W Maldives partners with Reebok Women brand to redefine perfection with #PerfectNever campaign

W Maldives partners with the famous Reebok Women sports brand to host prominent influencers from seven countries, to redefine the notion of perfection via #PerfectNever campaign.

On 25-27th August, Reebok Women invited 12 ladies from Southeast Asia and the Pacific to W Maldives as the faces and voices of their #PerfectNever campaign in the region, with the aim of flipping the conventional notion of perfection. These are influencers with a huge following on Social Media (approx. 7.7 million collectively) and admired for their flawless lifestyles. With the #PerfectNever campaign set in the perfect environment, the aim of the happening was to show that there are more to these women than the airbrushed images on their Social Media accounts – the grit and the determination that makes them human and ‘perfect’ in their own way.

During the 3-day event, these women shared their life journey during both individual and sharing interview sessions. At the forefront of their minds were topics on comparing oneself to others, body shaming, bullying, personal insecurities and society’s definition of ‘beautiful’. Boundaries were also pushed with a 7:00 AM sunrise yoga session and a High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout at sunset led by Reebok’s Ambassador Liv Lo. A combat workout was also conducted by W Maldives’ own fitness instructor Mark Angeles. The digital campaign is scheduled for launch on October 1, 2017.

During the event, Social Media content contributed to #PerfectNever garnered a reach of 8,910,066 and 35,911,486 in impressions.

The actual #PerfectNever campaign will launch with a full video that summarizes the #PerfectNever experience at W Maldives and a voiceover that encapsulates the campaign message. The influencers will be sharing their #PerfectNever story through 60 seconds’ videos of their individual journeys; pictures of their perfect self and ‘tough fitness’ pictures of them geared in Reebok attire.

An online contest is also organized for residents of Southeast Asia and the Pacific, in which they may enter by sharing their #PerfectNever stories online. The Grand Prize is an all-expense paid 3-night stay at W Maldives for two, sponsored by both brands.

Explore the Instagram pages of our #PerfectNever attendees:

“We are excited to sponsor the Reebok’s Women new #PerfectNever marketing campaign, which resonates perfectly with the W Hotels’ lifestyle approach to delivering healthy lifestyle choices to their diverse W clientele. For W Maldives, this means applying our bold approach to wellness so any woman could look and feel good whenever she wants,” said Thomas Vaucouleur de Ville d’Avray, W Maldives’ General Manager.

About W Maldives Connect with your inner peace and go along with the pace of island life. Experience one of the 77 Escapes, either on the beachside or overwater giving you access to endless Indian Ocean views. Succumb to the dazzling blue waters, spectacular reefs and pristine sands in style and be at one with both body and soul. AWAY® Spa at W Maldives is the ultimate sanctuary for well-being with four overwater treatment villas, each with a private outdoor area and a range of treatments designed to remove all the stresses and strains of modern day city life.

Kuredu: for the wedding of your dreams

Does your dream wedding include in the Indian Ocean, white sands and swaying palms? If so, then Kuredu Resort Maldives is the island to pick for an unforgettable, romance-filled day. With its incredible turquoise waters and tropical climate, Kuredu is the dream destination for many wishing to exchange or renew their wedding vows.

The stunning backdrop is surpassed only by the beauty of the love that is shown during these once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Our dedicated Special Events Coordinator is on hand to work with you to help create a memorable day, customising your experiences to provide you with a truly unique ceremony. Choose from a wedding pavilion on the beach, your own private Dream Island or a romantic wooden sailing yacht to celebrate these important moments with your partner.

To ensure that your Kuredu memories never fade, Kuredu’s professional photographers can capture every angle of your wedding day. Pix Maldives photographers are masters at using the natural light and beautiful background to ensure the images reflect the startling beauty of the occasion.

Take a look at the below bridal photo shoot gallery that features the lovely Linnea Petré. Linnea’s shining personality, complemented by Kuredu’s sun-kissed romantic photo shoot locations, can also be admired in the Swedish BröllopsGuiden magazine.

