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Bollywood, Celebrity, lifestyle, Maldives-Holiday

AJAY AND FAMILY OFF TO MALDIVES

Ajay Devgn had taken to the social media on April 18 to complain about how exhausted he was. “Shooting non-stop since past 5 months. Getting a much-needed break, waiting for Rohit to leave for Khatron Ke Khiladi,” he wrote. Now, Mirror has learnt that the 48-year-old actor-filmmaker, having wrapped up shooting for the Mumbai schedule of Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal Again on Tuesday, is all set to take off to the Maldives with actress-wife Kajol, kids Nysa and Yug, his sisters, Neelam and Kavita, and their respective families, for a much-deserved vacation. “After returning from his New Year holiday in London, Ajay has been shooting back-to-back for Milan Luthria’s Baadshaho, followed by Rohit’s Golmaal Again. Rohit leaving for Spain to shoot for the upcoming season of Khatron Ke Khiladi has facilitated some time-off for Ajay which he wants to spend with his family. It couldn’t have come at a better time…

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Lux Maldives

10 reasons why we love LUX* Resorts and Hotels

10 reasons why we love LUX* Resorts and Hotels We go on holiday to escape the routine… Stay at a conventional resort and before long you’ll know where everything is. That won’t happen at LUX* Resorts and Resorts. At LUX* every moment matters. The have created simple, fresh and sensory experiences to indulge you throughout your stay. We absolutely love the attention to detail and the lengths they go to surprise and delight their guests.  With generous touches and creative details around every corner here are ten reasons why we love LUX* Resorts and Hotels… Al fresco film nights at Cinema Paradiso Beanbags? Check. Fresh popcorn? Absolutely. Ice Cream? Of course. The al fresco boutique cinemas show cult classics, theme nights, family-friendly blockbusters and much more all under the stars and completely on the house! With state of the art rear projectors, wireless headphones, luxurious setting areas and exquisite snacks,…

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Kanuhura Maldives, Maldives-Holiday

Kanuhura Maldives: An All New USD 42 Million Gypset Style Resort

 Kanuhura Maldives, owned and managed by Sun Resorts, has shared the wishes of its high profile, long-term guests with the world by re-imaging a property consisting of three islands in the northern quadrant of the Lhaviyani Atoll. With as many as 15 annual visits, lovers and dreamers who first set foot on the soft sands of Kanuhura as couples or young families were the cornerstone for this evolution. This nautical bohemian design concept over the unique three island experience is by former Gold Key Designer of the Year and Founder of London-based Muza Lab, Inge Moore, in cooperation with Hirsch Bedner Associates, that revitalises the identity of the resort by focusing on the idea of “Gypset”. Gypset is a new way of life, according to New York-based journalist and author Julia Chaplin, who wrote about a generation of travellers who she defined as part Gypsy, driven by freedom and escapism,…

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lifestyle, Resort-Island

DUSIT THANI MALDIVES WINS GOLD TRAVEL WEEKLY MAGELLAN AWARD

Dusit Thani Maldives, a Thai inspired 5-star luxury resort, recently won, for the second year running, the coveted Gold medal in the luxury hotel/resort category of the prestigious Travel Weekly Magellan Awards. Arranged by US based publication Travel Weekly, an influential B2B news resource for the travel industry, The Magellan Awards are judged and overseen by a unique panel of top travel professionals representing the best names and most accomplished leaders from the industry. Entries do not compete with one another, instead they are judged against a standard of excellence based on the extensive experience of Travel Weekly. Located on Mudhdhoo Island in Baa Atoll – Maldives’ first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve – Dusit Thani Maldives comprises 94 luxury villas set on stilts overlooking pristine white sands and the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Guests can dive and snorkel with the best snorkeling set, swim in the oversized infinity swimming…

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islandlife, Lux Maldives, Resort-Island, thundi, Travel

SEE THE MALDIVES IN A NEW LIGHT AT LUX* SOUTH ARI ATOLL

World-renowned luxury resort and hotel operator LUX* Resorts & Hotels is known for a different style of holidaying – a lighter, brighter way of celebrating life – and its newest resort LUX* South Ari Atoll opened last week in the Maldives. The brand’s latest five-star resort has been entirely reimagined, with a chic beach-house style. Innovative and trend-setting, it features a contemporary atmosphere while protecting the cocooned tropical-island atmosphere. LUX* South Ari Atoll is not just about luxury and aesthetics: it’s a resort with a soul. Playful, fun, modern this is paradise ­­­for travellers looking for a distinctive experience in the Maldives. Dotted at the water’s edge along two miles of pure white sand beach and perched on stilts above a crystal-clear lagoon, are 193 super-spacious pavilions and villas designed by P49 Deesign. The seductive flood-lit over-water villas promise freedom, privacy and intimacy. 46 Romantic Pool Villas each have private 7m suspended…

