Little bit about Villingili Golf Course

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The Villingili Golf Course is nestled on seven and a half hectares of land at the southern end of Villingili Island, where spectacular sights await you. Designed as a fun, recreational golf course for  aficionados and beginners alike, it was developed while keeping the island’s natural beauty untouched. A diversity of palms and exotic flora highlight views of the ocean and turquoise lagoon. Players and guests will delight in exploring a scenic walking path and secluded, intimate beach coves on the bordering shores.


Southern end of Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa
Addu Atoll, Republic of Maldives

Design and Management
• Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Land Size
• 7.5 Hectares

The Course
• 1,111 yards
• 9 Holes, Par 3 and Par 4

• Club House
• Pro Shop
• Shoe and equipment rental

• The golf course is exclusive to guests of Shangri-La’s villingili Resort and Spa
• Green fees and equipment rental are complimentary for all in-house guests

Beckhams in Maldives on Christmas break

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Former Manchester United and Real Madrid star David Beckham is blowing GBP250,000 with his family on a Christmas break in Maldives. He, wife Victoria and their four kids will spend 11 nights at the luxury One&Only Reethi Rah resort in the Maldives, according UK’s The Sun. The Beckhams suite is the priciest available, costing GBP8,600 a night. But they have booked three more, each costing GBP3,700 a night, taking the room bill alone to GBP217,000, The Sun said.
Dinner in the swish restaurant will cost at least another GBP150 each per night.
The resort boasts “swirling vitality pools, crystal steam rooms, saunas and stimulating ice fountains”.
The Sun further quoted a source who said, “It’s the best resort in the Maldives and they are staying in the most expensive rooms.”
The Beckhams flew to the Maldives from Britain on Saturday, then took a private plane to the resort.

The New Conrad Concierge App­—Personal luxury at your fingertips.

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Hilton Worldwide has launched Conrad Concierge, dubbed the first  service-enabled technology to be completely integrated with hotel management systems across a brand’s portfolio.

Conrad Concierge invites travellers to customise the details of a hotel stay before, during and after each visit from a smartphone or tablet across more than 20 Conrad hotels and resorts, including Conrad Maldives Rangali Island.

“Conrad guests represent a new generation of global travellers for whom life, business and pleasure seamlessly interact,” said John Vanderslice, global head of luxury and lifestyle brands at Hilton Worldwide.

Whether choosing from three lines of bath amenities, a preferred pillow from the pillow menu, or pre-ordering dinner through room service, Conrad Concierge has been designed to deliver on the brand’s promise of the “Luxury of Being Yourself”.

“Conrad Concierge allows for this interaction by putting the control in the hands of our guests. Whether it’s scheduling a wake-up call while you’re at a business dinner or booking a relaxing spa treatment, this new app offering allows for a seamless and intuitive experience,” added Vanderslice.

A recent survey of consumers released by Conrad showed that nearly 75% of consumers use a smartphone, tablet or computer when booking elements of their travel.

According to the survey, 77% of travellers value service when selecting a hotel. Moreover, nearly 70% of US travellers prefer hotels that can customise their experience to reflect their personal desires and anticipate their needs.

“When it comes to hotels, younger, more affluent travellers don’t necessarily want to interact with the concierge,” said global travel expert and author Claire Newell.

With a few clicks, users can manage a range of services including room service, transportation, local attractions, spa appointments, housekeeping requests, wake-up calls and more.

The technology is available in 13 languages and is designed for Apple®[1] and AndroidTM[2] operating systems.

Dusit Thani Maldives listed in Top Ten Hot New Hotels of 2012

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Dusit Thani Maldives has been named as one of the Top Ten Hot New Hotels of 2012 by the acclaimed travel review site TripAdvisor. Dusit International’s latest opening was named alongside hotels in Spain, Canada and Vietnam.

Located on Mudhdhoo Island in Baa Atoll, Dusit Thani Maldives is 35-minutes by seaplane from the capital Malé. Blending Maldivian architecture with Thai artistry, the 100-villa resort features Dusit’s signature Devarana Spa, uniquely elevated above a grove of coconut palm trees. The resort’s centrepiece is the expansive infinity swimming pool, the largest in the Maldives, a full 750 square metres designed around an ancient banyan tree. Dusit Thani Maldives is an ideal haven to explore the marine biodiversity of Baa Atoll, the first UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in the country.

One of Dusit Thani Maldives’ guests told TripAdvisor “recently opened…it’s a wonderful place to go and escape the world…” according to their new release.

Surrounded by a vibrant 360-degree coral reef and turquoise lagoon, this island property features pearl white sandy beaches and a rich landscape of verdant vegetation.  Dusit Thani Maldives is considered a landmark addition to this fast expanding brand.

Six Senses Laamu Welcomes Michelin Star Celebrity Chef to The Maldives

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Limited Signature Dinners and Cooking Class in January 2013
Six Senses Home Office – Bangkok, 8 November 2012
Guests of Six Senses Laamu will have the opportunity to experience the exceptional cuisine of Danish Chef Thomas Rode Andersen, in January 2013. Since joining Copenhagen’s Kong Hans Kælder Restaurant as Head Chef and Managing Director, the renowned establishment has been awarded a much-prized Michelin Star.

During his visit to Six Senses Laamu, Chef Andersen is planning just two Signature Dinners – 05 and 10 January, plus a personal cooking class on 09 January.

The dinners will be hosted in the resort’s LEAF Restaurant. Guests wander through flourishing gardens and across a gently swaying bridge to reach this beautiful restaurant, perched atop the organic gardens and with ocean panoramas as a bonus. Many of the ingredients used in the restaurant are from these organic gardens, and line-caught from the Maldivian waters.

Originally hailing from Denmark’s Southern Jutland, Chef Andersen joined Kong Hans Kælder restaurant in 1996. It is set in one of the city’s oldest medieval buildings, which was converted to a restaurant in 1975. The glorious structure hosts a restaurant without pretention, where Danes enjoy the dining experience in a relaxed atmosphere. This natural and intimate feeling runs parallel to that of Six Senses Laamu.
As a multi-award winning chef and author of several books about gastronomy, Chef Andersen also recently turned to television, where he has hosted a series with more than 200 episodes over the past two years. Included in this was a culinary discovery expedition of Mauritius.

Just prior to his visit to the Maldives, inspired by his passion for a healthy lifestyle and personal fitness, he opens a paleo food concept outlet in Copenhagen. The concept is also being introduced to the Kong Hans Kælder restaurant, which will elevate paleo dishes to the realm of fine dining.

Six Senses Laamu sits in splendid isolation as the only resort in the Maldives southern atoll. Powder white sand and turquoise water encircle the beautiful tropical island. Luxurious, sustainably-created villas sit on the beach or stilted above the lagoon.

From Male International Airport (MLE), it is a 50-minute flight over the Maldives archipelago to Kadhdhoo, then transfer to a resort boat for the 15-minute trip to Six Senses Laamu.

