Director of Sales for Europe appointed for The Small Maldives Island Co.

Alexa Sinzig-Mootoo has been appointed as Director of Sales for Europe for The Small Maldives Island Co. Alexa has vast experience in sales and marketing, having held a number of director positions with key hotel brands such as Centara Hotels and Resorts, Soneva and Six Senses, and also worked in the tour operator side of the business with airtours international (a TUI Germany brand).

During these roles Alexa achieved remarkable results in driving room nights and revenues from key affluent markets such as the Middle East, Russian, the UK, German speaking markets and France.

Alexa, in her new role at The Small Maldives Island Co., will be bearing the unveiling of Amilla Fushi in November 2014 and Finolhu in 2015. She will play an essential role in helping the company build success with a fresh approach, with her significant amount of knowledge of the Maldives.

Amilla Fushi and Finolhu aims to change the established Maldives model with a new pricing structure that offers excellent value whilst avoiding hidden charges for things guests don’t want. For e.g. a daily 50-minute spa treatment will be included in the room rate and all watersports – non-motorised and motorised – will be complimentary too.

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.

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa wins Considerate Hotel Award

In a ceremony held at the Langham Hotel, west London last week, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa was awarded with The International Considerate Hotel of the Year award – one of several prizes given away at the Considerate Hotel of the Year Awards.

Above, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa
Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

Considerate Hoteliers marketing director Xenia Hohenlohe said “Any hotel which has a marine biologist in charge of its green team is clearly serious about being a considerate hotelier and it’s fitting that a hotelier from a part of the world where climate change is already having a major impact takes this award”.

Main pool, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa
Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

Trenython Manor in Cornwall was the winner of the UK Considerate Hotel of the Year and The Draycott in London took the Considerate Marketing Initiative of the Year award. Some other prizes presented at the ceremony include: The Good Egg for overall contribution to environmental awareness and sustainability won by Zac Goldsmith, the MP for Richmond Park & North Kingston and Bryn Elltyd Eco Guest House in Snowdonia winning the Considerate Green Team of the Year award. Green Champion of the Year went to One Aldwych’s Gary Lohan.

Park Pool Villa, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa
Park Pool Villa, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

The International Considerate Hotel of the year award is an addition to the impressive number of accolades already won by Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa, some of the recent being:

2013 Leading Dive Resort in the Maldives
2013 International Hotel Awards: Best Sustainable Hotel in Asia Pacific
2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award
2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award
2012 Silver EarthCheck Certification
2012 Green GOOD DESIGN Award
2012 Qualified member of Ecoluxury

In addition to the above the resort is also nominated for Indian Ocean’s Leading Green Resort by 2014 World Travel Awards.

Poolside, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa
Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa is a luxury resort situated on a private island, 55km north of the Equator in one of the largest and deepest atolls in the world, North Huvadhoo Atoll of the Maldives. It features only 50 villas, on land and over water. It is the only resort in the Maldives certified for both design and construction by EarthCheck – The next generation of environmental certification and benchmarking.

Australian Celebrity Chef Luke Mangan will open eight restaurants in the Maldives

Luke Mangan, one of the leading Australian Chefs, also highly regarded internationally as the shining symbol of Australia’s culinary culture has signed a multi million dollar hotel deal to open eight restaurants in two new resorts being developed by a team of Australians.

Mangan will be in charge of food and beverages at “Amilla” and “Finolhu”, two new luxury resorts in the Maldives, due to open over the next 12 months. Amilla which is a Maldives language Dhivehi word, meaning private or own is due to open in November this year and Finolhu meaning sand bank in Dhivehi is due to launch in mid 2015.

Luke Mangan, Amilla Fushi
Luke Mangan, Amilla Fushi

This will be an addition to Mangan’s existing glass brasserie at Hilton Sydney, plus Salt grills/bars in Surfers Paradise, Jakarta, Singapore, Bali and Tokyo. Salt grill is also on board three P&O liners and two more liners due to be added to the P&O fleet in November 2015, will have the signature restaurant installed. Mangan is also a consulting chef for Virgin Australia.

“It is a fantastic opportunity and a great challenge” said Mangan speaking of the new venture in Maldives as he will be offering everything from a variety of restaurants a crab shack and even room service in the luxury properties.

Lonu by Luke Mangan, Amilla Fushi
Lonu by Luke Mangan, Amilla Fushi

“We will have eight different restaurants across the two islands and we will be responsible for everything from Lonu, the main restaurant on Amilla, down to room service and barbecue hampers. And just so you know, Lonu is Maldivian for salt, which keeps it part of the family.”

The Small Maldives Island Co. who are the developers of these projects is run by Australians Michael Flynn and Tom McLoughlin, along with German-born Carsten Schieck. Mangan came to know them during his holidays there.

