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

BITB New Delhi, India – October 2016

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


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 For more information about the Festival of Colour, together with the calendar of visiting artists, visit

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* 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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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


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!


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!


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!


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

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Kanuhura Maldives - - Maldives Wedding & Honeymoon Destination Blog  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”.

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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, and part Jetset, a reflection of their success and appreciation of the finer things in life.


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The USD 42 Million design overhaul of Kanuhura, combined with the buying of the Masleggihura island, was overseen by Sun Resorts CEO David Anderson, who appointed Robert Hauck, formerly of Raffles Hotels and Resorts and Asia’s top sports and lifestyle complex, Thanyapura Phuket as General Manager to lead the resort.
“We have a uniquely sheltered location over three islands and are blessed with a heritage of repeat guests over the past 20 years,” said Mr Hauck. “We have grown up together and are now enhancing this by developing experiences for guests where they can be free, unconventional, open, stay fit and totally relax.”

“We offer everything from total escapism and tranquility on Masleggihura island to a 300-metre sea swim to Jehunuhura island, a 2.25km round island run on Kanuhura and soon to be launched Project South which will be the first martial arts academy in the Maldives led by two-time world Muay Thai champion, Irshaad Sayed.”

Guests can experience a local culinary masterclass at A Mano. A Mano, which means “touched by the hand”, is an ethos that is celebrated throughout every aspect of the island’s kitchen. All produce is free range, seasonal and mainly from small growers and producers – a celebration of traditional home cooking found on the trade routes.

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Kokaa Spa, named after the all-white local butterfly, features Marma therapy that focuses on releasing energy from 103 pressure points in your body. It was recently recognised as one of the “World’s Best Spas” in National Geographic’s Spa & Wellness Collection.

For more information on Kanuhura Maldives, visit them at

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The 5 Best Vacation Package Sites


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 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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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 pool, or indulge in a serene treatment at one of Devarana Spa’s treetop treatment pods. Gastronomes, meanwhile, are well catered for at the resort’s five award-winning restaurants and bars, including the signature Thai-inspired restaurant, Benjarong, which serves modern interpretations of classic Thai dishes in a stunning setting right over the water.
Joachim Schuette, General Manager at Dusit Thani Maldives, said: “We are delighted to receive this prestigious award for the second year running, as it truly highlights our continuous commitment to enhancing our resort and creating even more memorable experiences for our guests.”

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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 infinity pools, and three Temptation Pool Water Villas boast a 14m pool and this forms the resort’s adults-only sanctuary. These villas enjoy twin showers, private terraces incorporating a unique couples’ love nest, and a deck with steps down into the sea, perfect for enjoying the turquoise blue waters of the Indian Ocean.

The spectacular range of eight restaurants and five bars includes a sophisticated take on a bustling night market; guests can head to East Market where they can enjoy flavours from Vietnam, Thailand and Sichuan among others. Umami promises fine dining from the open sushi kitchen, teppanyaki and robata counters as well as the Maldives’ largest selection of sakés and Japanese whiskies. Allegria, Senses and MIXE satisfy international palates with Mediterranean to Maldivian specialities and the new Beach Rouge introduces fresh beach-club dining experience to the island. Visit for more information.

The LUX* Me spa and its overwater treatment villas set the tone for a Zen-inspired reboot of its own. The facility incorporates a traditional Chinese teahouse, a dedicated zone for brand new skin and body care experiences and an extended lagoon-view relaxation area. For those in search of the ultimate personalised spa experience, try the once-in-a-lifetime 10 hands massage. A Zen wellness pavilion accommodate a wide range of alternative wellbeing activities including yoga, meditation, pilates, tai chi and qigong, all of which are overseen by an expert wellness concierge. LUX* Me is all about a tailored approach to your wellbeing, whether it be spa, fitness, yoga, meditation, nutrition or a unique combination tailored especially to your needs.

Graced by one of Maldives’ most spectacular lagoon of crystal-clear waters, LUX* South Ari Atoll offers the finest choice of water sports of any Maldives’ five-star resort. LUX* was the first to offer flyboarding and hoverboarding and once again introduced the Maldives’ first: jet-surfboarding. No wonder the resort is referenced as #ThePlacetoBeMaldives.

