Soneva Jani: A luxury gem in Maldives

Soneva Jani is a luxury gem located on the uninhabited island of Medhufaru, that sits in a large private lagoon in Noonu atoll. Soneva Jani is also known, one of the most expensive resorts in the Maldives. Featuring with 24 over water villas and one four-bedroom villa. Most of this property’s villas are built over water.

You can reach Soneva Jani by a 40-minute seaplane ride from the capital, male’. Their hospitality is beyond the top expected. After you check into Trans Maldivian Airways flight, you will be transferred over to Soneva Janis private lounge and will be offered snacks, beverages and massages, you name it! After this warm welcome you will be asked to make some decisions via an iPad based questionnaire. You will be asked to choose from what kind of pillows you want on your bed (provided various options), to what kind of fragrance you would like to be sprayed onto the pillows. Also, you can choose what type of alcoholic beverage, Favorite food, preferred snack of choice. And last but not least what type of music you prefer to be played in your villa on your arrival. Interesting, isn’t it? After the guests exit the floating seaplane at Soneva’s jetty, everyone will be welcomed with fresh coconut water.

The spectacular 24 water villas of Soneva Jani range from one bedroom, 416 square meter villas up to the four bedroom 1,226-square meter option. Every villa has its own lagoon facing private pool that dazzlingly reflects the colors of the sea. A few villas come with exciting private water slides. Besides, if you wish to stay on land, you will have to book into the 1,752 square meter four-bedroom beach villa, the only one that’s not on stilts, well away from the other accommodations. Including the most original options inside the villas, each master bedroom has its own telescopic roof that slides back for stargazing.

Another fun fact of this property is that you will be asked to kick off your shoes and put them in a bag as soon as you land, as it is a part of the resort’s “no news, no shoes” motto. In this property, privacy is fully guaranteed. Due to a little number of villas, the property feels blessed that it’s empty and quiet.

Varieties of water excursions are available and you will mostly be tempted and deciding to weather, relax and read a book or jump to the water. Anyhow, you can enjoy the peace and calm and the loud and fun too. Soneva Jani is indeed filled with remarkable hospitality.

Fun-filled Easter Break at Bageecha, Kuramathi Maldives Kids Club!

An island measuring 1.8km in length, Kuramathi Maldives offers “something for everyone”. With this mantra, we certainly do not overlook our younger guests – we have something for them too. Bageecha, the kids club at Kuramathi is open from 8.30 in the morning till 7.30 in the evening, and offers fun filled adventures throughout the year for our guests of 3-12 years on complimentary basis.

Kuramathi Maldives bageecha

Come this Easter, we have put together a complete plan to ensure that the children have the best time with us. Over a period of 5 days, children will have a chance to show off their artistic skills during the crafting of Easter decorations, painting their own Easter eggs, take part in lots of fun indoor/outdoor games, enjoy wet and wild times in the pool, go on an exhilarating ride on our semi-sub and of course collect as many eggs as they can on the big egg hunt, for how can an Easter party be complete without one! Join Kuramathi on this fun egg-citing adventure!

Kandolhu Maldives – One of the Top Romantic Resorts in the World

Kandolhu Maldives has once again received the highest honor from the travel review giant TripAdvisor. The TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice is given to the top 1% of the hotels around the globe, and Kandolhu Maldives has achieved this in various categories based on numerous excellent reviews by our guests from all corners of the world.

A member of the Small Luxury Hotels, Kandolhu is authentic hospitality paired with raw luxury and intuitive service. Fringed by a house reef offering endless underwater adventures and a plethora of dining options, this tiny island provides for that perfect holiday haven. Guests at Kandolhu are spoilt for choice with five lavish villa types inspired by contemporary Maldivian architecture that come with world class fittings to provide that perfect home away from home. For the ultimate Kandolhu experience, opt for an Ocean Pool Villa with its expansive living space and “glass box” bathroom.

According to the thousands of reviews submitted to TripAdvisor, Kandolhu Maldives is:

  • Top 25 Hotels for Romance — World
  • Top 25 Hotels — Asia
  • Top 25 Hotels for Romance — Asia
  • Top 10 Hotels — Maldives
  • Top 10 Hotels for Romance — Maldives
  • Top 10 Luxury Hotels — Maldives
  • Top 10 Hotels for Service — Maldives

“It is an honor and compliments for the Kandolhu team to be placed in several of the Traveler’s Choice lists. We would like to thank all our guests for the tremendous support to our small intimate island. These accolades could not have been achieved without the commitment to exceptional guest service provided by our fantastic and genuine team”, says Marc LeBlanc, Resort Manager.

