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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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Luxury resort Kanuhura Maldives rolls out its festive program, which includes bespoke festive options for luxury travelers. Highlights of the Christmas and New Year high season include gourmet dining across its eight restaurants and bars culminating in a stunning poolside Christmas Eve gala dinner and a Great Gatsby-themed New Year’s Eve party on the beach complete with live band, DJ and fireworks at midnight. The New Year’s Eve party dress code is white tie, ball gown and bare feet for better dancing the night away in the sand. A champagne bar in the sand will be in full flow, as will the team of 35 kitchen chefs who’ll be cooking up a range of gourmet temptations from locally caught lobster and seafood to the finest foods from around the world.
In keeping with the five-star resort’s gypset concept [a combination of gypsy and jet-set which describes a lifestyle that blends the vibrant free-spirited life of the world-traveler and the sophistication of jetsetters], celebrations will be both luxurious and unpretentious with the many beautiful locations on the island being showcased at their very best. For many guests, it’s the range of tailor-made events in unique locations where Kanuhura stands out from the herd. For example, guests can choose to arrange breakfast at a table in the water in the lagoon; or they may prefer a dégustation dinner inside the Chef’s Herb Garden in the glow of twinkling lights and the stars above. The resort’s wine cellar can be booked for private festive dinners for up 12 while the free-spirited traveler may prefer celebrating on one of the two deserted islands off the tip of Kanuhura which can be booked exclusively for their own use.
Kanuhura Maldives has two- and three-bedroomed villas making it the perfect choice for a festive family getaway in the sun. Better yet, children under 12 can stay and eat for free when staying in the same villa as the parents. Families can expect a full program of daily activities including a visit from Santa Claus on 25th December delivering gifts to children and teens. Parents can enjoy a truly relaxing break while the kids’ club for children aged four to eleven keeps younger guests occupied with daily events that include pirate cruises, watersports, nature walks and cooking classes. Room rates start at US $866 per night for a Beach Bungalow on bed and breakfast basis in December.
About Kanuhura Maldives
Set across three islands – two deserted islands and Kanuhura itself – the celebrated resort reopened in December 2016 after an 18-month full renovation, winning recognition from Conde Nast Traveller as one of the world’s top hotel renovations. Inge Moore of the London-based luxury hospitality studio Muza Lab in collaboration with Hirsch Bedner Associates redesigned the private island resort as a paradise for the world’s free-spirited jetsetters. One of the largest islands in the Maldives at 1.4km in length, Kanuhura has only 80 thatched-roof villas scattered throughout its untamed tropical interior and on stilts over the requisite turquoise lagoon. Kilometers of unspoilt beaches slope gently into the warm ocean while the two deserted islands are reached by a picturesque 5-minute boat trip. Eight restaurants and bars offer a world of dining, including the not-to-be-missed Chef’s Herb Garden where candlelit dégustation dinners are served in the heart of the herb garden. Kokaa Spa has one of the largest treatment menus in the country and has won two awards: ‘Best Spa in the World 2017’ by National Geographic Traveller and ‘Luxury Island Resort Spa’ by the Luxury Spa Awards 2017. Kanuhura Maldives is a member of Leading Hotels of the World.
About Sun Resorts
Sun Resorts is part of the Sun Limited ‘Hotel Management’ Cluster. It owns and manages 4 hotels in Mauritius (La Pirogue Resort & Spa, Sugar Beach Resort & Spa, Long Beach Golf & Spa Resort, Ambre Resort & Spa) and the iconic Ile aux Cerfs a leisure island on which is nestled a championship golf course designed by Bernhard Langer. In the Maldives, Sun owns and operates Kanuhura Maldives, a member of Leading Hotels of the World luxury collection.
Recognising that guests of refinement relish a hassle-free holiday where personalised attention to their needs is paramount, Baros Maldives presents the perfect choice, with this season’s holiday theme being “Enjoying Island Elegance.”
Gold and white are the colours chosen for this year’s festivities, to reflect the grandeur of the occasion and the purity of the season of new beginnings.
The Festive Season begins at Baros on Thursday 22 December 2016 and celebrations continue until Monday 2 January 2017. A Festive Season Diary will be available in every Villa for guests to plan their activities.
There will be memorable experiences including discovering Baros at sea with guided snorkelling tours, coral gardening, and dolphin-watching cruises, and enjoying Baros on land with nature walks, sandbank cocktails, champagne and wine tastings, gourmet and gala dinners and jazz under the stars. In addition, there will be escorted island exploration tours and a shopping visit to Malé. A special treat is the bliss of being pampered in the Spa with a seductive Elegant Island Harmony ritual.
There will also be a unique Maldivian experience for dinner in the Palm Garden on 25 December and a Countdown Party with a band and fireworks on the deck of the Lime infinity swimming pool on 31 December. For early risers on 1 January 2017, there is a grand New Year Day’s breakfast. Jazz and cool music under the stars are featured on some evenings while the Sheesha and Cigar Lounge is open every night.
