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Dear Readers,

Welcome to the May 2023 edition of Travel Trade Maldives, our print publication dedicated to all things travel, trade and tourism in the Maldives.

As part of our TTM Takeover, we’re taking a look at the swanky new Oaga Art Resort, a true all-inclusive haven that blends art, culture and Maldivian hospitality. Our Editor’s Picks explore other exciting properties in the Maldives, including Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi and Vilamendhoo Island Resort.

Despite the looming threat of climate change, the Maldives has become a hotbed for design, where upscale luxury, sustainability, and distinctly local flair converge to create extraordinary experiences. This issue focuses on emerging trends that are shaping resort architecture this year, along with our top picks for the hottest properties taking the design world by storm.

For our People section, we had insightful chats with industry experts such as Steve Ng, the Group General Manager at Maldives Inflight Catering, Hulhule’ Island Hotel and Madifushi Private Island, and Rivero Delgado, the Area Vice President: Singapore, Malaysia and the Maldives for Marriott International. We also bring you the captivating story of Rainer Steinhilber, General Manager at Amari Raaya Maldives, Amari’s second property in the Maldives set to open later this year.

As always, our regular news segments encompass various aspects of the industry, including aviation, wellness, sustainability, and awards and accolades, giving you a comprehensive view of the latest developments in the Maldives’ thriving tourism landscape.

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Market Overview

The Ministry of Tourism in the Maldives has reported that the country’s tourism industry has been growing steadily over the past few years, with the number of tourist arrivals increasing year after year.

As of 25th April 2023, more than 661,628 tourists have arrived in the Maldives, representing a 19.5% increase compared to the same period last year and a significant improvement from the 377,518 arrivals recorded in the same period of 2021. This development bears immense significance for the tourism industry of the country, as it continues to be a crucial contributor to the economy of the Maldives.

The statistics published by the Ministry of Tourism show that the majority of tourists arriving in the Maldives come from three main source markets: Russia, India, and the United Kingdom. These countries accounted for 11.8%, 10.7%, and 9.6% of the market share, respectively, making them the top three source markets for Maldives tourism. Other top markets include Italy, Germany, the USA, China, France and Switzerland. In addition, South Korea has recently emerged as one of the top ten markets, with 11,766 recorded arrivals.

With an average daily tourist arrival of 5,753 and an average length of stay of 7.9 days, the Maldives has established itself as a must-visit destination for those seeking a tropical getaway.

The Maldives government has set a target of 1.8 million tourist arrivals by the end of 2023, and with the current growth rate, it seems that this target is well within reach. The government successfully achieved its then-goal of 1.6 million tourists in 2022, which was a significant milestone for the country’s tourism industry. The country’s focus on attracting visitors from around the world has resulted in a diverse range of offerings and a thriving tourism industry.


Oaga Art Resort

An All-Inclusive Blend of Culture, Art and Hospitality


Oaga Art Resort, a new entrant in the Maldivian hospitality scene, is a true all-inclusive haven that draws inspiration from the local culture and traditions of the Maldives. With its Greatest All-Inclusive plan, the resort presents its guests with an array of curated experiences, benefits, and spaces that reveal the story of the Maldives in a stylish and sophisticated manner.

Located in the picturesque North Malé Atoll, a mere 50-minute speedboat ride away from Velana International Airport, Oaga Art Resort promises to deliver Maldivian hospitality true to its ancestral roots, allowing guests to dive into the magic of the Indian Ocean, art, music, and rich flavours, all of which are curated especially for them.

Oaga Art Resort boasts two distinct types of villas, each inspired by a different love story. The Haruge Beach Villa with Private Pool draws its inspiration from the legend of Dhon Hiyala aa’i Alifulhu and is recommended for couples or a family of three seeking a tranquil holiday on the island’s best beaches. The villa features brightly coloured murals, modern furnishings, and a range of amenities, including a minibar, living area, and outdoor shower. The Veyoge Gallery Pool Villa, on the other hand, is inspired by the story of Khalid and Sitti and is designed to make guests feel stimulated and safe, with an invisible mirrored exterior that recalls the magic of the legend. The villas are decorated in an ‘art gallery’ style, with modern furnishings, local art, and a record player. All 15 villas have direct access to a unique pool, and some have a direct beach section.

The resort offers a variety of culinary experiences to its guests, ranging from traditional street-style food to interactive, theatrical dining. For a casual dining experience, Kaa Kada, the main restaurant, takes inspiration from bustling street stalls and offers a range of oriental, seafood, mixed grill, and pasta options. For those looking for late-night snacks, Midnight Munchies is open from 11 pm to 6 am, while Thashibari delivery service delivers food right to guests’ rooms. The resort also offers Samaasaa, a theatrical dining experience where Chef Zuzu takes guests on a journey through ageold tales of love and myth, all while serving a delectable five-course meal. Raa Baa, the main bar & pool, serves a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, snacks, and evening high tea. Finally, Sobi Bar offers a carefully curated selection of artisan beers and gin from around the world.

Oaga Art Resort is an oasis of indulgence that caters to every whim and fancy. From daily art classes to guided creativity sessions with resident artists, the resort offers an array of leisure and recreational activities that are tailored to every mood and adaptable to any weather condition. Immerse yourself in sound healing, breathwork, and a convivial bonfire experience that celebrates community and togetherness. If water sports are more your style, plunge into the azure Indian Ocean to try scuba diving, snorkelling, or exploring the vibrant coral reefs that surround the island.

For those seeking rest and relaxation, the Hoba Spa offers an array of curated treatments that blend traditional healing practices from the Maldives with modern wellness modalities. Sample locally sourced and handmade oils like Hoba Aroma, Beys Foshi Therapies, and San’dhu Moon Therapies to rejuvenate your senses. Enjoy pretty snacks galore at the Floatstagram by your private pool or sign up for a pop-up cocktail-making class with the resort’s team. At Oaga Art Resort, the possibilities are endless, and guests are sure to be captivated by the sheer diversity of choices on offer.


Experience the Magic of Maldivian Folklore at Oaga Art Resort‘s Exquisite Villas

Nestled on a picturesque island in North Male’ Atoll, Oaga Art Resort is a charming oasis that will make your stay unforgettable. Boasting a wide range of accommodation options, the resort has something for everyone. From the Haruge Beach Villa with Private Pool to the Veyoge Gallery Pool Villas, each room is inspired by a different Maldivian folktale.

For couples or small families seeking a romantic escape or a peaceful holiday, the Haruge Beach Villa with Private Pool is the perfect choice. Featuring brightly coloured murals depicting the legend of the two lovers, the villa is modernly furnished and offers stunning views of the lagoon. With a spacious bedroom, living area, and bathroom, this villa is an excellent choice for those looking for a tranquil retreat.

For those seeking something truly unique, the Veyoge Gallery Pool Villas are a must-see. Featuring an exquisite art collection inspired by the story of ‘Khalid and Sitti’,

these villas offer a unique blend of art and luxury. With direct access to a unique pool, these villas are perfect for couples celebrating a honeymoon, anniversary, or birthday. Guests can also buy pieces of art from local artists featured in the villa.

All villas on the island are designed with guests’ comfort and privacy in mind. With heavy vegetation providing a high level of privacy and beautiful outdoor spaces, each villa offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Whether you’re lounging by the pool or strolling along the beach, the Oaga Art Resort offers a picturesque backdrop for your holiday.

Oaga Art Resort is expanding to offer even more luxurious options to its guests. Throughout the year, the resort will add Bodu Haruge Beach Pool Villas focusing on larger families and Odi Water Villas as an over-water option


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Discover a Haven for Foodies & Art Lovers Alike at Oaga Art Resort

Oaga Art Resort is not your typical property; it is a destination that celebrates the local community, traditional lifestyle, and contemporary art scene of the Maldives. Guests can immerse themselves in the tranquillity of the surrounding sun, sand and sea, all while enjoying a culinary experience like no other.

With four dining venues, Oaga Art Resort offers an array of delights for all tastes. The resort prides itself on its local and international cuisine, which is made to perfection for guests’ gustatory pleasure. The menu features an ample selection of fine wines, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, making it a perfect spot for any affair.

Kaa Kada, which translates to ‘food stalls’, draws inspiration from the ultimate comfort of street food. The bustling and vibrant street-style carts in the main restaurant offer a variety of oriental, South Asian, seafood, mixed grill, and pasta options, prepared right in front of your eyes by expert chefs. The restaurant provides a humble and cosy island setting, perfect for enjoying breakfast, lunch, and dinner as part of the allinclusive plan at Oaga Art Resort.

For those who crave a late-night snack, “Midnight Munchies,” a stall open from 11 pm to 6 am, offers additional dining options. To make it even more convenient, the resort offers ‘Thashibari’ delivery services on a tricycle, delivering the food to your doorstep in a traditional tiffin box. With Kaa Kada, the Oaga Art Resort elevates the street food experience to new heights while staying true to the authentic flavours that make it so special.

A one-of-a-kind dining experience at Oaga Art Resort where a speciality restaurant intertwines interactive literature with fine cuisine. The restaurant’s concept is based on Maldivian folk tales and offers a unique journey through Chef Zuzu’s five-course meal, each course presenting an age-old story depicting starcrossed lovers or mythical beasts.

Located in the tranquil and secluded corner of the island, the restaurant provides an intimate and cosy atmosphere, reminiscent of the traditional Fann’ge huts with palm thatching. The restaurant offers a dining experience like no other in the Maldives, weaving the art of storytelling and culinary excellence into one unforgettable experience.

The main bar and pool area at Oaga Art Resort exudes a lively and energetic vibe, where guests can enjoy a range of Japanese-inspired snack options such as sushi and tempura. Guests are encouraged to take a dip in the largest hand-painted mural pool in the Maldives or join the fun in the party pods, where pool parties are elevated with the addition of Maldivian ‘bodu beru’ beats.

As part of the all-inclusive package, guests can indulge in an unlimited selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as evening high tea and snacks. The bar and pool area offer the perfect blend of entertainment and relaxation, making it the ideal spot to unwind after a long day of exploring the island.

Sobi Bar

Sobi Bar offers a selection of hand-picked artisanal beers and gins sourced from different parts of the world. It provides the perfect setting for a tropical afternoon, where you can unwind and relish the flavours of your preferred beverage.

As a special treat, guests can enjoy one complimentary beer-tasting session during their stay, where they can sample different types of beers and expand their palate. This unique experience at the bar is not to be missed, as it offers a chance to explore new flavours and indulge in the art of brewing.

