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Elounda SA Hotels & Resorts, Crete

In the heart of Crete’s Elounda Bay along the azure coastline of Europe’s south rests a collection of family-owned resorts characterised by discrete luxury and sophisticated Greek charm. With remarkable service, endless facilities and unimaginable serenity, we’re certain both couples and families will find their seaside paradise at Elounda SA Hotels & Resorts.

Recommended By

Rosaria, one of our travel experts whose extensive knowledge transcends beyond the laid-back coastal towns of Europe into the Middle East and Indian Ocean. Her stay at the three award-winning Elounda resorts was made particularly special by the outstanding staff whose attentive and friendly nature was faultless.

Where

Overlooking the dazzling Bay of Elounda on the pristine sands of Greece’s largest island, Crete. You’ll also have Mirabello Bay’s crystalline waters and the historically significant Spinalonga Island to admire, while the bustling yet sleepy seaside town Agios Nikolaos is just a short drive away.

Couple Two Bedroom Suite
Peninsula Aerial

Best For

Porto Elounda Golf Resort & Spa is our top pick for families. The exceptional kids club will have younger travellers occupied for hours on end – shallow pools and waterslides, beach Olympics, Pyjama Parties, Cinema Nights at Elounda’s home theatre and trampolining is just the beginning. Adults will love the nine-hole golf course, all-pampering Six Senses Spa and dedicated swimming pool where cocktails can be sipped from overwater hammocks. And for time spent together, the brand new beachfront swimming pool is the place to be.

We recommend Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel for couples for – you guessed it – the absolutely incredible suites. The resort itself feels boutique and intimate while all the white-washed suites are impressively spacious with panoramic sea views and almost all come with private salt water swimming pools. Last but certainly not least, Elounda Mare Hotel’s serene and authentic Greek village ambience and super spacious bungalows makes it another great choice for couples and well-deserving of its title as the only Relais & Châteaux in Crete.

Beach aerial
Six Senses Spa

What To Do & Where To Eat

From rounds of golf and endless activities for younger guests to private Blue Flag crystal clear beaches and days spent out on the Aegean waters, there’s plenty for everyone at Elounda SA Hotels & Resorts. While days could easily be spent within your heavenly accommodation – Tom Hanks and Charlize Theron are with us on that one – we couldn’t recommend the massages at the iconic Six Senses Spa enough where experts are on hand to give bespoke wellness advice and assist the mind, body and soul on its journey to complete relaxation.

When it comes to the dining all the restaurants are phenomenal, but the two standouts are Koh and Old Mill. Koh served Rosaria the ‘best sushi of my life’ while the waterfront setting lit by candlelit with the lapping waves below illuminated by the moon gives evenings an intimate feel. Set around an ancient millstone, the Old Mill is a fine-dining restaurant perfect for enjoying lunch overlooking the sea. The Cretan infused dishes, timeless character and astounding wine list make this a guest favourite.

Old Mill
Water ski

Our Favourite Room

While all the rooms at Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel have a sea view, the Presidential Villa is a clear winner. We love the enormous living room with tailor-made furniture and spacious marble bathrooms with more than enough space for walk-in showers and separate bathtubs. Guests are greeted with a glass of champagne during VIP check-in and treated to their own generously spaced swimming pool with an overwater day bed, direct access to the hotel’s private sandy beach and lounge areas boasting spectacular sea views.

For a more traditional stay, the Bungalows at Elounda Mare Hotel – each with their own private pool – have an alluring soul and character to them. Their perfect balance between traditional and classic makes them a close second.

Presidential villa
Bungalow

Good To Know

If you’re looking to have a romantic dinner at Koh Restaurant (and we recommend that you do!) you need to book far in advance as this restaurant is extremely popular.

Find Out More At

https://www.bestattravel.co.uk/europe/greece/crete/elounda-peninsula-all-suite-hotel

https://www.bestattravel.co.uk/europe/greece/crete/porto-elounda-golf-and-spa-resort

https://www.bestattravel.co.uk/europe/greece/crete/elounda-mare-hotel

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48 Hours In Singapore

Singapore is often overlooked as merely a place to touch down on the way to somewhere else – and with an airport that has the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, a butterfly house and free movie screenings it’s easy to see why. But there’s so much more to this island city-state beyond the airport terminals, from Michelin-star dining and rooftop bars to show-stopping sky high gardens.

Read on to find out where to eat, what to do and where to sleep when you have 48 hours in Singapore – even if it is just for a stopover.

Day 1
Morning

Eating is one of the locals’ favourite pastimes – and what better way to start the day? Sit down to a traditional breakfast of kaya toast, toast – a concoction of coconut jam, sugar and beaten eggs – best eaten alongside a hot cup of coffee.

Fuelled up, hop in a vintage vespa with Singapore Sidecars for an off-the-beaten-track tour of the city. Experience the sights, sounds and smells as you drive down alleyways and get snap-happy with plenty of Instagram-worthy photo opportunities. And with a number of tours available – from heritage-focused rides to bespoke tours taking you to the filming locations of Crazy Rich Asians – you’re sure to find something to pique your interest.

Afternoon

For lunch, taste your way through Singapore’s melting pot of cultures at Folklore. Championing the idea of “heritage food” chef Damian D’Silva serves up dishes inspired by China, Malaysia, India and Europe using artisanal cooking methods. If there’s one dish you can’t miss out on, it’s the fried rice – the New York Times says it’s a “must try”.

