First Fairmont Resort Opens in the Maldives – Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi

With the opening of Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi in April 2018, AccorHotels introduces the Fairmont luxury brand to an area celebrated for its pristine natural beauty.

Fairmont Sirru Fen FushiLocated on the Shaviyani Atoll in North Maldives, which boasts one of the country’s largest resort lagoons, the stunning new property offers 112 luxury villas, each with a private pool. Sirru Fen Fushi, which means ‘secret water island’ in the local Dhivehi language, is set on an exceptionally lush island bursting with flora and fauna. The picturesque locale is also surrounded by powder white sand beaches, peppered with thatched-roofed villas overlooking an endless turquoise sea. The all-villa resort is ideal for couples or families and features 200 metres of infinity pools as well as luxury safari-style tented villas nestled in the island’s lush interior jungle.

Fairmont Sirru Fen FushiHomage to the abundant sea life and pristine coral house reef surrounding this world-class resort, Maldives’ first coral regeneration project in the form of an Underwater Art Installation is created by celebrated underwater naturalist and artist Jason deCaires Taylor. Its May 2018 launch is highly anticipated by international media and guests alike.

Fairmont Sirru Fen FushiFairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi is the sole hotel on the pristine atoll, and its previously untouched location has allowed marine life to flourish, with manta rays, turtles, large pods of bottlenose dolphins and spinner dolphins regular visitors in the crystal-clear waters of the 600-hectare lagoon. The nine-kilometre-long house reef, directly accessible from the beach, is home to vibrant corals and a thriving ecosystem teeming with life. Uniquely, a manta ray cleaning station at the house reef offers guests a rare close and extended glimpse of one of the world’s most majestic marine creatures, many of which drop by in a beautiful display of aquatic symbiosis with smaller sea life.

Fairmont Sirru Fen FushiThe 112 villas are categorised based on the island’s stunning topography and include Beach Villas, Water Villas, and Tented Jungle Villas. Copper bathroom fittings and carved wood detailing on furniture lend the villas a bohemian rustic chic vibe. Specially adapted to the Maldives, the unique tented jungle villas offer privacy and a romantic castaway vibe; other guests can also experience the verdant island interiors with glamping BBQs or jungle cinema.
A strong connection to nature guides guests throughout their stay, even at the resort’s contemporary dining outlets. These include an international all-day dining spot called Raha Market; an over-water Japanese restaurant, sushi bar and sea lounge named Kata, where Chef Dharmen brings creative flair to add modern and Maldivian twists to Japanese dishes; and the over-water fine dining destination, Azure, where fresh seafood and fish-market displays of daily local catches are complemented by fantastic wines and Champagnes. Throughout the resort, still and sparkling water produced by the resort’s desalinisation process are served in the Fairmont-branded glass bottles for guests’ ease of consumption.

Fairmont Sirru Fen FushiAdjacent to the main all-day dining restaurant, the intimate Raha Market Bar is a relaxed space for aperitifs or digestifs to round off a meal at the water’s edge. At the all-bamboo Onu Onu, loungers and fire pits add to the laid-back poolside atmosphere, while sunsets are best enjoyed with a sundowner at the Kata Roof Top Bar and lounge which overlooks the entire western side of the island. Destination dining experiences draw guests further into nature with private meals enjoyed under the stars and powder-soft sand beneath the toes.

Fairmont Sirru Fen FushiIt’s the same tranquil natural surroundings from which the Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Maldives draws its energy and vitality. The 2,000 sqm wellness area has been adapted to Maldivian island chic in its concepts with the use of endemic herbs and Indian Ocean-inspired treatments. The architectural design features hand-carved wooden doors, with sea breeze passages designed to draw fresh sea air into the treatment rooms. A dedicated Olympic size Jacuzzi pool is provided for Spa Guests for pre or post treatment immersion.

Fairmont Sirru Fen FushiBoth AccorHotels and the Fairmont brand have a strong reputation globally for sustainable tourism and are committed to improving the well-being of local communities and ecosystems wherever they operate and addressing the environmental impacts of their operations.

Fairmont is renowned for capturing the heart of a destination through community engagement and memorable guest experiences. At Sirru Fen Fushi these include cooking classes with a Maldivian master chef, local island adventures, and sunset fishing aboard an authentic Maldivian dhoni whilst learning traditional line fishing methods to give guests a taste of the Maldivian way of life. The surrounding idyll is showcased with castaway picnics and overnight cruises to enjoy the stunning night sky of the Maldives from the luxury of the resort yacht.

Fairmont Sirru Fen FushiWhen the mood takes them – and it will – the resort’s on-site art studio offers guests all the tools and materials required to be inspired and express their creative spirit with the guidance of resident and visiting artists. With a tailored selection of units suitable for families and children at the resort, a variety of daytime activities including coconut painting, canvas creations, jewellery and making dreamcatchers are available. Families are well-catered with a Kid’s Club, Toddler’s play garden, and the dedicated Teen Town, offering a wealth of exciting experiences for young adults.

Fairmont Sirru Fen FushiFairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi is also poised to bring the essence of its secret water island location to life with experiences that bring guests closer to nature. A sunset dolphin tour offers guests the chance to watch dolphins playing in the light of the setting sun.

Fairmont Sirru Fen FushiGuests can also give back to nature by planting coconut trees on the island, or by participating in coral restoration efforts and turtle release programs.