A Singaporean national, Ms Apple Woo has be appointed as the Director of Sales and Marketing of Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort. Woo joined Outrigger on the first of February and will be based in the Outrigger Asia Pacific office in Phuket, Thailand. She will directly report to Pascal Billon, the General Manager and on key marketing and sales initiatives to Mark Simmons Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Outrigger Asia Pacific.
Woo was Director of Global Sales for Southeast Asia and Hong Kong for five years with the Jumeirah Group. Previously she held senior positions in sales and business development with Madinat Jumeirah Resort Dubai. She also worked with Mandarin Oriental Singapore in operations and sales positions for 10 years.
Speaking on the appointment of the Mandarin fluent Woo, the Vice President of sales and marketing Mark Simmons said: “Apple brings a great depth and range of sales experience in premier resorts and hotels,” “She is well versed in the needs and expectations of high-end leisure markets from Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, and the Middle East. This will be a great asset as Outrigger Resorts pursues its aspiration of becoming the premier global beach resort brand.”
The Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort is designed and developed to offer a complete sense of privacy and intimate luxury with 27 beachfront one and two-bedroom pool villas and 21 overwater pool villas. Four additional beachfront pool villas and an overwater presidential villa are also planned.
The resort will be supported by a full range of facilities and services, including new and innovative dining concepts, a marine education center, a Navasana Spa, and retail outlets.
Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort is scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2015.
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
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.
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.”
Coco Collection is pleased to announce the official partnership with the Olive Ridley Project to setup turtle rescue centers and jointly reduce the effect of ghost nets on marine life. During a ceremony held at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu on 18th January, guests and associates joined Martin Stelfox, Founder and Chief Executive of the Olive Ridley Project and Dr. Jillian Amy Hudgins, the Project Scientist of the Olive Ridley Project as well as Chiara Fumagalli, Coco Collection’s Resident Marine Biologist, to officially kick off this partnership.
This partnership will see the construction of the first Olive Ridley Project Turtle Rescue Center at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu with a dedicated team member of the Project at the Center to oversee the operations. Guests of Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu will be able to support the project and donate funds for the construction of this Center by purchasing a signature Olive Ridley Turtle toy available for USD 28, or by direct donations either at time of booking or on the resort. Proceeds will go towards the construction phase of the project, and once the center is established, educational presentations, tailored snorkeling sessions and ghost net research excursions will be available as guest experiences. Similar initiatives will take place at Coco Bodu Hithi in a later stage of this collaboration.
“Since its establishment in 2013, the Olive Ridley Project has been working actively with dedicated individuals who are keen to support the project by removing ghost nets that have been abandoned or lost in the ocean, continuing to entangle vulnerable marine animals. Coco Collection has been on board with us from the beginning and today, we are extremely happy to sign this partnership, declaring Coco Collection as the official Olive Ridley Project Partner for Turtle Rescue Centers in Maldives. This is the beginning of a long and fruitful partnership and I would like to thank all the guests and associates of Coco Collection for their continuous support and passion.” comments Martin Stelfox, Founder and Chief Executive of the Olive Ridley Project.
From 16th – 21st January, Martin was accompanied by Dr. Jillian Amy Hudgins at Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu where they joined Chiara Fumagalli for interactive guest presentations and excursions. With the overwhelming support of the associates, Martin & Jillian also conducted trainings on how to safely remove ghost nets from entangled marine life.
“I am beyond excited that Coco Collection is now an official partner of the Olive Ridley Project! With the continuous support of our eager guests and hardworking associates, this is a great opportunity for us to get more exposure for the detrimental effects of ghost nets on marine life and continue raising awareness to actively fight against it. We have received tremendous support from both guests and associates who have donated to the cause by purchasing the turtle toys and I am positively looking forward for the next step in this journey.” comments Chiara Fumagalli, Coco Collection’s resident Marine Biologist.
Keeping in line with its brand promise to care for the environment and recognize the need for sustainability, Coco Collection is proud to enrich their support for the Olive Ridley Project with this partnership.
About Olive Ridley Project
The Olive Ridley Project was set up by a group of Marine biologists situated within the Maldives working towards preventing entanglement of Olive Ridley’s and other marine organisms. Apart from actively removing nets and helping any entangled marine life, the Olive Ridley Project compiles data identifying types of nets, fishing methods being used, and entanglements in order to figure out why so many nets are drifting in the Indian Ocean. With an aim to educate school children, local communities and all those whose depend on the Indian Ocean about the detrimental effects of ghost nets, the Olive Ridley Project hopes to work together with dedicated individuals to protect this ecologically important area. www.oliveridleyproject.org
Singapore based Telos Investment, a private holding company involved in real estate, resort, and infrastructure development and Patina Hotels and Resorts have signed an agreement to operate The Patina Thanburudhoo Maldives.
