Kandolhu Maldives tops even further their highest restaurant-to- room-ratio with new outlet ‘Ata-Roa’

Renowned as a stylish small resort with only 30 villas, Kandolhu Maldives strives to continually innovate with fresh ideas, ideal for their ever-growing repeat guest following and new visitors alike.

This month Kandolhu Maldives are very proud to announce the opening of its 5th outlet “Ata-Roa”, serving up Mexico and Peru’s best street food. The menu is straightforward, simple and light, with classic and unique takes on ceviche and tacos on offer. Due credit goes to Executive Chef, Mickaël Farina whose recent trek across South America last year helped develop the concept of mouth-watering dishes being served.

Open daily (except Wednesdays) from 12 pm to 4 pm, Ata-Roa has a strong emphasis on intimate service and authentic execution using the finest ingredients with focus on local. It is located on the Noovilu Sports jetty; guests are invited to sit down grill-side to watch their food being prepared by the skilled team whilst enjoying a gentle sea breeze and beautiful ocean views, or grab their selections take-out style and head back to their villa to enjoy. All is perfectly paired with Mexican beer and craft mescal and pisco cocktails.

Kandolhu TacoShack
Ata-Roa draws inspiration from the “Day of the Dead” Mexican traditions, and Peruvian Nazca lines

The design and branding of Ata-Roa draws inspiration from the “Day of the Dead” Mexican traditions, and Peruvian Nazca lines, which add an additional level of authenticity and is already receiving wide acclaim from guests. The space will also be used as a pop-up location for various food-related events, including Spanish wine and Basque pintxo nights, and exclusive degustations with Chef Mickaël.

Stay For Good at Soneva Fushi

Book a stay as an eco-enthusiast and enjoy five complimentary bonus nights

We invite you to Stay for Good at Soneva Fushi and support our efforts to preserve the environment and enrich the community in the Maldives. Here’s your chance to be part of something meaningful as you work alongside our marine biologists, horticulturalists, mycologists, and community engagement managers to support local sustainability initiatives.

Stay five nights with us at Soneva Fushi, and if you agree to participate in the following initiatives, your next five nights will be on us.

A tailored programme will be prepared for you for a few hours per day, over five days, incorporating the following elements:

Land: Assist our horticulturists, mycologists, and gardeners in maintaining the vegetable gardens and learn how to grow your own vegetables. Deliver the vegetables to our restaurants and learn how to create a seed bank to ensure future sustainability of important crops. Help us to make sustainable bricks in our Eco Centro Waste to Wealth facility.

Water: Snorkel with our marine biologists to help with turtle and shark identification, and coral restoration. Spend time each morning clearing debris from the island that may have washed up, and help us to register the fish caught by the local fisherman. Participate in reef clean ups in the Baa Atoll to reduce marine debris and prevent injuries to marine life. Also, help to send photos of Mantas taken by guests to the Marine Megafauna Foundation to help with their work of Manta identification and protection.

Community: Work alongside our community engagement manager on established projects with nearby communities, which may include local swimming classes, composting projects, beach clean ups, and other education initiatives.

To book the Stay for Good offer, contact [email protected] or call at +91 124 4511000 and quote ECOPKG18.

Upon confirmation of your stay, we will begin tailoring a programme to suit your preferences.

Terms and conditions:

• Stay five nights with us at Soneva Fushi in any villa category and the next five nights will be complimentary in the same villa category if at least one guest in the villa participates in the full programme
• The complimentary five nights are offered on a room only basis, and exclude F&B, transfers, and activities
• The offer is valid between the periods: 12 May – 12 June 2018,21 June – 27 July 2018; 1 – 30 September 2018
• Additional taxes and service charges for the additional five nights’ accommodation will not be levied.
• The bonus nights cannot be exchanged for cash or other equivalents, be transferred, or be taken during a different period.
• The activities are mandatory and if not completed additional room charges will apply.
• The offer cannot be combined with any other promotion.
• The standard Soneva cancellation policy will be applicable.

* The exact programme offered to guests may deviate from the above-listed activities and will be based on the season, and requirements at the time of the visit.

Booking code: ECOPKG18

Two Michelin-starred chef Johannes King to host exclusive dinners at Niyama

German chef Johannes King jets into Niyama to host two exclusive five-course dinners. Owner of the Michelin-starred Söl’ring Hof, Chef Johannes will serve modern European cuisine paired with a selection of wines in a stunning setting 500m out in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

Chef Johannes began his career at the prestigious Franz Keller restaurant in Cologne specializing in French nouvelle cuisine. He then trained under master pastry chef Karl Schumacher at Vienna’s Konditorei Oberlaa, perfecting the traditional desserts for which the café is renowned. Chef Johannes relocated to Berlin to work at Henri Levy’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Maître, then joined the culinary team at the InterContinental in the upscale Tiergarten area.

