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Villa restyling in W Maldives

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Extreme Wow Ocean Haven W restyling
“Extreme WOW Ocean Haven” and “Wow Ocean Escape” will go under a complete restyling from July 1, 2018 and are scheduled for reopening in September 2018. The escapes will feature new flooring, doors, furniture, light fixtures and contemporary accents accompanied by the vibrant colour palette of W Hotels. The Entertainment Hub will be the centre of the suites highlighting the brand’s passion points around design, fashion, music and sociable cocktail culture.

В категориях комнат Extreme WOW Ocean Haven” и “Wow Ocean Escape будет проходить полный рестайлинг с 1 Июля 2018, открытие обновленных комнат намечено на Сентябрь 2018. В виллах будет обновлены напольное покрытие, двери, мебель, новые светильники и современные акценты в дизайне будут дополнены яркой цветовой палитрой в стиле W Hotels. Центром обновленных вилл станет “развлекательный центр”, подчеркивающиий страсть бренда W к дизайну, моде, музыке и коктейль-шоу.
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W Maldives is already an extraordinary destination Escape, this significant investment and complete restyling of its suites is truly going to take the property and guest experience to a completely new level of lifestyle travel.

W Maldives уже зарекомендовал себя как отель с экстраординарной концепцией, значительная инвестиция в полный рестайлинг вышеуказанных вилл даст возможность отелю предложить своим гостям совершенно новый опыт наслаждения атмосферой путешествий.

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FUSHIFARU MALDIVES ANNOUNCES FIRST MMA RETREAT WITH ONE CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTER, SAIFUL MERICAN & MALDIVIAN MUAY THAI TRAINER, KAI

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Fushifaru Maldives announces its first MMA Retreat in collaboration with professional MMA/ Muay Thai and ONE Championship fighter, Saiful Merican and Maldivian Muay Thai trainer and Fushifaru Wellness Guru, Kai this June 19th – 21st, 2018.

With over 130 fights to his name, renowned ONE Championship fighter and former World #1Muay Thai kickboxer (57KG) Saiful Merican, will be bringing his ring-ready techniques and drills to the island for guests to sign up and test their strength, stamina and agility on the beach. Joining him will be Maldivian expert trainer, Kai, who will be bringing her signature brand of strength conditioning and training to the retreat. A certified trainer for over ten years, Kai has participated in various sporting events, conducts her own bootcamp in the Maldives and retreats around the world, including running a marathon barefoot in Athens.

Mixed Martial Arts, or more popularly known as MMA is the fastest growing sport in the world. It encompasses both stand -up and ground skills using techniques from various other martial arts such as Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Wrestling, Judo, Muay Thai, Sanda and many more. As the Vice President of the Mal aysian MMA Association (MASMMA), Saiful is one of the country’s pioneer professional MMA fighters. He transitioned to MMA in 2013 after competing in hundreds of Muay Thai fights from the tender age of 11. “I wanted to test myself and keep learning other disciplines. MMA workouts challenge your mind and body to push yourself to its limits,” says Saiful. The customized workouts are designed to train your entire body with a focus on strength and endurance. The intense combat drills test one’s physical and mental stamina. Experience what it’s like to train like a pro athlete and recover after with our spa treatments curated exclusively for this retreat.

Our VIKs (Very Important Kids) will not be left out on this retreat! Kids aged from 6 -12 can join the MMA Kids Retreat to learn and adopt a great active and healthy lifestyle through mixed martial arts. Not only will they learn self confidence and discipline, they will have fun doing it! Fushifaru’s ‘Family Fantastic Offer’ where up to two kids under the age of 12, stay and eat for free on the same board basis as their parents, would be the perfect reason to book.

