Peace Boat arrives in Maldives

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Peace Boat, on its 81st Global Voyage for Peace arrived to Maldives on 7th December 2013. With approximately 1000 passengers, Peace Boat embarked its journey from Yokohama Japan, on November 22nd, 2013 and will visit various regions of the world before returning to Japan on March 6th, 2014. This voyage marks Peace Boat’s first visit to Maldives.

Peace Boat is a Japan-based international non-governmental and non-profit organization that works to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment. Peace Boat conducts on board educational program or workshops to help educate the people onboard in advance about the regions the Boat is visiting. 

During the two day call in Maldives the passengers will explore Male’, learn about the history and culture of Maldives. Passengers also will be taking excursion trips to nearby Maldives Resorts and picnic islands to experience the true Maldivian break.

Peace Boat will depart Maldives today evening. (2013-12-08)

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Maldives wins award as best island destination in world

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The Maldives has been awarded the title of "World's Leading Island Destination" at the 2013 World Travel Awards (WTA) in Qatar, local media reported on Friday.

This is the third time the Maldives has won the prestigious travel award. The WTA is hailed as the "Oscars of the Travel Industry," Minivan News reported.

The Maldives competed against Bali in Indonesia, Barbados, Cook Islands, Crete in Greece, Jamaica, the Madeira Islands, Mauritius, the Seychelles, Sicily in Italy, St. Lucia, and Zanzibar in Tanzania this year.

Maldivian resorts also scooped a number of awards in various categories with Hulhule Island Hotel winning the World's Leading Airport Resort 2013, and Conrad Maldives Rangali Island winning the World's Leading Water Villa Resort 2013.

Baros Maldives won recognition as the World's Most Romantic Resort 2013 and World's Leading Island Villas 2013.

The Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation (MMPRC) said the awards highlight the "uniqueness" of Maldives and recognizes the Maldives as a world-class luxury destination.

Last month the Maldives reached one million tourist arrivals for the first time in a calendar year.

More than a quarter of tourists to Maldives are from China with the country being the largest source of travelers to the Indian Ocean islands.

Tourism Minister Ahmed Adheeb said the "victory had been made possible amidst boycott campaigns and other such obstacles."

The political turmoil since February 2012 had caused growth in the tourism industry to stall, but growth is expected to pick up next year.

Jumeirah Dhevanafushi Maldives sold to CDL Hospitality Trusts

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JONES Lang LaSalle's Hotels & Hospitality Group (JLL) has exchanged contracts for the sale of luxury resort, Jumeirah Dhevanafushi, in the Maldives to Singapore-based CDL Hospitality Trusts for US$59.6 million.

The sale of the prpoerty, which comprises 19 beach villas and 16 over-water villas, includes the benefit of a long-term management agreement with Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts.

It also marks CDL Hospitality Trusts’ second acquisition in the Maldives in 2013, following its purchase of the Angsana Velavaru earlier this year.

JLL senior vice president for investment sales Asia, Nihat Ercan, said: “We are delighted to announce this landmark sale, the first arm’s length third-party managed resort sale in the Maldives and the second acquisition in the country by a major regional institutional investor during 2013.

“With sound trading fundamentals and enduring strength of visitor demand, the Maldives has certainly captured the attention of the investment community across Asia and the Middle East. We are seeing significant interest and weight of capital from private investors, owner-operators, listed companies and institutional investors, and we expect this trend to continue into 2014 as further opportunities in this unique market unfold.”

Since 2012, JLL has brokered five resort transactions in the Maldives, representing over 350 rooms and more than US$330 million in transaction volume, underscoring the island destination as one of the most liquid investment markets in Asia.

Christmas Sparkles at W Maldives

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W Retreat & Spa Maldives is offering a vast choice of options this Christmas for our guests.

The magic of Christmas starts on December 21 with the lighting ceremony in the LIVING ROOM, where guests will mix together and enjoy the wonderful Christmas atmosphere while sipping on signature BRING THE BRIGHT cocktails created by Joseph Boroski, Director of Cocktail Culture.

Guests will have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas Eve while sipping champagne and admiring the Maldivian sunset. They will then taste and savor the creative Christmas buffet from KITCHEN, created by Executive Chef Severin Huerlimann, while listening to live music. For those who prefer a romantic dinner, our Executive Chef has prepared a mini a la carte menu at FISH with a starter, main, intermezzo and dessert. For more intimacy, guests will have the possibility to have dinner on one of the special corral terraces, facing the Indian Ocean.

On Christmas day, guests will savor a special Christmas course for lunch at KITCHEN and will experience a fine gourmet 6 course dinner at FISH while listening to live music.

At W Maldives, the possibilities are endless; WHATEVER/WHENEVER, just ask.

Our guests will be connected with their inner peace and will go along with the pace of island life. They will experience one of the 78 personal Retreats, either on the beachside or overwater giving them access to endless Indian Ocean views. They will succumb to the dazzling blue waters, spectacular reefs and pristine sands in style and be at one with both body and soul. AWAY® Spa at W Maldives is the ultimate sanctuary for well-being with four overwater treatment villas, each with a private outdoor area and a range of treatments designed to remove all the stresses and strains of modern day city life.

Michaelangelo L'Acqua sails to the New Year at W Maldives

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Retreat & Spa Maldives unveils its BRING THE BRIGHT New Year Eve exclusive program. All guests at the retreat are invited to join 'the yacht night' - the ultimate way to celebrate the arrival of 2014.

Resident DJ, Xeum, will open the night festivities at LIVING ROOM by setting the scene for an intoxicating night. Guests are invited to sip champagne and innovative BRING THE BRIGHT signature cocktails created by Joseph Boroski, Director of Cocktail Culture. To make sure the evening is not forgotten, a photographer will be snap photos of the celebrations.

After enjoying the innovative cocktails in the LIVING ROOM, guests will be invited to take a seat at WET Garden and indulge with New Year Eve dinner buffet prepared by our Executive Chef, Severin Huerlimann. This will be the perfect time to experience infinite festive delicacies, which will tempt anyone's palate. During the dinner, live singers & Latin dancers will perform on three stages located at the corners of the garden. Michaelangelo L'Acqua, the Global Music Director for W Hotels Worldwide, will perform on his unique yacht, where he will play vibrant beats the whole night.

A laser show will be projected on the lagoon while L'Acqua gives the countdown and spins rhythmic tunes while the guests dance the night away on the island.

