Hard Rock International to make waves in Indian Ocean with Hard Rock Hotel Maldives

First-of-Its-Kind Integrated Resort Destination to Debut October 2018

Globally recognized as a world-class entertainment and lifestyle brand, Hard Rock International announces plans to expand its portfolio with Hard Rock Hotel Maldives and Hard Rock Cafe Maldives, slated to open October 1, 2018. As part of the Emboodhoo Lagoon project, the first integrated resort destination in the Maldives, the brand will work in collaboration with Singha Estate Public Company Limited, a leading Thailand-based development company, to provide travelers with the ultimate, family-friendly Maldivian experience.

The highly anticipated property will be located within one of the Maldives’ largest lagoons, Emboodhoo Falhu, a 20-minute speedboat ride from the airport. A convenient destination for flights from Asia, Europe and the Middle East, the integrated resort project will appeal to the rapidly growing niche of medium to upscale tourism, as well as the affluent travelers who typically frequent the nation. The first phase of development consists of a $311.5 million investment that is expected to stimulate tourism, offering vacationers a rich combination of world-class offerings such as hotels, entertainment, retail and fine dining. Hard Rock Hotel Maldives will be one of three resorts included in the development, boasting 178 expansive guestrooms, family suites, beach villas and one and two-bedroom overwater villas.

“Known for its vibrant culture, top-of-the-line luxury and some of the most breathtaking white-sand beaches in the world, Maldives is truly a slice of paradise and one of the world’s most desirable destinations,” states Todd Hricko, senior vice president, head of global hotel development for Hard Rock International. “Traditionally regarded as being a popular honeymoon destination, we at Hard Rock are excited to work with the Singha Estate team to captivate multi-generational travelers, showcasing that the destination can cater to more than just newlyweds.”

“This is the perfect complement to our integrated leisure and recreation experiences with Hard Rock Hotels and Hard Rock Cafes as part of The Emboodhoo Lagoon project,” says Thiti Thongbenjamas, chief investment officer Maldivesproject, Singha Estate Public Company Limited.

Inspired by local Maldivian culture, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives will infuse contemporary design features with tropical architecture throughout the property, alongside regionally-inspired, authentic music memorabilia. The hotel will provide guests with exclusive brand offerings and amenities, including The Sound of Your Stay® music program, offering complimentary use of Fender guitars and Crosley record players for in-room jam sessions, as well as a renowned full-service Rock Spa®, a Rock Shop® selling all brand merchandise, Roxity Kids Club® and Teen Spirit® Club. Guests can also treat their taste buds to delectable on-site food and beverage options, ranging from a Pool Bar and all-day dining, to a Beach Grill restaurant and in-villa dine experience.

Just steps from the hotel, guests will enjoy authentic American cuisine amidst the ultimate rock atmosphere at Hard Rock Cafe Maldives. With direct boat transportation from the airport and situated within the Emboodhoo Lagoon development, Hard Rock Cafe Maldives will provide approximately 185 seats both indoors and outdoors while offering diners exclusive beach access, taking dining with a view to a whole new level.

Hard Rock Hotel Maldives will create more than 350 jobs and the entire integrated resort will create an additional 1,250, further stimulating the Maldives community.

Through music appreciation and an imaginative environment, Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos delivers products for the varied aspects of life – work, play and personal sanctuary. For more information or to book a stay at any of the Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos, please visit www.hardrockhotels.com

About Hard Rock International

With venues in 74 countries, including 179 cafes, 24 hotels and 11 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, FL., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Managua, Cairo, Wroclaw and Chengdu. New Hard Rock hotel, casino or hotel-casino projects include Atlanta, Atlantic City, Berlin, Budapest, London, Los Cabos, Maldives, New York City, Ottawa, Dalian and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.

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.

Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort’s festive season events

Superlative food, drinks and entertainment for families, friends and couples on three paradise beaches

Outrigger Resorts has announced a mouth-watering array of dining and entertainment options in the Maldives, Phuket and Koh Samui for Christmas and New Year. In Phuket and Samui, the festive season programs are open to local residents as well as resort guests.

