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People Market Overview & Stats MMPRC Roadshows
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TTM Takeover
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Editor’s Picks

Nika Island Resort & Spa Maldives Sets the Bar High with Exclusive Private Beach Villas

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Managing Director & CEO

Akhmeem Abdul Razzaq

Director - Chief Content Officer

Mohamed Khoorsheed

Chief Commercial Officer

Raaya Abdulla

Chief Editor Nashama M.

Managing Editor

Iyasha Arif

Assistant Editor Ibrahim Maiz

Content Manager

Ma’aan Abdulla

Content Creator

Ali Rishfan

Multimedia Journalist

Ahmed Raaif

Multimedia Journalist

Ahmed Shaif

Multimedia Journalist

Afaaf Adam

Multimedia Journalist Hassan Moosa

Office Assistant Mohammad Ratan


Mohamed Lihaz

Chief Operating Officer Ahmed Nasir

Director - Chief Digital Officer Ibrahim Areef

Chief Design Officer Zaya Ahmed

Art Director Hamdhoon W.


Volume – May 2024

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Orca Media Group Pvt. Ltd 4th Floor, Ma.Oliveena Chandhanee Magu, Male’ Republic of Maldives

Dear Readers,

Welcome to the May 2024 edition of Travel Trade Maldives, our print publication dedicated to travel, trade, and tourism in the Maldives.

In this issue, we are thrilled to present our TTM Takeover featuring Cora Cora Maldives — Capturing the Fun of Freedom in Every Glance! Nestled amid the serene waters of Raa Atoll, the resort is a haven where guests can bask in the splendour of paradise. Our Editor’s Picks showcase properties like Nika Island Resort & Spa, Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi, and Crown & Champa Resorts.

The cover story spotlights the fusion of technology and travel in the Maldives and discusses the remarkable evolution of the travel landscape since the inception of the country’s first resort.

In our People section, you’ll find insightful discussions with industry experts such as Justin Swart, the General Manager at Cora Cora Maldives; Vishen Mootoo, Commercial Director at Cora Cora Maldives; and Khun Jean-Louis Ripoche, the General Manager at Dusit Thani Maldives.

As always, our regular news segments cover various industry aspects, including emerging destinations, industry updates, what’s on, and awards and accolades, offering a comprehensive view of the latest developments in the Maldives’ thriving tourism landscape.

Happy reading!

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Bringing the world of aviation to the Maldives!

Velana International Airport is hosting Air Service World Congress- a gathering of aviation leaders that foster collaboration on future route development and air service initiatives

July 9-11, 2024 | Maldives


MMPRC Roadshows & Fairs List

B2B B2C Dive Trade


24th - 28th January


Madrid, Spain


06th - 08th February


Istanbul, Turkiye

08th - 10th February


Mumbai, India

22nd - 24th February


Delhi NCR, India


05th - 07th March


Berlin, Germany



22nd - 24th March


Malaysia, Kuala Lampur


10th - 12th April


Cape Town, Africa

12th - 14th April



15th - 17th April


São Paulo, Brazil

24th - 26th April


Almaty, Kazakhstan


06th - 09th May


Dubai, UAE

22nd - 24th May


Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


27th - 29th May


Shanghai, China


25th - 26th June


09th - 11th October


Rimini, Italy




21st -22nd August



17th - 19th September


Paris, France



Tokyo, Japan

ITB ASIA Singapore

23rd - 25th October TBC


Bangalore, India


05th - 07th November





02nd - 05th December

ILTM CANNES Cannes, France



Hong Kong, China (TBC)




The Ministry of Tourism in the Maldives has disclosed that the nation has welcomed over 698,893 tourist arrivals thus far in 2024, as of 16th April. This marks an increase of 14.4% compared to the corresponding period last year, which registered 611,581 arrivals, showcasing a considerable advancement from the 513,412 arrivals recorded in the same timeframe in 2022.

Data indicates that 194,227 tourists graced the Maldives in March this year, with over 94,889 visitors exploring the country within the initial two weeks of April (1st- 16th). The average daily influx of tourists stands at 6,532, while the average duration of their stay in the Maldives is reported to be 7.9 days.

Total Tourist Arrivals

(*as of 16th April 2024)


Monthly Tourist Arrivals

China has maintained its stance as the primary source market for Maldivian tourism, commanding a market share of 10.7% with 74,833 recorded arrivals. The United Kingdom has ascended to the second position, capturing a market share of 10.0% with 70,064 recorded arrivals, after overtaking Russia, which is now in third place with 9.9% of the market share and 69,432 recorded arrivals.

The Maldivian tourism industry has made significant strides in enhancing its offerings and expanding visitor experiences. Tourism Minister Ibrahim Faisal

has disclosed the government’s intentions to assume control of Bodufinolhu Island in Laamu Atoll for tourism development. Furthermore, the Ministry of Tourism aims to host the prestigious ITB Berlin Fair in 2026, with Minister of Tourism Ibrahim Faisal expressing the country’s aspiration following the Maldives’ recent participation in the event. Preparation efforts involve discussions among the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) and relevant stakeholders to ensure logistical and organisational readiness for the potential hosting duties.


Additionally, in April, the Maldives welcomed several cruise liners, including AIDAbella, MS Artania, and Crystal Serenity. Concurrently, Hanimaadhoo International Airport has resumed international flights after a year-long hiatus prompted by a major development project. Additionally, formal plans have been announced for the development of a 12-hectare tourism zone near Fuvahmulah Airport, aimed at bolstering tourism in the region. Notably, Hanimaadhoo International Airport has resumed international flights, currently operating two weekly flights and unveiling a new section of the runway. The completion of the remaining runway work is anticipated soon, with expectations of a subsequent surge in tourism and economic growth in the northern Maldives.

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Capturing the Fun of Freedom in Every Glance Cora Cora Maldives

Nestled amid the serene waters of Raa Atoll lies the enchanting Cora Cora Maldives, a haven where guests can bask in the splendour of paradise. Recently awarded the title of the “Best Content Creators” at the prestigious TTM Awards & Gala 2023, this resort is more than just a destination; it’s a visual masterpiece crafted by a team of talented creators.


Cora Cora Maldives has mastered the art of captivating social media, with its mesmerising reels fascinating audiences worldwide. Each frame tells a story of the resort’s allure, drawing travellers into a world of unparalleled beauty and charm.

Step inside the accommodation, and you’ll find yourself in artistic wonder. Every room is a masterpiece, adorned with vibrant colours that beckon guests to unwind in luxurious comfort. It’s a sanctuary where style meets relaxation, offering an unparalleled experience for those seeking refuge from the outside world.

But the magic doesn’t end within the resort’s confines. Venture out and discover a treasure trove of cultural delights, from museums to historical landmarks. And for those enchanted by the mysteries

of the night sky, the stargazing tower promises an unforgettable journey through the celestial wonders of the Maldives.

The heart of Cora Cora Maldives beats at its vibrant pool area, where guests can lose themselves in the tranquil embrace of tropical bliss. Swing by the beach, and you’ll find yourself immersed in moments of pure whimsy, framed against a backdrop of azure waters and golden sands. All around, the lush foliage envelops you in a cocoon of serenity, ensuring that every moment spent here is nothing short of magical.


Crafted Chromatic Retreats

Cora Cora Maldives awaits just 45 minutes away by seaplane from Velana International Airport or a convenient 30-minute domestic flight followed by a brief 20-minute speedboat journey. With a collection of nine distinct villa categories, the resort welcomes guests and caters to their personal preferences. Among its 100 villas, five charming beach villa options entice, while four mesmerising overwater villas offer an exceptional and memorable retreat.


Beach Villa

As you sink into the luxurious expanse of your generously sized bed fit for royalty, the tranquil ambience is punctuated only by the gentle chirping of birds darting amidst the swaying palm trees that crown the rustic thatched roof. Start your day by savouring the spectacle of the sunrise while sipping a freshly brewed cup of coffee on the expansive deck before indulging in endless beachside adventures beneath the radiant sun. And if you fancy a midnight escapade, a mere few steps from your comfortable sofa lie the inviting waters of the sea, inviting you for a romantic swim under the moonlit sky. Embracing an idyllic retreat, where every moment is an enchanting chapter in a tale of unwinding bliss, has never been more effortless.

Beach Pool Villa

Relax in the seclusion of your personal pool, with the sandy shores just a stone’s throw away and the gentle caress of sea breezes tousling your hair. These charming one-bedroom villas nestled along the coastline are tailor-made for a romantic duo. Enclosed by lush hedges adorned with fragrant shrubs and vibrant tropical blooms, privacy is guaranteed, allowing you to fully embrace the joy of seamlessly transitioning between the refreshing pool, the expansive deck, and the inviting indooroutdoor bathroom, all without care for prying eyes.

