Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Announces Construction Of First-Of-Its-Kind Undersea Residence

Destination Resort Invests $15 Million to Develop a Unique Sleeping Under the Sea Experience Debuting Q4 2018

The master bedroom on the upper deck offers sweeping views of the ocean
The master bedroom on the upper deck offers sweeping views of the ocean

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island announced today the submersion of what is believed to be the world’s first undersea residence, which will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2018. The result of a significant $15 million USD investment, this revolutionary concept will transform the Maldives experience for travelers who want to be truly immersed within the natural beauty of the Indian Ocean. As the first international hotel brand to enter the Maldivian market 20 years ago and home to the world’s first undersea restaurant, Ithaa, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island continues to pioneer and innovate with the groundbreaking introduction of the undersea residence.

Undersea villa Corridor
Undersea villa Corridor

Aptly named THE MURAKA or coral in Dhivehi, the local language of the Maldives, the undersea residence gives guests an intimate and immersive experience of one of the Earth’s most breathtaking marine environments. Muraka is designed to blend into its environment, giving guests’ unparalleled views of the Indian Ocean at every turn. With vibrant colors and a diverse array of marine life all around, Muraka’s residents will be able to sleep alongside the wonders of the abundant and colorful marine life that inhabit the sea.

The underwater bathroom looks out onto the floor of the Indian Ocean
The underwater bathroom looks out onto the floor of the Indian Ocean

“Driven by our inspiration to deliver innovative and transformative experiences to our global travelers, the world’s first undersea residence encourages guests to explore the Maldives from an entirely new perspective below the surface of the sea,” said Ahmed Saleem, a Director at Crown Company and chief architect and designer of the undersea residence. “THE MURAKA marks our second venture in underwater architecture and technology, next to Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, which is celebrating its 13th anniversary this month. Through our rich history of being a trailblazer in innovative luxury hospitality, we are proud to remain at the forefront of cutting-edge design, technology and architecture.”

The deck, anchored on the end of the villa, is perfect for watching the sunrise

Envisioned by Crown Company Director Ahmed Saleem, and realized by Mike Murphy, leading engineer at M J Murphy Ltd., a New Zealand-based company that specializes in aquarium technology, the undersea residence is a two-level structure comprised of space above the sea level and an undersea suite designed for sleeping under the ocean’s surface. The undersea suite features a king size bedroom, living area, bathroom and spiral staircase that leads to the upper level living room. The undersea bedroom floor level sits five meters (16.4 feet) below sea level, providing uninterrupted views of the surrounding marine environment. With the adoption of state-of-the-art technology, Muraka’s distinct design is akin to Ithaa’s with the curved acrylic dome, which boasts 180-degree panoramic views of the wonders of the Indian Ocean’s intricate marine life.

 

The lower deck floor plan

Muraka’s upper level features a twin-size bedroom, bathroom, powder room, gym, butler’s quarters, private security quarters, integrated living room, kitchen, bar and dining, which features a deck that purposely faces the direction of the sunset for optimal viewing pleasure. On the opposite side of the villa sits the relaxation deck that faces the direction of sunrise and is complete with an infinity swimming pool. The upper level also contains an additional king size bedroom and bathroom, which boasts a masterfully appointed ocean-facing bathtub, ideal for soaking in views of the endless horizon. In total, Muraka can accommodate up to nine guests.

 

The upper deck floor plan
The upper deck floor plan

“Through our development of the world’s first undersea residence, we continue to shine a light on the Maldives as a luxury destination as well as a cultural and natural wonder for global travelers,” said Stefano Ruzza, General Manager at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. “We are excited to present Muraka’s unique sleeping under the sea experience to our future guests, providing them with an extraordinary seascape of the Maldives from an entirely new perspective.”

“We are excited to see THE MURAKA bring to life the contemporary design, leading innovation and entrepreneurial spirit that serve as the foundation for the Conrad brand, said Martin Rinck, Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton. “With the development of the world’s first undersea residence, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island will offer visitors the opportunity to experience the Maldives like never before.”

Located in the Maldives’ best diving and snorkeling spots, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has created a space that invites and inspires with a distinctive design that flows harmoniously with the natural environment. The resort features purposefully designed villas and suites, 12 award-winning restaurants and bars, two spas and a selection of culturally inspired experiences set against the awe-inspiring Maldivian surroundings. With the introduction of the world’s first undersea residence, Conrad Maldives continues to evolve the diversity of experiences offered to guests.