The Nautilus Maldives welcomed its First guests

3rd February 2019 On a perfect sunny Sunday afternoon, The Nautilus Maldives welcomed its first guests, ushering in a new world of luxury in Baa Atoll.

The nautilus Maldives is a bohemian hideaway located in Baa Atoll, a UNESCO biosphere reserve. A wonderland of incredible marine life awaits discovery.

The vision of The Nautilus is to join the select group of private island recognized as the best in the world. With its modern bohemian style, and concept of absolute freedom for its guests, who enjoy no rules, no dress codes, no set restaurant hours, no fixed menu choices, its driving philosophy is to make guests feel not only completely at home, but as if time itself no longer exists. As a result, a stay at The Nautilus is noticeably different from anywhere else: here service is truly bespoke and activities follow the lead of the natural rhythms of nature and desire of the guests.

The entire team welcomed the first guests with champagne, Bodu Beru and ribbon cutting ceremony, with the highlight being the ‘first steps’ on the island by guests. Celebrations continued on to the evening with sunset cocktails and the first ever ‘Nautilus Rising’ ceremony as the distinctive nautilus shell in the pool gradually comes alight, giving the appearance of rising out of the water.

A spectacular day, promising many more such in the years to come as this new star in the Maldives makes its mark.

LUX* North Male Atoll: A Dazzling Experience in Maldives!

LUX* North Male Atoll is an exclusive paradise retreat. A latest Unique addition for Maldives Resorts.  Featuring oversized, penthouse residences this paradise has truly taken luxury to the next level. Guests who visit LUX* will be arriving by a short transfer from male by a luxury speedboat. The resort has 67 double storey residence with private pool blending with super-yacht panache. This is the first in Maldives Resort that has each residence topped with a private sky-lounge.

The unique designing of this Luxury Paradise is credited to Singaporean design house Miaja, who specializes in styling exclusive properties that reflect the beauty and charm of the surroundings. Appreciations to Miaja for designing a next level luxury 67 double storey residences each featuring a private pool.

Villas on this property are at least 350 sqm. Each residence lies right on the beach or over the water. The villas are spacious and has room for plenty of things to do. You can make yourself feel home in these villas. In every residence there’s a rooftop that you can relax, enjoy, and stare at the beautiful sea view of course. You can have the best escape, have a barbecue in your own penthouse villa, and stargaze using a telescope that’s also in your personal villa. A bartender will be at your service with one call away. Sipping cocktails with a view, isn’t it to die for? Last but not least, enjoy the oversized bathrooms with bath and couples rain shower.

LUX* has different dining rooms in different uplifting environments. Barium is the private dining room with a knockout underwater fish tank. You can arrange a private dinner for you and your friends here. Glow restaurant is an international world cuisine, that has showcases of European classics, Italian and Spanish delicacies through to south east Asian specialties. INTI guides you on a delicious journey through Peru and japan, the height of truly bespoke taste is hidden in the opulent chamber of Barium, while Beach Rough provides a foot in the sand, sea breezy scenario to take you from day to night. You can enjoy Sipping cocktails by the night and enjoy the rooftop shisha bar.

LUX*’s special wellness program includes a special two hour treatments for twosomes including body scrubs, massages and aromatic bathing. The treatment rooms are located right over the water in view of where the ocean tides strike. You can also make a request to the spa team to provide you the treatment in your villa or the rooftop for a calming experience with sound of waves.

Different excursions are available in LUX*. Get the best experience by the help of a resident marine biologist. Discover the marine life to the fullest. You can see turtles, spotted eagle rays, banner fish and reef sharks who are all visitors to the house reef.

Different activities are organized for different experience levels. Water sports activities, range from jet ski, semi submarine or fly boarding adventures or host SUP sessions and kayaking tours. If you wish to take the water excursion to another level you can charter a private yacht to a nearby sandbank, which can be docked right at your water villa’s terrace.

LUX* promises you an unlimited hospitality and wonderful services. Therefore, take a break, get your summer clothes on and join LUX* North Male Atoll for your next best vacation!

Chef Eyck Zimmer to Prepare Special Dining Experience at Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort for Easter 2019.

Chef Eyck Zimmer to prepare special Dining experience at Outrigger Konotta Maldives resort for Easter 2019 one of the great talents of modern European haute cuisine returns to the Maldives. Acclaimed chef, Eyck Zimmer, will be guest chef at the outrigger Konotta Maldives resort at Easter 2019. Zimmer will host two, five-course dinner in the resorts driftwood restaurant on Sunday 20th April and Monday 21st April. He will be joined by a sommelier who will pair wines with each course.

Outrigger Konotta Maldives

One of the truly great talents in modern haute cuisine, Zimmer, a German national, who has won accolades such as Portuguese chef of the year 2008, British chef of the year 2006, Meilleur Ouvrier de Grande Bretagne 2000, and Ordre Du Merite Agricole, to name a few.

