Coco Bodu Hithi Maldives Achieves Travelife Gold Certification

Coco Bodu Hithi is delighted to announce the achievement of the prestigious Travelife Gold certification. In line with one of the core values of Coco Collection, Coco Bodu Hithi shares a sustainable outlook by supporting the fragile environment and the local community. Travelife is an international certification system, promoting sustainability within the tourism industry by monitoring social and environmental impacts.

During the process that led up to this achievement, the operations of the island were carefully assessed by the Travelife team, taking into account 150 sustainability criteria. These included environmental policies to minimize waste, energy and water consumption. To become more energy efficient, Coco Bodu Hithi has replaced incandescent bulbs with LED lights and controlled public area and pathway lights with photocell and timers. The amount of waste produced has been controlled by creating natural compost for the lush gardens around the island. Additionally, the resort utilizes various water-saving methods; including collecting rainwater to underground tanks and re-using treated non-toxic sewerage water for gardening purposes.

Coco Bodu Hithi came up strong with further measures to protect the marine environment through the initiatives of a dedicated marine biology team. Contribution to several key projects such as the sea turtle and manta ray identification project has put the island at the top of the list of research submitters identifying the behavioral patterns of these fragile species. Furthermore, Coco Bodu Hithi is very keen on communicating the environmental policies and the conservation initiatives. Citizen science projects have become a norm on the island with the contribution of guests, either by submitting identification pictures of marine life, planting coral nurseries, or taking part in the reef cleaning activities.

One of the most important partnerships that Coco Collection is a part of is the Olive Ridley Project, where both parties have teamed up to reduce the effects of ghost nets on marine life. Phase 1 includes a turtle rescue centre at Coco Palm, the portfolio’s property in Baa atoll, with phase 2 seeing the construction of another centre at Coco Bodu Hithi. Through generous contributions from the purchase of plush turtle toys and by direct donations, guests have played a tremendous role in supporting this initiative.

“This achievement is celebrated by each and every associate on our team! Coco Bodu Hithi is the ideal retreat for the romantics looking to get away from the hassle of it all.” comments General Manager, Georgios Papazoglou. “At the same time, it is a haven for the conscious travellers seeking to make their holiday matter. This certification puts us on the map with islands that are committed to making holidays greener.”

Among other recent developments in the green arena, both Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu have been hand-picked by Green Pearls, a portfolio of sustainable and unique places worldwide. The members of the portfolio show a large diversity of different approaches to sustainability. But they all have one thing in common: they guarantee a dedication to the social balance of their respective vacation area, and both Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu are proud to be associated with this.

Store Helper (Maldivians only)

Inviting you to be a ROBIN.  ROBINSON Club located on the island of Funamauddua in the Gaaf-Alif Atoll in the southern Maldives, invites you to be a ROBIN, that’s what we all call ourselves here at ROBINSON club.

With more than 24 Clubs worldwide and as a part of the World of TUI, ROBINSON Club offers opportunities for enthusiastic individuals with a dedicated passion for hospitality.
For more info, visit www.robinson.com

Interested candidates are requested to send their updated CV with recent photograph by mentioning ST0816 as job reference code on the subject line before 16th August 2016.

Only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Taj Burrow takes Four Seasons Champions Trophy

The sun beat down on the waves, the waves beat over the reef, and Taj Burrow beat all comers to claim the Four Seasons Surfing Champions Trophy yesterday.

The Australian narrowly edged out last year’s champion – and one of his childhood heroes – Shane Dorian, claiming the $10,000 prize and an automatic invite to defend his title in 2017.

“It was relaxing on land, but intense in the water,” explained Burrow, having finished ahead of the field, which featured top international competition.

Returning to the Four Season’s Explorer yacht after the final – and taking time to dance to the traditional bodu beru drums being played in his honour – he described the event as “one of the best week’s of my life”.

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“I’ve never been to the Maldives before, but it’s my dad’s favourite wave…I don’t wanna tell anyone about it…It’s the best event not on the World Tour.”

Having recently retired from the WSL Championship Tour, Burrow faced fellow tour veterans Dorian, Travis Logie and Rob Machado as well as the Maldives’ own surf champion Hussein ‘Iboo’ Areef, who became the first Maldivian to compete this year.

