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The luxury Maalifushi by COMO is a new island resort which opens this month. The island, located in the sparkling turquoise waters of the Madives’ southerly Thaa Atoll, comprises of 66 rooms on land and some over-water.
The luxury 66-room Maalifushi is the only resort in the atoll. Thaa is neighboured by a string of uninhabited islands – more classic wisps of sand and lolling palm trees – including another deserted isle belonging to the resort that can be visited for super-secluded picnics.
It’s mostly overwater accommodation, including a number of suites and villas with private pools; the seas below the overwater accommodation are not rocky, but perfectly smooth. Interiors throughout the resort are by Japanese designer Koichiro Ikebuchi; a pared-back style, with natural light and open vistas. The island will also have a Japanese seafood restaurant facing the sunset, a 44m pool, a sunken sushi bar and one of the Maldives’ best and biggest spas.
The luxury holiday resort in the Maldives boasts two restaurants: Maldi offers all-day dining serving a fusion of international and Maldivian cuisine and Tai, which serves Japanese featuring a sushi bar and sunken sunset bar. There’s also a bar, spa with eight luxury rooms, yoga pavilion and library.
The Maldives’ first amusement park has opened on Malé City’s township island Gulhi Falhu on Friday.
The “Global Amusement Park” is an initiative of the Global Projects Development Company. The company is in charge of developing a high end “Global Green City” in Gulhi Falhu lagoon as an alternative to Malé City.
The amusement park will be open on every Friday and Saturday from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm and a roller coaster ride, bumper car ride, luxury train ride, a merry go round and a chasing car ride.
Entry tickets cost MVR 20 and every ride costs between MVR 10 – 50. Ferry services from Malé City to Gulhi Falhu are free.
Manager of Global Projects Raj Maniyandan told local media the company intends to open a water park on Gulhi Falhu. He also said two beach villas are available for families who wish to stay overnight on the island.
Tigerair Singaporean budget carrier has decided to launch flights to the Maldives in January 2014.
The only other airline that offers direct flights between Maldives and Singapore is Singapore Airlines. Tigerair will be the first budget carrier to offer direct flights between Maldives and Singapore.
Singapore’s Straits Times has said that Tigerair will operate four weekly flights to Maldives.
The Straits Times says, “To celebrate the launch, Tigerair is offering a promotional fare of $133 (inclusive of taxes) for a one-way flight from Singapore to Malé, the capital city of the Maldives.” Travel for bookings made under this promotion must take place between 24 January and 20 September 2014.
Malaysian budget carrier Air Asia also recently commenced flights to the Maldives.
On September 21, 2012, 104 green turtle hatchlings emerged from the sand on Sunrise Beach at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa – the first wild turtles to be born on the island in 15 years.
The majority of the babies were released into the ocean beyond the Resort’s House Reef, with four taken to Kuda Huraa’s turtle pools to increase their chances of survival in the wild.
For the past year, Maluo, Alfred, Bailey and Ariel have been hand-reared by the Resort’s marine biologists. In addition to being monitored, cleaned, weighed and measured on a weekly basis, they have been fed a fresh daily diet of green and brown algae, jellyfish, fish, lobster, crab and squid to supply all the nutrients they would receive in the wild.
Since 2011, Kuda Huraa’s marine biologists have been liaising with the Maldivian Ministry of Fisheries and working with island communities across the country to increase awareness of turtle conservation and encourage individuals and communities to protect nests. To date, the team has hand-reared and released a total of 28 hatchlings from protected nests, dramatically improving their chances of survival in the wild.
With Maluo, Alfred and Bailey being Kuda Huraa born and bred, their release back to the wild marks an exciting landmark for the Resort. By monitoring the turtles’ movement via satellite, Kuda Huraa’s marine team hopes to gain a better understanding of the habitat use, migration routes and foraging grounds of green turtles in the central Indian Ocean – as well as keep a close eye on their ‘babies’ as they embark on their new life in the open ocean.
Veli Spa at Kurumba is the first spa of any resort island in the Maldives to use Dhivehi Beys treatments. Dhivehi Beys is a traditional Maldivian medicine made from local herbs and ingredients. Healing remedies and secrets from Indians, Persians, Malaysians, Sri Lankans and Chinese were acquired, synthesized and then used to develop local herbal remedies.
The new signature massage, called Akarakara Theyo Dhemun, uses local herbs combined with coconut oil. This benefits sufferers of arthritis, inflammation of joints and muscle pain. It improves blood circulation, strengthens the tissues and muscles, relieves the tightness on the scalp that causes migraines and is ideal for people who have nerve issues.
Lansimoo Theyo Dhemun is a back, neck and shoulder massage that uses a hot poultice filled with a blend of Maldivian herbs. These herbs are used to release nerve tightness and reduce migraines and muscle spasm.
The Tamburu Fai-Foot Massage uses Akarakara and Lansimoo with a blend of other local herbs and is used to improve blood circulation, promote healing and soothe joint pain.
Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa has achieved Silver EarthCheck Certification for the second consecutive year – making it one of the few resorts worldwide to gain such recognition.
Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa was the first property in the Maldives to follow the EarthCheck Planning and Design Standards during construction, which resulted in the resort becoming bronze benchmarked in 2009 by EarthCheck – the world’s leading sustainable travel and tourism certification organisation. Following an extensive audit in 2012, the resort reached the programme’s coveted Silver certification, and in 2013 was recognised for a second year, firmly placing the resort as a leader in the unique worldwide group of sustainable tourism operators.
