The Muraka : The Worlds First Underwater Hotel Suite

Ever imagined what it would be like to live underwater with the beautiful fishes and colorful corals? That dream could come true. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort is introducing an exclusive underwater hotel suite, The Muraka. The suite sits 16 feet below the horizon. Crystal clear turquoise water surrounds the entire suite from the bedroom to living area and to the bathroom. The glass dome allows you to enjoy your holiday with a mystical view. The master bedroom will give you the feeling of living in an aquarium.

           

By heading to the surface you can reach the additional living room, bedrooms and infinity pools. The walls made up of glass allows you to enjoy sunsets and sunrise, views of waves and private jetty. Residents can either choose to descend by an elevator or follow a spiral staircase down to enter the underwater heaven.
Guests who stay in Muraka are flown in a private seaplane that lands at their private jetty or are picked up from the main resort in a speedboat and will be theirs to use for the rest of their stay. Muraka itself sits out in the ocean far from Conrad’s water bungalows and beach villas, to give full privacy for the guests. 

This unique hotel suite is not like any other and comes with several benefits and services. A dedicated staff, including a butler and chef, to enable 24/7 services. In addition to services from massage therapists to a beautician to trainers can be arranged. A stay at this lavish hotel suite costs approximately $50,000 per night.

While you are enjoying living underwater, you can also continue to enjoy it by dining at Ithaa restaurant which is also the resorts submerged
restaurant, also known as worlds first underwater restaurant.

 

Maagiri Hotel reveals high-end 52 rooms

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

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

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

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

The hotel’s four-category rooms are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Facilities of the Maagiri Hotel are:

Dining

Coffee Curve

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

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

Faru restaurant

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

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

Peak restaurant

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

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

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

Wedding & Celebrations

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

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

Fitness & Gym

gym
gym

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

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

Events & Meetings

meeting rooms

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

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

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 reservation.ko[email protected] or call (+960) 684 7771. Additional info – visit the Maldives pages on outrigger.com.

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.

Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort’s festive season events

Superlative food, drinks and entertainment for families, friends and couples on three paradise beaches

Outrigger Resorts has announced a mouth-watering array of dining and entertainment options in the Maldives, Phuket and Koh Samui for Christmas and New Year. In Phuket and Samui, the festive season programs are open to local residents as well as resort guests.

Seasonal Dreams Come True in the Maldives

The Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort is pushing the boat out big style 19 Dec to 1 Jan. Guests on the idyllic isle in the Ghaafu Daalu Atoll can enjoy sensations such as Around the World Gourmet Dinner, Santa visits, cocktails by the pool, DJ chill sessions, beach BBQs, open-air movie nights, treasure hunts for kids, yoga on the beach, chocolate Santa and cookie decorating, sunset parasailing, semi-submarine mermaid shows, trips to see authentic Maldivian island life, and more.

The Outrigger also offers a selection of “Out of the Ordinary Stuff” such as local island excursions, equator cruises, luxury yacht trips, renewal of vows, sunken beach table dining, and cooking classes. The Outrigger’s festive experts include Matty Wainright (DJ from Bali), Christopher Long (executive chef), Roopesh Mohan (yoga and fitness trainer), Li Thy Thuy – ‘Bobby’ (spa treatments), Meliza Ricafrente (Kids Club), Dora Dzurjak (cocktails and wine), Don Sheehan (mixologist & cigars), and Santa Claus (dream maker).

The full program of festive season fun at Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort is here.

ABOUT OUTRIGGER HOTELS AND RESORTS

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

Etihad Airways increases Maldives flights in summer 2018

Etihad Airways today announced four additional weekly flights on the popular Abu Dhabi – Malé route, taking frequency to the idyllic Maldives to 11 services a week from June next year.

The extra flights, effective 15 June 2018, will operate year-round and provide more travel options with an early morning arrival enabling guests to maximise their stay in the Maldives.

In addition to providing greater choice and flexibility for UAE and GCC residents, overall connectivity and timing options between the Maldives and key countries on Etihad Airways’ European network will be enhanced. These include the major markets of the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Russia.

The expansion of the current daily operation will continue to see a two-class A320 aircraft on the route, offering 16 seats in Business Class and 120 in Economy.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are increasing frequency to 11 flights a week in order to cater to growing demand on the route, and to provide our guests with more choice of flights so that they can make the most of their stay in the Maldives.”

Since launching the route in November 2011, Etihad Airways has flown more than 550,000 passengers to and from the Maldives. Visitors from the UAE increased 35 percent over the past 12 months, while Europe continues to be the main source market for the Maldives, one of the world’s premium honeymoon and leisure destinations.