Fushifaru 3-Day MMA Retreat includes:
19th June

  • Warm Up & Stretching
  • Wrap Hands
  • Stand Up Techniques – Muay Thai Shadow Boxing
  • Muay Thai Pad Work
  • Technique Drills
  • Strength & Conditioning (with Kai)
  • Wrestling Drills
  • Cool Down
  • 60 Minute Fit Body Massage – Designed to encourage blood flow, stretch muscles and ease joints

19th June

  • Warm Up & Stretching
  • Ground Techniques – Jiujitsu Drills
  • Takedowns
  • Boxing Drills
  • Strength & Conditioning (with Kai)
  • Cool Down
  • 60 Minute Fushi Deep Tissue Massage – Perfect for post-intense activities to target those deeper layers of muscles, connective tissue to help increase muscle flexibility

21st June

  • Warm Up & Stretching
  • Running
  • Shadow Boxing
  • Stand Up & Ground Techniques (incorporating both Muay Thai & Jiujitsu)
  • Light MMA Sparring with Saiful
  • Strength & Conditioning (with Kai)
  • Cool Down
  • 30 Minutes Tension Release Back Massage – Focused on releasing muscular tension in the back and improve circulation.

Book MMA Retreat package with the best price: info@letsgomaldives.com

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NOSTALGIA: THE MALDIVES THAT USED TO BE

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Nika Island Resort & Spa is a milestone in the hospitality industry of the country. The resort has been pioneering the concept of tourism for more than 30 years, instilling and spreading Italian culture in Ari Atoll.

Nika Island Resort & Spa является важной вехой в индустрии гостеприимства в стране. Отель является новаторской концепцией туризма более 30 лет, прививая и распространяя итальянскую культуру в Атолле Ари.

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A.A. Kudafolhudhu turned into a resort back in 1983: since its inception, the philosophy and values that shaped this unique boutique-hotel are the same: privacy, natural sophistication and local heritage.

А.А. Кудафолхудху превратился в курорт еще в 1983 году: с момента его создания, философия и ценности, сформировавшие этот уникальный бутик-отель, были такими же: конфиденциальность, естественная утонченность и наследие местной культуры.

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All the villas have been built according to the traditional Maldivian architectural style: being one of the first hotels built in the country, everything on the island has been built using coral blocks, coconut wood and palm leaves.

Все виллы построены в соответствии с традиционным мальдивским архитектурным стилем: будучи одним из первых отелей в стране, все на острове построено с использованием коралловых блоков, кокосовых пальм и пальмовых листьев.

A collection of antiques and unique Maldivian pieces of art decorate the interiors of all the villas.

Коллекция антиквариата и уникальные мальдивские произведения искусства украшают интерьеры всех вилл.

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“We believe in aesthetics and culture” says Edo.“We consider Nika an ideal place where Italian traditions and culture meet the local heritage: we are the Maldives that used to be”. The aficionadosof this unique boutique hotel knows how much we have been investing into preserving and maintaining a strong Maldivian identity here, at Nika”

«Мы верим в эстетику и культуру, – говорит Эдо. «Мы считаем Нику идеальным местом, где итальянские традиции и культура сочетаются с местным наследием: это – Мальдивы, какими они были раньше». Постоянные гости этого уникального бутик-отеля знают, сколько мы инвестируем в сохранение и поддержание сильной мальдивской идентичности здесь, в Ника ”

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Edoardo Caccin – General Manager of the Nika Island Resort & Spa Maldives / Эдоардо Качин – Главный Управляющий Nika Island Resort & Spa

Nika promoted a special night called “Nostalgia: the Maldives that used to be”: an event that gathered not only the guests spending their stay at this unique boutique hotel, but also the representatives of the neighbouring local islands (Mathiveri and Bodufolhudhoo) and the GMs of the main Resorts and Guest-Houses in Ari Atoll.

Nika провела специальный вечер под названием «Ностальгия: Мальдивы, какими они были раньше»: мероприятие, которое собрало не только гостей этого уникальном бутик-отеля, но и представителей соседних местных островов (Mathiveri и Bodufolhudhoo) и управляющих основных резортов и гостевых домов в Атолле Ари.

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Edoardo Caccin opened the show declaring: “Nika believes in culture. We are convinced that it is a powerful driver for development, with community-wide social, economic impacts, not only for the resort but also for the entire community living in our beautiful Atoll”.

