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Advantage Anantara as Dhigu, Veli and Naladhu team up with Jim Courier Tennis Facility



2 Maldives (s) – Anantara in South Male Atoll has teamed up with Jim Courier Tennis to provide year-round professional tennis coaching and the exclusive management of the tennis facility. This new addition to the activity offerings at the resorts adds to the existing holistic lifestyle approach of Anantara Dhigu, Anantara Veli and Naladhu Maldives.

Olivier Morel, Director of Jim Courier Tennis, says, “At JCT, the mission is to provide each and every player the pathway to their highest level of performance and on-court enjoyment. Our program helps players of all skill levels attain their maximum potential by integrating technical and tactical instruction with tennis-specific drills to strengthen the body and mind. And if you’re just looking for a quality sparring partner, our seasoned playing professionals are ready to give you the hit of a lifetime. JCT was recently created with only one objective: to help you understand and improve your tennis game while enjoying some of the world’s best locales.”

Professional tennis player Tony Rajaobelina is available year round to coach guests at Anantara in the South Male Atoll on improving their game, or providing the more experienced player with a challenging match. Tony was ranked on the ATP Tour, and has had wins in the top 200. A dual citizen of France and Madagascar he still plays for the Davis Cup team in Madagascar.

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The floodlit synthetic grass tennis court is located on a separate island to the resorts, reachable by a 1-minute boat ride from Anantara Dhigu and Naladhu resorts. Private lessons with Tony begin at USD 140 per hour, group lessons for a maximum of three players begin at USD 60++ per person.

Cluster General Manager explains, “Our guests can now enjoy a wide range of water and ground sports during their stay, supplemented with yoga, TRX, our Ayurvedic and Anantara spas, as well as lifestyle coaching. Teaming up with a professional company such as Jim Courier Tennis is an exciting addition for our guests and one that will certainly improve their tennis game while spending time away from home. We look forward to hosting small tournaments at certain times of the year as well.”

Anantara Dhigu, Ananatara Veli and Naladhu Maldives share the lagoon in South Male Atoll, just 35 minutes by speedboat from Ibrahim Nassir International Airport at Male. Each resort appeals to a different demographic, from couples, families and travellers looking for a private, boutique luxury resort experience.

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Football legend Lukas Podolski lights up Heritance Aarah with friendly match against Maldivian youth



In a heartwarming display of football’s unifying spirit, German legend Lukas Podolski traded the grand stadiums for the sun-kissed shores of Heritance Aarah, Maldives, to play a friendly match with a team of eager young players from Meedhu Island. The event saw Podolski donning a custom Heritance Aarah jersey and taking to the pitch alongside the spirited Maldivian children.

More than just a friendly kickabout, the match was a platform for learning and inspiration. The young athletes showcased their skills and learned new tricks from the seasoned pro. The air crackled with a distinctive camaraderie as Podolski’s guidance and encouragement blended seamlessly with the children’s infectious joy.

As a memento of this extraordinary encounter, each participant received a personally signed jersey from Podolski, adding a priceless touch to the occasion. The football star’s presence transformed the friendly match into an unforgettable experience, etching itself indelibly into the memories of the young players and their families.

Podolski later took to his Facebook, sharing photos from the event with the caption, “Football is our global game. A pleasure to meet you all thanks & @heritanceaarah #LP10 #football #strassenkicker #enjoy #love.” The post resonated with fans worldwide, celebrating the power of sports to connect people across cultures and backgrounds.

Heritance Aarah, a Premium All-Inclusive resort, offers an idyllic setting for the ultimate getaway, presenting a diverse range of experiences. From the culinary delights crafted by award-winning chefs to the exploration of the captivating over and underwater wonders of the Raa Atoll, the resort sets a remarkable tone for luxury and adventure. With five restaurants included in the Premium All-Inclusive package, exclusive bars, and access to Hatha and Baani with supplement charges, Heritance Aarah offers a holistic experience. The spa and wellness facilities, featuring a hot tub and a fitness center, further enhance the overall well-being of guests, who can also enjoy various activities.

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Game, set, Makarova: Former world #1 launches new tennis academy at Four Seasons Maldives at Kuda Huraa this festive season



In partnership with the world-class sports management organisation RTC (Royal, Timeless & Challenging) Sport, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa is launching its new Tennis Academy this festive season: a stellar coaching school boasting a line-up of some of the sport’s most celebrated figures, starting with former World #1 and four-time Grand Slam Champion Ekaterina Makarova.  

Train with Legends, Play Like a Champion

The exhilarating new Tennis Academy program offers guests the rare opportunity to master their serve, perfect their backhand and elevate their on-court strategy with elite coaching from four world-class tennis coaches throughout the coming year.  Each of these iconic figures brings their own legacy of championship victories and a deep well of on-court expertise to guests of Kuda Huraa.

“Our partnership with RTC is a true game-changer,” says Didier Jardin, General Manager of Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa. “It’s an excellent opportunity for our many tennis-loving guests to take their skills to the next level by learning from true tennis royalty.”

