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MALDIVIAN NIGHT IN MUMBAI ATTRACTS THE INDIAN TRAVEL MARKET

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With a target to attract 100,000 tourists from India, MATATO steps up destination marketing efforts with an Exclusive Destination showcase for Maldives in Mumbai.

05th May 2018, Mumbai, India; A destination showcase for Maldives is hosted in Mumbai, India, on Friday, 11th May 2018, branded as Maldivian Night, organized by Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators MATATO. More than 200 travel professionals from the two countries attended this exclusive event, hosted at the Four Seasons, Mumbai. This event was organized as part of the ongoing campaign by MATATO to attract 100,000 tourists form India in 2018.

Maldivian Night was presented in part as a business networking event, where Maldivian hoteliers and Travel agents had the opportunity to meet and conduct business with more than 150 prominent travel agents and tour operators from India. 08 Maldivian companies took part in the business networking event concluded with an entertainment evening, to promote and feature Maldives and was joined by Indian media representatives from International travel brands based in Mumbai.

Maldives attracted 83,019 tourists from India in 2017 which 24% growth from previous year. India has become a bigger source market to Maldives than more tradition markets like Switzerland, Russia, Japan, Korea. To keep the momentum on this growth, MATATO took part in 5 travel trade shows in India in the last two years.

SATTE India – February 2016

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SATTE India – February 2017

India International Travel Mart (IITM) Bangalore, India – July 2017 SATTE India – January 2018

MATATO also recently organized a roadshow in India. The roadshow was in partnership with OTR in three cities in India – Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi from 19 – 22 March 2018.The association has also been working closely with the Embassy of India in the Maldives to promote Maldives in India. The association has also engaged with a PR firm in India for various publicity and promotions.

“We are really excited about having stepped up Destination Marketing efforts this year. And we look forward to continuing on this branding of events at major travel markets for Maldives. This is year so far we have been very loud in our marketing activities in Asia Pacific region especially in India” Said Abdulla Ghiyaz Riyaz, President of MATATO.

In addition MATATO enjoys a strong partnership with The Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) . The Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) was established in 1986. It is a dynamic organization that guides the travel industry in India. TAFI’s membership today comprises of 1400 Active, Associate, Allied and Affiliate members from all over India. MATATO is working closely in promoting Maldives to Indian travel agents and tour operators with a more aggressive outreach campaign.

The association targets to reach 100,000 tourists from India by end of 2018 thus working closely with various stakeholders to reach this target especially Ministry of Tourism and MMPRC. The association also believes India has the potential to become the number one source market for Maldives in the next five years.

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AJAY AND FAMILY OFF TO MALDIVES

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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 as Kajol too wrapped up work on Dhanush’s VIP 2 recently,” informs a source close to the actor, adding that Ajay will leave on May 28 and return after 10-12 days. “All the arrangements have been made and the family is really excited.”
Shooting for the fourth instalment in the Golmaal caper will resume after Rohit returns from Spain. Maldives seems to have become the new ‘go-to’ holiday destination for B-townies. While Salman and the Khan-daan had recently taken off to the South- Asian island country to celebrate nephew Ahil’s first birthday at a newlyopened, resort, Alia Bhatt, along with father Mahesh, mother Soni Razdan and sister Shaheen, was there late last year for a five-day break.

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10 reasons why we love LUX* Resorts and Hotels

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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, Cinema Paradiso is a huge hit!

Message in a bottle

LUX* are all about keeping things fun and spontaneous! Every day is a treasure hunt with delightful surprises hidden around every corner. Spot a bottle buried in the sand with a message inside. No it’s not an ancient SOS from a stranded castaway… instead, you will find a gift: a candle-lit dinner for two by the water’s edge, a spa treatment, or a scuba diving lesson. Whatever the reward, it is on the house!

