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.

Coco Collection Unveils The Lucky Winner Of 5 nights At Coco Bodu Hithi

With the festive season approaching fast, even in the warm tropics of Maldives, Coco Collection announces the lucky winner of the online contest, “Win a luxury stay for 5 nights at Coco Bodu Hithi”. Launched on 01st October 2014 to celebrate the re-vamp of the corporate websites, this contest asked eager entrants to familiarize themselves with the Coco Collection brand and individual properties and then submit their responses to related questions.

Congratulations to Gillian Lowes who won the lucky draw for the luxurious prize! Gillian Lowes, along with a companion, will receive 5 night’s complimentary accommodation in a secluded Escape Water Residence to explore the romantic and timeless charm of Coco Bodu Hithi.

Escape Water Villa, Coco Bodu Hithi
Escape Water Villa, Coco Bodu Hithi

“As an exciting contest attracting strong participation from our online community, this was an incredible opportunity for our audience to get some insight on Coco Collection as a luxury boutique hotel brand. I am delighted to congratulate Gillian on the opportunity to experience the raw beauty and warm hospitality of our chic resort, Coco Bodu Hithi. Gillian will be experiencing the seclusion of one of our Escape Water Residences, which in 2015 will see the introduction of privileged benefits such as private butler services to enhance the experience for discerning travelers.” comments Shafa Shabeer, Coco Collection’s Director of Marketing. “I thank each and every one of our participants for entering the contest and look forward to the New Year as our team prepares to roll out more surprises for guests to Rediscover Life’s Beauty.”

Beach Cinema, Coco Bodu Hithi
Beach Cinema, Coco Bodu Hithi

With the joyous announcement of this Coco Gift, Coco Collection is delighted to start the festive season off with a bang. To rekindle the merry spirits this Christmas, Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu are channeling the state of ‘Ufaa’, a Dhivehi word that translates to ‘Happiness’. Some of the festive program highlights at the Coco Collection resorts will be the Christmas tradition of opening the Gingerbread Village at Air Restaurant at Coco Bodu Hithi, while Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu invites guests to join the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. With a signature tropical ornament designed around the elements of ‘Ufaa’ that guests can expect to encounter around the resorts and Coco Collection’s online platforms, the moments spent with Coco Collection will be a celebration of a joyous Christmas and a very happy New Year.

Starting off the festivities with good vibes, Coco Collection is excited to offer guests unforgettable moments, and 2015 will be the beginning of new experiences to recognize the evolving needs of the discerning traveler.

MALDIVES – ITB Berlin 2016 Official Partner Country

ITB Berlin (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin) 2016, will be Maldives focussed as the show’s partner country in the Indian Ocean. David Rutz Head of ITB Berlin announced at the DRV (Deutscher ReiseVerband) conference in Abu Dhabi that an agreement will be signed between the Worlds leading Travel Trade Show and the Maldives at a ceremony in the next ITB Berlin, March 2015.

ITB Berlin
ITB Berlin

Speaking on the occasion, Hon. Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Gafoor, Minister of Tourism of Maldives said “As a year-round holiday destination the Maldives has become firmly established among tourists the world over.“ “ITB Berlin offers an ideal platform for presenting the tourism products for the Maldives that are available on the German and international market to trade visitors and the general public and for the country to become even more attractive in the long term.“

“The Maldives has exhibited at ITB Berlin since 1984. We are delighted that it wants to expand its presence at the show and that as the Official Partner Country it will be the focus of the international travel industry. As the partner country of ITB Berlin 2016 this island nation in the Indian Ocean sends out an important message as an emergent tourist destination,” commented David Ruetz, Head of ITB Berlin from Messe Berlin.

 

“Nature is our most important resource and tourism our biggest industry.“ “The tourism market will continue to grow and we will make sure this is achieved in harmony with nature” added the Minister.

Maldives will be organising the opening ceremony of ITB Berlin 2016 to be held at the City Cube Berlin, Messe Berlin’s new trade fair and conference venue on 8th March 2016. The maldives will fascinate the visitors with colorful programme of events from the 9th to 13 of March 2016.