The Signature Dinners at Six Senses Laamu are realistically priced at US$120 per person. The Cooking Class at just US$130. These prices are subject to local tax and service.
For further press information, please contact Benjawan Sudhikam (Ms) Director of Public Relations & Communications: Tel: +662 631 9777
Editor’s Notes:Six Senses Resorts & Spas is a management and development company, which manages resorts under the brand names Six Senses and Evason, plus Six Senses Spas

Six Senses: Attention to detail and a focus on the reality of the destination together with modern architecture provides generous personal space and presents an uncompromised standard of luxury. Six Senses offers individual style with a unique and diverse design personality, and a strong senses of community.

Six Senses Spas: A key element of all Six Senses properties, Six Senses Spas offer a wide range of holistic wellness, rejuvenation and beauty treatments administered under the guidance of expert therapists. Six Senses Spas are also hosted by prestigious hotels and resorts in many other locations.

Evason introduces a collection of unique resorts that follow the Six Senses philosophy of uncompromised responsibility to the environment and to the community. Family friendly, these properties also present a strong value focus while offering a vast array of guest services, personal attention and facilities.

Maldives is one of the best places to invest: Crescendas Group

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Singapore's Crescendas Group has insisted that despite the current political turmoil, Maldives has a safe and secure environment for foreign investors.

Crescendas group is currently developing a resort in Addu Atoll Hankede.
“Before we came to Maldives we heard disconcerting stories about Maldives. But when we came to Maldives we found that there were problems. There are no concerns. We are also thinking to invest here for the long term. That is because we have strong confidence. Otherwise we wouldn't have brought our funds to invest it here,” Crescendas group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Lawrence Leo said.
Lawrence said there are numerous sectors that can be invested in Maldives.
“There is huge investment potential here. We have met many from both the private sector and government. We have received great support from everyone. Most important thing to be noted is everyone we met gave very positive responses. This shows that Maldives is one of the best places to invest,” he added.

Niyama Maldives Named Best New Sensation at Tatler Travel Awards 2012

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Per AQUUM announced that its newest property NIYAMA Maldives won Best New Sensation at the Tatler Travel Awards held at the Ritz Hotel, London on 26th November 2012.
The prestigious Tatler Travel Awards are held in extremely high esteem and this year’s awards were no exception with the magazine’s new Travel Editor Francisca Kellett taking the stand to honor the award winners. An expert panel made up of Tatler’s editorial team select the winners, each hotel has been visited by Tatler and is chosen from the 101 hotels featured in the annual travel guide. To be awarded Best New Sensation the property must have recently opened and feature something inspiring and new to the world of travel. Tatler editors cite NIYAMA as: “Fresh, surprising and unexpected, this is the Maldives with a clear-cut twist. It is catch-your-breath stunning.” Previous award winners of the Best New Sensation include Viceroy Anguilla, Devi Ratn and La Residence South Africa.
Brian Gardiner, General Manager of NIYAMA was at the event to collect the award and commented; “As part of the Per AQUUM difference we wanted to create an iconic property that stands out not only in the Maldives, but globally and brings an element of stimulation and fun to the destination. This award is a direct reflection of this achievement. I am very proud to be part of such a visionary team that dares to be different at every turn and it is an absolute honor to receive this award on behalf of NIYAMA and Per AQUUM.”

Neil Palmer, CEO of Per AQUUM was also thrilled with the award; “To have Per AQUUM’s newest addition be named Best New Sensation is a fantastic achievement. A tribute and thanks to our NIYAMA owners, Dr. Ibrahim and Sanjay Maniku and our very dedicated teams both at NIYAMA and Per AQUUM.”
NIYAMA is the newest addition to Per AQUUM’s award winning portfolio. It brings an edgy, modern twist to the traditional Maldivian escape by balancing tranquillity with a sense of discovery, stimulation and fun. NIYAMA is home to the world’s first underwater music club, Subsix that was recently launched by global superstars Tinie Tempah and DJ Poet Name Life.
NIYAMA offers 86 Studios and Pavilions, with both beach and over water options available. LIME Spa is open both day and night and offers the perfect tropical oasis to relax and rejuvenate. The culinary experience at NIYAMA goes beyond guests’ wildest imagination, from Tribal the modern day campsite experience to Edge which plays on the theme of molecular gastronomy to the Deli where guests can grab and go during their Maldivian adventure.

Maldives Local Travel Agents Welcome Government’s Decision to Terminate GMR Contract of Male’ Intern

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Saturday, 01 December 2012
Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) remains committed to their members and building a sub-segment within the tourism industry that caters to the local travel agents’ needs. Today local travel agents play a vital role in the development of Maldivian Tourism as a whole.
In the recent past, MATATO has been in dialogue with GMR Malé International Airport to discuss its concerns on GMR’s engaging in various commercial activities that might bring adverse effects on local travel agents.
The association also remains concerned with the increased prices of Tourist Counters, airline office spaces and other related services and facilities at the Airport. The current rents of the counters have been pushed up approximately by double from the previous ones.
Moreover, GMR’s getting into the business of ground handling of commercial aircrafts as well as private jets, thus narrowing down the chances for local agents to go ahead with this business, remains of great concern to MATATO. Recently they saw GMR take over majority of the retail businesses at the airport duty free thus adding to this concern.
MATATO believes an airport shouldn’t operate basing solely on commercial interests simply because the major share of Maldivian economy depends on tourism. Therefore the Airport Authorities should subsidise the charges on its services and facilities and encourage more airlines to fly to the Maldives thus attracting more tourists to Maldives.
Given the highly business oriented stance that GMR has tried to impose on local businesses, Government affiliated companies and the general public, MATATO welcomes the decision of the Government of Maldives to terminate the contract it has had with GMR. MATATO does not believe that the decision of Government of Maldives will adversely affect bilateral relation between India and Maldives and other international relations it has been enjoying over the years.
MATATO believes this decision will have no impact on current tourist arrivals or lead to any delays or disruptions at the Male’ International Airport.
MATATO also takes this opportunity to call upon the Government to offer special rates at the airport for local agents, incentive schemes for airlines and agents.

What the Maldives Doesn’t Need Right Now

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The Maldivian government’s sudden decision to cancel a contract awarded to a consortium in 2010 to run the capital’s airport and build a new passenger terminal is unlikely to hit the crucial tourism business, vacation operators say.

But it raises a bigger question about how the country, known for its high-end, ocean-atoll vacations, can meet the needs of a booming tourist industry.

The cancelation of the airport contract, which was won by a consortium of India’s GMR Infrastructure Ltd and Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad for $511 million through a global bidding process, is part of larger turmoil that has gripped the country since February. Back then, the government of president Mohamed Nasheed was overthrown in what Mr. Nasheed claims was a coup, paving way for Mohammed Waheed Hassan Manik to take charge of the country.

