New Spa Experiences in Jumeirah's Maldives Resorts

Loading Maldives Offers.... From August 2013, the luxurious Talise Spas at Jumeirah Dhevanafushi and Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives are offering a new menu of signature spa experiences.

All featured treatments use ingredients that are organic and indigenous to the region, as well as local wellness techniques to ensure a relaxing experience that reflects the idyllic surroundings.

In the southernmost part of the Maldivesin the Gaafu Alifu Atoll, 400 miles from the capital of Malé, Jumeirah Dhevanafushi is a secret hideaway in the heart of the Indian Ocean.. With the new Signature Spa menu, the award-winning overwater Talise Spa has curated an indulgent assortment of experiences.

For a romantic option, couples can enjoy the ‘Dhevanafushi Romance’. This Chakra Well Being experience uses essential oils including Rose, Orange Blossom, and Jasmine as part of a warm and harmonious massage. Alternatively, guests can opt for a bit of pampering with ‘Nature’s Secret’. The spa’s talented therapists follow a longstanding Maldivian tradition using the warm island sands in compress massages to melt away any accumulated stress. Additional aromatherapy massage helps to leave guests refreshed and full of vitality.

Each of the 35 villas at Jumeirah Dhevanafushi come complete with private butlers, so guests know that their every wish will be catered for; from guided snorkelling tours of the reef in the crystal clear Indian Ocean to private meals on secluded beaches. They can also head to a choice of scenic island locations for a personalised tutorial with the resort’s specialist yoga master or join a group wellness class to build strength, boost metabolism or simply unwind.

Alternatively, spa lovers 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 beauty, with every detail of a stay meticulously crafted to excite and indulge.

Perfect as refreshment after a long journey, the Talise Spa’s ‘Gift from Nature’ is a 60 minute treat that will acclimatize guests to island life. The treatment begins with a gentle skin exfoliation using a natural coconut scrub to leave skin soft and subtle. Optimizing local ingredients, the scrub is followed by a luxurious papaya and honey wrap to draw out any impurities, and finished with a soothing and deeply rich massage application of natural coconut oil. For newlyweds, the ‘Vittaveli Romance’ offers 90 minutes of pampered bliss. Couples will begin with their choice of side-by-side full body aromatic massages, before luxuriating into a deep and rich coconut milk bath.

Every villa has a private swimming pool and private beach access, where guests can enjoy discrete luxury service against a backdrop of incredible ocean views. The 5-star dive centre is a veritable hive of activity for canoeing, windsurfing and diving in one of the world’s most incredible coral reefs. To complement the work of the spa, guests can also select activities from the wellness programme, complete with kick boxing, circuit training, pilates, and a range of yoga disciplines led by the resort’s dedicated yoga master.

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Korean ‘Marriage Of the Century’ Lee Byung Hun-Lee Min Jung, to honeymoon in Maldives

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Top Korean stars Lee Byung Hun and Lee Min Jung who are awaiting their marriage of the century chose Maldives as their honeymoon destination.

Today, it has been revealed that Lee Byung Hun and Lee Min Jung will spend their honeymoon in Maldives Resort after their wedding on August 10. Maldives is chosen as one of the most found islands for honeymoon. Recently number of Korean top stars have visited Maldives for honeymoon and holiday.

The couple announced that they are dating in August of last year and will be holding their wedding on August 10. After their honeymoon, Lee Byung Hun will be preparing for his next movie and Lee Min Jung will also be continuing her work as an actress.

Anantara Kihavah Villas appoints new Executive Chef

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Gaspare Greco has been appointed as Executive Chef for Anantara Kihavah Villas in the Maldives Baa Atoll. Preferring to be called Chef Sam, he brings more than 30 years of culinary experience to his role, including Executive Chef and Culinary Director of both Noa Japanese Restaurant in Beirut and Mirai Japanese Restaurants in Bahrain and Dubai.

Being half Italian and half Canadian, Chef Sam grew up in southern Italy, renowned for its homemade pasta, an array of the freshest fruits and vegetables as well as fresh seafood from the Adriatic and Mediterranean Seas.

A haven of pool villas, Anantara Kihavah Villas is a Maldives luxury resort that offers the ultimate in privacy and tranquillity, your own sanctuary within a sanctuary. Expansive space that opens on to brilliant tropical nature, with private pools, high ceilings and timber interiors. Flavours of culinary art and wine served amidst a panorama of aquatic life in one of the few underwater restaurants and wine cellars in the world.

Maldivian starts flights from Gan to Colombo

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Maldivian Airlines, the national carrier of of Maldives, has started new routes with direct flight to Colombo, from  from Gan Island and Male yesterday. State owned airline is owned and operated by Island Aviation Services Limited.

With the new routes from Gan island and Male to Colombo, the airline expect an increase in the number of tourist arrivals.

