Serious Luxury at Conrad Rangali

Arriving at the seaplane terminal, fresh off your flight into the Maldives, you’re ready for some relaxation and fun in the ocean kingdom. You’re heading to Conrad Rangali – the multiple award-winning hotel, recently voted one of the top ten in the Indian Ocean.

Heading into the Conrad lounge, your suspicions are confirmed. As you help yourself to complimentary coffee and breakfast and settle back in your white leather lounger; as you enjoy your complimentary massage; as you gaze out at the seaplanes bobbing outside the window – this is serious stuff.

Taking off on the 30 minute flight to South Ari atoll, you are again struck by the reality that greets you from your little window. There they are, just as you’d dreamed – the unforgettable islands of the archipelago spread out before you. But this is not a screensaver. There will be no pop-ups.

Conrad Lounge (Photography: Naj)
Rangali Footbridge (Photography: Naj)

Catching a glimpse of your destination through the cockpit as the plane dives down into the lagoon you see two palm fringed islands joined by a 500 metre footbridge, towards the middle of which your plane heads after splashing down. To the left is Rangali island, with its secluded water villas and beachfront dining, while to right is Rangalifinolhu, where you’re staying in one of Conrad’s recently refurbished beach villas.

Renovated at an expense of $3.2 million dollars, your hosts mean business. Entering the villa, you’re immediately struck by the grandeur as the spacious living and sleeping area opens out onto a sliding bay window fifteen feet in height.

At the rear of the villa, past the outdoor rain shower lies a bathtub doing a fine impression of a bathing temple, raised up beneath a pagoda surrounded with luscious green. This is not a place for the average bath.

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Beach Villa (Conrad Rangali Island Maldives)

Back inside you have your own wifi connection, iphone dock, coffee maker, 3D HD blu-ray player, 32 inch flat screen TV and even your own sunroof. There are beach villas and there are beach villas – Conrad Rangali opts for the latter.

A few doors down the beach – one of a dozen different types of rooms available – are the 7000 sq. ft beach suites with two rooms, two private plunge pools, and their own private back door to the beach. One step up from the neighbouring villa, the open air bathtub here takes around 45 minutes to fill, during which time guests can order a custom bathing ritual, with candles, aromatherapy, or champagne…it’s your fantasy.

Beach Suite (Photography: Naj)

A leisurely stroll – or a regular ferry ride – away on Rangali island, the resort’s selection of water villas look over the breaking surf and brilliant sunsets. Back on Rangalifinolhu, the spa retreat area stretches out from the northern end of the island. The wooden structure includes 9 rooms either side of a shaded corridor ending in a piercing rectangle of sunshine at the end of this labyrinth of leisure.

Depending on the door you choose, you will be treated to any number of massages, facials, scrubs and treatments – including a ‘vichy’ shower, which words can’t really describe. Either way, they aren’t taking any chances with your wellness here.

Over Water Spa Retreat (Photography: Naj/Rangali Island Resort Maldives)

This collective quality extends to the spa retreat area’s own restaurant where things go up another level as Conrad shows you its dedication to dining. ‘Mandhoo’ restaurant lies opposite the spa, and for good reason.

With a menu themed to correspond to the five elements of Greek philosophy, diners can choose from dishes corresponding to their emotional and physical needs – nutritionists and spa therapists are on hand if needed. A dish’s taste, temperature and moisture will determine whether you wish to choose from the energising ‘air’ option, nourishing ‘earth’, detoxifying ‘fire’, relaxing ‘water’ or fortifying ‘plant’ menus.

If this doesn’t leave you impressed, perhaps the pioneering ‘Koko’ teppanyaki grill dug into the sand on Rangali island will. Should you have any remaining doubts as to Conrad’s commitment to cuisine, it’s probably time you took a trip down to ‘Ithaa’.

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Ithaa (Photography: Naj)

Famed internationally, the world’s first underwater restaurant, ‘Ithaa’ is the jewel in Conrad’s culinary crown (or pearl, according to the Dhivehi translation). Having been described as the most beautiful restaurant on earth, it’s hard to eat much on the first visit with your mouth wide open the whole time. Lobster, caviar, quails eggs, a 270 tonne structure, five metres below the surface; it’s not likely you’ll ever dine like this anywhere else.