The new regime has given seven days to the consortium to hand over airport operations to the government though GMR Thursday challenged the cancelation in a Singapore court.

The contract cancelation comes at a time when the tourism season is at its peak, though Maldives’ resorts and tour business executives said they don’t expect any impact on tourist inflows for now.

“GMR is a professionally-run company and they will ensure that operations happen smoothly. In any case, the air traffic control activities have always been handled by the government, so we don’t expect much disruptions,” said Abdullah Ghiyaz Riyaz, managing director of Inner Maldives Holidays.

Mr. Riyaz said airlines have been calling him to ask whether flights could be disrupted. “I assured them there’s nothing to worry about for now,” he added, saying that he’s keeping his “fingers crossed” that no problems occur at a time when most hotels in the island nation are booked to the hilt.

Maldives, a country of around 400,000 people, is dependent on tourism for its economy and employment. The country’s hundreds of tiny islands have world-class resorts that draw wealthy tourists from the around the world, with the biggest markets being China and Europe. Tourist arrivals have jumped 63% since 2000 to 931,333 in 2011.

Most tourists never spend time in Male, the capital, but take short flights or boat rides to remote islands. But Male airport is the sole gateway to the country.

“A good airport is an essential part of the tourist experience, so, yes, we do need improvements in Male airport,” said Mohamed Khaleel, president of Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators.

He said improvements had started taking place over the last 18 months after the GMR-led consortium took over.

Mohamed Riyaz, managing director of tour operators LetsGo Maldives, said the airport contract cancelation may be a dampener for foreign investments in the country.

“The entire infrastructure of Maldives needs improvement and investment. It’s not just airport, but also our roads that need investments to be improved,” he said. “When tourists come in they expect the infrastructure to be on par with what they see in countries like India, for instance.”

Foreign investors and tourists already had a scare in Maldives, when February’s change in government shattered the peace of the pristine islands. Tourists have kept coming, with government statistics showing a 3.9% jump in tourist numbers for January to September compared to a year earlier. But the former foreign minister of the Maldives said the airport deal cancelation could prove terrible for the investment climate.

“This termination is absolutely lunacy and won’t give any confidence to foreign investors. Maldives is a small country which really needs investment from a friendly country like India,” said Ahmed Naseem in an interview.

The government, however, has said it’s not worried about GMR’s exit. “There has been no major developments in the airport in the last three years, except for some cosmetic changes. GMR didn’t bring in any investments either. Their plan was to develop the airport by collecting fees from passengers and other levies charged on the airport,” said Masood Imad, spokesman for President Waheed.

Mr. Imad said that GMR didn’t bring any technical expertise to the operations, relying on Maldives staff and systems to run the airport, as was being done before.

He said the Maldives state-run airports authority would take over operations from GMR, but didn’t say whether the government would seek fresh bids for the Male airport’s operation and expansion.

Arun Bhagat, spokesman for GMR, said the consortium had paid an up-front fee of $78 million for the rights to build and operate Male airport while it also raised funds on its own and through issuing debt.

“Airport development charges are collected at every major global airport. We had proposed to the government two weeks back that GMR was willing to waive off any fees on domestic passengers and charge a flat $28 on overseas tourists. The government never responded to our offer,” he said.

Mr. Bhagat added that both GMR Infrastructure and Malaysia Airports had significant experience in running airports globally and were bringing a lot of that experience to develop Male airport.
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Local Attractions at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

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Relax on miles of glorious beaches around Conrad Maldives Resort Rangali Island and beyond, take boat trips to spot dolphins and sharks, explore desert islands by speedboat or shop in local island villages.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is a tropical paradise resort surrounded by a lagoon, coral reef, breathtaking ocean views and miles of glorious soft white sandy beaches. Ask our helpful staff for information on the fabulous activities to be enjoyed by everyone in and around this unique and memorable Rangali Island resort. Choose from lazing on the beach, playing tennis by swaying palm trees, swimming in the two infinite view pools or shopping in the resort’s three piazza boutiques.

Consider visiting some of Male’s main attractions including the National Museum, Male fish and local markets and Friday Mosque (Huskuru Miskiiy). Our Tour Desk will help you find out about exciting boat trips and excursions available from the resort to the numerous picturesque small islands in the area just waiting to be explored. Take a trip on the resort’s speedboat, snorkeling or island hopping. Enjoy a romantic picnic lunch on a stunning desert island. Shop for souvenirs in local island villages and visit local mosques. Stroll round the exotic gardens on nearby Mandhoo Island and savor the taste of fresh tropical fruits and coconut milk. Take a sunset cruise on a dhoni, the traditional local sailing boat, or book a luxury sunset trip on the resort’s liner, Rehendi, serving champagne and canapés. Or spend a relaxing day with the family by soaking up the sun on the nearby Veligandu Island Beach and Sun Island Beach.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is a luxury paradise resort where our Guest Service Agents and Tour Desk are always on hand to help guests build personalized experiences like private dining events and tailor-made excursions to make their time at our resort unique and memorable.

Ask for advice about activities and excursions in and around this amazing resort and they will be delighted to assist.

Watersports Center & Diving Center
  • Water Sports at the Watersports Center
    Activities available at the fully equipped Watersports Center include catamaran sailing, windsurfing and canoeing, wakeboarding, knee boarding and water cycling.
  • Diving at the Dive Center
    The Dive Center, managed by Sub-Aqua, has multilingual instructors and offers PADI and SSI courses. Certified instructors can also take your little ones for a safe and wonderful diving experience. Children must be at least five years old. Daily trips for divers are run to a multitude of sites. A favorite dive site of the Maldives is Manta Point, only 10 minutes away, and there are many other beautiful dive sites to choose from which showcase the diversity of the amazing aquatic life in the South Ari Atoll.

Indoor Activities at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
  • Bodu Beru Demonstration
    'Bodu Beru' means 'big drums' in the Maldivian language of Dhivehi. Come and see the powerful drumming, singing and dancing performance by our team members.

