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Soneva Launches ‘A Festival of Colour’ Campaign to celebrate rare experiences across its resorts

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Renowned French film director Bruno Aveillan has created a series of short films themed around each colour of the campaign

February 19, 2018: Soneva, the world-leading luxury resort operator, has launched its first ever year-long campaign known as a ‘Festival of Colour’ to celebrate the diverse array of guest activities and experiences on offer this year, ranging from visiting Michelin-starred chefs and astronomers, through to authors, champion free-divers, artists and more. Each month of the year is associated with a different colour and theme, which will be brought to life at Soneva’s resorts in the Maldives and Thailand through special on-site events and collaborations.

Underscoring the Festival of Colour is a series of short “colour” films created by the renowned French film director Bruno Aveillan. Bruno visited Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani in early 2017 to shoot the films, which were inspired by the different colours he found at the resorts. Soneva plans to release one colour film each month during the campaign on its website and on social media.

As part of the Festival of Colour, Soneva has confirmed a huge line-up of visiting experts, including chefs, authors, wine producers, world-champion free-divers, astronomers, artists, wellness practitioners, tennis coaches and more at all resorts.

Fine dining experiences are a pivotal part of Soneva’s Festival of Colour, and the company has so-far confirmed 28 of the world’s top chefs (many of which have at least two Michelin stars and above or are included within The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list) for exclusive dinner events.

Confirmed chefs include (in alphabetical order):

• Chef Tom Aikens, the youngest British chef to win two Michelin stars
• Chef Andre Van Alten, from the one-starred Restaurant La Provence in Driebergen- Rijsenburg, Netherlands
• Chef Jean-Christophe Ansanay-Alex, a two-Michelin starred chef from Auberge de l’Ile Barbe, France
• Chef Wilco Berends, of the two Michelin starred Restaurant De Nederlanden, Netherlands
• Chef Tim Butler, of Eat Me, Bangkok
• Chef Benoit Dewitte, the head chef and owner of the Michelin-starred restaurant Benoit Dewitte in Belgium
• Chef Andre Van Doorn, from the one-starred Restaurant Kasteel Heemstede, Netherlands
• Chef Jarno Eggen, from the one Micheline-starred Restaurant De Groene Lantaarn, in Zuidwolde, Netherlands
• Chef Jos Grootscholten, from the one-starred Old Town Hall of Capelle aan den Ijssel, Netherlands
• Chef Kenji Gyoten, the youngest Japanese chef with three Michelin stars
• Chef Michael Husken, who heads up the kitchen team at Sophia’s restaurant at Rocco Forte’s “The Charles Hotel”, Munich
• Chef Mark Lundgaard, a one-Michelin starred chef of Restaurant Kong Hans Kaelder in Denmark
• Chef Gert De Mangeleer, a three-Michelin starred chef who co-runs Restaurant Hertog Jan in Belgium
• Chef Max Mascia, of the two-Michelin-starred San Domenico Imola (Italy)
• Chef Claus Meyer, co-founder of Noma in Copenhagen, of Bolivia’s best restaurant GUSTU and of the one-Michelin-starred Agern and Great Northern Food Hall in New York City
• Chef Kiko Moya, a two Michelin-starred chef from L’Escaletta, Spain
• Jean Baptiste Natali, a one-Michelin starred chef from At the General’s table, Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, France
• Chef Bruno Oger, a renowned two-Michelin-starred chef from Le Cannet, France
• Chef Pere Planaguma, 2 Michelin Stars. He is the head chef of Les Cols of Olot from Girona, spain
• Chef Tim Raue, from the two-Michelin starred restaurant TIM RAUE in Berlin, Germany
• Chef Prateek Sadhuof Masque, one of Mumbai’s most acclaimed restaurants
• Chef Dmitry Shurashov, a Russian celebrity chef
• Christian Le Squer, a three-Michelin-starred chef from France
• Chef Ton Tassanakajohn of Le Du in Bangkok; one of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants
• Chef Edwin Vinke, from the two Michelin-starred Restaurant De Kromme Watergang in Hoofdplaat, Netherlands
• Chef Michael Wignall, formerly at Gidleigh Park, UK, with two Michelin stars and five AA rosettes
• Chef Lu Yao, the head chef at the Relais & Chateaux property Yihe Mansions in China
• Chef Eric Yu, the head chef at the Relais & Chateaux property Seven Villas Hangzhou, China

“We’re really focused on crafting these beautiful, beyond bespoke experiences where discovery is a way of life. With our expert hosts as personal guides, we invite our guests to explore and delight in experiences that will last a lifetime. Soneva has never been so full of LIFE*,” said Sonu Shivdasani, Founder, CEO and Joint Creative Director of Soneva.