Seasonal Dreams Come True in the Maldives

The Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort is pushing the boat out big style 19 Dec to 1 Jan. Guests on the idyllic isle in the Ghaafu Daalu Atoll can enjoy sensations such as Around the World Gourmet Dinner, Santa visits, cocktails by the pool, DJ chill sessions, beach BBQs, open-air movie nights, treasure hunts for kids, yoga on the beach, chocolate Santa and cookie decorating, sunset parasailing, semi-submarine mermaid shows, trips to see authentic Maldivian island life, and more.

The Outrigger also offers a selection of “Out of the Ordinary Stuff” such as local island excursions, equator cruises, luxury yacht trips, renewal of vows, sunken beach table dining, and cooking classes. The Outrigger’s festive experts include Matty Wainright (DJ from Bali), Christopher Long (executive chef), Roopesh Mohan (yoga and fitness trainer), Li Thy Thuy – ‘Bobby’ (spa treatments), Meliza Ricafrente (Kids Club), Dora Dzurjak (cocktails and wine), Don Sheehan (mixologist & cigars), and Santa Claus (dream maker).

The full program of festive season fun at Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort is here.

ABOUT OUTRIGGER HOTELS AND RESORTS

Outrigger Hotels and Resorts is a privately held leisure lodging, retail and hospitality company with corporate offices in Hawaii and operating globally in the Asia-Pacific, Oceania and Indian Ocean regions. From its Outrigger Signature Experiences to its Outrigger DISCOVERY loyalty program, the values-based company invites guests to escape ordinary with exceptional hospitality and authentic cultural experiences, incorporating local traditions and customs at each of its properties worldwide. Founded in 1947, Outrigger has grown into a highly successful, multi-branded portfolio of hotels, condominiums and vacation resort properties, including Outrigger® Resorts, OHANA Hotels by Outrigger®, Hawaii Vacation Condos by Outrigger®, Embassy Suites®, Holiday Inn®, Best Western®, Wyndham Vacation Ownership® and Hilton Grand VacationsTM. Outrigger currently operates and/or has under development 37 properties with approximately 6,500 rooms located in Hawaii (Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii Island); Guam; Fiji; Thailand; Mauritius; and the Maldives. Find out; find Outrigger at www.outrigger.com or visit @OutriggerResorts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Coir rope and thatch weaving in Raa Atoll

Coir rope making or Roanu Veshun (in Dhivehi) is one of the traditional handicrafts in the Maldives. Coconut trees are found on every island of the Maldives. Maldivians use different parts of the coconut palm to produce items for their daily needs. Coir rope was most importantly used in boats and construction of traditional houses.

Cleaning the husk, Preparation stages of Roanu Veshun, Raa Atoll Kinolhas Island
Taking the collection of husks to sea to soften the husks and they are kept in the seashore for 3 months, Bo’nbi Faakurun the preparatory stages of Roanu Veshun, Raa Atoll Kinolhas Island

The coir rope making process is a lengthy process lasting as long as two months or more to produce a single batch of ropes. Coir comes from the husk of the coconut. First, a piece of ironwood (Kuredhi), sharpened at both ends is stuck to the ground and is used to separate the coconut from its husk. This Is locally known as ‘Kaashi Hehun’. The coconut is used for food and other purposes.

The husks separated from the coconut are first made tender by burying them in water. The raw husk of the coconut is buried in where the waves break at the shore to ensure the husks remain wet all the time. In some islands, where swamps are present, these areas are preferred. This is locally known as ‘Bo’nbi Faakurun’. The length of the coir rope making process depends on how long it takes for the coconut husks to become tender. They are kept buried until they become tender enough. Sticks are used to mark the area where the husks are buried.

After about one to two months, the husks are dug up. It is then placed on a hard wooden surface such as that of a log and beaten with a wooden club. This locally known as ‘Bo’nbi Thelhun’. This is done to loosen the fibrous coir strands from the rest of the husk. The coir fibres are then washed with seawater to remove dust and spread in the sun to dry them.

Once they are completely dry, they are ready to be spin into ropes. To make coir rope, a handful of coir is pulled at both ends by hands to separate strands of coir from the coir fibres. Depending on the desired thickness of the coir rope, few strands are taken into the palms and the ends of these strands are joined to the ends of another few strands by spinning between the palms. This method is continued to produce a bundle of coir rope of a determined length. The making of Roanu or coir rope is locally known as ‘Roanu Veshun’. It is the women folks that are mostly involved in Roanu Veshun.