Fairmont Sirru Fen Fushi“Our resort and the destination itself are inextricably linked. As the location for the Maldives’ first Underwater Art installation we hope to raise awareness that encourages long-term reef protection and sustainable tourism,” says Denis Dupart, General Manager of Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi.

Fairmont Sirru Fen FushiAs an introductory offer, Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi is offering special rates starting at USD 770++ per villa per night on a bed-and-breakfast basis for bookings until 30 September 2019.

For reservations and general information, please visit www.fairmont.com/maldives, email [email protected]mv, or contact +960 654 8888.

For more information about the works of underwater naturalist and artist Jason deCaires Taylor, please visit www.underwatersculpture.com.

Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi is located at Shaviyani Atoll, North Maldives. The resort is accessible by domestic flight in 50 minutes from Male International Airport followed by speedboat from Hanimaadhoo Airport to the resort. Alternatively, guests can book a 50-minute scenic seaplane flight directly to the resort.

AccorHotels today counts three hotels in the Maldives, including Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort, Dhevanafushi Maldives Luxury Resort and Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi.

For more information or reservations, please visit fairmont.com

Keong Hong welcomes its first hotel in the Maldives with the grand opening of Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort

  • First airport hotel in Maldives with overwater bungalows
  • Adjacent Kooddoo Airport serves as a gateway to the southern atolls in Maldives

Pristine Island Investment Pte. Ltd. (“Pristine” or the “JVC”), a joint venture company set up by Keong Hong Construction Pte Ltd (“KHC”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keong Hong Holdings Limited (强枫控股有限公司) (“Keong Hong” or the “Company”) and its joint venture partners, Sansui Holding Pte. Ltd. (“Sansui”), BRC Asia Limited (“BRC”) and L3 Development Pte. Ltd. (“L3”), opened its first overseas hotel development in Maldives yesterday. The grand opening was attended by His Excellency, President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom of the Republic of Maldives and Singapore’s Non-Resident Ambassador to the Republic of Maldives, Mr Chua Thian Poh.

The Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Hotel, managed by the prestigious Accor group, has 68 villas including 43 located over water and 25 scattered along the white sandy beaches. With its inviting and inimitable décor, a combination of tasteful furnishing and bright hues, and full resort amenities to satisfy the most discerning traveller, the Group is confident that the hotel will be a resounding success.

Today also marked the grand opening of the expanded Kooddoo Airport. With the completion of the extended airport runway, from 1200m to 1800m and from category 2C to 3C, Kooddoo Airport will be able to serve private jets such as Bombardier Global 5000. Kooddoo Airport is open 24 hours and domestic carrier Maldivian operates daily flights direct from Malé to Kooddoo, which is under an hour. Construction of the airport expansion commenced in July 2014 and the project was undertaken by KHA Resorts & Hotels Construction (Maldives) Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of Keong Hong.

Keong Hong’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr Ronald Leo (梁定平) said, “We are excited to be able to play a part in the tourism of Maldives. The opening of Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Hotel and the expanded Kooddoo Airport will bring holidaymakers to the beautiful Gaafu Alifu Atoll and create many job opportunities for the local Maldivians. Kooddoo Airport serves as a gateway to the southern atolls and we intend to keep improving facilities at the airport to meet future demand.”

Commenting on the tourism outlook for Maldives, Mr Ronald Leo remarked, “The future outlook for tourism investments in Maldives is bright and the latest visitor arrivals from Europe and the Asia Pacific remained strong. As a hotel owner and investor, we are attracted by Maldives’ one island-one-resort concept and its rich marine biodiversity, endless sunshine and the warmth of its people. We are already looking forward to the opening of our second hotel property in Maldives, the luxurious 120-villa Pullman Maldives Maamutaa Resort in 2019.”

The Maldives hotel properties will add to the Group’s two hotel properties in Singapore and a growing number of property investments overseas. Investments in hotel and property will provide the Group with a stable recurring income, this is part of its long-term plans to grow the contribution from hotel and property investment to form a more substantial portion of its earnings.

About Keong Hong Holdings Limited (Bloomberg: KHHL SP, Reuters: KEHO.SI)

Keong Hong Holdings Limited is listed on the Main Board of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited. The Group’s principal activities include building construction, property and hotel investor and developer. Its building construction services include a broad range of residential, commercial, institutional, industrial and infrastructural projects for both private and public sectors. The Group has property and hotel development and investment projects in Singapore, Vietnam, Japan and Maldives.

The Group made its maiden foray into property development in Singapore in 2012 through a joint venture with Frasers Centrepoint Limited to develop Twin Waterfalls Executive Condominium (“EC”). Its subsequent residential developments include SkyPark Residences EC, The Amore EC, Parc Life EC and Seaside Residences.

The Group ventured into hotel development and investment in 2013 with its two resort developments in Maldives, Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort and Pullman Maldives Maamutaa Resort. In Singapore, the Group owns a joint hotel and mixed-use development project – Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong, Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong and Katong Square.

In 2016, the Group acquired the first of its two commercial properties in Japan.

Led by a highly qualified and experienced management team with a staff strength of over 400, Keong Hong has built a strong reputation and track record over the last 30 years for its commitment to quality and service standards.

For more information, please visit www.keonghong.com.