Exchange of vows: Say it against a backdrop of numerous shades of blue

Say your vows and tie the knot at Kuredu Resort & Spa. Expressing your love against a stunning backdrop of turquoise waters and white powdery sand is a one-of-a-kind celebration of love and more romantic than you’ve ever imagined it to be. The Maldivian touch to the wedding is uniquely designed to add a delightful sensory bounty to your ceremony. The vastness of the ocean and the sheer beauty of the island will leave you in a pleasant suspense of what lies ahead in your life together.

You can create your own dream wedding. The ground package includes the ceremony, wedding decoration of your room, floral decorations and live Maldivian drum beats. The flexibility is then yours to add a romantic candlelight or veli dinner, bride’s makeup at Duniye Spa, wedding cake, bottle of champagne, or any other of the many available options to match your idea with our concept of individuality. We can also offer tailor-made supplement alternatives on our luxury yacht “Britt” or on the deserted Dream Island.

Book a photo session or for a wedding inquiry.

Kuredu’s new gym comes with one of the best views in the world

Kuredu Resort Maldives is excited to announce that we have a new gym, located in a specially designed building, offering one of the best views on the island!

Located adjacent to The Beach Restaurant, the new two-storey building offers a fantastic place to work out. Replacing the old gym, which was located in the centre of the island, the larger new gym has a downstairs area, dedicated to yoga, stretching and floorwork exercise, whilst upstairs those wanting to work with weights or cardio equipment can enjoy a stunning view over the turquoise waters of Kuredu’s lagoon, out towards the house reef. Thanks to TVs, you can also keep current with worldwide sports events.

The new building also houses showers and changing facilities, so you can complete your cooldown routine at the gym without having to return to your villa.

The facilities are available for all guests (children under 12 to be accompanied by an adult) to use free of charge, and our team members are on hand to help out and provide introductions to any equipment you may be unfamiliar with.

Kuredu’s gym is also where you sign up for yoga sessions, tennis and badminton, and the place to hop on a rental bike to feel the sweet Kuredu breeze in your hair.

Maldivian begins weekly flights to Hangzhou

Maldivian, the national airline of Maldives welcomed its inaugural flight from Hangzhou, China today. The flight to Hangzhou departed from Malé on 13th September and Maldivian welcomed the first arrivals from Hangzhou to Maldives this morning around 0615 hrs with 200 passengers. Airbus A321 aircraft will serve this route once a week. At present Maldivian operates to Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi’an, Nanjing, and Wuhan.

The Maldives ranks among the top travel destinations for Chinese holidaymakers. Maldives had seen a significant boom in tourism from the Chinese market for the past four years

Despite the slight lows in recent months: visitors for the first half of 2017 was recorded as 141,495, a drop of 10.3%, compared to last year’s at 157,764, China remains the largest market for the Maldives’ tourism industry.

As per recent statistics, the number of tourists to the Maldives increased in September. The average length of stay decreased from 6.4 to 5.3 days, but increased by 2% for nights in September, while the occupancy had also improved to 64%.

The government is committed to gradually boost Maldives tourism. The government targets to bring in 1.4 million tourists. Last year, Maldives also announced plans to host a major annual tourism fair over the next four years to bring in 2 million tourists and increase the revenue up to 3.5 billion dollars.

AVANI to debut in the Maldives with development of AVANI Fares Resort

AVANI Hotels & Resorts is thrilled to announce the development of its first resort in the Maldives. AVANI Fares Maldives Resort will be located on Fares Island in the Baa Atoll and is scheduled to open in Q4 2019. Ideal for millennial minded travellers, this untouched, private 12.4-hectare island will provide a natural playground surrounded by a soft white sandy beach and every colour of blue imaginable.

This USD 70-million resort development is a joint venture partnership between Minor Hotels and Cyprea Group. Cyprea Group’s diversified Sri Lanka and Maldives business portfolio includes ownership and operation of Club Med Kani Maldives Resort located in North Malé Atoll.

