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Following the Equator kicks off at The Sun Siyam Irufushi

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Maldives.net.mv – The very first International Tourism Film Festival under the theme “Following the Equator” kicked off yesterday at The Siyam Irufushi Resort, Maldives. Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation (MMPRC) being the official marketing partner of this festival is also represented at the event. The event started off with a dinner, followed by short movie previews.

This three day festival includes various activities and events including a grand reception, local handicrafts exhibition, competitions, Yoga and Pilates classes and cooking classes in addition to the film competition. The festival entries comprise of movies about interesting and unique places on earth, the culture and history of countries, with each video of not more than 13 minutes. At the end of this three day event, winners from different categories will be given prizes valued up to USD 20,000. Representatives from MMPRC joined the opened dinner which was hosted by The Sun Siyam Irufushi.

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This is a significant event in the world of cinema and the first of its kind in Maldives. This festival has opened up the opportunity for professionals, amateurs and students focusing on the film industry, to showcase their talent and commitment to the film industry.

With such an event, it is also a great opportunity to promote the Visit Maldives Year 2016 campaign as well as the destination in different markets and focus on attracting a different segment of the market; professional and amateur film makers. Visit Maldives Year 2016 has been the major campaign of the year which is predicted to attract more tourists to the destination. And by promoting VMY through such an event as this is a great opportunity and would create a lot of hype among the segment in different markets.

For more information about the International Tourism Film Festival in Maldives, please visit www.itffm.net

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The Nautilus Maldives’ Retreat named among Maldives’ most extraordinary villas

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The Nautilus Retreat at The Nautilus Maldives has earned a prestigious spot among the most outrageous villas in the Travel + Leisure Luxury Awards Asia Pacific 2024, as voted by readers. These awards spotlight the best in luxury travel, particularly celebrating top-tier travel experiences in the Asia Pacific region.

This 542 sqm, two-bedroom private pool residence, The Nautilus Retreat, is designed as a sanctuary for family reconnection. It embodies a refined bohemian lifestyle and serves as a true retreat destination. Perched on stilts over the lagoon with extraordinary sunset views, The Nautilus Retreat features a wide, curved, and expansive sundeck with a sleek infinity pool, offering guests the quintessential Maldivian dream. The two bedrooms extend from the central living and dining rooms, each boasting brilliant sea view, custom finishing, and en-suite bathroom.

The Nautilus offers 26 beach and ocean houses and residences, ranging from 300 sqm to nearly 1000 sqm, catering to the most elusive desire of its affluent guests: total privacy, unimpeded. Each house and residence serves as a personal sanctum, complete with a separate living room, dedicated butler service, and private pool. Blending the comforts of home, with an unscripted, bohemian whimsy, this immensely private hideaway delivers the barefoot lifestyle paired with ultimate luxury, positioning itself as one of the world’s most exclusive private island resort experiences.

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Minor Hotels triumphs with 22 accolades at T+L Luxury Awards Asia Pacific; 7 for Maldives resorts

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Minor Hotels, a leading global hotel owner and operator, secured an impressive haul of 22 accolades at the Travel + Leisure Luxury Awards Asia Pacific 2024, with its properties in Maldives receiving seven awards. The awards ceremony, held on the evening of 13 June 2024, celebrated excellence across the luxury travel sector, showcasing the very best in hospitality throughout the region.

The awards, determined through an extensive online survey conducted by Travel + Leisure, recognise outstanding achievements in the travel and hospitality industry, with readers from around the world voting for their favourite luxury hotels, resorts, and experiences.

Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas emerged as a standout, securing multiple awards, including second place for Best Resorts in the Maldives, second place for Best House Reefs, and third place for Best Hotel Pools. Additionally, the resort was featured in the categories of The Most Outrageous Villas and Best Resort Spas, solidifying its reputation as a premier destination in the Maldives.

The Crescent at Niyama Private Islands Maldives, a cluster of secluded overwater villas with private pools and dedicated butlers, was also awarded, ranking fourth in its category.

The awards for Minor Hotels’ resorts in Maldives are: 

Best Resorts:

  • #2 Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas

Best Hotel Pools:

  • #3 Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas

Best Resort Spas:

  • #4 Niyama Private Islands Maldives

Best House Reefs:

  • #2 Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas

The Most Outrageous Villas:

  • #4 Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
  • #5 Niyama Private Islands Maldives

Best General Managers:

  • #3 Hafidh Busaidy, Niyama Private Islands Maldives
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Grand Park Kodhipparu listed among Maldives’ best resorts

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Grand Park Kodhipparu, Maldives has been listed as one of the best resorts in Maldives at the Travel + Leisure Luxury Awards Asia Pacific 2024. The awards ceremony, held on the evening of 13 June 2024, celebrated excellence across the luxury travel sector, showcasing the very best in hospitality throughout the region.

The awards, determined through an extensive online survey conducted by Travel + Leisure, recognise outstanding achievements in the travel and hospitality industry, with readers from around the world voting for their favourite luxury hotels, resorts, and experiences.

Located on North Male Atoll and a mere 20 minutes by speedboat from Velana International Airport, Grand Park Kodhipparu, Maldives is a luxurious one-island-one resort destination in the Maldives featuring a collection of 120 idyllic beach-front pool villas, breath-taking overwater villas and spacious two-bedroom villas.

Designed by world-renowned hospitality firm, Hirsch Bedner Associates, the resort is an oasis of luxury and tranquillity featuring open and breezy public spaces alongside modern interiors inspired by the Maldivian island, local traditions, and crafts. An unrivalled range of leisure facilities includes an overwater spa with seven treatment rooms, a fully equipped PADI dive facility, a recreation beach club, Little Explorers kids’ club, three outstanding destination-dining offerings and an infinity pool.

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