Maldives celebrates the Chinese New Year 2016 in Maafushi

The Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation together with Ministry of Tourism endures the Visit Maldives Year 2016 campaign proudly by celebrating the Chinese New Year on today, 8th February 2016 in Maafushi. Chinese New Year is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. It is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name.

Since Chinese market is now the largest market to the Maldives in terms of arrivals, it is very important to keep up this continuous growth. Consequently organizing a targeted event to the Chinese market would greatly help to attract a large number of guests from the Chinese market for such events and festivals in the future.

The event is organized jointly with the Guesthouse Association of Maldives (GAM) and MMPRC to bring out the festival organized, Chief Guest of the function is Chinese Ambassador to Maldives Mr. Wang Fukang along with the officials attending the ceremony from MMPRC and Ministry of Tourism, as well as a number of major industry stakeholders.

Making the most of this event, the gala dinner at night is open for all tourists in Maafushi with Chinese cuisines, Chinese performances and Maldivian cultural performance such as Boduberu and cultural dances. Tickets for the Gala Dinner can be purchased from MMPRC, Maafushi, Hotel Jen, and Maldivian Holidays. As part of the event, a raffle draw will take place with exciting prices.

The Visit Maldives Year 2016 will be a yearlong campaign to boost the number of visitors and tourism receipts of the country. Chinese market holds almost 30% of the market share to Maldives helping to achieve the target arrivals for 2016.

Sala Boutique Hotel

 

A thai themed boutique hotel conveniently located in the capital city Malé.

From World Tour to Dream Island – One Night with Joss Stone at PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi

As part of PULSE, PER AQUUM’s stream of immersive guest experiences, the global hospitality trendsetter presents an intimate private performance by Grammy award-winning soul singer, Joss Stone. On 28 February 2016, Joss will take to her most surreal stage ever, performing for one night only under the bright stars of the Indian Ocean at PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi.

Joss Stone, PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi
Joss Stone, PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi

The stuff of dreams, guests will touch down in the Maldives only to be whisked away on a luxury speedboat to PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi, just 35 minutes from Malé, where they will be greeted with a bottle of Champagne to toast to days and nights of island fantasies. Guests can mingle with a lucky few as they savour hits from Joss’ latest album ‘Water for Your Soul’, featuring reggae rhythms, hip hop beats, and Joss’ distinctive vocals, as well as Irish fiddles, gospel choirs and flamenco guitars, along with a special pre-concert dinner.

The PULSE experience is part of Joss’ Total World Tour, an ambitious quest to play in every country across the globe, incorporating local instruments such as Bodu Beru, the Maldivian drum made from coconut tree trunks, into every performance, as well as impromptu jam sessions with local musicians.

Arrival area, PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi
PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi

Joss’ mission also includes getting the low down on each country’s environmental and humanitarian issues and helping to spread the word of local charities. At PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi, home to one of the best house reefs in the Maldives, Joss will make her mark by planting coral with the resort’s resident marine biologist as part of the resort’s coral rehabilitation project. Joss will also be paying a visit to the Children’s Home, Kudakudhinge Hiya in the Villingili ward of Male, a charity which has been close to the PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi team’s heart since the resort opened nearly 12 years ago.

From R&B to R&R, rumour has it Joss will also be enjoying a subaquatic treatment at the resort’s famed LIME Spa – the world’s first underwater spa – as well as sampling the resort’s underground wine cellar, stocked with over 6,000 bottles including rare vintages. A vegetarian since birth, Joss is also likely to be spotted at Raw, the resort’s beloved overwater restaurant featuring all-organic dishes inspired by the East.

Dining, PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi
PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi

To make a reservation and to see the PULSE line-up for the rest of 2016, go to www.peraquum.com/pulse or email [email protected]

Discover the story of a small island — Milaidhoo

+—Milaidhoo Island Maldives reinvents luxury

This understated yet undeniably sophisticated 5 star boutique resort spans 13 acres with its design and concept proudly rooted in Maldivian culture. Set in Baa Atoll’s beautiful UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, this spectacular, secluded 50-villa island retreat is just a 30-minute seaplane flight from Maldives International Airport.