As the Hyatt Group’s first sustainable tourism development, one of the primary objectives was to ensure that the resort was planned, designed and constructed in an environmentally sensitive manner. In addition, it also required that during operation, the resort should take great care to minimise its effect on the environment, enhance the Maldivian experience and to be as energy efficient as possible – a responsibility that the resort still places as a priority today.
Following the EarthCheck assessment in 2013, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa was highly commended for our use of reusable glass bottles for drinking water, which is bottled onsite reducing plastic bottle waste by approximately 100,000 per year. EarthCheck also identified that the apparent awareness of our staff on environmental initiatives was highly commendable.
In April 2013, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa was recognised in the ‘Best Sustainable Hotel’ category at the Asia Pacific Hotel Awards, receiving an international 5* award for their ongoing commitment to the environment.
It may be the smallest nation in Asia in terms of population but when it comes to luxury hotels, the Maldives punches well above its weight. Already more than 90 of its 1,190-odd islands are private resorts, and the coming months see more key openings. The first is Cheval Blanc Randheli, which opens in the Noonu Atoll on November 15.The hotel is the second to open under the auspices of the newish Cheval Blanc hospitality brand, operated by Möet Hennessy Louis Vuitton Hotel Management. A 45-minute flight from Malé, the resort is reached by its own liveried Twin Otter De Haviland seaplane.
Each of the villas, designed by the Belgian-born doyen of Asian-influenced hotel design Jean-Michel Gathy, has its own 41ft (12.5m) pool. There are tennis courts, a golf simulator, a Guerlain spa, a yacht, a dhoni… Everything is in the best possible taste.
What raises the hotel above the ordinarily glorious is a substantial body of work it has commissioned from the French artist Vincent Beaurin. Asked to produce a work – a soaring copper arch – to mark the entrance to the property, as well as a series of pieces to hang one apiece in each of the 45 villas, his thoughts turned to the landscape, but the Maldives’ Islamic culture meant his creations could not be too figurative. “I found the need to avoid anything figurative challenging but also liberating,” he said. The other challenge put to him was a demand that each work be visible from a distance of 91ft (28m) – the length from the door of each villa to its back wall.
His solution was to produce a series of raised rounds, 11 inches (28cm) in diameter, that protrude from the walls rather as the island rises above the ocean. Each was carved by hand from polystyrene, a material he likes because “it looks very heavy, but is light”. Then, one by one, he painted them in epoxy resin, and sifted, using a domestic sieve, a mix of ground marble and quartz sand that had been tinted an array of colours. Each shade was applied individually, and the effect is mesmerising – photographs do them no justice. Each displays a range of colours that at their simplest level recall the Maldivian landscape but at their most complex speak of Goethe’s colour theories and the spectrum that makes up light.
Rooms at Cheval Blanc Randheli start from $1,300 (£810) a night
As part of its sustainability program, the Six Senses Laamu resort in the Maldives has a set of new rules for its dolphin-watching trips.
Designed by the resort biologist Rachel Lambert, the seven-point program aims to protect local spinner and bottlenose dolphins, commonly found near the island of Laamu. Guides are trained to keep 50 meters from animals, and not to separate mothers and calves, nor chase dolphins, approach them directly or rapidly change speed or direction in the boat.
“Disturbance is the major conservation concern related to the whale and dolphin watching industry as the presence of boats has been shown to change the behaviour of the animals,” Ms. Lambert wrote in an email, identifying impacts ranging from collisions to aggression in the animals, low reproduction rates and, in the worst case, habitat abandonment.
The Asian chain plans to implement the policies in its Vietnam and Oman properties in the future.
Management at Hudhuranfushi Resort, Maldives have taken a welcome step to managing on island surfer numbers by appointing World Surfaris as their official surf operations manager & offering a new surfer management plan that will limit surfers permitted to a maximum of 35 during March to October season.
The new surfer package is only available through international surf adventure company World Surfaris and their affiliate agents and promises to free up the house break ‘Lohi’s’ from the annual abundance of visiting surfers.
Fostering a ‘less is more for everyone’ attitude World Surfaris owner Shaun Levings has indicated that this is a positive step in managing surfer numbers in the North Male’ atoll of the Maldives.
“Surfer numbers visiting North Male’ atoll & Hudhuranfushi Resort have considerably increased in recent years. The resulting influx has often left guests frustrated to say the least with a bad atmosphere in and out of the water. After all who’d want to travel to this dream destination and have to share the line up with an excessive crowd? The new surf management plan means less people in the water with more waves for your money and a great vibe throughout your holiday.” Levings stated.
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SURFERS looking for uncrowded waves can head to a Maldives resort that has moved to cap surfer numbers.
Hudhuranfushi Resort has recruited World Surfaris to implement a sustainable surf tourism initiative, limiting the number of surfers to 35.
World Surfaris managing director Shaun Levings says the move was in response to overcrowding. As part of Maldivian tourism laws, Hudhuranfushi guests already have exclusive use of the house wave in front of the resort – known as “Lohis” – that wraps around Lohifushi Island. Locals are still able to surf the wave and guests of Hudhuranfushi are also able to access surrounding breaks. Now each guest wishing to surf will have to pre-register for one of 35 allocated surf passes.
There are six other world-class waves within 20 minutes of the resort.
A seven-night surfer package at Hudhuranfushi Resort starts from $A2819 including accommodation in a beach villa, return airport transfers, all meals and drinks. Bookings are available from March to October.