Celebrate Romance at Kuramathi

Kuramathi Island Resort

Renew your vows at Kuramathi

The soft white beaches, the azure skies, and the endless turquoise Indian Ocean twinkling in the bright sun… they are all beckoning you, to come and celebrate your romance or renew your love for each other.

Kuramathi Island Resort

You cannot ask for a more romantic setting. From a classic simple service on white sandy beach to an elegant celebration on the islands dazzling and unique sandbank. Kuramathi Island Resort offers a great choice of renewal of vows packages to suit all couples.

Relax and indulge yourselves before your big day whilst Kuramathi’s professional team organise your unforgettable day.

The Venues US$ 3000

Sandbank Vows Set on the stunning expansive unique Kuramathi Sandbank surrounded by panoramic views of the cerulean Indian ocean and sunsets.

Island Vows US$ 1600

A simple yet elegant service, on the beach, under the swaying palms and with the aquamarine Kuramathi lagoon as your backdrop, this is every couple’s dream come true.

Package Includes:

  • Exclusive wedding coordinator for the ceremony
  • Handmade Chocolates & Sparkling Wines in villa on arrival
  • Decorated venue with podium, palm arches with tropical floral decorations
  • Renewal of Vow party including Master of Ceremony, Bridesmaid, Local Drummers.
  • Celebration Cake & Sparkling Wine
  • Local Finger Food and House Wine for the invitees
  • Tropical Bouquet for Bride and Buttonhole for the Groom
  • 24 Photographs in a locally made album  Framed Photo, Certificate and Traditional Gift
  • A 5 Course Candlelit Dinner on the Beach, served with Sparkling Wine
  • Local Sarong and T-shirt for Bride and Groom
  • A Sparkling Wine in-villa Breakfast in Bed, the next morning

All prices are subject to 10% service charge and 12% GST.

A few special touches…

To make your stay and day even more unforgettable, we offer the following special touches which can be booked to enhance your renewal of vows.

Renewal of Vows 3 day Celebration US$ 885

Unwind and relax together as you prepare for your big day. This 3-day Celebration care program is just what you need to put the perfect final touches to your romantic escapade.

The day before: Couple’s romantic spa Body Program – treat yourselves to intimate and tranquil spa treatments created especially for you both. This will include a Scrub, Wrap and a Massage, Spa Manicure / Spa Pedicure for both, served with Mimosa and Fruit Platter. Duration 4 hours.

The day of: Preparations for your magical day – Hair and Make, and Grooming all available on request. Duration 2 hours.

The day after : Celebrate your new life together with a couples full body massage of choice. Also enjoy a Bath & Bubbles experience with refreshing sparkling wine and tropical fruits. Duration 2 hours.

Bridal Care US$ 300

Express Beauty skin care, Manicure and Pedicure, Hair and Makeup (duration 4 hours)

Groom Care US$ 220

Skin reviver, Hand and nail care and a full body 60 minute massage (duration 2 ½ hours)

Ceremonial Add-Ons

  • Bottle of Moet & Chandon (750 ml) for the ceremony (instead of sparkling wine) – US$ 130
  • Digital video coverage of the ceremony (approximately 10 minutes) – US$ 619*
  • Digital wedding video using drone (approximately 2 minutes) – US$ 369*
  • Professional photographer packages – US$ 419* to US$ 519*
  • Bridal bouquets (traditional) – US$ 250
  • Romantic sunset cruise on a local dhoni with sparkling wine and canapés – US$ 200
  • Additional family members or friends joining the couple for dinner – US$ 95 per person

Kuramathi Island Resort

Terms & Conditions

  • All mentioned prices are subject to 10% service charge and 12% GST. Items indicated with * maybe subject to price changes.
  • The Renewal of Vows is not a legal ceremony and no official documents will be issued. *
  • Wedding on the booked date would be organised, subject to weather conditions.

Cancellation Policy

  • In case of inclement weather, the wedding will be cancelled without any charges. The wedding can be rebooked based on availability during the stay.
  • Cancellations for any other reason, received 24 hrs prior to wedding date would incur cancellations fees of 25% of the total package.
  • Charges for handmade chocolates and sparkling wine provided in the villa on arrival would apply in case of all cancellations.

