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November 2020

www.traveltrademaldives.com ttm@traveltrademaldives.com

ISSUE 010 International Travel Trade Periodical of Maldives

INTRODUCING MALDIVES VIRTUAL TOUR EXPO | NEXT GENERATION OF VIRTUAL CONSUMER TRAVEL FAIR

VITTORIANO UMMARINO

RESORT MANAGER AT REETHI FARU RESORT

SUZEENA AHMED

EVENT MANAGER AT KURUMBA MALDIVES

MOHAMED NIZAU

MALDIVIANS WORKING ABROAD: FREELANCE BUTLER AT UK

IN THIS ISSUE : Roadshows & Fairs | Government | New Properties | People | Aviation | Travel Tech | Awards/Listings/Features | Accommodation | Celebrity News | Tourism Marketer’s Section

25 - 26 NOV 2020


02 FOREWORD & TEAM

PUBLISHER’S NOTE

OUR TEAM MANAGING DIRECTOR

Akhmeem Abdul Razzaq

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Dr. Hussain Sunny Umar

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Welcome to the November 2020 issue

In addition to this, we are pleased to

Maldives. This project will be completed

of TTM Periodical. TTM Periodical is a

announce the Maldives Virtual Tour Expo,

by the end of 2021 with over 2000, 360°

travel trade publication by Travel Trade

a virtual consumer travel fair that will be

VR panoramic tours of more than 150

Maldives (TTM) – the leading travel trade

held quarterly, reaching over 100 million

islands. Maldives Virtual Tour is a sister

business resource of Maldives.

travelers across the globe. The expo will

brand of Travel Trade Maldives (TTM)

be carried out at maldivesvirtualtour.com

which are under Orca Media Group.

Due to the current situation, Maldives

offering next-level virtual experiences

leading travel trade show, TTM Maldives

while enabling visitors to enroll on to a

We at TTM are always grateful for the

2020 will now be held virtually from 25th

lucky draw to win exciting holidays.

support of our partners and industry

to 26th November. This year, the TTM

stakeholders and we hope to get your

Maldives 2020 Virtual will make use of

Maldives Virtual Tour is a platform

continued support for the TTM Maldives

TTM CONNECT software with added

dedicated to increase direct bookings and

2020 Virtual event and Maldives Virtual

features including virtual profiles and

offer travelers the chance to experience

Tour.

video call feature.

breathtaking

360°

virtual

tours

of

Nashaath

DIRECTOR

Ibrahim Areef

DIRECTOR

Mohamed Khoorsheed

MANAGER

Ahmed Nasir Aminath Yusra Ibrahim

PHOTOGRAPHY DYNAMYST Mazin Jazlaan

DESIGN DIRECTION CREATIVE TUNA Zuhura Ismail Zaya Ahmed Moothi Hamdhoon W. Asthu Shahindha

MARKETING

Ali Sageef Ibrahim Aminath Suha Mohamed

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ROADSHOWS & FAIRS 03

MMPRC ROADSHOW & FAIR LIST 2020 NOV

OCT 05 OCT 06 OCT

SATTE GEN EX

28 OCT 29 OCT

India (virtual)

07 OCT

OTR India (virtual)

14 OCT 16 OCT

21 OCT 23 OCT

ITB ASIA VIRTUAL

09 NOV 11 NOV

Maldives (local event)

29 OCT 01 NOV

OCT

WORLD TRAVEL MARKET (WTM)

07 DEC 10 DEC

London, UK (virtual)

TOURISM EXPO JAPAN (JATA)

16 NOV 18 NOV

Osaka, Japan

TTG TRAVEL EXPERIENCE Rimini, Italy

INTERNATIONAL MALDIVES TRAVEL MARKET (IMTM)

DEC

CHINA INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL MART (CITM)

Cannes, France

11 DEC 13 DEC

Shanghai, China

VISIT MALDIVES EVENING, JAPAN

25 NOV 26 NOV

Osaka, Japan

TRAVEL TRADE MALDIVES (TTM)

VISIT MALDIVES TRAVEL EXPO (VMTE) Bangkok, Thailand

12 DEC

Male’, Maldives (local event)

Singapore (virtual)

INTERNATIONAL LUXURY TRAVEL MARKET (ILTM)

MALDIVIAN EVENING, THAILAND Bangkok, Thailand

TTM MALDIVES 2020 TO GO VIRTUAL FROM 25TH-26TH NOVEMBER a Maldives leading travel trade show,

including the usage of “Connect� software

TTM Maldives 2020 will now be held

to pre-arrange up to 50 meetings as well

virtually from 25th to 26th November,

as complimentary coffee, tea, water, soft

Orca Media Group confirmed.

drinks at the event. Furthermore, they will also receive an invitation to the official

Travel Trade Maldives (TTM) is the

TTM Closing Gala Event.

leading international travel trade fair held in Maldives and will showcase over 150

This year, TTM Travel Summit will be

resorts/hotels & leading 200 operators

held on November 24th while the TTM

from the top 30 countries to the Maldives.

Maldives will be held from 25th to 26th

This will be the fourth edition of TTM

November.

Maldives. The

deadline

to

register

has

also

The exhibitors will get access to the

been extended to 15th October 2020

invitation-only TTM Travel Summit and

(Thursday). TTM informs that a late

presence in the official magazine of TTM,

registration fee will be charged after the

published in English and freely distributed

aforementioned date.

at the event & other international travel trade shows. The registered exhibitors of

For further information please email

TTM will also get a lot of added benefits

ttm@traveltrademaldives.com

video news network of maldives   


04 ROADSHOWS & FAIRS

INTRODUCING MALDIVES VIRTUAL TOUR EXPO | NEXT GENERATION OF VIRTUAL CONSUMER TRAVEL FAIR Maldives Virtual Tour Expo is a virtual

experience, the fair will take place right

completion of each special tour, the

allowing the traveler to inquire directly

consumer travel fair held quarterly,

before the biggest festivals around the

traveler will be able to find a hidden piece

with the property through live call/ chat

reaching over 100 million travelers across

year.

of a puzzle. Completion of the full puzzle

feature.

automatically signs the traveler on to a

the globe. Considered as the place to be, with special

lucky draw to win exciting prizes.

MVT Expo is organized by Maldives

While you plan to tick Maldives off your

tours showcasing the Best of Maldives –

bucket list, why not make a pre-trip to the

all in one platform, this is the place to be!

The expo will also host virtual hangouts

tours of Maldives.

destination and experience the paradise

If you miss the fair, don’t despair, it just

for the travelers offering next-level virtual

Maldives Virtual Tour is a product of Orca

destination virtually?

means you have a few extra months to

experiences which they can opt to do with

Media Group, one of the leading media

save up and be ready to attend the next

other travelers from around the world.

and marketing firms in Maldives.

Travelers will also be able to view the

For more information about MVT Expo, contact: mvt@maldivesvirtualtour.com

MVT Expo will give the wanderlust

Virtual Tour, the breathtaking 360° virtual

one to book a stay!

travelers a chance to reminisce the beauty of Maldives before actually setting

The

at

latest updates about the resorts, and

foot in the destination. Bringing a curated

maldivesvirtual.com for 2 days with

access links and recordings from the

collection of insider offers of the best,

interactive game session bringing offers

resorts. Special offers and retreats for

most Insta-worthy places to stay, eat and

special tours of the properties. Upon

the season to be highlighted at the expo,

expo

will

be

carried

out

4 REASONS WHY MALDIVES VIRTUAL TOUR EXPO IS A GAME CHANGER Maldives Virtual Tour Expo is a virtual

First of its kind for Maldives

and explore a property virtually before

platforms. Through intelligent use of

at

they make the purchase. The booking

digital marketing, Maldives Virtual Tour

best of Maldives along with special fares

maldivesvirtual.com offering next-level

button on each profile drives the travelers

Expo reaches over 100 million travelers

& deals of a lifetime. While you plan to

virtual experiences with over 2000 virtual

straight to the property’s own booking

globally.

tick Maldives off your bucket list, why

tours of over 150 different islands of

portal.

not make a pre-trip to the destination

Maldives. Maldives Virtual Tour Expo

and experience the paradise destination

will be hosted on maldivesvirtualtour.

virtually?

com offering special fares and deals of a

Marketed to reach 100 million travelers

lifetime. The Expo will be held quarterly

Travelers are usually in need of lots of

the traveler will be able to enroll on to a

targeting

information before they book a hotel

lucky draw to win exciting prizes. This will

room. This, for instance, may require

increase engagements for every property

them to read descriptions, view images,

giving travelers across the globe more

look at videos, read customer reviews or

awareness about the property.

consumer travel fair showcasing the

The

fair

will

be

carried

out

at

maldivesvirtual.com offering next-level

The

fair

will

be

different

carried

market

out

segments

across the globe.

virtual experiences while enabling visitors to enroll on to a lucky draw to win exciting holidays.

Increase Direct Booking Maldives Virtual Tour Expo is designed to

Increase engagement with exciting prizes Upon completion of each special tour,

seek opinions on social media.

experience Maldives virtually and book Here are 4 reasons why Maldives Virtual

directly with properties with travelers

Maldives

Tour Expo is a game changer.

being able to check out the scenery

be

Virtual

marketed

Tour

through

Expo social

will media


ROADSHOWS & FAIRS 05

MMPRC CONCLUDES THE FINAL EDITION OF “REDISCOVER MALDIVES WEBINAR SERIES” from MMPRC and PR representatives

from the respective markets on more

from each market and industry partners

marketing efforts to constantly remind

joined in the discussion on the impacts of

visitors that the Maldives is one of

COVID-19 and the recovery strategies to

the most preferred and safest holiday

adapt to the situation in order to rebuild

destinations.

the confidence in the destination as a safe haven for tourists.

With over 900 participants, these webinar sessions were a success in building

“A Dozen Must Do Experiences in the

awareness about the changing norms

Maldives” was also launched during

of travelling while assuring safety and

these webinars. These experiences were

preference of tourists from all over the

showcased by industry partners including

world. Under the current circumstances,

Bandos Maldives, The Nautilus, LUX*

the geographical distribution of our islands

Hotels & Resorts, Six Senses Laamu,

and the one-island-one-resort concept

Maldives Marketing and Public Relations

The ultimate purpose of this webinar

Gili Lankanfushi, Villa Hotels & Resorts,

guarantees that visitors get to enjoy their

Corporation (MMPRC) has successfully

series, which was held in the format of

Secret Paradise, Waldorf Astoria, UI

vacation in seclusion as it offers a level

concluded

Maldives

informative discussions and video clips

Hotels, Grand Park Kodhipparu, Adaaran

of safety that can only be achieved in

Webinar Series” with the final session

showcasing unique experiences to restore

and

Participants

Maldives. MMPRC will continue carrying

held on 14th September which was

the connection with the travel trade

were virtually transported to the unique

out marketing campaigns through digital

targeted

and

media from key markets. The panelists

experiences of their properties.

platforms, mostly focusing on ensuring

CIS markets. This webinar series was

of the webinar session included Ms.

conducted through 4 sessions which was

Aishath Samiya, Permanent Secretary of

MMPRC’s

distributed throughout the first 2 weeks of

the Ministry of Health and Mr. Asad Riza,

Thoyyib Mohammed stated that MMPRC

September 2020.

Deputy Minister of Tourism. Participants

is working together with representatives

the

“Rediscover

towards

the

Russian

Conrad

Maldives.

safety while experiencing the sunny side Managing

Director,

Mr.

of life in the Maldives.


06 ROADSHOWS & FAIRS

WTM LONDON TO GO VIRTUAL FROM 9-11TH NOVEMBER 2020

of travel restrictions and the uncertainty

Responsible

around the world means it will be

a virtual version of Travel Forward

impractical for many overseas visitors

is being shaped up and will combine

to attend in person. Additionally, there

virtual exhibition, free virtual conference

remains uncertainty around business

sessions and speed networking for start-

events and conferences being allowed to

ups to meet investors.

Tourism.

Furthermore,

take place in the UK. The official deadline for this decision being the 1st October.

With the theme “Resilience, Innovation,

However, thousands of travel trade

Response”, Travel Forward Virtual will

professionals from around the globe will

add a technology-based approach in

still be able to meet and do business in

supporting the recovery of the travel and

an extensive range of virtual sessions,

tourism industry.

to help the industry recover, rebuild and innovate.”

Richard Gayle, Event Manager for Travel Forward said: “Travel Forward is the

WTM Virtual will take place from 9-11

event that embraces fresh concepts and

November, offering delegates the chance

innovative projects to inspire delegates.

to arrange one-to-one virtual meetings to

This year, running Travel Forward virtually

do business, attend conference sessions

will allow us to connect even more with

and roundtables, take part in speed

global travel tech companies wanting to

networking and more.

promote themselves to the world. We are confident Travel Forward Virtual will

The virtual show will also see an

offer delegates all the support and ideas

investment summit in partnership with

about how the industry recovery and

WTM London – the event where Ideas

WTM London’s Senior Director Simon

ITIC – International Tourism & Investment

more solutions to overcome the biggest

Arrive – and Travel Forward – the travel

Press said: “Sadly, this year will be the

Conference – and a new Marketing Forum

challenges facing the travel industry.”

and hospitality technology event co-

first time since we launched WTM London

and masterclass workshop in partnership

located with WTM London – are going

in 1980 that there will be no live event.

with The Five Percent. The WTM Virtual

digital only this year, and will take place

We have worked tirelessly to organize a

will have four virtual theatres to host

on 9-11 November as ‘WTM Virtual’.

physical show, but the increasing number

webinars and debates, including the

MALDIVES PARTICIPATES IN VIRTUAL PATA TRAVEL MART 2020 Maldives Marketing and Public Relations

strategies in the tourism industry, to

Corporation (MMPRC) is taking part in

strengthen the image of Maldives as a

one of the longest-running pan-regional

destination. The second day will include

travel shows organized by the Pacific Asia

the PATA Global Awards Presentation to

Travel Association (PATA). PATA Travel

acknowledge accomplishments within the

Market (PTM) 2020 is held on a new,

Asia Pacific region& travel and trade.

fully virtual platform. The fair started on 23rd September 2020 in conjunction with

In order to maintain destination presence

Sichuan International Travel Expo, and

in the markets, MMPRC took part in

will conclude on 27th September 2020.

the PATA Dream to Travel Festival, held from 22nd June to 17th July 2020. The

During these five days of 2020 Virtual

purpose of this was meeting experts in

PTM, MMPRC will connect with several

the field and to showcase the products

qualified buyers through network lounges,

to the Pacific Asian Region. MMPRC also

interactive games and giveaways sessions.

conducted several activities including

Furthermore,

the

the

show

highlights

Rediscover

Maldives

Webinar

the latest updates from participating

Series which included 4 sessions that

rebuild the confidence in the destination

India, Japan and Australia positioned in

destinations and corporations, alongside

were targeted towards giving updated

as a ‘safe haven’ for tourists.

the top 10 markets for Maldives during

the PTM’s forums section of this event.

information about the destination to travel

These activities are useful in providing

trade and media across different regions.

Asia Pacific has always been an important

countries have maintained their position

beneficial insights on travel recovery

The overall aim of participating in these

region for the Maldives in terms of tourist

during the earlier period of 2020, others

with live presentations and panels which

virtual events is to maintain the constant

arrivals, as some of the highest arrivals

are expected to grow in the future when

could be utilized into future marketing

efforts through digital platforms and

are from this region. This includes China,

traveling is resumed to a normal status.

December 2019. While some of the


GOVERNMENT 07

MALDIVES ACHIEVES SAFE TRAVELS STAMP BY WTTC Maldives achieved the Safe Travels

health and safety measures, in line with

Stamp, which is endorsed by the World

the WTTC global Safe Protocols, and

Tourism Organization and more than 200

creating a safe gradual plan by rebuilding

travel companies. The objective of the

confidence among travelers and ensuring

Safe Travel Stamp is to provide confidence

a coordinated approach in restarting the

to travelers and re-establish consumer

country’s tourism industry.

confidence in Travel and Tourism and ensure travelers of enhanced standards

The

United

Nations

World

Tourism

of hygiene are in place and the assurance

Organization (UNWTO) also embraced

that they can once again experience ‘Safe

the WTTC Safe Travels stamp, which

Travels’. It is the world’s first ever global

have the safety and hygeine of travelers

safety and hygiene stamp for Travel and

as their top priority. Since the launch of

Tourism, designed to address COVID-19

the stamp, major destinations around the

and similar outbreaks.

worls have signed up to the world’s first ever global safety and hygiene stamp.

