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Holistic Relaxation in the Maldives

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The power of the Moringa tree and physical harmony through Ayurvedic treatments: With these two centuries of established healing techniques, the award-winning Maldives resorts, the Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa, and the Lily Beach Resort & Spa are now bringing a holistically healthy wellness experience to life natural Moringa products and new Ayurveda applications.
The Moringa tree (Moringa oleifera) grows in the two island resorts Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa and Lily Beach Resort & Spa. Also named as the tree of life, it’s already taken for breakfast as a shake, providing the necessary energy boost for the entire day. The plant, which has been known for centuries for its health-promoting properties, is rich in antioxidants and provides the body with an excellent source of protein with vitamins and minerals (iron, calcium and potassium). The tree is said to be able to cure up to 300 diseases and to fulfill the body and the immune system with energy and zest for life.
For a great start to the day, there are three Moringa products for the two luxury resorts. Plant protein with Moringa leaf proteins, providing the body with optimal nutrients, the XM + Energy Mix is a combination of moringin ingredients and serves as a natural source of power, and the SuperMix provides a daily dose of all of Moringa’s valuable ingredients.

Guests at Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa and Lily Beach Resort & Spa can now enjoy ZIJA International’s Moringa-based supplements. Unlike other Moringabased products, ZIJA uses all the beneficial components of the plant in its own blends and guarantees high-quality, nutritionally-laden products full of essential nutrients. The trees are grown without chemicals, carefully harvested by hand and dried in the shade. The products are available in two resorts – in Lily Maa, Tamarind, Vibes, Aqua and Tamara Spa at Lily Beach and Hideaway Spa, Meeru Bar and Sports Complex at Hideaway Beach (The products are not included in both resorts‘ all-inclusive packages).
Ayurveda treatments are also new at the award-winning Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa. They strengthen body and mind alike and ensure holistic well-being: the Abhyanga massage, which includes a head and body massage, the Kerala massage, which focuses on the vital and energy points in the body and the Shirodara treatment, which consists of a gentle, continuous forehead-oil casting. The traditional applications help to harmonize the essential forces of the body. The sister resort Lily Beach Resort & Spa in the Maldives will soon introduce Ayurvedic treatments as well. With the new health therapies and products, the resorts have recognized that more and more people are keen to do something good for their bodies and their minds, even when on vacation, to return to their everyday lives, recovered and rehabilitated. Lily Beach and Hideaway Beach are committed to ensuring their guests interpret the resorts as oases of peace and health, and therefore strive to offer the best treatments and products for holistic renewal. So one thing is certain: If you book the Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa and the Lily Beach Resort & Spa, you are guaranteed a luxurious pampering holiday with complete relaxation and holistic animation of body and soul.

Source: visitmaldives

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Shah Rukh Khan takes off to Maldives to holiday with his cuties AbRam, Suhana and Aryan

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It’s vacation time for the Khan-daan as Shah Rukh Khan escapes to Maldives with his kids – Aryan Khan, Suhana Khan and AbRam! Well, we don’t remember when was the last time he took off with all three kids. Perhaps, it was a year back when the family had headed to Barcelona for a holiday. Remember the amazing family photos? That was in July last year and almost a year later, the family is back for their this year’s vacation with Maldives being their pick to unwind and chill.
A certain onlooker happened to spot Shah Rukh arriving with Suhana, AbRam and Aryan at the airport in Maldives this afternoon. While AbRam was seen walking hand in hand with his daddy cool, Aryan and Suhana made their way twinning in black. In fact, now that we notice, even Shah Rukh and AbRam are twinning in white looking like the cutest father-son duo. Here, check out all the photos below and tell us how much do you admire this fam. Interestingly, Gauri Khan isn’t to be seen in any of the pictures that have hit the web so far which makes us wonder if it’s just a father time with the kids or will she be joining in later.

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Mandarin Oriental, Singapore

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The ultimate urban retreat, the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore has been welcoming guests with a mixture of classic interiors and warm, friendly service since 1987. The impressive service, understated style, awe-inspiring views of the city, harbour and marina and excellent dining options make this one of Singapore’s stand out hotels.

Mandarin Oriental Singapore
Mandarin Oriental Singapore

Recommended By

Best at Travel’s Head of Marketing, Renée Dyson who stayed at the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore on a recent trip to Singapore and Thailand. She loved cooling off in the rooftop pool whilst taking in the incredible Singapore skyline. And yes, that is Marina Bay Sands you can spot from your sun lounger!

Where

With a prime harbour-front setting in Marina Bay, the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore sits in the city-state’s leading area for dining, entertainment and shopping. An ideal base for exploring – and well connected to the heart of the city – you’ll be close to top attractions from the Singapore Flyer to the Gardens by the Bay.

Best For

Luxury at its very best! From the seamless service by the warm and welcoming staff to the incredible dining options – the in-room dining menu includes champagne and caviar breakfasts – this is what 5* hotels are all about.

Mandarin Oriental Singapore
Mandarin Oriental Singapore

What To Do & Where To Eat

Second only to shopping, dining is Singapore’s favourite pastime – and it’s a real highlight at the Mandarin Oriental. There’s fantastic dim sum at Cherry Garden, innovative tipples at MO BAR, authentic Italian dishes at Dolce Vita and even a chocolate fountain at the buffet-style Melt Café. But if there’s one thing you cannot miss it’s the signature MORtinis and complimentary filet mignon steak sandwiches at Morton’s, The Steakhouse every evening from 5PM – 7PM. After all that eating, retreat to The Spa our top pick for an effortless way to relax, take part in a private yoga class at the outdoor pavilion or dive into the 24-metre-long outdoor swimming pool surrounded by greenery.

Mandarin Oriental Singapore
Mandarin Oriental Singapore

Our Favourite Room

While all the rooms and suites here come with calming interiors filled with subtle Oriental touches, rich silks, elegant artwork and contemporary furnishings, we love checking into a Marina Bay View Room. Aside from the large baths and walk-in showers and the fact that the mini bar is stocked with the right ingredients for a DIY cocktail, it’s the floor-to-ceiling windows which let you make the most of the incredible views of Marina Bay that really put it over the top for us.

Mandarin Oriental Singapore
Mandarin Oriental Singapore

Good To Know

Elevate your holiday by staying – or upgrading – to Oriental Club Level. Not only will you get private check-in plus late check-out until 4PM, you’ll have full access to the exclusive Club Lounge on the 19th floor. Here you can drink and dine on champagne breakfasts, afternoon tea, all-day beer, wine and soft drinks plus evening cocktails and hors d’oeuvres – all complimentary, of course.

Find Out More At

https://www.bestattravel.co.uk/asia/singapore/mandarin-oriental-singapore

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The Ritz-Carlton Koh Samui

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With its 270-degree ocean views, stunning natural backdrop and friendly vibe, The Ritz-Carlton Koh Samui is one of our top places to stay on Thailand’s second biggest island. Carefully balancing traditional Thai hospitality and aesthetics with signature luxury and plenty to do, it is all-too-easy never to stray from this blissful retreat.

Ritz-Carlton Koh Samui
Ritz-Carlton Koh Samui

Recommended By

This was the second stop on Renée Dyson’s – our Head of Marketing – trip to Singapore and Thailand. Her favourite thing about the resort? The choice of dining options and the stunning views they each offered. The six restaurants at this stunning resort serve up cuisine inspired by the island – from chili-spiked southern Thai cuisine to the tasty delights of the bustling food markets.