This afternoon you’ll have the chance to engage in Singapore’s second favourite pastime – shopping! On the Treasures of Kampong Glam Passion Tour you’ll walk your way through the charming neighbourhood of Kampong Glam, with its cool cafés, live music venues and cocktail dens. Browse artisan shops including spice traders, perfumers and rattan handicraftsmen to pick up a unique souvenir to take home. Or head to The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands for high-end brands like Louis Vitton.

Kampong Glam Neighbourhood
Kampong Glam Shop

Evening

Time for a little pre-dinner entertainment with the Garden Rhapsody Light Show. Held every evening at 7.45PM and 8.45PM this music and light display at the Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay is free and open to everyone – we love that the show changes every month.

Then it’s on to another round of eating with dinner at Po. The flagship restaurant of the sophisticated Warehouse Hotel, dishes here are inspired by classic comfort food served up by popos – grandmother in Mandarin – and taken to the next level of fine dining. The speciality here is the popiah platters, similar to a spring roll – half the fun is wrapping the ingredients up yourself! Elevate your dining experience by pairing your selection with a glass of champagne.

Late

End you evening with after dinner drinks at The Long Bar, a quintessential Singaporean experience. On the second floor of Raffles Singapore, this tropical-inspired bar is famed as the home of the pink-hued Singapore Sling. Created in 1915 by barman Ngiam Tong Boon, the cocktail – with gin, lime, pineapple and Bénédictine – was designed to look like fruit juice, as it was socially unacceptable for women to drink alcohol in public at the time.

Long Bar Raffles Singapore
Singapore Bay Gardens

Day 2
Morning

After an action-packed first day, it’s time to take things slow, starting with tai chi in the Botanic Gardens. Over 150 years old and one of only a few gardens to make it onto the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this is an oasis within the urban landscape. After your session, feel free to explore the vast grounds – the National Orchid Garden with over 600 plant varieties on display is unmissable.

Afternoon

Lunch today is an elegant affair at Clifford Pier in Fullerton Bay. Dine on signature heritage dishes including soup kambing, a traditional mutton soup infused with local spices while listening to the sounds of piano and jazz.  Weekends here are well-known for their dim sum menus and buffet dining with live cooking stations.

Relaxation continues as you chill out beside the 25-metre long rooftop swimming pool at The Mandarin Oriental. Inlaid with lilac and purple mosaics and lit by fibre optic lighting in the evening, this is one of the most impressive pools in the city thanks to its spectacular views of the city skyline, including Marina Bay Sands.

Singapore Botanic Gardens
Mandarin Oriental Singapore

Evening

After sunset explore the Marina Bay area on two wheels with a Let’s Go Bike tour with a local guide. Spend two hours cycling the riverfront promenade – this time of day is perfect with a gentle night breeze often blowing – passing by the iconic Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay and the Singapore Flyer observation wheel.

Hungry again? Dine al fresco at Makansutra at Gluttons by the Bay where local dishes are served up by street food hawkers. Aside from satay, noodle and rice dishes, this is one of the best places on the island to try the famed chilli crab, a seafood dish where stir-fried crab is covered in a sweet, savoury and spicy tomato based sauce.

Late

Your final stop is Atlas for gin-based cocktails. Ranked as one of the top bars in the world, the interiors pay homage to art deco style with a definite 1920s Great Gatsby-esque feel with plenty of gilded gold, velvet and leather. The standout feature is the three-storey case housing over 1,000 varieties of gin from all over the world – but if you’re after a different kind of tipple, there’s a rose gold Champagne Room, too. Our recommendation? Book your seat in advance!

Singapore Bay Area
Singapore Street Food

Staying For Longer?

If you have an extra day spare to spend in Singapore, take the cable car over to Sentosa Island. You’ll easily fill your hours at Universal Studios Singapore, on the beach, trying out activities like the skyline luge or swinging your clubs at the golf course.

Where To Stay

It has to be the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore. A standout hotel since the late 1980s, this is one of our go-to hotels thanks to its incredible staff, excellent dining and amazing views of the bay. Read our full review!

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Every Villa at InterContinental’s New Maldives Resort Comes With Butler Service

Every Villa at InterContinental’s New Maldives Resort Comes With Butler Service“We’re not just in the business of selling rooms, we sell experiences,” says Stefan O. Huemer, general manager of the InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau.


 After three years of development and construction, the sparkling new resort—officially opened on September 1 in the southern tip of the Raa Atoll, not far from the country’s only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve—is poised to prove him right. In addition to being the brand’s first hub in the Maldives, the 81-villa property is also the first anywhere to offer Club InterContinental benefits to all guests, elevating the experience for all who check in.
The upgraded journey starts upon arrival at Male International Airport, where staffers organize a seamless transfer to the dedicated InterContinental lounge (also opened on September 1), where you can wait in air-conditioned, WiFi-equipped comfort for the seaplane to the resort. (If cloudy skies prohibit seaplane take-offs, guests will be booked on a short domestic flight to Dharavandhoo island, followed by a 30-minute luxury speedboat ride to the hotel.) However you arrive, you’ll get a hero’s welcome, with a band of traditionally clad drummers, smiling staff members, and your “curator” (a.k.a. butler) awaiting you on the dock. Check-in is then performed in your villa, which might be on the beach, over the water, or around a swimmable lagoon.
The curator service is one of the signatures of the resort, with the dedicated host taking care of everything from personalizing your mini-bar and making spa appointments to organizing activities like secluded island dinners, stargazing sessions, outdoor movie nights, campfire storytelling, wine tastings, and all manner of water sports and snorkeling/diving/sailing excursions. Along with the butler service, complimentary Club benefits enjoyed by all guests include daily buffet and a la carte breakfast (served at the all-day dining Café Umi and the adults-only The Retreat), multi-tiered afternoon tea service, and evening cocktails and canapes. Other meals and drinks can be taken at one of the six restaurants and bars, which range from the seafood-focused, Southeast Asian-flavored Fish Market (also home to a boat-shaped Sunset Bar and an impressive wine cellar) to The Lighthouse, a romantic spot for 360-degree views and Mediterranean-influenced fare from an El Bulli-trained Spanish chef.
An engaging, well-equipped Planet Trekkers kids club, marine biologist-led marine center (which also oversees the resort’s manta ray conservation project), and the overwater AVI Spa—offering treatments like Balinese massages and full traditional Chinese medicine wellness programs—are some of the other on-island attractions, as are its long stretches of powdery soft sand and snorkeling-friendly waters. At the end of the sun-filled days, retreat to one of the villas or multi-bedroom residences, each featuring a private pool and a vibrant, comfortable décor inspired by the eclectic collections of a “wandering nomad.” With room types catering to different needs—overwater for the couples, beachside for families, and duplex lagoon villas tucked between both the ocean and sand—the resort rarely feels crowded, ensuring that tranquility remains the biggest perk of all. Rates start at $995 per night for a beach villa, $1,145 per night for an overwater villa, and $1,295 for a lagoon villa.