For more information and for reservations, please visit http://www.conradmaldives.com/

 

About Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
A celebration of design and human spirit, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island expresses an accord of form, function and innovation in driving hospitality trends that has set the benchmark in its style. Rejecting trends in design to create a space that invites, and inspires with a distinctive design that sits in perfect harmony with the natural environment. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is an inspirational backdrop featuring intuitive service, infinite connections and a distinctive mix of once-in-a-lifetime experiences making it an extraordinary destination for couples and families to discover paradise. Join the conversation and #ConradMaldives  # TheMuraka. Instagram @conrad_maldives, Facebook @conradmaldivesrangaliisland, Twitter @conradmaldives. Soak in Rangali Island by visiting our YouTube channel and immerse in a 360-degree view.

About Conrad Hotels & Resorts
Conrad Hotels & Resorts is the destination for the new generation of smart luxury travelers for whom life, business and pleasure seamlessly intersect. Conrad offers its guests an innovative way to Stay Inspired through curated collections of 1-hour, 3-hour or 5-hour experiences, available through www.stayinspired.com. Guests can manage their stay through the Conrad Concierge service in the Hilton Honors mobile app, getting access to pre check-in and room selection, to ordering in-room dining and mobile checkout, all from their own mobile device. Consisting of over 30 properties across five continents, Conrad is part of Hilton, a leading global hospitality company. Connect with Conrad by booking at www.conradhotels.com or through the Hilton Honors mobile app. Learn more about the brand by visiting news.conradhotels.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@conradhotels).

Fushifaru Maldives introduces Indigenous Maldivian guest experiences

From climbing coconut trees to boduberu drumming, discover your inner explorer

Fushi faru AROUND-THE-ISLAND-7

One of the Maldives’ newest boutique resorts, Fushifaru Maldives, located on the far North East border of Faadhippolhu Atoll, more popularly known as Lhaviyani Atoll, made waves with a first-of-its-kind arrival ritual by welcoming all guests to the island with the blowing of the Sangu or Sea Conch (a significant aspect of Maldivian cultural history, the Sangu was traditionally used by village elders to call the community to attention for important announcements), thus marking the first of a collection of indigenous Maldivian experiences available at the resort.

SANGU - CONCH SHELL BLOWING ON ARRIVAL - IMAGE CREDIT FUSHIFARU MALDIVES

Diversifying the Coconut

For guests looking to channel their inner Robinson Crusoe, learn to climb a Coconut Tree at our Coconut Tree Climbing Masterclass – a solid 99 minutes of laughter-filled bonding with one of the many beautiful coconut trees on the island, all supervised by an experienced member of our recreation team. COCONUT WATER POP-UP - IMAGE CREDIT FUSHIFARU MALDIVESLearning to scale the smooth, sturdy trunk barefoot or with a piece of strong cloth gives beginners a great sense of accomplishment, not to mention fantastic photos! Climbing trees is a staple skill amongst the islanders to gather coconuts and palm fronds for making everything from twine and baskets to mats and fans and to harvest fruits, leaves and spices that typify traditional Maldivian cuisine. Guests will also get to see the fruits of their labour, taking home their very own island-made mats and baskets.

Guests are also invited to experience other interactive activities, from toddy tapping and milking of coconuts to the making of pure coconut oil. They can also try their hand at weaving traditional Maldivian rope using the coir of dried coconut husks, as well as Cadjan weaving using dried coconut leaves – essentially making the roofs over their villas!

Boduberu Beat

For guests who are more musically inclined, Fushifaru’s Boduberu Beat session gives them a chance to try their hand at playing the boduberu drum made traditionally from the trunk of the coconut tree. This traditional Maldivian instrument bears influence from the music in East and Southwest Africa that was brought to the islands by sailors from the Indian Ocean around the 11th century.

BODUBERU MASTERCLASS - IMAGE CREDIT FUSHIFARU MALDIVESStarting first with steady rhythms before gaining tempo and reaching a loud, festive and exhilarating crescendo that is referred to as “vibrating the island”, the session also features dancers who will accompany guests by jumping, swaying and singing along to the music. The interactive, energetic nature of Boduberu Beat makes for a great workout and an immersive Maldivian music experience for all ages.

Maldivian Cooking Class

For gastronomes and those curious about the culinary arts of the local islands, the resort offers a hands-on Maldivian Cooking Class on Maldivian Tuna Curry, Mashuni – a staple Maldivian salad of tuna flakes, chopped onions, tomatoes, chilli and a sprinkle of lime, accompanied by steaming hot Roshi – Maldivian flatbread.

Fushi Trail and Faru Discovery

TRADITIONAL MALDIVIAN EXPERIENCES - IMAGE CREDIT FUSHIFARU MALDIVESA conservationist’s favourite, guests will be guided by the resort’s Resident Explorer to discover and learn about the diverse flora and fauna that make this exquisite little island a wonder both above and below the waterline. This includes spotting the island’s two Resident rabbits! Occasionally, guests may even be treated to a mother turtle laying her eggs right outside a villa. As custodians of conservation, each guest is encouraged to contribute in any small way to saving the planet, all whilst enjoying the wonders of idyllic island life.