Milaidhoo Island offers reinvented luxury and spacious outdoor living epitomizing the true contemporary Maldives.

50 chapters of laidback island living

Milaidhoo Island tells the story of a destination where architectural details effortlessly mix with natural elements. Nestled in the lush tropical surroundings are twenty serene beach pool villas and thirty spacious overwater pool villas. The 50 villas are expressions of understated luxury created from the finest natural, local materials, seamlessly blending indoor and outdoor living.

Custom made for guests’ personal comfort each villa is a private haven featuring the latest technology, a dedicated host and stunning ocean views from bed to bathtub.

World-class gourmet cuisine

Brimming with the freshest ingredients, Milaidhoo Island’s three restaurants appeal to all tastes and desires. Unique to the Maldives is the groundbreaking gourmet restaurant and lounge bar inspired by three traditional Dhoni sailing boats. Spectacular settings meet heartfelt hospitality, setting the scene for an unforgettable sensory experience.

Tales of tropical beauty, nature and harmony

The island may be small and intimate, but this sanctuary offers many places to meet or simply retreat. Milaidhoo Island has its own dive, marine and watersports centre, library and state-of-the-art gym. Set over the crystal clear water is the stylish island spa and open-air yoga and meditation pavilion.

Discover the story of a small island

Barefoot informality is at the very heart of this new and exclusive small, intimate and chic island. Built around nature, Milaidhoo Island offers a world-class iconic restaurant, a deeply relaxing environment, sustainable and contemporary design and genuine heartfelt hospitality.

For more information: www.milaidhoo.com

Maldives participates at FESPO 2016

Maldives is currently being represented in FESPO held in Zurich, Switzerland from 28 – 31 January 2015. Maldives Marketing & PR Corporation together (MMPRC) together with Reethi Beach Resort, Crown & Champa Resorts, Loama Resort Maldives and JA Maldives Pvt. Ltd., will be promoting the destination in the 4 day event. Moreover, Visit Maldives Year (VMY) 2016 will also be promoted at the Maldives stand.

The theme of the FESPO is “Ship Ahoy” dedicated to boat trips. FESPO is the largest holiday and travel fair in Switzerland and is increasingly becoming a key indicator for the tourism sector; it is an excellent platform and offers its visitors information for holidays and travel. The event is known to attract huge number of visitors from Switzerland and German speaking countries. FESPO 2015 attracted over 62,000 visitors including trade, media and consumers.

Switzerland is an important market to the Maldives; it is among the top 10 countries in terms of arrival to the Maldives. In 2015, 31,923 tourist arrivals were recorded from Switzerland. 2015 noted an increase of 1.4% in arrivals compared to 2014. Switzerland accounts for 2.6% of the total market share in 2015.

Maldives takes part at EMITT 2016

Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation together with the Tourism Industry is currently taking part in the East Mediterranean Tourism and Travel Exhibition (EMITT). 5 industry partners are taking part in the exhibition with the Deputy Managing Director, Mohamed Adam and Chief Operating Officer, Mohamed Hamzeel of MMPRC. The fair will go on from the 28th till the 31st of January 2016.

Organized and run by ITE Turkey, EMITT has the gained profound experience and expertise in the tourism and travel sector in the past 20 years. Combining the powerful global network and experience, EMITT will continue to create a more powerful synergy for the tourism industry.

A total of 4.500 companies, organizations and resorts from around 70 countries will take part in EMITT Tourism Exhibition, which is recognized as one of the leading tourism exhibitions in the world. The exhibition which will take place in 11 halls equaling to a total exhibition space of 70 thousand meter squares at Tuyap Exhibition and Convention Center. The fair will feature national pavilions, Turkey’s vacation destinations, winter and outdoor tourism destinations, hotels and tourism centers, tour operators, agencies and hotels as participants and a wide range of vibrant vacation destinations will be introduced to visitors.

Maldives will be showcased in a stand area of 60sqm, conceptually designed to expose the uniqueness with photos of Maldivian tranquil sceneries. More advertising spaces such as floor tiles, staircase footsteps and outdoor flags, demonstrated in different locations of the fairground will be displaying and promoting the Visit Maldives Year 2016 campaign.