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has recognized the efforts of

Maldives

Maldives

nationals from 15th July 2020.

in

implementing

enhanced

reopened

borders

to

all

MALDIVES IS GEOGRAPHICALLY SCATTERED AND SAFEST FOR A HOLIDAY - THOYYIB Maldives resorts most safest holiday

Thoyyib also highlighted that Maldives

destination for holidaymakers during a

has been one of the favorites for

pandemic.”

travelers. “We have been constantly on the lookout to see who will be traveling

Speaking about the safety measures,

more, “ he said. “We have been directing

Thoyyib said that Maldives is fully

our marketing efforts to destinations with

prepared to welcome back tourists to

the green lights to travel, to further drive

the island nation, with safety being the

those source markets to the destination.

destinations’ top priority. The measures

In addition to this, from March we have

are put into place according to WHO

directed all our marketing efforts to

guidelines. For tourists, a negative PCR

constantly be visible for all markets.”

test for COVID-19 must be presented on arrival (The test and negative PCR scattered

During an exclusive interview to TTM+,

certificate must be issued no more than

and distanced, making the destination

Thoyyib further said “The islands of

72 hours prior to departure). Screening

safest for a post pandemic holiday, said

Maldives are naturally isolated and one

procedures

Thoyyib Mohamed, Managing Director of

island one resort concept is perfect

passengers on arrival, with quarantine

Maldives Marketing and Public Relations

for tourists to spend holidays during

facilities set up to isolate any suspected

Corporation (MMPRC).

COVID-19 pandemic. This makes the

cases of COVID-19.

Maldives

is

geographically

are

also

in

place

for


08 GOVERNMENT

MALDIVES WELCOMES OVER 400,000 TOURISTS BY AUGUST 2020 WITH MOST TRAVELERS FROM ITALY Maldives has welcomed 402,089 tourists

The figures revealed by the Ministry

with Italy crowned as the top market by

includes tourist arrivals after Maldives

August 2020, statistics revealed by the

reopened its borders on July 15.

Tourism Ministry confirmed. Maldives

ceased

on-arrival

visa

to

As per the statistics, Maldives has

all tourists from 27th March 2020 as

recorded 45,169 tourists from Italy, 11%t

a precautionary measure to curb the

of the total number of tourist arrivals so

spreading of COVID-19 outbreak in the

far in 2020.

country. The borders were reopened 4 months later on 15th July. Prior to the

The by

second country

most is

tourist

India

with

arrivals

lockdown, Maldives welcomed around

35,000

380,000 tourists within the first 3 months

holidaymakes, amounting up to 9% of

of the year.

the total arrival figure. The third-highest number of tourist arrivals were from

The Minister of Tourism Dr. Abdulla

China with 33,939 tourists, accounting to

Mausoom revealed that the government

8.7% of all tourist arrivals.

is expecting an influx of around 120,000

Other markets in the top 10 tourist arrival

tourists starting from September until the

list by country includes: UK (33,789

end of the year, making the total estimated

tourists),

Russia

figures to 500,000 tourist arrivals (in total)

Germany

(28,678

(29,424 tourists),

tourists), France

for the entire year.

(22,144 tourists), USA (12,277 tourists), Switzerland (9,291 tourists) and Japan

Featured Image: Meeru Island Resort &

(8,324 tourists).

Spa

Moreover, Europe remained the top market of tourist arrivals by region with 243,995 tourists, followed by Asia & the Pacific with 108,904 tourists.

MALDIVES SEES 69% INCREASE IN ARRIVALS SINCE BORDER REOPENING month since border reopening. The

declined as per the statistics. 3,576

airport is expected to see further growth

domestic arrivals to Velana International

in the months ahead as more airlines are

Airport (VIA) were recorded from July

scheduled to commence operations.

15 to August 15, and 3,469 domestic arrivals from August 16 to September 15,

According to MACL, 9,241 international

resulting in a 2.99% decline.

departures were recorded from July 15 to August 15, and 14,984 international

Meanwhile, 4,323 domestic departures

departures from August 16 to September

were recorded from July 15 to August

15, resulting in a 62.15% increase. A total

15, and 3,471 domestic departures from

of 441 international air traffic movements

August 16 to September 15, marking for

were

a 19.71% decline.

recorded

from

August

16

to

September 15, a 5.25% improvement compared to the 419 international air

Domestic air traffic movements dropped

Maldives has seen a 69% increase in

A total of 7,607 passengers arrived at the

traffic movements recorded from July 15

from 362 movements to 310 movements,

international passenger arrivals in the

Maldives in the first month of reopening

to August 15.

marking for a 14.36% decline.

second full month since border reopening,

and over 12,883 passengers arrived in

as per the statistics revealed by Maldives

the second month. This marks a 69.36%

While international air traffic movements

Airports Company Limited (MACL).

improvement compared to the first one

increased, domestic air traffic movements


GOVERNMENT 09

“MALDIVES BORDER MILES” - MALDIVES INTRODUCES THE FIRST OF ITS KIND LOYALTY PROGRAM FOR TOURISTS

Maldives

has

introduced

“Maldives

Border Miles” program, the first of

as a tourist destination and provide a

Mr. Gordon Andrew Stewart also touched

path for more marketing and advertising

upon the importance of the program

opportunities. In addition, I think that this

and safe tourism. “Maldives Border

will further enhance the popularity gained

Miles program is an innovative way to

in the key markets of Maldives tourism.”

attract global travelers to the Maldives.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Controller

To support this, we are focused on our

General of Immigration, Mr. Mohamed

passengers and staff’s health. We have

Ahmed Hussain, mentioned how the

taken a number of steps to assure that

Maldives is ready to welcome tourists

Velana International Airport is a safe

and provide them with an experience like

airport, for all our travelers. We recently

never before. “The hotel reception is not

attained the Airport Industry Association;

where the tourists begin their holiday.

ACI International Health Accreditation

Their awaited journey begins from the

certification. This certificate recognizes

welcoming smile of the immigration officer

the steps we have implemented to ensure

at the border, which indeed narrates the

we have all the required health and

to take the tourism sector of Maldives to

initial chapter of a memorable vacation.

safety measures in our airport to assure

peak in the foreseeable future.

And with the introduction of Maldives

passengers of their safety, while travelling

Border Miles, we are prepared to welcome

through the airport.”

its kind loyalty program developed in the entire world for tourists. During a

This program is a three-tiered loyalty

them with privileges and facilitate an

special virtual ceremony held to mark

program for tourists. Tourists who enroll

experience like never before.”

World Tourism Day 2020, the Minister

in this program will earn points based

of Tourism Honorable Abdulla Mausoom

on the number of visits and duration of

Following the launch of the program, The

that tourism will boost considerably as

has inaugurated the “Maldives Border

stay. Additional points will be awarded

Managing Director of Maldives Marketing

it is an added advantage in promoting

Miles” program, aimed to boost tourism

for visits to celebrate special occasions.

and

Corporation

Maldives. Furthermore, it is also a golden

in Maldives.

There are three categories in this program;

(MMPRC),

Mohamed,

opportunity for returning visitors to

Aida (bronze tier), Anantara (silver tier)

highlighted the importance of marketing

rediscover the best of Maldives and get

Maldives Border Miles is a tourism

and Abaarana (gold tier). Each tier will

this program to tourists all over the world.

the most out of their visit to the sunny

promotion program initiated by Maldives

be defined by a set variety of rewards,

“Our sincere hope is that this program

side of life.

Immigration,

services or benefits, which increase in

aids in increasing the destination presence

value as members progress.

and produces a beneficial impact on the

For the most recent updates of the

tourism industry, as well as increase the

program, visit imuga.immigration.gov. mv/mbm

joint

and

stakeholders,

developed who

also

with joined

the ceremony; Ministry of Tourism,

With the introduction of the Maldives Border Miles program, it is expected

Public

Relations Mr.

Thoyyib

Maldives Marketing and Public Relations

The Minister of Tourism Honorable

tourist arrival rate in the future. We look

Corporation

Dr.

“The

forward to its successful implementation

Airports Company Limited (MACL). This

Maldives Border Miles” program which

in the approaching days.” The Chief

program will be officially implemented

was launched today is a program which

Executive Officer and Managing Director

on 1st December 2020 and is believed

will increase the popularity of Maldives

of Maldives Airports Company Limited,

(MMPRC)

and

Maldives

Abdulla

Mausoom

stated,


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Suites & Residences, as well stunning

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#Maldives, with over 490 rooms.

water suite and a grand water residence.

World

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its

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PEOPLE turn used for cooking- thereby reducing

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the need for traditional, non-renewable

place outdoors, which virtually reduce at

cooking gas. And again, a mushroom

a minimum the risk of infection.

farm,

a

hydroponic

and

aquaponic

production. We have received numerous

What makes Reethi Faru so unique?

awards, and this is a great incentive for

48 acres of lush vegetation, very tidy in its

us to continue along this path. Our guests

main paths but deliberately left natural

identify themselves with our philosophy

and wild in its innermost. White beaches

and appreciate coming back year after

are all around and a fantastic house reef

year.

just a few meters from the shore for a

garden for our own organic vegetable

Moving forward with the new normal, what would you say is the biggest challenge for you? The

RESORT MANAGER AT REETHI FARU RESORT Meet Vittoriano Ummarino. The Resort Manager at the beautiful Reethi Faru Resort in Raa Atoll. Our team at Travel

period

we

are

living

in

Can you tell us a bit more about Reethi Faru resort?

snorkeling accessible to all. Our services are also excellent: several themed Restaurants, including the new

is

vegetarian and vegan one, Diving Center,

unprecedented, and the tourism sector

Water Sports and Spa among the best

is probably the one that has suffered the

of all the Maldives and a Marine Center

most devastating impact. Fortunately, I

for inshore and offshore reef restoration

have to say that we have been continuously

projects.

assisted and supported by the property,

VITTORIANO UMMARINO

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which with great effort but also with a

What are some of your successes?

great dose of daily enthusiasm has helped

My success is the success of our whole

us to reopen the Resort in full efficiency,

team, which in such a complicated

and even with many improvements and

moment has proved to be united and

enhanced services.

cohesive. Everyone understood that only through work and commitment we could

Trade Maldives got to gain some insight

luxury resort, which bases its principles

into his inspiring story.

What are the safety and hygiene procedures at the property?

on the concept of sustainability and

At Reethi Faru we have developed a

forward to welcome guests from all over

environmental protection. We are proudly

Safety Protocol in full compliance with

the world.

How did you get started?

Reethi Faru Resort is a truly eco-sensitive

get out of this situation. Today the resort is open, it is beautiful, and we are looking

at the forefront of everything related to

My journey in the world of hospitality

HPA guideline, Ministry of Tourism and

energy saving, environmental impact

began over 30 years ago in Africa, where

Local Authorities. We have implemented

What is your advice for young adults who

reduction and waste management. Just

I spent my adolescence and where, as

safety

wish to pursue a career in this industry?

a quick highlight about our sustainability

a passionate naturalist, I founded a

check in to check out, including wearing

A career in the world of hospitality is an

initiative: 4000 solar panels installed on

successful eco-tourism project on the

personal protection equipment for the

exciting adventure, especially if it takes

the roofs of our staff accommodation for

coast of Kenya, getting in touch with the

Team Members, social distancing while

place in the Maldives. I hope that many

a total capacity of over 1MW. 4 RO plants

world of Tourism and Tour Operating.

interacting with guests, new technologies

young women and men, especially locals,

for water desalination with a capacity of

I later arrived in the Maldives, always

for the sanitation of rooms and common

will achieve prestigious goals soon. My

over 200 cubic/meter per day, for regular

driven by the passion for the sea and

areas (ozone generators, electrostatic

advice is only one: Commitment.

consumption and drinking water. A state-

interest in marine biology. I completed

sprayers, UV decontamination tool kit

of-the-art sewage treatment plant (STP).

my studies in Hotel Management and

etc.)

The wastewater is treated organically, and

Marine Science, eventually combining

all treated water is reused for gardening

my great passions with work. After many

Moreover, I would like to point out that

they will be able to achieve results that

and

irrigation

years traveling around the world, many

the Maldivian Tourist Resorts, for their

will bear fruit later.

system). All food waste generated in our

of which spent in the Maldives, I am still

natural position in the middle of the

Resort is segregated and directed to our

full of enthusiasm and love for this unique

ocean are already synonymous of social

in-house biogas plant, which generates

and special country.

distancing and privacy. In addition, all

biogas from food waste, which is in-

outlets are naturally ventilated by the

irrigation

(using

drip

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a

daily

engagement,

sometimes postponing one’s personal life


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SUZEENA AHMED EVENT MANAGER AT KURUMBA MALDIVES

to my room. So, I’m not someone who

2017, that time I didn’t go through it. I

talks a lot. I’ve got a lot of opinions from

thought I’ll just apply next year and I did.

people as well but I don’t listen to them. I

I wasn’t going to give up. If I didn’t make

do what’s best for me. I listen to what my

it the second time I would’ve applied

heart says.

again. So, I got through. The course gives a perspective on all departments,

Kurumba is a great place. It has done

preparing you to become a manager and

so much for me. Of course, I work hard

it sees if you have the capability.

but Kurumba has given me a lot of

seminars. But there was this one specific

How was it like working in a resort with people from different countries?

seminar held by MAHRP that changed my

You need to have cultural awareness.

life. They gave this book- I read it like 5

I used to be very impatient. But when

times! The book talks about how the mind

I was even coordinator, I met a lot of

works. Everything starts with a thought,

people from different countries, which

the way you think. And I genuinely believe

taught be how to be patient. To work

that. You can’t do anything if you’re not

in the hospitality industry, you have to

thinking, right? I also got the opportunity

understand people. You need to keep

to go through management training.

your personal thing aside

opportunities. For example, sending me to seminars in Male`. I’ve been to 4 or 5

Suzeena Ahmed, who has been in the

There was a girl I met from an interview,

tourism and hospitality industry since she

who used to work in Kurumba at the time.

was 19 years old, worked hard from being

I actually reached out to her. I asked if

a hostess to a successful resort manager.

there was a vacancy at the resort and

You have reached great heights in your career in the tourism industry. How did it all start? I

have

always

hospitality,

not

been

interested

particularly

Were there a lot of challenges in your journey? What was the HR. And two weeks later, I got a call. I biggest? got shortlisted to go to an interview. she asked me to drop my resume to the

Obviously, I didn’t have any experiences. in

tourism.

When I was a little girl, I always wanted

But from the way the interviewer talked, I kind of knew I got hired on the spot.

studied, but I don’t think I put in much

How was your experience at Kurumba Island Resort?

effort into it. Because I’ve gone to around

I had a tough time getting along because

five interviews and I kind of quit. At that

I was very new and I was just 19. In fact,

time, I didn’t want to stay in Male`; I

it took me like 6 months to actually talk

wanted to go somewhere and work. Wear

to someone because I’m not a very social

a uniform and just earn money.

person. I just go to work and come back

to be a cabin crew. And that’s what I

What’s your advice to the young generation? Self-awareness. Know what you want. Do

I didn’t have much challenges during my

what you love. Understand that it’s okay

work. One challenge I had was that my

to have differences. We’re surrounded

mom didn’t want me to go. I had a hard

by social media and people want to be

time convincing her. I couldn’t do it so I

someone else, someone that they’re not.

asked my sister to convince her. It took

Why can’t you be yourself? Why can’t

time because we grew up hearing that

you try your gift? Everyone has one.

when women go resorts, they become

Motivation isn’t something you can rely

something that parents won’t be proud

on. Build habits, build pillars.

of. And I was young, I was only 19 at that time. My biggest challenge was going through the management training. In

WALDORF ASTORIA MALDIVES ITHAAFUSHI APPOINTS CORALIE HOUPLAIN AS COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi has

including Starwood and Hyatt Hotels,

announced the appointment of Coralie

in

Houplain as the new Commercial Director

to Thailand as Director of Sales and

of the stunning all villa resort featuring

Marketing to open Park Hyatt Bangkok.