Villa Amenities

Designed to amplify the joys of island life at Fushifaru, each guest villa offers servings of Athujehi – spicy fish chips famously made on the neighbouring local island of Hinnavaru,

FRESHLY SCRAPPED COCONUT FLESH - IMAGE CREDIT FUSHIFARU MALDIVESKaashi – coconut meat often accompanied with dried tuna, Theluli Bambukeyo – breadfruit chips usually served at a housewarming, and Laagulha – Molucca bean which is also used as traditional medicine. Not forgetting our Very Important Kids, children will also receive traditional toys including Madhoshi – red sandalwood seeds usually collected by local island children to play games with, and Boli – cowrie shells that were used as the first form of currency in the Maldives.

Merging quintessential Maldivian design with modern aesthetics in its 49 beach and water villas; Fushifaru Maldives is an ideal escape for adventurers, conservationists and traditionalists.

For reservations and enquiries, kindly email Reservations at [email protected]  or visit www.fushifaru.com. Alternatively, follow us on Facebook Instagram and Twitter for daily updates.

Maagiri Hotel reveals high-end 52 rooms

Situated in front of Hulhumalé ferry terminal and next to Hulhulé ferry terminal in Boduthakurufaanu Magu, Maagiri Hotel, had finally opened its doors to the public.

The inauguration of the 9-storey USD 6 million (MVR 92.5 million) hotel, was held by Regent Maldives investors, on Saturday morning. The company’s top officials were Crown Company’s Director Ahmed Nazeer, Lily Hotel’s Director Ahmed Hafeez, Abdul Muhusin and former President Ibrahim Nasir’s wife Naseema Mohamed Kaleyfaanu.

The four-star hotel, which had been built where Maldives’ first ever guest house was in the 1970s, room per night starts from USD 120 per night.

Coming with latest facilities, 100 and 62 occupancy restaurants, café, conference hall, meeting room, fitness centre.

The hotel’s four-category rooms are:

Executive Suite – 6 Suites / Max 4 Adults / 50 SQM / Ocean View / King Size Bed (203cm X 203cm)

The Executive Suite ensures the utmost luxury and comfort for its guests.
Designed to separate the bedroom and living area, guests can leave entertainment and work at the doorstep for an uninterrupted 8 hours of sleep.

The Executive Suite offers plenty of space with room to spare. Indulge in its scenic views without leaving the suite’s premises.

Junior Suite – 6 Suites / Max 3 Adults / 41 SQM / Ocean View / King Size Bed (203cm X 203cm)

Located on the eastern wing of the building, Junior Suites add a breath of fresh air to your stay at Maagiri Hotel, with nothing but the ocean blues surrounding the suites.

Catch up with your acquaintances and entertain your guests at the separate lounging area, whilst sipping on the various coffee flavours on offer.

Isolate yourself in the calm surroundings the suite has to offer and look forward to every trip to Malé city.

Premier Ocean View Room: 20 Rooms / Max 3 Adults / 22-24 SQM / Ocean View / King Size Bed (203cm X 203cm)

Catch a glimpse of one of the biggest infrastructural additions to the Maldives – Hulhulé- Malé bridge; right from your bedside.

In this cosy yet, spacious room treat yourself to a variety of TV channels and detach yourself from the daily worries.

In the vicinity of the room, all your basic necessities are at your fingertips. If not, opt to call the reception to care for your customized needs. End your busy day in Maagiri Hotel and wake up feeling refreshed and energized to start the day.

Premier Room – 20 Rooms / Max 3 Adults / 22-24 SQM / City View / King Size Bed (203cm X 203cm)

Immerse yourself in Malé city and enjoy what it truly means to be in this city, by taking in the view of busiest districts in the city.

Find solace in these warmly lighted rooms and its light grey hues, while you take your mid-day break during your busy day in the city.

Located in a fantastic spot in the capital city Malé, from the terrace you can view beautiful sunrises, exciting scenes like flights landing at the airport island Hulhulé, and Malé – Hulhulé bridge.

Facilities of the Maagiri Hotel are:

Dining

Coffee Curve

Coffee Curve with its jazzier vibes is the perfect place to grab that quick cup of coffee or have a quick mid-day snack. It provides a mix of refreshing juices and iced teas. A lighter menu of sandwiches, burgers, wraps, pastries and sugary confections are selected to give a boost of energy.

Whether it’s an espresso or a café frappe, the service at Coffee Curve ensures the best of coffee.

Faru restaurant

Offering choices of semi-fine dining with stylish buffets, express meals and a la carte dishes, Faru is a place to have your lunch and reconnect. A place to get away from the tropical heat with one of the delightfully fresh juices and chilled mojitos. Faru is the perfect place for different occasions and gives you an ideal space for gatherings.

