Festive Celebrations at Kurumba Maldives 2016 – 2017

Kurumba Maldives is ready to celebrate Christmas and New Year, paradise style! With a series of gastronomic experiences, presented by our Executive Chef Glen Cooper and his culinary team, guests can enjoy a varied selection of delicacies and classy, cosmopolitan events.

The festive events include unique activities such as wine tastings set in the sparkling blue lagoon, cocktail mixology classes and cooking demonstrations. For kids, a fashion show, a gingerbread competition and a visit from Santa himself along with many other activities will keep them entertained throughout this special period.

On Christmas Eve, dinner in Thila will showcase an exciting and vibrant buffet complete with live cooking stations, followed by entertainment at Kandu Bar, which is not to be missed!

Festive season, Kurumba Maldives
Kurumba Maldives

On Christmas Day, our team will perform the classic Christmas Carols at Kandu Bar – an annual tradition – and for the children, a kids party will be organized at the poolside to meet the one and only: Santa.

Festive season, Kurumba Maldives
Kurumba Maldives

On Boxing Day (26th December) a special barbecue will be organized by the poolside for a more informal treat.

Festive season, Kurumba Maldives
Kurumba Maldives

On New Year’s Eve, the theme “White Party” will take center stage; glamorously dressed guests will walk down the red carpet, starting the celebrations with bubbles. A comprehensive and lavish buffet will be served in Thila. Entertainment during dinner and a few surprise performances will culminate with a fabulous awards ceremony, especially for guests, including categories such as “Best Dressed”, as well as a raffle draw. The party will move into Kandu Bar as the night progresses, with songs from one of the most popular live bands in the Maldives and a mixture of classics and best tunes from our resident DJ.

Festive season, Kurumba Maldives
Festive season, Kurumba Maldives

Welcome 2017 with a complimentary New Year’s Day recovery brunch served from 8.00am until 2.30pm.

Orthodox Christmas dinner will take place on 6th January, served in Thila with a focus on fresh seafood followed by entertainment in Kandu Bar with a live band.

Kurumba Maldives is celebrating the success of 2016 and will bring in 2017 in their own exceptional style.

Festive season, Kurumba Maldives
Festive season, Kurumba Maldives

For further information, please check:
//www.kurumba.com/festive-season-2016

Or email us directly at [email protected]

Style of the South at Canareef

People in the Maldives’ southern atolls have always liked to do things a their own way. They talk a little differently, they’re fiercely proud of their islands and they have a strong independent streak.

At Canareef resort, perched below the equator on the most south-easterly point of the archipelago, things are no different. Their refreshing take on the Maldives’ experience encourages you to embrace the sun the sand and the South.

Stretching down the eastern side of the heart-shaped Addu atoll, Canareef suns itself on the island of Herathera – the longest resort island in the country. Between the hydroponics garden in the north and the snorkelling point on the south, lies 4.5km of beaches, lakes and water villas amid unspoiled tropical greenery.

Addu Lagoon (Photography: Naj)

Around 200 metres at its widest point, the west of the island gazes out across the spearmint lagoon to the atoll capital, Hithadhoo. On the east, a series of lakes – known locally as kilhi and found only on a few larger islands – provide an area of serenity between you, 2000 miles of ocean and Sumatra.

Similarly, due south from Canareef lies nothing but open seas and perhaps the odd top-secret research facility before reaching Antarctica (sea-lions and shivering scientists wish they were in your kind of south).

Kilhi (Photography: Naj)

Dhoni Bar

Canareef is one of the Maldives’ larger resorts, with 271 villas still leaving plenty of room for three restaurants, a fitness centre, watersports centre, spa, and miles of sandy lanes on which to pedal along on bicycles provided for every room.

The resort’s grand scale is most notable in the main ‘Dhoni bar’, which can only be described as a beach ballroom. Shaped like an upturned boat, the enormous hall combines day-beds, cocktails, board games, ping-pong and pool, all on top of soft white sand. Outside, the second largest pool in the Maldives makes this the perfect place to idle while the sun sets over Hithadhoo.

Dhoni Bar Pool (Photography: Naj)

Elsewhere, the nearby ‘Kilhi’ restaurant offers sea-level dining in its private bunkers looking out over the Laccadive Sea, while Meeraa restaurant further along the island offers views over the lagoon and Asian cuisine by the pool. 

