Dusit Thani Maldives wins Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Award

Dusit Thani Maldives on Mudhdhoo Island in Baa Atoll, the Maldives’ first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, was recently named ‘Favourite Hotel or Resort for Families’ in the Condé Nast Traveller Middle East Readers’ Choice Awards 2016.

Operated by luxury travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler, which prints regional editions in Europe, USA, Asia and the Middle East, the annual Readers’ Choice Awards was established in 1987 and today is one of the most respected programmes recognising hospitality excellence. This year, more than 300,000 votes were cast online by international readers, resulting in a list of the world’s finest travel experiences.

Dedicated to readers in the Middle East, the Condé Nast Traveller Middle East Readers’ Choice Awards featured 21 categories this year. Voting opened earlier in the year and winners were officially announced at a gala dinner held on 14 November 2016 at the Park Hyatt Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Beach Residence, Dusit Thani Maldives
Beach Residence, Dusit Thani Maldives

Located just 35 minutes by seaplane from the capital city, Malé, and 10 minutes by speedboat from Dharavandhoo Domestic Airport in Baa Atoll, Dusit Thani Maldives comprises 94 villas and residences, along with three restaurants, two bars, and Dusit’s signature Devarana Spa. The resort is surrounded by a rich house reef, white sandy beaches and a turquoise lagoon. A well-equipped Kids’ Club adds to the resort’s family-friendly appeal.

“We are extremely proud to win this prestigious award which recognises the quality of the resort’s luxury accommodation and distinctive services,” said Mr Lim Boon Kwee, Chief Operating Officer of Dusit International, the Bangkok-based, global hospitality company which owns and operates Dusit Thani Maldives. “From our gracious, Thai-inspired hospitality, to our well-appointed rooms and esteemed dining experiences, we do everything we can to create memorable guest experiences. And we are delighted to know we are getting it right.”

The Condé Nast Traveller Middle East Readers’ Choice Award caps a successful year for the resort, which, amongst other accolades, also received the following:

  • Gold Magellan Award, Luxury Resort Category – 2016 Travel Weekly Magellan Awards.
  • Luxury Modern Resort of the Year 2016 – Luxury Travel Guide Global Awards 2016.
  • Asia’s Top Leisure Hotel – Now Travel Asia Awards 2016.

Luxurious Festive Celebrations at Dusit Thani Maldives

Pearls of the Sea

Embrace year-end festivities on Mudhdhoo Island, the home of Dusit Thani Maldives. Unravel the best of the festive excitement and delightful moments with celebrations highlighting music, dance, fireworks and cuisine. Standing on the threshold of an old year, gift yourself and your loved ones, an unforgettable holiday retreat entailing the following festive extravaganzas:

Incredible global entertainment

  • Sébastien and Lydia, a Canadian duo will captivate you with Sébastien’s Robichaud guitar and piano performances in combination with Lydia Ferland singing powers.
  • Enjoy special traditional Maldivian dances from a local Boduberu group

Experience Innovative Festive Dining

  • Borderless beachfront BBQ dining and sunset cruises with cocktails and canapes.
  • Themed degustation dinners including Spice Route, Thai Full Moon Dinner, Arabian Night, Pirates Treasure, Taste of Asia and International with BBQ Night.
  • Interactive bubbly & nougat tasting sessions, cocktail making, festive afternoon tea and Thai cooking classes throughout the festive period.

The festive dining supplement for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve is priced at USD 300 net and USD 450 net respectively on per person basis. It includes special dinner arrangements and entertainment.

The Market

The Market, Dusit Thani Maldives
The Market, Dusit Thani Maldives

Experience palate-pleasing perfection at The Market where diners can kick start their day with an authentic feast the span across the globe. This self-serve full breakfast buffet includes everything from East to West, complimented with a variety of fresh seasonal fruits and a classic selection of pastries. Return here for exciting themed buffet dinners in an unmatched Maldivian setting.

 

 

 


Benjarong

Benjarong, Dusit Thani Maldives
Benjarong, Dusit Thani Maldives

Benjarong, our signature Thai restaurant serves authentic Royal Thai cuisine in a unique space that fuses contemporary style with traditional Thai designs. With recipes that have been passed down over generations, Benjarong brings the best flavours and tastes of Thailand to Maldives.

