Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa welcomes you to a tropical paradise of palm trees, white sandy beaches, sparkling clear, warm water in turquoise lagoons and colourful coral reefs teeming with abundant marine life.
Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, surrounded by a beautiful lagoon, an excellent house reef and long stretches of white, sandy beach, is the only Resort of Vilamendhoo, South Ari Atoll. It is 900 meters long by 250 meters wide, about 55 acres. Seaplane transfer from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport is a scenic, 25 minute flight.
Located in North Huvadhoo, one of the largest natural atolls in the world, this retreat is a haven. With a natural white beach, azure lagoon and a 360° house reef steps away from each villa. Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa is an intimate and tranquil hideaway set on an island of serenity.
Located on the waterfront, the secluded villas are set amongst colorful tropical flora and fauna which is native to the Maldives. Protecting our surrounding natural environment is paramount for us in ensuring we maintain a minimal footprint on this piece of paradise. The resort is committed to the environment. As a result they were the first resort in the Maldives to be officially recognized by EarthCheck.
Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa contains villas with private pools and outdoor rain showers and is designed to captivate. The resort’s exquisite wellness spa is spread along several acres of gardens with a special Yoga Studio. They offer a selection of indulgent treatments and therapies in its five couples treatment villas.
The Dining Room and The Island Grill restaurants both offer authentic and innovative cuisines in a relaxed yet elegant atmosphere. Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa offers its discerning guests a fulfilling experience.
Here you can truly experience pure Maldivian escapism. Being surrounded by turquoise waters and white sand that is sure to sooth and satisfy any discerning world travelers.
Escape to an exotic world of breathtaking possibility, where adventure and relaxation are equally within reach. At Sun Island Resort & Spa – a flowering jewel among Maldives family hotels – every moment is free to shape into your personal version of paradise.
Cruise along the stunning sapphire lagoons by jet ski, canoe, windsurf or catamaran. Explore the spectacular local scenery and unique Maldivian culture with excursions to neighbouring islands. Or, simply let the ocean breeze caress you to sleep as you sway gently in your hammock.
From invigorating activities to precious tranquillity, this Maldives resort will captivate the heart with extraordinary experiences and unforgettable memories.
Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives – All INCLUDED! Stand-alone Beach villas spreading idyllically along a mesmeric two kilometre long turquoise lagoon, showcasing vast living spaces with accentuating Maldivian interiors, offers a hassle-free five star resort experience with a premium All-inclusive holiday plan – Platinum Plus.
Platinum Plus offers a fine collection of premium wines & spirits, a combination of buffet, fine dining & theme night dining options, clubbed with an array of activities ranging from excursions, sunset fishing, snorkelling & non-motorized water sports!
Veli Spa at Kurumba Maldives is delighted to announce the introduction of the new ‘Raalhu Outdoor Treatments’ (raalhu meaning wave in the local language Dhivehi).
An Oasis of calm, the new invigorating spa treatments will take place in an open air dedicated gazebo, located in the quiet western side of the paradise island, perfect for enchanting sunsets.
The treatments available at Raalhu include full Body Massages, Scrubs and Massages, Foot Treatments and our destination spa journey Spa under the Stars.
The scrubs are particularly unique as guests can take a refreshing dip in the beautiful turquoise sea at Kurumba after a gentle sand and coconut scrub treatment.
The coconut oil used at Veli Spa is 100% organic and pure. It is produced within the island, as part of our Corporate Social responsibility – CSR – program for sustainable tourism.
Aishath Zulfishan “Xubba”, Veli Spa Manager commented: “our team is always seeking to offer its guests inspiring and diverse activities, with a choice of enriching experiences that allow a renewed appreciation of life. Our guests are unique and special. This is their Maldivian journey and it is complete by having a magical treatment surrounded by clear blue skies, the sound of the ocean and white sand beneath their feet.”
Enjoy new adventures at Kurumba’s Veli Spa with the new Raalhu Outdoor Treatments and escape the everyday life.
Take a scenic 20-minutes Domestic flight from Male International Airport to the beautiful island of KIHAA Maldives. This heavenly coral island is nestled in the heart of Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Which is also home to the world famous Marine Protected Area of Hanifaru Bay.
Surrounded by a magnificent house reef, experience the magical underwater world like no other. Swim with the majestic whale sharks. Dance along with the manta rays. Revel in the wonders of the Maldivian waters. Your adventure begins here.
The island of KIHAA features 124 villas and suites – all offering picturesque views of the ocean. From Water Villas to Beach Suites, staying at KIHAA ensures privacy and comfort. A home away from home.
Sample the selection of wines by the glass or bottle from all over the world at the exclusive “Wine Lounge”. Try out exquisite cuisines from the buffet at “Malaafaiy” or the A-la-carte menu from “Sangu”. Enjoy the tropical vibes at “Undhoali” as you sip on a cocktail.
