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SC Capital Partners Group acquire Gaakoshibee Island

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Maldives.net.mv – SC Capital Partners Group, a Singapore-based institutional real estate private equity investment firm, has agreed to acquire Gaakoshibee Island Resort in Shaviyani Atoll from ADK Travels Pvt Ltd of Maldives for an undisclosed amount.

GHB Maldives Resorts, a company owned by SC Capital Partners signed the agreement with ADK Enterprises at a ceremony held on Wednesday, 6th January at the Ministry of Tourism. It was attended by tourism minister Moosa Zameer, ADK’s chairman Ahmed Nashid and senior executives from SC Capital Partners.

Gaakoshibee

The  property planed to open as a five-star resort  in Shaviyani Atoll, reached by a 55-minute flight by seaplane from Ibrahim Nasir Internation Airport in Male’ will feature 123 villas built over the beach and lagoon. The island is largely untouched with dense foliage throughout and boasts a pristine white sand beach fronting the resort.

Previously ADK has stated that 60 percent of the construction is completed. Total investment for the resort to open is USD 100 million.

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Maldivian Airlines Announces New Service to Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Maldivian, the national airline of the Maldives, has announced the launch of its new service to Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Starting April 25th, 2024, Maldivian will operate two weekly flights between Malé and Colombo, on Thursdays and Saturdays. This new route offers convenient travel options for business and leisure travelers seeking seamless connectivity between the Maldives and Sri Lanka.

“We have long awaited the opportunity to serve Colombo and connect the Maldives and Sri Lanka more closely,” said Mr. Ibrahim Iyas, Managing Director of Maldivian. “This expansion strengthens our international network and commitment to connecting the Maldives to the world.”

Colombo, with its rich history, diverse culture, and thriving business scene, is a valuable addition to Maldivian’s growing network. The new route is expected to promote cultural and economic exchange between the two nations.

Ticket bookings for the new Colombo route are now open on Maldivian’s website, mobile app, and ticketing office, allowing travelers to plan their journeys well in advance.

The flights will be operated by A320 aircraft, departing Malé on Thursdays and Saturdays at 19:35 and arriving in Colombo at 21:35. The return flights will depart Colombo on the same days at 22:35 and arrive in Malé at 23:25 (all times local).

This convenient schedule caters to both leisure and business travelers, offering the possibility of weekend trips. Passengers can also connect to Maldivian’s extensive domestic network of 16 destinations.

Maldivian invites travelers to experience their exciting new route to Colombo. Visit their website (https://maldivian.aero/) for more information and to book your flights.

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Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi Continues its Commitment to Social Impact: Renews Partnership with “Mom’s Aid” for Second Year

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In alignment with Mom’s Aid’s dedication to ending poverty and domestic abuse, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi reaffirms its commitment to creating positive change in the lives of women in the Maldives.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi  proudly declares its sustained partnership with Mom’s Aid, a national charity dedicated to eradicating poverty and domestic abuse faced by women in the Maldives. Continuing their collaboration for the second consecutive year, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi wholeheartedly supports Mom’s Aid’s vision of fostering safety and security for women through crucial resources, funding, legal assistance, shelter, and mental health services. 

About Mom’s Aid 

A distinguished national charity, Mom’s Aid is devoted to ending violence and poverty faced by women. Their mission is to guide and motivate women in the Maldives towards a society where domestic abuse is not tolerated, and women can live free from the threat of violence and poverty. 

In 2022 alone, Mom’s Aid provided assistance to over 840 families through various programmes and campaigns.

Supporting Survivors

Mom’s Aid offers a range of specialist and confidential services to survivors, including accommodation, community outreach support, independent advocacy, and support for children. Emergency shelter is provided for women and children escaping domestic abuse, along with legal help to ensure their safety. The charity is also committed to eliminating the stigma surrounding mental illness through education and affordable mental health care.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi’s Commitment

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is proud to collaborate with Mom’s Aid in the following programs:

  1. Back to School Drive: Fostering chilren’s access to education regardless of socio-economic conditions, the back to school drive focuses on providing school essentials to families. Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi has extended its support and joined this programme. 
  2. Ramadan Aid: Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi has vowed to facilitate this annual project where essential resources, care baskets and food items are distributed to over 300 vulnerable families. 
  3. Toy Donation: Additionally, the Island resort has also donated toys to the charity. 

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The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort Partners with Savvy Sleep to Encourage Guests to Sleep Better

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The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort, situated in Baa Atoll, the first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve site in the Maldives, partners with Savvy Sleep to introduce ‘The Westin Maldives Kids Sleep Manual.’ This manual is designed to guide families through every step to ensure they get the restful and rejuvenating sleep they deserve while enjoying quality time in the Maldives.

Vacations often symbolize rest and rejuvenation, promising cherished memories. However for children, travel may pose unique challenges when it comes time to fall asleep at night. Designed to provide parents with expert guidance and essential amenities to help the children and babies sleep better, the manual will assist children in drifting off into dreamland through a trove of innovative sleep-inducing activities. Crafted by the team at The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort, part of Westin Hotels & Resorts, a global leader in hospitality wellness, and pediatric sleep specialists from Savvy Sleep, the dreamy sleep-recommended activities span from beachfront bedtime stories and stargazing to yoga nidra, encouraging children to create dream journals.

Savvy Sleep is led by Isabel and Sara, two passionate pediatric sleep specialists who are dedicated to helping families worldwide achieve the restful and rejuvenating sleep they deserve. Their methods are based on research-backed techniques that encourage positive sleep associations and help children fall asleep and stay asleep on their own. 

 “Empowering travelers to sleep well reinforces our commitment to guest well-being and the growing understanding that sleep impacts everything from productivity to overall happiness. From our Heavenly® Bed, lavender balm bedside amenities to the addition of our Sleep Well Menu, we believe nothing restores your mind and body like restful sleep,” said Vijay Kumar, General Manager of The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort. “We are thrilled to have partners like Savvy Sleep who share our commitment and can amplify our mission to raise awareness about the benefits of a better sleep during and after their stay with us,” he added.  

“At Savvy Sleep, we believe that parents should have access to the methods necessary to enhance their child’s sleep quality, and we are committed to helping you and your family get the restful and rejuvenating sleep you deserve,” said Isabel and Sara, founders and pediatric sleep experts from Savvy Sleep. “We are delighted to partner with The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort, providing support as you work towards your sleep goals to meet the unique needs of each family,” they added. 

Travelers may visit westin-maldives.com for further information on the five-star family resort, and bookings can be made at mlewi.reservation@westinhotels.com

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