Phone Home

Not all ‘smart’ phones are mobile. Say goodbye to roaming charges and those nasty phone bill surprises whilst you are away. Instead, make the most of LUX*’s vintage red telephone boxes… step inside and call friends and family for free. There’s only one condition- you’re not allowed to call the office!

Make a wish

Close your eyes and make a wish. At every LUX* resort, you’ll find a Tree of Wishes sculpture. Upon check-in, you’ll be presented with a unique ribbon and tag with your initials on. Tie the ribbon around one of the enchanting branches and make your wish… We can’t promise that it will come true but once a year one lucky winner will win a free LUX* holiday!

The Sound of LUX* App

Bored with your music library? Solution: these downloadable playlists curated by LUX*’s professional music maestros ensure that every step of your stay- from basking on the beach to pre-dinner drinks, has a soundtrack to match your mood!

ICI

A holiday without ice cream is like an infinity pool without water. So LUX* have created their very own ice-cream brand called ‘ICI’. Boutique ice-cream stall are dotted around each resort serving these delicious homemade treats, including hand-waffled cones, glorious toppings and tailor-made flavours! Our favourite combo is Sicilian Pistachio Variegato and Madagascan Vanilla!

LUX* Me

The integrated philosophy of well-being with a step by step path to a healthier way of life includes outdoor exercise classes, personal trainers specialising in Pilates, yoga and meditation and a wellness programme created just for you! Your vitality-boosting regime will ensure you leave LUX* re-energised and fitter than when you arrived!

Café LUX*

Excellent coffee is a must not a luxury, that’s why you will find fresh-roasted barista-made coffee at the heart of all their resorts in Café LUX*. Perfecting the art of the perfect coffee, Café LUX* roast their fresh cocoa beans on-site so you can enjoy the most aromatic bean to cup coffee! They will even take you on a behind the scenes tour…

Panama Hat Station

Lightweight, brimmed straw headgear from Ecuador is an essential for any shade-seeker! Whether you prefer the traditional black-grosgrain ribbon or boldly hued band, browse the LUX* Panama Station and their range of hats at the pop-up stall!

Aperitivo

LUX* have introduced a new wandering Aperitivo Bar, designed to tantalise the taste buds before dinner with tasty tapas and signature cocktails created by their expert mixologist… Of course, this is no ordinary Aperitivo Bar, the renowned LUX* twist is that you won’t find this bar in the same place twice! One night it could be on the beach for some barefoot nibbles in the sand, another night it could be nestled away under some fairy lit palm trees…

Experience LUX* for yourself… with beautiful properties in the Maldives, Mauritius and Reunion Island which Indian Ocean Idyll will you choose?

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The 5 Best Vacation Package Sites

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Vacation package sites enable customers to book some combination of flights, hotels, and rental cars together as part of a single trip itinerary. Some companies only allow flight and hotel bundles, but others give you the chance to mix and match the different options as you see fit. When choosing the best vacation package site, the first and most important consideration is what type of travel package you need. Then, it’s a good idea to look into what kinds of savings are available for booking your entire trip itinerary together in one place. Some companies give discounts of over 40% to customers who do this. And, of course, you should also check out what kinds of search tools the site offers to speed up the booking process. The five companies listed below are some of the best in terms of their vacation packages and offer deals on all types of travel itineraries.