Australian Jamie O’Brien and US surfer Bethany Hamilton made up the line-up, both of whom have brought the sport to the screen. O’Brien is well know as the star of the reality television series ‘Who is JOB’, while Hamilton’s inspirational journey to professional surfing after losing her arm in a shark attack was depicted in the 2011 film ‘Soul Surfer’.

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In this week’s unique event – using heat times based on age, across three different disciplines – Burrow emerged as the victor in both the single fin and thruster categories, with Dorian winning in the twin fin event.

All participants, their families and competition judges spent the week in the nearby Four Seasons Kuda Huraa resort, before travelling with guests each day to the luxury surf vessel Explorer, which regularly offers surf cruises throughout the atolls.

“Everyone at this contest rips so hard, once you’re off tour it’s rare to be around people who surf at this level, it’s so cool to see, especially making everyone surf single and twin fin boards,” said Australian-born American surfer Rob Machado.

“Kuda Huraa is so close to all these waves it’s been so incredible.”

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Anchored just off the island of Thamburudhoo, with its unique left and right-handed breaks, the professionals put on a show throughout the week in the Maldives’ primary surfing neighbourhood.

Locals and visitors alike gathered over the reef to see the action, queuing up to get back on the popular waves within moments of the horn sounding the end of the grand finale.

“Seeing the world’s best surfing my home break has been amazing but talking to them and hanging out has been the best part,” said Maldivian surfer Iboo. “I feel like my surfing has improved just from watching how they surf. I will remember this experience forever.”

Surf’s Up at the Four Seasons Champions Trophy

It’s all-action on the waves this week at Four Seasons Kuda Huraa, with the sixth edition of the Surfing Champions Trophy beginning today.

Seven top surfers from around the world will take part in the unique event, with Australian, US and South African riders joined by a Maldivian for the first time in the competition’s history.

The previous champion of the Four Season’s domestic champions event, Hussein ‘Iboo’ Areef will join Jamie O’Brien, Travis Logie, Taj Burrow, Bethany Hamilton, and Rob Machado in the event designed to test skill across three disciplines.

“I feel privileged, happy, and I can’t wait to surf against these guys,” Iboo told gathered guests and media at the official opening event yesterday evening.

“These guys are my heroes and my inspiration. I’ve been watching these guys in surf movies and reading about these guys in surf magazines, and finally meeting them personally is just….I’m really happy.”

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The event is set to run until Sunday, as the legendary surfers test themselves against each other and the clock in the invitational event for a prize of $25,000.

Adding local talent to the competition is set to become a regular feature, with the announcement that the Maldives’ Open championship will be used to select the future Champions Trophy contestants.

“Local surfers are really excited to see one of our own go head to head with the world’s best,” said Fuku Areef, president of the Maldives Bodyboarding Association.

“It’s a tremendous opportunity for Iboo on the world stage and we’re confident that he will do really well. Furthermore, to have the Maldives Open as the qualification event for future Champions Trophy is a great opportunity for any Maldivian surfer to put themselves up against the likes of Shane Dorian or Taj Burrow.”

Also speaking at yesterday’s event, last year’s champion Shane Dorian urged everyone to enjoy the tournament’s unique format.

“The Maldives is an incredible region, some of the best waves in the world.”

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Yesterday’s opening was also attended by environment minister Thoriq Ibrahim and youth and sports minister Iruthisham Adam, who expressed hope that surfing would continue to develop within the country for tourism and youth development.

Surf tourism in the Maldives has grown rapidly in recent years, though locals have been using modern boards since the 1970s when Australian Tony ‘Hussein’ Hinde discovered the surf breaks or North Male atoll, on which the Champions Trophy is contested.

Iboo himself worked with Hinde – often referred to as the ‘father of modern surfing’ in the Maldives – at the nearby Dhonveli surf resort for 11 years, paying tribute to the man he describes as “like a brother”.

Iboo and his opponents will be hosted on the luxury yacht ‘Four Seasons Explorer’ during the surfing, along with guests who are invited to spend time with the surfers and get up close to the action.

Exotic Underwater Dining in Malé Atoll – at M6m, OZEN

OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo opened its shores to the world on 15th July 2016 – as per promise! Located in South Male’ atoll, OZEN is the 3rd inclusion within the Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts portfolio.

A stunning Lifestyle Luxury resort, OZEN has also introduced a uniquely exclusive Luxury All‐Inclusive holiday plan – the Atmosphere INDULGENCE™, which offers the discerning traveler a blissful hassle‐free holiday experience, encompassing ALL aspects of a Luxury Holiday in the Maldives!

Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts, now renowned worldwide for creating unique experiences, has now launched an Exotic Underwater Dining Experience at OZEN. Aptly named M6m (acronym for Minus Six Meters), the underwater restaurant in addition to offering some mesmeric views of the underwater world around, also offers gourmet, fine dining modern Seafood cuisine.

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Led by the creative, passionate and young Executive Chef – Mr. Arun Katoch together with M6m’s very own Master Chef Mr. Chaitanya Sharma & his extraordinary culinary team, M6m strives to deliver some of the finest Modern Seafood cuisine in an absolutely mesmeric underwater space! The cuisine creation, vibrant design & amazing presentations showcase the exemplary use of fine‐dining cooking techniques with quality ingredients, whereby drawing a fine line between Gastronomy and Art!

Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts launched its first resort in December 2013 as Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives – a 5‐star Premium All‐Inclusive resort, following which, opened a trendy & cool 4 Star Superior resort – OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli in November 2015. Both the resorts have been a roaring success since the start of operations and have established & positioned themselves as market leaders within their specific market segments.

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Kurumba Maldives Unveils Refurbished Main Pool Area

Kurumba Maldives is delighted to announce the unveiled enhancement of the resort’s newly refurbished main pool and children’s pool, delivering the ultimate guest experience.

Kurumba Kids Pool and PagodaWith views of the Indian Ocean and set amongst beautiful palms and tropical gardens, the newly redesigned pool boasts a spacious, vibrant design, incorporating light granite, striking turquoise glass mosaics and a brand new children’s infinity pool also with a fresh and modern design. The new colour scheme for both pools echoes the tone and feel of the recently upgraded Thila and Vihamanaa restaurants.

Kurumba Kids Pool and PagodaA highlight of the new features of the pool offers guests luxurious in-water sun loungers, perfect for relaxing and cooling off, while the stunning new feature jets offer beautiful water displays throughout the day and night.

Kurumba PoolIn addition to this exciting new facility upgrade, Kurumba Maldives also presents a new outdoor lounge area for parents and children to relax in the shade, near to the children’s infinity pool. With added benefits for other guests, as the children’s pool and shaded lounge area have been moved away from the main pool and dining areas.

Kurumba PoolJudit Rosa, Sales and Marketing Manager of Kurumba Maldives stated: “Kurumba is always striving to continually improve our guest experience and resort product. The remodelling and refurbishment of the main pool space has made a remarkable impact for the entire resort, which we hope our guests will enjoy!”.

Kurumba PoolKurumba Maldives believes in continual improvement and is looking into new plans for further improvement in the near future. For more enhancements to the resort and the guest experience, please check:

www.kurumba.com

www.kurumba.com/maldives-experiences

About Kurumba Maldives

Kurumba Maldives is set on a tropical island in the North Malé Atoll, conveniently situated a brief 10 minute speedboat ride from the airport. Dotted with coconut trees that are the island’s namesake, Kurumba was the first private island resort in the Maldives. Beautiful gardens, palm fringed white sandy beaches and a vibrant house reef is the hallmarks of this classic Maldivian resort.

The resort offers an array of nine styles of accommodation, ranging from comfortable Superior rooms to the spacious Royal Residence, spread amongst the island’s lush tropical gardens with easy access to the beach. With eight different restaurants to choose from Kurumba Maldives will charm you with its unparalleled choice of dining experiences and a wide range of recreation activities and entertainment. All while maintaining idyllic refuges and quiet spaces of relaxation to create the perfect balance for a holiday in paradise, perfect for honeymooners and families alike.

Over the years, Kurumba has played host to a variety of foreign dignitaries and Heads of State. It has also been the recipient of numerous accolades and awards, including Maldives Leading Hotel (World Travel Awards) in 2010 and 2011, and Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards for Best Service and Luxury (2013) as well as the number one All-Inclusive resort in Asia (2014 and 2015), and number one best All-Inclusive resort in the world (2015).

Motions of the Ocean: Ballet at PER AQUUM resorts

Until now the only type of ballet to be found in the Maldives has been the graceful antics of manta rays. PER AQUUM is changing the tempo this August with one-of-a-kind performances at PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi and PER AQUUM Niyama by Xander Parish and dancers from Russia’s renowned Mariinsky Ballet Company.