Beach Pool Suites

Experience the luxurious delight of stretching out and unwinding amidst stunning colours of the ocean or lush gardens, visible from every corner of these expansive suites boasting a spacious bedroom and a separate inviting living area. Indulge in a peaceful afternoon siesta while your loved ones frolic on the sandy shore just beyond. Come together for a late-night treat around the indoor dining table before slipping into the moonlit waters of your exclusive pool for a refreshing dip. And when the urge for a sea swim strikes, the inviting waves are just a few steps away from the comfort of your sunlounger on the deck.


Two Bedroom Family Beach Villa

Rekindle the joy of immersing in nature’s embrace just moments from your abode. Perfect for beach enthusiasts of every age, these charming two-bedroom, two-bathroom villas offer a plethora of delights. Delight in playful splashes in the gentle shallows, bask in the sun’s warm embrace on your expansive deck, and when the little ones need a rest, retreat indoors while you savour a tranquil cup of tea overlooking the serene sea view. As night falls, expect nothing but beaming smiles all around, reflecting the day’s cherished moments of seaside bliss.

Two Bedroom Family Beach Pool Villa

These delightful oceanfront villas boast two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and your little water enthusiasts will be over the moon. With your very own secluded pool and the inviting sea just a stone’s throw from your deck, endless aquatic adventures await. Spend quality time splashing around with them before settling into a state of relaxation on the deck, where you can unwind while observing their joyful antics in the sand and gentle shallows below.

Lagoon Villa

These one-bedroom villas offer an unparalleled sense of liberation, designed with romance in mind yet equally exhilarating for water-loving youngsters eager to swim until their fingers prune. With the vast ocean seemingly at your fingertips, every moment is infused with a thrilling sense of freedom. Whether you fancy a graceful dive, a playful glide, a spirited shimmy, or a daring cannonball, the water beckons invitingly just steps away from your deck.


Lagoon Pool Villa

If you’re torn between the allure of the expansive ocean and the serenity of a private poolside retreat, look no further – your perfect island escape awaits. Settle into your inviting onebedroom villa, where you can effortlessly transition between exhilarating aquatic adventures and blissful relaxation. Embark on underwater explorations and playful frolics in the sea directly from your villa’s doorstep before returning to your deck for tranquil moments with a captivating book and a refreshing beer beside your secluded pool. And for those craving even more aquatic indulgence, luxuriate in the comfort of a twoperson freestanding bathtub and a soothing rainfall shower indoors.

Duplex Lagoon Pool Villa

Relish the spaciousness of the lower level as you transition seamlessly between the inviting comforts of the living room, the expansive terrace, and your exclusive private pool. Should the allure of the sea beckon, simply descend the steps and immerse yourself in its azure embrace. When relaxation calls, ascend to the upper level, where a bed awaits, offering breathtaking sceneries of the ocean beyond.

Two Bedroom Lagoon Pool Villa with Slide

Sink into restful slumber in the spacious comfort of two bedrooms, each boasting expansive sea views and luxurious adjoining bathrooms. Share serene moments over tea and hot chocolate on the deck as the sunset paints the horizon with hues of gold, then recline on plush sun loungers while the children frolic in the deck-topped pool. When adventure calls, choose between two thrilling ways to immerse yourself in the sea: step gracefully down the steps from your deck like a movie star or dive headfirst via a thrilling slide. Prepare for a journey that will etch lasting memories in the hearts of your family.


Enchanting Escapades and Timeless Adventures

Step into a world of unprecedented freedom at Cora Cora Maldives, where the essence of liberation envelops you from the moment your feet touch their island paradise. Leave behind the constraints of everyday life, kick off your shoes, and surrender to the gentle caress of the sea breeze.

With each stride across the powdery sands, the world’s cares fade into insignificance, replaced by an overwhelming sense of relaxation. Here, at Cora Cora Maldives, unforgettable experiences await discovery.

Unravel Centuries of Maldivian History

Visitors are invited to delve into the rich history of the Maldives upon setting foot on the island oasis, which has greeted travellers for over 900 years. Originally serving as a bustling trading post along the Spice Routes, the atoll provided a strategic stop for sailors to replenish supplies and await favourable winds. Excavations and curated relics offer captivating glimpses into this storied past, prominently displayed in the Dutch Onion® Museum. From 17th-century porcelain to ancient memorials and temple tanks dating back 900 years, guests can immerse themselves in the island’s fascinating history. Guided tours led by Heritage conservationists allow further exploration of these historical treasures.

Under the Stars: Celestial Dining

Share an unforgettable evening with the exclusive Stargazing Dining Experience atop the tower at Cora Cora Maldives. Here, guests are treated to a romantic sunset and, if fortunate, a star-studded sky, all accompanied by a delectable 6-course menu. The tower offers minimal light pollution, creating an enchanting backdrop of twinkling stars and the possibility of catching a glimpse of something extraordinary through the telescope.


Splash into Action

Experience the irresistible allure of the Indian Ocean from the moment you arrive, beckoning you to dive right in. With nonmotorised equipment included in your Premium All-Inclusive Gourmet Meal Plan®, the Watersports Centre invites you to explore endlessly. Whether snorkelling amid the vibrant corals of the House Reef or delving into the depths with scuba diving, the underwater world awaits. Above the surface, feel the freedom on a stand-up paddleboard, catamaran, or kayak, embracing the boundless possibilities of the sea. For those seeking an adrenaline rush, jet skiing, waterskiing, and much more are available for an extra charge, ensuring endless adventures under the sun.

Plan Your Dream Wedding

Exchange vows in the traditional Maldivian fashion, with white sandy beaches and the vast ocean as your picturesque backdrop. Celebrate your love amidst the breathtaking hues of blue, creating a truly unique and unforgettable experience. Choose from various wedding packages, each offering special touches, such as Boduberu performances, tiered wedding cakes, champagne, bridal bouquets, and villa turn-down services with flower decorations. Options include Tropical setups, Barefoot Chic ceremonies, and more elaborate affairs with framed wedding certificates, videos, and romantic dinners. Honeymoon benefits are also available, ensuring a romantic and memorable stay.


Learn, Cook, Create, Enjoy

Guests are invited to indulge in a series of enriching “How To” Classes, each brimming with diverse techniques and insights. These sessions are offered free of charge every week. From mastering the art of sushi rolling in Sushi Roll Making to crafting cocktails in Cocktail Lessons, guests enter a world of culinary discovery. They can also witness the intricate process of pasta preparation in Pasta Making, explore the art of coffee roasting and aroma in Coffee Roasting & Art, and get into the world of DJing, learning to blend beats and melodies in DJ Class. For those seeking to enhance their culinary prowess, Indian Cooking provides a glimpse into the ingredients and methods behind authentic curry dishes. Moreover, for a nominal fee, guests can unleash their creativity in an Art Class & T-Shirt Painting session, where they can capture the scenic beauty of Cora Cora Maldives on canvas or design their shirts.

The Tsunami Ghost Island Excursion

Explore an extraordinary journey with the Tsunami Ghost Island excursion to Kandolhudhoo, a hauntingly beautiful relic of the devastating 2004 tsunami in Raa Atoll. Once a bustling community, the island now lies abandoned, reclaimed by the forces of nature. Here, amidst the eerie remnants of human habitation, visitors can witness firsthand the awe-inspiring power of the natural world as it slowly but surely engulfs the island in verdant foliage and whispers of the past. What sets this excursion apart is its exclusivity; no other nearby resorts offer such an immersive encounter with the island’s poignant history and haunting allure.


Revel in the Essence of Relaxation

Perched within the undisturbed beauty of Cora Cora Maldives, the MOKSHA® Spa & Wellbeing Center offers an oasis of relaxation and rejuvenation. With its inviting relaxation lounge and seven tranquil treatment rooms, including four overwater and three on the island, MOKSHA® Spa & Wellbeing Center provides a sanctuary for couples and individuals seeking wellness-focused experiences.


Tailored Wellness

Upon arrival, guests are greeted with a refreshing drink before venturing on a journey of relaxation. The spa’s treatments, inspired by Asian cures, are designed to reduce stress, enhance glowing skin, and boost spirits. Addressing the needs of weary muscles and tired minds, MOKSHA® offers a variety of massage therapies. From the classic aromatherapy to the invigorating Thai massage, each session is designed to provide relief and relaxation. Specialised treatments such as prenatal massages and deep-tissue therapies cater to specific needs, ensuring a tailored experience for every guest.

MOKSHA® Spa & Wellbeing Center recognises unique skin care needs and offers specialised therapies to address them. From soothing inflamed skin to targeting back congestion and combating fine lines, these treatments provide a bespoke approach to relaxation. Rejuvenate your complexion and restore its natural glow with MOKSHA®’s facial therapies. Whether you seek hydration, purification, or anti-ageing solutions, the spa’s expert aestheticians deliver personalised treatments to meet your skincare goals.

