MALDIVES TTM TAKEOVER :
The Tropical Maldivian Experience with a Touch of Tradition - Adaaran Resorts
Hawwa Nasra – First Officer at Trans Maldivian Airways
MMPRC FAIR LIST
TTM TAKEOVER Adaaran Resorts
Experience Enchanting Culinary Adventures at Baros Maldives
Turn Holidays into Lasting Wellness Memories at Willow Stream Spa
SUSTAINABILITY Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa Celebrates Earth Hour to Demonstrate Commitment to Sustainability
A Look into the World’s Most Unique Airline Operations at Trans Maldivian Airways
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
MALDIVES VIRTUAL TOUR
ORCA TEAM Managing Director & CEO Akhmeem Abdul Razzaq
Director - Content Creation Mohamed Khoorsheed
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Editor‘s Note Dear Readers, Welcome to the May 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
The MICE market is one of the highest revenue contributors to the tourism industry, and various trends in this segment have emerged over the years. In this edition, our cover story focuses on ‘redefining MICE’, exploring the opportunities we can harness for this growing sector in the Maldives.
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Design & Art Direction Thoo Nazim
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Under our People section, we bring you the story of Eddie Teh, the General Manager at Soneva Fushi, and Ibad Abdulla, the Resort Manager at Furaveri Maldives. We also had chats with two remarkable women in hospitality – Hawwa Nasra, a First Officer at Trans Maldivian Airways, and Fathimath Bishaara Mohamed, a Whatever Whenever Agent at W Maldives. As usual, our regular news segments touch on all aspects of the industry, such as aviation, wellness, sustainability, as well as awards and accolades.
As part of our TTM Takeover for this issue, we are taking a look at the gorgeous properties under the Adaaran umbrella: Adaaran Club Rannalhi, Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi, Adaaran Select Meedhupparu, and Adaaran Prestige Vadoo. Our Editor’s Picks also explore exciting MICE venues in the Maldives, including SAii Lagoon Maldives, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives, Conrad Maldives, Anantara Veli and Paradise Island Resort.
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MMPRC Roadshows & Fair List 2022 MARCH
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27th May - 29th MAy
14th August - 23rd August
3rd March - 4th March
Cape Town, South Africa
MALAYSIA INTERNATIONAL DIVE EXPO (MIDE)
MALDIVES ROADSHOW IN RUSSIA RUSSIA
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Novosibirsk, St. Petersburg
MAY 14th March - 16th March
31st May - 02nd June
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TRAVEL TRADE MALDIVES
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QATAR TRAVEL MARKET
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Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya Turkey
ROADSHOW IN AUSTRALIA Sydney, Melbourne,Brisbane Australia
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Market Overview Maldives has recorded over 500,000 tourist arrivals and crossed the half-million mark so far in this year – the Golden Jubilee Year of Tourism.
As per the latest statistics published by the Ministry of Tourism on 25th April 2022, 549,500 tourist arrivals have been recorded so far. The record amount of half-million tourists was noted on 14th April 2022, with the United Kingdom leading the market share for the first time ever in the Maldives’ tourism history. UK market triumphed over the Russian market earlier this month and contributes 13% of the market share currently. India is also dominating over the Russian market and leads in the second place contributing 11.3% of the market share. Russia follows at third with 10% market share. Other top markets include Germany, Italy, USA, France, Switzerland, Australia & Saudi Arabia. The tourist arrivals recorded this optimistic year shows an increase of more than 47% compared to the same period in 2021. During the ongoing year, an average of 4,916 daily arrivals are being maintained, with their stay period recorded over 8 days. This year also celebrates an exceptional year, marking 50 years – the Golden Jubilee celebration of tourism in the Maldives. During the event held to welcome the 1.3 millionth tourist arrival of 2021, Minister of Tourism Dr Abdulla Mausoom revealed that they remain hopeful to achieve 2022’s target; set at 2 million arrivals. The Maldives also secured the title of ‘World’s Leading Destination’ (among several other accolades) at the 2021 World Travel Awards, globally recognised as the hallmark of industry excellence. This is the second consecutive year that the Maldives had successfully earned this prestigious title, a shining testimony of the trust placed in the ‘magic of Maldivian hospitality’ by travellers from all over the globe.
The Tropical Maldivian Experience with a Touch of Tradition Adaaran resorts are among the best resorts in the Maldives that present a tropical Maldivian experience with a touch of tradition. Each of the Adaaran resorts offers a unique set of defining characteristics attracting guests from all over the world. Choose the perfect Maldives resort that will best suit your holiday spend on these inviting islands.
Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi – Premium All-Inclusive Resort Maldives Experience a holiday in the tropics beyond compare at Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi. Blessed with thriving vegetation & pristine waters, the Island of White Gold finds itself in peaceful seclusion in the North Male Atoll making it the ideal Maldives beach resort to spend your vacation. Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi is one of the best surf holiday resorts in the Maldives with a perfect left breaking down one side of the island and six other world-class waves just a short boat ride away
Adaaran Prestige Vadoo Maldives The picture-perfect romantic getaway in the tropics – Adaaran Prestige Vadoo transcends the tropical Maldivian experience to an intimate affair with overwater villas with private jacuzzis, plunge pools, and butler service. Adaaran Prestige Vadoo is the home to the first watervilla to be built in the Maldives and is strategically located at the gateway to the South Atolls. The resort possesses its exotic reef teeming with vibrant aquatic flora and fauna. The list of indulgences that awaits you here can only be matched by the captivating beauty of the surroundings, warmed by signature Adaaran.
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Adaaran Select Meedhupparu – Premium All-inclusive Resort Maldives Your exquisite personal hideaway in the Maldives, Adaaran Select Meedhupparu is an island escape like no other with the best snorkeling and diving experiences. A mature island presenting plenty of sun, sea, sand, and palm trees, the vast island is the perfect base to make all your vacation dreams come true. The well-appointed 215 villas; including 20 overwater villas as part of the Adaaran Prestige Water Villas; will provide the comfort you need to experience the tropical island life whilst on holiday.
Adaaran Club Rannalhi The sparkling emerald waters and the salty breeze beckon you to an island of fun and excitement. Located 45 minutes away from Velana International Airport Malé, Adaaran Club Rannalhi is designed for unwinding. With nooks formed to let our guests create their perfect tropical holiday. The resort redefines barefoot holidaying with amenities and facilities aplenty, along with great entertainment and excursions. You can experience the friendly Maldivian hospitality and explore the rich tropical wonders of a vibrant island nation at all the Adaaran properties in the Maldives.
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Top 5 Experiences You Can’t Miss from Adaaran Resorts Adaaran Resorts’ properties in the Maldives are loaded with unforgettable experiences in the Maldives’ picturesque coral islands and heavenly tropical lagoons.
Bask in the Maldivian Romance at Adaaran Prestige Vadoo
Adaaran properties cater to everyone from adventure seekers to those wishing to relax. We have selected some of the top experiences you can’t miss from your stay at the Adaaran properties in the Maldives.
Adaaran Prestige Vadoo provides private Maldives honeymoon villas tailored to you and your partner. From the moment you arrive in a chauffeured buggy with their attentive team, you will be able to toast your love with champagne.
Explore the Underwater Wonders at Adaaran Prestige Vadoo and Adaaran Select Meedhupparu The resorts can also be a treat if you’re looking to discover underwater wonders while on your next holiday in the Maldives. Adaaran Prestige Vaadoo features various diving places that divers are anxious to explore. In addition to being one of the greatest house reefs in the vicinity, Vadoo Caves and Lionshead are two dive sites where grey sharks are frequently seen. Velassaru outside and Emboodoo express channel are also a must explore, where you can see the east incoming current with many Grey and white tip sharks as well as huge schools of eagle rays, sometimes numbering in the hundreds. Adaaran Select Meedhupparu, meanwhile, has various dive locations as well as a fantastic house reef that is ideal for beginners. In the shallow sections, you may often see a black-tip and lemon baby shark due to the abundance of table corals and hard corals. Every dive at the Labirinth and Vandhoo Kanuolhu (The Wall) is accompanied by a large quantity of bat fish. Aside from colorful corals, the overall view of this popular diving area includes Triger fishers, Triger fishes, Füsiliere, glass fishes, groupers, eagle rays, Murays, and imperator fishes. Kottefaru Kammati is the place to go if you want to see eagle rays, friendly turtles, and large tunas. This is also one of the Manta-Points where these gentle giants may be seen drifting past during the summer. Divers may also visit Fenfushi Thila or Kukuludhoo Faru to be amazed by the underwater beauties.
Their Honeymoon Villas, which are among the best Maldives Honeymoon Resorts, include hardwood flooring and furnishings, as well as colorful tropical themed linens and traditional style thatched roofs for that typical beach house atmosphere. Thanks to unique access to the inviting seas through a private stairwell, you can dip your feet in the eternally beautiful waters. The adjacent sundeck and lounge bed allow you to soak up the sunshine while drinking a refreshing beverage and taking in the view of the bright blue skies as your butler caters to all your needs. The terrace transforms into a pictureperfect setting for a romantic dinner beneath the night sky lit by sparkling stars at night.
Ride the Waves at Adaaran Hudhuranfushi Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi id one of the best surf holiday resorts in Maldives with a perfect left breaking down one side of the island and six other world class waves just a short boat ride away making it the ideal location for Maldives water sports activities. Lohis is the most consistent left-hander private surf break in Maldives that breaks off at Hudhuranfushi Resort. Surfers can choose to stay in their popular Beach Villas nestled under the trees along the edge of a white sand beach, or in one of the newly refurbished Lohis Rooms that are literally a twenty second walk to the surf.