In addition to chefs, other experts include the renowned British historian Andrew Roberts, the world-champion free-diver Umberto Pelizzari, the astronomer Massimo Terenghi, plus glass artists James Devereux and Louis Thompson, among many others.

Guests who visit any Soneva property during the Festival of Colour will be treated to special colour-themed movie screenings, cocktails, canapes and more. There will also be announcements over the next few months linked to new restaurant openings and new guest experiences, all linked to different colour themes.

The video for the first colour in the Festival of Colours, pink, will be revealed shortly. Soneva’s Festival of Colour runs from February 2018 – February 2019. For more information about Soneva, visit www.soneva.com. For more information about the Festival of Colour, together with the calendar of visiting artists, visit www.soneva.com/festivalofcolour

For a selection of high resolution images, kindly visit www.sonevabrandcentre.com

* LIFE stands for Learning, Inspiring, Fun, Experiences.

About Soneva
Soneva is a pioneering family of hospitality properties and products, offering holistic encounters in luxurious and inspiring environments – from world class hotels to outstanding natural locations. Combining luxury with a conscientious approach to sustainability and the environment, and proactively changing the nature of hospitality, it delivers intuitive service and meaningful experiences to the guests.

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Maldives-Holiday

Starwood to Introduce a New Level of Bespoke Luxury in the Heart of the Maldives at St. Regis Vommuli

The St. Regis Vommuli Resort will further strengthen Starwood’s fast growing portfolio in South Asia, where the company currently operates 48 hotels with an additional 48 hotels in the pipeline including: W Goa Retreat & Spa and Le Méridien Nagpur in India; Le Méridien Paro, in Bhutan; Le Méridien and Sheraton in Dhaka, Bangladesh and Sheraton in Colombo, Sri Lanka, all due to open in the region within the next two years.

DHAALU ATOLL, MALDIVES – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. today announced the signing of an agreement with Residency Resorts Malé Private Limited, part of the Chennai-based leading property developer, Appaswamy Group, to debut the renowned St. Regis brand in the Maldives. Set to open in 2016, The St. Regis Vommuli Resort, Maldives will bring the brand’s hallmark luxury services to one of the world’s most magnificent destinations, ideally situated on the private Vommuli Island in the Dhaalu Atoll.

“We are pleased to partner with Starwood to bring this hotel to life: marrying the bespoke service of the St. Regis brand with the ‘barefoot luxury’ mentality of the Maldives,” said Ravi Appasamy Managing Director of Residency Resorts Male Private Limited. “The brand’s allure, coupled with Starwood’s powerful loyalty program, is sure to entice affluent travelers to visit this enchanting destination.”

Slated to Open in 2016, The St.

“Celebrated as one of the world’s best addresses, the Maldives is a befitting destination to introduce the St. Regis brand to a discerning set of global guests,” said Jim Petrus, Global Brand Leader, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. “This incredible addition to the St. Regis portfolio has been conceived in perfect harmony with the island’s lush vegetation and pristine lagoon.”

A 40-minute seaplane ride southwest from the Republic’s capital city Malé, The St. Regis Vommuli Resort will be located on a private atoll spanning more than 20 acres, surrounded by unspoiled beaches and a secluded lagoon with sparkling turquoise waters. The resort will feature 77 luxuriously appointed private villas, all with a distinct contemporary design scheme inspired by the island’s natural materials and color palette. Guests will have access to a tranquil spa with six private treatment rooms; an infinity swimming pool; state of the art fitness center and yoga space; as well as a dive and activity center. With an all-day dining restaurant, three specialty restaurants and a signature bar, The St. Regis Vommuli Resort will also offer guests rich culinary experiences including the legendary Bloody Mary cocktail, which was first created at the flagship St. Regis New York hotel in the 1930s and is served at each of the brand’s 34 hotels and resorts around the world.

“This signing further fuels Starwood’s strong growth momentum in South Asia, where we continue to see strong demand for high-end hotel accommodations,” added Sudeep Jain, Vice President Acquisitions and Development, South Asia, Starwood Hotels and Resorts. “The upcoming arrival of the St. Regis brand in the Maldives underpins our commitment to Starwood’s luxury portfolio in this dynamic market.”