Along the way, Zimmer has worked in some of the best kitchens in the UK: Claridge’s, The Dorchester and the Ritz. He worked with current Outrigger Konnotta Maldives Resort general manager, John Allanson, at the Lowry in Manchester 2005-07.

Zimmer is currently culinary director at the Square Nine Hotel in Belgrade, Serbia.

This will be the chef’s Second outing at the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort, following a successful guest chef visit in 2017.

“Eyck’s first session at the Outrigger in the Maldives was wonderfully received by all our international guests,” said Allanson. “Eyck is a consummate professional and works really well with our kitchen team, led by executive chef Chris Long. Our lucky guests can expect more culinary magic this Easter.”

The menus for the two Easter 2019 special dinner are a work in progress. Zimmer expects the final creations to be celebration of Maldivian influences matched with over 30 years of culinary expertise from across Europe.

This Easter, guests at the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort will once again be able to savor the unique culinary creations of Eyck Zimmer – one of the great talents of modern European haute cuisine.

Milaidhoo Island Maldives Wins Best Service ‘Travelers Choice Awards 2019’

Milaidhoo Island Maldives has been recognized for its service excellence, scoring several top places in the recently announced Trip Advisor Travelers choice Awards.

The 2019 Trip Advisor Travelers Choice Awards positions Milaidhoo Island Maldives as number one in the ‘Top Best Service Maldives’ ranking, seventh in ‘Best Service Asia’ and 20th in ‘Top Best Service of the World’, representing the Maldives as one of the most exclusive luxury destinations of the world.

The resort is places in the top ten of several other Travelers Choice Awards rankings, coming in second in the ‘Top Hotels, Maldives’ and 10th in the ‘Top Hotels Asia’ rankings. The island resort is also recognized as third in the ‘Top Best Romance Maldives’ as well as ninth in the ‘Top Romance Asia’ ranking. Milaidhoo Island Maldives is furthermore acclaimed as one of the top luxury resorts in the Maldives, being fourth in the ‘Top Luxury Maldives’ ranking.

This acknowledgement of the exceptional quality of hospitality of Milaidhoo is another chapter in the resort’s successful story, of providing the best standard of customer service.

Created to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across the tourism industry, the Trip Advisor Travelers Choice Awards are a trusted mark of quality based on reviews by consumers.

Sleep under the stars in Finolhu Maldives.

Have you ever dreamt of laying inside a bubble and watching the stars? The option is available in the Indian oceans grooviest getaway, Finolhu Maldives. This bubble tent is located on a secluded spot on Finolhu’s famous 1.5km sandbar in the Baa Atoll.

The Beach bubble is inflatable and transparent. This is an idyllic choice for those who enjoy the nature, and experience it with comfort. The Interior is designed with custom fitted wooden flooring and fine furnishings. Additionally, the bubble has an attached separate bubble bathroom and shower.  The bubble comes with high-speed WiFi and air conditioning. Furthermore, Finolhu Maldives has branded the bubble experience as “Dream Eclipse”. A night in this Bubble will cost USD 600++ per couple.

Finolhu Maldives
Finolhu Maldives, Bubble tent

Unwind in your bubble gazing at the endless stars, or maybe make it a romantic getaway with your significant other. “Dream Eclipse” package lets you stay in for one night and gaze at the stars to enjoy the sunrise. The beach bubble is a short walk away from the famed Fish & Crab Shack. This getaway experience includes barbecue by the beach and a waterside breakfast.

Imagine you and your loved one, completely alone for one amazing and magical night under the stars. This could be one of the most exciting adventures to add to your bucket list!

The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort: Excitement at Baa Atoll

Westin Hotels and Resorts has opened one of the brand’s Resorts in the Maldives, The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo. The resort is jointly owned by Bulluna Co.Ltd of japan and Asia, capital PLC of Sri lanka.

The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo is located in the Baa Atoll. A beautiful coral island where guests will experience a tranquil escape. Experience uninterrupted ocean and pristine turquoise lagoon views. Guests are in close proximity to landmarks such as the Hanifaru Bay, where the largest gatherings of manta rays globally.

The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo is looking forward to welcome their guests to discover the charm of the Maldives while enjoying the unparalleled level of service.

Resort design and where the inspiration came from

The resort design has taken inspiration from the ocean with a visionary approach towards environmental sustainability. All elements of the resort’s design have used natural materials, such as unique shells to the movement and flow of marine life including sea turtles and whale sharks.