119 exclusive villas. Situated in one of

Her most recent position has been

the most beautiful locations in the world,

as Director of Sales & Marketing at

the

Astoria

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula

Maldives Ithaafushi offers guests genuine

Resort, in Vietnam, where she has

hospitality and unparalleled experiences.

positioned the resort as a leading icon of

The property is part of Waldorf Astoria,

luxury in the region.

award

winning

Waldorf

Paris,

France.

Coralie

relocated

one of Hilton’s global luxury hotel brands. “I’m thrilled to welcome Coralie as the An international hospitality expert with

newest member of the Executive Team,”

more than 25 years of experience, Coralie

said Etienne Dalancon, General Manager,

began her career journey by establishing

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi.

a solid track record in hotel sales for

“Her extensive expertise and ability to

various global hotel management groups,

build strong teams, combined with her


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passion for luxury hospitality, will ensure

as Accor, Starwood, Hyatt, and most

Speaking about her new role, Coralie

and friendly demeanor. I’m very proud

a successful business performance.”

recently, with InterContinental Hotels

said: “ I’m highly honoured to be

and humbled to be part of this refined

Group. In her new role, Coralie will be

appointed as the Commercial Director

and prestigious resort in the Waldorf

Coralie joins Waldorf Astoria Maldives

responsible for the overall commercial

for Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi.

portfolio and hope to contribute to the

Ithaafushi

successful

objectives of the award - winning resort,

A unique property with breathtaking

greater success of it.”

career which has focused on hotel sales

including achieving goals in revenue

serenity located in such a wonderful

and

generation, yield management and brand

location where the people live and

engagement.

breathe hospitality, always with a smile

to

continue

marketing

with

a

internationally

recognized hospitality companies such

MOHAMED NIZAU MALDIVIANS WORKING ABROAD: FREELANCE BUTLER AT UK Our team at Travel Trade Maldives decided to gain some insight into the inspirational story of Mohamed Nizau, Freelance Butler at UK.

What interests you about your particular job?

Why are you willing to work overseas? For both my personal and professional growth. And new life experiences. I have worked on some very exclusive events serving some of the top people in the world and would not have had these

I have a passion for hospitality and

opportunities otherwise. I have been able

providing guests with the best service

to expand my professional network while

and experience so that they return time

developing my cultural intelligence and

a former butler to the Queen of England.

and again. I particularly enjoy seeing my

gaining an international understanding of

I have enhanced my butler skills and have

repeat guests who are like friends; this

the hospitality industry.

had many great experiences working for

was the same for me in the Maldives as it

Is your family living abroad with you? Yes. My wife is British, we met in the

Randolph’s, including serving the Royal

How did you adapt to overseas work culture?

Maldives 21 years ago, and we decided

family and Her Majesty’s Official guests

to move to the UK for our children’s

at Royal Ascot, including foreign royalty,

education.

It was relatively easy for me to adapt

dignitaries and celebrities. I even met

and that you never quite know what the

to the work culture in the UK as I am

and served our very own Ambassador of

day will hold, even after 30 years in the

used to working in a multi-cultural work

Maldives to the UK.

industry. I like meeting different people

environment. And I’m lucky that my

and gaining an understanding of their

colleagues have been so accommodating

I have also served at many other top

needs. And the challenge of making a

manager who trains Maldivian teams

and welcoming.

events, including Windsor Castle, St.

throughout

James Palace, the British film festival and

Do you believe that working abroad helps your career? Why?

industry — imparting my knowledge and

several VVIP private houses.

skills to provide others with the ability to

Yes, I do. By working abroad, I have

Due to my time living and working in the

nothing more than giving back to the

been provided numerous opportunities

UK and the training that I have undergone

industry and my home country, where I

in terms of training and development.

I have been able to return to the Maldives

started my career.

Had I not moved to the UK; I would not

and deliver training to the GEMS at Six

I moved to the UK in 2012 and have been

have had the chance to work for Steven

Senses Laamu and the front and back of

working abroad now for eight years.

Randolph, the owner of Randolph’s who is

house teams at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu.

is in the UK. I love that there are never two days alike

‘demanding’ guest happy. I enjoy managing and training my team and particularly enjoy being part of their developmental journey to success.

How long have you been working abroad?

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I would like to be a freelance training the

Maldives

hospitality

self-develop and progress. I would enjoy


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CROSSROADS MALDIVES APPOINTS SHUMAES RASHEED AS CLUSTER MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER Crossroads Maldives has announced the

Phase one of the integrated development

appointment of Shumaes Rasheed as

opened in late 2019, and features two

their Cluster Marketing Communications

lifestyle hotels, SAii Lagoon Maldives

Manager to spearhead the marketing

and Hard Rock Hotel Maldives, both of

communications of Hard Rock Hotel

which have direct access to extensive

Maldives and SAii Lagoon Maldives,

facilities at The Marina @ Crossroads, an

Curio Collection by Hilton.

800-metre lifestyle area and beach walk featuring retail, entertainment and dining

With over 14 years of experience,

outlets.

Shumaes began his career with the leading local advertising agency Think

The facilities include a 30-berth marina,

Advertising and has filled a number of

the Junior Beach Club and Camp,

key roles within the hospitality industry

the Crossroads Event Hall, Maldives

including Sheraton Maldives, Maldives

Discovery Centre and Marine Discovery

Marketing & PR Corporation (MMPRC),

Centre – the project’s environmental and

Jumeirah Vittaveli, Brennia Maldives and

educational hub.

most recently at OZEN Reserve Bolifushi prior to his appointment.

SAii Lagoon Maldives is aimed at light-

seafood grill and bar, and Mr Tomyam,

as the Hard Rock Cafe, Body Rock fitness

which serves Thai-inspired cuisine with

centre, Rock Spa, Rock Shop, and eclectic

an open kitchen and outdoor decks.

dining and entertainment experiences.

hearted couples, families and groups of Crossroads Maldives, Indian Ocean’s first

fun-seeking friends. Each room, suite

Hard Rock Hotel Maldives is an upbeat

Crafted from tales of the past and

and only integrated leisure destination,

and villa – including overwater rooms and

international resort that showcases the

designed

encompasses nine idyllic islands fringing

pool villas – blends contemporary design

spirit of this famous music-themed brand.

Crossroads Maldives is the next chapter

the Emboodhoo Lagoon in the South Male

with natural textures and driftwood décor,

The 178 rooms, suites and villas, including

in the story of one of the world’s most

Atoll, three of which have been used as

while its unique culinary concepts include

overwater pool villas, are complemented

amazing destinations.

the first phase of the project.

Miss Olive Oyl, the vibrant Mediterranean

by signature amenities for all ages, such

to

inspire

the

present,

RAFFLES MALDIVES MERADHOO WELCOMES MATAI GILROY AS ITS NEW DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING Raffles

Maldives

Meradhoo

has

the Maldives such a uniquely idyllic and

announced the appointment of Matai

indulgent holiday destination. In his new

Gilroy as its new Director of Sales and

role, he will help to define the strategies,

Marketing.

initiatives and campaigns that will ensure the recently opened and intimate 38-villa

From Tahiti and resident in Bangkok,

resort is recognized as one of the Indian

Matai commenced his two-decade-long

Ocean’s most desirable retreats.

career in hospitality in his home nation, with roles in reservations and night

Key amenities at the property include

management before specializing in sales.

its two spectacular house reefs (home to

He most recently held Director of Sales

22 resident hawksbill turtles), distinctive

and Marketing roles at Thailand’s W

Marine Butlers concept and its newly

Retreat Koh Samui and Niyama Private

unveiled, vast and spectacular Royal

Islands in the Maldives.

Residence villa. An accomplished free diver and surfer, Matai is looking forward

From an island himself and having

to showcasing Raffles Maldives Meradhoo

always worked in luxury beach resorts

spectacular setting in the remote and

rather than urban properties, he arrives

unblemished Gaafu Alifu atoll as well as

at Raffles Maldives Meradhoo with an

the exemplary service and attention to

innate understanding of what makes

detail its accomplished team will offer.

Speaking about his appointment, Matai

and peace in a setting that is as close as

said: “Raffles is an iconic brand with a rich

can be to the wonders of nature. I look

history and bright future. I am excited to

forward to working with our partners

be part of the Raffles Maldives Meradhoo

to spread the word about what makes

team, promoting a resort that is perfect

Raffles Maldives Meradhoo so special.”

for those who want exclusivity, intimacy


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REETHI BEACH RESORT APPOINTS ZAYAN FAYAZ AS MARKETING MANAGER elite digital businesses in Maldives, by

travelling can’t be predicted anymore,

enabling online strategies and modern

due to unexpected situations such as

solutions within the company.

borders closing, flights being reschedule, etc. Being a dynamic/versatile business

“I find that the originality of Reethi Beach

person is vital now more than ever.

has always stuck around and the loyal guests keep coming back,” Zayan said.

Reethi Beach Resort is located on a tiny

“That shows dependability, consistency

island in Baa Atoll. The resort can be

and customer satisfaction. Building on

reached through a scenic 35-minute

that will further grow Reethi Beach to

seaplane flight from Male. Its elegant

become even more successful and I can’t

villas are built from natural materials

wait for that success to materialize. I

in a typical Maldivian-style, providing

used to work with Reethi Beach before

comfort in a simple yet contemporary

and it would be an understatement to say

setting. These villas are set amid tropical

I’m excited to be back.”

foliage, fringing a long expanse of powder-soft beach, or on stilts over the

Reethi Beach Resort has maintained an

Maldives” in Male’ for the last 3 years.

exemplary reputation for over 21 years

Although the organization had many

in the resort industry and is now making

successes validated by IGMH, STELCO,

strides

growth

Seagull Group, Rahaa Resort and others,

through modern strategies in 2020.

Zayan decided to close the Maldivian

Amidst the pandemic, Reethi Beach

branch.

towards

exponential

Resort has appointed Zayan Fayaz as their new Marketing Manager, following

Bringing those 3 years of success, Reethi

his entrepreneurial experience at “Ore

Beach Resort now plans to join the

Zayan noted that the new changes in the

clear blue lagoon. There are 5 restaurants

tourism industry are probably here to

and 5 bars, poolside and beachfront.

stay. OTAs growing, tour operators and

Facilities include a PADI 5-star dive

travel agents going digital, virtual events

centre, a spa & wellness retreat, a water

and other such happenings may be very

sports centre, a sports complex and a

relevant to the pandemic, but many

wide variety of group/private excursions

aspects of these changes will remain,

have been carefully selected to explore

even if it passes. Many businesses are

the untouched beauty of Baa Atoll and

being forced to find their way within this

the rich culture of its inhabitants.

“uncomfortable situation”. For example,


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TRANS MALDIVIAN AIRWAYS SIGNS AS SEAPLANE PARTNER FOR MALDIVES VIRTUAL TOUR Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA) has signed

TMA Chief Executive Officer A. U. M.

as the seaplane partner for Maldives

Fawzy. “TMA presently flies to more than

Virtual Tour.

80 resort destinations in the Maldives and we look forward to contributing in this

Maldives Virtual Tour is the breathtaking

innovative project. This will help in not

360° virtual tours of Maldives offering

only creating wonderful digital content

next-level

with

but also eventually present virtual tours of

over 2000 virtual tours of over 150

Maldives for travelers across the world.”

virtual

experiences

different islands of Maldives. Under this partnership TMA will facilitate travel to

Maldives Virtual Tour project is scheduled

all destinations around the Maldives to

to be officially launched at TTM Travel

create virtual tours enabling travelers

Summit 2020. The project is scheduled to

across the globe to virtually discover

be completed by 2021.

Maldives anywhere anytime with their fingertips.

Maldives Virtual Tour is carried out by Orca Media Group in collaboration with

“We are delighted to partner with Orca

the Ministry of Tourism and Maldives

Media Group in order to make the Maldives

Marketing & Public Relations Corporation

Virtual Tour Project a big success,” said

(MMPRC).

OOREDOO MALDIVES INAUGURATES DIGITAL KIOSK FOR TOURISTS AT VELANA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT! held at the Velana International Airport.

to help them stay connected with their

The event was also attended by CEO &

friends and family during their stay, on

MD of MACL, Mr. Gordon Andrew, MD

the best network in the Maldives.”

of MMPRC, Mr. Thoyyib Mohamed, Chief Executive of CAM, Mr. Ilyas Ahmed,

Ooredoo

Digital

kiosk

at

Velana

Ooredoo Maldives Board Director, Uza.

International Airport established right in

Dheena Hussain.

front of the Arrivals provides 24/7 access to:

“Ooredoo being a community focused

Tourist SIM Cards

company, we have always thrived to

Bill Payments

boost the economy and enrich the lives

Recharge Services

of the people of our communities through

Faisaa Cash in Services

digital,” said Chief Commercial Officer of Ooredoo Maldives, Hussain Niyaz. “As

Ooredoo Maldives has recently launched

we continue the fight against the ongoing

a destination Marketing Campaign – Visit

global pandemic, Maldives has been able

Maldives Now, reaching its international

to establish a Safe Haven and welcome

network of over 117 million people across

travellers from around the globe to enjoy

10 countries to help the nation kickstart

the sunny side of life. As service providers,

its tourism at a faster pace.

Ooredoo Maldives today inaugurated

under the current circumstances to

we believe that it is our duty to use our

a Digital Kiosk especially for tourists at

ensure safety for its customers as well as

strengths to contribute to the nationwide

Velana International Airport. The 24-

its employees.

efforts in restoring the Maldives tourism

hour self-service Digital Kiosk enables

industry and ensuring the safety of our

contactless registration, payments and

Ooredoo Digital Kiosk for tourists was

travellers in every way possible. Today

instant dispatching of tourist SIMs.

officially inaugurated today by Honorable

we have established our Digital Kiosk for

The company believes that providing

Minister

Abdulla

tourists at Velana International Airport

contactless and fast services is crucial

Mausoom at a special event launch event

enabling contactless services to travellers

of

Tourism,

Dr.


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QATAR AIRWAYS NETWORK TO EXPAND TO MORE THAN 90 DESTINATIONS our network is not only on restarting

the provision of Personal Protective

destinations but also operating as many

Equipment (PPE) for cabin crew and

frequencies as possible to provide our

a complimentary protective kit and

passengers the flexibility to travel when

disposable face shields for passengers.

they want.

Business Class passengers on aircraft equipped with Qsuite can enjoy the

“By continuing to fly during the pandemic

enhanced privacy this award-winning

while others stopped, we have gained the

business seat provides, including sliding

trust of passengers as an airline they can

privacy partitions and the option to use a

rely on. We have taken more international

‘Do Not Disturb (DND)’ indicator. Qsuite

passengers home than any other airline

is available on flights to more than 30

during this pandemic and as entry

destinations including Frankfurt, Kuala

restrictions ease, we remain focused

Lumpur, London and New York. For full

on our fundamental mission of carrying

details of all the measures that have been

passengers across the globe safely and

implemented onboard and in HIA, please

reliably. There are still millions of people

visit qatarairways.com/safety.

who have not been able to be reunited with their friends and families and it

Qatar

Airways

operations

are

not

is heartwarming to know our growing

dependent on any specific aircraft type.

network will provide them an opportunity

The airline’s variety of modern fuel-

to travel home or take a trip to see loved

efficient aircraft has meant it can continue

ones.”

flying by offering the right capacity in each market. Due to COVID-19’s

Qatar Airways continues to lead the

aviation industry offering more global connectivity than any other airline. With

the airline’s network never falling below 30 destinations since the onset of the

pandemic, the resumption of services to Amman, Entebbe, Hanoi, Seychelles,

Windhoek and Yerevan and the launch of new flights to Accra will see the airline’s

global network more than triple in size by mid-October. The airline’s resilience and

commitment to providing connectivity has also seen it launch several new

destinations since the start of the pandemic, including Accra, Brisbane and

To ensure travellers can plan their travel

impact on travel demand, the airline has

Dhaka (increased to seven weekly

with peace of mind, the airline has

taken the decision to ground its fleet of

flights from 19 September)

extended its booking policies to offer even

Airbus A380s as it is not commercially

Entebbe (three weekly flights starting

more choice to its passengers. The airline

or environmentally justifiable to operate

2 October)

will allow unlimited date changes, and

such a large aircraft in the current market.