Edoardo stressed that “culture has a transformative power on existing development approaches, helping to broaden the terms of the current development of our operations and to make development much more relevant to the needs of our guests and of the community; Cultural heritage, cultural and creative industries, can serve as strategic tools for creating a complete experience for our guests and for all the people visiting and residing in our beautiful Island”.

Эдоардо Качин открыл вечер, объявив: «Ника верит в культуру. Мы убеждены, что это мощный стимул для развития с социальными и экономическими последствиями для всего сообщества не только для курорта, но и для всего сообщества, живущего в нашем прекрасном атолле».

Эдоардо подчеркнул, что «культура имеет преобразующую силу в существующих подходах к развитию, помогая расширить условия текущих операций и сделать развитие более актуальным для нужд наших гостей и сообщества; Культурное наследие, культурная и творческая индустрия могут служить стратегическими инструментами для создания полноценногого опыта для наших гостей и для всех людей, посещающих и проживающих на нашем прекрасном острове».

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The event totally focused on the (almost) lost tradition of Stone Carving.

Mohamed Imran is a talented Maldivian artist residing in Male who masters the techniques of stone-carving. During the event, he explained to the crowd the importance of this art for the country, and what he’s currently doing to revamp local heritage.
An exhibition with a selection of hand-made artifacts carved on a variety of materials allowed Nika’s guests to discover a centuries-old tradition that is fading away and slowly disappearing.

Both Edoardo Caccin and Imran agreed that “revamping the country’s heritage is not a commercial strategy, it is a moral obligation”.

Мероприятие полностью сосредоточилось на (почти) утраченной традиции резьбы по камню.

Мохамед Имран – талантливый мальдивский художник, проживающий в Мале, который овладевает техникой каменной резьбы. Во время мероприятия он объяснил зрителям важность этого искусства для страны и то, что он сейчас делает, чтобы обновить местное наследие.

Выставка с множеством рукотворных артефактов, вырезанных на разнообразных материалах, позволила гостям Ники открыть многовековую традицию, которая угасает и медленно исчезает.

И Эдоардо, и Имран согласились с тем, что «перестройка наследия страны не является коммерческой стратегией, это моральное обязательство».

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The artist Mohamed Imran / Художник Мохамед Имран

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The day after the show, Nika promoted a tailor-made workshop, involving all the children and encouraging them to carve small fragments of stone.

На следующий день после шоу Ника организовала специализированную мастерскую с участием всех детей, обучая их вырезать небольшие фрагменты из камня.

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Nika Island is a perfect example of a boutique hotel that breaks the dynamics of big international brands that are reshaping the Maldivian hospitality industry. Nika is a heady mix of Italian lifestyle and Maldivian traditions: a unique platform where heritage and natural beauty meet together. “A thing of beauty” that should be experienced at least once in a lifetime.

Остров Ника – прекрасный пример бутик-отеля, который нарушает динамику крупных международных брендов, которые меняют малдивскую гостиничную индустрию. Nika – это хитрое сочетание итальянского образа жизни и мальдивских традиций: уникальная площадка, где встречаются наследие и природная красота. «Нечто прекрасное», что нужно испытать хотя бы раз в жизни.

photos of the Nostalgia event by: Ahmed Razeen

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International Festival of Modern Magic in Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa

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Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa is excited to announce that they will host the spellbinding Villingili International Festival of Modern Magic on their enchanted island. The first of its kind in the Maldives, the festival will take place in July 2018 and will see five world renowned magicians take residency at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa. For adults and young guests alike, the month will see the magicians perform two shows per week on Villingili’s sparkling sands as well as daily close up magic at guests’ dining tables where sleight of hand will take centre stage.

Located in the Maldives’ southernmost atoll, with only the Indian Ocean separating the island from Antarctica, there is certainly something magical about a private island resort situated quite literally on the edge of the world. During the 1– 31 July 2018, five magicians are set to enhance the resort’s beautifully ethereal atmosphere through a range of traditional showstopper tricks and more unusual modern illusions and mentalism that will blow guests’ mind away. Throughout Villingili’s magic month, guests will be able to enjoy daily close up magic performances at all restaurants across the resort as well as a magic show twice a week, with all magicians coming together for a mesmerizing performance. A special “Magic Box” dinner will be available as part of the resort’s exclusive Dine By Design programme, which sees expert chefs curate meals served in special locations around the island. The “Magic Box” dinner will centre on innovative food illusions and delicious gastronomic surprises served in unusual and creative forms. Moreover, guests will be treated to a transforming spa treatment working magic on their skin and wellbeing, at CHI, the Spa, a secluded sanctuary with its own spa village within the resort. The treatment is using warm Dosha pacifying Ayurvedic herbal oils, known for their super healing powers that have a soothing effect on the body and mind, and release all toxins and stress.