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lifestyle, Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Maldives, Maldives Awards

7 Medals for Lily Beach Chefs at the FHAM 2016

The Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Maldives, team of chefs won a total of 7 medals at the Food and Hospitality Asia Maldives International Culinary Challenge & Exhibition 2016. Please join us in congratulating the whole team on winning 1 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals, and thereby receiving a prominent accolade that each chefs in the region aspires to. The awards appropriately reflect the endless hours of efforts that our chefs spend to present to Lily Beach guests culinary creations that are nothing short of perfect. Hats off to Prasanna Dinesh, Jude Cooray, Zahir Musthafa, Dilusha Lakmal and Sakthivel Dharmaraj! Lily Beach is known across the Maldives for its simply spectacular dining options; from the luscious buffets at Lily Maa to a la carte fine dining at Tamarind to romantic, private dining, it is not only your appetite that will be whet – you will enter a foodie…

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Maldives

TIME TO LEAF AND BRANCH OUT on the Oceanh

Apologies for that terrible pun but this spectacular and hard to spot creature is a Leaf Scorpionfish (Taenianotus triacanthus), it is the sole member of its genus and that makes it pretty special in our books. They get their name due to their thin bodies that waft like a leaf in the currents, this is only one of their camouflage techniques. If that wasn’t enough it can also have colour variations throughout it’s life, every 10-14 days it molts and can change it’s colour after this. Left Scorpionfish can be red, yellow, orange, green, brown, pink or white, with a whole host of patterns to help it camouflage. That’s not a beard growing around its mouth but many tiny branches of skin mimicking algae. It can also have real algae or hydroids attached to it attracting smaller fish to come closer. Once the small fish is lured in the huge…

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Maldives

Flytographer Photographer in Maldives would change your island Vacation 

Your days of awkwardly wielding a selfie stick over the beaches of Maldives are over.  Flytographer, the brainchild of entrepreneur Nicole Smith, is basically the Airbnb for vacation Instagram photos. The app connects tourists, honeymooners, and out-of-towners with local photographers, eliminating the need for selfie sticks and unnecessary “Will you take our photo?” conversations.The idea sparked when Smith, an avid traveler herself, was vacationing in Paris to spend time with her best friend. “Disappointed with awkward selfies and the blurry photos strangers had snapped, we asked a local friend to take some candid shots of us enjoying the city together,” explains Smith in an interview with InStyle. “After 20 minutes of this, I looked at the images on my iPhone and realized I had the best souvenir possible: priceless memories with my BFF in Paris.” Aside from the obvious Instagram value, Smith’s service creates timeless memories while supporting local artists and…

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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

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…

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Fuvahmulah, Maldives-Holiday

Mysterious “beach cusps” observed in Fuvahmulah

I was baffled and amazed to see the picture uploaded by Nasih Thaath in Fuvahmulah online that unfolds the mysterious beach formation in the northern beach -thoondu- of our island. People say everything about Fuvahmulah is unique and mysterious. That i s true. Thoondu is a phenomenal place.   It is the most breathtaking and mysterious beach in the Maldivian archipelago. Twenty years ago, the white sandy beach was so vast that it stretched hundreds of meters across  the northern tip of our island, creating natural phenomenon that puzzled and attracted thousands of people. The edge of the sand adjoining the beach was so slanted that we used the base of the coconut leaf (beedi) to glide down the sand. It was skiing. Hold on! Lets look at the mysterious beach formation in Thaath’s picture. Some pictures similar to these have gone viral on the internet in other parts of  the…

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History

The history of Maldives with Kurumba Maldives as the first One Resort One 1 Island,

