first time, we opened our search up to include worldwide entries.

The entries we’ve seen this year have reached far and wide and it’s fantastic to see that the winners, and finalists, span almost every continent. These awards are testament to the skill, hard work and determination of hoteliers and owners and we’re very proud to be able to reward each and every one of them.”

The winners of each of the seven categories will each receive a glass trophy and certificate, choice of champagne or hamper and cash voucher. They will also receive a double-page spread in Vision’s annual look-book and guide to hospitality interiors, The Vision Style Guide, due to be published in early 2019.

A full list of the winners can be found at

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Pop icon Rita Ora confirms new year’s eve performance at Amilla Fushi, Maldives

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Ahead of the launch of her long-awaited new album Phoenix this Friday, 23 November, pop phenomenon Rita Ora has confirmed an exclusive New Year’s Eve performance at scene-shaping Maldives luxury resort Amilla Fushi.

As if spectacular entertainment from pyro performers The Fuel Girls and lead singer of B*witched Edele Lynch were not enough, guests seeing out 2018 at Amilla can now look forward to an intimate performance by the UK singles chart’s most successful British female artist of all time. Taking place two months before the start of the Phoenix World Tour, which kicks off in Melbourne on 1 March 2019, the Amilla ‘tribe’ could be amongst the first to experience the singer’s new material live.

It has been a momentous year and a half for Rita. Following a sold out European tour, her last five hit singles have amassed over 1.3 billion Spotify streams worldwide – with global hit, Your Song​, written by Ed Sheeran and Steve Mac, reaching more than 352m streams alone. She released global Top 10 hit Lonely Together, a collaboration with Avicii, in August, and in October her single Anywhere earnt a #2 spot in the UK. Further collaborations saw Rita team up with Liam Payne on For You for the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack, her fourth Top 10 hit; and Cardi B, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX on girl-power anthem Girls, another global success. These hit songs all feature on her new album.

Rita has starred onscreen as a coach on BBC1’s The Voice; a judge on ITV’s The X Factor UK; host of MTV’s EMAs in 2017; and as host of VH1’s America’s Next Top Model. In addition, Rita’s brand work to date includes 15 best-selling Adidas collections, capsule collections for Tezenis, and an ambassadorship for Rimmel. The President of Kosovo, Rita’s country of birth, awarded her honorary ambassador for raising awareness of the country and she continues to support UNICEF’s tremendous efforts to help children in danger around the world.

The Amilla elves are busily wrapping up days and nights packed with enchantment and wonder for this festive season. As well as the star-studded New Year’s Eve performances – open to all island guests at no extra charge – festive foodie surprises are also in store. Chef Hiro Nakamura charts an incredible journey of flavourful Japanese cuisine to Amilla’s signature overwater restaurant, Feeling Koi, showcasing a selection of artfully crafted sushi, nigiri and sashimi by the water’s edge. There’ll also be lip smacking themed nights at the chilled-out foodie hub Baazaar and enchanting dining experiences in the magical Mystique Garden. Australian football hero and former Everton player, Tim Cahill, will also be on island inspiring young footballers with a four-day festive training camp. Kids aged from 5-8 years, and teens from 9-16 years, can perfect their skills on Amilla’s very own full-sized pitch with elite coaching from the Socceroos’ all-time leading goal scorer.

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Mads Refslund, Noma Co-Founder, takes on W Maldives

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Embark on a culinary adventure with Chef Mads Refslund, co-founder of two Michelin-starred Noma Restaurant, who joins W Maldives exclusively from 5 to 6 December. W Maldives is the last stop of his Asia Tour. From 23 November to 6 December, he will be visiting W Singapore, W Koh Samui and W Bangkok offering exclusive culinary experience to guests.

The celebrity chef recognized as one of the most creative chefs in the world, will take over W Maldives Kitchen for two interactive dinners based on the concept of fire and ice. “Ice” dinner will focus on cold and raw products to emphasize what is inherent in the very nature of the dish. “Fire” dinner is more smoke dominated and will bring back the memory of his grandmothers cooking with wood and charcoal.

