Telegraph Travel Awards open for voting with luxury Maldives holiday prize

Telegraph Travel Awards have opened for voting with the chance to win a luxury holiday in the Maldives worth USD 39,108.

The categories included in the highly acclaimed awards include best country, best city, best short haul airline, best long haul airline, best tour operator, best tour operator, best specialist tour, best rail operator, best escorted tour, best hotel group, best ocean cruise line, best river cruise line, best ferry operator and best ski company.

For those who complete the survey, Telegraph is offering the chance to win one of 20 luxury holidays, including a 14-night stay at Coco Bodu Hithi in the Maldives with Coco Collection worth USD 39,108.

The prize includes 14 nights in a Coco Residence at Coco Bodu Hithi, including daily breakfast at Stars, lunch and dinner at Air, return airport transfers by speedboat and international economy flights with Qatar Airways. The prize is available for a year from November 1, 2017, excluding Dec 20, 2017 to January 6, 2018, February 11–21, 2018 and March 29-7 April 2018. All soft drinks at mealtimes are included but alcoholic drinks are not included. Excursions and activities are also not included in the prize.

Near enough to the main Velana International Airport and accessible by speedboat in just 40 minutes, yet far away from the hustle and bustle to be able to enjoy unobstructed panoramic views, Coco Bodu Hithi is a gem of an island. The winner of Most Romantic Resort at the 2016 South Asia Travel Awards, every villa at Coco Bodu Hithi is surrounded by the calm view of the lagoon and the soothing sound of the waves.

There is something different to discover at each of the five restaurants and two bars on the island, all with views of the lagoon and sunset. Winner of Luxury Seafood Restaurant in Maldives at the 2016 World Luxury Hotels Awards, Aqua is Coco Bodu Hithi’s fine-dining restaurant and boasts a distinctively romantic feel. Michelin-starred chefs visit the island every year to create one-off experiences – a testament to the resort’s reputation for serving some of the best food and drink in the Maldives.

As well as fantastic food, Coco Bodu Hithi offers an award-winning wellness zone on stilts over the clear water. Coco Spa has eight treatment rooms as well as a yoga pavilion overlooking the ocean and beach. With a range of products from the Paris label Thémaé combining the healing properties of tea, therapists at Coco Spa are trained in techniques to treat the mind, body and soul. An over-water gym within the zone inspires our guests to keep up with their regime of active wellness when away on a holiday.

Blessed with one of the best House Reefs in North Malé atoll, the over-water villas have been built with a conscious approach to not disrupt the healthy House Reef, which is home to an abundance of colourful reef fish, resident Hawksbill sea turtles, eagle rays and reef sharks. Just 15 minutes away is another reef dubbed the Turtle Point, one of the most loved snorkelling sites in the region where Hawksbill turtles are often spotted. Reef Manta Rays are often spotted 15 minutes away from our island at Rasfari Point or Bodu Hithi Thila.

The renowned British newspaper’s annual Travel Awards are not only the biggest of their kind, but they have long been the most trusted in the industry. They are voted for entirely by Telegraph readers who are among the most experienced, discerning and adventurous of travellers, and the number of responses dwarf all other awards of this type. Telegraph also assures that the methodology is sound and transparent; the results are qualitative, not quantitative, so it does not follow that the bigger the operator the better their chances of winning.

In last year’s edition of the Telegraph Travel Awards, Maldives was voted the second most favourite country amongst British travellers.

Britain is a major source market for the Maldives tourism industry. More than 100,000 British travellers visited the Maldives last year, a 9.8 percent increase from the year before.

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