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5 Unique Experiences You Can’t Miss Out on at Oaga Art Resort

Oaga Art Resort offers a sensory feast for the soul, where guests can immerse themselves in a world of pure bliss. The resort provides guests with an outlet to experience the Maldives in a new way. Each experience is crafted with care and attention to detail, ensuring a memorable and immersive journey into the culture, cuisine, and art of this tropical paradise. Here are the top five ways to elevate your experience at Oaga Art Resort.

Creative Art Expression

Unleash your inner artist and connect with your creative side through the guided creativity sessions at Suvāsthi Retail & Art Gallery. Led by skilled instructors, participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of workshops and classes that cater to all levels of artistic experience. Let your imagination run wild as you create a masterpiece amidst the stunning tropical scenery of the Maldives. The creative expression experience provides the perfect opportunity to unwind and indulge in the divine act of art. So come, let your creativity flow and discover the artist within you in this idyllic paradise.

O Fire (Bonfire)

An evening of music, fire, and relaxation. Gather around a large bonfire on the beach to enjoy live music, dance, and socialise with one another. The bonfire is lit as the sun sets, creating a warm and cosy atmosphere that is perfect for enjoying music and each other’s company. Our resort’s talented musicians will entertain you with a mix of traditional and contemporary songs, and everyone is welcome to join in the singing, dancing, and storytelling. This is a perfect way to experience the unique culture of the Maldives and create lasting memories with friends and family.

Cocktail Apprentice

Guests can indulge in a sensory adventure as they sip, savour, and mix their way through a selection of signature cocktails or create their own under the expert guidance of mixologists. Each cocktail is a carefully crafted masterpiece, with its unique story woven from premium spirits, fresh fruit juices, and other exquisite ingredients. This hands-on and interactive experience offers a fun and unique way to learn about mixology while exploring the art of cocktail making. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about the history and culture of cocktails while sampling a range of cocktails created by the mixologist.

Learn a Dish

Guests can awaken their inner foodie with the Learn a Dish experience. Led by expert chefs, this interactive and hands-on cooking class provides the opportunity to learn various cooking techniques, explore diverse ingredients, and hone presentation skills while creating a delectable meal. Participants will immerse themselves in the local culture and cuisine by preparing traditional Maldivian dishes and international favourites. The class concludes with a tasting of the dishes created, making for an unforgettable culinary experience.

Picture Perfect Picnic

Escape to a world of pure bliss with Oaga Art Resort’s Picture-Perfect Picnic experience. Immerse yourself in the stunning natural beauty of the Maldives while indulging in a delicious spread of handcrafted delicacies. Let the gentle sea breeze and serene atmosphere soothe your senses, as you relish every morsel of the chef’s carefully curated picnic basket. This private and intimate setup is perfect for couples and families who want to bask in the warm tropical sun and unwind amidst the lush greenery and pristine beaches. Create unforgettable memories with your loved ones, surrounded by the picture-perfect scenery of the Maldives.


Hoba Spa by Oaga Resorts: Inspired by Maldivian Healing Traditions

‘Hoba’ is an ancient Dhivehi word meaning kindness and balance. The Hoba Spa is a holistic wellness brand developed by Oaga Resorts, offering the essence of Maldivian healing traditions passed down from generations (Dhivehi Beysverikan) incorporated into modern-day therapy techniques. The brand does not just pay lip service to the concept, as the basic architecture, names, methods and oils used are all rooted deeply in Maldivian traditions and to the bare island life in its purest sense. Love is surely in the details of this brand and space.

A Warm Welcome at Bodu Ashi

A therapy session at the Hoba Spa of Oaga Art Resort starts at the Bodu Ashi, named and fashioned after the traditional entrance area with a large swing where visitors to an island home would sit and have a chat. Then you are greeted by your Hoba Beysverin, either a Beys Goyye’ (female) or a Beys Kalo (male) who welcomes you with a cold tea and a chilled towel. Combined with the misting of your face, this sets the mood for calm throughout the rest of the journey. They then offer Hiy Huba cards based on ancient Dhivehi words, allowing you to intuitively choose your intention for the therapy prior to experiencing it.

Choose Your Oil Blend at Atharuge’

Once you have enjoyed your tea, you are then escorted into the Atharuge’. As was tradition, the ambience is quite intimate in this dark room, lit only by candlelight inspired by oil lamps. Atharuge’ is the Dhivehi name given for the perfumery which existed within the royal palaces, and this modern-day Atharuge’ offers locally sourced and handmade oils, fit for kings and queens throughout the ages.

As you walk towards the counter at the far end of the room, whiffs off the local ingredients and oils surround you. Here at the counter, you can choose from the signature oil blends and watch the Hoba Beysverin mix them in front of you. These oil blends are carefully curated by award-winning Maldivian wellness leader Zulfishan (Xubba), who has dedicated over 16 years to the spa industry of the Maldives. Zulfishan comes from a long line of Maldivian healers, and her expertise is rooted in the age-old practices which have been passed on to her from generations and childhood memories of her grandmother practising the traditional ways of healing.


The Hoba Dhulhaheyo experiences include Yoga, Power HOBA, HOBilates and Adu Healing (sound healing Tibetan bowls), some of which are predominantly based on the moon phases under San’dhu Moon Therapies. The spa offers daily morning and evening rituals, providing guests with tools and techniques to either prepare for or end the day with peace.

According to Laura, the Spa Manager who has been instrumental in developing and curating the concept, a very strong reason for creating the Hoba Spa in this manner was to really showcase to the guests what the Maldives has to offer within a spa awareness concept. Laura and Zulfishan, along with their team at Hoba Spa by Oaga Resorts, strive to give life to Maldivian traditions which are otherwise waning. Indeed, the use of time-tested remedial ingredients and the space they have created offer nostalgia which is sure to awaken your senses and ground you to these Maldivian soils.

Once you have picked your signature blend of oil, you are escorted to the spa pods, each of which has been named after Nakaiy from the local monsoon calendar. The therapies offered here are a mixture of Asian therapies or techniques, blending the traditional medicinal practices seamlessly with the modern contemporary touch.

Hoba Spa’s hydrotherapy Fen Vadaa area is another special concept comprising four parts; a rain shower adapted from the tropical rains of the rainy monsoon, a Vevu heated water bath, the Dhumashige Sweat Lodge blending the idea of the traditional Dhumashige where things are cooked and the sweat lodges of South America, and finally a well where you wash off.

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Steve Ng

Group General Manager at Maldives Inflight Catering, Hulhule Island Hotel and Madifushi Private Island

Our team had a chat with Steve Ng, Group General Manager at Maldives Inflight Catering, Hulhule’ Island Hotel and Madifushi Private Island Maldives to find out more about his 33-year career in the hospitality industry. He began his career in accountancy, but a part-time job at a hotel sparked a passion for culinary arts and hospitality.

Can you tell us a bit about your career so far?

I began my career in Accountancy, with plans to pursue the ACCA program in Singapore. However, after taking a part-time job at a hotel while waiting for the program to begin, I discovered a passion for the hospitality industry. This led me to shift my focus and pursue a career in culinary arts within hospitality. I started as a kitchen helper and worked my way up to become an Executive Chef. From there, I transitioned into roles such as Food and Beverage Director, Resort Manager, Hotel Manager, and General Manager, and currently hold the position of Group General Manager. My career spans over 33 years, I started out in Malaysia and then worked in Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines. I have also had the privilege of working in Seychelles and the UK before my current role in the Maldives. Throughout my career, I have had the chance to work with esteemed companies such as IHG, Hilton, Minor International, Mauritius, Shangri-La Group, and Berjaya Hotels & Resorts, while gaining invaluable experience managing teams and operations in different cultural contexts.

Tell us more about Madifushi Private Island. How does it differentiate itself from other luxury properties in the Maldives?

Madifushi Private Island is a unique and exclusive private island that aims to provide its guests with an unparalleled experience. The resort’s focus is on creating a serene, rejuvenating, and relaxing environment that allows guests to re-energize and unwind from their busy lifestyles. The resort does not categorize itself as a luxury property, as luxury can be easily replaced. Instead, Madifushi emphasizes the importance of letting nature take over and allowing guests to disconnect from the stresses of everyday life. Guests come to Madifushi to cool down and experience a sense of tranquillity that they cannot find elsewhere.

You have been in the industry for a very long time now, as you said, 33 years. What do you think is the key to providing good hospitality?

Providing great hospitality involves several key factors. Firstly, it is crucial to have a customer-centric mindset, where the needs and preferences of the guests are at the forefront of every decision made. Building and maintaining strong relationships with guests is also important in creating a welcoming and personalized experience. Attention to detail is another vital element, where every aspect of the guest experience, from the quality of the amenities to the presentation of the food, must be carefully considered. Good communication skills, including active listening and effective problem-solving, are also essential to ensuring guest satisfaction. Finally, a positive attitude and a willingness to go above and beyond to exceed guest expectations can truly set a hospitality provider apart from the rest.

In addition to the factors mentioned earlier, it is also essential for hospitality providers to have a team of staff who love what they do. When employees are passionate about their work and enjoy providing great service to guests, it translates into a positive guest experience. Providing employees with the necessary training, resources, and support to excel in their roles is crucial for ensuring their job satisfaction

and enabling them to provide excellent service. By fostering a positive work environment and encouraging employees to take pride in their work, hospitality providers can create a culture of excellence that benefits both their employees and guests.

What do you think is your greatest personal achievement?

Throughout my accomplished career in hospitality, I have had the privilege of working on several remarkable projects. I have successfully rebranded seven resorts, built two new properties, and expanded one. These projects often come with short deadlines, some as little as two months, but with hard work and dedication, I have been able to deliver exceptional results.

My most recent achievement, Madifushi Private Island, presented numerous challenges, including navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and overcoming contractor issues. However, I relished the opportunity to tackle these obstacles head-on and get things done efficiently. I am passionate about leaving my unique signature, my footprint, on all my projects, and I take immense pride in my work. My unwavering commitment to excellence and taking ownership of my tasks have led to several notable achievements in my career, and I am excited to continue making a meaningful impact in the hospitality industry.

What are the future plans you have for Madifushi Private Island?

At Madifushi Private Island, we are continuously looking for ways to enhance the guest experience and provide the ultimate luxury getaway. With our current island spanning 16.8 hectares and having only 80 villas, we plan to expand our facilities with an additional 80 villas or fewer. Our focus is on creating comfortable spaces that promote exclusivity, privacy, and tranquillity, providing guests with the ultimate escape from their busy lives.

Furthermore, we are planning to develop a small nearby island that will serve as a romantic getaway for couples and honeymooners. This new development will offer an exclusive experience, complete with personalized service and unique amenities that cater to the needs of our discerning guests. We are committed to providing an exceptional stay for our guests and are excited about these future plans, which will only enhance the already unparalleled experience at Madifushi Private Island.