Dine at the Signature Open-Air Restaurant at Adaaran Select Rannalhi The main restaurant at Adaaran Select Rannalhi is openair and decorated with contemporary décor and Maldivian roofing. It provides excellent views of the surrounding environment and water while allowing a refreshing sea breeze to pass through. You can enjoy the finest dining experience, from the freshest ocean choices to colorful tropical beverages here. A variety buffet featuring foods from all over the world will be laid out in front of you, with seafood delicacies playing a prominent role in the restaurant. Their professional chefs provide a range of meals employing delicious crabs, prawns, and meaty fish dishes, ranging from local to worldwide favorites. Theme evenings at the Main Restaurant are also a guest favorite as it emphasizes cuisines from across the world, ranging from Asian to Western dishes.
Unwind and Relax at Mandara Spa at Adaaran Select Meedhupparu Mandara Spa at Adaaran Select Meedhupparu provides quiet, solitude, and relaxing treatments. Three double rooms, four single rooms, steam and sauna rooms, and a manicure-pedicure area are available at the spa. Their unique combination of traditional Balinese music with contemporary tones playing in the background will undoubtedly put you to sleep or to a peaceful state of mind, while fresh flower smells will soothe and quiet your senses. The freshness of a Balinese garden inspires Mandara SPA’s unique body treatments, facials, and packages. Pevonia Botanica facials are also available, which are an exceptional natural skin care brand that focuses on longterm skin health and renewal.
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Revel in Pure Bliss by Choosing Your Stay at Adaaran Resorts Adaaran resorts offer a wide range of accommodations to meet the needs of any traveller. All Adaaran resorts have one thing in common: each experience is unique and unforgettable. Plan your stay at Adaaran resorts and prepare to be whisked away by the sights and sounds of an Asian treasure trove bursting with colour and panache.
Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi BEACH VILLA The Beach villas by Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi are set along the island’s perimeter, with a first-class view of the beach. These villas are designed with a variety of modern comforts, provide large accommodation alternatives for tourists staying at Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi. All of the beach villas are outfitted with modern facilities as well as attractive furnishings and décor that are accented by tropical themes. The exquisite interior designs suit the amber hues of the spectacular sunsets that meet you at twilight, this will undoubtedly be the highlight of a perfect day in paradise. FAMILY BEACH VILLA The newly added Family Beach Villas provide the perfect accommodation for you and your family. The perfect stay for the perfect family vacation. The accommodation is furnished with modern amenities which will make the stay complete with inter connecting rooms. SUNSET & SUNRISE OCEAN VILLAS The Sunset and Sunrise Ocean Villas are the best room category for honeymooners and couples who want an escape. The wooden exteriors and modern interiors complement the vivid colours and contemporary design the Villa showcases. The Villa showcases a spectacular view of the ocean with direct access to the sea. Guests are encouraged to take a swim in the pristine waters of Hudhuran Fushi and enjoy the sunset.
Adaaran Select Meedhupparu BEACH VILLA The Beach Villas at Adaaran Select Meedhupparu exhibits breath-taking views of the Indian Ocean. The warm sun welcomes guests as they step out of the villas to be greeted by the white sandy beach of Meedhupparu. The pictureperfect vistas of the sea offer guests the perfect setting to relax and unwind. The Beach Villas are designed to maximise comfort and leisure.
Adaaran Prestige Vadoo OVER WATER VILLAS The world of love and magic awaits guests at the Overwater Villas in Adaaran Prestige Vadoo. This is the perfect getaway to ignite your love and start off the perfect honeymoon where guests can choose between sunrise, sunset or even the honeymoon water villa. Enjoy a glass of champagne enjoying the sunset with your loved one at your side and relax in the plunge pool as the colours of the painted sky saturate over the skyline. Thanks to the direct access to the inviting seas through a private stairwell, you can dip your feet in the waters. The adjacent sundeck and lounge bed allow you to soak up the sunshine while drinking a refreshing cocktail and taking in the view of the bright blue skies. The deck transforms into a picture-perfect setting for a romantic dinner beneath the clear view of the starry night.
5 Culinary Experiences That Will Wow Your Tastebuds at Adaaran Resorts Resorts by Adaaran consist of some of the most stunning properties in the Maldives, promising a sun-soaked tropical holiday beyond compare. These resorts are sure to sweep you off your feet with their lush greenery and white pearly shores, surrounded by calming azure waters to soothe the senses. While reconnecting with nature is at the heart of the Adaaran ethos, foodies can rejoice in the fact that these properties offer an array of dining options to suit any taste. From buffetstyle theme nights to a la carte dining under the stars, guests can enjoy a plethora of incredible restaurants to satiate their appetites. Here are 5 culinary experiences you wouldn’t want to miss out on at Adaaran resorts in the Maldives.
Farivalhu Restaurant at Adaaran Prestige Vadoo Discover a riveting fine dining experience the Farivalhu Restaurant at Adaaran Prestige Vadoo, where traditional Maldivian aesthetics is blended with modern design. Here, you can expose your taste buds to a multitude of enticing flavours from Asian specialties to ingenious fusion creations. Savour the freshest seafood delivered every day from the waters around the atoll, such as sumptuous lobster or succulent fish delicacies prepared to perfection under the guidance of an experienced culinary team. In the evenings enjoy soft music and gaze out at the moonlit ocean, as you indulge in a delicious meal alongside pristine service.
Kithajima Restaurant at Adaaran Prestige Vadoo At the Kithajima Restaurant at Adaaran Prestige Vadoo, guests can try authentic Japanese dishes from fresh sushi to succulent tempura. The restaurants decor boasts a fusion of both modern and traditional design elements, creating an intimate setting for a gastronomical feast. The staff at Kithajima have had many years of training and experience in the preparation of Japanese cuisine, using only the freshest ingredients available. Traditional favorites ranging from edamame and spring rolls to sushi, tempura and sashimi served with specially made sauces and accompaniments are just some of the dishes on offer to satisfy your cravings. Many Japanese beers and sake are also available to enhance the experience.
Sunset Restaurant at Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi Perched on a deck overlooking the island’s scenic harbour, the Sunset Restaurant at Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi offers an exceptional fine dining experience. It features an impressive a la carte menu and buffet studded with world class delicacies, coupled with views of stunning sunsets and the changing phases of the ocean. Presenting an ideal setting for a romantic dining in Maldives, the Sunset Restaurant at Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi creates an alluring atmosphere with its simple yet charming interior and splendid views that stretch out into the open ocean.
Main Restaurant at Adaaran Club Rannalhi
Main Restaurant at Adaaran Select Meedhupparu
Adaaran Club Rannalhi’s Main Restaurant features an openair layout with contemporary decor and traditional Maldivian thatched roofing. It allows for prime views of the surrounding landscape and ocean whilst letting the cool sea breeze flow through its interior.
Presenting tantalizing buffets, the Main Restaurant at Adaaran Select Meedhupparu offers a remarkable variety of cuisines and flavours each and every day. Everything from succulent meat dishes to sinful desserts are featured at the Main Restaurant, including vegetarian options prepared with the use of fresh produce.
The buffets offer a lavish spread of dishes from around the world. The Main Restaurants’ theme nights highlight fare ranging from Asian to Western, while fantastic seafood, fresh from local fishing boats is guaranteed to serve up the finest local delicacies with distinct, mouthwatering flavours of the Maldives. No matter your preference, the varied menu of scintillating fare at the Main Restaurant at Adaaran Club Rannalhi is sure to suit everyone’s palate.
Elegantly furnished, the Main Restaurant offers a charming setting where you can enjoy your meal in peace. Complete with attentive service, dining here is an experience to savour.
Explore the Natural Allure of the Maldives with Adaaran Resorts’ Range of Excursions Guests staying at Adaaran Resorts get the opportunity to experience Maldives like never before. Feel the adrenaline as you speed along the surface of the azure waters. Discover untouched islands as the carefully prepared excursions will take you to a new world of fun and relaxation.
Sunrise Fishing Adventure at Adaaran Club Rannalhi Adaaran Club Rannalhi is the ideal location for those who enjoy fishing. Watch as the first rays of sunlight hit the sapphire seas and begin your day with the sunrise and set sail on a dhoni with fellow enthusiasts. Visitors are encouraged to attempt authentic Maldivian style hand reel seabed fishing to catch prize specimens.
Lucky Dolphin and Sunset Photo Cruise at Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi Experience the best of Maldives on a boat and enjoy the picturesque views of the ocean in search for dolphins, if you are lucky, dolphins are bound to swarm in. Enjoy the hues of the Maldivian sky as the sun dips into the horizon and savour this one in a lifetime moment with your loved ones!
Deserted Island Picnic at Adaaran Select Meedhupparu Soak in the sun and take in the stunning vistas of the island’s pristine waters. The lagoon is teeming with vibrant corals perfect for those who snorkel! Explore the island and relax while enjoying a classic Maldivian BBQ lunch. Return in the evening, energized by a productive day.
Parasailing at Adaaran Prestige Vadoo Vadoo parasailing offers you to see the beauty of Maldives from a different point of view. The resort’s highly trained staff will ensure your safety as you admire sight of the crystal clear waters from new perspective.
Indulge in Tranquillity with Holistic Spa Treatments at Adaaran Resorts Whether you wish to explore the Indian Ocean, partake in exhilarating fun activities, dine to your heart’s content, or even unwind to recuperate, Adaaran Resorts in the Maldives have got it all. If you are looking for a wellness retreat in the Maldives, Adaaran Resorts provide rejuvenating spa options specially curated for guests staying with them. Surrender your body and mind to a variety of treatments offered at these resorts.
Adaaran Select Meedhupparu Mandara Spa at Adaaran Select Meedhupparu presents a host of signature body treatments, facials and packages inspired by the freshness of a Balinese garden. Offering tranquillity, privacy, and pampering treatments, the spa features three double rooms, four single rooms, steam and sauna facilities, and a manicure-pedicure area. The spa also offers Balinese, Thai and Ayurvedic massages and a range of Elemis beauty products. Fresh floral aromas will soothe and calm your senses, whilst a unique blend of traditional Balinese music with contemporary tones playing in the background will surely lull you to a relaxed state of mind. Additionally, guests can also experience Pevonia Botanica facials, an elite natural skincare brand focusing on prolonged skin health and rejuvenation.
Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi Chavana Spa at Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi presents traditional therapeutic methods to naturally purify both body and mind with a holistic spa experience. The spa features four double rooms with an outdoor shower and bath, 3 outdoor Bale, Manicure and Pedicure and a retail boutique that offers a range of retail products and spa gifts. With spa services ranging from traditional aromatherapy massages to result-driven Elemis face and body treatments – using dynamic with medical grade formulas that offer scientific solutions to every skin, body and lifestyle concern – this is a perfect way to complete a perfect getaway. A myriad of cleansing and rejuvenating treatments can be enjoyed at the Chavana Spa with the healing touch of experienced Balinese therapists.
Adaaran Prestige Vadoo Mandara Spa at Adaaran Prestige Vadoo is situated over water, featuring a dedicated reception and retail area, two double rooms with shower, one double room with bath and a relaxation deck overlooking the turquoise blue ocean. The menu includes a signature body and face treatments as well as a range of products from luxury British skincare brand Elemis. The practice of traditional therapeutic methods will naturally purify both body and mind to formulate a holistic spa experience enhanced by the relaxing atmosphere of the lush surroundings.
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Nestled in the beautiful cerulean waters of the North Male Atoll, and just a 20-minute speedboat ride from Velana International Airport,Grand Park Kodhipparu awaits. An exclusive address on a one-resort island, privacy is paramount, with peace and tranquility set to a backdrop of pristine beaches and palm trees. Traditional influences are paired with sophisticated interior design to create villas that are relaxed and homely, with the five-star service of your dedicated villa host to tend to your every wish and whim, whatever hour of the day. With a collection of beach and over-water villas, you’ll find accommodation perfect for you. Choose a Lagoon Water Villa with private sun terrace and hammock for direct access to the shallow waters of the lagoon; a Beach Pool Villa with a private plunge pool, garden and the beach just steps from your terrace; or the two-bedroom Grand Residence, with its glass floor, private pool and uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean. Soak up the sun and pass the days away marveling at the vibrant house reef, where a whole other world can be found. Join a snorkeling trip with the resort’s marine biologist to learn more about the magic found beneath the waves. Relax into island life with the flexibility of a dine-around meal plan that lets guests go with the flow. With half-board, full-board or a more personalized plan to suit you, immerse yourself in the best cuisine from around the world. Or, create memories to last a lifetime with a ‘Private Island Dining’ experience tailor-made just for you, from a floating breakfast in your private pool to a sandbank dinner under the stars. Perfect for celebrations, reunions and reconnections, cherish your time in paradise at Grand Park Kodhipparu where dreams really do come true. All you have to do is book, and let us do the rest…
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Redefining MICE Tourism in the Maldives The Maldives is best known for being an island destination that takes your breath away at first glance, with the mesmerising islands enveloped in vivid turquoise rings contrasting the deep blue of the ocean around them. With some of the most exquisite resorts in the world, Maldives is all about having a rendezvous with nature and comfort. While tourists travel mainly for leisure and relaxation at this tropical haven, what most people may not know is that the Maldives also has the potential to be the ultimate MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions & Exhibitions) destination in Asia. The Maldives already has the resources to deliver innovative solutions and drive new possibilities for the MICE industry. The country has all the fundamentals of a good host for MICE events: unique event venues, professional services, phenomenal facilities, accessibility, and alluring attractions. It is for those who want something different, something new – an experience like no other, where you won’t get anywhere else. In the Maldives, MICE event organizers get to break free from traditional meeting spaces. The big table with formal chairs, awkward eye contact, classroom or theatre-style setups in a place that is greige is the first annoying visual you get when you think of meeting space. Instead, an array of unconventional gathering spaces is available in the Maldives to truly redefine the concept of meetings. Underwater restaurants, overwater restaurants, beaches, infinity pools, and even the sandbanks are great meeting spaces to infuse MICE events with fresher and innovative energy. Outdoor cinemas by the sea that can be repurposed for presentations sound so much better than the projectors in the traditional meeting spaces. The opportunity to enjoy magnificent views is always a good meeting enhancement. These arrangements can offer more interaction between the attendees encouraging collaboration and creativity. Attendees are more likely to work in harmony with each other making it the optimum way to reach the company goals. All events are already shifting focus away from content to experience, as people need a meaningful transformative experience to feel something. This experience of breaking free from the constraints of stuffy meeting space is bound to create an engaging and transformative event.
The Maldives offers the perfect MICE getaway where guests can enjoy a productive and simultaneously rejuvenating experience. A redefined experience where elements such as wellness and retreat are fused will stimulate guests to think outside the box and conjure fresh new ideas. Traditional MICE events will have attendees engage in the main sessions in the selected event venue for the duration of each session and break sessions in the conventional sense usually consist of food, relaxation, and networking which makes the experience very inhibiting and boring. To guarantee a unique experience, yoga by the beach, spa sessions over water, detoxification programs, reflexology and facial sessions can all be part of the MICE event experience in the Maldives. Each resort has its own bespoke treatment sets with the healing benefits of the surrounding environment. Not to forget, here, guests can embark on an unforgettable culinary journey with worldrenowned chefs curating authentic dishes for them. MICE events need not be stressful and hectic where guests are immersed in the cyber world for the entirety of the event. Liberate yourself from the usual MICE ordeal and immerse yourself in the redefined experience only in the Maldives. MICE events tend to pose environmental concerns that arise from the use of energy, transportation, waste management and water while conducting these types of events. High usage of these elements creates undesirable effects on the ecosystem. This, however, does not need to be the case in the Maldives. Enter a growing number of eco-conscious resorts in the island nation that are dedicated to environmental and social sustainability. The barefoot affair in the Maldives is the unmatchable MICE experience for you. MICE planners can organise environmental and social activities that embrace the sustainable spirit of the destination. From beachfront boardrooms to ecological experiences, these sessions will strengthen bonds and reach responsible outcomes. Plastic-free islands with refillable organic toiletries, on-site desalinization plants, solar panel installation, sandbank cleanups and conservation of biodiversity are some of the practices being carried
out. Hosting a MICE event in an eco-lover’s fantasyland not only benefits your company, but environmental conservation is what all companies should be aiming for in this day and age. This paves way for tourism and one of the world’s most fragile ecosystems to both coexist and delight far into the future. MICE tourism in this small island nation is all about perspective. By breaking free from traditional norms of MICE events, the possibilities of creating new events are endless. Guests can immerse themselves in nature guaranteed to help them be the best version of themselves. Redefining MICE tourism in the Maldives presents experiences often not previously available. It is one worth keeping an eye out for.
Visit Maldives Launches “Redefining MICE” Global Campaign Launched by Visit Maldives on the sidelines of the MILT Congress 2021, “Redefining MICE” is a concept that aims to redefine ideas in the current market regarding traveling to conduct MICE activities. The purpose of this campaign is to promote the Maldives as an emerging top destination to conduct meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE) events. It aims to redefine the business environment, which is often thought to be somber, serious and limited to boardrooms and conference halls. Through this campaign Maldives will be promoted as a destination that is perfect to seamlessly merge business with leisure by promoting different experiences. “Maldives is unparalleled in offering that quintessential ‘laid-back’ atmosphere for thought provoking and stimulating discussions,” Managing Director of Visit Maldives, Thoyyib Mohamed said while speaking during the launch of the Redefine MICE campaign. Through this global campaign Maldives will be promoted as an ideally located venue for regional gatherings, providing the opportunity to transform any MICE event from somber to exciting.
Given the natural advantages of the Maldives when it comes to safety, seclusion and privacy, the destination is able to cater to any and all kinds of MICE travellers while seamlessly integrating business concepts into leisure activities, resulting in a unique blend of MICE experiences that have proven exceptionally popular to global audiences. MMPRC has been running promotional activities and campaigns for the global and targeted audiences tom accelerate the success of the MICE industry in the Maldives. MMPRC has already participated in several large tourism fairs in India this year, one of the largest source markets for MICE travellers, such as OTM 2022, and have partnered with relevant and prominent industry partners from India for joint-campaigns such as the Tri Campaign with Yatra & Go Air, and the EDM Campaign with Exchange4Media.
Eddie Teh General Manager at Soneva Fushi Eddie Teh is the General Manager of Soneva Fushi, an award-winning desert island hideaway situated in the stunning Baa Atoll of the Maldives. Our team had a chat with Mr. Teh to find out more about his career so far, and to delve deeper into what sets Soneva Fushi apart from other luxury resorts. Can you tell us about your career prior to joining Soneva Fushi? Before I joined Soneva, I was with Orient-Express Hotels, which was subsequently rebranded to Belmond. I started with them back in 1995 and was based in Australia for many years before being transferred around Asia. While in Australia, I took on the role of Regional Food and Beverage Director of the Orient Express in 2008. Then in 2011, I moved to Luang Prabang in Laos to become General Manager of La Residence Phou Vao. My last posting was in Yangon in Myanmar to take on the role of General Manager for Belmond River Cruises and Tours until 2016 when I was promoted to Area General Manager of Belmond Myanmar. This was right before I joined Soneva Fushi What has your experience at Soneva Fushi been like? I met Sonu in 2017 when we shared a stage delivering speeches about the most important aspects of luxury travel. That’s how I first learned about Soneva. I found it very intriguing, so I started following the brand. Now that I’ve been at Soneva Fushi for 10 months, I’ve found that it does exactly what it promises. Sustainability and the importance of being eco-friendly – these are often lost in the world of clichés that most hospitality companies talk about. But to show how really committed you are, it takes a lot of effort. Soneva Fushi is not simply just a resort. It delivers hospitality with a sense of consciousness for the environment and what it can contribute back to its community. Here, ‘Slow Life’ is a guiding principle for all staff, who are known as Hosts. It is the moral compass, as well as the operating compass. Sustainability runs through Soneva’s, and Soneva Fushi’s, core and negative environmental impacts of always keep to a minimum – which is both difficult and yet critical, for a company which operates resorts in remote places of pristine natural beauty. How are you finding the Maldives so far? This is my first experience in the Maldives. I grew up on the island of Penang, in Malaysia. It’s quite similar to the Maldives in that the most common occupation is working for a hotel. So, in a way, it feels like home, but it’s a lot more beautiful. The seas are azure blue, and it almost feels like you have the skies open to yourself. Every time you walk around the islands, you feel this expansive sense of space.