Where

On the northern tip of the island, The Ritz-Carlton Koh Samui sits on what was once a former coconut plantation. Wonderfully exclusive, the resort is tucked into a private bay with two white sand beaches overlooking the Gulf of Thailand – island bliss, guaranteed!

 Best For

Getaway-from-it-all escapes where you can chill out completely stress-free and leave feeling relaxed, refreshed and recharged.

Ritz-Carlton Koh Samui
Ritz-Carlton Koh Samui

What To Do & Where To Eat

Activities at the Ritz-Carlton Koh Samui centre round wellness programmes, cultural immersions and culinary concepts. The Spa Village is a serene oasis with its open-air massage pavilions, yoga studio, Muay Thai boxing ring, lap pool edged by cabanas and health bar, while the Swim Reef –the largest in southeast Asia – lets you swim with tropical fish in a calm environment. For jaw-dropping views accompanied by maki sushi rolls and creative cocktails head to the One Rai bar, while the biggest highlight from six restaurants is Bann Talat where a market-style dining experience pops up every Saturday with Thai dancing performances and authentic street food dishes.

Ritz-Carlton Koh Samui
Ritz-Carlton Koh Samui

 Our Favourite Room

Renée checked in to one of the Exclusive Pool Villas complete with oversized terrace with sun loungers, dining area and – of course – private pool. Inside, the neutral colour scheme creates a light and airy atmosphere and allows the stunning views to steal the show – we recommend the villas with unobstructed ocean views.

Ritz-Carlton Koh Samui
Ritz-Carlton Koh Samui

 Good To Know

Every evening the hotel hosts complimentary cocktails and nibbles at the lobby’s reflection pool – it’s one of our favourite places to sit back, relax and watch the famed Samui sunset.

 Find Out More At

https://www.bestattravel.co.uk/asia/thailand/koh-samui/the-ritz-carlton-samui

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Fine Dining Experiences in the Maldives

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The Maldives doesn’t only offer spectacular natural landscapes of shimmering white sandy beaches, lush green palm trees, and warm, gin-clear waters – it also boasts some world-class restaurants and unforgettable dining experiences. From extravagant underwater bars and restaurants to unique chef-prepared gourmet dining experiences on private islands in the middle of the ocean, here are some of the top spots in the Maldives to go for unforgettable fine dining experiences.
1.Deep-End Restaurant – Taj Exotica Maldives

Located at the private island resort of Taj Exotica Maldives in Emboodhu Finolhu in the South Malé Atoll, Deep End Restaurant floats above the gin-clear waters of the ocean on wooden stilts and features partial al-fresco seating, candlelit tables, and a spellbindingly romantic ambiance. The dining establishment offers an unparalleled Mediterranean dining experience with a mélange of enticing flavors from the countries touched by Mediterranean basin and put together by the resort’s culinary experts. The delectable menu features traditional vegetarian and meat-based Arabic mezze, Moroccan Tajines, and meaty kebabs, along with the famous signature dessert, Opera that will transcend any dining experience.
2.Ithaa Undersea Restaurant

The Ithaa Undersea Restaurant at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island in the South Ari Atoll has to be one of the world’s most spectacular dining experiences. The intimate restaurant is situated 16 feet below the surface of the sea in a glass enclosure that allows diners to admire the colorful reefs, schools of vibrant fish, and cruising sharks of the undersea world while dining on award-winning cuisine. The Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, whose name means ‘mother of pearl’ in the native Maldivian language Dhivehi, offers a luxury six-course set dinner of contemporary European and Maldivian cuisine. Diners will savor exquisite delicacies such as Malossol imperial caviar with sour cream potato blinis, calamarata pasta stuffed with reef lobster, yellowtail kingfish with a saffron champagne risotto and beurre blanc foam, and a mouthwatering vanilla chocolate vantage with mango sorbet. While the cuisine is definitely to die for, it has to be the awe-inspiring surrounding views of the passing reef sharks, flying manta rays and gliding turtles that take the cake.
3.Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

For sheer romance and unforgettable memories, nobody does it better than the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru. Four Seasons dining always promises exceptional menus of world-class cuisine, but for special occasions, the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru boasts unique settings that make an award-winning dining experience even better. Guests can choose from a dreamy dinner on a private sandbank kissed by warm, gentle sea breezes beneath a blanket of stars, a dramatic mid-ocean meal on a floating platform surrounded by the azure waters of the lagoon, or a sumptuous beach barbecue with toes-in-the-sand dining and spectacular sunset views. For those who prefer a romantic restaurant experience, Blu Beach Restaurant at the western end of the island features a stunning pavilion that overlooks the lagoon and serves delectable Italian cuisine.
4.Sip Sip at Six Senses Laamu

Located at the luxurious Six Senses Laamu in the Laamu Atoll, Sip Sip at Six Senses Laamu is one of six elegant restaurants at the luxe resort. The enchanting poolside restaurant boasts a sunken bar and poolside seating that seems to emerge from the gin-clear infinity swimming pool and serves a seasonal, ever-changing menu of mouthwatering dishes that blend East and West flavors with homegrown produce from the island’s organic gardens. Sea breezes drift among the rustic woods under high palm-thatched roofs of the restaurant as diners relish fresh ‘farm-to-pool’ fare such as pan-fried goat-cheese salad with mango compote and cherry tomatoes, crispy Thai fish cakes on a peanut-and-green-mango salad, and a delicious Maldivian Chicken Curry with young coconut, Pandan rice leaves, and island spices.
5.Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru

Surrounded by the awe-inspiring azure waters, soft white sandy beaches and swaying coconut trees of the Kaafu Atoll in North Malé Atoll, the luxurious Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru Resort offers more than just romantic seaside dining. The resort is home to the excellent Ilaafthi Restaurant, which serves an array of fresh locally caught seafood, Maldivian curries, prime steaks and local salads, but the resort’s Sharkpoint Dining Option is what draws discerning patrons. Guests dine at private tables on the beach with their toes in the sand and gentle sea breezes in their hair and savor a specially prepared menu that includes Maldivian lobster, fresh scallops, and sweet desserts. Another impressive dining experience at the resort consists of the famous Tuesday evening Beach Barbecue Dinner, which features a sumptuous four-course dinner prepared over the coals and accompanied by a traditional Bodu Beru performance on the beach.
6.Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

Located in North Huvadhoo, one of the largest natural atolls in the world, the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa is home to the Island Grill, which features tables and white chairs set on a blanket of powder-white sand, and an open-plan kitchen beneath a vast Crusoe-esque thatched roof where guests can watch expert chefs at work. After a sumptuous meal of freshly grilled seafood, prime cut steaks, and fresh local salads guests can enjoy a nightcap at the Dhoni, an award-winning lounge that gives the nod to the arching lines of the archetypal Maldivian fishing boat. An architectural masterpiece, the traditional yet contemporary Dhoni lounge welcomes guests with an impressive wooden structure crafted by actual fishing-boat builders that reflects that of an upturned dhoni (fishing boat), which is framed by a pool so still its surface looks like glass.
7.Subsix at Niyama Resort

