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M A L D IVES TTM TAKEOVER

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EDITOR‘S NOTE

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Snorkel with Gentle Giants at Reethi Beach Resort in Baa Atoll Maldives

EVENT CALENDAR

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PEOPLE

MARKET OVERVIEW

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Andrea Montuori – Executive Chef at Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives

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TTM TAKEOVER

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Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa is a Bona Fide Haven for Luxury Travellers


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NEW APPOINTMENTS

EMERGING RESORTS

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Introducing Joali Being, a New Wellbeing Concept in the Maldives

AVIATION

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Trans Maldivian Airways Expands Capacity with the Newest Addition to its Growing Fleet

EMERGING RESORTS Emerald Faarufushi Resort & Spa to Debut in May 2022!

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WELLNESS Top 6 Bespoke Spa and Wellness Experiences in the Maldives!

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SUSTAINABILITY

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AWARDS & ACCOLADES

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TTM MALDIVES 2021 HIGHLIGHTS


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ORCA TEAM Managing Director & CEO Akhmeem Abdul Razzaq

Directors Mohamed Khoorsheed Ibrahim Areef

Chief Operating Officer Ahmed Nasir

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Editor‘s Note Dear Readers, Welcome to the January 2022 edition of Travel Trade Maldives, our print publication dedicated to all things travel, trade, and tourism in the Maldives. Marking two years since the coronavirus was first identified in the world, the need for wellbeing, both physical and mental, has never been more pertinent among global travellers. In this opening issue, our cover story will focus on the growing trend of wellness, the latest frontier taking over the hospitality sector. As part of our TTM Takeover for this edition, we will be taking an in-depth look at Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa, a stunning five-star hideaway nestled in the idyllic Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll. Our Editor’s Picks also explore other exciting properties taking the industry by storm, including Patina Maldives, Cheval Blanc Randheli, Siyam World, Reethi Beach and Meeru Island. Under our People segment, we will first be taking a look at the career of Andrea Montuori, the Executive Chef at Kuda Villingili Resort, a brand-new luxury resort in the North Male’ Atoll of Maldives. We also have a chat with Preeti Bomzon, the Executive Chef at Lti Maafushivaru, and Giovanni Sibilla, the Dive Manager at NAKAI Alimathà. As usual, our regular news segments touch on all aspects of the industry, such as aviation, sustainability, emerging resorts, and awards and accolades. Wrapping up this issue will be highlights from TTM Maldives 2021, the largest and leading travel trade show of the Maldives held from 28th to 20th November 2021. On this note, we would like to thank all of our valued partners for their efforts in ensuring a successful fifth edition of TTM Maldives. We look forward to an even bigger and brighter event to be held in 2022. Wishing you all a wonderful year ahead!


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Market Overview As 2021 concluded, Maldives welcomed over 1.3 million tourists for the year, surpassing its tourist arrival targets despite the several challenges faced during the year due to the pandemic of COVID-19. Since the reopening of borders for international travellers in July 2020, tourist arrivals have steadily been increasing with the Maldives with an overall increase during this year compared to that of 2020. Maldives recorded its 1 millionth tourist arrival on 29th October 2021 and 1.3 millionth tourist arrival on 27th December 2021 reaching the yearly target. Tourist arrivals in 2021 started to bounce back with the easing of travel restrictions as well as safety measures against Covid-19 implemented in the Maldives. As the tourist arrivals were recorded at 1,321,937 on 31st December 2021, it is a 138% increase from the slow arrivals recorded in 2020 due to the closing of borders of the Maldives. Tourist arrivals in 2021 however, shows an overall decrease of 21% in comparison to the arrivals recorded during the same period in 2019, a recordbreaking year for Maldives tourism. Daily arrivals during the year remained over 3,600 tourists with an average stay of 8 nights. India remained the top market for Maldives tourism in 2021 dominating over 22% with 291,787 arrivals. Russia followed closely at second contributing 16.8% with 222,422 tourists. Third, comes Germany contributing 7.2% with 95,358 arrivals. Other top markets include the U.K, U.S.A, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Ukraine, France and Switzerland respectively. India climbed the ranks and made its place as the #1 top source market for the Maldives since February 2021 overtaking Russia. New markets emerged from the European Region and the Middle East including Ukraine and Saudi Arabia.

Countries like Italy and United Kingdom (UK) – the Maldives’ most traditional market for tourism saw a decline in arrivals in 2021 due to the travel restrictions. They were only given the green light to travel to the Maldives from September onwards and arrivals from Italy and UK are expected to increase this new year. Additional ease of restrictions from Southeast Asia countries such as Singapore and Thailand with the commencement of direct flights, tourist arrivals from these countries are expected to increase significantly as well. According to the latest annual statistics released by the Ministry of Tourism, a total of 1,140 tourist accommodation facilities were in operation till 29th December 2021 including resorts, marinas, guesthouses, safari vessels and hotels. The total operating capacity was recorded as 53,140 beds. Despite the global challenges, the year 2021 has been a very successful year for Maldives tourism. Tourist bed capacity increased by 9.4% and the bed nights exceeded 11 million breaking the previous record of 10.7 nights. Furthermore, Maldives won the World’s Leading Destination Award by World Travel Awards for the 2nd time consecutively. This year, Maldives is also getting ready to celebrate an exceptional year, marking 50 years – the Golden Jubilee celebration of tourism in the Maldives.


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Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa Embodying the Spirit of Barefoot Luxury Set on one of the deepest and largest atolls in the world, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa was conceived to embody the spirit of barefoot luxury and authenticity melded with rich cultural history and sustainable conservation. Arising from a deep love for the island’s untouched, natural state, this stunning 5-star property was meticulously constructed with respect for the environment, ensuring that the mature flora, powder white sands and encircling coral reef were preserved. Paving the way to boost tourism in a relatively remote region, this tropical paradise conveys a sense of warm Maldivian hospitality, serenity, and natural-world adventures. Featuring land villas hidden in the shade of lush vegetation and water villas strategically perched over the turquoise blue of ocean for utmost privacy, guests can discover an inimitable hideaway of peaceful tranquillity, blanketed by a sky of dazzling stars. Another highlight? The resort’s incredible dining options. Nosh to your heart’s content on international fare and regionally-inspired dishes at The Dining Room and The Island Grill, or sip on a refreshing drink at the poolside bar,

before finally unwinding at The Dhoni. Explore intimate, unique private dining experiences such as Lagoon, Starlight and Shoreline. Inclusive all-day dining, in-villa dining and a la carte options are also available. At Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa, guests can indulge in exquisite days of snorkeling and diving at the pristine house reef, or take a trip to the numerous dive sites scattered across the unspoilt Huvadhoo Atoll. Journey aboard a traditional dhoni (boat) with the experienced Blue Journeys team for a mesmerizing underwater adventure, and plenty of unforgettable memories to take back home with you. Driven by a desire to be eco-sensitive, the owners’ carbonneutral philosophy earned Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa one of the first Green Globe certifications for Building, Planning and Design Standard in the world. It continues to exercise a fundamental influence on the care of the island, ensuring the preservation of Hadahaa’s rich and natural marine biodiversity for the enjoyment of many generations to come.


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A Luxuriously Comfortable Stay Immerse yourself in the untouched natural beauty of Huvadhoo Atoll during your stay at Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa where the villas are minimalist in style, designed and built with guests’ privacy and comfort in mind, seamlessly integrating local culture and environment. Here, guests are encouraged to live the SLOW life – a sustainable, local, organic, and whole life. The resort provides a peaceful haven for luxury travellers seeking to experience the finest island escape. Whether nestled within the island’s tropical greenery or elevated above the water, the villas are steps away from an idyllic beachfront, giving guest’s direct access to this area or the house reef. BEACH VILLA - These villas feature a king bed with chaise lounge, private deck with table and chairs, sunbeds, indoor and outdoor shower area with terrazzo bathtub and rain shower area with direct access to the beach. BEACH POOL VILLA All beach pool villas are fitted with a king bed, chaise lounge overlooking a private plunge pool and deck, indoor and outdoor shower area with terrazzo bathtub and rain shower area with direct beach access. DELUXE BEACH POOL VILLA Guests can relax in these villas featuring a large pool with semi-submerged sunbeds, outdoor bale/cabana, a kingsize bed and a private outdoor terrazzo bathtub and rain shower area. 2 BEDROOM BEACH POOL VILLA Feel at home in the 2 bedroom villas fitted with a kingsize bed and a private outdoor terrazzo bathtub and rain shower area. Also includes a second bedroom at 44 sq m, fitted with two single beds and a separate bathroom. The villa features a large pool with semi-submerged sunbeds, outdoor bale/cabana as well. Beach Villa

2 Bedroom Beach Pool Villa


Deluxe Beach Pool Villa

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Overwater Villa

OVERWATER VILLA Set your sights on breathtaking, panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, perched above the water in your own private luxury water villa. Unwind in these water villas with 180° views of the ocean, featuring a king bed, indoor bathtub, sun deck with daybed and direct access to the magnificent house reef. OVERWATER SUNSET POOL VILLA Indulge in nature’s unrivalled beauty, gazing into a panoramic sunset from a suite constructed with native Maldivian timber and stone, boasting floor-to-ceiling windows and a king-size bed. Relax under the stars on your private deck with a plunge pool and outdoor bale/ cabana as you take in the full Maldivian experience. HADAHAA PRESIDENTIAL OVERWATER RESIDENCE With panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, the residence features a 16-meter long freshwater infinity pool and three bedrooms with ensuite air-conditioned bathrooms to comfortably accommodate up to six guests. The extended private infinity pool terrace features sunken loungers and a shaded outdoor dining and lounge area, while separate decks adjoin the master and king bedrooms. With direct access to the lagoon house reef, enjoy the best in overwater living and underwater explorations.


