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MALDIVES & THAILAND SONEVA 5 Star Hotel:

The pioneer of sustainable luxury in Maldives and Thailand, Soneva presents resorts that are designed to frame the simplicity of nature and inspire rare experiences. The Soneva story began with Soneva Fushi and grew to include Soneva Kiri – a sanctuary for Thai experiences, Soneva in Aqua the unique floating villa concept, and the newest addition scheduled to open in October 2016, Soneva Jani in Maldives.

Address: 19/F Two Pacific Place, 142 Sukhumvit Rd., Bangkok 10110, Thailand

TELEPHONE: +66 (0) 2631-9698

WEBSITE: www.soneva.com

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Inspiring a lifetime of rare experiences.


Set on remote islands tucked away in the Maldives and Thailand, Soneva’s nature-inspired luxury resorts are designed to inspire the imagination. It was their love for the environment that inspired Sonu and Eva Shivdasani to share their authentic way of life. From that passion, Soneva was born – a collection of ultra-luxury resorts where a barefoot philosophy and sustainable living are part of the natural order. Every day, sandy feet, inspired minds and full hearts weave a new story. If the experiences are magical, the philosophy is simple.

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Nestled on the unspoiled island of Koh Kood, far beyond Thailand’s tourist trail, merely a 60-minute private flight from Bangkok, Soneva Kiri is peace personified. Guests can dine high amidst the dense rainforest with the Treepod Dining experience and savour Michelin-starred gourmet delights and fine wines, delivered via the zip-line acrobatics of the personal waiter. The subterranean Wine Cellar features more than 350 labels presented in a climate-controlled cave, with more than 50% being organic or biodynamic wines. Guests can float in an infinity pool or watch movies under a blanket of stars. Thanks to The Den, little ones can leave their own footprints too. The Soneva story continues with Soneva Jani, the brand’s newest luxury resort offering. Inspired by a word that means ‘wisdom’ in Sanskrit, Soneva Jani spans across five islands, fringed by pristine beaches and blanketed within lush tropical greenery. The highlight of the islands that the resort calls home is the 5.6 kilometre private lagoon that surrounds it; an awe-inspiring azure spectacle that evokes a sense of calm. Soneva Jani starts with what can be grown on its fertile isle and catch fish for sustainability, incorporating the talents of inventive chefs from East and West and compliments it with an extraordinary wine cellar.

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Soneva in Aqua, a floating villa setting sail from Soneva Fushi, takes the iconic resort to the Indian Ocean. Skimming the azure waters, the luxurious, fuel efficient yacht combines the quintessential Soneva charm with the freedom to explore the untouched Maldivian atolls and oceans unfettered by the limitations of time. The ultra-indulgent yacht has a maximum occupancy of four adults and two children to provide the ultimate sense of exclusivity and privacy. Indoor and outdoor dining experiences, crafted by the on-board sous chef, promise to be both distinctive and memorable. Furthermore, the choice of an outdoor or indoor, glass-bottomed Jacuzzi are the perfect spots to unwind. Soneva Fushi inspires the imagination with a remote sanctuary in the Maldives, where nature is nurtured. A two-time winner of Condé Nast’s Gold List, everything about this magical place feels otherworldly, from the crystal clear turquoise water and dolphins at sunset, to the delicious meals available at the resort’s nine dining venues. Fringed by a pristine UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the resort truly defines the essence of barefoot luxury with Robinson Crusoe simplicity. At Soneva Fushi, glorious days are spent star-gazing, sampling organic delicacies and exploring the coral reef. Nature’s precious resources are transformed into art at the Glass Studio, while The Den gives children the freedom to live their own island dream.

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Lush private, beachfront residences at Soneva Fushi, tucked away in the dense foliage of the island affords guests the ultimate in privacy and seclusion. Ranging from three to nine bedrooms, the villas are enhanced by abundant natural light and picturesque views, offering the luxury of space to owners and their families. Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani offer culinary adventures such as private dining around the lagoon, Robinson Crusoe-style castaway picnics, organic garden lunches and cooking classes. Those fascinated by astronomy can explore the glimmering galaxies from the resort’s state-of-the-art observatory, far from the obscuring lights of civilisation.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES ABU DHABI HOTEL: The St. Regis Abu Dhabi

5 STAR HOTEL:

Set within a pair of linked skyscrapers containing a shopping mall, this luxury hotel is 2 km from the landmark Qasr al-Hosn fort and 4 km from the restaurants and shops of Marina Mall.

