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.

Four Seasons Private Island: The evolution of luxury resort collection to marine conservation pioneers

Imagine an exclusive-use island in the Maldives’ only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve that pioneers both marine-enhancing conservation and life-enriching connections: a pinnacle in luxury travel that doesn’t so much as curate experiences for guests as let them create their own…

Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Baa Atoll is the evolved realisation of two decades of development and dreaming: of preserving the most protected UNESCO waters in one of the world’s least explored (and most environmentally threatened) countries, while plunging high-end travellers into the deepest immersions of surroundings and self.

As the first luxury operators in the Maldives some 20 years ago, forward-thinking Four Seasons Resorts Maldives has been paving the “experiential travel” way with interactive conservation initiatives long before they became mainstream. And as the scale and scope of its collection has expanded, so too has the depth and breadth of its preservation programs.

Today, the opportunities available at the seven-bedroom, exclusive-use Voavah Private Island – the fourth offering in the Four Seasons Maldives Collection – are the perfect ode to the very ethos of its UNESCO Biosphere Reserve surroundings: a place where man and nature unite in harmony, interconnecting and protecting.

“Nothing about Voavah is one-dimensional,” explains Senior Director of Marketing Lizah Bywater. ”It is mindful luxury conceived to expand horizons, spark influence and innovation, and so, continue the evolution.”

How is this achieved?  By giving Voavah guests an all-access pass to pick encounters that move them, magnify awareness, and elevate their consciousness.

Located in Maldives only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, guests have ground-breaking access to the experts who have spent more than a decade protecting, navigating and supporting the region: 15 full time marine biologists and Manta Trust scientists building coral frames, rehabilitating turtles and identifying the world’s largest known manta population; intuitive therapists inspiring wide-reaching change in The Ocean of Consciousness Spa; star gazing gurus and local culture specialists, eager to open inquisitive eyes to the Maldives beyond the tourist islands; and many more.

Every marine conservation project, run as Marine Savers, has been a partnership between Four Seasons, guests, Seamarc Pvt., and the Indian Ocean and the Maldivian authorities, including the Ministries of Environment and Energy, Fisheries and Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Largely inspired by guests, Four Seasons Marine Discovery Centres have, to date: released and rehabilitated more than 170 turtles following entanglement in ghost nets; transplanted 100,000 coral fragments to boost ailing reefs; identified more than 2,000 turtles and 4,300 manta rays; created 40 fish tanks, eight larvae tanks and two plankton reactors to replenish ocean life – and contributed nearly two decades of research, education and conservation, including the photo-identification, satellite tracking, nest protection, and hand rearing of sea turtles, and the founding project of the now world-renowned Manta Trust charity.

With perfect timing on September 12, 2017 to coincide with the PURE Life Experiences show and draw attention to her species’ plight, Elsa – a female juvenile olive ridley turtle and long-term resident of Four Seasons Resorts Maldives Sea Turtle Conservation Program – will become the fifth “flying turtle” to travel from Four Seasons Maldives by plane to begin a new life overseas at St. Petersburg’s Planeta-Neptun, Russia’s first Oceanarium.

“The historic journeys of ‘flying turtles’ like Elsa – two years in the making and after three years of care in our Turtle Rehabilitation Centres – epitomises the evolution of our Resorts,” continues Bywater. “Every property, no matter how luxurious, has a responsibility to protect its surroundings and as our collection has evolved, so too has the seriousness of our conservation projects. With Voavah guests now poised to inspire even greater evolutions, we’re excited to see what the future will bring.”

K is for kids, H is for Haven: Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa offers “Grown Up” experiences in child-friendly sizes

Known affectionately as “KH,” Kuda Huraa may as well stand for “Kids Haven” for the quality and extent of activities geared towards younger guests at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa.

“There’s still a preconception that the Maldives isn’t great for children,” explains General Manager Randy Shimabuku. “But when you combine Kuda Huraa’s engaging activities, intimate size, accessible layout and effervescent service culture, nothing could be further from the truth.”

Kuda Huraa kids can visit the island’s cutest residents in the Resort’s turtle pools – where hatchlings from protected nests are hand-reared to increase their chance of survival in the wild – or learn about the vulnerable marine ecosystem with 3D movies in the Marine Discovery Centre. Little dudes as young as six can then swap the classroom for the ocean with year-round lagoon courses with the Resort’s Tropicsurf Surf School. Advanced courses and surf clinics are available for older children, or those with more experience.

Scuba programs are available for oceanic adventurers as young as eight – and thanks to special permission from PADI, the Resort is one of only a handful in the world where children can learn to dive directly among the fish in the shallow lagoon, as opposed to in the swimming pool.