“Tourism plays a crucial role in the development of Maldives. We are honoured to have the opportunity of becoming the Official Partner Country of the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show in the important year of ITB Berlin’s 50th anniversary. I would like to thank ITB Berlin for this important opportunity that will immensely help raise the profile of the destination Maldives on a global level. This partnership will in particular be instrumental in reviving the core markets of Europe at large including Germany.” The Minister further added that “the introduction of the newly launched Thumburi integrated resort project in Maldives will diversify the product segment and open up over 2000 beds for the mid-market segment. We hope this will be an added opportunity to increase arrivals from the European market.” The minister said highlighting the importance of being the host country of ITB Berlin.

Since the introduction of tourism in 1972 Maldives has become one of the worlds most successful holiday destinations. It now welcomes over a million tourists a year and is fast becoming an eco-tourism nation. It is most famous for its natural beauty and for its rich underwater attractions. It has become a dream destination for divers and surfers and a must go honeymoon destination with a year round tropical climate due to being located on the equator.

More Water Pool Villas for Baros Maldives

With five new Water Pool Villas added, guests at Baros Maldives can now enjoy the privacy of their own private pool, overlooking the lagoon with an infinity view of the warm blue Indian Ocean.

The 5-star boutique resort Baros Maldives, located in North Malé atoll launched its first Water Pool Villas in 2012. The instant popularity of the first five villas propelled the management to add this type of Villas over the years. Now there are a total of 15 Water Pool Villas on the island. The Water Pool Villas are set to give the guests complete privacy, guests from neighbouring villas cannot observe the pool as well as the sundeck. These 126 square meter Villas are designed spaciously allowing adequate daylight with elegant décor.

Water Pool Villa, Baros Maldives
Water Pool Villa, Baros Maldives

Out of the total 30 over water villas on the resort, 15 villas are the popular Water Pool Villas and the other 15 are without a private pool. 10 out of the 45 beachside villas are also fitted with individual plunge pools.

Three gourmet-class restaurants, cocktail and palm grove bars a spa and a gym set amidst tropical gardens and the beautiful house reef teeming with colorful fishes and beautiful corals, are to be enjoyed by the guests staying in the 75 private beach and overwater villas of the resort.

Sandbank, Baros Maldives
Sandbank picnic lunch, Baros Maldives

Baros Maldives has recently won the World Travel Award as the Most Romantic Resort in the Indian Ocean 2014 for the second year running. This proves that in its 40 years of service, Baros Maldives has successfully continued to deliver and meet the expectations of the guests.

This Maldivian owned resort was established in 1973 and is only 25 minutes away by speedboat from Ibrahim Nasir International airport.

Joachim Schuette Becomes General Manager Of Viceroy Maldives

Joachim Schuette has joined Viceroy Maldives succeeding Mark Sterner as the new General Manager. Schuette was the pre-opening General Manager at Velaa Private Island Maldives, and is scheduled to start work at Viceroy Maldives from 1st December 2014. Schuette moved from Resident Manager to General Manager at the Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts during his thirteen years of service with the group. He also worked in the corporate office as the Director of Development for four years.

Viceroy Maldives
Viceroy Maldives

Hospitality veteran Schutte’s extensive career has taken him from his home country Germany across the globe including Zurich, Jeddah, Kuala Lumpur, Bali, Cairo, Qindao, Jakarta, Chennai, Philippines and to the Maldives.

Deluxe Water Villa with Pool, Viceroy Maldives
Duplex Water Villa, Viceroy Maldives

Upon his appointment as the General Manager Joachim Schuette commented “I am so excited to have returned to the Indian Ocean, to join such a dynamic team of dedicated and talented individuals at Viceroy Maldives! Now just over two years young, and well established in the region, we have lots of exciting plans on the 2015 horizon, I am delighted to be part of this journey!”

Andrew Humphries (Regional Vice President & General Manager of Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi) welcomed Schuette to the property saying “We are thrilled to have Joachim join the Viceroy Hotel Group. Hospitality is in his core and having already worked in the Maldives at Velaa Private Island and Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa Maldives, he is very knowledgeable about the unique characteristics of this beautiful archipelago. Joachim’s previous experience in the Maldives and internationally makes him a strong leader for the team and he is a great addition with an exciting and dynamic shared vision of the future of the Viceroy Maldives.”

Viceroy Maldives is located in the Shaviyani Atoll, a Northern Atoll in the Maldives and it takes a 50 minute seaplane ride from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport to this 17 acre island.