Chef Johannes found his passion for fresh, seasonal, locally sourced dishes at Hôtel de la Poste on the Côte D’Or, known for its regional Burgundian cuisine. His experience here inspired him to open his own destination restaurant in 2000. Söl’ring Hof on the island of Sylt commands two Michelin stars and 17 Gault Millau points. Gourmands from far and wide have made the pilgrimage to the island to taste Chef Johannes’ modern textures and light flavors in a surreal landscape.

For two evenings only, on 29 January and 2 February 2018, Chef Johannes will bring the cuisine of Söl’ring Hof to Niyama’s Edge. Edge is a modern, fine dining paradise accessible only by speedboat. Set out over the lagoon tinged with the hues of sunset, Edge offers wrap-around seating under a billowing white canopy and sits above the Maldives’ only underwater playground, SubSix. Across Niyama’s two islands, Play and Chill, guests are treated to one-of-a-kind epicurean adventures, from Asian avant-garde cuisine in the treetops to South American barbeque deep in the jungle.

Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort announces new family getaway and enhanced All-Inclusive offers

With the largest average villa sizes in the Maldives and Outrigger’s renowned high-service standards, the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort offers a sense of complete privacy and remote luxury, surrounded by natural beauty. With the Family Getaway experience, the resort is now better value than ever for families seeking the ultimate tropical beach retreat

The Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort has announced three new exciting developments for holidaymakers: a new mega value-added Family Getaway experience, an improved All-Inclusive (AI) offering, and a new All-Inclusive Plus (AI+) package.

The Family Getaway Experience gives a family of four to six their own private 282 sqm two-bedroom luxury pool villa with complimentary transfers by flight and speedboat from Male to the Outrigger in the beautiful south of the Maldives.

“Our Family Getaway and all-inclusive options really allow guests to switch off from their busy lives and rejuvenate surrounded by pristine natural beauty,” says John Allanson, the resort’s General Manager.

On-site, parents can fully relax with two hours of babysitting per day offered by the resort.

There are great activities available. Kids can enjoy beach games, yoga, meditation, “Little” chef and “Teen” chef lessons, paper arts and craft classes, and designing their own t-shirt.

Children eat free in the Blue Salt restaurant on the same meal plan as their parents.

Adults have multiple options such as spa treatments, group yoga, cooking classes, the art of barbecuing, scuba diving, paddle boarding, or jet skiing.

Activities for the whole family include a myriad of wonderful options such as swimming across the equator, family picnic on a remote island, snorkelling trips, dolphin quest, semi-submarine excursions, learning about the stars, and a private family movie night.

Guests can do good while on holiday. They can join resort’s in-house marine biologist and participate in the island’s coral conservation and education activities, part of Outrigger’s worldwide OZONE program.

Many of the options are included in the Family Getaway Experience. Others involve a surcharge.

All-Inclusive and the New All-Inclusive Plus

The Outrigger in the Maldives has also ramped up its AI offering and created a new AI+ special package. Both let couples and families relax without worrying about extras.

The enhanced All Inclusive package now includes breakfast, lunch and dinner at The Deck and Pool Bar as well as the main Blue Salt international restaurant. It includes a great selection of wines, beers, cocktails, teas and coffees from any outlet from 11 am daily.

With a new and generous meal and activities credit system, guests can experience an array of themed dinners at Driftwood, enjoy Japanese dining in Nala Rah, have private in-villa dining or have a barbecue on the beach.

Many non-motorised activities are also included.

For US$99++ per person per night, experience freedom with AI+ which gives all of the above benefits plus minibar refills, great discounts on private destination dining, reductions on spa treatments and full enjoyment of the chef’s premium dining experiences at The Deck, Blue Salt, Driftwood and Nala Rah (Japanese).

Guests also enjoy exceptional discounts on private yoga and gym sessions and on the sommelier’s premium wine selections.

“Families can create their own private luxury world in the azure Indian Ocean at the Outrigger,” says General Manager Allanson. “Unmatched luxury is just a step away with our Family Getaway and all-inclusive options.”

For further information and bookings, email [email protected] or call (+960) 684 7771. Additional info – visit the Maldives pages on outrigger.com.

Celebrate love at Kurumba Maldives

Love romance? Get some extra in Kurumba Maldives on Valentine’s 2018, a day about romance and remembering the moments. Set on a tropical Maldivian island in the middle of Indian Ocean, the resort offers a range of experiences to explore hand in hand with your loved one.