  • Expedia
  • Travelocity
  • CheapTickets
  • Last Minute Travel
  • Hotwire


Expedia offers discounts to customers who book their travel arrangements together in a package, which helps make rates a little more affordable. This is particularly true if you’re booking a flight, hotel, and rental car together. Like Last Minute Travel, Expedia presents all the crucial information about the trip itinerary on one page for easy viewing. Elements of a particular vacation package can be changed as needed to suit you. Using the filter tools to narrow your search is a good way to save time while searching, and you can also view the available hotels on a map. This tool is helpful if it’s important to you to stay in a particular area. Deal seekers also have the opportunity to view their results by total savings. Taxes and service fees are included in the total trip cost listed, so you don’t have to worry about setting aside any extra money. Then, all that’s left to do is review your selected itinerary and enter in your payment information.
Like Expedia, Travelocity gives big discounts to customers who bundle their travel arrangements into one package. When you purchase a hotel, flight, and rental car together, that can earn you as much as a 45% savings off your total trip costs. Travelocity also takes the approach of listing all of the important information about your travel arrangements on a single results page for easy viewing. Browse through the list or use the filters to speed up the process. Your first step is to find the hotel you want. Then, check out the flight and rental cars associated with that package. If you don’t like what you see, choose a different one. You’ll be brought to a list with all the flights or rental cars that fit your search criteria and you can then add one of these to your trip itinerary. When selecting a flight, you have even more options because Travelocity allows you to choose your departing and returning flights separately.
CheapTickets uses a different process than the companies mentioned above to help you locate the best vacation package, even when you use sites like enjoymexico.net/rentals/cabo-san-lucas/casa-la-laguna/ to do it. Rather than presenting you options upfront and requiring you to change those that don’t work, you’re first given a list of hotels to choose from. All the usual hotel filtering tools are there, so you can narrow down your results by what’s most important to you. You’re also able to view all the available hotels on a map. Then, once you’ve selected the hotel you want, you’ll be brought to the next page where you can choose your flight or a rental car if you’ve selected a hotel+rental car search. Then, the whole process starts over. For flights, you’re able to narrow results by cost and departure and arrival times, as well as specific airlines. During the checkout process, you can also add on certain extras like event tickets. Finally, book everything together for one flat rate.
Last Minute Travel earns the title as one of the best vacation package site because they offer a very streamlined booking process and the option to easily customize your travel itinerary. First, start off by deciding what type of travel accommodations you need. Choose from any combination of flights, hotels, and rental cars. Enter your travel dates and Last Minute Travel gathers all the results that fit your search criteria. Narrow it down even further using price, location, and other filters. All the information you need is presented on one page, so you don’t need to click into each individual result to get all the details. Everything from the hotel room type to the operating hours of the rental car facility are listed right on the main results page. As with all vacation packages, you select the hotel first, then you can change the flight and rental car associated with that package if you need to. Last Minute Travel also enables you to compare several different vacation packages side by side, which should help to save time when it comes to finding the one that best matches your budget and schedule.

Hotwire is another travel package site that follows the method of presenting your entire trip itinerary on one page for you to customize. The available search and filter tools are similar to the ones found with the other companies mentioned on this list. You’re able to narrow results down by price, location, hotel class, and more. The first step is to find a hotel that offers what you’re looking for. Then, check out the flights and/or rental cars associated with that particular hotel. If one or both of them doesn’t work well with your trip itinerary, you’re able to easily change them. Click on the unwanted item and you’re brought to a list with all the other possible options that match your trip dates and other search criteria. From there, all that’s left is to review your travel arrangements on the next page. It’s here where you choose your hotel room type and you’re able to quickly return and make any adjustments to your trip before entering your payment information and completing the booking process.

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Mysterious “beach cusps” observed in Fuvahmulah

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.

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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 world.

 

englandAn image (pic in the left) featuring strange patterns – beach cusps – on a beach in Dorset, England went viral in September 2015, on the content-sharing site Reddit.

These formations are called BEACH CUSPS. This phenomena is not fully understood. Scientists have been carrying out researches for 50 years and they are able to conclude just two theories.

 

They ‘believe’ two causes for this formation. The ‘standing edge theory’ claims that the interaction between the normal waves approaching the shore and the edge waves gives rise to regularly spaced-points of different wave intensity. Meanwhile the self-organization theory explains that beach cusps are products of interactions among wave, currents, as well as sand over time that result feedback loop.