Outdoor Activities at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
  • Visit Manta Point
    Our Rangali Island resort is delighted to have two manta rays "resident" all year round in our lagoon. During the manta season between the months of Dec-March manta rays inhabit the nearby reef just a 10 minute boat ride from the resort and guests can observe them by diving or snorkeling.
  • Discover Snorkeling
    Anyone who has yet to experience snorkelling and does not want to pass up a great opportunity to discover the underwater world should not miss this excursion.
  • Snorkeling Hopping
    A trip on the resort speedboat to the best snorkelling sites on the nearby coral reefs.
  • Snorkeling Safari
    Visit some of the most recommended snorkelling sites where you may see turtles, sharks and possibly a manta ray.
  • Sunrise Snorkeling Hopping
    A very special trip. Head off by speedboat in the early morning and visit the open-water reefs of South Ari Atoll before experiencing the three best snorkelling venues, each with its own special characteristics: turtles, manta rays, coral and schools of colourful tropical fish.
  • Sunrise Dhoni Snorkeling
    The perfect trip for all snorkelling fanatics which uncovers the other side of life on the reef. The excursion departs Rangali on a dhoni when the first rays of light are touching the crystal clear water of the lagoon.
  • Dream Island Trip
    This excursion follows in the footsteps of Robinson Crusoe with a visit to a nearby deserted island to enjoy a stroll along pristine white beaches or a snorkel among the myriad of fish on the reef, surfacing only for the picnic lunch prepared especially for you.
  • Picnic on Deserted Island
    Spend half a day on our private island, relax on the beach, swim and work up an appetite for a luxury picnic lunch served in the shade of a palm tree.
  • Island Hopping
    This full-day trip is perfect for anyone wishing to discover the Maldives, hoping from one island to another by speedboat. The first stop is on a local village island for sightseeing, the second on a stunning deserted island where we will set up a picnic lunch, and then on the third island, a nearby resort, a choice of more snorkelling or just relaxation awaits.
  • Fishing Village
    Visit a local fishing village for a glimpse of the Maldivian way of life. See the Mosque, the open-air children's primary school and the boat yard with fishing dhonies (local boats).
  • Mandhoo Trip
    Mandhoo is a local island close to the resort. Tour the village and then explore the resort's gardens, where trees, plants, flowers, fruits, vegetables and herbs are grown, before trying fruit and coconut milk from the island's orchards, fresh from the trees.
  • Lucky Dolphin Trip
    An excursion to spot the most amazing animals in the sea: the playful Spinner Dolphins who call the Indian Ocean their home.
  • Luxury Lucky Dolphin Cruise
    A 90-minute sunset trip on board the resort's luxury cruiser, Rehendi, to discover the dolphin, the most amazing aquatic mammal.
  • Dhoni Sunset Cruise
    Experience the ultimate romantic cruise aboard the dhoni. Leaving the island at sunset, lay back and relax on the cushioned sundeck of the boat and sip a refreshing drink.
  • Luxury Sunset Cruise
    Hop on the luxury cruiser Rehendi, leave the island late in the afternoon and enjoy the sunset while sipping champagne and nibbling canapés.
  • Fishing (Sunset or Night Fishing)
    At sunset or at night, take a dhoni boat to nearby reefs and go fishing in true Maldivian style using a hand-reel line.
  • Big Game Fishing
    Enjoy the fishing trip of a lifetime aboard our deep-sea fishing boat and fish for tuna, sailfish, wahoo, Yellow fin and Dog-fish Tuna, Giant Trevally, Blue, Black and Striped Marlin and many others. Please note that the fish listed are common but not guaranteed.
  • Private Luxury Cruises by Rehendi
    The hotel's luxury cruiser offers an exquisite blend of comfort, elegance and special features, including comfortable cabins and a large living area. The boat can be booked for trips, excursions, dolphin cruises, private diving, or simply a pleasant afternoon under the Maldivian sun or romantic sunset cruise.
  • Private Cruises by Yacht and boat charter
    Explore the Indian Ocean on the Rangali Rani, our traditional Turkish yacht with carved wooden interiors and three air-conditioned cabins, all with en-suite bathrooms. The crew navigates shimmering turquoise seas stopping only to discover deserted islands, coral reefs and dolphins. Treasure the memories of fine dining on the deck with a backdrop of iridescent sunsets and a blanket of stars. Please note other resort sailing boats are also available for hire.
  • Glass-bottomed Boat Trip
    Take a trip to experience Rangali's fabulous reefs and watch the underwater wildlife without getting your feet wet with this memorable trip on our glass-bottomed boat.
  • Whale and shark Excursions
    Don't miss the whale shark snorkeling excursions, organized every Wednesday for both divers and non-divers. Please note the day of excursion may be subject to change.

New low-cost route between Dubai and Maldives

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The Maldives is set to welcome more visitors from the Middle East following the announcement by flydubai of new flights between the Maldives and the UAE. The low-cost airline will launch the new air route on January 19 2013. Flights between Terminal Two at Dubai airport and Ibrahim Nasir International Airport in the Maldives are scheduled to operate as many as five times per week, and will be the first low-cost air links between the Maldives and the UAE.

flydubai’s CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith, said: “We are very excited about adding Male’ to our destination network.

“As the first low-cost carrier from the UAE to fly to the Maldives, we are making this island paradise even more accessible to travellers across our network. flydubai offers a low-cost model with innovation and excellent service. This proposition has proved very popular with our passengers and will undoubtedly be a draw for those looking to experience one of the world’s top holiday spots at an affordable price.”

Between 2010 and 2011, the Maldives saw an increase in tourist arrivals from the Middle East of almost 78 per cent. It is thought that part of the increase in popularity of the Maldives as a holiday destination for Emiratis is down to the recent openings of new Middle Eastern hotel chains in the Maldives, such as Jumeirah Dhevanafushi and Jumeirah Vittaveli.

flydubai flies to 50 destinations in 32 countries including 16 destinations in the Commonwealth of Independent States and central and eastern Europe, more than 20 destinations in the Middle East and nine points in the Indian Subcontinent. 

Ghaith Al Ghaith continued: “We anticipate a strong demand for flights from the GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council], in particular Kuwait, as well as markets such as Russia,CIS [Commonwealth of Independent States] and Central & Eastern Europe. Thanks to our strong presence in both these regions, passengers will be able to fly to the Maldives via our Dubai hub. This will be our first launch in 2013 and we look forward to welcoming passengers from across our network to this wonderful country.”

Flights to between Dubai and Male’ will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.  Return fares start at USD $470 inclusive of all taxes plus one piece of hand luggage weighing up to 7 kg and one small laptop bag or handbag. Checked baggage starts at AED 50 for 20 kg. For more information visit

Now, you can take a direct flight to Maldives

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Travellers from the city wanting to visit the picturesque Maldives, could now fly directly to the country.
On Friday, the Maldivian Airways flew their first direct flight to the capital Male, keeping in mind the increase in demand of tourists wanting to travel from Mumbai. “Maldives is promoting medical tourism in a big way. It has even tied up with several high-end hospitals to help their cause,” said a Maldivian tourism officer.
Located to the south-west of India, the country attracts a huge chunk of honeymooners. As per the statistics with the tourism ministry of Maldives, the number of visitors from India is increasing by 20% every year; a considerable part of which comes from Mumbai and its nearby cities.
Travelling to other cities to catch a flight to Male not only incurs an extra expenditure but is time-taking. The airport officials said the flights will fly thrice a week to and fro. The operation is being carried on the newly acquired Airbus 320.
Direct services are also being started from Chennai.
Maldives located in the Indian Ocean is the smallest nation in Asia. It has pristine water bodies, large greenery cover and high-end resorts and hotels.