Do you have any words of advice for those who want to excel in this industry?

Always put yourself in the shoes of your guests. It’s important to understand the needs and expectations of the guests and to anticipate their desires even before they are expressed. This requires being attentive, empathetic, and always willing to go the extra mile to exceed their expectations. Another important aspect is to focus on creating a memorable experience for the guests. This can be achieved through attention to detail, personalised service, and offering unique and authentic experiences. It’s also crucial to maintain a positive attitude and a willingness to learn and adapt to changes in the industry.

Lastly, I would advise aspiring hospitality professionals to cultivate a passion for the industry and never stop striving for excellence. Success in this field requires dedication, hard work, and a genuine love for serving and satisfying guests.


Rivero Delgado

Area Vice President: Singapore, Malaysia and the Maldives for Marriott International

Rivero Delgado is the Area Vice President – Singapore, Malaysia and the Maldives for Marriott International. Rivero’s exceptional background and leadership skills have led to stellar performance across more than 50 hotels in three different countries. With the substantial growth in these regions, her primary focus has been on expanding the core and luxury portfolio of hotels and resorts in all three countries.

We had the privilege of speaking with Rivero to learn more about her leadership style and how it has been integral to her success in this industry.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

As Area Vice President for Singapore, Malaysia and Maldives with Marriott International, I am responsible for driving the performance of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of hotels across these three countries. I am also leading the Marriott International Luxury Asia Pacific Council and am appointed Chairman of the Human Capital Committee for the Singapore Hotel Association (SHA) and the Executive Board Member of the Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI).

My passion for the hospitality industry started from an early age and upon graduation, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in this field. Throughout my career, I have been fortunate enough to work with some of the most amazing people in renowned hotels and resorts around the world which shaped me into what I am today.

What has your journey up until your current role been like?

I am very proud to say that I have only worked for Marriott International in my entire career and I started the day after I finished university. When starting my journey, my first job was as a trainee pool attendant when I joined Marriott International in 1998 in the Food and Beverage department, followed by a stint in Rooms Division before venturing into Sales & Marketing and then rising through the ranks to become General Manager for various hotels throughout Europe. I moved to Asia in July 2015 as Market Vice President for South East Asia and India for The Ritz-Carlton, The Edition and Bvlgari Hotels and Resorts. In December 2016, I was appointed as Market Vice President for three notable markets in the continent – Singapore, Malaysia, and the Maldives, and promoted to my current role as Area Vice President in March 2018.

Can you share some insights on the current state of the hospitality industry in the Maldives?

I think the Maldives, through years of history, has set up a strong foundation for running the tourism industry. The country is a pioneer of tourism around the world and has done an excellent job of maintaining its status as an aspirational destination. This is credited to the country’s natural beauty and the hard work of all the people in this industry. While there are more destinations opening up around the world, I am still optimistic about the future of business in the Maldives. I believe that once people have explored other places, they will

inevitably return to the Maldives. It is a timeless destination with many people dreaming of visiting the Maldives at some point in their lives. I have heard the phrase ‘One day I want to go to the Maldives’ so many times.

Tell us about your experience in managing multiple properties and ensuring their profitability

At Marriott International, we use different KPIs to measure our operations. These include revenue, market share, guest experience, and stakeholder partnerships. We prioritise making our stakeholders happy and ensuring obvious returns on investment when opening new hotels.

Profitability is also crucial for our business, and we need to have expertise in understanding the market and partnering with local providers. Without profitability, there can be no revenues. Therefore, we prioritise positioning ourselves well and doing a good job to attract guests to our hotels. We then adjust our business model without compromising the guest experience and expectations, as they are the ones who bring in the business. Although operating resources have changed significantly in the past two years, with increased costs in areas such as electricity and food, we strive to ensure long-term sustainability in our operations. We put in efforts and focus on bringing returns on investment that satisfy stakeholders without compromising the guest experience.

What is your leadership style and how it has contributed to your success so far?

When I get into a new role, the first thing I do is observe and my priority is human capital which means the associates that work for us are of the utmost importance I’m not able to understand how much potential we have if I don’t understand the team around me and make sure that each of the associates is set up to be successful and focus on their strengths.

People form the bedrock of any organization and we must embrace a mindset of tapping the unique strengths and experiences of their people to truly grow. Different perspectives can spark creativity, and innovation and help organizations spot and seize new opportunities. I enjoy developing talent and people. I always keep in mind that someone gave me an opportunity to grow and that I would like to do the same for others. It is also my duty to make sure I develop the talent I have with me and to prepare the pipeline of general managers for the company’s future. We have to listen to make the best decisions and be fair. We, at Marriott, put people first and I try to guide and follow these principles.

Do you have any advice for those eager to join the hospitality industry?

I’m an advocate for anyone willing to join this industry. I always believe that we have the responsibility to encourage and transmit the passion of the business to others. And if anyone is joining, or thinking to consider joining the industry, I think it’s extremely important that they visualise themselves and dream big. Because in this industry you can do whatever you want. You just need to make sure that you go with a company that follows the values and principles that are similar to yours, and then allow them to guide you, teach you, and educate you on the business.


Rainer Steinhilber

General Manager at Amari Raaya Maldives

Well-seasoned hotelier, Rainer Steinhilber is no stranger to the Maldivian hospitality industry. Before settling down in the island nation, Rainer held multiple positions in various countries across the globe. In this interview, Rainer Steinhilber spoke with us about his professional journey and his vision for his newest project, Amari Raaya Maldives. Amari’s second property in the Maldives, Amari Raaya Maldives in Raa Atoll is set to open in Q2 2023.

Could you tell us a bit about your career thus far?

I arrived in the Maldives in 2007, so I have spent the last 15 years here, in various resort management roles. Before that, I worked in France, the USA, North Africa and of course, my home country of Germany. The Maldives is such a unique destination and I feel lucky every day to be able to work and live. It sounds like such a cliché, but I literally have fallen in love with this beautiful country and its people. I met my wife Shafiyya here, so I truly consider the Maldives to be my home.

Tell us more about Amari Raaya and its various offerings. What has your pre-opening experience there been like?

Amari Raaya will become ONYX Hospitality Group’s second property in the Maldives when it opens in Q2 this year. Our private island resort will occupy a secluded island in Raa Atoll, accessible by seaplane directly to the resort, or via domestic flight to nearby Ifuru Airport.

Positioned as a family-oriented resort, Amari Raaya Maldives will bear all the signature offerings that you would expect from a 5-star luxury resort. The 37-hectare island consists of 186 villas, including 60 over-water villas, and 40% of all villas feature their own pool. Some of our beach villas will be connected and will offer 2-bedrooms for those families or groups of friends staying together. A total of seven food and beverage outlets are on offer, ranging from Asian-fusion cuisine to a casual Italian restaurant, an all-day dining restaurant at the beach, a village café, a pool bar, a beach shack and a mobile truck catering for all culinary tastes and dining styles.

Additionally, special curated private dining will be available at unique locations around the resort, on the beach, and in the jungle, and a special star gazing tree top dining experience. Other resort features include the Maai Spa Wellness Oasis, a kid’s club with a huge outdoor playground including a zip line, a dive and water sports center, a main pool and kid’s pool, gym and yoga deck as well as sports activities such as football court, badminton court, paddle tennis and a mini golf course. We also invite our guests for activities and excursions by boat. Another island highlight will be our rooftop sunset lounge bar, where guests can kick back, and enjoy magnificent sunsets accompanied by the chill tunes of our DJ and sundowner cocktails.

As this is not my first pre-opening experience, I do know what an incredible effort it takes to not only build a resort from scratch but to basically transform a sandy island into a small world that can inspire and wow our guests. It’s a tough and long journey with many obstacles along the way, but ultimately at the end, I know I will be very proud to have been part of such an extraordinary group of people, who have all contributed their skills, (some sweat) and hard physical work to achieve something quite extraordinary – a secluded paradise to make people happy, for guests and team members alike.

I am also grateful to our owners of Panchshil Realty and to the corporate management of ONYX Hospitality Group, for entrusting me with the leading role of opening this exciting resort and I am beyond excited to showcase this new Maldivian resort to the world soon.

In your opinion, how will Amari Raaya set itself apart from other similar luxury properties in the Maldives?

We have created a unique story concept behind Amari Raaya that sets an intriguing ambience all around the island for our guests to explore.

The resort features design elements and experience touchpoints inspired by a fictitious castaway explorer named Sebastian, an artist and amateur sailor who was shipwrecked and lived alone on the island for eight years before allowing himself to be discovered. Amari Raaya Maldives will immerse travellers in a reinterpretation of the legacy he left behind through a series of structures, shelters and landmarks Sebastian creatively constructed from island-sourced raw materials and flotsam washed ashore over the years.

Highlights include an upturned dhoni shipwreck hidden within a jungle, abandoned watchtowers, and in our ‘Artists Zone’, Sebastian’s rustic home and huts will be showcasing Maldivian arts and cafts as well as featuring local artists and a discovery walkway within the mangroves area to be explored with guided explanations of the Maldivian fauna and flora. Our guests will find a beautiful natural island full of discoveries, not everything can be revealed, but let me just say this: On the island, you will get a glimpse into the world of a survivor and artist as you immerse yourself in the buildings and objects created by Seb during his life as a castaway.

What’s your greatest personal achievement?

As an island GM, I see my achievements are only representative of the team I lead. Sharing the limelight is important to me, as the biggest achievements can only be reached together. When you live on an island resort it’s important to create an atmosphere of trust and respect and ultimately of happiness amongst your team. This feeling of harmony filters down to the service and experience that our guests receive. If you reach that level, then you are doing well. For me. that is the biggest achievement and I look forward to creating it again here at Amari Raaya Maldives.

What do you foresee for the Maldivian hospitality industry in the future?

The Maldives government together with the Maldivian hospitality Industry and all its stakeholders have shown exemplary actions on how to overcome the COVID-19 crisis over the past few years and the country is recognized as a safe destination. Additionally, over the last 10 years, the segmentation of travellers from pure luxury and honeymooners has been complemented by family travellers and we have seen a strong impact from new emerging markets to the destination such as India, Russia and the Middle East. Europe remains traditionally strong and China will make a comeback for sure this year.

So, all predictions are positive, it’s fair to say that the Maldives’ hospitality industry will have a great future. We have seen last December a total of 1.6 million visitors to the country for the year 2022, which is level to 2019 figures, and on top of that the Maldives has been crowned the “World’s Leading Destination” for the last three consecutive years at The World Travel Awards – all these accolades and trends combined to present a promising outlook for Maldivian hospitality.