Themed Spa Rituals

Indulge in the ultimate pampering experience with MOKSHA®’s themed spa rituals. These meticulously curated rituals combine various treatments to create a holistic wellness journey focused on enhancing your overall well-being. For a comprehensive rejuvenation experience, immerse yourself in MOKSHA® Journeys. These bespoke programmes are designed to revitalise the body, mind, and soul, offering a holistic approach to wellness.

Complement your spa experience with nourishing refreshments. Choose from a selection of health-boosting smoothies and wellness shots packed with essential nutrients to support your well-being journey. The refreshments are available in all restaurants, including MYCOFFEE®.

Yoga & Fitness

Cora Cora Maldives boasts a state-of-the-art 24/7 fitness centre equipped with cutting-edge equipment for those seeking an energising workout at any time. The MOKSHA® Spa & Wellbeing Center complements this with health assessments and bespoke fitness experiences to align individuals with their wellness goals. Moreover, yoga sessions offer a peaceful space to enhance the mind-body connection and promote relaxation, with options ranging from Tai Chi to rejuvenating Sound Healing using Tibetan singing bowls. At Cora Cora Maldives, guests experience the true meaning of tailored holistic wellness suited to their needs and preferences.


Savouring the Best Bites

Immerse yourself in a sensory feast of indulgence with Cora Cora Maldives’ PREMIUM ALL-INCLUSIVE Gourmet Meal Plan®. Offering guests the opportunity to savour an array of cuisines through the dine-around concept, every moment becomes an exquisite exploration of culinary delights. This extraordinary meal plan encompasses an expansive selection featuring four distinct à la carte restaurants and two bars, ensuring that each dining experience is a captivating journey of taste and refinement.


Step into Tazäa® and experience the echoes of the rich history of its tranquil island location. Drawing inspiration from this vibrant past, Tazäa® presents a tantalising menu blending Eastern and Western flavours, featuring delectable mezze, shish kebabs, and curries tailored for adventurous palates. Modern classics like burgers, soups, and salads offer a satisfying option for those seeking familiar comforts, ideal for fueling a day of seaside exploration for the entire family. As night falls, the restaurant pulses with the lively beats of island music, providing the perfect backdrop to sip on cocktails and witness the mesmerising spectacle of the sun setting beyond the ocean horizon.


Acquapazza® seamlessly combines the allure of an Italian beach club with the inviting ambience of the Maldives, offering a holistic retreat from sunrise to sunset. Guests can start their day with a rejuvenating cappuccino amidst poolside serenity before indulging in a menu featuring Italian classics like salads, bruschetta, and stone-baked pizzas. The Acquapazza® Bar also caters to guests lounging by the pool, offering a selection of drinks. Experience the melodies of classical music played by the poolside, with one pool featuring underwater speakers. With toes in the sand and refreshing swims in the sea, patrons can unwind under beach umbrellas while savouring ice-cold cocktails or non-alcoholic beverages served by attentive staff. As evening descends, a mouthwatering array of pasta, risotto, seafood, and meats await, ensuring a memorable dining experience against the breathtaking backdrop of the Maldivian coastline.



Teien® invites diners on a culinary journey where every moment is an exquisite fusion of taste and entertainment. Indulge in the freshest catch of the day, sourced directly from the boat, ensuring a phenomenal taste sensation. For a laid-back experience, opt for a table and delight in skewers of kushiyaki featuring a medley of meats, seafood, and vegetables grilled to perfection. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the theatrical spectacle of teppanyaki dining, where talented chefs craft set menus right on the griddle, promising gastronomic delights and captivating entertainment. As the evening progresses, Teien® transforms into a haven of sophistication, with dimmed lights and mellow music setting the stage for the culinary prowess of highly skilled chefs.

Ginger Moon®

Ginger Moon® offers a delightful fusion of flavours from across East Asia, capturing the essence of Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, Malaysia, and beyond, all against the stunning backdrop of the Indian Ocean. From fragrant Satay to zesty Pad Thai and spicy Tom Yum Goong, the menu showcases the best culinary delights of the region, promising an alluring journey for the taste buds. Set amidst a lively ambience, with the aroma of sizzling woks and grills filling the air, Ginger Moon® provides the perfect setting to unwind with loved ones or strike up conversations with fellow diners over the vibrant array of dishes gracing the tables. What distinguishes Ginger Moon® is its unique all-female team, adding a distinctive touch to the dining experience.


MYCOFFEE® presents a haven for those seeking a comforting cuppa or a sweet indulgence, offering an extensive range of freshly roasted coffee, with beans roasted at the island, to deliver exquisite flavour profiles in every cup, whether it’s a bold espresso, creamy latte, or delicate filter brew. Complementing this dedication to coffee craftsmanship is a selection of teas, including black, green, white, and herbal varieties, ensuring guests can find solace in a soothing sip at any hour. Additionally, MYCOFFEE® offers a variety of homemade ice cream, smoothies, and wellness shots for health enthusiasts to enjoy.


Behind the Curtain: The Team Behind the Triumph

In every triumph, there’s a collective effort driving the success forward. At Cora Cora Maldives, this collective spirit finds its expression in the diligent team working tirelessly to fulfil every guest’s needs.

These individuals have poured their energy into crafting a distinctive and memorable guest experience from the initial stages to the present. Let’s delve into the stories of those behind the scenes who have contributed to making it all possible.


Nadin Stevens – Assistant Sales & Marketing Manager

Nadin Stevens, Assistant Sales & Marketing Manager, reflects on her journey in the Maldives, transitioning from Switzerland to the serene island lifestyle. Initially expecting a short stay, she found herself captivated by the island’s tranquillity and the opportunities it offered for personal and career growth. Adapting to a different culture and environment, Nadin discovered new facets of herself, attributing her decade-long experience in the Maldives as instrumental in shaping her professional trajectory and personal development.

Nadin believes that Cora Cora Maldives’ innovative approach and vibrant atmosphere, particularly highlighted during the pandemic, make it stand out. Embracing the motto “It’s Freedom Time,” the resort offers guests distinctive dining experiences and a sense of liberation. This unique branding, coupled with the team’s dedication, fosters a familial ambience where guests feel free to indulge in various activities, setting Cora Cora Maldives apart as a haven for those seeking rejuvenation and connection.

In driving bookings and fostering guest loyalty, Nadin emphasises the importance of personal relationships with travel agents and industry partners. By providing support and solutions, Cora Cora Maldives instils confidence in its partners, fostering enduring collaborations. Furthermore, the resort’s Premium All-Inclusive Gourmet Meal Plan® and attentive staff nurture the feeling of belonging among guests, resulting in remarkable guest loyalty evidenced by early repeat bookings. Through innovative strategies and a focus on guest satisfaction, Cora Cora Maldives continues solidifying its presence as a premier destination in the Maldives.


Ariani – Spa & Wellness Manager

With a career that started in 2009 as a spa therapist, Ariani is now the Spa & Wellness Manager at Cora Cora Maldives. In her current leadership role, each step has been a journey to growth, learning, and creating unforgettable guest experiences. Being part of the exceptional resort at Cora Cora Maldives enables Ariani to merge her passion for wellness with the privilege of residing in the Maldives. The resort’s ethos, encapsulated by the phrase “It’s Freedom Time,” provides Ariani with a platform to inspire and uplift guests while nurturing and empowering her team. It’s a journey marked by gratitude and anticipation as she looks forward to crafting even more extraordinary moments in paradise.

At Cora Cora Maldives, holistic wellness experiences are curated to harmonise with the natural beauty of the Maldives. The MOKSHA® menu offers a sanctuary of rejuvenation, featuring an array of treatments beyond the ordinary. From soothing massages to the iconic “Essence of Maldives” ritual, guests are invited to immerse themselves in a world of relaxation and renewal. Surrounded by the gentle lull of waves and the serene embrace of nature, each experience is designed to nourish the body, mind, and soul, complemented by healthy indulgences and enriching activities.

As Spa & Wellness Manager, Ariani is dedicated to creating bespoke wellness programs that resonate with guests’ diverse needs. Through meticulous research and expert guidance, the resort offers a curated selection of treatments that embody true restoration. Guests are empowered to tailor their wellness journey, choosing from a range of transformative experiences.


Ahmed Fayaz – Executive Housekeeper

Ahmed Fayaz’s two-decade journey within the hospitality sector began in Front Office, Finance, and Engineering, but his transition into Housekeeping ignited his passion. Through perseverance and dedication, each challenge and triumph moulded him into the Executive Housekeeper he is today. At the heart of his role lies his passion for enhancing guest experiences, emphasising empathy and teamwork. Leading as the Executive Housekeeper at Cora Cora Maldives, Fayaz infuses his work with a genuine sense of care and dedication, striving to create unforgettable stays for every guest.

