Meet the New Marine Biologist at Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort

Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort has appointed Joan Li as the new resident marine biologist to take forward the OZONE (Outrigger’s ZONE) conservation initiative. A Chinese national from near the North Korean border, Joan says her new job is a dream posting. Here she shares a little of her backstory and tells us what resort guests can expect when they visit Konotta

What is your background? 
I was born in a small city in northeast China called Dandong. It’s across the river from North Korea. But we moved to Shenzhen in southeast China near Hong Kong when I was six.

Being born and raised in China, what made you want to become a marine biologist?
I’ve always stayed in cities near the sea. The mystery of underwater life has always intrigued me, especially after I started diving. With a mask on, the beauty of the underwater world is revealed. Nothing can compare to the feeling of seeing marine life alive in its natural habitat.

Where did you study in Hong Kong?
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. I studied general biology, including cell biology, molecular biology – and marine biology.

What made you decide to take up scuba diving and take your career in a whole new direction?
My first diving experience was a birthday retreat with my friend. After seeing how marine life exists in the 70% of the planet that we usually don’t have access to, I just wanted to dive as much as possible. When I started diving in 2016, the underwater world completely changed me. It made me realise the possibility of having another life – rather than one in a laboratory or office.

Tell us about your experience in Malaysia and Philippines
I passed my first three levels of scuba diving at courses in Sipadan in Malaysia, one of the top dive spots in the world. After seeing countless jackfish, barracuda, turtles and sharks swimming freely around me, I felt spoiled. I wanted to find a place that I could stay longer to explore below the sea. In 2017, I got the opportunity to become an intern at a marine conservation group in the Philippines. I was diving twice a day, learning about coral reef monitoring, seagrass and mangrove ecosystems. I conducted my own research. I carried out more than 200 underwater surveys, which taught me a lot – more than any textbook.

What attracted you to working at Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort?
The internship I had in the Philippines was voluntary. In order to further pursue a career in marine biology and the diving industry, I found opportunities online. Outrigger had a position for a resident marine biologist. Working in the paradise of the Maldives was a very attractive proposition.

How is the Outrigger OZONE coral conservation program going at Konotta?
The total number of restored coral is now around 400 branches. Outrigger had already established its coral restoration project for three years through previous marine biologist Caterina. We’re now looking to involve more guests to join our coral restoration activities as well as showing them the wonderful underwater world. Right now, we have 19 coral frames restored underwater as well as stone piles with new coral growing on them.

How can guests join in the conservation program?
Guest can join the Outrigger’s monthly coral restoration workshop and marine talk to find out more about the mysterious underwater environment. Every Wednesday and Saturday I give free marine educational talks. In fact, these can be arranged anytime.

What educational activities do you have for kids at Outrigger Konotta?
Kids can join a marine biology semi-submarine so that even for youngsters that don’t know how to swim, they have a chance to see the marine creatures around Konotta.

For guests who can scuba dive, what experiences do you like to show them at Outrigger Konotta?
In particular, I’d like to take them for a night dive and have a look at the fluorescence corals under UV light.

If they can only snorkel, what can you show them?
If they can only snorkel, we have a group of stingrays always hanging out near the jetty. Sometimes when there’s a group of sardines and mackerels around, baby reef sharks will be there too. I’d love to take the chance and show them how friendly and curious these beautiful reef sharks are. They really are portrayed in a wrong way in movies and TV shows.

What advice do you have for guests who love nature who are coming to stay at Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort?
Just grab your mask, snorkel and fins and enjoy the blue!

ABOUT THE OUTRIGGER KONOTTA MALDIVES RESORT
A truly unspoiled paradise, the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort is your own private world surrounded by pristine natural beauty and unmatched luxury. Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort offers a sense of complete privacy and remote luxury, surrounded by natural beauty. Set on a private island in the azure Indian Ocean, the resort features spacious stunning villas, all with private pools. Guests can enjoy a range of activities including, innovative dining experiences, rejuvenating spa treatments, and world-class water sports and scuba diving at our reef centre. The private island of Konotta is located 211 miles (340 kilometers) to the south of Malé and is conveniently accessible via a 55-minute flight from Malé to Kaadedhdhoo Airport followed by a scenic 30-minute journey on a luxurious private yacht. Visit the property on Outrigger.com.

