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At 15 hectares, Ayada, on the southern rim of the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll and just 30km north of the Equator, is big enough to get lost on, and the more walking or cycling about you do, the more surprises keep popping up. Take a stroll after dinner (there are six restaurants) and… hello, what’s this? A wine-and-cheese station for a glass of rouge and a sliver of brie while sitting on a bench fashioned from a fishing boat. Or as you head off to Zuzuu (the kids’ club), you might stumble across The White Room, a part-colonial, part-tropical folly (pillars and a thatched roof) of such kitschness, you half expect the ghost of Elvis to emerge in a white tuxedo. Or you could stop in at the Ottoman Lounge (a nod to Ayada’s Turkish ownership) and settle in for a coffee with a squidge of Turkish delight and a shisha pipe. The Middle Eastern mood shimmies through the villas: a filigree lampshade here, a joss-stick there, a flounce of Turkish fabric over the bed. And there’s a full-on Turkish bath in the spa. This far from Malé, there’s not a hint of light pollution in the inky night skies; by day there are dive sites, snorkelling with whale sharks and (unusually for the Maldives) surf breaks.
NUMBER OF VILLAS 62 beach, 50 overwater
TRANSFER TIME A 55-minute flight from Malé to Kaadedhdhoo, then 45 minutes by speedboat
GETTING THERE The Couture Travel Company (www.couturetravelcompany.com) offers seven nights’ half board in a Beach Villa from £2,597 per person sharing, including flights and transfers.
According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer the number of international tourist arrivals grew by 4% in the first half of 2015. Europe, Asia and the Pacific and the Middle East all recorded 5% growth in international arrivals and the Americas 4%.
Scientists warn about the biggest coral die-off in history after confirming that the third-ever global bleaching of coral reefs is under way.The only two previous such global events were in 1998 and 2010, when every major ocean basin experienced bleaching.
Airbus could be set to relieve millions of holidaymakers after a patent for economy-class ‘sleeping boxes’ was submitted this week.
In the patent, Airbus states that pods are designed for economy class, admitting that current seating in the area is ‘only movable to a limited extent and therefore can be found by passengers to be uncomfortable, particularly on long haul flights.’
Migaloo Private Submarines, a company that designs high-end personal submarines, is now offering a beyond-high-end floating habitat called Kokomo Ailand.
The head of Singapore’s tourism board has said that despite the subdued first half, Singapore is sticking to its forecast for more than 15 million visitor arrivals this year, encouraged by an increase in travellers from China and India in July.
For 2015, it expects 15.1-15.5 million travellers, or flat to a 3 percent rise. July arrivals rose 7.7 percent, but were still down 1.7 percent in the first seven months.
The final day of the Maldives Open 2015 at Lohis Point threw down a challenge to the contestants by offering up a variety of conditions to test their determination that required them to earn their share of the $15,000 USD prize money.
In the Men’s Open final, it was 3-time ASC Champion Raditya Rondi from Kuta, Bali (Indonesia) against Yoni Klein from Israel, battling it out in strong windy conditions for a 25 minute final.
Researchers at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia have designed an autonomous robot called the COTSbot (crown of thorns starfish) to target starfish which prey on coral and are responsible for close to half of the decline in coral cover on the Great Barrier Reef.
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