A Champion’s Pedigree

Serving up her award-winning take on the game for the Tennis Academy’s 2023 festive season from December 19-26, 2023 is former World #1 and four-time Grand Slam champion Ekaterina Makarova. Makarova dominated world tennis doubles for many years, winning the 2012 US Open with Bruno Soares and the 2013 French Open, 2014 US Open and 2017 Wimbledon Championships with Elena Vesnina. In 2016, together with Vesnina, she soared to Olympic gold. Ekaterina was officially proclaimed World Doubles #1 on June 11, 2018 and claimed 15 titles on the WTA Tour. She also shone as the World #8 in singles, winning three WTA titles, and was a cornerstone of Russia’s victorious 2008 Fed Cup team.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share my knowledge with the guests at Four Seasons Maldives at Kuda Huraa,” says Makarova. “I hope to inspire tennis-loving individuals to enhance their skills and on-court strategy with unique training techniques honed through my years of professional experience, while sharing my deep-seated passion for the game.”

Play in Paradise

The Tennis Academy is set in the award-winning serenity of Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, a breath-taking oceanfront village setting awarded a third-consecutive Forbes Five-Star rating in 2023. Guests will sail by traditional Maldivian dhoni across crystal-clear waters to reach the Resort’s scenic court, discreetly screened by lush greenery.

There will be tailored sessions for singles, couples and groups, adults and juniors, beginners and experienced players alike, all under the glorious Maldivian sun. Shaded seating, refreshments and towels keep guests cool while enjoying all the thrills of the game.

Throughout the year, the Tennis Academy will be overseen by Dmitrii Studitskii, Director of Tennis at Four Seasons Resort Kuda Huraa.

Dmitrii Studitskii is a formidable blend of seasonedprofessional tennis player and dedicated private coach. Fluent in English, Russian and Spanish, he has extensive experience in both the technical skills of the game and the psychology required to win. His talent for creating training plans tailored to each player’s skill level, from beginner to advanced, ensures that everyone experiences on-court success and grows their love of the game.

Interactive Q&As

A highlight of Kuda Huraa’s Tennis Academy will be an interactive Q&A session with Ekaterina Makarova, which all guests will be invited to join. The event will be an opportunity to ask the former world #1 about her journeys to championship point, the strategies that kept her at the top of her game and her advice for aspiring tennis legends.

Further tennis masters to grace the Tennis Academy will be announced over the coming weeks.

To be part of this Tennis Academy and take skills to the next level,email: or call the central reservations department of Four Seasons Resorts Maldives at tel: (960) 66 00 888.

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Tennis extraordinaire Cornelia Lister to set the court ablaze at Hideaway Beach Resort this January



Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa has announced the visit of renowned tennis and Padel star, Cornelia Lister, from January 21st to January 28th, 2024. The resort is set to transform into a tennis haven as Cornilia brings her expertise to the picturesque island for an unforgettable week of tennis and Padel clinics.

Cornelia Lister is a Swedish tennis star and has in recent years pivoted into playing the intense sport of Padel which is has been becoming ever more popular in the world of late. She achieved a career high in tennis doubles and was ranked number one professional tennis player in Sweden.

During her stay, Cornilia will host a 5-day tennis and Padel Clinic at the resort. During this period, daily complimentary Group tennis and Padel lessons from January 22nd to January 26th, catering to guests of all ages, 8 years and above. The lessons will be led by the Cornelia, assisted by the resident Tennis Coach, ensuring a dynamic and enriching experience for participants.

The schedule for the 1-hour complimentary lessons is as follows:

  • 9-10 AM: Padel for Beginners
  • 5-6 PM: Tennis for All Skill Levels
  • 6-7 PM: Padel for Intermediate and Advanced

The 5-day clinic provide a unique opportunity for guests to enhance their tennis and Padel skills, whether they are beginners or seasoned players. The sessions are designed to be inclusive, fostering a love for the sports and encouraging friendly competition.

To ensure personalised attention and effective coaching, the number of participants per clinic will be limited, and therefore, guests are encouraged to register early to secure their spot in the clinics.

In addition to the complimentary lessons, private classes are available upon request, subject to coach availability. These sessions provide a one-on-one learning experience for individuals seeking focused guidance from Cornelia or the resort’s experienced coaching team.

As Hideaway already has two beautiful tennis courts, and a court for Padel as well, guests are in for an absolute treat this January. The resort is especially focussed on offering guests a very health and fitness-oriented holiday while they are at the resort, and for those looking to delve deeper into their tennis or Padel journey, separately paid clinics are also available during Cornelia’s stay at the resort.

Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa is delighted to invite all guests to join Cornilia on the court for an exciting and enriching week of tennis and Padel. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to learn from one of the best in the sport against the backdrop of the stunning Maldivian paradise.

For more information on the resort’s sports and recreational facilities, click here.

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