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For more than 70 years, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts has charted a journey of discovery – expanding from Hawaii to premier resort destinations in Fiji, Thailand, Guam, Mauritius and the Maldives. The privately held hospitality company currently operates and/or has in development 37 properties with approximately 6,500 rooms – inviting guests to ‘Escape Ordinary’ with authentic Signature Experiences and the Outrigger DISCOVERY loyalty program. Outrigger’s multi-branded portfolio includes Outrigger® Resorts, OHANA Hotels by Outrigger® and Hawaii Vacation Condos by Outrigger® while also managing select properties from top international hotel brands including Embassy Suites®, Best Western®, Wyndham Vacation Ownership® and Hilton Grand VacationsTM. Find out more atOutrigger.com or visit @OutriggerResorts on FacebookInstagram and Twitter

Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort announces new family getaway and enhanced All-Inclusive offers

With the largest average villa sizes in the Maldives and Outrigger’s renowned high-service standards, the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort offers a sense of complete privacy and remote luxury, surrounded by natural beauty. With the Family Getaway experience, the resort is now better value than ever for families seeking the ultimate tropical beach retreat

The Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort has announced three new exciting developments for holidaymakers: a new mega value-added Family Getaway experience, an improved All-Inclusive (AI) offering, and a new All-Inclusive Plus (AI+) package.

The Family Getaway Experience gives a family of four to six their own private 282 sqm two-bedroom luxury pool villa with complimentary transfers by flight and speedboat from Male to the Outrigger in the beautiful south of the Maldives.

“Our Family Getaway and all-inclusive options really allow guests to switch off from their busy lives and rejuvenate surrounded by pristine natural beauty,” says John Allanson, the resort’s General Manager.

On-site, parents can fully relax with two hours of babysitting per day offered by the resort.

There are great activities available. Kids can enjoy beach games, yoga, meditation, “Little” chef and “Teen” chef lessons, paper arts and craft classes, and designing their own t-shirt.

Children eat free in the Blue Salt restaurant on the same meal plan as their parents.

Adults have multiple options such as spa treatments, group yoga, cooking classes, the art of barbecuing, scuba diving, paddle boarding, or jet skiing.

Activities for the whole family include a myriad of wonderful options such as swimming across the equator, family picnic on a remote island, snorkelling trips, dolphin quest, semi-submarine excursions, learning about the stars, and a private family movie night.

Guests can do good while on holiday. They can join resort’s in-house marine biologist and participate in the island’s coral conservation and education activities, part of Outrigger’s worldwide OZONE program.

Many of the options are included in the Family Getaway Experience. Others involve a surcharge.

All-Inclusive and the New All-Inclusive Plus

The Outrigger in the Maldives has also ramped up its AI offering and created a new AI+ special package. Both let couples and families relax without worrying about extras.

The enhanced All Inclusive package now includes breakfast, lunch and dinner at The Deck and Pool Bar as well as the main Blue Salt international restaurant. It includes a great selection of wines, beers, cocktails, teas and coffees from any outlet from 11 am daily.

With a new and generous meal and activities credit system, guests can experience an array of themed dinners at Driftwood, enjoy Japanese dining in Nala Rah, have private in-villa dining or have a barbecue on the beach.

Many non-motorised activities are also included.

For US$99++ per person per night, experience freedom with AI+ which gives all of the above benefits plus minibar refills, great discounts on private destination dining, reductions on spa treatments and full enjoyment of the chef’s premium dining experiences at The Deck, Blue Salt, Driftwood and Nala Rah (Japanese).

Guests also enjoy exceptional discounts on private yoga and gym sessions and on the sommelier’s premium wine selections.

“Families can create their own private luxury world in the azure Indian Ocean at the Outrigger,” says General Manager Allanson. “Unmatched luxury is just a step away with our Family Getaway and all-inclusive options.”

For further information and bookings, email [email protected] or call (+960) 684 7771. Additional info – visit the Maldives pages on outrigger.com.

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.

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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.

Chef Eyck Zimmer to prepare special dining experience at Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort

Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort is privileged to announce that Eyck Zimmer will be guest chef at the resort 21 October to 2 November 2017.

One of the truly great talents in modern haute cuisine, Zimmer has won accolades such as Portuguese Chef of the Year 2008, British Chef of the Year 2006, Meilleur Ouvrier de Grande Bretagne 2000, and Ordre Du Merite Agricole, to name a few.