A pioneer of New Nordic cuisine describes his philosophy to cooking as “bonding rawness,” which entails bringing out natural, organic flavors of the ingredients without polluting the taste with excessive preparation or cooking.

Refslund was a co-founder of two Michelin-starred Noma restaurant in Copenhagen, ranked four times World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Shortly after Noma’s inception, he opened his own establishment, MR, which also won a Michelin star. Now living in New York, where he previously helmed NYC’s ACME and launched the Nordic food craze in the city, Chef Mads is preparing to open a new restaurant, which will reportedly be “guided by the principles of fire and ice.”

Speaking ahead of the Michelin star chef’s visit, General Manager, Anuj Sharma said: “We are honoured to welcome a world renowned chef of such calibre as Mads Refslund to W Maldives and look forward to thrilling our guests with his culinary sensations as we continue with our series of visiting international chefs.”

5 December 2018 – “ICE” dinner at FISH Restaurant
6 December 2018 – “FIRE” dinner at FIRE Restaurant

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Maldives…the Sunny Side of Life showcased in Shanghai, China


China International Travel Mart (CITM) kicks off in Shanghai with participation from Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC). While the exhibition will be held from 16-18 November 2018, a total of 16 companies have taken part with 27 representatives from the tourism industry to showcase the Maldives in Shanghai, China.

Held annually, CITM is one of the largest travel trade shows in Asia which take place in Shanghai and Kunming alternatively. This exhibition hosted 79 countries and regions with 1,663 booths during the previous exhibition which took place in Kunming, China. During this three-day event, two days are allocated for professional business-to-business meetings where registered exhibitors can arrange meetings with the major operators and media that can guarantee quality and valuable participation at the fair.

Maldives stand at CITM 2018

Professional trade days have been arranged exclusively by the fair organizers for registered delegates in order to ensure a valuable participation at CITM. CITM is a joint effort, organized by the China National Tourism Administration, Civil Aviation Administration of China and Shanghai Municipal People’s Government, taking place at the Shanghai New International Expo Center.

Officials will be meeting with industry professionals during the fair to explore means to further develop and strengthen the presence of the Maldives in the Chinese Market. In addition to business meetings conducted during the fair, there will be activities organized at the stand to attract more visitors. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the Maldives in virtual reality and see the underwater beauty of the country through VR gear. Visitors also could also take a selfie at the stand and post on Chinese social media with the hashtag #visitmaldives and #CITM2018 to win a surprise gift from the Maldives. Moreover, visitors can have a taste of Maldivian flavours at the stand.

This year’s event has exhibitors from all sectors of the travel industry including domestic and international tourist organisations, travel agencies, hotels, airlines and other travel related companies. CITM provides partners the opportunity to meet with the strongest buyers from all over China and to establish extensive business ties.

China continues to remain the top market to Maldives in terms of arrivals since the arrival of Chinese tourists hiked up in 2012. During the year 2017, a total of 306,530 Chinese tourists visited Maldives, contributing to 22.1% of the total market share. Participation at CITM is expected to boost arrivals through these promotions. By the end of September 2018, there were a total of October 2018, a total of 222,108 Chinese tourists was recorded to have visited Maldives. The Chinese market now contributes to 20.06% of the total market share which is a 6% drop compared to the same period in 2017, where a total of 236,728 Chinese tourists visited the Maldives. However, through promotion at CITM as well as other joint marketing efforts, a positive growth in the arrivals is expected in the future.

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RFP: To Design And Construct The Maldives Stand At The Boot Fair In Dusseldorf, Germany For The Year 2019

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RFP – BOOT 2019
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Maldives exhibits at the Swiss International Holiday Exhibition 2018

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Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation(MMPRC) together with 8 participants from 4 companies of the tourism industry are representing Maldives at Swiss International Holiday Exhibition, from 1-4 November 2018 in Lugano, Switzerland. The Maldives delegation will be led by Mr. Haris Mohamed, the Acting Managing Director of MMPRC. The Swiss International Holiday Exhibition (SIHE) is an incredibly popular and attended tourism event taking place in Lugano, Switzerland as the most comprehensive and prestigious travel and tourism event held in Switzerland.