A sample itinerary for your special day at Kuramathi Island Resort

Kuramathi Island Resort

Baros Maldives Spa Secrets

The healing power of touch

In this era of PC screens and mobile phones many of us have fallen into the habit living most of our lives within our heads. We experience constant conversations with ourselves, live off to-do lists, make decisions, and deal with some form of mental anxiety throughout the days, weeks, months and years.

This dynamic lifestyle tends to disconnect us from our bodies and can deplete once vibrant energy levels. A good night’s sleep can prove difficult due to this constant chatter in our heads. It’s no surprise that we might find ourselves reacting to normal day to day situations in a hostile way and we wonder how we have slipped into an often self-inflicted unpleasant situation.

Regular touching has been proven to establish our mind-body connection to such an extent that blood pressures decrease, immune systems strengthen and the quality of sleep improves so much so that stress levels fall, improving our overall quality of life.

Baros Spa, would like to invite you to experience the specifically designed Baros Signature Combination Ritual. This will assist in establishing your mind-body connection for an overall feeling of wellbeing. The ritual lasts for two and a half hours enabling you to experience a private steam bath in a luxurious treatment room before you relax into a coconut and lime scented full body polish.

This is followed by the intuitive Baros Signature Massage which integrates four unique massage styles, namely Balinese Deep Tissue Massage, Swedish Kneading Movements, Hot Stone Massage and the relaxing Thai Stretches to leave your mind and body in a peaceful state. To complete this ritual, we let you experience a nourishing Scalp Treatment using local repairing coconut oil for dull and lifeless hair, along with a blissful scalp massage. This will leave you in touch with your body, relaxed, refreshed and able to live life again in complete happiness.

Sunrise Sandbank Yoga, Baros Maldives
Sunrise Sandbank Yoga, Baros Maldives

Wild Thing Pose

Camatkarasana (cah-maht-kah-RAHS-anna) Start in Adho Mukha Svanasana (DownwardFacing Dog).

  1. Bring your weight into your right hand and roll onto the outer edge of your right foot like Vasisthasana (Side Plank Pose).
  1. On an inhalation, lift your hips with buoyancy. Stay strong in your right hand making a clawing action with the fingers. Keep the head of the right arm bone back. On an exhalation, step your left foot back and place your toes on the floor with your knee partially bent.
  2. Curl back through your upper back to create a sweeping action of the shoulder blades into the back of the rib cage.
  1. On an inhalation lift your hips higher until you curl more into a backbend with your right foot solid on the ground.
  1. Keep breathing and curl your head back, extending your left arm from your heart and expressing your power and freedom.
  2. Hold for five to ten breaths, return to Down Dog and repeat on the other side.

For more information or bookings, visit The Spa or contact at [email protected]

MATATO Represents Maldives at the First BITB

The Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) is representing the Indian Ocean nation in the Bharath International Tourism Bazaar (BITB).

Opening in New Delhi last Monday, the event is the first edition of the Berlin travel trade show that has grown to become the largest in the world. Over 300 tourism products are being displayed at the B2B event, with MATATO bringing around a dozen Maldivian products to the 12,000 square metre Pragati Maidan.

“India is one of the fastest growing and largest travel markets in the world, and MATATO intends to have strong presence in India’s leading travel shows with our members and industry partners,” read a press release from the association.

India is the second fastest outbound tourism market in the world, after China, with arrivals to the Maldives growing by almost 15 percent in 2015, and more than 20 percent up to July this year.

Statistics from the World Bank and India’s tourism ministry show that 18.3 million Indians travelled overseas in 2014, compared to 16 million the year before. The UNWTO believes this could grow to as many as 50 million by 2020.

Maldivian resorts and guest houses exhibiting with MATATO at the event include Amilla Fushi, Cocoon Maldives, Dreams Arena, Furaveri Island Resort, Local Island Inn, Soneva, and Summer Island Maldives as well as the soon to be opened Season Paradise hotel in Thulusdhoo.