Aptly named, Subsix at Per Aquum’s Niyama Resort is another extraordinary dining establishment which rests 20 feet below the surface of the sea. The restaurant is accessed by speedboat and a three-tier staircase that descends into the sea and boasts stunning ocean-inspired décor that complements the breathtaking underwater surroundings. Contemporary design elements include a sweeping curvy clam-inspired bar, soft anemone chairs, wavy capiz shells draped from the ceilings, and Italian abstract chandeliers that illuminate the interiors like glimmering coral. Subsix serves sumptuous Champagne breakfasts, sub-aquatic lunches, and gourmet dinners with sublime menus of chef-inspired creations like swimmer crab with couscous pomelo and ocean foam and lobster medallions with heirloom tomatoes and blackberry essence. The restaurant also hosts twice-weekly “glow party” club nights where guests can dance the night away against an illuminated backdrop of the surrounding reef and its striking inhabitants.
8.Mandhoo Restaurant

Boasting a heavenly setting on stilts 100 meters out from the beach and surrounded by the dazzling turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, Mandhoo Restaurant at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is a culinary gem. The stunning open-air restaurant rests on stilts and serves award-winning gourmet cuisine made from the finest organic ingredients, such as freshly-caught seafood, tiger prawns, prime meats, and local salads, herbs and vegetables. Diners might glimpse a baby shark or sting-ray gliding beneath the stilts as they tuck into baked local Tiger Prawns cooked gravlax-style on the plancha and served with organic salmon with green leaves and fresh tomato tea with diced tofu, and Nori-crusted beef tenderloin with teriyaki shitake mushrooms, and sour cream wasabi.

Source: themaldivesexpert.com

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Five Hidden Gems of the New Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

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The Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi opened last week to great acclaim for its breathtaking views, myriad dining options and glorious seascapes. But there’s a lot more to this property than an aerial view can reveal. To give you a peek at the full range of the hotel’s features, we asked five property insiders for their tips about the luxuries that aren’t apparent just by looking at photos. Read on to discover the true hidden secrets of the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi.
1. Haircut on the Beach?

Personal concierge service is a signature of the Waldorf Astoria brand, but it comes with a Maldivian upgrade here. Dino Michael, the Global Head of Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, says “every aspect of your stay is cared for” – from intimate private dinners to, yes, a haircut on the sand (this was an actual request). “I am confident to say that the personal concierge at Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi strongly sets us apart in the luxury hospitality space,” Michael says, because the team demonstrates “a passion for guests that is truly remarkable.” Personal concierges are available to help you 24/7, and they are well-versed on all that the property and surrounding area has to offer. They can tell you where to go for prime snorkeling, can book spa services for you, make dinner reservations and so much more
2. Become Robinson Crusoe

Board the property’s private yacht and set sail to explore a nearby sandbank. Here, guests can arrange for a secluded dinner paired with stunning Maldivian sunset views, unwind with a yoga session or snorkel in the surrounding water. Daniel Welk, the Vice President, Luxury and Lifestyle Group, Hilton Asia Pacific, says that there is an “abundance of marine life surrounding the sandbank, providing guests with an amazing snorkeling experience. I’ve been lucky enough to visit the sandbank by myself and being the only person on the island provides a true Robinson Crusoe-like experience.”
3. Taste the World from the Treetops and Beyond

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is home to 11 distinct dining venues. You can literally dine among the treetops in private bamboo pods at Terra, sample Peking duck inspired by Shanghainese noble residences at Li Long and order authentic Middle Eastern flatbreads and dishes at Yasmeen. If you’re in the mood for barbecue, head to The Ledge, which is a restaurant partnership between the resort and world-renowned chef and mastermind behind Singapore’s Michelin-starred Burnt Ends, Dave Pynt. But if you want to eat like Chef Vijay, the Culinary Director at the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, he recommends reserving a table at Glow. This interactive, garden-to-table restaurant set in a greenhouse-like structure serves creative-yet-healthy fare cultivated from the hotel’s grounds and herb garden. Chef Vijay said, “the garden features around 20 types of herbs and fruit plants, including coriander, curry leaves and olive trees and is the first thing guests see when they walk into the restaurant, providing an immersive prelude to the dining experience.”
4. A True Sanctuary

It is getting harder and harder to set your out-of-office reply and resist the temptation to check in back at home. But according to Alan Watts, the President of Hilton Asia Pacific, that all changes once you check in at the Waldorf Maldives. He describes the property as “very much a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of life” and says that he can easily relax “to the calming sound of the rising and falling waves and the salty smell of the Maldivian sea air.” He recommends checking out the five pools, dedicated spa villa and colorful marine life and leaving your phone in the room (once you’ve captured your photos to make friends jealous). “There is no other place I would be for a much-needed vacation with the family as we get to spend undisturbed quality time with each other,” he said.
5. View the Stars from a Private Villa

The Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is on a private island, so chances are you won’t often be surrounded by fellow vacationers. However, if you’re seeking a truly secluded getaway, consider booking a Stella Maris Ocean Villa. These two villas are separated from the main resort and accessible only by boat. Looking down on the resort from above is stunning enough. Looking up at the stars from the roof of your private villa, though – with the waves lapping the shores around you – is a transcendent experience. Etienne Dalancon, the General Manager of the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, says these villas are perfect for a private viewing of the stars. “One thing I’d love to do if I were a guest, is to turn off all the lights in the villa at night, go to the upper floor terrace and look up at the stars. The experience is incredibly intimate and personal, made possible because of the exquisite exclusivity of each villa which allows guests to completely disconnect from the outside world.”

Source: newsroom.hilton

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Honeymoon Ideas: Go Underwater At Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

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At the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, nestled in the South Ari Atoll, happy couples can immerse themselves in the wonders of the deep
The ultimate honeymoon destination, the Maldives is all about the romance of a cerulean ocean teeming with rainbow-hued marine life. The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, nestled in the South Ari Atoll, opened the world’s first underwater villa, the Muraka, in November 2018.
The two-storey villa features one floor that sits above water while the other is submerged five metres below sea level and encompasses a viewing theatre and a bedroom with a bathroom and walk-in closet, all featuring floor-to-ceiling windows so you can marvel at the sea life that is constantly moving and changing all around you, even while you are brushing your teeth. The top floor includes an integrated living room, dining room and kitchen, an en-suite master bedroom should you want to spend a night or two sleeping above the water instead of under it, an infinity pool and a sunset deck.
The Muraka follows in the wake of the hotel’s celebrated Ithaa restaurant (the name means “pearl” in the local language), which opened in 2004 and shares the distinction of being the first undersea restaurant in the world, featuring curved transparent walls that afford diners a spectacular 180-degree view of coral reefs and tropical fish as they dine.
And with a total of 12 restaurants and bars, the Conrad Maldives is something of a dining paradise. Elsewhere, the resort features 150 villas and suites—the larger main island, Rangalifinolhu, caters to families, and the smaller Rangali island is restricted to adults. There’s also a third option, the Spa Retreat, a resort within a resort positioned off the tip of the main island that features both an over-water spa and over-water villas.

Source: hk.asiatatler

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A Season Like No Other

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From an atoll resort to gourmet dining, new-age fashion and heritage museum tours, this season cannot get any better
Just when you thought that the Maldives had no space left for yet another hotel, Raffles announced the opening of its 38-villa resort on the Gaafu Alifu Atoll, which is far removed from the gaggle of resorts located all over the island state. Although the parent company, AccorHotels, has three properties in the Maldives, this is the first under the Raffles brand, known for its collection of uber-luxe establishments. One can choose from a wide range of beach villas and beach residences or stay at the Raffles Royal Residence, to be opened later this year. The property lies next to one of the vibrant house reefs that can be reached by a traditional dhoni boat. Guests can watch marine life through glass flooring panels. The over-water villas also look magical. It will be interesting to see how the resort fares in a region that is stunningly scenic, no matter where you stay.