Maldives delegation at Swiss International Holiday Exhibition 2018

The destination will be directly promoted in different media platforms during SIHE this year with the target to expand the market further. Promotional activities which will attract the visitors will be conducted during this four-day exhibition to attract the maximum number of visitors. In addition to this, discussions will be carried out with the major travel trade media and operators from the Swiss & Italian speaking markets for possible joint promotional campaigns which can be conducted.

Switzerland & Italian speaking markets are very important to Maldives. Majority of the Swiss Travelers to Maldives are repeat visitors and Switzerland has been highlighted as one of the most potential markets for Maldives in terms of visitor arrivals. SIHE is a great platform to approach the Swiss & Italian speaking markets. Looking at the top markets of Maldives, it is noteworthy that Italy is among the traditional high ranked markets to Maldives from the beginning.

As of September 2018, 22,151 Swiss arrivals were recorded, this is an increase of 2.4% when compared to the same period in 2017. In 2017, a total of 32,651 tourist arrivals were recorded from Switzerland which was an increase of 3.1% compared to the previous year. Switzerland has a market share of 2.4 percent and this percentage is expected to increase with the representation of the Maldives at SIHE this year. SIHE will be an ideal platform to approach the potential travelers from the country. Switzerland Promotional events targeting the Swiss market will be an important initiative to help boost arrivals from the Swiss market.

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Invitation To Submit Proposals To Design And Construct The Maldives Stand At The ITB Fair, Berlin, Germany For The Year 2019

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Oman Air relaunches flights between Maldives and Muscat

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Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, resumed its service between Maldives and Muscat from 28th October.

Oman Air flights from Maldives to Muscat will operate on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and from Muscat to Maldives will operate on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The Oman Air flight from Maldives WY 384 departs at 1850 on the 28th October and arrives into the award winning Muscat International Airport at 0035, on 29th October, whilst the first flight from Muscat International Airport, WY 383 departed Muscat at 0850 on 28th October and arrived in Male’ International Airport at 1330 local time.

This route will be serviced by Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft which has been designed to offer exceptional performance, flexibility and efficiency. Configured with 162 seats in a two-class configuration: 12 in business and 150 in economy with significant enhancements across both cabins, the MAX aircraft is an example of Oman Air’s commitment to continually upgrading its products and services to deliver guests’ satisfaction.

Ceremony held to resume Oman Air’s flights to Maldives

Visitors to Muscat are invited to take in the capital’s landmarks which include the impressive Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and the Royal Opera House which showcases the unique splendour of Islamic architecture. Culture enthusiasts can visit the National Museum, Natural History Museum, and the Omani-French Museum before shopping for souvenirs in the old Souq of Muttrah. For those venturing outside the city of Muscat, the Sultanate features an incredible landscape boasting amazing beaches, rolling mountains, sweeping deserts and mesmerizing oases.

The opening of the new passenger terminal in Muscat offers Oman Air guests a thoroughly enhanced experience and the new terminal building has already won the 2018 World Travel Award’s Middle East’s leading new tourism development project of the year.

Abdulaziz Al Raisi, CEO of Oman Air said: “We are delighted to be resuming our Maldives route and look forward to welcoming our valued Oman Air guests on board the B738-MAX aircraft. We thoroughly encourage and welcome our friends from all over our network, flying from and to the Maldives to stop over and explore Oman en route. Our new Maldives service offers holidaymakers the perfect opportunity to explore Muscat, the capital of Oman together with the beautiful shores of the Maldives.”

Oman Air is currently undergoing an exciting fleet and network expansion programme, which will see the airline operate up to 70 aircraft to over 60 destinations by 2022.

The resumption of the Maldives service comes at an exciting time, as Oman Air recently started their flights to Istanbul in June, Casablanca in July and Moscow on 30th October. Oman Air continues to be recognized for its award winning on board experience; winning an array of industry awards to add to its growing collection.

