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TRAVEL TRADE

MALDIVES Discover the Essence of Pure Life at Kagi Maldives Spa Island

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PEOPLE

EDITOR‘S NOTE

Aishath Alaa Abdul Hannan -Deputy Manager of Corporate Strategy and Business Development of Trans Maldivian Airways

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MMPRC FAIR LIST

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EDITOR‘S PICKS

MARKET OVERVIEW

Mӧvenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives – A Promise of Seclusion and Tropical Tranquility

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Kagi Maldives Spa Island

Tourism in the Maldives: A Vehicle for Women’s Empowerment

TTM TAKEOVER

WOMEN IN TOURISM


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EMERGING RESORTS

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SO/ Maldives: A Vibrant New Beachfront Resort to be Added to the CROSSROADS Maldives Portfolio

NEW APPOINTMENTS

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AVIATION Flying Through the Glass Ceiling – The Exemplary Women of Trans Maldivian Airways

WELLNESS

The Importance of Reconnecting Mind, Body and Soul by Sonu Shivdasani

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SUSTAINABILITY

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REAL ESTATE

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AWARDS & ACCOLADES


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Ooredoo Maldives Data Center Looking After Your Business Ooredoo Maldives Data Center is one of the most sophisticated and advanced data centers in the Maldives.

Tier III Compliant

Flood Resistant upto 20ft

Security policies based on ISO 27001

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Business Continuity with Massive & Redundant Power Backup


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ORCA TEAM Managing Director & CEO Akhmeem Abdul Razzaq

Director - Content Creation Mohamed Khoorsheed

Director - Digital Strategy Ibrahim Areef

Chief Design Officer Moothi

Chief Operating Officer Ahmed Nasir

Admin & Finance Ali Sageef Ibrahim

Media & Marketing Zeek Ashraf

Editor‘s Note Dear Readers, Welcome to the March 2022 edition of Travel Trade Maldives, our print publication dedicated to all things travel, trade, and tourism in the Maldives.

Raaya Abdulla Fathimath Zeen Mohamed Aminath Suha Mohamed Fathimath Nashama Mohamed Mohamed Mizyan

On the occasion of International Women’s Day on 8th March, we are taking an in-depth look into the vital role played by women in the Maldivian tourism industry. Our cover story this time will focus on women’s empowerment in the hospitality sector, and ways to bridge the gender gap to ensure economic equality for all.

Shifna Ahmed Raya Sajid

Design & Art Direction Thoo Nazim

Zaya Ahmed Hamdhoon W.

Content Creation Kudie

Maan Abdulla Enal Mohamed Rishwan

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As part of our TTM Takeover for this edition, we will be highlighting the stunning Kagi Maldives Spa Island, an intimate private resort bringing understated luxury and elegant simplicity to North Male’ Atoll. Our Editor’s Picks also explore unique properties and venues such as The Standard, Huruvalhi, Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives, and Ministry of Crab Maldives, among many others. Under our People segment, we will first be taking a look at the career of Aishath Alaa Abdul Hannan, the Deputy Manager of Corporate Strategy and Business Development of Trans Maldivian Airways, the world’s largest seaplane operator. We also have a chat with Fathmath Yashfa Hassan, the Director of Retail at the Marina @ CROSSROADS Maldives, and Mariya Shareef, the Resort Manager at Summer Island Maldives. As usual, our regular news segments touch on all aspects of the industry, such as aviation, sustainability, emerging resorts, and awards and accolades. Happy reading!


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MMPRC Roadshows & Fair List 2022 MARCH

11th April - 13th April

27th May - 29th MAy

14th August - 23rd August

3rd March - 4th March

WTM AFRICA

LTM MOSCOW

Cape Town, South Africa

MALAYSIA INTERNATIONAL DIVE EXPO (MIDE)

MALDIVES ROADSHOW IN RUSSIA RUSSIA

SEA

Moscow, Rostov–on-Don,

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Novosibirsk, St. Petersburg

Moscow, Russia

South Africa

Russia

MAY 14th March - 16th March

May

31st May - 02nd June

OTM

MIDDLE EAST ROADSHOW

Frankfurt, Germany

Berlin, Germany Germany, Global

24rd March - 27th March

BRUSSELS HOLIDAY FAIR Brussels, Belgium Brussels Expo - Exhibition Center, Brussels, Belgium

Riyadh, Kuwait & Doha Middle East

01st May

MALDIVES ROADSHOW IN GERMANY Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Dusseldorf & Frankfurt, Germany Germany

Germany Germany

JUNE

Kazakhastan Kazakhastan

04th May

MALDIVES ROADSHOW IN THAILAND SEA Bangkok, Thailand

30th March

MALDIVES ROADSHOW IN DUBAI (COINCIDING WITH EXPO 2020) MIDDLE EAST & GCC Dubai, UAE

5th April - 7th April

WTM LATAM São Paulo, Brazil LATAM

New York, Miami & Los Angeles, USA USA

Saudi Arabia

JULY

01st September

1st July - 3rd July

TTF Calcutta, India

THAILAND DIVING EXPO SEA

July

VISIT MALDIVES TRAVEL EXPO Indonesia SEA

ARABIAN TRAVEL MARKET (ATM) Middle East Dubai, UAE

13th July

MILT CONGRESS India

SATTE

AUGUST

SEA

India

01st August

Greater Noida, India

NATAS Singapore

Milan, Italy

MALDIVES ROADSHOW IN FRANCE 3 Cities (TBC) France

12th September - 15th September

MALDIVES ROADSHOW IN NORDIC REGION NORDIC weden, Finland, Norway & Denmark

9th May - 12th May

18th May - 20th May

Italy

Middle East

8th May - 11th May

9th April - 10th April

BIT MILAN

SEPTEMBER KINGDOM BUSINESS & LUXURY TRAVEL (KBLT CONGRESS) 2022

MATTA

10th April - 12th April

Maldives, Male’

01st September

Mumbai or Bengaluru, India

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Maldives

MALDIVES ROADSHOW IN USA

India

Bangkok, Thailand

APRIL

TRAVEL TRADE MALDIVES

01st June

25th March

DELUXE TRAVEL MARKET (DTM)

23rd August - 25th August

22nd May - 24th May

RIYADH TRAVEL FAIR (RTF) Middle East Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

20th September

LTM KIEV RUSSIA, CIS Kiev, Ukraine

September

IFTM TOP RESA Paris, France France

SEA 22nd September - 25th September

TOURISM EXPO JAPAN Japan Osaka, Japan


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B2B

OCTOBER

NOVEMBER

October

01st November

MALDIVES ROADSHOW IN INDIA

QATAR TRAVEL MARKET

Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Trivandrum and Ahmedabad India

Doha, Qatar

TTW ZURICH

01st October

ITB ASIA Singapore

01st November

Shanghai, China Spain

MALDIVES ROADSHOW IN CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE TBC

MALDIVES ROADSHOW IN CHINA Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu & Guangzhou

Naples, Bologna, TBC

Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya Turkey

ROADSHOW IN AUSTRALIA Sydney, Melbourne,Brisbane Australia

ROADSHOW IN SPAIN Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia , Bilbao, Malaga

Spain

DECEMBER 29th November - 01stDecember

01st December

IBTM WORLD

ILTM CANNES

Fira Barcelona Gran Via venue Av. Joan Carles, 08908 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat Barcelona

Cannes, France France

Spain

01st December

ROADSHOW IN SWITZERLAND

USTOA ANNUAL CONFERANCE + MEMBERSHIP + SPONSORSHIP

Zurich, Geneva, Basel

USA

01st November

MALDIVES ROADSHOW IN ITALY

ROADSHOW IN TURKEY

China

CEE

01st October

01st November

01st November 01st November

SEA

01st October

Trade

01st November

Zurich, Switzerland Switzerland

Dive

Middle East

IBTM CHINA 01st October

B2C

Switzerland

USA

Italy 07th November - 09th November 01st October

LUXPERIENCE Sydney, Australia

WORLD TRAVEL MARKET (WTM) LONDON United Kingdom UK

Australia

01st December

INTERNATIONAL MALDIVES TRAVEL MART (IMTM) Maldives TBC

01st November 12th October - 14th October

MALDIVES ROADSHOW TTG TRAVEL EXPERIENCE IN UK

Rimini, Italy Italy

London, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham UK

01st November

ATTA ELEVATE NORTH AMERICA CONFERENCE Oregon, USA USA


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Market Overview Maldives has recorded over 280,000 tourist arrivals so far in this year, the Golden Jubilee Year of Tourism. As per the statistics published by the Tourism Ministry, a total of 280,774 tourist arrivals have been recorded as of 28th February 2022. During the ongoing year, 4,759 daily arrivals are being maintained on average, with their stay period recorded at an average of 8 days. The tourist arrivals recorded so far this year shows an increase of 48.6% compared to the same period in 2021. Tourist arrivals in 2022 however, shows an overall decrease of 12.3% in comparison to the arrivals recorded during the same period in 2019, a record-breaking year for Maldives tourism. Russia is currently dominating the top market for Maldives tourism contributing 15.5% to the total tourist arrivals so far. The United Kingdom follows at second contributing 11.1% and third comes India contributing 9.1%. Other top markets include Germany, Italy, France, the USA, Ukraine, Switzerland, and Austria. Tourist arrivals from Ukraine are expected to be severely impacted by the Russian invasion of Ukraine as the commercial flights to Ukraine have been suspended. Russian tourist arrivals are yet to show a significant impact, however, the sanctions imposed on Russia are expected to have a considerable negative impact on the tourist arrivals. Additionally, Saudi Arabia was ranked in the top markets for Maldives tourism earlier this year, the country has since been replaced by Switzerland, where arrivals have been steadily increasing.

According to the latest daily statistics released by the Ministry of Tourism, a total of 1,171 tourist accommodation facilities are in operation this year including resorts, marinas, guesthouses, safari vessels and hotels. The total operating capacity is currently recorded as 54,178 beds. This year, Maldives is also getting ready to celebrate an exceptional year, marking 50 years – the Golden Jubilee celebration of tourism in the Maldives.


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Kagi Maldives

Discover the Essence of Pure Life at Kagi Maldives Spa Island


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Kagi Maldives Spa Island, a three-hectare island wellness resort in the North Male’ Atoll is a true sanctuary for the senses that offers the perfect setting to slow down and immerse into self-discovery and self-care for a more balanced and authentic life.

villa is styled with a distinct, tasteful, and contemporary design complimented by the unique Maldivian element of luxury. All villas have a secluded deck with a private infinity plunge pool that offers pure privacy to luxuriate each moment.

In Japanese, ‘Kagi’ means key. If one had to unlock the essence of pure life, the aptly named Kagi Maldives Spa island would be a good place to start. Designed by Japanese architect Yuji Yamazaki, the resort is quite literally an oasis.