LUX* South Ari Atoll promises a lighter, brighter, more enlightening holiday experience. Stay tuned for events worth travelling around the world for as Beach Rouge, the East Market, and even a sandbank hosting music and culinary celebrations. Where else can guests dance to a DJ with their toes dipped in the warm ocean or taste the best of South-East Asia in a suspended over-the-water night market?

Paul Jones, CEO of LUX* Resorts & Hotels confides: “The focus around the creation of a new LUX* South Ari Atoll has been as much about the transformation of the property as it has been about the enhancement of the guests’ experiences. For this, our team has worked effortlessly on enriching the moments that matters, and we have created new and exciting Reasons To Go LUX*. I am convinced that places you remember are the ones that inspire you; those that have a soul and caring people. LUX* South Ari Atoll has this magical mix.”

LUX* South Ari Atoll will of course include all of LUX*’s popular features and Reasons To Go LUX* including a LUX* Me Spa, a dive centre with a property marine biologist, a Café LUX*, ICI ice-creams, a gym, a kids’ club, organic gardens, a Tree of Wishes and an outdoor Cinema Paradiso to name a few.

On top of that, the opening of this new resort was the perfect opportunity for the brand to present a series of more Reasons To Go LUX*. Stay at a conventional resort, and before long you know where everything is. That doesn’t happen at LUX*. Spontaneity and surprises are in our DNA with the new Reasons To Go LUX* making a debut at LUX* South Ari Atoll this month.

  • LUX* Photo Fanatics — LUX* means light, and so it is also in spirit, so it should come as little surprise that LUX* is a brand that loves the art of photography. Introducing Photo Fanatics, a unique image-capturing experience that will help guests seeking to create and capture the moments that matter, using a smartphone or a traditional camera or SLR.


  •  Junkart Studio & Gallery — Many regret the lack of time during their everyday lives to learn a new skill or revive a forgotten hobby.
    LUX*  believes that a vacation can be the perfect time to explore something new or revisit old skills and passions. Guests at LUX* are invited  to have fun making one-off artworks and sustainable souvenirs from upcycled materials.


  • Wanderlust Library — Make up for that last-minute pre-holiday book buy at the airport or magazine selection limited by how much your hand luggage can take. LUX* understands the desire to try new things, especially on holiday. To encourage this LUX* has curated the ultimate collection of books and magazines, to be enjoyed in a cocooned air-conditioned place which will stimulate your travel senses and expand your horizons.


  • Master Chef — The joy of cooking and the fun of the whole family getting involved is unrivalled. Cook with a professional chef and take home some new tricks.


The remodelling of LUX* South Ari Atoll doesn’t just mean a contemporary, characterful new look; guests can also expect a remarkable and insightful cultural calendar. Entirely new for the Maldives, LUX* South Ari Atoll hosts short expert-led workshops throughout the year, with leading practitioners from diverse, creative and inspiring walks of life. It’s always a privilege to spend time with inspiring individuals who are happy to share their unique wisdom and skills.

The brand vision is to offer our guests different luxury hospitality experience; helping people celebrate life, by making each moment matter. In this context, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy themselves with a series of workshops which could reveal innate talents, hidden talents.

The workshops are as varied as they are numerous. There are painting lessons with Jeannine Platz, a motivation workshop with Ron Kaufman, food art with Samantha Lee and photography with world-renowned travel photographer Michel Freeman. For the ones looking for some healthy and fitness options, this has also been taken care of with masterclasses from fitness guru Anna Victoria, and also the opportunity to explore underwater with the freediving world record holder William Winram. For more information,

What makes LUX* South Ari Atoll so special is its spirit, team members, and entirely different approach to helping you have the best-ever holiday. LUX* promises a journey for the senses, where – in true LUX* style – you can expect the unexpected.


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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 heaven that will whip up your already fabulous holiday at Lily Beach to one that’s seasoned to perfection!