Intrepid marine explorers will also love the Resort’s shark snorkel safaris, dolphin cruises, sunset fishing and Robinson Crusoe escapes; while adventure and sports lovers will relish soaring above the ocean on X-Jetblades or trying their hand at wake-boarding, tennis, parasailing and banana-boating.

After an action-packed day, wellness aficionados as young as 6 can catch a tiny dhoni (traditional Maldivian boat) to The Island Spa for marine-inspired spa treatments packed with oceanic wonders. Discover miracle shells, nourishing seaweeds, wobbly waterbed massages and yoga on land and at sea.

Children aged 4-12 seeking a more structured approach to their day will find all the entertainment they desire courtesy of Montessori-trained Kids’ Club Manager Lisa Rowland, whose daily program of complimentary activities includes crafts and cookery, spa sessions and scavenger hunts, beach games and garden fun. Under-4s are welcome when accompanied by an adult guardian or Resort babysitter.

In addition, a host of standard child-friendly extras await every child: goody bags; personalised treats and toiletries; child-size robes and slippers; complimentary meals for under-5s; and subsidised, tailored menus for 4-12 year-olds in all the restaurants. The Resort’s chefs happily cater to picky palates and will even accommodate early sittings for hungry little tummies.

Kids’ Club also organises extensive 2-week vacation programs during busy periods such as Christmas and Easter. During this time, the daily-changing schedule is supplemented by seasonal activities and entertainment from egg hunts to parties with Santa, as well as evening events including movie nights, theme nights, karaoke, treasure hunts, discos and s’mores under the stars. There is also a Kids’ Buffet Lunch in Cafe Huraa during the Easter and Festive holidays (USD 15 per child; complimentary for under 5 yrs).

“We base our kids’ activities on the understanding that if the kids are having fun, the parents are too,” concludes Randy. “And the best way to do that is to treat them like the ‘little grown ups’ they believe themselves to be. It also helps that Kuda Huraa is a small enough island for kids to feel right at home, yet big enough for those wanting peace and privacy to seek those all-important kiddie-free moments. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Four Seasons First Private Island Escape at Voavah Maldives Opens

The world’s first exclusive-use hideaway in a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Baa Atoll is a truly private island that couples legendary service with limitless living.

Capturing the imagination, this secluded five-acre (two hectare) haven transcends the private island experience: “entirely yours” from the moment of booking, seven bedrooms, a Beach House, dive school and 62-foot (18.9 metre) yacht extend the oceanic spoils of the Maldives’ only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve to up to 22 guests at a time. Guests decide the schedule, staff and services, redefining Voavah with every visit as somewhere to retreat, explore, connect, celebrate, and dream with one’s eyes open.

Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Baa Atoll
Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Baa Atoll

Voavah days revolve around the double-storey Beach House and adjacent white sands, crystal waters and abundant reef – all exemplary even by Maldives standards. The Beach House hub offers open-air living room, dining room, kitchen, pool deck, gym, library and loft lounge, while seven bedrooms are arranged on the beach, over the pristine lagoon or elevated in panoramic Mezzanine Suites.

A 62 foot (18.9 metre) private yachtVoavah Summer – invites exploration of a dazzling and undisturbed UNESCO domain. Experiences focus on the UNESCO territory, guided by a team that has already spent a decade protecting it: diving with whale sharks, snorkelling with manta rays, swimming with neighbourhood turtles, fishing for dinner, visiting local islands, surfing unknown breaks and cruising into breathtaking Baa Atoll sunsets.

Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Baa Atoll
Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Baa Atoll

At the heart of Voavah’s pledge to expand horizons, The Ocean of Consciousness Spa offers treatments based on the five pathways of Truth, Wise Action, Love, Peace, and Compassion – each designed to elevate awareness, transform actions and help individuals awaken to their power to affect wide-reaching change. Guests can also have yoga, meditation and pranayama classes, high-end beauty treatments and a Rossano Ferretti hair consultant on call.

A multicultural on-site team bestows nurturing one-on-one service, showcasing shining stars from Four Seasons culinary, spa, recreation, diving, housekeeping, childcare and marine conservation worlds.

Privacy-protected with single-entry, CCTV, night vision cameras, and 24-hour on-site security patrols, Four Seasons Private Island Voavah is far more than a luxury retreat. It’s a reconnection to self and surroundings; an island to call one’s own; somewhere to explore desires, in one’s own way, where no-one is watching and anything is possible.

World Travel Awards reveals global hospitality champions in the Maldives

Maldives was recognised by voters from around the globe as the World’s Leading Beach Destination.