 

 

 

 

Sea Grill

Sea Grill, Dusit Thani Maldives
Sea Grill, Dusit Thani Maldives

Immerse yourself in the finest fusion of land and sea at Sea Grill! Feast on fresh seafood and steaks grilled to perfection, accompanied by side dishes from around the world, Relax by the poolside setting overlooking the breathtaking beauty of the ocean. A glass wine cellar offers the finest selection from vineyards around the globe.

 

 

 

 

Sand Bar

Sand Bar, Dusit Thani Maldives
Sand Bar, Dusit Thani Maldives

The Sand Bar is the perfect place to have a drink on a sun lounger or indulge in some tempting snacks while gazing out over the ocean. Situated alongside the infinity pool – one of the largest in the Maldives – treat yourself to a sunset aperitif before dinner or groove to the mesmerising musical tunes of the live band.

 

 

 

 

Sala Bar

Sala Bar, Dusit Thani Maldives
Sala Bar, Dusit Thani Maldives

At Sala Bar, romance comes alive! Watch the sunset whilst enjoying a selection of delicious canapés or stargaze over the sea whilst our mixologists makes you a sensational refreshment. Gather with friends or fellow guests to toast with a signature Thai cocktail, enjoying attentive service and panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.

 

 

 

 

 

Borderless Dining

Borderless Dining, Dusit Thani Maldives
Borderless Dining, Dusit Thani Maldives

The Borderless Dining concept at Dusit Thani Maldives presents guests with dining options in unbelievable settings, featuring sumptuous menus designed to suit every occasion. Exquisite settings offer sweeping views of Indian Ocean, immersing guests in a truly multi-sensory dining experience. Carefully crafted dishes and innovative beverages complete the magical experience.

 

 

 

 

Festive Entertainment: Lydia & Sebastien

Sebastien Robichaud and Lydia Ferland, Dusit Thani Maldives
Sebastien Robichaud and Lydia Ferland

Sebastien Robichaud and Lydia Ferland is a talented Canadia duo from Montreal. Composed of Lydia, leading in vocals and Sebastien guitarist, pianist and vocals. They offer a repertory of more than 300 songs in different languages and styles that varies from lounge, jazz, folk, rock and pop.

The warm and enchanting voice of Lydia and the catchy melodies of Sebastien, charm guests throughout the world. The duo has also gained a solid reputation in various luxury establishments.

Sand Bar: Every night from 18:00 – 22:30

Dusit Thani Maldives wins Gold Travel Weekly Magellan Award

Dusit Thani Maldives, a Thai-inspired 5-star luxury resort, recently won, for the second year running, the coveted Gold medal in the luxury hotel/resort category of the prestigious Travel Weekly Magellan Awards.

Arranged by US-based publication Travel Weekly, an influential B2B news resource for the travel industry, The Magellan Awards are judged and overseen by a unique panel of top travel professionals representing the best names and most accomplished leaders from the industry. Entries do not compete with one another, instead, they are judged against a standard of excellence based on the extensive experience of Travel Weekly.

Located on Mudhdhoo Island in Baa Atoll – Maldives’ first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve – Dusit Thani Maldives comprises 94 luxury villas set on stilts overlooking pristine white sands and the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.

Ocean Villa Terrace, Dusit Thani Maldives
Ocean Villa Terrace, Dusit Thani Maldives

Guests can dive and snorkel, swim in the oversized infinity swimming pool or indulge in a serene treatment at one of Devarana Spa’s treetop treatment pods. Gastronomes, meanwhile, are well catered for at the resort’s five award-winning restaurants and bars, including the signature Thai-inspired restaurant, Benjarong, which serves modern interpretations of classic Thai dishes in a stunning setting right over the water.

Joachim Schuette, General Manager at Dusit Thani Maldives, said: “We are delighted to receive this prestigious award for the second year running, as it truly highlights our continuous commitment to enhancing our resort and creating even more memorable experiences for our guests.”

Record Number of Sea Turtles Hatchlings Release

In the late afternoon sun, fifty baby turtles, barely the size of a seashell, scurried across Dusit Thani Maldives’ white sandy beach and made their way to the turquoise Indian Ocean.

Guests lined the beach, watching the tiny creatures scramble to the water. Leading the crowd in and cheering them on was Rebecca Bull, resident Marine Biodiversity Educator who closely monitored the Green Sea Turtle eggs since their nest discovery was made. While turtles tend to return to the very same beach that they themselves were hatched, it is hoped that the emerging hatchlings will imprint on Mudhdhoo Island and return in their in their maturity to lay their own eggs.