Travel agents present were ITAW Travels & Tours along with Traveller Street, while Mega Maldives Airlines were also featured. Copies of the ‘guesthouses maldives’ magazine were available to attendees, while the MATATO exhibit featured scenes of the atolls captured by local photographer Aishath Naj for her ‘Two Thousand Isles’ blog.

Organisers have arranged for those visiting the bazaar to take part in 6 ‘power conclaves’ examining specific tourism areas such as aviation, MICE, hospitality and experiential tourism.

“It is undeniably the most robust growth market globally,” explains the BITB website, describing the event as “tourism under one roof, B2B with a difference that includes new motivations to travel, consolidating what is trending in Indian tourism.”

The event will conclude today, October 6.

First Vacations Expo Starts in Male’

The Maldives is famous the world over for those who wish to experience white sandy beaches, turquoise waters and spectacular coral reefs.

But where do those who call these beautiful islands home go on holiday?

The country’s first ever Vacations Expo has just opened, giving Maldivians unique travel opportunities and encouraging them to explore their home and further afield.

“The Vacations Expo is the first of its kind,” explains Ismail Hameed, whose High Rise company has organised the event, which was launched today at the National Art Gallery in the capital, Male.

“It’s the first travel exhibition. While many trade events are being held in the Maldives every year, this is focused on both inbound and outbound travel, and we have major regional destinations such as Singapore and Malaysia participating.”

Expo Collage3
Preparations Complete

Tourism Malaysia – as one of the event’s official partner – will be one of 30 exhibitors from across the travel industry, encompassing airlines, travel agents, tour operators, safari boats and guest houses.

Inner Maldives is the main sponsor of the event, which will continue for three days, highlighting both international options and those closer to home.

Ismail explained that domestic tourism had increased rapidly along with the rise of guest houses throughout the atolls in recent years, with a number of guest houses and water sports providers appearing at the exhibition.

“The major objective of Vacations Expo is to provide amazing opportunities, packages, and airfares for Maldivians, expats, business travelers and diplomats, so they can know about what’s available in the country and in easy reach.”

As well as a world of information for future holiday plans, a number of prize giveaways will take place during the event. A free cruise courtesy of Inner Maldives, plane tickets to any destination, diving, fishing, resort trips and even a free Hajj trip can all be won.

The Maldives first Vacations Expo will begin at 2.30pm today in the National Art Gallery, running until Saturday (August 6th).

Glow in the Dark Yoga at W Resort

After bringing you the surreal artwork of Tom Bacher to thr Maldives earlier this year, before introducing the fitness approach of ‘yoga rebel’ Tara Stiles to its guests, W Maldives has now combined the two with glow in the dark yoga.

For the guest who has done it all – from fireside barbecues to overwater dining – they can now enjoy luminous lunges and day-glo downward dogs in W’s unique underground bar and nightclub, Fifteen Below.

The resort’s in-house yoga experts will take glowing guests of all skill levels through their paces every Thursday in this eye-catching approach to fitness and well-being.

Photo courtesy of www.wmaldives.com
Photo courtesy of www.wmaldives.com

Using the luminous paint to direct focus onto the body’s shape during the session, guests will relish this unique approach to yoga, building a core strength and flexibility that will bring a healthy glow to their days long after they have ascended the 15 steps back up to the sunshine of North Ari atoll.

W Maldives has 78 beachside and water villas as well as four overwater treatment villas where guests can enjoy a range of treatments in the private outdoor areas.

This new activity continues the resort’s reputation for innovation, which has included an exclusive swimwear collection and a resident DJ, whose tracks can be accessed via W’s own mobile app.

Maldives holds roadshows in India

The Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC), has started a 4-city roadshow – Lucknow, Chandigarh, Pune, and Hyderabad till the 20th of this month. These roadshows are a part of initiatives by MMPRC to promote Maldives tourism and are a follow-up to the Roadshows held in 2015 in the cities of India: New Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai which were met with tremendous success.

Organized by the Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation (MMPRC), 5 representative partners from the tourism industry of Maldives: Dusit Thani, Sun Siyam Resorts, Adaaran Resorts, Lily Beach Resort and Spa and Travelers Street is also participating at the Roadshow.