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FOUR SEASONS RESORTS MALDIVES SHINES AT WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS 2019

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Four Seasons Resorts Maldives has defended two prestigious country accolades at World Travel Awards. At the World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony, which took place at Sugar Beach – A Sun Resort in Mauritius on June 1, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa was named Maldives’ Leading Water Villa Resort for the second year in a row.The resort also won Maldives’ Leading Hotel award in 2007. Meanwhile, Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah defended Maldives’ Leading Honeymoon Resort award for two consecutive years.
World-renowned hotel chain Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts run three properties in Maldives: Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, and Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah.
Combining innovation, wellness and conservation, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru is a 44-acre, 103-villa wonderland in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve — a 30-minute seaplane flight from the main Velana International Airport.
Its sister property, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa lies to the south: an enchanting garden island complete with Island Spa sea sanctuary and Tropicsurf coaches and guides. It features 96 thatched beach and water accommodations constructed by local craftsmen using indigenous materials and techniques to reflect a true sense of the Maldives.
The luxury catamaran Four Seasons Explorer connects the two properties via three, four and seven-night cruises, plus private leisure, surf and manta ray charters.
The latest addition to the Maldives collection, Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Baa Atoll opened in 2016 as the group’s first exclusive-use private island: off limits to everyone else, limitless to the guests.

Source:-maldives.net

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The best hotels in the Maldives – to suit every budget

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Ask anyone what’s on their bucket list and it’s likely the Maldives will be near the top.
Pristine white sand beaches, dazzling azure waters and the promise of complete relaxation have been drawing Brits to the country for decades – according to 2018 statistics around 103,000 Brits now travel there annually.Ask anyone what’s on their bucket list and it’s likely the Maldives will be near the top.Located in the the middle of the Indian Ocean, with Sri Lanka and India its closest neighbours, the Maldives is made up of 22 atolls and 1,200 islands. With 120 resorts spread across these islands, deciding where to stay in the Maldives can be tricky – with each resort even lovelier than the last.
1. Milaidhoo Island

Hidden in the heart of a UNESCO biosphere reserve, Milaidhoo Island Maldives has reinvented luxury since it opened in November 2016. The Water Pool villas are the ‘entry-level’ rooms and you can expect to be greeted by a private infinity pool, sun loungers and a swinging day bed along with a egg-shaped, free-standing bath inside. The boutique resort is located on an island so small you can walk around it in five minutes – but that only adds to its charm as the small-scale luxury encourages you to switch off and enjoy the quiet.Rooms from £850 per night, milaidhoo.com
2. Coco Privé Hotel on Kuda Hithi

If money is no object, then why not reserve an entire Maldivian island for yourself? Located in the middle of the Laccadive Sea in the northern part of the Malé Atoll, privacy is of the utmost importance here, which is why it’s a favourite among A-Listers and billionaires. The 1.4 hectare island boasts all the usual decadent trappings of a Maldivian resort: a lush pool, endless white sand but sans any over-water villas. Instead, the island has five guest villas and a 30-strong team of staff including butlers, a private chef and spa therapists.Island from $45,000 (£34,430) per night,
3. Soneva Jani

Unveiled in October 2016, Soneva Jani is the sister resort to Maldives favourite Soneva Fushi – and both reign supreme as two of the best resorts in the Maldives . The stunning architecture at Soneva Jani is what makes it stand out from the Maldivian crowd and some of the rooms include a retractable roof above the bed for night time star gazing. The overwater, open-air cinema at the far end of the island is a treat and all food served is sourced locally, offering everything from pizzas to roast lamb and even a chilled cheese and chocolate room.Rooms from £1,470 per night, soneva.com
4. Joali Maldives

Located on Muravandhoo Island in the Raa Atoll, Joali Maldives is fringed by white sand beaches and surrounded by the brilliant azure waters the Maldives is known for. Choose from beach villas, water villas or residences – with the largest residence boasting four bedrooms across 500 square metres and accommodating eight people. The Espa Spa offers tailor-made treatments in its garden and seaside vista and honeymooners can choose to set out for a romantic picnic aboard the resort’s custom-designed sailboats.Rooms from £1,806, joali.com
5. Six Senses Laamu

Despite the slew of recent openings over the past few years, Six Senses Laamu in the remote Laamu Atoll, continues to offer one of the best experiences in the Maldives. The only resort in this atoll, there are 97 rooms, a mix of over-water and beach villas, all carved from local wood and featuring rainfall showers. On arrival, you’re given bikes for getting around the island and allotted a ‘gem’ (personal butler) for the duration of the stay. If you’re staying in an over-water villa be sure to nab one with its own infinity pool, for that extra touch of luxury.Rooms from £771 per night, sixsenses.com
6. Gili Lankanfushi

Currently closed until December 2019, Gili Lankanfushi – often said to be the number one resort in the Maldives – is undergoing renovation following a fire in January of this year. Eco-friendly, all the buildings on the resort are constructed using sustainably-sourced plantation teak, palm wood, bamboo and palm fronds. The hotel also holds the coveted title of the World’s Largest Overwater Villa as its Private Reserve covers an astounding 1,700 square metres complete with a 63-metre pool, a Jacuzzi and a library – all yours for £7,385 per night.Rooms from £964 per night
7. Conrad Maldives, Rangali Island

For once-in-a-lifetime experiences are what you’re after during your trip to the Maldives, it’s hard to beat Conrad Maldives, Rangali Island. Not only does the hotel boast the world’s largest all-glass undersea restaurant, it also opened the world’s first underwater hotel suite in November last year. The latter is called Muraka, a hotel room that lies 16.4 feet under the Indian Ocean and costs $50,000 (£39,000) per night – a price that includes daily 90-minute massages, on-call fitness instructors and a private speed boat. If you’re on more of a budget, the underwater restaurant costs around £382 per head for dinner so you can still experience life under the sea. Room-wise, there are relatively more affordable villas above sea level with beach and water villas to choose from.Rooms from £731 per night, conradhotels3.hilton.com
8. Soneva Fushi

Soneva Fushi was ahead of the game when it first built its resort in 1995. The philosophy ‘no shoes, no news’ still rings true today at Fushi and its sister property, Soneva Jani which was built two decades later in 2016. All buildings are built, where possible, to fit in with the existing nature – so you won’t find any overwater bungalows here. With all villas on land, you can choose between the sunrise or sunset side – sunrise being best for privacy and sunset being ideal for snorkelers – dolphins and other sea life are regularly spotted here. Each villa is sprawling and unique – so whether you choose Villa 37 for its 11-metre tall viewing tower or the Crusoe Villa for its outdoor bathrooms and nature-immersion feel, you’re sure to be delighted.Rooms from £1,582 per night, soneva.com
9. Anantara Kihavah

One of the most popular resorts in the Maldives, Anantara Kihavah is hidden in the Baa Atoll on the island of Kihavah. The white sands lead into a turquoise lagoon filled with blooming corals and a wealth of tropical fish. Manta rays and Hawksbill sea turtles are a common sight and you can arrange to dine on a deserted sea bank, for a truly unique experience. Over-water villas boast private infinity pools while the beach villas are spacious and sumptuous – and not a single tree has been moved in building the villas. Be sure to visit the SKY bar to star gaze with the most powerful telescope in the Maldives and learn more about the stars.Rooms from £720 per night, anatara.com
10. LUX* North Male Atoll