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Redesigning the Hospitality Landscape: Emerging Trends Revolutionizing the Industry in 2023

In today’s landscape, designers are presented with the task of crafting spaces that cater to a diverse and expanding demographic while delivering an exceptional and memorable experience. The trends of 2022, ranging from sustainable materials to digital workspaces, continue to influence design choices this year. Nonetheless, a few new design trends are poised to disrupt the industry and redefine the essence of hospitality design in 2023.

Integrating Sustainability and Biophilic Design

Sustainable design is becoming increasingly prevalent in the hospitality industry, evident in the use of sustainable materials like bamboo, repurposed wood, and recycled glass, as well as energy and water-efficient products. This emphasis on sustainability has also led to the emergence of the biophilia trend in hospitality design, which recognizes humans’ inherent need for nature and connections with other living beings. To create more natural, comfortable, and productive environments, designers are incorporating plants and greenery, organic shapes and materials, natural light, and even innovative technology, such as smart glass that can control the amount of light and heat entering a room.

Designers are using various tactics to craft these unique experiences, such as enlisting local artists to create murals or repurposing materials to create bespoke furniture. The economic benefits of local design movements are also attracting hoteliers, as it allows them to reduce costs while still providing guests with a memorable experience.

The Role of Soothing Colour Palettes and Earthy Tones

Modern hospitality design has shifted towards using calming, neutral colours and earthy tones, which are evident in the walls, flooring, fabrics, and furniture of many contemporary hospitality spaces. This creates a more relaxing and spacious environment that helps to reduce stress levels. By pairing rich, warm natural hues with softer neutrals, such as Pantone’s colour of the year, Viva Magenta, with Sage Green, Beige and Brown, a harmonious and laid-back atmosphere is created. The use of soft hues and earthy tones in modern hospitality design creates an inviting and comforting ambience.

Adapting Hospitality Design for the Growing Digital Nomad Market

The number of digital nomads worldwide has surged to approximately 35 million in 2022, with an astounding 49% increase in growth between 2019 and 2020. This trend is expected to continue in 2023, as remote and digital workers replace traditional short-term business and conference travellers, thus impacting hospitality design. To cater to this growing market of digital natives, hospitality operators can use strategic design to encourage them to stay longer and spend more during their stay. Simple design upgrades such as separate work and sleeping areas in rooms, increased wardrobe space, and flexible suites and adjoining rooms that can be converted into private offices, fitness rooms, or lounges, along with comfortable coworking spaces and upgraded communal areas, are effective ways for hotel operators to better cater to the needs of the digital nomad market.

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island

Embracing Authenticity

One of the latest trends in hospitality design for 2023 is to infuse guests with the authenticity of their travel destination’s local culture. This requires integrating genuine materials and details that embody the history and customs of the surrounding community. Local touches, from the stones utilized in landscaping to the textural nuances of interior walls and furnishings, can generate a truly immersive experience that heightens the guest’s sojourn.

A prime illustration of this approach can be observed in the Maldives at Oaga Art Resort. The resort provides Maldivian-inspired dining and spa experiences, in addition to various immersive activities curated by local and visiting artisans and craftsmen. As a new entrant to the Maldivian hospitality scene, Oaga Art Resort is an all-inclusive haven that derives inspiration from the Maldives’ rich history, culture, and traditions.

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Aesthetic Marvels: 7 Contemporary Resorts Pushing Design Boundaries in the Maldives

The Maldives, with its idyllic overwater villas, airbrushedlooking reefs, and sparkling waters, has become a hotbed for design. Despite the constant threat of climate change, developers are continuing to envision and create aesthetic marvels in this breathtaking region. From underwater suites to eco-friendly architecture, these resorts are redefining what it means to stay in paradise.

Here are 10 design-forward properties in the Maldives that are taking hospitality to the next level.

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands is a radical new example of biophilic design from renowned Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan, founder of international awardwinning Studio MK27. The design is a blend of tropical modernism and nature, set amidst the serene natural setting of the Fari Islands in the Maldives. The resort features cabins on stilts in the water, modest rectangular buildings on land, lush gardens, and plenty of open space to encourage guests to unwind and connect with nature. The focus of the design is on promoting sustainable luxury while pushing the limits of hospitality architecture.

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands

The Ritz-Carton Maldives, Fari Islands

Designed by award-winning architects Kerry Hill, The Ritz-Carlton Maldives is inspired by its natural surroundings. The architects were influenced by the circular motion of water and the way of life in the Maldives, creating a design that embodies the island’s philosophy and spirit. The resort’s circular-shaped architecture, which resembles the traditional ‘bodu beru’ drum crafted from coconut wood, is also a nod to an ancient form of dance and music that dates back to the 11th century and is synonymous with celebrations and ceremonies.

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island

As the Maldives’ only solar-powered private island, Kudadoo stands out as the first fully sustainable resort, offering an exclusive and eco-friendly experience for discerning travellers. It boasts 15 Zen-style villas that encircle the island like a diadem, providing uninterrupted views of the horizon. Designed by the famous Yuji Yamazaki, the resort reflects a modern sensibility with a sustainable mindset that aims to preserve the local ecology.


Alila Kothaifaru Maldives

Alila Kothaifaru’s modern minimalist architecture was designed by Singapore-based Studiogoto, who took inspiration from the island’s flat topography to create an environment that blends seamlessly with nature. The landscape-oriented design features terraced layers that integrate into the natural surroundings to provide privacy and intimacy for each of the 80 beach and water villas, while also offering awe-inspiring views. By combining bold, clean lines with soft natural materials, cultural motifs, and organic forms, the architecture aims to promote relaxation and draw on the restorative powers of nature.

Kagi Maldives Spa Island

The design of this wellness oasis was crafted by renowned architect Yuji Yamazaki. It aims beyond the conventional resort and commits a unique emphasis on the wellness of the human mind and body. The resort consists of organic lines with sweeping shingled roofs in order to blend traditional design languages with modern ones. Meanwhile, the spa complex is stilted over the ocean and consists of inset ovals that contain a central suspended space. There are also 50 private villas, all with individual pools, 40 of which stilt over the ocean.

Kagi Maldives Spa Island Alila Kothaifaru Maldives

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

When you think of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, you immediately think of the Muraka. This luxurious holiday villa is a masterpiece of design collaboration between local architect Ahmed Saleem and New York-based Yuji Yamazaki. The Muraka boasts a distinct feature that sets it apart from other luxury villas — an underwater bedroom suite. The suite is encased in curved, seveninch-thick acrylic walls, allowing guests to have an aquarium-like experience and observe marine life while going about their day. The villa comprises a slender topstory above water that houses the kitchen, living and dining area, and three additional bedrooms.

The St. Regis Vommuli

In addition to the upscale resorts, there is a growing trend of incorporating locally influenced design elements into Maldivian resort architecture. The St. Regis Vommuli for example, which opened in 2016, features hanging bead lamps made from recycled shells along the veranda and a striking ceiling mural created using pyrography, a Maldivian art form of burning wood, to tell captivating stories. These design elements not only add to the aesthetics of the resorts but also showcase the rich cultural heritage of the archipelago.

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Kuramathi Maldives Unveils New Japanese-Inspired and Fusion Cuisine at the Reef and Inguru

Kuramathi Maldives boasts new additions to its dining scene that is set to tantalise the taste buds of its guests. The resort has introduced a new Japanese-inspired menu at The Reef and fusion dishes at Inguru.

The Reef, an overwater restaurant, is known for its mouthwatering renditions of fresh seafood, and it has recently introduced new recipes inspired by Japanese cuisine. The menu at The Reef features a delectable array of dishes that promise to satisfy the most discerning palate. For starters, diners can indulge in the Dynamite Mussels, a baked New Zealand green lip mussel stuffed with spicy dynamite sauce and garnished with tobiko and spring onion. Meanwhile, the main course offers the Chirashizushi, a dish of rice topped with raw salmon and tuna seasoned with soya sauce, wasabi caviar, and wakame.

Inguru, another dining destination at Kuramathi, offers a playful fusion of cuisines with its latest fusion dishes. Guests can feast on the Inguru Summer Salad and Octopus, which is a fusion of Italian and Asian flavours. This dish features Italian-style marinated baby octopus served in a bed of herbs and garden greens, chorizo, avocado cream, and drizzled in mango-citrus vinaigrette.

The menu at Inguru also boasts of unconventional entrees such as the Steamed Maldivian Reef Fish steeped in coconut sauce, which is reminiscent of the Brazilian moqueca or fish stew. The Roasted Indian Tikka-style Marinated Reef Fish Fillet fired up with a side

of Malaysian sambal is another standout dish, as well as the Crispy Duck Leg Confit in Khao Soy sauce and the Seafood Udon Noodle Paella Style.

These new dishes perfectly complement the existing lineup at Inguru and The Reef, making Kuramathi Maldives a haven for foodies.


Vilamendhoo Island Resort – A Culinary Journey Through Paradise

Tucked away in South Ari Atoll, Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa is a stunning tropical retreat where guests can enjoy a one-of-a-kind dining experience. With an array of restaurants and bars on the resort grounds, each with its own atmosphere and cuisine, guests can embark on a culinary adventure that is truly unparalleled. The resort provides a distinctive selection of menus that are sure to tantalize the taste buds of every guest.

The Funama Restaurant, located at the heart of the property, is the perfect place to start the day with a mouthwatering breakfast buffet. As you step inside, the aroma of freshly baked bread and tropical fruits fills the air, setting the stage for a day of culinary delight. The restaurant features indoor and outdoor seating, both offering stunning views of the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. The decor is simple yet elegant, with wooden tables and chairs and large windows that let in the natural light. The buffet selection includes a range of international and local dishes, from fluffy omelettes to savoury curries, providing something for everyone.

For a taste of Asia, head to the Asian Wok Restaurant, located at the end of the jetty. The restaurant’s open kitchen concept allows guests to watch the skilled chefs prepare their meals using the freshest ingredients. The menu offers a variety of dishes inspired by the flavours of China, Thailand, and India, including aromatic curries, spicy stir-fries, and succulent seafood. As you dine, the gentle lapping of the waves and the soft sea breeze create a serene atmosphere that will transport you to another world.

For a unique dining experience, make a reservation at the Hot Rock Restaurant. Situated on the beach, this restaurant offers a fun and interactive way to cook your own meal using hot volcanic rocks. The menu features a range of seafood, meats, and vegetables that can be grilled to your liking, providing a personalized dining experience that is sure to be memorable. The restaurant’s simple yet elegant decor features wooden tables and chairs, soft lighting, and a stunning view of the ocean. As you dine, the sound of the waves and the smell of the salty sea air create a magical atmosphere that will make you feel like you are in a dream.