After a long night out of celebration, all W jet setters will be invited to start 2014 to the hangover beach party @ WET, our swim-up pool bar. A special RECOVERY COCKTAIL will set them on the road to recovery.

W Retreat & Spa - Maldives is the elite destination for starting New Year with style.

Contact for Reservations:  00960 792 2533 or Visit https://www.AlphaMaldives.com

Baros Maldives Wins Two World Travel Awards

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Baros Maldives is delighted to have won two prestigious titles at the 20th annual World Travel Awards in Doha on 30th November 2013.

The family owned resort has once again claimed the coveted title of the “World’s Most Romantic Hotel", alongside a second award for “The World’s Leading Island Villas.” 

The awards were accepted by Joanna Koski, Marketing Manager, at the Gala Ceremony on 30 November 2013 in Doha. The World Travel Awards are regarded as the hospitality industry’s Oscars. Nominations come from members of the travel industry and those associated professionally with the travel trade, and are based on regularly conducted expert evaluations. 

Baros was selected over the leading romantic resorts in Antigua, Argentina, Bahamas, Dubai, Mauritius, Thailand and Turkey. Finalists for the Worlds’ Leading Island Villas – for which the previous winners have all been in the Pacific – came from Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Fiji Cook Islands and Polynesia.

Baros Maldives Resort – which is celebrating its 40th Anniversary on 7th December 2013 - is a small, luxurious independent resort in the Indian Ocean, just 20 minutes by speedboat from the Maldives International Airport. It consists of 75 beach and overwater villas, some with individual swimming pools, an exclusive Baros Residence, three gourmet-class restaurants, a vibrant house reef and golden sand beach encircling the island, a spa, a gym, and lush tropical gardens.

Contact Reservations: 00960 792 2533

Minor takes 50% stake in Maldives resort

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Minor International (MINT) has acquired a 50% stake in the Maldivian luxury resort, Niyama.

The new 86-room luxury resort forms part of the Per Aquum hotel brand, in which Bangkok-based Minor purchased a 50% stake earlier this year. The Niyama deal is worth US$22.5 million.

“This is now our eighth year of doing business in the Maldives and I feel as confident as ever in the potential of this country,” said William Heinecke, chairman & CEO of Minor.

“This additional investment in Niyama sees MINT strengthen its owned portfolio in the Maldives, demonstrating our commitment to the market. This investment also reinforces our clustering strategy, whereby our aim is to group hotels and restaurant outlets in each country that we operate in.”

Minor now operates six luxury hotels in the Maldives under its Anantara, Naladhu and Per Aquum brands.

Jumeirah Group appoints New Director of Sales & Marketing for Jumeirah Maldives

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Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, has appointed Katja Graf as Director of Sales and Marketing for both Jumeirah resorts in the Maldives; Jumeirah Dhevanafushi and Jumeirah Vittaveli. 
An Austrian national with 10 years’ experience in the luxury hospitality industry, Katja first joined Jumeirah in 2011 as Director of Sales for Jumeirah’s Leisure cluster group. Since 2012, she has been Director of Sales for Jumeirah Zabeel Saray; the spectacular Ottoman Empire inspired beachside resort located on the West Crescent of the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai.

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Katja held similar positions at other luxury hotels in Dubai and Austria prior to joining Jumeirah  

Katja joins the team at Jumeirah Maldives at an exciting time in their development, as both resorts continue to go from strength to strength. She will be reporting to Chris Ely, General Manager of Jumeirah Dhevanafushi, and Graham Kiy, General Manager of Jumeirah Vittaveli.  

Jumeirah Dhevanafushi is a true secret hideaway in the heart of the Indian Ocean, located in the southernmost part of the Maldives, 400 miles from the capital of Malé. Offering complete seclusion in the Gaafu Alifu Atoll, the resort boasts an award-winning spa and 38 villas, each of which features private butler service. Those looking to enjoy personalised luxury closer to Malé can opt for Jumeirah Vittaveli, just a 20-minute boat ride from Malé International Airport. Far from the clutches of stressful city life, Jumeirah Vittaveli is nestled in a spot of outstanding sophistication, with an inspiring spa and exhilarating 5 star PADI dive centre.

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Kanifushi Island Resort a Brand New Maldives Luxury Resort by Atmosphere

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 In search for a new place to relax and enjoy the warm sunny days and cool ocean waters? Look no further than Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives. This is a brand new Luxury Maldives Resort by Atmosphere, located in the remote Lhaviyani Atoll at a distance of 133km & just a 30 scenic Seaplane flight from Male International Airport. This is a five-star resort, offering 2 km of uninterrupted, white sandy beaches, an expansive turquoise lagoon, lush green vegetation and a natural coral reef. What more could a living person ask for?!

Atmosphere is an exciting, new ‟Indian Ocean resort brand‟, promoted by the renowned Maldivian resort development & research group – Eon Resorts.

There are 150 elegantly designed ‘sunset view’ villas built among coconut groves and tropical vegetation, where you can enjoy maximum privacy relax while having direct access to the unspoiled coastline. Yes, You just walk right out and there it is.. the blue ocean, just waiting for you. Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives is definitely a haven of exclusivity and extravagance.

You may opt out for one of the four different villa types being offered. Choices available? Well, there are villas with open-air bathrooms, private outdoor areas, internet access and a range of hi-tech amenities; spacious junior suites with an additional lounge area. You may opt out for interconnected family villas or pool villas with a large veranda and private pool. There’s everything you could ever wish for, whether we’re talking about couples, friends, families and honeymooners alike. [Villa Types of Atmosphere Kanifushi]

If chillin’ is more than you need in your life, leisure facilities include the Akiri Spa and the resort’s PADI licensed dive centre, giving you the opportunity to discover the island’s underwater treasures. International dining options such as specialty Asian Fusion Cuisine are guaranteed to satisfy even the most refined taste buds. You’d better decide quickly, Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives Resort since this resort is due to open in 15th December 2013.

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Greetings from Newtown Inn (feel affordable luxury)

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Newtown Inn was opened on 24th November 2013. It is a 10 room boutique style guesthouse, offering a level of service, which will make our guests feel that they are staying in a 5 star hotel (feel affordable luxury).

Newtown Inn is located in the developing town of Hulhumale, which is just 10 minutes by car or bus from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport.
Newtown Inn offers luxury and affordable accommodation plus the freedom to live like a local and experience the real taste of Indian food served in an Indian style boutique restaurant (Bombay Dharubaar) on the ground floor of the guesthouse.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to add Newtown Inn to your property portfolio but before doing so invite you to experience ‘affordable luxury’ for yourself by inviting you to meet with us and discover what we can offer your clients.