With its refined décor and efficient service, Faru is the place for family dinners, corporate lunches and intimate wedding events.

Peak restaurant

A fantastic terrace with panoramic views of the ocean, Peak with a lounge as well lends an air of exclusivity with unpretentious service. Prepared with passion and served in a stylish atmosphere with a warm service, the menu offers you tantalizing dishes.

The peak is the place for your social lunch and it is an enamouring escape in the evening twilight. Clearly a spot for winding down with a masterly crafted mocktail, enjoying the hues of the sunset with a sharing platter or a gourmet burger.

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the city, Peak is a frequent spot for friends, families and associates.

Wedding & Celebrations

Overlooking the ocean, Maagiri Hotel offers you ideal spaces for your gatherings and celebrations. A special aspect, the hotel being on the street where the arrival jetties are located provides your guests easy access to the event.

Whether it is an intimate wedding or a proud celebration, Maagiri Hotel provides its customers with a joyous occasion, complete with all amenities such an event needs with a warm ambience and efficient service.

Fitness & Gym

gym
gym

A fully-equipped gym with cardio machines and weights gives you that sense of routine. Lending you scenic views of the morning sky, the gym at Maagiri Hotel makes your morning sessions more amazing.

Professional service and the well-kept gym at Maagiri Hotel ensures you stay fit away from home.

Events & Meetings

meeting rooms

Be it a corporate event or a business meeting, Maagiri Hotel is proud to host corporate guests for a perfect stay every time. With executive needs in mind, complete with high-speed internet, Maagiri Hotel provides the ideal space for important events and functions.

Whether Malé for a meeting or in between flights or looking to organize a lovely weekend with a mix of business and leisure, Maagiri hotel assures the best that Malé city can offer in hospitality.

Eddie Ng Joins Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives as Executive Chef

Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives has appointed Eddie Ng as Executive Chef.

A Singapore national, Eddie has worked at leading hotels and resorts such as The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, Hotel InterContinental Dubai, Crowne Plaza Sanya, Crowne Plaza Shenyang Parkview, Hilton Hangzhou Qiandao Lake Resort and most recently at the helm of culinary operations as Executive Chef at the Radisson Blu Chongqing Sha Ping Ba.

Eddie’s love of cooking developed very early in life as he watched and helped his grandmother who sold Asian noodles and other delicacies. Over the years his culinary influences evolved as he travelled extensively and shared professional kitchens with chefs from around the world.

“My culinary style is a very personalized and simple way of cooking that always allows the ingredients to shine,” said Chef Eddie. “I love to ‘go local’ and source hero ingredients from the local markets and vendors; my appreciation of fresh and seasonal produce is evident in all my dishes and menus. I am truly excited to be part of the team at Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives – working together with a multicultural team catering to discerning guests with the highest of expectations in one of the most sought-after destinations in the world is a chef’s dream come true!”

One&Only appoints Jan Tibaldi as General Manager at One&Only Reethi Rah

One&Only, created exclusively for the ultra-luxury market and conceived as a hallmark of excellence, has announced the appointment of established industry leader Jan Tibaldi as General Manager of One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives. In his new role, Jan will be responsible for the overall operation and strategic development of the award-winning all-villa resort, as well as leading the One&Only Reethi Rah Team to continue to create unrivalled guest experiences.

Jan brings almost 30 years of international experience in the luxury hospitality industry to One&Only Reethi Rah, having previously held senior positions at some of the most prestigious luxury hotels in the world, including prior roles with One&Only. Prior to joining One&Only Reethi Rah, Jan held the role of General Manager at The PuLi Hotel and Spa, a 5-star resort in Shanghai, China. He has held notable senior leadership positions at global luxury hotel brands including Oberoi, Viceroy and Four Seasons. Jan holds a degree in Hospitality Management from Cornell University in the USA.

“I am thrilled to welcome Jan Tibaldi back to One&Only. One&Only Reethi Rah is an extraordinary resort that sets the standard for ultra-luxury in the Indian Ocean, offering unrivalled style, unparalleled privacy and truly unique experiences for guests to discover,” said Philippe Zuber, President and Chief Operating Officer, One&Only Resorts. “His global expertise and extensive background in the luxury hotel sector is a fantastic asset for One&Only. Led by Jan, the passionate team at One&Only Reethi Rah will go on to achieve even greater success.”

Oil Aboard the Coconut Express at Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort

The health and beauty benefits of locally produced coconut oil feature in a special massage offer from the Navasana Spa at the Outrigger in the Maldives

Navasana Coconut Oil Photo
Pride of the island: Konotta’s own coconut oil, made for health and beauty, is among the locally produced items at the resort’s Outrigger Trading Company shop

This April, the Navasana Spa at Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort celebrates one year of producing its own coconut oil on the island. The coconut oil is all-natural 100% pure, made by the spaís therapists who hand press it from the naturally fallen mature coconuts around the island.