HNA Tourism Group shone the spotlight on the rapid development of Chinese hospitality, taking the title of World’s Leading Integrated Tourism Group.

In South America, Ecuador was awarded the trophy for World’s Leading Green Destination.

Frasers Hospitality was honoured with the title of World’s Leading Serviced Apartment Brand, while Europcar took the title World’s Leading Green Transport Solution Company.

Partners for the Grand Final 2016 included Sun Siyam Group, Trans Maldivian Airways, SriLankan Airlines, Ooredoo, and St. Petersburg Committee for Tourism Development.

TV5 Monde acted as the World Travel Awards’ Intentional Broadcast Partner.

World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.

Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.

Each year World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective successes within each key geographical region.

World Travel Awards Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries, and international print and broadcast media.

Maldives won three prestigious categories for the destination:

  1. World’s Leading Beach Destination 2016
  2. World’s Leading Dive Destination 2016
  3. World’s Best Spa Destination 2016

Additional 9 awards won by the Maldives Tourism Industry:

  1. World’s Leading Airport Resort 2016 – Hulhulé Island Hotel, Maldives
  2. World’s Leading Boutique Cruise 2016 – Four Seasons Explorer, Maldives
  3. World’s Leading Boutique Villa Resort 2016 – AnantaraVeli Maldives Resort
  4. World’s Leading Dive Resort 2016 – Constance Moofushi, Maldives
  5. World’s Leading New Resort 2016 – AaaVeee Nature’s Paradise, Maldives
  6. World’s Leading Private Island Resort 2016 – COMO Cocoa Island, Maldives
  7. World’s Leading Underwater Hotel Restaurant 2016 – Sea @ Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
  8. World’s Leading Water Villa Resort 2016 – The Sun Aqua Vilu Reef
  9. World’s Most Romantic Resort 2016 – Baros Maldives

For more information about World Travel Awards, visit here, or find a complete list of Grand Final 2016 winners here.

About World Travel Awards

World Travel Awards celebrates its 23rd anniversary this year and is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade.

Attended by senior executives from major travel companies, operators, destinations, WTA events are universally respected as providing established, top level networking opportunities, regionally and globally.

The brand aims to celebrate those organisations who push the boundaries of industry excellence.

Four Seasons Resort Maldives At Kuda Huraa Announces Launch of Game-Changing Water Villas

Embrace an evolution in over-water living

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa unveils its brand new all-villa water accommodations – the country’s ultimate lagoon sanctuaries – in December 2016.

Completely renovated, refurbished and extended throughout, each vast oceanic haven has its own private 24 square metre (260 square foot) infinity pool, accessible through sliding glass doors from a brand new day bed alcove in the master bedroom.

New Water Villas, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa

But that’s not all. At the furthermost end of each villa’s vastly extended wooden sun deck – past the loungers and huge over-water sunbathing net – an open-air pavilion takes the notion of overwater living to the very edge with a shaded sofa area, dining table for four, over-lagoon hammocks and steps into the warm crystal lagoon dotted with fish and corals.

Available with one, two or three bedrooms, each ocean-top retreat is spaced widely for privacy along wither the sunset or sunrise side of Kuda Huraa’s long water villa jetty.

New Water Villas, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa

In addition to the daybed alcove and air-conditioned lounge area, internal highlights include a naturally lit walk-through wardrobe corridor and a huge marble bathroom complete with separate shower cubicle and freestanding ocean-view tub.

Contemporary interiors are inspired by the vibrant garden-fresh colours of Kuda Huraa and complemented by cool timber flooring. A handmade Maldivian thatch roof and distinctive architectural detailing draw on the traditions of generations of local craftsmen to complement the Resort’s sense of place. And upgraded in-room technology includes IPTV, full stereo system and 55-inch screen and espresso machine.

New Water Villas, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa

“We feel really proud to be putting Kuda Huraa on the map again with these exceptional over-water accommodations,” commented the Resort’s General Manager Randy Shimabuku. “We know guests will love the extra space and innovative touches but when combined with our wonderful surf and dive options, new Island Spa sea sanctuary and baby turtle-rearing pools, we hope to be able to immerse them in the deepest possible marine-inspired experience that the Maldives has to offer.”

To be one of the first to experience Kuda Huraa’s new Water Villas contact the central reservations department of Four Seasons Resorts Maldives at tel: (960) 66 00 888, email: [email protected] or book online.

New Water Villas, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa

An Island to call your own: Introducing Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Baa Atoll

Off limits to everyone; limitless to you

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world’s leading luxury hospitality company, today announced Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Baa Atoll, the first private island in the company’s portfolio and the world’s only exclusive-use UNESCO hideaway located in a World Biosphere Reserve.