Fayaz spotlights proactive communication and attention to detail when addressing guest concerns or complaints about housekeeping services. Recognising guests’ diverse needs from various backgrounds, his team endeavours to anticipate and address issues before they arise. Central to their approach is a sincere apology followed by a swift resolution. Fayaz believes that communication that goes beyond the duration of the guest’s stay is essential to achieving guest satisfaction.

Innovation is critical to Fayaz’s strategy for streamlining housekeeping operations and promoting efficiency. Leveraging technology through a property management system enhances team coordination and service delivery. Additionally, Fayaz has proactively helped implement measures to reduce the resort’s ecological footprint by producing water within the resort premises and implementing an ecological linen reuse program.

Fayaz advises aspiring hospitality professionals, especially those aiming for housekeeping management roles, to prioritise practical experience through internships and training programmes. He stresses the importance of embracing the island lifestyle and integrating local culture into daily routines.


Cora Cora Maldives Overview

Cora Cora Maldives awaits just 45 minutes away by seaplane from Velana International Airport or a convenient 30-minute domestic flight followed by a brief 20-minute speedboat journey. With a collection of nine distinct villa categories, the resort welcomes guests and caters to their personal preferences. Step into a world of unprecedented freedom at Cora Cora Maldives, where the essence of liberation encloses you from the moment your feet touch their island paradise.

Culinary Experiences

The PREMIUM ALL-INCLUSIVE Gourmet Meal Plan® encompasses an expansive selection featuring four distinct à la carte restaurants and two Bars, ensuring that each dining experience is a captivating journey of taste and refinement.

Tazäa®: Tazäa® presents a tantalising menu blending Eastern and Western flavours, featuring delectable mezze, shish kebabs, and curries tailored for adventurous palates

Acquapazza®: Acquapazza® seamlessly combines the allure of an Italian beach club with the inviting ambience of the Maldives, offering a holistic retreat from sunrise to sunset. The Acquapazza® Bar also caters to guests lounging by the pool, offering a selection of drinks.

Teien®: Opt for a table and delight in skewers of kushiyaki featuring a medley of meats, seafood, and vegetables grilled to perfection before your eyes.

Ginger Moon®: Offers a delightful fusion of flavours from across East Asia, capturing the essence of Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, Malaysia, and beyond, all against the stunning backdrop of the Indian Ocean.

MYCOFFEE®: A haven for those seeking a comforting cuppa or a sweet indulgence, offering an extensive range of freshly roasted coffee, with beans roasted at the island, to deliver exquisite flavour profiles in every cup, whether it’s a bold espresso, creamy latte, or delicate filter brew.

MOKSHA® Spa & Wellbeing Center

With its inviting relaxation lounge and seven tranquil treatment rooms, including four overwater and three on the island, MOKSHA® Spa & Wellbeing Center provides a sanctuary for both couples and individuals seeking wellness-focused experiences.

Things To Do

Leave behind the constraints of everyday life, kick off your shoes, and surrender to the gentle caress of the sea breeze. Unveil centuries of Maldivian history at Cora Cora Maldives by exploring the island’s rich past in the Museum of Island Heritage or indulge in celestial dining under the stars with a 6-course menu atop the tower, accompanied by a star-studded sky.


Villa Collections

Within its 100 villas, five charming beach villa options entice, while four mesmerising overwater villas at Cora Cora Maldives offer an exceptional and memorable retreat.

Beach Villa28 units - 63 SQM

Beach Pool Villa10 units - 84 SQM

Beach Pool Suites02 units - 181 SQM

Two Bedroom Family Beach Villa - 02 units - 126 SQM

Two Bedroom Family Beach Pool Villa - 03 units - 137 SQM

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Cora Cora Maldives

Justin Swart

General Manager at Cora Cora Maldives

We had the chance to chat with Justin Swart, the General Manager at Cora Cora Maldives, where he shared insights into his remarkable two-decade journey in the hospitality industry.

With over 15 years of experience in the luxury hotel industry, Justin’s career has been a journey of continuous learning and honing leadership skills through various roles, ranging from food and beverage to sales and marketing. He also emphasised the importance of fostering a dynamic environment where individuals can excel and innovate, a key factor in differentiating Cora Cora Maldives in the competitive Maldivian resort landscape.

Please tell us a bit about yourself, your professional background, and key milestones that have led you to your current role as the General Manager of Cora Cora Maldives.

Thinking back now, it’s been two decades since the journey started with Starwood. Throughout, it’s always been a continuous process of learning and improving my leadership skills. I’ve held many diverse roles within my career, spanning from food and beverage to sales and marketing, wellness, and various other positions. This has helped me grasp the whole industry and develop a comprehensive overview of what is required to succeed in this industry.

You need teams and people to achieve great milestones. So, a particular milestone is always creating an environment where our team members can express themselves, excel, and push the envelope.

Could you share what sets Cora Cora Maldives apart in the competitive resort landscape of the Maldives?

So many new properties are coming up, and everybody wants to differentiate themselves. What’s true to Cora Cora Maldives is our unwavering commitment to the guest experience.

It’s not a set experience where everything is set in stone. We’re quite dynamic, a great team that loves to experiment and really sets the bar high. Our commitment to the guest experience, along with the landscape of pure natural beauty and innovative design, and our commitment to art and culture, with our heritage site and museum on the island, will set us apart. Just bringing unique experiences to our guests will set us apart and keep us innovative.

Your multicultural experience across various resorts in Thailand has been diverse. How do you think this diversity contributes to your approach to embracing and celebrating the ethos of “Freedom” at Cora Cora Maldives?

Diversity gives us a whole new dynamic in the resort, offering not just our guests a unique experience but also our team members. In an environment where over twenty-plus nationalities work collectively, you learn quite a lot of new things and appreciate the finer things in life.

Diversity also creates an opportunity to challenge ourselves. Through those challenges, our guests can experience vast, new, innovative ways of hospitality, and our team can also experience vast, new ways of communicating with our audience and among the team.


Cora Cora Maldives is renowned for its unique cultural, culinary, and experiential offerings. How do you envision amplifying these aspects to provide a distinctive experience for guests?

We take pride in not just providing a luxurious experience; it’s within our DNA to create unique moments for our guests. We’re a dynamic team, and we must embrace continuous innovation and rethink what luxury and hospitality are all about. Our team, again, is very dynamic, and every day, we come up with new things. That innovation will help us stay at the forefront of hospitality.

Your dedication to customer satisfaction is evident. How do you plan to ensure that the Cora Cora Maldives continues to uphold and enhance this commitment to guest experiences?

Customer satisfaction is at the core of our mission at Cora Cora Maldives. We invest in our people through new training programs, stay acute to our guests’ feedback, and implement new technology, all enhancing our guests’ experiences and satisfaction. These will all help us to keep in tune with our guests and ensure that we provide the guest experience that Cora Cora Maldives is now renowned for.

What excites you the most about the Cora Cora Maldives family, and what unique contributions do you hope to make to the resort’s journey of providing exceptional experiences?

The Cora Cora Maldives family is passionate about excelling and creating enhanced services for our guests. What excites me is working with this team to push the envelope, striving for what perceived luxury is, and actually excelling in it. The Maldives is renowned for its luxury, and we can go beyond that. I believe Cora Cora Maldives has that essence, and we’re very happy to push that forward.

Lastly, what advice do you have for aspiring individuals pursuing careers in this industry?

Service comes from the heart, and if you can always be genuine and authentic, you will go a very long way. Always be open to new challenges, always ask questions, and try to get as much experience all around the industry as possible. It’s great to specialise in a certain direction. Still, in hospitality, you’ll learn the industry’s dynamic if you get a feel for each outlet or each department in the organisation. It’s an amazing journey of discovery, not just as a career but for yourself as well.


Vishen Mootoo Commercial Director at Cora Cora Maldives

We recently had the privilege to interview Vishen Mootoo, the Commercial Director at Cora Cora Maldives, where he shared insights into his remarkable journey within the hospitality sector.

In the interview, Vishen highlighted how Cora Cora Maldives stays ahead of industry dynamics and competitor movements, the importance of gender diversity in his team, and how he fosters a collaborative environment where each member’s unique perspective contributes to collective success.

What inspired your journey into the hospitality industry, leading you to the role of Commercial Director at Cora Cora Maldives?

My whole family has worked in the hospitality industry. My father spent 41 years with the former Sun Resorts in Mauritius, now rebranded as Sun Life. It started at a young age, but subconsciously, I was training myself to become the Hotelier I am today.