Please contact me in order to arrange a convenient time and date.

We look forward to welcoming you to Newtown Inn and we hope that we can have a mutual prosperous business partnership.

Kind Regards

Hussain Afeef
Frontdesk Officer

NEWTOWN INN
HULHUMALE 23000
REP OF MALDIVES
TELE: +960 3358696 FAX: +960 3358697
EMAIL: info@newtowninn.com
WEB: www.newtowninn.com
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/MaldivesNewtowninn

Constance Halaveli Maldives, Global Winner of the Luxury Island Resort 2013

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Constance Halaveli Maldives has been awarded “Global-winner – Luxury Island Resort 2013” at the World Luxury Hotel Awards.

The World Luxury Hotel Awards stands testimony to the dedication, enthusiasm and leadership that is shown in the high demand luxury hotel industry.

The World Luxury Hotel Awards recognize and thereby maintain overall service excellence by building staff morale since success is down to the combined effort of a hotel’s entire team. Acknowledgement of committed quality customer care is important to maintain a persistant level of service. Evidence shows that a guest feel confident when booking a World Luxury Hotel award as they are voted for by both industry experts and guests.

The criteria to be successfully nominated & included in the official World Luxury Hotel Awards voting process is overall service excellence. Only hotels, lodges & resorts operating in a luxury niche market are able to participate in the World Luxury Hotel Awards. The World Luxury Hotel Awards focus only on the luxury hotel sector and do not recognize any other areas of the travel industry.

In the tradition of the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards, The World Luxury Hotel Awards are the world’s most prestigious & exclusive Awards recognizing the best facilities and service excellence the hotel industry has to offer.

The World Luxury Hotel Awards celebrate ‘legends’. By association, A winner-hotel within the World Luxury Hotel Awards, becomes part of the very rare ‘legendary hotel’ association.




A work of art in the Maldives

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New resort Cheval Blanc Randheli is asserting its cultural clout by unveiling a series of Vincent Beaurin artworks throughout its villas

It may be the smallest nation in Asia in terms of population (fewer than 400,000) and distance (less than 190 miles), but when it comes to luxury hotels, the Maldives punches well above its weight. Already more than 90 of its 1,190-odd islands are private resorts, and the coming months see more key openings. The first is Cheval Blanc Randheli, which opens in the Noonu Atoll on November 15. A 45-minute flight from Malé, the resort is reached by its own liveried Twin Otter De Haviland seaplane.

The hotel is the second to open under the auspices of the newish Cheval Blanc hospitality brand, operated by Louis Vuitton Möet Hennessy Hotel Management. The company is named after the rare and revered St Emilion premier cru, so of course all the usual attributes of a very expensive, very exclusive island paradise are in place.

Each of the villas, designed by the Belgian-born doyen of Asian-influenced hotel design Jean-Michel Gathy, has its own 41ft (12.5m) pool. Yannick Alléno, who held three Michelin stars when he oversaw the dining room at Le Meurice in Paris, was initially slated to take charge of the kitchens; his successor has yet to be named but will no doubt be of similar calibre. There are tennis courts, a golf simulator, a Guerlain spa, a yacht, a dhoni… Everything is in the best possible taste, except perhaps the pointlessly pretentious decision to call the concierges “alchemists” and the butlers “majordomes” (sic).

So far, so irresistibly lovely. But what raises the hotel above the ordinarily glorious is a substantial body of work it has commissioned from the French artist Vincent Beaurin. Asked to produce a work – a soaring copper arch – to mark the entrance to the property, as well as a series of pieces to hang one apiece in each of the 45 villas, his thoughts turned to the landscape, but the Maldives’ Islamic culture meant his creations could not be too figurative. “I found the need to avoid anything figurative challenging but also liberating,” he told me in Paris last summer at an exhibition of this body of work shortly before it was shipped east. “In Islam, they discovered abstraction in the seventh century. In the occident, we had to wait until the 20th.” The other challenge put to him was a demand that each work be visible from a distance of 91ft (28m) – the length from the door of each villa to its back wall.

His solution was to produce a series of raised rounds, 11 inches (28cm) in diameter, that protrude from the walls rather as the island rises above the ocean. Each was carved by hand from polystyrene, a material he likes because “it looks very heavy, but is light”. Then, one by one, he painted them in epoxy resin, and sifted, using a domestic sieve, a mix of ground marble and quartz sand that had been tinted an array of colours. Each shade was applied individually, and the effect is mesmerising - photographs do them no justice. Each displays a range of colours that at their simplest level recall the Maldivian landscape but at their most complex speak of Goethe’s colour theories and the spectrum that makes up light.

Beaurin, incidentally, was commissioned by the modish Parisian curator Hervé Mikaeloff, whose clients include the Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton and the Art District gallery at the Raffles-run Royal Monceau in Paris. But let’s hope Cheval Blanc keep him busy too. The first hotel of this name may have opened in Courchevel (you can’t miss it; it has a huge a mirrored horse sculpture by Bruno Peinado by its entrance) in 2006, but a further three are in development. It would be great if they were to take their art as seriously as this one has.

Rooms at Cheval Blanc Randheli start from $1,300 (£810) a night

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Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa achieves 'Silver EarthCheck' certification for second year

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One of only 6 resorts in the Maldives – and 212 resorts globally – to be certified to the internationally recognised EarthCheck company standards


Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa, located in the heart of one of the largest and deepest natural atolls in the world, has achieved Silver EarthCheck Certification for the second consecutive year – making it one of the few resorts worldwide to gain such recognition.. 

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa was the first property in the Maldives to follow the EarthCheck Planning and Design Standards during construction, which resulted in the resort becoming bronze benchmarked in 2009 by EarthCheck – the world's leading sustainable travel and tourism certification organisation. Following an extensive audit in 2012, the resort reached the programme’s coveted Silver certification, and in 2013 was recognised for a second year, firmly placing the resort as a leader in the unique worldwide group of sustainable tourism operators. Maldives Resorts

As the Hyatt Group’s first sustainable tourism development, one of the primary objectives was to ensure that the resort was planned, designed and constructed in an environmentally sensitive manner. In addition, it also required that during operation, the resort should take great care to minimise its effect on the environment, enhance the Maldivian experience and to be as energy efficient as possible – a responsibility that the resort still places as a priority today.