Coir rope was not limited to its use in boats and during construction of traditional houses. It was extensively used to make the traditional hammock or ‘Joali’, doormats and also used to make the framework in bed for placing the mattress.

Nowadays coir rope is used for decorative purposes and the production of Maldivian souvenirs. The designs of some buildings such as restaurants come with ostentatiously decorated columns and support wrapped by coir rope, and coconut thatching. Maldivians still use coir rope to make ‘joali’. It is found commonly in the households of islanders.

In the olden days, this was a means of earning a living as coir rope was in high demand and exported to foreign countries. Maldivians exported coir rope to China, Yemen and the Persian Gulf.

Coir rope, which the Maldivians produce in a unique style was highly priced and credited for its beauty and slenderness.

Fangi, Roanu Veshun, Raa Atoll Kinolhas Island
The final product – Coir rope is used for various purposes

Fangi Viyun

Thatch or ‘Fangi’ are panels of plaited cadjan or palm fronds, traditionally used for fences, walls and roofing of houses in islands. Coir rope or Roanu is used to plait the palm fronds. At present, fungi are mainly used for roofing in resorts.

Six Senses Laamu triumphs as Eco-Hotel of the year

Six Senses Laamu has taken home the 2017 Eco-Hotel of the Year award by AsiaSpa, in the 13th annual ceremony held in Hong Kong recently.

The AsiaSpa Awards were created by AsiaSpa magazine in 2005 to recognize the leaders in Asia’s dynamic wellness industry. The prestigious accolade sets the benchmark for quality and innovation for spas in the region and celebrates properties and spas that constantly strive to evolve the wellness sector through innovation and excellence. Over the years, the AsiaSpa awards have established its uncompromised independence, transparency and objectivity, plus they are among the most accessible awards, as all spas and resorts in the region are eligible for nomination, regardless of size or ethos.

In this ceremony, Six Senses Laamu won the Eco-Spa/Hotel of the Year award that celebrates its commitment to sustainability throughout its operations and development. With many conservation projects and initiatives in place, Six Senses Laamu and its Six Senses Spa have committed to being a leader among Maldives resorts and of the industry by demonstrating such responsible operations, while providing high-quality services and experiences to its guests. In winning this award, the resort has been acknowledged for its pursuit of excellence and for striving to raise the bar in the region’s thriving wellness industry.

Marteyne van Well, general manager of Six Senses Laamu says, “We are very excited to receive this award from AsiaSpa. As we stay true to our core values of being environmentally responsible and caring, having been recognized for our efforts as the Eco-Hotel of the Year by AsiaSpa is a great honor. The Six Senses Laamu team shows great initiative when it comes to marine conservation, responsible energy and water consumption and overall reducing the resort’s carbon footprint and we try to be better and more effective every day. I am very proud of the team and we will continue to work together towards an even more sustainable Six Senses Laamu.”

About Six Senses LaamuSix Senses Laamu is the only resort in the Laamu Atoll, deep in the Indian Ocean, surrounded by a beautiful coral house reef. Most of the villas and facilities are built overwater, however, beach villas and on-land dining is an option. All villas offer a sense of privacy and seclusion, with an amazing view of the Ocean and Maldivian nature.

Six Senses Laamu offers a wide range of dining options, with cuisines from around the world, an ice cream parlor, an overwater wine cellar and a signature Chill bar.

Many activities, excursions and options are available for everyone to enjoy, both over water and underwater, in addition to the Six Senses Spa.

Jumeirah Vittaveli introduces first Ice Rink in the Maldives

Jumeirah Vittaveli brings a new first to the Maldives this festive season with the opening of the destination’s first ice rink. The rink allows guests to be carried away into a small winter wonderland of their own while being enveloped by the warmth of the tropics.

An experience unlike any other, guests can take a dip in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, then step off the white sandy beaches and into a pair of skates to glide over the resort’s glistening ice skating rink. Launching shortly before Christmas, the ice rink adds a little more magic to this already enchanting season.