I started as a sales coordinator and had good mentors who inspired me more and more in this industry. I was driven by results and have a competitive mind, so Sales & Marketing was the right direction to pursue.

Due to the leaders I have worked with, I have had the opportunity to showcase what I could bring to the table, opening doors for better opportunities. This has led me to work in Mauritius, Thailand, the UK, and finally, the Maldives.

I have had the opportunity to do pre-openings of resorts in both Mauritius & Maldives, and this has led me to learn more about the whole mechanism of how to do market research, pricing analysis, resort positioning, branding, PR/media collaboration and e-commerce. After pre-opening six resorts in the Indian Ocean and successfully opening Cora Cora Maldives, the management decided to give me the role of Commercial Director to lead the team with all the exciting projects we are working on and, most importantly, to support the team to keep Cora Cora Maldives in the spotlight.


How do you stay ahead of industry dynamics and competitor movements, and how would you leverage this insight to uphold Cora Cora Maldives’ competitive advantage?

To stay relevant in today’s competitive world, you must be proactive and understand the customer’s basic demand and compete with fairness, focusing on what can be controlled, such as service, food and beverage quality or experiences. If you get the software right and the team is working in harmony, you already have an edge and can use that to navigate the market confidently. It will complement any strategy in place in the market, whether it is online or offline. We are in a buyer’s world, which many people still try to ignore. As hoteliers, we must understand what the various markets require to stay ahead of the competition.

How will you nurture partnerships with travel agencies and online booking platforms to optimise Cora Cora Maldives’ distribution channels?

Travel agencies (offline) have always been the “bread & butter” of our business at the destination, and this will not change any time soon. Strategies between both offline and online (retail) need to be clear from the start, as both segments are far apart in terms of requirements and end consumer mentality. At Cora Cora Maldives, we ensure that our pricing strategies are done in such a way that we benefit from both segments and achieve the set goals throughout the year.

Could you elaborate on your strategies for assembling and leading high-performing commercial teams, with a particular focus on fostering a culture of innovation and excellence?

I always look for an individual who has a passion, not necessarily for the hospitality industry, but a hunger to learn, develop, try new things, be bold in their approach, and have a proactive mindset, which is a must. I give them a degree of ‘carte blanche’ to make decisions and try things. Either it works, or it fails. They will learn from it and get better at the following projects that come their way. A good gender mix is also important, and diversity brings the team a much more positive atmosphere. We can explore much further and beyond because of the values that everyone brings to the table.

Could you outline your vision for Cora Cora Maldives’ future growth and expansion and your role in realising these aspirations as Commercial Director?

As I lead this young commercial team at Cora Cora Maldives and am always looking for exciting new projects to embark on and develop, my vision for the future is to try the unconventional, elevate the brand and make a difference in our competitive markets.


Khun Jean-Louis Ripoche General Manager at Dusit Thani Maldives

We had the pleasure of speaking with Khun Jean-Louis Ripoche, the General Manager at Dusit Thani Maldives, who shared insights from his extensive fourdecade career in the hospitality industry. With 25 years in leadership roles at prestigious hotels and resorts worldwide, Khun Jean-Louis brings a wealth of experience to his current position.

During our interview, he discussed market shifts and the key factors that set Dusit Thani Maldives apart in the competitive resort landscape. He also emphasised the resort’s commitment to sustainability, highlighting its crucial role in the resort’s operations.

Could you share the story of how you came to be a part of Dusit Thani Maldives and what aspects of the brand attracted you to take on the role of General Manager?

I have worked in the hospitality industry for over 30 years, and it has been a passion of mine. This industry allows me to travel and explore various cultures, nationalities, and customs around the world. I love my work; it’s a passion that presents new and unique experiences every day. Working in hotels is vibrant as you interact with customers from diverse nationalities and environments. It provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in a country’s culture, which is an invaluable experience that cannot be replaced by any book.

After my previous experience in the Maldives, I wanted to explore the possibility of working at a more luxurious property. I wasn’t specifically looking to return to the Maldives, as I had spent 8 years working in Thailand before, which is very dear to me. When the opportunity with Dusit Thani arose, I was intrigued. The Dusit

Thani brand appealed to me because of its Thai hospitality. They offered me the chance to return to the Maldives, combining my past experience there with Thai hospitality and my time in Thailand; it felt like the perfect match. Returning to the Maldives will allow me to bring my knowledge and experience to benefit both the company and the Maldives.

In comparing the Maldivian tourism scene with your past roles, what key differences stand out, and what tailored strategies do you have in mind for Dusit Thani Maldives?

We are seeing a change in the market. If I look back, about 15 years ago, when I started in the Maldives, the visitors were predominantly couples. Now, we are seeing more families, which is a noticeable trend. Previously, Asian clientele mainly travelled for honeymoons, but now we see them returning as families. It’s amazing to witness, like the Chinese family I recently saw returning after 10 years, this time with their child. This highlights the lasting impression the Maldives have on people who are now bringing their children along.


This shift in the market requires us to adapt our product to be more family-friendly while maintaining the romantic and luxurious atmosphere Dusit Thani Maldives is renowned for. We need to enhance our offerings to meet the expectations of families, which includes providing more activities. For example, we plan to introduce more attractions for teenagers, such as an entertainment pavilion. This pavilion will serve as an open playground where children of all ages can play and be with their parents, something that is currently lacking at Dusit Thani Maldives.

Can you share specific features or aspects within Dusit Thani Maldives that you consider a hidden gem, and how do you plan to highlight them for guests?

Dusit Thani is located in an amazing setting next to a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This proximity is a significant advantage for Dusit Thani and the Maldives, as we are the closest resort to this Reserve. It’s a hidden gem that needs to be highlighted. For Dusit Thani Maldives and the island itself, I aim to elevate the beauty of this already stunning island and its people.

How do you intend to integrate sustainable practices and initiatives into the operations of Dusit Thani Maldives?

We are already highly active in sustainability efforts in the Maldives, particularly in waste management. These practices extend not only here but across the entire Dusit Group. As part of the Dusit Group, we are committed to eliminating plastic use entirely. This means no more plastic bottles and no more plastic amenities in guest rooms.

Additionally, we are focusing on sustainable food practices and supporting the local community. We recently visited a hydroponic farm nearby, which will be a significant step for us, and we also have our own garden.

Solar panels are a top priority for us when expanding. While we already have solar panels that subsidise up to 7% of our energy, we aim to cover more roof space to increase this capacity. Overall, we are proud of our sustainability efforts at Dusit Thani Maldives.

With the responsibility of being part of a UNESCO Biosphere, what specific conservation initiatives do you plan to undertake at Dusit Thani Maldives to contribute to preserving the biosphere?

Preserving the environment is crucial, especially the reef. If we destroy the reef, we destroy the environment, and there will be no reason for the mantas to be

here. Our commitment is to preserve this underwater garden that surrounds our island, which is also our top priority. To achieve this, we are educating people on proper snorkelling practices. Some may not realise the importance of not touching or stepping on the coral, so we educate all our guests and staff.

How will you ensure that both guests and employees experience the warmth and hospitality synonymous with Dusit?

One word that sums up both aspects is “respect.” As a multinational company, we welcome guests from all over the world, and it is crucial to respect every culture, regardless of gender or religion. This respect is essential for our reputation and for me personally. It is also important for our staff to respect their work and recognise their hard work.

How do you foresee travel dynamics changing, and what adjustments do you plan to make at Dusit Thani Maldives to cater to these shifts in guest behaviour?

I believe that guests today are changing their expectations of the Maldives. They no longer see it solely as a place to relax on the beach; they are looking for activities and experiences. Therefore, we must offer more attractive and educational activities, such as visiting local farms or islands, to enhance their stay.

In terms of dining, there has been a shift from half board or full board towards all-inclusive packages. However, all-inclusive packages can be misleading, as some properties may compromise on quality. Our commitment is to provide top-quality choices. Even with the half-board option, guests can enjoy a variety of dining options across our outlets, moving away from the typical buffet style.

We aim to elevate the all-inclusive experience. Traditionally, all-inclusive packages were perceived as catering to a lower market segment, which we believe is not accurate. Our goal is to enhance the quality of our all-inclusive offerings while managing costs. We want to adapt to the needs of our clientele, who deserve top quality and value for money in their experience.


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The Fusion of Tech & Travel in the Maldives

Kudadoo Maldives

Since the inception of the first resort in the Maldives, the travel landscape has undergone a remarkable evolution. What once began as a secluded destination for intrepid adventurers has transformed into a global hotspot renowned for its luxury, natural beauty, and unparalleled hospitality. As we gaze into the future of travel in the Maldives, one cannot help but marvel at the profound impact that technology continues to exert on every aspect of the visitor experience. The traditional villas, amenities and experiences have changed with the times.