What do you consider to be your greatest personal success? I started from very humble beginnings in Penang, and just like in the Maldives, the only work one could find was in hotels and resorts. I was very fortunate to be able to work in hospitality and make that a career. It’s probably not for everybody because it has to be something that you love to do. So, I’d say my greatest personal achievement is progressing in my career long enough to see the world, to be able to work and meet people, engage with the locals and be a part of their community. While at Belmond, I also helped establish the Belmond Free Clinic, which served over 300 patients weekly. This initiative was named the Best CSR Program for Belmond worldwide. In your opinion, how do you think Soneva sets itself apart from other luxury resort brands in the Maldives? Well, how would you determine luxury? Sometimes the more sustainable option is the more luxurious one. For someone living in an urban environment, dining in the middle of a private lagoon, going on a sunset dolphin cruise or enjoying an intimate ‘no menu’ meal from a Michelin-starred chef in a stunning natural location is rare. Dishes made with ingredients that were picked that morning become luxurious. Snorkelling above a swirling feeding frenzy of manta rays or meeting a local fisherman and learning how to fish sustainably are incredibly unique experiences. At Soneva we offer our guests the ability to completely disconnect from their daily lives. We encourage our guests to walk barefoot, turn the Wi-Fi off in their villa and ignore the news. Instead, we invite them to immerse themselves in the beauty of our resorts, the experiences that we offer and, most importantly, to connect with each other. We are also both the owners and operators of our resorts, which allows us to ensure that we are very focused on our philosophy and enhancing that. We are able to evolve and innovate rapidly as the world changes. A visit to a Soneva will clearly show how different we are from any other luxury experience, which exists in the markets where we operate.
What do you foresee for the hospitality industry in the Maldives? With climate change and its effects so apparent, I believe sustainability will be a key pillar. The Maldives has already been recognised for its focus on environmental work, but I believe there is still potential for growth in this area. Sustainability in tourism is especially important because it directly impacts both the local communities and the environment. Soneva believes that luxury and sustainability can be interconnected concepts and, since the beginning, has pioneered a business model with sustainability at its heart.
Hawwa Nasra First Officer at Trans Maldivian Airways We sat down with Hawwa Nasra, First Officer at Trans Maldivian Airways to delve into her career and the challenges she has faced in her journey. TMA is currently nearing a fleet of 60 aircraft and currently operates to over 80 resorts across 14 atolls. More than 300 TMA flights take to the Maldivian skies every single day, totaling more than 100,000 trips per year. Tell us a bit about yourself and how you started your career. My name is Nasra. I have been working as a First Officer at TMA for the past year. I have always had an interest in the aviation industry and to one day become a pilot since an early age. I would be very fascinated when I see planes passing by. But I was hesitant to pursue it at first; I didn’t think I could do it since I was a girl. As a kid, I didn’t have the courage to dream that big. I wanted to explore the field of aviation after my A-Levels, so I joined Villa Air, Fly Me as a flight attendant. This was an excellent stepping stone into the industry. Straight out of school, going into this job was very eye-opening. I went through multiple trainings and familiarization and worked as an assist crew and as an in-flight supervisor. It gave me a general idea of how the industry works in the Maldives. It made me realize that I did indeed want to become a pilot. After two years at Fly Me, I joined flying school to pursue my dream career as a pilot. How has your experience been in the industry so far? It’s very exciting. I get to meet a lot of different people on a daily basis. I get to work with different people as well and have met great mentors. I was in the cabin before, and now in the cockpit. The scope of work is very different, but at the end of the day, we work towards the same goal – the safety of the flight and our guests. Could you describe a typical day in the life of a seaplane pilot? My day starts at 4 am and I would report to work by 5 am. The first thing would be to check the assigned aircraft, remove the night ropes, pump the floats, do a walk around with the captain, see if the aircraft is fit to fly. We are airborne at the first light of day. A typical day consists of back-to-back flights from sunrise to sunset. We would do multiple sectors a day. We have days where we have day-shuts and we will spend a few hours at the resort, maybe go for a swim, ride a bicycle at the island, grab lunch, things like that. If we have early morning departures, we stay overnight at the resort, or we’re back in the base. Every flight brings new experiences. I really do enjoy the barefoot, laid-back lifestyle, and the fact that I don’t have to wear a tie. What is the best part about your job? The views, I could never get tired of the views. Catching rainbows and sunsets never gets old. The thrill of flying is always exciting. When operating on floats, every take-off
and every landing is different. Water conditions, the tide, the location of the platforms, and working with different captains each bring a different experience. No two flights are the same. The runway and the docking facilities are ever-changing. The best part about working at TMA specifically is how encouraging the seniors are. They don’t look at you differently because you’re a girl. They are incredibly supportive and push you to be the best version of yourself. At TMA, we get to fly a lot and build our hours and practice manual flying. It’s a great place to develop our skills, and just for the experience alone as well!
What are the main challenges as a professional in your field? The job is physically challenging, comes with long hours and some heavy lifting. But it is worth it in the end. I am very passionate about what I do, and work doesn’t feel like work. I really enjoy it. Most challenges that we face are almost entirely based on societal perceptions. Our society still sees this profession as a man’s job. Which puts a lot of pressure on us; you tell yourself that you need to work twice as hard to prove to yourself, and to the society that you are just as good as your male counterparts. What do you think we can do to encourage gender equality in the aviation industry? Perception change! People are aware of the need for gender equality through school, education. But their perceptions remain. The industry in general has matured enough over the years, but it is still a long way before people’s attitudes change. When I was a flight attendant and told people that I wanted to become a Pilot, not many people took me seriously. I have had people tell me that it’s not a good career as a woman, especially if I wanted to build a family. Before joining TMA, people told me that it will be a very tiring job and I would not be able to take it. To change people’s perceptions, I think we need more living role models. Shine a light on women who are out here challenging stereotypes and misconceptions, and acing it in their respective fields. Encourage the younger generations through example.
What advice would you give to other women looking to join the field? Motivate yourself to be the best you can be, and don’t allow preconceptions to prevent you from doing what you love. The field of aviation and that of being a pilot is equally challenging and very rewarding as well. So don’t let anyone try to discourage you. If you have the passion, work hard, aim high and reach for the sky!
Ibad Abdulla Resort Manager at Furaveri Maldives Ibad Abdulla was born and raised in Fuvahmulah and completed his Bachelor of International Hospitality Management from Taylors University, Malaysia. He also holds a Master of Business Administration certificate from Villa College in affiliation with University of West England. His journey in hospitality began as a reservation assistant and gradually grew to the position of Management Trainee, Assistant F&B Manager before taking the role of Executive Assistant Manager. What made you choose hospitality as a profession and tell us about how you started your career? When I was a little boy, I always wanted to become a news anchor. After completing my A’levels, I was planning to do a journalism course. But things changed when a cousin of mine took me to a resort on a school holiday. That was my first experience in a resort. I was impressed by the professionalism displayed by the resort staff and wanted to experience it at least once in my life. I got the opportunity to work at Paradise Island Resort as a trainee. After three months, I was offered the job of Reservations Assistant, and this began my career in this industry. What is the secret behind having such a successful career at a young age? The secret for my success is following my dreams and working with passion and commitment. From the time I was doing my Bachelor’s Degree, I had always dreamed to become the youngest General Manager in the Maldives. Since then, I have been chasing my dream and taking on all the challenges that have come my way. I believe facing challenges is a great way for self-development. I always take my job very seriously and dedicate most of my time to accomplishing my goals. What are the challenges you have faced in your career, and how did you overcome it? Today graduates of hotel schools are more reluctant to start at the bottom and aspire for an accelerated career path because of the costs of their education. It’s long hard work as a manager. You can work long hours, and most of the time you’re on your feet. You work every special event – Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and Valentines. Resorts never close so I am on call 24/7. People see this industry as a last resort or something you can get in to when your career is not going anywhere. For years, you serve people and clean up after them. I have worked in a resort with high turnover and employed so many people, but it still is not seen as a particularly desirable or worthy job by many people. Patience is something that is
highly required. We have to deal with young unskilled staff a lot of the time, not to mention meeting the expectations of a diverse guest segment. You have to be prepared to work hard; before you reach senior management, the shifts are long. You have to get out of bed after a few hours of sleep and be happy and ready to start again. I can safely say that the hospitality industry has made me a better person. It has made me develop self-discipline, time management skills and so on. It has also made me self-reliant and given me the opportunity to serve which is what we are all here for… the look of joy on our guests’ faces is the most gratifying thing we can possibly see in our professional lives.
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. What is the best advice you can give to young adults looking to join the industry? The tourism industry offers a lot of career opportunities for fresh graduates and young adults. My advice is to take every opportunity you get. It’s not the brand that matters. It’s about the willingness and passion to learn. If you are new and uncertain about taking a path in the industry, get advice from industry professionals, but most importantly, be committed to the job. Is there anything else you would like to highlight? Hospitality has made me a better person. It has made me develop self-discipline, time management skills and so on. It has also made me self-reliant and given me the opportunity to serve which is what we are all here for… the look of joy on our guests’ faces is the most gratifying thing we can possibly see in our professional lives.