Special decorations in the main area to set the mood for your celebration and creative “love” cocktails in bars. A day at the spa, with unique Maldivian healing treatments, romantic outdoor couple massages next to the sparkling ocean or Valentine’s chocolate flavored specials, designed for the occasion.

Treat yourself to an exclusive 5-course dinner served in Kurumba’s signature dining outlet – Thila restaurant. All courses are paired with fine wines selected by our sommelier. A true love and gastronomic journey in Kurumba Maldives to share between the two of you while wondering at the stars.

Our Italian restaurant Isola will also have on offer an exceptional 3-course dinner menu carefully designed by our Executive Chef, especially for the occasion.

Other holiday’s specials include romantic champagne and chocolate coated fruit delivery service from In Villa Dining, or dreamy Arabic night in Fez, Kurumba’s famous shisha lounge, with colourful after dinner cocktails and the fruity smoke from your shisha.

Special accommodation deals for the period include the Romantic Gateway package offering a seamless escape to the resort with a few extras to enjoy, such as a Balinese massage at Veli Spa for a couple and relaxing Sunset Cruise in search of wild dolphins while viewing the sun setting over the Indian Ocean.

Join us this Valentine’s Day to celebrate life and love through the true Maldivian island experience.

About Kurumba Maldives

Kurumba was the very first private island resort in the Maldives when it opened its doors in 1972 in the Indian Ocean archipelago of the Maldives, celebrates its 45th Anniversary this year.

Opened by four young Maldivians on an uninhabited coconut plantation island in October 1972, Kurumba marked the beginning of the tourist industry in the country. At that time, the Maldives was isolated with no contact with the outside world except by ham radio, no telephones, mains electricity or water, few vehicles and no paved roads, and only a small airstrip built by volunteers.

Kurumba began with 30 huts built of coral and thatched with coconut leaves; the first guests were barefoot backpackers in search of sand, sea and sun. The Maldivian hosts prepared meals informally. Today the resort is still Maldivian owned and managed.

About 1,000 tourists visited the island in 1972; in 2016 1.4 million tourists stayed in over 117 resorts through the Maldives.

Kurumba draws on its proud history, charismatic personality and heartfelt service, to offer compelling and diverse experiences amidst a stunning island setting.

Our Maldives resort offers an array of eight styles of accommodation, ranging from comfortable Superior rooms to the spacious Royal Residence, spread among the island’s lush tropical gardens with easy access to the beach. With eight different restaurants and four bars to choose from.

Kurumba Maldives will charm you with its unparallel choice of dining experience and a wide range of recreation activities and entertainment. All while maintaining idyllic spaces of relaxation to create the perfect balance for a holiday in paradise, perfect for honeymooners and family alike.

Kurumba Maldives … Maldives in Full Colours.

Kurumba Maldives wins Best Luxury Family Beach Resort in the world 2017

The multiple award-winning resort, the pioneer of the Maldives tourism industry, Kurumba Maldives is proud to announce they have been recognised as 2017’s Best Luxury Family Beach Resort in the world by the World Luxury Hotel Awards.

The World Luxury Hotel Awards is the pinnacle of recognition of accomplishment by hotels in the luxury hospitality industry, offering acknowledgement to hotels for earning the respect of guests and industry players alike, by awarding hotels, as voted for by the public.

Commenting on the international recognition Ryszard Majewski, General Manager of Kurumba Maldives, said: “It is an honour to receive another international recognition for what we do. We would like to thank all Kurumba Maldives’ followers for casting their votes, and this achievement is a true reward for our team’s commitment to service excellence. With our variety of entertainment, facilities, activities and social events there is plenty on offer for families in our resort. This prestigious accolade serves as an inspiration for us to continually improve and evolve in delivering unforgettable experiences to our Guests.”

About Kurumba Maldives

Kurumba was the very first private island resort in the Maldives when it opened its doors in 1972 in the Indian Ocean archipelago of the Maldives, celebrates its 45th Anniversary this year.

Opened by four young Maldivians on an uninhabited coconut plantation island in October 1972, Kurumba marked the beginning of the tourist industry in the country. At that time, the Maldives was isolated with no contact with the outside world except by ham radio, no telephones, mains electricity or water, few vehicles and no paved roads, and only a small airstrip built by volunteers.

Kurumba began with 30 huts built of coral and thatched with coconut leaves; the first guests were barefoot backpackers in search of sand, sea and sun. The Maldivian hosts prepared meals informally. Today the resort is still Maldivian owned and managed.