As the first hotel in the Maldives to host a magic festival, Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa is set to bring a whole new meaning to magical Maldivian service this summer. The resort has positioned itself as the perfect destination for families on the lookout for once-in-a-lifetime experiences with an extra magical touch this July. Against the sparkling backdrop of the turquoise Indian Ocean waters, younger guests will be able to learn the basics of magic within the hotel’s award-winning Kid’s Club and later dazzle their parents with their new found skill as the sun sets.

Each of the five magicians are specialists in their own particular field of magic, thereby ensuring that the festival has a wide range of different types of trickeries, illusions and sorcery:

‘The Conjurer’ Duc Nhien
Nhien has been passionate about the art of magic and puzzles since he was 13 years old. In 1981 he became the Belgian champion of the Rubik’s cube, which later gave him inspiration for his unique creation ‘Pixism’. Since then the internationally renowned trickster has published a plethora of French educational videos on ‘Virtual Magic’ and various articles in America’s top selling magician magazines “Magic” and “Genii”. Originally from Belgium, Nhien is the number one magician in his home country and boasts the prestigious title “Master Magician”. Another one of his talents are portraits which sees Nhien use only scissors to create sough-after silhouettes leading him to be nicknamed “The Magician Profiler”.

‘The Trickster’ Antoine Leroux
Leroux specialises in the vastly popular magic of proximity, otherwise known as close up magic. He honed his skills in France working at private parties and events where he impressed guests with his mind-blowing tricks right before their very eyes. Leroux’s experience and professionalism make him one of the most requested magicians in France and will be an enchanting addition to the island of Villingili.

‘The Mindreader’ Frank Truong
Known for co-starring in the popular French television show “La grande illusion”, Truong is regularly employed by prestigious brands and is highly-regarded within the magic circle. Truong specialises in reading people’s minds often leaving audiences speechless with his predications. In 2016, Truong participated in “France’s Got Talent” where he seduced the country and the judges with his humour and charisma reaching the live semi-finals. Since then, Truong has been travelling through France demonstrating the art of mentalism through his show “You Think So I Know” which is met with continuous success.

‘The Digitalist’ Sebastian Camersini
Camersini is also a magician on the French television show “La Grande Illusion”. He has perfected the art of digital magic and is without a doubt one of the most skilful digital magicians on the planet. Camersini works exclusively with the most prestigious members of the magic circle and it known for his elegance and charm when performing.

‘The Magician’ Vincent Bruneau dit Senzo
Vincent’s passion for magic and new technologies led him to found Magency, the first company to offer a collaborative digital solution to engage participants in seminars, conventions, training and meetings. Vincent cites magic and the art of stage as the inspiration behind Magency in which he emphasises the importance of companies engaging their employees from an emotional and human angle. Vincent is also a pioneer of digital magic in France. He creates all of the effects for “La Grande Illusion” show and manages a range of magicians, specialising in the customization of effects.

The resort will also provide a magic wand to all its guests as a form of memorabilia from the festival.

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3-person submarine, Super Falcon 3S is launched at Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru

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Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru is the first resort in the world to launch DeepFlight’s first 3-person submarine, Super Falcon 3S.

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In a world exclusive, DeepFlight Adventures take up to two guests on a once-in-a-lifetime sub-aquatic “dive” exploration of the Maldives’ only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Landaa Giraavaru’s Baa Atoll home.

With a professional pilot at the controls, passengers can skim over coral formations; fly through shoals of brightly colored fish; encounter creatures such as turtles, sharks, dolphins, and rays; and explore the Maldivian waters down to a depth of 120 feet (37 meters) – all without getting wet.