Book your own private island in the Maldives

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 The islands of the Maldives are without doubt some of the most beautiful on the planet. There’s nothing quite like the vibrant blue of the Indian Ocean, the majestic white sand beaches and the array of snorkelling sites teeming with coral and diverse marine life. It’s up there on many people’s travel wish list.
Boasting some of the world’s finest luxury spa hotels, choosing a hotel in the Maldives is no easy task especially with so many in the same price category all offering captivating sunsets, indulgent spa treatments and barefoot escapism.
One such deluxe luxury hideaway is the W Maldives, with its unmistakeable urban chic design, signature white furnishings and breath-taking modern art installations. But this resort has an excursion to top all excursions – namely, a castaway private island experience directly bookable at the hotel.
Gaathafushi is the resort’s separate private island where guests can book in for the day or even overnight, sleeping under a canopy of stars in a signature W bed under a thatched roof.
The silent lagoon will feel like it’s exclusively yours to explore whilst a private chef can be booked to ensure the finest cuisine can be served to you as you take in these idyllic surroundings with a candlelit beach barbecue. You can even wake to a beautifully prepared breakfast to cap your experience in style.
Located just a short speedboat ride away from main resort – a trip to Gaathafushi is recommended to resort guests in search of that Robinson Crusoe adventure with more than a just splash of luxury.
And once your castaway experience is complete, you can return to your beach or overwater villa back at the hotel and continue to enjoy the services of this smart, sophisticated and uber-stylish resort.


Baros Maldives: Maldivian Grilled Lobster with Lemongrass and Ginger.

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1 Maldivian lobster 600 – 800 g
6 tablespoons fresh butter
1 garlic clove
1 lime
2 lemongrass stalks
30 g peeled fresh ginger
Maldon sea salt and white pepper to taste
Prepare Basting Sauce
Melt the butter in a small dish or warm in a small pan and remove from heat. Mince the garlic, ginger and lemongrass and add to the warm butter. Add one tablespoon of fresh squeezed lime juice and stir.
Using a large knife, cut the lobster in half and lay bottom side up on a cutting board. Use kitchen scissors to get all the way through the shell if you need to. Using a brush, thoroughly baste the flesh side of the tails with the butter mixture. Clean and oil the grate to prevent sticking. Using a gas grill, turn the grill to medium-high heat. For charcoal, distribute the coals so there is an even heat.
Once the grill is hot, give the lobster tails one last baste, add pinch of sea salt and pepper then place the tails flesh side down on the hot grill. Be careful of flare-ups from the dripping butter. Cook flesh side down for 6 to 8 minutes until grill marks show. Flip the lobster tails to shell side down. Baste with the butter mixture several times during the next 3 to 6 minutes until the lobster meat is firm and opaque.
Serve the grilled lobster with a fresh garden salad and lime or lemon wedges.
Enjoy the best Maldivian lobster on the deck of the Lighthouse Restaurant while watching rays and sharks passing by, and savouring a cool glass of exquisite white wine.
Bon Appetit and Shukkuryia!
Holger Joost, Executive Chef

Food and Wine Pairing Event with Matt Thomson, A Wine Maker From Saint Clair Winery Of Marlborough, New Zealand on 1 December 2012

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The Beach House at Iruveli Maldives is delighted to announce a Food and Wine Pairing Event with Matt Thomson from the Saint Clair Winery of Marlborough in New Zealand scheduled to take place on 1st December 2012 at one of our signature outlets, Saffron.

This Asian inspired restaurant is an overwater dining facility that offers its guests a la Carte and set menus during the exquisite gourmet nights under the stars. Matt Thomson studied science at the University of Otago in the late 80’s with the intention of becoming a Winemaker and has been working in the Marlborough wine industry since late 1992. Today he is a well respected winemaker and consultant with notable successes both locally and internationally over a variety of wine styles with particular strengths in Marlborough’s iconic Sauvignon Blanc. He has worked as a ‘flying winemaker’ consultant, on the behalf of UK distributors, in Italy and France since 1994, travelling to Europe three or more times a year for the vintage, blending and bottling.

Matt is currently responsible for the production of more than 1,200,000 cases of high priced New Zealand, Italian and French wine which as well as providing diverse experience, allows an international perspective on the NZ industry. Over the past 8 years Matt has been involved with 5 separate winery design and build projects and also spends considerable time in the international market place speaking and promoting the interests of both clients and the greater New Zealand wine industry as a whole.

Matt and his family have vineyard interests here in Marlborough and in Italy completing the full picture of the wine industry from the farm gate to the shop floor. He has experience in making wine in the following regions: Marlborough, Piemonte, Veneto, Friuli, Bordeaux and Languedoc-Roussillon. Matt has made wines using the following varieties: Arneis, Chardonnay, Cortese, Garganega, Gewurztraminer, Grenache Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache Noir, Merlot, Montepulciano, Nebbiolo, Pinot Noir, Syrah.
Price: $155 per person and includes food and wine.
About The Beach House at Iruveli Maldives
Situated in the northern most atoll of the Maldives Haa Alif, The Beach House at Iruveli Maldives recreates the style and charm of traditional Maldivian hospitality, while seamlessly blending Asian traditions of simplicity and elegance to its overall appeal. The resort offers a level of serenity unsurpassed in the Maldives. Sleek and contemporary, The Beach House at Iruveli Maldives offers unparalleled luxury to the discerning few.

The resort is a stunning paradise hideaway where luxurious selection meets wild natural beauty. It comprises 83 thatched illas, suites and pavilions, each with a private pool and Villa Host. Three fine dining restaurants boast a gastronomic experience rich in culinary diversity and include a unique dining opportunity in an underground wine cellar, housing one of the most extensive collections of fine vintages in the Indian Ocean. Facilities include an extensive spa, five-star PADI dive centre, 18-hole golf simulator, fitness centre, extensive kids’ club and three swimming pools.

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Kurumba Maldives Releases Their 2012 and 2013 Festive Season Programme.

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 Kurumba Maldives has prepared a comprehensive Festive Season program for its guests to celebrate and to welcome 2013 highlighting enriching and interesting experiences.

The program has many unique activities such as cooking master classes, heart of house tours and cocktail mixology classes. For children, treasure hunts, kids karaoke and many other activities will be available. We have also heard that Santa will be making his entrance in a rather aerial way. In terms of the cooking classes, organised is a famous Maldivian Lady completing a traditional Maldivian master class that will be hosted and enjoyed over lunch.

One of the resorts Chef d Cuisines who has been with Kurumba for over 20 years, Chef Dinesh from Southern India will be conducting Indian cooking master class. Hosted by the ever popular Indian Restaurant Manager Fernando, this lunch we will ensure a rather festive and social event.

Executive Chef Ralf will be preparing a rustic Italian master class where guest will assist in making fresh pasta and other traditional dishes in La Cucina. Accompanied with a Tuscan bianco or two, this will be a nice way to learn about Italian food and to meet likeminded friends. On Christmas Eve, a sumptuous seafood buffet and live cooking station dinner in Ocean Grill will be served and accompanied with live entertainment.