Take a break and delight yourself in a spa treatment at the overwater KIHAA Spa. Providing a range of exotic therapies and massages, you are ensured an award-winning relaxation treatment. The ideal choice for a romantic spa break and luxury.
On Saturday June 13th Children’s Day 2015 by welcoming 27 Maldivian children, aged between 2 and 15, from the orphanage “Kudakudhinge Hiyaa”, on Villingili Island, to enjoy an exciting afternoon of fun filled activities at the resort. This is the third year running that Kurumba has celebrated International Children’s Day along with the children of Kudakudhinge Hiyaa. After a thrilling speedboat ride from Villingili island to Kurumba, the children delighted in spotting fish and baby sharks along the jetty of the resort. Then at the Majaa Recreation Center the children enjoyed a delicious buffet and sweet treats laid on by Kurumba’s team of chefs. This was then followed by team games accompanied by Kurumba’s mascots and a piñata, culminating in the distribution of candy and a goody bag for every child. Mohamed Najmee, Operations Manager of Kurumba Maldives stated: “This year we unfortunately had to postpone the occasion due to the weather conditions, however the team was fully committed to carry out this event for the enjoyment of the children. We at Kurumba endeavor to support our local community through events and projects like this.” The Kudakudhinge Hiyaa orphanage, on Villingili Island houses children between the ages of 6 months and 24 years old. This self-supporting charity requires help from the local community and travel industry in order to continue to provide a homely, safe, caring and educational environment for these children. Kurumba Maldives has an ongoing commitment to Kudakudhinge Hiyaa and over the past 2 years has provided numerous improvements to the orphanage’s residential areas. These include upgrades to the kitchen, laundry, play areas, CCTV and installing new computers, along with providing ongoing consumables such as linen, cleaning equipment, toys and complimentary repairs and maintenance.
Anantara and Naladhu Maldives are welcomes back Two-Star Michelin Chef Heiko Nieder to their kitchen for a two-night guest chef appearance in the first week of August 2015. Delighting epicurean travellers staying at Naladhu, Anantara Dhigu and Anantara Veli Resort & Spa in South Malé Atoll, Chef Heiko will create an exquisite nine-course tasting menu, served exclusively at The Living Room in Naladhu for two evenings.
The driving force since 2008 at The Restaurant in The Dolder Grand, Zurich, Chef Heiko is renowned for his fresh and innovative gourmet cuisine, and was awarded two Michelin stars in 2011. Further accolades include the Gault Millau since 2012 and for Chef Heiko personally in 2014 he was awarded the titles of “Best German Chef abroad” by Gault Millau Germany and “Le Grand Chef du Guide Bleu” by Guide Bleu 2014/15 for his culinary creations.
After training at the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten (Hamburg ) Heiko Nieder went to Le Canard Josef Viehhauser in Hamburg in 1994, and in 1995 to the Zur Traube for Dieter L. Kaufmann, Grevenbroich. In 1997 he joined Vau in Berlin. In 2002, he came as a chef in the l’ Orquivit in Bonn, where he was awarded the Michelin Guide of 2005 with his first Michelin star.
“Having watched documentaries on Chef Heiko and after the distinct pleasure of his first guest dinner with us in March this year, I admire his dedication to perfection, being under pressure every day to deliver a two-star Michelin experience,” compliments Torsten Richter, Cluster General Manager of Naladhu and Anantara Resorts in South Malé Atoll. “Chef Heiko has a contemporary plating style, which is in keeping with the elegant surrounds of The Living Room and timeless nature of Naladhu. It is an honour for us that Chef Heiko will be returning for special appearance, cooking solely for just 16 guests each night. It will be truly a memorable event, and one which places the Maldives high on the international map for culinary excellence.”
Q&A with Two-Star Michelin Chef Heiko Nieder
When did you know you wanted to be a chef?
My grandmother was a cook and she cooked wonderfully. As a child I would try to imitate her dishes, but I never actually wanted to become a cook myself. There was a risk of becoming thick…then while still at school I did the usual practical placement, working in the office for an import-export company. I quickly realized that I never wanted to work in an office, but the company was trading tea and vanilla, and those were the things that fascinated me. Shortly afterwards I helped a neighbour, who was a trained chef, to create a buffet. The work with food was so much fun and tasted so delicious…that’s when my decision was clear to become a Chef.
Name some inspirational mentors in your career and why?
All my kitchen chefs have taught me so many things, and each of them has made an impression on me in one way or another. And from there, you find your own way…but every good cook who has his own style has inspired and motivated me!
How do you describe your signature cooking style?
Light, modern cuisine with an extraordinary combination of flavours!
With two Michelin stars and “Germany’s Best Expatriate Chef” to your name, where does your creative inspiration come from?