In fact, it’s unlikely that many of the things you do during your time at Conrad Rangali island will be bettered elsewhere. This is a resort without half-measures and where your luxury is in the hands of professionals…a seriously incredible place to spend your holiday!

In conjunction with World Tourism Day, Hotel Jen opened its door to hospitality and tourism students from the Maldives

Hotel Jen welcomed several groups of hospitality and tourism students from Ahmadhiyya, Kalaafaanu School and Maldives National University for a private tour of the hotel, both front and back of the house, in conjunction with World Tourism Day from September 27 till mid-October 2015. The students had a valuable interaction session with the hotel’s senior management staff.

Selvarathinam Thangavel, Hotel Jen’s training manager, welcomed the visiting students and the lecturers and, introduced them to the hotel’s senior management staff, who ran a series of valuable informative sessions introducing respective areas of responsibility and what a day at work inside Hotel Jen is all about.

Mr Thangavel briefed the students on Hotel Jen’s pride in and commitment to giving back to the local community in various ways; such as through CSR activities and, Awareness and, youth projects, including internship programmes, which serve as vital exposure and “hands-on- experience” that boosts chances when seeking employment.

The Maldives’ core economy is tourism hospitality and the opportunity to excel here is limitless for those who not only dare to dream, but also put in the effort.

Mr Thangavel added a note of appreciation and thanks to the lecturers of Ahmadhiyya School, Kalaafaanu School and Maldives National University for organising the trip and, giving Hotel Jen the opportunity to share its knowledge.

Appointed staff from the Human resource Department, under the guidance of Mr. Thangavel, led the visiting students on a personal tour of the hotel, from the lobby, to the outlets, guestrooms, spa and then to all areas not seen by guests, such as the kitchens, linen rooms, workshops, staff areas, offices, and so on.

The tour ended with a stop at Hotel Jen’s magnificent rooftop Restaurant, Azur and the highest dining outlet in the Maldives. The visiting students and lecturers were taken aback by the amazing feel of the restaurant and terrace overlooking the infinity pool and the million-dollar view, as always with everyone else the students had a ball of a time with selfies.

The students and lecturers were treated to some tasty refreshment with Jen’s hospitality at Lime Restaurant, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant.

The school’s lecturers showed their remarkable appreciation by expressing how much the students enjoyed the trip and how it opened their eyes to not only what Hotel Jen is all about on the inside, but also what it takes to keep it going as the leading hotel in Malé, at the mention of which all the students cheered.

Summer Island Maldives’ Chef Receives Global Outstanding Chef Award

Summer Island Maldives resort’s Advisory Executive Chef, ‘Jack’ Tiang Toh Huat, has been declared one of the world’s Top 50 ‘Outstanding Chefs’, in a prestigious awards ceremony held last week in Shanghai, China.

Summer Island Maldives also received an award for ‘Outstanding Dining Venue’ at the 2016 Global Gourmet Chef par Excellence World Culinaire Competition awards ceremony.

The double award places Summer Island Maldives, which recently underwent a multi-million dollar refurbishment, among the Maldives very best resorts for food and beverage.

The prize ceremony, organised by the Global Gourmet culinary magazine, followed a competition in which chefs from around the world were invited to cook a four-course meal, which was then judged by an expert panel that included the Michelin 3-star celebrity chefs Da Dong and Umberto Bombana.

Chef Jack submitted a menu based on fresh ingredients found on Summer Island Maldives, such as coconuts and passion fruits, and from the surrounding sea.

Commenting on his award, Chef Jack said:

“I wanted to submit a menu that would highlight the elements of the Maldives – the sand, the sea and the natural vegetation. To represent sand, for example, we made a dessert that used fresh, grated coconut and brown sugar, to look like the beach. We also used fresh tuna in the menu because the Maldives is famous for its tuna.”

Summer Island Maldives’ Resort Manager Mariya Shareef said:

“We are delighted that Chef Jack and Summer Island Maldives won these awards, which demonstrate the dedication, professionalism and excellence of Chef Jack and his team. Summer Island Maldives is now recognized as one of the Maldives’ top culinary destinations.”