Whale Sharks on land in South Ari Atoll: The Second Annual Maldives Whale Shark Festival

Press Release: Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme (MWSRP) and The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN Maldives) is collaborating with Maldivian artists to celebrate the whale shark in The Second Annual Maldives Whale Shark Festival. Hosted in Dhangethi, this year’s festival will be the culmination of months of community engagement workshops in which school students and community members have come together to create artwork representing their island and celebrating the marine diversity of South Ari Atoll and its Marine Protected Area (SAMPA).

This unique festival, which places island communities at the centre of creative decision making, will transform the host island on Saturday December 6th, festooning the streets with colour, filling the air with ‘Boduberu’ and providing an unmissable learning experience for over 250 people who have participated in its development. The carnival procession at 1pm will see 3 whale sharks swim above the heads of the crowd, a giant green turtle, butterfly fish and manta ray dance through the streets and a feast of brightly coloured costumes created by each island.

Considering the dimensions for their kinetic sculpture of a butterfly fish.
Considering the dimensions for their kinetic sculpture of a butterfly fish.

Each participating island has chosen a mascot to make and has been working with professional artists to realise their designs for large scale, kinetic sculptures and mobile recycled artwork and costumes. Inspired by the stories of their community they have been working with creative practitioner Fazail Lutfe to create high impact, theatrical presentations to share with festival goers. Weaving together the traditional forms of ‘Raivaru’ and ‘Boduberu’ with contemporary storytelling, each island will tell part of the Atoll’s story, giving voice to the area’s rich cultural heritage.

Local artists Nadee Rachey and Kareen Adam from Malé city have been leading on the artistic vision for the festival, collaborating with Festival Director Chloe Osborne from the UK, to provide a series of multi-disciplinary art workshops with 4 main islands – Dhigurah, Dhangethi, Dhiddhoo and Mandhoo, with support from neighbouring islands and resorts.

“This is just the beginning – we plan on putting the festival on the cultural calendar for the Maldives, bringing people from across the country and the world together to celebrate the rich marine and cultural diversity of the archipelago. Nowhere else is uniquely placed to support the collaboration between Marine Biologists and Artists, community members and international researchers. We look forward to building on this year’s success and, with thanks to our generous sponsors, to offering the opportunity to participate to more islands everywhere.”

Chloe Osborne – Festival Director, Maldives Shark Research Programme.

We hope to attract festival-goers from across the Atoll, Malé and beyond with this yearly opportunity to celebrate the craftsmanship and creativity of the island communities and to celebrate the area’s unique role in the International Whale Shark ecology.

The 2014 festival has been created with support from our technical partner IUCN Maldives with sponsorship from Voyages Maldives, FlyMe, Allied Insurance with Mirihi, Lux* Maldives, Lily Beach, Vilamendhoo, Holiday Island and Sun Island resorts, online partner Maldives.com, and our official hydration partner 100PLUS.

MWSRP programme coordinator Ibrahim Shameel added “For the past 5 months MWSRP have been working with the local islands to bring this festival to life. Along the way we have been fortunate enough to work with some amazing people without whom this festival would not be possible. The idea of a festival is still a very new concept to the communities but have been delighted at how the openly the idea has been received. Its been an inspiration and an honour to witness this festival bring people of all ages come together in a shared endeavour.”

Ends

Festival Background: Developed by MWSRP and IUCN Maldives in 2013, the festival is designed to provide the island communities of South Ari Atoll with the opportunity to celebrate the Whale Shark and the Marine Diversity of their Atoll whilst promoting environmental sustainability and conservation at a grassroots level.. Seeding the idea of an international collaboration between marine biologists and artists and promoting the use of community art as a tool for social and environmental engagement, the project seeks to boost local and national awareness and tourism to support future generations.

Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme

The Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme (MWSRP) is a charity that carries out whale shark research and fosters community focused conservation initiative in the Maldives.

What initially began as a scientific expedition in 2006, the MWSRP has grown to become the only long term organisation dedicated to study the iconic, yet vulnerable whale shark species in the Maldives.

Our goal is simple: we seek to advance the field of whale shark knowledge and to advocate for sound conservation policy in the Maldives. By encouraging and valuing community and industry stakeholder participation, we are able to leverage the scientific research to safeguard the rich biodiversity and fragile marine ecosystems that are the basis for not only whale sharks, but also life, livelihood and culture in the Maldives.