Zimmer, 48, a German national, has wowed diners and culinary judges across Germany, Switzerland, UK, Hong Kong and Portugal in a 30-year career that has seen him cook in some of the best restaurants in the world: Claridges, The Dorchester, and The Ritz in London; The Palasthotel, Berlin; The Grand Hotel Regina, Grindelwald, Switzerland; and The Choupana Hills in Madeira, Portugal.

Chef Eyck Zimmer, Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort

While at the Outrigger, Zimmer will create a special five-course menu on 24 & 25 October at the intimate 16-seat Driftwood Restaurant by the beach. The wine pairing will be presented by guest sommelier LuAndre Volschenk. Zimmer will also prepare a special Halloween dish on 31 October.

At the Outrigger, the multi-award winning chef will also conduct a cooking class on the beach, again with paired wines. Participants will receive an Outrigger chef’s apron, a signed menu and a photograph with Zimmer. The private cooking class costs US$150 per person.

“Eyck’s visit is a wonderful opportunity for guests to make the ultimate pairing of world class beach setting and sumptuous cuisine,” said John Allanson, General Manager of the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort. “It will be a marvellous occasion for our guests. Eyck looks forward to meeting everyone before, during and after the dinners.”

Zimmer was born in Erfurt, Germany in 1969. “In those days of the Cold War, Erfurt was part of East Germany. But I was lucky to grow up in a family where good food was always appreciated. Both my grandmother and my father were keen amateur chefs. Their passion for cooking encouraged me at quite an early age to take it up and experiment with their recipes.”

When the Berlin Wall came down, Zimmer was liberated and quickly moved to learn and then perfect his trade in some of the best restaurants in Europe.

Chef Eyck ZimmerOn arrival in Madeira in 2003, after earning many accolades at the best restaurants in London, Zimmer found inspiration in the Portuguese sun. “I discovered fusion cuisine. A marriage of Portuguese, Asian, French and North African influences allowed me to experiment with all manner of innovative and intriguing dishes.”

“I discovered fusion cuisine. A marriage of Portuguese, Asian, French and North African influences allowed me to experiment with all manner of innovative and intriguing dishes.”

This October, at the culinary crossroads of the Maldives, guests will be able to discover the latest mouth watering inspirations of itinerant chef Eyck Zimmer.

For information and bookings contact Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort directly. Email: [email protected] Tel: +960 684 7770.

Unwind in the Maldives with a Solo Traveller Rejuvenation Package

A 7-night single traveller stay at the Outrigger in Maldives with flights, now only £2785, a 30% saving 

The Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort has teamed up with Barefoot Traveller to offer a 7-night “Solo Traveller Luxury Rejuvenation Package.” The offer has been created for individuals seeking to rejuvenate body and soul in a luxurious, safe and serene setting with crystal clear blue water and soft sandy beaches.

The package includes accommodation in a 211 sqm beach villa with private pool, breakfast and dinner (half board), a range of watersports, free use of hydro pool and steam room, sunrise and sunset daily yoga sessions, free non-motorized water sports such as kayaking, paddle boarding, pedal boat and snorkelling, and a 20% reduction on pre-booked luxury spa sessions.

The 7-night stay at the Outrigger starts from £2785 (down from £3895 – a 30% saving).

The price includes flights from London Heathrow and is valid for travel up to 31 March 2018 (except peak periods), with bookings open until 30 September 2017.

Guests can upgrade their meal plan to full board (three meals a day) for 7 nights for £295, or go all-inclusive (including beverages) for 7 nights from £495 (down from £850).

“Single holidays is one of the fastest growing segments in UK,” says Mark Delpachitra, General Manager of Barefoot Traveller. “Many single holidaymakers are working, widowed or single females. That’s why we have chosen destinations such as the Maldives where you can indulge in well-earned rejuvenation to undo the stresses from your busy work life or challenges at home.”

Full details of The Solo Traveller Luxury Rejuvenation Package are available here. Or call 020 8741 4319. Email: [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.

Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort reveals scintillating new dining options

New menus and a full range of dining experiences at Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort

The Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort has unveiled three scintillating new Asian dining initiatives full of flavour, variety and fun. The sizzling new sensations include an Asian Street Food Market, the Konotta Hot Pot Experience, and the Indian Ocean Thali Taster Meal.

“Variety, informality and authentic flavours are at the heart of our new creations at the Outrigger in Konotta,” says Executive Chef, Chris Long. “Guests can now enjoy a full Asian culinary journey from our island paradise in the Maldives.”

