Overwater Manta Exclusive Space Is Back In Club Med Kani

Loading Maldives Offers.... Club Med has relaunched the Manta Exclusive Space at Club Med Kani in the Maldives, offering couples the ultimate private overwater getaway.

The Manta Exclusive Space was created off the back of guest feedback after couples expressed their desire for a spot where they could escape and unwind.

Back due to high demand, guests who book a stay in one of the 75 luxury villas can enjoy a range of new activities including personalised breakfasts, champagne served daily, complimentary access to the pool, beach and bar at sister property Club Med Finolhu Villas and so much more.

Club Med, the French pioneer of luxury all-inclusive holiday experience, runs two resorts in the Maldives; Club Med Kani and Club Med Finolhu Villas.

Redesigned in 2010 and located on a paradise island garden in the Maldives with a magnificent lagoon in the north of Male atoll, Club Med Kani is a quiet and unique resort, ideal for couples. An 800-metre sandy, private beach is equipped with deckchairs, parasols, hammocks, showers and a beach bar, while guests also have access to an infinity pool located on the edge of the beach, a sailing academy with specialist instructors and the Club Med Spa by Mandara Spa. Two restaurants and two bars are on offer and for Five Trident guests, the Five Trident Luxury Space provides an exclusive area with luxury accommodation, private swimming pool and access to all the services and activities at the resort.

Occupying the island of Gasfinolhu, a 40-minute boat ride from the main Velana International Airport, Club Med Finolhu Villas features 52 villas — overwater and on the beach — that line the sunrise and sunset sides of the island. The resort sets itself from other properties in the Maldives with its “eco chic” offering; built from sustainable materials and 100 percent powered by the solar panels that line the roofs of the jetties.

Waldorf Astoria To Return To Maldives In 2019 With Ithaafushi Resort

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Hilton’s top luxury brand Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts is set to once again foray into the Maldives, with the opening of Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi Resort in early 2019.

The resort, to be run under one of two luxury brands in Hilton’s portfolio, will span three islands in South Male Atoll that are accessible by a short 20-minute speedboat ride from the Maldives main Velana International Airport.

The resort will have 138 beach and overwater villas, ranging from one to three bedroom villas and a four-bedroom presidential suite, carefully positioned to guarantee exclusivity and privacy for the guests while providing them with unsurpassed views of the ocean. Each villa will be equipped with a private outdoor pool, jacuzzi and lounge deck area.

The simple thatched roofed villas may appear simple on the outside, but on the inside they will be decked with luxurious interior furnishing and will come with branded amenities. Some overwater villas will also have spectacular glass flooring for breathtaking views of the lagoon below.

There will be numerous food and beverage offerings that cater to a diverse culinary palette.

The elevated Terra will offer a tree house dining experience, while private dining options will be available at the cave-like Rock. Mahal will feature modern Arabic cuisine and Chinoise will have a contemporary Chinese menu. The Glow Organic restaurant will be the ultimate choice of those looking for healthier dining options. The laid-back atmosphere of Amber, the resort’s beach bar, will be perfect for guests to relax and enjoy cocktails while watching the sun set over the horizon.

With an area of approximately 2,000 square metres, the resort’s spa will offer both indoor and outdoor facilities, including an extensive outdoor bathing circuit. Other facilities at the spa will include two single treatment rooms, four double treatment rooms, a VIP spa suite, a Hammam suite, four resting pavilions, a vitality pool, a beauty salon, and an indoor and outdoor mind and body studio. A gym, an outdoor fitness centre, aqua spinning classes and an overwater yoga platform will complement the spa’s offerings.

Waldorf Astoria, Hilton’s traditional luxury brand that offers unforgettable experiences at iconic destinations around the world, had earlier managed a resort on the island of Manafaru in the northern Haa Alif atoll. The resort has since gone through ownership changes, and is now run by Dubai-based JA Hotels and Resorts as JA Manafaru.

Simon Joublanc As Executive Chef Of Sheraton Maldives

Loading Maldives Offers.... Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort and Spa has appointed Simon Joublanc as its new Executive Chef.

Chef Simon’s 20-year long career includes working alongside world-famous chefs at Michelin star restaurants across the world, in cities such as Lyon, Madrid, Monaco, London and New York. Prior to joining Sheraton Maldives, he served as the Executive Chef at Amilla Fushi in the Maldives and at The St. Regis Singapore.

Conveniently located just 15-20 minutes away from the main Velana International Airport and a kilometre away from the nearest inhabited island, Sheraton Maldives is a tropical paradise located on its very own private island and a heaven for those seeking stunning white sandy beaches and warm turquoise lagoons. The resort offers a total of 176 guest rooms in different categories and located both overwater and land.

Part of Sheraton Maldives appeal is the varied dining options available to its guests. From casual al fresco snacks to its international array of restaurants, visitors will find the perfect dining experience to suit their mood.

Located on its very own island, Shine Spa for Sheraton features six treatment rooms, hydrotherapy pool, steam rooms and relaxation lounge. The spa offers various treatments to rejuvenate your skin and calm your mind, including signature massages such as traditional Thai, aromatic body, deep ocean and many more. With ingredients derived from the natural Maldivian environment, spa therapists at the resort harnesses the healing power of nature to relax and renew you.

