Kaani Beach Hotel is the Ideal destination for those looking for a honeymoon or just something a little more out of the way and slower paced. With Sea View rooms and private balcony just in front of the beach and a wide variety of relaxing recreational activities such as fishing, snorkeling, sailing, and diving right at the hotel itself.
Ideal for fun and relaxation, The Beehive Hotel is located in Malé, capital island of the Maldives just a 10 minute ferry ride from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.
The ambiance of The Beehive Hotel is reflected in every guestroom. The Beehive offers modern rooms with flat-screen TVs and free Wifi, non smoking rooms and air conditioning are just some of the facilities that can be found throughout the property. The rooms comes with a fridge and ironing facilities. Private bathrooms have hot shower facilities and toiletries.
A hearty buffet breakfast is served daily at the Beehive’s restaurant, The Hive. The restaurant serves Western and Asian dishes.
For convenience, guests can deposit valuables in the safe at the 24-hour front desk. Staff can assist with business and laundry needs.
The hotel offers an excellent variety of recreational facilities, including diving, fishing, water sports (motorized).
Maldives Association of Travel Agents & Tour Operators (MATATO) has awarded Think Advertising the rights to organize and host MATATO Maldives Travel Awards. The agreement was signed between MATATO and Think Advertising on 18th April 2016. Mr. Abdulla Ghiyas Riyaz, President of MATATO signed on behalf of MATATO and Mr. Adheel Ismail, CEO of Think Advertising signed on behalf of Think Advertising.
MATATO, established in 2006, is one of the leading organization in the Travel Industry comprising of Travel Agents and Tour Operators. MATATO also represents Resorts, Hotels and Airlines in the Maldives. In addition to the advocating efforts of the organization, MATATO takes part in major international travel exhibitions, publish the annual Travel Guide and also hosts the Maldives Travel Awards. “We are very excited about this new partnership and what Think Advertising will contribute to the awards with their years of experience and expertise. Together we will bring yet another successful edition of the Travel Awards, and the Industry can expect a better show with changes that will retain and elevate the significance of the Awards” – Mr. Abdulla Ghiyas Riyaz, President of MATATO.
Formed in 2005, Think Advertising is the leading advertising and events management company in the Maldives. For the past 11 years, Think Advertising has served a major clientele and hosted the largest events in various industries. “We thank MATATO for entrusting us to organize and host the Award. We also acknowledge and appreciate the efforts from MATATO and the previous organizer to have organized the Award for the past 4 years. We, at Think Advertising ensures MATATO and the industry that we are committed to take the Award to the next level” – Mr. Adheel Ismail, CEO, Think Advertising.
MATATO Maldives Travel Awards was launched in 2012 and the year 2016 marks the 5th Anniversary. The Travel Awards is the most prestigious and highly recognised label in the tourism sector of the Maldives. Coinciding with the Visit Maldives Year 2016, the event will be one of the premium events of the year in the country.
Think Advertising will be organizing and hosting the next Maldives Travel Awards for MATATO in 2016. In the coming weeks, Think Advertising will be communicating the date of the event and notice for nominations and sponsorships.
The MV Sea Spirit is a spacious liveaboard vessel that offers comfortable accommodation together with the high standard of service, offering an exciting and varied schedule of departures encompassing the very best of Maldives Diving.
There are huge advantages to diving on a boat that takes only a small number of passengers – it is so much less intrusive to marine life when twelve divers jump into the water rather than twenty five, so you as a diver will have a much better opportunity to come close up to those elusive species you have been hoping to see. Of course, add to that the more personal service and attention to detail both on board and in the water, and you have an ideal liveaboard experience.
The Sea Spirit is managed by two highly professional Cruise Directors who are fully qualified Dive Instructors and have many years of liveaboard experience behind them. They guide and coordinate the dive planning and ensure that the standards of your holiday are maintained in every way. A good crew and experienced dive team are essential for the successful operation of a liveaboard. With many years experience in the Maldives, the Sea Spirit’s team is able to consistently deliver a high standard of service safety and care.
Maldives consists 99% of water. Whale Submarine Maldives gives you the opportunity to experience Maldives in a unique way. Perfect for those wanting to witness Maldives’ magical underwater, without getting wet.
How to do your booking:
Whale submarine dives in every 90 minutes DAY and NIGHT, starting 9am until 8pm.
If you stay in a resort/hotel that provides Whale Submarine as an in-house excursion, you can do booking through them.
