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Carten Schieck joins Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa


on – Carsten Schieck has been appointed as General Manager at Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa, Maldives, following a significant $50 million whole-island renovation.  A skilled hotelier with over 35 years experience in hospitality management, Schieck will lead the team in setting the standard for a private luxurious Maldivian getaway.

At the helm of the newly refurbished resort on Dhonakulhi Island, Schieck will work with his dedicated team to further enhance the new offerings and develop  innovative concepts  in order to create world-class experiences, and to elevate the resort as the number one ‘true hideaway’ in the Maldives.

No stranger to the Maldives, Schieck’s distinguished and extensive experience in the region’s luxury market, combined with his thorough understanding of developing award-winning island resorts, is imperative to his appointment at Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa.

Most recently, Schieck has been an advisor on projects in the Pacific and Australasia, in addition to holding a director role at the Small Maldives Island Company.

Schieck specialises in implementing pioneering product innovations and this was highlighted through his eleven years at the forefront of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island.  Joining as General Manager in August 2002, Schieck was an integral part of the successful rebranding of the property from Hilton to Conrad in 2007, establishing it as a world-class property.

It was here that Schieck was commended for developing industry-leading concepts such as Ithaa, the award-winning world’s first all-glass under-sea restaurant.  Under his leadership, the resort won numerous accolades and attributes including Best Hotel in the World awarded by Sunday Times Travel Magazine 2006 and Best Luxury Hotel in the World by TripAdvisor in January 2007, to name a few.   In 2009, Schieck’s expertise and leadership skills warranted him a new executive role within Hilton Hotels as Regional General Manager Maldives and Sri Lanka, overseeing a portfolio of five luxury properties.

Boasting enviable international experience within the hospitality industry, Schieck has travelled extensively acquiring roles in a number of five-star resorts around the world in locations such as Germany, Turkey, China and Sri Lanka.  Schieck began his career in his home town of Leipzig, Germany in 1980 as a Food and Beverage Management trainee, before taking up the position of Assistant Food and Beverage Manager at the five-star Berlin Hilton, Germany. His career then took him overseas to Turkey, where he acted as Food and Beverage Manger at the Izmir Hilton for five years.

Schieck pursued his career further with the Hilton Hotel Group accepting the role of Executive Assistant Manager in charge of F&B at the Hilton Shanghai,  being assigned his first role as General Manager at Hilton JAIC Tower, Colombo, Sri Lanka before travelling to the Maldives.

Schieck is renowned for his managerial expertise overseeing multi-million pound investments as well as his eye for perfection, particularly within the Food and Beverage sector.


OZEN LIFE MAADHOO crowned as Maldives’ best romantic resort



OZEN LIFE MAADHOO, an ultra-luxe private island retreat renowned for its romantic ambiance, has secured the title of ‘Best Romantic Resort in the Maldives’ at the esteemed Travel Time Awards in Russia. This prestigious award underscores the resort’s dedication to curating unforgettable experiences for couples seeking the ultimate romantic escape.

Organised by the publishers of Travel Time magazine, the Travel Time Awards are among the most recognised honours in the country’s travel sector. The gala event, held in Moscow and attended by industry experts, marked the third year of ceremonial presentations acknowledging the best of the best in luxury travel in 2023. Winning hotels, resorts, agents, and destinations were selected through a combined online vote by the magazine’s readers, an editorial panel, travel agencies, and Russian celebrities.

“As one of our most significant markets, Russia holds a special place for us. Receiving this prestigious award is truly an honour and testimony to the unforgettable romantic experience of our castaway island”, says Elisabeth Alleyne, General Manager of OZEN LIFE MAADHOO. “We are deeply grateful for this recognition and are committed to continuing to provide Maldivian dream escapes for honeymooners and couples from around the world.”