The oil is used in an increasing number of treatments at the resortís Navasana Spa. It is also popular with guests as a healthy product to take home.

The oil is rich in fibres, vitamins and minerals. It can be applied externally or ingested to achieve various beauty, health and comfort benefits.

It takes approximately 50 mature, fallen coconuts to make 2.5 litres of pure coconut oil. Over the last year, the staff has perfected the process which involves gathering, dehusking and shredding the coconuts. They then squeeze the milk-juice from the grated coconut and discard the residue.

The spa staff then chill the coconut milk overnight or until it sets. The top solid layer is gently removed, cooked on constant heat, stirring until the oil separates and is clear. It is then bottled. Itís a two-day process.

“We’re getting better at it all the time,” says Amanda Burleigh, spa manager at the Outrigger. “We can now produce beautiful clear oil to a very consistent high quality.”

That liquid gold has numerous benefits when ingested or applied to the body.

As a beauty treatment well-refined coconut oil nourishes hair, acts as a natural makeup remover or facial night cream. It can be used as a body moisturiser, as an after-shave balm, and for soothing skin exposed to too much sun.

As a well-being treatment, good quality coconut oil, when consumed, is a great source of healthy fats, can increase absorption of calcium and magnesium and can improve sleep patterns. When used in food it supports healthy thyroid function. Applied topically, the oil is said to have a benign affect on mosquito bites and acne.

For babies, children and pregnant mums, coconut oil is a good diaper cream and a natural baby lotion. It can be applied to limit stretch marks. Ingesting a couple of tablespoons a day may increase a motherís milk supply.

Indigenous Konotta coconut oil is proving popular with visitors to the resort. They take it home as a souvenir for US$18 for a 100 ml bottle or US$32 for 250 ml.

“The hosts at the spa take great pride in manufacturing a popular product that reflects the best of our beautiful island,” says Amanda.

The coconut oil is one of a handful of new products now being produced on Konotta (“coconut”) island by Outrigger hosts, using only local Maldivian ingredients.

Wine socks
Wine socks

Apart from the Navasana Spa coconut oil, the Outrigger Trading Company shop also retails popular “wine sock” coasters that fit over the base of stemmed wine glasses to absorb condensation. These are produced by the resort’s creative tailor.

Outrigger Trading Company Clocks
Outrigger Trading Company Clocks

The shop also sells Outrigger clocks made from the red sandalwood tree which grows abundantly on local islands. The clocks are created by Outrigger’s carpenters on Konotta.

Outrigger Maldives Spa and Massage Offer
To celebrate the 1st anniversary of coconut oil production on Konotta island, the Navasana Spa at the Outrigger is offering a free 30-minute massage for two and two 100ml bottles of Konotta coconut oil for guests who book a Maldives holiday on outrigger.com. The offer is exclusive to outrigger.com bookings only. Click //www.outrigger.com/specials/mok/free-massage to find out more.

ABOUT THE OUTRIGGER KONOTTA MALDIVES RESORT
A truly unspoiled paradise, itís ìyour own private world,î surrounded by pristine natural beauty and unmatched luxury. Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort offers a sense of complete privacy and remote luxury, surrounded by natural beauty. Set on a private island in the azure Indian Ocean, the resort features spacious stunning villas, all with private pools. Guests can enjoy a range of activities including, innovative dining experiences, rejuvenating spa treatments, and world-class water sports and scuba diving at our Reef Centre.

The award-winning Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort offers guests the largest average villa sizes in the Maldives. Comprising 29 Beach Pool Villas, 21 Ocean Pool Villas, two Lagoon Pool Villas and the three-bedroom Grand Konotta Villa, the resort offers a complete sense of privacy and intimate luxury. Captivate your senses with innovative dining concepts, the Navasana Spa, and high-end facilities. In between your diving lesson and massage, indulge in sumptuous Maldivian cuisine or a glass of white Burgundy in one of our restaurants or the comfort of your villa. As the sun sets, sample Japanese single malts at our Teppan bar while drinking in endless ocean views.

The private island of Konotta is located 211 miles (340 kilometres) to the south of MalÈ and is conveniently accessible via a 55-minute flight from MalÈ to Kaadedhdhoo Airport followed by a scenic 30-minute journey on a luxurious private yacht. Visit the property on Outrigger.com.