Guests can indulge their senses with an exceptional culinary journey within exquisite surroundings. The three restaurants at Kagi Maldives celebrate wonderful flavours from around the world. Noo Faru, Ufaa and Ke-un are styled for a joyful experience while appreciating the magnificent surroundings each restaurant and bar has to offer.

Ideal for solo and couples, the Kagi Maldives is a charming island for those seeking the natural connection between wellness and relaxation. Embodying the pure life mantra, Kagi Maldives features 50 villas including, 19 Lagoon Pool Villas, 21 Ocean Pool Villas and 10 Beach Pool Villas. These are elegant living spaces designed to connect your body, mind, and soul in a private environment with the freedom of space to draw a sense of solitude and relate to nature. Each

The highlight of the Kagi Maldives experience is the resort’s fully integrated wellness hub. Kagi Maldives’ wellness retreat, the 1500 square metre, Baani Spa is a first of its kind spa in this part of the world. As a destination itself, the spa comprises four treatment rooms with outdoor bathing facilities and a relaxation lounge, a well-equipped yoga and sound healing studio, steam rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, and a wellness boutique. Kagi Maldives offers pure life experiences where guests can escape into the pleasures of paradise with their favourite bucket list Maldives experiences. Whether it is to discover the undersea life, feel the love all around or savour the unique Maldivian sunset with dolphins playing around, the resort has it all. Authentic Maldivian experiences that will leave guests with precious moments of a lifetime. Kagi is part of the very well-known Maldivian concept of “One Island – One Resort” providing a comprehensive programme consisting of yoga and meditation, blissful massages and holistic healing, alongside nourishing meals and locally-inspired experiences for the ultimate healthy holiday.



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Stay at Kagi Maldives and Experience Freedom of Space The quaint unpretentious island of Kagi Maldives Spa Island, nestled in the middle of Male’ atoll, is ideal for people seeking a natural connection between wellness and relaxation. Staying at one of Kagi Maldives’ wonderfully built villas allows you to connect with nature and your body, mind, and spirit. The resort features 50 villas including, 19 Lagoon Pool Villas, 21 Ocean Pool Villas and 10 Beach Pool Villas. The villas are styled with a distinct, tasteful, and contemporary design complimented by the original Maldivian element of luxury. Each villa has a secluded deck that offers pure privacy to luxuriate in al fresco rain showers, moonlit dips, or an intimate afternoon basking in the sun. But staying indoors can be equally as indulgent. BEACH POOL VILLA These ten signature villas are located on Kagi Maldives’ beachfront and provide you with your own private beach space as well as your own private pool. Each beach villa offers an intimate space along the private white sand beach and turquoise ocean only feet from your deck, set gently and with an authentic luxury style. The activities are limitless in this villa, jump into the water for a short splash or a snorkeling expedition in front of your villa. Relax on your private verandah lounges or even make a special breakfast reservation while watching the sun rise to a new day. The Beach Pool Villa provides all of this and more; an elegant living room with a king bed, veneer floors, air conditioning, an overhead ceiling fan, and a seating area. A private pool, seating, and lounge furnishings are available on the outdoor covered patio.

Ocean Pool Villa

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OCEAN POOL VILLA Each of the 21 Ocean Pool Villas at Kagi Maldives has a big, light-filled room that leads to a private porch and plunge pool with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. This is a place to bask in the Maldivian heat while marveling at the live aquarium right in front of your eyes. A bucket list experience of living in an over water villa is brought to life by an understated elegance and private space. Access the amazing house reef immediately from the ocean’s stairs, or relax in the luxury of your own private pool overlooking the ocean, with panoramic views all around. In these homes, you will undoubtedly encounter an enticing sense of equilibrium between calm and fulfillment. The villas are an elegant living space outfitted with an oversize king bed, veneer floors, air conditioning, overhead ceiling fan and a seating area. The outdoor decked terrace features a private pool, seating and lounge furniture.

Lagoon Pool villa

LAGOON POOL VILLA These 19 lagoon pool villas rise from their spectacular lagoon to provide an elegant living area where you may plunge into the ocean right from your overwater terrace or float above the ocean in your private pool while being entranced by the soft lapping of the waves beneath your villa. In these villas, you will undoubtedly get a sense of calmness and tranquility. An elegant living area with an over-sized king bed, veneer flooring, air conditioning, an overhead ceiling fan, and a sofa area is also included in the villa. A private pool, seating, and lounge furnishings are available on the outdoor covered patio.


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Kagi Maldives – The Ultimate Wellness Getaway A deep breath away from the humdrum of modern life, across the cool, clear waters of North Male’ Atoll, proudly sits Kagi Maldives Spa Island. Flanked by white sandy beaches and ultra-luxury villas, Kagi has been a magnet for those seeking for solace in the tropics. As Kagi offers astounding water-front relaxation, world-class dining, and a pioneering wellness experience just for you to relax and reboot. On the edge of Kagi, you will find Baani Spa, it is not your typical spa. It takes you through a journey of the fundamental elements to follow a holistic health and wellness approach. Baani (“The Ocean Swell” in Dhivehi) symbolises the cadence of life’s journey. Baani has a menu curated to promote and enhance the state of the mind, body, and soul. Offering the latest scientific advances of holistic remedies and diagnostics fused with the wisdom of bodywork & beauty and practice of alternative healing, programmes range from refreshing spa treatments to retreats and workshops. All are designed to supercharge both guests’ mental and physical health. Baani signature experience, is ingrained, as the ethos here is all about restoring vitality, living better for longer. Baani’s brilliant team of experts work seamlessly together to incorporate aromatic essences and other innovative herbal infusions. SPA BOUTIQUE Offers an array of well-being products to give you something tangible to take home; better health, peace of mind, and serenity, rather than a short-lived cosmetic experience.

Spa Boutique


The Spa Corner

THE SPA CORNER At Baani, healthy diet is essential for good health and nutrition and The Spa Corner lets you indulge into antioxidant-rich recipes that have been mindfully crafted to ensure that you return home without that all too familiar post-holiday bloat. YOGA SOUND ROOM Yoga Sound Room takes you on a journey through authentic yoga classes and science-led meditation. Find their classes and activity schedule on the Kagi website for more details.

The Fitness Center

Yoga Sound Room

THE FITNESS CENTER Keeps you fit and strengthen your core, build lean leg muscle and work on your flexibility. The fitness centre is fitted with a range of internationally-known “Pecor” equipment. It is next level luxury – a true fitness lover’s playground.


5 Incredible Experiences You Can’t Miss Out on at Kagi Maldives Spa Island At Kagi Maldives Spa Island, you are bound to discover the harmony between living healthy and joyfully. This picturesque island hideaway embodies the essence of pure being, with curated signature tropical journeys to make you fall in love with the simplicity of life. Whether traveling solo or with your loved ones, Kagi Maldives will take you on a venture filled with authentic Maldivian luxury and moments exceeding all your expectations. Here are 5 incredible experiences to have during your time at Kagi Maldives. ESCAPE TO THE BAANI SPA COMPLEX The Baani Spa is not your ordinary spa. Even the word ‘Baani’ (meaning ‘ocean swell’ in Dhivehi) reminds us of the rhythm of life. This complex encompasses the luxuries of the fundamental elements to follow a holistic health and wellness approach. Escape to the spa and just be yourself while discovering the ultimate well-being for your mind, body and soul. The spa service menu has been crafted to deliver an authentic, personalised, outcome-focused wellness program which promises to take you on the Baani Journey to release, restore and regain.

The Baani Spa

WINE AND DINE IN PURE SOPHISTICATION Indulge your senses with joyful culinary journeys designed to be delicious, fresh, boldly flavored, simple and above all, satisfying. At the Nourishing Complex, a classic two-storey architectural masterpiece, you can delight into an array of luxury indulgences and nourish your soul with mouthwatering epicurean creations by Kagi’s culinary masters. Guests can also immerse themselves in the charm of Nonna, the island’s Italian al fresco ala carte restaurants, or be swooned by the tantalizing buffets at Noo Faru. Meanwhile, Ke-Un brings to life a ‘Pacific Rim’ fusion cuisine experience with fiery flavours from East Asia, South America and Oceania. MEDITATE UNDER THE SEA Connect yourself with the wonder of nature which the Maldives brings to life, not only on land but in the ocean as well. Together with Euro-Divers by Kagi Maldives, set off an ocean-based journey of self-discovery. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned enthusiast, your dive or snorkel experience here is sure to be a magical memory you will never forget. Kagi also boasts a spectacular house reef, which can be classified as one of the best in the Maldives. Meet sea turtles, rays, reef sharks, moray eels, and thousands of tropical fish in the most beautiful stressfree zone.


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GO ON A PRIVATE SANDBANK PICNIC Make your dreams true by joining the trip to a nearby sandbank to swim, snorkel and sunbathe. Spend half a day having a private sandbank picnic, sipping on wine, swimming in clear turquoise water and running barefoot on a tiny island. Experience a lovely break with the waves hitting the soft sand and the sun shining over your heads while you enjoy the exclusively curated picnic menu by the team of Kagi’s chefs. EXPERIENCE A MALDIVIAN FISHING TRIP ADVENTURE Take on the deep blue sea with an authentic Maldivian fishing trip adventure. Guided by local experts, experience a chance to sail away and return to the island with the catch of the day. To round it off you can indulge in a crafted dinner experience savoring your catch, cooked to perfection by Kagi’s chefs.

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Excursions to Seek During Your Vacation at Kagi Maldives Between the consistently hot weather, unspoilt sandy beaches, Maldives has many great qualities, which is why we have put together a comprehensive guide to some of the top excursions you can experience at Kagi Maldives.

Scuba Diving

SCUBA DIVING Scuba diving is a thrill-seeking, high-adrenaline activity. But with the correct training, it can be an incredibly peaceful, meditative, and even emotional experience that allows you to observe and connect to a world beyond our limits. Together with EuroDivers by Kagi Maldives, the dive centre is a PADI 5 Star certified dive centre with a full range of PADI courses in multiple languages. There is a variety of trips and dive sites where you’ll spot sharks and have turtle moments in Makundu Garden. FISHING Taking on the pristine blue waters of Maldives with authentic Maldivian fishing trip adventure. With the guidance of local experts, which is easier to learn and allows you to sail away and come back to the island with a catch that can be cooked through their chef. With a range of fishing activities, big game fishing is an incredible experience to try. HOUSE REEF SNORKELLING Pick up your mask, nozzle, and pair of flippers and head to the beach at Kagi to experience the brightest coral gardens of the Indian Ocean.