LUX* North Male Atoll opened in February this year, yet has already made a splash on a scene crowded by five-star resorts. This is mainly due to its distinct architecture, with its whitewashed penthouses peeking out of the island’s greenery and perched over the astoundingly azure ocean. The new resort is home to 67 double storey residences, each featuring a private pool and a rooftop to relax on. There’s also the option to make your stay all-inclusive to enjoy sundowners and unlimited food to your hearts (and stomach’s) content.Rooms from £826 per night, luxresorts.com
11. Cheval Blanc Randheli Maldives

Billed as a resort to enjoy ‘exclusive privacy’, Cheval Blanc Randheli Maldives was designed by famed designer Jean-Michel Gathy – the man behind the iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. One for wellness junkies, you can choose your wellbeing journey on arrival with bespoke detox and fitness packages along with spa treatments devised by Guerlain. The 45 villas – some over water – are sumptuous and oozing with elegance and each featuring a swimming pool, hammock and day bed. Visit the Dive centre to explore the Noonu Atoll where the hotel sits, to discover the host of fish, rays and turtles that lie beneath the sparkling waters.Rooms from £1,100 per night, chevalblanc.com
12. Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa

Located on the northern Haa Alifu Atoll, this all-suite resort boasts some of the largest beachfront villas in the Maldives. The over-water villas are sprawling – many with private pools – and all 107 suites comes with a pair of bicycles to help explore the island which, at 1.5 kilometres long, is one of the biggest in the Maldives. The villas are designed to emulate traditional coral-walled Maldivian homes and, if working out is something you like to do on holiday, gym and yoga sessions are offered, along with tennis, football and basketball. Take advantage of Hideaway’s learn to dive course to see the abundant wildlife – including dolphins, turtles, rays and sharks – that surrounds the resort. When you’ve worked up an appetite, four restaurants are waiting to serve you – or you can choose private dining on the beach as the sky turns pink at sunset.Rooms from £397 per night, hideawaybeachmaldives.com
13. Coco Bodu Hithi

Bodu Hithi Island, in the North Malé Atoll is home to Coco Bodu Hithi – part of the Coco Collection and sister property of Coco Privé Hotel. Thatched roofs and outdoor showers are a staple of the four types of villas found at the resort: island, water, escape water and coco residence. The escape water villas are particularly enticing with its dreamy infinity pools and bath tub for two. With two bars and five restaurants – where Michelin star chef visits are common – there’s something to satiate every craving. A trip to the spa is a must to indulge in treatments inspired by ancient Indonesian, Thai and Indian techniques.Rooms from £423 per night, cococollection.com
14. Mirihi Island Resort

Located in the South Ari Atoll, you’ll find Mirihi – one of the smallest islands in the Maldives. But what it lacks in size it makes up in luxury with heavenly villas offset by powder-soft white sand and a spectacular house reef. Choose from one of the 39 beach or water villas, some with two bedrooms and all with complete privacy. The Ocean Pro Divecenter is a must for guests to discover the 40 diving sites nearby and the chance to swim with whale sharks.Rooms from £485 per night, mirihi.com


15. Niyama Private Islands

With twin islands, Play and Chill, Niyama offers a different kind of Maldivian experience. Located on the Dhaalu Atoll, Play is tailored to adventurous honeymooners and families (children aged up to 11 can stay and eat for free) while Chill is for foodies and spa lovers. The beach villas hide among the 4,200 coconut palms that line the island while the water villas offer classic Maldives luxury. In the rooms you’ll find full-sized fridges with complimentary homemade ice cream and popcorn makers on the bench and, when you can tear yourself away from your abode, a visit to Subsix – the underwater restaurant – is a must. One on one surfing lessons are available as are tennis sessions, badminton, football and morning yoga.Rooms from £473 per night, niyama.com
116. Kanuhura Maldives

Located on the quiet Lhaviyani Atoll, Kanuhura Maldives is the ideal family-friendly resort – but don’t let that put you off if you don’t have kids, the island is large enough to find your own slice of solitude. Known for its large marine life – dolphins, whale sharks, puffer fish and four-metre wide manta rays can be spotted here – it’s a snorkeler’s haven. The comprehensive Kokaa Spa menu is also not to be missed and includes everything from crystal massages to traditional Theyo Dhemun oil treatments. The rooms – both water and beach villas – offer barefoot luxury while the eight restaurants and bars will serve up something for everyone.Rooms from £436 per night, kanuhura.com
17. Fihalhohi Island Resort

A comfortable 40-minute speedboat transfer from Male International Airport, Fihalhohi Island Resort is located on the last island of South Male and offers 138 beachfront rooms alongside 12 over-water villas. The over-water villas are fringed by the stunning house reef, teeming with wildlife and the resort offers a free dive every day at 4:30pm. Whether you choose a half-board stay or go all-out with an all-inclusive package, there are two bars and one delicious all-day restaurant to dine in. The Huvandhumaa Spa offers everything from cupping to Balinese massages – the perfect place to unwind before returning to your heavenly villa.Rooms from £111 per night, fihalhohi.com.mv
18. Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon

With over 100 dive sites nearby, this is the ultimate resort for the diving enthusiast. Caves, coral and rich marine life make up the surrounding reef – one of the best in the Maldives – and there is also a small shipwreck to explore as well. Even if diving isn’t your thing, the two-storey villas and water bungalows will be enough to entice you. The buffet dining is ideal as most guests here opt for the full-board or all-inclusive packages and the Azmaara Spa provides the perfect pampering experience.Rooms from £128 per night, cinnamonhotels.com
19. Gangehi Island Resort

Located on the outskirts of the North Ari Atoll, Gangehi Island boasts one of the most gorgeous reefs in the country. The barrier reef protects the island and there you can snorkel to see a myriad of colourful, tropical fish, marine turtles, manta rays and dolphins. The white sand is shaded by towering coconut palms and the resort offers a mix of 45 beach, garden and over-water villas. The tranquil Ginger Spa offers traditional ayurvedic treatments and a couples massage is a must.Rooms from £78 per night, gangehi.com


20. Kihaa Maldives

Settled in the Baa Atoll, Kihaa Maldives opened in 2012 and has been welcoming guests to its 118 spacious beach and over-water villas ever since. Close to Hanifaru Bay, a UNESCO Marine Protected Area biosphere, be sure to visit during the manta ray and whale shark season to swim with these glorious animals. Flat-screen TVs can be found in the bedrooms, but you’ll be too busy lapping up the views of the white sand beaches and Tiffany-blue hues of the surrounding ocean to notice. A highlight of the resort is the opportunity to go night fishing the traditional.
Rooms from £133 per night, kihaamaldives.com

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These Islands of Maldives Will Force You To Stay there

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You can go around anytime. Similarly, the monsoon season is a good season for you to relax and enjoy this beautiful season.Maldives is one of the many places in the country which is known for its beauty and islands. You may know the beauty of it, but sometimes you can go here and see what you will find to be extremely beautiful.