In AVANI Fares Maldives Resort 2019, AVANI To Make Maldives Debut

Loading Maldives Offers.... AVANI Hotels and Resorts has announced the development of its first property in the Maldives, with the AVANI Fares Maldives Resort scheduled to open in late 2019.

The USD 70 million joint venture partnership between Thailand-based Minor Hotel Group and Cyprea Group will see the development of an upscale resort on the island of Fares in central Baa atoll, which is accessible by either a 45-minute seaplane flight from the main Velana International Airport or by a domestic flight to the airport on the nearby Dharavandhoo island followed by a further 30-minute speedboat ride.

“The Maldives is the ultimate beach destination in the world and we are excited to deliver an alternative hospitality offering in the region. AVANI is a true lifestyle brand. Imaginatively blending genuine hospitality and modernity with savvy design and contemporary style. The AVANI experience is designed to satisfy important guests’ needs,” Alejandro Bernabe, Group Director at AVANI Hotels and Resorts, was quoted in an announcement as saying.

The new upscale AVANI Fares Maldives Resort will comprise 200 guest rooms, including standard rooms and a selection of villas. The décor will be a blend of comfort and modernity, soothing materials, textures and high-tech equipment such as complimentary WiFi, media hub docking station and 40-inch flat screen TV.

“The AVANI design philosophy is interestingly relaxed and contemporary and in tune with the environment of this development, using natural textures, colours and materials that reflect the location whilst incorporating advanced technology and modern conveniences,” Bernabe said.

On arrival, guests will immediately be welcomed by an arresting view of the Indian Ocean from the open plan lobby. This communal living space will house the reception, a lounge, a meeting space, an all-day restaurant, and The Pantry, an AVANI hallmark which will serve a mix of comfort food and artisanal deli snacks around the clock.

The resort will also feature a speciality restaurant, AVANISPA, AVANI Kids Club and a large communal swimming pool and pool bar. The nearby Ahivahfushi Beyru dive site offers amazing reef diving with a plethora of sea life, including hawksbill turtles, reef sharks and manta rays — an underwater Eden for snorkelers and scuba enthusiasts.

AVANI Hotels and Resorts was launched in 2011 by Minor Hotel Group as a sister brand to Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas, which currently operates three resorts in the Maldives; Anantara Veli Maldives Resort and Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort in South Male Atoll, and Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas in the Baa atoll. Additionally, Minor separately runs Naladhu Private Island Maldives in the South Male Atoll and Niyama Maldives Private Islands in Dhaalu atoll.

Offering all the details that matter, AVANI blends genuine hospitality and modern lifestyle features with a passion for design. The brand already has a presence in the Indian Ocean with two resorts in Sri Lanka and one in the Seychelles.

AVANI’s partner in the Maldives venture Cyprea Group has a diversified business portfolio in the Maldives and Sri Lanka, including ownership and operation of Club Med Kani Maldives Resort located in North Male Atoll.

Costa Cruises To Begin Sailing From, To Maldives

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Europe’s leading cruise company Costa Cruises has announced three and seven nights cruises from and to Maldives starting this November.

Last year, Costa Cruises became the first ever cruise liner to offer cruises directly from the Maldives to Mumbai.

This year, Costa Cruises is introducing shorter three nights cruise options. Maldivians can now choose to cruise on a three-night itinerary from Maldives to Colombo or from Cochin to Maldives. This is in addition to the seven nights Maldives to Mumbai and Mumbai to Maldives options.

The Italian cruise liner will be home-porting in Maldives capital Male a month earlier than last year, and will perform a series of weekly sailings from November to March 2018.

Nalini Gupta, Managing Director of Lotus Destinations, which represents Costa Cruises in India, said, “Costa Cruises expanding its sailing offerings to include shorter sailings of three nights from Maldives confirms its strong interest in region. The cruising market in the region has come a long way from only a select group cruising in far-away locations to today a much wider audience holidaying on ships cruising directly from Maldives and India.”

Mohamed Firaq, Managing Director of Inner Maldives Holidays, which represents Costa Cruises in the Maldives, said, “Cruise holidays is something that will soon change the perception of how Maldivians look at spending vacations and honeymoon getaways. We started exploring it a year ago and we are confident that our past guests and those new to cruising will find very appealing when planning the upcoming sails starting in November 2017 and continue until March 2018.”

“We received significant interest from Maldives for the Costa cruise sails which began in December last year and continued till March 2017 and we are looking forward to promote new itineraries and exciting destinations towards the new year holidays.”

Costa Cruises has deployed its Costa neoClassica ship on this itinerary.

This classic cruise ship has a total of 654 cabins, including sea view cabins and suites with private balconies. Fully-equipped with a casino, theatre, disco, ballroom and grand bar, it aims to provide plenty in entertainment. The wellness centre is spread across 1,300sqm with a gym, treatment rooms, sauna and steam room. It also has an outdoor jogging track, four Jacuzzis and two swimming pools. For those who would like to go shopping, the cruise ship has a huge duty free shopping centre, and offers a wide selection of books in the library for those who love to unwind with a book.

