VOYA experience comes to Kandolhu Island Resort Maldives

Hidden at the heart of Kandolhu Island, you will find – Varu Spa.VOYA, organic beauty from the sea, has announced its new partnership with Varu Spa at the 5-star Kandolhu Island, Maldives.

Varu Spa, Kandolhu Island
Varu Spa, Kandolhu Island

Varu, in the local language (Dhivehi) means ‘energy’, which forms the basis of every living being, making emotional responses and movement. When this energy is not balanced or met with resistance due to stress, it can leave us feeling tensed, fatigued and unfit.

At Varu Spa, the primal focus is to adjust and unite the mind, body and soul by helping to balance back and strengthen this energy, not only leaving you feeling exuberant and in harmony with the alluring locale, but relaxed and rejuvenated, healthy and at bliss.

Varu Spa, Kandolhu Island
Varu Spa, Kandolhu Island

Now guests can enjoy all the sanative benefits of the sea, surrounded by the perfect warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.

On this Robinson Crusoe getaway, one can enjoy a real island experience without sacrificing any luxuries. This breath-taking island resort, with its 30 luxury beach villas, offers an exclusive well-being indulgence, with the help of VOYA’s luxury organic sea-based treatments which use hand-harvested organic seaweed to nurture the body.

Varu Spa comprises of four treatment rooms, offering the very best VOYA treatments including the VOYA Pearl of the Sea body treatment, the Organic Warmed Spiced Mud Wrap and the Detox Herbal Bag Massage with separate wet areas for both male and female.

Varu Spa, Kandolhu Island
Varu Spa, Kandolhu Island

Kandolhu Island makes the perfect environment to stimulate body and soul. Surrounded by an intricate, yet stunning, luscious coral garden, brimming with vibrant reef fish, it is an idyllic paradise in the North Ari Atoll of the Maldives, 20 minutes away by seaplane from the airport. Intimate and unspoilt, this tiny gem is encircled with white sandy beaches lapped by the sparkling waters, that Maldives is famous for.

A part of Universal Resorts and a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World – Kandolhu Island Resort, expect to walk out from your villa for a swim or a snorkel, enjoy a range of watersports or delightful sensory treatments in the soothing Varu Spa or a workout in the well-equipped gym. Enjoy stunning views of the ocean as you enjoy the best of dining on offer in their four a la carte restaurants or private dining option either on the beach or at the luxury of your own villa.

Varu Spa, Kandolhu Island
Varu Spa, Kandolhu Island

Splendor of Kandolhu awaits to you, offering you the ultimate combination of the ‘small island Maldives’ experience at your affordability.

Inaugural Maldives Open by Asian Surfing Championships set for September

The Asian Surfing Championships in cooperation with the Maldives Surfing Association and the Maldives Body Boarding Association has revealed the addition of the inaugural Maldives Open 2014 to the 2014 ASC tour schedule as an ASC Grade 3 event with a total prize purse of $15,000 over the three divisions of Men’s Open, Women’s, and Body Boarding.

The event is scheduled take place from 3-7 September at Lohis Point and will be hosted by the Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi Resort.

Surfing, Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi
Surfing, Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi

Lohis Point at the Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi Resort is known to behave like in a machine-like lefthand wave that remove away superbly down the coral reef for often hundreds of meters, and has been the site of ASP World Qualifying Series (the world’s top professional surfing organization) events in the past due to its consistency, accessibility and quality. Offering up barrel sections as well as steep wall sections for carves, lip hacks, and the occasional punt section, this wave is known to allow competitors to display their full skill set during their heats, and often all on the same wave.

Lohis Point is perfect location for the Inaugural Maldives Open with its world class wave in the warm turquoise waters, from wherever you are viewing the action.

Surfing, Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi
Surfing, Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi

Tipi Jabrik, ASC President is known to have exclaimed on his visit to the island “This place is simply amazing.”

He added “Looking out at this wave from this deck and seeing these perfect waves, and then realizing I’m on a tiny island in the middle of the Indian Ocean but with a complete resort with every kind of food and accommodation level, snorkeling, a soccer field and many other activities…even Indonesian masseuses in the spa! This is my first trip here to the Maldives and I can’t wait to come back for the event. In fact, I’ll even bring my family along when I come back for the event.”