1Ambudhu Finohlu Island
One of the best attractions about this island is the arrangement of water villas in the shape of flower buds. A little rubberbanking can help you see this beautiful view as soon as you get down to the sea. The island of Ambudhu Phenohlu has about 55 water villas, including the luxurious Taj resort.
2. Mihiri Island
The resort in Mihiri Island is probably designed for those who love the perfectly calm atmosphere because no television set is provided. Mihiri Island Resort offers excellent rooms which are ideal for honeymooners along with Adam and Eve spa treatments.
3. Barros Island
These islands are a place far from the lad. These islands are the most famous islands of the Maldives. With Sun-Kiss Beach and boutique luxury resort, the island is famous for its natural beauty and beautiful corals. Barros has many water villas as well as island resorts that offer luxury facilities, as well as some nearby restaurants and bars.
4. Komo Kocoa Island
The Maldives is one of the most sought after places in the island country, Boko Rico. There are a large number of resorts and the best part of it is the presence of water villas. Como Coko Island has approximately 33 water villas, each with only the finest facilities.

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Thailand Beyond the Beach: Wellness & Spiritual Escapes

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Get in touch with your spiritual side and put your personal wellbeing first with these rejuvenating treatments and sessions across Thailand. Learn the art of Muay Thai boxing from a professional trainer, pamper yourself with Zen-inducing spa treatments – there are plenty of award-winning places to choose from – or delve a little deeper into the humble life of a novice monk.

Chat with a Monk in Chiang Mai

Sit down and converse with a monk in Thailand’s northern city of Chiang Mai. If you’re curious about the inner workings of the monastery, this is a great opportunity to delve deeper into the Buddhist lifestyle and get all your questions out on the table and exchange cultures – plus help the monks to practice their English! There aren’t really any restrictions on what you can ask, just be sure to dress respectfully and women to avoid touching a monk at any time due to ritual taboo.

Floating Yoga

Be one with your mind, body and soul with Aleenta Resort & Spa Phuket’s yoga with a twist. Put your balance and core to the test at the resort’s floating yoga led by an instructor in the beachfront swimming pool – not a bad way to start the day! This luxury all-suite and villa resort also tempts with plenty of private spaces, supreme levels of service, the irresistible Ayurah Spa and a wellness program designed to invigorate all the senses – think tailored state-of-the-art exercise programs, therapeutic tai-chi sessions and comprehensive facials complete with hydrating oxygen masks.

Monks in Thailand

Spa Sensations

Bamboo Forest

Treat yourself to perfect serenity at Four Seasons Golden Triangle’s outdoor spa where a chorus of jungle birds greet you for your signature Four Seasons treatment in the Bamboo Forest. The massages draw on the natural surrounds including ‘Gentle Giant’ to relax sore muscles and bamboo to strengthen and make it easy to reconnect with nature before retreating to your heavenly 5* ‘tent’ (complete with outdoor rain shower and private wooden hot tub).

Salty Salvation

The award-winning Linger Longer Spa at Koh Lanta’s Layana Resort & Spa offers a unique salt treatment – complimentary during our Thailand holiday sale! This hypo-allergic and hypo-bacterial room replicates the microclimate of natural salt caves during a cleansing and therapeutic 45 minutes. All you have to do is sit in your reclining chair, listen to the relaxing music and breathe normally to rid your lungs of bacteria and other irritants.

The Pinnacle of Luxury

Ultimate bliss welcomes guests at Keemala’s healing Mala Spa spread over eight pod-like treatment rooms. Carefully curated to incorporate elements of earth, ocean, fire and air and the Keemala clan distinct way of living, this holistic approach is an idyllic sanctuary for wellness – expect traditional pampering, seaweed massages, rain showers with exotic fragrances, singing bowls and more. The magic continues with the resort’s unique accommodation where guests are housed in bird’s nest-like villas with private pools and sun terraces in the forest treetops of Phuket, all interconnected by jungle walkways.

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Thailand Beyond the Beach: For Food Lovers

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Thailand is a must-go destination for any food lover. Every region has its own cooking styles and famous dishes – the north is well-known for its hot and spicy cuisine, while the south is a little milder. Our round-up of unmissable foodie experiences are sure to help you savour the flavours of Thailand.

Cooking Classes

Learn the secrets of Thai cuisine with a cooking class, where you’ll be taught everything from how to use herbs and spices to expertly flavour a dish, to the proper cooking techniques. Many classes within our collection of resorts will include a trip to a local market to source fresh ingredients, and sometimes you’ll benefit from a real one-on-one experience with your very own personal chef.

Destination Dining

Where do you want to eat tonight? Take meal times to the next level with one of these private dining experiences:

  • The Grotto, Rayavadee: set within an ancient limestone cliff, enjoy feet-in-sand dining with an evening barbeque overlooking the spectacular Phranang Beach
  • Candlelit Jungle Waterfall, The Sarojin: one of many experiences offered by this 5* resort in Khao Lak, you’ll be sat beside a tropical waterfall and served by a private chef
  • Treetop Dining, Soneva Kiri: sit in a bamboo pod tucked within the jungle foliage as your meals are delivered by a zip lining waiter!

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The Sarojin dining Thailand

Street Food

Cheap and delicious, Thailand’s street food is infinitely better than anything you’ve tasted at home! Across the country you’ll find stalls serving up rice and noodle dishes, deep fried treats, spicy curries and of course, sticky mango rice. And in Bangkok, one street food eatery has earned itself a Michelin-star: chef Jay Fai was awarded the honour in 2017 for her famed crab omelettes (khai jeaw poo) and stir-fried crab with curry (poo phad phong karee) – believe us, the queues are worth the wait.

Get App Happy

A food-inspired trip to Thailand wouldn’t be complete without a few nights in the capital. Bangkok has one of the most cosmopolitan dining scenes in south-east Asia – and to help you navigate the best places to eat, at the best prices, we recommend turning to your smartphone.

  • Eatigo: this app helps hungry diners find empty tables and offers time-based discounts, sometimes up to 50%
  • Goloco: finds restaurants near you and allows you to reserve a table while also offering discounts and deals on your meal

Where to stay: The Sands Khao Lak by Katathani

Why: this laidback resort is fronted by a private stretch of sand and backed by lush rainforest. It’s family friendly but also quiet enough for couples thanks to its spacious layout. We love the collection of fun activities on offer including cooking and cocktail making classes!

The Sands Khao Lak Thailand
Thailand street food

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Looking for more? Check out our Island Hopping Guide, 13 Weird & Wacky Things To Do in Thailand and read The Best Time of Year to Visit to start planning your next Thailand adventure.

Browse our collection of Thailand hotels, tailor-made tours and multi-centres on our website: https://www.bestattravel.co.uk/asia/thailand-holidays

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Thailand Beyond the Beach: A Guide Through the Night Markets

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After the sun sets, Thailand’s infamous night markets come alive and the city streets turn into a carnival-like spectacle teeming with delicious food stalls, locally crafted items, live music and, of course, good bargains! Be a part of the local nightlife with our guide to some of our favourite night markets throughout this country that knows how to have fun long after dusk.

Rot Fai Market, Bangkok

In the bustling and somewhat hectic streets of Thailand’s capital, the colourful Rot Fai Market at Srinakarin is a unique and expansive market so big it’s split into different sections. On the outskirts at the Warehouse Zone you’ll find retro collectibles, leather jackets, old-school cameras and vintage cars. Venturing on you’ll be tempted by the wafting smells of Pad Thai, the dexterousness of vendors rolling fried ice-cream into delectable tubes and the spicy soups on display. There are also dozens of lively bars and plenty of haggling for sunglasses, shoes and shirts, so even if you don’t buy a thing, your evening at this trendy hangout will still be incredibly entertaining.