But these occurrences happen in shoreline made up of various grades of sediment in an arc pattern. The horns are made up of coarser materials and the embayment contains all the finer grain sediment. They can be found all over the world and are most noticeable on shorelines with coarser sediment such as pebble beaches. Thoondu is a place where you can observe one of the most mysterious sediments- called “thoondu veyli” or pebbles. These shining white pebbles resemble gems. However, they can occur with sediment of any size. They nearly always occur in a regular pattern with cusps of equal size and spacing appearing along stretches of the shoreline. These cusps are most often a few metres long. However, they may reach 60 m (200 ft) across.

Once cusps have been created they are a self-sustaining formation. This is because when an oncoming wave hits the horn of a beach cusp, it is split and forced into two directions. The crashing of the wave into the cusps slows its velocity, causing coarser sediment to fall out of suspension and be deposited on the horns. The waves then flow along the embayments (picking up finer sediment) and run into one another in the middle. After this collision these waves attempt to flow back out to sea where they are met by incoming waves. Therefore, once the cusp is established, coarser sediment is constantly being deposited on the horn and finer sediment is being eroded away from the embayments. This process causes the horns and embayments to at least maintain their size, if not grow larger.

According to researches most of these formations do not last long. It forms in a quick pace of time and vanishes quickly.

We have witnessed natural occurrences such as bissaaveli – formation of huge water pools in naturally engraved area of the sand- formation, and the “moving” of the sand across the northern end, and we have been gifted with the pebbles of gems in the beach.

Beach cusp is another phenomena the nature has bestowed upon us. This is the first time that we have witnessed this occurrence. But perhaps it has occurred in the past. Who knows! Nature’s tranquility and perfection have eluded us from these occurrences. Man is ignorant to judge nature. Its so mighty and complex. Natural phenomenon are greatest signs of god’s creation and existence.

Article contributed by Yasir Salih

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http://www.awesomeinventions.com/mysterious-beach-cusps/
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http://travel.aol.co.uk/2015/09/22/beach-cusps-dorset-beach-strange-patterns/
http://www.elitereaders.com/beach-cusps/
http://www.theweathernetwork.com/uk/news/articles/climate-and-environment/see-waves-create-mysterious-beach-cusps-in-dorset/57539/
https://www.researchgate.net/post/Can_you_explain_the_Mysterious_Beach_Patterns_that_found_in_England_and_USA_and_how_are_they_formed
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Lily Beach Resort & Spa at Huvahendhoo Won the Maldives’ Leading All-Inclusive Resort Award!

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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 concept in the Maldives, we are extremely glad that our idea of making your well-deserved holiday as convenient and untroubled as possible has been received so well by our guests throughout these years, and hope that it continues to makes your stay in the Maldives exactly like you pictured it!

Put your feet up and enjoy – these are some of the things included in the Platinum All-Inclusive Plan:

  • Unlimited, all-you-can-eat breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet at Lily Maa
  • Selection of 80 premium wines
  • Unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at bars as specified
  • Fine dining as specified
  • Snorkelling equipment
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The Maldives voted top location for honeymoon couples

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When it comes to the honeymoon, will you be shunning two weeks on the beach for somewhere off the beaten track? Travel brand Kuoni has revealed its latest report showing the Maldives scores as the top location for honeymoon couples, but also that adventure holidays are growing in popularity over stay-put beach breaks

Couples see the Maldives as the ultimate luxury island paradise, with the holiday destination scoring the top spot for honeymooners, Kuoni’s worldwide trends report shows.

With its unique collection of all-island resorts and over-water villas, the Maldives continues to set the pace in luxury travel and scores higher than any other destination on customer satisfaction.

The worldwide holiday company has seen holidays with an adventure, cultural or touring element as part of the itinerary grow at twice the pace of stay-put beach breaks over the past two years, and the report has also unveiled the top locations for honeymoons in 2016.

Same-sex honeymoons are also on the rise, according to Kuoni. Over 15,000 same-sex marriages have taken place since it was introduced in England and Wales in 2014, according to the Office for National Statistics. The increase has resulted in demand for luxury travel advice from companies able to guide couples on the legal and cultural positions in different destinations.