Hanoi (four weekly flights starting 3

passengers can change their destination

The airline’s fleet of 49 Airbus A350 and

October)

as often as they need if it is within 5,000

30 Boeing 787 are the ideal choice for the

Madrid (increasing to 10 weekly

miles of the original destination. The

most strategically important long-haul

flights from 1 October)

airline will not charge any fare differences

routes to Africa, the Americas, Europe

Manchester (increasing to 17 weekly

for travel completed before 31 December

and Asia-Pacific regions.

flights from 15 October)

2020, after which fare rules will apply.

Manila (increasing to 17 weekly flights

All tickets booked for travel up to 31

Qatar

from 2 October)

December 2020 will be valid for two

Hamad

years from the date of issuance. For full

has

starting 15 October)

terms and conditions visit qatarairways.

procedures and applied social distancing

Stockholm (increasing to 10 weekly

com/RelyOnUs.

measures

throughout

Passenger

touchpoints

Seychelles

(three

weekly

flights

flights from 15 October)

Cebu. •

Windhoek

(three

weekly

flights

Airways’

home

International

implemented

and

Airport

stringent its are

hub, (HIA),

cleaning terminals. sanitized

According to the latest IATA data,

every 10-15 minutes and boarding gates

starting 15 October)

Qatar Airways has become the largest

and bus gate counters are cleaned after

Yerevan (five weekly flights started 15

international carrier between April to

each flight. In addition, hand sanitizers

management has enabled it to quickly

September, increasing to daily from 5

July by fulfilling its mission of taking

are provided at immigration and security

resume flights and expand services in line

October)

people home. This enabled the airline

screening points. HIA was recently ranked

to accumulate unmatched experience in

“Third Best Airport in the World”, among

The airline’s variety of fuel-efficient efficient aircraft and strategic network

with passenger demand. The following destinations are planned to resume flights

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive,

carrying passengers safely and reliably

550 airports worldwide, by the SKYTRAX

or increase frequencies:

His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said:

and uniquely positioned the airline to

World Airport Awards 2020. HIA was

“We are proud to be the leading global

effectively rebuild its network. The carrier

also voted the ‘Best Airport in the Middle

Amman (daily flights started 15

airline connecting passengers with the

has stringently implemented the most

East’ for the sixth year in a row and ‘Best

September, carriage of passengers

world, helping take people safely and

advanced safety and hygiene measures

Staff Service in the Middle East’ for the

limited to AMM-DOH only)

sustainably to where they need to be.

on board its aircraft and in Hamad

fifth year in a row.

Clark (increasing to nine weekly

Having one of the youngest, most fuel-

International Airport.

flights from 20 September)

efficient fleets enables us to be agile and

Copenhagen (increasing to 10 weekly

respond quickly to passenger demand.

Qatar Airways’ onboard safety measures

flights from 15 October)

Our focus throughout the rebuild of

for passengers and cabin crew include

• •


18 AVIATION

EDELWEISS RETURNS TO THE MALDIVIAN SKIES!

Edelweiss has returned to the Maldivian

to its routes for the coming autumn

skies with its first scheduled fight that

vacations.

arrived at Velana International Airport on 27th September 2020.

Flights

between

Zurich

and

Male

(Maldives) can currently be booked for The Swiss leisure airline resumed its

travel between September 2020 and

operations twice a week from Zurich

September 2021 through their website:

directly to Male’.

flyedelweiss.com

Patrick Heymann, Chief Commercial

Switzerland is the 13th highest performing

Officer of Edelweiss commented on the

market in terms of tourist arrivals to

resumption, “Over 1,200 islands in the

Maldives as well as one of the important

Indian Ocean with its crystal clear water

traditional markets. A total of 33,829

offer divers and snorkelers a breathtaking

tourist arrivals were recorded from

backdrop. Almost nowhere is there so

Switzerland to Maldives in 2019, which is

much privacy as on the many beautiful,

an increase of 2.6% compared to 2018.

small islands.” Featured Images: Velana International With Maldives route, Edelweiss continues

Airport

to add another luxury vacation destination

The carrier has been steadily increasing

will also have the option to add ancillary

its operations since July and continues to

services to their holiday experience,

operate all-cargo flights and repatriation

including airport transfers, sightseeing

flights in addition to its published

packages, UAE visa facilitation, car rental

schedule. The new service to the Maldives

and excursions.

will give passengers more access to a holiday destination from Dubai and

flydubai has recently introduced a new

further afield whether connecting on the

COVID-19 cover to encourage more

flydubai network or through its codeshare

people to travel with ease of mind

with Emirates.

knowing that they will be looked after at every step of their journey. Passengers

FLYDUBAI TO MALDIVES FROM 27 OCTOBER! Dubai-based

airline,

flydubai

In line with the comprehensive COVID-19

booking with flydubai for travel between

safe tourism guidelines and hygiene

01 September and 30 November 2020

certification programme issued by the

will automatically receive free global

Maldivian Ministry of Tourism in June,

cover for COVID-19. The new service

all 156 resorts situated in the island

covers

nation will be required to take protective

and quarantine costs if diagnosed with

measures, ensuring the safety of tourists

COVID-19 during their trip. In the UAE,

and also staff working in the industry.

flydubai has also partnered with Aster DM

passengers’

health

expenses

Healthcare and NMC Healthcare to offer Sudhir Sreedharan, Senior Vice President

passengers PCR testing at special rates.

has

destinations flydubai operates to 40

of Commercial Operations (UAE, GCC,

To take advantage of these special rates,

announced today the resumption of

across its network in Africa, Central

Africa and the Indian Subcontinent) at

passengers must be able to present a

flights to Malé, the capital of the island

Asia, Europe, Indian Subcontinent and

flydubai, said: “We are pleased to restart

valid flydubai booking confirmation along

nation, the Maldives. The service, which

the Middle East. Commenting on the

our operations to the Maldives. This has

with their Emirates ID or passport copy.

the carrier initially operated between

start of flights to Malé, Ghaith Al Ghaith,

always been a popular destination for

2013 and 2018, will be reinstated from

Chief Executive Officer at flydubai, said:

our passengers in the UAE, GCC and

flydubai’s

27 October due to popular demand as

“We continue to see signs of recovery as

the Russian speaking markets who are

been redesigned to enable travel in a

the Indian Ocean destination welcomed

more countries start to lift restrictions on

seeking a beach holiday. With Holidays

safe environment that minimizes crew

back tourists of all nationalities earlier

international travel. Working together,

by flydubai expanding its hotels and

and passenger contact. Passengers are

this summer.

all the stakeholders in the travel industry

ancillary offering, we are now able to

required to make sure that they are up to

have a role to play to safeguard travel

offer our passengers full packages at

date with the regulations from the IATA

flydubai flights will operate 4 times a week

in this new environment enabling more

affordable prices whether they choose to

Travel Centre for their whole journey,

to Malé on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

people to travel confidently. We remain

fly in Business or Economy.”

and follow the guidance issued by the

and Saturdays. Flight FZ 1569 will depart

agile in our operations and committed to

from Terminal 3, Dubai International

gradually adding more flights to further

By

sourced

has restarted its visa on arrival facility.

(DXB) at 10:35 and the return flight FZ

support the flow of trade and tourism

wholesale hotel rates and rates provided

Passengers must complete a “Traveller

1570 will depart from Maldives’ Ibrahim

around the region as we look ahead to

by third parties with competitive airfares,

Health Declaration” 24 hours before

Nasir International Airport (MLE) at 23:30

this new way of travel in the months to

Holidays by flydubai offers extremely

arrival at https://imuga.immigration.gov.

(local time). This brings the number of

come.”

competitive travel packages. Customers

mv/.

passenger

experience

has

authorities and the airline. The Maldives combining

internally


TRAVEL TECH 19

5 CONTACTLESS TECHNOLOGIES GAINING ACCEPTANCE IN TRAVEL AND TOURISM INDUSTRY companies

are

using

contactless

in 53 elevators at the airport, can be

technologies to ensure the safety and

controlled by gestures, allowing people to

wellbeing of passengers, especially in

command an elevator without physically

transportation and lodging.

pressing any buttons.

Biometric boarding

Contactless hospitality

Beijing Capital International Airport has

Dutch hotel chain citizenM has launched

partnered with Swiss tech company SITA

a smart mobile application to offer

to automate entire passenger journey

customers contactless stays at its hotels.

using biometric technologies. From the

The app helps guests to check-in and out

airport check-in and bag drop to security

digitally. Guests can also control lights,

clearance and final boarding, passengers

blinds and temperature inside their rooms

can just walk through the designated

using a smartphone.

lanes equipped with facial recognition systems.

Contactless check-in

Disinfection robots Hong Kong International Airport has deployed intelligent sterilization robot

Singapore’s Changi Airport has deployed

to rapidly disinfect passenger facilities

contactless kiosks to automate the check-

and public areas. The autonomous robot,

As the government authorities across

pandemic became a wakeup call for the

in process for passengers. The kiosks

equipped with ultraviolet lights and an air

several

travel

travel and tourism industry to accelerate

are integrated with infrared proximity

sterilizer, can sterilize its surroundings in

restrictions move forward post pandemic,

investments in contactless technologies

sensors, which can identify the motion of

10 minutes with 99.99% accuracy.

airports and hotels are trying to re-build

like biometric check-in at airports and

a passenger’s finger as they point towards

confidence in travelers. With all this,

keyless hotel entry, which significantly

the options on the screen.

contactless technologies are proving to

reduce potential risks associated with

be a game changer for the industry.

physical touchpoints.”

countries

relax

air

Contactless elevators

Other key use cases of contactless technologies promoting safety in the industry

Abu Dhabi International Airport has

automated

include hand

thermal

screening,

sanitizers,

mobile

According to Sneha Nigade, Disruptive

The Innovation Explorer database of

partnered with UAE tech startup Meta

apps enabling touchless entry to tourist

Tech Analyst at GlobalData, a leading data

GlobalData’s

Intelligence

Touch to install touchless elevator panel

destinations and contactless payments.

and analytics company: “The COVID-19

Center reveals how travel and tourism

technology. The control panel, installed

Disruptor


20 AWARDS/ LISTINGS / FEATURES

KAGI MALDIVES FEATURES AMONG FORBES’ FIVE IMMERSIVE NEW WELLNESS RESORTS TO PLAN AHEAD FOR The newest addition to Crown and

Baani Spa will offer a personalized

Champa Resorts portfolio, Kagi Maldives,

outcome-focused

has been featured among the “Five

designed to take guests on a journey to

Immersive New Wellness Resorts To Plan

Release, Restore and Regain. Expect four

Ahead For” by Forbes.

treatment rooms with outdoor bathing

wellness

program

facilities, a relaxation lounge, beauty The five-star Kagi Maldives Spa Island

salon, yoga and sound-healing studio,

is a boutique 50-villa property providing

steam rooms and spa boutique, with

travelers with a 360 degree wellness

alternative therapies and fitness classes

experience, just a 15-minute seaplane or

among the wellness experiences. You can

60-minute speedboat ride from Velana

then use the rest of your time to snorkel,

International Airport.

dive and take catamaran trips offshore and tuck into dishes highlighting locally

Esteemed architect Yuji Yamazaki is

and sustainably sourced ingredients.

behind the resort’s design, bringing together a 1,500-sq-m spa featuring

Kagi Maldives offers a soulful island

teardrop-shaped sky roof, state-of-the-

experience where equilibrium can be

art gym, dive center, two restaurants,

found in its iconic over water spa or in the

three bars and a wine cellar, along with

underwater paradise.

50 villas across Beach Pool, Lagoon Pool and Ocean Pool categories.


ACCOMMODATION

21

WORLD TOURISM DAY 2020! DISCOVER 5 WAYS TO HAVE A TRUE MALDIVES EXPERIENCE World

Tourism

Organisation

has

designated 2020 as the Year of Tourism and Rural Development. “Tourism helps

Explore coral stone mosques in islands

Go wreck diving

Marine conservation programs

Maldives is an ideal destination for diving

While you’re on your luxurious holiday,

Whichever atoll you are staying in, one of

among caves, tunnels and shipwrecks.

take some time and help conserve the

rural communities hold onto their unique

the top activities on your list should be

Some of the most spectacular shipwrecks

beautiful environment in Maldives. There

natural and cultural heritage, supporting

exploring coral stone mosques in islands.

lie on the ocean floor of this tropical

are many ways you can do this, with

conservation projects, including those

The coral stone mosques of Maldives are

diving paradise. Divers can get to witness

several resorts offering various marine

safeguarding

species,

a series of culturally and architecturally

how marine ecosystems adapt to take

conservation programs. The Reethi Faru

lost traditions or flavours,” said Zurab

unique sites. The mosques are assembled

over these sunken relics, and explore the

eco-resort features a coral garden to

Pololikashvili,

from porite coral stone (hirigaa) hewn

sunken treasures beneath the deep blue

create a sustainable long-term project

from the reef, and with their combination

sea. The Rannamaari Wreck at Angsana

to help preserve and conserve the coral

endangered UNWTO

Secretary-

General.

of carved coral stone and timber lacquer

Ihuru is a sand dredger that was brought

reefs at Reethi Faru Resort. They also

As we mark the importance of tourism in

work represent a cultural fusion found

to create deliberate wreck diving. But it

started a Manta ID Project and a Turtle

promoting and preserving our rich culture,

nowhere else in the world. Maldives

had not waited for the arranged date for

ID Project.

here are 5 ways you, as a tourist, can have

has more than 26 coral stone mosques

its sinking and sank on its own to the final

an authentic Maldives experience during

throughout the country.

resting-place, like a true wreck on 25

your vacation.

Visit a Cultural Attraction in the Capital City

Experience traditional dining The island nation features some of the best dishes you’ll ever feast on! Almost

The Maldives might be one of the

every island has at least one restaurant

smallest countries you’ve seen but the

and is home to many small tea shops,

attractions here are many. If you’re

but most importantly, you will never

someone interested in art and culture, the

run out of options because of the warm

National Museum is a must. The Museum

hospitality. However, to take your dining

is home to a varied range of artefacts

experience to the next level, go onboard

of the country’s rich cultural history,

the only restaurant in the world set on

including a coral stone head of Buddha

a boat in a lagoon featuring gourmet

from the Maldivian island Thoddoo

dishes of inspired island cuisine from the

dating back to the 11th century. Another

Maldivian Spice Route. At the Ba’theli

popular attraction is the Hukuru Miskiy,

lounge & restaurant in Milaidhoo resort,

the oldest mosque in the Maldives. A

guests dine on the ‘deck’ of the restaurant

peaceful garden and a 17th-century

where, underneath starry night skies, the

cemetery encircle the mosque, which was

team of chefs deliver an island influenced

placed on the UNESCO World Heritage

menu of locally inspired and sourced

Site tentative list in 2013.

dishes.

April 1999.


22 ACCOMMODATION

HIDE AWAY IN THE MALDIVES AT HIDEAWAY BEACH RESORT & SPA FROM 15TH NOVEMBER procedures. Additionally, staff have been

range of treatments for rejuvenation and

given enhanced training sessions on

relaxation. The abundance of fish life

personal hygiene.

around this Maldives resort is second to none, making it a prime location for

Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa – the

snorkeling and scuba diving.

perfect island retreat in the Maldives, is located in northern Haa Alifu Atoll.