Canareef’s beach villas are divided into three types for those who like the sunset, the sunrise, or those who prefer the night sky from their private jacuzzi. The wooden bungalows offer bright interiors opening out onto even brighter exteriors, where comfy loungers blend into sand and southern sea.

Photography: Naj
Sunset Villa (Photography: Naj)

In addition to its size and scenery, another unusual element of Canareef is its connection to the neighbouring island of Hulhu-meedhoo. Separated by only a narrow channel to the north, the morning commute of many of the island’s staff across a small footbridge, is unique in a nation of isolated islands.

Guests can head in the opposite direction, with local island tours allowing them to visit some of the Maldives’ most important historical sights – in particular, the beautiful Koagannu cemetery, the oldest in the country.

For those seeking more adventures in the southernmost atoll, trips across the lagoon will take you from the former British air base in Gan to the precious Koattey mangrove area in Hithadhoo via the Addu link road – one of the longest in the Maldives.

addu-live

Your visit to the atoll wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the other south, the one beneath the waves that is. Addu is home to a number of world class dive sites, with 25 to choose from, including wrecks left behind by the British, year-round manta sightings and vibrant coral patches. Canareef’s PADI-trained guides can show you the way around the south of the south.

The opportunity to experience the southern side of life in the Maldives is not to be missed, and Canareef offers its guests a unique tropical island as well as a doorway to the treasures of Addu; it’s too good to refuse.

New after dark experiences at The Residence Maldives

What happens in the Maldives after the sun disappears below the horizon, and darkness falls over the white sand beaches and brilliant turquoise Indian Ocean? The Residence Maldives, set on the unspoilt southern island of Falhumaafushi, is inviting guests to experience the Maldives like never before, exploring with new ‘Maldives After Dark’ stays. Guests at The Residence Maldives can now snorkel and dive by night with bio-fluorescence lights, send salutations to the moon during full moon yoga classes and watch the ocean come to life – while staying dry – with sunset stand up paddleboarding excursions.

The Residence Maldives
The Residence Maldives

Night Diving and Snorkelling – Snorkelling and diving by night gives a completely new perspective on the ocean as the Maldivian corals come alive with different aquatic life and fauna after dark. Guests can experience the magic of phosphorescent plankton lighting up the ocean as they swim, while marine life emerges from to explore the water. Using torchlights to observe the nocturnal behaviours of marine creatures will help to expose the full spectrum of colour of life underwater during this new diving experience.  

Diving, The Residence Maldives
Diving, The Residence Maldives

Full Moon Yoga – Guests can now perform their best Moon Salutations during a unique yoga class under the glow of the full moon and twinkling stars. Taking place at each full moon, qualified instructors will help guests find their balance beneath the moonlight and recharge their mind and body. Alongside building strength and improving upon endurance, the calming light of the moon illuminating the sky is said to allow for a deeper level of focus, allowing creative energy to flow while connecting the mind and body with a sequence of yoga poses. Easily adaptable for all levels, full moon yoga is perfect for beginners and seasoned yogis alike.

Yoga, The Residence Maldives
Yoga, The Residence Maldives

Sunset Paddle Boarding – experience the serenity of being on the water as the sun sets, in a calming stand-up paddle session in the most beautiful environment. As the sun goes down, guests can watch the waters light up with a view of marine life like never before. The SUP guided tour is perfect for relaxing after a long day and a special way to interact with the marine life in the Maldives. As phosphorescent plankton illuminate the water, guests can enjoy some of the best views of the island while gliding across the surface towards the setting sun.  

Paddleboarding, The Residence Maldives
Paddleboarding, The Residence Maldives

The Residence Maldives lies on the unspoilt southern island of Falhumaafushi in the Gaafu Alifu atoll, part of one of the largest and deepest atolls in The Maldives, Huvadhoo. The 94 beach-front and overwater villa resort is an intimate retreat just 20 kilometres north of the Equator, renowned for its unrivalled diving and ocean-based activities.  

New Kandima Maldives, opening February 2017

A new game-changing destination & lifestyle resort opening February 2017
Under new hospitality development company, Pulse Hotels & Resorts

Forget normal, the mundane. Out with the everyday, the expected. Kandima Maldives, opening in February 2017 is anything but ordinary – it is smart, playful and responsible.