Kurumba – The Beginning Tourism: an industry that brought prosperity and progress to the Maldives. It began with Kurumba’s opening in 1972. At the time, this remote archipelago, inhabited only by fisher folk, was unknown to the outside world, with no foreign investment. There was only a small airstrip on Hulhule Island (the present international airport), built by volunteers, with no regular flights. Mohamed Umar Maniku, Universal Enterprises’ Chairman, recalls: “We had nothing in the Maldives then, nothing. No Banks, no airport, no telephones only ham radio or Morse code contact with Colombo. Even the UNDP experts said that tourism would never succeed because there were no facilities, no infrastructure.” Here was an industry that could have easily missed its chance to grow, yet tourism flourished thanks to the right people in the right place at the right time, and the passion and determination of its young Maldivian founders. It…

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Diving

From Thilas to Kandus: Scuba Diving in the Maldives

With 20 atolls and around 1,200 islands the Maldives are, without doubt, one of the finest dive sites that our Blue Planet has to offer. Almost every diver dreams about visiting this stunning archipelago at least once in their lifetime. The azure blue lagoons surrounding the islands of the Maldives draw in visitors from across the world, each seeking to explore the underwater world while snorkeling or scuba diving. The variety of intact reefs and colorful marine life is spectacular to witness, but the attraction of the Maldives goes beyond the underwater world. The sight of the dreamy white sand beaches, palm trees and dense green vegetation is equally beautiful and unique. So, with this widespread appeal, it’s not surprising that every hotel island in the Maldives has its own dive center, offering trips to the most beautiful places of the atolls. The range of dive sites that span the…

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Fuvahmulah, islandlife

Maahefun

Maahefun or Maahifun Celebration marks the beginning of the Ramadan, Where the Muslims in Maldives celebrate the taking of their last meal before beginning the month-long fasting. It is a traditional celebration where everybody gathered to have their last meal before fasting and thereafter the peoples of Maldives began to throw any living thing that moves into nearest beach, Fuvahmulah Thundi is one of the most visited places of Fuvahmulah on this Festival, People from Male and other islands of Maldives visit the closest uninhabited island on this occasion. Accommodation   Food Places in Fuvahmulah Royal Restaurent Mango Activities     Maahifun 2015 at Fuvahmulah thundi by Asad’s Photography | Ibrahim Asad | http://asad.photo   Maahifun 2011 at Fuvahmulah thundi by Asad’s Photography | Ibrahim Asad | http://asad.photo      

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Maldives-Holiday

BAROS MALDIVES WINS FIVE TRIPADVISOR AWARDS

Baros Maldives has been awarded recognition by TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice as Number 8 in the World’s Best Hotels for Romance and as Number 2 Best Hotel for Romance in Asia. The Awards are based on millions of reviews collected during 2015 from TripAdvisor users worldwide. Established in 2002, the Travelers’ Choice awards are the highest honour TripAdvisor can bestow on a hotel. They reflect “the best of the best” for service, quality, and customer satisfaction. Baros Maldives also won a further three TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards, being acclaimed as No 9 in Asia Top Hotels as well as featuring in the top 25 of Asia’s Luxury Hotels and for the Best Service of a Hotel in Asia. The Resort Manager of Baros Maldives, Mr Shuhan, said: “We greatly value the recognition by TripAdvisor in this manner because the awards are based on the comments of guests who have stayed at…

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Maldives-Holiday, Travel, Travel Awards

Lily Beach Resort & Spa at Huvahendhoo Won the Maldives’ Leading All-Inclusive Resort Award!

The team at Lily Beach Resort & Spa are overjoyed to be able to share with you the exciting news that with your help, Lily Beach has won the outstanding ‘Maldives’ Leading All-Inclusive Resort 2016‘ title. Yet as much as we are proud of having been voted the Maldives’ Leading All-Inclusive Resort 2016′, what makes our hearts skip a beat is foremostly the fact that so many of you took the time to express your satisfaction with Lily’s Platinum All-Inclusive Plan. We thank you for that! Our guests favour the Platinum All-Inclusive Plan because it’s an all-encompassing all-inclusive package that takes away the hassle of worrying about your day-to-day expenses at the resort; why not budget your holiday in advance and indulge in a carefree, no-fine-print-break once you’re here! The extensive Platinum Plan undoubtedly puts Lily Beach head and shoulders above most of the Maldives’ resorts; as pioneers of the…

