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President Nasheed Sentenced to 13 years in Jail; Calls for Mass Protests; Publicly Forgives His Jailers

President Nasheed dragged to court

The Maldives Criminal Court on Friday, March 13th, sentenced former President Mohamed Nasheed to 13 years in jail on charges of ‘terrorism’ for the detention (while he was still president in 2012) of a criminal court judge who had been accused of corruption, sexual abuse and who had refused to obey police summons.

In a blatantly politicized trial, which has lasted less than three weeks and been widely condemned in the Maldives and abroad, President Nasheed was repeatedly denied legal representation, denied the right to appeal, his defense witnesses were prevented from taking the stand, and prosecution witnesses were routinely coached by the judges and the police.

Chinese investment to help triple Maldives airport capacity


Chinese investment is expected to help triple passenger handling capacity of the Maldives international airport with the addition of a new runway, an official said on Thursday.

After presenting a conceptual video of the airport depicting the envisioned developments, the government targets to complete a large portion of the project by 2017. “We estimate that MACL (Maldives Airports Company Ltd) will earn 410 million U.S. dollars in revenue in 2017 as a result of the redevelopment,”  Minister of Economic Mohamed Saeed explained, adding that the income would be unprecedented in the government-owned company’s history.

Meet the locals in the Maldives

Manta Rays

If you really want to meet the locals in the Maldives, consider going on a manta ray cruise. Expeditions led by the conservation organization Manta Trust escorts guests on dives to observe and track the sea creatures.

You can sail aboard the Four Seasons Explorer, a three-deck catamaran that holds 22 passengers, on all-inclusive sailings for three, four or seven days. During your time in the water, you get to interact with the rays — and count them, photograph them, and collect and share data that’s critical to protecting their habitat, according to a statement by Four Seasons Resorts Madlives. Manta rays and whale sharks, which also thrive in the tropical waters, stay close to the water’s surface, which means you don’t have to dive to see them.

Guesthouse standards training commences

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Tourism ministry has started training inspectors going out to islands to check whether guesthouses meet required standards.
Twenty participants from seventeen islands took part in the one day seminar held at the National Centre for Information Technology (NCIT).
Under the Tourism Act the ministry is mandated to check guesthouse standards and find out whether they are managed in accordance with regulations.

An Insight into Maldivian Social Structure


Maldives was a caste society well into the 1920s. Modernization efforts in the 1990s however, have helped make Maldives more homogenous. Traditionally, a significant gap has existed between the elite living on Male and the remainder of the population inhabiting the outer islands.
Male, the traditional seat of the sultans and of the nobility, remains an elite society wielding political and economic power. Traditional privileged ruling families, government, business, and religious leaders, professionals and scholars are found in Male. Male differs from other island communities also because as many as 40 percent of its residents are migrants.

Dusit Thani Maldives launches Three-Bedroom Beach Residence

dusit thani maldives

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


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


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


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


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.