When it comes to creating big life moments, from seeing wildlife in its natural habitat to experiencing iconic sights such as the Great Wall of China, more than *60 per cent of British adults are prepared to invest more than the average holiday in making their wish list a reality.

Other key findings about honeymoons include:

Snorkelling with turtles in turquoise-blue waters remains one of the top wish list experiences for honeymoon couples this year.
Honeymooners are now spending an average of £5,902 in total on their trip, up from £5,743 last year, backing up a trend for more adventure, upgraded luxury and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
The most popular month to book a Kuoni honeymoon is January.
The average honeymoon duration is 13 days.
11.6 per cent of Kuoni honeymoon bookers put their honeymoon on a John Lewis gift list in 2015.
Indonesia has seen the biggest rise in the top 10 and Bali is a favourite as it’s a perfect destination to visit weather-wise during the wedding-boom months.
Vietnam has jumped five places in the past year to the number 11 spot, showing the popularity of adventure touring over a classic beach stay.

As the number of honeymooners increase there is a huge demand of Professional Photographers, Asad has been working with couples who travel to Maldives for their Honeymoon, His Hospitality Industry expertise and Professional, Book a Photoshoot with asad and get your holiday photoshoots.

visit http://asad.photo

The top 20 honeymoon destinations for 2016 are:

Maldives
Indonesia (Bali)
Mauritius
Sri Lanka
Thailand
USA
Italy
Mexico
Antigua
St Lucia
Vietnam
Malaysia
Seychelles
Tanzania
Cuba
Barbados
South Africa
Kenya
Greece
UAE

*Figures from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2,035 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 18th-19th January 2016. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

 

 

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Win A Luxe Honeymoon in Maldives by Haa Alifu atoll,

Wedding photo shoot of Mr and Mrsbin Maldives, Its one of the most memorable event a couples life time,

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 lagoon teeming with tropical fish. Surrounded by coconut palms and lush vegetation, this is the ideal place to live out your Robinson Crusoe fantasy – the only effort you’ll need to make is padding to and from the mini-bar or cracking open the gorgeous Bulgari goodies in the luxurious bathroom.

As part of your prize, you and your new husband will also get the chance to snorkel among the kaleidoscope of sea life in the resort’s shallow lagoon (cue turtles, stingrays and colourful brain coral).

But that’s not all: you’ll be treated to a relaxing 50-minute Balinese massage for two at the sublime Hideaway Spa. Here, the emphasis is on pampering the natural way, with Natura Bissé products and a soon-to-be introduced organic German range Dorissima. But be careful: you could easily lose a whole day here.

When the sun goes down, you’ve got free rein to sample the delicious cuisine at any of the fabulous restaurants, including the exotic Indian fare at the overwater Samsara, the open-deck Matheefaru – a buffet restaurant with a daily changing menu – and the heavenly beach-front Meeru Grill, which does excellent wood-fired pizzas when lobster and fillet steak gets too much. Our favourite? The Blue Heron, a new buzzing beach club where you can feast on sashimi and oysters at the ‘raw bar’ to a soundtrack of DJ beats.

We can’t think of a more enticing prize – enter now for your chance to win the ultimate honeymoon!

To enter: For your chance to win, simply answer the question below correctly.

For more details on the resort, visit Only Honeymoons at www.onlyhoneymoons.com or call 020 3824 8444. Only Honeymoons is a trading name of Prestige World ATOL 10803

Prize breakdown:

– Return economy flights from London and the regions (Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow) to Malé including taxes.

– 10 nights at the Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa Hotel staying in a Deluxe Water Villa on half-board basis (breakfast and dinner included).

– Transfers to and from Malé airport via seaplane subject to arrival time. (Stopovers can be arranged in Dubai in either direction.)