Following the EarthCheck assessment in 2013, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa was highly commended for our use of reusable glass bottles for drinking water, which is bottled onsite reducing plastic bottle waste by approximately 100,000 per year. EarthCheck also identified that the apparent awareness of our staff on environmental initiatives was highly commendable.

Ciara McCarten, Resident Marine Biologist and EarthCheck Coordinator commented: “We are extremely proud to be one of only 6 resorts in the Maldives to have reached this level, and are delighted that our ongoing commitment to the environment has been recognised by EarthCheck. We are aware that we have a big responsibility to continue our growth as a sustainable company, and we will therefore continue to work closely with EarthCheck to maintain and develop our environmental and social responsibility programmes.”

In April 2013, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa was recognised in the ‘Best Sustainable Hotel’ category at the Asia Pacific Hotel Awards, receiving an international 5* award for their ongoing commitment to the environment. This achievement also follows the latest Hyatt Thrive initiative, the company’s global corporate responsibility platform, which focuses on community development work in the fields of education, the environment and promoting the cultural heritage of southern Maldives.

Luxury at its best, an awesome VIDEO of Viceroy Maldives

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Couple Exchanged Underwater Wedding Vows at Centara Grand Maldives Luxury Resort

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If you are talking about scuba diving Maldives is certainly one of the best destinations in the world. A bride and groom exchanged vows 10 meters beneath the surface of Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa, Maldives on on 25th Oct 2013

The wedding of Christopher and Janet was witnessed by Ibrahim Shaan who acted as the master of ceremony, number of guests, staff members of the resort and plenty of fish.

Marriage vows were exchanged by using underwater sign language and writing on a board. “Christopher and Janet have declared their love for each other and wish to become husband and wife in the presence of beautiful underwater scenery of South Ari Atoll witnessed by the guests of Centara Maldives and countless fishes and mermaids around” wrote the master of the ceremony on a signboard.

The bride was dressed in cream sequined dress with matching veil while the groom wore a white shirt with tie and a black trouser accompanied with diving gear. The wedding spot was decorated with red setting and flowers Underwater.

The couple holidayed twice in Maldives before Christopher asked if she would marry him to be Mrs. Wright.

“Maldives is a paradise and we thought an underwater wedding would be spectacular to celebrate best moment of our life” Christopher said. “We will be dive and life buddies forever.”

The newlyweds will complete honeymoon in Maldives before flying back to England.

Congratulations to the newly wedded couple.

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World Surfaris to Manage Surf Operations at Hudhuranfushi Resort, Maldives

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Management at Hudhuranfushi Resort, Maldives have taken a welcome step to managing on island surfer numbers by appointing World Surfaris as their official surf operations manager & offering a new surfer management plan that will limit surfers permitted to a maximum of 35 during March to October season. 

The new surfer package is only available through international surf adventure company World Surfaris and their affiliate agents and promises to free up the house break 'Lohi's' from the annual abundance of visiting surfers. 

Fostering a 'less is more for everyone' attitude World Surfaris owner Shaun Levings has indicated that this is a positive step in managing surfer numbers in the North Male' atoll of the Maldives. 

"Surfer numbers visiting North Male' atoll & Hudhuranfushi Resort have considerably increased in recent years. The resulting influx has often left guests frustrated to say the least with a bad atmosphere in and out of the water. After all who'd want to travel to this dream destination and have to share the line up with an excessive crowd? The new surf management plan means less people in the water with more waves for your money and a great vibe throughout your holiday." Levings stated.

ADS Resorts Pvt Ltd, the leaseholders of Lohifushi Island now known as Adaaran 'Select' Hudhuranfushi Resort are granted private use of the house reef which includes 'Lohis left'. This is indeed quite controversial in the world of surfing however in the Maldives; the tourism laws grant most resorts a boundary for privacy reason that often includes the surf break. Surfers have flocked to the resort to surf 'Lohis for many years however on island surfer numbers have spiralled out of control and the break was fast losing its reputation as a desirable location. 

Mr Mohamed Lantra, General Manager of marketing at Adaaran Resorts was quoted the following when questioned about limiting surfing numbers. "With regard to the surf operation, the company has taken a decision to manage it well and uplift the standard of the Lohis surf break as well as the property as such, we have appointed World Surfaris to manage the surf operation. The above decision was taken after reviewing for almost 2 years and to maintain discipline among surfers. No surfers will be allowed to surf 'Free' at Lohis without a paid surf pass".

The new surfer package will limit surfers on Island to a maximum of 35. The lucky 35 surfers at the resort can also sample the other North Male' atoll jewels with guided boat trips to the 6 other breaks within 30 minutes. Right pits at Cokes or warm water J'bay at Jails, all within 20 minutes from the resort. Resident surf guides Richard & Amy Kotch are thrilled by the development. 

"Quite simply, Hudhuranfushi is the best place to be based for a surf trip in the Maldives. 'Lohis', the island left that is exclusive to Hudhuranfushi guests is one of the most consistent in the world, for 8 months of the year there is a rideable wave pretty much every day of the season. Managing surfer numbers on the island means that you can surf perfect, uncrowded waves in paradise without the hassles that we've seen developing in previous years. It's an awesome initiative by Adaaran Resorts!" Richard said.

The new surfer package will also include the addition of two new local expert guides. With four guides on the island, surfers and visitors can expect to receive the best possible service and care throughout their stay. 

With the new package only recently released spaces are wide open for the 2014 season March - October. With only 35 surfer spaces available for sale to surfers all over the world, a space in the line-up at Lohi's break will become highly sought after. 

The surf package is only available through World Surfaris and affiliate agents. So, if you're chasing uncrowded waves in the beautiful Maldives in 2014, you must act now. 

From more info on the resort: http://www.worldsurfaris.com/surf-travel/Maldives-Male-Atolls/Hudhuranfushi/Lohifushi-Island-Resort-/

Watch a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt3B2z0OZE0&list=TLl7rFUfOofzUz_l60fDHHBCQ6tLAuUP7A

Louis Vuitton an Ultra Luxury Resort in Maldives to open Nov 15

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 Luxury giant Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) will open a resort hotel in Noonu Atoll Randheli on November 15, the company has announced.

Cheval Blanc Randheli will offer 46 villas designed by Jean-Michel Gathy, an Aman architectural stalwart and the creative mind behind other properties including St. Regis Lhasa, marrying traditional Maldivian craftsmanship with modern architecture.

Neutral tones complement the villas’ open, airy interiors whilst a 12.5-meter-long private swimming pool and lagoon-side pontoons punctuate the gardens.