Enhancing the cruising experience further is the gastronomic options onboard; the food and wine on offer is based on Italian regional menus with a choice of dishes representing different regions of Italy and proudly reflecting the country’s rich and unrivalled culinary heritage. In addition to this vast range, guests can also take advantage of tasty vegetarian and vegan dishes. Cruisers will also be able to enjoy a variety of Indian cuisine and the restaurants onboard are fully equipped to cater to special dietary requirements of Indian travellers, including Jain food.

The Grand Opening Of Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort

Loading Maldives Offers.... Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort, the only resort in the Maldives with direct access to an airport, opened for business on Sunday.

In an announcement, Cluster General Manager Scott Bowen said Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort has recently obtained all of the required statutory permissions, including the liquor license. Expansion of the nearby Kooddoo Airport has also been completed, he added.

“I would like to sincerely thank you for your support, and we look forward to creating a wonderful experience for our valued partners and their guests,” Bowen was quoted in the announcement, as saying.

The four star resort, developed on the island of Kooddoo in Gaafu Alif atoll, boasts 68 stylish and well-appointed villas, comprising 43 overwater villas and 25 beach villas with 20 of them featuring a private swimming pool. Attesting to the Mercure brand promise of an authentic experience, vivid colours and decorative motifs along with warm textures and local design touches are used tastefully throughout the villas in order to create a haven of peace with a strong local character.

Guests are offered several attractive dining options. The all-day dining Alita Restaurant serves Pan-Asian à la carte cuisine and themed buffets, with both indoor and outdoor seating. Vistas, an overwater restaurant and lounge, serves tapas, snacks and handcrafted cocktails, while the Alita Pool Bar offers cocktails and light bites with a view.

Suvadiva Divers, the resort’s five star PADI dive and water sports centre, provides aquatic excursions to the many unique and wonderful locations nearby. Several water sports options such as snorkelling, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, catamarans, jet skis and fun tubes are also available.

Additionally, the resort has several recreational activities and facilities such as the 50-metre lagoon-side swimming pool, fully equipped fitness centre, tennis court, kids’ club and off-island day trips. The marine-themed Suvadiva Spa at Mercure Maldives Kooddoo, meanwhile, offers a range of treatments and therapies for guests in need of relaxation and rejuvenation.

The Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort is the only resort in the Maldives directly accessible via domestic flight from the main Velana International Airport, with no need for an additional speedboat transfer. The domestic plane transfer to Kooddoo, which also houses a fish processing plant, takes about 55 minutes.

Mercure has, meanwhile, established a VIP Lounge at the Kooddoo Airport, which is serviced by Maldives flagship carrier Maldivian, in order to provide a comfortable environment for travellers while they wait for their scheduled departures. The lounge offers modern facilities and services such as free WiFi, satellite television, secure luggage storage, and a quality selection of food and beverages.

As AccorHotels opens its first property in the Maldives under the Mercure brand, the French multinational hotel group is all set to take over the management of Dhevanafushi from Dubai-based hospitality group Jumeirah, with plans to reposition the luxury resort under the iconic Raffles Hotels and Resorts brand.

AccorHotels has also signed up to manage another resort being developed in Gaafu Alif atoll.

Set to open next year, the Pullman Maldives Maamutaa resort is a traditional ‘one island, one resort’ property located a 10-minute speedboat ride away from its sister property, the Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort. The five star resort will offer upscale modern facilities such as two swimming pools, a sunset bar overlooking the lagoon, a luxury spa, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, a kids club, beach playground, tennis courts, gourmet restaurants, organic gardens, a dive centre and a water sports centre.

Festive Programme With Surprise "CELEBRITY APPEARANCES" In AMILLA FUSHI Maldives & FINOLHU Maldives

Loading Maldives Offers.... Amilla Fushi and Finolhu Maldives have announced an incredible island escape for the upcoming festive season, including surprise A-List celebrity appearances.

During the cabaret-themed festivities at Amilla Fushi, vibrant theatrical decorations will transform beachfront venues, while wandering performance artists, including Irish singer Edele, Jason Norris and the Tight Beats, French pop band Gypsy Queens, DJ Tony Montana and English electronica vocalist Katherine Ellis, ensure the carnival mood never fades.

Other events at Amilla Fushi during the festive season include:
  • Feeling Koi celebrations: Chef Hiroaki Nakamura brings his expertise in creating exquisite Japanese cuisine to Amilla Fushi. Festive culinary surprises are a certainty when he implements exciting new food concepts at the resort’s signature overwater restaurant Feeling Koi.
  • Challenge Tennis legend Pat Rafter: A special festive gift for the winner of the Amilla Fushi Tennis Tournament is a one-on-one match with Australian tennis legend Pat Rafter. Rafter will also play an action-packed exhibition match with Amilla Fushi’s resident Jim Courier tennis pro.
  • Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay: Fresh, seasonal ingredients in a globally-inspired menu. A vibrant all-day dining concept delivers culinary festivity. Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay pop-up at Amilla Fushi’s Barolo Grill Italian Kitchen from December 22 to January 10, 2018.
Accessible by a 30-minute scenic seaplane flight from the Maldives’ main Velana International Airport, Amilla Fushi offers a choice of 59 houses that sit gracefully over crystal clear waters, nestled among lush tree tops or hugging the shores of pristine white sand. Additionally, the resort offers eight spectacular four to eight bedroom Beach Residences ideally suited to large families, groups of friends and VVIPs seeking the ultimate in space and privacy.