Opening in late 2016, this secluded five-acre (two-hectare) oasis transcends the private island experience. “Entirely yours” from the moment of booking, the island’s seven bedrooms, Beach House, Dive Centre, Oceans of Consciousness Spa and 62-foot (18.9-metre) yacht extend the spoils of the Maldives’ only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve to up to 22 guests on an exclusive basis.

Truly capturing the imagination, Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah couples legendary care with limitless living. Alongside the Four Seasons Private Jet and the company’s array of Extraordinary Experiences, the island showcases the company’s commitment to offering the world’s most discerning guests the best of a destination, while surrounded by the personalised service and attention to detail that are the hallmarks of Four Seasons.

“Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah will redefine exclusive luxury, opening as a tropical haven for those who seek an unprecedented experience of private luxury alongside Four Seasons legendary service,” said Mike Crawford, President, Asia Pacific. “As the latest addition to our Extraordinary Experiences collection, the island speaks to the company’s commitment to perfecting the guest experience and our ability to re-imagine the limits of luxury travel in creative and innovative ways. It’s just one of the many ways we’re constantly evolving our offerings to deliver the kind of memorable, fully-customised and exclusive experiences our guests want and value.”

“At Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, guests can design their own experience,” commented Armando Kraenzlin, Regional Vice President and General Manager, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru. “They can treat the island as a space to spend captivating moments with family and friends; a place to play to the extreme and explore to their heart’s content; a secluded sanctuary to retreat and spa; the most exclusive VIP venue to celebrate and party; or an inspiring landscape to meet and motivate.”

Maldives Private Island at Voavah, Baa Atoll
Maldives Private Island at Voavah, Baa Atoll

Many experiences – from year-round manta ray sightings to mind-expanding kids’ activities – focus on the surrounding UNESCO territory, guided by a team that has already spent a decade protecting it. Indeed, Four Seasons developed Voavah in close coordination with local environmental consultancies to ensure proper maintenance of the balance between man and nature, culture and conservation – in keeping with the prerequisites of the Atoll’s UNESCO Biosphere designation.

Voavah days revolve around the double-storey Beach House and adjacent white sands, crystal waters and abundant reef – all exemplary even by Maldivian standards. The Beach House hub offers an open-air living room, dining room, kitchen, pool deck, gym, library and loft lounge, while seven bedrooms span three separate locations: on the beach, over the lagoon or elevated in panoramic Mezzanine Suites.

As are all aspects of Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, dining on the island is tailored to the mood of island guests, meal by meal, from poolside to The Beach House dining room, at the water’s edge or on a sandbank. A 62-foot (18.9-metre) private yacht – Voavah Summer – invites exploration of a dazzling and undisturbed UNESCO territory. From diving with whale sharks to snorkelling with year-round manta rays, swimming with neighbourhood turtles, fishing for dinner, visiting local islands, surfing unknown breaks and cruising into breathtaking Baa Atoll sunsets, the possibilities on Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah are endless.

Expanding horizons, The Oceans of Consciousness Spa offers bespoke over-water spa therapies and rituals; yoga, meditation and pranayama classes; high-end beauty treatments; and Rossano Ferretti hair consultant on call.

In the mood for a party? On Voavah, there are no neighbours, no paparazzi and the possibilities are endless. Groups can create one-of-a-kind birthday surprises and celebrations, fly in big name acts or create their own mini music festival or beach party, all perfected with a sprinkling of Voavah magic.

Maldives Private Island at Voavah, Baa Atoll
Maldives Private Island at Voavah, Baa Atoll

The island is accessible via a 40-minute seaplane transfer from Malé International Airport, or a 20-minute speedboat ride from Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru. Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah will be the fourth addition to the company’s Maldives collection, including Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, and Four Seasons Explorer.

Four Seasons explorer near island
Four Seasons explorer near island

The experience of Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah will set the benchmark for private island travel, both due to the transfixing natural beauty of the island and the highly bespoke, privacy-protected service that epitomises Four Seasons. It is the very definition of an Extraordinary Experience. Such offerings invite travellers to see the world differently, with a level of access that is otherwise unavailable. The current collection of Four Seasons Extraordinary Experiences includes a wide range of unforgettable options, including those in:

