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.

Photo courtesy of www.wmaldives.com
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.

Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort Announces Special 1st Anniversary Offer

KONOTTA, MALDIVES – The Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort is offering a special half board package that guarantees up to 40% discount as part of its limited-period 1st anniversary celebrations.

Outrigger anniversary2Special anniversary prices start from *USD619++ and can be booked until 30 September 2016, but are valid for stays up to 30 April 2017. The deluxe 53-key resort opened on 1 August 2015 and has the largest average villa sizes in the Maldives

To enhance family bookings during school holidays, kids below 12 are entitled to stay on complimentary basis and join the parents’ meal plan. Kids can participate in the Coral Kids activities and learn how to make pizza or cookies, do facial paintings with nail art and henna tattoos for little girls.

For children up to two years old, a babysitting service is available for free for up to two hours once during the stay – just the right time for parents to enjoy a sunset cruise or go for a relaxing massage at the Navasana Spa, where all massages are subject to a 20% discount if booked in advance along with the 1st anniversary offer.

Outrigger anniversary1On the activities side, guests can paddle around the lagoon with a stand-up paddle board, enjoy watching coral life from a glass bottom kayak, or go on a snorkelling trip with the full-time marine biologist who also gives educational talks on request.

If you are an experienced windsurfer, enjoy chasing the waves or cruise around on a catamaran. Kite surfing is also possible and is among the non-motorized water sports available at no charge.

To book the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort 1st anniversary offer before 30 September, call +960 684 7770, visit your travel agent and quote “First Anniversary Offer” or visit //www.outrigger.com/specials/mok/1st-anniversary-special

ABOUT THE OUTRIGGER KONOTTA MALDIVES RESORT
The award winning Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort offers guests the largest average villa sizes in the Maldives. Comprising 29 Beach Pool Villas, 21 Ocean Pool Villas, two Lagoon Pool Villas and a Presidential Villa, the resort offers a complete sense of privacy and intimate luxury. Captivate your senses with innovative dining concepts, the Navasana Spa, and high-end facilities. In between your diving lesson and massage, indulge in sumptuous Maldivian cuisine or a glass of white Burgundy in one of our restaurants or the comfort of your villa. As the sun sets, sample Japanese single malts at our Teppan bar while drinking in endless ocean views. The private island of Konotta is located 211 miles (340 kilometers) to the south of Malé and conveniently accessible via a 55-minute flight from Malé to Kaadedhdhoo Airport followed by a scenic 30-minute journey on a luxurious private speedboat. Visit outriggermaldives.com.

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.

Photography: Naj

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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Photography: Naj

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!

Champa Central Hotel

Champa Central Hotel is a new 3 Star hotel conveniently located in the center of Malé. Good quality and affordable rates make it a popular choice for leisure and business travelers. It is a short walk from the main shopping area and popular tourist attractions such as the National Museum, Parliament Building and Old Friday Mosque.

Executive, Deluxe or Superior Room with comfortable amenities and Free WiFi are available.

Buffet breakfast or a’ la carte menu for lunch and dinner in the “Farivalhu” Restaurant, Room Service and Take Away services are provided.

Coffee Shop features a’ la carte menu of international and Asian dishes, sports events on large screen TV, board games, located on the 9th floor.

The Roof Top Restaurant, the highest restaurant in town, features an a’ la carte menu with a variety of international selections, specializing in Indian cuisine, located on the 10th floor

The hotel arranges sightseeing tour, water sports excursion and a weekly entertainment program including Maldives culture & history presentation, marine preservation slide show, board games such as chess, checkers and scrabble and a lending library where you can take or donate a book

A Business Center, and a Fitness Center is available

Meetings & Banquets – 2 large, modern venues with facilities and services to fulfill business or social event needs with setups for a maximum of 300 guests; and 2 smaller venues, coffee shop, and rooftop restaurant

Champa Central Hotel is the preferred venue for meeting space and banquets and is 
Managed by Crown & Champa Resorts

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island wins seven awards at the first annual World Luxury Restaurant Awards

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, is delighted to be the recipient of seven prestigious accolades at the Annual World Luxury Restaurant Awards, held at The Grand Kronenhof Hotel in Pontresina on June 18, 2016.  In recognition of the resort’s outstanding food and beverage offerings, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island was awarded the following accolades at the World Luxury Restaurant Awards:

  • Mandhoo Spa Restaurant – Country Winner for ‘Luxury Scenic Setting’
  • Ufaa by Jereme Leung – Country Winner for Chinese Cuisine, Continent Winner for Best Head Chef
  • Ithaa Undersea Restaurant – Country Winner for ‘Fine Dining Cuisine’, Global Winner for ‘Luxury Scenic Setting’
  • Vilu Restaurant – Country Winner for ‘Best Wine Selection’, Finalist for ‘Fine Dining Cuisine’
  • Koko Grill – Country Winner for ‘Ambience/Romantic Atmosphere’  

Recognised globally for its excellent food and beverage offerings at its 12 restaurants and bars, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is a true gourmand’s delight, providing an array of international cuisines in a truly inspired setting. Conrad Maldives is world renowned for setting benchmarks in resort dining in the Maldives, being the first to create an undersea restaurant, Ithaa, the first to build an underground wine cellar, the first to establish a cheese bar, and the first to invite world-class chefs and winemakers to its islands.  