Meanwhile, Amilla Fushi’s sister property Finolhu is set to transform into a soul train of funky festivities, with a surprise act to be announced soon.

World-class entertainment will be on offer at Finolhu’s year-end celebrations, supported by live music, DJ sets and dazzling performances by Area 51. During the day, lots of family friendly festivities and sports tournaments will keep you on your toes.

Bringing a timeless sense of style to the pristine lagoons and rich waters of the Maldives’ Baa atoll, Finolhu, which opened in June 2016, is a refined, retro-inspired island paradise for the fun-loving beach-erati, and an unexpected revival of the halcyon days of the classic chic getaway. With its retro themed Maldives island concept, Finolhu, run by The Small Maldives Island Co., caters to guests seeking fun and adventure on a party atmosphere.

Taj Burrow Wins Thruster Division & Grand Finals At The World’s Most Luxurious Surfing Event

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Australian Taj Burrow has taken out his second consecutive Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy in perfect 3-to-4 foot waves at the right hand reef of Sultans. Burrow surfed an incredible event taking out the Twin Fin and Thruster Division to make it to the Grand Final of the ‘world’s most luxurious surfing event’.
In the Grand Final, Burrow came up against an in form Rob Machado. Machado had been looking dangerous all event finishing first in the Single Fin and second on the Twin Fin. It was Burrow’s fast and critical surfing however that saw him take the overall win with a heat total of 16.73 (out of a possible 20).
“I’m so extremely excited, I’m just having the best time,” Burrow said. “This is such an amazing event, I would have retired earlier if I knew this is what life would be like, it’s too good. I’m so stoked I got to come back here after a win last year, we get so spoiled at the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa and then to come just around the corner and have waves that are this good is such a treat, it’s an incredible place. Winning again is really special to me.”
Burrow hasn’t lost much of his competitive tenacity since retiring from the elite WSL Championship Tour (CT) a year ago. He consistently posted huge scores through all three divisions and into the grand final. In the final of the Thruster event he even posted the only perfect 10-point ride of the event for a super deep tube ride.
“The waves were cooking for this whole event,” Burrow continued. “The forecast wasn’t looking great so to score the waves we did was sick, even getting that barreled today was a nice surprise. Everyone in this event surfs so amazingly I really had to surf out of my skin to win this thing. If I do get to come back next year I’ll be over the moon. It’s definitely one of the sickest events on the planet.”
Machado was returning to the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy for the second time. After failing to make the Grand Final in 2016, Machado returned with something to prove and it showed in his smooth yet aggressive attack. In the final, Machado posted a heat total of 14.93 and as the waves slowed he was unable to find the score he needed to take the lead.
“I have no complaints about finishing second,” Machado said. “Today was actually super tight with who would make it into the Grand Final so it was cool to watch it all play out. It was just great to come back here and have the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa experience again. The waves were so sick for the event as well but it was always going to be hard to beat Taj, the guy is just so good.”
Finishing runner-up in the Thruster Division against Burrow was 2001 WSL Champion C.J. Hobgood. The Floridian goofy foot was a standout all event but came up against a rampaging Burrow in the final. Hobgood was unable to get in a rhythm but was thankful to be apart of the Champions Trophy.
“I can’t believe I got to have this experience it’s definitely once in a lifetime,” Hobgood said. “It was a shame I had such a bad heat in the final but I’m not too disappointed. It’s been great to see all of these old friends and hang out. Waking up in Kuda Huraa, the most perfect island and then cruising on a boat for 2 minutes and you have waves like this, is like a dream.”
Brazilian big wave inspiration Maya Gabeira put on her best performance of the event during the Thruster Division. The goofy foot came just short of a Semifinal berth but was over the moon to have been part of such a special event. She stated this week at the Four Seasons Maldives as a definite life highlight.
“This has been such an amazing time for us here in the Maldives,” Gabeira said. “The Four Seasons Kuda Huraa experience has been like no other, just so luxurious. I don’t usually go on trips looking for fun size waves but I’m glad I came here as the waves are so fun and playful. Surfing with all of the guys was so incredible. They are such amazing surfers and my heroes so it was cool to compete against them. I’ve had the most amazing time at this event.”
Local wildcard Ismail Miglal had his best performance in thruster division posting a heat total of 12.50. He wasn’t able to overcome Hobgood in his Semifinal but was stoked to have had the opportunity to surf with and against his surfing idols.
“This was the most amazing experience of my life,” Miglal said. “Staying in luxury and having my home breaks with no one else out was so cool. It was an honor to surf with my heroes. Watching them surf taught me a lot about my surfing and how I can improve. I loved the experience and will never forget it.”

"World’s Best New Resort" | Soneva Jani

Loading Maldives Offers.... Soneva Jani has strengthened its position as the best new resort in the world, with the latest being the top spot in CNN’s list of hot new hotel openings.