Source: yahoo

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First Hard Rock Hotel opens in the Maldives

Hard Rock International and S Hotels & Resorts introduced memorable music-inspired stays to the Maldives for the first time on 1st September 2019, when Hard Rock Hotel Maldives officially opened.
Nestled within the exquisite Emboodhoo Lagoon, just 15 minutes by boat from Malé International Airport, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives forms part of CROSSROADS Maldives, the country’s first and only integrated resort.
Inspired by local Maldivian culture, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives infuses contemporary design features with tropical architecture throughout the property, alongside regionally-inspired, authentic music memorabilia, including items from regional sensations Chun Xioa and Khun Asanee Chotikul, as well as international superstars like Shakira and Justin Timberlake.
“We’re excited to showcase the property’s unique experience and signature brand amenities to locals and visitors from around the world,” said Dale Hipsh, senior vice president of Hard Rock Hotels.

Source: eturbonews

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Maldivian tourism industry at its highest peak in 5 years: MMPRC

Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) has said the tourism industry saw significant improvements in the first 6 months of the year, when compared with the statistics from the past 5 years. MMPRC noted over 1.1 million tourists had arrived in Maldives by August 25, making it the most improved period for the tourism industry during a period of 5 years.
Speaking at a press conference, Managing Director of MMPRC Thoyyib Mohamed revealed an increase of 19 percent was seen in the first half of the year. He highlighted there were significant improvements made in the traditional markets contributing to the tourism industry of Maldives, adding tourists arriving from Germany, Italy and the UK have increased. In this regard, tourists arriving from Italy have increase by 34 percent, which was attributed to the efforts of MMPRC in promoting Maldives as a travel destination.
The overall number of tourists arriving from Europe increased by 20 percent, according to Thoyyib, who also noted the number of tourists arriving from the UK had also increased by 13 percent.
However, it was China with highest contribution for the Maldivian tourism industry, with over 140,000 tourists arriving in Maldives in the first 6 months of 2019.
MMPRC further revealed more promotional activities targeted for Australia and the Americas will be conducted in the future.

Source: psmnews

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Sheraton Maldives Revamps Family Offering

Situated on the large private island of Furanafushi, Sheraton Maldives is the ideal family retreat uniquely located just 1km and a 15-minute speedboat ride away from Malé International Airport.

At the heart of the island resort’s wide-scale renovations has been newly designed family services that offer entertainment for young children through newly fitted top-of-the-range amenities.
The resort boasts 10 different luxury room categories dotted around the island, comprising three types of cottages, all of which feature interconnecting rooms for parents and children. As part of the renovation, the resort has just introduced a new category, ‘Cottage with Pool’, specifically designed with families in mind and including a private plunge pool for young children to safely splash around and with direct access to the white sandy beaches.
The upgraded Sheraton Adventure Club, meanwhile, has been designed for children aged 4 to 12 and provides an abundance of activities all around the resort, ranging from water-sports, cooking classes to interactive beach activities.
Furthermore, the resort has also curated a selection of tailored themed evenings for families to enjoy, including several seasonal experiences, such as Father Christmas gate crashing the full-resort festive sandbank picnic on a fly board.Emilio Fortini, General Manager at Sheraton Maldives, said: “What sets Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa apart from other Maldivian resorts is, undeniably our family appeal. Since completing our renovation programme we have seen a significant increase in parents with young children or teens choosing our resort for their annual family holiday.
“Our offering is so varied from the new range of room categories, the easy access location, our tailored childcare services and our bespoke waters-sports and wellness experiences. As a result of this, families can spend quality time together without feeling on top of each other – this is also largely due to the strategic layout of the island.
“We are now starting to see an increase in multi-generational visits too, as our tropical paradise suits the whole team – from toddlers to grandparents.”

Source: theworldnews

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Unique design and local artists in Faarufushi Maldives

A trip to Faarufushi Maldives will especially appeal to connoisseurs of sophisticated modern design and those who want to get to know more about the real art of the Maldives.

Villas, restaurants, bars and other spaces of the hotel are decorated in the current minimalist eco-style: a lot of wood, stone and natural textiles of restrained shades, a lot of free space and interesting design solutions.Bright accents in the interior of the villas, large panels in the main restaurant Eclipse – the work of the Maldivian artist. The local nature inspired her to create the patterns: the incredible pattern of the coral reef, the deep and multifaceted color of the ocean, the unique sand and coconut shell. These are not primitive tourist souvenirs, but real art objects.Of course, it will not work to pick up bright pillows from your room, but Faarufushi has a boutique that you should definitely look into. Here are collected the works of modern Maldivian masters: textiles, ceramics, wood. These are not just souvenirs, but unique and inimitable things that can decorate any modern interior. And they can only be purchased at Faarufushi Maldives.