The twice weekly frequency would operate from Gan to Colombo on Mondays and to Male on Fridays. Maldivian has been providing air transportation between Male international airport in the Maldives and the domestic airports in the country increasing frequencies to cater for the domestic demand every year and in turn increasing its fleet.
In 2008, Maldivian expanded its operations beyond Maldives to Trivandrum, India and since the addition of its A320 into its fleet; Maldivian has added Chennai, India, Dhaka, Bangladesh and Chongqing, China to its network.

Maldives celebrates 40th year in tourism with record arrivals

Loading Maldives Offers.... The Republic of Maldives celebrated its 40th year in tourism with a record start of the year. Tourist arrivals in February passed 100,000 arrivals, just in a month for the first time followed by a growth of 30.1 per cent in March compared to the same period in 2012.

Tourism in the Maldives contributes approximately 35 per cent to the country’s GDP with the destination being home to 108 exclusive resorts, 19 hotels, 81 guest houses and 160 safari vessels/liveaboards. In addition, 28,392 beds have been developed, all of which constitute to a billion dollar industry.

In a bid to support and encourage such growth, the infrastructure has also seen recent changes. The Hanimaadhoo International Airport, located in the north, and Maamigili International Airport in Central Maldives opened this year in February increasing the number of international airports to four. In addition, three new domestic airports also came into operation, bringing the total number to five with more currently at various stages of development. These plans are aimed at enhancing visitor experience and to pave way for new market segments.

The Tourism Ministry has also announced the Fourth Tourism Master Plan which is being reviewed before final endorsement by the ministry and adoption by the government. The Plan will guide the tourism development for the next five years. Key areas of focus in the Plan include further development as currently only 102 are home to hotels and resorts out of approximately 1,100 islands.

To continue in its commitment to strengthen its tourism sector, the republic made a debut on the global travel map by hosting the Indian Ocean regional category in the World Travel Awards 2013 at the Paradise Island Resort and Spa.

Maldivian Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Gafoor said: “’Maldives...the sunny side of life’ was proud to be hosting the World Travel Awards Regional Category. This is the first time a travel event of such high calibre is being hosted in the Maldives. It is an honour to be hosting such a prestigious event especially in a significant year to the tourism industry of the Maldives as it celebrates the 40th year of tourism.”

He further explained that by hosting the Awards in the Maldives, the ministry aimed to raise the profile of the destination even further. He also commented that it would act as an opportunity to diversify the product segments to develop event based tourism in the Maldives and an assurance to the travel trade that the country is ready for event based tourism in a luxury and private setting.

The industry’s elite, including CEOs, SVPs of leading travel companies, government ministers and tourist board chiefs, met in the Maldives to witness the presentation of awards in 58 categories amidst a gala ceremony. The destination itself was nominated for 30 different categories and scooped over 15 wins in the Indian Ocean category alone including Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination, Indian Ocean’s Leading Cruise Destination and Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Destination.

Chaaya Lagoon Hakuraa Huraa in Maldives earns sustainable certification

Loading Maldives Offers.... California – The Maldives are among the few destinations with unspoiled ecological hot spots – rich in biodiversity. In line with the John Keells corporate philosophy, various energy initiatives are carried out at the Chaaya Lagoon Hakuraa Huraa.

For years, the Chaaya Lagoon Hakuuraa Huraa in the Maldives has demonstrated a strong commitment to the seamless integration of sustainability throughout its value chain, implementing policies and sound environmental practices that allow an eco-friendly and ethical operation on all levels. Those efforts recently earned Green Globe certification.

“Our entire team is enthusiastically involved in environmental protection, and we strive to live the pledge ‘I will be green,’” said Mr. Nalinda Liyanage, General Manager at the Chaaya Lagoon Hakuura Huraa. “We encourage our partners, guests, staff, and local communities to join our actions, which include environmentally-friendly waste disposal, composting programs, reuse and recycle programs. It is our goal to continuously identify all potential impacts on the environment, and manage such impacts whilst using our resources in a sustainable and efficient manner.”

The Chaaya Lagoon Hakuraa Huraa resort initiated a project called “Walk Way Lights Powered by Nature,” with the objective of generating electricity using sea water (wave) and solar power, utilizing materials with a zero/low cost, including leftover wood, discarded bulbs, old generator battery, solar panel and power generator made in-house. The use of natural resources to generate electricity has reduced the consumption of diesel, thus minimizing the carbon footprint. Other best practices include the installation of solar panels for hot water heating, the collection of rainwater for use, and the reuse of treated waste water for gardening and flushing purposes. A number of vegetables and herbs used in the kitchen are grown on the resort’s own organic farm.

CSR activities are numerous at the Chaaya Lagoon Hakuraa Huraa, and range from regular tree planting campaigns to educating local schoolchildren at Mulee Educational Center on the importance of protecting the environment. Beach and reef cleaning was organized on World Tourism Day and on World Oceans Day, with the participation of guests and staff members. Island cleaning is done on a daily basis in the inhabited island of Sitthihura and the Robinson Island that is used by the guests. The resort has also taken serious steps to mitigate the spread of diseases, such as Dengue and HIV Aids. A Dengue Control Campaign and an HIV-Aids Awareness program were conducted with the involvement of the community, guests, and staff.