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Terms and conditions: 
Entry is restricted to persons aged 21 or older and resident in the UK or Republic of Ireland who are not employees of Condé Nast Publications Limited; Only Honeymoons or Prestige World or in any way connected with the promotion. No employee, agent, subcontractor or director of Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa, nor anyone connected with the competition, nor any member of such person’s family, is eligible to enter. The organisers reserve the right to verify the eligibility to enter. One entry per household. The winner will be chosen at random from all correct entries received by 24th March 2016. All travel must be taken between 1st June 2016 and 30th May 2017, subject to availability. Blackout dates: 21st September – 10th October 2016; 6th December 2016 – 5th February 2017; and 31st March – 15th April 2017. Travel must start in the UK and the prize cannot be transferred, exchanged for cash or used against another holiday, hotel or airline. Both passengers must travel together. All extra incidentals including spa treatments, entrance fees to tourism sites, additional meals, laundry and beverages etc. must be paid for directly by the prizewinner. Transfers to and from the UK departure point, gratuities and personal expenses are not included. Prize is not valid in combination with any other offer or promotion. Travel insurance or any airport fees and taxes are not included in the prize. It is the responsibility of the individual passengers to ensure they have travel insurance cover (which is strongly recommended to guard against cancellation), valid passports and inoculations prior to their journey. Visa applications for entry into countries requiring them for certain passport-holders must be obtained prior to travel. Once the flight tickets are issued, no changes can be made to the booking and routing charges are not permitted. The editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The promotion will be governed by English Law.
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Coming Soon: Fly Fishing in the Maldives at Lily Beach Resort & Spa

Time to catch some fishes for tonights BBQ, It was a gorgeous time with friends around the most beautiful Natural islands of Maldives in Kaafu Atoll, Kaafu atoll is the most visited atoll in nation being the gate of the Maldives

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 the Maldives may be interested in the exclusive fly fishing offer that we have running for a limited time – find detailed information about the 7-day Package, incl. accommodation and Platinum All-Inclusive, below:

Flying Fish Special 

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Time to catch some fishes for tonights BBQ, It was a gorgeous time with friends around the most beautiful Natural islands of Maldives in Kaafu Atoll, Kaafu atoll is the most visited atoll in nation being the gate of the Maldives Every single bit of Maldive is romantic, Its clear sunny days, Turquoise lagoons and its warm water, White sandy beaches and its surrounding environment and natural music, Photo by Asad Ethunuge kula gandu haadha fakkaley, I felt in in Love with the day and the scene in, Can you list the colors on this Image? How do you measure love in Maldives? Can we measure love with Naalhi or Laahi?
Disclaimer: The above prices are valid at the time of publishing, and are subject to change.

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DIVE INTO the Blues of Maldives

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Imagine coming up close and personal with a majestic manta ray, performing graceful underwater ballets. Watching sea turtles graze on seagrass in the lagoon, unbothered by your presence. Even better, a whale shark gliding peacefully through the crystal water, meters away from you.

In Maldives, anything is possible. The amazing underwater world, which put the Maldives on the world travel map in the first place, is an experience not to be missed. As befits a luxury, 5-star resort, the coral reefs offer some of the Maldives’ top dive and snorkeling sites.

Dive into the beautiful underwater realm that gives you endless opportunities to lay your eyes on the 5-star coral reef metropolis, buzzing with marine life. Novice snorkellers can admire the colourful marine life from the flat surface of the Indian Ocean, be it on the well protected and easily accessible house reef or by joining one of Prodivers’ several snorkelling excursions. Divers will know that the South Ari Atoll is home to the Maldives’ best diving and the islands of Ari Atoll offers an excellent jumping-off point for trying to find everything that’s on your Maldives bucket list.

The Maldivian Experienced Divers team will be pleased to show you around their stunning office and regardless of whether you have thousands of dives under your belt or you are a beginner, you will immediately realize that what lies on your doorstep in Maldives will be difficult to surpass anywhere in the world.