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Experience the Art of Dining Hadahaa lives up to Park Hyatt’s famous culinary expertise, seasoning it to perfection with locally inspired cuisine, exceptional service, and the stunning backdrop of the Maldives. The diversity of dining options available at Hadahaa will thrill guests, combining the Chef’s creativity with the venue’s setting, which features views of the Indian Ocean and the island’s natural allure. Hadahaa attracts the attention of those visitors who desire quiet moments spiced up with great food that is sustainable, nestled in one of the world’s biggest atolls, remote from the hustle and bustle of city life, yet conveniently accessible from Male’. THE DINING ROOM The resort’s informal, poolside all-day eating location will appeal to guests with its laid-back ambience and international cuisines. As you seek cover during the day’s warmest hours, a big range of international, Asian, and local favorites are available, as well as a huge selection of beverages to keep you hydrated as you enjoy the Maldives - in the infinity pool or in the ocean, the option is yours. The Dining Room’s hosts and chefs go above and beyond to ensure that visitors feel comfortable and relaxed, demonstrating Park Hyatt’s renowned culinary quality once again. This is where visitors prefer to spend a lot of time, whether it’s for a breakfast buffet, noon nibbles, or a supper beneath the stars. They have an airy ambiance, infinite lounging alternatives, and spontaneous meal suggestions from the attentive Hadahaa crew, whether they choose indoor or outdoor seats. KOI @ THE DRIFT This popular location is elegantly placed above the lagoon, allowing visitors to take advantage of Hadahaa’s natural beauty as a backdrop for special moments with friends and family. This Japanese restaurant, which is only open for dinner, allows customers (limited to 10-12 per seating) to complete a day in paradise with a delectable variety of the freshest, highest-quality sushi and sashimi, as well as a selection of more than 10 varieties of sake. The open sushi bar is a genuine highlight, allowing diners to engage with the chef as he makes à la minute seafood specialties, most of which are acquired locally. The outdoor sitting option, which provides guests with the dazzling colors of Maldivian sunsets, adds to the entire ambiance. Guests should also keep a watch out for aquatic life that gets more active as the sun sets, which might be tough considering the menu’s appeal. THE ISLAND GRILL The Island Grill, Hadahaa’s celebration of the globally acclaimed experience of barbecue with a dash of Maldivian flare, promises innovative food and pleasant dining. Guests will be tempted to go back to this dining location several times since the experience of dipping your toes in the powdery sand while savoring freshly caught, ethically fished, and flavorful seafood is an experience anyone would want again. Guests may watch grill masters make charcoal-cooked specialties that include quality meat cuts that taste even better when served in a live kitchen on a Maldivian beach, in addition to locally sourced seafood. The Island Grill is always a wonderful choice because of its fine balance of entertainment and good quality food.

The Dining Room

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CHEF’S GARDEN TREEHOUSE The Park Hyatt Hadahaa does not disappoint, with another one-of-a-kind experience in the shape of a treehouse. Chef’s Garden Treehouse, a newly introduced dining option, is perched 5 meters above the island in an intimate place in the chef’s garden with views of the ocean, allowing visitors to experience the simplicity of life by picking their own delectable and healthy food and having it prepared to perfection by the chef. The resort designed this new eating idea with the mindful traveller in mind, with the goal of making visitors feel more alive when they leave than when they arrived. The treehouse, which can seat up to 6 people at a time, attempts to design meals around fresh foods and the neighborhood, demonstrating Park Hyatt’s dedication to sustainability. Every nature enthusiast vacationing at the resort should honor the farm to table idea and the eco-friendly building of the treehouse by renting a treehouse. THE BAR The Bar is one of the F&B locations that guests frequent, serving unique beverages and island-style casual nibbles near the white-sand beach, infinity pool, and beautiful gardens. Throughout the day, the comprehensive menu features tropical originality and old favorites, letting visitors to relax and enjoy themselves while calling dibs on their favorite couch, swing chair, or beach cabana and worrying about nothing. The Bar keeps life simple and comfortable no matter what time of day you visit; whether you’re having fun in the sun or saying goodbye to another fantastic day in paradise.. The Bar

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Embrace the Best Maldives Has to Offer Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa offers tailor-made and personalized experiences to their guests. The tranquillity and remoteness of the resort are unmatched and provide a peaceful haven for luxury travellers wanting to embrace the best that the Maldives has to offer. Each experience is designed to connect the guests with the natural world, living in harmony with nature and reconnecting to oneself. Here are the top experiences you can have at Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa. SNORKELLING AND DIVING Nestled amongst untouched natural marine beauty in one of the most remote atolls in the world, the resort beholds one of the best house reefs in the Maldives. Distinctive to Hadahaa, the incredible 360-degree reef ecosystem offers a two-kilometre stretch of uninterrupted snorkelling around the island for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Mingle with processions of multi-coloured fish as you immerse yourself in the beauty of the coral-filled seafloor, illuminated by the sun’s rays filtering through crystal clear water. Bring home intimate knowledge and unforgettable memories of Hadahaa, home to an array of species from the most colourful corals to jewel-like reef fish and armoured crustaceans. Guests can also experience diving in the Maldives through an exhilarating adventure activity to more than 40 world-class dive sites nearby the isolated resort. Common sightings among the dive sites include; Grey Reef Sharks, Needlefish, Trevally, Parrotfish, Anemonefish and Unicornfish. On rarer occasions; Hawksbill Turtle, Eagle Rays and White Tip Reef Sharks have also been spotted in the area.

EQUATOR EXPERIENCE Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa is in the unique position of being one of the closest resorts to the Equator at 0’30’25.33N or 55 km from the equator line. Journey to exactly 0’00’00” latitude in the middle of the Indian Ocean and commemorate the Equator experience with a private island beach picnic at the Equator Brunch for the memory of a lifetime during your stay at this island paradise. VIDHUN SPA Embracing the purity and power of Maldivian holistic healing, this exclusive Vidhun Spa retreat features five private treatment cabanas villas and an infinity pool and, offering Ayurveda treatments and Dhivehibeysinspired massage, skincare, and wellness rituals using June Jacobs products and home-made natural herbs and spices found within the atoll. Vidhun, meaning “to shine,” is the goal for the treatment experiences. The lush green gardens yield to the winding pathway that leads to the serene Vidhun Spa village, featuring an infinity pool and private treatment cabanas. Before each treatment, a mineral salt foot scrub is given to all guests. After the treatment, guests are invited to unwind in the villa’s private shaded garden where refreshing herbal teas and sorbets will be served. THE DHONI The iconic upside-down traditional sea vessel is used as a multi-functional space, from cultural exhibitions to private celebrations or social gatherings. Built by local dhoni (fishing boat) builders, the design of the roof sheltering this cultural structure is an enormous upturned dhoni making it an impressive visual feature greeting guests as they arrive on the island. The Dhoni is the luxury resort’s dedicated educational space and is open for guests as well as the local community to partake in Kids activities, marine talks, social events, and presentations surrounded by the inspiring cultures and traditions of the Maldives.


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Here’s Why Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa is a Bona Fide Haven for Luxury Travellers A hidden jewel tucked away deep in the Maldives, Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa offers the rare opportunity to experience true luxury and seclusion. Located on Dhonakulhi Island, Haa Alifu Atoll, this fivestar resort is a scenic 50-minute domestic flight from Velana International Airport, followed by a 15-minute speedboat ride. Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa has been dubbed as one of the best hideaway resorts in the Indian Ocean frequently due to its impeccable service, unmatched property features, and unique experiences offered to guests. Here are 3 reasons why this intimate resort is a bona fide haven for luxury travellers.