Address: Nation Tower 2, Corniche Road West,Corniche - Abu Dhabi

TELEPHONE: 02 694 4444

WEBSITE: www.stregisabudhabi.com

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An Enduring Legacy with Arabian Sophistication The St. Regis Abu Dhabi merges authentic Arabian hospitality with more than a hundred years of bespoke St. Regis tradition. Crafted for modern connoisseurs who desire the finest experiences The St. Regis Abu Dhabi brings the distinctive St Regis New York legacy to the preeminent Arabian Address of Nation Towers on the Abu Dhabi Corniche. Located at the heart of the Abu Dhabi Corniche, the hotel is directly connected to Nation Galleria Mall and is just minutes from Marina Mall and the sophisticated World Trade Center. It is also in the close vicinity of many of the embassies, oil and gas companies and other business institutions in the city.

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Guest Rooms and Suites Situated between the 33rd and 49th floors, each of the hotel’s 228 guestrooms and 55 suites embody a delight in the finest materials, dedication to creating a truly restful ambience and the desire to leave nothing to chance – characteristics which have always driven St. Regis. All guest accommodations revel in magnificent views of the Arabian Gulf and the UAE capital. The legacy of excellence is further personified by the signature St. Regis Butler service, available to all guests, providing complimentary unpacking and packing, garment pressing services, coffee service and 24-hour access to the eButler service. The diamond in the crown of the hotel is the Abu Dhabi Suite. Situated 220 metres above sea level, this is the world’s highest suspended suite spanning between the two Nation Towers. Occupying a spacious 1120 square metres over two floors, the Abu Dhabi Suite features four bedrooms, a private library, cinema, spa and captivating 360 degree views of the city and the Arabian Gulf.

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Remède Spa The St. Regis Abu Dhabi also boasts the award-winning Remède Spa, the first in the UAE and renowned for its tradition of personalized spa treatments. One of UAE’s largest spas at 3,000 square metres, Remède Spa offers 25 different bespoke facials, massages, body treatments, and spa packages for both ladies and gentlemen given by highly trained masseurs and aestheticians. Remède Spa houses eleven private treatment rooms, each decorated with natural materials and earth tones as well as candles with rich aromas, plush throws, wooden floors and hand-crafted tile mosaics. The treatment rooms, wet areas, relaxation lounges and other amenities are available separately for ladies and gentlemen. Remède Spas are exclusive to The St. Regis Hotels and Resorts, and have attained acclaim in the world’s top addresses including New York, Singapore and Bali. the st. regis abu dhabi, nations towers, corniche. www.stregisabudhabi.com tel +971 2 694 4553

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EUROPE Turkey HOTEL: Raffles Istanbul

5 STAR HOTEL:

Set in Zorlu Center Istanbul’s ultra luxury residence and stunning entertainment complex, this luxe contemporary hotel presenting heritage and culture is overlooking the ancient metropolis and the breathtaking Bosphorus Strait.

Chic rooms feature Istanbul-themed wall murals, free Wi-Fi and flatscreen TVs, along with city-view balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows and marble bathrooms. Suites add living rooms and views of the Bosphorus. Butler service for all rooms are available.

Raffles Istanbul is 26 km away from Atatürk International Airport on the European side and 30 km away from Sabiha Gökçen International Airport on the Asian side.

It also offers a heated helipad and car parking.

Address: Raffles Istanbul Zorlu Center 34340 Besiktas / Istanbul, Turkey

TELEPHONE: +90 212 924 0200

WEBSITE: www.raffles.com/istanbul

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A new perspective on a timeless city

Opened on 1st September, 2014, Raffles Istanbul is

And it is this tradition of bringing people together

the perfect embodiment of the new young face of an

that is an essential feature of the story of Raffles in

ancient city - a beacon above the Bosphorus and an

Istanbul.

oasis of calm and cool. For centuries Istanbul has been the meeting place At the heart of the cutting-edge Zorlu Center,

between East and West, Asia and Europe, where great

a modern-day bazaar where fashion, fine food

civilizations and cultures have left their mark and where

and the arts converge on the European shore in

people have exchanged ideas, told stories and set

Besiktas, Raffles is an exhilarating fusion of virtuoso

out again.

architecture, dazzling interiors, inspired food and deep luxury.

Turkey is a rising star in the global economy and, in this member of the Raffles family, we have created

The hotel overlooks the Bosphorus, the Prince Islands and

the perfect expression of the ‘new’ Istanbul: vibrant,

the historic peninsula – a stunning vantage point above

full of energy and innovation, but utterly in touch with

the city. Peter French President of Raffles Hotels &

the city in which it stands and its rich heritage.”