One of the biggest fascinations for those seeking scuba diving or snorkeling experiences in the Maldives, is the high likelihood of observing white sharks and manta rays. The Maldivian waters, and in particular Ari Atoll is home to one of the world’s most significant stocks of whale sharks and manta rays.

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Relax in Maldives Island

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


Relax Island the Island of Maldives – It feels like the paradise to lay there on the white sandy beach, Completely carefree, Just like the birds flying above me and being the sun kissed, the waves being the soulmate of the ocean entertaining me.

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New Distribution Partnership between 360Cities & Getty Images

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We’re pleased to announce an exciting new Distribution Partnership between Getty Images and 360Cities. Participating 360Cities’ photographers will benefit from the global reach of Getty Images’ own and third party sales forces who will promote interactive 360° panoramic imagery from 360Cities as part of their regular offering to thousands of business customers around the world.
According to Hugh Pinney, Getty Images’ Vice-President of Editorial Content, “We see a significant opportunity to make the experience of 360° interactivity a natural part of engaging with online content in both the editorial and commercial markets. We want to enable media clients and their consumers to experience 360° content on a daily basis and to start to expect interactivity when engaging with current affairs. We see our partnership with 360Cities, the world’s largest collection of high-quality, interactive panoramas from thousands of the finest VR photographers from around the world, as a natural fit in realizing this opportunity.”

Getty Images is the world’s leader in visual communication. With its advanced search and image recognition technology, Getty Images serves business customers in almost 200 countries and is the first place creative and media professionals turn to discover, purchase and manage images and other digital content. Its award-winning photographers and content creators help customers produce inspiring work which appears every day in the world’s most influential newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, films, television programs, books and online media.

We will be providing more information to all 360Cities contributors in the coming days on how you can participate and benefit from our exciting new Distribution Partnership with Getty Images.

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Maldivian 360 Photographer based in Male, the capital of Maldives travel around the romantic scenes of Maldives finding the best places to visit Maldives.

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

Paradise Island
Imagine an island right in the middle of the Indian Ocean, with bright white beaches, a lagoon awash in deep blues and aquamarines, and soaring coconut palms swaying in the breeze. This is paradise – Paradise Island Resort & Spa to be precise, an uncompromising destination of luxury and comfort. A network of paved pathways winds through the lush grounds, connecting the oceanfront accommodation , gourmet dining spots , sports facilities , and an inspiring spa – each serving to make your Maldives island resort holiday whatever you’d like it to be. Treat yourself to true tropical-inspired luxury at this alluring Maldives island hotel, where unforgettable experiences await.


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Maldives Island Resort Beach & Water Villas

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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
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  • 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.

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YOUR DREAM WEDDING at Lily Beach Resort & Spa

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YOUR DREAM WEDDING
Nothing says I love you more than a dream wedding in the Maldives.

See, feel and taste the wedding spell that Lily Beach casts upon lovers: the glittering Indian Ocean reflecting in your eyes, Equatorial sunrays caressing your skin, and oodles of sweet and salty kisses… It all adds up to a one-of-a-kind celebration of your love for one another.

The Maldives is the most wished-for romantic destination in the world and saying your vows and tying the knot at Lily Beach is bound to captivate your hearts. The stunning scenery is an epitome of the beauty that endows this planet and a truly enticing place to begin your life together as Mrs. & Mr.

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Maldives Tops Favourite List for Chinese Tourists

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Maldives has topped a list of 20 island destinations most favoured by Chinese tourists, who have been the world’s No 1 cross-border visitors for the past three years, spending billions of dollars on outbound tours.

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The announcement was made at the 2015 International Islands Tourism Conference in east China’s Zhejiang Province.

Taiwan, Bali, and Thailand’s Phuket Island have also been favoured by Chinese tourists in the list, which was created after a poll by the conference’s organisation committee and after evaluation by an expert panel.