This announcement follows on the heels of the recent signing of The St. Regis Mumbai, which is scheduled to open before the end of the year. The St. Regis Vommuli Resort will further strengthen Starwood’s fast growing portfolio in South Asia, where the company currently operates 48 hotels with an additional 48 hotels in the pipeline, including W Goa Retreat & Spa and Le Méridien Nagpur in India; Le Méridien Paro, in Bhutan; Le Méridien and Sheraton in Dhaka, Bangladesh and Sheraton in Colombo, Sri Lanka, all due to open in the region within the next two years.

The St. Regis Vommuli Resort joins Starwood’s dynamic local portfolio that includes W Retreat & Spa – Maldives and Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa.

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Resort-Island

Kandholhu Island – A haven of tranquility and serenity in Kandholhudhoo in the northern Maldives

Kandholhu Island – A haven of tranquility and serenity in Kandholhudhoo in the northern Maldives

Kandholhu Island – A haven of tranquility and serenity in Kandholhudhoo in the northern Maldives

UNIQUE QUALITIES

  • Tiny, idyllic hideaway, accessible only by private seaplane
  • Traditional villas with contemporary interiors, either on the beach or overlooking the Indian Ocean
  • Kandholhu Island - A haven of tranquility and serenity in Kandholhudhoo in the northern Maldives Kandholhu Island - A haven of tranquility and serenity in Kandholhudhoo in the northern Maldives Kandholhu Island - A haven of tranquility and serenity in Kandholhudhoo in the northern Maldives Kandholhu Island - A haven of tranquility and serenity in Kandholhudhoo in the northern Maldives Kandholhu Island - A haven of tranquility and serenity in Kandholhudhoo in the northern Maldives Kandholhu Island - A haven of tranquility and serenity in Kandholhudhoo in the northern Maldives Kandholhu Island - A haven of tranquility and serenity in Kandholhudhoo in the northern Maldives Kandholhu Island - A haven of tranquility and serenity in Kandholhudhoo in the northern Maldives Kandholhu Island - A haven of tranquility and serenity in Kandholhudhoo in the northern Maldives Kandholhu Island - A haven of tranquility and serenity in Kandholhudhoo in the northern Maldives
  • THE HOTEL IN DETAIL

An exhilarating seaplane journey from Malé takes you to Kandolhu Island, an exclusive resort of just 30 villas, some with private pools. This tiny private island has a beautiful white sand beach and a pristine coral reef. With beach and over-water villas, four great restaurants, a spa and a wealth of non-motorised water sports, this could be your temporary Maldivian home.

Choose between beach villas or over-water villas, some with a Jacuzzi and others with a private plunge pool. All have daybeds, a sundeck and sun loungers to make the most of the outrageously beautiful sea views. Grab your complimentary snorkelling gear and discover Kandolhu Island’s colourful house reef encircling the island.

A diver’s paradise, Kandolhu Island provides day and night dives from on board a Maldivian dhoni. Swim among turtles, Napoleon wrasse, parrotfish, snappers and jacks through caverns and overhangs. Take sailing lessons, or enjoy hours of pampering in the spa. Go on a sunset cruise and return later for Mediterranean cuisine in the Olive Restaurant or fresh seafood at the Sea Grill, right on the beach.

Things to enjoy

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Travel

LUX* announces new resort in the Maldives, rebranding and refurbishment

Lux South Ari Atoll Maldives Honeymoon Wedding Photography Asad

The end of this year, December 2015 and the second half of 2016 bring new and exciting developments for the luxury brand, LUX* Resorts & Hotels.

Lux South Ari Atoll Maldives Honeymoon Wedding Photography Asad

In the Maldives, these developments include the opening of a new resort in North Male’ Atoll, a complete refurbishment of the existing LUX* property, as well as a rebranding.

Maldivian Air Taxi, Worls largest sea plane fleet operating in Maldives since 1998, Asad Maldives Photographer

The former LUX* Maldives has now been renamed LUX* South Ari Atoll as part of the rebranding. In addition, Phase 1 of its complete refurbishment will see the revamping of the resort’s water villas this December, with built-in private pools.

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These over-water retreats have been designed by the award-winning design company P49 DEESIGN, that has injected new life into the Signature Water Villas. Blending contemporary design with the surrounding natural beauty of the island, these villas allow ocean lovers to take a few steps from their own balcony, into the welcoming crystal clear waters below.