This announcement adds to a growing list of internationally renowned names in fashion with luxury hotels in their portfolios.

Bulgari Hotels & Resorts earlier this month announced plans to open a brand-new hotel in Shanghai in 2015, whilst the Missoni brand of hotels is planning to build more properties in Oman, Turkey, Brazil and Mauritius over the next few years.

Other hotels belonging to the LVMH group include White 1921, a boutique hotel in St Tropez, France.

White 1921 is a suites-only hotel in the French alps. It has eight suites, each with its own individual interior design by Jean-Michel Wilmotte and Cheval Blanc Courchevel.

Its Le 1947 restaurant serves traditional Alpine dishes with a contemporary twist, created by three-star Michelin chef Yannick Alleno, as well as an in-house Christian Dior boutique and a Louis Vuitton shop.



Real Men Go to the Maldives

Loading Maldives Offers.... "You're going to the Maldives? Oh wow, that sounds amazing. Take lots of books, there's nothing to do there."

This may sound like an idyllic, blissful paradise to some people. The beaches! The turquoise waters! The beaches and the turquoise waters together in one place!

But to me, it was the source of quite some concern before our Honeymoon. You see, I am a man, and we men need excitement, we are in constant need of sensual stimulation and we need our minds to be occupied. Your man may say differently, but like me he is merely being a gentlemen (that's what's expected of us, you see).

"A break on a beach with absolutely nothing to do, darling? That sounds like Heaven."

And so we duly booked a holiday on the white sands and turquoise waters of Kuramathi, an island in the Rasdhoo Atoll of the Maldives. A country that positively sells itself on nothingness.

The journey there was obviously the last hat-tip to manly, free-spirited adventure as we rolled over crashing waves through 56 kilometres of stomach-evacuating seas towards our final destination. I rode the waves majestically, like a King of the Seas. Others around me turned green and stared longingly at the horizon. That is because they are not adventurers like me, they are the type of travelers who go to the Maldives.

As we ebbed closer to our destination, it became clear to me that this was not the tiny, intimate island of Maldivian stereotype; it was long (nearly two kilometres long, fact fans) and among the towering palm trees and thick bushes, hundreds of thatched-roof villas poked their sun decks towards the coral-filled sea.

And nestled among these villas - a variety of beachside apartments (some, like ours with their own open-air jacuzzis) - are ten restaurants and six bars, all with their own unique take on the Maldivian experience.

What this means, is that it's perfectly possible to eat curry, fine slabs of steak and the freshest fish, straight from the ocean to your plate, in a different restaurant every night of the week. Curry even comes for breakfast, which is something most men only experience after a skinful of ale the night before. Things were already looking up.

And as we dumped our bags and went off to explore the island (on the dirt tracks through the trees like real adventurers, of course), it quickly became clear that there was more to this island than immediately meets the eye.

Two dive schools offer excursions throughout the day, where guests can submerge themselves inside sunken shipwrecks, follow rays across the seabed and glide over the coral below. But for those with PADI certificates the ocean becomes a mind-blowingly exciting playground, with the pick of the trips being an early morning boat ride to Hammerhead Shark Point, a spot less than 10 minutes from Kuramathi where the majestic mammals congregate 30 metres below the surface in crystal clear waters.

Even if you're not PADI certified, there's plenty to see in the lagoons immediately around the island. Within ten seconds of dunking our masks underwater, we were passed within touching distance by a Black Tipped Reef Shark - in water no more than three feet deep.

Snorkel excursions may seem like the poor man's dive trip, but in truth there's so much to see with just a snorkel and a mask that strapping on oxygen tanks seems like a waste of sunshine time.

Perhaps you're more of a sporty person, in which case you can head for the jetty to pick up a windsurfer, which will instantly make 90% of men look like weak, foolish individuals with little upper body strength and no sense of balance.

Alternatively, you could choose the glass-bottomed kayaks, which serve two rather different functions: Firstly, they allow you to stare between your legs and watch sharks and turtles getting perilously close to your crown jewels; and secondly it provides the perfect opportunity to have your first holiday argument, because your wife isn't adhering to the strict 'left, right' paddling pattern necessary to propel yourselves forward. She maintains it was my fault, I maintain that it really shouldn't matter as half an hour spent paddling in circles gave us a wonderful opportunity to see the island from all angles.

Admittedly it's all been a bit water-based so far, and there are those travelers who balk at the idea of entering the ocean (fools!), but thankfully Kuramathi has plenty to offer land-based guests as well.

The wooden, open-sided Laguna Bar - on the furthest tip of the island - feels like the sort of place Hemingway would have sipped rum and watched the world go by. But those who grab themselves a spot on the terrace get to watch a whole lot more, as each night a huge fever of stingrays - with an accompaniment of sharks - whip themselves into a frenzy at a feeding session led by a hotel staff member armed with a bucket of fish and some steel-plated gonads. Let me tell you, supping a cocktail as oceanic creatures tear each other apart in front of a glorious sunset makes you feel like a Roman Emperor and sets you right up for dinner.


After gorging yourself on food at any of the ten restaurants, which offer a plethora of world foods, there are enough bars to keep you well watered at regular intervals as you venture up the island.

A particular favourite was the Havana Club Wine & Cigar Bar, an air-conditioned, timeless pocket of sophistication set back from the ocean, where guests can glug cocktails, fine wines and a huge selection of premium spirits and puff on fine cigars under the watchful eyes of Castro and Guevara.

So I really can't do more than inform you of all these chuffing brilliant things to do on the island of Kuramathi, in the knowledge that if someone else tells you to "make sure you take a book," you can tell 'em where to go.

But if you really do insist on ignoring all of the above and lounging around on the beach all day, or by the glorious beachside infinity pool, then there's just one more thing: They have BATS. Massive, incredible, beautiful fruitbats soaring from the trees and laughing in the face of Bram Stoker's suggestion that they fizzle and die at the merest glimmer of sunlight. Even the bats are more manly here.

Seriously, what more do you want from a place? It's an adventurer's paradise, even for a bear-wrestling, globe-traversing adventurer like me.

Matt GlassDrummer, cyclist, writer and PR. Not necessarily in that order
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Dusit Thani Maldives makes its mark at TTG Travel Awards

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Mr. Chanin Donavanik, Managing Director and CEO of Dusit International, was named Travel Entrepreneur of the Year at the 24th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2013, held Thursday 3rd October in Bangkok, Thailand.