Alejandro Bernabe, Group Director AVANI Hotels & Resorts said: “The AVANI design philosophy is interestingly relaxed and contemporary and in tune with the environment of this development, using natural textures, colours and materials that reflect the location whilst incorporating advanced technology and modern conveniences.”

The new upscale AVANI Fares Maldives Resort will comprise 200 guest rooms, including standard rooms and a selection of villas. Every attention will be given to well being. The décor will be a blend of comfort and modernity, soothing materials, textures and high-tech equipment such as complimentary WiFi, media hub docking station and 40-inch flat screen TV.

On arrival, guests will immediately be welcomed by an arresting view of the Indian Ocean from the open plan lobby. This communal living space will blend reception, lounge, meeting space, all day restaurant and The Pantry, an AVANI hallmark, will serve a mix of comfort food and artisanal deli snacks around the clock.

The resort will also feature a speciality restaurant, AVANISPA, AVANI Kids Club and a large communal swimming pool and pool bar. The nearby Ahivahfushi Beyru dive site offers amazing reef diving with a plethora of sea life including Hawksbill Turtles, Reef Sharks and Manta Rays. It’s an underwater Eden for snorkellers and scuba enthusiasts.

The resort’s secluded northern location is easily accessible and is 45 minutes by seaplane from Male and 30 minutes by speedboat from the newly opened domestic airport on Baa Atoll.

“The Maldives is the ultimate beach destination in the world and we are excited to deliver an alternative hospitality offering in the region. AVANI is a true lifestyle brand. Imaginatively blending genuine hospitality and modernity with savvy design and contemporary style. The AVANI experience is designed to satisfy important guests’ needs,” said Bernabe.

AVANI Hotels & Resorts was launched in 2011 as a sister brand to Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, which currently has three resorts in the Maldives, including Anantara Kihavah which is also located in the Baa Atoll. Offering all the details that matter, AVANI blends genuine hospitality and modern lifestyle features with a passion for design. The brand already has a presence in the Indian Ocean with two resorts in Sri Lanka and one in the Seychelles.

Niyama private islands Maldives brings surfing to the shore

Anantara’s sister property in the Maldives, NIYAMA Private Islands is taking luxury surfing to the next tubular level

Most of the surf spots in the Maldives remain an undiscovered secret, or those in the know keep it so, but at NIYAMA Private Islands Maldives the secret is right in front of you at the only luxury resort sporting surf-able waves that break directly onto the island.

Off the beaten track with uncrowded waves and high-quality breaks, NIYAMA Private Islands introduces a series of surf options and tailored services that invite professional and novice surfers alike to revel in their own version of luxury by enjoying adrenaline-charged activities right on their doorstep.  Here the waves are relatively mellow and playful, but challenging at times and suitable for intermediate to advanced surfers, with some spots perfect for beginner coaching.  Surfers can expect a consistent set of around five average surf-able waves rolling out every five minutes, and no crowds.

Aptly known as Nature’s Playground, NIYAMA Private Islands offers adjoining twin islands, Chill and Play. Just off the edge of Play Island’s Surf Corner is Vodi surf point – a classic, powerful left-hand ride that breaks onto the shore.  Off to the West and just five minutes away by speedboat is Kasabu surf point at Kudahuvadhoo Corner – a superb right-hander with barrelling sections. Head East for ten minutes to Hocus Pocus at Maeenboodhoo Corner for another barrelling right-hander.

134 studios, suites, and pavilions dot both islands or extend out over the azure lagoon.  Right on the beach at Surf Corner, surfers can chill out in customised Surf Beach Studios, Surf Beach Studios with a pool, or a Surf Family Beach Suite with a pool, ranging from 135 to 255 square metres.  The studios and suites are fitted with a surfboard rack and stocked with surf amenities and necessities, including bicycles with a surfboard rack and dedicated television channels displaying up-to-the-minute surf reports and a live feed of the nearby Vodi surf point.  Each room is equipped with a king bed and Deli-In with full-size refrigerator overflowing with gourmet treats, as well as Thakuru (butler) service.