An aerial view of the Westin Maldives Miriandhoo resort appears an outline in the shape of a fish. The destination is a distinctive reflection of the beauty of surrounding marine life. The arrival jetty is structured to resemble clam shells and the ocean waves.

The resort features 70 villas and suites, 41 on the island and 29 overwater. Each villa is shaped with an Eco friendly double roofing to create the perfect natural ventilation, with outdoor rainforest showers as a distinctive feature.

Gracefully over the sea on stilts and with an area of almost 200 square meters each. The over water suites are among the largest a resort has to offer in the Baa Atoll region.

Distinguished venues, elevated experiences

The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo resort offers three unique dining experiences. The pearl is the resorts specialty restaurant to indulge exquisite Japanese cuisine with remarkable ocean views. The restaurant offers a gracious Japanese menu with a focus on the seafood and fresh local ingredients. An all-day dining experience at island kitchen stays true to the Westin brand’s Eat well brand pillar through a balanced menu combining Chinese, Indian and Maldivian fare.

 At Hawker, guests are able to sample authentic Asian street food with a live kitchen in a casual lively atmosphere.

Next to the library and overlooking the azure blue Indian ocean, sunset bar is a tranquil lounge serving tapas and inventive cocktails.

More ways to recharge

This tranquil escape also features the Westin’s signature branded spa concept, the calm spa by Westin with the latest beauty treatments. The spa area’s design displays an intimate and peaceful ambience that allows guests to reflect on their destination. Featured with a spacious treatment suite for two with a Jacuzzi and panoramic ocean views.

A 24-hour Westin workout fitness studio which has two levels that features weight machines, free weights, and cardio equipment with a flat screen television; and outdoor pool. Other recreations include, ground with tennis, volleyball, basketball options.

A special Westin family kids club offers family experiences for young guests between the ages of 4-12 years. Some of the activities involve nature walks, family-style runs and water sports.

The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo resort is also prepared to play host to ceremonies or vows renewal with its multifunctional event spaces.

Guests can directly enter the beach and explore the house reef with colorful corals and be surrounded by thousands of tropical fish. Miriandhoo is a well-known turtle sanctuary, and guests can easily and often see turtles nesting along the white beaches. You can also see reef sharks, lionfish, manta rays and often whale sharks all inhabit in the Baa Atoll. Have the most magnificent experience of the underwater by snorkeling, diving, fishing and parasailing. Other additional on site services include PADI dive centre and a boutique store.

Westin Hotels & Resorts have been a leader in wellness and hospitality for a long time, and lives its philosophy “empowering a better you”. More than 200 hotels and resorts in nearly 40 countries and areas.

Parent company Marriott runs several resorts in the Maldives, including The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort and Spa, W Maldives, and the upcoming JW Marriott Maldives Resort and Spa.

Finolhu Maldives : A first class retro style resort in the Maldives!

Thalassophiles! If you are looking for a vacation to swim, snorkel, or diving, or maybe just to relax on a white sandy beach surrounded by turquoise lagoon, no worries. Finolhu Maldives is one of the best destination for it. Located in baa atoll, Finolhu is a little tropical paradise situated in the Indian ocean.

Finolhu Maldives private pool

The baa atoll has been awarded UNESCO status for its beauty. Swim with the dolphins, turtles, manta and white tip reef sharks. Among the corals, you’ll find whip coral, dark red sponges, black coral bushes and Zoanthids growing like wild mushrooms. Colorful soft corals found in the overhangs are blue, yellow and green; pairs of porcelain crabs rest in Anemone coral. You will also spot large table corals on the reefs. Finolhu is closeby hanifaru bay and its population of manta rays. The best time to visit is between June to October.

Finolhu is a first class retro style resort, offering a truly unique and luxurious Maldives escape. Designed with pastel-hued decorations and bright green leaves stand out against neutral tones and natural materials employed to create the foundations of each space. Each villa offers comfortable, cushioned seating and top-notch views of the Indian ocean. Featuring with over water beach front villas with breath taking ocean views.

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Apart from all of this you can experience foods from one of the six ‘far out’ eateries that serves gourmet, fresh and local cuisine. While you are still having an incredible vacation, why not indulge yourselves in the clove club spa to unwind and allow yourself to be rejuvenated.

Enjoy the running regular excursions, a cutting edge Marine Biology program, world-class diving trips, exciting free diving and private boat charters, Dive Butler truly knows how to help you make the maximum out of the endless blue waters surrounding Finolhu. In addition to these activities, the center itself is home to water related retail store and facilities combined with expertise to bring to life all your underwater video and photography dreams.

Capture moments in this beautiful paradise and take them home with you! Remind yourself of the calmness you felt during your vacation by the memories of rich, natural environment of the surrounding, protected waters mean that every single dive is an extraordinary adventure.