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CATAMARAN SAILING You can let the wind whip through your hair as you share a special moment with your loved one with a Private Romantic Catamaran Sunset Sailing. WIND SURFING & STAND-UP PADDLE BOARDING Travellers can enjoy non-motorised water sports such as wind-surfing and stand-up paddle-boarding. At Kagi Windsurfing lessons and courses for beginners and experts to develop your hobbies.

Catamaran Sailing

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Wine and Dine in Pure Sophistication at Kagi Maldives Indulge your senses with joyful culinary journeys designed to be delicious, fresh, boldly flavored just for you at Kagi Maldives. The secret to compliment your wine and dine at Kagi Maldives is to blend a dash of socializing into the recipe while appreciating the magnificent surroundings at the restaurants and bars. THE NOURISHING COMPLEX At the Nourishing Complex you can delight into an array of luxury indulgences and nourish your soul with mouthwatering epicurean creations by the culinary masters. This classic two-story architectural masterpiece is located atop of the Indian Ocean and brings to life a space where one can placidly connect and socialise without being crowded but also be private without feeling isolated.

The Nourishing Complex

Ke Un

KE-UN Ke-Un brings to life a ‘Pacific Rim’ fusion cuisine experience which takes its inspiration from the geographical ‘ring of fire’ surrounding the Maldives. From the highly spiced and fragranced cuisine of East Asia to the bold, fiery flavors of South America and Oceania, here you can revel into good food prepared with the utmost attention whilst appreciating quality time with your companions. NOO FARU Noo Faru provides the perfect setting for the extensive breakfast and dinner buffet with views over the pool and the Indian Ocean. You can experience the variety of international cuisine, skillfully prepared using the finest ingredients and fresh herbs.

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The Spa Corner

NONNA Inspired by the rich heritage of Italian cooking as passed through the generations, Going to brings to life an amazing fresh and natural sourced ingredients transformed by the simple alchemy of the kitchen team into bold, heart-warming authentic Italian dishes, alive with flavors. THE SPA CORNER Set at the heart of Baani Spa surrounded by the turquoise ocean. Spa offers a casual menu throughout the day, from raw and greens to sushi and light mains. The soothing ambience of the Spa Corner is a perfect complement to the day at Baani Spa for pure relaxation. WINE CELLAR Kagi Wine Cellar offers hand-picked collections which includes the world’s most luxurious bottles from the country’s most prestigious estates. Celebrate the occasion with style and class and select from a range of vintage collectables.

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FSM Building, 4th Floor Block A, Boduthakurufaanu Magu, 20026, Male’, Maldives Tel: +960 333 6655 / +960 777 6541 / +960 737 0036 sales@fuelmaldives.net / www.fsm.mv Photo: FSM Handhi barge delivery fuel to One&Only Reethi Rah


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Tourism in the Maldives: A Vehicle for Women’s Empowerment Women in the Maldives have always been a force to be reckoned with, historically playing a vital role in weaving the socio-economic fabric of our island nation. The establishment of Kurumba Village in 1972 and the subsequent advent of tourism opened up a new avenue for income generation for our populace, with an increasing number of women taking up various positions since then. However, in spite of the golden opportunity that this lucrative industry presents for women’s empowerment, the ratio of male to female tourism workers remains shockingly imbalanced. Statistics by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) show that after 50 years, the Maldives has a female participation rate of 10 percent, while the local female participation rate is only 3 percent – figures that are staggering to say the least. If we were to compare with global statistics, the differences are quite stark. According to the 2019 Global Report on Women in Tourism by UNWTO, the majority of the tourism workforce worldwide is female. The report reveals that 54 percent of individuals employed in tourism are women, compared with 39 percent in the broader economy. A wide range of factors contribute to the inhibition of women joining the workforce. In society, women are typically seen as the primary caretaker of the household, expected to take care of their family and undertake domestic chores. The lack of education and awareness also come into play here; parents may be reluctant to allow their daughters to move far away from home for work, especially if they have not yet been exposed to the industry. Geographical mobility is particularly crucial for resort work, which accounts for a significant proportion of hospitality jobs in the Maldives. As resort employees are expected to reside on the island for extended periods of time, this can further deter women from joining the industry.

Photo Credits: Soneva Resorts

In fact, according to statistics published by the NBS in 2019, only 2,615 employees reported that they travelled daily for work. The data shows that in all job categories, more female employees commuted daily than men, which suggests that greater transportation networks are needed to encourage female participation. Despite these barriers to entry, there are concrete steps that can be taken to help boost tourism’s empowering potential for women. Emphasis on education and skill development is necessary, by creating training programmes for women in tourism, including training on soft skills, networking and high-level training for career progression. Expansion of access to digital technologies, supporting women-owned tourism businesses, and challenging gender stereotypes are also key. On a policy-making level, our government institutions must ensure policies on maternity and care responsibilities are upheld, and introduce measures to improve women’s work-life balance in tourism. They must also ensure gender equality and human rights commitments at the national level are met and implemented effectively, and facilitate women’s voices in decision-making. In the long term, improvement of transport infrastructure and a focus on advancing local island tourism can help increase the mobility of women looking to join the industry.



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Aishath Alaa Abdul Hannan Deputy Manager of Corporate Strategy and Business Development of Trans Maldivian Airways Aishath Alaa Abdul Hannan is the Deputy Manager of Corporate Strategy and Business Development at Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA), the world’s largest seaplane operator offering transfer services to over 80 resorts in the Maldives. Our team had a chat with Ms. Alaa to find out more about her career in the aviation industry so far, and to delve further into her personal challenges and successes as a woman working in a largely male-dominated field. Could you tell us a bit about your career thus far? I started my career in Villa Air as a Reservation & Ticketing Assistant. After that, I continued to work in the commercial side as a Scheduler for two years before moving to Flight Operations. Later, I joined Flight Operations as an Officer and Flight Dispatcher and worked for almost two years before rejoining the commercial side as the Scheduling & Capacity Assistant Manager. I led a team of ten and was a part of the Operations Control Center of Villa Air. After eight years in Villa Air, I made my move to Trans Maldivian Airways to join the Business Development Department. I currently work as the Deputy Manager, Corporate Strategy & Business Development. Can you tell us a little about your experience in the aviation industry in the Maldives? I have worked in areas related to operations over the eight years I have been in the industry; Schedule planning, Flight Operations & Client Relations. For over four years of my career, I was working in an Operations Control Center where I worked both in technical & commercial roles. I do have experience in Flight Dispatching as well, and hold a MCAA License as a Flight Dispatcher. What do you consider to be your greatest personal success? My greatest success I believe is to have started in the industry as a Reservation & Ticketing Assistant and to be where I am now in only eight years’ time.

What are the challenges you face as a woman working in such a male-dominated field? In general, I think people have become more accepting of females in the industry. Therefore, the challenges I face are comparatively less than my female colleagues who have been in the industry for a longer period of time. Having said that, the challenges that I do face, I do not like to associate with my gender. Rather, I take it as just another challenge to overcome. What do you think the future holds for the Maldives’ tourism industry? Considering the number of tourist facilities opening, the properties that are scheduled to open in the coming years, and the aviation industry growing the way it is, I believe that the future of the tourism industry is brighter than ever. What’s the best advice you can give to those looking to join the industry? Be true to who you are. Take every obstacle you face as an opportunity to stop and re-evaluate. Patiently move towards your goal while absorbing and learning as much as you can, each and every step of the way.



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Fathmath Yashfa Hassan Director of Retail at the Marina @ CROSSROADS Maldives

I’ve come across. Helping and seeing each one of them happy is already a blessing for me in this industry. In my years of experience, it became my goal to encourage as many female Maldivians to work in the resort industry and assure them that it is a safe place work. I also don’t like discrimination, so I tend to give equal opportunities to locals without previous resort experience; train them and help them be successful in their careers in the future. For me, their success will also be my success. What do you consider to be your greatest personal success?

Fathmath Yashfa Hassan is the Director of Retail at the Marina @ CROSSROADS Maldives, the country’s first multi-island, fully integrated leisure destination. Located in the breathtaking Emboodhoo Lagoon in Kaafu Atoll, CROSSROADS Maldives is just a 15-minute speedboat ride from Velana International Airport. Our team sat down with Yashfa to delve deeper into her career, and the challenges she has faced during her journey. Could you tell us a bit about your career thus far? I’m currently the Director of Retail at The Marina @ CROSSROADS Maldives, where I oversee the day-today operations of the retail part of The Marina such as collaborating with our partners (tenants), visitors’ arrivals and departures, buggy service, events and activities. When I joined CROSSROADS Maldives, I was initially appointed as Human Resources Manager at Hard Rock Hotel Maldives for two years. I’ve always been a people person; humanity inspires me and people inspire me, which is the main reason why I was in the Human Resources field for over a decade. There, I progressed through various positions of HR Coordinator, Senior HR Officer, Assistant HR Manager, HR Manager and Director of HR at top resorts in the Maldives such as LUX* South Ari Atoll, Huvafen Fushi, Jumeirah Vittaveli, Amilla Fushi and Vakkaru Maldives to name a few. For me, my tenure at CROSSROADS Maldives is one of the most exciting and unique pre-opening projects that I have ever undertaken in my career. I never regret stepping down from Director of HR role from another resort to take the HR Manager role at Hard Rock Hotel Maldives. I can say proudly that CROSSROADS Maldives is the ideal workplace, an employer that develops its own talents to grow in their careers. I am so thankful to our Managing Director Mr. Tolga Unan for his guidance, leadership and encouragement for me to get out of my comfort zone and move to operations after two years. Can you tell us a little about your experience in the tourism industry in the Maldives? My entire career, I have mostly worked in hospitality industry in the Maldives, an industry that fosters so much of growth for me professionally and as a person. I have learned a lot of things and met a lot of people from different cultures and used this opportunity to showcase the beautiful Maldives from a local’s perspective. Everywhere I work, I love being an ambassador of my own country. Human Resources being the biggest chunk of my career, I always had this feeling that I was a caring mother and a motherly shoulder to cry on when things are going tough, to every single team member whom

I believe, being a successful career woman and being one of those high-ranking managers prior to building a family to settle in is my greatest personal success. I had this very rare opportunity to have my son living with me at the resort as part of my employment benefit, while at the same time, I was earning. My advice to other working moms, consider everything around you when you choose a career to pursue, so you will have a work-life balance and self-fulfillment. Sometimes, we tend to focus more on our careers that we lose so much of our time building it too far and at the end, we forget our family, the reason why we wanted career success in the first place. I sincerely hope that other resorts would focus more on hiring people residing in the same atoll so that local team members regardless of gender could see their families more often. Every resort should have certain quotas to have particular islands to focus on, when hiring people. What are the challenges you face as a woman working in such a male-dominated field? Ever since that I joined this industry, I never felt being treated differently compared to men. I was able to have both male and female mentors in the past, who coached me in various ways in order to grow myself professionally and as a person, and I will always and forever be thankful of them. Being a leader today, I have learnt that you are responsible for your own growth. It’s your prerogative to decide if it’s the right job or workplace for you to learn new things or go into a different direction to try something new and more challenging that will fulfill your contentment. In this industry, you have to showcase yourself to everyone around you, keep your values and head high with your decisions. What do you think the future holds for the Maldives’ tourism industry? We have so many creative minds in our industry. I think doing things differently and being unique will help us to sustain ourselves in the market. Bringing new great ideas to the industry with a much higher level of exciting entertainment is what I see for our future. We really need to bring our A-game now and change our mindsets towards taking risks. For me, activities like go-karting, carnivals, water parks, visual gaming, kids’ jungle area, island paintball, or island zip-lining to name a few, could be great ideas as upcoming attractions in the Maldives.