General Manager Amit Majumder comments: “The ice rink is a perfect expression of our goal to always wow guests. We have many guests who keep coming back to us and I often hear that one of the reasons for their returns is that they love to be surprised by our updates and developments each time they come. Apart from the ice rink, we have some exciting changes in our rooms and dining outlets upcoming, which we will announce in the near future.”

In its quest to constantly surprise guests, the resort management has found a way to transport winter cheer into a tropical climate while still adhering to their core sustainability beliefs as a Green Globe certified property. The ice rink has been built in partnership with Glice®, a company that manufactures artificial ice plates. Glice® offers ice skating indoor and outdoor anytime and in any climate conditions. Contrary to a conventional ice skating rink, a complex molecular technology makes Glice® synthetic ice rinks function entirely without water and at a zero-energy level.

Jumeirah Vittaveli’s festive season will be celebrated with a carnival around the globe theme this year. Guests will enjoy lavish gala dinners at Samsara Beach, live bands and dance troupes, Santa Claus will visit on Christmas Day, and December 31 will see a vibrant New Year’s party including DJ, fire dance, and fireworks.

The full programme of Jumeirah Vittaveli’s festive activities is available here.

Six Senses Laamu opens new dive center: Deep Blue Divers

Six Senses Laamu is pleased to announce the opening of new dive center – Deep Blue Divers – owned and operated by the resort. By creating Deep Blue Divers, the resort will offer guests premier diving experiences in the lively and colorful reefs surrounding the resort and at the same time focus on enhancing guest awareness, appreciation and understanding of the marine environment.

The international team at Deep Blue Divers is staffed by 10 dive instructors and divemasters who can speak a total of 10 languages and who offer PADI courses and guide daily dive trips. The dive center is certified by PADI and has received the PADI Green Star Award from its first month of operation. Deep Blue Divers has also partnered with Project Aware who has listed them as 100% AWARE. Both these recognitions have followed the dive center’s commitment to marine conservation and sustainable dive practices, which include the protection of marine life, no anchoring of boats, sustainable cleaning products and continuous support to the Resident Marine team and to the research of the onsite team of the Manta Trust and the Blue Foundation.

Snorkeling equipment, including masks, fins and snorkels, is offered to all guests on a complimentary basis. The house reef is the most popular spot for snorkelers, as they can explore its busy marine life. Guests can also enter the water off the stairs of the Chill Bar and follow the reef slope.

The resort is surrounded by a large variety of coral reefs to which guests can dive, based on their level of dive experience. For beginners the House Reef is beautifully sloping with three pinnacles standing just a few meters away, and is home to the resident Green turtles and many colorful reef fish. Inner reefs are a 10 to 20-minute boat ride away and each has its own unique features such as black coral walls, caves and anemone gardens. In the outer reefs, divers can cruise or drift along loping reef walls where friendly reef sharks and turtles usually pass by. The larger marine life, such as grey reef sharks, eagle rays, huge schools of snappers, and barracudas reside in the channels. At Manta Point (also known as Hithadhoo Corner), there is a manta ray cleaning station just five minutes away from the resort. Here guests can observe the resident manta ray population all year round, along with reef sharks, turtles and a huge diversity of marine life. Both the channel and the Manta Point dives are recommended for experienced divers only.

For those who wish to learn how to dive with Deep Blue Divers, the dive center offers PADI courses and Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver and Divemaster certification. For younger adventurers who would like to explore the secrets and beauty of the underwater world the Bubblemaker course is available for children between eight and 10 years, while the Discover Scuba Diving course is for children from 10 years and above. A Nitrox speciality course along with a set of specific courses is also available such as the Manta Trust Specialty course, the Turtle and the Maldivian Shark and Ray course. For these courses, aside from diving, guests can learn more about these marine critters and how to protect them.

Marteyne van Well, general manager of Six Senses Laamu says, “Deep Blue Divers will add value to our guests’ underwater experiences. With a very experienced and highly trained team of dive instructors and divemasters that can assist our guests in a variety of languages, in addition to the variety of courses and dive excursions, diving is now open for enjoyment by more guests. The Deep Blue Divers team is committed to sustainable diving practices and to raising awareness of marine conservation, while supporting the resort’s marine conservation and sustainability initiatives.”