The perfect Maldives retreat, Hideaway

An exclusive all-suite Maldives resort

offers the utmost in romance and is one

for those who demand genuine luxury

of the preferred destination for those

and the utmost in privacy with a bevy of

celebrating their honeymoon. Families

wellness focused activities for the guests

are very welcome at Hideaway, with an

to enjoy.

extensive Kids Club available to help keep young travelers entertained during

Set on a crescent-shaped private island,

their stay.

this incredible resort offers a choice of Plan your perfect hide away in the

The resort has implemented health and

private villas or private villas with pools

“The Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa

Maldives at Hideaway Beach Resort &

safety protocols with enhanced training

for its guests to unwind and enjoy a home

is excited to welcome back the entire

Spa at Dhonakulhi Island as they reopen

for all team members to ensure the

away from home. Beachside or over the

community,” a statement by the resort

from 15th November 2020.

highest level of protection is provided to

water villas and the associated privacy

read. “All resort team members are

both guests and team members. These

levels offered are the hallmark of this

thrilled to once again provide excellent

Hideaway Beach Resort will kick-off the

new safety protocols aim to reduce

award-winning destination, which boasts

guest service, warmth of hospitality

return and resume its operations with

the risk for COVID-19 exposure at the

some of the largest beachfront villas in

and appreciate our guests’ loyalty. The

some great new additions to the huge

resort. These include screenings and

Maldives.

team has worked diligently to establish

30-hectare property with an already good

temperature checks for employees, who

number of beach and water villa options

will be required to wear masks. Social

Gourmands, Foodies and food lovers

culture and safe experience so that you

available - 9 to be exact. A new category

distancing also will be implemented

alike can indulge in an award-winning

- our esteemed guest - can say ‘hakuna

of beach villas at the highest level called

throughout the property. Daily protective

culinary experience. Wellbeing is a

matata’ - it means no worries, kick back,

Royal Residence will be introduced with

measures

handling,

core part of the Hideaway experience,

and enjoy a relaxing retreat away from

the reopening.

sanitization, disinfection, and cleaning

with the divine Hideaway Spa offering a

everything.”

regarding

food

measures that will deliver a luxury service

REETHI FARU RESORT OFFERS IN-HOUSE PCR TESTING •

Each PCR Test will be done through

the final touches on the Re-opening

our

team

Safety Pledge taken to ensure a safe

whenever possible, in the resort

holiday experience for guests. Enhanced

and results will be received before

services include online check-in and

departure.

the freedom of space, allowing for safe

Reservations for PCR testing should

physical distancing in public areas. All

be made latest 4 days prior to

consideration has been made to ensure

departure.

that the guest’s “one island, one resort”

Reservations for PCR testing will

experience remains that of a true Holiday

prioritize guests with compulsory

in Paradise.

well-trained

medical

requirement for certificate to travel •

from the Maldives.

Reethi Faru Resort is a Bio Luxury resort,

Airline or Government requirement

situated in Raa Atoll, on the small island

Reethi Faru Resort is offering in-house

certificate for their return travel journey,

document has to be presented upon

of Filaidhoo with a unique, beautiful

PCR testing facility for all the guests,

Reethi Faru is facilitating PCR testing

making the PCR testing reservation in

house reef. All 150 rooms feature a mini

eliminating the need to travel out of the

for those guests with this compulsory

order for our team to prioritize and

bar, safety deposit box, satellite TV, tea &

resort to a testing facility.

requirement.

arrange the needful.

coffee making facilities, a partly open-air bathroom equipped with toiletries. Reethi

Following the most recent requirements

Where applicable, the PCR Testing

Just two weeks away from Reethi

Faru has different bars and restaurants

from airlines and countries for their

Procedure will be as follows: Supplement

Faru Resort reopening post COVID-19

across the island, with each having their

travelers to provide a negative PCR test

cost of USD 150.00 per person:

pandemic, the resort’s teams are putting

own unique experiences.


ACCOMMODATION 23

WHAT MAKES WALDORF ASTORIA MALDIVES ITHAAFUSHI AIRPORT SERVICE UNIQUE?

A Well-Experienced Airport Concierge Team

welcomed, the airport concierge assists

every arrival and departure guests, which

Guests can select from 10 indulgent

the guest luggage and will be further

is incomparable with any other luxury

dining venues such as The Ledge which

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi’s

taken care of until boarded on to a

resort in the Maldives. The fleet has six

was created by Dave Pynt, the culinary

airport team is consisting of eight

luxury yacht. Likewise, all departure

luxury yachts which include a Majesty

mastermind behind Singapore’s Michelin-

dedicated Airport Concierges who have

guests are escorted from their luxury

70 the biggest private luxury yacht in the

starred Burnt Ends restaurant, and

proven track record in renowned luxury

yacht, assist guest luggage, complete

Maldives, comprises of lavish interiors

features elevated barbecue that can be

hotel brands and the aviation industry.

security checkpoints and do the flight

and bedroom for guests to relax and enjoy

savoured against the stunning backdrop

Notably, it is the resort Airport Manager

check-in for every resort guest. After the

after long haul flights. This luxury yachts

of the Indian Ocean. Discerning guests

who brings a wealth of knowledge

completion of the formalities, the airport

transfer and curated amenities makes

can also dine amongst the treetops at

and experience from previous thriving

concierge team will bid fond farewell for

every guest first and last impression

Terra while enjoying spectacular views

resort pre-openings. His expertise at

their departure guests. Waldorf Astoria

unforgettable. It surely would make

of the ocean and horizon, or bask in the

Maldivian air taxi and island aviation

Maldives airport concierges undergo

every moment worth it, and memorable.

magnificent sunset at Amber, the resort’s

services at Velana International Airport

various Hilton training programs, and

During the rainy days, luggage is covered

signature bar.

is a massive advantage in leading the

they are certified with South African

with special protectors, which makes the

team in a similar field. The genuine and

Butler Academy training (SABA) during

guest feels that none of their valuable

Waldorf

Astoria

positive attitude towards welcoming the

the pre-opening at the resort.

belongings is soaked wet while loading

operates

with

guests is remarkable and the innovative

and unloading to the yachts. This would

standard of cleanliness and disinfection

ideas to create a genuine service is an

make it convenient for the guests to be

of the proprietary Hilton CleanStay

boarded into their luxury yacht even in

program while adhering to the Maldivian

the rainy weather.

health and safety guidelines.

gate, an exclusive Waldorf Astoria Wi-Fi

Situated in one of the most beautiful,

From arrival to check-in and throughout

Airport Concierge team is the face of the

will be offered to the guests. Guests will

sought-after locations in the world, the

the entire stay, guests can experience

Waldorf Astoria brand in the Maldives,

be connecting with the same Wi-Fi at

award-winning Waldorf Astoria Maldives

an elevated standard of cleanliness and

providing Hilton’s light and warmth of

their luxury yacht until they reach their

Ithaafushi offers guests unparalleled,

sanitization which build upon Hilton’s

hospitality to every guest and creates

dream destination. Similarly, until the

bespoke

already high standards of housekeeping

extraordinary first and last impression.

guests’ departure, the same Wi-Fi access

experiences. Sleek and spectacular, with

and

The Airport Concierge team, welcomes

is given to the guests while waiting at the

unprecedented privacy, Waldorf Astoria

cleaning

the guests at the airport arrival gate,

airline check-in counters.

Maldives Ithaafushi inspires extraordinary

protocols are currently in place. For more

journeys for the soul. From extensive

information about Hilton CleanStay, visit

outdoor adventure options, including

https://www.hilton.com/en/corporate/

snorkeling and diving in the fascinating

cleanstay/

Stay connected with highunforgettable experience for all the speed exclusive Waldorf Astoria Maldives Wi-Fi. arrival and departure guests.

Maldives an

Ithaafushi

industry-leading

Upon receiving of the guests at the arrival

A True Waldorf Service

with a hand on the heart gesture, demonstrating a sense of kindness and genuine hospitality.

The biggest luxury yacht fleet for guest transportation in the Maldives.

service

and

unforgettable

underwater world, to the mesmerizing

personalized

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi has

Waldorf Astoria Spa, guests are spoilt for

service from the moment guests are

the biggest luxury yacht fleet arranged for

choice.

To

provide

authentic

hygiene

where

products

hospital-grade and

upgraded


24 ACCOMMODATION

EXPERIENCE LUXURY AT PULLMAN MALDIVES WITH MAAMUTAA ESCAPE OFFER however adopted the latest enhanced

providing guests with everything they

resort cleaning practices and guidelines

could possibly need.

received from the local authorities in both operational processes and health

Escape to this tranquil, relaxed beach

measures to ensure both resort guests and

resort and discover a safe paradise at

employees are confident in the cleanliness

ease. A perfect blend of serenity, comfort,

and safety of the resort. Visit COVID-19

luxury, and adventure to be found when

Measures for more information.

you are looking out for an exquisite getaway amidst the pristine beaches

Grand

Park

Kodhipparu,

Maldives,

and exotic tropical surroundings. An

located in North Malé Atoll, a mere

affordable luxury resort in the Maldives

20 minutes by speedboat from Velana

with unforgettable experiences while

International Airport, has been designed

you make moments in time. Paradise on

Grand Park Kodhipparu, Maldives has

To ensure the highest level of protection

by the world-renowned Hirsch Bedner

earth, your exclusive address in beautiful

introduced free of charge PCR test

is provided to both guests and team

Associates to deliver an experience

Maldives awaits.

required prior to the guest’s departure,

members,

Kodhipparu,

that is as luxurious as it is at one with

as an added value for stays more than

Maldives has implemented health and

its incredible natural surroundings. 120

To book your stress-free vacation in a safe

7 nights. All tests are facilitated by

safety protocols with enhanced training

idyllic beachfront and overwater villas,

paradise visit Grand Park Kodhipparu,

the resort with the assistance of their

for all team members, in order to ensure

including 65 with their own private pools,

Maldives – Promotions or mail your

resident doctor without having the guest

a relaxing holiday can be experienced

a large infinity pool overlooking the vistas

enquiries to rsvn.gpkd@parkhotelgroup.

to travel out of the island ensuring that

by their discerning guests. The resort’s

of the Indian Ocean, stellar culinary

com . This offer is valid for all guests

the guest enjoy the stay in ultimate luxury

certified cleanliness, health, and safety

experiences in three dining outlets, a

travelling to the Maldives till 31 March

of relaxation. Simply book your dream

standards have always been in compliance

world-class award-winning spa, a fully

2021

vacation direct by emailing or by visiting

with the global and local authorities.

equipped dive and water sports centre,

their website.

Grand Park Kodhipparu, Maldives has

a recreation beach club and a kids club

Grand

Park

BAROS MALDIVES TO RE-OPEN ON 1ST OCTOBER WITH A BRAND NEW RESIDENCE Baros Maldives will re-open its shores

island, the Residence is blessed with the

on 1st October 2020 and this is the first

warm rays of the Baros sunrise. Featuring

time the resort’s new Baros Residence is

a lush tropical garden, a 21sqm pool and

available for guests, offering more privacy

a sun deck with direct beach access to

and space as well as some fabulous

a pristine white sand beach, the Baros

extras.

Residence is a secluded haven.

The brand new Baros Residence Villa

Upon arrival, guests of the Residence

maintains the authentic yet luxurious

will receive a welcome gift hamper. For

Maldivian style that personifies Baros,

every day of their holiday, guests can

adding

enjoy private in-villa breakfast, freshly

to

collection.

the

resort’s

Designed

for

spectacular guests

to

prepared tropical fruit platters with

experience true Baros bliss in privacy,

delicious canapés at sunset, and be

the singular Residence provides the

attended by a dedicated butler to cater

ultimate indoor-outdoor space in the

to their every need. Guests who book the

seclusion of a garden retreat. It is a piece

Residence for more than five nights will

of Baros exclusive to guests staying in the

be given the opportunity to have a unique

Residence. The only visitors will be the

dining experience, breakfast one morning

assigned personal butler and staff.

on the beautiful Piano Deck in the middle of the island’s turquoise lagoon.

In the Residence’s palatial 270sqm, guests have the freedom of space as well

Guest staying in the Residence will be

as being able to relax in secured privacy.

entitled to private luxury speedboat two-

Located on the eastern shore of the

way transfers between the airport and

Baros. With this new spacious addition

A night in the Baros Residence starts from

to the island’s luxurious collection of

US$ 1914 for two, including applicable

Villas and Suites, Baros enhances its

taxes. For bookings and further details,

legendary status as a pioneer in the

please visit www.baros.com or contact

Maldivian tourism industry and furthers

their team directly at reservations@

its prevalence in the international luxury

baros.com or telephone +960 664 26 72.

market.


ACCOMMODATION 25

TRY THE NEW DELUXE BEACH POOL VILLAS AT REETHI FARU RESORT WHEN THEY REOPEN FROM 1ST OCTOBER! Book a stay at Reethi Faru Resort when

Deposit Box | Wifi | Terrace Deck Sun

they re-open from 1st October 2020 and

Each PCR Test will be done through

the final touches on the Re-opening

Loungers

our

team

Safety Pledge taken to ensure a safe

Bottle of house wine and fruit basket

whenever possible, in the resort

holiday experience for guests. Enhanced

on arrival Floating breakfast at your

and results will be received before

services include online check-in and

own private pool, once during the

departure.

the freedom of space, allowing for safe

Reservations for PCR testing should

physical distancing in public areas. All

Pool Specifications Size: 7 X 4 M

be made latest 4 days prior to

consideration has been made to ensure

Faru Resort’s new Deluxe Beach Pool

with a depth of 1.2M | Fresh Water

departure.

that the guest’s “one island, one resort”

Villas have uninterrupted views on the

- Unheated

Reservations for PCR testing will

experience remains that of a true Holiday

prioritize guests with compulsory

in Paradise.

enjoy their latest addition: the Deluxe

Beach Pool Villa. Not only for couples who wish to indulge in the finer things in life, but Reethi

stay of minimum 7 nights and above. •

Indian Ocean and are equipped with a

well-trained

medical

private pool next to the terrace. Ideal

Following the most recent requirements

requirement for certificate to travel

for honeymooners and even families

from airlines and countries for their

from the Maldives.

Reethi Faru Resort is a Bio Luxury resort,

with teenagers. Relax and recharge your

travelers to provide a negative PCR test

Airline or Government requirement

situated in Raa Atoll, on the small island

batteries, dip in the pool savoring the

certificate for their return travel journey,

document has to be presented upon

of Filaidhoo with a unique, beautiful

ambiance with utmost privacy.

Reethi Faru is also facilitating PCR testing

making the PCR testing reservation in

house reef. All 150 rooms feature a mini

for those guests with this compulsory

order for our team to prioritize and

bar, safety deposit box, satellite TV, tea &

requirement.

arrange the needful.

coffee making facilities, a partly open-air

Features of the Deluxe Beach Pool Villa: •

bathroom equipped with toiletries. Reethi

King Size Bed & Sofa | Private Sea

Where

Testing

Just two weeks away from Reethi

Faru has different bars and restaurants

Facing Pool | Bath Tub & Rain Shower

Procedure will be as follows: Supplement

Faru Resort reopening post COVID-19

across the island, with each having their

| Air Condition | Mini Bar | Safety

cost of USD 150.00 per person:

pandemic, the resort’s teams are putting

own unique experiences.

applicable,

the

PCR

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KANDIMA MALDIVES PRESENTS ‘365 DAYS IN PARADISE’ THE ULTIMATE GLOBAL TRAVEL CONTEST kool experiences to explore during their

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ACCOMMODATION 27

KANUHURA MALDIVES REOPENS ON 15TH NOVEMBER! HERE’S EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW carefully reviewed their processes and

the country Health Protection Agency, to

procedures to ensure that your entire

travel between islands in the Maldives, if

journey, from check in at the counters

Kanuhura Maldives is not the first point

to arrival at your island home, provides

of stay in the Maldives, guests will be

adequate sanitization options. All touch

required to provide a valid PCR test of

points

less than 72 hours.

throughout

your

journey

are

regularly disinfected, in accordance with Global Health recommendations and

Kanuhura Maldives assures that the resort

policy guidelines, in order to ensure that

will maintain the highest levels of service

the best hygiene standards are maintained

for which the island has been recognized

at all times.

over the years. Some adjustments are nevertheless necessary such as the Buffet

In this context, Kanuhura Maldives has at

in A Mano will not be on self-service;

heart to anticipate any questions that may

social distancing will be required in the

arise, and ensure guests’ health and safety

boat and diving excursions, the maximum

through clear and transparent guidelines.

capacity on the boat will be reduced ;

The luxurious island where you’ll discover

& Tourism Council, in an effort to provide

The resort will follow thorough protocols,

and a limited number of guests will be

a new realm of bohemian elegance

confidence to travelers and ensure high

built in partnership with NSURE, a

observed at the Fitness Centre, Kokaa

surrounded by tropical gardens and

levels of hygiene throughout the journey.

recognized leader in Food Safety, Health

Spa as well as Boutique.

bordered by stretches of pristine beaches

This explains why travelers are required

and Safety and Sustainability in the

that fade into scintillating tropical waters-

to provide a Negative PCR test to enter

Maldives.