Surfing, Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi
Surfing, Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi

The idea for the Maldives Open 2014 first pitched to the Maldives Minister of Tourism Mr. Ahmed Adeeb easly this year by Abdulla “Fuku” Areef, the president of the Maldives Body Boarding Association. The idea then was accepted by the Minister Adeeb with request that MBBA as the local event organizer and the ASC as the international sanctioning organization sign a 5-year MOU (Memorandum of Understanding), to ensure the goals of growing the sport of surfing and body boarding in the Maldives by having annual events are accomplished.

With the cooperation of the Maldives Surfing Association, co-organizer and the national governing body of surfing, the MOU was signed in Malé on Tuesday July 8th by Maldives Tourism Minister Adeeb, Tim Hain (ASC) and Abdulla Areef (MBBA), at the premise of the Ministry.

Surfing, Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi
Surfing, Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi

Before the signing, ASC General Manager Tim Hain, in his speech thanked Minister Adeeb for his vision, commitment and support of surfing in the Maldives, the entire Asian region, then thanked the MBBA and the MSA for their hard work in bringing this event to fruition after years of effort.

Minister Adeeb informed his goal for funding the event in support of surfing and body boarding in the Maldives, mainly is to provide more opportunities for the local youth in water sports, promote the Maldives as a surfing tourism destination, and to finally encourage the exploration and discovery of new surf spots in the islands for development.

Surfing, Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi
Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi

The Maldives Open 2014 is a Ministry of Tourism of Maldives funded event with the Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi Resort as the host and a primary sponsor, Maldives Body Boarding Association and the Maldives Surfing Association as co-organizers, and. The event will also be supported by Red Bull and other sponsors final confirmation is awaiting.

Director of Sales for Europe appointed for The Small Maldives Island Co.

Alexa Sinzig-Mootoo has been appointed as Director of Sales for Europe for The Small Maldives Island Co. Alexa has vast experience in sales and marketing, having held a number of director positions with key hotel brands such as Centara Hotels and Resorts, Soneva and Six Senses, and also worked in the tour operator side of the business with airtours international (a TUI Germany brand).

During these roles Alexa achieved remarkable results in driving room nights and revenues from key affluent markets such as the Middle East, Russian, the UK, German speaking markets and France.

Alexa, in her new role at The Small Maldives Island Co., will be bearing the unveiling of Amilla Fushi in November 2014 and Finolhu in 2015. She will play an essential role in helping the company build success with a fresh approach, with her significant amount of knowledge of the Maldives.

Amilla Fushi and Finolhu aims to change the established Maldives model with a new pricing structure that offers excellent value whilst avoiding hidden charges for things guests don’t want. For e.g. a daily 50-minute spa treatment will be included in the room rate and all watersports – non-motorised and motorised – will be complimentary too.

Take a Break! Take a Trip to the Maldives.

Searching for an ideal peaceful place to relax and take a break from the daily tensions? If so Maldives is the perfect destination for your get-away vacation. The beautiful white sandy beaches, the tortoise lucid waters and the tropical climate create the ideal environment for your unforgettable holiday here. The colorful underwater coral gardens and the exotic marine life provide the wonderful finishing touches for this stunning environment.

The Maldives experiences the best weather condition of mild calm breeze and warm temperature between December and April. But is this the season when the resorts are busiest and has the highest cost rates. Through May and until November you can still experience the sun but the weather is a bit gloomy and you are expected to experience frequent tropical rainfalls. The packages are available at a lower price and you will get more privacy as there will be less tourists.

The staffs greet you with a friendly smile and are always at your service to make your stay here even more care free. These staffs are trained to full-fill all your needs and requests in the most excellent way without leaving a single complain for you to make.

Unwind from the tension of long working hours by relaxing on the private beaches. Soak under the sun to work on that tan, read a book to take your mind away from all the worries or listen to the tunes of the waves and get lost in Mother Nature’s beauty, calming all your senses and soul.

For those with adventurous needs Maldivian resorts offer various water sports with the highest technical advancements including the famous surfing, diving, snorkeling to kayaking, catamaran sailing, parasailing and also the very intense water-skiing and jet skiing. You don’t have to be a single bit concerned about safety since the expert instructors are well trained to take action in case on an emergency.

If you want to experience the Maldivian life style on your break then, island hopping and sea plane tours is your thing. You will also get a glimpse of inhabitant islands as well as the uninhabited desert islands where you can snorkel and take a look at the undisturbed coral reefs. A sea plane tour allows you to take aerial photos of the nation – Capture the small islands dotting the vast blue sea like little green gems arranged in a necklace.