About 1,000 tourists visited the island in 1972; in 2016 1.4 million tourists stayed in over 117 resorts through the Maldives.

Kurumba Maldives is set on a tropical island in the North Malé Atoll, conveniently situated a brief 10-minute speedboat ride from the airport.

Kurumba draws on its proud history, charismatic personality and heartfelt service, to offer compelling and diverse experiences amidst a stunning island setting.

The resort offers an array of eight styles of accommodation, ranging from comfortable Superior rooms to the spacious Royal Residence, spread among the island’s lush tropical gardens with easy access to the beach. With eight different restaurants and four bars to choose from.

Kurumba Maldives will charm you with its unparallel choice of a dining experience and a wide range of recreation activities and entertainment. All while maintaining idyllic spaces of relaxation to create the perfect balance for a holiday in paradise, perfect for honeymooners and family alike.

Kurumba Maldives … Maldives in Full Colours.

Hard Rock International to make waves in Indian Ocean with Hard Rock Hotel Maldives

First-of-Its-Kind Integrated Resort Destination to Debut October 2018

Globally recognized as a world-class entertainment and lifestyle brand, Hard Rock International announces plans to expand its portfolio with Hard Rock Hotel Maldives and Hard Rock Cafe Maldives, slated to open October 1, 2018. As part of the Emboodhoo Lagoon project, the first integrated resort destination in the Maldives, the brand will work in collaboration with Singha Estate Public Company Limited, a leading Thailand-based development company, to provide travelers with the ultimate, family-friendly Maldivian experience.

The highly anticipated property will be located within one of the Maldives’ largest lagoons, Emboodhoo Falhu, a 20-minute speedboat ride from the airport. A convenient destination for flights from Asia, Europe and the Middle East, the integrated resort project will appeal to the rapidly growing niche of medium to upscale tourism, as well as the affluent travelers who typically frequent the nation. The first phase of development consists of a $311.5 million investment that is expected to stimulate tourism, offering vacationers a rich combination of world-class offerings such as hotels, entertainment, retail and fine dining. Hard Rock Hotel Maldives will be one of three resorts included in the development, boasting 178 expansive guestrooms, family suites, beach villas and one and two-bedroom overwater villas.

“Known for its vibrant culture, top-of-the-line luxury and some of the most breathtaking white-sand beaches in the world, Maldives is truly a slice of paradise and one of the world’s most desirable destinations,” states Todd Hricko, senior vice president, head of global hotel development for Hard Rock International. “Traditionally regarded as being a popular honeymoon destination, we at Hard Rock are excited to work with the Singha Estate team to captivate multi-generational travelers, showcasing that the destination can cater to more than just newlyweds.”

“This is the perfect complement to our integrated leisure and recreation experiences with Hard Rock Hotels and Hard Rock Cafes as part of The Emboodhoo Lagoon project,” says Thiti Thongbenjamas, chief investment officer Maldivesproject, Singha Estate Public Company Limited.

Inspired by local Maldivian culture, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives will infuse contemporary design features with tropical architecture throughout the property, alongside regionally-inspired, authentic music memorabilia. The hotel will provide guests with exclusive brand offerings and amenities, including The Sound of Your Stay® music program, offering complimentary use of Fender guitars and Crosley record players for in-room jam sessions, as well as a renowned full-service Rock Spa®, a Rock Shop® selling all brand merchandise, Roxity Kids Club® and Teen Spirit® Club. Guests can also treat their taste buds to delectable on-site food and beverage options, ranging from a Pool Bar and all-day dining, to a Beach Grill restaurant and in-villa dine experience.  

Just steps from the hotel, guests will enjoy authentic American cuisine amidst the ultimate rock atmosphere at Hard Rock Cafe Maldives. With direct boat transportation from the airport and situated within the Emboodhoo Lagoon development, Hard Rock Cafe Maldives will provide approximately 185 seats both indoors and outdoors while offering diners exclusive beach access, taking dining with a view to a whole new level.

Hard Rock Hotel Maldives will create more than 350 jobs and the entire integrated resort will create an additional 1,250, further stimulating the Maldives community.

Through music appreciation and an imaginative environment, Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos delivers products for the varied aspects of life – work, play and personal sanctuary. For more information or to book a stay at any of the Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos, please visit www.hardrockhotels.com

About Hard Rock International

With venues in 74 countries, including 179 cafes, 24 hotels and 11 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, FL., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Managua, Cairo, Wroclaw and Chengdu. New Hard Rock hotel, casino or hotel-casino projects include Atlanta, Atlantic City, Berlin, Budapest, London, Los Cabos, Maldives, New York City, Ottawa, Dalian and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.