If you’re in the mood for fresh seafood, head to Ahima Restaurant. This beachfront restaurant specialises in dishes that showcase the bounty of the ocean, including fresh fish and succulent lobster. The restaurant’s rustic decor features wooden tables and chairs, simple lighting, and a cosy atmosphere that will make you feel right at home. As you dine, you can feel the sand between your toes and the sea breeze on your skin, creating a sensory experience like no other.

Last but not least, the Bonthi Bar is the perfect place to unwind after a long day of exploring the island. This casual bar serves light meals and snacks throughout the day, as well as a range of cocktails, beers, and wines. The bar’s laid-back atmosphere and stunning ocean views make it the ideal spot to relax and recharge.

Vilamendhoo Island Resort is a culinary journey through paradise, offering guests a variety of dining options that are sure to satisfy all tastes and preferences. Whether you’re in the mood for international cuisine, local Maldivian dishes, or fresh seafood, Vilamendhoo Island Resort has something for everyone.


5 Reasons Why Fairmont Maldives is Ideal for the Best Family Vacation

The Maldives is commonly perceived as the goto destination for couples and honeymooners. But contrary to this, the archipelago is also, in fact, a perfect family holiday destination. From relaxing on the beach and exploring the thriving underwater world to learning how to cook traditional Maldivian food, enjoying art classes and workshops, or discovering how to dive, there is something for everyone.

Fairmont Maldives, Sirru Fen Fushi is one of the best places to stay in the Maldives with the family to turn those moments into defining memories to last a lifetime. Here are some excellent reasons why its allvilla luxury resort is ideal for a Maldives family vacation:

Luxurious Family Villas

The family resort in the Maldives offers a variety of accommodations, including opulent Beach Villas, decadent Water Villas, and unique safari-style Tented Villas. The grand Beach Villas are a clear favourite amongst families, each featuring a private pool and direct access to the shore. Soak in the enormous bathtub, plunge in the pool, or enjoy the waves of the glistening ocean, all while in the company of the people you love. Delight in the luxury of space and privacy while staying in an exclusive tropical slice of paradise.

Immersive Experience

Planning a holiday that all family members will love is a huge and, sometimes, daunting endeavour. At the Secret Water Island, we take this worry away as there is no shortage of multi-generational activities for everyone. We are blessed with one of the largest resort lagoons in the Maldives, an ideal aquatic playground for the whole family. Complimentary use of full snorkelling gear and non-motorised water sports, such as kayaks and paddleboards, are offered all day. Jet skiing, parasailing, e-foiling, and other exhilarating water activities are available at the Dive Centre. Enrol in an introductory PADI speciality course for all ages to learn how to scuba dive, and descend into one of the thriving dive sites within the atoll. Whisk your loved ones to an exclusive pristine sandbank, savour a gastronomic picnic prepared by a private chef, explore the island, and usher in quality time for reconnection.


Children Learn While Having Fun

At Fairmont Maldives, Sirru Fen Fushi, there are countless things to do to keep the little ones entertained and inspired. While they are still at the stage of utmost curiosity, it is best to spoil them with activities that engage the mind, the body, and their imagination while ensuring that it is enjoyable at the same time. The Kids’ Club offers a well-curated programme of games and activities for children of all ages to keep them occupied while learning a new skill or hobby. For all aspiring creatives, the Art Studio is always open to inspiring young minds to create a masterpiece on canvas or through various materials. One of the unique places on the island, the Sustainability Lab, teaches younger guests how to repurpose plastic into bespoke souvenirs and unique products using bespoke machines, as well as the importance of protecting the environment. They can also become distinguished Turtle Rangers and assist the Marine Biology team in numerous fun and significant ocean conservation efforts.

Kids Stay and Dine for Free

As one of the most inclusive Maldives resorts for families, parents travelling with their children under 12 can take advantage of several benefits, including a complimentary stay and meals for up to two children, kid-friendly amenities, and fun kids’ club activities throughout the stay. As there is nothing better than sharing a meal with your family to celebrate togetherness, bring the little ones to the signature restaurants and savour mouth-watering culinary masterpieces while strengthening your bond.

Blissful Time for Parents

A new addition to Alila Experiences, embark on a journey to Vaadhoo Island, one of the best spots to witness the spectacular “Sea of Stars” phenomenon. When the sun goes down at Vaadhoo Island, the waves lapping the shore light up like a shimmering field of blue dots, giving the sea the appearance of a starlit night sky. This mesmerising phenomenon occurs throughout November to January due to the growth of phytoplankton, aquatic creatures that glow in the dark, creating an extraordinary sight to behold.


Discover the Must-See Events in the Maldives for 2023

The Maldives is a tropical paradise that’s renowned for its breathtakingly beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters that teem with vibrant marine life, and upscale resorts that offer unparalleled experiences. But beyond the idyllic scenery and luxurious offerings, the Maldives is also a hub for cultural events and festivals that add a unique touch to the island nation’s charm. In 2023, the Maldives is set to host a series of must-see events that promise to be unforgettable. Here’s a glimpse of the top events to look out for in the Maldives for 2023.

The Maldives Music Festival

A truly bespoke experience, JLF Soneva Fushi is a rare opportunity to reconnect with the joys of live performances of art, music and literature on the idyllic island of Kunfunadhoo in the beautiful Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Over the course of ten days and two weekends, the vibrant barefoot festival will once again host an unforgettable international line-up of award-winning authors and a captivating programme of gala celebrations on the sand, insightful sessions, fascinating workshops and live music performances.

The Maldives Music Festival is a week-long extravaganza that celebrates the best of music and food, hosted annually in different island resorts across the Maldives. The festival is a sensory feast that features live performances by internationally acclaimed DJs and musicians, accompanied by an array of mouth-watering culinary delights. Against a backdrop of the Maldives’ azure waters and dazzling sunsets, the festival offers an unforgettable sensory experience.

JLF Festival – Soneva Fushi

CROSSROADS Maldives is the first integrated tourist destination in the Maldives, and it’s renowned for its exceptional events. The eight-day Latin Carnaval is a celebration of Latin American culture, featuring music, dance, food, and drinks. The festival transforms the Maldives’ serene atmosphere into a lively and colourful carnival that invites guests to indulge in the festive spirit and let loose.

Another festival to be held at Soneva Fushi this year, this intimate gathering will invite guests from across the world to explore wellness in all its forms. Each weekend, the festival will include a diverse program of panel discussions with globally acclaimed health and wellness leaders, interspersed with group yoga and meditation classes, healing rituals, live music performances and barefoot gala celebrations on the sand. Weekdays will focus on a more immersive wellbeing journey for guests, with experiential workshops each day, and one-on-one consultations with worldrenowned wellness specialists.

Latin Carnaval – CROSSROADS Maldives SOUL Wellness Festival — Soneva Fushi

Hard Rock Hotel Maldives’ Annual Camp-Cation is Back!

Looking for the ultimate summer camp-cation experience? Look no further than Hard Rock Hotel Maldives, the go-to destination for a family-friendly summer holiday. Back by popular demand, the Summer Family Camp-Cation 3.0 offers an array of activities and amenities unlike any other, ensuring an unforgettable experience for kids and parents alike.

Set to be held this year from 1 July 2023 to 31 August 2023, the kids’ summer camp-cation program at Hard Rock Hotel Maldives promises a one-of-a-kind adventure. Little Rock Stars will have the opportunity to take part in fun creative activities such as self-defence, aerial arts, painting, and crafting, while exploring the wonderful Island life. The program is designed to provide a safe and supportive environment where kids can learn, play, and make new friends, all under the guidance of professionals in each area.

The sports curriculum at Hard Rock Hotel Maldives includes Aerial Arts at The Stage, an aerial arts studio led by award-winning aerial instructor Lauren Ault. Little Rock Stars will improve their coordination, balance, and strength as they familiarize themselves with apparatus such as silks, hoops, juggling, trapezing, and hammock, creating a unique and thrilling experience.

Another highlight of the program is the ‘Street Safe’ self-defence program designed by Master Leo Vieira of CHECKMATE Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, facilitated by Gold Medallist and Brown Belt Miguel Gomez. This program allows little Rock Stars to develop their confidence, social discipline, and basic skills of body movement, leverage, and flow, instilling valuable life skills in a fun and interactive way.

The arts and craft curriculum at Hard Rock Hotel Maldives guarantees an exhilarating time with a range


of activities including dance lessons, music classes, gardening tutorials, marine life discovery classes, educational tours, and more. Little Rock Stars will enjoy the camaraderie and fun of making new island friends, creating magical moments that will last a lifetime.

Apart from the exciting activities, the Summer Family Camp-Cation at Hard Rock Hotel Maldives offers the signature Hard Rock experience. The resort boasts 178 extravagant guestrooms, suites, villas, and overwater pool villas, providing accommodation options that suit every family’s requirements. Little Rock Stars will also enjoy the Roxity Kids’ Club® and Teen Spirit® where they can hang out with the coolest crew around, the Roxtars, who are colourful, music-inspired characters that will keep them entertained while parents can relax, shop, eat, or sleep. The resort features both indoor and outdoor venues, including grassy and sandy spaces for kids to explore and weekly highlights such as s’mores bonfire, glow party, family funfair, and pool party that are perfect family pastimes.

“We feel proud to continue with the annual summer camp-cation program at Hard Rock Hotel Maldives. Our program stands out from the rest in the Maldives, as we constantly push the boundaries of what is possible in this breathtaking destination,” said Tolga Unan, Managing Director, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives and The Marina @ CROSSROADS. “Our tailored-made experiences for parents and children alike aim to create a ‘Hard Rock state of mind’ in every moment. We aspire to reconnect families and establish cherished memories while providing our little Rock Stars with a place to be creative and active throughout their stay. Join us again for an extraordinary summer camp-cation at Hard Rock Hotel Maldives, and let us take your family holiday to a new level.”

The hotel also offers direct access to The Marina @ CROSSROADS Maldives, where an array of shops and over 12 restaurants, all styled on the chic elegance of a European Riviera, await. From authentic American cuisine at Hard Rock Cafe to the acclaimed flavours of Ministry of Crab’s award-winning dishes and finely curated local specialities, the culinary offering sees a collision of cultures come together to offer an array of exotic international cuisines.

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Introducing Beond: Elevating Your Maldives Getaway with Unmatched Luxury Travel

Beond is a new entrant in the aviation industry, and is the world’s first all-premium luxury airline for leisure travel. Aimed at a new generation of global travellers who seek adventure, beauty, and quality, Beond doesn’t simply just fly aircraft — it makes luxury travelling a way of life, creating magical memories that last a lifetime.