About Six Senses Laamu

Six Senses Laamu is the only resort in the Laamu Atoll, deep in the Indian Ocean, surrounded by a beautiful coral house reef. Most of the villas and facilities are built overwater, however beach villas and on-land dining is an option. All villas offer a sense of privacy and seclusion, with an amazing view to the Ocean and Maldivian nature.

Six Senses Laamu offers a wide range of dining options, with cuisines from around the world, an ice cream parlor, an overwater wine cellar and a signature Chill bar.

Many activities, excursions and options are available for everyone to enjoy, both overwater and underwater, in addition to the Six Senses Spa.

Save The Beach enjoys Moodhu Majaa at 10th-anniversary event

To commemorate its 10th anniversary, Save The Beach hosted a day of ‘Moodhu Majaa’ filled with an array of exciting and informative aquatic and beachside activities for ‘Moodhu’ lovers of all ages.

Save The Beach Maldives hosted its annual event at Villimale’ on the 18th of November 2017. This year, the event was named ‘Moodhu Majaa’ and featured environment and awareness initiatives as well as various other educational and enjoyable activities in honor of the NGO’s 10th Anniversary.

Sandcastle Competition, Save The Beach Maldives
Sandcastle Competition, Save The Beach Maldives

Moodhu Majaa was powered by co sponsorships provided from Waste Management Corporation Limited (WAMCO) and State Trading Organization (STO) and Dhiraagu. The activities of the event were conducted with the support of event partners from PADI, SSI, Print Lab, MARES, Coca Cola, Liquid Watersports, Dive Desk, Mare Scuba Concept, Moodhu Bulhaa, Moodhu Goyye, Divers Lodge, Secret Paradise, Scuba Centre Maldives, Mac Rooster, Green Fins, Saafu Rajje, Parley, Villa College’s Faculty of Marine Studies, Project Aware, MNDF’s Coast Guard, Maldives Police Service, Damage Control, Maldives Red Crescent, MTCC, Regreen and IUCN’s Project Regenerate. The event is also endorsed by the Ministry of Environment and Energy as well as by the United Nations Development Program and is recognized under UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Aisha Niyaz - Eco Talk, Save The Beach Maldives
Aisha Niyaz – Eco Talk, Save The Beach Maldives

The event commenced at 09:30 AM and as per STB tradition began with a clean-up of Villimale’ and its surrounding coastal areas conducted by a total of 80 volunteers which includes volunteers from Save The Beach, Moodhu Majaa event partners, other environmental organizations, Maldives Lifeguards Association, Scouts & Girl Guides (from Rehendhi School and Iskandhar School), members of the Villimale’ community, Villimale Police, Marine Police, as well as folks from Male’ and Hulhumale’. The clean-up culminated in a waste audit, the results of which were classified as 26.8kg rope and netting, 46.6 kg wood, 21 kg glass, 33.8kg pet bottles, 37kg other plastics,  9.4kg cans, 26.5 aluminium and 4.5kg Styrofoam and 33.2 general waste. A grand total of 255.5 kg Waste was collected.

Sandy Grill, Save The Beach Maldives
Sandy Grill, Save The Beach Maldives

As with the cleanup, the rest of the ‘Moodhu Majaa’ activities were also in session by 10:00 AM. A total of 27 participants completed the Dive Against Debris trainings (participants received PADI PIC qualification) and 33 joined Try Diving, 55 tried the Fish ID Training (an information session about habits and habitats of our local reef inhabitants) and the Save The Beach’s wonderful guides on short (guided) snorkelling tours.  All of these trainings and try outs were provided free to the public thanks largely to Moodhu Majaa event partners from the dive community.

Sandcastle Competition, Save The Beach Maldives
Sandcastle Competition, Save The Beach Maldives

Moodhu Majaa’s environmental awareness and conservation stalls were a great success with many people signing up for informative sessions and awareness information, as were the nature walks conducted by UNDP’s Adam where many were educated on the various flora found in Villimale’. The sand sculpture competition was also thoroughly enjoyed, with 12 groups of 5 kids each (ages under 15) participating with some truly artistic creations and heartfelt stories centred around a love for all things oceanic. The first runner-up won a snorkelling trip provided by Secret Paradise Maldives, the second runner-up won snorkelling gear from SeaGear and the third runner-up won an underwater camera from Mares – just add water.