With the clock ticking faster in the Maldives, you may wish to consider pre-booking some of our guests’ favourite dining experiences:

Fine dining special dinner
Romantic candlelight dinner with a personal chef

Teppanyaki dinner



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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 mouth is opened and the vacuum effect sucks in any prey nearby.
So why are we Leafing and Branching Out? Well our little team has spread out to Soneva Jani resort and future posts will mix between the two resorts as we continue to explore and protect the marine life at our islands!
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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 the community at large. With over 350 hand-selected local photographers from around the world, she assures that the experience is more like “strolling with a fun, local friend” than hiring a professional photographer.

Would you consider hiring a Flytographer on your next vacation? Search photographers by city here. With  more then 320 Photographers around the globe, On every place you would holiday around the world, 
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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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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.



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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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 all began with a chance meeting in Colombo between George Corbin, an Italian travel agent, and Ahmed Naseem, then a junior with the Maldives Embassy who later became Foreign Minister. At the time, Corbin was seeking pristine islands where he could bring Italians to swim and hunt fish. For Corbin, the idyllic Maldives archipelago was love at first sight. Upon his first visit to Malé, with Naseem by cargo ship in 1971, he immediately vowed to return with more guests.

Corbin brought the Maldives’ first tourists, mainly journalists and photographers, in February 1972. They stayed in humble lodging in three houses in Malé, looked after by M U Maniku and his friends, including Hussain Afeef, who is currently the successful owner/operator of several resorts. Perfect for swimming, sunbathing, fishing, the Maldives enchanted them. Corbin promised to bring more tourists if Maniku, Naseem and Afeef could find them somewhere to stay. Kurumba was born.

Kurumba – The Original

Inspired by their enthusiasm, Maniku and Afeef linked up with the leaseholder of Vihamanaafushi, then an uninhabited island coconut plantation. They chose the island for its proximity to the airstrip and the capital. Access to the island was only by sailing dhoni or open boat with outboard motor. There was no jetty (although one was later built using coconut trunks as pillars). After arriving by boat on the beach, guests had to wade through the surf to reach the resort.

An agriculture officer, M U Maniku spent his time after work, finishing each day at 1.30pm to develop Vihamanaafushi. With financial help from Corbin and his own resources, Maniku and his young Maldivian friends managed to build 30 rooms in blocks of three, using coral stone for walls, coconut timber, and palm thatch for roofs. Each room had a brackish water shower and toilet, basic furniture, and access to the beach. Meals were taken in a canteen or as barbecues on the beach.

They called the resort Kurumba Village, after the Dhivehi word for coconut, Kurumba. Afeef became the manager. The resort opened on Tuesday 3 October 1972 and remained fully booked for the rest of the year, an augury of its success ever since.

“We knew nothing about tourism,” said Maniku. “It was tourists who helped us build the industry here. We listened to them and gave them what they wanted. Luckily for us, they wanted simplicity in natural surroundings and that was what we had to offer and all we could afford.”


Kurumba – A Lasting Success

From its humble origins accommodating only 60 guests a month, Kurumba has since graduated to 14,000. From a handful of founding friends, to a staff of 450. Several have stayed for over 20 years. “In the beginning,” said Maniku, “we didn’t know what to cook for these tourists from overseas, or how to deal with them. I had a recipe book in English which I translated into Dhivehi so the boys could understand, I was cook, gardener and room boy. We had to do everything ourselves.”

Kurumba expanded to accommodate more people after the airport was extended to take long-haul flights. Like an authentic tropical village, but with the comforts of home. Fresh water, air-conditioning and restaurants with international offerings. In 2003, Kurumba underwent a complete transformation yet again, to meet the demands of the 21st century. The result was a world-class resort with 180 rooms, including the Royal Residence, Presidential Suites, Pool Villas, Family Villas and beach and garden superior rooms.

A process of natural growth, and of proud perseverance, led by heartfelt service over the years. Kurumba has matured into the Grand Hotel of the Maldives, setting the benchmark for hospitality in the region, and in the tropics at large.

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Vibrant new resort set to lead Maldives scene back to a glamorous future from Summer 2016


Having revolutionised the ‘typical Maldives resort’ concept with this year’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 Summer 2016.  Bringing a timeless sense of style to the pristine lagoons and rich waters of the Maldives’ Baa Atoll, Finolhu will be a refined, retro-inspired island paradise for the fun-loving beach-erati, and an unexpected revival of the halcyon days of the classic chic getaway.