Fathimath Bishaara Mohamed Whatever Whenever Agent at W Maldives Bishaara Mohamed (Bisha) is from south of Maldives, Addu, and started her career as an apprentice in 2015. This is when she found her strong interest in the hospitality industry and now, she is working as a Whatever, Whenever agent at W Maldives. What intrigued your interest to become a Whatever/ Whenever Agent (Front Office Agent) in this industry? Since I started my career in hospitality working in the F&B Department, I always wanted to join the front office team as I felt it would give me more opportunities to connect with guests from different parts of the world, allowing me to understand what we can offer them to elevate their guest experience. What is your biggest personal achievement so far? Being able to be away from my family and friends and focus on having a career, I would say is the biggest personal achievement for me. The natural setting of the resort business here in the Maldives provides us with a unique working environment – it is isolation from everything and everyone. Working for so long away from the people we love and care for has tested my inner strength and made me stronger, emotionally, and mentally. As a woman working in a male-dominated field, do you face any challenges? How has the Maldivian tourism industry changed over the last few years? As I started just recently, compared to other female role models in hospitality who have been in the industry, I don’t find it difficult and challenging in terms of gender differences. Female associates are very well accepted by everyone from the entire team, organization, and the Maldives as a nation itself. Nowadays, it has become a trend that after studies, young women are joining the industry.
What differentiates W Maldives from other resorts, in terms of work environment? W Maldives is more than a place to work, it’s an experience and a lifestyle that reflects our personalities and passions. We live the brand – simply speaking. Whoever we are, whichever gender we prefer, whatever culture or race we come from, whatever views we have in our lives – we get to be ourselves. We are a wildly diverse community that celebrates individuality, freedom, and creativity. And all of this, motivates me even more as a human and as a woman. What advice would you give to other ladies looking to start their career in hospitality? For other ladies who are looking forward to starting their career, I would say to begin with a goal in your mind. Never quit and always keep going. Success comes with tons of hard work and patience. As for me, I receive a lot of support from my family and friends. Their support and belief in me made me come this far, constantly pushing me to keep moving forward.
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Experience Enchanting Culinary Adventures at Baros Maldives Baros Maldives is a natural paradise with a lush island canopy, just 25 minutes by speedboat from Velana International Airport. This magnificent resort has spent decades honing their services and cultivating their environment, where guests can indulge in the finest delicacies.
Piano Deck Dining A wooden deck sits on the lagoon, water below and all around with white sheets billow in the Baros breeze and sunlight glinting on a sea of blue. Just minutes from the Baros shore, you can find a wooden platform made to give you the most unique dining experience. Guests can witness the sunrise over a champagne breakfast on the Piano deck or treat a loved one to an unforgettable sunset dinner of reef fish and prawns.
Sandbank Dining A romantic dining experience on a secluded sandbank, with a chef and steward on hand to cater to your every need. Guests can witness the Maldivian sunrise over a breakfast of salmon and prawns, savor succulent sushi with a picnic lunch, or enjoy a barbecue amid the rich hues of the Baros sunset as you experience the most romantic dinner imaginable.
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A dedicated steward will be setting your table on the beach, meters from lapping waves for another perfect romantic dinner. Guests can dine anywhere on the island, in the cocooning comfort of their villa, the deck, on the beach, or beneath the trees along the shoreline.
Nooma dining offers you the chance to savor the sundown and dine under the stars with the sunset dinner cruise at Baros Maldives. Tended by your own butler, you can feast on a gourmet menu prepared exclusively for you by the chefs.
Let Le Meridien Maldives Charm You with its “Je Ne Sais Quoi” What makes Maldives so monumental is the simplicity and beauty of nature’s magic. Just a glimpse of the sun’s golden orb over the turquoise ocean will send you into sublimity. Thilamaafushi Island will enthrall you with its charm as you step out of the seaplane and onto this secluded getaway island you will call home during your stay. Le Meridian is a 141-villa resort inspired with glamourous European touches. The design of the resort commemorates the tropical island life of the Maldives, with mid-century modern and Bauhaus aesthetics, very on brand for Marriott’s French debut.
Experience the ethereal beauty of the two thousand isles Nature surrounds this island. With seagrass meadows and coral gardens brimming the ocean through which marine life are swarming their amusement arcade. Even though the island is secluded, you can take it one step further and book the resort’s private island, dine away at a beachside picnic, bask under the sun at your ease, or gaze at the ever so visible constellations.
Savor cuisines from around the globe Cuisines from around the globe are honored here, with everything from local Maldivian cuisine to Japanese at their collection of six restaurants and bar. At Turqoise, enjoy the soul hugging ocean breeze while indulging in elevated all-day dining. Meanwhile, Velaa Bar + Grill is a beach side lounge where you can savor grilled meats and seafood.
Make your vacation a learning experience In order to connect guests with nature, Le Meridien launched a great initiative called ‘Thilamaafushi Marine Masters.’ Lead by the resorts dive partner, Sub Oceanic and in-house marine biologist, guests have the ability to book classes where they will be learning on topics such as topography, coral health monitoring, and turtle ray and shark modification. Their programs are available for everyone from young children to adults.
Enjoy playtime with family With plenty to do on the island for everyone, families can enjoy memorable excursions together whether it is sunset fishing trips, dolphin watching, or coral restoration projects. At The Le Meridien Family Kids Hub, their aim is to engage guests with the learning experience of flora and fauna that thrives on the island and its surrounding waters. Their edu-taining programs become life long memories to cherish back home.
5 Extraordinary Resorts Taking Care of Corporate Travel While health and well-being have been stand-out offerings of the hospitality industry for several years, today’s travelers and consumers are shifting their priorities and placing higher value on getting and staying outdoors be it for business, vacation or recreation. MICE events (meetings, incentives, conferences, exhibitions) refer to business events. Leisure events fall under a different category; however, many organizations add leisure elements to events to enhance engagement of attendees and create a memorable experience.
Anantara Veli Maldives Resort Whisk your team to an island paradise. Anantara Veli offers a cozy atmosphere for high powered retreats, launch events and team building. Brainstorm overlooking the lagoon, or entertain in an oceanfront marquee with live music and cocktails. This is an adults-only island with an array of meeting rooms in the Maldives.
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Hard Rock Hotel Maldives & SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton Both Hard Rock Hotel Maldives and SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton are located at CROSSROADS Maldives, an integrated multi-island destination with offerings for both leisure and business travellers alike. Enter: The Event Hall @ CROSSROADS. A phenomenal multi-purpose venue designed to embrace the Maldivian tradition of joy and celebration in all things, the Event Hall @ Crossroads is ideal for hosting all manner of incredibly memorable events. The space boasts its range of breakout rooms, which can be configured in a variety of set-up options to suit any need, from gala dinners to corporate incentive meets.
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Paradise Island Resort & Spa Make your wedding celebrations and corporate meetings beyond memorable. Set on an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, this luxury resort provides the perfect setting for all occasions. Paradise Island Resort is an award-winning MICE destination with everything you need to host a full range of functions and incentive trips.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island While the permanent meeting facilities are limited, the resort’s creative and personalized approach coupled with a host of activities makes this a great location for MICE and small groups. Though there are limited meeting rooms, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island offers great flexibility in creating memorable outdoor occasions on the resort’s many beaches, yachts or even private islands.
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Surf in Style at Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives Located a 30-minute speedboat journey from Velana International Airport, Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives is a haven for surfers. The resort is blessed to have a homebreak surf point, the Chicken’s Break, accessible offshore from the island, and the resort is located 20-25 minutes speedboat ride from some of the best-known surf points in North Malé Atoll, such as Sultans, Coke, Ninjas, Honkeys, Jails, and Jail-Break. Kuda Villingili is launching a new and exciting surfer’s haven right at the corner where Chicken’s Break is this summer. Visitors will be left short of nothing with a shaded viewing deck that can accommodate 50 people, a beach hut, an infinity swimming pool, and a beach bar. Live DJ will get the adrenaline pumping during peak surf hours.
With the launch of this surfing venue, the resort will also introduce the opening of the surf school, offering beginners lessons (ISA Certification). Guests and visitors can rent surfboards during opening hours, whether they are beginners or pros. As an extra perk, the surf school team can do photography or videography, including drone shots to take home as a memory. Make the trip even more memorable with surf trips aboard a smooth sailing catamaran. Spend time with loved ones, make up for a lost time, strengthen friendships, or form new ones ー whether guests are travelling as a couple, family, group of friends, or alone, Kuda Villingili is a slice of paradise where everyone is welcome. The resort’s focus on time and space, balancing a sense of togetherness and inclusivity with privacy and independence, allows guests to have a personal experience, making each journey unique.
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‘TEDxBaa Atoll – The Slow Life’ Concludes, Sparking Dialogue About Purpose Far Beyond the Superficial On the night of 19th March, on the island of Kunfunadhoo in the pristine Baa Atoll, the first ever TEDx talk held in the Maldives successfully concluded, sparking conversation about greater meaning and purpose far beyond the superficial.