Located on a lush tropical island in the Dhaalu Atoll, Kandima Maldives is just a 30-minute flight from Male International Airport, followed by a 20-minute boat ride to this seriously stylish island.

Kandima will offer guests the opportunity to experience the NEW Maldives in an exciting way. This new game-changing lifestyle resort will embody all the positive values of the Maldives, whilst adding its own innovative, vibrant and playful style.

This 3 km long island will be the first lifestyle resort in the country. More than just another beach holiday, it is an experience, offering timeout for adults and plenty of fun for children, not to mention island-living at its best, year round sunshine, water sports, top activities and a safe environment.

Kandima Maldives is perfect for those searching for quality, value and a contemporary and intelligent holiday experience. The goal is to help guests get the most out of their holiday, by making each stay unique, enjoyable and memorable. Kandima Maldives’ promise is that all guests will leave feeling energised, relaxed, inspired and above all, happy. What else makes Kandima Maldives different? Well everyone is welcome for a start. This lifestyle resort caters for guests of all ages; families, couples, groups of friends and of course honeymooners. Whether you seek relaxation, adventure, wellbeing, sport, spa experiences or just family time, Kandima Maldives will have something for everyone.

Just play! At Kandima Maldives, it is all about genuine hospitality with a human touch and smart solutions that make use of the latest innovations – not to mention a playful spirit. Explore one of the most beautiful settings in the world through the Diving School & Marine Centre activities, or head to the state-of-the-art Watersports Centre where an experienced team will take you windsurfing, SUP, surfing, or on one of the Catamarans.

If relaxation is more your thing, then simply open the doors onto your own private decking area and enjoy endless tropical views, sign up to the daily yoga and meditation classes on offer, or dive into the outdoor pool. Measuring 100m this is set to be the largest pool in the Maldives.

Still not convinced? Then have a look at these other activities with more cool surprises still being developed: tennis courts, art studio, marine biology school, kids club, games room, library, gym, yoga studio and spa, Zumba classes, electric scooters, beach volleyball, petanque, arts and crafts lessons, …

Whether you want to dine as a group, or slope off to somewhere more intimate for a romantic meal for two – Kandima Maldives has the perfect place for you. The island offers cuisine to suit any gastronomic taste, boasting one of the largest selection of restaurants and bars in the country, with an incredible choice of ten different outlets, featuring flavours of the world from Chinese to Maldivian and Mediterranean.

The resort offers a choice of 274 stylishly designed studios, beach and aqua villas, with eleven different categories to choose from, all of which have a private terrace and endless tropical views to enjoy. Their locations at different points along the 3km long island makes the accommodation suitable for honeymooners and couples seeking privacy and families as well as group of friends looking for activity.

Kandima Maldives will use state of the art technology in order to elevate their guest’s experience. The new Kandima property management system is the first of its kind – it is smart unobtrusive technology that makes guests stays smoother and the new RFID wristband means that there is no need to carry a key or wallet. This advanced technology will enable Kandima to service guests to the highest level from booking to arrival, throughout their stay and beyond.

So why is Kandima Maldives investing in such game-changing technology? Of course to give the best possible service to all guests, to be easily accessible for everyone but as well to follow one of its values: to be responsible and reduce its carbon footprint due to reducing the islands waste and energy consumption. All water waste and glass are recycled, food composted, items responsibly packaged, energy saved through smart room controls and printed collateral radically reduced through the use of the app and interactive systems.

Available from £160 half board per person, based on two adults sharing.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Unveils Striking New Beach Villas

Reinforcing its position as a champion of smart luxury, the iconic Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has emerged from refurbishment as one of the Maldives’ most applauded resorts.  In a strategic move to continually attract guests, the resort has invested US 3.2 million in redeveloping its award-winning beach villas which are set to launch this October.

The redevelopment has seen a full renovation of 34 beach villas and bathrooms and this was followed by the development of the Maldives’ first authentic Chinese restaurant Ufaa heralded by celebrity chef Jereme Leung. This award-winning concept is a culinary journey through China, which takes inspiration from the picturesque island surroundings.  

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island general manager Lyle Lewis said the villa refurbishment is aimed at engaging with customers to ensure Conrad Maldives was top of mind when deciding where to stay.  

“We are one of the most recognised brands in the Maldives’ hospitality market and with the launch of the beach villas we aim to further cement the resort’s position as one of the leader’s in the market. Each beach villa has been completely refurbished to a luxurious haven of comfort and style, and features spacious living areas that are illuminated with natural light and offer private access to the palm fringed beach,” states Lewis.  