If your resort/hotel does not provide this service you can directly contact Whale Submarine Maldives and they will make arrangements to pick you up from the resort, provided that you are staying at a close by resort.
Your travel agent or tour guide may also arrange this for you.
If you are staying at a far away resort join Whale Submarine dive when you arrive at the airport, for your departure.
If your flight is at 12pm you can join Whale Submarine’s 9am dive, and if you are leaving late in the evening, Whale Submarine have the evening dive for you.
If your flight is early in the morning or if you feel that you would not have enough time at the airport to join the dive, ask your tour operator or travel agent to arrange your transfer to Malé the day before. This will give you the ample time to do some sightseeing in Malé and do some shopping in addition to the dive in the submarine. This would give you the opportunity to explore the capital city, Malé above and below water to be able to appreciate fully what Maldives is.
When you make booking through the resort/hotel you will be transferred directly to the submarines floating dry-dock called ‘Whale House’.
If you are a departure passenger you may check-in to Whale Submarine’s airport counter located at the arrival hall. Here you may leave your luggage with Whale Submarine’s staff and board Whale Submarine’s transfer vessel to the dive site. The ride out to the dive site will take approximately 20 minutes. The transfer vessel transfers you to Whale Submarine’s ‘Whale House’ on the dive site. A special area in the ‘Whale House’ is designated for passengers and here you will be served refreshments and wet tissues.
Ticketing. While you relax on the ‘Whale House’, Whale Submarine’s ticketing staff will issue the tickets. Payments have to be made direct to the counter here and all major credit cards are accepted. Once the tickets are issued you will board the submarine. There is no restroom on the submarine and therefore you are requested to use the restroom on the’ Whale House’ before boarding the submarine.
While you relax on the ‘Whale House’, Whale Submarine’s ticketing staff will issue the tickets. Payments have to be made direct to the counter here and all major credit cards are accepted. Once the tickets are issued you will board the submarine. Please note, there is NO restroom on the submarine and therefore you are requested to use the restroom on the’ Whale House’ before boarding the submarine.
On board the submarine you will descend to a submerged reef 40 meters beneath the surface. However the first stop is at 25 meters where you will see a colorful display of corals and different types of reef fish. In most of the dives the submarine is greeted by a school of blue or yellow-striped Snappers.
Common Lion fish, Yellow Box Fish and turtles are usually found here. Next stop at 40 meters is yet another type of coral garden and depending on current the submarine will be beached on a sandy spot just close to a big cave. The exterior lights of the submarine will enable you to see the different types of fish taking shelter inside the cave.
Occasionally White Tip Reef Sharks and Napoleons are sighted here. If you are lucky you may be able to see one of the biggest Groupers in the Maldives here on this location. This 2 meter long Giant Grouper frequents this area and is totally devoid of fear for the submarine. In many dives she has come close to the view-ports and showed the passengers its gaping mouth with unevenly arranged razor sharp teeth.
Depending on time of the day, current and many other factors the submarine may dive on some historical sites such as a shipwreck or a more exciting place like a shark feeding area or just another beautiful reef. Before the dive begins the crew inside the submarine would give you a briefing on that particular dive site.
If you are joining a night dive watch closely for the sleeping manta rays as the Whale Submarine’s powerful exterior lights lit the whole area.
Make sure you take your camera with you and never miss any surprise encounter with a shark or maybe a giant grouper or the protected Napoleon’s now feared for extinction.
After a breath-taking 45 minutes dive the submarine will ascent to the surface. The transfer vessel will be there to pick you up immediately after the dive and you will be dropped to Malé, the Airport or back to your resort. The whole tour will take approximately less than 3 hours.
8:30 pm – 6:00 pm
8:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Tel: 3333939 / 7903939
Email: [email protected]Few features of the Whale Submarine. Whale Submarine is designed and constructed in Karlsruhe, Germany under the strict regulations of the American Bureau of Shipping and Bureau Veritas and is capable of carrying 50 passengers to a dive depth of 150 meters. Whale submarine is currently the world’s deep diving largest tourist submarine in existence. So far this submarine has performed more than 5000 dives safely. The cabin of the submarine is fully air-conditioned and has a normal atmospheric pressure and thus you breath normal air. Therefore you are safe to fly just after a dive. Whale Submarine has redundant safety features to ensure the safest, most comfortable ride, and is operated by a fully trained and certified team of French and local pilots. Whale Submarine carries enough oxygen, water and food supplies to support all passengers and crew for 100 hours.