Baros Maldives wins again at World Travel Awards 2017

Indian Ocean’s Most Romantic Resort 2017

As the Festive Season approaches, we are delighted to let you know that as the year ends we have even more to celebrate at Baros Maldives.   

Baros Maldives has been acclaimed as the World’s Most Romantic Resort 2017 at the recent World Travel Awards ceremony held in Vietnam. It is the fifth time Baros Maldives has been recognised as the World’s Most Romantic resort since 2012. This follows the award to Baros Maldives earlier in the year when the island was acclaimed as the Resort of the Year 2017 by Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) at the brand’s International Conference in California.  

Mohamed Musthafeez, Resort Manager, Baros Maldives, Mr Graham Cooke, President & Founder, World Travel Awards
Mohamed Musthafeez, Resort Manager, Baros Maldives, Mr Graham Cooke, President & Founder, World Travel Awards

The winners of World Travel Awards are decided by votes from travel and tourism professionals, and business and leisure travel consumers worldwide. The accolade recognizes the proven commitment to excellence demonstrated by Baros Maldives during the last twelve months.  

We feel very proud to receive this award as it is public acknowledgement of the dedication of all who work at Baros Maldives in achieving guest satisfaction, as well as being recognised internationally for the romantic ambience inspired by the charm, beauty and hospitality that is typical of Baros Maldives.

On this note with the hope of welcoming you back, we wish you and your family a joyful festive season and a wonderful New Year.

The lost temple of Kudak: Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa announces 2017 festive season theme

Archaeological action and adventure beckon this festive season at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa. Announcing The Lost Temple of Kudak: an Indiana Jones-inspired quest that begins in ancient Egypt.

Embark on a culinary chase across the globe with daily-changing theme nights; decipher clues to complete the treasure map (and to be in with a chance of winning a Four Seasons resort stay in Egypt); visit the Valley of the Kings for adrenaline-fuelled water pursuits, and enjoy post-adventure pampering at Cleopatra’s Island.

Holiday Highlights

From quest-commencing cocktails at Shimabuku Jones’ Headquarters on December 21, 2017 to a Christmas clandestine “change-of-hands” meeting at Khan El Khalili Festive Bazaar on December 25, every day brings a new adventure.  Decipher clues at each event to progress your quest – and find your way to the Lost Temple of Kudak: a mythical marvel that opens its doors just once a year for a gala celebration of Pharaonic proportions on December 31. Don’t miss Hatshepsut’s Sunset Soiree on December 22; the Christmas Tree Lighting on December 23; and Alexandria Cocktails & Fashion Show on December 28 among other exciting happenings.

Holiday Dining

Loosen belts for a gourmet archaeologist’s dream: daily theme nights and events overflowing with mouthwatering clues and cuisines, trinkets and treats.  Culinary capers extend from The Prophecy of the Lobster to classic European and Mediterranean festive favourites on the steamboat-style Cruise on the Nile; Japanese-flair, family-style seafood at Red Sea Yakiniku to all manner of biryanis and tandooris, koftas and curries at Baraabaru’s Indus Valley evening. A Bedouin Beach Party, A Subcontinent Exposé and North American Steak Out are just some of the other highlights.

Just for Kids

Mini Joneses are in for a treat with action-packed days at the Temple of Mysteries Kids’ Club, including treasure trails, snake charm obstacle courses, and camel beach races.  Other headline events include the Mummies Mayhem Games Night, New Year’s Eve Makeover, Cleopatra’s Dream Catchers, festive photo shoots, talent show, baby turtle monitoring and coral reefscaping. Lisa and the Kuda Mas agents are ready to immerse all treasure-hunters aged 4-12 in the complimentary fun from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day – plus special festive evening activities.

Cool Stuff

Dive and decorate an underwater Christmas tree, snorkel with Santa and his festive turtles, and reign supreme in the Battle of the Pharaohs Football Tournament. Transforming into Cleopatra’s Island for the festive season, The Island Spa is offering a series of “ancient beauty secret” therapies – Milk Bath, Golden Facial, Divine Manicure and Pedicure, and Ancient Hair Treatment – exclusively for the holidays.

All inspiring Joneses are advised to pack their white and gold finest, their riddle solving hats, and their spirit of adventure. Buckle up; it’s going to be quite a mysterious ride…

To book one of the last remaining rooms at Kuda Huraa this festive season, contact the Resort at [email protected] or +960 66 00 888. For more information about Kuda Huraa’s 2017 festive program, click here.