Hosted at Soneva Fushi on the evening of 19th March, TEDxBaaAtoll was a momentous celebration of culture, art, wellness and the environment. Embodying the “Slow Life” ethos of reconnecting with oneself and nature, the event provided a barefoot space for both local and international speakers to engage with and share new ideas, challenge the status quo, and seek a deeper understanding of our everchanging world. The first speaker of the night, entomologist Akib Jahir offered insight into integrated mosquito management and fostering environmental balance on our beautiful planet. Instead of the toxic yet widespread habit of fogging, Akib is a strong proponent of mosquito traps – a more
sustainable way of keeping those pesky bugs at bay. Shaziya ‘Saazu’ Saeed, a professional diver and surfer, spoke on the profound effects of ocean sports and recreational activities on mental well-being. Being connected to the ocean and nature, Saazu believes, can help heal our societies in ways we may not expect, even down to serious social issues such as substance abuse. Another spirited environmentalist, Hussain ‘Sendi’ Rasheed talked about the effects of climate change he has witnessed over the years, including devastating bleaching events and rise in sea temperatures. By utilizing nutrient-rich seaweed abundant here in the Maldives, Sendi asserts that we can adapt to the changing climate and live a generally healthier life. Mining the same vein, Aki Allahghol taught us how we can create a positive impact by creating large scale coral nurseries, and how the use of technology can build growth, resilience and increase survival rates for reefs. Youth activist Yala Shameem, at only 13 years of age, provided us with a heartwarming outlook on the current education system. From her perspective as a student, Yala addressed the need to nurture young talent by implementing various learning processes other than standardized tests, in a way that directly relates to everyday life. Aishath Adnan, a technology manager and co-founder of Women in Tech, shared her experience being a woman in STEM – a choice that was not well understood by her community at the time. She examined how we can empower girls to pursue careers in these male-dominated fields, while simultaneously dismantling gender norms embedded within our society. Another local speaker, cultural anthropologist Malsa Maaz spoke on capturing the human essence of cultural artifacts. Based on her dissertation fieldwork on coconut culture in Baa Kihaadhoo, Malsa weaved a story of how rich and robust culture can truly be, inviting us to observe its intangible elements that can be found all around us. Two international speakers also discussed ways in which we can enrich our work lives and deepen our purpose in the corporate realm. Bruce Bromley, the Chief Financial Officer of an award-winning luxury hospitality brand, revealed how finance and sustainability go hand in hand – two pillars of corporate development that are inextricably linked with one another. Meanwhile, speaker Carissa Nimah spoke on the power of creative job titles in motivating employees, drawing from her multifarious experience in PR and marketing.
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Pullman Maldives Maamutaa Hosts Art Week with Local Artists Pullman Maldives Maamutaa believes that art is an adventure we all share, which is why they launched the first Art Week event in the Maldives from 14th to 20th March 2022. The week-long, art event was open to all in-house guests unleashing potential, sparking creativity and inspiring minds through art and nature. As a part of Pullman Maldives’ all-inclusive benefits, all the in-house guests experienced a unique perspective of contemporary art with 3 talented Maldivian artists and became immersed in exceptional art and design. The art week also included several daily activities for the guests where they could unleash their creativity by painting, drawing, or even trying nail art. Meet the artists:
Shimanie Shareef Shimanie is a multi-disciplinary artist and art teacher based in the Maldives, who practices mainly with traditional and digital forms of art and illustrations. She is also trained in adaptive arts, as an art teacher for people with disabilities and neurodiversity. She aims to make art more accessible and inclusive to people who have been neglected in the community a voice and a platform for expression to share this passion. Shimanie’s art is heavily influenced by Maldivian folklore, history, and nature. Colour and patterns are also integral to her art – she enjoys using a bright but considered palette for most of her illustrations. Art therapy for adults and kids, seascapes painting, and botanical painting are some of the activities conducted by Shimani during the art week.
Rooba has been drawing since she was a little girl. Her practice has grown into a variety of styles, and she has been learning and discovering herself along the way. Rooba’s approach to inventing styles is systemic. At first, she finds inspiration from other artists and then implements their style merged with her own. She practices one style for some time and refines it until she finds another art style to practice and refines again.
From an early age, Lujain had an interest in different forms of art and creative works. Recently, he came across Mixed Media Arts, which fascinated him, and his journey started in 2019. As a nail artist, his projects contain thousands of screws, which are later painted in Oil color. His passion for this kind of art, dedication, and patience are combined with one of the most iconic parts of the Maldives, the marine life.
In the process, she likes to learn new techniques at different art courses, and combining different variations is how she likes to experiment. This can mean different mediums like acrylic paint, pencil, ink, digital painting to different themes like fantasy, dark art, artistic nudes, landscapes, and more. Her passion and talents took her to London, where some of her paintings were displayed at the London Bomber Gallery along with other international artists.
One of his most iconic projects, The Survival, has the aim to create awareness for the delicate beauty of marine life and that we all are equally responsible to create a safe environment to protect them. The project contains approximately 7000 screws that are hand-painted.
Rooba conducted abstract painting, landscape painting, and intuitive painting for kids only during the art week.
Lujain showcased his artworks and conducted live demonstrations during art week.
Gourmet Week Returns to Cocoon Maldives in Partnership with Italian Dairy Products At the end of March, the iconic Gourmet Week at Cocoon Maldives returned to delight the senses with exquisite culinary experiences.
of a kind cooking show showcasing authentic dairy products and mouth-watering Italian cheese delights all set against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean.
From 28th March to 1st April 2022, Cocoon Maldives hosted a gastronomic event organized by its Corporate Chef, Mr. Giovanni De Ambrosis in partnership with Italian Dairy Products in the beautiful setting of the resort’s stylish restaurants, showcasing great resonance for its uniqueness.
During the exquisite gourmet week, Italian Dairy Products showcased various different appointments: a cooking show at main restaurant, masterclass with Leo & Alessandro at Loabi Loabi Bar, learning how to make mozzarella, aperitifs in Pizzeria il Forno, pizza with Italian dairy products and a grand buffet “bianco mangiare” with demonstration of Burrata mozzarella production at the Octopus Restaurant.
Italian Dairy Products is an authentic artisan cheese factory making mozzarella and other varieties of fresh cheese that bring a taste of “la bella vita” from Dubai UAE. To respect Italian cheese-making tradition and guarantee the authenticity and quality of their products, Italian Dairy products are imported from Italy and production is carried out exclusively by specialized artisanal cheese makers with professional experience in Italian dairy companies. For the Gourmet Week, Italian Dairy Products came all the way from Dubai to Cocoon Maldives to craft mozzarella, burrata and other fresh artisanal products. It was a one-
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A Look into the World’s Most Unique Airline Operations at Trans Maldivian Airways Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA) – the world’s largest seaplane operator, with a fleet of almost 60 twin otter aircraft, offers travel to the remotest and unspoiled archipelagos of the Maldives. Catering to more than 80 resorts in the Maldives, the operations at TMA are extremely unique. Having one of the most distinctive airline operations in the world, TMA operates based on customer demand unlike traditional airlines that operate to a fixed schedule. Traditional airlines have a set number of aircrafts and predetermined routes fixed for their daily operations. On the contrary, TMA schedules and operates its fleet on a day-to-day basis as per the requirements of the resorts. Mohamed Shamman, the Reservations and Scheduling Manager of TMA stated that the scheduling team starts preparing the schedule only 2 days in advance once the resorts share the passengers’ details with them, which is typically 72 hours ahead of the travel date. A schedule is generated for the upcoming day with the objective of maximum seat utilization across the fleet while honoring the Service Level Agreements with each resort. The final schedule is sent to the resorts before the end of the day prior to handing it over to operations team. The operations team of TMA executes what the reservations and scheduling team has planned a day prior Once the Operations team is notified of the number of aircraft assigned and available for the next day together with the total number of passengers, they take control of the on-day scheduling and operations. TMA accepts any last-minute bookings and additional changes offering a great deal of flexibility to its resort partners. The schedule is shuffled on the day to cater to the additional changes requested by the resorts. With the trends on late bookings picking up all across the world, TMA’s operational flexibility provides a great deal of support the resorts who can then assure their guests a guaranteed transfer. “Never say no to any customers” – a motto at TMA since the beginning of its journey plays a very important role in providing their passengers with a memorable experience. Abdulla Faisal, Operations Manager of TMA said that none of the guests are left behind as TMA chops and changes its schedule to accommodate last minute requests. All last-minute additions and changes are accepted, and this is what makes TMA stand out from its competitors. The on-demand flexibility provided to the resorts shows the excellent service ecosystem TMA offers to its partners and customers. What started from being manual work that included
handwritten boarding passes has now evolved into a fully automated system at TMA. The in-house scheduling software automates the scheduling work as compared to the previous manual data punching into Excel sheets. Back in the day, since the international flights arriving in the Maldives were lower in number compared to today, afternoons were not busy for the reservations, scheduling, and operations team. Today, TMA operates back-to-back flights carrying more than 3000 passengers on an average on any day with afternoons and evenings being equally busy! The input to TMA’s system is essentially the international arrivals – spread across the day and on different international airlines landing at the Velana International Airport. The biggest challenges faced in day-to-day operations include the international flight delays which result in re-scheduling. Delays in the international flights are adjusted in the schedule in a manner that allows TMA to bring the departing passengers in time to catch their international flights, as well as transport incoming passengers. Regardless of the obstacles, TMA strives to offer the best services to its partners and passengers through its exciting and dynamic operations. With a unique way of dropping off customers to their doorsteps, TMA remains the preferred mode of transfer for an exceptional journey with the most scenic views of Maldives from the top!