Located in the UNESCO world biosphere that is the Baa Atoll (just 30 minutes in a speedboat from sister resort Amilla Fushi) Finolhu is the ultimate island experience for chic couples, fun-loving families and gatherings of friends alike.  Over water or on the beach, as one or two bedroom with or without pool,  there are seven villa types to choose from – all eclectically furnished with design classics and firm favourites, from iconic Marshall speakers to the famous blue bottles of organic skin and body products by the UK’s very own Neal’s Yard Remedies.

Collaborating once again with Island Restaurateur Luke Mangan, Finolhu is home to the kind of laid-back yet elegant dining options you would expect from this world-renowned chef.   An island outpost of Salt Grill, Luke’s signature restaurant in Singapore, is all about modern Australian food; the Fish & Crab Shack is a relaxed, quirky nod to traditional seaside food stalls; Baa Bar and Dining offers the beautiful simplicity of bold flavours done well, served under the stars and accompanied by a world class wine library; whilst Kanusan showcases the clean, innovative flavour combinations of Asian cuisine.

Centred around a happening hub of pastel-coloured beach huts, Finolhu’s The Cove is a chilled out retro revival area where music and movement is medicinal and glamorous mid-century style reigns. Stripping the spa concept back to the simple truths of wellness, movement and sound therapy, The Cove offers a calm, unintimidating haven in which to drop and anchor and just relax. Eight chandelier-lit treatment ‘Divans’ – each celebrating an iconic beauty of the 50s and 60s – are complimented by a fitness centre, yoga pavilion and outdoor ‘jungle gym’. The island’s natural environment is the inspiration for fitness activities at The Cove, from capoeira and paddle boarding to ballet and kickboxing, while the facilities will also include a relaxation area overlooking the beach, steam/sauna, wellness areas, salon and retail pavilion.

Finolhu’s Marine HUB is home to a variety of water sports and the dive centre, as well as the Oceaneers Club for tots to teens – with activities specially created to suit the kids who are on island, rather than a proscribed menu.  From sports and games, cooking classes and crafts, and activities in and on the water, Finolhu kids won’t be bored – meaning parents can confidently check out of childcare for a few hours.

But for that dreamy, go-slow beach vibe, simply while away the days at the Baa Baa Beach Club, lazing and grazing on finger food, beers or cocktails from the Baa Bar and getting to know your fellow islanders.

Welcome back to the future of travel!

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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 and diving with top scuba diving fins.

Maldives AtollThe 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 endless labyrinths of the atolls is almost limitless, and divers of all different experience levels and interests will find their perfect match here.

House Reef Diving in the Maldives

 Almost every island owns a house reef that can be accessed from entry points across the beach, inviting every level of diver for easy diving in the Maldives or swimming with the best full face snorkeling mask and fins for snorkeling, at any time.

Even a quick dip on a shallow house reef will encapsulate just how rich the underwater world of the Maldives is; graceful moray eels hiding in small caves, colorful box-fishes roaming over the coral and schools of fish passing in front of the deep blue of the ocean.

In some locations it’s considered almost a daily experience to encounter napoleons, turtles, stingrays and white tip reef sharks. Even the majestic manta ray or whale shark can be met here by lucky divers.

Inside the Atolls: Thila, Giri and Faru

 In addition to the house reefs, every dive school in the Maldives offers boat trips to the beautiful dive sites of the atolls that can’t be reached on shore dives. Using a Dhoni – the typical boat found in the Maldives, you’ll often visit one or several sites across the surrounding coral reefs.

Thila, Giri and Faru are three different examples of reef structures, and divers can usually find sites that offer gentle, calm conditions suitable for beginners, as well as more advanced areas which are more exposed to currents.

  • Maldives AtollsThila – this is an underwater pinnacle which is completely submerged, these can often be small enough to circumnavigate the entire area during a single dive. Thilas are often exposed to stronger currents and so are covered with wonderful soft corals and sea fans; usually, the most fish can be found at the point where the current hits the reef.
  • Giri – similar to a Thila but the main difference is that the top of these coral patches often extend near to the surface, or may even be exposed during low tides. Most of the time, a Giri has very little current, making them a great location for beginner divers and night diving.
  • Faru – a small atoll with reefs extending above the surface, often in a horseshoe shape. Although these are usually only of interest for divers in areas where the current is stronger, the shallow depths of Farus make them popular for snorkelling trips.