Last month, CNN compiled a list of the best new properties to check into in 2017. Soneva Jani secured the first place.

Other properties that made it to the list include:

  • Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam
  • Las Alcobas, Napa Valley, California
  • The Silo, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Seychelles, Africa
  • Rosewood Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang, Laos
  • W Shanghai – The Bund, Shanghai, China
  • The St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, Dubai
  • Hotel Eden, Rome, Italy
  • Assila Hotel, a Rocco Forte Hotel, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Four Seasons at Ten Trinity Square, London, England
  • Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, California
  • The Fontenay Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
  • Raffles Europejski, Warsaw, Poland
  • SLS Brickell, Miami

Opened in December, Soneva Jani is Soneva’s newest property and its second resort in the Maldives. Soneva Jani encompasses a collection of 24 overwater villas and one island villa set in a 5.6 kilometre private lagoon located in the northern Noonu atoll. The resort spans five islands surrounded by pure white beaches, covered in rich tropical vegetation, offering the ultimate in privacy and luxury.

Each of the resort’s multilevel water villas has its own private pool and a retractable roof that allows guests to sleep beneath the stars. Many villas also have slides that transport guests directly from the top level into the lagoon below. Other hotel highlights include a spa, an observatory — home to the largest telescope in the Indian Ocean — and an outdoor cinema.

Since its opening, Soneva Jani has created a lot of buzz amongst luxury travellers with its exciting features such as the retractable roofs and the water slides. It has also been named the Best Over-the-Top Luxury hotel of the year by Jetsetter.com.

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LUX* SOUTH ARI ATOLL Spices Up Maldivian Night With Local Artists’ Exhibition by Hosting Crafts classes.

Loading Maldives Offers.... LUX* South Ari Atoll hosted arts and crafts classes with a visiting Maldivian artist this week, capping off the event with an art exhibition by two local artists.

Ali during a class at LUX* South Ari Atoll.
For four days, Maldivian artist Ibrahim Ali conducted sessions for interested guests, where they learned about several forms of arts and crafts, including coconut art, marble art, shrinking paper art and accessory making. Guests who signed up for the classes learned to make creative accessories and vibrant artworks from everyday materials found in the Maldives such as coconuts and shells.

Ali, who currently resides in Japan, also held an exhibition of his own art series, called Turquoise. The series presents the natural beauty of the Maldives, especially its turquoise blue waters, through his imagination.

“Kids and adults alike joined my classes and they were all so happy. My idea of art has a fun aspect to it, and I believe that the participants had fun while learning something new. I had a fabulous time too, and LUX* did an amazing job organising this event,” Ali said.

Ali chats with a guest during his art exhibition at LUX* South Ari Atoll. PHOTO/ LUX*
On the final day of the event, LUX* South Ari Atoll spiced up its usual Maldivian Night beach dinner on Tuesday by inviting renowned local artist Hussein ‘Iphpha’ Iffal to join Ali and showcase their work in a joint art exhibition on the beach. Alongside Ali’s Turquoise series, Iffal displayed 10 paintings from his famous coffee-infused art series to a curious audience.

Iffal’s coffee infused art series on display during the Maldivian Night at LUX* South Ari Atoll on Tuesday. PHOTO/ LUX*
Commenting on the event, Hussain Afeef, Regional Director of Training, Development and Quality Assurance at LUX* South Ari Atoll, highlighted the brand’s commitment to promote local culture, heritage and talent, especially amongst the guests. LUX* admires the creativity and uniqueness of talented Maldivian artists, he said.

“We are delighted to have had the opportunity to showcase the talent of Iphpha and Ali. Both of them have added value to our guest experience, and have helped our guests celebrate life. Our team is committed to continuing these initiatives,” Afeef told Maldives Insider.

Ali’s Turquoise series on display during the Maldivian Night at LUX* South Ari Atoll on Tuesday. PHOTO/ LUX*
Fresh from its relaunch late last year, cutting-edge designer villas and world-class dining can be found only a 30-minute seaplane flight away from the main Velana International Airport, making LUX* South Ari Atoll one of the most exciting resorts in the Maldives.

With 187 private villas dotted at the water’s edge along four kilometres of powder fine beach or perched on stilts above a crystal clear lagoon, these spacious pavilions and villas bring an entirely original vibe of coastal, beach house chic to the Maldives.

Sand and shell art done during a class conducted by Ali at LUX* South Ari Atoll.
Excellent eating and drinking is always a cut above the rest at LUX*, and at LUX* South Ari Atoll, there is authentic South East Asian street food in the Maldives’ only over-the-water gourmet night market and world-class Chinese cuisine at East, along with the Japanese restaurant Umami, which offers live teppanyaki and dazzling selection of sakés.

In addition to the usual dining options, on every Tuesday evening, guests at LUX* South Ari Atoll are treated to a feast of authentic Maldivian cuisine set up by the beach. The dinner, ranging from food items such as short eats and curries to live cooking by locals from nearby islands, are complemented by local Bodu Beru dance and music, making it a truly Maldivian Night.