Signature Collection The Signature Collection, set to be unveiled in the festive season of 2021, is an iconic brand for the world’s most discerning traveller, seeking opulent experiences. It will offer secluded luxury and villa-style living on the far Northern Point of the 33-hectare island. It is a novel concept – a ‘resort within a resort’ – in one of the most sought after, award-winning destinations in the world: The Maldives. The Signature Collection by Hideaway features nine ultraluxurious villas, offering the sophisticated luxury traveller a unique sense of exclusivity and indulgence. All the villas have been designed with Middle Eastern influences and finishing touches with an enhanced signature architectural style inspired by 5-star villa living combined with ‘barefoot luxury’. The Signature Collection of villas are all complimented by the finest dining, bar, and lounge area, found at “The Oasis”. Here, guests will be invited to delight in al fresco dining experiences, with exquisite international culinary dishes, all prepared and hosted by world-renowned Chefs. The experience will be paired with personalised Signature Collection choice wines and rare champagnes.

Golf Simulator Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa recently unveiled its brandnew Golf Centre which houses the key attraction which is the state-of-the-art Golf Simulator (two cabins). This fun yet professional experience makes use of technology using sensors to capture every detail of the ball being hit to provide guests an almost as good experience as a round of golf on a real golfing range. Guests are provided with a full range of golf clubs, or they can bring their own set, or buy a set at the resort. Avid golfers who are missing their usual round, or beginners who want to try something new, can now enjoy the experience while during their relaxing vacation in the sunny tropics of the Maldives. Just next to the Hideaway Golf Centre there is also a putting green that is being given tender love and care to have it golf ready by festive season later this year.


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Impeccable Services & Property Features Hideaway Beach is the epitome of curated luxury; this tropical escape promises uncompromising attentiveness to its guests. With its spacious villas and extra attention to detail, which culminates in features like butler service for each villa and dense natural foliage separating the different rooms, it is apparent that the resort is the perfect destination where space meets privacy. ready by festive season later this year. Gourmands and foodies alike can indulge in an awardwinning culinary experience at Hideaway, where expert chefs will take your tastebuds on a gastronomical journey. Well-being is also a core part of the Hideaway experience, with the divine Hideaway Spa offering a range of treatments for rejuvenation and relaxation. What’s more, the abundance of marine life around this Maldivian resort is second to none. Hideaway Beach boasts a gorgeous double house reef, making it a novel and prime location for snorkelling and scuba diving. All this and more makes Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa the ultimate experience for a tranquil hideaway – whether it be honeymoon, family getaway, or vacation with friends.

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3 Top-Notch Innovative Resorts in The Maldives Maldives is no longer a destination for only honeymooners with its sumptuous overwater villas. There is a growing emphasis on sustainability and innovation, and more resorts are forging their own paths, whether it’s with unique water conservation systems or treehouse-like stilted villas. Let’s take a closer look at three of the most innovative resorts in the Maldives.

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands The modernist property opened in May 2021, designed by Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan looks like a place in Palm Springs and it’s just a short speedboat ride from Male’. Whether it is the beautiful Rake boutique or the resort’s spaceship-like yacht Adastra, everything here is easy on the eyes. The 11 room categories known as Fari Studios include a block of hotel-style rooms. Despite its masterly design, the Fari Marina Village, a hub where the highlights include free ice cream doled out from a tuk-tuk and events such as campfire marshmallowtoasting sessions. For children aged between 4 and 11, the Footprints Kids’ club offers plenty of activities while those over 6 can check out the Fab Lab, with its 3D printer and science-based activities. Even though Patina is an artificial island and it is not as lush as other resorts, there is still plenty of room to roam with its 3 island concept. Shuttle boats whisk guests across the water to the Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, and will eventually connect to the Capella Maldives when it opens in 2023.

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Experience the excitement of catching a wave, regardless of the conditions of the sea. Cheval Blanc Randheli recently opened the only surf simulator in the Maldives that gives guests the opportunity to indulge in the thrill of catching a wave directly in the FlowRider.

It is impossible to miss the enormous floating obstacle course, formed of supersize letters spelling out Siyam as your seaplane swoops over Siyam World.

The FlowRider allows anyone to ride a wave, beginners and more experienced surfers of all ages. After all, the best surfer out there is the one having the most fun. The resort’s water sports Ambassadeurs are on hand to provide assistance as well as coaching, and ensure you safely enjoy this experience. Once a week, the little ones can join a complimentary try-out to discover surfing with Le Carrousel Ambassadeurs. Set in the pristine Noonu Atoll, Cheval Blanc Randheli is an intimate and contemporary haven. A 40-minute journey north of Male’, the 46-villa Maison has been conceived in harmony with the island’s lush surroundings and lagoon views. Offering an ideal getaway for couples, families and individual thrill-seekers alike, the resort’s Ambassadeurs are waiting for you to create unforgettable moments for you and ensure a return home with everlasting memories.

Siyam World is the biggest resort in the Maldives with 472 villas and 21 room categories. The fun factor is cranked to the max, with colorful overwater villas, each with its own slide or the way the islands areas are named after cities. Siyam World offers a huge range of diving courses, alongside more unusual activities such as ‘mermaid courses’ and scooter snorkeling. Despite the endless array of family-friendly features – amenities include a Fifa-standard football pitch, tennis courts with three different surfaces and a fantastic club for children aged three to 11 – Siyam World is also a great option for couples and solos. Most of the 12 restaurants and bars are at the southern end of the island, but at the northern tip, I enjoy solo sundowners at Mint bar or lounging by the adult-only pool. Perhaps bigger really is better, after all.


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The Ultimate Maldivian Escape at NAKAI Alimathà Settled in Vaavu Atoll, NAKAI Alimathà is a paradisiac island with beaches of fine white sand that extends into the crystal clear waters of the Maldives. The island is also surrounded by a splendid coral reef, inhabited by hundreds of magnificent species of fish and corals. Alimathà offers its guests three different types of rooms: Garden Rooms, Beach Bungalows and Overwater Rooms that invite you to the ultimate Maldivian escape – a home away from home.

Garden Rooms The Garden Rooms at Alimathà are situated in the inner part of the island surrounded by greenery. Suitable for 2 – 3 guests, the rooms are furnished with a king-size bed. Amidst local flora and fauna, the Garden Villas exude tropical chic vibes. Guests staying in these rooms can enjoy a unique afternoon freshness in a patio with a lush garden that offers privacy and intimacy in the heart of the island.

Designed with a contemporary touch, each room is bound to provide top-notch comfort in every detail. These rooms are ideal for families, friends and romantic getaways for couples as all of them are fully equipped with features and services that will meet all your needs and desires.

Beach Bungalows

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Overwater Rooms

A few mere steps away from the beach, these rooms lead you out to a beachfront haven with a stunning ocean view. Enjoy relaxing moments from the deck of your room while gazing at the Maldivian horizon, or dive into the sea and enjoy the sun in complete relaxation. The Beach Bungalows are suitable for up to 4 guests and are also furnished with a king-size bed.

Placed in the quietest corner of the island, these rooms are surrounded by a calm and tranquil atmosphere. Overwater, rooms come with a private deck and the ocean at your doorstep. Gaze the stars or simply take in the stunning views while lying on a comfortable sun lounger on your private deck. Furnished with a king-size bed, the overwater rooms accommodate up to 3 guests as well.


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Garden Rooms

Overwater Rooms

Choose the room that suits you best and let yourself be carried away by the magic of Alimathà to enjoy the quintessential Maldivian getaway. Whatever you decide, you will witness unique island scenery and absolute comfort during your stay.


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Snorkel with Gentle Giants at Reethi Beach Resort in Baa Atoll Maldives Reethi Beach Resort is located in one of the best atolls in the Maldives for an astounding snorkeling experience. The 4-star resort is located in Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve hosting the world-famous Hanifaru Bay, which is home to majestic manta rays and whale sharks. Reethi Beach Resort offers a true Maldivian island experience with 129 beautiful villas, creating a path through tropical vegetation leading from each Villa to pristine sands and a crystal clear lagoon. Around 85% of this island is untouched lush vegetation shaded by graceful palm trees. Accessible by short 35 minutes seaplane ride or 20 minutes domestic flight followed by a short 15-minute speedboat ride. Hanifaru Bay is a world-famous snorkeling site and as per the Resort Manager of Reethi Beach Resort, Denise Schmidt, they have seen an overwhelming response from a lot of new and repeating guests inquiring about snorkeling with manta rays. They also have a team of Ocean Fanatics who are pros at tracking mantas and whale sharks. Reethi Beach Resort offers thrilling snorkeling excursion experiences every day.