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Mari Shareef Resort Manager at Summer Island Maldives Mariya Shareef, Resort Manager at Summer Island Maldives, a resort that prides itself on offering guests an authentically Maldivian, barefoot slice of paradise. We sat down with Mariya to delve deeper into her career, and the challenges she faced throughout her journey so far. Tell us a bit about yourself and how you started your career. My name is Mariya, but most people know me simply as Mari. I come from a family of four and I grew up in Male’. I am someone who loves to take dips in the ocean, read a good book, or listen to music. I got my first job in the tourism industry as a kitchen assistant. After completing my bachelor’s in tourism and my Master’s, I worked in various areas of tourism, including public relations, marketing, and business development. I worked my way up to Resort Manager at Summer Island Maldives. What is your biggest personal achievement so far? I think my biggest achievement is reaching where I am while being true to myself. As many women can attest, there is a glass ceiling in the tourism industry. I did not compromise on who I am, any of my beliefs or values to get to where I am. It was the result of determination, grit and hard work. I am especially proud of the team I have built along the way at Summer Island Maldives. We are all very different people, yet we fit perfectly together. Being able to develop and lead such a dynamic and capable team is an achievement that I am extremely proud of. What are the main challenges as a working woman in the tourism industry? The biggest challenge is the age-old belief that women do not belong in the tourism industry; that woman should not work away from home, exploring their interests and passions. While there has been a change in thinking about this, the issue persists, especially in rural communities, in the Maldives. Even if a woman can break through all the cultural barriers, much like in the rest of the world, women have to work twice as hard to achieve half of what men achieve throughout their careers. Do you think we can maintain the tourism industry’s local versus foreign ratio in senior roles?

I strongly feel we can maintain the ratio because we have a lot of locals who are skillful and passionate to grow in the industry. The more opportunities we provide them with, the more chances they get to grow in this field. In some areas there are very few trained locals, such as spa

and wellness. There’s a need to have better hotel schools to train individuals for such positions. Resorts should have more management trainee programmes to build local talents for managerial positions as this will give local talents the drive to excel in this field. It’s good to see that in most of the local brands, they prefer to have locals for the key management. Being a female hotelier, do you think that it is easier than before? How has the Maldivian tourism industry changed over the last few years? Without a doubt. When I started it was much harder than it is today. The cultural roadblocks were bigger, and there was little awareness about gender equality. This made it tougher to carve out a space for myself in an industry dominated by men. I think each of the challenges I mentioned has seen improvement over the years. While still not actively encouraging working in the tourism industry as much, families are somewhat open to the idea of women working in resorts. But as important as the question of whether things have changed, is whether the change has been enough. I join the chorus of women all over the Maldives in saying that it has not been enough. There is still a lot of work left to do. What do you think is the next big step to ensure gender equality in the country? Personally, I think we need a two-pronged approach to empowering women in the industry. Firstly, we must train women on how to succeed in a male-dominated work environment. We must give them the right tools and the motivation they need to succeed. At the same time, we need to create a welcoming environment for women at resorts, one that actively discourages gender bias and discrimination. What advice would you give to other women looking to join the industry? I would tell them to not be afraid to seek out support and encouragement from people who at some point were in their shoes. I would also tell women to not be afraid to fail sometimes. There might be setbacks, but that is the time to push yourself and see where you can go. A lot of times we end up being our hardest critics. I say, don’t be too hard on yourself. Keep yourself accountable, but give yourself a chance and you will see the amazing things that awaits as your journey unfolds.


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Ida Ayu Nyoman Widiaptini Director of Spa at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Ida Adyu Nyoman Widiaptini is the Director of Spa at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island.

What do you believe is the key to providing an excellent spa experience?

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island expresses an accord of form, function and innovation in driving hospitality trends that has set the benchmark in its style. This resort is an inspirational backdrop featuring intuitive service, infinite connections and a distinctive mix of once-in-a-lifetime experiences making it an extraordinary destination for couples and families to discover paradise.

The most important thing is understanding guests’ individual needs. Guests come to the spa with different requirements and their own ideas about what they will take away from the experience. I always encourage my staff to listen and then perform as personalized an offering as possible. Passion and delivering service from the heart is always key.

We sat down with Ida to find out more about her time at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, as well as the beginnings of her career in the tourism industry.

What is the most unique feature about Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Spa?

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you started your career. I started my career in the hospitality industry; my first job was working as a concierge in 1996. However, I soon decided I was ready for a change and moved into the spa industry a year later. I began working as a Spa Therapist in Bali’s finest luxury resorts before moving to Bintan Island on a transfer program. From there I continued growing my career, progressing to increasingly senior roles, and became a Spa Director in 2011. Now, I’m honoured to be part of the team here at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. What made you want to pursue your career in wellness? I always knew there was scope for this field of work to continue to expand. I see the wellness industry and the demand for holistic offerings being extremely long lasting. Year on year, the industry continues to evolve and inspire us to learn and develop too. It’s fantastic to be part of a sector that is so beneficial to our collective mental and physical health. What has your experience in the Maldives been like so far? This is my first experience in Maldives and it’s magical. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is a paradise island with its turquoise waters, unique under-the-sea offerings and incredibly welcoming staff and guests. I am certain that the wellness industry will continue to grow in this country.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island features a twin-island design, so we’re fortunate enough to offer two separate and unique wellness experiences to guests – Spa Retreat on the family island, Rangali-Finolhu, and The Over-Water Spa on the couple’s island, Rangali Island. Each retreat boasts its own signature treatment menu and unique offering. Resorts across the Maldives have definitely taken it up a notch when it comes to the concept of wellness. What changes are being brought by Conrad Maldives Rangali Island provide a better wellness experience for its guests? The Over-Water Spa is currently undergoing a refresh as part of our multi-million-dollar refurbishment to ensure we continue catering to the needs of our discerning clientele. A new product range for the Over-Water Spa is in development and will complement the overall concept. We’re also aiming to explore a more combined approach between the spa and wellness activities on offer throughout the resort as we have a huge amount of indoor and outdoor space to utilize. The hotel’s pioneering approach has truly set the standard for luxury hospitality in the Maldives for almost 25 years, so to have the opportunity to be part of the next phase of its story is a real honour. What’s the best advice you can give to those looking to join the industry? Love what you’re doing, be patient and deliver every experience from the heart. Discipline and commitment are the keys to achieving success in the wellbeing industry. Rest assured that hard work pays off!


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The Standard, Huruvalhi — Playfully Chic, Effortlessly Cool A luxe island getaway in the heart of the Maldives, The Standard, Huruvalhi is anything but standard. This 115-villa property is located in Raa Atoll, just a short seaplane ride away Male’s Velana International Airport. It offers a unique blend of fun, revitalization and adventure, perfect for a romantic escape, getaway with friends, or overdue family vacation.

Chic, airy beachfront and overwater villas offer decks and private plunge pools. All have free Wi-Fi, flat-screens and Bluetooth speakers, as well as minifridges, and ensuite bathrooms with soaking tubs and overhanging disco balls (yes, you read that right!).


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Spend your days exploring the natural beauty of the island, with activities like snorkeling in the resort’s protected house reef, boating, deep diving and more. If you’re in the mood for something a little more relaxing, check out with luxe spa treatments at The Standard Spa, complete with a communal hammam, aroma steam room, daily yoga and nine private treatment rooms.

From morning to evening, nourish and refuel at a variety of dining options, from the all-day dining spot Kula, to the resort’s authentic Maldivian overwater restaurant Guduguda. For a casual beach dinner, swing by the BBQ Shak, where fresh seafood and meats are grilled to perfection over coconut shell charcoal, with a variety of house-made sauces paired with each dish. And how can we forget Beru Bar? This adults-only, overwater-club is perched just feet above the ocean with a see-through dance floor. Enjoy the breeze with cocktails and fresh tropical juices, and the best sunset-viewing seat in the house. Carry on into the evening, with the largest disco ball in the Maldives and dance the night away.


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5 Best Resorts for a BreathTaking Scuba Diving Experience The Maldives is a low-lying nation with white sand beaches and exceptional reefs with an abundance of marine life. Scuba diving inside the atoll lagoons, rock pinnacles – thila – rise up from the depths to scratch the water’s surface is a dream for divers around the world. In the channels, there are swim–through, caverns, and overhangs festooned with colorful sponges, invertebrates, and gorgonians. Giant turtles, whale sharks, manta rays, and colorful fishes ranging in different sizes are common sightings. For the scuba divers who would like to explore around the Maldives, here are the top 5 best diving resorts for a perfect vacation.

Mirihi Island Resort

Mirihi Island Resort Mirihi is easily one of the most intimate and exclusive resorts in South Ari Atoll, an area renowned for unparalleled underwater encounters. In fact, for a once-ina-lifetime experience, divers need to look no further than the resort’s house reef, considered by many to be one of the Maldives’ finest. And, with Ocean Pro’s specialist concierge-style service, you can visit South Ari’s top dive sites in total comfort. Home to the South Ari Marine Protected Area, and the renowned Maamigili, this atoll is the place to be for whale shark encounters – delivering near-guaranteed sightings.

NAKAI Alimathà Resort NAKAI Alimathà Resort is located close to a selection of truly unique dive sites in Vaavu atoll with a number of famous reefs and channels. This atoll offers a gateway to an entirely different dimension, magical and weightless, filled with flashy marine life and curious biodiversity just waiting to be explored. Most of the dive sites are within protected areas, and some are renowned for being on the list of top dive sites in the world. NAKAI Alimathà Resort


Kuramathi Island Maldives

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Kuramathi Island Resort

Attentive and professional PADI divemasters provide stellar service to guests with prompt and clear communication from the well-equipped Blue Journey Dive and Activity Centre throughout dynamic boat dives through the amazing outcrops, dramatic walls, caves, tunnels, thilas, and fascinating channels of the Huvadhoo Atoll. You can choose from over 40 world-class dive sites in the southern pearl of the Maldives brimming with diverse marine life.