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SriLankan Airlines Records First Fourth Quarter Profit Since 2006
SriLankan Airlines has recorded its first profitable fourth quarter (Q4) since 2006 for the financial year that ended on 31 March 2022 with a group net profit of USD 1.7 million despite pandemic challenges. The airline was able to achieve this financial turnaround through various measures in its 2021-22 financial year including scaling down staff costs and overheads; renegotiating supplier contracts; increasing cargo revenue; and creating an ambitious growth plan capitalizing on pent-up travel demand. The initiatives paid off, with SriLankan making its first monthly profit since the onset of COVID-19 in December 2021 and continuing with a profit in the final quarter. The airline now has accumulated over USD 12 million in profits over the last 4 months as traffic has returned after the pandemic. SriLankan’s expansion initiative saw the launch of flights to several new destinations in the last year including Seoul; Moscow; Kathmandu and Paris. Frequencies were also gradually increased across the airline’s network in line with the recovery of the global travel industry and demand. The airline has also carried out major campaigns
to boost tourism to the country including a major initiative in India, roadshows supporting new routes and most recently sponsoring the popular French annual adventure trail, Raid Amazones, in March of this year. The airline is now back to 75 per cent of the passenger revenue it made pre-pandemic in Q4 of 2019-20. Correspondingly, passenger numbers also rose to near 700,000 for the quarter. The airline is making strong headway towards matching pre-pandemic levels as demand for international travel recovers. The payoff is not limited to the airline, as it remains by far the largest carrier of tourists into Sri Lanka. SriLankan is also a net foreign currency earner for the country owing to a sizeable share of its revenue being generated from international markets. Ashok Pathirage, Chairman of SriLankan Airlines stated, “I am pleased to note that we ended 2021-22 on a high note, given our first quarterly profit in many years. The passenger demand remained strong, and revenues continued to recover from the setbacks of the pandemic
during the quarter. Our annual expenditure remained within expectations. I am thankful to all our valued employees for contributing towards this achievement.” “We anticipate some headwinds in the first half of this financial year with high fuel prices and a short-term dip in demand to Sri Lanka. We have factored in these challenges and are working towards minimizing the impact with a strong business plan and a sound turnaround strategy to return to full-year profitability. Traffic is expected to recover fully by the end of the year as travel restrictions are eased off further. We will continue to support the tourism industry of Sri Lanka and be a catalyst for economic recovery,” added Richard Nuttall, Acting Chief Executive Officer of SriLankan Airlines.
Turn Holidays into Lasting Wellness Memories at Willow Stream Spa Connecting with nature, moving at a slower pace, mindful nutrition, and physical and mental health are all key components of a well-being journey. Fairmont Resort is bridging the gap between tourism and wellness to co-exist together by creating reflective spaces to induce wellness. Nestled in a total of 2000 sqm wellness area, enables guests to rediscover their energy, providing indoor and outdoor spaces to reconnect beyond the treatment experience. From peaceful guided meditation in lush spa gardens to relaxing yoga sessions overlooking the calm blue sea, this nurturing environment which offers a soothing flow of energy during a holistic journey. Willow Stream Spa combines its four cornerstones of health to offer a rejuvenating sensory journey by balancing the elements of earth, air, fire, water, and wood which puts everyone in sync with nature’s equilibrium. Shaping a future where travel unlocks a life lived limitless, Fairmont Maldives is an exceptional, unforgettable place where occasions are celebrated, stories are written, and moments are turned into memories.
Step into the Wellness Village at Furaveri Maldives and Experience Holistic Living At Furaveri Maldives, get ready to create a balance for your body, mind and spirit in the local Village concept to achieve the highest potential of well-being for your health. You will find yourself in a serene world of delicate scents with a comprehensive range of facilities set in a beautiful rustic looking wooden and bamboo interior. Each village pavilion is set within lush gardens and vegetation, surrounded by gentle white shores, tropical life and nature. A series of intricate walkways amidst a pond abundant with tropical fish and water lilies connect the different areas within the village. Featuring a spa with 8 treatment pavilions (4 open-air pavilions and 4 air-conditioned pavilions with open-air shower & bathtub, pedicure/manicure room, beauty salon, hydrotherapy (steam, sauna, hot and cold plunge
pools), relaxation areas, outdoor badminton and tennis court, D’LAZZATH Wellness Café and more, Furaveri’s Wellness Village represents a holistic wellness sensibility that is both pure and personal. The products are organic, light and fresh. The use of homegrown and purely natural ingredients will definitely provide you with a personalized service beyond your highest expectations. No overbearing or heavy scents – chemical-free for everyone! Be sure to add the Furaveri Spa and wellness village on your bucket list as a must try. From a variety of massages and facials to a selection of skin and body therapies, be prepared to soothe your senses. The Wellness Village also offers Ayurveda, water and bath experiences, as well as breathing, yoga and meditation.
Release and Rebalance at the Award-Winning Spa of Grand Park Hotel Kodhipparu Maldives With a backdrop of pristine blue waters and tropical landscapes, Grand Park Kodhipparu Maldives, a oneisland-one-resort destination, is home to one of the most tranquil sanctuaries looking out to the ocean. With its inviting and peaceful atmosphere, Grand Park Kodhipparu is located on the island of Kodhipparu in North Malé Atoll, just a 20-minute speedboat ride from the airport. Grand Park Kodhipparu has won The World Luxury Spa Awards for three years in a row guaranteeing you the most precise and distinct spa services that will transform your wellbeing. A proud partner of Comfort Zone, a renowned skin care brand for holistic products that have been clinically proven efficient for many skin types, their paraben-free oils, creams and balms will give you a deep sense of wellbeing and vitality. Promoting a soulful and healthy lifestyle, Grand Park offers the ultimate Spa experience, ensuring each and every guest leaves their session feeling fully revitalized.
Spa Retail Find yourself products from Comfort Zone at the resort’s spa retail section. Take home paraben-free oils, creams and balms made up of the finest natural origin ingredients tailored to suit your skin’s needs.
Signature Treatment With over seven treatment rooms overlooking the crystal water of the lagoon, the spa is focused on giving guests signature treatments consisting of Balinese, Ayurvedic and many other sessions that will help you to restore and revitalize.
Beauty Salon The Spa at Grand Park Kodhipparu offers classic salon services from manicures to hair-cuts and styling. The beauty salon is particularly functional for guests celebrating their wedding or any other special occasions.
Yoga and Relaxation Through Hatha, Ariel or Sunset sessions, you can enjoy serene yoga sessions to detox your mind body and soul with Grand Park’s Yoga master which are held twice a day during sunrise and sunset. Private yoga lessons can also be booked upon request.
Relaxation Room A serene and sound space to end your wellness journey with a cup of signature tea and a couple of healthy bites.
Two Villa Hotels and Resorts Properties Awarded with Green Key Award Villa Hotels & Resorts currently operate five resorts in the Maldives and has been committed to sustainability since its inception. Two of their resorts have now received the Green Key award – Sun Island Resort and Spa (March 18, 2022); and Royal Island Resort and Spa (March 22, 2022). This award is considered a leading standard for excellence in environmental sustainability, focusing on tourism establishments adhering to high environmental standards; and informing and involving visitors to develop specific actions concentrated on natural resources and awareness on environmentally friendly practices. The award was designed for the travel and tourism industry and has been in existence since the early 1990s. For Villa Hotels & Resorts, sustainability means managing the resorts following the company’s guiding principles, which are to adhere to environmentally friendly practices continuously. As a result, the company has worked towards developing an ecologically friendly, sustainable, and responsible business, and considerable steps are put in place to minimize the resort operations’ impact on the environment. For example, these two Villa resorts have measures in place to calculate carbon footprint annually, with targets to reduce carbon emissions and achieve carbon neutrality. Furthermore, environmental committees at the resorts help preserve nature and generate staff and guests’ awareness on social, cultural, economic, quality, human rights, health, and safety issues. In addition, the resort teams are actively monitoring the use of water and energy with planned actions to reduce them considerably. A variety of environmental events and activities are planned by the teams to preserve nature and the surrounding underwater world to help further protect the environment. Both Villa resorts have organized a #StopPlasticPollution cleanup dive on their house reefs. Furthermore, the dive centers are set to organize a beach and snorkeling cleanup of the resorts’ lagoon. As the Maldives is one of the most endangered tourist destinations globally, environmental conservation and sustainability have always been a key element to the Villa Hotels and Resorts operations and integral in all that the resorts do. Since the establishment of Villa Hotels & Resorts in 1988, the resorts have worked to become more and more sustainable.
To achieve the Green Key award, Villa has maintained high environmental standards for its establishments through complex and rigorous documentation and frequent audits. Further, responsible teams comprehensively worked through stringent certification criteria to assure the resorts adhered to them, considering various factors such as sustainability, behavioral changes in guests, staff, and suppliers, social and economic considerations, and environmental conservation. Sun Island Resort and Spa and Royal Island Resort and Spa are the first to receive Green Key awards in the Maldives. In addition, the WELL Health-Safety Rating seal was recently earned by Paradise Island Resort and Spa, Sun Island Resort and Spa and Royal Island Resort and Spa through the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI).
Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa Celebrates Earth Hour to Demonstrate Commitment to Sustainability Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa has demonstrated its strong commitment to sustainability and cares for the environment by observing Earth Hour on Saturday, 26 March 2022. During the Earth Hour between 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm, lights were turned off and dimmed throughout the resort with candles providing a romantic and environmentally-friendly allure, where at the same time, a symbol of 60+ bonfire was set on the beach to commemorate the event. This year is the 15th consecutive year, people around the world turned off their lights for one hour, taking part in a grassroots global campaign called Earth Hour. Earth Hour is an annual tradition started by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, to raise awareness about climate change. Participants in more than 190 countries turned their lights for one hour on Saturday. Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa is located in the northeast of Huvadhoo Atoll, one of the world’s largest and deepest atolls, which offers some of the finest diving in the archipelago. The island of Hadahaa is secluded, verdant, encircled by a white-sand beach and untouched 360 degrees house reef, perfect for an escape in paradise.
Alila Kothaifaru Maldives Opens in Scenic Raa Atoll Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced the opening of Alila Kothaifaru Maldives, a private island retreat located in the picturesque Raa Atoll at the northern edge of the Maldives. The all-pool-villa resort offers a refreshing blend of serenity and discovery in a relatively untouched corner of the archipelago renowned for its abundant marine life. “As countries continue to open up and travel confidence grows, we look forward to welcoming guests from all over the world to Alila Kothaifaru Maldives for a memorable getaway in what we hope will become the centerpiece of Raa Atoll,” said David Udell, group president, Asia-Pacific, Hyatt. “We are delighted to add this beautiful resort in the Maldives to our growing Alila portfolio, with new Alila hotels opening in sought-after destinations such as Suzhouand Shanghai in China and Nha Trang in Vietnam in the future.”