Kanuhura Maldives is welcoming you

the destination.

back to the unfettered paradise on 15th November.

For specific questions, visit the resort dedicated page https://www.kanuhura.

Kanuhura also introduced a new flexible

com/en/newsroom/covid-19-update-

Further, the seaplane operating to/from

cancellation policy, encouraging guests

kanuhura

Kanuhura Maldives, Trans Maldivian

to book their holiday without concern.

Reservations

If you’re worried about your safety,

Airways (TMA), is recognized every year

Maldives recently achieved the Safe

at the Word Travel Award among the

Although the Ministry of Tourism of the

Travels Stamp, granted by World Travel

Leading seaplane operators. They have

Maldives has allowed, in conjunction with

or

contact

team

at

Kanuhura

reservations@

kanuhura.com.mv

REETHI BEACH RESORT TO REOPEN ON NOVEMBER WITH ENHANCED SAFETY MEASURES Reethi Beach Resort is preparing to

in order to ensure standards of safety

reopen its shores again with enhanced

which will address our new reality. Not

safety measures on November 2020.

only now, but even more during these challenging days, the open-air layout

Reethi Beach opened for the very first

of all restaurants, bars, and even the

time in November 1998 and on that

individual air condition units of guest

occasion, has dedicated a new repeat

rooms prove to be a safeguarding feature,

visitor package exclusively for November

assuring the possibility to experience a

& December 2020. The resort has

safe holiday on Reethi Beach.

groomed its regular package because it has maintained a loyal group of guests

Reethi Beach Resort is located on a tiny

over the years and wants to welcome

island in Baa Atoll and it can be reached

them back soon.

through a scenic 35-minute seaplane flight from Male. Its elegant villas are

The resort has also implemented new

built from natural materials in a typical

on stilts over the clear blue lagoon. There

complex and a wide variety of group or

measures & operation procedures to

Maldivian style, providing comfort in a

are five restaurants and five bars, poolside

private excursions have been carefully

ensure the safety of all guests and staff

simple yet contemporary setting. These

and beachfront. Facilities include a PADI

selected to explore the untouched beauty

during this time. Reethi Beach has

villas are set amid tropical foliage, fringing

5-star dive centre, a spa & wellness

of Baa Atoll and the rich culture of its

partnered up with professional experts

a long expanse of powder-soft beach, or

retreat, a water sports centre, a sports

inhabitants.


28 ACCOMMODATION

IHG PROPERTIES IN THE MALDIVES ARE WELCOMING GUESTS WITH ENHANCED SAFETY MEASURES the Velana International Airport.

Agency

Reception: Reduced contact and

stay. Both resorts will facilitate PCR

procedures of the IHG Way of Clean

physical interaction with “direct to

testing on-site for guests who require

welcomed their first guests with enhanced

has been expanded and developed in

villa’’ check-in and check-out’, touch-

a negative test for their onward

cleanliness measures in strict adherence

collaboration with industry experts from

less transactions, front-desk screens,

journey.

with the guidelines issued by the Health

Ecolab and Diversey with additional

sanitizer stations and sanitized keys

Protection

the

COVID-19 protocols, such as increased

Maldives’ government and the IHG Clean Promise.

InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau

Clean Promise, where the long standing

Resort and Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma

commitment

Maldives re-opened their doors and

to

stringent

cleaning

frequency of deep cleaning in the villas

of sanitized items (e.g., glassware,

rigorous cleaning procedures at its hotels

and public spaces, revamping our service

remote control), reduction of in-

worldwide. This is being extended with

approach in our restaurants and bars,

room furnishings/high-touch items,

additional COVID-19 protocols and best

Joseph Della Gatta, Cluster General

facilitating touchless transactions and

new laundry protocols, use of new

practices, in partnership with industry

Manager

at

contactless check-ins. Other enhanced

technology

leading experts Cleveland Clinic, Ecolab

InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau

health and safety procedures at both

Resort and Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma

said

“The

teams

Visible

Facilities:

and Diversey, as well as introducing the

InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau

Additional deep cleaning of high-

IHG Clean Promise. For more information

have diligently worked throughout the

Resort and Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma

touch surfaces, social distancing,

please visit http://www.ihg.com/clean

recent months to ensure the health and

Maldives include:

best practices for pools, fitness

wellbeing of our guests and colleagues; working closely with global and local

Domestic

Transportation:

Public

Room:

the

IHG has a long-standing commitment to

(Maldives),

Guest

throughout

verification

Agency

available

Spaces

and

centers and lounges

Guests looking for a secluded getaway in

Restaurants & Bars: New standards

the Maldives where daily breakfast and

public health officials to follow their

Disinfection

decontamination

and service approach to dine-in

dinner is included along with the added

recommendations and mandates as well

procedures approved by the Maldives

and in-villa dining including social

bonus of Club InterContinental benefits

complying with the IHG Way of Clean.

Health Protection Agency will be

distancing with tables spaced at

at InterContinental Maldives and “Kids

These additional measures build on

undertaken on vessels and seaplanes

least 2 metres apart, digitized menu

Stay and Eat Free” at Holiday Inn Resort

our existing best-in-class approach to

after every passenger disembarkation

options and assisted buffets.

Kandooma Maldives can visit www.ihg.

cleanliness to help our guests feel safe

with physical distancing on board

Medical Assistance: Resident doctor

com/staymaldives before 30th October

and confident during their time with us.”

resort vessels. Individual vehicular

certified

2020 for stays till 30th September 2021.

The resorts will implement the IHG

airport transfers available per villa at

of the Maldives Health Protection

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15/4/19

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and

on COVID-19 protocols


ACCOMMODATION 29

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL RESORTS IN MALDIVES TO RE-OPEN WITH CURATED EXPERIENCES FROM 1 OCTOBER 2020 Marriott International resorts in the

brings guests on the art of indulgence in its

Maldives will welcome guests again

peaceful, eco-conscious setting. Created

following the country’s announcement to

to re-ignite romance with a memorable

reopen borders for international travel.

escape for two, wake up to alluring

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort,

views of the Indian Ocean at the finest

W Maldives, Sheraton Maldives Full

address in The Maldives with welcome

Moon Resort & Spa, and JW Marriott

amenities and complimentary bottle of

Maldives Resort & Spa are set to re-open

champagne, along with a $100 food and

from 1 October 2020, while The Westin

beverage credit per room per day and

Maldives Miriandhoo Resort will welcome

complimentary one-time access to Blue

guests starting 1 November 2020.

Hole Hydrotherapy Pool Experience. To find out more and for reservations, visit

The Maldives’ signature ‘one-island-

www.stregismaldives.com

one-resort’ concept allows guests to

Fuel Your Lust for Life at W a truly safe and secluded holiday. From Maldives maintain social distancing while enjoying

a romantic tropical escape where lush

Bold and unscripted, W Maldives is

lagoon, pristine white sandy beaches,

advanced reservations, visit www.westin-

jungle meets peaceful lagoon at The

a luxury 5-star wonderland of white-

and swaying palms, the 5-star star family

maldives.com.

St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort;

sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons, and

resort sets the stage for unforgettable

unforgettable snorkeling adventures at W

breath-taking reefs. Stay in style with

family vacations. With the Exploring

Marriott Bonvoy members who book

Maldives; an all-inclusive family getaway

the Fly and Dine Package to enjoy daily

Paradise Package, families can make the

direct (www.marriott.com) or via the

at Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort &

buffet breakfast at KITCHEN® and

most out of their four-night stay with daily

Marriott Bonvoy app (https://mobile-app.

Spa; discovering the magical underwater

three-course dinners for two, along with

breakfast, lunch, and dinner at selected

marriott.com/en-us) before 31 December

world with JW Marriott Maldives Resort

a complimentary return shared seaplane

outlets, and enjoy a sandbank picnic

2020 can enjoy up to 20% discount on

& Spa; ringing in the new year with a

transfer from Male Airport as well as

with barbecue lunch, a Family Spa Day

rooms and suites for stays through 30

rejuvenating wellness escape at The

24/7 access to FUEL SPOTs offering

with a 50-minute couple spa treatment

June 2021.

Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort,

unlimited fruit, water, ice, and towels.

and kids’ friendly activity, coral planting,

Marriott International resorts in Maldives

For unforgettable snorkeling adventures,

dolphin cruise, round-trip transfer by

As

are set to offer travelers an unrivalled

the hotel also offers complimentary

speed boat to/from Velana International

portfolio in the Maldives, all five resorts

escape to paradise.

non-motorized activities and usage of

Airport, and 24-hour Villa Host service

have ensured that the highest standards

snorkeling gear. To find out more and for

for a personalized experience. To find

of certified cleanliness, health, and

reservations, visit www.wmaldives.com

out more and for reservations, visit www.

safety are in place and in compliance

sheratonmaldives.com

with the global and local authorities.

“Working hand-in-hand with the local authorities, we are delighted to announce the reopening of our five iconic resorts

Tropical Sanctuary at JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa

part

of

Marriott

International’s

These enhanced cleaning practices and

Wholesome Wellness at The remains as a beloved and inspired Edging the azure waters of Shaviyani Westin Maldives Miriandhoo destination for many, and with the Atoll, the resort is a sanctuary of scenic Resort

guidelines were created by the Marriott

in the Maldives. The island-paradise

Global Cleanliness Council (https://clean. marriott.com/), implemented to focus on

reopening of our resorts, we look forward

luxury. Discover the warm and inviting

Beautifully situated on the UNESCO

developing global hospitality cleanliness

to bringing those dreams to life as travel

hospitality at the JW Marriott Maldives

Biosphere

Atoll,

standards to minimize risk and enhance

gradually resumes.” said Rivero Delgado,

Resort & Spa and explore the wonders of

the stunning overwater resort is an

safety for both guests and associates.

Area Vice President, Singapore, Malaysia,

the Indian Ocean with the guidance of the

incomparable setting for any visit to the

Specific areas of focus include additions

Maldives, at Marriott International. “The

resort’s experienced PADI team. The Let’s

Maldives. Ring in the new year with a

to its already rigorous cleaning protocols.

wellbeing of our guests is of paramount

Get Wet Package includes daily buffet

rejuvenating wellness escape and reboot

In guest rooms, all surfaces are to be

importance and we have the highest

breakfast and complimentary use of non-

for a healthier lifestyle in paradise. The

thoroughly cleaned with hospital-grade

standards of cleanliness as well as

motorized water sports equipment, along

Countdown to 2021 Package is inclusive

disinfectants and are equipped with

hygiene protocols in place to ensure

with a 15-minute Sea Bob experience, a

of daily breakfast and dinner at selected

disinfecting wipes for guests’ personal

peace of mind for first-time and returning

45-minute Snorkel lesson, and a Discover

restaurants (including Gala Dinner on

use. To help alleviate the risk of

travelers to the islands,”

Scuba Diving experience. To find out

Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and

transmission through person-to-person

more and for reservations, visit www.

Festive Brunch on Christmas Day and

contact, the hotels and resorts will be

jwmarriottmaldives.com

New Year’s Day), a complimentary 60-min

using signages in lobbies to remind guests

couples spa treatment per stay, daily one-

to maintain social distancing protocols

hour wellness sessions, access to Westin

and will remove or re-arrange furniture to

Family Kids Club and WestinWORKOUT®

allow more space for distancing.

Live Exquisite at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

A Picnic in Paradise at Sheraton white-sandy beaches on a private island, Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa Nestled between verdant rainforest and

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

Surrounded by a shimmering turquoise

Reserve

in

Baa

Fitness Studio. To find out more and for


30 ACCOMMODATION

SEASIDE FINOLHU READY TO REOPEN FOLLOWING EXCITING TRANSFORMATION ON 1ST NOVEMBER

After undergoing an extensive upgrade

and holistic hospitality concepts to earn

for the resort. Artistic tiles from Turkey,

and fresh coffee. Fehi Spa takes its name

of its facilities, one of the Maldives’ most

its place as the first resort in the Maldives

chandeliers and wickerwork from South

from the local word for ‘green’ and it

luxurious resorts is now ready to welcome

included in the prestigious Design Hotel’s

Africa and wooden craftwork from Java

fully embraces the green concepts of

guests once more. When Seaside Finolhu

international portfolio.

transform the villas, bars & restaurants,

nature, purity, healing, and harmony in a

the fitness room and, last but not least,

tranquil setting amidst lush gardens. With

the Oceaneers Kids Club into an exotic

treatment rooms, saunas, a steam room,

playground.”

a plunge pool and a hair and nail salon,

opens for business again on 1 November 2020, guests will be treated to a whole

Combining

new barefoot chic experience with the

Maldivian culture with contemporary

self-styled

lifestyle

island

playground

having

dashes

of

convenience,

traditional the

the holistic treatments are designed to

overall

completed its elaborate transition from

ambiance of the resort is described as

Operated by the German luxury hotel

ensure guests feel physically, mentally

luxury island resort to proud member of

“barefoot chic” by Marc Reader, Seaside

chain, Seaside Collection, the resort

and spiritually rejuvenated.

the exclusive Design Hotels portfolio.

Finolhu’s

a

recently changed its official name from

design-driven balance between style

simply Finolhu, which translates as

Living up to its ‘island playground’

While the COVID-19 pandemic has caused

and escapism,” he explains. “Here you

‘sandbank’ in the local language, to

philosophy, Seaside Finolhu provides

unprecedented disruption to the tourism

can unwind in sublime comfort, with the

Seaside Finolhu. Now as part of the

guests with a diverse choice of fun

industry, Seaside Finolhu has seized

pristine beauty of our secluded Maldivian

resort’s holistic transformation, Seaside

activities in the indoor and outdoor gym,

on the unique opportunity presented

paradise perfectly complemented by

Finolhu has also introduced new names

the Yoga Pavilion, and a state-of-the-art

by the global shutdown to complete

ultra-luxurious modernity.”

and concepts for its dining and spa

indoor golf studio. Kayaking, windsurfing,

facilities.

paddle boarding and jet skiing are among

General

Manager.

