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MATATO opens participation for Maldives Travel Awards 2015 with new additional categories

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Travel AwardsMaldives.net.mv – The 4th Annual Matato Maldives Travel Awards has opened for participants commencing from 7th January 2015. While being the premium industry award held in the Maldives to recognize the achievements and rank the tourism industry, Matato Maldives Travel Awards have successfully concluded 3 editions in the past at Paradise Island Resort & Spa in 2012, Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort in 2013 and at Kurumba Maldives in 2014.

This year the brand have introduced its event into two segments Special Edition to be held in Dubai on 5th May during the same time which the Arabian Travel Market take place and the grand Finale during later 2015 at Coco Boduhithi , Male’ Atoll owned and operated by Coco Collections.

Matato have decided to introduce new categories this year including Leading Tourist Guest House Island, Leading Low Cost Airline, Leading Domestic Transport Provider,  Leading Domestic Airport, Leading International Hotel/ Resort Brand, Leading Local Hotel / Resort Brand and Leading Private Island Resort.

Matato Maldives Travel Awards consists of total 35 categories falling into aviation, hotels , guest houses, resorts, activity centers, Liveaboards, csr and management, environment, travel technology, wellness and business.

Ms.Habeeba Hussain , (GM Highrise) , event manager of Matato Maldives Travel Awards said : unlike previous years, this year we have two events of Maldives Travel Awards. One in the Middle East and the Gala event at Coco Boduhithi Maldives. Hence, we have started working in advance with the participation and the process. As the brand have now been accepted by all local and international tourism chains , we believe the process has to be stronger and better year by year. We also have learned a lot from the past and have always added new categories with consultation of Matato. Undoubtedly Maldives Travel Awards is the most biggest industry function held in the Maldives.

Ms.Habeeba also confirmed that participants will be communicated directly by the organizing team and the kit will also be available for download at the travelawards.mv and the official website of Matato. www.Matato.org commencing from 8th Jan 2015.

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Live for Family Fun in a Tropical Easter Bliss at Angsana Velavaru: A Sun-Kissed Adventure for Families

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Angsana Velavaru, an all-inclusive premium resort in South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives welcomes guests, especially families to indulge in the beauty of a tropical Easter celebration.  The sun-soaked beaches, azure sea, and delightful surprises create the perfect setting for an unforgettable experience for every member. 

On 30 March, the day begins with enchanting Bird Feeding session, Sand Sculpture display and an immersive Marine Talk, allowing guests to connect with the rich marine life surrounding the resort.  As the sun sets, guests can enjoy a Sundowner to Remember at Azzurro Restaurant and Bar, Funa Restaurant or Kuredhi Pool Bar, with the mesmerising Soul Serenade from Beatus Band.  Guests are invited to indulge in a delectable Mongolian Buffet Dinner at Kaani Restaurant, and cap off the night with the lively White & Green DJ Party at Kuredhi Pool Bar.

Sunday, 31 March promises a day filled with excitement, as Morning Melodies with Beatus Band sets the perfect tone for a day of Easter festivities.  Guests can engage in morning Water Aerobics, participate in Palm Leaves Weaving, and contribute to marine conservation with a Coral Planting activity.  The culinary delights continue with International and Pasta Buffet Dinners, offering a gastronomic journey of flavours.  Cap off the evening with a Sunset Dolphin Cruise, featuring bubbly and canapés against the stunning Maldivian sunset.

Designed exclusively for children, the Ranger’s Club hosts delightful Easter-themed activities.  Little ones can unleash their creativity with Easter Card Decoration and Eggs-travaganza Cookie Creativity.  The Kids Mixology Session 101 adds a touch of fun.  The Easter Bunny arrival on Sunday and the Egg Hunt promise excitement for the youngest members of the family.  

Beyond the traditional sun, sand, and sea experience, the resort curates a list of “101 Things To Do.” 

From water sports to wellness retreats and cultural excursions, guests can immerse themselves in a diverse array of activities, ensuring a holiday filled with excitement and discovery. View the complete Easter Brochure.

Part of Banyan Group, an independent, global hospitality company with purpose, Angsana Velavaru is a vibrant tropical getaway offering 79 private villas, all with beach frontage, and a cluster of 34 InOcean Villas.  

Escape to Angsana Velavaru this Easter for a tropical paradise celebration, where joy, sun, sea, and surprises converge to create cherished moments and lasting memories. 

Visit Maldives Resort Packages & Specials | Angsana Velavaru.  For further queries and reservations, contact Reservations-Velavaru@angsana.com or +960 676 8464.

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Fairmont Maldives, Sirru Fen Fushi Launches Elevated All-Inclusive Offering: Inviting Families to Embark on a Hassle-Free Holiday in Paradise

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To ensure a worry-free escape for travel-hungry families, Fairmont Maldives, Sirru Fen Fushi, situated on the archipelago’s pristine Shaviyani Atoll, has launched a new and enhanced all-inclusive offering. In addition to savouring delectable dishes across three gourmet restaurants, guests can experience the resort’s pioneering sustainability initiatives, with a guided tour of the underwater Coralarium and Sustainability Lab included. What’s more, children under 12 can stay and dine for free and enjoy a host of immersive activities from the Art Studio and Kids’ Club to Tennis and Yoga. 

Upon landing in Malé, guests are whisked away in e-cars to the VIP seaplane lounge before taking off and heading north to the resort. Dedicated villa hosts await families at check-in with an array of thoughtful welcome amenities and special surprises for tiny travellers. Suitably settled with the assurance of 24-hour assistance, the holiday can truly begin, as guests are free to unwind on the white-sand beaches, dive into crystal clear waters and discover the true meaning of laidback luxury in the resort’s expansive villas. 

