Coral Regeneration Initiative Underway at Outrigger Resort in Maldives

GAAFU DHAALU ATOLL, THE MALDIVES – Guests of the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort recently joined the Best Dives Konotta marine biologist and staff to relaunch a coral regeneration project. The previous initiative, launched in December 2015, was doing well until the El Nino effect in April raised water temperatures and negatively impacted the new growths.

Marine biologist Caterina Fattori gave a presentation on global warming and its impact on coral in the Maldives on 19 August to European and Chinese guests (with live translations) from Chinese speaking dive instructor ‘Vincent’ Gao Yang.

The next day guests joined Ms Fattori to connect living coral fragments that had been displaced by waves to coconut ropes. They were attached on laces then to metal frames in two areas at about 7 metres and 13 metres depth, while the round concrete bases were placed in the sandy sea floor at about 7 metres depth.

 Additional follow up restoration work will take place on 26 and 27 August, also with guest participation.

 The coral restoration project initiated by Best Dives Konotta is part of the Outrigger OZONE (Outrigger’s Zone) global marine conservation program.

 Some images from the marine ecology presentation and coral restoration events of 19 and 20 August at the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort follow:

Best Dives Maldives operational manager in Konotta, Marta Giannini, attaches the coral necklaces to secured frames to encourage new coral growth
Best Dives Maldives operational manager in Konotta, Marta Giannini, attaches the coral necklaces to secured frames to encourage new coral growth
Guests preparing the coral necklaces supervised by Ms Fattori
Guests preparing the coral necklaces supervised by Ms Fattori
Guests preparing the ‘coral necklaces’ to attach to the frames
Guests preparing the ‘coral necklaces’ to attach to the frames
Training the guests before lacing the corals to coconut strings
Training the guests before lacing the corals to coconut strings
Marine biologist Caterina Fattori (right) explains coral reef ecology to Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort guests on 19 August
Marine biologist Caterina Fattori (right) explains coral reef ecology to Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort guests on 19 August
Marine biologist Ms Fattori sinks some concrete bases with encrusting fragments.
Marine biologist Ms Fattori sinks some concrete bases with encrusting fragments.

Outrigger Appoints John Allanson as General Manager in Maldives

PHUKET, THAILAND – Outrigger Enterprises Group has appointed John Allanson as the General Manager of the award-winning Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort, an exclusive sanctuary of over-water bungalows and exquisite villas located within the crystal waters of Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll. He will commence his position immediately and will report to Paul Richardson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in Outrigger’s corporate office in Hawaii.

John AllansonAllanson, a UK national, brings to Outrigger 30 years’ experience in hotel and resort management in the Maldives, Vietnam and the UK. Before joining Outrigger, he was the General Manager of the Six Senses Con Dao Resort and Spa, a five-star property on Con Dao Island, Vietnam.

Allanson also spent two years as Resort Manager in the Maldives at the Six Senses Laamu Resort and Spa, a property with 97 villas. For much of his career, Allanson has been a general manager, or in senior management positions, including food and beverage, and in various high-end UK country hotels, many of them with a spa facility.

The new Outrigger general manager has a Diploma in Management Studies and earned a scholarship to the General Managers’ Program at Cornell University. He is also a graduate of the International Management Association and a member of the Hotel and Catering International Management Association.

“John’s leadership in hotel and resort operations in Asia and UK will help Outrigger take our acclaimed hotel operations in the Maldives from good to great,” said Mr Richardson.

The Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort opened in August 2015 and offers guests a complete sense of privacy and intimate luxury. Boasting the largest average villa sizes in the Maldives, the resort features 53 spacious villas, each with a private swimming pool. The inspirational three-bedroom Grand Konotta Villa offers an enchanting oasis with floor-to-ceiling windows, an expansive sun deck and breath-taking infinity pool overlooking the pristine turquoise ocean.

The property is renowned for its innovative Maldivian cuisine, the rejuvenating Navasana Spa, ocean adventures and uncompromising Outrigger hospitality – including Outrigger Signature Experiences throughout.

In between hoteling and family duties – Allanson has two daughters and a son – Outrigger’s new general manager tries to find time for golf, diving and photography and watching his favorite soccer club, Liverpool FC on TV. He is also a cricket fan and one day hopes one day to watch England on an entire tour of Australia.

