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Roxy-Pacific Holdings to renovate and rebrand Kuda-Funafaru

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Maldives.net.mv – Property and hospitality group Roxy-Pacific Holdings has revealed plans for its newly acquired Maldives resort, Zitahli Kuda-Funafaru as the company has finalised the purchase of the Noonu Atoll property from AAA Group.

Roxy Pacific Managing Director Mr. Chris Teo confirmed that the resort will undergo extensive renovation of guest villas, public spaces and food & beverage (F&B) outlets before opening in the first quarter of 2017. Upon completion it will be the second property to be marketed under Roxy’s premium Noku brand. The first opened in Kyoto, Japan in November 2015.

“We are extremely excited to have completed the acquisition of this stunning property, our first in the Maldives. We look forward to turning it into an exceptional resort that will appeal to upmarket travelers looking for unique experiences in one of the most desirable destinations in the world,” says Mr. Teo. “This acquisition fits with our broader strategy of acquiring boutique properties in Asia Pacific’s up-and-coming locations.”

“As a Maldivian owned and independently managed resort, we are delighted to have found a buyer who would be committed to continuing to deliver the high standards of service and hospitality our team has strived for.” says Mr. Ahmed Hamza, Deputy Managing Director of AAA Group. “We welcome them to the Maldives and congratulate them on acquiring Zitahli Kuda-Funafaru.”

“This is a great outcome for both Roxy Pacific and the seller, AAA Group,” says Mr. Nihat Ercan, Executive Vice President, JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group, Asia. “The Maldives is a global gateway resort destination. Coupled with its robust trading environment and investor-friendly policies, the country is a highly attractive destination for investors from Asia Pacific, Middle East and beyond. The sale of Zitahli Kuda-Funafaru is the eight resort transaction exclusively marketed and sold by JLL and underpins the depth of investment activity in the market.

“On the back of this momentum, we are continuing to market resorts in the Maldives and Indian Ocean exclusively on behalf of owners,” adds Mr. Ercan.

Zitahli Kuda-Funafaru Resort and Spa currently comprises 50 villas (30 over-water villas and 20 beach villas), four F&B outlets, a full-service spa, an ocean-front fresh water infinity pool, a state-of-the-art diving centre, a fitness centre with full-sized tennis court, and a luxury boutique.

There were a record 1.23 million tourist arrivals in the Maldives in 2015 and in the first quarter of 2016, there has been a 4.3 percent increase in visitors compared to the same period last year.

Visitors from China make up 29 percent of arrivals, making it the top tourism source market for the Maldives. The Indian Ocean archipelago continues to welcome a large number of visitors from Europe and between 2010 and 2015 the number of visitors from the Middle East more than tripled.

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Universal Resorts Maldives joins exclusive Hilton and Small Luxury Hotels of the World partnership

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Universal Resorts, comprising Milaidhoo, Baros, Velassaru, and Huvafen  Fushi resorts, has announced its inclusion in the prestigious partnership between Hilton and  Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH). Starting today, these four Universal Resort properties will  be available to Hilton Honors members and guests on all Hilton direct booking channels, including  Hilton.com and the Hilton Honors app. This collaboration further enriches Hilton Honors members  and guests’ travel experiences.  

With this new alliance, Hilton Honors members can explore the captivating beauty and excellent  service of Universal Resorts’ four iconic Maldivian properties. Hilton Honors members will also  enjoy exclusive on-property benefits throughout their SLH experience, enhancing every aspect of  their stay.  

Milaidhoo Maldives  

Milaidhoo Maldives is a pristine island paradise rooted in local island traditions, and located in Baa  Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This boutique luxury resort features 50 Maldivian-style  overwater and beach pool villas and luxury residences, custom-designed for comfort by renowned  Maldivian architect, Mohamed Shafeeq. Stand-out leisure activities include over-water spa  treatments, sunset dolphin cruises, and house reef snorkelling excursions. Dining is a highlight, with  Milaidhoo being home to three unique restaurants, including the signature fine dining restaurant,  Ba’theli. Milaidhoo is the authentic Maldives, a resort of re-invented luxury, where guests feel they  belong, experiencing bare-foot informality within a natural tropical island setting.  

Baros Maldives  

Baros Maldives exudes a sense of timeless sophistication, where every detail is curated to create an  atmosphere of peace and tranquility. Situated amidst lush tropical greenery and azure waters, the  resort is a haven for those seeking to indulge in the Maldivian way of life. The resort’s elegant villas,  each featuring private verandas and direct access to the beach or lagoon, offer a secluded retreat  enveloped by nature. Guests can partake in bespoke experiences such as private sandbank dinners,  marine biologist-led snorkelling tours, and rejuvenating spa treatments inspired by local traditions.  With its commitment to sustainability and exceptional service, Baros Maldives remains a beloved  choice for discerning travellers year after year.  

Velassaru Maldives  

Velassaru Maldives is set against a scenic backdrop of turquoise waters and pristine white sands. An  idyllic escape that seamlessly blends contemporary luxury with the island’s natural beauty. The  resort’s chic bungalows and villas, many of which feature private pools and direct beach access, offer  a modern sanctuary for relaxation. Culinary delights abound with five diverse dining venues, each  providing a unique gastro-journey. Guests can immerse themselves in a plethora of activities,  including thrilling water sports, exploratory diving sessions, and adventurous cruises. 