While the resort has a PADI-certified dive
centre, two infinity pools, a floodlit tennis court, a fitness centre and a renowned spa which hosts a wellness concierge and a menu of indulgent treatments, what sets the property apart from its neighbors are surprises, or better known as #ReasonstogoLUX. Designed to create lasting memories for guests, these ‘reasons’ can range from island-roasted coffee in Café LUX* to impromptu movie screenings at cinema paradise and the chance to hang your wishes on the Tree of Wishes.

New spa Menu in Baro Maldives

Loading Maldives Offers.... Baros Maldives has introduced a new range of environmentally-sourced products in its popular Spa. Reflecting this new concept, the Spa has been renamed as “Serenity Spa” to match its reputation as a haven of tranquillity in this romantic, award-winning boutique resort.

The new name ties the enhancement of the treatments and products available to the expertise of the Spa’s therapists, who have each received personalised training in the use of new treatment mediums and techniques. With a decade of experience in individual attention to guests in its unique calm garden setting and blissful comfort, the Spa at Baros is renowned for its relaxing and comforting treatments.

The Spa’s new treatment menu incorporates curative powers of plants combined with entrancing healing traditions. New brands of result-driven ingredients with beautiful sensual aromas have been sourced from the UK, USA and Africa.

The Spa’s new menu features such deluxe treatments as the Tri-scented Lime Infused Luxury Massage incorporating nourishing and hydrating shea butter nuggets or a full body indulgence featuring tropical elements of frangipani or sweet orchid. There is a medley of over 30 therapies for guests to choose from, guided by the advice of the Spa’s skilled practitioners. Guests are also invited to select their own programmes for rejuvenation, relaxation, revival and release.

Emphasis is placed on relaxing and therapeutic spa therapies and utilises products by Elemis, TheraNaka and Coola. Products like Coola, which is certified 70% organic and reef friendly, enable the Spa to offer treatments with ingredients that are compatible with the ecological ethos of Baros Maldives.

The therapists, who have been chosen for their skills as well as their caring and intuitive natures, have full expertise in treatments of all kinds, each treatment adapted to a guest’s unique requirements. The Spa is set in a beautiful, lush tropical garden where serenity saturates the atmosphere and is accessed by over-water stepping stones. It is a tranquil haven where complete wellbeing in body, mind and soul is made possible.

Guests are welcome to enjoy a complimentary 15-minute Spa Taster on the day of their arrival at Baros Maldives, or on the next day. This is designed to familiarise guests with the Serenity Spa concept and to enable them to decide which of the various Spa experiences would suit their individual requirements best.

Baros Maldives is a private, Maldivian-owned island of 75 beach and over-water villas, acclaimed in 2016 as the World’s Most Romantic Resort & The Maldives’ Leading Boutique Resort by the World Travel Awards, and as Number 14 out of the World’s Top 25 Luxury Hotels by TripAdvisor 2017.

Dr. Jitendra Varshey appointed as the Spa director of SIX SENSES LAAMU

Loading Maldives Offers.... Six Senses Laamu is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jitendra Varshney as spa director. Six Senses Spa Laamu features four uniquely designed couple’s treatment nests, two secluded couple treatment champas plus two champas for Ayurveda and one for Thai massage. Along with the signature Six Senses treatments, locally inspired and Ayurvedic massages are also available. Guests can opt for wellness classes such as Mindfulness Meditation, Pranayama and Aerial Yoga or for tailor-made Integrated Wellness programs.

Doctor Jitendra (or Dr. J) joined Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives as a wellness practitioner and spa manager in June 2015 and was promoted to spa director in June 2017. In this role, Dr. Jitendra is overseeing the Six Senses Spa’s daily operations, the Integrated Wellness programs and the Visiting Practitioner programs. With his holistic approach to wellness and people-driven personality, Dr. Jitendra believes in spending time with guests to help them understand the real meaning of balance and how to achieve it and leading them on the path of wellbeing.

Dr. J is a highly motivated postgraduate in Ayurvedic medicine and certified Yoga and Reiki master, with extensive experience in both the hospitality and the health industry. He specializes in Ayurvedic and Integrated Wellness consultations, guest treatment plans and Reiki therapies. He has spent the past 11 years in India managing spas and wellness centers, such as Leo Juventa Medi Spa, Three Graces by Amatraa Spa and Ananda in the Himalayas. During the past few years he has been focusing on lifestyle consultations, therapeutic yoga and nutritional advice.

Marteyne van Well, general manager of Six Senses Laamu says, “We are very happy to have Dr. J leading
Six Senses Laamu Spa team. His commitment towards our core value of Pioneering Wellness along with his extensive experience and skills, he drives inspiration for our guests to lead a healthier lifestyle and at the same time offers them a unique Spa experience.”

First flight of THAI AIRASIA lands in Maldives…

Loading Maldives Offers.... The first flight of Thai AirAsia landed in the Maldives on 11th of August . The new route from Bangkok to Male’ was launched on 14 June 2017 with a  special promotional fair starting from USD99.

According to AirAsia, direct flights will be held daily from Bangkok to Male’. With the first flight of Thai AirAsia to Maldives will open doors for not only travelers looking for a luxury stay but will cater to all types of travelers since Maldives offers a wide variety of accommodations starting from guest houses to luxurious resorts.