“It’s

both aesthetic and functional upgrades

the water sports available, while the new

right across the resort. Overseen by the

Every aspect of the guest experience at

award-winning Muza Lab design studio,

Seaside Finolhu has been transformed

While the resort’s fine-dining restaurant

Dive Centre offers diving, snorkelling and

the transformation of Seaside Finolhu

to reflect this philosophy. From the style

has retained not only the name Kanusan

semi-submarine boat trips.

extends to its villas, restaurants, wellness

and comfort of the resort’s 125 villas, 76

but also its sophisticated ambiance,

facilities, public areas, and sport and

of which have their own pool, and the

Seaside

dining

From the new design focus and the

fitness activities, including a state-of-the-

culinary journey served up by the eclectic

restaurant now goes by the name of

upgraded facilities to the exciting activities

art indoor golf studio.

selection of international dining options,

Beach Kitchen. Serving international fare

and rejuvenating wellness treatments, the

to the sheer indulgence of the spa and

during the day, Beach Kitchen also brings

underlying theme of Seaside Finolhu’s

Throughout the resort, the bold new

the sense of tropical island adventure

the resort’s culinary journey concept

transformation is fun. Perhaps nowhere

design concept unleashes a kaleidoscope

provided by the many water sports on

to life with destination-themed dining

is this better personified than stellar

of colours inspired by the vibrant natural

offer, every detail has been carefully

experiences each evening. The Arabian

musical and cultural performances or the

hues of the island’s stunning flora, fauna,

crafted to create a lifestyle resort that

Grill serves up an exotic mélange of

exhilarating themes parties.

sunsets and seascapes. Muza Lab’s co-

caters to the discerning affluent traveller

flavours, aromas and decor from across

founder

of today.

the Middle East in a relaxed atmosphere,

With its transformation now complete,

while Crab Shack is a rustic seafood grill

Seaside Finolhu is ready to welcome

Nathan

Hutchins

describes

how “the changing colours, patterns

Finolhu’s

all-day

and textures represent moments of

Muza Lab’s co-founder Inge Moore

that offers a real toes-in-the-sand dining

guests to its barefoot chic experience. To

discovery, wonder and delight.” The

explained the lengths that they have

experience on a secluded stretch of

find out more or to make a booking, click

transformation is a key milestone for

gone to in order to bring the design

beach. For guests looking to grab a drink,

here: www.finolhu.com

Finolhu as it successfully fulfils the

concept to life: “Artisans from all over

the new Milk LAB serves a selection of

requirements of embodying quality, style,

the world have created special works

refreshing milkshakes, protein drinks


ACCOMMODATION

31

DISCOVER THE FIRST AMAZÒNICO RESTAURANT IN MALDIVES AT EMERALD MALDIVES RESORT & SPA as premium. The most requested and

fish cooked with coconut milk, and the

best cuts are Picanha and some types

other one with the catch of the day.

of Wagyu beef such as Tomahawk,

Additionally, vegetarian quesadillas and

Striploin and Tajima. Picanha is a cut of

three soups will be added.

beef that is popular in Brazil, and later also adopted in Portugal. Wagyu is also a

Furthermore,

very requested cut and is a Japanese cut

Resort restaurants’, there is as well a

grown in Australia. Tomahawk is basically

kids dedicated menu with Amazònico

a Wagyu Rib Eye steak with the bone left

authentic flavors. From guacamole and

in. Striploin is also known as Sirloin and

nachos that will be the main appetizer,

is very robust in flavor. Lastly, Tajima is

to grilled chicken or beef, to hamburgers

always a variety of Wagyu beef but more

and fresh fish with steamed vegetables.

as

for

all

the

other

delicate to the taste. Wagyu beef not only has higher levels of intra-muscular

To

fat also known as marling, but the meat

atmosphere,

also results as finer, therefore, amore

extended as well on the outside in

flavorsome eating experience.

between the jungle and the restaurant, to

create

even the

a

more

tables

enjoyable

have

been

give guests the possibility of dining under The barbecue is the star of the show as

the stars.

Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa is the first

will make you feel dragged into another

it is distributed in two parts: the classic

resort to have an Amazònico Restaurant

dimension as the scenery will remind you

grill and the skewer section. While the

Due to the current situation, the buffet

in the Maldives, a real jewel of a find.

of a real sanctuary in the middle of the

grill is used to cook certain beef cuts like

will no longer be available but everything

tropical forest.

Tomahawk and seafood, the skewers are

found on the buffet can be ordered à la

With the highest quality of ingredients

Prepared in the open kitchen, the

used to cook vegetables, Picanha and the

carte. The staff is super qualified, offering

that creates the perfect fusion and

dishes offered at the Amazònico are a

Cockerel.

the best service possible to all guests.

harmony of all flavors and tastes, the

mix of spices and seasoning that need

restaurant dishes will make you fall in

to be uncovered. Just to mention a few

The menu of the Restaurant usually

of maximum perfection will definitely

love with Central and South America

highlights of the menu, the Beef meat is

changes every 3 months to introduce

contribute in making the dining and stay

traditions and recipes. This combined

The Amazònico’s speciality as there are

new intriguing dishes such as two new

a quality one.

with the ambience of the restaurant,

various cuts, which, some are considered

types of ceviche. One based of snapper

The attention for details and the search

EXPLORE YOUR OWN PRIVATE PARADISE AT AMARI HAVODDA MALDIVES FROM 1ST OCTOBER Get ready to explore your own private

Amari Havodda Maldives is located on

paradise at Amari Havodda Maldives

a secluded private island 400km south

as they reopen from 1st October. In

of the Maldives capital Male’, in the

preparation to welcome back travelers,

Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, an Indian Ocean

the

implemented

paradise. This isolated haven, with its

enhanced operational hygiene and safety

tropical greenery, crystal-clear turquoise

standards as part of a brand-new “ONYX

waters and white sandy beaches, is the

Clean” initiative.

paradise that is Amari Havodda Maldives.

resort

has

also

Reserved just for you, this untouched From arrival to departure, the ONYX

sanctuary allows you to truly disconnect

Clean initiative redefines their operational

and recharge on your own terms.

hygiene

and

safety

standards.

In

partnership with ECOLAB, a global

The spaces at Amari Havodda Maldives

leader in hygiene and safety, the resort

have been thoughtfully designed for

– a contemporary re-imagining of the

“We can’t wait till you get here and

has introduced numerous measures and

that

home-from-home

traditional Maldivian home. The resort

experience it for yourself, so we can

initiatives that are focused on elevating

experience. The resort has also added

also offers an impressive selection of

brighten your world,” a statement by the

the safety of their team members and

touches to the décor to showcase

leisure and sporting activities, and unique

resort read.

guests.

modern craftsmanship at every turn

dining experiences under the stars.

comforting


32 ACCOMMODATION

LILY HOTELS APPOINTS NEW REPRESENTATIVE COMPANY FOR THE MIDDLE EAST MARKET Lily Hotels has reinforced its resorts’

experience among them in the market

brand presence in the Middle Eastern

which is focused on leading hospitality

Markets

properties

with

the

appointment

of

through

comprehensive

Claviger (Middle East). They are a Luxury

planning and creative insights. With two

Hospitality Sales Consultants for Middle

great properties excelling in different

East Market. Their team comprises of

means whereby they are valued highly in

experts in the field of travel, tourism,

many markets around the world, Claviger

and lifestyle. Lily Hotels is dedicated to

(Middle East) will increase the resorts’

creating high-value, sophisticated and

recognition in the Middle Eastern market

sustainable holidays, and Claviger (Middle

and bring their respective brand identity’s

East) offers an individual approach that

appeal to the masses and increase the

is seamlessly integrated with this vision.

reach throughout the market.

Representing Lily Beach Resort & Spa

in Middle East region” commented Imroz

Through this collaboration with its new

and Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa, the

“We have selected new representation

Uddin, Lily Hotel’s Group Director of

partners, Lily Hotels aims to highlight the

agency will synergize with its professional

company based on their great expertise

Sales and Marketing.

visibility of their award-winning pioneer

networks to communicate a truly timeless

in Hotels Middle East Sales & Marketing

adventure for potential future patrons of

Representation,

Marketing

While US, and Russia and CIS remain

selling points of both properties so that

the resorts.

Planning & Social Media Management

the leading market generator at this

discerning potential customers in the

and Strategic Marketing, which is highly

juncture, the Middle Eastern market has

market choose Lily or Hideaway as their

Claviger (Middle East) has a team that

required to sell/promote our brand

also been one of the markets performing

holiday destination during this period.

boasts over 100 years of hospitality

portfolio at this business revival period

well to send visitors to the Maldives.

Strategic

all-inclusive

packages

and

unique

SUN SIYAM IRU VELI, SUN SIYAM VILU REEF TO REOPEN ON 1ST OCTOBER WITH INCREDIBLE 40% DISCOUNT Reef can take advantage of an incredible

of exhilarating watersports, guests can

40% discount when booking directly at

ensure they will experience a healthy,

www.sunsiyam.com. All stays must be

safe and luxurious, authentic Maldivian

completed by the 23rd December 2020

experience at Sun Siyam Vilu Reef and

and the offers are also valid during half-

Sun Siyam Iru Veli.

term. In addition, guests can indulge in a floating breakfast, served in their private

With the implementation of the Sun Siyam

pool in the sanctuary of their stunning

Cares Programme combined with the

villa. A floating breakfast is a unique,

exceptional offers, there has never been a

yet amazing way to start the day. Guests

better time to book a stunning Maldivian

will also receive a complimentary suite

escape for less with these amazing offers

upgrade to the next accommodation

from Sun Siyam Resorts.

category. Each resort is offering an indulgent concession off spa treatments

All stays are subject to availability and

booked before arrival.

terms and conditions apply.

Sun Siyam Resorts, the luxury Maldivian

Programme. This has been designed to

The

Sun

Siyam

Cares

programme

To take advantage of these amazing

hotel and resorts brand, has announced

offer guests a minimal contact experience

ensures that all stays are relaxing and

offers, book directly at www.sunsiyam.

that the five-star Sun Siyam Iru Veli and

and implemented with the utmost safety,

the implementation of this programme,

com before 1st December for stays

the five-star Sun Siyam Vilu Reef will

health and wellbeing of guests in mind,

enables guests to fully immerse themselves

completed by 23rd December 2020.

re-open on the 1st October, in line with

to ensure an environment that is safe and

in the spirit of the Maldives. Sun Siyam Iru

current guidelines from the Maldivian

healthy for both staff and guests.

Veli and Sun Siyam Vilu Reef continues to remain committed to ensuring the highest

government. Based on expert advice and guidelines from the World Health

To celebrate the reopening of these

standards are in place to ensure the safety

Organisation (WHO) and the Maldivian

exceptional

guests

and health of all its staff and esteemed

National Guidelines, Sun Siyam Resorts

booking a minimum four-night stay at

guests. With two different resorts, both

has launched its Sun Siyam Cares

either Sun Siyam Iru Veli or Sun Siyam Vilu

offering exceptional service, a range

island

retreats,


ACCOMMODATION 33

INDULGE IN ULTIMATE ALL-INCLUSIVE OFFER AT JW MARRIOTT MALDIVES RESORT & SPA FROM 1ST OCTOBER JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa will

Your stay includes:

reopen its door on 1 October 2020. The

resort will apply the enhance health & safety protocol following the guidelines

• •

guests with a safe and comfortable environment.

A 25% off on compulsory New Year Eve Gala Dinner supplement

Aailaa

from Marriott Cleanliness Council as well as the local health authorities to provide

Daily breakfast for two persons at

Eve Gala Dinner supplement

Daily three-course lunch for two

A 25% off on Destination Dining

persons at Aailaa, Fiamma, or Kaashi

Complimentary

access

to

Non-refundable if cancelled less than 30 days prior to arrival

This

special

package

is

not

combinable with other offers Little

The

shared

seaplane

round-trip

Daily three-course dinner for two

Griffins Kids’ Club with meals and

transfer rate is USD 600 per adult

persons at Aailaa

snacks for applicable children

and USD 360 for children up to 11

Unlimited beverages from the All-

Complimentary wireless internet

years old. Prices are inclusive of 12%

Inclusive beverages list which is

Terms & Conditions:

GST.

With the reopening, the resort has

served in all restaurants and bars,

Compulsory Christmas Eve Gala

launched an ultimate All-Inclusive room

only, during the designated service

Dinner (applies only for stays falling

Guests can book the All Inclusive room

package,

hours

over 24 December 2020)

package through the resort’s Reservation

Compulsory New Year Eve Gala

team

on the beach from the Aailaa menu

Dinner (applies only for stays falling

marriott.com

Dining at Hashi and Shio, will receive

over 31 December 2020)

which

offer

a

hassle-free

vacation to guests. Nourish your body with daily breakfast at

• •

Aailaa as well as daily lunch and dinner for 2 persons at selected restaurants with

One time three-course private dinner

a 60% discount on the food bill

In-Villa Dining is included in the All-

All-Inclusive beverage package can

Inclusive package on food basis only,

unlimited beverages from the resort’s All

be booked on 24 and 31 December

and excludes beverages and minibar

Inclusive beverage list at its restaurants

and can be utilized only up to 6.00pm

with a surcharge of USD 25 net per

A 30% off on compulsory Christmas

delivery

and bars only.

at

jwmaldivesreservations@


34 ACCOMMODATION

IT’S TIME TO #VISITMALDIVESNOW: SUN ISLAND RESORT & SPA REOPENS CleanStay@Villa initiative is built on

housed with doctors and required

the Villa Hotels and Resort’s existing

facilities

high standards and under the guidance

of their in-house doctors. The initiative follows the WHO and Maldives Health Protection

Agency

(HPA)

guidelines.

This initiative undergoes regular reviews

Use hospital-grade disinfectants in cleaning protocols

In case of need, provide isolation rooms at each resort

based on evolving industry standards and

Flexible Cancellation Policy

feedback from the group’s travel partners

Villa Hotels and Resorts cancellation

and guests.

policy offers a promise of flexibility.

The

CleanStay@Villa

initiative

1. For existing bookings confirmed to

implements SOPs for end-to-end hygiene

arrive at the resort(s) before 31st

checks from arrival, transfer to departure.

October 2020, the resorts will allow

It includes, but not limited to, SOPs in the

amendments, without charges for

following:

stay-periods before (ending on) 23

Disinfect all exposed surfaces on

December 2020 OR same period of

to

including Standard Beach Bungalows,

#VisitMaldivesNow. Sun Island Resort

Superior Beach Bungalows, Beach Pool

lounges and transport facilities for

next year, at the same rates as the

& Spa, owned and operated by leading

Villas, Sunset Villas, Water Bungalows

arrival and departure.

original booking.

local hotel group Villa Hotels & Resorts,

and Presidential Suites, making it the

is now reopen and welcoming guests.

The

wait

is

over!

Its

time

Check and log temperature for

2. For existing bookings, If clients are

largest resort in the Maldives. Sun

all guests and staff on arrival and

unable to travel for a stay-period

Island has also introduced new Beach

departing.

before 23 December 2020 OR same

Identify high touch areas in guest

period of next year, they will allow

villas and modify cleaning protocols

cancellation without charges.

“We are thrilled to welcome our beloved

Pool Villas, offering enhanced living and

guests with our warm, friendly staff and

relaxation facilities to guests.

to

excellent services, “ a statement by the

ensure

that

such

areas

are

3. For all new bookings made by 31

thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

October 2020, they will allow Free

Implement

cancellation until 3 days to arrive, if

resorts General Manager Abdulla Fathhey

Located on Nalaguraidhoo Island in

read. ““While the highest level of health

the South Ari Atoll, a popular holiday

and safety measures have been put in

destination in the Maldives offering

standards,

place, we look forward to giving you all

great chances to see whale sharks and

measures.

now until 31 October 2021 (excluding

the warmest of welcomes and making you

manta rays throughout the year. Visitors

Apply stringent disinfecting measures

24 December 2020 to 7 January

feel at home with fun-filled, memorable

can reach the property 17 minutes by

for F&B, Spa, sports, and recreation

2021).

experiences.”

speedboat.

facilities.

new with

Recommend

staff

hygiene

mandated

social

PPE

distancing

From invigorating activities to precious

CleanStay@Villa

tranquility, Sun Island Resort & Spa

On a bid to ensure health and safety for

captivates the heart with extraordinary

guests, all resorts under Villa Hotels and

in hygiene and cleanliness standards

experiences and unforgettable memories.

Resorts has implemented the CleanStay@

and protocols

Sun Island offers over 460 guest rooms,

Villa initiative.

between guests and staff •

Implement continuous staff training

Ensure resorts’ medical clinics are

the booking is for a stay-period from

To cancel or modify current bookings, please contact.