Hanifaru Bay sees a large number of mantas and whale sharks compared to other locations in the Maldives. They come to feed on the zooplankton that gets trapped here, making it an amazing spectacle if you become lucky enough to witness it. During peak time at Hanifaru Bay, there could be hundreds of mantas cruising along with several whale sharks feeding there at the same time. Hanifaru Bay is one of the only places in the world where so many mantas and whale sharks aggregate in such unusually high numbers. This has led to international recognition and is being celebrated in major publications including National Geographic. Hanifaru Bay, located in the crown of the Baa Atoll UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, has been a Marine Protected Area since 2009. This means that the creatures that frequently visit these areas are protected and the number of visitors allowed in the area and the environment is controlled and protected by law.


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Suite Room With Private Terrace Ocean View


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Manhattan Business Hotel Opens its Doors to Guests Manhattan Business Hotel, located in Male’ City has opened its doors! A modern and exotic hotel catering to the diversified needs of the guests, Manhattan Business Hotel is a perfect place for those travelling for leisure as well as for business. The hotel offers five different room types from standard to suite rooms. All rooms are designed with modern décor, and well-equipped with amenities to make the stay more comfortable.

The Standard Room with City View (Twin and Double Bed) and The Deluxe Rooms with Ocean View and a Private Balcony These rooms have simply everything you will need to feel at home including air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with a wide range of HD channels. Complimentary in-room tea and coffee facilities with a wide variety of flavors.

Manhattan Suite Room with Private Terrace Ocean View The cozy and intimately designed Presidential Suites have king size beds for the comfort of guests with a lovely view of the magnificent Indian Ocean, and a living room with a private balcony and terrace as well.

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For dining, the hotel is home to the Manhattan Fish Market. It provides the guests with an ample spread and an unforgettable dining experience in a world-famous seafood restaurant. Guest at the Manhattan Business Hotel will enjoy a luxury breakfast buffet free of charge during their stay. Manhattan Business Hotel also has an in-house Spa for their guests. The spa provides invigorating body and mind relaxing spa treatments, and is equipped with a sauna.

Suite Room with Terrace

For meetings & events, the hotel has a banquet hall, conference room and a business center. The banquet hall can accommodate up-to 600 guests and offers complimentary Wi-Fi. The conference room is also extremely spacious and equipped with the latest conferencing technology. Lastly, the business center has the latest computer systems to suit your needs.

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The Event Hall @ CROSSROADS: The Ideal Event Space for Every Incentive Meet Take advantage of Maldives’ fabulous year-round climate and exquisite beachfront location when planning your next incentive scheme. CROSSROADS Maldives offers five-star unparalleled service and contemporary amenities to ensure that every incentive meet is memorable and remarkable, including its stunning multipurpose Event Hall.

The Event Hall @ CROSSROADS is an incredible venue designed to embrace the Maldives tradition of joy and celebration in all things. Housed in a magnificent and impressive building that overlooks the heart of the complex, The Event Hall @ CROSSROADS is a versatile space that can be fully tailored towards your business needs. The Event Hall @ CROSSROADS also offers a breezy outdoor space with an expansive, signature marquee. Beautifully positioned directly on the beach, it offers uninterrupted vistas of the azure Indian Ocean.

Covering 326 square metres and framed by beautiful high ceilings, the hall and its range of versatile breakout rooms and mobile stage are equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi. The Event Hall @ CROSSROADS can be configured in a variety of set-up options to suit any corporate event, including gala dinners, award nights, conferences, team building activities and more. It also has the capacity to cater for trade shows with space to accommodate over 20 booths.

What’s more, the meticulous event management team at CROSSROADS delivers flawless attention to detail with a fresh inspiring, creative approach. They can arrange a plethora of land and sea-based happenings, designed and personalised to meet your corporate spirit of adventure. Secure the benefits of increased collaboration, break down barriers to effective communication and build trust as team members take part in exciting workshops and out-of-office escapades.


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Meeru Island Resort & Spa Named as One of the World’s Best Natural Beach Destinations Meeru Island Resort & Spa was just named as one of the world’s best natural beach destinations by Kuoni Travel’s and was featured on their “World’s most eye-catching natural wonders and beaches” list. The resort best known for having one of the best beaches and lagoons in the Maldives also got featured on Mirror UK’s “World’s top 15 most beautiful locations.” The resort is the only property from the Maldives to be featured on these acclaimed lists and rightfully so. A tropical paradise of coconut palm trees, long stretches of white sandy beach, surrounded by sparkling clear, warm water in a turquoise lagoon and colorful coral reefs teeming with abundant marine life, Meeru Island Resort & Spa is a dreamy destination for all. A 55-minute scenic speedboat transfer will bring you to this untouched, natural paradise from Velana International Airport.

The resort is also is a popular choice with both families and couples. As one of the larger Maldives resort islands, it offers a myriad of activities, sports, and excursions, in the sea, on land and even in the air. Guests can discover the pristine underwater world and colorful marine life, perfect your golf swing, sweat it out at the tennis court, rent a bicycle, or simply swim or kayak around the turquoise lagoon. You can treat your loved one to a special event and cherish life long memories while at the resort.



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Andrea Montuori Executive Chef at Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives Andrea Montuori is the Executive Chef at Kuda Villingili Resort, a brand-new luxury resort nestled in the North Male’ Atoll of Maldives. Having worked extensively in iconic properties all over the world, Andre now brings his unmatched culinary know-how and skillset to the team at Kuda Villingili. Here, Andrea shares the story of how he came to be a chef, and delves further into his career so far in the Maldivian hospitality industry. Could you tell us a bit about your career thus far? I started my career in Sardinia, Italy, about twenty years ago. Then I flew to Bologna, and I began working in the big cities of Italy. After that, I moved to Ireland, and from there on, it was a long journey of traveling and working in various parts of the world. I came to the Maldives after having worked in Moscow, Russia. Moscow is one of the biggest metropolises in Europe, and I had worked in the Hotel National in Moscow, which is one of the most iconic properties in the world, boasting 120 years of history. After Russia, I decided to go from -30 degrees to +30 degrees, which is why I chose the Maldives. My first contract in the Maldives was with One & Only Reethi Rah, which is another glorious and renowned global property chain. Currently, I’m here at Kuda Villingili serving in the position of Executive Chef. What attracted you to a career as a chef? First of all, cooking comes really naturally to me. I’ve always felt great in the kitchen, whether it was at home or in a commercial kitchen. I’ve also always been fascinated by the chef’s uniform. I wear this traditional uniform, because I have that childhood image imprinted in my mind – that a chef has to wear this beautiful, white double-breasted jacket with buttons. That’s the picture I was always dreaming about. It all went very well even from the beginning, so I never stopped thinking that being an executive chef would be the end goal of my career. What is the most notable challenge you have faced in your career? I’m very lucky to have been able to work with some of the most iconic properties across the world. From the Hassler Hotel in Rome which boasts 125 years of history, to La Reserve Geneva, yet another sublime property. Every place that I’ve worked in had their own set of challenges, in their own way. It’s hard for me to choose one; it’s been

What would you consider your biggest personal success? Even after twenty years of being a chef, I still receive messages from my old students and commis chefs who had worked for me. They would tell me that they’ve now become chefs themselves, that they now work in different parts of the world, or that they are now leading a hotel themselves. They would thank me for the inspiration and knowledge, and I think that’s my biggest success honestly. As chefs, we are not only cooks, we are also teachers. We help others grow. We guide people and teach them how to succeed in this line of work. That is my biggest achievement, to have played a role in the growth of hundreds of young chefs throughout my career. What’s the best advice you can give to those looking to join the industry? The best advice I can give is to be patient. Be very patient, because there is a long way to go to become an executive chef. Trust in what you do, because although it may be a challenging job, in the end it is very rewarding. Of course, there will be tough days. There will be days where you feel like you might give up, but remember that hard work always pays off. With dedication and passion, you can achieve anything.