Resorts explains: “The spirit of Raffles fits perfectly into this extraordinary capital city at such an exciting

This rich heritage is reflected in the light and airy

time. Our philosophy is to create oases where people

interiors designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates

come together, then continue on, refreshed.

(HBA).

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Utterly contemporary, full of texture and distinctly

First up is Arola, where the Michelin-starred Spanish

Turkish, the hotel is embellished with a gorgeous

chef Sergi Arola gives classic Catalan dishes a

collection of specially-commissioned artworks.

modern spin. This is social food from a sharing culture, the menu

Many of these are by Turkish artists, others by artists

offers picas, or small dishes, as well as mains and

inspired by this magnificent city: tactile sculptures,

delicious desserts.

objets trouvés and contemporary interpretations of classic patterns, pieces inspired by fabulous Byzantine

At Rocca Brasserie, Mediterranean food from Lebanon

jewels – all bringing the ancient and modern together.

to Italy is the order of the day, all day.

Raffles Istanbul offers its guests 136 guestrooms and

In the striking Lobby, Lavinia is the place to be seen.

49 suites – all spacious and filled with light, blending

The lounge is named after Martin Dawe’s dramatic

Turkish and contemporary design and offering

monumental bronze ‘Lavinia’, a focal point for the

everything the modern traveller demands. Floor to

lobby, and an homage to the poem by the famous

ceiling windows lead to furnished private terraces

Turkish poet, Ozdemir Asaf.

and balconies, for lofty views over the Bosphorus and the city.

The artisan Patisserie offers a range of tempting cakes and other delights.

Istanbul is a melting pot of gastronomic delights and so too is Raffles. Two restaurants, two bars and

The Pool Bar & Grill on the 6th floor is a stylish spot

lounges and a patisserie offer a culinary theatre of

for soaking up the rays by day all with eye-popping

possibility, day and night:

views over the city.

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Long Bar travels from Singapore with a glamorous twist - and its own champagne room. Stamboul Sling, anyone? With seven treatment rooms and two suites and a choice of pools, saunas, steam rooms and hammams, Raffles Spa is set to be one of the most comprehensive in Istanbul. Gazelli Skincare and Organic Pharmacy offer an indulgent menu of treatments, with an exclusive Modern Hamman Experience using rose oil and sugar from the latter. Raffles Istanbul also offers an inspirational choice of calm, contemporary spaces for private and business events - from the launch of a new car or a society wedding in The Ballroom, a birthday dinner in one of the seven private rooms, to a high-level meeting in The Boardroom. All this backed up by the latest technology, experienced service and support, leaving guests free to focus on their own agendas. Call ahead to book the Raffles helipad, for an easy arrival and a fast getaway.

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The General Manager of Raffles Istanbul is Christian Hirt, who brings with him a wealth of experience in luxury hotels. Originally from Germany, Christian is thrilled to be back in Istanbul where he previously had an executive position in Swissotel, the Bosphorus. Istanbul. He returns from Australia where he oversaw Swissotel Sydney. Mr. Hirt comments: “I am thrilled to come back to Istanbul to work for such an iconic brand as Raffles Hotels & Resorts. I am excited to bring my expertise gained in the luxury field as well as my passion for hospitality to Raffles Istanbul and look forward to being part of the future success of this very special hotel in such a vibrant and exciting city.” Throughout the hotel, the authentic Raffles touch is never far away, personified by the legendary Raffles Butler service that is part of the anatomy of every Raffles; from Singapore, to all eleven of the company’s hotels around the world.

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Asia HONG KONG HOTEL: The Peninsula Hong Kong

5 STAR HOTEL:

Overlooking Victoria Harbor, this regal, iconic hotel, built in 1928, is a 15-minute walk from the Hong Kong Observatory and 6 km from Happy Valley Racecourse.

Classic rooms with city views feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Posh, upgraded rooms add floor-to-ceiling windows with harbor views. Polished suites have separate living areas and walk-in closets, while lavish, upgraded suites add bathtubs and fireplaces; some have kitchens or private chauffeurs.

Address: Salisbury Rd, Hong Kong

TELEPHONE: +852 2920 2888

WEBSITE: www.hongkong.peninsula.com

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THE PENINSULA Hong Kong

Opening its doors in 1928, “The Grande Dame Hong

high-tech extras present in today’s luxury yachts,

Kong” has established a reputation as a standard

motorcars, and private jets, taking The Peninsula

bearer of luxury and refined service, featuring

guest experience to a new level of comfort.

leading-edge facilities that cater to business and leisure travellers alike.