ACCOMMODATION 35 While at the island

the resort or tourist guest house island is

mask and they should be isolated until

The COVID-19 task force of the island

Wearing masks will be mandatory in

not placed under monitoring by HPA. (i.e.

medical consultation and testing is done

should daily check on the condition of

public places for locals as well as tourists

no travel restrictions placed by HPA on

and results obtained. If the tourist is

quarantined persons. The medical officer

at all tourist guest house islands. Existing

the resort or tourist guest house island).

sharing the room with others, they must

at the health centre will review the positive

HPA guidelines on wearing of masks

Tourists are not allowed to travel between

be isolated separately at the designated

patient and discuss the case with clinical

should be followed.

a safari and a tourist guest house island.

isolation room at the guest house. Close

management advisory team (CMAT) to

contacts of the tourist must wear mask

triage the patient to the appropriate

You are recommended to use the contact

Tourists must undergo an exit screening

and quarantine themselves in their room.

level of care. If mild disease, age less

tracing app “TraceEkee” to facilitate

prior to travel from a tourist guest house

Medical

COVID-19

than 60 years and no adverse comorbid

contact tracing. Persons placed under

island to a resort or to another tourist

PCR sampling must be done for all

conditions, the positive tourist or tourist

quarantine/isolation

in

guest house island. This is to ensure that

symptomatic persons at the flu clinic

guest house staff, must be isolated at

“haalubelun” portal. Although tourists are

a symptomatic person or a person in

of the island. The symptomatic person

the designated place for isolation in the

not allowed to enter residential houses,

quarantine does not exit the island. The

should wear a mask when attending the

island.

they are allowed to use public cafes and

exit screening should ask for any history

flu clinic. If the results are negative, the

restaurants. Cafes and restaurants must

of fever or respiratory symptoms such

tourist can be released from isolation.

follow the infection prevention measures

as cough, sore throat, running nose or

described in the relevant HPA guidelines.

shortness of breath. It should be ensured

shopping facilities on the island. Shops

or isolation. The temperature should be

If the symptomatic tourist gets positive

must follow the infection prevention

checked to exclude fever. Any tourist

for COVID-19, the result will be informed

measures described in the relevant HPA

who has a fever or respiratory symptoms

by HPA to the patient and the island

guidelines.

or who is in quarantine should not be

task force focal point. Contact tracing

allowed to travel and will require testing

of the positive case must be done by

for COVID-19.

the COVID-19 task force of the island.

must

register

consultation

and

In case of a positive COVID19 Further, tourists are allowed to use that the guest is not under quarantine result

Travelling between islands Tourists are not allowed to travel from a

What if you develop symptoms?

tourist guest house island to a non-tourist

If a tourist or staff of a tourist guest

testing. Close contacts identified among

guest house island. However, they are

house develops any symptoms of acute

staff and tourists must be quarantined in

allowed to travel between two tourist

respiratory illness, such as fever, cough,

the designated quarantine facility of the

guest houses islands and between a

sore throat, running nose or shortness of

island.

resort and a tourist guest house island if

breath, they should immediately wear a

REETHI FARU RESORT WINS 2020 HAUTE GRANDEURGLOBAL HOTEL AWARD

All close contacts must undergo PCR

Reethi Faru Resort has been recognized

islands and sustaining the ecosystems

among Best in Country/Continent, based

upon which the fragile coral reef relies.

on guests satisfaction and reviews. This

breath-taking,

tropical

island

In the month of September, the resort has

paradise is proud to have guardianship of

won the Haute Grandeur 2020, Global

all that nature has created on a tiny island

Excellence Award-winner for:

in Raa Atoll, measuring just six hundred

Best Activity Hotel in Indian Ocean

by three hundred and fifty metres. Guests

Best Hideaway Resort in Indian Ocean

can unwind in one of one hundred and

Best Villa Resort in Indian Ocean

fifty traditional, luxurious Maldivian villas,

Best Eco-Friendly Resort in Maldives

either complete with Jacuzzi, nestled in our tropical gardens, beachside, or on

Based on a guest’s wow satisfaction and

stilts over the turquoise water.

reviews, prior to any changes caused by the pandemic, award winners are known

As part of its commitment to enhancing

for consistently receiving great feedback,

the region’s natural beauty,

placing Reethi Faru Resort in the best

the resort’s free standing and family

categories around the globe.

connected

villas

are

built

all of with

its

commitment to conservation at the Reethi Faru is a stunning, one of a kind,

heart of their traditional design. Reethi

tropical

the

Faru believes in using as many locally

glistening, crystal clear ocean meets

sourced and created materials such as

endless white coral sand and tropical

bricks made from recycled soil and bio

foliage making this a truly magical, lagoon

consciously treated sustainable teak from

escape. The resort is family run and has

Indonesia and lacquer work and ceramics

an enviable pedigree thanks to its drive

from the region.

island

paradise,

where

for conserving the natural beauty of the


36 ACCOMMODATION

REDISCOVER ANANTARA DHIGU RESORT, ANANTARA VELI RESORT, NALADHU PRIVATE ISLAND MALDIVES FROM 1ST OCTOBER Rediscover the best of Maldives at

for guests’ optimum wellbeing. Dining

Anantara Resorts Maldives as they open

venues continue to operate to the highest

their doors again for Anantara Dhigu

standards taking into account some new

Resort, Anantara Veli Resort and Naladhu

practices for your health and well being.”

Private Island Maldives from 1st October.

With the reopening, Anantara Dhigu,

The resorts will reopen with hygiene

Anantara Veli and Naladhu Private Island

and safety measures in place as per the

is also offering guests the epitome of an

guidelines of Maldives HPA, the group

island paradise.

reported.

The Experience

“As the situation with COVID-19 evolves,

Start your day with a sumptuous picnic

our primary focus is to protect the health

breakfast and the soft powdery sand

and wellbeing of our guests and team

beneath your feet. Learn the secrets of

members and we’ve worked hard to

the beautiful house reef from the marine

ensure, everything is ready for the new

biologists at the resorts and then explore

normal,” Giles Selves, Cluster General

the coral gardens on a private guided

Manager

implemented

snorkel tour, bringing you up close

Adding to the perfect island getaway; fall

scones, and a mouth-watering selection

enhanced levels of sanitization throughout

with the extraordinary marine life and

into deep relaxation with a thoughtful

of other sweet treats. As the sunset golden

all

colourful coral.

healing massage under mixed blends of

hour approaches, enjoy your favourite

exotic herbs and floral fusions helping to

sundowner whilst watching the sky turn

said.

“We’ve

public areas and guest rooms. We strictly

Come back to a sizzling barbecue

unwind the body and recharge the mind.

shades of crimson and gold, before your

adhere

best

with specialities from both land and

A lavish afternoon tea will then await at a

boat ride back to the resort.

practices and we have set up temperature

sea. Indulge in Wagyu beef cooked to

beach table carved out of sand. Sit back

screening stations in selected areas such

perfection or whole lobster from the

and relax as you sample a selection of

For more details: https://www.anantara.

as spa for you to use if you wish. Fitness

charcoal grill accompanied by chilled

aromatic teas and coffees accompanied

com/en/veli-maldives/experiences/a-

and holistic classes have been adapted

Champagne.

by delicious sandwiches, clotted cream

day-on-a-private-island

to

physical

distancing

PLANNING TO STAY IN GUESTHOUSE? HERE’S EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MALDIVES’ GUESTHOUSES REOPENING As guesthouses outside Male` area reopen

not more than 72 hours prior to the

on 15th October, Health Protection

scheduled time of departure from the first

Agency has released a revised standard

port of embarkation en route to Maldives.

operating procedure, aimed at preventing

Prior to departure from Maldives, PCR

COVID-19 transmission in the tourism

testing is mandatory for any tourist who

sector.

stayed on a tourist guest house island. If a specific time frame for PCR testing is

Here’s everything you, as a traveller, need

stated in the immigration requirements

to know about guesthouses reopening:

of the destination country, this time

Before Arriving

frame must be followed. Otherwise, the PCR test must be done within 72 hours

All tourists who plan to stay in tourist

prior to departure from Maldives. The

guest houses must hold a negative result

tourist guest house must facilitate the

for a nucleic acid test (PCR test) for

PCR testing for the tourist. The tourist

COVID-19 prior to entry into the country.

or the guest house must bear all costs

The sample for this test must be taken

associated with PCR testing.


CELEBRITY NEWS 37

BOLLYWOOD STAR TAAPSEE PANNU HOLIDAYS AT HER FAVORITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION – THE MALDIVES AT TAJ EXOTICA RESORT & SPA Bollywood star Taapsee Pannu is on

project was Anubhav Sinha’s 2020 film

holiday at her favorite holiday destination:

Thappad, which opened to positive

the Maldives at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa,

reviews from film critics.

Maldives. Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives, is an The actress shared pictures with her

exclusive, private and romantic island

sisters Shagun and Evania Pannu on

resort lush with tropical plants and

her Instagram story and revealed that

encircled by clear blue waters of one of

she is all geared up for a vacation with

the largest lagoons of the Maldives.

her family. Taapsee revealed through a picture that they were in Maldives for a

Taj Group of Hotels redefined its services

fun-filled vacation. She captioned the

and hospitality in its two stunning

picture as, “Home for next few days” and

properties: Taj Exotica Resort & Spa,

revealed that she is at her favorite holiday

Maldives and Taj Coral Reef Resort &

destination.

Spa, Maldives ensuring guests to arrive at a safe haven.

Taapsee Pannu is best-known for her

from around the globe. The travelers has

Yassin — better known as Nas Daily and

expressed their love for their stay at the

Arab social influencers, Khalid Al-Ameri and his wife Salama Mohamed as well.

performances in films such as Pink,

Since the reopening of borders, Taj

property with reviews on TripAdvisor

Naam Shabana, Soorma, Mulk and

Exotica Resort & Spa has been a hot spot in

as well. The resort recently welcomed

Manmarziyaan among others. Her last

Maldives for key influencers and travelers

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38 CELEBRITY NEWS

VLOGGERS KHALID AL-AMERI AND SALAMA TAKES A BREAK AT TAJ EXOTICA RESORT & SPA, MALDIVES Arab social influencers, Khalid Al-Ameri

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives, is an

and his wife Salama Mohamed has arrived

exclusive, private and romantic island

in Maldives today at Taj Exotica Resort &

resort lush with tropical plants and

Spa for a much needed break.

encircled by clear blue waters of one of the largest lagoons of the Maldives.

The social media celebrity recently took to Instagram and posted their arrival in

Taj Group of Hotels redefined its services

Maldives, he said: “It’s time for a break.”

and hospitality in its two stunning

Khalid has posted videos of their warm

properties: Taj Exotica Resort & Spa,

welcome at the resort on his Instagram

Maldives and Taj Coral Reef Resort &

story.

Spa, Maldives ensuring guests to arrive at a safe haven.

Khalid Al Ameri is one of the most famous content creator on social media from

Since the reopening of borders, Taj

the United Arab Emirates. Khalid and

Exotica Resort & Spa has been a hot

his wife Salama Mohamed run a social

spot in Maldives for the Middle East

media empire with more than 3.5 million

holidaymakers.

followers.

expressed their love for their stay at the

The

travelers

has

property with reviews on TripAdvisor as Khalid became famous on social media

well.

due to his consistent delivery of content. When he started his social media venture

The resort also welcomed world-famous

he used to post videos on a daily basis.

Israeli influencer Nuseir Yassin — better

His hard work has paid off, and – together

known as Nas Daily last month.

with his wife – he has made it the top.

SPOTTED: DEMI ROSE AND ANA CHERI VACATIONS AT HERITANCE AARAH! media, where she was quick to rack up

Heritance Aarah is a premium all-villa

an impressive online following. Demi

resort consisting of 150 villas including

has also managed to sign a modelling

26 intimate luxury duplex ocean suites,

contract, after attracting the attention of

56 sunset ocean villas and 68 land villas

US publicity group Taz’s Angels. Demi has

ranging from beach villas to pool beach

14.8 million followers on her Instagram.

villas, family beach villas and family pool beach villas.

Ana Cheri is a model, fitness trainer and

Internet stars Demi Rose and Ana Cheri

British babe Demi is originally from

is enjoying the sunny side of life and

Birmingham, and has had Instagram since

vacationing at Maldives in Heritance

she was 18. The 24-year-old found fame

Aarah.

after posting a string of selfies to social

internet sensation who has worked with

With first class services and exquisite

companies such as Monster Energy, K&N

dining options, everything in an all

Filters, Moskova Underware and Ultimate

inclusive luxury offering, Heritance Aarah

Armwrestling League. She became a

offers a truly Maldivian escape, in style!

brand ambassador for Shredz, was

Wake up in paradise to the sound of

featured as a Maxim Instagram Girl of

the sea, dive amidst exotic underwater

the Week, and was featured in Playboy.

marvels and dine under a majestic star-

Ana has 12.5 million followers on her

studded sky over one of the finest resorts

Instagram.

in Maldives.

Both Demi Rose and Ana Cheri has been sharing a number of snaps of their vacation in the Maldives at Heritance Aarah.


TOURISM MARKETER’S SECTION 39

A MOSQUITO-FREE MALDIVES IS NOW POSSIBLE – HERE’S HOW BY SONU SHIVDASANI By around the end of the year, Soneva

With the increase in insects and fruits on

Fushi

few

the island, more birds visit. Fireflies are

remaining mosquitoes and declare itself

once again spotted at night. There has

the Maldives’ first ‘mosquito free island’.

also been an uptick in the production of

To reiterate the point, we’ve managed to

the organic gardens that produce food for

do this without using chemical fogging.

our restaurants.

hopes

to

eliminate

the

That’s because there’s a dirty little secret about mosquito fogging that nobody in

If Soneva Fushi -- a big jungly island with

the pest control industry that provides

lots of people -- can go mosquito free,

fogging services wants to talk about:

then surely every other Maldivian island

fogging doesn’t really work.

can too. In fact, we have already started implementing the new mosquito control

Chemical fogging has been done so much

methods at Soneva Jani in Noonu atoll –

in the Maldives over the past decades that

which will hopefully become the second

mosquitoes have built up an extraordinary

island in the Maldives to declare itself

level of resistance to the chemicals

‘mosquito free’. Bart has drawn up a plan

Imagine a Maldives without dengue.

instead of chemical fogging. Five hundred

used. Before we started our mosquito

for how Male’ can become mosquito-free,

Imagine a Maldives without chikungunya.

mosquito traps have been placed all over

trap initiative on Soneva Fushi, we used

by installing 1,000 traps and employing a

Imagine taking your children for an

Soneva Fushi. The traps come in two

standard

team of mosquito-control inspectors.

evening stroll without having to fear being

types: the BG-GAT trap targets Asian tiger

assays and found, to our shock, that the

bitten by mosquitoes. In short, imagine a

mosquitoes that have bitten someone and

chemicals we sprayed year after year, at

Nobody should have to go through the

Maldives without mosquitoes.

are searching for a place to lay eggs. A

a high cost, killed less than 25% of the

heartache of watching a loved one battle

second trap, the BG-Mosquitaire, attracts

exposed mosquitoes.

dengue fever. The revolutionary approach

WHO

insecticide-resistance

This no longer needs to be a dream;

mosquitoes searching for blood, by using

it is fast becoming a reality. In the past

a combination of carbon dioxide and

There is another advantage to managing

demonstrates that we can -- island by

15 months, the mosquito population at

lactic acid to make an irresistible aroma

mosquitoes

island, atoll by atoll -- rid the Maldives of

Soneva Fushi, Baa atoll Kunfunadhoo, has

mosquitoes mistake for a human.

chemicals: biodiversity on the island

to pest control adopted at Soneva Fushi without

using

poisonous

the menace of mosquitoes.

is booming. Soneva Fushi now teems

collapsed by 98%. Over the same period, we stopped all chemical fogging. How

In addition to the traps, Soneva’s

with native Maldivian insects such as

About the writer: Sonu Shivdasani is the

did we make the seemingly impossible,

mosquito-hunters-in-chief, Bart Knols

butterflies, dragonflies, bumble bees and

CEO and Founder of luxury resort chain

possible?

and Akib Jahir, scour the island removing

beetles. Since natural pollinators such

Soneva.

pools of stagnant water where mosquitoes

as bees have come back in abundance,

The answer is a revolutionary, integrated

lay their eggs, often found in tarpaulins,

we’ve noticed more wild flowers and fruit

approach to mosquito control, using traps

coconut shells or flower pot saucers.

bushes growing.

At our resorts in Maldives, you can embark on adventure, both under and above water, cosy up in a romantic embrace, discover local culture, savour delectable cuisine or relax by the sea. Welcome to an escape of absolute bliss.

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