St. Regis, Constance Halaveli, Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, Anantara named Maldives best resorts

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, Constance Halaveli, The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi and resorts run by Anantara have won prestigious titles at the World Travel Awards Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony for being the leading resorts in the Maldives.

The prestigious Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony took place at the five-star Sun Aqua Vilu Reef resort on Saturday, with hospitality leaders from across the region in attendance to discover who amongst them has been voted the pinnacle of the travel industry.

At the ceremony, The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi was named the Maldives’ Leading Resort, while The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort won the Maldives’ Leading Luxury Island Resort award and Constance Halaveli the Maldives’ Leading Luxury Resort award. Velaa Private Island was named the Maldives’ Leading Luxury Villa Resort. 

Evgenia Boyankova, Group Director of Business Development at The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives, receives the Maldives’ Leading Resort award at the World Travel Awards Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony held at the Sun Aqua Vilu Reef resort in Maldives on Saturday. PHOTO/ WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS
General Manager at Velaa Private Island Michal Smejc (L-2) receives the Maldives’ Leading Luxury Villa Resort award at the World Travel Awards Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony held at the Sun Aqua Vilu Reef resort in Maldives on Saturday. PHOTO/ WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS

Resorts run in the Maldives under the Anantara shined at the Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony, with Anantara Kihavah Maldives winning the Maldives’ Leading Villa Resort award, Anantara Dhigu Resort Maldives winning the Maldives’ Leading Water Villa Resort award and Naladhu Maldives winning the Maldives’ Leading Boutique Resort award.

Lily Beach Resort and Spa was named the Maldives’ Leading All-Inclusive Resort, while Kanuhura Maldives won Maldives’ Leading Family Resort award and aaaVeee Nature’s Paradise the Maldives’ Leading Green Resort award.

Sarah Forster, Sales Manager at Lily Beach Resort and Spa, receives the Maldives’ Leading All-Inclusive Resort award at the World Travel Awards Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony held at the Sun Aqua Vilu Reef resort in Maldives on Saturday. PHOTO/ WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS
Officials from aaaVeee Nature’s Paradise receive the Maldives’ Leading Green Resort award at the World Travel Awards Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony held at the Sun Aqua Vilu Reef resort in Maldives on Saturday. PHOTO/ WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS
Officials from Kanuhura Maldives receive the Maldives’ Leading Family Resort award at the World Travel Awards Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony held at the Sun Aqua Vilu Reef resort in Maldives on Saturday. PHOTO/ WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS

The Royal Island Suite at JA Manafaru won the award for the Maldives’ Leading Hotel Suite, and the Sunset Water Villa at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island won the Maldives’ Leading Luxury Hotel Villa award.

Zainab Shihab, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort, receives the Maldives’ Leading Luxury Hotel Villa award at the World Travel Awards Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony held at the Sun Aqua Vilu Reef resort in Maldives on Saturday. PHOTO/ WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS
Food and Beverage Manager Kyra Bommelje (L-2) and General Manager William Harley-Fleming (R-2) at JA Manafaru receive the Maldives’ Leading Hotel Suite award at the World Travel Awards Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony held at the Sun Aqua Vilu Reef resort in Maldives on Saturday. PHOTO/ WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS

Meanwhile, Get Into Maldives Travels was named the Maldives’ Leading Luxury Tour Operator, while the award for the Maldives’ Leading Travel Agency went to Vermillion International Maldives.

Mohamed Mauroof, Managing Director at Get Into Maldives Travels, receives the Maldives’ Leading Luxury Tour Operator award at the World Travel Awards Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony held at the Sun Aqua Vilu Reef resort in Maldives on Saturday. PHOTO/ WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS
Ahmed Musthaeen, General Manager at Vermillion International, receives the Maldives’ Leading Travel Agency award at the World Travel Awards Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony held at the Sun Aqua Vilu Reef resort in Maldives on Saturday. PHOTO/ WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS

The Maldives also won several prestigious destination titles at the Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony.

World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.

Each year, World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region.

World Travel Awards Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries and international print and broadcast media.

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