Outrigger in the Maldives Celebrates 1st Anniversary with Travel Industry and Guests

KONOTTA, MALDIVES – The Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort celebrated its 1st anniversary July 30-August 1 by inviting travel industry professionals to the resort for the weekend.

As part of the celebrations, travel agents spent time on a site inspection, dolphin spotting, relaxing in the Navasana Spa hydro pool, enjoying complimentary non-motorised water sports and dining.

Hotel guests then joined the travel industry guests for a management cocktail by the main pool followed by a Maldivian night with barbecue dinner on the beach and Bodu Beru dances and music.

Resort Manager Elza Artiaga shared a thank you message that was posted live on Facebook during the reception.

To celebrate its 1st anniversary, the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort has launched a special half board package that guarantees up to 40% discount as part of its limited-period celebrations. Special anniversary prices start from *USD619++ and can be booked until 30 September 2016 and are valid for stays up to 30 April 2017.

The deluxe 53-key resort has the largest average villa sizes in the Maldives.

The Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort won “Luxury Contemporary Resort of the Year,” in the Luxury Travel Guide Global Awards 2015.

ABOUT THE OUTRIGGER KONOTTA MALDIVES RESORT

The award winning Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort offers guests the largest average villa sizes in the Maldives. Comprising 29 Beach Pool Villas, 21 Ocean Pool Villas, two Lagoon Pool Villas and a Presidential Villa, the resort offers a complete sense of privacy and intimate luxury. Captivate your senses with innovative dining concepts, the Navasana Spa, and high-end facilities. In between your diving lesson and massage, indulge in sumptuous Maldivian cuisine or a glass of white Burgundy in one of our restaurants or the comfort of your villa. As the sun sets, sample Japanese single malts at our Teppan bar while drinking in endless ocean views. Visit outriggermaldives.com

The private island of Konotta is located 211 miles (340 kilometers) to the south of Malé and conveniently accessible via a 55-minute flight from Malé to Kaadedhdhoo Airport followed by a scenic 30-minute journey on a luxurious private speedboat.

Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort Announces Special 1st Anniversary Offer

KONOTTA, MALDIVES – The Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort is offering a special half board package that guarantees up to 40% discount as part of its limited-period 1st anniversary celebrations.

Outrigger anniversary2Special anniversary prices start from *USD619++ and can be booked until 30 September 2016, but are valid for stays up to 30 April 2017. The deluxe 53-key resort opened on 1 August 2015 and has the largest average villa sizes in the Maldives

To enhance family bookings during school holidays, kids below 12 are entitled to stay on complimentary basis and join the parents’ meal plan. Kids can participate in the Coral Kids activities and learn how to make pizza or cookies, do facial paintings with nail art and henna tattoos for little girls.

For children up to two years old, a babysitting service is available for free for up to two hours once during the stay – just the right time for parents to enjoy a sunset cruise or go for a relaxing massage at the Navasana Spa, where all massages are subject to a 20% discount if booked in advance along with the 1st anniversary offer.

Outrigger anniversary1On the activities side, guests can paddle around the lagoon with a stand-up paddle board, enjoy watching coral life from a glass bottom kayak, or go on a snorkelling trip with the full-time marine biologist who also gives educational talks on request.

If you are an experienced windsurfer, enjoy chasing the waves or cruise around on a catamaran. Kite surfing is also possible and is among the non-motorized water sports available at no charge.

To book the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort 1st anniversary offer before 30 September, call +960 684 7770, visit your travel agent and quote “First Anniversary Offer” or visit //www.outrigger.com/specials/mok/1st-anniversary-special

ABOUT THE OUTRIGGER KONOTTA MALDIVES RESORT
The award winning Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort offers guests the largest average villa sizes in the Maldives. Comprising 29 Beach Pool Villas, 21 Ocean Pool Villas, two Lagoon Pool Villas and a Presidential Villa, the resort offers a complete sense of privacy and intimate luxury. Captivate your senses with innovative dining concepts, the Navasana Spa, and high-end facilities. In between your diving lesson and massage, indulge in sumptuous Maldivian cuisine or a glass of white Burgundy in one of our restaurants or the comfort of your villa. As the sun sets, sample Japanese single malts at our Teppan bar while drinking in endless ocean views. The private island of Konotta is located 211 miles (340 kilometers) to the south of Malé and conveniently accessible via a 55-minute flight from Malé to Kaadedhdhoo Airport followed by a scenic 30-minute journey on a luxurious private speedboat. Visit outriggermaldives.com.