The romantic hideaways will feature couples rain showers, beautifully designed loveseats, and overhanging ‘love nests’ which float on the lagoon, in addition to the resorts existing ‘sleep tight’ beds which have made their way into the Nectar mattress review recently, worth a look if you have back pain and are wondering how comfortable you will be.

Following the revamp of the new water villas in LUX* South Ari Atoll, the newest and latest resort by the brand, LUX* North Male’ Atoll will be opening within the second half of 2016. This new, ultra-luxury resort is located less than an hour away from Male’ airport by speedboat, and will include a spectacular range of private villas.

Lux Maldives Over Water Villa - Wedding & Honeymoon Couple Suit

Miaja Design group, using hand polished wood, and other natural materials and ample glass will create a resort of luxury, style and comfort. The resort, located in an ideal location with an untouched reef brimming with exotic marine life will help designers gain inspiration from the aquatic life.

An environmentally conscious marine biology centre located in the resort will give guests a chance to discover the hidden secrets, and beauty beneath the deep blue waters.

LUX* Resorts & Hotels have also announced more development plans in China, the Reunion Islands, and in the UAE.

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LUX* MALDIVES WINS AS LEADING FAMILY RESORT AT THE 2014 MALDIVES TRAVEL AWARDS

Honeymoon Couple in maldives Chris & Venessa

After being awarded the Indian Ocean Leading All-Inclusive Resort at Maldives Travel Awards 2013, LUX* Maldives has scored again with yet another valuable award, recognizing the significant efforts of the past year by gaining the title of Leading Family Award at the 2014 Maldives Travel Awards.

Book a Photoshoot with Asad if you have booked your holiday trip to Lux Maldives,
Contact asad@thundi.com 

Honeymoon Couple in maldives Chris & Venessa
This title rewards the ongoing innovation, high standards of guest service, understanding of family needs, unique concepts and the true belief in LUX* Resorts & Hotels motto of ‘helping people celebrate life’.

Honeymoon Couple in maldives Chris & Venessa

Honeymoon Couple in maldives Chris & Venessa
One of the reasons to go LUX* Maldives is showcased by PLAY, the resort’s spacious and well equipped kids club for children below the age of 12 providing a daily program of fun activities including treasure hunts, yoga, pizza mak-ing and cake decorating. Teens enjoy a sophisticated program called STUDIO 17 including team sports, teen only excursions, guitar lessons and can even learn how to be a DJ for their own party. The 5 star PADI dive centre and well equipped water sports centre warmly welcomes families of all age groups providing a wide range of experiences in, on and under the water! At LUX* Maldives kids are sure to never be bored and with 7 restaurants, everyone is sure to find something they like.

Honeymoon Couple in maldives Chris & Venessa
After winning against some of the long established beach resorts of the Maldives, LUX* Maldives General Manager Shaun Dunhofen said “We are immensely proud to receive this wonderful award in this year’s Maldives Travel Awards. The Maldives has become a very popular destination for family holidays and our large beach front, wide selection of resort facilities and experiences, coupled with passionate team members, ensures our guests enjoy the best beach holiday possible”.

 

Honeymoon Couple in maldives Chris & Venessa
As the Festive Season draws closer, LUX* Maldives is looking forward to celebrating this special time with its guests. The island experiences will showcase treasure hunts, beach games, interactive pop-up dining in true LUX* Style. The arrival of Santa is always highly anticipated, arriving last year by FLYBOARD, it’s an exciting time for the young-er LUX* guests. The New Year’s Eve party will bring about lavish fairytale decorations, live cooking stations and pop-up bars with many more surprises to welcome the New Year. LUX* Maldives presents a constant variety of activities that never fail to delight – both above and below the waterline!

Honeymoon Couple in maldives Chris & Venessa

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Maldives-Holiday

Top most beautiful Aerial photos of the Maldives Islands

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Maldives Islands
The Aerial view of the Islands of Maldives
Shangri-la Maldives the Resort
As you stroll along the resort’s edge, the vast Indian Ocean stirs a sense of awe deep within you. Like a pearl in its oyster, you’re embraced by the soothing ambience of Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives.
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An island of the Island Nation
Male City Aerial view
North harbor of the Concrete jungle or the Capital city of the Maldives
The gateway to the Paradise or the gate to the Concrete jungle
The gateway to the Paradise or the gate to the Concrete jungle

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Aerial views are the best way to find the exact beauty of the Islands of Maldives. Maldives is popular as a Island country. We’ve heard about sinking nation, and more and more names but the islands are beautiful, It won’t be easy for anyone to express these beauty with words,

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