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Dusit Thani Maldives launches Three-Bedroom Beach Residence

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Located on breathtaking Mudhdhoo Island a mere thirty five minutes away from capital Malé, Dust Thani resort opened in 2012 and offers twenty six Beach Villas, ten Beach Villas with Pool, twenty nine Water Villas with Pool, twenty Ocean Villas with Pool, two Ocean Pavilions, two Beach Residences and five Family Beach Villas with Pool. And now Thani Maldives takes pride in announcing the launch of its brand new Three-Bedroom Beach Residence. Being one-of-its kind on the resort, this lavish masterpiece, measuring 690 square metres, presents a world of opulence amidst the tranquility of Mudhdhoo Island.

The landscaping around this residential marvel has been designed in true harmony with nature. Lush bougainvillea and palm-fringed trees surround this two-level residential masterpiece. This, combined with the powdery white sands that reach the doorstep, gives a new meaning to the term barefoot luxury.

Each living quarter of the beach residence shares a spacious tropical garden and a pavilion overlooking the breathtaking horizon of Indian Ocean. Here, luxury takes on a distinct dimension with a personal butler or maid’s room on the premises, for service at a moment’s notice if required. The Three Bedroom Beach Residence is designed to be your private address where peace, beauty and magnificence prevail.

According to Thanos Lionsatos, Director of Sales and Marketing, “This premium, high end product is an incredible addition to the resort which now presents a more diversified lodging proposition. Catering to a more affluent segment, including Ultra High-Net-Worth Individuals (UHNWI), we are pleased to provide more versatility and choice of accommodation at the resort. This is a step in the same direction.”

 

 

New beachfront restaurant named Thila opens at Kurumba Maldives

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Renowned luxury resort Kurumba Maldives, which has played host to world leaders including Bill Clinton and Kofi Annan, has announced the opening of a new seafront signature restaurant named Thila,on the private island. Thila means ‘reef’ in the local Dhivehi dialect and the restaurant’s interiors are designed to reflect its natural surroundings, with cool blue and light furnishings and materials such as lava stone, ceramic, travertine tiles and natural woods. The creative menu has quality seafood and prime meat cuts at its core complemented by fresh local produce.

Combining a fine dining experience with an airy and relaxed island setting, the new two-storey Thila restaurant features high ceilings under a traditional thatched Maldivian roof. The restaurant also boasts private dining areas, a bar with sea views and an ornamental pond with a glass bridge. According to the resort, it’s “the perfect venue for a truly romantic dinner under the stars, a refreshing and luxurious breakfast, or for savouring fresh cocktails and fiery Maldivian sunsets by the sea.”

It is one of eight restaurants in the resort, which was the Maldives’ very first private island resort when it opened more than 40 years ago. Since then the resort has grown to include nine distinct styles of accommodation, as well a rich variety of recreation and entertainment activities suitable for honeymooners and families alike.

Kurumba resort has received numerous awards, including Maldives Leading Hotel at the World Travel Awards in 2010 and 2011, and the 2013 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award for Best Service and Luxury.

Baa Atoll Conservation Fund grants US$100,000 for seven projects

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Free aid worth US$100,000 has been granted from the Baa Atoll Conservation Fund to finance seven environment protection and developmental projects in the atoll.

The fund was established in April 2012 following the designation of the atoll as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Environment Minister Thoriq Ibrahim handed award documents to the recipients at a ceremony held last night in Baa Eydhafushi.

The seven parties were selected following evaluation of 26 proposals. They were the Dharavandhoo development cooperative society, Kendhoo school, Kihaadhoo farm foundation, Maalhos women’s committee, Thulhaadhoo island council, and Eydhafushi Feyli association.

Baa Atoll, which includes Hanifaru Bay – an area world-renowned for sighting whale sharks and manta rays – was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in June 2011, after more than five years of lobbying by the government.

From: Minivan News

Atmosphere Resort Opens in the Maldives

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Stretched across the picturesque Lhaviyani Atoll, the Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives resort presents 150 villas all with direct access to a pristine lagoon and the utmost privacy. The villas, which start at generous 100 square meters, are spaced at least four meters apart and are positioned so that each one has a stunning sunset view across the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. Created with natural materials including timber, marble, and granite, the villas’ look is inspired by traditional island and modern architecture.

To ensure guests are in want of nothing, Atmosphere is kitted out with fun activities including a PADI-certified dive center, two swimming pools, one located on the sunrise side of the island and the other on the sunset side, and the Akiri Spa by Mandara. The large garden spa has 12 treatment rooms and specializes in natural, holistic rituals, including Ayurvedic therapies. And if guests aren’t sure where to start, the resort has an entertainment and recreation manager, who can make suggestions or plans.