Turkey is the leading market of East Mediterranean Europe, holding a total of 0.8% market share. The Turkish market has been growing and showed positive growth in the past few years, and is marked as a market with good potential. In the year 2015, a total of 10,200 tourists visited Maldives from Turkey, which is an increase of 17.7% when compared to the year 2014.

Michael Wieser named CEO at Lily Hotels and Resorts

Michael Wieser has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Lily Hotels and Resorts Pvt Ltd, owner and operator of Lily Beach Resort & Spa and Dhonakulhi Investments Pvt Ltd, owner and operator of Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa. Formerly the Chief Operating Officer of Lily Hotels Pvt Ltd and Dhonakulhi Investment Pvt Ltd, the promotion will see Wieser take the helm to develop and grow the company whilst overseeing the implementation of all strategic and operational elements.

Wieser will work with his dedicated teams across luxury resorts Lily Hotels and Resorts and the Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa, on products and services, e-commerce, construction, operations, quality assurance, as well as the sales and marketing. His three decades of experience spans the successful management of large-scale luxury hospitality groups, including Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

He was the Middle East Managing Director of the Domina Hotel Group, overseeing nine hotels in the region. During this time he was instrumental in the group’s rebranding and pioneering innovation, whilst managing a team of over 1,600 employees. Most recently, Wieser has played a key role in the $50 million renovation project of the Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa, a luxury five-star property on Dhonakulhi Island, the second largest island in the Maldives.

In the lead-up to his promotion, Wieser demonstrated a track record of driving sales and profit to the newly unveiled resort, set to become one of the Indian Ocean’s most sought after addresses. Wieser brings a true passion for the industry to his new role and the belief that hotels, spas and residences should provide a sanctuary for guests to experience the true art of hospitality and luxury.

New Beginnings at Kuramathi Island Resort

An island synonymous with change; Kuramathi Island Resort is underway to unveil the newest of its concepts March 2016. With a strong focus on the broadening tastes of today’s travellers, Kuramathi will showcase five unique villa types in addition to a range of new services.

Two-Bedroom Beach House, Kuramathi Island Resort
Two-Bedroom Beach House, Kuramathi Island Resort

The Two Bedroom Beach Houses are the ideal pick for families or friends travelling together; a duplex villa with individual living spaces. Deluxe Water Villas are set in the middle of the vast turquoise lagoon with steps down to azure waters, whilst Water Villas with Pool are either on the lagoon or on the house reef side. Meanwhile the Sunset Pool Villas and Sunset Water Villas with Pool are located on the sunset side of the island, just steps from the long stretch of the famous Kuramathi sand bank.

Deluxe Water Villa, Kuramathi Island Resort
Deluxe Water Villa, Kuramathi Island Resort

New restaurants and bars enlist themselves in the repertoire of facilities, with Kobe offering teppanyaki cuisine over the water, and Inguru set to tantalize taste buds with a potpourri of Asian fusion cuisine served with a hint of excellence. Guest favourites return with an upgrade, such as The Reef, and Laguna Bar which comes with its own infinity lap pool. Champagne Loft makes its mark as the idyllic spot to unwind with a glass, while admiring breath-taking sunsets.

Sunset Pool Villa, Kuramathi Island Resort
Sunset Pool Villa, Kuramathi Island Resort

Kuramathi Island Resort is eager to launch its innovative concepts this year in an island that is proud to provide a naturally Maldivian experience.

Deluxe Water Villa, Kuramathi Island Resort
Deluxe Water Villa, Kuramathi Island Resort

Holiday Inn Resort® Kandooma Maldives Launches New Resort Video

The Holiday Inn Resort® Kandooma Maldives has unveiled its brand-new official resort video that highlights nothing but the overall experience travelers can get when staying at this Maldives resort.

Known for its facilities which cater to various types of travelers, be it families, friends, couples, surfers, divers, or nature lovers, the cutting-edge video simply showcases everything to be enjoyed by everyone who’s searching for a city escape.

“The concept behind the project is to show our guests different experiences they can enjoy and for them to realize that they can make a simple getaway extra special while on the island of Kandooma.”, says Joseph Della Gatta, General Manager of the resort.