Perfectly located on tiny Rasdhoo Atoll, Kuramathi Resort is a beautiful boutique retreat offering luxurious eco-conscious getaways. Packed with industry-leading diving facilities, including the Maldives’ largest hyperbaric chamber, guests at Kuramathi can be confident they’re diving with the best. The dive center offers a range of trips including regular visits to the renowned Hammerhead Point, where divers can often witness dozens of hammerheads patrolling out in the blue. And, if that’s not enough to tempt you, Kuramathi also boasts an in-house marine biologist and Eco Centre, where guests can learn everything they want to know about the underwater world.

Kuredu Island Resort & Spa Kuredu Island Resort and Spa is an exquisite private island playground for the adventurous. No matter your level of experience, the resort’s Prodivers dive center can cater for you. Kuredu Island’s fantastic location offers double the dive sites, with easy access to the whole of Lhaviyani and Noonu Atoll beyond. Don’t miss out on a visit to the Shipyard, where two wrecks await easy exploration – one towering above the surface of the lagoon! Elsewhere in the atoll, ripping currents, reef sharks and rays are the order of the day – it doesn’t get much better than that!


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Mӧvenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives – A Promise of Seclusion and Tropical Tranquility Nestled in the untouched, idyllic oasis of Noonu Atoll, Mӧvenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives is designed as a destination for relaxing and rejuvenating escapes. The luxury resort, which is just 45 minutes by sea plane from the capital, Malé, features 105 villas and suites comprising 72 overwater pool villas, 30 beach pool suites and three beach spa pool residences, each with their own private plunge pool – perfect for adventure-seeking families and honeymooners looking for a romantic getaway. The resort is also accessible by a 15-minute speedboat ride from the airport on Maafaru island in Noonu atoll. The resort was designed by the acclaimed architects from the Poland based company MOTIV, who used the uninhabited tropical island of Kuredhivaru as a blank canvas on which to create something aesthetically appealing and truly unique. Taking inspiration from the Maldives’ spectacular natural scenery, MOTIV has designed a masterpiece that weaves seamlessly into the island environment, blurring the boundaries between

innovative design and local heritage. Organic shapes for the roofs in villas and restaurants make the structure blend better with environment, while interiors were dictated by ergonomy, allowing guests to stay close to nature. Showcasing the culinary expertise for which the Mӧvenpick brand is renowned, the property also features four incredible dining experiences. They include the market-style all-day diner, ONU Marché Restaurant and bar, with buffet and à la carte dishes made from locally-sourced produce; Mövenpick Coffee & Wine Lounge, serving a range of signature Mӧvenpick coffees, chocolates, ice-creams and wines; as well as the trendy pool-side restaurant Latitude 5.5, with breathtaking ocean views. Seafood lovers can relish the vast selection of fresh catches at the overwater Bodumas Seafood Restaurant, which overlooks the Indian Ocean and is the place to admire stunning sunsets. Mӧvenpick Chocolate Hour, a key brand signature, is also staged in the resort lobby daily, offering guests the chance to taste complimentary chocolate, presented in novel ways. Ideal for guests with young children, the resort features a Mӧvenpick Little Birds Club, offering a range of signature activities for all the family, as well as babysitting services. The property also plays host to a range of exciting onsite facilities including a diving centre that organises snorkelling, house reef explorations and cruises; a tennis court; state-of-the-art gym; water sports centre; and the Sun Spa by Esthederm, which offers a wide range of signature facials and massage treatments to rejuvenate the soul and body. Another stand-out feature is the exclusive beach pool spa residence with a spacious living area with resort views – the ideal venue for small weddings and private gatherings of up to 20 guests.


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Ministry of Crab – Chef Dharshan’s Love Letter to the Iconic Sri Lankan Mud Crab For lovers of fine seafood, the local outpost of renowned Sri Lankan restaurant Ministry of Crab offers the crème de la crème of crustacean delights. Ministry of Crab is a celebration of Sri Lanka’s lagoon crab and has gained popularity worldwide for its ingredient focus and commitment to freshness. Opened in Sri Lanka in December 2011, the now widely acclaimed restaurant is the brainchild of renowned chef-restaurateur Dharshan Munidasa, in partnership with the cricketing legends Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara. Since then, Ministry of Crab has changed the face of Colombo’s culinary scene and put Sri Lanka on the map of world gastronomy, for which it has received due recognition by being ranked among Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants from 2015 – 2020, currently positioned at No.29 on the 2021 list. The restaurant was also voted the S. Pellegrino Best Restaurant in Sri Lanka f rom 2016 to 2020, an award that is a part of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. With international outposts in Shanghai, Manila and Mumbai and Bangkok Ministry of Crab opened its doors in Maldives in October 2019, as part of The Marina @ CROSSROADS, the most comprehensive and ambitious integrated leisure and entertainment development undertaken in the country. Located 15 minutes by speedboat from Velana International Airport and the Maldivian capital of Male, CROSSROADS is a multiisland project developed by the Thailand based real estate developer, Singha Estate Public Company Limited. The first international outpost to be directly owned and managed by the flagship restaurant in Colombo, Ministry of Crab Maldives is housed in a colonial style building on the waterfront facing the beautiful marina providing guests with spectacular views, breath-taking sunsets and the balmy coastal breeze. The casual fine dining restaurant is designed specifically to resemble its flagship restaurant in Colombo as evidenced by the intricate detail that has gone into creating it, from having similar flooring, to the open kitchen and even the iconic heliconia flower centerpieces which are airfreighted weekly. The interior of the restaurant consists of 48 seats placed around a long table for family style dining, while there are 24 seats outside.


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“Our oceans, unlike those in many Southeast Asian countries, are clean, and that is why our seafood is simply amazing.” - Chef Dharshan

Ministry of Crab Maldives also adheres to the same strict no-freezer policy as the one in Colombo, as the co-owners strongly believe that freezing ingredients both detracts from the taste and renders redundant the use of its freshness. To ensure that the authentic quality of the food is maintained, the staff here comprises of professionals who were trained under renowned chef and restaurateur Dharshan Munidasa, at Ministry of Crab Colombo and qualified individuals from the Maldives. Ministry of Crab is committed to showcasing the best of Sri Lanka’s iconic Lagoon Crabs and its majestic King Prawns. Starring these magnificent crustaceans are the signature dishes, Pepper Crab and Garlic Chilli Prawn, which are packed full of flavour with Sri Lankan spices. Other standouts are the Original recipe: Crab Biryani the largest de-shelled crab dish on the menu containing meat of 1.5kg of Mud Crab served with a hand-ground mint sambol, Classic Date and Onion (Malay) pickle , Crab gravy, decadent and creamy Crab Liver Pâté, the Coconut Crème Brûlée, which is a tropical take on the classic delight and the scraped-to-order Pol Sambol (side dish), a traditional Sri Lankan dish and Valhomas Chahan with a deep rooted connection to the Maldives, as it contains dried bonito flakes lovingly referred to as ‘Maldive Fish’ in Sri Lanka. Ministry of Crab Maldives is open for dinner seven days per week. The price ranges from USD 105 upwards per person depending on the size of the Crab. The restaurant also offers a “Yellow Buggy experience” and “Dhoni experience” to guests looking to elevate their paradise experience. The buggy experience includes a curated pick up/drop off from their resort with a bottle of champagne

of their choice and the Dhoni experience is where the guests are given the choice to select the best table in the Maldives (at no additional cost), which is not a table but a Dhoni or a traditional Maldivian Fishing boat set up on the Marina front of the restaurant, where guests can enjoy the picturesque sunset views while indulging in the finest Sri Lankan mud crab and a glass of wine.



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Top 5 Properties to Embark on the Finest Culinary Journey The Maldives, set in endless turquoise waters and white sand beaches is a showstopping destination for vacations amongst travellers around the world. In between sun, sand, relaxation and crystalline waters with snorkelling and diving, the resorts are an abode to award-winning restaurant scenes including unusual dining spaces and master chefs where they craft the finest meals and dishes for their guests. Here is an array of resorts where you can embark on the best dining experiences in the Maldives.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Leading wine and dine destination itself, Conrad Maldives offers the ultimate culinary journey with a choice of 12 award-winning restaurants and bars, including Ithaa – the world’s first all-glass undersea dining experience. Ithaa Restaurant will inspire your senses through the distinctive lunch and dinner menus featuring local spices and produce blended with Western influences matched with fine wines all the while surrounded by panoramic coral garden views. Ufaa by celebrity chef Jereme Leung is an innovative culinary concept featuring elevated flavours from the distinctive cultures and provinces of China. You can expect iconic Chinese dishes with a game of mahjong in the teahouse.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island - Ithaa

Niyama Private Islands Maldives The culinary adventure knows no bounds at Niyama, home to nine unique restaurants in the Maldives with distinct destination dining experiences, it will leave your taste buds amazed. Subsix is an underwater playground for Champagne breakfasts, subaquatic lunches, weekly glow parties, wine tastings and destination dining and Edge is modern fine dining, set half a kilometre out in the ocean and accessible only by boat. Nest, perched in the trees is one of the most dazzling Asian restaurants in the Maldives where you can explore the surreal six metres high or tucked between serpentine vines on the forest floor.

Niyama Private Islands Maldives - Subsix

Hurawalhi Island Resort Culinary journeys above and below the sea, Hurawalhi Island Resort offers exquisite wine and dine options. Kashibo is a sizzling fusion of Asian cuisine hits the spot with a picture-perfect setting and a divine dining menu where diners can indulge in mouth-watering Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and Indonesian-inspired dishes. Meanwhile, the 5.8 Undersea Restaurant, the world’s largest all glass-encased underwater restaurant, will dazzle diners with a multi-course tasting extravaganza garnished with a state-of-the-art location highlighting exceptional seafood, meat and farm-fresh produce.


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Velaa Private Island With three dining options available on the island, each restaurant offers guests a very unique culinary experience. Athiri is the main restaurant serving pastas, burrata pizzas and juicy burgers. Tavaru has a teppanyaki grill for fresh Maldivian lobster, and Wagyu served on the third floor of the most exclusive wine library in the Indian Ocean with vintages from Bordeaux to Yarra Valley.

Velaa Private Island - Aragu Restaurant

Cheval Blanc Randheli At Cheval Blanc Randheli, every craving will be satisfied with 5 restaurants and 3 bars offering creativity and pure celebration of taste pamper taste buds. Perched on stilts and basking in the glow of the blue lagoon, Deelani is a lively Mediterranean restaurant serving flavours of the sea, inspired by Italian signatures. Named after Château Cheval Blanc’s sought-after vintage, Le 1947 presents elegant French gastronomy in an haute-design ambience. Facing a lush, tropical garden, discerning palates are delighted with a playful experience of taste.