Dusit Thani Maldives
Dusit Thani Maldives

This year, these vulnerable sea turtles set a nesting record with only four weeks into nesting season. With a total of five nests on the island, this would set a record number of nests recorded on the resort. Two of the nests have already produced the first hatchlings of the year; over 100 juvenile Green Sea Turtles, whilst the resort is expecting approximately 200 hatchlings from the other three nests. Green Sea Turtles are listed as an endangered species globally, and listed in the Mediterranean as critically endangered. Therefore this rare and special sighting will make any guest’s vacation a memorable one.

This all came about when Sea Turtle tracks were discovered one bright morning making their way up the beach. The resort appointed employees to create “Turtle Camps” and guarded over the nest during incubation. Guests of all ages who were staying at the luxury resort during this time were invited to participate in the amazing phenomenon by witnessing the release of the newly-born turtles into the ocean.

Dusit Thani Maldives is fully committed to the care and protection of Sea Turtles in Maldives. The resort raises awareness, shares information to hotel guests and takes part in Turtle Conservation by helping to protect endangered sea turtle eggs and rehabilitating injured turtles back to full health for release.

Dusit Thani Maldives

Dusit Thani Maldives blends graceful Thai hospitality with the unparalleled luxury setting of the Maldives. Encircled by white sandy beaches, a stunning 360 degree house reef and a turquoise lagoon, the luxury resort on Mudhdhoo Island in Baa Atoll – the Maldives’ first ever UNESCO biosphere reserve – is just 35 minutes by seaplane from the capital Malé and 10 minutes by speedboat from the Dharavandhoo Domestic Airport in Baa Atoll.

The natural beauty of the Maldives forms the perfect backdrop for the facilities and activities on offer at Dusit Thani Maldives. Guests can dive and snorkel, swim in the Maldives’ largest infinity pool, retreat to one of Devarana Spa’s treetop treatment pods for a pampering experience or dine at one of the exquisite restaurants before heading back to the comfort of one of the Thai-inspired villas or residences.

Dusit Thani Maldives Launches Maldives’ First Official Free-Diving Centre

Dusit Thani Maldives takes pride in launching the first official and internationally approved free-diving centre in the Maldives, an incredible addition to the selection of water sports available at the resort.

Free-diving is a form of underwater diving that relies on the diver’s ability to hold his or her breath until resurfacing without the use of scuba gear. Besides experiencing the tranquility of underwater kingdom, there are various health and fitness benefits attributed to this unique diving activity.

Dusit Thani Maldives’ free-dive centre has joined

Aerial view, Dusit Thani Maldives
Aerial view, Dusit Thani Maldives

forces with Apnea Total, a globally renowned free-diving organisation. The Apnea Total Free-diving Education System and Standards are followed at the centre and guests will be provided Apnea Total certifications that are recognized worldwide.

Resort guests will train under the supervision of highly experienced free-dive instructors who have themselves worked and trained under record-holding free-divers. Additionally, the centre boasts world-class CRESSI equipment and the rental cost of these is included in the course price.

Free-Diving Centre, Dusit Thani Maldives
Free-Diving Centre, Dusit Thani Maldives

The center offers all levels of Apnea Total courses: Free-Diver Basic, Advanced Free-Diver, and Free-Diving Master, each lasting 2 days, 3 days and up to 5 weeks respectively. The Basic course will equip guests to dive safely and comfortably down to 20 meters on a single breath and the Advanced course equips guests to dive down to 40 metres below sea level.

According to Thanos Lionsatos, Director of Sales and Marketing, “Free-diving is a phenomenal watersport to offer guests at the resort, especially when we are blessed with such stunning marine biodiversity due to being located within the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This new initiative is a reflection of our continued pursuit of expanding our portfolio of guest services at Dusit Thani Maldives.”

World Luxury Hotel Award 2014 goes to Dusit Thani Maldives

Dusit Thani Maldives has won the Luxury Water Villa Resort category at the eighth annual World Luxury Hotel Awards 2014, held at The Bay Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa.

Established in 2006, the prestigious World Luxury Hotel Awards celebrates excellence in the luxury hotel sector and rewards establishments who deliver and uphold the standards of international luxury. Over 1,000 hotels from 145 countries were nominated to participate in the awards this year.

The results are based upon online voting by international tour operators, travel agents and hotel guests on a country and global basis. Entrants are judged on service delivery and effective management, and each nominated property was provided with a dedicated voting page on the awards’ website.

