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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Following the opening of The Residence Maldives by Cenizaro at Falhumaafushi in 2012, the leading international hospitality company – Cenizaro Hotels and Resorts, has announced the addition of The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah to their portfolio which is scheduled to open in 2016.
The two properties lies in two separate islands in Gaafu Alifu atoll, the northern half of the world’s largest natural atoll, Huvadhoo in the south of Maldives. The two islands when linked by a bridge will form one of the largest resort offerings in the Maldives.
Dhigurah which is three times larger than Falhumaafushi is being developed specifically with families in mind. The 173 expansive beach and overwater villas are designed for ample natural lighting and rich tones of wood and stone to create a luxurious ambience.
Li Bai, a sister to the renowned Cantonese restaurant at Sheraton Towers Singapore and Spa by Clarins will be featured along with a playground for younger guests, where there will be plenty of space to explore and learn.
The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah is a dream location for snorkellers and divers as the reefs in the atoll that escaped the devastating coral bleaching caused by the El Nino of 1988. These colorful reefs are home to more than 250 species of coral and 1,200 species of marine life. Green turtle, spinner and bottlenose dolphins, manta and eagle rays as well as the more unusual ribbon eels, leaf, frog and ghost pipe fish are frequent visitors to this area, giving guests an exciting opportunity to watch these magnificent creatures.
Gary Xie, Director for Cenizaro Hotels & Resorts said: “With The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah we are creating a new offering for our guests. The hotel will – as always – be an authentic expression of The Residence philosophy; with its own story to tell and a combination of both Maldivian and global influences that will give it a unique sense of place. But, with The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah, we want to create a hotel that is both the perfect place to relax but is also the ideal spot for families to let loose and have fun. He added, “It is a really exciting time for The Residence by Cenizaro as we look to expand the portfolio and we are truly excited with this new opening.”
The opening of The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah will bring The Residence by Cenizaro to five hotels and resorts. Its currently there are four luxurious hotels in Mauritius, Tunis, Zanzibar and the Maldives. Further expansion is planned over the next three years with; two hotels in Tunisia – Douz and The Medina of Tunis and one in Bintan, Indonesia.