Also that evening, the company’s Dusit Thani Maldives property was named Best New Beach Resort Hotel in Asia due to its services, facilities, value-added benefits and professional sales and marketing team.

Both Mr. Donavanik and Dusit Thani Maldives’ General Manager Mr. Desmond Hatton were on hand to receive the honours.

The 52 Travel Supplier Awards and 16 Travel Agency Awards are voted on by readers of TTG Travel Trade Publishing’s print and online titles, with a total of 120,000 valid votes cast to determine this year’s recipients.

However, the Travel Entrepreneur of the Year Award is one of four awards under the organisation’s Outstanding Achievements Awards category, voted upon solely by members of TTG’s editorial team.

The Travel Entrepreneur of the Year Award is presented each year to a CEO who makes the right hires to strengthen his organisation, who dares to take risks, sets new standards for the brand and contributes to the industry in critical areas such as training, education and sustainability.

“I am humbled that Dusit has been recognised with such prestigious awards,” said Mr. Donavanik, Managing Director and CEO of Dusit International. “Both of the TTG Travel Awards are truly a reflection of the entire team’s efforts over the years.”

“It is my sincere hope that as an organisation, and as an industry, we continue to grow in a sustainable manner, focusing on the development of our people as well caring for the communities and environments in which we operate.”

Legendary diving at Baros Maldives

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To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Baros Maldives, the resort’s Dive Base owner, Sepp Zedelmayer, has introduced a diving programme based on a legend – the legendary underwater world to be found around Baros.

He opened the Diving Centre at Baros Maldives in 1980 and has been exploring the reefs in North Male’ Atoll in which Baros is situated, ever since. From the beginning of his diving career Sepp also pioneered the conservation of the underwater world, as well as the protection of turtles. As a result Baros Maldives stands for environmental awareness with the Dive Centre and the associate Marine Centre being dedicated to reef preservation.

In conjunction with his discovery of dive sites, Sepp opened the Dive Centre at Baros Maldives as one of the first in the archipelago. His success story continued with the establishment of a PADI five-star Gold Palm Dive Centre in 2008 and the creation of the first resort EcoDive Centre in the Maldives in December 2010 at Baros.

Baros Maldives, with 30 over water villas, ten with secluded sundeck swimming pools, and 44 beachside villas, ten of which have individual plunge pools, and one romantic Baros Residence, is ideal for divers, whether novices or experts, because of the variety of living coral, fish and turtles to be observed on its pristine house reef within a few metres of the beach.

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AirAsia flies to Maldives

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AirAsia has launched its first ever flights to the Maldives. The inaugural flight was welcomed with by top officials of travel industry and the government.

Malaysian low-cost carrier’s long-haul unit, AirAsia X, will operate four weekly flights to the island nation, via the Sri Lankan capital Colombo. Services will operate every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday on a split schedule, departing Kuala Lumpur at either 0920 or 1120 depending on the day.

The new route also marks the start of flights to Colombo from KL, adding to AirAsia’s existing Bangkok-Colombo service.

“We are truly grateful for the support that the government, airport and tourism bodies in Maldives have given us and hope our partnership brings more traffic into Maldives from Sri Lanka and Malaysia in future. Similarly, we hope to increase tourism traffic from Maldives and Sri Lanka into Malaysia,” said Azran Osman-Rani, CEO of AirAsia X. “In addition to our affordable fare offerings, our new Fly Thru destinations for the route would also enable Maldivians to connect seamlessly via our Kuala Lumpur hub to Sydney and Melbourne in Australia and Osaka in Japan. This will further stimulate feeder traffic within the AirAsia X network.”

The AirAsia X’s Fly-Thru service allows guests to easily connect between two different flights via the Kuala Lumpur Low Cost Carrier Terminal without having to worry about checking in twice.

Ibrahim Saleem, Managing Director of Maldives Airports Company Ltd said, “We are indeed honored to have such a reputed airline and we are confident that AirAsia X will add values to our airport and we will fully support Air Asia X in every way. I would like to convey our special thanks on behalf of Maldives Airports Company Ltd to AirAsia X team for choosing Ibrahim Nasir International Airport in their route expansion and I wish AirAsia X all the best in their future endeavors. AirAsia X’s new route to INIA would boost the Maldivian tourism and trade benefiting the economy.”

AirAsia X will operate the KL-Colombo-Malé-KL route using its twin-aisle Airbus A330-300 aircraft, which offers 377 seats – 12 in business class and 365 in economy. Ticket prices start from USD 130 for one way to Kuala Lampur from Malé.

Maldives tops honeymoon wishlist for Britons

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Maldives is top of the honeymoon wishlist for Britons, according to a new research from Kuoni.

The average newlyweds will blow around £5,000 on their honeymoon, with the perfect break combining sunbathing, sightseeing and sports, reports Kuoni.

A survey of 2,000 unmarried Britons, undertaken by OnePoll on behalf of Kuoni, found that the ideal honeymoon would depart three days after the wedding, and comprise 14 nights at a five-star hotel in a destination with an average temperature of 27 degrees Celsius and eight hours of sunshine per day.

During their break, honeymooners expect to read two books, have four candlelit meals, enjoy three massages/spa treatments and take five romantic beach strolls.

Around 26% of the holiday would be spent sunbathing and 32% sightseeing, but a further 12% of the time would involve sports and activities.

The most popular activities include: swimming with dolphins, cited by 50% of respondents; snorkelling (32%); hiking/trekking (31%); scuba diving (25%); cycling (20%); cage diving with sharks (16%); zip lining (15%); riding a Segway (14%); paragliding (14%); and surfing (13%).

The research also showed that 17% of Britons want to be able to check social media while on their honeymoon, 12% to ring home to speak to their mum, 10% to contact friends and 7% to play a computer game.

The average honeymoon will be booked online, paid for by the bride and groom and cost a minimum of £4,930.89.

Derek Jones, managing director of Kuoni, said: ‘This shows that couples still want that romantic beach idea with unparalleled service and excellent hotels in a place like  the Maldives, but they are also leaning towards a more active, cultural and authentic experience on honeymoon.

‘People are no longer content with a week or two lounging around by the beach or pool, instead newly married couples are hoping for a bit of adventure, they want to learn more about the country they are visiting and return home with tales of the amazing things they have seen and done.’

Kuoni’s top ten honeymoon destinations for 2013 are: the Maldives; Thailand; Sri Lanka; Mauritius; Indonesia; the Arab Emirates; the US; St Lucia; Malaysia; and Kenya.