This innovative video is the second one since the opening of this InterContinental Hotel Groups’ property in the Maldives last 2009.

“We really planned to create a new video to showcase the latest facilities and services of the resort”. “We have many repeat guests, pleasantly surprised to see and experience something new to be loved about the place.”, Joseph said.

Indeed, the launch of the new resort video by Holiday Inn Resort® Kandooma Maldives is a great idea not just to show what the brand has to offer but to keep its valued guests and future visitors updated through a unique and refreshing flick.

The video can be seen across different social channels of the resort including YouTube and on its official website.

 

Flight Information

Scheduled Flights to Maldives

Air Berlin
My Austrian
Bangkok Airways
British Airways
Condor
Emirates
Malaysian Airlines
Oman Air
Turkish Airlines
Sri Lankan airlines
Air India
Etihad Airlines
Qatar Airways
China Eastern Airlines
Lufthansa
Cathay Pacific
Korean Air
Alitalia Airlines
Singapore Airlines

DOMESTIC AIRLINES

Trans Maldivian Airways flights operated within Maldives:

NORTH OF MALÉ

North Malé Atoll

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli
Meeru Island Resort & Spa
One & Only Reethi Rah
Summer Island Maldives
Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef

Baa Atoll

Amilla Fushi
Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
Dusit Thani Maldives
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
Reethi Beach Resort
Soneva Fushi

Raa Atoll

Adaaran Prestige Water Villas
Furaveri Island Resort & Spa
Loama Resort at Maamigili Maldives Island

Lhaviyani Atoll

Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives
Kanuhura Resort & Spa, Maldives
Komandoo Maldive Island Resort
Kuredu Island Resort & Spa
Palm Beach Resort & Spa Maldives

Noonu Atoll

Cheval Blanc Randheli
The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives
Velaa Private Island Maldives
Zitahli Resorts & Spa Kuda-Funafaru

Shaviyani Atoll

Viceroy Maldives

Haa Alifu Atoll

Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa Maldives

SOUTH OF MALÉ

North Ari Atoll

Bathala Island Resort
Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon
Constance Halaveli
Gangehi Island Resort
Kandolhu Island
Kuramathi Island Resort
Voi Maayafushi Resort
Madoogali
Nika Island Resort
Velidhu Island Resort
Veligandu Island Resort & Spa

South Ari Atoll

Angaga Island Resort & Spa
Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa
Constance Moofushi
Diamonds Athuruga Beach & Water Villas
Diamonds Thudufushi Beach & Water Villas
Lily Beach Resort & Spa at Huvahendhoo
LUX* South Ari Atoll
Maafushivaru
Mirihi Island Resort
Ranveli Village
Vakarufalhi Island Resort
Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa

Vaavu Atoll

VOI Dhiggiri Resort

Faafu Atoll

Filitheyo Island Resort
The Rania Experience

Meemu Atoll

Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa Maldives
Medhufushi Island Resort

Dhaalu Atoll

Angsana Velavaru
Sun Aqua Vilu Reef

Flyme

Addu City (GAN)
Dharavandhoo (DRV)
Fuvahmulaku (FVM)
Kooddoo (GKK)
Hanimaadhoo (HAQ)
Kaadedhdhoo (KDM)
Kadhdhoo (KDO)
Maamigili (VAM)
Malé (MLE)

Maldivian International Destinations:

Bangkok – Thailand
Dhaka – Bangladesh
Chennai – India
Changsha – China
Chongqing – China
Nanjing – China
Wuhan – China
Xian – China
Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) – India

Maldivian Domestic Destinations:

Addu City (GAN)
Dharavandhoo (DRV)
Fuvahmulaku (FVM)
Dhigurah
Kaadedhdhoo (KDM)
Kadhdhoo (KDO)
Kooddoo (GKK)
Hanimaadhoo (HAQ)
Ifuru (IFU)
Maamigili (VAM)
Malé (MLE)
Thimarafushi (TMF)

Mega Maldives Airlines

Hong Kong (HKG)
Shanghai Pudong (PVG)
Beijing (PEK)
Koror (ROR)
King Abdul Aziz (JED)
Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
Macau (MFM)