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Maldives-Holiday

6 of the best honeymoon resorts in the Maldives

Celebrate tying the knot in one of the most beautiful beach destinations on the earth Maldives honeymoon resorts – in pictures White sandy beaches, crystal clear lagoons and dazzling astronomical displays: it’s not difficult to see why the seductive islands of the Maldives are a popular honeymoon destination for newlyweds. After the emotional rollercoaster involved in planning a wedding, the sunny Maldives is a peaceful getaway for couples to unwind and enjoy time away from London life in the idyllic and peaceful waters of the Indian Ocean. Looking for the low-down on where to stay? We’ve rounded up six of the most luxurious resorts to make any honeymoon unforgettable. Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi   Butlers bringing you brunch while you paddle, private sands and an underwater spa experience: boutique hotels don’t come much more blissful than Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi. Honeymooners can book a large and luxurious deluxe beach bungalow which opens out onto…

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Finolhu

Preparing for the launch of Finolhu, the latest from The Small Maldives Island Co.

Having revolutionised the ‘typical Maldives resort’ concept with 2014’s game-changing launch of Amilla Fushi, The Small Maldives Island Co. looks set to confound expectations once again with the opening of sister resort Finolhu in mid-2016. To celebrate the soon-to-open property, the new Resort Manager, Rochelle Kilgariff, visited Sydney and invited media guests to a sumptuous lunch at Regatta Rose Bay on Friday 12 February. Over lunch of sashimi cones and savoury cigars, Ms Kilgariff described what guests can expect at Finolhu. The new resort is set to bring a timeless sense of style to the pristine lagoons and rich waters of the Maldives’ Baa Atoll, taking the form of a retro-inspired island paradise for fun-loving jetsetters. Located in the UNESCO World Biosphere that is the Baa Atoll (just 30 minutes by speedboat from sister resort, Amilla Fushi), Finolhu is an island experience for couples, fun-loving families and gathering of friends. There are seven…

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Four Seasons

Four Seasons Announces New Hotel and Resort Openings in 2016

Four Seasons Announces New Hotel and Resort Openings in 2016   September 14, 2015,  Toronto, Canada          Four Seasons continues to expand its global footprint and affirm its position as the world’s leading luxury hospitality brand with 12 new openings currently scheduled in late 2015 and 2016, including several first-time entries in new countries.  As always, each new          Four Seasons     hotel or resort will be as unique as the destination it calls home.   In 2015, the opening of Four Seasons      Hotel Bahrain Bay marked the first          Four Seasons     in that country, and the company added a second hotel in France with the re-branding of the storied Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat.  By year’s end, the company will add three more destinations to the global traveller’s wish list with Four Seasons      Hotel Seoul, Four Seasons      Hotel Casablanca, and Four Seasons      Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá, the first of two in the city….

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Honeymoon, lifestyle

Win A Luxe Honeymoon in Maldives by Haa Alifu atoll,

There are few destinations more breathtaking than the Maldives… Think a string of far-flung desert islands where you sleep in thatched villas built on stilts over the water and swim in a sea the colour of topaz jewels. Win A Luxe Honeymoon in Maldives by Haa Alifu atoll, Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa is a short seaplane ride from Malé, Well, win this mega-watt competition and you could be lounging on those same white sands in your favourite kaftan quicker than you can shout ‘someone bring me a Mai Tai!’ A private island paradise in the Haa Alifu atoll, Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa is a short seaplane ride from Malé, one of the most lusted-after resorts in the Indian Ocean. You’ll enjoy 10 nights half-board (breakfast and dinner included) in a Deluxe Water Villa, which comes with its own plunge pool and private sundeck with steps down to a…

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Fishing, Lily Beach Resort & Spa

Coming Soon: Fly Fishing in the Maldives at Lily Beach Resort & Spa

The abundance and variety of fish beneath the South Ari Atoll make Lily Beach a top destination for any fly fisher. Not only do you have the chance to catch your triumphant fish, but also to catch a sight of the Maldives’ breathtaking landscape, making the overall experience one that is bound to reel you in. The number and size of fish are exceptional: Bonefish, Yellowfin Tuna, Barracuda and Milkfish are just a few species from the long and distinguished list of fish you may come across, not the forget about the one species that tops the wish lists of many anglers: Caranx Ignobilis, a.k.a. the Giant Trevally. Explore beyond Lily Beach and hop on one of the fly fishing excursions that are coming soon to the Resort: Guided half day fly fishing trip: $450 Guided full day fishing trip: $600 Those interested in doing some proper fly fishing in…

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