Jumeirah Vittaveli opens Maldives’ first ice rink

Jumeirah Vittaveli has officially opened Maldives’ first ice rink.

Olympic Gold Medalist Evgeni Plushenko inaugurated the ice rink, named Ice Ice Maybe…, at a sneak preview event on Tuesday, to which local media and resort partners were invited.

During the sunset cocktail event, invitees were treated to ice-themed snacks such as snow cones and a molecular food station, while they were entertained by a live band followed by a breathtaking ‘Art of Poi’ fire dance. Plushenko’s performance on the newly opened ice rink wrapped up the event.

Plushenko hails from Russia and was born on November 3, 1982. He is a four-time Olympic medallist (2006 gold, 2014 team gold, 2002 and 2010 silver), a three-time world champion (2001, 2003, 2004), a seven-time European champion (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012), a four-time Grand Prix Final champion (1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2004–05), and a ten-time Russian national champion (1999–2002, 2004–2006, 2010, 2012–2013). Plushenko’s four Olympic medals tied Sweden’s Gillis Grafström’s record for most Olympic medals in figure skating, since surpassed.

Since April 2017, he is the coach of Adelina Sotnikova, the 2014 Olympic champion. He is also the coach of Vladimir Samoilov, successful figure ice skater in Junior Championships, and of Serafima Sakhanovich, gold medal winner at the 2014 Russian Junior Championships.

The 87 sqm ice rink at Jumeirah Vittaveli has been manufactured using Glice, a novel material from Switzerland that allows for eco-friendly ice rinks, eliminating the need to keep the ice rink cold. This enables guests to experience a world-first at Jumeirah Vittaveli when they go for a swim in the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean, followed by a quick stroll across the beach to put on their ice skates and glide along the picturesque backdrop of a tropical winter wonderland.

“I congratulate the entire team here at Jumeirah Vittaveli for having managed to introduce a world-first to the Maldives – an eco-friendly ice skating rink on a tropical island is a true expression of our aim to ‘Wow’ our guests, not just with genuine service from the heart but with innovative additions to our resort that provide extraordinary experiences to the adventurous traveller. An immense thank you also goes to the inimitable Evgeni Plushenko and his son Aleksandr – we are honoured that such a world class skater and enthralling performer as Evgeni was the first to leave his mark on our rink,” General Manager Amit Majumder told journalists, after the event.

“I look forward to seeing the many happy faces of children and adults alike when they try out our beachside ice rink, while looking out over the ocean.”

The ice rink will be open for guests everyday 12-6pm.

First access to Ice Ice Maybe… is priced at USD 75, which includes two hours of ice skating with protective gear. Ice-cream sundae and a host of custom giveaways and souvenirs will also be provided. All following entries to Ice Ice Maybe… will cost USD 50 for two hours, including ice skating with protective gear and ice-cream sundae.

Located a short 20-minute ride on board a luxurious motorised catamaran from capital, Jumeirah Vittaveli offers unmatched diversity, subtle luxury and personalised exploration, whether you are seeking a romantic getaway or an exotic destination for your family.

In addition to the Royal Residence, which was recently recognised as Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa at the World Travel Awards, Jumeirah Vittaveli comprises 89 villas and suites each with their own swimming pool and direct access to the beach or lagoon. The private and spacious villas are available with one or two bedrooms making them the ideal accommodation for both families and couples. Highlights are the free-standing Ocean Suites, located only a heartbeat away from the main island and accessible by complimentary boat service.

For the evenings, guests have the choice of a culinary journey through India in the resort’s signature restaurant Swarna, or an overwater fine dining experience featuring French cuisine at Fenesse.

The Talise spa at Jumeirah Vittaveli has been named Best Luxury Wellness Spa in Maldives by the World Travel Awards in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Treatments at the spa are inspired by concepts of light and space connecting with the purity and vibration of ingredients. The team produces their own island made 100 percent pure coconut oil, which is used in treatments and available as a take-home souvenir. The garden and overwater treatment rooms provide romantic spaces for couples who wish to enjoy blissful relaxation, while the spa menu also includes dedicated Mother-Daughter and Father-Son pampering sessions.

For those seeking adventure, the island’s water sports centre offers flyboarding. For those looking to experience the wonder of the underwater world of the Maldives, there are diving and snorkelling excursions to see turtles and magnificent shipwrecks.

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