ABOUT OUTRIGGER HOTELS AND RESORTS
Outrigger Hotels and Resorts is a privately held leisure lodging, retail and hospitality company with corporate offices in Hawaii and operating globally in the Asia-Pacific, Oceania and Indian Ocean regions. From its Outrigger Signature Experiences to its Outrigger DISCOVERY loyalty program, the values-based company invites guests to escape ordinary with exceptional hospitality and authentic cultural experiences, incorporating local traditions and customs at each of its properties worldwide. Founded in 1947, Outrigger has grown into a highly successful, multi-branded portfolio of hotels, condominiums and vacation resort properties, including OutriggerÆ Resorts, OHANA Hotels by OutriggerÆ, Hawaii Vacation Condos by OutriggerÆ, Embassy SuitesÆ, Best WesternÆ, Wyndham Vacation OwnershipÆ and Hilton Grand VacationsTM. Outrigger currently operates and/or has under development 37 properties with approximately 6,500 rooms located in Hawaii (Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii Island); Guam; Fiji; Thailand; Mauritius; and the Maldives. Find out; find Outrigger at www.outrigger.com  or visit @OutriggerResorts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa set for November debut

JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa will be opening on the island of Vagaru, Shaviyani Atoll, in November.

The 61-villa property will be headed up by renowned general manager Marc Gussing and will bring fierce competition to the Maldives with highlights including a private pool with every villa, a treetop restaurant, an and expansive wine cellar.

The hotel will be a scenic 55-minute seaplane flight from Velana International Airport, Male.

Guests will have a choice between five villa categories ranging from 234sqm to 638sqm, all of which come with private pools and spacious wooden decks.
There will be 29 secluded one- and two-bedroom beach villas nestled amongst the island’s lush greenery, each with its own private beach area.

For guests who like to fall asleep to the sound of the ocean there will be 32 villas standing majestically on stilts over the glistening Laccadive Sea and one spectacular four-bedroom Royal Water Villa that will come complete with nanny’s quarters.

A serene Spa by JW will provide guests with the chance to fully re-charge and relax on their holiday.

Six treatments rooms, one Royal Treatment Suite, a gym, yoga pavilion and beauty salon will ensure guests return to the UK feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Additionally, the resort will offer The Pier, an ever-changing pop-up dining concept open at differing times throughout the year, the Curry Pit which will offer spices of the Indian Ocean and will only be open on chosen evenings subject to reservations, 24-hour in-villa dining and private dining in select locations.

The property will be surrounded by calm, crystal clear waters and a house reef teeming with sea life.

The water sports and dive centre with an on-site Marine Biologist will offer deep sea fishing, sailing excursions, para-sailing, jet skiing, kayaking, line-fishing, kite surfing, diving and more.

International Maldives Travel Market 2018 officially launched

IMTM Pvt Ltd. in association with Adaaran Resorts officially launched the International Maldives Travel Market 2018 (IMTM 2018) at ITB Berlin 2018 this month. The event is set to be held at Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi Resort, Maldives, from June 23-24, 2018.

IMTM 2018 is set to be the first international travel and trade fair to be held at a resort in Maldives. It is designed to accommodate close to 50 DMCs representative of 20 countries spread throughout 5 continents. Furthermore, it is also set to be able to accommodate 200 participants from the local tourism industry.

Mr. Mohamed Farshath, the Managing Director of IMTM Pvt Ltd. commenting on the objective of IMTM 2018 stated, “We are hosting an International Travel and Trade Fair in Maldives that seeks to provide a cost-effective internal platform which can garner a major collective industry presence consisting of all 5 sectors (Resorts, Hotels, Liveaboards, Guesthouses and Tour Operators/Travel Agencies) for international buyers to meet with.”

Conventionally, Maldives has been promoted in trade and travel fairs and exhibitions – overseas – through participation of industry stakeholders. However, findings by IMTM Pvt Ltd. indicated that “most of the Maldivian tourism stakeholders do not attend International Travel and Trade Fairs as a major collective. Major trade fairs such as ITB Berlin (Germany), ATM (Arabian Travel Market) and World Travel Market (WTM) (UK) are the only 3 exceptions which consist of a widespread industry presence year after year with participation numbers exceeding 100. Even then, high costs of participation do not ensure a proportional representation between Resorts, Liveaboards, Guesthouses and Tour Operators/Travel Agencies,” added Farshath.

According to the organizers of the event, one of the key aspects of IMTM 2018 is the provision of a semi-formal setting by hosting the exhibition in a pristine tropical resort in the Maldives, thus allowing exhibitors and delegates to indulge in a true Maldivian holiday experience before, during and after the official exhibition dates.

Registration for exhibitors and hosted buyers is now open for IMTM 2018 with the deadline set as April 6, 2018.

For inquiries and registration details, you may also contact Mr. Rafil Mohamed via
[email protected]
 / [email protected]

Curio Collection by Hilton Adds Exotic Escape to Asia Resort Portfolio with Maldives Signing

Stylish, boutique resort set to be first Curio in the Maldives

MALDIVES and MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton (NYSE: HLT) has entered into a franchise agreement with Singha Estate Public Company Limited (Singha Estate PCL) to open a new boutique resort in the Maldives, which will join the Curio Collection by Hiltonportfolio of nearly 50 upper upscale independent hotels around the world. The new Curio Collection property forms part of CROSSROADS project, the first-ever integrated leisure and entertainment resort destination that is currently under development in Emboodhoo Lagoon, Maldives. The new resort will be managed by S Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary of Singha Estate PCL, and is scheduled to open in end-2018.