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Fushifaru Maldives celebrates its one year anniversary in style

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Fushiafru Maldives, the 49-villa boutique resort located on the far North East border of Faadhippolhu (Lhaviyani) Atoll proudly celebrated the one year anniversary under the leadership of General Manager, Ahmed Siaar.
The exquisite island of Fushifaru, a home to an extraordinary landscape above and below the waterline, officially opened its doors one year ago today ushering in a new era of Maldivian chic getaway to one of the country’s most vibrant atoll destinations.

“We are thrilled to celebrate our first anniversary, which represents a significant milestone for our resort,” stated Ahmed Siaar, General Manager of Fushifaru Maldives. “I could not be more proud of the success that our resort have experienced so far but am even more excited to see what the future holds. We will keep encouraging creativity and enthusiasm at our resort. We are confident Fushifaru Maldives will continue to inspire travelers from around the world to visit and experience all that this extraordinary destination and exquisite island have to offer,” he added.

Residents hosts and guests at Fushifaru Maldives celebrated the first anniversary in style with sunset cocktail reception and gala dinner followed by the beach party with DJ.

With continuous celebration vibe at the resort, guests are invited to enjoy the Anniversary Package which offers complimentary room upgrade and 30% discount on Heylhi Spa treatments. This offer is valid for stay until 26 December 2018.

Reservations can be made by visiting or by calling +960 662 0202. Connect with Fushifaru on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for daily updates.

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Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives announces ‘Festive Circus’ celebrations


Luxury resort to welcome acrobats, Santa Claus and spectacular fireworks

Jumeirah Vittaveli’s festive programme will evolve around an exciting ‘Circus’ theme this year. A host of entertainers, magicians and acrobats will make their entry in the Maldives, promising a celebration in true style of The Greatest Showman on Earth!

Jumeirah Vittaveli will celebrate a traditional tree lighting ceremony – another much anticipated surprise given the outstanding creations from previous years, such as the Underwater Coral Tree, and the Floating and Glowing recycled Bicycle Tree.

On Christmas Eve, December 24, guests can join the Silent Night gala dinner, decorated in sparkling gold. Guests can enjoy the best creations the resort’s innovative Chefs have worked on throughout the year. The next day, Santa Claus will stop by the island to entertain children and guests young at heart. Watch out to see if he will make his entry by jet ski, catamaran or maybe even a para-sailing flight through the air onto the white sandy shores.

Santa Claus arriving to the island

On New Year’s Eve, festivities will be even more exciting, with a host of entertainers, another lavish gala dinner, and of course the spectacular fireworks to ring in the New Year! A DJ will entertain guests until early morning and a lavish brunch spread will await latecomers for a healthy start into the new year.

Amit Majumder, General Manager, Jumeirah Vittaveli, says: “This Christmas, we have some exciting surprises in store for our guests, such as an exhilarating addition to our freestanding Private Ocean Retreats which will be relaunched in December with extended floor spaces, additional lounging areas, a glass marine observation dining table, a completely refreshed interior, and an adrenaline-charged new way to enter into the marine waters of the Indian Ocean. Don’t miss out on sampling one of the award winning whiskeys on offer at Underchic our new Whiskey Salon – in this sophisticated Victorian era style salon, we invite you to settle in for a chat about the pertinent issues of the day, accompanied by a variety of homemade and artisan chocolates, while you enjoy a tumbler of your favourite rare whiskey.

Culinary delights will include homemade Christmas fruit cake and pudding, prepared by chefs from an exotic concoction of nuts, spices, fruits and a variety of spirits that are all mixed together in the resort’s annual Christmas Fruit Cake Mixing ceremony, celebrated with guests every October.

Gourmets will be delighted by the exquisite dishes handpicked from the best ingredients, such as oysters from the Bretagne, fresh white Alba truffle, and Beluga, Ossetra and Sevruga caviar.

Culinary delights

The final event of the festive season will be the traditional Orthodox Christmas celebrations on January 6, including an awe-inspiring Art of Poi fire dance, DJ beach party, and culinary delicacies served at both Samsara on the beach and Fenesse over water. Ded Moroz and his helper Snegurochka will stop by the resort on December 31 to lavish gifts and goodies to all the children.