As surf season gets underway in the Maldives, so too does the build up to the country’s hottest invitational: Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy. And kicking off 2016’s illustrious line-up, big wave legend Shane Dorian has confirmed his return to defend last year’s title.
Unique in many ways, the Champions Trophy determines a surfer’s heat time based on their age and tests skill across three different divisions: single-fin, twin-fin, and triple-fin thruster. Places are granted by invitation-only to just six world champions in a battle for inner-circle kudos and the USD 25,000 prize winnings.
Hawaiian big-wave slayer Dorian secured the 2015 title in a nail-biting Grand Final against defending champion Dave Rastovich (AUS). En route to the final, he achieved the Champions Trophy’s highest single wave score – a 10, the first in the competition’s history – and the highest heat total: 19.60 (out of a possible 20).
A recent finalist at the Quicksilver Eddie Invitational and The Jaws Big Wave World Event, Dorian is already turning his attention to the August event, commenting, “Lisa and I can’t wait to return to the Maldives to enjoy the chilled out vibe of the Champions Trophy. It’s such a unique concept with fun waves and great company and definitely one of the highlights of our year.”
The Surfing Champions Trophy is hosted onboard Four Seasons Explorer – the Maldives’ ultimate surf vessel. Fans can get up close to the action with onboard VIP passes, while the surf tour experience continues with shoulder-rubbing events back at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, which plays host to the contest’s competitors, judges and Tropicsurf partners (the pros behind the Resort’s surf operation).
Event Coordinator Mark Winson of Tropicsurf comments, “It’s crazy to think how prominent the Surfing Champions Trophy has become in just six years. It’s a one-of-a-kind event where the camaraderie off the waves makes for an even more magical competition on them.”
It won’t be long before the remaining five world champions are announced, and if previous years are anything to go by, fans can expect powerhouse names and some interesting twists.
For a piece of the action, book the Group Surf & Stay package, available for a minimum booking of five rooms at Kuda Huraa between August 8 and 14, 2016, including:
- All-inclusive 5 or 7 nights accommodation (full board)
- Competition day passes aboard Four Seasons Explorer
- 5 or 7 days of intense surfing with Tropicsurf’s expert guides
- Return transfers
Kurumba Maldives is proud to announce that they have been awarded two accolades in the 2016 World Travel Awards as follows:
Maldives’ Leading Resort 2016
Indian Ocean’s Leading MICE Hotel 2016
The first award highlights Kurumba as Maldives’ Leading Resort, which is presented to the best 4.5 to high end 5-star resorts. Kurumba Maldives has been revitalising itself with a large investment to enhance the guest experience progressively over the past six years. Combined with these actions, the resort was rebranded under the principle of “Maldives in Full Colour”, which has brought a highly differentiated guest experience with the goal to offer more for its guests than resorts further afield.
The second award, as Indian Ocean’s leading MICE hotel is presented due to the resort being able to successfully host corporate retreats, groups, incentives, meetings and events on its grounds.
The prestigious World Travel Awards have been recognising organisations delivering outstanding customer experiences in travel and tourism for more than 20 years. They have become a key global institution of the industry, stimulating competition and innovation among operators, as well as providing a helpful testimonial for quality to travellers worldwide. The Wall Street Journal is among the many media that have heralded WTA as “the Oscar’s of the travel industry”.
Judit Rosa, Sales & Marketing Manager of Kurumba Maldives commented: “We are thrilled to receive these prestigious symbols of recognition. A key part of these awards is a voting poll and we would like to thank all our loyal guests and key partners for their continuous support. Secondly, as a resort we are always looking to raise our standards and create a unique and thoughtful journey for our guests on a beautiful island setting. We are truly grateful for the positive recognition from our guests.”
For a list of all the awards, please check:
Amidst the stunning turquoise hues of the Maldives archipelago, lies the tranquil island of Maadhoo; home to the brand NEW LIFESTYLE LUXURY Resort – OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo! Opening its doors on 15th July 2016 – OZEN at Maadhoo will be the Flagship Luxury resort within the Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts portfolio, the up & coming Indian Ocean hospitality brand.
Just 35 minutes away by speedboat from the Malé International Airport, the contemporary design style & overall ambience of OZEN at Maadhoo, complements the naturally blessed surroundings of the romantic Maadhoo Island.