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Giovanni Sibilla Dive Manager at NAKAI Alimatha Resort Giovanni Sibilla is the dive manager at NAKAI Alimathà Resort, a paradisiac island located close to a selection of truly unique and world-renowned dive sites in Vaavu atoll. With several famous reefs and channels, this atoll offers a gateway to an entirely different dimension, magical and weightless, filled with flashy marine life and curious biodiversity just waiting to be explored. With over 15 years of diving experience in the Maldives, Giovanni tells us his story and further about why he pursued a career in diving. Could you please tell us a little about yourself? Yes, why not. My name is Giovanni and I come from Italy. I started scuba diving in 1992, and that was a long time ago. I love the Maldives and I remember my first time here and that was on 20th January 2000. I’ve been around the Maldives many times at different diving spots at different atolls. I have been at Alimatha since 2006. I love Alimatha, I love to work here and I love the diving spots here. What got you interested in diving and pursuing a career in this field? First of all, I want to say when I started as an instructor, it was really interesting for me to conduct lessons and teach people how to dive. That is an idea I have always loved. If I were to say something a little different, it would be that I also love to make videos, recording and editing included. We are talking about underwater videos here. Could you tell us about your experience so far at Alimatha? I remember my first time in 2006 at Alimatha, and there were 4 other dive instructors here and one of them was Maldivian. He is Shareef Abdulla and is also my best friend. I find Alimatha and the diving spots really nice as it is important for my job. Alimatha looks magical, every guest tells me that they are in heaven when they visit here. Everyone likes it here. I feel comfortable here, everyone feels like family, even the management. It is like a magic spot here. When I first started, I was an instructor and after one year, I was promoted to a leader. My career has been growing for the last 15 years. Before I was only the manager of diving at Alimatha but now at Dhiggiri and Mayafushi as well, as they are from the same company. I am really happy because of this.

What’s the best part about your job? Not an easy question but if I were to say one thing, it would simply be because I love to dive, and I love to teach and guide people about diving. How do you like the Maldives so far? As I said earlier, I have been to the Maldives starting from 2000 and all I could say is wow. I come from Italy and there you just see videos and other documentaries. If you have never been here, you wouldn’t believe what the Maldives is about. My first time here, from the plane windows, I saw the sea and islands, and it was just wonderful. I felt amazing when I jumped into the Maldivian waters for the first time and I thought to myself, I don’t think I can move away from the Maldives after this. I also love the people here. I have a connection with Maldivian people, and I have good friends here. I also love the local islands, and the people are just wonderful. Why is diving in Vaavu so special? I’ve been in Rasdhoo Atoll, North Male Atoll, North Male Atoll and South Ari Atoll. I think the difference between Vaavu Atoll and the other atolls is that we have a lot of channels here at Vaavu. We have big pelagic fish and lots of sharks. We also have one of the best diving spots in the Maldives, where you can see 50 – 80 sharks every day, even during the nighttime. So many safari boats come here just for diving because of the number of diving channels.



Preeti Bomzon Executive Chef at Lti Maafushivaru Preeti Bomzon is the Executive Chef at Lti Maafushivaru, a private island resort nestled in the idyllic South Ari Atoll. Our team sat down with Preeti to find out more about her beginnings as a chef, and to delve further into her experience so far in the Maldivian hospitality industry. Could you give a short introduction of yourself? My name is Preeti Bomzon. I’m from India, from the hillsides which actually boast some of the best teas in the world. It’s very cold over there, and very different from Maldives. But I suppose that’s what brings me to the tropics. I did Hotel Management in Calcutta, after which I worked in various hotels in India, including Taj, Oberoi, Hyatt Hotels. Right now, I’m the executive chef at Lti Maafushivaru in the Maldives, a position I’ve been in since January 2020. When did you decide to become a chef? And how did you start your career? There are two parts to this answer. First of all, I come from a big family with several aunts and uncles on both sides. And many of them, in hindsight, cooked really amazing food. By the time I was 9 or 10 years old, I could discern the differences in taste between when one aunt cooked and the other cooked, or when my mother cooked, or when my grandmother cooked. I understood that tastes and flavours from different people varied, and I understood what tasted good. I didn’t know I wanted to be a chef back then, but that understanding, that small culinary sense in me, it was giving me a little knock. Then there’s the other part. When I became a teenager, as much as I liked to hang around with my friends and have fun, I found that being in the kitchen, cooking and helping, it was just as fun and enjoyable. Fast forward five years, and there’s suddenly a hotel management brochure that’s been given to me. I was 17 at the time, and I did not know what it entailed. But I went for it, and that’s when I began to truly learn how hotels ran. I learned about the departments that kept a hotel afloat – housekeeping, front office, F&B, and kitchen. I realized then that I was really good in kitchen. Whether it was theory or practical, I didn’t have to put so much effort in it. I was just good at it. It was my calling; it felt like a magnetic pull. What has your experience in the Maldives been like so far? I initially stayed at Male’ and Hulhumale’, which are way smaller. But I felt an affinity to Maldives, even then. Life was very convenient; everything I needed I could find. I had no worries. At the time, I spent a lot of time around computers doing office work. Things change when you actually set foot on the property. Everything was under construction back then. I love pre-openings, the organized chaos. For me, it’s pure adrenaline, and that’s what I love. I think that’s also part

of the reason why I came to Lti Maafushivaru, because it was under pre-opening. To be able to set up the place with your hands, to touch every equipment, to be able to say: “This is where I want the fryer, this is where I want the oven, this is the person I want for the teppanyaki, this is the person I want for the tandoor, this is the pastry person that I need and recommend…” To be able to build the place and team, to be able to make that first dish on the menu. That is what brings true passion to the property. Obviously, we opened when the world was rife with the virus. Everyone knows what was happening in the world. With that monumental challenge, we opened Lti Maafushivaru in August 2020. We were very proud to have our first guest. That heart-pumping thrill of knowing that the food you’re preparing is for a real guest this time; this is not a training, this is not a simulation. This is happening in real time. So, it was very exciting to be able to slowly build up the team, hire more staff, get more equipment, and set up more kitchens. That satisfaction you get, it’s unlike anything else. It’s not just about doing what you’ve done, but realizing that this is only the beginning of the entire journey. How does Lti Maafushivaru cater to its guests’ tastes? At Lti Maafushivaru, we have 81 rooms, 5 restaurants and 8 different menus. That means that for every 16 rooms, there’s a restaurant. This property is an F&B intrinsic place. You wouldn’t expect that there to be not only a Japanese restaurant, but a teppanyaki. You wouldn’t expect there to be an amazing restaurant overwater which specializes in grills, seafood, the best premium meats. And just a few meters down, you’ll find a restaurant which has a separate menu for lunch, and a really upscale menu for dinner which is more on the Western/Mediterranean side. In the afternoon, you get 3 menus, including a tapas menu with a gorgeous range of tapas. We have a lounge that offers the best baguettes, wraps, ice creams, and really delicious pastries. There’s also an extensive lunch menu, which covers the tastes from Italy, Maldives, India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Thailand, a bit of Mexican fare, a touch of Japanese. That’s why I’m confident that if there’s a guest that comes in with a really diverse taste, Lti Maafushivaru is the address. Lastly, what advice do you have for young chefs looking to climb the ranks? I believe that a chef is only as good as his or her last dish. You may cook 62 or 63 incredible dishes, but if the 64th dish isn’t good, that’s what you’ll be judged for. Whether you’re a commis chef, a sous chef or an executive chef, you need to be at the top of your game all the time. The tenacity, the perseverance, the knowledge; you need to be hungry for it. You need to be ready for the heat. And I’m not talking about temperature. As a young chef, you’re likely at ground zero. You’re at the bottom of the food chain. To climb the ranks and make it, you need to have passion, you need to have patience. You need to be able to literally stand on your feet for long hours. For the first four or five years, you really need to invest in the profession without hoping that you’ll get a promotion tomorrow, or day after tomorrow. If you’re doing your job correctly, the promotion will come when you’re not even looking for it.

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Trans Maldivian Airways Expands Capacity with the Newest Addition to its Growing Fleet The newest addition to the Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA) fleet, a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter touched down at Velana International Airport on Monday, 29th November 2021, journeying from Indonesia. The airline welcomed a new aircraft last October as well and is expanding its fleet steadily, looking to hit the magical figure of 60 aircrafts soon! Maldives is seeing a bustling season this year with the opening up of several of its key markets. As the preferred link between guests and their resorts, the latest inclusions to its fleet equips Trans Maldivian to be geared up to cater to the growing number of tourist arrivals from current and upcoming resorts whilst providing its partners with greater flexibility. More than 300 TMA flights take to the Maldivian skies every single day, connecting guests from Velana International Airport to over 80 resorts in the Maldives, further solidifying Trans Maldivian’s pivotal role in the Maldivian Tourism Industry.