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Classic, contemporary chic arrives at The Peninsula,

Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase vehicles,

as this legend of the East redefines luxury with its

two MINI Cooper S Clubmans and the MD902

newly-renovated guest rooms featuring personalised

helicopter.

guest-focused technology in 11 languages to ensure a supremely luxurious, comfortable stay.

The Peninsula boasts eight award-winning restaurants and bars offering sophisticated gastronomy from

Accenting simplicity and elegance, the rooms’

around the world, including the legendary Peninsula

aesthetic melds the distinctive design touches and

Afternoon Tea in The Lobby.

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Additional facilities include The Peninsula Spa, a

and entertainment districts the Star Ferry and

Roman-style swimming pool, state-of-the-art gym

the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) are a short walk

with harbour views, sauna and steam rooms.

away, providing easy access to the business and shopping districts of Central, Soho, Admiralty and

Located on the harbour in Tsim Sha Tsui, within

Wan Chai.

walking distance of Hong Kong’s main shopping

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EUROPE Switzerland HOTEL: The Chedi Andermatt

5 Star-Deluxe Hotel:

Nestled in the Alps, this luxe hotel is next to Andermatt train station and is 10 minutes from skiing at Naetschen and Gemsstock.

Featuring wood, leather and stone accents, the posh rooms offer free Wi-Fi and minibars, flat-screen TVs, DVD players, built-in fireplaces and iPads. Suites have seating areas, and upgrades add tubs or mountain views. There’s room service.

Address: Gotthardstrasse 4, 6490 Andermatt, Switzerland

TELEPHONE: +41 41 888 74 88

WEBSITE: www.thechediandermatt.com

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THE CHEDI ANDERMATT: the heart of the Swiss Alps

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General Hotel Management (GHM) opened The Chedi

hotel, which carefully balances tradition with nature.

Andermatt, the luxury hotel group’s first property in

Alpine chic meets Asian nuances throughout the 5

Europe and Switzerland in December 2013. Situated

star-deluxe hotel. In the 123 appointed rooms and

at the crossroads of three mountain passes in

suites (from 52 sq metres to 190 sq metres) Gathy

Urserental, The Chedi Andermatt is in the heart of the

achieves this cohesion by using local elements

Swiss Alps. It is accessible via three

with a keen attention to detail - large fireplaces, wood panelling, and terraces allowing the indoor

Alpine passes: the Oberalp Pass to the east, the St.

and outdoor spaces to blend seamlessly together.

Gotthard Pass in the south and the Furka Pass in the

Local materials are used throughout the hotel in

west, while the SchĂśllenen gorge is in the north.

keeping with traditional GHM style.

The opening of The Chedi Andermatt in December

RESTAURANTS AND BARS

2013 marks a milestone in the development of the Andermatt Swiss Alps resort, a year-round resort

Designed by SPIN Design Studio from Japan, The Chedi

featuring apartments, chalets, hotels and leisure

Andermatt offers the following culinary facilities: The

facilities.

Restaurant showcases four open kitchens specialising in cold cuts, desserts, Western and Asian Cuisine and is

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open all day. The Japanese Restaurant seats forty-six guests, for maximum exclusivity and privacy, where

With the opening of The Chedi Andermatt, the GHM

guests can choose to sit at either the open sushi and

group, established in 1992, is setting a new standard

sashimi bar or the tempura and teppanyaki counter,

in design and hospitality in Switzerland. Jean-Michel

where authentic Japanese delicacies will be served.

Gathy, Chief designer and advisor for Denniston International Architects & Planners Ltd., from Kuala

A selection of Japanese sake and beer is available as

Lumpur, is responsible for the signature style of the

well as expertly paired wine and Champagne.

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The Wine & Cigar Library invites guests to enjoy views of The Courtyard in this walk-in humidor, which also offers some of the finest wines by the glass. The Lobby is the place to see and be seen. With two fireplaces for a warm atmosphere it is the place to enjoy small dishes as well as The Chedi Afternoon Tea. The Bar and Living Room is where guests can meet and relax after a long day on the slopes or on the golf course. It is also the place to meet the ski butler to arrange the next day’s skiing around small dishes of local snacks with wine and beer. 44 | UNIQUE


The Spa at The Chedi Andermatt extends to 2,400 square metres. In addition to a 35 metre indoor pool and 12 metre outdoor pool, it features a variety of smaller pools, a Finnish sauna and hammam and ten spa suites offering treatments using natural products from ila, REN and Alpienne. The