Community mobilisation is one of our core values. Participation from the local residents of South Ari Atoll and throughout Maldives is very important to the work of MWSRP.

contact for more information: Richard Rees, Managing Director MWSRP
[email protected]

IUCN Maldives Marine Projects

The objectives of the IUCN Maldives Marine Projects were developed to address the environmental priorities and challenges that the Maldives faces. They include enhancing coral reef resilience (both social and ecological), supporting climate change adaptation, advancing marine species management and increasing environmental awareness across different sectors. These are ambitious but urgent priorities that require vision, dedication, perseverance and commitment by many individuals, groups and stakeholders of society in order to address them.

contact for more information: Ali Nizar, Communications Officer
[email protected]

Rifaee Rasheed, IUCN Social Sciences and Outreach Officer
[email protected]

 

China’s Sailing Capital Seals Deal With Soneva Group

Soneva group has attracted the Chinese private equity fund Sailing Capital to invest in Soneva Groups’ resort development projects in the Maldives.

Aerial, Soneva Fushi
Soneva Fushi

The deal signed by Soneva Holdings Pte Ltd and the Chinese private equity firm Sailing Capital Overseas Investment Fund LP will see Sailing Capital become a significant investor in Soneva to support the expansion of the company’s portfolio of resorts across the Maldives. This investment by a Sailing Capital represents the largest Chinese private investment to date in the Maldives.

Sonu Shivdasani, chairman and CEO of Soneva said “The investment by Sailing Capital marks a new chapter in the development of Soneva.”

Adding “Soneva pioneered luxury hospitality in the region almost 20 years ago and our brand is now synonymous with the Maldives.”

“We have exciting plans to develop new resorts in the area, and the scale of this investment demonstrates our confidence in the future of the Maldivian economy. Our relationship with Sailing Capital will allow us to accelerate these plans for growth.”

Soneva is a resort, luxury residences, spa management and development company established in 1995, with all of its resorts managed under the brand name Soneva. Soneva Fushi in Baa atoll Maldives, a UNESCO biosphere atoll is the first Soneva resort in the world.

SLOW LIFE experiences are the hallmark of all the operations and developments under the Soneva brand. Soneva takes environmental and social responsibility very seriously and are known to have used sustainable materials, recycling of waste materials and conservation of water during development of their resorts as well as preserving the ecosystem in its operations.

Sustainable-Local-Organic-Wellness Learning-Inspiring-Fun-Experiences or SLOW LIFE explains the Soneva philosophy. t’s about illuminating lives whilst treading lightly on the earth.

Soneva’s preferred charity is The SLOW LIFE Foundation. The SLOW LIFE Foundation is a UK charity which supports the development of innovative and imaginative projects whose impacts directly address social and environmental challenges around the world. www.slowlifefoundation.org

Soneva Fushi resort offers Maldives’ first beach cinema – Cinema Paradiso.

Festive Season Varied Event Collection Of Six Senses Laamu

Festive Jubilations at Six Senses Laamu

Six Senses Laamu is eager to welcome the Festive Season with a new swimming pool and restaurant along with the addition of private plunge pools to 21 of the resort’s villas. The Christmas and New Year celebrations, from December 23, 2014 to January 3, 2015, include tailor-made experiences and events for all ages. Six Senses is excited to welcome returning guests and first time visitors to the resort as the entire team pulls out all the stops to extend a rich celebration of festive activities.

Longitude, Six Senses Laamu
Longitude, Six Senses Laamu

Some of the holiday highlights include:

A lobster barbecue on a private sandbank for an unreal seafood experience in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The delicious menu includes local seafood, freshly caught reef fish and salads made with organic ingredients grown in in the resort’s own gardens.

DJ Vifak will be behind the turntables of the specially installed beach decks! He will be the host DJ at the Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve party, inviting all guests to dance to the hottest island sounds. Then on December 31, the New Year countdown will bid farewell to the old year and welcome a promising 2015.

Over this period Des Mitchell will be on the decks of Chill Bar and Sip Sip providing a soulful highlight to the evenings accompanied by the lyrical voice of his fellow performer Sara France.

Six Senses Spa experts have made a selection of wellness and fitness activities and added them to the extensive and comprehensive range of award-winning signature treatments. An array of classes from asanas and yin yoga, to power walking and beach body training, will be held daily at the yoga pavilion. The spa will also offer the latest aerial experiences trend. Reach new heights with Six Senses aerial yoga, aerial fitness, aerial pilates and aerial meditation sessions.