A lucky draw, sponsored by Sun Siyam Resorts and Dusit Thani, is being held at every road show where the winner gets a free vacation in the Maldives.

India is the sixth biggest market for the Maldivian tourism. In the first quarter of 2016, 14,171 tourists visited the Maldives from India. From January to December 2015, 52,368 Indians visited Maldives which is an increase of 14.9% compared to the year 2014.

In recent years, Maldives has become a popular travel destination with Indians. It has emerged as vacation favourite for Indian celebrities like Bipasha Basu, Karan Singh Grover, Abhishek Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Shahid Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Sanam Puri to name a few who regularly visits, while number of Bollywood film makers regularly shoot in the Maldives such as.

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Maldives offers free 30-day visa on-arrival for all nationalities.

Slow Boat to Naifaru

On the northern side on Malé, away from the coffee shops and the government buildings, lies a harbour where few foreign visitors roam.

In the commercial heart of the island capital – where it jostles for space with local markets, the main port, and countless fishing vessels – the northern harbour, or ‘anni jetty’, acts as the gateway to many of the Maldives’ further flung atolls.

Naifaru
Malé harbour. Photo Credit: Naj

In a nation that contrasts the throbbing ocean metropolis of Malé with pristine and epicurean resorts, the northern harbour offers a doorway to the other Maldives. A chance to experience this unique country as few outsiders have; an opportunity to view authentic island life.

Taking the less-trodden path will often require local guidance, with those in the burgeoning guest house sector best-placed to facilitate your journey into the isles. For our trip, an exchange of messages with Hamdhaan from the Nafaa Inn in Lhaviyani Naifaru soon secures the passage north.

Malé, Naifaru, Maldives
Malé island. Photo Credit: Naj

We arrive at the ferry amid jostling crowds and thick heat. Separate luggage compartments for Naifaru and neighbouring Hinnavaru ensure that boxes of groceries and other necessities successfully make their way to eager recipients 140km away.

As we board, one crew member passes a small plastic bag in which to keep our footwear. We won’t be needing those. Others hang fishing lines from the back of the boat, hoping to pick up additional passengers on the journey.

Soon the ferry rumbles away from its moorings, painstakingly extricating itself from the guy ropes of the surrounding fishing dhonis, whose crews break from chores to assist our flight. Slowly, the city lets go. The entanglements of Malé are left behind and the engines open up.

Naifaru Island
Naifaru Island. Photo Credit: Naj

In a territory spanning 90,000 square km, the Maldives’ 1,200 or so islands make up just 0.3 percent. Subsequently, for anyone seeking a truly Maldivian experience, a long ocean voyage is a must. That the ‘nearby’ Lhaviyani atoll (officially known by its geographical name of Faadhippolhu) is 7 hours away indicates the daunting logistics that still shape island life.

Steaming north, the ferry passes so close to some resorts that room service seems a realistic prospect. Further on, the sprinkling of islands on the horizon grows thin, offering a glimpse into the perspective of countless sailors for whom the precious isles meant sanctuary and survival, rather than the ultimate in rest and relaxation as they do for today’s foreign visitors.

Five hours after setting off, the sun sets unfettered into the sparkling ocean – an intimate moment, far away from the prying eyes of the land. Moments later, the lights of Lhaviyani begin to beckon and Naifaru is reached within the hour.

Approaching new island after dark lends a further element of mystery to any trip in the Maldives. The harbour lights of Naifaru draw us in as the hum of the engines give way to the comparatively deafening silence. The sandy streets soak up the sounds from the small crowd gathered to receive the new arrivals; just as it has soaked up the intense heat throughout the day.

Naifaru is the capital of the atoll and the fifth biggest population centre outside of Malé. Despite this, the community is just 4,000 strong, and a large number of absent resort workers, fishermen, and travellers to Malé means the actual figure is far less.