Lonu by Luke Mangan, Amilla Fushi
Lonu by Luke Mangan, Amilla Fushi

“They know the Maldives inside out” Mangan says. “It’s going to be cool. We are not going to be pretentious about it. You might be paying a lot of money for a room but sometimes you just want to eat simple (food). You don’t want foam, foie gras, truffles, you just want a nice bit of grilled fish or a bucket of prawns that you’ll peel yourself and have with a beer and aioli”.

His signature sashimi of kingfish with ginger and shallot, Persian feta and rocket plus local produce, including reef fish, and Asian-influenced cuisine are some of the expected dishes offered at Lonu.

Lonu by Luke Mangan, Amilla Fushi
Lonu by Luke Mangan, Amilla Fushi

Talking about the venture Mangan said, “We’re blessed with local seafood. Fishermen will deliver straight from their boats to us and the lobster tank will actually be in the ocean under Lonu. My goal is to deliver the opposite of overcomplicated and stuffy food; it’s all about fabulous fresh produce”. It is also known that local Maldivians will be growing fresh ingredients for the restaurants.

Both Coco Palm Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu awarded the 2014 TripAdvisor outstanding hospitality

The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is known to honour excellence in hospitality by recognizing establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. It is noteworthy that Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu has been receiving this prestigious accolade since 2011 and are believed to be delighted to add the 2014 achievement to an impressive list of accomplishments.

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honour exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence,” said Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers.”

Raffaele Solferino, General Manager at Coco Bodu Hithi said “We are thrilled to win the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence yet again this year as it is such a great source of pride for the entire team at Coco Collection. Our aim is to not only provide guests with the best service imaginable, but to create unique experiences beyond what would usually be expected of a resort vacation. To know that our guests recognize the efforts of our team by expressing their sincere appreciation in return is truly the best seal of approval!”

Located on a picturesque island in Baa Atoll – Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, this stunning property offers 98 luxurious villas set in a unique natural setting. The island that opened in 1998, is well-known for having one of the greatest sunset beaches within the whole Maldives and is surrounded by the impossibly blue lagoon with its exotic marine life.

Based in North Male’ Atoll, Coco Bodu Hithi is known to first welcomed guests in 2006, radiating luxury chic fusion with traditional Maldivian touches. This boutique resort includes 100 uber-stylish villas, a variety collection of modern restaurants and bars, a Coco Spa, and water-sport centre. Along with a portfolio of an unforgettable ‘Uniquely Coco’ experiences, Coco Bodu Hithi is set to give wonderful moments made up of pristine beaches, palm trees and with a lively coral reef.

A winner of World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013 and a nominee of World Luxury Spa Awards 2014, Coco Collection is a eminent hotel group, also a subsidiary of Sunland Hotels. Since opening the hotel in July 2007, the company continued to grow and developed its reputation as a stylish, sophisticated with sustainable hospitality.

Coco Collection’s comes with three unique brands, Coco Resorts – Retreats, Coco Privé and Coco Palm.

The Retreats includes the luxury resort Coco Bodu Hithi; Coco Palm features the environmentally conscious getaway Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu; and Coco Privé consists: the private and exclusive Coco Privé Kuda Hithi Island.

JA Manafaru will be relaunched this year

The UAE-based Dutco Group of Companies, owners of JA Resorts and Hotels has revealed that they have acquired a high-end resort in the Maldives. This is their first resort outside of Dubai.

Aerial view, JA Manafaru
Aerial view, JA Manafaru

The Maldives Minister of Tourism, Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Gafoor who attended the formal transfer of ownership of the property said that he hoped this will pave the way for more large-scale investments in the Maldives by UAE companies.

The company in a statement stated that: “The investment does not just end with the purchase of the Resort as JA Resorts & Hotels have also earmarked several million dollars to making several upgrades and soft refurbishments to the resort ensure it is able to compete with the very best that the Maldives has to offer when it is relaunched later in the year as JA Manafaru.”

Tareq Baker, the chief executive of the Dutco Group said that the investment in the Maldives is “a part of the company’s larger expansion plan of high-end properties both within the UAE and in other markets outside of the Middle East.”

The resort formerly known as Beach House Iruveli is located on the most northerly tip of the Maldives, in the pristine, lagoon-ringed Haa Alifu Atoll, little explored by foreigners and totally unpolluted by the noise of passing speedboats.

The transfer to the resort is by domestic flight from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport to Hanimaadhoo domestic airport (50 min) and then a speed boat journey of 35 minutes from the domestic airport to the island of Manafaru.

It opened in February 2008 as “Beach House”, was renamed in 2010 as “Beach House, A Waldorf Astoria Resort”, and became a true “Waldorf Astoria” resort in March 2011.