Deck-a-Dense, Six Senses Laamu
Deck-a-Dense, Six Senses Laamu

Visiting Practitioner Benson Spiers will be available at Six Senses Spa throughout the festive period. Benson specializes in a variety of physical, emotional and spiritual therapies, such as tai chi, energy flow, fu shen massage and more. His sunset tai chi sessions are a must for fitness enthusiasts.

For younger guests, resort hosts have put together a series of fun activities and adventures. Pirates will be invading the shores of the island and they will take young guests aboard their boat for a snorkeling adventure. Fitness and spa activities will be available during this time, while a treasure hunt and a children’s disco party are not to be missed.

This is the season to share with family and friends and special excursions will be offered daily to ensure guests get the most out of their activity time with loved ones. Experience the Maldivian way of life on a nearby island or enjoy a true Robinson Crusoe escape on a secluded private island for a castaway picnic, Six Senses is ready to make all the arrangements. Sports activities and games will be organized, a few of which will include resort hosts.

Astronomer Parag Mahajani will also visit Six Senses Laamu during the Festive Season. He will set his telescope on the beach each evening and provide an introduction to the universe.

About Parag Mahajani

Astronomer Dr Parag Mahajani, an independent consultant and trainer in the fields of Science and Technology and Fellow of Royal Astronomical Society, London (FRAS) will be returning to Six Senses Con Dao from 12 to 23 August 2013

Following a very successful and popular visit in November 2012, Dr Parag has been invited back to Six Senses Con Dao to fascinate guests and hosts about the skies above.

Dr Parag is an expert in the field of astronomy with twenty-five years experience. He frequently visits Six Senses resorts to delight guests with his slide shows, talks and sky observation programs.

During his career he has received prestigious awards such as State Level Best Literature Award Winner (C. D. Deshmukh Puraskar) for Science and Technology for the book “Tarakanchya Vishwat” from the Maharashtra Government in 2005-06. He has written around five hundred articles in various Indian and international publications on science and technology, and he has given close to one thousand lectures on astronomy and related subjects.

Daily programs will include:

Evening Slide Shows at By The Market from 19:00 to 19:30.

Astronomical Observations and talks will take place every clear night during his visit, from 21:00 to 23:00.

Solar Observations, where guests can look at the Sun, witnessing first hand flares and magnetic storms, from 10:00 to 11:00 in the morning.

Exclusive Zodiac Dinners hosted by Dr Parag will take place twice during his stay where a Zodiac-themed 4-course meal prepared by our chefs to coincide with the Zodiac’s four base categories. A brief talk introducing each Zodiac grouping will be given by Dr Parag before each serving.

Private and exclusive astronomy sessions packed with dazzling slides of telescopic sky-observation experiences can be organized by request in guests’ own villas.

Sandbank Private Beach Dining, Six Senses Laamu
Sandbank Private Beach Dining, Six Senses Laamu

Ayada Maldives — 2014 Indian Ocean’s Leading Villa & Leading Luxury Resort

Ayada Maldives yet again grabs the awards for Indian Ocean’s Leading Villa Resort & Spa 2014 and Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Resort 2014.

Aerial view, Ayada Maldives
Aerial view, Ayada Maldives

They also won awards in previous years for:

The Seven Star Global Luxury Award 2013
World Travel Awards Maldives’ Leading Spa Resort 2013
Indian Ocean’s Leading Villa Resort & Spa 2013

International Star Diamond Award from The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences in 2011 & 2012
World Travel Awards Indian Ocean’s Leading New Resort 2011
Maldives Leading New Resort 2011
World’s Leading New Villa Resort 2011

World Travel Awards Europe’s Leading Tourism Development Company 2010
Asia’s Leading Inward Tourism Development Company 2010

About Ayada Maldives

Ayada Maldives is a brand new luxury resort located amidst a pristine reef within the southern rim of the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll in the southern Maldives, 268 miles south of the capital Male. The island based resort occupies approximately 15 hectares of undisturbed and indigenous vegetation and offers uninterrupted views of the breath taking Maldivian landscape. Ayada Maldives is committed to providing all visitors an authentically luxurious journey of the very finest on offer in the Southern Maldives.

Nestled within the lush vegetation of the island, guests can avail themselves to a variety of dining experiences found in the seven restaurants; each offering a unique culinary experience, an extensive 3500 sqm AySpa & Health Club by ESPA, a renowned dive and watersports center managed by Dive Kingdom, Kids Club and tailor made experiences that will showcase the destination highlights of the Southern Maldives.