Today, technology has directed a new age of luxury and sustainability in Maldivian accommodation. From eco-friendly, energy-efficient villas decorated with state-of-the-art amenities to underwater suites offering unparalleled views of vibrant marine life, the options are as diverse as they are thrilling. Advanced smart systems seamlessly integrate with the natural surroundings, allowing guests to control everything from lighting and temperature to entertainment with a simple voice command or touch of a button. Moreover, the incorporation of sustainable practices, such as solar power and water desalination, ensures that these futuristic retreats leave behind the lightest of ecological footprints.

For thrill-seekers and water enthusiasts, the Maldives has long been a playground of unprecedented beauty. However, with advancements in technology, the possibilities for aquatic adventures have expanded exponentially. Imagine venturing on a jet-powered ride across the azure waves or soaring above the crystalline lagoons on a futuristic hydroflight device. With the aid of cutting-edge equipment and virtual reality goggles, guests can now explore each villa category and resort amenities, including restaurants, using 360-degree views from the comfort of their homes.

Beyond the sun, sand, and sea, the Maldives offers an oversupply of enriching experiences that showcase the unique culture and natural heritage of the islands. With each innovation, technology continues to bridge the gap between the past and the future, offering travellers a deeper appreciation for the wonders of this destination.

Amilla Maldives Furaveri Maldives


Tech-Powered Sustainability

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa

Floating Solar Park

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives, partners with Swimsol to launch the Maldives’ largest floating solar park, a 1,080 kWp SolarSea system. This initiative aligns with IHCL’s ESG+ framework - Paathya. The SolarSea system, combined with a battery, enables the resort to operate entirely on renewable energy, saving 475,000 litres of diesel annually and reducing carbon emissions by 1,200 tons per year.

The Sustainability Lab at Sirru Fen Fushi addresses the pressing issue of single-use plastics in the region’s flourishing tourism industry. By converting plastic waste from beaches and oceans into souvenirs and useful items, the lab has processed over 725 kg of plastic, significantly reducing the resort’s environmental impact. Additionally, it serves as a recycling hub for the atoll, involving nearby communities in sustainability efforts and educating guests about conservation.


The Ritz Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands

‘Eye in the Sky’ Drone Technology

The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, employs drone technology to monitor and combat ocean plastics, notably ghost nets, in partnership with British PhD researcher Melissa Schiele. The programme initiated to safeguard the fragile ecosystem facilitated the removal of 19 ghost nets weighing 1100kg in 2023. Through 751 drone flights, critical research on plastic accumulation and wildlife monitoring has been conducted, revealing 21 ocean species.

Six Senses Laamu

Sea Hub of Environmental Learning in Laamu (SHELL) at Six Senses Laamu houses a marine laboratory that has grown over ten thousand baby corals and released over 12 million coral larvae onto the resort’s house reef. The turtle genetics project has identified and registered over 1,000 turtles and 140 manta rays in Laamu Atoll.

Soneva Fushi

Marine Conservation and Coral Restoration

Soneva Fushi has formed strategic alliances with organisations, including the NGO Save Our Seas, the Olive Ridley Project, and the International Pole & Line Foundation. Collaborating with the Soneva Foundation, the resort annually propagates 150,000 corals, utilising Mineral Accretion Technology (MAT) in one of the world’s largest coral nurseries onsite. In 2023, the resort unveiled the Maldives’ inaugural coral spawning and rearing lab, accompanied by 28 micro-fragmenting tanks.



Step into the World of Cutting-Edge Wellness

Unlock healing through ancient therapy: light, sound, and kinesthetic vibrations induce relaxation, syncing with biorhythms like brainwaves and heartbeat in Sensora’s private environment.

Rainforest Shower at Amilla Maldives at SO/ Maldives

Experience the revitalising Vichy Rainforest Shower, which combines a rain shower with a Hammam for an invigorating scrub. It uses pressure and temperature to induce relaxation.

Sensora Vichy

Float Pod - Sensory Deprivation Therapy

Explore sensory deprivation therapy in a float pod, offering psychological benefits including improved mood and sleep, reduced anxiety and pain, spiritual insights, and deep relaxation.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Iridium Blue Hole Experience at Soneva Jani at Patina Maldives at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy envelops guests in 100% oxygen to nurture the skin, foster blood vessels, and revitalise connective tissues. This healing treatment promotes wellness and leaves visitors feeling rejuvenated and radiant.

Guests can unwind in the Blue Hole hydrotherapy pool, offering stunning Indian Ocean views and a variety of water jets for therapeutic massages. The warm saltwater cleanses the skin, relieves pain, and promotes muscle relaxation, improving mobility.



Nika Island Resort & Spa Maldives

Sets the Bar High with Exclusive Private Beach Villas


Nestled in the picturesque beauty of the Maldives lies Nika Island Resort & Spa, a luxurious resort that is redefining the concept of a tropical getaway with its exclusive private beach villas. Offering a heightened level of luxury and seclusion, Nika Island Resort & Spa stands out as the only resort in the Maldives that provides private beach access to all guests who book these exquisite accommodations.

The allure of Nika Island Resort & Spa lies in its commitment to offering a truly unique and unforgettable experience to its guests. The private beach villas are designed to cater to the most discerning travellers, providing a sanctuary of tranquillity and luxury against the backdrop of the stunning Maldivian landscape.

Guests who choose to stay in these exclusive beach villas at Nika Island Resort & Spa are treated to a level of privacy and personalised service that is unparalleled in the region. From the moment they set foot on the pristine sands of their private beach, guests are enveloped in a world of luxury and indulgence, where every whim and desire is catered to with meticulous attention to detail.

The resort’s private beaches offer a secluded oasis where guests can relax, unwind, and soak in the natural beauty of the Maldives in absolute privacy. Whether it’s a romantic sunset stroll along the shore, a rejuvenating dip in crystal-clear waters, or simply basking in the sun on a plush beach lounger, guests can enjoy the ultimate beach experience without any distractions or interruptions.

While the private beach villas at Nika Island Resort & Spa may come with a premium price tag, the level of luxury, exclusivity, and personalised service they offer make them a worthwhile investment for travellers seeking a truly unforgettable and indulgent escape.

In a region known for its luxury resorts and stunning beaches, Nika Island Resort & Spa sets itself apart by offering a unique experience. By combining exceptional luxury, exclusivity, and privacy with the natural beauty of the Maldives, Nika Island Resort & Spa has established itself as a destination that caters to the most discerning travellers looking for a truly unforgettable beach getaway.



Discover the Ultimate Surfing Haven at Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi

Nestled amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Maldives lies Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi, the ultimate destination for surf enthusiasts. With the perfect left breaking down on one side of the island at Lohis and six other world-class waves just a short boat ride away, the resort offers the perfect blend of adventure, excitement, and comfort for your summer getaway.

Just a 30-minute speedboat ride from Velana International Airport, Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi is easily accessible for travellers seeking a tropical escape. With its prime location and dedicated surf school at the Lohis break, Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi promises an exhilarating experience for surfers of all levels. Whether you are a beginner looking to catch your first wave or a seasoned pro seeking the perfect barrel, the expert instructors will guide you through the Indian Ocean’s waters and help you master the art of surfing.

In between surf sessions, you can relax by the pool, engage in friendly competition on the courts, maintain your fitness routine at the in-resort gym or lay back and rejuvenate at our serene Chavana Spa for those seeking tranquillity, yoga sessions, and other relaxation activities await.

At Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi, adventure does not end with the tides. The resort offers a plethora of thrilling water sports, including snorkelling, windsurfing, catamaran sailing and diving. Moreover, marine life enthusiasts can explore our vibrant coral reefs, glide across the ocean’s surface or dive deep into its depths; the choice is yours.

For a change of scenery, join one of our twice-daily surf excursions to other waves in the area. Led by experienced surf instructors, these trips allow you to discover new breaks and ride the waves to your heart’s content.

After a day of adrenaline-pumping activities, retreat to the resort’s cosy and comfortable accommodations. Choose from popular Beach Villas nestled along the shore, newly refurbished Lohis Villas just steps away from the surf break, or breathtaking Ocean Villas where tranquillity meets serenity.

Whether you are seeking adventure, relaxation, or a bit of both, Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi offers the perfect blend of comfort and excitement for your surf summer getaway. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Maldives, and let the waves guide you to an unforgettable experience this summer.



Explore Romance Throughout

Crown & Champa Resorts with Tailored Wedding Packages


Embark on a journey of love and joy across three captivating destinations with Crown & Champa Resorts, each boasting its distinctive allure and unrivalled beauty for an unforgettable experience.