Brought to the Maldives in collaboration with leading watersports operator Ocean Group, the Super Falcon 3S represents the pinnacle of personal submarine technology: an environmentally friendly, battery-operated submersible that offers unparalleled underwater “flying” from the safety, comfort, and style of a personal pressurized and air-conditioned cockpit, with individual viewing domes.

Once submerged, the domes virtually disappear, providing a 360-degree view of the underwater world. Additionally, its flight-inspired design allows the Super Falcon 3S to glide effortlessly over reefs and cruise alongside marine mammals such as dolphins.

The Super Falcon 3S has also been designed with the environment in mind: its electric and acoustic emissions have been minimized so as not to disturb marine life, and it never lands on the seabed or reefs. The pilot narrates each dive with a real-time commentary, educating and inspiring guests about the wonders of the underwater ecosystem.

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Safety is DeepFlight’s number one priority. Certified by Lloyds Register, a leading marine classification society, the Super Falcon 3S features fixed positive buoyancy and a patented thrust and lift system that enables it to not only “fly” underwater, but to automatically float back to the surface in the unlikely event of power loss. A surface team tracks and monitors the submarine during each dive, staying in communication with the pilot via an underwater communications system.

Commenting on the launch, Four Seasons Regional Vice President Armando Kraenzlin said, “At Four SeasonsLandaa Giraavaru, we have long been aligned with DeepFlight’s mission to bring awareness to the oceans. These submarine excursions redefine marine exploration and bridge the gap between the world we see above the waves and the one that exists below. We couldn’t be prouder to be the first resort in the world to launch the DeepFlight Super Falcon 3S.”

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A DeepFlight Adventures’ submarine excursion will take about 1 hour from boarding to flying underwater and disembarkation.

Children must be aged 7 and above and over 1.2-metres tall; maximum weight per person is 120 kg (265 lbs); maximum height is 1.9 metres (6.4 ft.).

How much does a DeepFlight Adventures’ excursion cost at Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru?
US$1500.00 (+ 12% GST) per flight for up to a maximum of two passengers.

 

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CONRAD MALDIVES ANNOUNCES WORLD’S FIRST UNDERSEA RESIDENCE, THE MURAKA

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Aptly named THE MURAKA or coral in Dhivehi, the local language of the Maldives, the undersea residence gives guests an intimate and immersive experience of one of the Earth’s most breathtaking marine environments. Muraka is designed to blend into its environment, giving guests’ unparalleled views of the Indian Ocean at every turn. With vibrant colors and a diverse array of marine life all around, Muraka’s residents will be able to sleep alongside the wonders of the abundant and colorful marine life that inhabit the sea.

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The undersea suite features a king size bedroom, living area, bathroom and spiral staircase that leads to the upper level living room. The undersea bedroom floor level sits five meters (16.4 feet) below sea level, providing uninterrupted views of the surrounding marine environment. With the adoption of state-of-the-art technology, Muraka’s distinct design is akin to Ithaa’s with the curved acrylic dome, which boasts 180-degree panoramic views of the wonders of the Indian Ocean’s intricate marine life.

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Muraka’s upper level features a twin-size bedroom, bathroom, powder room, gym, butler’s quarters, private security quarters, integrated living room, kitchen, bar and dining, which features a deck that purposely faces the direction of the sunset for optimal viewing pleasure. On the opposite side of the villa sits the relaxation deck that faces the direction of sunrise and is complete with an infinity swimming pool.

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The upper level also contains an additional king size bedroom and bathroom, which boasts a masterfully appointed ocean-facing bathtub, ideal for soaking in views of the endless horizon. In total, Muraka can accommodate up to nine guests.

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The world’s first undersea residence will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2018. The result of a significant $15 million USD investment, this revolutionary concept will transform the Maldives experience for travelers who want to be truly immersed within the natural beauty of the Indian Ocean. As the first international hotel brand to enter the Maldivian market 20 years ago and home to the world’s first undersea restaurant, Ithaa, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island continues to pioneer and innovate with the groundbreaking introduction of the undersea residence.

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