Phuket Walking Street

Set in Phuket’s Old Town, this large weekly market is definitely one for Instagram. Every Sunday evening, the usually quiet Thalong Road lined with gorgeous historical buildings transforms into a vibrant and creative hub bustling with quirky vendors, arty corners and young street performers – expect everything from linocut flip flops and handmade soap carvings to plenty of local treats to sample. Make sure you barter down your prices, but don’t forget to give back to the Thai locals – a small amount makes a large difference to the young performers.

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Phuket walking street, Thailand

Chiang Rai Night Bazaar

What it lacks in size it makes up for in liveliness and deliciousness. Chiang Rai’s Night Bazaar in the town centre is the definition of atmospheric and makes for an excellent evening mooch – the area is entirely pedestrian-only.  Most people come here for the post-dinner snacks, artisan shopping with products crafted by hill tribes and Thai dance performances.

Fisherman’s Village Walking Street, Koh Samui

Attracting both foreigners and locals, Bophut Road is the place welcoming everyone on Friday nights with market stall-filled streets. On top of the usual clothing and knick-knacks, Fisherman’s Village Walking Street defines itself as one of the more popular night markets of Koh Samui with premium local fabrics, unique jewellery pieces, personalised handicrafts and musical instruments as well as beat boxing, Thai dance and Muay Thai demonstrations in front of the pier.

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Where to Stay: SALA Samui Choengmon Beach

Why: For its close proximity to Fisherman’s Village Walking Street – only a short drive away! Its secluded and stylish accommodations create your own uninterrupted spa-like paradise and there is a selection of sea, jungle and mountain activities available from zip lining through the canopy to private island tours.

SALA Samui Choengmon, Thailand

 

Read our Guides to Thailand Beyond the Beach:

  • Nature’s Best
  • For Food Lovers
  • Wellness and Spiritual Escapes

Looking for more? Check out our Island Hopping Guide, 13 Weird & Wacky Things To Do in Thailand and read The Best Time of Year to Visit to start planning your next Thailand adventure.

Browse our collection of Thailand hotels, tailor-made tours and multi-centres on our website: https://www.bestattravel.co.uk/asia/thailand-holidays

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Thailand Beyond the Beach: Nature’s Best

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Swap days spent on the sand for active experiences that take you beyond the beach, exploring tropical jungles, rice paddy fields and mangrove forests. We’ve picked our top experiences for adventure and nature-focused holidays.

Canopy Adventures

Leave terra firma behind as you take to the treetops for an adventure high above the jungle floor. At eco-friendly centres around Thailand you’ll be able to walk across sky bridges and tree-high platforms, sail Tarzan-like on rope swings, test your nerves on a tight rope walk, speed through the trees on a zip line or descend back down with abseiling. Many of these activity centres – including Flying Hanuman and Treetop Adventures – have taken care to ensure that the natural surrounds have not been negatively impacted.

Connect With Nature

It’s time to get your hands dirty! If you want to discover what it’s like to spend your days working in a rice paddy field, we have the destination for you: Four Seasons Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand. This five star resort offers guests the chance to try on traditional clothing and plant your own rice paddy shoots while learning about the harvest process. We also have a soft spot for resident albino water buffalo, P’Tong – you can even help bathe him!

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Rice Paddy Thailand

Get Walking

Strap on your hiking boots – or just put on your comfiest trainers – and stretch your legs! Whether you want to take things slow or try something more extreme, there are a number of walks, hikes and treks you can do throughout Thailand. Many resorts will have guided or self-guided strolls through their tropical grounds, where you can come across mangrove trees and fragrant orange jasmine, or take your holiday to new heights, hiking to view points for the best panoramas of the island below. And if you’re staying at The Sarojin you might want to sign up for their ‘Extreme Jungle Trek’ where you’ll climb, swim and learn survival techniques in the wilds of southern Thailand.

Ethical Elephant Encounters

For an ethical way to engage with elephants in Thailand we recommend a stay at Elephant Hills. At this luxury tented camp there is strictly no riding allowed, instead you’ll have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to wash, feed and interact with these gentle giants, scrubbing them with coconut fibres and helping to prepare their daily meal.

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Sea Kayaking

Instead of exploring the world below the water, head out on a sea kayaking tour, gliding through mangroves, canyons, caves and lagoons – your guide will be sure to point out friendly ‘locals’ from monkeys and exotic birds to lizards. One of our favourite spots to explore is the Ao Thalane mangrove forest off the coast of Krabi.

Where to stay: The Vijitt, Phuket

Why: On a quiet stretch of beach, this is a secluded and tranquil hideaway with glorious surroundings. We love that this is an all-villa resort with excellent dining and plenty of activities including botanical walks and rubber tapping where you collect latex from a rubber tree!

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The Vijitt Resort Thailand

Read our Guides to Thailand Beyond the Beach:

  • For Food Lovers
  • Wellness and Spiritual Escapes
  • Through the Night Markets

Looking for more? Check out our Island Hopping Guide, 13 Weird & Wacky Things To Do in Thailand and read The Best Time of Year to Visit to start planning your next Thailand adventure.

Browse our collection of Thailand hotels, tailor-made tours and multi-centres on our website: https://www.bestattravel.co.uk/asia/thailand-holidays

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Thailand Beyond the Beach

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As irresistible as Thailand’s beaches may be, this country’s beauty transcends the sun and sand and can be found in the heart of the jungle, in its local customs and on the city streets that come alive for the bustling night markets.

Let us guide you through the best that Thailand has to offer: swap beach days for treetop adventures, zip lining through the canopy and channelling your inner Tarzan on rope-swings, or strap on your hiking boots on to explore paths less travelled. Barter your way through the infamous night markets teeming with affordable trinkets and souvenirs, live music and wafts of Pad Thai. Foodies will love taking part in cooking classes, the unparalleled street food and incredible destination dining experiences at some of our favourite hotels – candlelit jungle waterfall anyone? Plus there are plenty of opportunities to put your wellbeing first with al fresco spa treatments in bamboo forests and floating yoga to soothe mind, body and soul.

Read Our Guides to Thailand Beyond the Beach:

  • Nature’s Best
  • For Food Lovers
  • Wellness and Spiritual Escapes
  • Through the Night Markets

Looking for more? Check out our Island Hopping Guide, 13 Weird & Wacky Things To Do in Thailand and read The Best Time of Year to Visit to start planning your next Thailand adventure.

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INTRODUCING AN ISLAND IDYLL: WALDORF ASTORIA MALDIVES ITHAAFUSHI

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Make a great escape and experience the unforgettable at Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, opening July 1 in the South Malé Atoll
Nestled among powdery white sands and impossibly blue waters, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi resort is a luxe haven and a gourmet wonderland. The resort, spanning three islands, will offer a total of 11 world-class dining venues, along with a lifestyle spa sanctuary and myriad activities for all generations.
The all-villa escape provides secluded enclaves and a tranquil retreat for discerning travellers just 30-minutes from the main airport in Male via the resort’s private yacht. An escape for families and couples in search of space and exclusivity, the resort boasts 122 luxuriously appointed villas, each equipped with a pool and uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean in its own private enclave. Each reef, beach and overwater villa will open onto an indoor and outdoor deck featuring a swinging daybed, dining gazebo, an infinity pool, in-water lounge and an outdoor shower.