With 78 categories, the World Luxury Restaurant Awards recognises restaurants across the globe for their culinary excellence and memorable experiences, as well as assessing the quality of the atmosphere and service. The awards aim to provide luxury restaurants with increased recognition, as well as introduce them to potential new guests, both local and international. Votes come from both guests and industry experts, thus providing a balanced and unbiased outcome based on the food experience as a whole.  

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is delighted to add these awards to its growing list of accolades received in 2016, with the resort’s commitment to excellence also demonstrated through its success at the World Travel Awards earlier this year, where it was recognised in two highly coveted categories: ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel’ and ‘Maldives’ Leading Water Villa Resort’. These awards were voted for by travel and tourism professionals worldwide and recognise hotel leaders across the globe.  

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.  

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island also participates in Hilton HHonors®, the only guest loyalty program 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.

Milaidhoo Maldives Sees Stars (and so do its guests!)

Did you know that Milaidhoo is the first resort in the Maldives to have a star named after itself (in the constellation of Gemini at RA 6.462 and declination +18.50)? We liked the idea so much that we offer this service to our honeymooning guests too.

Gemini Constellation

In a country long-noted for luxury and romance, the boutique resort Milaidhoo Island Maldives sets a new standard for romantic gestures: it will name a star after its honeymooning guests as part of the ‘Perfect Honeymoon’ package.

The honeymooning couple will have a star in the night skies named after them and take home a naming certificate of registration and star chart so they can always find it. Guests can choose the name of their star and which constellation it’s in.

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The Perfect Honeymoon Package can be booked by couples who have a valid wedding certificate not more than six months old and are staying at least four nights in Milaidhoo. Room rates start at US$1,350 per night for two in a luxurious Pool Water Villa in November and the package includes:

  • Naming a star after the couple, with certificate and star chart
  • One utterly relaxing 60-minute spa treatment for two in a spa pavilion set on stilts over the ocean
  • A romantic three-course candlelit dinner on the deck of the guests’ villa
  • The resort’s signature honeymoon cake which awaits the guests in their villa on arrival along with a bottle of champagne and tropical fruit basket.

Not just another five star resort in the Maldives, Milaidhoo likes to do things differently: the resort calls it reinvented luxury. Naming stars after its honeymooning guests is just one of the many singular guest experiences offered by Milaidhoo, which prides itself on its ‘custom made and made for comfort’ service philosophy of only offering the very best in a way that’s individually tailored to each guest.

About Milaidhoo: We tell the story of a small island. Milaidhoo Island Maldives offers reinvented luxury and spacious outdoor living epitomizing the true contemporary Maldives.

This understated yet undeniably sophisticated 5 star boutique resort spans 13 acres with its design and concept proudly rooted in Maldivian culture. Set in Baa Atoll’s beautiful UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, this spectacular, secluded 50-villa island retreat is just a 35-minute seaplane flight from Maldives International Airport.

Stylish, intimate and natural; here our guests find a place where they truly belong. Milaidhoo Maldives is a member of The Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Big Bash in Baa Atoll – Finolhu Launches

The Maldives newest resort is open for business after the grand opening of Finolhu in Baa Atoll took place this weekend.

Three days of festivities included fireworks, stilt walkers, and fifty shades of blue set against the backdrop of the marine biosphere.

Entertainment at the launch of the Maldives new ‘beach club haven’ was provided by artists including British singer and dancer Katherine Ellis, star DJs Burt Bevan, DJ Jaffa and Kissy Sell Out and synthpop masters the Cuban Brothers.

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Big Baa Blowout

Guests were invited to a retro beach party on Friday, followed by a bonfire and cocktails into the small hours. Day two saw cabaret themed performances while those still standing on day three were treated to a 60 and 70s themed blowout.

Just 30 minutes from the capital Male by seaplane, the island harks back to classic era of beach holidays with its retro design.

125 villas spread across the lagoon, the ocean, and the beach are accompanied by dining options across 6 restaurants, with specialisms including Cantonese and North African cuisine. Rustic seafood offerings are also available for those who stroll out on the island’s 1.8km sandbar.

