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Anantara in the Maldives Wins Three Prestigious World Travel Awards

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Anantara Trophies at World Travel Awards 2015_LRMaldives.net.mv – Anantara Resorts in the Maldives is in celebration mode once again, winning three of the top travel and tourism honours for the Maldives at this year’s 22nd annual World Travel Awards for Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Anantara has been making its mark in the global tourism arena as one of the top destinations in the Maldives for holidaymakers ever since the brand entered the country in 2006 with Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa. This was strengthened in 2008 when the adults-only resort of Anantara Veli welcomed its first guests, along with the bespoke services of the boutique resort Naladhu. In 2011, Anantara once again raised the bar with the all pool villa resort of Anantara Kihavah Villas. The World Travel Awards Gala Ceremony, held in the Seychelles on June 20th 2015, saw travel and tourism professionals acknowledging Anantara resorts with three of this year’s top awards for the Maldives.

Leading Spa Resort Brand in the Maldives; Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas

Rooted in the timeless healing traditions of the world’s richest cultures, Anantara Spas are designed to restore balance and harmony between body and mind in an oasis of beauty, grace and tranquillity. Intoxicating aromas of the world’s most exotic elixirs and oils are used in treatments designed to deliver radiance, healing and a quiet sense of inner and outer well-being. Receiving the awards on behalf of Anantara, Elizabeth Smailes, Area Director of Marketing Communications in the Maldives for Minor Hotel Group, says “It is an honour to win this prestigious award and to be recognised by our peers in the travel industry. This stands as a testament to the team members at Anantara Spas across the Maldives who continuously deliver a truly unique, indigenous and rejuvenating five star experience.”

Leading Water Villa Resort in the Maldives; Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa

Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa in the South Male Atoll was recognised for its 40 Over Water Suites, offering a variety of sunset and sunrise views, as well as those with private pools. Torsten Richter, Cluster General Manager for Anantara Dhigu, Anantara Veli and Naladhu Resorts comments, “Almost everyone coming to the Maldives dreams of staying in an over water accommodation, so this is a tremendous accolade to receive. World Travel Awards recognition is great for Anantara and for the Maldives as a destination. Our guests have become more sophisticated and more widely travelled than ever before, and we are already staying on the pulse by upgrading our water villas. When they fully re-open in October this year, I am confident the refurbished design will enhance the guest experience even further.”

Leading Villa Resort in the Maldives; Anantara Kihavah Villas

No stranger to global attribution, Anantara Kihavah Villas has been acknowledged with the ultimate accolade in the resort category this year, as Leading Villa Resort in the Maldives. Commenting on the award, General Manager Jean-Marc Ma-Poon says, “We couldn’t be more delighted with this acknowledgement from the travel industry professionals. It’s a fantastic affirmation for the professional dedication the resort team delivers, ensuring the villas not only look great, but are brought to life in a unique style. When the resort was initially designed, the synchronicity of four architectural and interior design companies kept the island’s environment of lush vegetation intact, harnessing its tropical nature and local culture to excellent advantage. It’s wonderful that four years after opening, our design teams continue to be recognised for their brilliant achievements and Anantara Kihavah Villas has proven itself to be a timeless leading resort in a highly competitive market.”

Considered one of the most respected and trusted sources in the travel and tourism industry, the World Travel Awards were established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the WTA brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire. Anantara Resorts in the Maldives will now move forward to the Grand Final held in Morocco later in the year.

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OZEN LIFE MAADHOO crowned as Maldives’ best romantic resort

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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

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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

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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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