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Madivaru Airport Officially Inaugurated President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has inaugurated the newly developed airport at Lh. Madivaru. President Solih described it as a joyous occasion for the people and resort operators in Faadhippolhu Atoll. He envisioned that it would accelerate the socio-economic development of the atoll. He noted that it would create new jobs and aid in the promotion of tourism in the region, for resorts, guest houses, and homestay facilities alike, in addition to other economic activities. The new airport was developed by Kuredu Holdings Pvt Ltd and would be operated by Island Aviation Services Ltd. President Solih highlighted that the new airport was fully equipped and urged the airport operator to provide reliable and quality services to the residents and tourists visiting the atoll. The Madivaru Airport is equipped with a 1200-metre runway and can accommodate four airplanes at a time. The airport terminal also comes with an 80-passenger VIP lounge. The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation presented Island Aviation Service Ltd with the aerodrome certification for the airport.


SriLankan Airlines Partners with Manta Air to Offer Better Connectivity in Southern Maldives SriLankan Airlines has joined Manta Air in offering convenient connectivity in Southern Maldives. During a press conference held on 23rd February 2022, it was revealed that Manta Air would be commencing flights to Kooddoo and Gan, from 24th February onwards. Coupled with SriLankan Airlines’ direct flights from Colombo to Gan, this will offer greater connectivity for those looking to explore the beauty of Maldives’ Southern atolls. Speaking at the press conference, the Regional Manager of SriLankan Airlines Jayantha Abeysinghe said that this was an opportunity they had hoped for when starting flights to Gan. While there will be two scheduled weekly flights from Colombo to Gan by the end of March, he stated that discussions are underway to increase the frequency to three weekly flights. CEO of Manta Air Mr. Mohamed Khaleel expressed that he looked forward to a fruitful partnership with SriLankan Airlines in offering better connectivity in the region. “Due to the lack of convenient connectivity and consequent

costs to tourists, it has not been viable for many of them to travel and holiday in the outer atolls. Now, with the introduction of this new route, we can help bloom the tourism industry in the South. This will also develop the guesthouse, homestay and safari markets in the region.” Mr. Khaleel also added that Manta Air will soon be starting direct flights to Indian cities, thereby increasing direct connectivity to the Maldives. “India is a significant source market, so adding these routes is something that is in our pipeline as well.”


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Flying Through the Glass Ceiling – The Exemplary Women of Trans Maldivian Airways March 8 is observed globally as International Women’s Day, an annual occasion to mark the cultural, political and socio-economic achievements of women worldwide. It also happens to be the anniversary of the world’s first female pilot license, which underpins the celebration of Women of Aviation Worldwide Week every year. While aviation is generally a male-dominated field, over the years, we have been witnessing more and more women climbing the ranks and carving their own paths. Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA), the world’s largest seaplane operator, aims to attract increased diversity in the workforce and help develop the next generation of Maldivian women in aviation.

When considering a career at TMA, the sky is truly the limit. Whether it’s down on the ground as part of the day-to-day operations, as a mechanic or technician that maintains the aircraft, a flight dispatcher who ensures that a flight reaches its destination safely, or to fly high as a pilot, Trans Maldivian actively fosters progress towards equal opportunities across the board. We sat down with a few women from Trans Maldivian Airways to learn more about their journeys, and to find out what it’s like to work in the aviation industry in the Maldives.


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Mariyam Jasra Ahmed, Dispatcher

Jasra began her first ever job in 2017, when she joined TMA as a Guest Relations Officer as part of the ground operations team. She is currently working in the dispatch department at TMA, a role she has been undertaking for the last two years. “I love everything about dispatch,” says Jasra. “It gets pretty busy, and I think that’s what I love most about it. The busy days are the most rewarding.” When asked about her experience at TMA so far, she reveals that there are many opportunities available to help advance her career. “I feel like if I work hard, I can go anywhere,” she says. “Just like how I initially started out in ground operations and moved to dispatch. Even in the dispatch department, I can go further if I want to. It’s definitely a symbol of growth for me.” Jasra adds that despite working in a male-dominated field, she has received nothing but encouragement in her work. “When you first join, you might think it will be hard. But there’s no differentiation; everyone is very supportive. So, if you’re looking to join this field, if you have the passion for it, don’t hesitate. Just go for it.”

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Fathimath Leena, B1 Technician

Before Leena was introduced to the aviation industry, she worked at the Food and Drug Authority – a completely different experience to her current position. After pursuing her higher studies, she then joined the engineering department at TMA, about four years ago. “At first it was a bit challenging, because I had to get used to the work,” says Leena. “But I soon realized that I like being active. I like that I don’t have to sit at a desk from 9 to 5. I used to do that too, but now I know that I enjoy this much more.” Leena says she overcame the initial learning curve with the support of her superiors. “The senior technicians and engineers, they teach you all the tips and tricks to make your work easier. They train you a lot too. Even yesterday, we were doing some rigging and learning more about engineering. It’s really cool that I get all of these opportunities.” When asked if she had any advice for young women looking to join the field, Leena says hard work and confidence are key. “Once your body gets used to the physical aspect of this kind of role, and once you build up your confidence, work doesn’t feel like work anymore. It’s so much fun. You can do it; just don’t give up.”

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Maryam Yania Ibrahim, First Officer

Yania is a First Officer at TMA, a role she has been fulfilling for about a year. This marks her first job in the aviation industry after completing flight school and obtaining her pilot license. Even though being a pilot is physically demanding, Yania’s love for the job keeps her motivated and energized. “I really enjoy what I do, so that compensates for everything else,” says Yania. “I don’t even realize how quickly the days go by anymore. Time flies when you’re flying.”

According to Yania, TMA helps cultivate a nurturing working environment by conducting trainings, especially with new staff. “The seniors are very supportive of what you do,” she says. “They place a lot of faith in you, and that makes you want to push yourself even further.” Yania’s advice is to keep chasing your dreams, regardless of what anyone else thinks. “Drown out the noise. If you truly want to pursue something, don’t listen what people say. Follow your goals and make it happen.”

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SO/ Maldives: A Vibrant New Beachfront Resort to be Added to the CROSSROADS Maldives Portfolio SO/ Maldives, developed by S Hotels and Resorts PCL, will be a vibrant new beachfront resort on the third island of CROSSROADS Maldives, the Indian Ocean’s first fullyintegrated leisure and lifestyle destination. SO/ Maldives will offer a unique collection of beachfront and over-water villas crafted by renowned designers, as well as an audacious array of dining and entertainment offerings. Nestled on its own island overlooking the azure Emboodhoo Lagoon, the resort is set to become a hotspot for adventurous and free-spirited socialisers who can easily jet in from regional centres for a weekend or longer, thanks to its convenient location close to Malé’s Velana International Airport. The private island of SO/ Maldives will become a playground for those seeking unconventional yet stylish spaces to eat, drink, work or kick back and relax. The speciality restaurant will serve up Levantine cuisine exuding the aromatic fragrances and flavours of an Arabian night, with panoramic views across the ocean from its location above the arrival pavilion. Over at the poolside, guests will discover an art deco-inspired beach club with serious Miami South Beach vibes and an innovative plant-based menu. The vivid colour scheme is set to make it one of the coolest places to hang out in the archipelago, and is sure to impress those attending the brand’s pool parties – a popular event at SO/ addresses across the world. The resort has ousted the traditional all-day buffet concept and will introduce a central cooking suite with various culinary theatre concepts. A chef’s table will be discreetly tucked away for those seeking an exclusive dining experience, while outdoor areas will be blessed with warm and fresh Maldivian air. The pan-Asian design will feature neutral terracotta palettes, elevated with accents of polished brass and rattan. Unforgettable events can be brought to life at the oceanfront wedding venue and meeting spaces.

The globe-trotting guests at SO/ Maldives will also be able to take advantage of the world-class facilities at CROSSROADS Maldives. The Marina @ CROSSROADS is an 800-metre beach walk lined with cool cafés, refined restaurants, a chilled-out beach club, upmarket boutiques, a spa, the Marine Discovery Centre and a 30-berth yacht marina. Just 15 minutes by speedboat from the international airport, this breath-taking integrated resort has redefined tourism and hospitality in the Maldives since it launched in 2019. “With SO/ Hotels & Resorts, Accor has created one of the hotel industry’s most expressive and individual luxury brands, catering to style-conscious travellers in some of the world’s most sought-after destinations. This makes it a great fit for CROSSROADS Maldives, our gamechanging multi-island leisure complex. SO/ Maldives will complement our two other five-star resorts and further raise the standard of hospitality in this idyllic archipelago,” said Dirk De Cuyper, Chief Executive Officer, S Hotels & Resorts.


“CROSSROADS Maldives is one of the most significant developments in the history of the country – and the entire Indian Ocean region – so we are honoured to have been tasked with the wonderful transformation of its third island. SO/ Maldives will attract trend-setters from all around the world and I look forward to bringing this remarkable resort to life in the coming months,” added Zaw Win Maung, Managing Director, WEWD. Chadi Farhat, Brand Chief Operating Officer at Ennismore said: “We are delighted to see development kick-off for the audacious SO/ Maldives, a resort which will be the place to see and be seen for travellers that live vibrant lives and are seeking something truly avant-garde on their journeys around the world. We look forward to seeing this high-energy resort come to life and working alongside S Hotels & Resorts and WEWD.” SO/ Maldives will become the third accommodation option at CROSSROADS Maldives, joining SAii Lagoon Maldives and Hard Rock Hotel Maldives, both of which were recently named as the “Best Luxury Beachfront Resorts” in the Maldives at the Luxury Lifestyle Awards 2021.


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Hilton Hotels & Resorts to Open Fourth Resort in Maldives This Year Hilton will strengthen its Maldives portfolio by bringing its fourth property to the island nation, through a management agreement with Amingiri Holdings. The 109 all-villa Hilton Maldives Amingiri will mark the entry of Hilton’s flagship Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand into the Maldives, joining the company’s portfolio of brands already in the destination: Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island and SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton. Hilton Maldives Amingiri is located on Amingiri Island in the Male’ Atoll, directly accessible from Velana International Airport via a 15-minute speedboat ride. Every villa will come with a private pool, and guests can choose to enjoy a range of facilities across the resort, such as six restaurants and bars, a teens-only play zone, pool, spa, fitness centre and salon. There will also be an exclusive six-bedroom villa ideal for travelers looking to reunite with loved ones.