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The resort offers watersports activities and excursions around the scenic reefs of Baa atoll, while Cove Club embraces ‘massage, movement and chill’ – invites guests to work out, enjoy a spa treatment or just relax in the island’s wellness centre.

This weekend’s event is set to be continued with quarterly Finolhu BLHU events promising more atoll extravaganzas in the Maldives UNESCO reserve.

Finolhu is the second property to be opened by the Small Maldives Island Company, which introduced the luxury Amilla Fushi resort to Baa atoll in 2014.

Hotel Jen Male’ Maldives donates carpets to Ministry of Islamic Affairs.

Hotel Jen Male’ Maldives current remodelling of the rooms and ballroom will benefit the Ministry of Islamic affairs with twenty-four rolls of usable carpet, that has been donated to Ministry of Islamic Affair today. With the help of Ministry of Islamic Affairs, these carpets will be used in the numerous mosques located in Male’ city and the islands thus helping to make the mosque facilities warmer and more inviting for Muslim worshipper in this auspicious month of Ramadan where during this time, mosques get the most number of people visiting to use it for their daily prayer hence these carpets will provide an added comfort.

Hotel Jen Carpet donation 1Hotel Jen Male’ Maldives receives so much support from the community that we are delighted to give back in such an impactful way said Mr. Salim Abdoolcader ,Director of Operation at Hotel Jen Male’ Maldives.” “We believe good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others, therefore Hotel Jen, striving to be a model corporate citizen is proud to contribute to the local community in ways that give purpose and meaning”.

Hotel Jen carpet donation 3Hotel Jen Male’ Maldives has always been committed to giving back to the community through material, time and monetary donations to make innovative social contributions, leveraging on its expertise and management resources as well as the broad range of knowledge and experience possessed by its colleagues to make a broader and more profound contribution. Organisations like Kuda Kudinge Hiyaa, Cancer Society, beautiful eyes Down syndrome association and Disability center in Guraidoo have benefitted from Hotel Jen within the past years.

“We are so thankful for Hotel Jen Male’ Maldives generosity” said the Islamic Ministries Executive Mohamed Rasheed Ibrahim “the carpets we received will augment the mosque aesthetic tremendously and are able to make a more comfortable praying space for the people of the Maldives”.

The management and the Staffs of Hotel Jen are passionate about societal concerns and giving back to the community. Hotel Jen assures that we will continue to support by helping the community.

Jumeirah Dhevanafushi Launches ‘Underwater Snorkeling Adventure’

Jumeirah Dhevanafushi, situated in an idyllic and secluded location at the southernmost tip of the Maldives, invites guests to explore the resort’s incredible house reef with the newly unveiled ‘Underwater Snorkeling Adventure’ experience.

The package offers guests the chance to discover some of the world’s rarest, largest and most beautiful coral reefs under the guidance of Jumeirah’s Dhevanafushi’s expert marine biologist. The heart-shaped Meradhoo island is located on the Gaafu Alifu Atoll, 400 km from the capital Malé and is one of the most remote islands in the Maldives – perfect for anyone who really wants to ‘get away from it all.’

Guests will begin the morning with an exclusive opportunity to meet with the hotel’s marine biologist, who will talk about the importance of ecology and preserving the reef through an animated presentation. From there, guests will follow one of the resort’s experienced guides and plunge into the warm crystal clear waters, discovering a kaleidoscopic world teeming with marine life. The underwater snorkeling adventure offers the opportunity to listen to the parrotfish feeding off the coral, watch schools of vibrantly coloured reef fish swim by and search for sleeping octopuses by the rocks. Other finds may include trumpet fish, groupers, butterfly fish and wrasse and, if lucky, the guide may be able to find some turtles; further afield dolphins have been known to visit. Competent swimmers can even snorkel along the 850 metre stretch to the water bungalows, swimming along the house reef and diving past the drop-off into the deep blue ocean to discover some of the most incredible coral reefs the world has to offer.

Jumeirah Dhevanafushi
Jumeirah Dhevanafushi

The package also offers the opportunity to help with cleaning the house reef, and for anyone looking to go scuba diving during their stay, the resort’s PADI certified Meradhoo dive centre can accommodate beginners right the way through to experts.

The resort comprises 37 suites, including 21 villas on land and 16 over water Ocean Revives and Sanctuaries that are only accessible by boat. The over water villas are even equipped with a small ladder from the decking which leads directly into the azure waters of the ocean, perfect for more snorkelling.  All accommodation options offer a private pool and personal butler. Three restaurants and one cocktail bar offer mouth-watering delicacies and those looking for adventure may enjoy motorised or non-motorised water sports. Special excursions for couples can also be arranged including a romantic dinner cooked by a chef on the nearby private island Minimenza.