On new year’s eve, the event will be a Scarlet Evening Banquet to celebrate Kurumba’s 40th Ruby anniversary. The evening will start with manager’s cocktails, followed by an array of entertainment including fire dancers, live bands, local Maldivian Bodu Beru and DJ Paidai to dance the night away. In terms of dress, think glamorous with lots of white and a touch of Ruby.

Orthodox Christmas will be served in Ocean Grill with a focus on fresh seafood’s and entertainment in the Beach Bar by Maldives most popular band, Defnote. Kurumba Maldives is celebrating the success of 2012 and will bring in 2013 in style.
Kurumba has made available the festive season program on

Kurumba Maldives Resort introduces a new room category, Garden Pool Villas

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Kurumba Maldives has added a new room category to its wonderful rooms on offer, the Garden Pool Villas. Originally, the rooms were named Family Villas with Jacuzzis. After an extensive work program which included lifting the roofs and ceilings, removal of the Jacuzzi, extending the outdoor bathroom space, installing a plunge pool, outdoor decking, pool and outdoor furniture, the Villas have been transformed.  
The rooms are retrofitted with new furniture, fabrics and artworks.
A series of additional thoughtful touches will include an I-home docking station, freshly ground coffee and espresso coffee machine, flat screen television and DVD player, beach bags, beach slippers and the Maldives largest beach towel.
Kurumba Maldives General Manger, Jason Kruse expressed that these rooms will be ideal for families and guest who are seeking a pool villa experience with personal privacy. The room category will be an essential part of the Kurumba Pool Villas Collection, a concept being currently evolved.
The rooms being offered under the Kurumba Pool Villa Collection, benefits with daily premium breakfast in Ocean Grill featuring free flow champagne, freshly squeezed juices, selection of mineral waters and an a la carte menu set beachside.

Kurumba Maldives Refurbished The Beach Bar

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Kurumba Maldives is embarking on a revitalization of its cocktail lounge and entertainment venue, the Beach Bar. The Beach Bar has evolved into a fusion of contemporary and classic Maldives.
The refreshed Beach Bar maintains traditional high wooden ceilings, wooden floors and external wooden decks combined with contemporary indoor and outdoor lounges, ottomans, pods and day beds. The external glass walls and doors have been removed and replaced with clear rolling blinds to allow more airflow and improve the views of the Indian Ocean and the adjacent beach.
By popular requests, the outdoor area of the Beach Bar has been redeveloped, allowing for an all new outdoor lounge areas and day beds surrounded by well-lit trees, offering a cozy and romantic feel. Guests can enjoy the beautiful starry skies of the Maldives; take in the cool breeze of the Indian Ocean while enjoying a mix of modern and classic cocktails, served by their attentive and friendly staff.
The Beach Bar is most popular with guests due to its diversity of nightly entertainment. Three different Bands play at Kurumba with their own range and style of music. One night per week is the Maldivian Bodu Beru dance and drums which encourages guest participation. Other nights, there is an open air DJ party, weekly guest cocktails, wine tastings and a jazz evening.
The Bar Manager, Upul Hettiarachchi has specially developed a delicious cocktail list suiting the tropics with themed bellini’s, martinis, mojitos, caprihinas, long drinks, classics and alcohol free versions. A perfect way to refresh after relaxing days under the sun or taking part in one of the many recreational activities that Kurumba has to offer.
The Beach Bar is one of three bars and nine restaurants on Kurumba Maldives. The other bars are the Sand Bar on the sunset end of the Island, Rendezvous for Karaoke, dance nights and live sports. The other restaurants include La Cucina serving Italian, Al Qasr a Middle Eastern Restaurant, Ming Court offering Chinese Cuisine, Kurumba Mahal serving Southern Indian, Hamakaze serving Japanese Tapan-yaki, Ocean Grill services Asian and Maldivian fusion, Kurumba Café services worldwide classics, Vihamana serving an international buffet and Room Service offering 24 hour in Villa dining. This makes Kurumba the ideal Maldivian Island for guest who likes to have a large choice of dining, beverages and entertainment experiences.
About Kurumba Maldives
Kurumba Maldives is set on a tropical island in the North Male’ Atoll, conveniently situated a brief 10 minute speed boat ride from the airport. Dotted with coconut trees that are the island’s namesake, Kurumba was the first private island resort in the Maldives. Beautiful gardens, palm fringed white sandy beaches and a vibrant house reef are the hallmarks of this classic Maldivian resort.
The resort offers an array of eight styles of accommodation, ranging from comfortable Superior rooms to the spacious Royal Residence, spread amongst the island’s lush tropical gardens with easy access to the beach. With eight different restaurants to choose from Kurumba Maldives will charm you with its unparallel choice of dining experience and a wide range of recreation activities and entertainment. All while maintaining idyllic refuges and quiet spaces of relaxation to create the perfect balance for a holiday in paradise, perfect for honeymooners and family alike.

Naladhu - a Timeless Moment in the Maldives

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Located in the aquatic setting of the Maldives, one of the world’s most celebrated tropical havens, Naladhu, Maldives offers a unique lifestyle to those who appreciate the sophistication and charm of times past.

Coupling the ingenious talents of Maldivian architect Mohammed Shafeeq and Thai-based interior designer Julian Coombs, Naladhu has captured the elegant aesthetics of a slightly colonial era, with hints of Sri Lankan regality in its design. However, the resort also proffers every modern convenience imaginable to the luxury traveller.

Naladhu means “pretty little island”, and each of the exclusive 19 ocean houses - each named after a Maldivian plant - has been designed to make every guest’s wish become reality. Situated on a private island ringed by coral gardens and vibrant marine life, where the stunning turquoise tones of the Indian Ocean are complemented by the exotic scent of nearby palm trees, Naladhu promises an unrivalled experience to those who savour the finer aspects of life.

Each elite dwelling is a colossal 300 square meters in size and punctuated by a lofty white-gabled roof, expansive glass panelled doors and generous living, dining and bedroom spaces. With a commitment to perfecting every detail, Naladhu fuses modern facilities with a sense of the nostalgia. White-washed timber wall panels juxtapose the zesty Indian motifs and colours of the house upholstery. Antique furnishings, such as an early 20th century writer’s desk and the decorous bar cabinet conjure up images of a romantic, bygone age.

Yet while the historic elements are intrinsic to Naladhu’s atmosphere, each detail of the Naladhu house has been conceived to serve every guest’s whim. A personal plunge pool, landscaped garden and vast teak sundeck make for an exotic experience within the privacy of the enclosure.

Bungalows each have a voluminous terrazzo bath tub with free-formed edges as well as an open-faced shower which allows for a view from within but remains hidden to anyone outside the house enclosure. Glass tiles gleam within the outdoor pool, inviting each guest to dive into its cool depths. Occupants can sit in the fragrant air at the private Sala and feast on the fruits of the gods whilst admiring the spectacular view.