Throughout all these celebrations, don’t miss out on skating on the resort’s eco-friendly ice rink, for your own tropical winter wonderland feeling…

Located a short 20-minute ride on board a luxurious motorised catamaran from capital, Jumeirah Vittaveli offers unmatched diversity, subtle luxury and personalised exploration, whether you are seeking a romantic getaway or an exotic destination for your family.

In addition to the brand new Royal Residence, which was recently recognised as Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa at the World Travel Awards, Jumeirah Vittaveli comprises 89 villas and suites, each with their own swimming pool and direct access to the beach or lagoon. The private and spacious villas are available with one or two bedrooms making them the ideal accommodation for both families and couples. Highlights are the free-standing Private Ocean Retreats, located only a heartbeat away from the main island and accessible by complimentary boat service.

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One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives to host pop-up of acclaimed Sydney plant-based restaurant, YELLOW


One&Only Reethi Rah, the ultra-luxury, all-villa resort set on one of the largest private islands in the Maldives, welcomes innovative plant-based restaurant YELLOW for an exclusive pop-up event this October at the resort’s garden-to-table restaurant Botanica. Sydney-based Chef Brent Savage, renowned for his original vegetarian cuisine, will be serving an eight-course plant-based contemporary menu for guests to enjoy.

An array of dining choices awaits guests at One&Only Reethi Rah, with seven diverse restaurants to discover. Serving natural, sustainably-sourced cuisine in the magical surroundings of the Chef’s Garden, Botanica provides an enchanting setting to complement Chef Brent’s inspired dishes. Guests can choose to dine in the candle-lit al fresco potager amidst the fresh vegetables and herbs, or surrounded by hundreds of coloured blooms in the Orchid House.

Chef Brent Savage

The renowned Australian restaurant, YELLOW, is run by the award-winning team behind Bentley Restaurant + Bar, Cirrus and Monopole. Chef Brent Savage re-launched YELLOW’s menu in 2016 as 100% plant based, recognising the demand for contemporary vegetarian dining. Aiming to showcase produce that often gets overseen in the restaurant world, YELLOW serves fresh and rare ingredients, with heirloom produce sourced for outstanding boutique dishes. Well-regarded as a key leader in the industry for creating meat-free dishes of such high calibre, Chef Brent’s ethos is to treat vegetables as equal to protein and YELLOW’S pure vegetarian menu highlights plants as significant components on the menu not to be overlooked.

For his first collaboration in The Maldives, Chef Brent will be offering One&Only Reethi Rah guests a taste of his contemporary cuisine, serving inventive canapés alongside cocktails on Monday, 22 October at Rah Bar, prior to the exclusive pop-up dining event at Botanica on Tuesday, 23 October. Vegetarian and vegan cuisine have experienced a surge in popularity as diners turn away from meat, in favour of dishes that hero healthy, plant-based ingredients prepared in a way that highlights their natural properties. The eight-course tasting menu that will be served at Botanica includes some of the most popular dishes from YELLOW and is prepared using ingredients sourced from local Australian growers alongside fresh herbs and vegetables from Botanica’s garden.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with world-class Chef Brent Savage to bring his innovative and healthy menu to Botanica. This exciting collaboration will inspire our guests, nourish their wellbeing, and further elevates Botanica’s unique dining experience,” says Jan B. Tibaldi, One&Only Reethi Rah, General Manager.

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Niyama Private Islands Maldives continues to shine at Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards


Niyama Private Islands Maldives continues to be lauded for offering uniquely diverse experiences amidst luxury and style as Condé Nast Traveler announced the results of its 31st annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Niyama Private Islands  Maldives being recognized as the #7 Top Resort in the Indian Ocean. Niyama proudly shares this accolade with sister property Naladhu Private Island Maldives, which was named #1 Top Resort in the Indian Ocean and #3 Top Resort in the World. The Readers’ Choice Awards epitomises authenticity, personalization and the unexpected in the travel industry. This year nearly half a million Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted a recording-breaking number of responses rating their travel experiences across the globe.

Niyama Private Islands Maldives goes beyond being a luxury resort in the Indian Ocean. It offers a distinct twist on the Maldives with two islands – Chill and Play, perfectly blending adventure with serenity in nature’s playground.