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Maldives posts 19.7pc increase in ME tourist numbers

The Maldives continues to be an attractive holiday destination for Middle East tourists, with the island nation recording a 19.7 per cent increase in the traveller numbers from the region in the first half of 2019.
According to the latest figures from the Ministry of Tourism, Maldives, a total of 27,679 visitors arrived in the Maldives between January and June, up from the 23,130 visitors recorded during the same period last year.
Commenting on the increase of tourist arrivals, managing director of MMPRC, Thoyyib Mohamed said: “We are very pleased to see a notable increase in the number of Middle East and worldwide arrivals to the Maldives. Efforts from the industry stakeholders combined with the unparalleled service, luxury and levels of hospitality and privacy that Maldivian resorts offer, will definitely spill over in remaining months of 2019 and into 2020 as well and ring in unprecedented arrival numbers for Maldives from the Middle East market. We look forward to welcoming even more tourists from the Middle East to our shores.”

Source: tradearabia

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A Month-by-Month Guide for Visiting the Maldives

Picture-postcard scenery, crystal-clear waters that teem with a myriad of marine life, and footprint-free white sandy beaches shaded by swaying coconut palms that are lapped by gentle waves, the Maldives is easily one of the world’s most beautiful destinations. Home to more than 1,200 tropical islands, atolls, and sandbanks, the Maldives offer a wealth of activities for all tastes, ranging from snorkeling and scuba-diving to swimming, surfing, and sun-worshipping, which can be enjoyed year-round.
The Maldives is hot and sunny all year, with average temperatures of between 23ºC / 74ºF and 31ºC / 88 ºF, making it an ideal year-round destination for some fun in the sun. There are, however, better times of the year to travel to the Maldives, as some months see higher rainfall and winds than others. The island nation enjoys the best weather between November and April with full days of sunshine, warm air and sea temperatures, and very little rainfall. The monsoon season runs between May and October, peaking around June, with the northern atolls seeing the highest rainfall between May and November, and the southern atolls between November and March.

Dry Season and Wet Season

The dry season in the Maldives typically runs from around mid-December through early May, but these tend to change each year. The Northeast Monsoon season, which is most prevalent in the northern atolls, actually occurs between November and March, but due to being the dry season, it rarely amounts to anything more than a quick downpour or shower, a couple times a week. The rainy season in the Maldives runs from early May through mid-December, with the Southwest Monsoon season (in the southern atolls) officially being in July and August.

Cloudbursts and Sunshine

Typical of the tropics, when it rains in the Maldives, it pours down heavily for a short time and then clears up just as quickly. Even during the dry season, it is not unusual to have a brief, torrential downpour in the afternoon, followed by a beautifully clear and balmy evening. During the rainy season, it tends to rain more at night, so days are sunny and bright with just a few interspersed clouds and some light rainfall. It’s rare to have more than a few cloudy days per week with sunny days in between.

Humidity

It is relatively humid all year round in the Maldives with a typically muggy tropical feel, which takes a few days to become acclimatized to. The temperature, however, rarely peaks much above the averages, so even the high humidity is never unbearable like it can be in Mediterranean Europe during the hottest summer months.

Winds

Being an archipelagic island nation strung through a vast portion of the Indian Ocean, steady winds cross through the Maldives throughout the year, bringing cool breezes to the islands. During the Southern Hemisphere winter, which lasts from March until October, the North-East and South-West monsoons bring off-shore winds that create beautiful, peaking surfing waves for those who are there to surf.

1. January

The Maldives’ weather in January sees hot, sunny days with low humidity and plenty of sunshine. There might be a slight chance of some rain, but this tends to occur in the afternoons and passes over quickly. The ocean is clear and warm with excellent visibility and is perfect for snorkeling and scuba-diving.

2. February

February is probably one of the best months to visit the Maldives. It’s the nation’s driest month, with less than 70mm of monthly rainfall, around 10 hours of sunshine every day, and balmy temperatures of 30°C / 86°F plus. Visibility is excellent for snorkeling and scuba-diving.

3. March

March in the Maldives sees temperatures rising to an average of 30°C / 88°F which are great for long, lazy days on the beach, sunbathing, snorkeling and swimming. There might be a few possible short bursts of rain, which offer relief from the steaming temperatures, and visibility is excellent for snorkeling and scuba-diving. March is also the beginning of the surfing season in the Maldives, which brings beautiful waves and last until October. During this ‘surfing season,’ the biggest waves are most likely to occur between June and August, caused by storms in the Roaring Forties bringing big swells to the archipelago.

4. April

This is another gorgeously hot month in the Maldives with temperatures reaching into the mid-30s / 80s. April is officially the end of the dry season, and frequent showers begin to occur around the middle of the month. The air also becomes more humid, however, visibility for snorkeling and scuba-diving is excellent.

5. May

May is officially the beginning of the wet season with hot, muggy days, average temperatures of 31°C / 88°F, and a high risk of heavy rainfall and storms during the day. Due to the heavy rainfall and higher levels of plankton in the water, visibility for snorkeling and scuba-diving is slightly reduced, but still enjoyable. Be aware that if there are thunderstorms in the area, it’s not a good idea to be in the water, so head down to the beach for some water-based activities.