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Technogym equipment and personal trainers are on hand to create customised programmes for guests that can easily be put into daily practice after leaving the hotel. ANDERMATT: A DIAMOND IN THE SWISS ALPS Andermatt had been a popular year-round holiday and wellness resort for the last 100 years, complete with a very friendly local population. In the summer months the destination is a paradise for hikers, bikers, nature lovers and those seeking relaxation. Classic car enthusiasts can be seen on the weekends driving on the famous passes around Andermatt. Avid golfers will enjoy the 18-hole par 72 golf course, designed by Kurt Rossknecht, just minutes from The Chedi Andermatt. Embedded

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high

alpine

landscape, this course offers stunning views and the added value of high altitude, making golf balls fly further naturally. Gemsstock Mountain welcomes all winter sports enthusiasts – from its Eldorado for free riders to families enjoying the sunny slopes of Andermatt. The

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Andermatt-Sedrun

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ASIA MALDIVES HOTEL: Baros Maldives

5 STAR HOTEL:

Baros Maldives is the essence of the Maldives, a small tropical island ringed by a reef vibrant with marine life and encircled by a golden beach. Sandy trails lead through lush tropical gardens to the resorts 45 thatched beach villas and 30 water villas, each elegantly furnished to inspire serenity. This idyllic island retreat is blessed with an eco-friendly dive centre, blissful spa, three gourmet restaurants, a palm grove bar and a cocktail lounge, and discreet, helpful staff.

Exclusive to resident guests, this award-winning resort is a secluded haven of peace just 25 minutes by speedboat from Maleďż˝ International Airport.

Address: Baros Island, North Malďż˝ Atoll, Republic of Maldives

TELEPHONE: +960 664 26 72

WEBSITE: www.baros.com

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BAROS MALDIVES THE ESSENCE OF THE MALDIVES.

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Baros Maldives is a small coral island in the Indian

pure bliss. They each have a king size bed, a daybed

Ocean, just 25 minutes by speedboat from the

to relax, veranda, satellite television, air-conditioning,

Maldives International Airport. Set in a translucent

mini-safe and mini-bar, espresso machine and a wine

lagoon surrounded by a sun-drenched, golden sand

chiller with sommelier selected bottles.

beach, ringed with a colorful living coral reef, Baros Maldives is perfect for a holiday to remember forever.

Water Villas have individual sun decks and stunning views of the sea with steps down to the lagoon for

45 thatched Beach Villas are nestled among swaying

leisurely swimming. All villas have bathrooms en-

palms and 30 Water Villas, including 15 Water Pool

suite, some open to the sky, others with panoramic

Villas poised over a shallow, shimmering lagoon.

views of the ocean. Some beach villas feature indoor

Each villa is stylishly created with sandstone and

and outdoor rainfall showers in a walled garden.

timber, with fine furnishings and large windows to let in natural light and contemporary linen blinds for

The ultimate in secluded privacy is The Baros

privacy.

Residence with a large linen-canopied bed and an extravagant bathroom en suite. A day bed on the

The resort’s Deluxe Villas, Baros Villas, Water Villas,

sun deck and sun loungers overlook the Residence’s

Baros Pool Villas, Water Pool Villas and Baros Premium

swimming pool in a secret, walled tropical garden; a

Pool Villas are all equally desirable for a vacation of

butler is on call to assure warm and willing service.

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A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the award-winning Baros Maldives excels in caring personal attention to meet every guest’s desire. For guests who crave complete seclusion with in-villa dining, an intimate dinner for two on an isolated sandbank, or pleasure and indulgence in one of three gourmet-class restaurants and in the resort’s elegant cocktail lounge or Palm Garden Bar, Baros Maldives is the answer. Baros Maldives is dedicated to couples, whether on a secret interlude together, a honeymoon in the sun, a special anniversary, or for those who just want to enjoy each other’s company away from stress and hassle. No small children or groups are allowed to disturb the serenity of this tropical idyll, and staff members are discreet and understanding.

For relaxation, there are comfortable loungers and hammocks in the Palm Garden, an over-water infinity

The Spa features especially created revitalising

pool, open to all guests, a library of films and books,

treatments and exclusive yoga sessions. A resident

and culture aplenty in the Maldivian Lounge with its

marine biologist and PADI dive center educate

antique maps and artefacts.

guests as they explore the reefs, and a luxury yacht and traditional sailing dhoni are available to venture

Guests return again and again to Baros Maldives

further through dolphin-filled waters to other islands

charmed by the warm hospitality and memorable

on day excursions or sunset cruises.

moments that are the essence of the Maldives.

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