FOODIE PARADISE

In keeping with Waldorf Astoria’s legacy of culinary excellence, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi opens with 11 exceptional, speciality dining venues. Each promises to deliver distinctive, immersive dining experiences – the variety of which is a first in the Maldives. Guests can enjoy an ‘elevated’ treetop dining concept at Terra, with spectacular ocean views; exquisite food and wine pairings in a tranquil setting seemingly chiselled out of the face of a boulder at The Rock; Yasmeen will boast authentic Middle Eastern flatbreads and mezzes, impeccably prepared crispy Peking duck fresh out of the first wood-fired oven in the Maldives; and embracing the garden-to-table concept, Glow will serve healthy and holistic cuisine made from the freshest ingredients harvested from the resort’s herb garden.
The hotel will be also announcing a partnership with a world-renowned chef and restaurant in the coming weeks. “The resort’s inspirational environment, refined culinary offerings, and thoughtfully designed family options, combined with the brand’s unparalleled commitment to personal service, will give every guest the freedom to create memories that last a lifetime,” said Dino Michael, Global Head, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts.

VILLA LIFE

Providing the utmost in terms of exclusivity, Ithaafushi Private Island features a two-bedroom overwater villa as well as a three-bedroom beach villa. The 32,000sqm island sanctuary – accessible by private yacht – comes complete with a dedicated chef and personal concierge team, as well as its own spa, gym, five swimming pools, entertainment centre and pristine beaches. Two Stella Maris Ocean Villas – also only accessed by boat – allow discerning guests to enjoy unrivalled privacy. Floor-to-ceiling windows, chef service, a Jacuzzi and direct ocean access will make for an unforgettable and memorable escape.
“We are extremely proud to bring the brand to a destination as synonymous with luxury as the Maldives, and we look forward to delivering unforgettable experiences that reflect Waldorf Astotia’s unique sense of place and iconic service standards,” said Daniel Welk, Vice President, Luxury and Lifestyle Group, Asia Pacific, Hilton.

INDULGENT PAMPERING

For a blissful renewal of body and mind guests can make time for the Waldorf Astoria Spa, comprised of 10 idyllic overwater or garden treatment villas, with an extensive menu of treatments and Asia-inspired therapies focusing on relaxation and the rebalancing of the body. The Waldorf Astoria Young Discovery Park – a water park for young guests – and the Lagoon Pool, are ideal for families looking for more dynamic activities. Other facilities include the 40-metre beachfront Mirror Pool; the Ocean Pavilion, which will host a range of wellness activities; a fully equipped fitness centre; and a combined water sport and PADI dive centre.
“We are delighted to bring the illustrious brand heritage and the world-renowned True Waldorf Service to the Maldives,” said Etienne Dalançon, General Manager, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi. “Our brand has redefined the hospitality experience for the modern, luxury traveller in landmark locations around the world, and we look forward to transforming the Maldives experience for our guests.”

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Sheikh Hamdan in the Maldives: this is the stunning private island hotel where the Dubai royal stayed

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Dubai’s Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed enjoyed a well-deserved break this week, with a trip to the Maldives.
The Crown Prince of Dubai was staying at the ultra-exclusive Velaa Private Island resort in the Maldives’ Noonu Atoll in the north of the island country. A super-exclusive hotel that starts from Dh8,000 per night, it offers private bungalows and secluded over-water villas so that guests can enjoy total privacy throughout their visit.
The royal, also known as Fazza, has now left the island, but made sure to keep his social media followers up to date with all the action from his trip with his uncle, Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum bin Juma. The royal posted regular updates on his Instagram page, both in his stories and on his grid.
Far from a lazy beach break, the royal went fishing, swimming, snorkelling, diving and cycling during his time at Velaa. He also posted shots of himself playing tennis with his team and watching a traditional Maldivian dance, which took place at night.
He also took the opportunity to get up close to Maldivian nature, posting a video of a hermit crab on the beach and underwater shots of fish and turtles.
Velaa Private Island Maldives


The hotel describes itself as a “beyond luxury hideaway”. Located 187 kilometres north of the capital Male, the hotel’s design is inspired by the sea turtles that inhabit the ocean surrounding it. The website claims: “The colours and patterns of a turtle’s shell make up subtle nuances in the design, while from a broader aerial view, Velaa’s exclusive over-water villas resemble the head of a turtle with the island forming the body.”
The hotel offers eight different types of room: beach pool villas, deluxe beach pool villas, beach pool houses, Velaa private residences, sunrise water pool villas, sunset deluxe water pool villas, ocean pool houses and a romantic pool residence. There are six restaurants and bars on the private island resort.

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Kihaa Maldives Recieves Three Awards at the Asia Pacific Hotel Awards 2019

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Kihaa Madives has been honored with three prestigious awards at the regional edition of the International Hotel Awards – Asia Pacific Hotel Awards 2019.
They have been named the Best Luxury Hotel as well as the Best Luxury Sustainable Hotel in the Maldives.
Furthermore, they have been recognized a ‘International Five Star Hotel’.
About Kihaa Maldives
Kihaa Maldives is located right at the HEART of the world famous biosphere reserve ‘Hanifaru Bay’ where giant mantas and whale sharks thrive seasonally in feeding frenzies! Kihaa Maldives is one of the most naturally beautiful Islands and Lagoon with a thriving coral house reef.
About the International Property Awards
The International Property Awards are open to residential and commercial property professionals from around the globe. They celebrate the highest levels of achievement by companies operating in all sectors of the property and real estate industry. An International Property Award is a world-renowned mark of excellence.
The awards are split into regions covering Africa, Asia Pacific, Arabia, Canada, Caribbean, Central & South America, Europe, UK and USA. Participants enter at their relevant national level and are judged by a highly experienced team of professionals who cover the whole range of property disciplines. Companies selected as winners are then invited to attend a glittering awards dinner for each region and have the right to use the prestigious logo in their marketing.

Source: theislandchief.com

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LUXURY MALDIVES FAMILY SUMMER HOLS

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Luxury Maldives
Staying at the 5* Kurumba Maldives
Special offer: Half board for the price of B&B (this is a huge saving)
Flying from Dublin
7 nights only £1649 per adult
Child (up to 11 yrs old) from £849
Example departure date: 19 Aug 2019 (other dates possible just ask)

Kurumba Maldives is a stunning private island resort just a ten minute speedboat ride from Velana International Airport. The resort offers a number of different styles of accommodation including bungalows and villas with private pool or Jacuzzi. With a selection of restaurants to choose from, Kurumba offers cuisine to suit every mood. Guests can dine alfresco whilst enjoying a sea view in Thila, watch chefs prepare teppanyaki and sushi in Hamakaze or delight in the aroma of spices that go hand-in-hand with the Middle Eastern specialities on offer in Al Qasr. Veli Spa allows guests to experience tranquillity and features treatments designed around traditional island techniques.
HOTEL FACILITIES ••• 8 restaurants • 3 bars • complimentary WiFi • shisha lounge • 2 pools • gym • spa • tennis • watersports • diving • 2 kids’ pools • kids’ club • activities programme • nightly entertainment ROOM FACILITIES ••• 180 rooms & villas • mini-bar • TV • air-con • tea & coffee making facilities • iron & ironing board
Speedboat transfers included.

Source: theholidayninja.com

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