 

The talks were a huge success with the kids and adults too, enjoying why we need to change our behavior with regard to plastics as told by Ms. Shaaheena Ali. Dr. Abdulla Naseer explained why we need to think about atoll ecosystems while preserving our natural resources as anything that impacts an area in micro level can affect the whole atoll ecosystem. Aisha Niyaz, an enthusiastic environmentalist spoke to the young generation about why we need to worry about climate change and what sustainable development is.

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Dive Against Debris
Dive Against Debris
Dive Against Debris
Dive Against Debris

Similarly, there was a great support for “The single use plastic free event” with almost 99% of the people who visited the event using refillable bottles and avoiding single use plastics. The seaside sand bar café provided snacks and refreshments without using any throwaway plastic plates, forks, spoons or cups. There was close to no litter found in the area and only very few sightings of any plastic bags lying around.

Save the Beach (STB) was founded as a non-profit organization in 2007 by Hassan (Beybe) Ahmed to initiate a movement geared towards the removal of such waste and preserving the natural state of the beaches. Backed by the support of local communities and dedicated volunteers, STB broadened its reach in 2014 by becoming Save The Beach Maldives. STB has since completed several conservation projects and conducted various awareness activities. The overall vision of Save the Beach has always been centred on increasing and maintaining awareness amongst all people, and pledges to continue to take action towards the conservation and beautification of our unique archipelago.

The Kanuhura Maldives orchid flowers again after two-year break

The Maldives ‘Island of Orchids’ Blooms Again

Not many hotels in the world can claim to have their own unique flower, but Kanuhura Maldives is the home of the Dendrobium Kanuhura, a rare golden yellow and orange orchid that flowers once a year. Bred especially for Kanuhura and officially registered as a unique flower by the Royal Horticultural Society in the UK, the orchid has just flowered for the first time since the luxury resort re-opened its doors in December 2016 following a full renovation.

Bred by the resort’s head gardener Nimal Fernando in Kanuhura’s orchid nursery, the Kanuhura orchid is just one of over 7,000 orchids on the island and can be seen in the resort’s orchid gardens which are open to hotel guests. Nature lovers will also want to take time to explore the extensive gardens on the 1.4km island which are lush with orchids planted among indigenous plants and coco palms. This richness of tropical greenery is reflected across the island with orchids in every guest villa alongside beautiful greenery outdoors.

Nimal Fernando with Kanuhura Maldives orchid
Nimal Fernando with Kanuhura Maldives orchid

As the resort heads into its high season (January through to May) with the postcard-perfect weather, luxury travellers can book themselves a bargain stay of 15% off best rates for early bird bookings and an additional 15% off room rates when staying seven nights or more. Room rates begin at US$1,014 per night for two in a Beach Bungalow on bed and breakfast basis in January.

About Kanuhura Maldives: Set across three islands – two deserted islands and Kanuhura itself – the celebrated resort reopened in December 2016 after an 18-month full renovation, winning recognition from Conde Nast Traveller as one of the world’s top hotel renovations. Inge Moore of the London-based luxury hospitality studio Muza Lab in collaboration with Hirsch Bedner Associates redesigned the private island resort in the Lhaviyani atoll as a paradise for the world’s free-spirited jetsetters. One of the largest islands in the Maldives at 1.4km in length, Kanuhura has only 80 thatched-roof villas scattered throughout its untamed tropical interior and on stilts over the requisite turquoise lagoon.

Kilometres of unspoilt beaches slope gently into the warm ocean while the two deserted islands are reached by a picturesque 5-minute boat trip, or can be waded to at low tide. Eight restaurants and bars offer a world of dining, including the not-to-be-missed Chef’s Herb Garden where candlelit dégustation dinners are served in the heart of the herb garden.