Guy Phillips, Hilton’s Senior Vice President of Development, Asia Australasia, said: “The Maldives remains one of the world’s most highly sought-after destinations and the signing of Hilton Maldives Amingiri reflects the excellent growth potential we see in the market. “We are delighted to be embarking on this partnership with Amingiri Holdings to launch our Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand in the country. We are confident their experience in developing world-class resorts in the Maldives, combined with Hilton’s strong commercial engine, will place us at the top of mind for leisure travelers when it is safe to travel again.” Alexandra Jaritz, Hilton’s Senior Vice President of Brand Management, Asia Pacific, said: “We are thrilled to be seeing our flagship brand represented in the Maldives and look forward to providing the perfect setting for families and friends to reconnect and make new travel memories when the resort debuts in the coming months.”


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The Importance of Reconnecting Mind, Body and Soul by Sonu Shivdasani Soneva CEO and Co-Founder Sonu Shivdasani explains how his own wellness journey inspired Soneva Soul’s personalised, integrative approach to wellness. The end of 2021 saw the launch of Soneva Soul, our new wellness concept, and an exciting new step in Soneva’s journey. Soneva Soul has been more than 25 years in the making — from the opening of the Maldives’ first luxury spa in Soneva Fushi in 1995, through the development and sale of Six Senses, and to the improvements in wellness across all our resorts. Along the way, we gathered knowledge and experience from many countries, learning from traditional therapies and remedies, and harnessing innovation and the latest advancements in treatments and diagnostics.

But the genesis of Soneva Soul comes from my own, personal wellness journey. In 2017, I became unwell with what felt like a recurrent virus – I didn’t feel on top form but, as a firm believer in the power of natural cures, I found temporary respite by consuming copious amounts of garlic tea and ginger infusions with honey and turmeric. Subsequent checks and bloodwork revealed no clues, even after I noticed a slight swelling on the left lymph node of my neck and continued to lose a considerable amount of weight. In September the following year, after spending a long weekend with Eva in Venice and struggling to even climb the stairs, she persuaded me to stop off in London for further tests. This time, they revealed a more serious condition than I had been expecting, and I was diagnosed with Stage IV Non Hodgkin’s lymphoma.


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In the weeks and months following my diagnosis, I spent much time trying to better understand the disease, speaking to experts and cancer survivors, and reading articles and books on the subject – from conventional medicine to natural therapies and alternative healing. I was fortunate to get advice from Boston’s Dana-Farber Institute, one of the world’s leading centres for cancer research and treatment. In fact, it was the experts there who discovered that my initial diagnosis was incorrect, and my cancer was a primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma, a rare and aggressive form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. I underwent treatment at the Chemothermia Institute in Istanbul – this pioneering clinic takes an integrative approach, combining standard chemotherapy with supplementary protocols, such as a modified diet and complementary therapies to support the immune system, build up the body’s natural defences and make the chemotherapy more effective. I strongly believe these complementary therapies played an important role in my healing – my first PET scan in early 2019 revealed that the cancer had completely disappeared, and I am thankful that my bi-annual scans have since remained clear. It was during my treatment in Istanbul that we developed the plans for the expansion of Soneva Jani, to include a ‘Chapter Two’. At the time, I was reading Dr Kelly Turner’s book, Radical Remission – the book looks at particular actions one needs to take in order to achieve radical remission, focusing on mental wellbeing. Eva and I have always been inspired by the power and majesty of nature, and there is a growing body of research that reveals its profound influence on one’s mental and physical

wellbeing – from reducing blood pressure and damaging stress hormone levels, to improving mood, immune system function and the rate of healing. We decided then that Soneva Jani Chapter Two’s new wellness centre (which would become our first Soneva Soul) should impart our guests with a true sense of inner calm, peace and quiet, and the feeling of being at one with nature. I chose a setting on the exceptionally beautiful, eastern side of the island, high above the mangroves. Linked by raised walkways that wind their way through the treetops, the soothing sound of the waves crashing far below can be heard from the open-air treatment pavilions, while the yoga and meditation platforms offer breath-taking 360-degree views over our island and the ocean. Since then, we’ve also opened our new Soneva Soul at Soneva Fushi – an island sanctuary amidst the jungle that is built around a tranquil central water feature My own experience with illness and subsequent recovery showed me that being ‘well’ or healthy is never onedimensional – rather it is finding that delicate balance between the wellbeing of one’s mind, body and soul. This has inspired the integrative, multi-disciplinary approach that we offer at Soneva Soul. Personalised to each individual guest, it supports their wellness across every part of their life: rest and recovery; self-care; exercise and movement; eating well; mindful living; reconnecting with nature; relationships and community; work-life balance; posture and ergonomics. Soneva Soul’s spectrum of treatments builds upon the knowledge we have gathered over the years, marrying ancient wellness practices and healing philosophies


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with the latest medical science and wellbeing innovation to offer a profound level of healing and rejuvenation. Alongside traditional therapies and rituals, including Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, yoga, naturopathy and herbalism, our guests can also experience the latest integrative treatment methodologies, such as high dose vitamin therapy, platelet-rich plasma treatments, hyperbaric oxygen, cryotherapy and hyperthermia. In addition to our team of resident experts, our global network of renowned wellness specialists join us throughout the year for extended residencies – from osteopaths and fitness gurus to yoga and meditation masters. Wellness has always been an essential element in Soneva’s Slow Life ethos, and the launch of Soneva Soul has underlined how this runs through everything we do: the way we have built our resorts, where guests find space to breathe and reconnect as they immerse themselves in nature’s beauty; our rare, life-affirming experiences that create unforgettable memories; or our food – which, at Soneva Fushi, for example, has been described by top chefs and critics as among the best of any hotel in the world. As well as being delicious and attractive to foodies, our food is also extremely healthy: many of our ingredients, especially in salads, are grown on the island,

and at least 70 percent of the animal protein consumed is sustainably sourced from our nearby sea. Dairy, white processed flour, refined sugar and beef are on the edge of extinction across our menus – we have achieved a more than 85 percent reduction in these ingredients, the avoidance of which were the basis of the dietary aspect of my own, integrative cure. When we first began developing the concept of Soneva Soul, little could we have known back then how different today’s world would turn out to be. And yet, even with the most challenging times comes an opportunity to evolve and grow. As the impacts of the pandemic cast a shadow into a third consecutive year, it comes as no surprise that self-care is now playing an ever-more important role in people’s daily lives. In such times of lingering stress and uncertainty, reclaiming ownership of one’s physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing can feel empowering – a mindful recalibration of one’s goals and purpose, and a step towards a healthier, happier future.

About the author: Sonu Shivdasani is the CEO and Founder of luxury resort chain Soneva.


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4 Extraordinary Ways You Can Indulge in Wellness at Hard Rock Hotel Maldives If you’re looking for something fun-filled and unique to kick off your wellness journey, look no further than Hard Rock Hotel Maldives. Located on the multi-island integrated leisure destination known as CROSSROADS Maldives, this five-star property offers a range of extraordinary wellness experiences that will rock your body and stir your soul. From relaxing spa treatments to thrilling martial and aerial arts, here are 4 ways you can indulge in wellness at Hard Rock Hotel Maldives.

Experience a Synchronicity Massage at Rock Spa®

At the Rock Spa, escape your world and enter a transformative realm of unapologetic indulgence. To ease muscle tension and detoxify the body, try out the Synchronicity Massage, a unique treatment using selected coconut-argan oil to a curated soundtrack. Allow the synchronized massage techniques to take you on a musical journey, to the gentle sounds of waves lapping at the pearly shore beyond you.

Join a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Class

For more active guests, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes at the Red MAT are a wonderful option to release tension through the power of martial arts. These classes are suitable for everyone, whether you’re a beginner or intermediate of any age. Hard Rock Hotel Maldives also offers the free use of Gi (training uniform) and free daily laundry for your Gi, should you bring one. Although no belt certification is offered, there’s no doubt you’ll leave feeling your class feeling pumped and full of adrenaline


Start the Day with Sunrise Yoga

Start your day early and re-connect with your inner self at a yoga class at Hard Rock Hotel Maldives. This is a low impact class that combines physical, mental, and spiritual elements together, helping you revitalize your senses and enhance your overall health. Throughout this class, you will move through a variety of poses connected with breath control to warm up your muscles, increase blood flow, and improve strength and balance.

Train Like a Pro at Aerial Arts

Ever dreamt of giving gymnastics a go? Now is your chance. At Hard Rock Hotel Maldives, you can train like a pro with Lauren Ault, a British aerialist and with 14 years’ experience as a gymnastic coach and 3 years as an aerial coach. Her qualifications are in aerial hoop, silks and hammock, from beginner to advance level – so whether you’re a gymnastics enthusiast or you’re just trying out something new, you know you’re in excellent hands!


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Fiyavalhu Maldives Unveils its Spa, a New Haven for Holistic Wellness Fiyavalhu Maldives, the all-natural private alcove in the inhabited island of Mandhoo, has opened its new spa facility, offering an array of wellness treatments to revitalize the body and reawaken the senses. The Fiyavalhu Spa consists of one treatment room with single or double occupancy. Here, guests can indulge in a variety of signature massages, including a Balinese massage, twin massage, aroma massage, Swedish massage, and shiatsu massage. Highly therapeutic and deeply rejuvenating, these massage treatments are proven to leave you in a complete state of ease and calm. The signature body scrubs at Fiyavalhu Spa are the first step to any successful body care and massage, preparing your skin to receive the bounty of the next treatments. They remove the dry dead cells on the surface of your skin, and along with them the first layer of stress, to leave you with a refreshing and light sensation. These scrubs are all made with local and natural products for guests to enjoy an authentic Maldivian spa experience.

The spa also offers foot reflexology to help relieve swollen feet, by using a cooling seawater footbath followed by a foot massage. Based on the ancient art of stimulating pressure points on the feet related to specific organs, working on these reflex points promotes circulation and health in those organs via the body’s energy pathways. Manicures and pedicures are on offer as well, to help nourish the skin and improve nail health. Guests can also opt for a traditional facial, which is ideal for soothing sensitive and irritated skin. With the use of rose and lavender flower essences, your skin is re-hydrated, topped off with a shoulder massage for additional relaxation. Fiyavalhu Maldives, located in South Ari Atoll, offers an all-island experience that encompasses comfortable living spaces, accessible by a scenic 25-minute seaplane flight from Velana International Airport. The design takes into consideration the sublime surroundings of the beautiful environment of the island and the simple Maldivian lifestyle.


