Baros Maldives Celebrates 10 Years of Understated Luxury

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On Saturday 26 December 2015, Baros Maldives celebrates its tenth anniversary since re-opening as a luxury resort.

As this coincides with the traditional holiday festive season, several special events are being arranged for guests who stay on the island during this time.

Created originally as the third holiday resort in the Maldives in 1973 dedicated to divers and island lovers who stayed in thatched cabanas on the beach, Baros grew over three decades into one of the most popular small island resorts in the Maldives.

In 2005, the resort closed for seven months of re-build and major changes, both in terms of facilities and concept. The idea was to improve the holiday experience while retaining the authentic Maldivian ambience and heritage, preserving the timeless romance of being on a small, palm fringed island in the Indian Ocean.
The accommodation was completely rebuilt with 75 spacious luxury villas with higher ceilings and elegant interior. The original vegetation was retained including venerable coconut palms and other trees that were there long before the island became a resort.

Guests who stay at Baros Maldives for the festive season this year will be able to experience special excursions and events every day from Tuesday 22 December 2015 to Saturday 2 January 2016. The 10th anniversary of the new and luxury Baros will be celebrated in style on Saturday 26 December with a gala dinner, followed by a locally inspired Maldivian evening on Sunday 27 December in the legendary palm garden. All of these festivities will lead up to Thursday 31 December and a splendid celebration to welcome the New Year.

Over the past ten years, Baros Maldives has gone from success to success, winning praise from guests and increasing the number of returning visitors each year. This very special festive season will surely add another unique chapter to the legend of Baros Maldives.

New Corporate Brand Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts Launch

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All Hotels & Resorts under the present Brand “Chaaya” will be re-named as a Cinnamon Resort or Hotel. This change will take into full effect during the first week of October 2015.

Individual Hotel or Resort property coming in newly into the Cinnamon brand will have new amenities, & collateral which are of a much superior quality than earlier.

Maldives Chaaya Island Dhonveli  =>  Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives

Maldives Chaaya Lagoon Hakuraa Huraa  =>  Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa Maldives

Maldives Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo  =>  Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon

Sri Lanka Chaaya Village Habarana  =>  Habarana Village by Cinnamon
Sri Lanka Chaaya Blu Trincomalee  =>  Trinco Blu by Cinnamon
Sri Lanka Chaaya Tranz Hikkaduwa  =>  Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon
Sri Lanka Bentota Beach Hotel  =>  Bentota Beach by Cinnamon

Are you ready for Christmas 2015?

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Maldivian Legends -

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Every country has its own mystical legends passed on from generation to generation - so does the Maldives.

The main myths about the islands’ origins reflect the dependence of Maldivians on the coconut tree and the tuna fish.

One legend says that the first inhabitants of the Maldives died in great numbers until a sorcerer, or fandita man, made coconut trees grow out of the skulls of buried corpses of the first settlers. Thus, according to Maldives lore, the coconut tree is said to have an anthropomorphic origin.

The tuna fish is believed to have been brought to the Maldivian waters by a mythical seafarer called Bodu Niyami Kalefanu who ventured close to the Dagas (the mythical tree at the end of the world) to bring this valuable fish.

Folktales where fishes, crabs and seabirds are the heroes, introduce us to the world of the local fauna of the Maldives Atolls, where land animals are very few. Many of these are tales for children and some are still quite popular. 

1598 Middleburg Bertius Maldives map 
The first settlers in the Maldive Islands were Dravidian people from the nearest coasts of India and Ceylon (Sri Lanka). The people of Giraavaru, an island located in Male’ Atoll who are considered the first settlers, claim ancestry from ancient Tamil people.

Legend says that Giraavaru fishermen used to go regularly to a certain large sandbank at the southern end of their atoll to clean tuna fish after a good catch. Owing to the large amount of tuna offal and blood, the waters around that sandbank resembled a big pool of blood (maa ley gandeh). "Maa" (from the Sanskrit "Maha"), meaning big, and "Ley" meaning blood. The sandbank expanded in the midst of the waters tainted with fish blood. Trees began to grow on it and it is said that the first one was a papaya tree. As time went by the sandbank became an island and, because of the colour of the sea around it, was formally named Maa-ley (Male’)

Another explanation for the origin of the name Male’ (and which explains why it is always written locally with an apostrophe) is that it is named after the Malei dynasty which ruled the archipelago 800 years ago. 

Source: IN TOUCH magazine - Baros Maldives

Summer Holiday Deals in Maldives

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TV Presenter Jamie Theakston's Family Holiday to Conrad Maldives

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Luxury Tour Operator, OV Holidays, Receives Two World Travel Awards in June 2015

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OV Holidays known for its luxurious Indian Ocean and Maldives vacation tours takes home two awards from the 22nd World Travel Awards in their gala ceremony highlighting the best of travel in the African and Indian Ocean regions.