Diving the Outer Reefs and Kandus of the Maldives

In addition to exploring the inner atoll sites, most divers will often plan a trip to visit the outer reefs and Kandus of the Maldives.

Maldives Whale SharkThe outer walls of the atolls often descend to great depths and are unprotected against the stronger currents. Only the hardiest coral species survive here, so divers won’t usually find many reef fish. However, these exposed dive sites are the perfect location to encounter big pelagic visitors such as sharks, manta rays, eagle rays and whale sharks.

A treat for experienced divers are Kandus: channels that connect the outside ocean to the inner atoll, creating a natural passageway for the water to flow through and ideal conditions for drift dives. The entrance points to Kandus have strong currents and nutrient-rich waters, attracting the big hunters. Grey sharks and eagle rays congregate alongside barracuda and jack fishes, whilst the hunting tuna is a unique spectacle to witness.

It is this rich variety of dive sites that makes the Maldives a truly unique destination for scuba divers.

Find out more about this incredible paradise and book your trip with a PADI Dive Center or Resort today!


Tchristian-hubohis article is a translation of this article written by guest blogger, Christian Hubo. A PADI diving instructor, Christian has enjoyed over 4,000 dives whilst travelling around the world. Above the surface, he’s hiked thousands of kilometers across the natural world. Christian is a freelance web and media designer, underwater photographer, social media and marketing consultant and freelance author. His magazine articles and blog, Feel4Nature, inspires people to follow an independent, individual and eco-conscious lifestyle.

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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 Baros Maldives. To be rated so highly for Romance, Luxury and Service is a compliment to the dedication of the Baros Maldives team to ensure every guest enjoys staying with us.”
Baros Maldives is an award-winning island designed for romance with 75 villas secluded in lush tropical gardens by the beach or over the lagoon in a setting of intimate privacy. Many of the villas have their own plunge pools and there is an overwater infinity swimming pool with a sun
deck. There are three gourmet restaurants and two bars, as well as sandbank dining exclusively for couples. This romantic resort, ringed by a living reef, is only 25 minutes by speedboat from the Maldives International Airport.

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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 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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Indian Ocean Winners 2016


Indian Ocean

Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline Air Seychelles
Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline – Business Class Air Seychelles
Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline – Economy Class Air Seychelles
Indian Ocean’s Leading Airport Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Airport Lounge Air Mauritius: Mauritius International Airport The Amédée Maingard Lounge
Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Destination Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Resort Andilana Beach Resort, Madagascar
Indian Ocean’s Leading Boutique Hotel Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel, Mauritius
Indian Ocean’s Leading Boutique Hotel Brand LUX* Resorts & Hotels
Indian Ocean’s Leading Cabin Crew Air Seychelles
Indian Ocean’s Leading Car Rental Company Europcar
Indian Ocean’s Leading Cruise Destination Seychelles
Indian Ocean’s Leading Cruise Line Royal Caribbean International
Indian Ocean’s Leading Cruise Port Port Victoria, Seychelles
Indian Ocean’s Leading Culinary Hotel LUX* Belle Mare, Mauritius
Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Dive Destination Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Dive Resort Constance Moofushi, Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Family Resort The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Green Resort Constance Ephélia, Seychelles
Indian Ocean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel Brand Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel Residences Four Seasons Resort Seychelles
Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel Suite Royal Island Suite @ JA Manafaru, Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Leisure Hotel Hulhule Island Hotel, Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Resort Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius
Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator OV Holidays
Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Water Villa Ocean Pavillion @ PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi, Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading MICE Hotel Kurumba Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading New Resort aaaVeee Nature’s Paradise, Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Private Island Resort Constance Tsarabanjina Resort Madagascar
Indian Ocean’s Leading Resort One&Only Le Saint Géran, Mauritius
Indian Ocean’s Leading Seaplane Operator Trans Maldivian Airways
Indian Ocean’s Leading Spa Resort Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa
Indian Ocean’s Leading Tourist Board Seychelles Tourism Board
Indian Ocean’s Leading Travel Agency Vermillion International Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Villa Resort Raffles Praslin, Seychelles
Indian Ocean’s Most Romantic Resort Baros Maldives