Aerial view of Niyama Private Islands Maldives

“We are thrilled that Condé Nast Traveler readers appreciate all that Niyama Private Islands Maldives has,” said General Manager Hafidh Al Busaidy. “Niyama is dedicated to providing every guest with the full Chill and Play experience we are known for, from partying six metres below the surface at Subsix to catching exhilarating waves at Vodi surf point. This recognition from Condé Nast Traveler as #7 Top Resort in the Indian Ocean encourages us to continue to strive for even greater excellence in providing luxurious distinctive island experiences. I would like to thank the voters for honouring us and my team for their passion, dedication and enthusiasm in delivering unparalleled guest experiences consistently”.

Niyama Private Islands Maldives brings novelty to one of the most stunning settings in the world. Dining at sea, underwater, deep in the jungle or in the treetops. Submitting to spa journeys overwater or in a garden. Adrenaline-fuelled adventures are interspersed with quiet moments of perfection on long stretches of powdery beach. Privacy and exclusivity reign. Discover Nature’s Playground for yourself.

For reservations or more information, please email [email protected] or contact +960 676 2828

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Maldives upholds its title as World’s Best Spa destination


Maldives wins the prestigious position again as the “World’s Best Spa Destination “at the 4th annual World Spa Awards held at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort on 26th October. The event was attended by hundreds of industry leaders from across the region and around the globe.

Maldives competed against other world class destinations such as Thailand, Hawaii, Mauritius, Australia, Seychelles, USA and UAE for these titles. In addition to the destination awards, the Maldives Tourism Industry also won prestigious awards in various categories during the event.

World Spa Awards Gala Ceremony 2018 (Photo: World Spa Awards)

World Spa Awards™ is a dynamic awards programme, launched in 2015 and designed to drive up standards within spa tourism by rewarding the organisations that are the leaders in the field.

Launched by the World Travel Awards™, itself inaugurated in 1994, as a sister programme to the World Ski Awards™ and World Golf Awards™, World Spa Awards is focused on the rapidly evolving spa and wellness sector.

Winning these awards will indeed enhance the image of the destination as a high profile luxury destination. Furthermore, winning of the awards indicates the visitors’ love and confidence towards the Maldives.

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Maldives showcased at the China-ASEAN Expo Tourism Exhibition (CAEXPOTE) 2018

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Maldives participates in the China-ASEAN Expo Tourism Exhibition (CAEXPOTE) 2018, taking place in Guilin, China from 26 – 28 October 2018. The Maldives Marketing & PR Corporation is showcased at the exhibition in a 36sqm space, to promote the destination in the Chinese market.

During this 3-day exhibition, MMPRC representatives will be promoting the various segments of the destination targeted towards attracting the Chinese market. MMPRC representatives will also be participating in a B2B session with the major operators, and media from the region. Visitors are given most up to date information about the destination, and they also get the opportunity to taste Maldivian flavors right from the stand. Aside from these, visitors are also invited to take part in a social media campaign, where they stand a chance to win a surprise gift for posting a selfie on Weibo with the hashtags #visitmaldives and #CAEXPOTE2018. Visitors can also experience the underwater beauty through our Virtual Reality gear at the stand.

CAEXPOTE is among the growing exhibitions in the Guangxi region which commenced its first show in 2015. This annual exhibition in Guilin, Guangxi, aims to promote cooperation and exchange between China and ASEAN countries in the tourism field, while also enhancing mutually beneficial understanding and friendship among the region. The exhibition is determined to expand in the coming years, to position the exhibition as an internally recognized and well-known exhibition and a cooperative platform for regional tourism. In the past, the event has exhibited over 900 stands, from over 60 countries/regions, while attracting over 200,000 visitors.

China continues to be the top market to Maldives in terms of arrivals since the arrivals numbers spiked in 2012 positioning itself as the top market to Maldives. During the year 2017, 306,530 Chinese tourists visited Maldives contributing to 22.1% of the total market share. According to the most recent arrival figures, 222,108 Chinese tourists were recorded to have arrived by the end of September 2018. Participation in these fairs and constant market presence has helped maintain the arrivals from this growing market over the years and is expected to continue to increase.