SriLankan IT Bags Silver Award at The FITIS Digital Excellence Awards SriLankan Airlines won the Silver Award in the “Corporate IT Awards” category at the Digital Excellence Awards organized by FITIS (Federation of Information Technology Industry in Sri Lanka) which was held recently. The “Corporate IT Awards” recognizes and rewards companies that deliver outstanding operational excellence, measurable business advantage, tangible customer experience or outstanding impact through leading-edge implementation and usage of information technology. The assessment criteria is chiefly based on how Digital Transformation is achieved through a given product or system. Further, “Corporate IT Awards” aims to identify and celebrate IT organizations that go the extra mile to sustain their new technology and operational capabilities in the long run by addressing the critical business needs of their organization and people. ‘Digitalized Flight Operations through AeroOps (Tech Crew VR) and CabinOps (CCVR – Cabin Crew VR)’ was the entry forwarded by SriLankan Airlines, which mainly highlighted the operational transformation achieved

onboard with the automation of Voyage Report processes related to both Tech and Cabin Crew members. This enabled productivity and efficiency in the operations while streamlining the back-office support services for improved user and passenger experience. Digitalizing the flight crew Voyage Report (VR) capturing process; safety details capturing and analysis process, workflow configurations and providing comprehensive management information for decision making in terms of safety, regulatory and operational aspects are the main benefits. Regulatory information capturing, sharing, and storing electronically in secure and reliable form has aligned this system with compliance requirements. A strategic decision was taken to develop a solution with in-house software engineering resources who possess expert knowledge in airline domain, systems integration & mobile app development. Through this initiative the airline has saved 2M USD cash outflow.


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Manta Air Continues Expansion! Manta Air, the five-star airline of the Maldives, has welcomed another seaplane into its fleet. The seaplane which arrived on Monday, 29th November 2021, is another DHC-6 Twin Otter fitted with latest Garmin G950 NXi next generation integrated flight deck avionics combined with a weather radar, bearing the stamp of Manta’s dedication to high service standards. The airline, which started in 2019, has grown to serve over 30 resorts the last 3 years with its seaplane and ATR domestic service. Manta Air states that aim of the airline has always been to raise the service standards of air transport in the Maldives. With the addition of these new aircraft this year, Manta Air aims to uphold their commitment and build the required fleet capacity.

“We are thrilled to welcome the newest addition to our Manta Air family, especially at a time when we are preparing to support our partners for the peak tourist season. With tourism picking up, our main focus is to provide the smoothest and most desirable experience for all our customers flying with us. We will continue to keep adding capacity in line with the building demand as more properties take advantage of the superior service offerings by Manta Air”, said Mohamed Khaleel, CEO of Manta Air.


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Emerald Faarufushi Resort & Spa to Debut in May 2022! Emerald Faarufushi Resort & Spa by The Emerald Collection is set to open its doors on 01st May 2022. This is Emerald Collection’s second investment in the Maldives following their entry into the island destination previously through Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa. The Emerald Collection purchased this 80-villa luxury property from Universal Enterprises. The resort has six different room categories: Beach Villas (10), Family Villas with Pool (10), Beach Villas with Pool (17), Water Villa with Pool (39), Superior Water Villa with Pool (3) and one Presidential Villa located on the beach. As part of its signature “Deluxe All-Inclusive” package, the resort has five restaurants and two bars for guests to choose from. The signature Italian restaurant, Mediterraneo, and Eclipse Bar are both located on the resort’s jetty, with the former serving Italian dishes, and the latter serving cocktails and aperitifs. Additionally, the resort houses Emerald Spa, hidden amongst the vegetation. The spa comprises of eight airconditioned spa suites elevated among the palm trees, where the design and oval roofs resemble eco-friendly spaceships. The spa menu is inspired by the Balinese tradition and includes a host of relaxing body massages and detoxifying facials. Together with the spa, there is also a steam room, a manicure and pedicure corner, a yoga pavilion, plunge pools, a spa boutique, and an immersive relaxation area. The resort has one large tennis court and one paddle court in the marina, along with an air conditioned Gym & Sports Centre with Technogym equipment for the sports and fitness enthusiasts. Emerald Faarufushi Resort & Spa will further offer extensive water sports facilities along with diving at a five-star Diving Centre, where guests can achieve PADI licence. A dedicated Dolphin Kids’ Club for children agreed 3 to 12 is under construction and will comprise complimentary indoor and outdoor facilities.

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Introducing Joali Being, a New Wellbeing Concept in the Maldives The newly opened island retreat is set on the secluded island of Bodufushi in Raa Atoll, a 40-minute seaplane journey away from Male International Airport. With 68 villas, each with its own butler or ‘Jadugar’, they combine boundless luxury with a dedicatedly natural approach. Joali Being is the region’s first nature-immersive wellbeing island retreat in the Maldives and they have just made their hotly awaited debut. “Joali Being is a wellbeing retreat unlike any other in the world; it is a transformative destination aimed to inspire and ignite the very deepest of mindful connections to one’s self, one another, and one’s environment by enhancing our relationship with the surrounding natural world, our bodies, and our minds,” says General Manager Özgür Cengīz. Nature is at the very core of this new offering, from its architecture and interiors, right down to its highly tailored treatments. The new resort has been built from the ground up using biophilic design principles, which is a mode of architecture and design that integrates nature

into a central part of the design, connecting and building occupants more closely to the natural world. This has left most of the island’s wild forest untouched, meaning a lush and verdant island landscape cocoons guests as soon as they arrive. A truly tailored immersive approach awaits each guest, each of whom will be greeted with an initial in-depth consultation on arrival. A bespoke program, ranging from five days to three weeks, will then be designed which blends both ancient and modern methods. Offerings center around four pillars: mind, skin, microbiome, and energy. Depending on the concern, programming can be tailored even further to focus on a whole array of areas such as strength and vitality, mental clarity and wellbeing, hormonal balance, women’s health, digestive and weight rebalance, and restorative sleep, as well as movement and alignment.


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How the Global Wellness Economy is Taking Over Post-COVID Travel

Up until the onslaught of the COVID-19 health crisis, the world of wellness – a $4.4 trillion industry of care, fitness, nutrition, and holistic health – had been witnessing a monumental ascension. Now, in spite of the temporary shocks caused by pandemic-induced restrictions, this sector is bouncing back with incredible gusto. According to the December 2021 report by the Global Wellness Institute (GWI), the global wellness tourism market dropped from $720.4 billion to $435.7 billion between 2019 and 2020. It is, however, experiencing a massive rebound. GWI forecasts the average annual growth rate of wellness tourism at 20.9 percent from 2020 to 2025, outpacing the trajectory of every other segment of the wellness economy.


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These figures come as no surprise. After dealing with the stresses of the pandemic over the last two years, consumers are increasingly aware that all aspects of their lives – where they live, how they work, what they eat, and how they exercise, socialize and travel – impact their health outcomes, mental resilience, and overall sense of well-being. Taking time off regularly has many health benefits for holidaymakers. Studies have shown that vacations can reduce the risk of anxiety, metabolic syndrome and heart disease, while boosting overall productivity and life satisfaction. Though this was known well before the pandemic, due to holidays being cancelled and lockdowns causing additional strain on mental health, emerging travel trends place wellness at the forefront.

There has been a shift in perception of what makes up a relaxing holiday, deepening the need for quality time with friends and family, spending time offline, and reconnecting with both nature and one’s own self. The GWI report also states that wellness travelers are typically more affluent, educated, and well-traveled, and willing to spend more on travel experiences, services, and amenities that support their health and well-being. GWI notes that the pockets of wellness travellers are comparatively much deeper, even during the pandemic. As per the report, international wellness tourists spent $1,601 per trip on average in 2020, which is about 35% higher than the typical international tourist. This outlook is especially promising for the Maldives’ hospitality industry, which is becoming increasingly wellness-minded.


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Top 6 Bespoke Spa & Wellness Experiences in the Maldives! The Maldives has always been known as an exquisite island destination for honeymooners, divers and other travellers for its mesmerising beauty and excitement; however, this tropical haven is now a growing destination for wellness tourism. Many travellers look beyond the standard spa experiences and have started seeking more of a holistic approach to wellness and their wellbeing. Alternate forms of healing and fitness activities are being sought out. Many resorts provide travellers with the chance to soothe their mind, body and spirit and shape their personal journey through world-class yoga and fitness facilities, ancient healing techniques and spa treatments, while at the same time exploring the beauty of Maldives. Here are some of the resorts offering transformative wellness experiences.