Madagascar’s Leading Hotel Hotel Carlton Madagascar
Madagascar’s Leading Resort Andilana Beach Resort




Maldives’ Leading All-Inclusive Resort Lily Beach Resort & Spa
Maldives’ Leading Boutique Resort Baros Maldives
Maldives’ Leading Family Resort The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives
Maldives’ Leading Green Resort Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa
Maldives’ Leading Hotel Suite Royal Island Suite @ JA Manafaru
Maldives’ Leading Leisure Hotel Brand Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas
Maldives’ Leading Luxury Hotel Villa Baros Residence @ Baros Maldives
Maldives’ Leading Luxury Resort Anantara Dhigu Resort Maldives
Maldives’ Leading Luxury Tour Operator Get Into Maldives Travels
Maldives’ Leading Resort Kurumba Maldives
Maldives’ Leading Spa Resort Jumeirah Vittaveli
Maldives’ Leading Travel Agency Vermillion International Maldives
Maldives’ Leading Villa Resort Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
Maldives’ Leading Water Villa Resort Conrad Maldives Rangali Island




Mauritius’ Leading Boutique Hotel Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel
Mauritius’ Leading Conference Hotel Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa
Mauritius’ Leading Destination Management Company Mautourco
Mauritius’ Leading Family Resort LUX* Belle Mare
Mauritius’ Leading Green Resort Constance Le Prince Maurice
Mauritius’ Leading Hotel One&Only Le Saint Géran
Mauritius’ Leading Hotel Residences Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita
Mauritius’ Leading Hotel Suite Royal Suite @ Royal Palm Mauritius
Mauritius’ Leading Luxury Hotel Villa Princely Villa @ Constance Le Prince Maurice
Mauritius’ Leading Luxury Resort Constance Le Prince Maurice
Mauritius’ Leading Resort Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa
Mauritius’ Leading Spa Resort Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa
Mauritius’ Leading Travel Agency Concorde Mauritius


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Reunion Island’s Leading Hotel LUX* Saint Gilles




Seychelles’ Leading Boutique Hotel Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa
Seychelles’ Leading Conference Hotel Eden Bleu Hotel
Seychelles’ Leading Family Resort Constance Ephélia
Seychelles’ Leading Green Resort Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa
Seychelles’ Leading Hotel Constance Lémuria Seychelles
Seychelles’ Leading Hotel Suite Two Bedroom Presidential Villa @ Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa
Seychelles’ Leading Luxury Hotel Villa Owners Signature Villa @ Enchanted Island Resort
Seychelles’ Leading Resort Four Seasons Resort Seychelles
Seychelles’ Leading Spa Resort Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa
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Maldives becomes fourth island state to ratify Paris climate deal


Environment minister says new research on potential sea level rise makes approval of UN pact vital for vulnerable low-lying countries


By Ed King

The Maldives has become the fourth small island state to announce it has ratified the Paris climate agreement, two weeks before an official UN signing ceremony in New York.

Parliament voted to approve the pact on Tuesday, which commits countries to limit global warming to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels, and target net zero carbon emissions before 2100.

“It is telling that some of the country’s most vulnerable to the crisis were the first to approve its ratification,” said Maldives environment minister Thoriq Ibrahim.

“We hope the rest of the world follows our example and, even more importantly, moves expeditiously to implement climate solutions.”

The decision follows those of the Marshall Islands, Fiji and Palau in recent weeks.

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Report: Maldives is trashing climate legacy, says ousted president 

For the Paris deal to come into force, 55 countries covering 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions need to sign and formally approve the agreement.1

The US, India and China have signalled their intention to complete these two tasks by the close of 2016, while the EU – the world’s fourth largest emitter – has committed to sign on 22 April.

Last week an influential Malaysian think tank called on developing countries to hold off from signing this year, arguing they could gain more political leverage from richer nations.

But in a statement Ibrahim said recent reports that sea level rise could accelerate over this century underlined the need for all governments to decarbonise their economies.

“The unsettling news about sea level rise shows the wisdom of that argument and underscores the desperate need to dramatically cut emissions immediately,” he said.

“Ratification is just the start. Bold action must quickly follow.”


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