This is a huge milestone achieved to the tourism industry of Maldives and AirAsia which will change the perspective of travelers which portrays Maldives as only a luxury destination.

Thailand is a emerging market market for Maldives with an increasing number of arrivals from the market in previous years. In 2016, 16,451 arrivals were recorded from Thailand which is an increase of 3.4 percent compared to the previous year. Looking to the latest arrival figures, by June this year Maldives have welcomed 9,276 which is an increase of 18.9 percent compared to the same period last year.

Maldive's new eco-resort setting a whole new standard to travel experience

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As beach holiday destinations go, the Maldives is about as good as it gets. Hot sun, over-water villas, white, talc-like sand, psychedelic snorkelling, glittering turquoise water stretching for miles… it’s all par for the course if you book a holiday here.
Soneva Jani, the new luxury eco-resort and latest A-list bolt-hole on Medhufaru in Noonu Atoll, about 125 miles north of the country’s capital Malé, is on quite another almost nutty level.
Set on a lagoon large enough to hold 7,000 Olympic swimming pools, and so fluorescently blue it looks as if someone has switched on a lightbulb underneath the sea, it almost doesn’t feel real when you arrive.

Imagine Cubby Broccoli’s reinterpretation of Robinson Crusoe, and that goes some way to describing the childish wonderment we felt after stepping off the seaplane and being greeted at the dock by our ‘Man Friday’, Roman.
A young ex-soldier from Ukraine with flawless English, Roman welcomed us with fresh coconut water and icy towels infused with orange water. Then he golf-carted us through forests of screwpine and banyan trees to our villa, the last on the bleached-wood boardwalk that runs higgledy-piggledy through the middle of the island.

To the south are four more islands that belong to Medhufaru – an archipelago, really, more than an island – all of which are deserted.
In terms of space, Roman told us, Soneva Jani (the Sanskrit word for ‘wisdom’) is one of the lowest-density resorts in the world, with only 25 villas on 150 acres of land. If you are seeking seclusion – like former guests Will Smith and Kate Winslet – then this is the place for you.

Many of the villas have a water slide running from the living room to the lagoon – though sadly not ours.
However, we did have a remote-controlled retractable ceiling over our bed so we could stargaze from our pillows – forget rose petals strewn over the sheets, this, surely, is the definition of romance, no?
Oh, and the view. We could have gone on a dolphin cruise but often we could see them from our villa. Sightings of 100-strong pods of bottlenoses spinning and somersaulting along the reef are by no means an unusual sight, according to Roman. (There are harmless baby sharks too, deposited by their mothers in the lagoon to avoid predators.)
Sonu Shivdasani and his Swedish wife Eva, pioneers of the luxury eco- resort concept and founders of the Soneva ‘chain’ (Soneva Fushi, Jani’s sister resort, is about 80 minutes away by speedboat, and there is also Soneva Kiri in Thailand), they know their jaded luxury traveller inside out.

The guest who wants something a bit purer, a bit more authentic than the normal, no-holds-barred, seven-star experience, but at the same time needs his or her creature comforts.
From our lime-green Smeg fridge to the undulating roof shingles of the villas mimicking the ocean; from the purple cushion pads on our pedals so we could ride our bikes everywhere shoeless; to the glass floor in the guest bathroom so you can watch the fishes while you, er, ablute… no detail has been overlooked.
In the ‘gathering’, the three-storeyed beating heart of the resort, eerily lit at night by giant neon-blue jellyfish sculptures suspended from the ceiling, there is a sushi room, a 24/7 home-made chocolate and ice-cream room with 50 flavours, and an overwater spa.
At So Starstruck, the resort’s turreted open-air observatory, the first of its kind in the Maldives, you can have dinner with the resort’s resident astronomer Mike Dalley (low-light pollution means the Maldives is a magnet for astronomers all over the world) and, while you’re having dessert, witness the resort’s ridiculously large telescope emerging silently, like something devised by Q, out of the glass floor in the middle of the deck.

The high-tech experience is the perfect foil to the resort’s ‘No Shoes, No News’ ethos (each guest is given a beautiful linen bag to put his or her shoes in at the beginning of the holiday and strongly urged not to put them back on again until they leave).
Only marginally less Bond-like than the telescope is the overwater ‘silent’ cinema, again the first of its kind in the Maldives, kitted out with divinely comfortable, yards-deep sofas and overwater hammocks, where guests are all provided with Bluetooth headphones.
This is in part not to disturb the giant mangrove crabs which, like all the flora and fauna here, are treated with the utmost respect (golf carts brake for them and they are never eaten). They are out in force immediately dusk falls and, with their massive pincers, you wouldn’t want to brave this particular part of the island shoeless at night.
The Shivdasanis are passionate environmentalists and the resort’s central ethos is to keep its ecological footprint as faint as possible.
Light shades set out on the beach for night-time barbecues are made out of recycled bedsheets, straws out of recycled paper, and drinking glasses out of recycled glass… with no plastic bottles anywhere.
Solar is a big part of the resort’s power source and each of the pools uses seawater that has been UV-filtered. All the fresh water is also produced on site, via the resort’s own desalination system, and, through the resort’s Eco Centro ‘Waste to Wealth’ Centre, 81 per cent of waste products are recycled.