Summer Island Maldives prides itself on offering guests an authentically Maldivian, barefoot slice of paradise at an affordable price.

One of the Maldives’ first resorts, and wholly Maldivian owned, Summer Island Maldives recently underwent a complete re-development. The resort now boasts fresh and zesty rooms, a spa, international restaurants, a rustic beach bar, a dive center and water sports center.

Summer Island Maldives retains the family-friendly, natural atmosphere that has made it such a popular destination. Summer Island Maldives offers an all-inclusive holiday, with a variety of rooms, at 4 star prices.

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]

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.

Charmed at Meedhoo’s Charming Holiday Lodge

Almost a thousand years ago, travellers journeyed across vast oceans to the tiny island of Meedhoo in Addu atoll, bringing a new way of life that would forever change the mysterious Maldives archipelago; or so the story goes.

With little evidence of the Maldives’ ancient origins surviving, clues to the countries past are few and far between. But not in Meedhoo. Here lie the men who were among the first to bring Islam to the islands in the early 12th century.

Just yards away from their charming and historic place of rest amid swaying palms and coral walls is the Charming Holiday Lodge. It is from here that you can truly appreciate the rich culture of island life – past and present.

With the country’s recent conversion to guesthouse tourism just beginning to make an impact in the atoll, Meedhoo is still largely untouched by today’s travellers. Visitors to the Charming Holiday Lodge, however, can explore in comfort, returning to spacious and air-conditioned rooms at the end of each day’s discoveries.

Photography: Naj
Photography: Naj
Photography: Naj
Photography: Naj

All rooms are supplied with luxurious furnishings, flat screen televisions and wi-fi, giving a comfortable base from which to dip into island life (guests in the deluxe suite can do this more literally, with an outdoor shower and bathtub). The property’s four rooms, communal area and kitchen can also be rented for private groups – accommodating up to eight people.

Local culture is something those at the Charming Holiday Lodge are particularly proud of, with guided island tours – and bicycles – provided free of charge. Your visit to Koagannu – the oldest cemetery in the country – will live long in the memory, while nearby gun mounts places by the British during the second world war hint at the island’s more recent place in history.

The wide variety of locally-grown fruit and vegetables are a must if you are to attempt to copy some of Addu’s recipes, lovingly collected by your hosts. The fully stocked kitchen ensures you’ll have plenty of time to perfect Boafolhi (a sort of coconut pancake), Geshi Bankeu (indescribable!!) and many more.

Photography: Naj
Photography: Naj
Photography: Naj
Photography: Naj

Despite its busy history, Meedhoo is a quiet place with a population of just under 2000. A further 1,200 people live on the same island, although the southern district of Hulhudhu is regarded as a separate island. References to ‘Hulhu-meedhoo’ are bound to leave you confused for the first few days, though asking locals for the answer to this mystery is often a good way to return the favour (count the different explanations you hear).

Large parts of the island are still covered with thick tropical foliage, the perfect home for fruit bats and the atoll’s famous white tern (known locally as the dhondheeni), who glide lazily over the sleepy island throughout the day.

Photography: Naj
Photography: Naj

The usual pleasures of the atolls are also available to guests, taking to the ocean to spot dolphins and to fish, while the lodge can also arrange beach barbecues and trips to nearby uninhabited islands. The Canareef resort – connected to Hulhu-meedhoo by a small bridge to the south – can also be accessed for day-trippers looking to use its facilities, including pool, spa, gym, and bars.

But perhaps the best way to succumb to the timeless tropical trance is order a coffee in a local cafe (lodge staff can recommend the best places) and let the island show you its charmed life. Watching islanders saunter over the sand to gather and gossip outside their homes, interrupted only by the call to prayer drifting over the towering palms.

Meedhoo’s gentle sway is sure to leave you hypnotised during your stay at the Charming Holiday Lodge.

Meedhoo can be reached by flying to Addu’s Gan International Airport from the capital Male’ or Colombo. From Gan, a five minute car ride will take you to Feydhoo ferry terminal from where regular ferries travel across the lagoon to Meedhoo. Alternatively, the Charming Holiday Lodge can arrange speedboat transfers from Gan.

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.