6. June

While June has a high chance of rainfall and reduced visibility due to the plankton in the water, this is a fantastic time to dive with manta rays and whale sharks that come to feed on the vast amounts of plankton in the water. This month sees many of the resorts offering special deals where visitors can enjoy the plethora of non-beach and water-based amenities that they have to offer. 

7. July

The Maldives’ weather in July is hot and humid, with short heavy downpours. This is a particularly good time of the year for surfers with the largest waves stemming from the storms in the Roaring Forties bringing big swells to the archipelago. Swell is amazingly consistent during this time of the year, with the average wave measuring two to eight-foot in height. It is also still a great time to dive with manta rays and whale sharks that come to feed on the enormous amounts of plankton in the water. The 26th July is the Maldivian Independence Day and sees parades and public celebrations on most of the resort islands.

8. August

August is hot, humid and wet, with an average of seven hours of sunshine each day and short heavy downpours throughout the day. Visibility is slightly reduced due to the plankton in the water, but many of the resorts offer enticing deals, making it a favorite time to visit.

9. September

September in the Maldives is one of the wettest months with average maximum temperatures of 30°C / 86°F and around seven hours of sunshine each day. Due to the heavy rainfall and higher levels of plankton in the water, visibility for snorkeling and scuba-diving is slightly reduced, but still enjoyable with excellent chances of seeing manta rays and whale sharks.

10. October

October is the Maldives’ wettest month, with high humidity and full days of rain. This is the last month of the Maldives’ surfing season, with the South-West monsoons, which occur between May and October, providing outstanding surfing the Northern and Central Atolls. Due to the heavy rainfall and higher levels of plankton in the water, visibility for snorkeling and scuba-diving is slightly reduced, but still, a great time to dive with manta rays and whale sharks.

11. November

November in the Maldives is the end of the wet season with short showers in the afternoons and otherwise bright, sunny days. Temperatures average around 30°C / 86°F, and the visibility of the water begins to clear of the plankton, making for good scuba-diving and snorkeling.

12. December

The climate in December is primarily hot and dry with showers around the middle of the month. This time of year is ideal for a mid-winter escape and some sun. Christmas and New Year are particularly popular and may include minimum stays at some resorts.
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Four Seasons Adds Even More Luxury to Resort in Maldives

Stays at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru should probably come with a government health warning, as I doubt any guest ever wants to leave!
And the luxury resort will soon make leaving even harder, as its reimagined all-pool water villas will open on 1 November 2019.
The new villas will feature twice as much living space outside than in to create vastly extended indoor-outdoor hideaways that bring the ocean closer at all times.
A spectacular extension brings the total outdoor area to 182 square metres (1,960 square feet), split into multiple, dedicated zones: sun-drenched decks, shaded social spots and dining areas, over-water hammocks, day bed and an al fresco shower.A new shaded oceanside living and dining pavilion with swing couch flanks the 12-metre (40 foot) pool, which extends into the lagoon for uninterrupted Indian Ocean views.
Pale wooden indoor floors mimic the external sun-bleached decks for a seamless inside-out connection, which combines with the elevated second floor lounge for a sense of space that extends both horizontally and vertically.Inside, suspended feature walls, floor-to-ceiling windows and a contemporary design with light colours and dark blue accents imbue the 90 square metre (970 square foot) space with a sophisticated serenity. Reconfigured bathrooms include sea-view bathtubs and direct deck access, while new overwater hammocks and steps directly into the blue ensure maximum connection to the sea.
Commenting on the new Water Villas, General Manager and Regional Vice President, Armando Kraenzlin, said, “In an ever-crowded world, luxury is increasingly sought in a sense of space and an ability to enjoy an unrestricted connection with the natural world. Our new Water Villas not only offer twice more space outside than in with pools that make you feel as though you are swimming out into the ocean but also extend upwards into a sea-view loft and downwards via steps into the ocean for an enhanced sense of space and connection in all directions.”
Declared the Maldives’ first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2011, the Baa Atoll ecosystem is renowned as one of the most beautiful in the country, home to the world’s largest known population of manta rays, scores of whale sharks, towering thilas, exhilarating kandus, and stunning coral gardens.
In addition, the waters directly around Landaa Giraavaru are home to one of the world’s largest and most successful coral propagation projects. With its 4,000th coral frame planted in May 2019, the Reefscapers project has been working to support the existing reef since before the Resort opened, and is now even putting robots and artificial intelligence to work placing the Resort’s Marine Savers team at the pioneering forefront of global coral reef restoration.
Turtles, baby sharks, mantas and even dolphins visit the Resort’s lagoon while the coral frames attract an ever-expanding abundance of exotic flora and fauna to within a close snorkel of each Water Villa deck.

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Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa Preserves Island Home

Green Globe recently recertified Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, August 22, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Located in North Huvadhoo, one of the largest natural atolls in the world, the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa is a haven with natural white beach, azure lagoon and a 360° house reef steps away from each villa.
Green Globe recently recertified Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa with the resort achieving a high compliance score of 86%.Pravin Kumar, General Manager at the property said, “Environmental preservation and sustainability was not just an idea created during the resort’s operational years. Ever since the resort’s early design phases, the dedicated commitment to environmental preservation and sustainability has very much been and continues to be a culture. While we provide guests with a barefoot luxury holiday experience, we also acknowledge that our presence leaves a footprint. We will continue our green efforts and strive to sustain and preserve this place that we call home.”
Management and staff members adhere to a comprehensive Sustainability Management Plan. Water and energy consumption, monitored daily and monthly, have met predicted targets and reduction goals for 2020 have already been set. A solar panel on one of the buggies has been trialled at the resort and it is hoped that solar powered buggies will be launched on a larger scale in coming years.Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa ensures that Maldivian culture is represented throughout the resort. Locally made beads and fabric have been incorporated into Do Not Disturb signs on doors and tasty Maldivian short eats are provided for snacks. Fun facts about the islands are promoted in all rooms via an iPad compendium that can access information about Maldivian history and culture, and environmental knowledge such as the formation of the atolls.
Locally employed team members who can best showcase and explain daily life on an island act as guides for guests when visiting other neighboring islands. Furthermore, the resort plans to train local residents as dive instructors in the future, which will provide viable livelihoods for those in the wider community.
Waste management in the Maldives has been challenge in the past and the resort keeps an up-to-date record of where all waste goes and how much is recycled. Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa recycles approximately 50% of its waste. Almost all glass and used oil is recycled. Plastics are sent to an international non-profit organization, which collects and re-cycles plastic waste that can be used in products such as branded sports apparel and shoes.
Source: einnews
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LUX* NORTH MALÉ ATOLL INTRODUCES A SURFER’S PARADISE