Surrounded by Nature’s Wonders Housed on an 11.2 hectare island, Alila Kothaifaru Maldives can be reached via a 45-minute seaplane journey from Malé. As one of the deeper atolls in the archipelago, the Raa Atoll offers abundant snorkeling
and diving options to discover its rich marine life, from colorful corals to manta rays and sharks. The resort offers easy access to the famous Hanifaru Bay UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and is close to Vaadhoo Island, one of the best spots to witness the spectacular ‘Sea of Stars’ phenomenon. Alila Kothaifaru Maldives features whitesand beaches overlooking the infinite expanse of ocean blue, a stunning house reef and lush greenery.
Private Island Sanctuary Alila Kothaifaru Maldives offers 80 pool villas, of which 44 are along the beach and 36 are perched overwater with direct access to the sea. Guests can unwind in these understated, sophisticated spaces that balance privacy with openness to the outdoors. Each villa comes with a private pool and sun deck where guests can bask in picture-perfect views and enjoy personalized service whether they are staying steps from the beach or above the turquoise lagoon. The Sunrise Beach Villas offer early birds captivating views to start their day alongside quick access to the resort’s main facilities such as the infinity pool, Play Alila kids’ club, Seasalt restaurant and Mirus Bar.
The resort’s elegant minimalist architecture by Singaporebased Studio go to encompasses terraced pavilions, villas and a treetop spa that are carefully integrated into the existing landscape to immerse guests in the picturesque natural surroundings. The low-rise structures and contemporary interiors feature open-air spaces and a calming palette of island-inspired colors and textures, creating an idyllic setting for complete relaxation and connection with nature.
Immersive Culinary Journeys Alila Kothaifaru Maldives offers a delightful variety of culinary experiences including the following: Seasalt, the resort’s beachside all-day dining restaurant with an ocean view, serves Mediterranean cuisine with Middle Eastern influences. Not to be missed are the restaurant’s signature salt-baked fish dishes. A spectacular Maldivian sunset alongside a refreshing selection of cocktails at Mirus Bar, inspired by the region’s former spice trade routes and concocted with ingredients from the resort’s own herb garden. Umami offers Japanese-inspired menus prepared in a teppan theater with a premium selection of organically grown vegetables, Wagyu beef and sustainably sourced fish and seafood. The adjourning Yakitori Bar is the place to be to indulge in sundowners, from Asian-inspired craft cocktails and mocktails to fine Japanese sakes and spirits, amidst delicious smoky aromas from a robata grill. Pibati Café provides light bites and comfort food that are convenient for grab-and-go en route to an excursion. Guests dreaming of an ultimate castaway experience can set sail in a traditional Maldivian dhoni on a two to threehour journey around the Raa Atoll before returning to the resort’s private sandbank, The Shack, a secluded spot for a gourmet picnic, a sunset barbecue or a romantic candlelit dinner under the stars.
Haven for Relaxation Nestled just above the treetops, Spa Alila features four double treatment suites, all with a private bathroom, shower and a floor-to-ceiling window with verdant views. Guests can indulge in rejuvenating treatments and beauty rituals that put a contemporary spin on ancient healing techniques and draw on the benefits of natural ingredients. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary daily yoga session in a tranquil outdoor space within the spa. The resort also offers a 24-hour fitness centeranda beachfront infinity pool. A wide range of water activities and excursions organized through the expert marine guides at the resort’s Water Sports and Dive Centerare also available while Play Alila, a dedicated play and learning space for young guests will keep them entertained with toys, games and fun, supervised indoor and outdoor activities.
Bespoke Celebrations From barefoot chic to elegant sophistication, couples can tie the knot or renew their vows with an enchanting celebration set in tropical splendor, whether on a pristine palm-fringed beach with the glistening ocean as a back drop or on the private sandbank at sunset followed by a bespoke dinner under the stars.
An Evening to Remember On May 12, 2022, Alila Kothaifaru Maldives commemorated its official opening with an intimate celebration attended by the resort’s key business partners. The event was hosted by Laith Pharaon, Chief Executive Officer of Orca Holding and graced by Dr. Abdulla Mausoom, Minister of Tourism – Republic of Maldives. On behalf of Ballentine Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of Orca Holding, Laith Pharaon thanked all key business partners, the Maldivian government and all hotel team members for their unending support in bringing Alila Kothaifaru Maldives to life. “We are honored to welcome guests to one of the world’s most blissful destination sand we look forward to sharing with them the awe-inspiring nature that surrounds us,” said Alexandre Glauser, general manager, Alila Kothaifaru Maldives. “Here at our all-pool-villa sanctuary, guests can unwind in peaceful seclusion with charming views while our gracious hosts deliver personalized experiences leading to unique moments and treasured memories.” Guided by its purpose of care, Hyatt’s multi-layered Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment further enhances its operational guidance and resources around colleague and guest safety and peace of mind.
Maldives and MMPRC Win Prestigious Awards at Global MICE Congress & Awards 2022 The Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) has won two prestigious awards at the Global MICE Congress & Awards 2022, held on 22nd March at Taj Lands End in Mumbai, India. The Maldives won the title for “Most Preferred Tourist Destination 2021” and, additionally, MMPRC earned the award for the “Best Marketing Initiative of the year” for its “Redefining MICE” campaign. This year marks the fourth installation of the Global MICE Congress & Awards. The events are organized by prominent industry professionals with over 29 years of experience conducting events in 23 states of India and 18 countries globally, responsible for several celebrated events such as the World Marketing Congress and CMO Asia. These awards are an independent brand recognition exercise initiated to give recognition to those brands and marketers who have achieved extraordinary success from innovative and effective marketing practices in the world. The mission of the Global MICE Congress & Awards is to educate and disseminate the importance of branding in the world.
Of the quantitative methods to substantiate the success of MMPRC’s marketing activities promoting the Maldives as a destination, the annually increasing rates of tourist arrivals to the Maldives, and the awards and accolades earned by the country as a holiday destination, speak the loudest. MMPRC has secured several key industry honors for the Maldives over the past few years, winning 29 awards and accolades in 2019, 16 in 2020, and 35 awards and accolades in 2021. This includes the privilege of the Maldives being recognised as the “World’s Leading Destination” at the World Travel Awards (WTA) for two consecutive years, in 2020 and 2021. MMPRC also won the title for “Indian Ocean’s Leading Tourist Board” award at the WTA 2021.
SAii Lagoon Maldives and Hard Rock Hotel Maldives Win Best Luxury Beachfront Awards in Maldives CROSSROADS Maldives, home to SAii Lagoon Maldives and Hard Rock Hotel Maldives has announced that its two lifestyle and iconic resorts been acknowledged as the ‘Best Luxury Beachfront Resorts Awards in Maldives’ at the international Luxury Lifestyle Awards 2022 for three consecutive years.
rooms, sky rooms, beach villas with plunge pool and overwater villas along with 2 award-winning restaurants, an island-themed gym and a pool bar facing the cerulean Indian ocean for adventurers seeking easy-going and relaxed Maldives vacation.
Luxury Lifestyle Awards is one of the international accolades dedicated to recognising and promoting unique excellence among luxury goods and services all over the world. It is designed to reward the travel industry elite for excellence in a number of categories from different countries.
Hard Rock Hotel Maldives is an upbeat international 5-star resort that showcases the spirit of its famous music-themed brand. The resort offers a variety of 178 chic guests’ rooms, suites, beach and overwater pool villas, and are complemented with signature facilities for all ages, including Hard Rock Cafe®, Body Rock® fitness centre, Rock Spa®, Rock Shop®, and eclectic dining and entertainment experiences.
SAii Lagoon Maldives and Hard Rock Hotel Maldives both have direct access to extensive facilities at The Marina @ CROSSROADS, an 800-metre lifestyle area and beach walk featuring retail, entertainment and dining outlets. SAii Lagoon Maldives – Curio Collection by Hilton is a 5-star lifestyle resort with 198 rooms including beach
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Stunning New Award Design Revealed for TTM Awards 2022
Travel Trade Maldives has introduced the new award design with additional award categories for TTM Maldives 2022 . The concept behind the new award design is to showcase significant elements from our archipelago in an award. Hence, the design incorporates varying shades of blue you can see in the oceans and lagoons of the Maldives, along with corals and a majestic whale shark. TTM partners can now apply for the awards until 31st May 2022 and resorts can apply to a maximum of 3 categories if they fit the criteria. Award winners will be selected through a voting process. The voting process
will consist of 25% votes from the TTM editorial team, 25% vote taken from an expert panel and 50% vote taken from the public for all the categories except for the top producer’s award. Top producer’s award winners will consist of 100% vote from travel trade professionals from hotels and resorts. TTM Maldives 2022 is scheduled to take place from 23rd to 25th August 2022 and the Awards and Gala Night will be held on 25th August 2022 at CROSSROADS Maldives. With the addition of new award categories, the award and gala night is set to be even larger and better this year, providing all tourism industry professionals with a funfilled evening.
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Stand the Chance to Win a Free Holiday to the Maldives and Enjoy the Best Deals via Maldives Virtual Tour Expo! Maldives Virtual Tour Expo, to be held from 1st to 31st July 2022, will be giving away 50 free holidays to the Maldives. This is an exciting opportunity for people all around the world to visit the expo and enjoy special offers to Maldives. All visitors can participate in the ultimate giveaway lucky draw and stand the chance to win a free holiday to the Maldives. Maldives Virtual Tour Expo is going to be the largest virtual consumer travel fair of the Maldives reaching over millions of travelers across the globe. This fair will allow people to experience Maldives from the comfort of their homes and book their dream holiday at the best rates. This fair will feature over 1000 virtual tours from 50 different islands across the country including resorts and local islands. The 360 tours featured in the website allows people to explore all the aspects of the destination. These tours also support virtual reality headsets which will allow visitors to experience Maldives in the most realistic way from anywhere in the world.
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