Kagi Maldives Spa Island

Kagi Maldives Spa Island Kagi Maldives Spa Island is a true sanctuary for the senses that offers the perfect setting to slow down and immerse in self-discovery and self-care for a more balanced and authentic life. Ideal for solo and couple travellers, Kagi’s Lifestyle Retreats provide a comprehensive programme consisting of yoga and meditation, blissful massages and holistic healing, alongside nourishing meals and locallyinspired experiences for the ultimate healthy holiday. The resort’s fully-integrated wellness hub is a highlight of the experience. Located at the heart of the island and floating atop the turquoise lagoon waters, Kagi Maldives’ 1500-square-metre The Baani Spa is a destination in itself. It comprises four treatment rooms with outdoor bathing facilities and a relaxation lounge, a well-equipped yoga and sound healing studio, steam rooms, state-ofthe-art fitness centre, and a wellness boutique.


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Soneva Fushi & Soneva Jani

Soneva Fushi & Soneva Jani Soneva recently launched Soneva Soul, a new wellness brand that combines thousands of years of ancient healing with modern science and medicine to reconnect mind, body, and soul. This unique, transformative wellness concept builds upon Soneva’s experience at the forefront of the luxury hospitality and wellbeing industry over the last 26 years. The result of the knowledge and expertise gathered along Soneva’s journey will offer unique wellbeing services in the ultimate healing environment, providing balance, innovative healing and health optimisation. Offering each guest a personalised pathway to health, happiness and fulfilment, Soneva Soul will encompass resort spas; movement, sleep, yoga and meditation programmes; wellness and lifestyle products; a global network of acclaimed wellness specialists; and innovative, regenerative modalities and medical services. Working in partnership with each guest, Soneva Soul’s wellness experts will curate a wellness journey that supports every aspect of their life. This includes rest, recovery and regeneration as well as detoxification, movement, and optimisation, following principles such as balance, mindful living and self-care.

Raffles Maldives Meradhoo The wellness treatments at Raffles combine the power of nature with ancient rituals to heal, soothe, nourish and uplift. For the innovative beauty treatments, the therapists will ensure that you have the finest, most personalised wellbeing experience. You will also find a high-quality, well-equipped fitness center in their spa. The Life fitness® at Raffles provides spacious, customized, wellness areas and fitness facilities to meet all your needs. In addition, the garden jogging track, outdoor pool and clean, calm lagoon offer environments in which to keep up your regular fitness routine in the fresh, open air.

With luxury in mind, each chosen brand for the Raffles Spa is proven in delivering results-driven treatments which are tailor-made to suit the needs of the valued travellers. Environmental sustainability is considered whenever and wherever possible, reflecting their social responsibilities as a brand. Complementing the magnificent setting of their private treatment rooms are the signature experiences. Every aspect is carefully designed to offer a sensory journey that reflects the unique setting of Maldives.

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa offers an experience to stimulate your senses with a bespoke spa experience for two in a private and expansive couples spa villa. Set in an immaculate tropical sanctuary, with signature spa rituals are designed for luxurious and rejuvenating headto-toe pampering. Indulge in organic post-treatment tea and delicacies in your exclusive pavilion day bed, or with an outdoor deep-tub soak in scented flower petals for an unforgettable lavish experience. Bask in your emotional exclusivity as our spa professionals set the stage for idyllic Maldivian romance in this ultra-private and calming space nestled within a lush garden. Through the singing bowl therapy, you can replace the chaotic noise of everyday life with the gentle, soothing tones of the singing bowls, long used in sound therapy over thousands of years. Guests are introduced to pranayanam breathing exercises and relaxation techniques in preparation for the full-bodied, transcendent tones and vibrations of multiple singing bowls, each emitting its own precise sound and frequency. Complimentary sunrise and sunset yoga classes are also offered everyday where you can enhance your practice into wellness and mindfulness with picture-perfect views of the sun rising or setting over the Indian Ocean. Feel your stresses melt away with the rhythmic, gentle sounds of the surrounding ocean as nature’s energy courses through your veins for an invigorating yoga session.


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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island At Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, you make the rules at their luxury resort. Guests can choose yoga, fitness classes or centering spa treatments during the stay. The overwater spa offers purifying spa rituals aligned with the chakra system, and glass-floored treatment rooms above the Indian Ocean invite guests to embark on a pampering journey that does more than beautify. Emerge, glowing with vitality, with physical, emotional and spiritual enlightenment.

The Spa Retreat, located 100 meters off the tip off Rangalifinolhu Island, is home to a hidden resort-withina-resort. Mandhoo Spa Restaurant provides unparalleled organic nourishment as the spa experiences feed your soul. You can also invigorate your body in between lazy days with daily fitness classes, personal training sessions and complimentary sporting activities. Or slow everything down with a yoga session in our incredible outdoor locations – the choice is yours.



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“Fehi Kuramaa” Waste Management Program Launched by Velaa Resort to Noonu Atoll General Manager of Velaa Resort Wayne Milgate launched a waste management program during a ceremony which was held in Noonu Velidhoo. The program goes by the name “Fehi Kuramaa” which means “Let’s Make it Green”. Noonu Atoll Council President and presidents from the administrative islands of Noonu Atoll attended this ceremony. The aim of this program is to raise awareness amongst students and the local citizens of the island on sustainable waste management. This program also falls under Velaa Island Resorts corporate social responsibility. More programs will be held in 13 administrative islands throughout November. All sessions under this program will be carried out by experts in waste management. At the event held, Milgate stated that tourism is one of the main parts of the Maldivian economy and that efforts must be made to prevent the loss of the beauty of the country. Waste management is important in all islands of Maldives to achieve this goal, he said.

Velidhoo Council President Athif Hussain said waste management is essential for the whole country, especially Velidhoo and that it is important to create awareness among children from an early age on waste management. Two awareness sessions were held on Monday for children and adults at Noonu Atoll Education Centre. More than 400 schoolchildren and adults attended both sessions. Information on three R’s of waste management (reduce, reuse, recycle) was shared during these sessions. In addition to highlighting the importance of recycling, they also discussed separating and using the waste in different ways.



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Sun Island Resort & Spa Celebrates World Sustainability Day Sun Island Resort & Spa, awarded Luxury Eco Resort in the 2021 World Luxury Travel Awards, is set on one of the largest Maldives islands measuring 1.6KM long, located in the Southern tip of South Ari Atoll near the South Ari Marine Protected Area (SAMPA). A magical resort offering guests an abundance of freedom and unprecedented privacy to reconnect with nature surrounded by the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. October marks an important month when it comes to Sustainability and protecting the planet for the future. Climate Action Day on the 24th of October and Sustainability Day on the 27th of October remind us about the importance of taking care of the planet. However, these days are not simply one day to make a change but rather the encouragement to progress in continuing to strive towards a sustainable future. In a commitment to environmental sustainability, Villa Hotels & Resorts has created the movement along with a social media hashtag #MYPLANETVILLA to help in raising awareness on the brands’ sustainable initiatives across the Maldives collection of resorts. Sun Island Resort & Spa takes every opportunity to execute innovative energy saving and waste management techniques throughout the resort, inviting guests to help and be part of a sustainable future by adopting energy and water saving strategies by only washing their towels and linen when needed and reusing and recycling as much as possible. Supporting the resort in maintaining the lush natural environment while being more environmentally conscious, allows guests to immerse themselves in an unforgettable adventure that brings them closer to nature and inspires a deeper connection during their vacation at the resort.

One of the latest sustainability initiatives Villa Hotels & Resorts has introduced at Sun Island Resort is the concept of growing your own fruits and vegetables on land provided to resort team members to grow fresh produce they can nurture and cultivate with the aim to sell back to the resort. This idea presents a host of positive benefits both for the resort and its colleagues. The chance to be self-sufficient and while providing for the community gives a wealth of experience and opportunity for resort colleagues. In addition to the rich and fertile environment, the island provides a sanctuary for various migratory birds that take shelter within the dense tropical vegetation. Guests can enjoy the sweet sounds of the tropical birds while rejuvenating and being at one with nature.



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Reethi Beach Resort, Baa Atoll Maldives Awarded Green Globe Certificate Reethi Beach Resort in the Baa Atoll Maldives was recently recognized by Green Globe for its dedication to environmentally friendly and environmentally sustainable activities. The iconic 4* Reethi Beach Resort is located in the known Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve that hosts the world-famous Hanifaru Bay, home of the majestic manta rays from June till October. Indulge in a rustic Robinson Crusoe feeling combined with a relaxed atmosphere – a true Maldivian island experience, certified by the Green Globe. This pristine, secluded area places a high value on environmentally and socially sustainable projects, and the resort is committed to safeguarding the area’s coral reefs, marine and plant life. “To be a member of the Green Globe certification programme demonstrates how our long-term environmental sustainability goals and actions have developed a positive green community here in Baa atoll and here at Reethi Beach. We look forward to putting in our best efforts to promote sustainable tourism in the Maldives continuously,” commented Denise Schmidt, Resort Manager, Reethi Beach Resort. Reethi Beach also features its own water treatment plants to use the Island’s limited supply of freshwater efficiently. As a result, water pollution is reduced, aquatic habitats are protected, and human health hazards are minimised. The island boasts an extensive Sustainability Management Plan for the property. For example, plastic bottles are being replaced with glass bottles, and plastic straws are being replaced with paper straws as part of a drive to reduce trash. This strategy specifies, records, and monitors reduction goals on a monthly basis to minimize waste that is not reused or recycled.