LUX* North Malé Atoll introduces The LUX* Break; its very own surf point with ideal conditions for kite and wave surfing.Whether seeking exclusive kite surfing spots or the perfect mix of waves to ride just minutes from the resort, LUX* North Malé Atoll serves it all for avid surfers and beginners alike.

Guinness world record holder for the first to cross The Bering Strait from Russia to Alaska in 2011, as well as four-time Russian national champion of Kite Freestyle, Evgeny (Jackson) Novozheev, has given his seal of approval to LUX* North Malé Atoll’s various surfing spots.
“The resort is a kite surfer’s paradise with its wind conditions, shallow waters and warm temperatures. The breezier months from May to September offers wind speeds between 11 and 20 knots, complemented by the spacious lagoon as well as the nearby sandbank, which is perfect for kite surfers to take off in any direction. Beginners can also use the sandbank as a playground to learn to manoeuvre the equipment. Overall, the light to medium consistent winds are perfect for kite foiling” says Jackson.The LUX* Break, just five minutes from the resort, serves up gentle, rolling waves during certain conditions between May and October, exemplary for all levels of experience for riding the waves. For surfers seeking additional adventures, the resort provides guided excursions to five of the country’s most famous surf spots located 20 to 40 minutes by speedboat.
In collaboration with Best Dives Maldives, the resort offers the highest standards of equipment for rent from PASSION MKIX and VISION MKIX kites to BLISS 39 V5 LTD and PLACEBO V6 M boards, as well as board binding, fins, harnesses and pumps.
For beginners, experienced instructors are on hand for one-on-one instruction. The resort can also organise private speed boat transfers with catered lunch as well as a photographer to capture the exhilarating moments.
Source: visitmaldives
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Saudi Arabi tourist market to Maldives booms

The number of tourist arrivals from Saudi Arabia to the Maldives has increased, where a record of 11,000+ tourists has visited from Saudi Arabia in the first half of 2019.
Tourism Ministry statistics show that Saudi is the largest market from the Middle Eastern region to the Maldives. The statistics also highlight that Saudi is ranked no.15 as the leading tourism market to the Maldives.
Compared to statistics of June 2018, the first half of 2019 showed a 15% increase of tourist arrivals from Saudi with over 11,600 guests arriving at the Maldives.
The second-largest tourism market from the Middle Eastern region is the United Arab Emirates (UAE) while Kuwait is ranked third-largest tourism market to the Maldives in this region with 3000+ tourist arrivals which is an increase of 20% compared to last year’s statistics.

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Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi has us dreaming of turquoise waters and pristine beaches

IT’S PERFECT FOR YOUR NEXT GETAWAY

The vibe:

This idyllic 120-villa resort, a part of AccorHotels, is a 50-minute seaplane ride from Malé. Check into one of their luxurious Tented Jungle Villas, which are set amid lush surroundings, and take in the starlit sky from the privacy of your plunge pool or the large outdoor bathtub built for two.

The activities:

Spend your days kayaking or snorkelling off the resort’s reef, where you can spot sea turtles and manta rays as they lazily swim by. Or take off for a private picnic on one of the resort’s neighbouring islands, where you’ll be left alone to spend the day on a sandbank and swim to your heart’s content, before tucking into a gourmet meal. And if you want to immerse yourself in local culture, visit the neighbouring island of Utheemu, where you can learn about the island nation’s history.

The food:

The overwater Japanese restaurant Kata serves Kaiseki set menus, Robatayaki-style fare, and of course, sushi and sashimi. Azure is all about fresh seafood, and a meal here entails the daily catch paired with fine wine (the Maldivian tuna curry is a must try). After dinner, make a pit stop at the gorgeous all-bamboo poolside bar Onu Onu for a nightcap and a walk on the beach.

Don’t leave without:

A little self-indulgence at Willow Stream Spa, which offers massages, facials and Ayurvedic treatments. Try the Coconut Experience, an authentic Maldivian therapy that begins with full-body exfoliation, followed by a rub-down, warm healing stones, and finally, a wrap. Or opt for the Caviar Marine Facial, which harnesses the anti-aging potential of caviar protein, coupled with an algae-based sheet mask that will leave you radiant.
Source: elle.in
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MALDIVES REACHES 1 MILLION TOURISTS MILESTONE

Tourism Minister Ali Waheed has said that up to 2nd August, 1 million tourists have visited the Maldives.