As the sun sets over the ocean swells, head off to the Surf Shack at Vodi surf point with the dudes to recall the day’s kick outs, bottom turns and barrels.  Here surfers can drink classic Rum cocktails from the Caribbean Islands and Jamaican comfort food to the laidback island rhythms of reggae music.

FLOAT, NIYAMA Private Islands’ water sports operator, offers an array of tailormade surf programmes and services developed in association with LUEX.com, one of the world’s leading luxury surf tour operators, to suit every surfer.  From beginner coaching courses to various surf pass options that offer on-demand boat transfers to surf points located away from the resort, the professional Surf Dude is on hand to coax first timers or use video analysis to help intermediate surfers get to the next level.

Always daring to be different, NIYAMA Private Islands offers the ultimate luxury surf experience – a private seaplane at surfers’ disposal to discover and surf secret spots.  The seaplane allows surfers to jump in directly behind the waves anywhere on the ocean, and swim back to the plane for the scenic short journey back to the resort.

For more information about the lessons or on how to sign up, please contact: [email protected]

 

Hosts and guests at Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort join World Oceans Day activities

Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort today held “Our Ocean, Our Future,” marine awareness events to honour World Oceans Day 8 June. The events were an extension of Outrigger’s global OZONE (Outrigger’s Zone) marine conservation program, with all nine Outrigger Resorts participating around the world.

In the Maldives, Outrigger staff and guests conducted a beach and lagoon reef clean up to remove marine debris from the reef. Later in the afternoon there was a coral restoration program. After a briefing, guests helped the Best Dives Konotta staff attach fragments of coral to a metal frame which will be placed underwater to encourage new coral growth.

In the evening, guests and staff gathered around the pool and watched a documentary called “Planet Ocean” by Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

In the Outrigger Kids Club, youngsters participated in World Oceans Day by painting pictures with the theme, “My Ocean”. There were ocean face painting sessions, creating sand sculptures and a viewing of the Walt Disney movie “Moana”.

The lagoon clean up and the key activities of World Oceans Day were led by Best Dives Maldives.

This June, throughout World Oceans Month, Outrigger Resorts properties worldwide are offering a diverse range of immersive activities and conservation opportunities for Outrigger guests to get in the OZONE mind-set and make a difference, even while on vacation.     

Some 60% of the world’s coral reefs are being denuded by climate change, land-based pollution and unsustainable fishing. Outrigger’s OZONE conservation program encourages guests to become part of the solution by participating in marine conservation activities while on vacation.

3 Reason Why a Visit to Tamara Spa is an Absolute Must

There are many reasons to visit Tamara Spa by Mandara during your stay at Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Maldives, but here are three that are sure to put it at the top of your list:

1. The treatments for the mind, body and soul will leave you feeling rejuvenated, pampered and with a sense of well-being only a spa can bring. Let the experienced therapists work their magic once and you will find ‘just one more’ treatment an absolute must.

Aerial, Tamara Spa by Mandara, Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Maldives
Tamara Spa by Mandara, Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Maldives

2. Set in sublime surroundings, Tamara Spa has beautifully designed treatment rooms where couples can enjoy their spa experience together. An outdoor jacuzzi strewn with petals and overlooking the ocean makes this a setting you will not forget. The views during the treatment, through the glass floor, allow you to lose yourself in the calmness of the ocean and partake in a little fish spotting too – all whilst enjoying the treatment.

Tamara Spa by Mandara, Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Maldives
Tamara Spa by Mandara, Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Maldives

2. World-class products including the Elemis range are used to bring results with a touch of luxury. Science and beauty meet to bring treatments that soothe not only the body but the mind too. Elemis products are also available to purchase so you can take a little piece of the Tamara Spa experience home with you too.
Put Tamara Spa on your list of Lily must dos and you’ll be repeating the experience as often as you can!