Given Ayada Maldives unique location within the central region of the reef, the island is surrounded by long stretches of white sandy beaches and a crystal clear shallow lagoon; an ideal setting to simply relish the uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean or to discover an myriad of exceptional and abundant marine life. Proximity to the southern tail of the reef makes this a perfect destination for diving and surfing enthusiasts who are keen to explore a unique and undisturbed seascape.

An unforgettable and indulgent journey of luxurious pampering awaits you at Ayada Maldives. Savor the infinite viewsof the spectacular sunsets,delight in the magnificent coral reef, unwind with rejuvenating spa treatments, revel in the long stretches of pristine beach, partake in authentic Maldivian experiences or simply relax with the impeccable personalized service by your Butler.

AYADA MALDIVES HAS BEEN DEVELOPED BY THE AYDENIZ GROUP FROM TURKEY, AND HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED BY THE WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS AS EUROPE’S LEADING TOURISM DEVELOPMENT COMPANY AND ASIA’S LEADING INWARD TOURISM DEVELOPMENT COMPANY.

“Founded in 1975 by civil engineer Ahmet Aydeniz, the Aydeniz Group’s primary focus was to be a leading player within Turkey’s construction and contracting sector. With the sheer perseverance and dedication of its valued employees since inception, coupled with the working discipline guided by the company principles set out by Ahmet Aydeniz, the group has consistently progressed through the decades and has expanded its operations immensely. Today, the Aydeniz Group is honored to have become a global organization with over 1500 dedicated individuals and numerous investments in the construction, tourism, food & agriculture and stockbreeding sectors.”

Kurumba Maldives reopens Thila Restaurant

Kurumba Maldives has announced the reopening of their signature restaurant ‘Thila’ today in a press release. The press release states as follows:

Kurumba Maldives is delighted to announce the reopening of its signature restaurant Thila, the aim of which is to discover and create a cuisine with a touch of the Maldives and an experience that invokes a sense of exploration and discovery.

Formerly the ‘Ocean Grill’; Thila, in the local language, Dhivehi, means ‘reef’ and with this in mind, the restaurant celebrates contemporary interior design, with a feel of the Indian Ocean. The restaurant is constructed from distinctive materials such as lava stone, ceramic, travertine tiles and natural woods with blue finishings to compliment the nearby azure waters and cerulean skies.

Thila Restaurant, Kurumba Maldives

The composition of Thila has been enhanced to allow unforgettable experiences for guests, with dining available on the beach front terrace, first floor dining balcony, an overwater open-air deck or set amongst the waterside palm trees, with your feet in the sand, each of these areas has its own remarkable views, looking out onto the Indian Ocean.

The two-storey restaurant boasts high ceilings under a traditional Maldivian palm thatched roof. With unique features such as a pond with a glass walkway and private dining areas, the impressive bar with sea views and an open display kitchen, exudes an airy and relaxed atmosphere.

Premium Breakfast is served seven days a week, from 8am until 11am. Guests can enjoy sitting at the water’s edge and savouring à la carte hot main dishes, coffee, fresh juices and free flow of champagne. Thila is open for dinner seven days a week, from 7pm until 9.30pm. The core of the menu is fresh, quality seafood, prime meat, and products that speak for themselves.

As vibrant as the underwater reefs of the Maldives, Thila offers a chic vibe, complimented with a striking modern interior, chilled ambience and a creative menu. The perfect venue for a truly romantic dinner under the stars, a refreshing and luxurious breakfast, or for savouring fresh cocktails and fiery Maldivian sunsets, by the sea.About Kurumba Maldives.

Kurumba was the very first private island resort in the Maldives when it opened its doors in 1972. Kurumba draws on its proud history, charismatic personality and heartfelt service, to offer compelling and diverse experiences amidst a stunning island setting.

Conveniently located just 10 minutes by speedboat from the airport at Malé, the resort offers nine distinct styles of accommodation, eight different restaurant outlets, as well a rich variety of recreation and entertainment activities suitable for honeymooners and families alike.

Over the years, Kurumba has played host to a variety of foreign dignitaries and Heads of State, including Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and former US Presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. It has also been the recipient of numerous accolades and awards, including Maldives Leading Hotel (World Travel Awards) in 2010 and 2011, and Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Award for Best Service and Luxury (2013).