At a news conference held by the Ministry of Tourism, Minister Ali Waheed has said that while the new government will be one year old this year, the government’s expectation of 1.5 million tourists coming to the Maldives this year has grown.
The latest statistics released by the Maldives Ministry of Tourism show the overall tourist arrivals to the island nation from January till the end of June 2019 has increased by 18.7 percent.
While the month-to-month arrival count for 2019 has shown promise and growth, the number of arrivals to the Maldives for June exclusively reached 113,457 which marks a 21.0% improvement. In the corresponding month of 2018, the arrival count was at 93,786.
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MALDIVES IDYLL AMILLA FUSHI ILLUMINATES WELLNESS OFFERING WITH SENSORA CHROMOTHERAPY

Luxury Maldives trendsetter Amilla Fushi has introduced cutting-edge SENSORA therapy at its world-renowned Javvu Spa; a multi-sensory immersive experience designed to bring profound peace and balance to mind and body. The SENSORA Light Modulation technology is one of the most advanced chromotherapy systems in the world, clinically proven to bring the brain to rest, effortlessly reduce stress and induce deep relaxation.
SENSORA offers a unique multi-sensorial environment combining light, sound and kinaesthetic vibration. The advanced colour-light system recharges the brain’s electrical field and positively interacts with various bio-rhythms such as brainwaves, breath and heartbeat. The combination of associated colours and frequencies offers many beneficial effects including deeper relaxation; enhanced alertness; increased release of endorphins and reduction in chronic pain, helping to fight insomnia and fatigue; treat anxiety, mental tension and depression; and much more.
Sessions at Amilla’s Javvu Spa can be tailor-made to meet specific wellness needs following a consultation with qualified therapists, or guests can choose one of four 25-minute sessions including RELAX, a soft experience suitable for all to promote deep relaxation; ENERGY, an intense experience designed to centre energy chakras and ignite creativity and inspiration; BALANCE, a feast of colours to harmonise the nervous system and rebalance energy; and MEDITATION, a guided session based on the techniques of contemporary meditation master Osho to explore deep relaxation.
Each session uses combinations of colours, modulation frequencies and light rhythms specifically programmed to induce the desired mood. A sophisticated projector comprising 20 independent LEDs directs its light onto a large hemispherical screen while an enhanced audio system plays a spatialised soundtrack into the surrounding space. Reclining on an ergonomic chair, guests are immersed in an ocean of pure colour while simultaneously enjoying a sound massage; eight transducers within the chair convert the sounds into kinaesthetic sensations. Shorter sessions of 5, 10, 15 and 20 minutes are also available, and can be combined to create bespoke experiences.
Recently crowned the world’s ‘Best Luxury Jungle Resort Spa’ at the World Luxury Spa and Restaurant Awards 2019, the Banyan tree-shaded Javvu Spa features 10 treatment pods; a yoga pavilion; fitness centre; a wet area; a private training studio and Wellness Café. Javvu’s holistic approach is complemented by an integrated spa menu of blissful pampering, featuring results-driven treatments from a carefully curated edit of world-class brands and ancient healing and energy therapies. Most recently, Javvu became the first spa in the Maldives to introduce therapeutic treatments incorporating activated hemp-based products with cannabidiol (CBD).

Source: thearrival

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Top 5 things to do in the Maldives

When you think of the Maldives, the sparkling, deep-blue waters of the Indian Ocean under a forever-present sunlight immediately spring to mind. It’s no wonder that the first occupants of the island, from India, worshipped water and sun.Fast forward thousands of years and nothing much has changed – people still visit the islands for their water and the sun. If you are lucky enough to call this piece of paradise home for a while, here are five things to do while you’re there.

1. Snorkel and scuba-dive

The Maldives are considered one of the best diving and snorkelling spots in the world, so if that’s what you’re after, there is no better place to be. Whether you are a beginner or advanced, there will be ample opportunity to see what lies beneath the blue waters. New diving and snorkelling areas are still being discovered in the Maldives, and the options are endless.

2. Go on a sunset cruise and watch dolphins

A boat cruise is a great way to end the day in the Maldives, especially in the company of dolphins. Cruises usually last about two hours. Once on board the champagne flows, and with a glass of bubbly in hand you can kick back and enjoy both the dolphins and the sunset. If you are looking for a little more privacy you can hire a private cruise, which is perfect for special occasions and celebrations.

3. Discover Malé

Malé is the capital city of the Maldives and at some point during your stay, it would be a great idea to dust off the sand and make your way there. Tours usually take you to local markets for a little bit of shopping and then to the President’s Palace. For lunch you can try any of the restaurants overlooking the waterfront before making your way back to your resort.

4. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the islands

Everywhere you look in the Maldives, you’re surrounded by beauty – but not many people get the chance to take to the skies and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the islands. Trans Maldivian Airways offers a standard photo/flight package during which you will fly over the islands for 15 minutes. Just remember to bring your camera and take as many pictures as you can.

5. Pamper yourself

When in the Maldives, it’s also a great idea to relax and pamper yourself. Few things beat a beauty treatment and a full-body massage while overlooking the Indian Ocean. Most resorts have their own spas and beauty treatments available, so simply lie back and let the sound of ocean wash over you as you enjoy a session of pampering.
Source: flightcentre
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Hard Rock Hotel Maldives opens next month

Marking the brand’s first debut on the island, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives is set to open Sept. 1, 2019.

Only a 15-minute boat ride from the airport, the family-friendly resort is set in the Emboodhoo Lagoon, and provides direct access to The Marina @CROSSROADS—an entertainment island with dining, shopping, and more.
Hard Rock Hotel Maldives caters to families, and includes services and amenities like a special kids’ menu available in all restaurant outlets, special pricing for kids (children six years of age and under eat free; kids between six and 11 get 50 per cent off menu prices), Sittertrain-certified babysitters, and kids and teens clubs.
There are two restaurants, The Elephant & Butterfly, which serves up Pan-Latin creations; and Sessions, which features cuisines enjoyed worldwide. There is also the Pool Bar and the classic Hard Rock Cafe.