Catering to culinary curiosity, all-inclusive guests can savour international fare, discover local flavours and sip on refreshing beverages across the resort’s restaurants and bars. From beachfront eatery Raha Market, which serves a variety of dishes to tantalise tastebuds, to spectacular seafood dining at Azure, guests can enjoy the freedom to savour an array of cuisine coupled with a side of mesmerising views. As part of the new offering, book in a special three course dinner at both Azure and Kata, Fairmont Maldives’ signature Japanese restaurant. Celebrating the very best Asian flavours, choose from robatayaki dishes, sushi and sashimi all, freshly prepared at the chef’s counter and complemented by creative cocktails and traditional sake. 

Inviting guests to discover the atoll in all its natural beauty, activities included within the new offering include kayaking adventures across the 600-hectare lagoon that transforms into an aquatic playground and snorkelling sessions through the 9-kilometer-long house reef. Explore the world beneath the waves and come face to face with the archipelago’s colourful marine life, all whilst basking in the never-ending horizon for memorable moments to last a lifetime. Back on dry land practice your serve with complimentary access to the tennis and volleyball courts, or work up a sweat in the 24-hour gym complete with cross fit training area. Those seeking inner peace can join guided practices with the resident yoga master who offers a range of classes from sound healing to breathwork. 

An idyllic destination for a multi-generational escape, parents and grandparents can relax while the little ones are being looked after with complimentary access to the dedicated kids’ club and art studio. Fun for the whole family, guests can also participate in the resort’s eco-friendly initiatives designed to protect paradise for future generations. Head to the Sustainability Lab where specialised machinery transforms and repurposes plastic waste collected from the beach into bespoke souvenirs like bracelets, made from ghost nets removed from the ocean. From the sand to the se

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Uncover the Gems and Untold Tales of the Maldives’ Baa Atoll Through Personalised and Free-Spirited Adventures with The Nautilus Maldives

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When envisioning the Maldives, one often conjures images of pristine white sands and  luxurious resorts. However, beyond the typical tourist attractions lies a realm of adventure,  cultural immersion, and natural wonders waiting to be explored. The Nautilus Maldives, an  ultra-luxury private island hideaway, is crafting extraordinary journeys in the captivating Baa  Atoll, inviting its guests to embrace escapism through immersive cultural experiences. 

Inspired by The Nautilus’s brand hallmarks of the Art of Bohemia and Free Spirited  Adventures, guests are encouraged to step outside their comfort zones and indulge in  transformative experiences. Through encounters with local personalities, guests gain an  insight into island life, delving into cultural roots, traditions, nature, language, cuisine, and  more. 

The Nautilus prides itself on tailoring bespoke experiences to suit the unique preferences of  its guests—whether adventurers, culture enthusiasts, or families seeking more than a  beachside retreat. Guests embark on one of The Nautilus’s luxurious yachts, exploring  treasured spots of the Atoll and creating unforgettable memories that will linger in their  hearts long after their journey ends. 

Discover the roots at the Kendhoo 

Nestled in the northwest of the Baa Atoll, Kendhoo carries a rich tapestry of experiences  weaving together history and culture. Once a vital hub along ancient maritime routes,  Kendhoo’s vibrant cultural landscape is shaped by centuries of influences from Indian, Arab,  and Southeast Asian merchants, as well colonial conquests. Guests can wander its streets, 

indulging in local culinary treats with distinct flavours, and exploring landmarks like the 800- year old house marking the place of prayers of Abdul Barakaath Yoosuf al Barbary, a renowned Islamic scholar. 

Weave your memories of the Maldives into art at Kihaadhoo 

On the beautiful island of Kihaadhoo, guests can immerse themselves in the therapeutic art  of coconut leaf weaving, a cherished tradition passed down through generations. Through  hands-on experiences with the island’s residents, guests can learn to create baskets, hats,  and decorative pieces, fostering a sense of cultural identity and belonging.

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Traditional lacquer masters at Thulhaadhoo 

Venturing to the southern tip of Baa Atoll, guests discover Thulhaadhoo island, renowned for  its exquisite craftsmanship in traditional lacquerware. Here, artisans share their secrets of this  ancient art of decorating items with vibrant colours and intricate designs inspired by the  Maldives’ marine life and lush tropics, which has been passed down through generations. 

Guests can even try their hand at creating these unique art pieces, serving as precious souvenir  of their tropical getaway. 

Exploration of the Deep Blue Waters of Dhonfanu 

At Dhonfanu, one of Baa Atoll’s premier diving spots, vibrant coral gardens and diverse marine  life awaits beneath azure waters. In season, there’s also a high chance for guests to encounter  graceful manta rays and majestic whale sharks, igniting the senses with excitement and awe. 

Delve into Poetic Ambiance of Dharavandhoo 

Guests can make a stop at Dharavandhoo island, which boasts a rich tradition of Maldivian  poetry, where locals celebrate history and folklore through the art of storytelling, expressing  emotions, beliefs, and aspirations in the most poetic ways. These enchanting verses, inspired  by the islands’ natural beauty, love, nature, and daily island life, transport listeners to a world  where ocean rhythms intertwine poetic imagery.  

To craft your own cultural journey across Maldivian islands, contact The Nautilus at hello@thenautilusmaldives.com and begin creating your ultimate bohemian dream escape. For more information visit www.thenautilusmaldives.com.

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