“Opening the first Curio Collection hotel in the Maldives is a very exciting milestone for us,” said Mark Nogal, global brand head, Curio Collection by Hilton. “The Maldives is renowned for being a one-of-a-kind tropical paradise and we are confident that the resort will offer curious travelers seeking an authentic experience truly memorable accommodations.” 

The new resort will have 198 spacious guest rooms, beach villas and overwater villas as well as facilities such as a fitness center and swimming pool. In addition to duty-free shops and multiple restaurants, guests of the resort will also enjoy convenient access to a beach club, watersports, a dive center, a cultural center and a kids club – all located within CROSSROADS. 

“As we continue to grow our portfolio across Asia, we are proud to introduce the Curio Collection by Hilton brand in one of the world’s most celebrated resort destinations. The Maldives remain a top choice for global travelers today and we are thrilled to be partnering with Singha Estate on this very exciting CROSSROADS project,” said Guy Phillips, senior vice president, development, Asia & Australasia, Hilton. “With this brand, our owners can benefit from the proven track record and quality of the Hilton engine, also known as the Hilton performance advantage, while staying true to their hotel’s individuality.”

CROSSROADS spans nine islands in the Emboodhoo Lagoon and will have a plethora of dining, retail, entertainment, recreational and leisure-lifestyle offerings including a 50-berth marina. Set exclusively on one of the islands within the integrated destination, the resort is about 15 minutes away by speedboat to the Velana International Airport in the capital city of Male. 

“CROSSROADS project, the first integrated leisure and entertainment resort in the Maldives, is a reflection to Singha Estate’s vision to be the premier lifestyle developer while delivering sustainable growth and creating value for all stakeholders,” said Naris Cheyklin, chief executive officer, Singha Estate Public Company Limited. “We are delighted to partner with Hilton on this unique, integrated resort and look forward to seeing our exciting collaboration lift Singha Estate’s rapidly-growing hospitality portfolio to a new level.”

One of Hilton’s 14 market-leading brands, Curio Collection by Hilton is a global, upper upscale collection of distinctive hotels and resorts that offer guests one-of-a-kind experiences, each unique to the destination they call home. The new Curio Collection by Hilton resort will have its own unique character, appealing to the curious traveler seeking a fun and authentic Maldives vacation experience. 

“S Hotels & Resorts aims to craft quality settings in a sustainable environment where guests can relax, play, work, enjoy and share instant stories, and to meet the travelers’ demands at maximum,” said Dirk De Cuyper, chief hospitality officer of S Hotels & Resorts. “We are very pleased to manage the new lifestyle resort that will be a part of Curio Collection by Hilton.”

The Curio Collection Maldives resort joins close to 80 Hilton hotels open and under development across gateway cities and popular destinations across the South East Asia. 

About Singha Estate Public Company Limited
Singha Estate PLC. is a leading Thai real estate developer focusing on business expansion and investment via land purchases in high-potential locations and quality project development under the “Best in Class” concept – in tandem with investment, joint investment, and M&As of businesses or assets with high growth potential. The goal is to achieve its vision of becoming a premier lifestyle developer by crafting quality settings for people to live, play, work, and shop. Recent investments and business expansions have resulted in Singha Estate today commanding assets under the operation of the company itself, subsidiaries, and joint-venture companies in and outside of Thailand in three core businesses including Commercial, Residential and Hotel. Visit singhaestate.co.th for more information and connect with Singha Estate on Facebook.

About CROSSROADS
The development of the CROSSROADS project is set to redefine the Maldives’ vacation experience as the first integrated leisure and recreation destination that will attract and captivate the international family-leisure markets to the Maldives.

Inspired by cultures from the East and the West at the crossing of Maritime Silk Road, the project is situated within the 7 km-long reclaimed islands just 15 minutes from Male International Airport by speed boat presenting an easy access and unique offerings for travelers as well as the residents of the capital city. Featuring a luxurious 30-berth yacht marina and a rich combination of hotels, entertainment, one-of-a-kind lifestyle beach club, retail and fine dining, the project also houses a Maldives Cultural Centre that will promote the life and crafts of the islands nation and introduce global practice sustainable tourism schemes dedicated to preserving the bio-diversity of the Maldives’ prestigious marine ecosystem and enhancing the well-being of the local community.