According to Thanos Lionsatos, Director of Sales and Marketing “It is a matter of immense pride to have received this honour from the World Luxury Hotel Awards. This is a testimony to the fact that we strive for excellence in catering to the needs of the discerning luxury market. This latest accolade encourages us to bring even more innovation to the guest experience here at the resort.”

Water Villa with Pool, Dusit Thani Maldives
Water Villa with Pool, Dusit Thani Maldives

With a unique combination of beach and lagoon access, all Water Villas at Dusit Thani Maldives provide an unmatched luxurious escape. The villas hang on stilts, allowing for breathtaking, uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean.

Located on Mudhdhoo Island in Baa Atoll – the Maldives’ first ever UNESCO biosphere reserve — Dusit Thani Maldives blends gracious Thai hospitality with the unparalleled luxury setting of the Maldives. The luxury island resort comprises 94 villas encircled by white sandy beaches, a stunning 360 degree house reef and a turquoise lagoon.

Guests can dive and snorkel, swim in the Maldives’ largest infinity swimming pool or indulge in a serene treatment at one of Devarana Spa’s treetop treatment pods. The sensory pleasures of dining are well-catered for, including at the signature Benjarong restaurant, where fine over-water dining is paired with authentic Thai cuisine.

Dusit Thani Maldives — a finalist for World Luxury Hotel Awards 2014

Dusit Thani Maldives is nominated for this year’s prestigious World Luxury Hotel Awards in categories: Luxury Island Resort, Best Luxury Water Villa Resort and Best Luxury Family All-Inclusive Resort.

Established in 2006, The World Luxury Spa Awards is one of the highly respected and popular industry accolades, which recognize the outstanding services of Spas in Hotels and Resorts worldwide.

Two Bedroom Beach Villa, Dusit Thani Maldives
Two Bedroom Beach Villa, Dusit Thani Maldives

The final outcome of the awards is known to be based upon online voting by the public on a country and global basis. Each nominated property is also known to be provided with a dedicated voting page on the awards’ website.

Winners will be announced towards the end of the year at the annual World Luxury Hotel Awards Gala Ceremony, which will attract prominent names from the global hotel industry. Online voting for the awards closes on 31st of this month.

Located on Mudhdhoo Island in Baa Atoll, the UNESCO biosphere reserve – Dusit Thani Maldives, takes a breathtaking 40 minutes seaplane ride from the International airport and minutes away by speedboat from the new domestic airport. This luxury island resort comes with 94 villas encircled by white sandy beaches, a breathtaking 360 degree house reef and a pristine crystal clear lagoon idyllic to dive and snorkel.

Pool, Dusit Thani Maldives
Dusit Thani Maldives

Guests can also swim in the Maldives’ largest infinity swimming pool or indulge in a sensory treatment at one of Devarana Spa’s treetop treatment pods.

The signature Benjarong restaurant are well-catered for, where fine over water dining is paired with authentic Thai cuisine and for those who seek a dining palate experience, Borderless Dining offers stunning views over an endless horizon of Indian Ocean.

Dusit Thani Maldives Dives into Australian Roadshow

Dusit Thani Maldives was an active participant at the recent road show held in 3 major cities of Australia. The “Dive into Maldives” was held in the iconic Sea Life Aquariums of Sydney Melbourne and Perth. The roadshow which was held from 23rd May to 2nd June highlighted the essence of Maldives’ marine life.

In addition to Dusit Thani Maldives, 9 other companies from the Maldives tourism industry participated in this event which was organised by Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC).

The event initiated by MMPRC is known to have provided a great opportunity for B2B networking amongst the participants and the Australian travel agents. Having unique selling points of the Maldives resorts emphasised and varied media opportunities explored, which resulted in new accounts being solicited.

The Director of Sales & Marketing, Dusit Thani Maldives, Thanos Lionsatos said “We received a buoyant response from the attendees of the Australian Roadshow and we are confident that this will go a long way in fostering outbound travel from Australia, enhancing the business prospects of Dusit Thani Maldives and helping us better meet the needs of this market”.

Dusit Thani Maldives is also known to have sponsored the event’s raffle draws with three gift vouchers entitling the winners to a three-night stay at the resort, inclusives of breakfast for two.

To make Australia a vital source market for the resort, Dusit Thani Maldives continues to strengthen its ties with the Australian travel industry.

Located on Mudhdhoo Island in Baa Atoll, the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve – Dusit Thani Maldives, takes a breathtaking 40 minutes seaplane ride from the International airport and minutes away by speedboat from the new domestic airport.