Tamara Spa by Mandara, Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Maldives
Tamara Spa by Mandara, Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Maldives

If someone you know will be visiting Lily Beach Resort & Spa, why not surprise them with a Lily Gift of a Spa Voucher to use during their stay? Or simply treat yourself by booking in advance!

Tamara Spa by Mandara has been nominated in the World Luxury Spa awards and voting is currently taking place. There’s still time to cast your vote.

Hotel Jen Malé Maldives joins N-Range’s Malé City cleanup challenge

Hotel Jen Malé Maldives has partnered up with local NGO N-Range for Malé city cleaning challenge campaign. This challenge will continue for the entire 2017 in which the private and public sector companies nominated by N-Range will clean the allocated assigned area within the capital city of Malé.

Hotel Jen Malé Maldives joins N-Range’s Malé City cleanup challenge

Thirty colleagues from Hotel Jen Malé Maldives joined the cleanup day that started from Ameer Ahmed Magu one main roads of Malé city approximately 3 km starting from the Republican Square, Hotel Jen Malé Maldives aims to show visitors that Malé city readily welcomes tourists and to raise the people’s awareness.

Hotel Jen Malé Maldives joins N-Range’s Malé City cleanup challenge

“We are honored to be a part of such a challenge, the Malé City cleanup challenge is a fantastic initiative supported by the government and local sectors that will help the tourism industry” said the General Manager Rahim Flynn, Shangri-La properties are well known for doing their part in corporate social responsibility, raising awareness, contributing and conducting initiative awareness programme every year with interesting events for society, guests and staffs.

Hotel Jen Malé Maldives joins N-Range’s Malé City cleanup challengeThe fun-filled clean-up program lasted for almost three hours during which the volunteers collected 15 big polythene bags of trash and debris from the allocated locations. By beautifying the surroundings, the participants learned the value of hard work, giving back to their communities and sprucing up the city for all to enjoy.

About Hotel Jen

Catering to urban adventurers, the Hotel Jen brand delivers quality, comfort and value with a playful twist and friendly service. Hotel Jen embraces the love for life and travel, helping curious travellers to leave boring behind through spontaneous experiences, Page 2 of 2 unpublished insights and unconventional perspectives. Launched in 2014, Hotel Jen offers nine vibrant hotels in some of the best locations across Asia Pacific, including Singapore; Hong Kong; Shenyang, China; Manila; Penang and Johor in Malaysia; and Malé, Maldives. A number of Hotel Jen properties are in the pipeline including in Beijing and Malaysia. For more information, visit www.hoteljen.com or join the conversation on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Luxury Cruiser, MV Sunset Queen relaunched

Since its launch in 2004, it has been one of the most sought after luxury cruiser in the Maldives. The popularity and demand for this cruiser is sure to rise with the relaunch. MV Sunset Queen offers a host of attractions ranging from its contemporary accommodation to its incorporation of open spaces – four decks. One of the highlights is Jacuzzi experience at the top deck coupled with stunning views. Opt to cruise with us for an array of possibilities which awaits you aboard. For divers, snorkelers and surfers alike our cruiser offers you unlimited spots in the pristine and inviting waters of the Maldives. We cater for your every need, with personalized attention to detail on each and every journey.

Why you will love it!

  • Spacious & contemporary designed accommodation. From 9 cabins we have transformed it to 7 spacious cabins.
  • Jacuzzi on the top deck with sun beds. Bask in the sun in style.
  • Host of possibilities for diving and snorkeling sites/ surfing points/ dessert island excursions/ island hopping to local islands/ visit to resorts/ fishing and BBQ.
  • All cabins are air-conditioned as well as restaurant & salon area.
  • En-suite Bathrooms with amenities as well as hot & cold fresh water.
  • Gastronomic delights made from fresh ingredients.
MV Sunset Queen
Sunset Queen

MV Sunset Queen is now available to book for private charters with the option for diving and surfing cruises.

For more information: www.sunsetqueenmaldives.com