Founded by three industry veterans renowned for their innovative contributions to aviation, Beond is committed to delivering an outstanding first-class travel experience, taking its customers to the most breathtaking places on Earth. With the primary destination being the Maldives, Beond offers direct flights to these stunning islands from more locations than any other airline.

The airline uses modern aircraft, combining the best features of large aviation and business jets. Its spacious cabin configuration boasts 68 fully lie-flat seats and cutting-edge technology with opulent materials to provide an unparalleled travel experience. The concept of flying the modern A321 LR and XLR competing with the widebodies of other airlines flying to the Maldives provides Beond with a significant price advantage, and enables people to travel in premium classes for the first time.

Beond’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Tero Taskila, said: “As the demand for luxury travel continues to grow, we are well-positioned to take advantage of the pentup demand where travellers are looking for exclusive meaningful experiences. We are here to bring luxury back to air travel.”

Beond’s partnership with the SIMDI group in the Maldives has been instrumental in ensuring its success. The SIMDI group has been providing high-quality products and services to the commercial, travel, and hospitality industry in the Maldives for the past 25 years. The local partner’s expertise and knowledge of the Maldives have played a critical role in ensuring Beond’s success in the region.

As a Maldivian flag carrier, Beond will play a vital role in the island nation’s tourism and transportation sector, creating 200 jobs by launching its new luxury airline. As one of the world’s most attractive destinations, the airline’s point-to-point connection is its most significant competitive advantage for travellers. It plans to fly


directly to the stunning Maldives islands from more destinations than any other airline, offering ideal arrival and departure timings, and a private jet-like experience.

Despite the challenges posed by the aftermath of the global pandemic and geopolitical tensions that have slowed cross-border trade, Beond remains committed to providing a luxurious and exceptional travel experience to its customers. The company’s focus on innovation is centred on making the product simple, efficient, consistent, and luxurious. Beond has invested in comprehensive and intuitive business intelligence processes and tools to facilitate continuous improvement.

Looking forward, the luxury travel market is expected to grow as people increasingly choose experiences over possessions. Beond is well-positioned to capitalize on this trend by offering an exceptional travel experience. The airline’s success will also have a positive impact on the Maldives’ tourism and transportation sector, contributing to the island nation’s economic growth.

With its commitment to innovation and luxury, Beond is poised to redefine luxury travel and set a new standard for the industry.

Trans Maldivian Airways Poised for Growth with Another Aircraft Addition to its Impressive Fleet

Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA), the world’s largest seaplane operator has announced the latest addition to its fleet of DHC-6 Twin Otters, bringing the total number of aircraft in its fleet to 62. TMA plans to continue to expand its aircraft fleet to support the increasing tourism activity in the Maldives.

TMA’s fleet expansion comes as a result of the growth of tourism in the Maldives, as the company strives to cater to the increase in tourist arrivals and new resort openings. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, TMA has acquired over 10 new clients and is expected to serve even more with the upcoming new resort developments.

The year 2023 marks a significant milestone for TMA, marking the 30th year of operating seaplanes in the Maldives. Since the introduction of seaplane services to the Maldives in 1993, TMA has pioneered point-to-point connectivity in the country, and has given the tourism industry the confidence to expand to the outer atolls beyond Male’. As a result, TMA has played an instrumental role in transforming the Maldives into the world-renowned tourist destination it is today.

As one of the largest companies in the Maldives, TMA plays a crucial role in bolstering the tourism infrastructure and serves as the backbone of the industry in the country. Trans Maldivian Airways has come a long way since its inception 30 years ago with just two aircraft and four passengers. Currently, TMA transfers over a million passengers annually to more than 80 resorts across 14 atolls.

TMA’s unwavering commitment to providing exceptional service has earned the company a reputation as the preferred mode of transportation for tourists visiting the Maldives. With the continuous expansion of its fleet and service standards, TMA is well-positioned to continue meeting the needs of the growing tourism industry in the Maldives whilst maintaining trust and confidence among its guests who rely on the company as their ‘Gateway to Paradise’.


Maldivian Expands Fleet with New ATR Flight

National airline and leading domestic carrier, Maldivian has expanded its fleet with the arrival of a brand new ATR42-600 aircraft.

The airline had also taken delivery of two ATR 72-600 series aircraft earlier this year. The order for the turboprop aircraft was placed in January 2022 at a reported cost of USD 60 million (MVR 925 million) which is being financed through a loan.

The addition of these new aircraft is part of a fleet overhaul that will see the airline replace its ageing Dash8 fleet with ATRs over the next few years. The decision to switch to ATRs was made as the De Havilland Dash8s are no longer in production.

With the arrival of the third ATR, Maldivian will have a total of six ATR aircraft in its fleet. The airline plans to add three more ATRs by the end of 2023, a move that will enhance the travel experience for its passengers.

This fleet expansion comes as Maldivian looks to grow its operations and offer greater connectivity to its customers. The airline currently operates scheduled services to 12 destinations in the Maldives and international destinations in South Asia and the Middle East. With the addition of more ATRs, Maldivian hopes to expand its network and improve its services to meet the demands of its growing customer base.


Flynas to Launch Three Weekly Flights to the Maldives in June

Saudi Arabia’s low-cost carrier, Flynas, has announced its plans to launch flights to the Maldives this June. The airline will operate three weekly flights to the Maldives every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The new route is part of Flynas’ expansion plans as it aims to continue growing its operations by upscaling its fleet by 50% in 2023 compared to 2021.

Bander Almohanna, CEO of Flynas, expressed the airline’s commitment to expanding its operations as it takes delivery of 19 A320neo aircraft over the next ten months. With the addition of the new aircraft, Flynas’ fleet increased to 44 in February.

In total, Flynas has announced ten new destinations and routes in Asia and Europe for the 2023 summer season. The airline will serve four new destinations out of King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, including the Maldives, Yerevan in Armenia, Antalya in Turkey, and Tivat in Montenegro.

In addition to these new destinations, Flynas will launch six new routes, including four routes from Dammam to Salalah in Oman, Istanbul and Trabzon in Turkey, and Tirana, the Albanian capital. With these new destinations and routes, Flynas aims to further establish itself as a leading low-cost carrier in the region.


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Estithmar Holding and Rosewood Hotels & Resorts Announce Development of Ultra-Luxury Resort Oasis in the Maldives

Estithmar Holding, the Qatari investment company known for its commitment to excellence, is embarking on an exciting new project to develop one of the world’s most luxurious resorts in the Maldives.

The new resort, which is scheduled to open in Q1 2025, will be managed by Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, the ultra-luxury global hospitality brand, and developed by Estithmar Holding’s subsidiary, Royal Resorts. The Rosewood property is set to be an architectural masterpiece, featuring approximately 120 independent beach and overwater villas, one- to five-bedroom villas, all with private pools and a select number located on private islands. This project represents the epitome of luxury and sophistication and will undoubtedly become one of the most sought-after destinations for discerning travellers from around the globe. The total investment is USD 343 million.

The centre of the resort will host several speciality world-renowned restaurants, a wellness facility, a beach club, and several amenities that are guaranteed to give guests an unforgettable experience. With a focus on experiential luxury, the Rosewood resort is set to provide guests with a distinctive and unparalleled experience.

The Maldives has long been regarded as one of the world’s top tourist destinations, with high occupancy sustained throughout the year. The rates of return on investment in the tourism field in the Maldives are among the highest in the world, making it an ideal location for investors seeking to make a substantial return on investment.

Estithmar Holding has a proven track record in the tourism sector in Qatar, including Al Maha Island in Lusail, Maysan Resort in Aspire, and Katara Hills Resort in Katara. This latest investment in the Maldives is a

testament to the company’s commitment to developing world-class tourism destinations.

Commenting on the investment, Chairman of Estithmar Holding, Mr Moutaz Al Khayyat, said: “The investment opportunities in the Maldives are highly flexible, and the investment environment is encouraging and plays an active role in stimulating the global private sector to innovate a number of projects that enhance tourism and entertainment programs.”


“The Maldives is an ideal location for a Rosewood property, and we are looking forward to bringing our ‘A Sense of Place’ philosophy to life in this incredible destination,” said Radha Arora, President of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts.

The Rosewood resort in the Maldives is set to become the ultimate destination for luxury travellers, combining the unparalleled experience of Rosewood and its expertise in operating more than 30 hotels in 16 countries around the world. Guests are sure to be left in awe of the stunning architecture, breathtaking views, and exceptional service that this resort will offer.


Avani+ Fares Maldives Resort Now Open for Guests

and a contemporary AvaniSpa. Meanwhile, families can rest easy knowing that their little ones will be fully entertained at the AvaniKids and Teens Club, with daily programming and exhilarating adventures in the great outdoors.

The resort offers guests an opportunity to experience the fascinating marine life of the Baa Atoll’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. As one of only 61 islands situated in the marine protected waters of the reserve, guests have easy access to two of the area’s top attractions: Hanifaru Bay, providing an opportunity to get up close and personal with manta rays and whale sharks, and the awe-inspiring five islands landmark featuring a chain of ring-shaped islands. The resort has an impressive twelve dive sites right off the beach, a 220-metre house reef bursting with life, and an additional Fares reef that is just 600 metres away from the shore. Guests can expect to encounter playful turtles, dolphins, and a wide variety of marine life during their stay.

Avani+ Fares Maldives Resort has opened its doors to offer a new atmosphere of laidback bliss to guests in the Baa Atoll. Set on the natural tropical island of Fares and surrounded by the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve’s deep blue hues, the resort offers an abundance of aquatic adventures as well as pristine shores for pure relaxation. With 176 modern rooms, Avani+ Fares Maldives Resort welcomes couples and honeymooners, as well as families and groups of friends, with a focus on multi-room accommodation. Guests can take advantage of enticing opening offers that reflect the resort’s commitment to providing competitively priced upscale escapes.

The brand-new resort, located just 35 minutes away from Velana International Airport, offers a wide range of accommodation options from romantic beach pool villas to spacious two, three, and four-bedroom beach pavilions, and even two and three-bedroom overwater villas, ideal for group getaways and multi-generational family stays. Designed with a multifaceted approach, the resort strikes a balance between privacy and connectivity, providing spaces for both relaxation and entertainment. With stylish rooms that lead onto private swimming pools and sun decks, guests can revel in an effortlessly chic indoor-outdoor lifestyle, with mere steps separating them from the shimmering shores. The resort also has a range of amenities, including unique bars and restaurants, a water sports centre, an AvaniFit gym,

Avani+ Fares Maldives Resort offers guests a diverse selection of culinary experiences with its seven trendy restaurants and options for private beach and in-villa dining. Guests can sample local and international cuisine at Ocean Terrace and the poolside bar, Skipjack, while Charcoal offers a delectable selection of grilled dishes. The lobby’s Hammock is the go-to spot for grab-and-go snacks and kombuchas, while Tribe and Smuggler’s Shack provide a distinctive after-hours experience with their molecular cocktails and the largest collection of rum in the Maldives. The resort is also home to Petit Bistro, the first kids-only restaurant in the Maldives catering to young guests with healthy and universally loved dishes. No matter the dining option, guests can expect fresh ingredients from the resort’s mini farm which sources organic produce and locally caught catch of the day.