Chris Long, Executive Chef, Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort
Chris Long, Executive Chef, Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort

Outrigger’s Asian Street Food Market has a mostly outdoor set up with Chinese lanterns and live music. The best of Asian street food is present, including Japanese favourites such as Sushi, Nigiri Sushi, Makimono and Maguro Tataki (seared Maldivian tuna with ponzu sauce). There is Teppanyaki (including tenderloin beef) Laksa spicy noodle soup and Pho noodles. And look out for other classics from around Asia such as Stir Fried Chicken with Cashew Nuts (Thailand), Spring Rolls (Vietnam), Nasi Goreng Kambing from Malaysia, and tasty Batagor from Indonesia. The Asian Street Food Market will take place every week from August and throughout the high season. See full menu here.

Outrigger Konotta Maldives ResortThe Konotta Hot Pot Experience takes inspiration from over 1000 years of culinary history and was probably created by the Mongolians. Embraced across Asia and known variously as Huoguo, Shabu-Shabu or Steamboat, the concept is basically a communal hot plate for cooking the meat surrounded by a pot of simmering soup.

“At Konotta, we have taken the best of hot pot culture and designed a hot pot that, we think, suits the palettes of all our guests,” says chef Long.

The Hot Pot Experience is available each day (with 24 hours notice for preparation) and served in the Rotunda.

The Indian Ocean Thali Taster Meal is based on the concept of presenting the six flavours of sweet, salty, bitter, sour, astringent and spicy in a single Thali (tray) of Indian dishes. The flavours come from all corners of the Indian sub-continent and are available each evening in the Blue Salt restaurant.

Outrigger Konotta Maldives ResortThe three culinary innovations at the Outrigger are augmented by a new lunch and dinner menu with the emphasis on organic ingredients and health, a Teppanyaki Dinner Experience prepared by Teppan Chef Endar, and a variety of unique island dining options such as romantic beach tables, sand bank lunches, wedding and vow renewal celebrations.

The chef is particularly proud of the weekly Maldivian Lobster and Angus Beef Sunset Beach BBQ, which is ideal for couples that want a private dining table set up on the beach.

Lobster, Seafood, Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort

Beach dining, Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort
Beach dining, Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort

Further information on dining at the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort is available here.

Outrigger Maldives’ Earth Day 2017 celebration

Earth Day is a set on a date on which events are held worldwide to increase awareness and appreciation of the earth’s natural environment. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and is celebrated in more than 192 countries every year.

More than 1 billion people worldwide participated in green acts around the globe during the Earth every year, sending a powerful message for action on climate change.

Best Dives Maldives and Outrigger Ozone has decided to carry out acts of green thought on 22nd of April:

  • 15:00: Lagoon/reef and beach cleaning will be carried out in our house reef with the collaboration of any volunteer Guests and Outrigger staff to clear the area of floating debris or other trash from the sea bottom. All hard work paid off with fresh coconut. Best Dives Team will provide snorkelling equipment.
  • 16:00: Kids club activity: “Sand sculptures on the beach”.
  • 21:00: Movie “Home” by Yann Arthus-Bertrand at Ozone Lounge.

The key of the “Earth from Above” and of “Home” is to show the beauty of the planet, and thereby to promote love for it (Yann Arthus-Bertrand).

“What do we know about life on Earth? How many species are we aware of? A tenth of them? A hundredth perhaps? What do we know about the bonds that link them?

The Earth is a miracle. Life remains a mystery. Every species has a role to play, every species has its place. None is futile or harmful. They all balance out.

We will switch off for 1-hour non-essential lights, air conditioning units and other equipment. Our guests will be requested to support this act on a voluntary basis from 19:30 till 20:30 on 22 April 2017.

During this hour in the Host area’ playground write with candles:CARING OF OUR HOME-EARTH”.

Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort Announces a Diverse Programme of Easter Family Fun

The resort’s new semi-submarine for underwater viewing and a marine education zone made from recycled materials show the best of the Maldives’ marine environment in the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll

A big choice of activities or relaxation this Easter at the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort
A big choice of activities or relaxation this Easter at the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort

The Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort has announced a thoughtful and varied programme of activities for families looking for a fantastic beach holiday in the tropics this Easter.

The Outrigger in the Maldives has also introduced a new semi-submarine for underwater viewing.

The staff have also created an ‘OZONE’ (Outrigger’s zone) marine education space from recycled materials under supervision of the resort’s full-time marine biologist.