Each Naladhu house contains an espresso machine, a fridge stocked with delicacies such as foie gras and vintage cheese and a wine cellar pre-stocked according to personal preferences. Wireless technology is available in every room and the audio equipment comprises of the best and latest Bose products. Disguised artfully at the foot of the bed is an expansive flat screen TV.

As highlighted within the resort’s features, the objective of Naladhu is to provide and pamper guests with unsurpassed quality and service. The personalized, “House Master” professional butler service ensures that every desire is met. It could involve an active outdoor itinerary, with adventures around the spectacular landscape of the Maldives, or an experience defined by the luxurious facilities available within the house confines.

Guests have the choice of dining under an open canopy of stars in their house Sala, or in the comfort of the Living Room restaurant. Otherwise, Naladhu has many unique dining options aimed at indulging romanticists. Meals can be served aboard a local dhoni (Maldivian boat) or perhaps on the Wave Breaker dining platform hovering over the ocean.

Every guest’s wish is Naladhu’s desire. Guests are invited to relish in the moments of their holiday and pander to all their senses. They can pamper out stresses with an exclusive in-house spa treatment or feast their eyes in the underwater colours of the Maldives with the aid of the resort’s PADI dive team.

Naladhu is a celebration of living. Every person’s life is the essence of their imagination and Naladhu provides the canvass and colour palette to those who wish to make their holiday picture perfect.

For reservations please telephone +960 664-4100 or email:
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Ms. Marion Walsh
Brand Public Relations Director
Tel: + 66 (0) 2877 5803 Ext. 28 Fax: + 66 (0) 2877 7497
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Royal Island Resort & Spa wins Indian Ocean's Luxury Romantic Hotel 2012

Loading Maldives Offers.... Royal Island Resort & Spa  has been awarded as Luxury Romantic Hotel  in the Indian Ocean at the World Luxury Hotel and Spa Awards 2012 ; the pinnacle of achievement for Luxury Hotels & Spas worldwide, which was celebrated in a glamorous extravaganza in Malaysia on October 13th, 2012.

During the extravagant ceremony held in Pan Pacific Kuala Lumpur International Airport Hotel, some of the world’s most sought after hotels, resorts and private islands triumphed in winning the world’s most prestigious honors for luxury hotels at the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2012. To be recognized as one at the World Luxury Hotel Awards was truly a thrilling moment for Royal Island Resort & Spa Set in the secluded island of Horubadhoo in the Baa Atoll, Royal Island Resort & Spa is just 118 km northwest of Ibrahim Nasir International Airport.

Royal Island features luxury beach villas and suites with magnificent views of the Indian Ocean. With two world-class restaurants, three vibrant bars and lounges, combined with the lavish treatments of Araamu Spa, nothing could beat the romance-thick atmosphere at Royal Island Resort & Spa.

Royal Island offers the utmost in romance whether it’s a honeymoon, wedding anniversary, getaway with your soul mate or your dream wedding. Royal Weddings offer the perfect romantic package from preparations, rituals to photography. Making new vows, commitments and memories may not commemorate the years of togetherness, but can be a very romantic way to celebrate and re-kindle the love, respect and devotion for one another.

Our devotion to create an everlasting experience for our guests will continue to foster in service excellence. At Royal Island Resort & Spa; memories of sweet love is cherished forever.

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Visit to Malé – the capital Maldives

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Visit to the small but busy capital is a must as it allows a glimpse into Maldivian urban life which is very different from the lifestyles in the resorts or the other inhabited islands. 

The Islamic Centre is not only the most famous architectural landmark in Malé, but also houses one of the biggest and finest mosques in the Southeast Asian region. The grand mosque that accommodates more than 5,000 worshippers; its golden dome and minaret are standouts that can be seen before reaching the shores of Malé and the ornate woodcarvings and Arabic calligraphy inside are magnificent tributes to the talents of Maldivians.

Visit to the small but busy capital is a must as it allows a glimpse into Maldivian urban life which is very different from the lifestyles in the resorts or the other inhabited islands.

The Hukuru Miskiy (Friday Mosque) built in 1656 is another fascinating monument that is an essential stop on any tour of Malé. All the walls in the mosque are built with coral stones intricately carved with Arabic calligraphy and ornamental patterns; the roof, window frames and doors made of different kinds of wood such as teak, sandalwood and redwood. This mosque also displays breathtakingly beautiful coral carvings and expert lacquerwork done by Maldivians. There are also a number of ancient tombstones erected in memory of past sultans, heroes and nobles, in the mosques compound.

Medhu Ziyaaraiy is the shrine of Abu-al Barakath Yusuf al Barbaree – the Moroccan scholar believed to be responsible for the advent of Islam in the Maldives in 1153 AD; and is also a must-see monument.

Mulee-aage next to the Medhu Ziyaaraiy was originally built by Sultan Shamsudheen III for his son just before the First World War. The building was declared a government property when the sultan and his were banished in May 1936. Since then it has been used as an office complex by subsequent governments and when the country became a republic in 1953, Mulee-aage became the Presidential Palace. The present government also used it as such until the current Presidential Palace was completed in 1994.

Fish Market - Shopping Complex

Grand Mosque & Artificial Beach

City from top and Market

Old Hukuru Miskiy and Male

Activities and Experiences at Jumeirah Dhevanafushi

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Situated in a unique position surrounded by some of the rarest, largest, and most beautiful corals in the world, 10 kilometres from the nearest island, Jumeirah Dhevanafushi is home to unique underwater wonders which are an absolute must-see during your stay. The waters that surround the island offer incredible adventure. Our PADI certified Best Dives dive and water sports centre provide a wide array of courses and expeditions. 

Please do speak to our professionals on your preferences; we’ll help select an activity that’s right for you – be it cruising down the calm waters on a kayak, finding the best spots to discover the coral gardens, or enjoying a sunset fishing trip.
Below is a selection of experiences for you to choose from and enjoy during your stay with us. For more information or to book prior to arrival, please contact:

Overwater Gymnasium
Stay fit with the latest state-of-the-art equipment in our overwater gymnasium, with panoramic views to inspire. Or take a private or group yoga class on the deck of the Talise Spa with our trained professionals. (Yoga class subject to availability).

Snorkelling with your Butler

Allow your personal butler to show you the best snorkelling on the island, with a private expedition. The coral gardens you’ll uncover will truly amaze. Look out for turtles, reef sharks, dolphins and the most incredible fish both big and small, all in the house reef that surrounds the island.

Talise Spa

Delight in holistic pampering at the overwater Talise Spa. Rebalance and refresh your mind, body and soul with a selection of tailor-made and signature rituals, all using 100% organic ingredients to facilitate the flow of healing energy.