The poll began in June, drawing more than three million responses for more than 70 destinations. The poll was conducted via the committee’s website, and some other portals and microblog services.

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Chinese islands filled five spots on the list, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

China has been the world’s No 1 source of cross-border tourists since 2012, according to the World Tourism Organisation. In 2013, the organization said, Chinese outbound travelers spent a total of USD 129 billion.

 

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China’s outbound tourists made nearly 24 million trips to islands in 2014, and the number is likely to exceed 30 million this year.

China’s outbound tourism has grown dramatically in recent months despite its economy economy contacted sharply. The World Bank recently revised its projections for China’s economic growth from 7.1 per cent to 6.9 per cent.

The conference, which was held in Zhujiajian Island of Zhoushan City, was organized by China’s National Tourism Administration and the provincial government of Zhejiang province.

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Turkish Airlines to Start Flights to Maldives

Turkish Airlines to Start Flights to Maldives

Maldives Promotion House – Turkish Airlines is launching direct flights from Turkey to Maldives. It was confirmed that Turkish flag carrier will fly nonstop, 5-day-a-week service from Istanbul’s Atatürk International Airport to the Malé’s Ibrahim Nasir International Airport starting from 24th November. Flights leave Istanbul at 8:25pm and arrive at 7:10am. On the return they leave Male at 9am and arrive at 230pm. Tickets now open for reservation and prices start from USD 800 for round trip.

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Established in 1933 with a fleet of only five airplanes, Star Alliance member, Turkish Airlines is today a four star airline with a fleet of 184 aircraft (passenger and cargo) flying to 195 cities around worldwide. One of the fastest growing airline companies, Turkish Airlines has received several “Passengers Choice Awards” from the consumer ranking group, Skytrax. Based on 2011 results, Turkish Airlines has been chosen as the winner in 3 categories, “Best Airline Europe”, “Best Premium Economy Seats” for its Comfort Class seats and “Best Airline Southern Europe”. It has also received awards for its catering and holds a coveted 4-star designation, putting the airline in a small group of top quality carriers. Turkish Airlines was also given the Skytrax designation of “World’s Best Economy Class On-board Catering” in 2010, and Skyscanner’s “Best On-board Food 2011″.

 

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MALDIVES – Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Destination – World Travel Awards 2015

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Maldives with its fine white sandy beaches has been awarded as the Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Destination in the 2015 World Travel Awards which was held at the Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare.

Maldives is renowned for its white beaches all throughout the country. No beach is any shade darker than the colour we call “white”. Most of the beaches of these uniquely formed islands are fine sand beaches though you might come across coral pieces washed on the shore. This should come as no surprise as the Maldive islands are built on coral beds and have delicate eco-systems and a fragile environment.

The beaches of the Maldives have powdery white sand and clear turquoise lagoons and this fact brings many visitors to these beaches. Maldives is a one island one resort destination. One island is one resort.

Maldives consists of 1,192 coral islands grouped in a double chain of 26 atolls, along the north-south direction, spread over roughly 90,000 square kilometers, making this one of the worlds most dispersed countries.

Maldives is the lowest country in the world, with maximum and average natural ground levels of only 2.4 meters and 1.5 meters above sea level, respectively.

The enchanting beauty of these Maldivian beaches will always be a memorable experience. Tan, frolic and run under the sunny blue skies during the day and take a relaxing walk or have your party under the full moon sky. The white sandy beaches of the Maldives are breathtaking under the full moon sky. It is romantic, ethereal, silvery and full of enchantment. The different layers of the beaches of Fuvahmulah are awe-inspiring and just another story. Fuvahmulah lies right across the equator and is the only one island one atoll existing in the Maldives.

There may be wider and longer beaches all over the world but you cannot beat the Maldives for its fineness of the sand, the clear color of white, the privacy and access from your accommodation on any resort island. The Maldives beaches are the perfect choice for your tropical holiday.

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

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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.

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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’.

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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.

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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”.

 

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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!

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