In another premiere for the island nation, the ensemble of ballet dancers, including first soloist, Xander Parish, will swap St Petersburg’s Theatre Square for a tropical beach backdrop as part of PULSE, PER AQUUM’s stream of avant-garde experiences. Overwater stages will spring up at each of PER AQUUM’s luxury island resorts in the Maldives as performances of Swan Lake, Scheherazade, Giselle, Carmen and Don Quixote come to life over two magical nights.

 

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Guests at PER AQUUM Niyama will enjoy an exclusive performance on 21 August with an encore at PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi on 23 August. Xander Parish, originally from Yorkshire in the UK, was the first British dancer to be accepted into the Mariinsky company and will be joined by his hand-picked ensemble including Oksana Bondareva and Renata Shakirova.

Courtesy of PER AQUUM, budding ballerinas and ballerinos will also have a once in a lifetime chance to take centre stage themselves. True to form for PULSE which features immersive experiences, guests can get up close and personal with Xander and his dancers who will also be offering masterclasses at each resort during their visit.

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PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi – Dream Island

A honeymooner’s delight, PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi is an exclusive luxury resort, located just a 35 minute speedboat ride away from the international airport near the capital, Male. Encircled by one of the best house reefs in the Maldives, this private island paradise is home to the world’s first and only underwater spa. In contrast, the twin islands of Chill and Play at PER AQUUM Niyama, located 45 minutes south of Male by seaplane, offer immersive dining experiences as well as the world’s first underwater nightclub, recently restyled as a restaurant and lounge.

Guests who book directly via peraquum.com will receive exclusive benefits including an upgrade to half board at PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi and a 60-minute massage for two at PER AQUUM Niyama, as well as an invitation to the pre-event cocktail party and a host of surprises including a signed copy of Xander’s book – from PER AQUUM with love.

Glow in the Dark Yoga at W Resort

After bringing you the surreal artwork of Tom Bacher to thr Maldives earlier this year, before introducing the fitness approach of ‘yoga rebel’ Tara Stiles to its guests, W Maldives has now combined the two with glow in the dark yoga.

For the guest who has done it all – from fireside barbecues to overwater dining – they can now enjoy luminous lunges and day-glo downward dogs in W’s unique underground bar and nightclub, Fifteen Below.

The resort’s in-house yoga experts will take glowing guests of all skill levels through their paces every Thursday in this eye-catching approach to fitness and well-being.

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Photo courtesy of www.wmaldives.com

Using the luminous paint to direct focus onto the body’s shape during the session, guests will relish this unique approach to yoga, building a core strength and flexibility that will bring a healthy glow to their days long after they have ascended the 15 steps back up to the sunshine of North Ari atoll.

W Maldives has 78 beachside and water villas as well as four overwater treatment villas where guests can enjoy a range of treatments in the private outdoor areas.

This new activity continues the resort’s reputation for innovation, which has included an exclusive swimwear collection and a resident DJ, whose tracks can be accessed via W’s own mobile app.

Living the Journey on Leo

That life should be about the journey and not the destination is a philosophy we all agree upon, and yet few of us practice.

But to travel to the Maldives is to truly live a journey. From the moment you spot the rings of sapphire from your window seat to the first wide-eyed boat ride across the warm lagoon. This is a journey that makes you feel alive.

So why not make it last the whole trip?

The Maldives is best known for its tiny – but perfectly proportioned – resorts, situated on islands that make up less than one percent of the county. But for those who wish to experience the true expanse of the atolls, scores of safari boat vessels are happy to take you on a journey around the other 99 percent.

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The yacht ‘Leo’ and her crew can ensure that your journey to the Maldives is one unencumbered by destination, allowing you to soak up all that the Indian Ocean has to offer, in the lap of luxury.

From the airport, guests take a medium-sized journey in Leo’s dhoni, the ‘Leo Dive’, to the harbour in Hulhumale’ to their vessel – 40ft ‘of-no-fixed-abode’ which will comfortably accommodate 22 travellers.

After welcome drinks and a tour of Leo’s decks, the big journey can begin, with the captain happy to tailor the voyage to suit whatever it is you want to see. Dive sites, manta rays, sharks, uninhabited islands in far flung atolls – all can be worked into an itinerary as broad as the flawless horizon.