Best known for the unique lilt of its dialect, and the skill of its fishermen, Naifaru maintains the sleepy character of island life, unencumbered by traffic or crowds – recalling the Indian Ocean calm that Malé forgot. The rhythm of the day mirrors the pattern of the sun, stirred into life at dusk as islanders venture out to one of a handful of coffee shops dotted across the island’s 0.5 sq km. Others recline in the steel-framed joali lining the dusty streets, their repose punctuated by the maghrib prayer.

Nafaa Inn, Naifaru Island, Maldives
Naifaru Island. Photo Credit: Naj

Guests at the Nafaa Inn – currently the only guest house in operation on the island – are invited to embrace local life, blending into a community that is more familiar with the concept of friends and guests, than it is with tourists.

Fishing trips, barbecues, and visits to nearby uninhabited islands (locally known as picnic islands), allow guests to share in the recreational activities of the island’s permanent residents. Travellers to Naifaru can also swim with Mantas in nearby Vavvaru, or explore the imposing hulk stranded next to Felivaru, witnessing the duplicity of the reef.

The guest house offers comfortable surroundings – with air-conditioned rooms and wifi – from which visitors can truly explore Maldivian life in Lhaviyani atoll. Here, travellers can wean themselves off the stresses and pressures that lie far away, across the open ocean.

Boat, Naifaru Island, Maldives
Boat, Naifaru Island. Photo Credit: Naj

Should you ever grow weary of island life, however, and feel the pull of Malé’s bright lights once more, ferries ply the expanses between atoll and city life three times a week.

Saudia Airlines Launches Flights to the Maldives

Official flights from Saudi Arabia to the Maldives commenced today. The first flight of Saudi Arabian Airlines also known as Saudia, a Boeing (B777-300ER) landed at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (Hulhulé – Malé) at 9.00 am Maldives local time. This inaugural flight was welcomed with a water salute and the passengers were greeted with the Maldivian traditional “Bodu Beru” item. The national carrier will operate two weekly flights to and from the islands, from Riyadh (RUH) to Colombo (CMB) and then Malé (MLE – Ibrahim Nasir International Airport). On this celebratory occasion, Saudia offers fifty percent discount for tickets to Saudi Arabia, Europe and the United States. Saudia Airlines At the welcoming reception Mr Ibrahim Faisal Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Maldives and other senior officials met with the senior delegation of Saudia. Speaking at the ceremony, Director General of Saudia Saleh Al Jassar said that with the commencement of direct flights the relations between the two brotherly nations will be further strengthened. He noted that during the reign of King Salman the relations that existed between Saudi Arabia and Maldives has become more closer. Since there are a lot of tourists wanting to visit the Maldives from Saudi Arabia the flights will enable more people to travel to the Maldives and strengthen cultural relations. Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the Maldives, Badr bin Ali bin Ahmed Kahill said that it would strengthen the growing relations between the the two countries and will open broad prospects for the development of economic relations and trade exchange.

Maldives to have a 300 Yacht Marina

Hulhumalé Yacht Marina in Maldives to Service 300 Yachts

Director of Asia Pacific Superyachts Maldives, Mohamed Hameed recently reported on new developments in the Maldives, at the new Hulhumalé Yacht Marina, which is expected to offer assistance to 300 yachts.

Asia Pacific Superyachts Maldives Branch is a member of Association of Yacht Support Services (AYSS) and was established by Mohamed Hameed with over 15 yrs of experience in the Marine industry. Asia Pacific Superyachts Maldives offers a wide range of services all over the Maldives through our head office in Malé (Capital) and our two branch offices in the Northern Part of Haa Alifu Uligan (North Thiladhunmathi Atoll) and the Southern Part of Seenu Gan (Addu Atoll).

Asia Pacific Superyachts Maldives tightly collaborates with the incoming superyachts and oversees the ongoing progress of this new marina.

Phase 2 of Hulhumalé development project has started with land reclamation for the Marina and Cruise Liner area, as recently reported by the Housing Development Corporation (HDC). As reported by Mohamed, this is fantastic news for visiting Superyachts and yachts as the Hulhumalé Yacht Marina plan is to service 300 yachts.

The Yacht Marina is a beautiful coastal island proposed to be developed in the western side of Hulhumalé Island and will cater to the needs of yachts and safaris.