The beach villas nurture a sense of relaxation through distinctive features including floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors leading directly to the beach, a skylight to provide a naturally illuminated space, and a new bathroom featuring the signature outdoor shower and bathing pavilion. The standout feature of the villa is the extension of the bedroom area which gives guests the option to create a second bedroom by simply closing the curtains to encircle the space. The second bedroom is ideal for young children, teens and parents craving a little bit of privacy.  

Beach Villa, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Beach Villa, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Celebrating its 20th anniversary of operations in the Maldives, the resort joined Hilton Worldwide in 1997 as Hilton Rangali Resort and Spa, and was rebranded to Conrad Maldives Rangali Island in 2007 as the flagship resort in the company’s luxury portfolio. The refurbishment of the beach villas follows the substantial works completed in 2014, which saw Conrad Maldives Rangali Island develop Ranfinolhu Island which houses 570 team members, and is arguably one of the leading team member accommodations in the country.    

The refurbishment is a precursor to the resort being announced as one of the top 10 resorts in the Indian Ocean as part of Condé Nast Traveler’s 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards, announced on 18 October 2016. Voted by people who love travel, the resort was one of the award winners selected from more than 300,000 survey takers who submitted millions of ratings and 75,000 comments. This wonderful accolade follows the resort’s award-winning year which has seen the resort receive the Maldives’ ‘Leading water villa resort’ and the Indian Ocean’s ‘Leading hotel’ at the 2016 World Travel Awards. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is one of the world’s most recognised and celebrated resorts, and continues to demonstrate a commitment to industry, leadership and innovation.  

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island offers the popular Conrad Concierge mobile app, which gives global luxury travellers the ability to customise details of their hotel stay before, during, and after each visit via a smartphone or tablet. Whether it’s pre-selecting bath amenities or checking in while in-transit from the airport, guests can access a variety of features by using the app.  

Beach Villa, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Beach Villa, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island also participates in Hilton HHonors®, the only guest loyalty programme where guests who book directly through www.conradhotels.com have access to benefits including the digital Conrad Concierge app and complimentary Wi-Fi at 26  Conrad hotels.

Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort Wins ‘Best Resort’ Award

The Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort has won “Best Resort” in the Travel Weekly Asia 2016 Readers Choice Awards.

The stunning 53 all-pool villa resort in the south of the Maldives has wowed visitors since it opened in August 2015.

The award “honours the ‘best of the best’ in the travel industry,” said Travel Weekly Asia Group Publisher, Irene Chua.

Outrigger Resort Vice President Sales & Marketing, Mark Simmons, received the award on behalf of the property at the Readers Choice Awards ceremony in Singapore, 17 October.

Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort
Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort

The General Manager of the resort, Mr John Allanson, said: “Outrigger is very proud of the latest accolade for the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort. We dedicate it to our hard working hosts who treat all guests as part of the Outrigger family.”

Comprising 29 Beach Pool Villas, 21 Ocean Pool Villas, two Lagoon Pool Villas and the masterful three-bedroom Grand Konotta Villa, the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort offers a complete sense of privacy and intimate luxury. The Outrigger has the largest average villa sizes in the Maldives.

Each winner in the awards was voted for by Travel Weekly Asia readers, a group comprising professionals from different specialties and expertise within the travel industry.

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

Outrigger was also hailed for the way it went about acquiring the resort. In October 2015 the property won first place for Single Asset Transaction of the Year in the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific Deal of the Year Awards.

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

Festive Season in Elegant Style

Recognising that guests of refinement relish a hassle-free holiday where personalised attention to their needs is paramount, Baros Maldives presents the perfect choice, with this season’s holiday theme being “Enjoying Island Elegance.”

Gold and white are the colours chosen for this year’s festivities, to reflect the grandeur of the occasion and the purity of the season of new beginnings.

The Festive Season begins at Baros on Thursday 22 December 2016 and celebrations continue until Monday 2 January 2017. A Festive Season Diary will be available in every Villa for guests to plan their activities.