When it comes to food and beverages, Atmosphere treats guests to a wide array including the Maldives’ first vegetarian restaurant, The Veg, which serves Mediterranean, Arabic, and even Jain-friendly menus. There is also a teppanyaki grill and The Spice, which services international cuisine in a buffet style, complete with live cooking station. For drinks, there are two bars located in the pool areas.

For more information, visit the Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives (Lhaviyani Atoll Maldives; 960/662-0066; doubles from US$767, inclusive).

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa wins Leading Dive Resort at Matato Maldives Travel Awards

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Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa has been named the leading dive resort in the Maldives at the prestigious Matato Maldives Travel Awards. The combination of the Hadahaa 360 degree pristine house reef, world class dive sites and a highly knowledgeable dive team is the recipe for this recognition. The ceremony took place in the capital Malé on 21st December 2013.
The Maldives is known as one of the world’s leading dive destinations and the hotel is delighted to be awarded the best dive resort in the country. This award is a huge achievement and a truly great honour for the dive and activity team, Blue Journeys at Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa.  

The 5 Star PADI Blue Journeys team offer the very best dive and activity experiences catering for many nationalities including Chinese and Russian. The team is the foundation of what is an unparalleled diving experience for any level of diver from Bubble Maker to Dive Master. The Blue Journeys team also includes Ciara McCarten, the resident Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa Marine Biologist responsible for coordinating all EarthCheck practices, conservation initiatives, monitoring of the house reef and guest workshops on topics ranging from identifying marine life to estimating fish stock and preservation and nurturing of the environment to both guests and staff alike.
Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa is situated on a private island, 55km north of the Equator in one of the largest and deepest atolls in the world, North Huvadhoo. The island is home to a pristine 360 degree house reef rivalling any spot in the Maldives. With no need for boats and being able to simply jump off the jetty, the house reef is a jewel in the Blue Journey crown. Why?
• Nationwide research has found the house reef to have the greatest coral cover in the Maldives, exceeding 100% cover
• Hot spot for biodiversity and home to an exceptional number of species
• Endangered species frequently sighted. Between 10-20% of the marine species are classified as critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable by the IUCN

The natural composition of this Maldives atoll means there are numerous pristine dive sites and scuba diving regions filled with exciting features like caves, steep drop offs and beautiful underwater landscapes, not to mention the breathtaking coral formations and abundance of Maldives fish life.

Velaa Private Island Resort Boasts its Own Superyacht

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Guests staying at a new ultra luxury resort in the Maldives can enjoy access to the resort’s very own superyacht.

Located on a previously uninhabited private island in the northern Noonu Atoll region of the Maldives, Velaa Private Island resort boasts over 40 private accommodations, comprising beach bungalows and romantic water villas, each with their own dedicated butler and swimming pool.

For yachting lovers, the resort’s own superyacht means guests can arrange a spontaneous day cruise or an intimate dinner on board, prepared by the yacht’s on-board chef.

The brainchild of Czech entrepreneur, Jiří Šmejc, the resort also features an array of other lavish facilities including a high end spa, a golf academy, a dedicated diving centre, and a restaurant specialising in the Teppanyaki style of Japanese cuisine.

The cost to stay at Velaa Private Island starts at around $1500 per night, rising to $30,000 for the most luxurious rooms.

source: http://www.superyachts.com/

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives wins Leading Family Resort award for second year running

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Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives has been named for the second year in succession as Leading Family Resort in the Maldives Travel Awards 2013.

“The awards were started in 2012, when we entered in this category and won,” says Voytek Klasicki, general manager of Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives. “Winning for the second time is a tremendous triumph for us, as the competition was intense. Our team here on the island is thrilled. Our success reflects on each and every one of them.”

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives is located in the South Ari Atoll, about 25 minutes by seaplane from Male International Airport, or 15 minutes by speedboat from the domestic Maamigili Airport.

The resort in 2013 launched a promotion with domestic carrier Flyme in which one child travelling with a family has a free flight from Male International Airport to Maamagili Airport. One child also stays at the resort completely free of charge, leaving parents with only the cost of the international flight.

Centara Hotels & Resorts is Thailand’s leading operator of hotels, with 47 deluxe and first-class properties covering all the major tourist destinations in the Kingdom. A further 18 resorts in the Maldives, Vietnam, Shanghai, Bali Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Mauritius Indian Ocean, Ethiopia brings the present total to 65 properties. Brands and properties within Centara ensure that specific categories such as couples, families, individuals, and meetings and incentives groups will all find a hotel or resort that is appropriate to their needs.

condensed from: http://www.eturbonews.com

Another postcard from paradise! Ronan Keating and girlfriend tweet more snaps from romantic Maldives break

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Ronan Keating and his Australian girlfriend are having a blissful time in the Maldives – and they want the world to know it.