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The journey from Male’ can include cocktails at the bar on the upper levels, a ride in the jacuzzi on the top deck, or reclining on the bow’s outdoor lounge – where you can survey your surroundings as the sea breeze stays the tropical heat.

Once away from the boat traffic and buzzing seaplanes of the capital, the stillness of the lagoon makes itself known as the engines die down and the anchor brings the big journey to a momentary pause.

More medium-sized trips can now be made to the reef for diving and fishing on the faithful ‘Leo Dive’, which travels alongside. PADI trained dive instructors on board can prepare you for vertical expeditions to the Maldives’ lower reaches.

Even smaller trips can be made for snorkelling or to lonely sandbanks on Leo’s small speedboat (unnamed, but let’s call him ‘Leo Jnr’), which is towed behind.

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After a day spent viewing the fish on the reef, it would be rude not to invite a few on-board for one of the three sumptuous meals served daily. With the abundance of marine life, even the least skilled fisherman will eventually feel the pull of a new guest at the end of the line.

Red snapper, barracuda, and jackfish are the main prizes, and can often be caught from the back of boat (though you’ll need to put down the drink for the bigger ones). The more pliant mushimas fish are always willing to provide consolation for those who don’t catch bigger game, but an evening spent gazing out over the lagoon under the stars is its own reward.

Returning to the yacht, the crew will be busy laying out the evening meal, most often consisting of fish that (you don’t need telling) is as fresh as it gets.  

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In the evening, the Leo is transformed into a floating cinema, and guests are encouraged to bring their own film collection to enjoy in HD comfort. Perhaps Finding Nemo or the Little Mermaid, but maybe not Jaws. (You’ll have a good chance of finding Nemo on tomorrow’s trip; the other two, not so much).

Heading to your cabin, you can plan tomorrow’s journey. Up early for a morning swim, picnics on a deserted islands, or visiting a small island community – anything is possible. As your head hits the pillow, the mild currents rock you off to sleep, and the journey continues.

OZEN is Born!

Lifestyle Luxury arrives in Malé Atoll!

OZEN BY ATMOSPHERE - EARTH VILLA - EXTERIOR VIEW - LANDSCAPE 01OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo opens its doors today – 15th July 2016, as per promise!

The resort has captured the imagination of one & all worldwide and within just a matter of 3 days into operations, the resort would be hitting an overall Occupancy of 90%! Truly an incredible achievement!

OZEN BY ATMOSPHERE - WIND VILLA WITH POOL - BEDROOM INTERIOROZEN at Maadhoo offers a unique & exclusive Luxury Holiday plan – The Atmosphere INDULGENCE™. The Exotic 90 villa resort presents its guests with an all-encompassing Luxury Beach holiday experience with all elements of the perfect luxury holiday in the Maldives, fully taken care of, upfront. As the key Tagline of the resort states “No Shocks. No Surprises. No Hidden Costs…JUST BLISS!”

OZEN BY ATMOSPHERE - WIND VILLA WITH POOL - BATHROOM VIEW OF SUNSETLocated just 35-minutes by a Luxury speedboat from Malé International Airport, on the idyllic island of Maadhoo in South Malé Atoll, OZEN brings a complete hassle-free lifestyle holiday offering, to those seeking a tranquil escape from the daily grind. The Atmosphere INDULGENCE™ plan even includes an exquisite fine-dining experience within the first Underwater restaurant in Malé Atoll – M6m (Acronym for Minus Six Meters!), at NO extra charge. This is certainly a FIRST in the Maldives.

OZEN BY ATMOSPHERE - EARTH VILLA - EXTERIOR WITH BEACH HUT - LANDSCAPEMr. Venkata Giri, General Manager of OZEN states, “Today is a very special day as we welcome our first guests to OZEN by Atmosphere. It is gratifying to see all our hard work come to fruition and our vision coming to life. My team & I are fully excited & prepared to take care of our discerning guests during the coming weeks. We look forward to welcoming many more to our home away from home during the coming months and create lasting memories!”

OZEN BY ATMOSPHERE - EARTH VILLA BEDROOM INTERIOR - WITH CANOPYOZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo is the third resort within the Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts portfolio. After the successful launch of Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives in December 2013, the brand opened a wonderful & extremely popular four-star superior resort – OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli in November 2015.

Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts intends to expand their portfolio with another two resorts during the coming year!