An extensive organic vegetable garden supplies most of the resort’s produce. (Tomatoes, apparently are tricky, but the rocket, asparagus and baby bananas are absolutely to die for…)
Home-made kiln-baked pizza, ‘build your own’ stir-fries, giant grilled shrimp or freshly caught reef fish, burrata and heirloom tomato salads… the food caters to the fussiest eaters.
Please, though, try the Maldivian cuisine, especially a local breakfast speciality called mashuni, a mixture of freshly grated coconut, chilli and canned tuna.
The icing on the cake was the last day when I wistfully put on my ‘real’ clothes to go home. I didn’t hold back on the basil and yogurt sorbet or focaccia bread and tapenade, and yet, amazingly, my jeans felt at least a size too large.
I returned home a week ago, and ever since I’ve been plotting ways to somehow get back.

Laid-back luxe:Maldives holiday homes and private islands for sale from £2.3m with virgin beaches, crystal water and winter sun

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The popularity of the Maldives among big spenders has never been greater — anyone looking to buy a home on one of the 1,200 tiny, low-level islands will find only a handful of options, all top dollar.The popularity of the Maldives among big spenders has never been greater — anyone looking to buy a home on one of the 1,200 tiny, low-level islands will find only a handful of options, all top dollar.

The exclusive Indian Ocean nation of the Maldives is not your typical holiday home destination.
There are no golf course resorts, no Renaissance homes layered in culture and certainly no Florida-style theme parks. Anyone looking to buy a home on one of the 1,200 tiny, low-level islands will find only a handful of options, all top dollar.
Yet the popularity of the Maldives among big spenders has never been greater, with the number of recent five-star hotel openings reaching fever pitch. Ten opened in just a few months last year, each trying to outdo the other with underwater restaurants and resident mixologists.
The Maldives hasn’t always been a five-star destination, say Sonu and Eva Shivdasani, husband-and-wife hoteliers whose newest offering, Soneva Jani, was one of the most anticipated openings of last year.
Their first resort, Soneva Fushi, opened in 1995 and arguably did more than any to put the Maldives on the map.
There are now 120-plus resorts keeping to the model of one island, one resort. Yet when Eva first visited in 1980, there were four hotels in all.
“Even when we opened Soneva Fushi, the Maldives were regarded as more of a three-star destination,” says Sonu. “The Maldives truly were mass market well into the Nineties.”
Soneva Fushi knocked that concept out of the crystal-clear Indian Ocean waters, attracting a wealthy A-list crowd of holidaying celebrities, Paul McCartney and Madonna among them.
Beach living: Soneva Fushi homes, built largely from bamboo, wood and palm leaves, start from £2.6 million
After 22 years of operation its repeat rates are nearly double the region’s average, thanks to its “barefoot luxury” concept of personal butlers and laid-back desert island charm.
It’s all wrapped up with a genuine drive for marine sustainability in one of the Earth’s most photogenic but fragile areas. Soneva Fushi was first to offer property for sale in the Maldives, selling detached beachfront Robinson Crusoe-style homes on 50-year renewable leases.
The rustic homes, constructed largely from bamboo, wood and palm leaves, start from £2.6 million. So far 10 have sold, all placed back into the rental pool for hotel guests.
​Soneva Jani is in the northern Noonu Atoll, 40 minutes by float plane from the capital Mal, on five palm-fringed islands around a remarkable turquoise lagoon. It has the largest overwater villas in the Maldives with a fun factor that includes retractable roofs to watch the night sky, a slide from your private roof terrace into the lagoon, and an open-air, overwater cinema.
Residents might be living in barefoot bliss but they are being looked after in five-star luxury, complete with a world-class sommelier managing an extensive wine cellar.
These are trophy homes, agrees Sonu, normally a fourth or fifth property for the fortunate few buyers, but with the additional benefit of a demonstrable net cash yield of four per cent achieved annually for owners at Soneva Fushi.
Luxury facilities: Soneva Fushi has operated for over 20 years as a five-star hotel and was the first Maldives resort to offer property for sale
Four buyers have signed up at Soneva Jani — Swedish, American, Chinese and British purchasers — paying from £2.3 million for the 24 completed overwater villas or 30 off-plan island homes.
Vladi Private Islands is selling entire islands in the Maldives, from four undeveloped acres 15 minutes from the international airport, up to a five-star resort on 38.8 acres with 100 hotel rooms.
Small virgin islands with a development permit start from about £3.8 million, says Tatjana Simonsen from Vladi. The distance to Mal’s international airport, the quality of the house reef, any existing infrastructure and how the island will be used all influence the price.
Along with the other, more affordable Indian Ocean islands of Mauritius and Seychelles, projects in the Maldives are encouraging British buyers to look east from more familiar Caribbean winter sun homes.
“The Indian Ocean’s excellent marine environment, high level of service and cultural diversity have all helped the region gain ground from the Caribbean,” says Sonu. “For property owners we can demonstrate that like-for-like villas have risen 40 per cent in price.”