About Curio Collection by Hilton
Curio Collection by Hilton (curiocollection.com) is an upper upscale, global portfolio of nearly 50 one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts handpicked for their unique character. Curio Collection properties appeal to travelers seeking unexpected and authentic experiences, and the benefits of Hilton’s award-winning guest loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Read the latest brand and property stories at news.curiocollection.com; discover Curio Collection destinations through the eyes of locals with 48-hour itineraries at citiesbycurio.com; and connect with Curio Collection on facebook.com/curiocollectioninstagram.com/curiocollection and twitter.com/curiocollection.

About Corporate
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,200 properties with more than 856,000 rooms, in 105 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company’s portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, and free standard Wi-Fi.  Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on FacebookTwitterLinkedInInstagram, and YouTube.

First Ice Rink in the Maldives opened by Russian Olympic Gold Medalist

Jumeirah Vittaveli inaugurated the first ice rink in the Maldives with a celebrity performance by Russian Evgeni Plushenko, a former Olympic Gold medallist figure skater.

Jumeirah Vittaveli Ice Rink LaunchThe eco-friendly ice skating rink Ice Ice Maybe… is a world first to the Maldives and the 87 square meters offers plenty of space for pirouettes and ice hockey games.

Ice Ice Maybe - Jumeirah VittaveliAmit Majumder, General Manager, Jumeirah Vittaveli, said: “I congratulate the entire team for introducing a world-first to the Maldives. This eco-friendly ice skating rink on a tropical island is a true expression of our aim to ‘wow’ our guests, not just with genuine service from the heart but with innovative additions to our resort that provide extraordinary experiences to the adventurous traveller.

Ice Ice Maybe JV“An immense thank you also goes to the inimitable Evgeni Plushenko – we are honoured that such a world-class skater and enthralling performer as Evgeni was the first to leave his mark on our rink. I look forward to seeing the many happy guests when they try out our beachside ice rink while looking out over the ocean.”

The grand finale to the launch event was Evgeni Plushenko’s performance, he was later joined by his wife Yana Rudkovskaya and his 5-year-old son Aleksandr Plushenko, an ice skating wonderkid.

The country’s first ice skating rink Ice Ice Maybe… at Jumeirah Vittaveli has been manufactured using Glice®, a novel material from Switzerland that allows for eco-friendly ice rinks, eliminating the need to keep the ice rink cold. This enables guests to experience a world-first at Jumeirah Vittaveli when they go for a swim in the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean, followed by a quick stroll across the beach to put on their ice skates and glide along the picturesque backdrop of a tropical winter wonderland.

The rink will be open from 12 – 6pm daily and access costs at USD 75 which includes 2 hours of ice skating, rental of equipment, a delicious ice cream sundae to enjoy post ice skating and a host of giveaways and souvenirs. All following entries will be charged at USD 50 and include gear and an ice cream sundae. The rink will be open for all ages, children below 8 years of age will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Jumeirah Vittaveli offers romantic escapes as well as a variety of land- and water-based activities, including a PADI Dive base, water sports centre, six restaurants and bars, and two lounges; an underground tasting room and a wine library will be opened soon. With its focus on cultural connection and organic experiences in a luxurious setting, Jumeirah Vittaveli offers guests a true Maldivian island experience.

About Jumeirah Vittaveli:
A 20-minute boat ride from Malé International Airport brings you to Jumeirah Vittaveli. Whether for an intimate escape or an indulgent family retreat, Jumeirah Vittaveli offers unmatched diversity, subtle luxury and personalised exploration. Impeccable choice and seamless service shape the character of this resort paradise, where every detail has been meticulously crafted to inspire journeys of discovery and enjoyment. Whether beach-side or over-water, all villas feature stunning interiors with private pools and access to the sandy shores or glistening waters. The sprawling 5-bedroom Royal Residence comes with private beach, spa, gym, two swimming pools, and its own dedicated restaurant. An inspirational Spa, a well-equipped overwater gymnasium, a children’s club and 5 star PADI dive centre mean guests are always able to try something new. The country’s first ice rink invites guests for a world first – ice skating on an eco-friendly synthetic ice rink, overlooking the powder soft beaches and crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean.  

About Jumeirah Group:
Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts including the flagship Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts manages properties in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE; Bahrain and Kuwait in the Middle East; Frankfurt, London and Mallorca (Spain) in Europe; the Maldives and Shanghai in Asia. Jumeirah Group also operates the new upscale-casual brand, Zabeel House by JumeirahTM and runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah LivingTM with properties in London and Dubai; the wellness brand TaliseTM; Jumeirah Restaurant Group DubaiTM; Wild Wadi WaterparkTM; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality ManagementTM; Jumeirah SiriusTM, its global loyalty programme; and isme by Jumeirah™ an app based rewards programme in the UAE. Future openings include luxury hotels in the UAE, Indonesia, China, Oman, Jordan, Malaysia and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
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