Source: Maldives Promotion House

The islands of the Maldives have emerged as the preferred playground among the world's rich and powerful.

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Popular playgrounds of the rich and powerful
Where do the world’s rich and powerful prefer to play? According to a recent global survey that polled consumers for whom money is no object, that place is the Maldives, which emerged as their favorite luxury travel destination.

Set in the heart of the Indian Ocean, the 105 resort islands that make up part of the Maldives squeezed past Italy and France as the preferred destination for 800 luxury holidaymakers in the survey carried out by Small Luxury Hotels of the World, a London-based outfit whose portfolio includes 520 hotels in 70 countries.

Interestingly, the results of the poll also reveal geographical divides: while the Maldives emerged as the preferred luxury destination overall, where it failed to feature as top-of-mind was in the U.S. and Canada where respondents favored European destinations with France topping their list.

Furthermore, while globally nearly half or 42 percent of respondents said they would take a luxury holiday over a luxury car, jewelry or clothing, Canadians were the exception to the trend: 58 percent of respondents said they would opt for the car.

Canucks also bucked the trend when it came to identifying the most important elements of a luxury holiday. While globally, five-star facilities emerged as top priorities -- particularly for the British -- Canadians and respondents from Latin America said they value authentic experiences over luxury amenities.

Comfort and familiarity, meanwhile, are particularly important for German and Chinese travelers, who said they favor “a home away from home.”

The most popular form of luxury travel? Not surprisingly, that was a secluded beach resort, chosen by 43 percent of respondents.

Meanwhile, French, German and British travelers expressed a fondness for luxurious, country mansions and estates compared to Chinese and Russian tourists, who were particularly keen on spa and wellness resorts.

And green, eco-friendly travel was most popular among American travelers (30 percent) compared to the global average of 14 percent.

Another study that polled the travel preferences of affluent Americans, meanwhile, found that a wine tour through Bordeaux, Napa or Tuscany was the preferred form of luxury travel, followed by a cruise on a luxury liner, a Broadway show and a visit to a rare or remote landscape like Antarctica.

More people choose coffee over sex for their morning buzz

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The results of a newly commissioned survey reveals global coffee and travel habits.  The survey, conducted in advance of International Coffee Day on September 29, found that coffee surpasses sex as the ideal wake-up call according to more than half (53%) of the global respondents. The study also established that coffee drinkers are addicted to this morning ritual as 54% of respondents make their morning brew right at home and an overwhelming 78% would rather give up alcohol, social media or sex with their spouse for a year rather than forfeit coffee – proving that a bean buzz remains the ultimate high.
The new global study of coffee drinkers and frequent travelers in six countries – from India to the US, China to UAE, among other key markets – uncovers how today’s ‘mega-travelers’ get their caffeine fix.  While travel usually provides a break from the daily routine, the survey shows that coffee remains an on-the-go necessity as, on average, people drink more coffee when they are away from home.  Coffee traditions and flavors from around the world are so distinct that a majority of seasoned jetsetters (53%) claim to have experienced nostalgia for a destination due to the cup of coffee they enjoyed while traveling.
Spilling the beans: coffee habits fuel the day
A ubiquitous necessity and source of energy, the coffee one consumes – and how much –    can say a lot.
  • Surprisingly, the study found that most people (58%) prefer to drink coffee to relax, while 55% also drink it primarily for the taste.
  • A majority of respondents (51%) feel they could go longer without sex than without coffee.
  • Of all the effects felt from lack of coffee, approximately one-fourth (28%) feel less creative, 22% cannot get out of bed, and 16% say that they are not able to talk to other people without it.
  • The vast majority of people need a coffee caffeinated kick during long meetings (81%), while only 56% would request water.
 Something’s brewing among global travelers
When traveling the world, coffee drinkers may experiment with local flavors, but their addiction never wavers. Key findings include:
  • 73% of respondents would give up television and internet in a hotel for the perfect cup of coffee.
  • The majority of respondents (63%) would give up alcohol over coffee while staying at a hotel.
  • Travelers also experience an emotional response to coffee, given that 58% of respondents say they generally miss the coffee experience they had while traveling.
 Coffee talk: cups of Joe create conversation
With speed of information, convenience and connectivity leading the charge in today’s society, it is no wonder that coffee and social media are closely intertwined.
  • The global study found that a majority of respondents (64%) access social media while having coffee and traveling, all at the same time.
  • While drinking coffee on the road, people like to stay connected through various channels as most respondents (72%) will either check their social media accounts or read a newspaper/magazine.
  • More than half (53%) said that if they were going to post a beverage on their social media accounts while traveling, it would be coffee.
The survey was conducted Le Méridien Hotels in conjunction of launching its Master Barista initiative.

Future sea level rises should not restrict new island formation in the Maldives

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The continued accumulation of sand within the iconic ring-shaped reefs inside Maldivian atolls could provide a foundation for future island development new research suggests. Islands like the Maldives are considered likely to be the first to feel the effects of climate change induced sea level rise, with future island growth essential to counter the threat of rising sea levels.

The study published in the journal Geology, and carried out by researchers from the University of Exeter in collaboration with the University of Auckland, James Cook University, the National Institute for Environmental Studies in Japan, Curtin University and the University of Glasgow, focussed on the formation of islands inside the atolls of the Maldives.

The researchers studied the history and timing of island building, a process which starts when the lagoons fill sufficiently with sand that is derived from the surrounding corals reefs, to provide a foundation for island establishment. Assuming these reefs continue to flourish and can thus maintain high rates of sand supply, those lagoons that are already nearly full have clear potential to provide foundations for new island development over the next few hundred years.

Professor Chris Perry from the University of Exeter said: “Many of the heavily populated islands in the Maldives have limited capacity to respond naturally to sea-level rise and this will necessitate additional spending on shoreline maintenance. Our research suggests, however, that the potential does exist for new island formation on those reefs inside the atolls that have near fully infilled lagoons. These may ultimately provide additional land options across the region, and some possibilities for mitigation options under higher sea level conditions.”

The study suggests that it is the smaller reefs, with lagoons that are already nearly in-filled, that are most likely to give rise to new islands. Once established, and given sufficient sand supply, the findings suggest that these new islands can develop rapidly, over a few 100 years, and that these may then evolve into larger, island structures that could provide alternative land options in the region. Evidence from this region also suggests that many existing islands established and expanded under slightly higher than present sea-levels over the last few 1000 years.

Larger reefs with deeper, unfilled, central lagoons are likely to only fill with sand over much longer timescales and are thus unlikely to support new island development over any meaningful future timescales.