The additional flights (*) will operate every Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 15 June 2018.

Flight No. Origin Departs Destination Arrives Frequency Aircraft
EY 278 Abu Dhabi 08.40 Malé 14.05 Daily Airbus A320
EY 279 Malé 20:35 Abu Dhabi 23:50 Daily Airbus A320
EY 260 * Abu Dhabi 00:55 Malé 06:20 Mon, Fri, Sat and Sun Airbus A320
EY 261 * Malé 18:50 Abu Dhabi 22:05 Mon, Fri, Sat and Sun Airbus A320

About Etihad Aviation Group

Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) is a diversified global aviation and travel group comprising five business divisions – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways Engineering, Etihad Airport Services, Hala Group and Airline Equity Partners.

From its Abu Dhabi base, Etihad Airways flies to, or has announced plans to serve, more than 100 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The airline has a fleet of over 120 Airbus and Boeing aircraft. In 2013, it placed firm orders for 204 aircraft, which included 71 Boeing 787s, 25 Boeing 777Xs, 62 Airbus A350s and 10 Airbus A380s. For more information, please visit: etihad.com

Coir rope and thatch weaving in Raa Atoll

Coir rope making or Roanu Veshun (in Dhivehi) is one of the traditional handicrafts in the Maldives. Coconut trees are found on every island of the Maldives. Maldivians use different parts of the coconut palm to produce items for their daily needs. Coir rope was most importantly used in boats and construction of traditional houses.

Cleaning the husk, Preparation stages of Roanu Veshun, Raa Atoll Kinolhas Island
Taking the collection of husks to sea to soften the husks and they are kept in the seashore for 3 months, Bo’nbi Faakurun the preparatory stages of Roanu Veshun, Raa Atoll Kinolhas Island

The coir rope making process is a lengthy process lasting as long as two months or more to produce a single batch of ropes. Coir comes from the husk of the coconut. First, a piece of ironwood (Kuredhi), sharpened at both ends is stuck to the ground and is used to separate the coconut from its husk. This Is locally known as ‘Kaashi Hehun’. The coconut is used for food and other purposes.

The husks separated from the coconut are first made tender by burying them in water. The raw husk of the coconut is buried in where the waves break at the shore to ensure the husks remain wet all the time. In some islands, where swamps are present, these areas are preferred. This is locally known as ‘Bo’nbi Faakurun’. The length of the coir rope making process depends on how long it takes for the coconut husks to become tender. They are kept buried until they become tender enough. Sticks are used to mark the area where the husks are buried.

After about one to two months, the husks are dug up. It is then placed on a hard wooden surface such as that of a log and beaten with a wooden club. This locally known as ‘Bo’nbi Thelhun’. This is done to loosen the fibrous coir strands from the rest of the husk. The coir fibres are then washed with seawater to remove dust and spread in the sun to dry them.  

Once they are completely dry, they are ready to be spin into ropes. To make coir rope, a handful of coir is pulled at both ends by hands to separate strands of coir from the coir fibres. Depending on the desired thickness of the coir rope, few strands are taken into the palms and the ends of these strands are joined to the ends of another few strands by spinning between the palms. This method is continued to produce a bundle of coir rope of a determined length. The making of Roanu or coir rope is locally known as ‘Roanu Veshun’. It is the women folks that are mostly involved in Roanu Veshun.

Coir rope was not limited to its use in boats and during construction of traditional houses. It was extensively used to make the traditional hammock or ‘Joali’, doormats and also used to make the framework in bed for placing the mattress.

Nowadays coir rope is used for decorative purposes and the production of Maldivian souvenirs. The designs of some buildings such as restaurants come with ostentatiously decorated columns and support wrapped by coir rope, and coconut thatching. Maldivians still use coir rope to make ‘joali’. It is found commonly in the households of islanders.

In the olden days, this was a means of earning a living as coir rope was in high demand and exported to foreign countries. Maldivians exported coir rope to China, Yemen and the Persian Gulf.

Coir rope, which the Maldivians produce in a unique style was highly priced and credited for its beauty and slenderness.

Fangi, Roanu Veshun, Raa Atoll Kinolhas Island
The final product – Coir rope is used for various purposes

Fangi Viyun

Thatch or ‘Fangi’ are panels of plaited cadjan or palm fronds, traditionally used for fences, walls and roofing of houses in islands. Coir rope or Roanu is used to plait the palm fronds. At present, fungi are mainly used for roofing in resorts.