Huvafen Fushi Maldives  

Huvafen Fushi Maldives is a haven of innovation and luxury, featuring the world’s first underwater  spa and breathtaking underwater dining. This naturally enchanting resort promises a multi-sensory  experience, blending cutting-edge design with the natural wonders of the Maldives. Guests can  indulge in exquisite culinary delights, relax in stunning overwater bungalows, and explore vibrant  coral reefs teeming with marine life. The resort offers personalised services and exclusive amenities,  ensuring every moment is memorable.  

“We’re excited to be part of this amazing partnership,” said Visha Mahir, Chief Operations Officer at  Universal Resorts. “This collaboration allows us to showcase our properties to Hilton’s global  audience and offer Hilton Honors members unique and enriching experiences that reflect the beauty  and culture of the Maldives.” 

Discover the Maldives through the lens of Universal Resorts where authenticity, sustainability, and  local culture come together to create unforgettable journeys for discerning travellers.  

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Coco Bodu Hithi partners with Anastasia Medvedeva for resin art

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Coco Bodu Hithi has announced a partnership with renowned artist Anastasia Medvedeva, who will host a three-month residency starting in August 2024. Anastasia, celebrated for her expertise in resin art, will be the first resin artist to take up residence at Coco Bodu Hithi.

Anastasia’s unique artistic expression using epoxy resin as the preliminary medium will offer guests a unique opportunity to engage in an unforgettable journey of creativity and learning. From 02nd August to 30th October 2024, guests can explore their artistic potential under her expert guidance.

Anastasia brings a wealth of experience to Coco Bodu Hithi. She is a professional artist with a passion for teaching and creating engaging art experiences. With a proven track record in managing art classrooms and collaborating with luxury resorts, Anastasia has successfully conducted art masterclasses worldwide. Her achievements include selling 70 art pieces to clients in 35 countries, including Canada, the UK, and the USA. Notably, she has also taught a resin art masterclass to a world-famous Olympic champion.

During her residency at Coco Bodu Hithi, Anastasia will share invaluable insights and techniques to enhance art skills, helping participants create stunning artwork. Her masterclass offerings include individual or group sessions covering Resin Art, Fluid Art, Candle Making and more. Additionally, there will be display of her resin art and craft souvenirs on the island.

Coco Bodu Hithi invites all guests to discover their artistic abilities and express themselves through these engaging and enjoyable art sessions.

For more information and to book your stay, please visit Coco Bodu Hithi’s website at www.cococollection.com/bodu-hithi or email us at reservations@cococollection.com.

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Elevate your career with ELE|NA Wellness Academy’s courses in Maldives

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Step into a world of unparalleled opportunity and professional growth with ELE|NA Wellness Academy’s distinguished wellness education programmes, set amidst the breathtaking landscapes of OBLU XPERIENCE Ailafushi in the Maldives. As a proud member of Atmosphere Wellness Pvt. Ltd., ELE|NA distinguishes itself as one of the rare spa management companies globally with its own training academy. The academy operates year-round, offering hands-on training, access to the latest wellness research, and best practices. The objective is clear: to educate and empower therapists, transforming them into wellness professionals who set a new standard of excellence within the competitive spa and wellness industry.

The courses are meticulously designed to empower and equip you with the essential skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the competitive wellness industry. Whether you are looking to start your journey as a beginner massage therapist certified by CIBTAC or enhance your practice with advanced sound healing techniques led by visiting expert from UK, Carly Chamberlain, the expert-led training programmes cater to your aspirations for the year 2024.

Discover the 7-Day Beginner Massage Course

Immerse yourself in our comprehensive seven-day beginner massage course, crafted to instill mastery in diverse massage techniques. Learn under the guidance of international trainers renowned for their expertise and gain hands-on experience in an environment that harmoniously blends education with serenity.

Global Recognition: Earn a respected certification that opens doors to global opportunities. Enjoy a 50% discount if you register by July 31st, 2024. Train amidst the tranquility of OBLU XPERIENCE Ailafushi, enhancing your learning experience with unparalleled beauty and peace.

Embark on the 2-Day Sound Healing Course

Delve into the transformative world of sound healing with our intensive two-day course. Learn to harness the therapeutic power of sound frequencies under the mentorship of industry-leading experts. Become certified and position yourself as a pioneer in the dynamic field of holistic wellness.

Expert Guidance: Learn from seasoned professionals at the forefront of sound healing practices. Receive a detailed training manual, access to online refresh sessions, and practical insights to excel in sound therapy. Secure your place at the discounted rate of USD 495+ before prices increase.

Master Anatomy & Physiology for Holistic Wellness

Build a solid foundation with the Anatomy and Physiology course, available both online and locally. Tailored to meet the demands of modern wellness practitioners, this course ensures you have the essential knowledge to excel in your career.

Flexibility: Opt for online learning or attend classes locally, accommodating your schedule and preferences. Benefit from personalised attention and guidance from dedicated instructors. Immerse yourself in a curriculum that integrates theoretical knowledge with practical applications.

Embark on a personalised journey where each student’s interests, goals, and aspirations shape a tailored developmental path. The training goals are dedicated to enhancing lives and well-being, ensuring that every student and their future clients experience a transformative and fulfilling wellness journey.

Elevate your career with ELE|NA Wellness Academy and join a community committed to excellence in wellness education. Graduates stand out, equipped with the knowledge and skills acquired through practitioner-led courses that are internationally accredited by CIBTAC. This accreditation ensures that the graduates receive the gold standard in training and certification, reinforcing the commitment to excellence in every aspect of the academy. By choosing ELE|NA Wellness Academy, students embark on a journey that transcends conventional education, fostering a profound connection between nature, tradition, and the global standards of the spa and wellness industry.

For more information and to enrol, visit ele-na.com or contact us at trainingacademy@ele-na.com.

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