Rooms & suites

Hard Rock Hotel Maldives has 178 guest rooms, suites, villas, and overwater villas.
Guests can choose from the Silver Sky Studio, the Silver Beach Studio, or the Silver Family Suite, which has two bedrooms.
Those looking for more luxurious escape can choose from the following villas:

Gold Beach Villa

A private terrace with direct beach access, sun loungers and ocean views. The villa also includes an indoor chill-out zone, a 55″ screen TV, and an ensuite bathroom with a waterfall shower and signature amenities.

Platinum Overwater Villa

A private terrace, sun loungers, and direct lagoon access.

Platinum Overwater Pool Villa

an infinity pool, a private terrace, sun loungers, and direct lagoon access.

Rock Royalty Overwater Pool Villa (two bedrooms)

Located over the water; includes an outdoor living area, an infinity pool, sun loungers, and direct lagoon access.

Rock Villa

located over the water; includes private boat docking access, infinity pool, a tuk tuk bar, a large outdoor living deck with sun loungers, and direct lagoon access.
Regardless of room category, all of the suites and villas at Hard Rock Maldives provide the following:
  • Sound bar with Bluetooth connectivity 
  • Signature pillow menu (upon request)
  • Fully-stocked, premium mini-bar 
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary, high-speed Wi-Fi and universal plugs 
  • Complimentary bottles of drinking water 
  • Signature Hard Rock amenities (upon request) 
  • Signature Sound of Your Stay program 
  • Rock Om in room yoga program 
  • 24-hour in-room dining
Source: news.paxeditions
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Vakkaru Maldives introduces Manta Ray experience

Guests will have  opportunity to swin with reef Manta Rays

Vakkaru Maldives resort has introduced the Manta Ray Adventure package from August to October. The Manta Ray package features the two-hour manta snorkeling experience. The package includes a half-hour speedboat ride to the Hanifaru Bay marine protected area, Baa Atoll where the crew will guide the reef manta rays towards the snorkeling guests.
Vakkaru Maldives has also announced its participation in the Manta Festival scheduled for 20 September to 21 September 2019. The property will sponsor snorkeling fieldtrips to Hanifaru Bay for local students in Baa Atoll with the aim to provide an educational experience about protected marine life in the Baa Atoll.
Source: hoteliermiddleeast
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JA The Resort: Brand NEW Addition!

Discover JA The Resort, Dubai’s largest experience resort on the shores of the Arabian Gulf. If you’re after a stress-free holiday with all expenses covered in the Middle East, then this is the 5* All Inclusive resort for you! Sprawled over an impressive one million square metres, you’ll find landscaped gardens, golden sands, excellent dining and an abundance of activities – what more could you want for a couples escape or fun-filled family holiday?

A Day at JA The Resort

Start your day with a buffet breakfast at La Fontana overlooking one of the swimming pools, or make the most of the views as you enjoy beachfront dining at The Anchor. Once you’ve had your fill, you can spend a chilled-out morning at one of the seven temperature-controlled swimming pools with swim-up bars or relax on the 800-metre private beach. Then head to Calm Spa & Salon where there are over 40 rejuvenating treatments and beauty services on offer – or find your Zen with yoga on a stand up paddle board!

Prefer to be active? No problem! There’s a 9-hole championship standard golf course and the David Leadbetter Golf Academy as well as an Equestrian Centre with expert instructors. At the ‘Watercooled’ watersports centre you can try out water-skiing, wakeboarding, Hobie catamarans and much more or head to the private marina for a fishing trip, boat trip or even a seaplane flight. Back on land there’s a tennis academy with ATP certified coaches and floodlit courts and a shooting club to test your aim. And if you’re travelling with younger guests, they’ll be entertained at the Kids’ Club.

When the sun goes down, you’ll really be able to make the most of Ultra All Inclusive as you take a culinary journey through 25 restaurants and bars from family-friendly options to romantic beach dinners. Dine on world cuisine as varied as Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Asian – we highly recommend Kinara, a brand-new Indian restaurant by Michelin-acclaimed chef Vikas Khanna.

Now, all you need to do is choose which of the THREE unique hotels to stay at within the resort!

JA Beach Hotel
JA Lake View Hotel
JA Palm Tree Court

JA Beach Hotel

One of Dubai’s landmark properties, families love to return to JA Beach Hotel year after year. Given a refresh in 2019 you can expect updated rooms with an updated colour scheme of royal blue, neutrals and soft grey – plus brand new all-glass balconies. The Italian restaurant on the 7th floor with 360-degree views is sure to be a hit with guests of all ages.

JA Lake View Hotel

A brand-new addition to JA The Resort, set at the back of the resort overlooking the golf course, JA Lake View Hotel is set to open in September 2019. There’ll be five vibrant culinary concepts including an Australian gastropub and a rooftop mixology lounge with live DJ. And of course, you’ll have full access to the leisure facilities of the wider JA The Resort complex.

 JA Palm Tree Court

An oasis-like retreat, the all-suite JA Palm Tree Court is set across low-rise buildings, with an emphasis on indoor-outdoor living: every single suite comes with a private balcony or terrace furnished with sun loungers to make the most of the sea views. Experience the A-List lifestyle and stay in one of the Residence Suites for butler service, one complimentary green free per stay and access to the Premium Lounge with food and drink throughout the day.

Book your JA The Resort holiday at: https://www.bestattravel.co.uk/ja-resorts/middle-east-ja-resorts/dubai-ja-resorts

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