I never want to be bored in my place of work. And in that quest, I would like our guests to have some participation. The search and discovery of new creations and combinations using the best ingredients is always exciting, but it should never be experimental just for the sake of showing off. The result should always be as if the unusual finds a natural yet surprising harmony together.
What was most surprising about your first visit to Anantara in the Maldives in March this year?
The knowledge, the enjoyment at the workplace, the quality of food and the work ethic of the whole kitchen team, from the Chef to the youngest member of the team, I was quite honestly extremely positively surprised. It was so much fun!
Is there a Maldivian ingredient or dish that has since then provided inspiration for your dishes?
There is a dish with smoked fish, coconut and a few other ingredients. It was a joy to eat and it stimulated my own ideas for a few new creations too. Which destinations have surprised you most as foodie hotspots? I find that in every country, every region has something for me to get excited about. There are great dishes to discover everywhere, you just have to find them, and when I do, I am the happiest person in the world!
Do you prefer to pair wine with food, or food with wine?
I prefer to have the dish first and then seek a wine to pair it with. But that’s because we do it that way here on a daily basis. The guests choose first the food and then the wine. The other way around is also fun though, and I do that more at home or for special guests.
What can guests at Anantara in the Maldives expect from your forthcoming visit?
An evening that will make your holiday, in addition to the great location…the islands, the resort, the amazing personnel, the Maldives alone….even more special and memorable!
Only 16 seats are available for this special event, so hurry up and reserve at [email protected]
Slated to open on 1 November 2016, The St. Regis Vommuli Resort Will Introduce a New Level of Bespoke Luxury in the Heart of the Maldives Archipelago
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. today announced the signing of an agreement with Residency Resorts Malé Private Limited, part of the Chennai-based leading property developer, Appaswamy Group, to debut the renowned St. Regis brand in the Maldives. Set to open in 2016, The St. Regis Vommuli Resort, Maldives will bring the brand’s hallmark luxury services to one of the world’s most magnificent destinations, ideally situated on the private Vommuli Island in the Dhaalu Atoll.
“We are pleased to partner with Starwood to bring this hotel to life: marrying the bespoke service of the St. Regis brand with the ‘barefoot luxury’ mentality of the Maldives,” said Ravi Appasamy Managing Director of Residency Resorts Male Private Limited. “The brand’s allure, coupled with Starwood’s powerful loyalty program, is sure to entice affluent travelers to visit this enchanting destination.”
“Celebrated as one of the world’s best addresses, the Maldives is a befitting destination to introduce the St. Regis brand to a discerning set of global guests,” said Jim Petrus, Global Brand Leader, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. “This incredible addition to the St. Regis portfolio has been conceived in perfect harmony with the island’s lush vegetation and pristine lagoon.”
A 40-minute seaplane ride southwest from the Republic’s capital city Malé, The St. Regis Vommuli Resort will be located on a private atoll spanning more than 20 acres, surrounded by unspoiled beaches and a secluded lagoon with sparkling turquoise waters. The resort will feature 77 luxuriously appointed private villas, all with a distinct contemporary design scheme inspired by the island’s natural materials and color palette. Guests will have access to a tranquil spa with six private treatment rooms; an infinity swimming pool; state of the art fitness center and yoga space; as well as a dive and activity center. With an all-day dining restaurant, three specialty restaurants and a signature bar, The St. Regis Vommuli Resort will also offer guests rich culinary experiences including the legendary Bloody Mary cocktail, which was first created at the flagship St. Regis New York hotel in the 1930s and is served at each of the brand’s 34 hotels and resorts around the world.
“This signing further fuels Starwood’s strong growth momentum in South Asia, where we continue to see strong demand for high-end hotel accommodations,” added Sudeep Jain, Vice President Acquisitions and Development, South Asia, Starwood Hotels and Resorts. “The upcoming arrival of the St. Regis brand in the Maldives underpins our commitment to Starwood’s luxury portfolio in this dynamic market.”
This announcement follows on the heels of the recent signing of The St. Regis Mumbai, which is scheduled to open before the end of the year. The St. Regis Vommuli Resort will further strengthen Starwood’s fast-growing portfolio in South Asia, where the company currently operates 48 hotels with an additional 48 hotels in the pipeline, including W Goa Retreat & Spa and Le Méridien Nagpur in India; Le Méridien Paro, in Bhutan; Le Méridien and Sheraton in Dhaka, Bangladesh and Sheraton in Colombo, Sri Lanka, all due to open in the region within the next two years.
The St. Regis Vommuli Resort joins Starwood’s dynamic local portfolio that includes W Retreat & Spa – Maldives and Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa.
J Resort Alidhoo offers a window into the Maldivian culture. Giving an enhance holiday experience not just in terms of facilities and luxury but also in terms of connecting guests to an important part of Maldivian culture and heritage.