Couples seeking a tranquil, unforgettable honeymoon or a romantic celebration will find OZEN LIFE MAADHOO to be the ideal private island retreat. Known for its award-winning villas and exceptional dine-around options, the resort is thoughtfully designed to cater to your every need and want. Guests can enjoy intimate experiences such as private beach dinners and picturesque beach weddings, all set against the serene backdrop of the Indian Ocean’s vibrant blue hues or starlit sky.

An exclusive INDULGENCE™️ Plan, crafted to pamper you from arrival to departure. This all-encompassing holiday plan invites you to revel in the delights of island living without limits. From premium liquor to champagne, indulge in the finest libations as you soak in the breathtaking beauty of the Maldives. Let go of all worries as everything you desire is seamlessly integrated into this comprehensive holiday plan.

At OZEN LIFE MAADHOO peace, relaxation and wellbeing are cornerstones of the guest experience, with island life offering a bespoke journey tailored to individual preferences. The luxury award-winning spa by ELE|NA, one of the Maldives leading wellness brands, embodies the philosophy of the ‘elements of nature’. Guests can choose from a diverse range of holistic treatments, therapies and classes all curated to harness the energies of these natural elements.

OZEN LIFE MAADHOO’s recent accolade at the prestigious World Travel Awards, where it won the ‘Leading Villa Resort’ category, further independently confirms the islands reputation as a top luxury destination. This recognition highlights the resort’s commitment to providing an unparalleled experience for those in search of romance and luxury.

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Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives shells out for sea turtle conservation efforts



In honor of World Turtle Day 2024, Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives has announced the adoption of three sea turtles residing in the waters surrounding their island resort. The two Green Turtles and one Hawksbill Turtle, named Rehendi, Raivilla, and Raalhu, will benefit from the resort’s ongoing commitment to marine conservation.

This initiative builds upon Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts’ broader environmental efforts. Through a data-gathering project that utilizes Maldives Ocean temperature loggers and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping, the company has developed detailed biodiversity inventories for each of its island resorts. These inventories encompass fish species, reefs, mangroves, and other ecosystems, with a particular focus on globally endangered species like sea turtles.

“As keystone species,” explains a statement from Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives, “sea turtles play a critical role in maintaining the health of our oceans. Their threatened status underscores the importance of conservation efforts.” Six out of the world’s seven sea turtle species are classified as threatened with extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), highlighting the urgency of protecting these magnificent creatures.

Recognizing their responsibility towards these endangered animals, Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives is actively involved in supporting the Olive Ridley Project. Through their adoption and donation program, the resort contributes to the project’s vital work of rescuing and rehabilitating injured turtles, while also supporting research initiatives that improve our understanding of sea turtles and their habitats.

Sustainability is a core value at Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives, further reflected in their ongoing coral propagation program. This program, along with a 2.5-year research project examining underwater environmental factors, exemplifies the resort’s commitment to protecting marine biodiversity. By transplanting corals and raising awareness of their importance, Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives is working to ensure a healthy future for the Maldivian coral reefs.

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Tripod the three-finned turtle sparks conservation efforts at Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon



Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon, a resort committed to sustainability, has implemented a series of initiatives to protect the environment and its marine life.

The resort places a particular focus on safeguarding critically endangered hawksbill sea turtles, including the resident “Tripod,” a three-flippered turtle that frequents the island’s waters. Through their support of the Olive Ridley Project, Ellaidhoo contributes to rescuing, treating, and researching these fascinating creatures, ensuring a brighter future for their population.

Situated amidst the world’s seventh-largest coral reef system, Ellaidhoo prioritizes reef conservation. Their innovative “coral restoration through reef cubes” program has yielded remarkable results, with marine life thriving in these recycled structures.

The resort’s commitment to eco-friendliness extends beyond the underwater world. They have transformed damaged umbrellas into unique beach bags, with all proceeds supporting environmental and social initiatives in the Maldives. This includes providing reusable water bottles to local schoolchildren, promoting a reduction in single-use plastic.

Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon serves as a model for sustainable tourism, inspiring guests and local communities to embrace eco-conscious practices for the benefit of the Maldives’ breathtaking beauty.

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