Seychelles – 20th June 2015-- The World Travel Awards™ is prolific and prestigious institution in the tourism and travel industry whose goal has been to “acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.”  Twenty two years after its inception, the World Travel Awards™ is now a globally recognized brand that works to establish a high level of quality and superior service that hoteliers, tour operators, and other travel services can aspire to by setting the bar and defining excellence in the travel industry.  It is for this reason that OV Holidays is proud to announce their victories in two categories, Indian Ocean's Leading Luxury Tour Operator 2015 and the Maldives' Leading Luxury Tour Operator 2015.

OV Holidays is a provider of luxury travel services in the Indian Ocean and Maldives regions.  Their luxury vacations have been recognized not only by the industry, but by the repeat customers who have enjoyed their unique brand of holiday travel over the years.  According to their Managing Director, Shafraz Fazley, their success is intrinsically tied to their core values, which are: “ strive for perfection, exceed expectations and tobe recognized as an emerging Regional leader in Hospitality, through the discovery of potential markets, supported by superior performance, while nurturing values on responsible tourism.”

The 2015 World Travel Awards™ Africa & Indian Ocean gala ceremony was hosted on June 20th at the Kempinski Seychelles Resort.  OV Holidays was a returning winner, having already won the award in 2014 for the Indian Ocean's Leading Luxury Tour Operator.  Picking up an addition win for their tours operating in the Maldives was an honor they did not expect, but are pleased to have won.

“It was not entirely unexpected,” says Fazley.  “We know that we do our best to create the most unique, relaxing, and incredible vacations for our clients, but to win two awards seemed unlikely.  It's the sort of thing you expect to be spread around among companies.  Winning two awards just proved to us that we're on the right track and setting a bar for ourselves for next year.  We are all very grateful to be recognized for what we do and want to thank the World Travel Awards for giving us this opportunity to be visible on the global stage.”

The annual program and ceremony has grown over its twenty-two years to become one of the most anticipated prestigious events of its kind in the hospitality industry.  Winning an award from the organization is no blithe credit.  Each year over 650,000 individual votes are cast by not only consumers but also peers within the travel profession. Opulence by Viluxur, or “OV Holidays” is the high end brand of the Viluxur travel group which caters to the touring and travel of the world's elite.  Each and every tour package the group creates provides its holiday goers with a fantasy experience of luxury and relaxation.  Winning in this category designates OV Holidays as the world class provider of dreams.

For more information about OV Holidays and their wins, visit their website at:

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island's Awesome 3D Floor plans of Maldives Most Luxuries Villas

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Two open-air bathrooms with bathing pavilions complete the Beach Suite, offering a contemporary and luxurious space in which to relax.

A dramatic living area connects the Beach Suite’s two spacious bedrooms.

With two infinity pools and separate living areas, the Premier Water Suite is a spacious accommodation affording privacy to each of its guests.

Move effortlessly from your private pool to the Indian Ocean with your own private beach access.

A private pool and large living area complete every Junior Beach Suite.

Our most luxurious suite, the Sunset Water Villa sits in its own private corner of the lagoon and features a rotating round bed,open bathroom and unrivalled sunset views.

Conveniently located near to the Spa Retreat and Mandhoo restaurant, your Retreat Water Villa is the perfect escape from reality.

A private sun deck and whirl pool provide a relaxing place to enjoy every stage of the sunshine outdoors, whilst your own personal spa treatment room enables you to make the most of being indoors.

Contemporary furnishing mix effortlessly with traditional Maldivian features in your Premier Water Villa.

High pitched ceilings, private sun deck and your own infinity pool heighten the sense of luxury in each Premier Water Villa.

Admire views of the Indian Ocean from the comfort of your own bed, in your Superior Water Villa.

Spacious and contemporary, your Deluxe Beach Villa provides everything you could need in order to relax.

This spacious villa enables you to fully unwind as you move effortlessly from the sleek interiors to the private Jacuzzi outdoors.

Located on the main, Rangalifinolhu Island, your Beach Villa is within easy access to all of the resort’s main facilities.

Every Water Villa boasts an ocean-view bath, private plunge pool and your own staircase leading straight into the lagoon.

Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort will be Open on August 2015

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Escape to your own private world on a secluded island in a sapphire sea. Welcome to Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort, a sanctuary of exceptional comforts, innovative cuisine, rejuvenating Navasana Spa, reef adventure and stunning sea life. 21 Beach Pool Villas, 8 Two-Bedroom Pool Villas, 21 Ocean Pool Villas, and an exquisite Presidential Villa will make Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort one of the destination’s most desirable getaways for romance, family holidays, dive adventure, and complete relaxation.

Konotta is a private island in the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, 211 miles (340 kilometers) south of the Maldives capital city of Male. It is a 55-minute flight from Male International Airport (MLE) to Kaadedhdhoo Airport (KDM) then a scenic 30 minutes by private yacht to Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort.

Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan Holiday with Family in Maldives

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Bollywood star couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan is currently vacationing in Maldives. They arrived with the actor’s son Ibrahim, actress-sister Soha Ali Khan and her actor-husband Kunal Khemu.

The family will spend five days at a Maldives Luxury Resort in Gaaf Alif Atoll. Soha took to Twitter to share about the family holiday in the sunny side.