The first visitor to the Maldives in 2016 wins an all-inclusive one-week holiday at Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort

The first visitor to the Maldives in 2016 has won a fully-inclusive one-week holiday at the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort. Ms Kate Holmes, a UK national, entered the Maldives at Malé airport customs and immigration point at 6.50am on 1 January on an Oman Air flight from Muscat.

Ms Holmes was taking a trip to Hulhumale with a friend to visit various islands. When she returns in September she will stay at the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort, which won “Luxury Contemporary Resort of the Year” in the Luxury Travel Guide Awards in November 2015.

Ms Holmes was greeted by officials of the Ministry of Tourism and a boduberu drum welcome accompanied by Maldivian dancers. Ms Silvia Collepardi, the Director of Sales & Marketing at the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort, was also there to welcome Ms Holmes.

The prize was created in a joint effort by Maldivian tourism authorities and Outrigger to honour Visit Maldives Year 2016, which is now underway.

By coincidence, 2016 is also the 50th anniversary of independence for the Maldives and the 50th overseas trip taken by Ms Holmes, who said she was very surprised and delighted by the prize.

The award-winning 53-villa Outrigger opened in August 2015 and has the largest average villa sizes in the Maldives.

For queries about the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort, email: [email protected] Visit Outrigger Maldives. Tel: +960 684 7771.

Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort reveals its Grand Konotta Villa

Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort this week revealed its 600 square meter (6,400 sqft) Grand Konotta Villa, a stunning and inspirational three-bedroom over-water retreat suitable for travelers seeking the ultimate in memorable holiday locations for special occasions or sheer relaxation.

The Grand Konotta Villa is part of the award-winning Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort, which opened in August. The Villa is almost a resort within a resort. Guests can arrive by luxury speed boat at the Villa’s own private launch. Jet skis, speed boats, motorized and non-motorized water sport vessels can all be accessed straight from the villa’s private access steps.

Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort
Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort

Sleeping arrangements comprise a 65 sqm (700 sq ft) master bedroom with en suite five-fixture bathroom and a 24 sqm (258 sq ft) balcony with 180-degree ocean views. There are also two 56 sqm (602 sq ft) guest bedrooms and panoramic sunset views. All rooms feature natural stone finishes and walk-in cupboards.

The Villa has been designed for private dining and entertainment parties. It has a large kitchen and pantry, 24-hr butler service, and Outrigger chefs available to cook on demand. A huge 125 sqm (1,345 sq ft) sun deck features a 30 sqm (322 sq ft) pool.

Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort
Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort

Indoors, the two-story Villa reflects ocean colors with nautically themed art and decorative pieces, natural stone finishes, polished timber floors, clean white walls and a two-story void entry space with vertical circulation.

“Our beautiful Grand Konotta Villa with its inspirational seascapes helps our guests live their Maldivian holiday dream to the full,” says General Manager, Pascal Billon. “The Villa is the ultimate relaxing experience with a uniquely Maldivian sense of place.”

Although only officially available since 14 December, the Outrigger Konotta Villa has already been fully booked for 21 days from 19 December to 9 January 2016.

Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort
Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort

Early in the New Year Outrigger Resorts will announce a range of signature villa and suites across all its iconic beachfront properties from the Indian Ocean through Asia to the Pacific.

For queries about the Grand Konotta Villa email: [email protected] Tel: +960 684 7771

Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort Announces Wedding, Honeymoon and Romance Packages

The Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort, which opened 1 August, has announced wedding, honeymoon, and romance packages to match the splendour of the resort’s romantic setting in the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll in the south of the Maldives.

Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort

For couples about to be married, a Deluxe Wedding Package at US$3200 (net), includes a six-course dinner with champagne, in-villa breakfast the morning after the wedding, a Navasana Spa treatment for couples and romantic turndown service. A US$2500 package is also available.

All weddings on the romantic coral-fringed island include a dedicated wedding coordinator, MC or priest, exclusive wedding venue, a ring and vow exchange ceremony, and a guarantee that no other wedding will be taking place on the island that day.

Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort

In addition, all wedding couples will receive guaranteed early check-in, late check-out, a wedding cake, a palm arch or white-draped pavilion, a bottle of champagne, local Maldivian musician performance, and a symbolic wedding certificate*.

Honeymoon and anniversary couples have a choice of two value-added packages.

The Romancing Package (US$1430 net per couple) includes a bottle of sparkling wine, one in-villa breakfast, a candle-lit dinner on the beach, an in-villa Navasana Sweet Dream (30-minute bath and 60-minute body massage), a 60-minute body scrub or body wrap, a 60-minute facial treatment or 60-minute after-sun soother, plus 15% off a la carte spa treatments.

A Pampering Package (US$940 per couple) includes a bottle of sparking wine, an in-villa dinner, a bath ritual decoration with candles and rose petals, romantic bed decoration, a 60-minute aromatic massage and a 120-minute romantic spa ritual comprising 90 minutes of aromatic massage and 30 minutes floral milky bath.

Double Beach Pool Villa Exterior, Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort
Two Bedroom Beach Pool Villas, Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort

“The Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort is made for romance,” says the resort’s General Manager, Mr Pascal Billon. “Whether on the beach or over the water, all of our magnificently spacious villas have private pools. Couples can also take a speedboat to a choice of remote private islands for the ultimate romantic experience.”

Further information: [email protected] Tel: +960 684 7771.

* The wedding ceremony is symbolic and not legally recognised.

Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort Now Open

The spectacularly spacious Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort opened its doors and welcomed its first guests on August 1st.

The first guests, a family from Dubai, arrived after a 30-minute luxury speedboat transfer from Kaadedhdhoo Airport in the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll in the south of the Maldives.

Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort's first guests
First guests arrive and cut the ribbon to the sound of Maldivian drums, Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort

The guests were welcomed ashore at the resort’s jetty by Darren Edmonstone the Outrigger Managing Director for Asia Pacific and the resort’s General Manager, Pascal Billon.

After a traditional Maldivian welcome ceremony with drums and dancing, the father of the family cut the ribbon to open a new chapter in Outrigger Resorts’ expansion, which has seen the company open premier-class beachfront properties in Mauritius, Phuket and Fiji, as well as the Maldives, in the last three years.

Aerial, Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort
Aerial, Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort

“Outrigger hosts and supporting contractors in the Maldives have done a terrific job in the run up to our opening today,” said Mr Edmonstone. “I’m confident our large and wonderfully well appointed Beach and Ocean Pool Villas will become a major talking point in the Maldivian tourism scene.”

The 53 key all-villa property comprises 24 Beach Pool Villas (211 sqm), seven Two-Bedroom Pool Villas (282 sqm), 21 Ocean Pool Villas (225 sqm), and the Presidential Villa (600 sqm).

The turquoise waters off the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort feature a well-formed reef with abundant coral diversity and a great variety of marine life including turtles and eagle rays and regular sightings of dolphins.

On day two of opening, the Outrigger welcomed guests from China, Korea and the USA.

Double Beach Pool Villa Exterior, Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort
Two Bedroom Beach Pool Villas, Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort

“We have very special dining, water sports and excursion options ready for all our guests, no matter where they come from,” said Mr Billon. “The Outrigger on Konotta Island is shaping up to be a perfect holiday destination for a wide variety of international guests who are seeking an iconic Maldives holiday.”

Special limited period opening rates for the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort are available on outriggermaldives.com for stays up to October 31, 2015. Or Email: [email protected] Tel: +960 684 7771

Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort

Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort is a premier beachfront resort on Konotta Island in the Maldives.

Resting within the crystal waters of Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort offers you complete privacy and intimate luxury. In this sanctuary of exquisite overwater bungalows, innovative Maldivian cuisine, rejuvenating Navasana Spa, reef adventure and stunning sea life, you’re showered with uncompromising Outrigger konotta maldives hospitality. 21 Beach Pool Villas, 8 two-bedroom Beach Pool Villas, 21 Ocean Pool Villas, 2 Lagoon Pool Villas and the Grand Konotta Villa make this Maldives resort a one-of-a-kind destination for seclusion, romance, family holidays, and complete relaxation.