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island

With unparalleled luxury and attention to detail, Kudadoo Maldives Private Island sets the stage for the perfect wedding celebration, offering picturesque venues and the promise of everlasting memories. From intimate ceremonies on pristine beaches to exclusive celebrations on a private Dream Island, Kudadoo caters to every desire with impeccable precision, ensuring unrivalled luxury and exclusivity. Indulge in gourmet dining experiences, luxurious yacht charters, and romantic beach dinners, all meticulously crafted to enchant and captivate. Capture every heartfelt moment with professional photography packages, immortalising your love story amidst this idyllic setting. Celebrate love in its purest form at Kudadoo Maldives Private Island, where dreams become reality and every moment celebrates love.

Kagi Maldives Resort & Spa

Renew your vows in paradise with meticulously planned ceremonies against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean, indulging in exquisite amenities from bridal pampering to coconut tree planting ceremonies. Capture every precious moment with Kagi Memories photography services and embark on the ultimate honeymoon, enjoying romantic getaways created to ignite passion and create lasting memories. Immerse yourself in the romance of the Maldives at Kagi, where every moment becomes a cherished memory waiting to be made.

Jawakara Islands Maldives

Crafting unforgettable moments, Jawakara Islands Maldives offers bespoke wedding experiences amidst the Maldives’ enchanting waters and pristine beaches. With a range of exquisite wedding packages, the resort ensures unforgettable memories for couples. Every detail is tailored to perfection, from unique proposal setups under the stars to exchanging vows on Jawakara beach or aboard a dreamy yacht. With inclusions like floral bouquets and romantic villa turndowns and tailored experiences such as intimate beach dinners, the resort’s dedicated wedding coordinators ensure each couple’s uniqueness is celebrated. Preserve every moment with photography packages, and for honeymooners, a special welcome awaits in luxurious accommodations, setting the stage for a romantic retreat like no other.


Soneva, renowned for its sustainable luxury resorts, has opened its latest masterpiece in the paradisiacal Maldives, Soneva Secret. Situated in the pristine Haa Dhaalu Atoll, Soneva Secret promises a bespoke experience unlike any other.

The resort, three decades in the making, epitomises Soneva’s devotion to exceptional hospitality while setting a new standard in personalised service. Accessible only by speedboat or seaplane, the property boasts 14 beach and overwater villas seamlessly integrated into the breathtaking natural surroundings, blurring the line between indoors and out.

Each villa at Soneva Secret comes with its own dedicated team, including a ‘barefoot guardian’ and ‘barefoot assistant’, ensuring guests receive unparalleled attention and service. Additionally, a private chef is on hand to curate bespoke menus and culinary adventures, whether enjoyed in the villa’s privacy or alfresco at the island’s scenic spots.

The resort offers six villa types, including the notable Crusoe and Castaway Villas, designed to harmonise with the untouched environment. Guests can expect encounters with marine wonders like manta rays, dolphins, and whale sharks, making for unforgettable experiences.

Soneva Secret 2024 is not just about luxury accommodation; it’s about curated experiences. Guests can indulge in gourmet dining at unique venues like the Out of This World dining tower and the toesin-the-sand firepit experience at So Primitive. The Living Room serves as the island’s hub, offering casual dining, a library, a boutique, and Soneva’s famed ice cream, chocolate, cheese, and charcuterie rooms.

Tailored tours and experiences await guests, from sunset dolphin cruises to guided snorkelling with marine biologists. The resort’s on-site garden provides fresh herbs and vegetables for a paddockto-plate dining experience, while its sustainable practices, including onsite water production and solar energy initiatives, minimise environmental impact.

Accessible via seaplane or speedboat from various points in the Maldives, Soneva Secret prioritises sustainability in its construction and operations. From FSC-certified wood to innovative energy solutions, the resort aims for a minimal ecological footprint. Partnering with the Soneva Foundation Coral Restoration, Soneva Secret also hosts a coral nursery, contributing to marine ecosystem rejuvenation. Environmentally conscious mosquito traps ensure a comfortable stay without harming the local ecosystem.



Baccarat Hotel & Residences


Set to Open in 2027

SH Hotels & Resorts announced plans to redefine luxury and sophistication in the Maldives with the forthcoming debut of Baccarat Hotel & Residences Maldives in 2027. Spanning five interconnected islands across more than 111 acres in the South Malé Atoll, this one-of-a-kind resort will set a new standard of unprecedented luxury in one of the world’s most coveted travel destinations.

Located a short boat journey away (30 minutes) from Malé’s Velana International Airport, the resort will be partially wrapped around its shallow-water lagoon and reef system. It will offer more than 50 hotel villas and 53 private residences for sale. Crafted by HKS (an award-winning global architecture firm) with interiors by 1508 London (renowned for its commitment to creating bespoke, luxurious, and innovative designs), Baccarat Hotel & Residences Maldives will seamlessly blend contemporary elegance with tropical sophistication.

The resort will feature a diverse array of accommodations, from one- to three-bedroom hotel villas—each with its private pool—to private residences with unparalleled levels of luxury living overlooking the lagoon or the pristine beachfront. There are lavish six- and seven-bedroom mansions on a secluded peninsula for a more expansive retreat. The eight- and ninebedroom Private Islands—intimate escapes surrounded by the spectacular beauty of the Maldives—offer the pinnacle of luxury and exclusivity.

Guests will revel in the finest dining experiences befitting of the esteemed Baccarat Hotels brand, including speciality restaurants run by some of the world’s top chefs. Beyond the gastronomic indulgences, Baccarat Hotel & Residences Maldives promises a lifestyle of luxury and artistic expression with curated retail spaces, a Baccarat-themed crystal garden, an outdoor cinema under the stars, an art gallery and event space featuring work from world-famous artists, and more. Sporting enthusiasts will delight in all the offerings, including a nine-hole golf course, tennis courts, traditional Maldivian fishing excursions, and snorkelling amid the island’s vibrant marine life.

A meticulously crafted wellness spa will be available for guests seeking tranquillity and rejuvenation. In this oasis, guests can indulge in various signature treatments, ranging from therapeutic massages to rejuvenating facials to hydrotherapy circuits in expertly designed plunge pools. Dedicated yoga pavilions and a cutting-edge gym will complement the wellness spa.

Above all, the resort will also be committed to sustainability and conservation, from a turtle rehabilitation centre to ecofriendly initiatives that allow guests to connect with the natural beauty of the Maldives in a responsible and meaningful way.


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Patina Maldives, Fari Islands Nets Exclusive Football Camp Partnership with the Real Madrid Foundation

Younger guests at Patina Maldives, Fari Islands, can embrace new play patterns this summer at an exclusive, Maldives-first Real Madrid Foundation football camp. From 4 July to 12 August, a youth coach will lead a comprehensive Real Madrid Foundation programme of daily soccer sessions for ages 5-9, 10-14, and 15-17. The coach will be joined by an elite player ambassador from UEFA’s all-time no. 1 ranked football club toward the end of the programme.

This summer’s inaugural Patina Maldives x Real Madrid CF Foundation football camp is the first edition in an ongoing partnership, with additional future football camp dates to be confirmed. Led by a licensed Real Madrid Foundation coach, sessions will focus on developing each participant both individually and as part of the group to ‘Play The Real Way’—the training methodology that combines play and sports values.

Sessions will take place on a new, purpose-built 6-a-side astroturf pitch located near the Fari Marina Village at Patina Maldives. All participants will receive an official camp football shirt, shorts, socks, drawstring bag, sweatbands, and cap. Those completing a minimum of four days of coaching will also be presented with a Real Madrid Foundation participation certificate.


SO/Maldives Introduces

Three New Villa Categories for Group Travellers

SO/Maldives has recently introduced three new villa categories designed for groups and families. These include the TwoBedroom Lagoon Beach Pool Loft, nestled within the Beach Villa Collection, offering a spacious and luxurious retreat by the lagoon. Additionally, families can opt for the Two-Bedroom and ThreeBedroom Ocean Water Pool Ateliers, situated within the serene Water Villa Collection.


Two-Bedroom Lagoon Beach Pool Loft

Located mere steps away from the white sands of the turquoise lagoon, the Two-Bedroom Lagoon Beach Pool Loft offers a seamless blend of indoor and outdoor living. Guests can indulge in their private pool, located within a lush tropical terrace, while soaking in the breathtaking vistas of the lagoon and its surroundings. The ambience of the loft exudes laidback luxury, characterised by plush furnishings, elegant design elements, and a relaxed atmosphere. With separate living and dining areas, guests have ample space to entertain or unwind comfortably. Additionally, including a cocoon tub-with-a-view adds a touch of indulgence, allowing guests to luxuriate while admiring the scenic beauty outside. Ideal for families, friends, or group bookings, the Two-Bedroom Lagoon Beach Pool Loft offers both privacy and convenience, exuding laid-back luxury and plush elegance.