The X Factor Australia judge, 36, posted yet another photo of himself and his girlfriend Storm Uechtritz, 32, as they finished their latest PADI diving course on the island.

The couple look giddy with excitement and exhaustion in the snap, where both are sporting wide smiles.

Another photo from his social media profile shows their mouth-watering lunch.

Two whole red snappers are laid side by side on a large plate, and are seasoned with generous slices of lime and lemon.

The fish were caught on the couple’s fishing expedition the night before with the Irish native accompanying the picture by saying: ‘I kid you not these are the fish @StormUechtritz caught yesterday And now it’s time for lunch’.

A photo of the happy couple holding up a freshly caught fish was uploaded to Ronan’s Instagram on Wednesday.

The couple holidayed in the Maldives, where they are staying at the five-star Viceroy resort and spa.

condensed from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

Blake Lively is make-up free, beautiful in Maldives with Ryan Reynolds

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Blake Lively always looks amazing, whether she’s walking the red carpet, smoldering in advertising campaigns or simply make-up free and chilling out on holiday.

The Gossip Girl actress looked the picture of radiance as she enjoyed a New Year’s sunshine break to the Maldives with Hollywood star husband Ryan Reynolds.

Blake is following in the footsteps of stars including Eva Longoria, Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez by representing the iconic cosmetics brand, and has described her appointment as an “honour”.

“I grew up with the inspiration of their message: “We’re worth it”. What an important value to instill in women. That beauty is rooted in confidence. That is key. That is why I’m so proud to be a L’Oréal Paris woman,” she said.

Meanwhile, the star’s gorgeous husband Ryan posed for a separate picture with staff at the Maldives resort, which is no surprise really considering how private the duo are.

The couple – who met on the set of The Green Lantern - married in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina in 2012 but have largely kept their romance away from the spotlight, rarely being photographed together at red carpet events.

source: http://www.reveal.co.uk/showbiz-celeb-gossip/news/a543789/blake-lively-is-make-up-free-beautiful-in-maldives-with-ryan-reynolds.html

Underwater Gardening in the Maldives

Back in 1998, the Maldives’ corals were hit by El Niño, a periodic weather phenomenon that marine biologists believe killed 90% of the country’s reefs. With just a 1C rise in temperature, corals turn white, exposing their inner skeletons and making them increasingly vulnerable – but Maldivian waters increased by a catastrophic 4C. Recovery was then hampered by the devastating 2004 Boxing Day tsunami that smashed into the chain of coral reefs, leaving hundreds almost beyond repair.

In the 75-strong island cluster of the Baa Atoll, a 35-minute seaplane flight from the capital Malé, you will find a greater diversity of fish than in most marine parks. Kihavah Huravalhi, home to the luxurious Anantara Kihavah resort, is one of the atoll’s few inhabited islands, and coral adoption and reforestation is flourishing here. On a morning dive or snorkel, it is possible to see a number of upside-down nursery frames, made from up-cycled flower baskets and metal rods, which house fractured pieces of coral.

The coral adoption and reforestation initiative has great ecological value as it involves replanting reef fragments to accelerate the regeneration of coral growth in the Maldives’ reef-fringed atolls. Within a year of planting, faster growing acropora corals, such as stag horn and table corals, completely cover the structures, while slower growing species such as sun corals are introduced once the colonies are well established. So how effective can underwater gardening be? “It’s definitely progress, and that’s all we can ask for,” said Evelyn Chavent, Anantara’s resident underwater expert and one of only six marine biologists permanently based in the Baa Atoll.

Kihavah may be one of the Maldives most popular places for underwater gardening, but it’s far from the only option for lessons in the marine world. Located in the same atoll,Dusit Thani  resort offers underwater education with a marine biologist, and guests can adopt a spotted eagle ray to help long-term conservation of the vulnerable species. At the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, the coral propagation project has to date transplanted more than 120,000 fragments of coral – one of the most successful reforestation projects in the world. The islands of Dhigu, Veli and Naladhu in the South Male Atoll, also run by the Anantara hotel group, are home to a number of coral adoption projects. Naladhu, in particular, sits on a crisp clear azure lagoon sheltered by a house reef that attracts black-tipped reef sharks and a huge variety of smaller species, including parrot and clown fish.

So what does it feel like to go gardening underwater? According to Chavent, it is something that will stay with you for life. “In years to come, some guests will come back to find that the small piece of coral that they planted has flourished and created a whole miniature eco-system around it,” she said. “That kind of sustainable tourism is priceless.”