Unique Dining Experiences

Our dining options spread far beyond the realm of the three unique restaurants, to offer unique experiences; dine on your own private stretch of beach, on a deserted island, or in the privacy of your own suite as your personal team of chefs prepare incredible courses to please your individual palate. The romantic sunken dug experience is delightful, as you sit on tables and chairs made from the sand, and stimulate your senses with the freshest meats and seafood. Or get a elevated view of the ocean from the privacy of ‘the bird’s nest’ at Mumayaz.

Watch the Sunset

Watch our glorious sunsets from the main pool, with a signature sundowner from our Khibar

Prestigious Valmont Spa at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

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Constance Halaveli Resort deserved another exceptional Spa on top of Spa de Constance and Ila products... hence the Valmont Spa was born.

Already well established as the ultimate luxury holiday get-away, Constance Halaveli is now set to position itself as an elite spa destination.

At Halaveli we have teamed up with Valmont, the exclusive Swiss skincare experts, to join the revered V35 – Valmont’s Prestige Spa Club.

From May, guests at Halaveli can indulge in the very latest cellular cosmetics and treatments from Valmont’s Magician of Time range.

Among the renowned Valmont treatments, our spa menu offers an exclusive treatment specifically created by the Swiss house - the Valmont After Diving Treatment. Devoted to restoring the skin and caring for the hair after diving, this 45-minute treatment features alternating hydrating masks and modelage massages to relieve congestion, while pampering the contour of the eye with a collagen mask.

Our spa is situated on stilts above the Indian Ocean, with wonderful views from each of the 10 cabins. Our other spa treatments at Halaveli use the very popular Spa de Constance and Ila organic products.

Staying at Halaveli is an escape into a thrillingly beautiful world. With gourmet delights, spectacular scuba diving and now a world-class spa, Halaveli is firmly placed as one of the world’s most desirable luxury resorts.

Wedding at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

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A wedding at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is magical and unforgettable. Every wedding package starts with a spa treatment for the bride and groom at the Spa Retreat lasting between 30 -60 minutes with a choice of treatments including facials, full body or back massage, eye and lip treatments.

Ceremonies include a hammock of love (according to the location of villa), three-tier cake, bottle of chilled sparkling wine, celebrant to conduct the service, framed color certificate, decoration of altar and restaurant and your choice of music from a CD player. One CD-R of Photoshop-enhanced digital pictures of the ceremony (approximately 60 pictures) and one DVD video, NTSC or PAL system lasting approximately 20 minutes are provided.

After the ceremony the bride and groom will be treated to a bottle of sparkling wine and a private sunset cruise on a romantic dhoni. A private dinner is provided on the beach (subject to weather conditions) or in the Vilu Restaurant or Sunset Grill Restaurantwith a four course menu and glass of champagne and may include lobster. A personalised wedding menu and moonstone story and stone for the bride are also given to the wedding couple.

After the wedding ceremony a range of in-villa features are presented to the bride and groom and depending on the choice of wedding ceremony can include special newly-wed bed turn-down, congratulations card, yukata (two pieces), cotton or silk sarong, incense burner and sticks and in-villa champagne breakfast for the day after the ceremony.

Weddings and Honeymoons at Jumeirah Vittaveli Maldives Luxury Island

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A mesmerising start to your fairy-tale day, Jumeirah Vittaveli is the ultimate destination for tropical weddings and honeymoons set in immeasurable paradise.

Spacious villas and suites provide unmatched views of the Indian Ocean, known for its magnificently clear waters. Miles of white sand, blue skies, verdant gardens and foliage complete this idyllic backdrop of untainted beauty.

Honeymoons to cherish at Jumeirah Vittaveli

At Jumeirah Vittaveli, find your perfect blend of spectacular beauty and impeccable choice. Located a short 20 minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport, this resort paradise has everything to make your perfect honeymoon desires come true.

The beach villas are complete with a private swimming pools, outdoor rain showers and bath, private beach access, sala day beds, and understated service against a backdrop of incredible ocean views. A wide selection of dining options awaits you from our overwater Mediterranean restaurant to a beach BBQ under the starry Maldivian skies. And if you prefer dining in seclusion, our team of award-winning chefs will prepare a sumptuous feast to be enjoyed in your villa or on the beach.

Book your honeymoon now, inclusive of the following benefits:

  • 4 course candlelit dinner on the beach with a bottle of Champagne on an evening of your choice
  • One hour couples signature massage at Talise Spa during your stay
  • Champagne breakfast in your villa on one morning of your choice (advance reservation required)
  • A romantic bath per stay prepared by Talise Spa
  • Celebratory cake
  • Late checkout**
  • Complimentary return speed boat transfers (minimum stay four nights)

**Subject to availability.

Your Wedding at Jumeirah Vittaveli

The memories of your wedding day will last a lifetime. Jumeirah Vittaveli is here to ensure they are perfect. Against a backdrop of the mesmerising, unspoiled, Indian Ocean, wedding options await you that will surpass all expectations.

Capture these incredibly beautiful surroundings with our professional photographer, while our sumptuous menus andour dedicated wedding coordinator will make certain your special day is luxurious, effortless and truly unforgettable.

Our wedding package include the following services:

  • Pre-wedding meeting with our wedding coordinator
  • A dedicated area for the wedding ceremony, tastefully decorated with floral arrangements
  • One manicure and pedicure for the bride during your stay
  • A ‘Master of Ceremony’
  • Bodhu Beru drummers for the ceremony
  • Celebratory cake
  • 4 course candle lit dinner on the beach with a bottle of champagne
  • One hour couples signature massage at Talise Spa per stay
  • One Romantic bath per stay prepared by Talise Spa
  • Champagne breakfast in your villa for the morning after
  • 100 professional digital photographs on CD
  • Wedding certificate & wedding bouquet
  • Return speed boat transfers (minimum 4 nights stay)
  • Late checkout**

**Subject to availability.

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A Maldives beach wedding in December for Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor!

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The Saifeena marriage seems to be becoming the most overrated news in the Bollywood grapevine lately. However, laying the speculation to rest, Saif Ali Khan has finally confirmed that he will be tying the knot with Kareena Kapoor in December in Maldives.

And this time the news has come directly from the horse-mouth, Saif Ali Khan, who is basking in the joy of “Cocktail” success has confirmed his wedding venue and time. Khan told an Indian tabloid, “And the wedding is in Maldives...100 people...December not October!”

Khan and Kapoor have been dating for five years now but it was only around the beginning of 2012 that they officially declared that they would be tying the knot this year.

Khan’s mother, Actor Sharmila Tagore had earlier said the wedding date could be 16th October and the location would be the Pataudi Palace in Pataudi village. However, Khan surprised everyone when he denied having marked the date on his calendar.

Kapoor, who had been very open about her personal life also refused to mention a date saying it was Khan who would take the decision on the wedding date.

Amidst so much dilly-dallying by Sharmila Tagore, Khan, Kapoor and Soha Ali Khan, we aren't quite sure if this is the last we are hearing on this.