Sea level rise is projected to put increasing pressure on the Maldives. Heavily populated islands, including the low-lying capital Male, have limited capacity to respond to natural shoreline changes and will thus require ever more costly management interventions to sustain them under projected sea level rises.

Helen Flanagan enjoys the most beautiful holiday in Maldives

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English actress and model Helen Flangan has enjoyed a sunny holiday at top luxury resort in Baa Atoll in Maldives.

Helen who was voted as the most attractive Briton in the 2013 FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll, treated to her fans by posting holiday snaps on her Twitter and Instagram pages while soaking up the sun in the Maldives.

The 23-year-old actress certainly seemed to be making the most of her private pool as she kicked back in the sunny side of life last week – by enjoying a nude swim. Alongside an accompanying snap, she wrote: ‘Swimming naked in my pool.’

And the former Coronation Street star made sure to treat her devoted followers to a glimpse of her famous curves with an artistic four-way black and white shot of her flaunting her impressive figure in a rather skimpy bikini. 

Focusing on her famous chest, the platinum blonde model pouted into the camera as she poised her fingers into a heart shape.

Before leaving she tweeted “Just leaving the Maldives! Had the most beautiful holiday! So lucky x ❤”. After returning home she posted again “ I want to go back x”, “Having the worst holiday blues x”

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W Maldives Recipe: Scallops & Foie Gras

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W Maldives presents signature dish “Scallops & Foie Gras” at over- water FISH restaurant. Danish born, Nikolaj Retpen, Executive Chef at the Retreat unveils his recipes.





Ingredients
  • 100g Terrine de Foie Gras
  • 2pcs fresh scallops
  • 4 baby carrots
  • 1 large carrot
  • 20g butter
  • ½ tsp Mirin
  • 500ml water
  • Sprouts for decoration
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
Preparation
  1. Devein the Foie Gras, flavor it with salt, white pepper and a half spoon of Mirin.
  2. Place it in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes at 160 degrees Celsius.
  3. Let it cool down and mix it every 10 minutes until the Foie Gras sets. Roll it in cling film in a sausage shape. Place it in the chiller.
  4. Take the large carrot and peel 3 long slices. Put them aside. Cut the rest into rough pieces. Place the carrot pieces in half litter of water and 10g of butter. Boil the carrots until total evaporation of the water. Then blend to make a puree.
  5. Remove the scallops muscle. Heat a pan with oil and add the baby carrots and the scallops. Let it cook at high heat and flip sides, add 10g of butter in the pan to color the ingredients.
  6. Take the Foie Gras and cut into slices.
  7. Arrange a spoon full of carrot puree on the bottom of a plate, place the scallops and one slice of Foie Gras. Place the baby carrots on top of the scallops; decorate with carrot slices & fresh sprouts.
W Retreat & Spa Maldives is a tropical playground in the Indian Ocean that’s perfect for relaxing, playing, and recharging for your next adventure. Experience one of the 78 Retreats, either on the beachside or overwater which gives you access to endless Indian Ocean views. Abandon the expected and sample creative dining by Executive Chef Nikolaj Retpen in the retreats three dining experiences and two lounge concepts. Step into the spotlight at 15BELOW the Maldives only underground nightclub, and sip on one of the 90 varieties of vodka.

Soneva reveals one of the largest resort villas in the Indian Ocean

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Luxury private residences created by the Soneva Group in the Maldives and Thailand have become coveted as the ultimate in SLOW LIFE status symbols and their new eight bedroom magnum opus is already commanding interest worldwide.


The largest private residence to be built in the region, the eight bedroom secluded stronghold on Soneva Fushi will be unique and truly magnificent when it is completed mid October.Rental prices will range from $11,300-$30,000 (+ taxes) / night depending on the season.

As with all Soneva Group’s privately developed villas, it is constructed using time-tested indigenous techniques with materials from sustainable sources adapted to preserve the integrity of the environment and the local communities.

But there are features in this new property that no realtor’s dictionary can adequatelydescribe including some of the most breathtaking views of unending cerulean seas and a versatility in accommodation for large families and their attendants (private secretaries, security, chefs or personal trainers) or groups (such as executive retreats)that is hard to match.

The two guiding principles in its design were the need for privacy and sociable relaxation.

Living spaces inside and out are carefully drawn and generous, and located on a prime beachfront spot with a spectacular view that will never change.

Sales of Soneva Group’s limited range of luxury villas at Soneva Fushi, Maldives and Soneva Kiri, Thailand have been strong. Opportunities to purchase are scarce since so few are being built and prices, ranging from US$3M-US$15M, reflect their exclusivity. They provide an attractive financial return as well as a guarantee a ‘return on life’. Rental programmes are tailored to owners’ requirements.


There are more than 100 resorts in the Maldives but Soneva Fushi is alone in offering private villas with more than three bedrooms. This new development, with eight suites, provides the perfect solution for large multi generational families, groups of friends, weddings, business gatherings and sophisticated hen and stag parties.

The residence is a two storey collection of villas with an expansive wraparound swimming pool spread over a large area with generous outdoor living space. The master bedroom boasts its own private swimming pool measuring 111.3 m2 and an outdoor bathroom but
there are five additional guest bedrooms, a children’s bedroom, a smaller nanny’s bedroom and of course one for the Mr./Miss Friday butler.

Other features include a wine cellar, library, large sunken dining area within the pool, children’s playroom and a private spa suite with steam facilities, a gym and massage room.

The main swimming pool is 477.3 m2 with a slide going from the children’s den into the swimming pool. 1 big deck (58.3 m2 in the middle of the pool). There is a sunken dining area (12.4 m2) that seats up to 12 people.

When not used by the owner, the villa can be rented out with a guaranteed annual investment. Rental yields of up to 4% net guaranteed per annum indicate solid investment potential.

As with all Soneva Group properties, each fully serviced villa comes complete with a dedicated 24/7 butler, discounted transfers to and from the resorts and full access to all the island’s facilities, with special ‘owners rates’ being offered in the restaurants, bars and
galleries.

Soneva is an established resort and luxury residences company. It captures the hearts of the UHNW family due to its philosophy, SLOWLIFE – Sustainable-Local-Organic-Wellness-Learning-Inspiring-Fun-Experiences.

It has managed the delicate balance of lifestyle and sustainability by providing luxurious accommodations, magnificent natural locations, incredible cuisine and a wealth of local, “money can’t buy” experiences.