Beach House at Iruveli Maldives comprises 83 villas, half of them perched overwater. The resort will be relaunched later this year as JA Manafaru.

Singapore’s Canaries Buys Herathera Resort

The first resort developed by Maldives Tourism Development Corporation, (MTDC) Herathera, has been sold to Canaries Pte.Ltd. of Singapore according to a statement released by the company.

Pool, Herathera Island Resort
Pool, Herathera Island Resort

As the highest bidder, Canaries Pte Ltd bought Herathera for 33 million dollars, and MTDC announced to their shareholders that with the sale the bank loan taken from Bank of Maldives, to develop the resort has been paid off. Earlier Bank of Maldives had filed a case in court against MTDC claiming for the unpaid loan.

MTDC is a public company with the majority of the shares owned by the government and the government has leased 15 islands to the company to develop as resorts. MTDC had previously handed over the operation of Herathera to three parties, but they had terminated the lease as none of them were able to operate the resort satisfactorily.

Herathera is located 10 minutes away from the international airport located in the former British airbase in Gan, Addu atoll. This 4 star resort has 273 rooms spread over 4 kilometres, out of which 153 are beach villas and 120 of the beach villas come with jacuzzi. Herathera was reopened last December after being closed for several months


Viceroy Maldives — A Hot New Addition to Five Star Alliance Luxury Hotel Collection

Viceroy Maldives is among the 25 hot new properties added to the leading inclusive directory of luxury hotels and resorts, Five Star Alliance. Its collection of over 4000 upscale properties around the world, range from boutique hotels in historic cities to brand-new beach properties.

Viceroy Maldives is on a 17 acre island encircling a blue lagoon in Shaviyani Atoll, a northern atoll of the Maldives chain. A 50 minute seaplane ride from the Ibrahim Nasir International airport will give you an exceptional bird eye view of the northern atolls with its numerous islands and blue water lagoons and reefs, en route. The resort is comprised of 61 Villas with 32 over the water and 29 on the beach, resembling the hull of an inverted Maldivian “dhoni” (a traditional fishing boat). Each Villa is designed with the intent to have maximum privacy, either on the lagoon or on the beach by providing ample distance between each of the villas to maintain intimacy and space for the guests. Viceroy boasts three excellent restaurants including an exclusive restaurant for Middle East cuisine. Diving and water sports are available for the thrill seeker while an over water spa pampers and relaxes the guests.

Five Star Alliance continually adds new luxury hotels and resorts to its exclusive collection. According to Five Star Alliance, all luxury properties added to the site undergo a rigorous screening process.

In addition to Viceroy Maldives other good resorts and hotels recently added to Five Star Alliance collection include:

– The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto
– Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
– The Vines Resort and Spa
– Zero George Street
– Andaz Peninsula Papagayo
– El Palauet Living Barcelona
– Ajman Saray
– Hyatt Zilara Cancun
– The Wheatbaker
– RIMBA Jimbaran Bali
– Cheval Blanc Courchevel
– Fairmont Makati
– Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa
– Hansar Bangkok
– Singita Boulders Lodge
– Generations Riviera Maya
– The Epiphany Hotel
– Swissotel Sochi Kamellia & Swissotel Krasnaya Polyana

Looking for a leading budget hotel in the Maldives?

Ranked no. 13 among 20 hotels in South Malé Atoll by TripAdvisor, we give you Adaaran Club Rannalhi. The Club Rannalhi Island owned and operated by Aitken Spence Hotels, can be reached by speedboat from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport in approximately 45 minutes.

The approximately 450 m long and 140 m wide Club Rannalhi, adapted to the natural beauty of tropical island known locally simply as Rannalhi, offers lively, relaxed atmosphere for everyone. The large and quite shallow, crystal clear lagoon is in the southern part of the island and is ideal for swimming and all water sports. The house and the outer reef ranges from 10 to 40 meters deep and is a lively coral garden abundant with various colorful flora and fauna, offering excellent snorkeling conditions.

One of the most sought out rooms on the island are the water villas. These villas are built on stilts and is over the beautiful lagoon and can go directly for a swim from the room.

The large main restaurant, serves international cuisine and regular theme nights. All Inclusive dining option comes with buffet for all meals.

In addition to the coffee shop and bar lounge service, the island has a boutique, a jewellery shop, laundry service and a spa where you can pamper yourself.

Some other services the island resort offers include excursions and picnics to uninhabited islands or deep sea fishing, sailing, and the special sunset fishing. Trips to Male to see the capital and the museum and enjoy souvenir shopping are also arranged upon request. Scuba diving, amongst the reefs in the vicinity of the island, snorkeling and other water sports including water skiing is available for the thrill seeker.

With a minimum of US$ 200 with the all inclusive option you can ensure you participate in any activity or excursion you feel like.