In contrast to conventional Maldivian retreats, Fares ignites the night with pulsating live music, electrifying DJ sets and mesmerizing fire shows. Under the spell of the moon, guests can sway to cool beats, savour their favourite cocktails, and immerse themselves in the serene beauty of the Maldives.

The resort’s special opening offers include a five-night stay for two in an Avani Sea View Studio from USD 4,100 and a seven-night escape for a family of four staying in an Avani Two Bedroom Beach Studio from USD 10,750. Includes breakfast, taxes and return seaplane transfers.


Crown & Champa Resorts Unveils Brand New Jawakara Islands Maldives

Crown & Champa Resorts has unveiled Jawakara Islands Maldives, a luxury 5-star family-friendly resort boasting 290 exquisite villas spread over two islands. The resort, which is located in the unexplored region of Lhaviyani Atoll, offers guests the chance to experience a paradise that is both original and serene. They are set to open their doors for guests on 1st August this year.

The islands’ location means that guests will have the opportunity to witness the diverse and abundant marine life that surrounds them. The unique feature of the resort is a 700-meter bridge over the Jawakara house reef that connects the two islands, Mabin and Dheru. This one-ofa-kind concept provides guests with the opportunity to combine the experience of both islands.

“The concept is very different from the other properties we have under CCR. We are focusing on family luxury travellers, and almost all room categories allow families,” said Ahmed Shaheen, the Director of Sales & Marketing of CCR.

Apart from offering stunning views, Jawakara Islands Maldives offers an extensive range of activities to cater to guests of all ages. The resort has a 9-hole golf course, padel tennis courts, futsal field, and volleyball court, ideal for sports enthusiasts. Meanwhile, younger guests can enjoy

the kids club – Kuda Mas, where they can participate in a range of activities such as painting, cooking, and island exploration.

The resort’s Premium All Inclusive Plus Package offers guests a range of benefits. These include daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner at various restaurants, including casual snacks, unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and a fully stocked mini-bar. The PAI also includes activities such as a sunset cruise, access to fitness and sports facilities, and free lessons in golf, windsurfing, and snorkelling. The package also includes a complimentary spa treatment, laundry service, and use of snorkelling equipment, kayaks, and bicycles.

Jawakara Islands Maldives also features exceptional dining experiences. The resort’s restaurants offer a range of international cuisines, ensuring that guests can indulge in a range of culinary delights.

The latest addition to the CCR Maldives portfolio, Jawakara Islands Maldives caters to the needs of every traveller, offering a unique and luxurious experience for families, sports enthusiasts, and those seeking a tranquil escape in a stunning, untouched location.


Nammos Hotels & Resorts Reveals Plans for Maldives Property by 2025

Nammos Hotels and Resorts, a new hospitality brand from ADMO, has confirmed plans to open a new property in the Maldives by 2025. The brand, which is a joint venture between UAE-listed company Alpha Dhabi and private equity firm Monterock International, is known for its beach clubs and chic dining restaurants around the world.

Nammos’ first hotel is set to open this summer on Psarou Beach in Mykonos, with additional hotels planned for Abu Dhabi and the Maldives. The brand

promises to offer ‘world-class entertainment, signature gastronomy and unfaltering attention to detail’ in its hotels.

While details about the number of rooms and exact offerings at the new Maldives property have not been disclosed, the brand is expected to embody the lifestyle it has created over the last two decades. Nammos began as a tavern on Psarou Beach before expanding globally, and the brand aims to capture the exclusive ambience it has created in a hotel setting.

ADMO’s hospitality portfolio includes subsidiaries such as St Regis Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, Cheval Blanc Randheli in the Maldives, and Al Wathba Luxury Collection Desert Resort and Spa in Abu Dhabi. Private equity firm Monterock’s hospitality investments include luxury properties such as Aman Venice, Nobu Santorini, and Danae Suites in Santorini, among others.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Alpha Dhabi via our recent joint venture ADMO and honoured to be building upon Nammos World’s existing lifestyle offerings,” said Alfredo Longo, CEO of Monterock International. “We hope to capture the exclusive ambience Nammos World has created over the last 20 years within a hotel setting and are excited for guests to experience this first-hand.”


Dolce & Gabbana Announces Hospitality Project in the Maldives

Italian luxury fashion group Dolce & Gabbana has announced a new hospitality project in the Maldives. The group also announced two residential projects with JDS Development Group in Miami and Sierra Blanca Estates in Marbella.

The Maldives project, in particular, which is expected to feature a hospitality venue, will be developed in partnership with DarGlobal, a company that has experience working with other high-end fashion brands such as Missoni and Elie Saab.

The Maldives is known for its natural beauty and has become a popular destination for those seeking a luxurious tropical getaway. With its crystal-clear waters and white sand beaches, the Maldives offers the perfect backdrop for a luxurious hospitality venue, which is sure to be designed with the same style and attention to

detail as Dolce & Gabbana’s fashion collections.

While it is unclear whether Dolce & Gabbana will have a financial involvement in the projects, it is likely that the brand will be solely responsible for providing furnishings and designing the spaces. The company has been investing in its home collection, Dolce & Gabbana Casa since its launch two years ago, and this move into real estate seems like a natural extension of its brand.

The move into the real estate sector is an exciting new venture for Dolce & Gabbana, and the brand’s focus on luxury and attention to detail is bound to make these projects highly sought after. Fans of the brand will no doubt be eager to see what Dolce & Gabbana has in store for these new ventures, and the hospitality project in the Maldives is sure to be a particular highlight.


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Discover the Top Wellness Resorts in the Maldives for the Ultimate Mind-Body Retreat

As the world becomes more and more fast-paced, people are starting to realize the importance of slowing down and taking care of their minds and bodies. Wellness travel is becoming an increasingly popular trend, and it is easy to see why. These retreats offer a chance to disconnect from everyday life and reconnect with yourself. The Maldives, with its turquoise waters and pristine beaches, is the perfect destination for a wellness retreat. Here are five resorts that offer exceptional wellness experiences:

Willow Stream Spas are known for their innovative approach to wellness. At Fairmont Maldives, the spa is designed to reflect the beauty and ambience of its location, providing an outstanding experience for guests. The spa’s focus on energy renewal enables guests to recharge their minds, souls, and bodies, allowing them to flow through life rather than fight it.

Kagi Maldives Spa Island is a haven for those seeking a holistic wellness experience. The Baani Spa at Kagi is not your ordinary spa, as it focuses on the fundamental elements of life to provide a personalized, outcomefocused wellness program. Their signature experience, the Baani Journey, takes you on a relaxing and rejuvenating journey that cleanses the mind and body. The spa overlooks the mesmerizing shimmers of the blue lagoon, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the beauty of the Maldives while achieving a state of calm and peace.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, is a ring-shaped sanctuary nestled over the turquoise lagoon offering. The spa’s nine treatment rooms each exude powerful energy in cardinal directions, offering healing massages and organic body and skincare collections by Bamford. This luxurious spa promises a rejuvenating wellness experience that guests will never forget.

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Jiva Spa at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives, offers signature experiences that allow guests to rediscover themselves in the serene atmosphere of the Maldives. The spa’s signature yoga treatment takes guests on a profound journey of self-discovery, while deep muscular massages provide profound relaxation. The spa’s healthy skin polish and specialized scrubs and wraps leave guests feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.

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Conrad Maldives offers a wellness experience that focuses on the mind, body, and soul. The resort offers a range of wellness experiences, including yoga, meditation, and fitness classes, as well as spa treatments and healthy dining options. Guests can even choose to stay in a wellness-inspired villa, designed to provide a calming and rejuvenating atmosphere.

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Ritz-Carlton Maldives Expands their Environmental Programming with Jean-Michel Cousteau

The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands is developing its environmental programming in its continued work with world-renowned oceanographic explorer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau. The resort, celebrated for sustainable infrastructure, will introduce new activities to its Ambassadors of the Environment program, starting with its youngest guests.

The exclusive initiative is led by Jean-Michel Cousteau, a team of marine naturalists and leading global scientists, to provide unique experiences with the preservation of our planet at its core. Guests can explore the ocean depths in the legacy of the great Cousteaus and join newly formed research teams in their work to monitor the ocean habitat with drone technology. The program invites guests to discover and engage in the natural world, and to understand how their actions can help preserve it for future generations.

New additions for the resort’s junior guests in 2023 will include:

An Expedition of Microplastic

An in-depth look into everything involved in plastics and how this affects us. Junior guests will take to the beach and capture sand samples for further exploration. The budding scientists will take their fieldwork back to base where with the use of microscopes will learn about microplastics, how they impact life in the ocean and the cycle of that journey to humans.

Little Conservationists

A hands-on activity including a wide variety of science experiments and games to investigate the incredible properties of water. Learning why water is fun, strange and essential. Kids will get hands-on and a little wet while they explore the amazing molecule of water, the water cycle, how humans are harming water systems and what we can do to protect this precious resource.

Aquatic Micro World

Back out in the field, junior guests will join Jean-Michel Cousteau’s marine scientists to discover the microworld of organisms living in the ocean. Using special nets to collect plankton at the water’s edge, it’s back to the microscopes to learn more about these stunning little creatures up close and personal.

During Cousteau’s latest visit, the explorer was able to share with guests and the resort community findings from three newly discovered dive sites. Activities included locating a discarded fishing net and assisting with its removal, to the discovery of a gestation site for a congregation of nurse sharks. In addition to a series of inspired talks, Q&As and hosted dives for the guests of The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, Cousteau and the resort team spent time with children and students at the Dhiffushi School on a neighbouring island. Through sharing his story,


latest work and research, Cousteau aims to excite the region’s future generations to champion the preservation of the natural world.

Cousteau comments: “Introducing the Ambassadors of the Environment program to The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands was a dream come true. I’m honoured and proud that guests of all ages are able to participate in cutting-edge programming curated by our naturalists. We aim to inspire and motivate people to appreciate the importance of protecting the nature that keeps our planet habitable, for us and all other species. Our message is always the same – protect our natural resources.”

“The health and richness of the coral reefs and the sustainable infrastructure of The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands makes this one of the most exciting and impactful programs we have ever created.”