  • Maui – Guests will soar by helicopter above towering waterfalls, rainforested peaks and a dormant volcano before touching down on Hana Ranch for a private tour and foraging expedition through the working ranch and organic farm. Guests will then enjoy a private lunch prepared by Four Seasons Executive Chef Craig Dryhurst and Hana Ranch’s Chef Jon Watson featuring ingredients freshly picked from the farm. 
  • San Diego – Armed with a waterproof camera and wetsuit, guests will capture the beauty of coastal California from sea to sky through an underwater photography expedition with Aaron Chang, considered by many to be the creator of modern surf and ocean photography. Following a morning of diving, guests will join Chang in a helicopter tour above the San Diego coastline to capture the perfect aerial shot of the breaking shore.
  • Cairo at Nile Plaza – Guests will relive the 7,000-year history of Egypt and the Pharaonic Empire by enjoying a spectacular sound and light show of the Pyramids at night. Narration and light displays will bring the history and mystery of the Egyptian empire to life, recounting the legends of ancient Pharaohs and the majestic Sphinx.  Set against the backdrop of the Great Pyramid, guests will then enjoy a private dinner under the stars while listening to the gorgeous strains of the private Cairo Symphony Orchestra. 
  • Cap-Ferrat – Guests will enjoy a private tour of Villa Santo Sospir, the legendary French Riviera estate that formerly belonged to socialite Francine Weisweiller and was once the favourite gathering place for celebrities, writers and artists such as Coco Chanel, Marlene Dietrich and Pablo Picasso. After exploring the Villa and taking in its many whimsical mosaics, murals and frescos, guests will enjoy a private dinner, prepared by Michelin-starred Chef Didier Aniès, overlooking the Mediterranean on the estate terrace. 
  • Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru – Guests will channel their inner Jacques Cousteau during a journey of discovery in the underwater world of manta rays and whale sharks. Led by some of the world’s leading experts on manta rays, guests will cruise the turquoise waters of the Baa Atoll UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, learning to spot the creatures in the water and helping to record essential environmental information and take identification photos. Taking their oceanic study to new depths, guests will then free-dive into the Indian Ocean to observe the manta rays and whale sharks in their natural habitat.

    Sunset Water Villa, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
    Sunset Water Villa, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
  • Hangzhou – Guests will journey back in time on a traditional Chinese rowboat ride through one of Eastern China’s most lush and fabled lakes, taking in majestic mountains, ancient temples, traditional pagodas and graceful bridges while sipping premium Hangzhou tea and sampling local delicacies from Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake.

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa hosts Surfing Champions Trophy from August 8 to 14, 2016

As surf season gets underway in the Maldives, so too does the build up to the country’s hottest invitational: Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy. And kicking off 2016’s illustrious line-up, big wave legend Shane Dorian has confirmed his return to defend last year’s title.

Unique in many ways, the Champions Trophy determines a surfer’s heat time based on their age and tests skill across three different divisions: single-fin, twin-fin, and triple-fin thruster.  Places are granted by invitation-only to just six world champions in a battle for inner-circle kudos and the USD 25,000 prize winnings.

Hawaiian big-wave slayer Dorian secured the 2015 title in a nail-biting Grand Final against defending champion Dave Rastovich (AUS). En route to the final, he achieved the Champions Trophy’s highest single wave score – a 10, the first in the competition’s history – and the highest heat total: 19.60 (out of a possible 20).

A recent finalist at the Quicksilver Eddie Invitational and The Jaws Big Wave World Event, Dorian is already turning his attention to the August event, commenting, “Lisa and I can’t wait to return to the Maldives to enjoy the chilled out vibe of the Champions Trophy. It’s such a unique concept with fun waves and great company and definitely one of the highlights of our year.”

The Surfing Champions Trophy is hosted onboard Four Seasons Explorer – the Maldives’ ultimate surf vessel. Fans can get up close to the action with onboard VIP passes, while the surf tour experience continues with shoulder-rubbing events back at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, which plays host to the contest’s competitors, judges and Tropicsurf partners (the pros behind the Resort’s surf operation).

Event Coordinator Mark Winson of Tropicsurf comments, “It’s crazy to think how prominent the Surfing Champions Trophy has become in just six years. It’s a one-of-a-kind event where the camaraderie off the waves makes for an even more magical competition on them.”

It won’t be long before the remaining five world champions are announced, and if previous years are anything to go by, fans can expect powerhouse names and some interesting twists.

For a piece of the action, book the Group Surf & Stay package, available for a minimum booking of five rooms at Kuda Huraa between August 8 and 14, 2016, including:

  • All-inclusive 5 or 7 nights accommodation (full board)
  • Competition day passes aboard Four Seasons Explorer
  • 5 or 7 days of intense surfing with Tropicsurf’s expert guides
  • Return transfers

Limited day passes will be available (at a fee) for non-package guests and members of the public wishing to view the event from Four Seasons Explorer.  Call + 960 66 00 888 for enquiries and rates.