The resort offers the discerning traveler a uniquely exclusive holiday plan – The Atmosphere INDULGENCE™- an ultra-luxury All-Inclusive plan, offering exotic Champagnes, Cocktails & Wines along with dine-around Fine Dining experiences which also includes a unique Underwater Dining experience at the FIRST underwater restaurant in Male’ Atoll. The Atmosphere INDULGENCE™ also includes Luxurious Spa therapies from Atmosphere’s very own Elena Spa; an extensive spa complex with exquisite overwater treatment rooms and a wide range of relaxing and rejuvenating rituals and therapies. The Indulgence continues with superior world-class Diving adventures at Atmosphere Aqua Club; OZEN’s PADI Certified Dive School with a team of multilingual experienced professionals, along with watersports and snorkeling trips. The OZEN experience encompasses all elements of a Luxury holiday experience in the Maldives! NO Surprises, NO Shocks, NO Hidden Extras – ALL INCLUDED in ONE Price!
OZEN features 41 Beach-front villas and 49 over-water villas, each overlooking the expansive lagoon and the horizon. All living spaces are created with utmost Luxury & Comfort in mind, whilst incorporating a seamless fusion of modern design, nature and vibrancy! Many of these villas come with their very own 8 meter lap pools, featuring fiber-optic Mood lighting, also boasts a Mesmeric Maldivian Sunset View, directly from their villas!
Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts, after having successfully opened Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives in December 2013, with its unique Premium All-Inclusive Holiday Plan and fantastic value for money, went on to create the very popular & best in class 4-star superior resort – OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli, before venturing into the Luxury segment with OZEN.
OZEN by Atmosphere is certainly expected to be the next BIG thing in the Maldives!
Jumeirah Vittaveli has won the World Travel Award 2016 for ‘Maldives’ Leading Spa Resort,’ at the Africa and Indian Ocean gala evening in Zanzibar.
Graham Kiy, General Manager at Jumeirah Vittaveli, said: “We are proud to have been awarded this outstanding recognition for Jumeirah Vittaveli and our Talise Spa, which is an integral part of the resort. Every day, our team strives to deliver superior service and an indulgent experience, ensuring our guests enjoy the paradise of the Maldives to the fullest. Part of this is providing culturally connected treatments, such as the use of pure Maldivian coconut oil within some of our treatments – produced on site and harvested from coconuts from the island, this is a favourite with our guests.”
Guests at Jumeirah Vittaveli can indulge in signature couple’s treatments such as the Vittaveli Romance which includes a full body massage followed by an intimate rich coconut milk bath. Guests can also request the spa team to prepare a romantic bath in their villa, complete with flower petals, strawberries and bubbly.
More information about the resort can be discovered on the official Jumeirah blog: ‘5 Reasons the Maldives is perfect for families’.
The World Travel Awards are voted for by travel and tourism professionals worldwide. Established in 1993, the awards are recognised as a world-class hallmark of quality. Each year a series of gala ceremonies are staged to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence in the tourism industry.
Graham Cooke, President of the World Travel Awards, said: “My congratulations to everybody who was nominated at the World Travel Awards Africa and Indian Ocean gala ceremony this and especially those who picked up a trophy. As the first stop on our annual grand tour, the bar has certainly been set high for the rest of the year and I look forward to greeting all of our winners from this evening at the grand final in the Maldives in December.”
Kurumba Maldives is pleased to announce the arrival of Yogi Vijeth, experienced Yoga therapist, teacher and Yogic counselor, for a week of Yoga related sessions.
Vijeth started practising Yoga when he was 12 years old. He graduated in Gurkula School, then completed a postgraduate degree in Yogic science in Mangalore University, India. He then conducted a Chandrayana Vratta program, which is an ancient yoga detoxification technique (weight reduction programme) for several groups, as well as research on the effect of yogic practices during pregnancy. Vijeth is an experienced teacher and has conducted a series of seminars and workshops during his career.
From 16th to 23rd May 2016, daily special sessions will be on offer for up to 20 guests per group. These include Yoga and Meditation in the mornings and evenings plus Yogic Counselling and Therapy. The Yoga and Meditation sessions will include a group discussion about creating healthy habits and setting goals.
The Yogic Counselling and Therapy sessions will revolve around the Yoga philosophies, which act as a therapist in removing self-created problems in our minds. Yoga philosophy is both science and art. Its reason and technique will help individuals appreciate life. Private sessions with Yogi Vijeth can also be arranged upon request.
This unique visit is in addition to the existing complimentary group Yoga sessions which are part of the expansive weekly activities program; along with many other varied activities ranging from the active, like guided snorkelling, to the more indulgent wine tasting or live cooking demonstrations. Kurumba consistently strives to offer all its guests more, so they can experience the very best of the island lifestyle and the Maldives In Full Colour.