Committed to environmental education, the resort’s Ambassadors of the Environment program is designed for both adults and children, and since launching in 2021 has grown a progressive research community. Its collaborations are spearheading ground-breaking environmental studies, from the monitoring of ocean plastics with innovative conservation technology to the protection of threatened species including sea turtles. The program’s knowledge-share aims to influence guests and communities to live more sustainably with the belief that the world’s biggest investment in sustainability is in the planet’s youngest inhabitants.

Pontiac Land Acquires First Green Loan in Maldives for Development of Fari Islands

Singapore-based developer and investor in luxury hospitality projects, Pontiac Land, has secured a $120 million green loan from DBS Bank to fund the development of its latest project, the Fari Islands. The green loans cover two resorts — Patina Maldives, Fari Islands and The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands.

Pontiac Land obtained its inaugural green loan, with the support of DBS, HSBC, and UOB as Green Structuring Banks. This event also signifies the first green loan for DBS and UOB in the Maldives, as well as the first for HSBC in the Maldives’ hotel industry. This momentous achievement confirms Pontiac Land’s dedication to constructing a more environmentally-friendly future that will benefit future generations.

The conversion of the loan became feasible after achieving the EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies) Advanced Certifications, which demonstrates that the resort is prepared for zero carbon emissions. In a departure from the conventional thatched roof structures, which are prevalent in the Maldives, the villas and other amenities at Fari Islands have flat roofs, enabling the instalment of solar panels. Some of the amenities at Fari Islands have now become 100% solar-powered. Pontiac is exploring more renewable energy solutions.

Guests at the resort can also participate in marine conservation and sustainability through partnerships and creative guest programming aimed at coral propagation, turtle rehabilitation, ecological research, and the reuse of marine plastic. The resort has an organic permaculture garden that grows pesticide-free produce while turning food waste into organic fertilisers using bio-digesters. Fari Islands houses Roots, a signature plant-based restaurant that operates on a root-to-leaf principle and encourages guests to adopt a more conscious lifestyle.

Pontiac Land’s latest project in the Maldives sets a benchmark for sustainable development in the hospitality industry, highlighting the growing trend among investors and developers to prioritize sustainability. With a commitment to responsible development and green finance initiatives, Pontiac Land and DBS Bank demonstrate the power of sustainable business practices to create meaningful impact while still delivering a world-class luxury guest experience.


MATI Signs MoU with Parley Maldives to Address Major Ocean Threats

The Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI) and Parley Maldives have signed an MoU to enhance the implementation of the AIR (Avoid, Intercept and Redesign) strategy for the tourism industry of Maldives as well as partners in the areas of education and awareness, community support, and industry adaptation. This collaboration addresses today’s major ocean threats through partnerships in creativity and eco-innovation.

The Secretary General of MATI, Mr Ahmed Nazeer signed on behalf of MATI while the Executive Director of Parley Maldives, Ms Shaahina Ali signed on behalf of Parley Maldives.

Collaboration objectives include:

Skill Transfer to Community

Advocate and foster eco-compliant agriculture and fisheries in island communities through demonstration and skill transfer.

Operational Change Within Industry

Engage MATI member resorts to “Redesign for Sustainability” by reconfiguring waste management and hotel operations towards holistic AIR Strategy implementation, through staff training and development of standard operational procedures.

AIR Advocacy and Education

Implement PARLEY AIR STRATEGY embodying the following three key action pillars to address the complex threat of plastic pollution:

• AVOID the use of fossil-based plastics wherever possible.

• INTERCEPT plastic waste, divert it from burning, landfills and nature, into closed loops.

• REDESIGN materials and products and rethink how we live and act on Planet Earth.


Noo Raajje Scientist Joins National Geographic Pristine Seas Scientific Expedition of Maldives

Noo Raajje scientist Maeesha Mohamed joined the National Geographic Pristine Seas scientific expedition which embarked to gather scientific information with the aim of filling data gaps in ongoing efforts to develop Maldives’ Marine Spatial Plan. The expedition travelled to Huvadhoo Atoll, Fuvahmulah and Addu aboard Blue Force Three and conducted a variety of scientific surveys that will build upon information gathered during previous Noo Raajje expeditions. The data and research from this expedition will help inform a longterm plan to protect marine life and support sustainable development in the Maldives.

Maeesha joined a stellar line-up of local and international scientists and ocean experts such as expedition leader Dr Keiron Fraser of the University of Plymouth, expedition chief scientist Dr Alan Friedlander and local marine biologist Aya Naseem. Together, they used sampling methods such as Baited Remote Underwater Video Systems (BRUVs), deep drop-camera surveys, and micro-paleo and microplastic sampling to determine the health of south Maldives ocean ecosystems.

Following the expedition, the team produced a scientific report and a short video detailing their findings. This information will complement data already collected by Noo Raajje from previous expeditions, its Ocean Use Survey and numerous public and stakeholder consultations towards drafting the country’s Marine Spatial Plan. Additionally, the expedition team conducted a live online educational talk and Q&A session aboard the expedition vessel for Maldivian students and youth.

“This expedition will help us expand our knowledge about the marine ecosystems of the Maldives, which will be crucial for the continuation of our efforts to manage marine resources. This is also an opportunity for Maldivians to learn more about our environment and elevate our appreciation and love for the ocean,” said Minister of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture Dr Hussain Rasheed Hassan.

“I am thrilled to join this expedition that will not only help us gather valuable data about the marine health of the southern atolls, but also help better identify areas that need to be protected. Expeditions like this reinforce the scientific basis for protecting marine areas and help the government design science-backed policy,” said Noo Raajje Science & Communications Liaison Maeesha Mohamed.

Dr Alan Friedlander, National Geographic Pristine Seas Chief Scientist, said: “The National Geographic Pristine Seas team has worked all over the world to protect some of the most vital places in the ocean. This is our first expedition to the Maldives and an amazing opportunity to learn more about the unique ecosystems in the southern atolls. Our team is excited to support the goals of the Noo Raajje partnership to protect and value the ocean and its resources to build a bright future for communities, the economy, and the environment of the Maldives.”


Sun Siyam Resorts Embraces Sustainability in Support of Earth Day 2023 to “Invest in our Planet”

In line with this year’s international Earth Day theme, “Invest in our Planet”, and to demonstrate support for environmental protection, Sun Siyam Resorts is reflecting its values at the heart of the company and is dedicated to operating sustainably and responsibly in the Maldives and Sri Lanka while offering authentic guest experiences.

Hence, under its sustainability programme, Sun Siyam Cares, the various island resorts carried out several environmental and sustainability efforts as well as guest activities in support of Earth Day 2023, from tree planting ceremonies to reef, beach, and lagoon cleaning sessions, marine biology talks, and pledging ceremonies.

However, environmental efforts are not just for celebrations but part of an everyday effort to conserve our island homes and facilitate a better world. This is evident at Sun Siyam Vilu Reef, as you snorkel spotting some of the best coral reefs in the Maldives and also a thriving coral garden resulting from coral planting efforts throughout the past five years. The island team has taken huge steps towards preserving the future of our planet as they pledged to plant 5000 trees in the next three years.

At Sun Siyam Iru Fushi the island team and numerous guests planted a total of 100 trees on Earth Day 2023, making it a total of 247 trees a year to date, and bringing the island team one step closer to reaching their goal of 1000 trees in 2023.

Guests at Siyam World Maldives joined the islandbased, local marine biologist Thuhu and the island team for a special island cleaning event in the morning, where everyone could actively “make a difference” and leave the stunning Maldives knowing that they had the experience of a lifetime, but also made an impact.

The Sun Siyam Cares programme prioritizes sustainability through initiatives such as reducing energy and water use, managing waste to reduce plastic use, supporting community development, and investing in renewable energy. They also focus on conservation efforts and work to preserve local heritage and cultural practices. By following these sustainability practices, they aim to minimize the environmental impact and carbon footprint, and contribute to the socio-economic well-being of the communities in which the resorts operate.

With five resorts dotted across the Maldives, and one soon to reopen in Sri Lanka, Sun Siyam Resorts offers unforgettable experiences and affordable luxury for couples, families, watersport enthusiasts and travellers who are looking to make a change. From the biggest floating water park to the first horse ranch in the Maldives, to stunning overwater villas with slides into the ocean, a floating dining platform, a romantic dining experience, the world’s first underwater jet pack in collaboration with Cudajet, and premium, all-inclusive dining and beverage packages — Sun Siyam Resorts is truly distinct and in a category all their own.


Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa Earns Three Prestigious Nominations at WTA 2023

Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa has received three prestigious nominations from the industry-renowned World Travel Awards. The resort is in the running for the titles of Maldives Leading Honeymoon Resort 2023, Maldives Leading Beach Resort 2023, and Maldives Leading Luxury Island Resort 2023. These nominations are a testament to the resort’s commitment to providing exceptional guest experiences.

These prestigious nominations come when the resort has also just embarked on a thrilling journey, in introducing the ‘The Signature Collection at Hideaway’. A collection of ultra-luxury residences built on the

northern point of the island, away from the rest of the secluded villas, these epic residences are in a class of their own. Designed in absolute luxury, these spacious, multi-room residences come with special privileges adding to the already sophisticated package – a holiday fit for royalty.

At Hideaway, sustainability is a core value that shapes everything. The commitment to sustainability not only benefits the environment but also enhances the guest experience, ensuring that every stay is memorable.

One of the highlights at Hideaway is the exquisite dining options. With a range of cuisines to choose from, including Asian Fusion and Mediterranean, there’s something to please every palate. Indulge in a private beachfront dinner for two or savour the flavours of the Maldives at world-class restaurants. Vastly talented Chefs who use the freshest, locally sourced ingredients to create dishes that are both delicious and sustainable.

This idyllic island is the perfect retreat for honeymooners and couples seeking a blend of seclusion and adventure. With a select number of exclusive villas and residences nestled among lush vegetation and expansive beaches on the large private island, guests are guaranteed privacy and tranquillity.

In addition, the resort offers enchanting experiences for couples seeking romance. These include renewing vows on immaculate beaches, savouring candlelit beachside dinners, and indulging in exclusive getaways to a private island, reminiscent of Robinson Crusoe’s


tale. At Hideaway, the team will go above and beyond to help create unparalleled once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

At the resort, every member of the family deserves a memorable vacation. That is where the Tender Hearts Kids Club come in – a place where children can learn, play, and make new friends from around the world. Educational activities are designed to spark curiosity and creativity, and fun-filled games and events will keep the little ones entertained all day long. Whether they’re splashing around in the pool or exploring the island’s natural wonders, the memories will last a lifetime.

This special sanctuary under the northern Maldivian skies offers a true escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa – your little piece of heaven.


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