“This Easter the Outrigger is a one-stop retreat for tropical holiday beach relaxation with an optional marine education twist,” says the resort’s General Manager John Allanson.

Here are the details:

An ‘Egg-selent’ Easter Programme

The Outrigger has hatched an egg-selent Easter programme of activities 14-17 April. The activities have been designed to satisfy adults, teens and kids alike.

The resort’s Coral Kids Club will invite youngsters to partake in Easter face painting, egg hunts, egg and spoon races, banana boat rides, Easter egg decoration, and kids’ movies on the beach.

Adults can chill and do sweet nothing or get in the Easter spirit with body and soul activities such as morning meditation or yoga, couples massage workshop, dolphin quest, sunrise or sunset fishing, Asian food festival on the beach, sunset cruises, and marine education talks at the pool bar with the resort’s marine biologist.

Teens may also like activities such as discover scuba diving, beat the management at foosball, try the stand-up board balance challenge, or join water polo with guests and staff.

And there is great food from executive chef Christopher Long and his kitchen, including an Asian food festival on the beach, a surf and turf BBQ and an introduction to Japanese food at Nala Rah with chef Endar.

There’s also a full list of  ‘out of the ordinary stuff’ such as local island excursions, equator cruises, surfing, renewal of vows, a castaway island experience and more.

For a full list of activities click here. For more information or to book contact your tour operator or the resort. Tel: +960 684 7770. Email: [email protected].

See the Underwater World of the Maldives – While Staying Dry

The semi-submersible submarine gets guests up close to the underwater world of the Maldives
The semi-submersible submarine gets guests up close to the underwater world of the Maldives

The Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort has introduced a 14-seat semi-submarine for viewing coral reefs and spotting local marine life such as manta rays, Hawksbill turtles, large shoals of fusiliers and the occasional friendly shark.

The daylight tour explores the beautiful house reef of Konotta. During the night tour fishes camouflage themselves reducing the brightness of their colour, assuming the hues of the barrier reef. With the semi-submarine’s fluo-light guests have the possibility to observe sea creatures usually invisible to the naked eye. Once back to the reef, schools of fish attracted by the night lights will surround the vessel: fusiliers, sometimes sharks or even some squid can be seen.

The semi-submersible submarine interior
The semi-submersible submarine interior

The semi-submarine makes its local excursions at the Outrigger at Konotta every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and costs USD95++ for the day time trip &  USD110++ for the night trip.

Further information: Tel: +960 684 7770. Email: [email protected]

For Guests: A Special Place for Marine Knowledge Created by Staff

The sustainable OZONE Hut – made for presentations and talks on marine life at the OutriggerOutrigger Resorts has a global marine conservation programme called OZONE (Outrigger’s zone). Inspired by the initiative, staff at the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort have created The OZONE Hut, an educational workspace to organise environmental campaigns and give presentations about the importance of preserving the underwater habitat of the Indian Ocean.

The OZONE Hut was built by the resort’s hosts in their spare time using recycled items such as used plywood, dried thatch from palm trees and old glass bottles. There are displays on the wall of different kinds of marine life.

“It’s a home-grown initiative to boost understanding and spread appreciation for the beauty of the underwater world of the Maldives,” says Caterina Fattori, the marine biologist of Best Dives Maldives who is based full-time on the island.

The sustainable OZONE Hut – made for presentations and talks on marine life at the OutriggerThe new OZONE Hut will be used for talks and presentations to guests interested in the marine ecology of the Maldives.  

For further information about the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort tel: +960 684 7770. Email: [email protected] Or click here.

Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort Creates Valentine Romance for Guests

KONOTTA, MALDIVES – The Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort has created a special Valentine’s Day evening dinner event for Romeo and Juliets.

couple2For couples who love ultimate beach romance and the feel of sand between their toes, the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort will arrange a candlelit sunset barbecue for two on the beach.

Culinary highlights include, a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, lemon marinated grilled shrimp, tuna steak, calamari, reef fish in banana leaf, beef sirloin, lamb skewers, a cold salad buffet, and selection of mini desserts and surprise sweet treats from the pastry chef. There will be an accompaniment of rhythmic Boduberu drum music. The special dinner takes place 14 February for US$159 nett (€149/£128) per couple.

There is also one special private beach table BBQ with private chef and waiter, featuring Champagne, canapés, local lobster, beef fillet, desserts and chocolates at US$366 nett (€342/£296) per guest.