This will be the first resort under the new brand Patina. Patina’s flagship and the first hotel which is scheduled to open in the second quarter of this year is the The Patina, Capitol Singapore, the property housed in the iconic Capitol Building and Stamford House, which is being masterfully restored by Pritzker Prize Architecture Laureate Richard Meier.
The Patina Thanburudhoo Maldives is scheduled to be open in 2017. The resort will have 40 luxury overwater villas and 30 villas on land. The property is designed by Kerry Hill a world renowned architect especially for the contemporary luxury resort designs in tropical Asia.
Leisure facilities including a surf centre, dive school, spa, swimming pool, yoga and pilates fitness studio, cooking school, children’s club, library club lounge and a screening room are planned for the resort.
The south of the island is home to two of the country’s best breaks, Sultans and Honkies. The original proposal, put forth by the Telos president and founder, Dr. Gunnar Lee-Miller, was to construct a boutique surf resort on the island that would inhibit access to both Sultans and Honkies, only allowing local surfers access to the lineups twice a month.
This proposal on exclusivity on the surf breaks of the Maldives created a battle-ground in recent years, with local surfers, ministries and resorts engaged in heated debate since 2011 over access to the waves.
After years of pressure from local campaigning against privatisation, the Maldives government appears to have retracted its original stance, announcing that all popular surf and dive spots have been freed from any access restrictions.
Thanburudhoo is located in North Malé atoll only 20 minutes from the Ibrahim Nasir international airport by speedboat. The island was formerly used by the Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) as a training island. The island was originally leased to a welfare company of the MNDF a SPV formed with SEK (Sifainge Ekuveri Kunfuni – a corporate of the MNDF) holding 90% of the shares and Ministry of Finance 10%. Telos Investment bought the rights to develop the resort from this welfare company.
The Patina Thanburudhoo Maldives hopes to attract surfers with its “rides of a lifetime”.
Allwyn Drego has been appointed as the General Manager of Shangri- La’s Villingili Resort & Spa Maldives. Prior to joining Shangri-La Maldives, Drego served as the Hotel Manager for Shangri-La Hotel, Mumbai, India from 2012- 2013 and from 2013-2014 at the iconic Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur.
Drego an Indian national happens to be a Maldives expert. Before his career with Shangri-La, he oversaw the the pre-opening and launching from the ground up of the five-star resort, Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef in the Maldives for Taj Group of Hotels. He was personally involved from hiring and training top talent and quality control checks. He has also gained experience as the General Manager of the award-winning Taj Exotica Resort and Spa in Goa, India and as the General Manager of The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, India.
Allwyn Drego holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Commerce from the University of Bombay and diploma in Hospitality Sales and Marketing from The American Hotel and Motel Association. He is also a post-graduate of the esteemed Oberoi School of Hotel Management in Delhi, India. He has attended the Mastercard – ESSEC Luxury Brand Management Executive Programme in Singapore and also Taj-Cornell Winter University for Senior Management.
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns or manages nearly 90 hotels under the Shangri-La brand. Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa Maldives where Allwyn Drego will serve is located in south of the equator on Villingili Island on the southernmost tip of Addu Atoll in the Maldives, right across from the former British air base and current international airport of Gan island. Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives offers guests a stylish and luxurious experience in a spacious and boutique-style environment. As one of the best equipped luxury resorts in the Maldives, guests can enjoy a range of spa and leisure activities and an array of exciting dining and entertainment facilities. There are over six kilometres of picturesque coastline to enjoy, with nearly two kilometres of beautiful white sandy beach. There are lagoon beaches on the western shore of the island and a surf beach on the eastern side.
Panchshil Realty, a Pune based real estate company from India, has revealed that they have tied up with Marriott International Inc., for the luxury brand Bvlgari for an eighty-two room luxury resort property in the Maldives.
Atul Chordia, the Chairman and Ceo of Panchshil Realty said that they aim for the resort to be in operation within two years. He said, “We have taken the land on lease from the government and are building a luxury resort. The work has already started and our target for launching the same is 2017.” According to Chordia the company would be venturing into more resort developments rather than city hotel developments as the returns are better. He explained that the reason for foraying into overseas destinations is, the “ease of doing” business is much better in other destinations. Construction-related approvals and operating licences are a nightmare in India. He also said that every government agency feels they have a stake in the development.
Bvlgari Hotels & Resorts was introduced in 2001. It is a joint venture between Bvlgari S.p.A., the celebrated jeweler and luxury goods retailer, and the Luxury Group – a division of Marriott International that also manages the award-winning Ritz-Carlton hotels, JW Marriott, and Edition.
Bvlgari opened its first hotel in Milan in 2004, a resort in Bali in 2006, followed by a hotel in London in 2012, with a further hotel scheduled to open in Shanghai in 2015 and this newly announced project in the Maldives.
Maldives is well known for luxury brands such as LVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton S.A., the holder of 50% shares in Bvlgari S.p.A., who launched Cheval Blanc Randheli resort in Noonu atoll in 2013, the second only in the world.