The green team at Reethi Beach Resort organizes CSR events and environmental observances. Educating and raising awareness are two of the primary goals of this energetic group’s activity in the community. The resort does everything to help the surrounding islands and their people. A wide variety of recipes feature native reef seafood and yellowfin tuna, papaya, watermelon, bananas, and coconuts sourced from neighbouring islands as much as possible.


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VAKKARU MALDIVES

World’s Leading Destination 2020 & 2021 by World Travel Awards

Indian Ocean’s Leading Resort, Maldives Leading Hotel Suite and Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel Suite by World Travel Awards 2021

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VISIT MALDIVES

FIYAVALHU MALDIVES

Indian Ocean’s Leading Tourist Board 2021 by World Travel Awards

Luxury Boutique Resort in the Indian Ocean Region by World Luxury Hotel Awards 2021

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TRANS MALDIVIAN AIRWAYS

SAII LAGOON MALDIVES, CURIO COLLECTION BY HILTON

Seaplane Company Global Winner by World Luxury Travel Awards 2021

Luxury Beach Resort by World Luxury Awards 2021

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HARD ROCK HOTEL MALDIVES

MILAIDHOO MALDIVES

Rock Spa, Luxury Spa Retreat by World Luxury Spa Awards 2021

Best for Green Practices & Sustainability by Condé Nast Johansens Award for Excellence 2022


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GILI LANKANFUSHI

LILY BEACH RESORT & SPA

Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel Residences and Maldives Leading Green Resort by World Travel Awards 2021

Customer Excellence Award by British Airways Holidays Award 2021

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REETHI FARU RESORT

VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND

Leading Green Resort in the Indian Ocean Continent by World Travel Awards 2021

Asia’s Best Romantic Retreat and World’s Best Culinary Excellence by Boutique Hotel Awards 2021

& Best Hotel Spa Award by Condé Nast Johansens Award for Excellence 2022

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KUDADOO MALDIVES PRIVATE ISLAND

One of the Best Resorts in the Indian Ocean by Condé Nast Traveller Reader’s Choice Awards 2021

Finest Luxury Private Island Worldwide and Finest Luxury Inclusive Resort Worldwide by Hotel Travel Awards 2021

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HURAWALHI MALDIVES

SONEVA FUSHI

Best Hotel: Asia Pacific by Travel Weekly Asia 2021 Reader’s Choice Awards

One of The Best Hotels and Resorts in Asia by Condé Nast Traveller’s Prestigious Gold List 2022


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TTM Maldives 2021 Highlights

The fifth edition of TTM Maldives, which was held from 28th to 30th November 2021, concluded with tremendous support from industry professionals. TTM is the largest platform connecting the travel trade community of the Maldives to the global network of travel professionals. TTM 2021 event commenced with the TTM Travel Summit: an invitation only event that brings together over 200 industry leaders, shapers, and senior decision makers who are professionally engaged in the Maldives Tourism sector. Last year’s summit was focused on ‘future opportunities, and what’s next to come in the tourism industry of the Maldives’. Using the TTM Connect software, registered users conducted over 2000 pre-scheduled meetings with the most influential decision makers in the industry on 29th and 30th November. In addition, to conclude the TTM Maldives 2021, the annual TTM Awards & Gala night was held at Marina @ CROSSROADS, Maldives. The Gala Night featured an elegant multi-cultural banquet, live music, aerial dance and a DJ to mark the end of a very successful event.

Tavel Summit TTM 2021 Inaugurated by the Indian High Commissioner to the Maldives, H.E. Munu Mahawar, the summit addressed the tourism industry as a whole and highlighted the importance of such an event to the tourism industry as well as the country’s economy in such a difficult time. This was followed by a welcome note from Orca Media Group introducing Maldives Virtual Tour and giving an introduction to the TTM Maldives 2021 event. The TTM Travel Summit focused on discovering the future opportunities for the Maldives after the pandemic and discussed about what’s next to come in the tourism industry of the Maldives. During the Summit, the Managing Director and CEO of MMPRC, Mr. Thoyyib Mohamed highlighted on the work being done by MMPRC to market Maldives as a destination. Ms. Carolina Svensson – Head of Market Management, Indian Ocean & Srilanka along with Julia Kaminski – Market Manager to Maldives & Srilanka presented about Maldives booking trends and future opportunities. The subcontinental Sales Manager to Maldives of Lutron, Mr. Jubin Thomas talked about

creating a sustainable guest experience and Mr. Tolga Unan, Managing Director of CROSSROADS Maldives and Hard Rock Hotel Maldives talked about redefining the Maldives experience. In addition, the Senior Account Manager to Maldives of Booking.com, Mr. Rangika Somarathne presented about Online Travel Aggregator trends and Mr. Mohamed Raaidh, the Managing Director of Maldives Integrated Tourism Development Corporation talked about Tourism TRAVEL SUMMIT TTM 2021 diversification: Incorporating heritage, cultural & sail segments through community based tourism and the Director Enterprise of Ooredoo Maldives Mr. Rajesh Mehta, gave a presentation about the importance of digital innovation. Moreover, the General Manager of The-Ritz Carlton Maldives, Mr. Mark Hehir talked about catering to a new era of travellers and Mr. Mohamed Mihad, the Managing Director of Island Aviation discussed about the Changes in the Airline Industry. The last speaker of the summit, Mr. Paul Heimo, Group division director of Indian Ocean & Latin America of FTI Group gave a presentation about the importance of digital brochures for the future.


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TTM Connect Meetings

TTM Awards and Gala

The tourism industry around the world faced huge challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and many countries are still struggling. Meanwhile, Maldives is displaying a speedy recovery rate, which can be primarily attributed to the hard work being done by stakeholders in the industry.

After a hectic day of meetings, over 250 industry professionals gathered for the TTM Awards and Gala Dinner, which played a vital role in allowing the participants to network with each other in a more relaxed setting. The Gala Dinner was held at Marina @ CROSSROADS, compliments from the team at CROSSROADS Maldives, the hosting partner of TTM 2021.

Last year’s Pre-Scheduled Meetings, that were conducted virtually and physically, presented an opportunity for industry leaders to come together to discuss the challenges and what can be done to improve the current situation. Featuring some of the major leading luxury properties, last year’s TTM Maldives proved to be a successful platform for some of the newly opened resorts and preopening resorts to network with leading travel agents across the globe.


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Top Producers 2021 Adore Maldives Agoda Alltours Flugreisen Gmbh Alpha Maldives Amazing Asia Travel & Tours Bliss Maldives Booking.com BookMe Maldives Capital Travel Maldives DER Touristik Diethelm Travel Group dnata Travel Expedia Travel FTI Group Hummingbird Travel Intour Maldives Jet Leisure Maldives MakeMyTrip Manta Reisen Naalis Travel & Tours Pearl Travel Service Reollo Travel Resort Life Maldives Schauinsland Reisen Southhall Travel Sportingvacanze Sun Ocean Maldives Travel Connection Maldives Viluxur Holidays Voyages Maldives


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Travel Trade Maldives Announces 15 New Award Categories for 2022 Travel Trade Maldives has announced new categories for TTM Awards 2022. Resorts can apply for the awards once registration is open, and the award winners will be selected through a voting process. The voting will be carried out with a certain percentage taken from the TTM editorial team, hoteliers and, the public. TTM Awards are open for TTM partners only, and the voting process for TTM Awards 2022 will commence from January. These new awards will be given during the TTM Awards & Gala 2022.

The award categories will consist of: Top Producers Best Beach Resorts (3 resorts) Best Wellness Resorts (3 resorts) Best Honeymoon Destinations (3 resorts) Best MICE Resort (1 resort) Best Wedding Destinations (3 resorts) Best Family Resorts (3 resorts) Best Boutique Resort (1 resort) Best Design Hotel (1 resort) Best Culinary Resorts (3 resorts) Best City Hotel (1 hotel) Best Fun & Friendly Resorts (3 resorts) Best Emerging Resort (1 resort) Most Innovative Resorts (1 resort) Most Sustainable Resorts (3 resorts) Most Picturesque Resorts (3 resorts)


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