Two-Bedroom Ocean Water Pool Atelier

The Two-Bedroom Ocean Water Pool Atelier presents a luxurious retreat spread across two levels, providing guests with a private pool and expansive ocean vistas. Boasting an indoor-outdoor ambience, this sophisticated yet laidback space encompasses a spacious primary bedroom on the first floor, complemented by separate living and dining areas adorned with plush furnishings and artisanal accents. Expansive terraces on both floors allow direct access to the azure waters, inviting guests to immerse themselves in the serene surroundings or indulge in the sanctuary of the statement bathroom featuring a freestanding cocoon tub.

Three-Bedroom Ocean Water Pool Atelier

The Three-Bedroom Ocean Water Pool Atelier offers the pinnacle of oceanfront luxury, with a sprawling two-story layout designed to maximise privacy and comfort. Featuring three bedrooms and generous living and dining spaces on each floor, this contemporary villa boasts a statement-making primary bedroom and panoramic deck overlooking the ocean. Elegant décor in neutral tones sets the tone for relaxation, while artisanal design elements add a touch of sophistication. Guests can unwind on the private deck, dip in the private pool’s turquoise waters, or simply soak in the breathtaking views of the boundless blue landscape.



TTM Connect Launches

Exciting New Networking and Marketing Features

TTM Connect, the online travel trade portal crafted for marketing and networking, has introduced new features. A comprehensive array of functions has been added to address the diverse needs of industry professionals, empowering them to connect, network, and collaborate effectively.

Significant changes have been implemented to enhance your year-round experience on TTM Connect.

Travel Trade Directory

TTM Connect will feature profiles of over 1,000 leading travel trade partners in the Maldives tourism industry. This will provide a comprehensive directory for industry professionals and enable users to discover and connect with potential partners easily.

Networking on TTM Connect

Users can send messages to other members, making communication and collaboration seamless. This feature improves networking, helping users build relationships with industry peers, potentially leading to partnerships and business opportunities.

Marketing Opportunities

TTM Connect will offer advertising and promotional spaces for users to showcase their products and services to a targeted industry audience, increasing their visibility and reach within the travel trade community.

Sharing News/Press Releases

The feature will allow users to share news, press releases, and updates within the network, keeping members informed about industry developments and trends.

TTM Data

TTM Connect will provide users with precise data, analytics, trends, insights, and market forecasts. This feature will enable users to make informed decisions and strategies, helping them to stay ahead in the competitive travel trade market.

TTM Standards

Users will have access to a comprehensive range of information, including property details, competitive positioning, and market perception, aiming to provide them with valuable insights into industry standards and best practices.

TTM Maldives 2024 will be held from the 21st to the 22nd of August 2024, featuring TTM Connect Meetings on both days, followed by the grand TTM Awards & Gala Night on the last day at Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi.



Maldives Virtual Tour Launches Content Aggregator API Services

Featuring virtual tours, original content, and travel guides and serving as a travel content aggregator, Maldives Virtual Tour has announced the launch of its content aggregator API services tailored for hoteliers, travel agents, and travel marketers. This move aims to enhance the accessibility and visibility of Maldivian resorts and local islands, offering comprehensive and updated content on tourist destinations across the Maldives.

The new content aggregator services provided by Maldives Virtual Tour include a range of features designed to streamline the travel planning process and enrich the user experience.

One of the key highlights is the service, which allows hoteliers to integrate 360-degree virtual tours API, which is already in use on multiple resort websites. Other key services include:

• Property descriptions

• Image gallery for properties on the Maldives Virtual Tour

• Room details and service information

By leveraging these services, travel partners can provide their clients with a more immersive and informative experience, ultimately driving engagement and bookings. Several resorts are already benefiting from the API for virtual tours, and many travel agencies are utilising the full content API of Maldives Virtual Tour as well. The content provided by Maldives Virtual Tour, in particular, enables partners to showcase the beauty of Maldives in stunning detail, helping them stand out in a competitive market.


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Maldivian Lowers Surfboard Carriage Charges

Maldivian has announced a significant reduction in charges for transporting surfboards following concerns raised by a resident regarding the high fees.

The airline unveiled the decision following a query posted on the Q&A platform ‘Raeesge Javaab’ by a resident of GDh. Gadhdhoo highlighted the financial burden imposed on tourists visiting the island for surfing activities.

Rasheed highlighted that tourists faced costs of approximately USD 800, including round-trip airfare and surfboard charges when journeying to Gadhdhoo, renowned for its prime surfing spots.

Under the revised structure, charges for large surfboards measuring 86” x 24”, with a thickness or width ranging between six to 10 inches, have been slashed by 33%.

Additionally, a new category has been introduced for small surfboards featuring a width of up to five inches, with charges reduced by 66% from the original rates.

Gadhdhoo, situated in the southern region of the Maldives, boasts some of the country’s premier surf points, including the renowned Tiger Stripes surf point, rendering it a sought-after destination among surfing enthusiasts.



Taj Exotica Resort & Spa

Sets a Milestone With Maldives’ Largest

Operational Floating Solar Park


Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives, announces the operationalisation of Maldives’ largest operational floating solar park. Executed in partnership with Swimsol, the global leader in offshore marine photovoltaics, the 1,080 kWp solar park is the largest operating Solar Sea system in the Maldives.

Speaking on this occasion, Ms Corinna Luebbe, Cluster General Manager, Taj Maldives, said, “Elevating its stance on sustainable luxury, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa is now operating with one of the lowest carbon footprints in the Maldives. This initiative, in line with IHCL’s ESG+ framework—Paathya— is a reflection of our commitment to energy conservation, minimisation of ecological impact, and preserving the natural beauty of the Maldives.”

The SolarSea system, in conjunction with a battery, will enable it to operate entirely on renewable energy throughout the day. The largest operating Solar Sea system in the Maldives saves around 475,000 litres of diesel annually and reduces the resort’s carbon footprint by 1,200 tons annually.

Spread across Emboodhu Finolhu island, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa is an environmentally responsible resort in the archipelago and is one of the only two properties in the Maldives to receive an EarthCheck Platinum certification.



Milaidhoo Maldives Secures

Dual Gold Accolades in Sustainability and Technology

Milaidhoo Maldives announced that its breathtaking TwoBedroom Ocean Residence with Private Pool has been awarded two prestigious accolades: the esteemed Gold 2024 Sustainability Award and the Gold 2024 Technology Award by Elite Traveler, the eminent beacon guiding ultra-high-net-worth (UHNW) individuals through the abundant tapestry of global luxury living.

Milaidhoo, gifted to be located in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll, embodies sustainability at its core. The island resort’s commitment to environmental preservation is unwavering, as evidenced by its innovative conservation practices and eco-conscious operations. From pioneering marine conservation initiatives to adopting renewable energy solutions, Milaidhoo continually strives to minimise its ecological footprint while maximising guest experiences.

Simultaneously, Milaidhoo seamlessly integrates technology into its offerings, enhancing guest comfort and convenience without compromising the laid-back island lifestyle. By leveraging technological advancements, the resort ensures a harmonious balance between modernity and tranquillity, offering guests a sanctuary where comfort coexists with sustainability.



Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa

Named Among Top 100 Best Hotels in the World

In an esteemed recognition, Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa has been honoured as one of the elite Top 100 hotels globally, a distinction bestowed by both Coral Travel and TUI for consecutive years in 2023 and 2024. This accolade underscores the resort’s unwavering dedication to providing an exceptional guest experience, meticulously curated through feedback from our esteemed patrons.

Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa, part of the Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts portfolio in the Maldives, is adorned with one of the Maldives’ largest shallow lagoons, particularly favoured by couples seeking an intimate and secluded sanctuary.

Renowned for its tranquil ambience and expansive shallow lagoons, the resort has garnered a devoted following among European travellers, many of whom have made it a cherished tradition to return year after year for over ten years. At the heart of Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa lies an ethos of hospitality that seamlessly blends with the natural splendour of the Maldives, promising an unforgettable experience for every discerning guest.

In an exclusive statement, Vijai Singh, the Area Vice President of Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts Maldives, emphasised the brand’s ambitious role in bolstering the Maldives’ appeal as a premier tourist destination. Singh articulated, “The cornerstone of Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts’ success lies in the dedication and exceptional service by our teams across our diverse properties.” He stated, “Each accolade we receive proves our steadfast commitment to curating unique and unforgettable experiences for our esteemed guests.” Singh emphasised the brand’s relentless pursuit of excellence, asserting, “We are continuously setting new benchmarks in the hospitality industry.” He attributed the brand’s success to the collective efforts of its talented team and their unyielding dedication to ensuring unparalleled guest satisfaction.

Guests now have the exclusive opportunity to enhance their stay by availing themselves of special benefits when booking directly through the Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts website, ensuring their paradise getaway is perfectly tailored.





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