There will be memorable experiences including discovering Baros at sea with guided snorkelling tours, coral gardening, and dolphin-watching cruises, and enjoying Baros on land with nature walks, sandbank cocktails, champagne and wine tastings, gourmet and gala dinners and jazz under the stars. In addition, there will be escorted island exploration tours and a shopping visit to Malé. A special treat is the bliss of being pampered in the Spa with a seductive Elegant Island Harmony ritual.

There will also be a unique Maldivian experience for dinner in the Palm Garden on 25 December and a Countdown Party with a band and fireworks on the deck of the Lime infinity swimming pool on 31 December. For early risers on 1 January 2017, there is a grand New Year Day’s breakfast. Jazz and cool music under the stars are featured on some evenings while the Sheesha and Cigar Lounge is open every night.

Milestone of 1,000,000th Visitor of Visit Maldives Year 2016

Achieving yet another milestone of Visit Maldives Year 2016, Maldives proudly welcomed the one millionth visitor of 2016 today at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. Mrs. Alefiya Merchant from India who arrived on Air India flight this afternoon with her husband Mr. Ali Asgar Godhrawala for their honeymoon in Maldives was warmly welcomed by H. E. Akhilesh Mishra, the High Commissioner of India to the Maldives, Mr. Hussain Lirar and Mr. Shazail Shiyam, Deputy Ministers of Tourism, Mr. Haris Mohamed, Acting Managing Director of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) and other senior officials from the Ministry of Tourism, MMPRC, Maldives Airports Company Limited and representatives of the tourism industry.

Upon arrival, they were welcomed at the arrival terminal by officials from MMPRC, Department of Immigration and Maldives Airports Company Ltd, from where they were escorted to the VIP lounge in a procession of traditional Boduberu performance.

1,000,000th Visitor of Visit Maldives Year 2016
1,000,000th Visitor of Visit Maldives Year 2016

H.E. Akhilesh Mishra, Indian High Commissioner awarded them with a commemorative plaque. A special gift was also awarded by Mr. Haris Mohamed, Managing Director of MMPRC. The Lucky honeymoon couple also received a complimentary holiday package from Hurawalhi Resort. The prize was presented by Mr. Shazail Shiyam, Deputy Minister of Tourism and Ms. Cherry Zhuang, Sales and Marketing Manager of Crown and Champa Resorts.

Since the grand welcoming of the first visitor of Visit Maldives Year in the early morning of the 1st of January, milestones of reaching 500,000th and 750,000th were colourfully celebrated.

An Indian National being the distinguished one millionth visitor is of great significance to the Maldives providing a great opportunity to promote the Maldives as a tourist destination to the Indian market. India is a rapidly growing market having attained its position within the top ten single source markets climbing up to reaching amongst the top 5 source markets to the Maldives. Arrivals from India show a positive growth of 21.5% from January to July when compared to the same period in 2015. During this period in 2016 a total of 34,884 Indian tourists are recorded to have arrived in Maldives.

Equator Village

Located on Addu Atoll’s former Royal Air Force (RAF) base, while RAF airstrip now being Gan International Airport,  this lush garden by the azure sea is alive with culture, history, nature and mystery.

Equator Village resort, named after being located 64 Km south of the equator, the resort provides guests with comfort and relaxation, offering easy access to nature’s finest. A tropical haven of old English charm delightfully mixed with the unique beauty of Southern Maldives, Equator Village is not your typical Maldives resort.

78 lovely bungalows opening into a lush courtyard garden. Spacious and cool, designed with simple European elegance, each bungalow has it’s own verandah overlooking the tropical blooms.

Opening to overlook the surrounding gardens, the Blue Lagoon Restaurant offers buffets of Western, Oriental and Eastern Asian and local cuisine. The wonderfully light and airy atmosphere, teamed with our friendly experienced staff makes every meal a warm welcoming addition to your holiday.

Just the right distance from the pool, restaurant and entertainment room, the Veragan Bar lights up the area in cheerfully warm splendor. A good selection of all-inclusive drinks is marked easily for your convenience. This is a place to relax, chill and swap stories with fellow travelers.

In water, on land or indoors there’s plenty of activities to engage yourself in. The large swimming pool has it’s own pool bar and overlooks the ocean. A wide variety of activities are available including mountain bicycles to tour the islands.

Diverland is a PADI 5 star Dive Centre that has been operating in Maldives since 1986. The Diverland Team takes you to the best dive spots in Maldives including the largest wreck dive site in the Maldives; a cargo shipwreck from 1946 – The British Loyalty. Manta can be seen all year round, and Addu is the only place in Maldives where Manta rays with over 5-meter wings spans are known to exist.