About Sun Resorts:

Sun Resorts is part of the Sun Limited ‘Hotel Management’ Cluster. It owns and manages 4 hotels in Mauritius (La Pirogue Resort & Spa, Sugar Beach Resort & Spa, Long Beach Golf & Spa Resort, Ambre Resort & Spa) and the iconic Ile aux Cerfs a leisure island on which is nestled a championship golf course designed by Bernhard Langer. In the Maldives, Sun owns and operates Kanuhura Maldives, a member of Leading Hotels of the World luxury collection.

From Private Islands to A Barefoot Great Gatsby-themed New Year’s Eve Party in the Maldives

Luxury resort Kanuhura Maldives rolls out its festive program, which includes bespoke festive options for luxury travelers. Highlights of the Christmas and New Year high season include gourmet dining across its eight restaurants and bars culminating in a stunning poolside Christmas Eve gala dinner and a Great Gatsby-themed New Year’s Eve party on the beach complete with live band, DJ and fireworks at midnight. The New Year’s Eve party dress code is white tie, ball gown and bare feet for better dancing the night away in the sand.  A champagne bar in the sand will be in full flow, as will the team of 35 kitchen chefs who’ll be cooking up a range of gourmet temptations from locally caught lobster and seafood to the finest foods from around the world.

In keeping with the five-star resort’s gypset concept [a combination of gypsy and jet-set which describes a lifestyle that blends the vibrant free-spirited life of the world-traveler and the sophistication of jetsetters], celebrations will be both luxurious and unpretentious with the many beautiful locations on the island being showcased at their very best. For many guests, it’s the range of tailor-made events in unique locations where Kanuhura stands out from the herd. For example, guests can choose to arrange breakfast at a table in the water in the lagoon; or they may prefer a dégustation dinner inside the Chef’s Herb Garden in the glow of twinkling lights and the stars above. The resort’s wine cellar can be booked for private festive dinners for up 12 while the free-spirited traveler may prefer celebrating on one of the two deserted islands off the tip of Kanuhura which can be booked exclusively for their own use.

Kanuhura Maldives has two- and three-bedroomed villas making it the perfect choice for a festive family getaway in the sun. Better yet, children under 12 can stay and eat for free when staying in the same villa as the parents. Families can expect a full program of daily activities including a visit from Santa Claus on 25th December delivering gifts to children and teens. Parents can enjoy a truly relaxing break while the kids’ club for children aged four to eleven keeps younger guests occupied with daily events that include pirate cruises, watersports, nature walks and cooking classes.  Room rates start at US $866 per night for a Beach Bungalow on bed and breakfast basis in December.

About Kanuhura Maldives

Set across three islands – two deserted islands and Kanuhura itself – the celebrated resort reopened in December 2016 after an 18-month full renovation, winning recognition from Conde Nast Traveller as one of the world’s top hotel renovations.  Inge Moore of the London-based luxury hospitality studio Muza Lab in collaboration with Hirsch Bedner Associates redesigned the private island resort as a paradise for the world’s free-spirited jetsetters.  One of the largest islands in the Maldives at 1.4km in length, Kanuhura has only 80 thatched-roof villas scattered throughout its untamed tropical interior and on stilts over the requisite turquoise lagoon. Kilometers of unspoilt beaches slope gently into the warm ocean while the two deserted islands are reached by a picturesque 5-minute boat trip. Eight restaurants and bars offer a world of dining, including the not-to-be-missed Chef’s Herb Garden where candlelit dégustation dinners are served in the heart of the herb garden. Kokaa Spa has one of the largest treatment menus in the country and has won two awards: ‘Best Spa in the World 2017’ by National Geographic Traveller and ‘Luxury Island Resort Spa’ by the Luxury Spa Awards 2017. Kanuhura Maldives is a member of Leading Hotels of the World.

About Sun Resorts

Sun Resorts is part of the Sun Limited ‘Hotel Management’ Cluster. It owns and manages 4 hotels in Mauritius (La Pirogue Resort & Spa, Sugar Beach Resort & Spa, Long Beach Golf & Spa Resort, Ambre Resort & Spa) and the iconic Ile aux Cerfs a leisure island on which is nestled a championship golf course designed by Bernhard Langer. In the Maldives, Sun owns and operates Kanuhura Maldives, a member of Leading Hotels of the World luxury collection.