In your trip to the Maldives, arrange a visit to the capital of Maldives, Male’ to take a look the historical landmarks of the nation. A tour guide will guide you to the famous tourist attractions; Islamic Centre, Grand Friday Mosque, The legendary tombs of great heroes the Maldives has witness and you can also shop in the busy markets of Male’ to find an ideal souvenir to take back home.

Experience paradise at your dream holiday destination. Take pleasure from the nature’s beauty to relax, break free from the hustle and bustle of life. The Maldivian Islands has been described as ‘(the) flower of the Indies’ by Marco Polo and ‘one of the wonders of the world’ by Ibn Batuta. To see if their words are true, just take a trip to Maldives and witness this wonder with your own eyes.

The World’s First Underwater Resort-based Art Exhibition

Per AQUUM Resorts, Retreats & Residences invites travelers to experience its 2014 Dream Calendar Show of Andreas Franke’s Photography, the world’s first underwater resort-based art exhibition.

Plunge into the strange, surreal and mysterious world of award-winning visual artist Andreas Franke and experience his photographic Phantasy Fairytale underwater art exhibition at PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi and PER AQUUM Niyama in the Maldives. The exhibition can be viewed from now until the end of May 2014 and is part of the Per AQUUM Dream Calendar of events. Each photographic piece has been submerged in the Indian Ocean and can be seen from inside the underwater music club Subsix at NIYAMA and inside the underwater LIME spa at Huvafen Fushi. Guests can also purchase the art and take a piece of the Indian Ocean home with them.

The exhibition magically combines photography, nautical exploration and digital mastery to produce compelling underwater dream worlds where Western fairytale characters are creatively superimposed against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean. Each photographic art piece evokes a feeling of folklore and magic with Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood and Star Money exhibiting at both NIYAMA and Huvafen Fushi, while the Snow Queen features exclusively at NIYAMA and The Last Unicorn features exclusively at Huvafen Fushi.

Submerged in an underwater exhibition, each piece is sealed with Plexiglas in stainless steel frames and blurs the boundaries between reality and fantasy, with saltwater and algae adding the final artistic touches. The size of each piece at NIYAMA is 150 cm x 110 cm with a selling price of US$15,000 each, while at Huvafen Fushi the size of each piece is 110 cm x 73.5 cm with a selling price of US$12,000 each. Same size reprints can also be purchased with prices starting from US$4,800 per piece. A percentage of proceeds from purchases will be donated to Per AQUUM’s Coral Regeneration Program.

Committed to breaking boundaries, this Per AQUUM and Andreas Franke collaboration spins the typical photographic art exhibition on its head giving the world an imaginative interpretation of underwater life.

Sink into the Phantasy Fairytale four night package at Huvafen Fushi and view this exclusive underwater exhibition from inside LIME Spa whilst enjoying a manicure or pedicure. Explore each suspended underwater piece in its true watery environment as the underwater resort space adds yet another layer of intrigue. Come back at night and view them in a different light during SpaQuarium with the marine biologist, then complete your four night stay by adopting a coral. Combine with the Phantasy Fairytale four night package at NIYAMA and receive complimentary combined airport speedboat transfers to Huvafen Fushi.

At NIYAMA, dance the night away as each Phantasy Fairytale character draws you into an enchanting, atmospheric tale of magic, mystery and make-believe. View the exhibition from inside underwater music club Subsix with a bottle of champagne and canapés. Spend a morning with the marine biologist learning about the beautiful ecosystem of the Indian Ocean then put your knowledge to the test with a snorkelling trip to a deserted castaway island nearby.

The four-night Phantasy Fairytale package at Huvafen Fushi starts from USD1157+++ per room per night based on two people sharing a Beach Bungalow with plunge Pool. To book please email reservations(at)huvafenfushi(dot)com call, +960 66 44 222 or visit //huvafenfushi.peraquum.com/promotions/Phantasy-Fairytale-Come-True/.

The four night Phantasy Fairytale package at NIYAMA starts from USD883+++ per room per night based on two people sharing a Beach Studio. To book please email reservations(at)niyama(dot)com, call +960 67 62 828 visit //niyama.peraquum.com/promotions/Phantasy-Fairytale-Come-True.