Four islands linked together by causeways. From Gan through Feydhoo, Maradhoo, and to the capital Hithadhoo. Three more islands – Meedhoo and Hithadhoo and Bushy island is a ferry ride away. Equator excursions are set to explore all of them in their natural and historical beauty.

Serena Spa offers a wide selection of aromatic oils, and age-old treatments to sooth your mind and body. Ancient Ayurvedic therapies, beauty treatments and packages specially designed to completely revive and revitalize all your senses after a day in the sun.

Guests will enjoy the facilities offered by the hotel, such as the large swimming pool which offers access to the beach, table tennis, volleyball, squash, snorkeling, and a tennis court. The unique part about this hotel is that guests have direct access to local villages, making it easy for guests to get a good glimpse of the Maldivian culture. Pick Equator Village Resort as your choice of stay when visiting Maldives for an unforgettable experience.

Adduan Returns To His Roots to Run Equator Village Resort

When he was 24, Mohamed Waheed of Feydhoo, Addu City, made a trip that thousands of people from his southern atoll home have made before him: he got on a boat and sailed for Malé.

The capital’s economic heft has drawn Maldivians from across the archipelago for generations – something that Malé’s rampant overcrowding can attest. Once people make the trip to Malé, they normally stay there. But bucking this trend, Waheed has returned home.

On 1 September, he was appointed as Resort Manager at Equator Village in Gan. Waheed has joined an elite club of Maldivians who have worked their way up the career ladder to the rank of resort manager – the most senior position in any hotel.

Waheed started his career as a trainee receptionist at Villingili Beach Resort in 1986 before the island was converted from a resort into a suburb island of Malé. He then held numerous positions in resorts, rising to become Front Office Manager, then Assistant Manager and finally Assistant Resort Manager at Summer Island Maldives.

Kaimoo resorts, which own both Summer Island Maldives and Equator Village, then offered Waheed his dream job: as Resort Manager back home in Addu.

Commenting on his new job, Mohamed Waheed said:

“It’s such a privilege to return to Addu as a resort manager, more than 30 years since I left home. I hope other Maldivians, who have left their homes for Malé, also think about returning to help develop and improve their home islands.

“Addu has so much potential, especially in tourism: the atoll has Maldives’ best diving and you can explore the atoll on a bicycle thanks to the link road. I’m really looking forward to managing Equator Village and building on its success.”

Commenting on the appointment, Mohamed Manih Ahmed, Managing Director of Kaimoo THS Group said:

“Mr. Waheed has been a mainstay at Summer with two decades of distinguished service, and I understand his absence would be significantly felt on the island. I offer our congratulations. I am sure he will bring the same enthusiasm, dedication and vigor he has displayed at Summer to Equator.”

Equator Village is located in Gan, an island with an interesting colonial history. From 1956 – 1976 Gan was a British Royal Air Force Base, and many British servicemen and women who served there often return to the island to visit. They nearly always stay at Equator Village.

The resort is located in what used to be the RAF Sergeant’s Mess, and the hotel’s grounds still retain a unique colonial charm, with large trees, manicured lawns and English-style flower gardens.

Addu’s appeal isn’t just history, though: the diving here is some of the best in the Maldives. The Atoll’s best dive spot is arguably a shipwreck called British Loyalty. It was a fuel tanker that was attacked by the Germans during the Second World War. The ship’s sinking was the only known attack in the Maldives for the war’s duration. The unexplored caves, all year round manta ray sighting makes Addu one of the most spectacular dive atolls in the Maldives.

Addu also allows tourists to cycle from island to island via the link road, offering them a unique opportunity to experience Maldivian towns and villages, as well as go off the beaten track and seek out deserted beaches. Addu’s “Eedhigali Kilhi”, one of the largest mangroves in the Maldives is an environmentally protected area and a beautiful area for bird watching. Equator Village offers bicycles for guests to explore the atoll.

Today, the Equator Village has 78 spacious, simple and garden view bungalows. The hotel has a restaurant, poolside bar and a large swimming pool that overlooks the ocean. A wide variety of activities are available including squash, table tennis, tennis, and live music. The Serena Spa offers a wide selection of aromatic oils and wellness packages are available to sooth your mind and body.