In addition to water sports facilities, the marina will feature retail shops, F&B outlets, and a yacht club that includes exhibition space, dry berth facilities and boating dock. A modern fully equipped cruise terminal located right next to the marina with an automatic, covered boarding bridge to facilitate cruise lines visiting Maldives will be also created.

The HDC noted that all necessary materials have been collected for the land reclamation, and revetment work is scheduled to be completed within the next three months. While the Hulhumalé Yacht Marina is planned to offer assistance to 300 yachts and superyachts, the cruise liner will serve the biggest cruise liners in the world.

HDC also announced that the termination of this exciting project is expected to be on schedule. The Cooperation further stated that 240 hectares of land reclamation was completed by March 2015, and the remaining work should be finished within 8 months. While 240 hectares of land has been reclaimed under phase 2, 180 hectares of land were reclaimed in phase 1 of the Hulhumalé development project. The first phase of Hulhumalé development project was aimed to house 60,000 people in 1997.

The Tourism District

Located north of the mainland, the isolated tourism district is bridged to the mainland by two main roads. With the changing trends and market shifts observed in the travel and tourism industry, the developments on this island focuses on high rise developments that cater to the needs and wants of the modern tourist.

The main investment opportunities include 6 major hotels and 74 plots for luxury apartment complexes for tourists. The accompanying facilities and services to be provided in the Tourism district include, and are not limited to, specialized shopping outlets, fine dining and SPA and wellness centers. The district will have a capacity of 3,600 rooms catering to tourists.

Yacht Marina and Cruise Terminal

The Yacht Marina is a splendid coastal island proposed to be developed in the western side of Hulhumalé catering to the needs of yachts and safaris.

With more than 80% of all safaris operated in the Maldives anchored in the lagoon area to the West of Hulhumalé, the proposed Marina will be a vital facility for the Maldivian tourism industry. Apart from water sports facilities, the marina will have amenities such as retail shops, F&B outlets, a yacht club that includes exhibition space, dry berth facilities and boating dock.

There will also be a modern, fully equipped cruise terminal located right next to the marina with an automatic, covered boarding bridge to facilitate cruise lines visiting Maldives.

Amari Havodda Maldives holds its grand opening

Located on one of the most preserved atolls in the archipelago, Amari Havodda offers an ideal getaway within the pristine nature of the Maldives with uninterrupted views of the ocean and beyond. The resort features 120 villas including, overwater” and beach villas. Taking inspiration from Maldivian art and designed under the concept of “natural simplicity”, the guest rooms offer a contemporary and peaceful environment, as guests take in the soothing sounds of the ocean.

Amari Havodda Maldives
Amari Havodda Maldives

Amari Havodda is also brimming with a host of facilities comprising a number of culinary options with international and Asian flavours, including the Amari signature all-day dining restaurant, Amaya Food Gallery, which is designed with open kitchens inspired by well-loved street foods of Asia. Guests can also enjoy creative cocktails around the main pool deck at the Thari Bar, whilst those who are a little more active can head to the Water Sports Centre or the Dive Centre to explore the colourful underwater world in the island’s house reef.

Amari Havodda Maldives
Amari Havodda Maldives

Book today and take advantage of Amari Havodda Maldives’ special deals:

Special Promotion – Book now, get 40% discount on Full Board rates for all room types (Stay Period: 18 Jan 2016 to 30 Apr 2016)

Best Deal – Stay a minimum 7 nights, get an incredible 50% discount on all Full Board rates (Stay Period: 01 Feb 2016 to 30 Apr 2016)

Early Bird Promotion – Save 10% on all Full Board rates when you book at least 60 days in advance. For stays from 1 May 2016 (Stay Period: 01 May 2016 to 30 Apr 2017)

Amari Havodda Maldives
Amari Havodda Maldives

Travelling to Amari Havodda takes place from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, guests will take a 55-minute flight to Kaadedhdhoo Domestic Airport on a fixed-wing plane, followed by a 10-minute speedboat transfer to the resort. The domestic transfers will be arranged for guests by the resort once the reservation has been made.