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Sustainability Lab Project Launched at Fairmont Maldives Fairmont Maldives, a luxury resort tucked away in the untouched atoll of Shaviyani, has launched the Sustainability Lab Project. The Sustainability Lab is a hub of eco-education, focused on turning plastic waste into bespoke souvenirs and unique products, educating guests and empowering local communities. Minister Aminath Shauna (Maldives’ Minister of Environment), Minister Mariya Ahmed Didi (Maldives’ Minister of Defence), and Ms. Sabra Ibrahim Noordeen (Maldives’ Special Envoy for Climate Change) were present during the ribbon-cutting ceremony held on 3rd February 2022. With the launch of the Sustainability Lab project, Fairmont Maldives aspires to be as close to zero waste as they can

using current and future technology improvements to allow them to find better ways to reduce, reuse, recycle and upcycle waste, whilst inspiring others globally to help secure a better future for the oceans and communities. Specialised machinery in the Sustainability Lab will transform and repurpose plastic waste into beautiful bespoke souvenirs, including luggage tags in the shape of turtles, mantas and sharks. After plastic has been collected from the beach, reef, and ocean, they are separated alongside glass and aluminium, before a series of machines are used to shred, melt, shape and press it into various products – an extruder melts plastic into moulds to create unique shapes, a sheet press will make custom designed furniture and low-grade plastic, glass and sand will be transformed into recycled plastic building bricks.


Launch of the Green Globe Sustainability Initiative at Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives On 3rd February 2022, Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives launched their Green Globe Sustainability Initiative in style. The event was held to affirm the resort’s commitment to sustainable tourism. Mr. Xu Jing, current Vice Chairman of Global Tourism Economy Research Centre, and Former Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific of UNWTO, inaugurated the event as Chief Guest. Mr. Faisal Naseem, Vice President of the Maldives, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom, Minister of Tourism, and Dr. P. Mohamed Ali, Chairman of Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives graced as guests of honour. The event took place at The Hawkers, where the honourable guests planted native trees of the Maldives, connecting with the nature and increasing our ecological footprint. This activity is just a small step of the pledge the resort has undertaken towards long-term sustainability and preserving the ecosystem for future generations. Mr. Xu Jing, who started his friendship with Maldivians in 1995 during his tenure in the UNWTO as Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, expressed his sincere

congratulations for the launch of this event. He said: “With the launch of this Green Globe Initiative, we mark another journey, not only for economic success but also for the social benefits of the people of the Maldives.” Vice President of the Maldives, Mr. Faisal Naseem, warmly thanked all the staff working in the tourism industry for its success. He conveyed his belief that the reason behind this is everyone working together as one. “In an ever-changing world that faces the effects of substantial climate change every day, it becomes essential to have better strategies for sustainable tourism and a sustainable environment. Everything we do every day must contribute to the protection of our environment,” he advised. Dr. Abdulla Mausoom, Minister of Tourism, concurred: “Following the global outcry about global warming, President Ibrahim Solih has set our Net-Zero target for 2030. I am sure tourism will be a major player there.”


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Explore Luxury Real Estate Tourism and Own Your Dream Villa in the Maldives! Real estate tourism is not a new concept in our island nation. In 2011, Soneva made history as the first and only company to offer luxury real estate for sale in the Maldives to foreign buyers, handing over the first set of keys the same year. Combining world-leading hospitality and a pristine ‘home-away-from-home’, Soneva Villa Ownership was launched for repeat guests who wanted a bespoke island experience that they would be able to enjoy for years to come.

For potential buyers, there are many pull factors to consider. The Maldives, while largely known for its balmy weather and stunning natural beauty, is also revered as a development success story. Political stability and unprecedented GDP growth over the years has made it an attractive economy for foreign investors, and the archipelago’s central global location makes it easily accessible from major travel hubs, with connectivity to all parts of the world.

This pioneering real estate tourism concept is currently offered for Private Residences at both Soneva properties in the Maldives – Soneva Fushi in Baa Atoll and Soneva Jani in Noonu Atoll. The exquisite beach and overwater villas for sale provide an idyllic setting against the backdrop of tranquil azure waters, sustainably designed to epitomize the brand’s unique take on ‘barefoot luxury’. As per Maldivian law, villa ownership at both Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani is leasehold. Private Residences at Soneva resorts in the Maldives are purchased on a sub-lease basis, within the lease period between Soneva and the Maldivian government. The buying process can take anywhere between 6-18 months, from contract signing to handover. At handover, the villa ownership is transferred to the new owner, and an application is lodged through the Ministry of Tourism to obtain a ‘strata title’ as evidence of official ownership.

From a business perspective, real estate tourism can yield healthy returns, providing buyers with a stable annual income. The Private Residences at Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani achieve strong cash yields if the buyers choose to place them in the Soneva Villa Rental Programme when they are not in residence. The scheme enables buyers to offset their residential expenses through rental income, and can amount to returns of up to almost 20 percent of the historic purchase price. To assist you in your exploration of real estate tourism, Cosmos Consulting Group (CCG) provides a wide spectrum of consulting services tailored to the needs of its clientele. Based in the Maldives, CCG offers advisory services ranging from real estate, investment, and comprehensive financial planning.



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Heritance Aarah Named ‘Best Luxury Water Villa Resort in Maldives 2022’ at Luxury Lifestyle Awards 2022 Heritance Aarah has won ‘Luxury Lifestyle Awards 2022’ under the category “Best Luxury Water-Villa resort in Maldives 2022”. In their announcement on winning the award, they said: “Thanking all our dedicated associates for raising the bar and always going the extra mile, and our loyal patrons for their continued trust in us”. The resort also thanked their hardworking staff who helped them win the award by providing a wonderful experience for the visitors at the property. Luxury Lifestyle Awards is a global award selecting, recognizing, celebrating, and promoting the best luxury goods and services all over the world.

The goal of the award is to connect people with the best of luxury. They evaluated more than 10,000 goods and services in 400 categories from 60 countries and analyzed the results to give the top list of the best of the best in the world. Heritance Aarah is a premium all-villa resort consisting of 150 villas including 26 intimate luxury duplex ocean suites, 56 sunset ocean villas, and 68 land villas ranging from beach villas to pool beach villas, family beach villas, and family pool beach villas. With first-class services and exquisite dining options, everything in an all-inclusive luxury offering, Heritance Aarah offers a truly Maldivian escape, in style! Wake up in paradise to the sound of the sea, dive amidst exotic underwater marvels and dine under a majestic starstudded sky over one of the finest resorts in Maldives.


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Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi Takes 5 Haute Grandeur Global Awards 2021 Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi, a secluded island hideaway in the archipelago’s Shaviyani atoll, has announced the win of several accolades at the Haute Grandeur Global Awards 2021:

Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi – Best Honeymoon Resort on a Global level Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi – Best Overwater Villa Resort in Indian Ocean Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi – Best Resort Spa on a Global level Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi – Best Destination Spa in Indian-Ocean Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi – Best Luxury Spa in Maldives Representing more than 172 countries across 7 continents and over 32 categories, the independent and unbiased Haute Grandeur Global Awards are solely based on quality feedback from guests therefore honour the very highest achievements from across the global hotel industry. “I am so happy about these awards and I want to thank the whole team at Fairmont Maldives for making it possible. I’m really proud of them,” commented Andrew Steele, General Manager of Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi. “Our bespoke, heartfelt service has proven once again to be a favourite of international honeymooners and the Willow Stream Spa’s win also shows that we are a wellness destination in our own regard.” Situated in the quietest areas of the island and cocooned by lush vegetation, Willow Stream Spa is a sanctuary for both the mind and the body. Thanks to its wide selection of rituals inspired by the surrounding nature and the ancient wellbeing disciplines, the Willow Stream Spa allows guests to embark on a journey of reawakening.

Those looking for a transformational holiday will be delighted to discover the resort’s new visiting wellness practitioner series, which includes world-renowned personalities from the worlds of fitness, holistic wellbeing, and aesthetic medicine, while guests willing to boost endorphin levels can do so with the resort’s bespoke FIT programme, comprising of private personal training sessions and boxing lessons with renowned coaches from around the world. Tennis fans can release their inner Nadal on the island’s splendid courts and improve their technique with the new private tennis clinics, while families can bond with a friendly match on the football pitch or enjoy a group yoga session with resident instructor Lami. Built on an ethos of positive environmental impact and human kindness, Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi is the ultimate private island escape. Sitting in the largest resort lagoon in the Maldives and surrounded by a vibrant 9km reef – home to a circus of tropical fish, manta rays and turtles – the exclusive island houses a collection of luxury villas each with their own private pool and access to a private swathe of sugar-white sand. A pioneer in innovative environmental projects, the 5-star resort houses the archipelago’s first and only coral regeneration project and underwater art installation – the Coralarium – and has launched its very own Sustainability Lab, where guests can turn plastic waste into bespoke souvenirs and unique objects.



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15 New Award Categories Introduced for TTM Awards 2022 Travel Trade Maldives (TTM) expands their award categories and introduced 15 new awards to reward and celebrate the excellence in the travel and tourism hospitality industry of the Maldives. Previously, TTM Awards were only given to top producers for the Maldives tourism industry which were handed over during the TTM Awards & Gala night. The new award categories for TTM Awards 2022 consist of:

1. Best Beach Resort

This award recognizes the resorts with outstanding beauty of white sandy beaches surrounding the resort where guests can have the true sun, sand, and beach experience.

2. Best Wellness Resort

This award recognizes the resorts with the most unique spa and wellness facilities offering pre-eminent services where guests can wind down.

3. Best Honeymoon Destination

This award recognizes the resorts with the most intimate room categories for couples to spend their honeymoon along with outstanding special offers for honeymooners.

4. Best MICE Resort

8. Best Design Hotel

5. Best Wedding Destination

9. Best Culinary Resort

6. Best Family Resort

10. Best City Hotel

This award recognizes the resort with the best services and facilities for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions.

This award recognizes the resort with the best locations for wedding venues along with the most distinctive services and facilities provided for the groom and bride.

This award recognizes the resorts with the best family room categories and features crafted specially to make it child friendly along with the best entertainment for families.

7. Best Boutique Resort

This award recognizes the best resorts with rooms between 10 to 80 with upscale accommodations and individualized unique features.

This award recognizes the resort that have created astounding architecture combining technology and aesthetic for a startling look.

This award recognizes the resorts offering outstanding delicacies with a variety of enthralling restaurant options.

This award recognizes the hotel with the best room categories, services, and facilities provided for the guests in the city


11. Best Fun & Friendly Resort

This award recognizes the resorts that maintains friendly relationships with guests, outstanding hospitality and, fun on-site activities for guests looking for an indelible experience.

12. Best Emerging Resort

This award recognizes newly opened resort that have made prominent and apparent progress in less than a year.

13. Most Innovative Resort

An outstanding technology or a unique hotel concept breathing new life into the world of tourism industry in the Maldives.

14. Most Sustainable Resort

This award recognizes resorts with unwavering commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability.

15. Most Picturesque Resort

This award recognizes resorts that provides their guest an environment to take the most “Instagrammable” photos.


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