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MMPRC holds information session for the participants of World Travel Market 2018


In preparation for the leading global event World Travel Market 2018, London, a pre-meeting was held today at Champa Central Hotel. Representatives from 13 companies attended the meeting including the industry related companies and media. Information pertaining to the WTM fair, participation from Maldives and other relevant details were highlighted in the briefing given by MMPRC.

Maldives will be participating in the World Travel Market fair scheduled to be held in Excel, London from 5-7 November 2018. A total of 165 representatives from 64 companies are set to travel to this fair, which is one of the landmark events of the tourism industry.

The delegates of Maldives will be led by the Minister of Tourism, Hon. Moosa Zameer, together with Ambassador to the UK/Belgium Hon. Ahmed Shiaan and the Acting Managing Director of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC), Mr.Haris Mohamed.

This year the stand size has been increased by 69sqm with additional 8 counters compared to the previous year. Visitors can experience Maldivian delights passed on over the years. Also, local traditional attire will be showcased to the visitors.

Every year, World Travel Market London brings together the global travel trade under one roof to discuss business, innovations and trends in the travel industry. Likewise, it is expected that the World Travel Market 2018 will be a fruitful event to the participants

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N + J Couple photoshoot at Baros Maldives and their favourite sunset cruise, Nick and Jenn was a young Friendly couple from Singapore visited Maldives for their honeymoon in Maldives, Photo by Asad, http://asad.photographyLocation: @barosmaldives

RFP – FITUR 2019
Floor Plan Maldives Stand 6D12 – 70 m2

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Mindful touch and awareness through movement with holistic therapist Jade Wood at Niyama Private Islands Maldives


From the rice terraces of Bali to the Northern foothills of Thailand and the deserts of Arabia, Jade Wood has wandered the world in search of wisdom. Born in England and with a mixed heritage of European and Asian descent, it is perhaps fitting that she returns to this part of the world each year to teach and heal. Jade is certified as a Yoga teacher by the School of Sacred Arts in Ubud and as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist from the Body Intelligence Institute and Franklyn Sills, and will be in-residence at Niyama Private Islands Maldives from 22 October to 22 November 2018 for private consultations.

Jade Wood

Embody your Yoga practice in a deeper way with dawn one-on-one sessions of yin yoga. Release patterns of tension and learn from your body through the slow deliberate practice of Feldenkrais Method. Jade is an all-round practitioner of somatic movement drawing on many disciplines – yoga, conscious visualisation, dance and touch – she also teaches meditative mindfulness through the ancient art of qi gong.

Jade’s speciality is craniofacial massage, a perfect beauty-bliss balance of soothing facial massage with a special organic essential oil blend of rose geranium, frankincense and rosemary combined with lymphatic drainage, acupressure around the head, ears, face, neck and shoulders with craniosacral head holds. This modality draws upon on the body’s natural ability to self-regulate and heal as Jade listens in to the natural tides of life, releasing stagnant energy and resulting in an overwhelming sense of calm. Emerge feeling renewed and glowing with inner peace.

End your day with an exploratory session of yoga nidra guided meditation. Jade’s soothing voice leads you into a deeply relaxed state somewhere between waking and sleep, systematically sensing and releasing each part of your body to improve self-awareness and connect with the creative subconscious.

A highly sought-after practitioner and trainer of yoga teachers, Jade is one in a series of Drift Spa wellness consultants. From traditional Chinese medicine to body transformation through diet and exercise to holistic beauty treatments, Drift brings the know-how of London, New York and Dubai to the unrivalled majesty of Nature’s Playground.

Sign up now for a private session with Jade.

Drift Spa offers cutting-edge beauty and wellness in a stunning overwater-garden setting. Offering the Maldives’ only Intraceuticals facials, revitalising Anne Semonin and Gentlemen’s Tonic treatments, and beautifying at The Salon by Pedro Sanchez, the sanctuary is also home to a continual roster of visiting practitioners jetting in from around the globe.

For more information visit or [email protected]

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