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Maldives looks to defend Indian Ocean Best Spa Destination title at World Spa Awards



Maldives is vying to defend the Indian Ocean Best Spa Destination title, as voting for the annual World Spa Awards opened Friday.

Until October 13, consumers and professionals working in the spa and wellness travel and tourism industry have the chance to cast their votes online for their favourite spa destinations, resorts, hotels and brands in the world as well as in different regions.

Maldives, which won the Indian Ocean Best Spa Destination award last year, is competing with Mauritius and Seychelles to defend the title.

From the world categories, Duniye Spa at Hurawalhi Maldives and Iridium Spa at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort have been nominated for the World’s Best New Resort Spa award, while Spa My Blend by Clarins at Velaa Private Island Maldives is contesting for the World’s Best Private Island Spa award. Iridium Spa at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort and The Spa by Thalgo at The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives have also been nominated for the World’s Best Spa Design award. In addition, The Sun Siyam Signature Essence of Massages treatment offered by The Spa by Thalgo at The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives is vying for the World’s Best Spa Signature Treatment award.

Several properties in the Maldives are competing for two national level awards as well:

  • Maldives’ Best Resort Spa: Anantara Spa at Anantara Dhigu Maldives, Anantara Spa at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, Ayspa at Ayada Maldives, Calm Spa at JA Manafaru, Coco Spa at Coco Bodu Hithi, Duniye Spa at Hurawalhi Maldives, Iridium Spa at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, Jiva Grande Spa at Taj Exotica Resort and Spa Maldives, Meera Spa at Gili Lankanfushi, Six Senses Spa at Six Senses Laamu, Spa My Blend by Clarins at Velaa Private Island, Sun Aqua Spa at Sun Aqua Vilu Reef, Talise Spa at Jumeirah Dhevanafushi, Talise Spa at Jumeirah Vittaveli, The Spa at Baros Maldives, The Spa at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, The Spa at Hideaway Maldives, and The Spa by Thalgo at The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi.
  • Maldives’s Best Wellness Retreat: Anantara Veli Maldives Resort, COMO Cocoa Island, LUX* South Ari Atoll, Maalifushi by COMO, One&Only Reethi Rah and Tree Top Devarana Spa at Dusit Thani Maldives.

The winners will be announced at the grand gala ceremony to be held at the JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort and Spa in Vietnam on December 9.

Launched in 2015 by the World Travel Awards, which has established itself as the Oscars of the travel industry over two decades, as a sister programme to the World Ski Awards and World Golf Awards, World Spa Awards is focused on the rapidly evolving spa and wellness sector. It is designed to drive up standards within spa tourism by rewarding the organisations that are the leaders in the field.



Indian influencer Niki Mehra in Maldives



Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC/ Visit Maldives) hosted a familiarisation trip with Amilla Maldives for high-end influencer, Niki Mehra, from India to experience the luxury and romantic offerings of the Maldives from 3rd – 6th May 2024.

The familiarisation trip was a great opportunity to Niki Mehra, a renowned Indian model, fashion, beauty and travel content creator and social media influencer with over half a million followers who has carved a niche in the Indian fashion industry with her unique sense of style. During her time in the Sunny Side of Life, Niki Mehra showcased luxury to romantic experiences of the destination.

The trip promoted Maldives through social media platforms of Niki Mehra while highlighting experiential itinerary offerings of the Maldives. Additionally, the influencer trip assisted MMPRC in propelling growth in the luxury travel segment and honeymoon market by showcasing the Maldives as a premier honeymoon destination for the Indian travellers.

The Indian market has been a strong market for the Maldives over the years, currently ranked number 6 with 46,970 tourists as of 13th May 2024. Additionally, MMPRC showcased the Maldives in OTM and SATTE held earlier this year. MMPRC is committed to boosting the arrivals from the market and has exciting marketing activities planned for future, including joint campaigns, familiarisation trips, participation in major events and other campaigns which provides numerous opportunities to showcase the breathtaking Maldives to the market, attracting more Indian travellers.

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130 hotels in The Prestige Collection with 4 Maldives properties



The Prestige Collection has reached 130 hotels in its portfolio, continuing to uphold quality and excellence as core pillars. It represents the most exclusive selection within Keytel, the world’s first alliance of independent hotels.

Since its establishment in 2007, The Prestige Collection has been dedicated to meeting the growing demand for luxury hotels, becoming a reference for hospitality industry specialists. Despite its focus on independent hotels, the collection has successfully attracted prestigious properties from international luxury chains such as Rosewood Villa Magna, Mandarín Oriental Ritz Madrid, and Fairmont Mayakoba in Riviera Maya. These hotels view The Prestige Collection as a complement to their commercial strategy for attracting luxury clientele.

With a prominent presence both nationally and internationally across 36 countries, The Prestige Collection shines in with four distinguished resorts: Baglioni Resort Maldives, Diamonds Athuruga Maldives Resort & Spa, Diamonds Thudufushi Maldives Resort & Spa, and Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa. Internationally, the collection boasts emblematic properties like Armani Dubai, Café Royal in London, The Pierre in New York, and Kappa Senses in Ubud, Bali, among others.

The collection categorises hotels into four distinctive categories, highlighting ideal places to disconnect, properties in vibrant urban settings, coastal options for those seeking serenity, and unique experiences for those seeking singularity.

Furthermore, this milestone coincides with the relaunch of its new experiential website platform. This platform offers users and industry professionals the opportunity to explore the collection in greater detail and drives qualified traffic to the official websites of member hotels.

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Waste Management Corporation (WAMCO) Marks a Significant Step Towards Transforming Urban Waste Management



Waste Management Corporation (WAMCO) marked a significant step towards plastic waste management with the adoption of dedicated vehicles handed over to boost this transformation of urban waste management supported by The Coca-Cola Foundation (TCCF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Maldives.  

In March 2024, UNDP Maldives officially handed over a fleet of six vehicles to WAMCO, which included two electric vehicles (EVs), as part of an initiative aimed at enhancing waste management across the Greater Male’ Area (GMA). This acquisition, facilitated through the financial support of TCCF paves the way for a crucial advancement in bolstering PET collection efforts and tackling the challenge of plastic waste in the Maldives.

“This initiative marks a significant step towards boosting recycling rates and combating environmental pollution in the Maldives,” stated Pek Chuan Gan, Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP Maldives speaking at the handover ceremony. “Integrating electric vehicles into WAMCO’s fleet and improving PET recycling processes not only lowers carbon emissions but also pioneers renewable energy use in waste management. It’s a vital move for steering the Maldives towards a sustainable and renewable-powered future.”

The provision of electric vehicles marks a continuation of UNDP Maldives’ support to the Government’s vision to introduce renewable energy in key sectors such as waste management that significantly contribute to the country’s renewable energy transition ambition. By embracing clean energy solutions, such as electric vehicles in waste management practices, the Maldives can further reduce its carbon footprint and move closer to achieving its renewable energy goals.

“Utilizing eco-friendly vehicles is a pivotal change for WAMCO, signifying a major leap towards modernizing waste management in the Maldives,” remarked Mujthaba Jaleel, Managing Director, from WAMCO. “This collaboration highlights the shared commitment to environmental stewardship and the potential for such partnerships to catalyse meaningful progress in sustainability and about the positive impact these vehicles will have on our operations and the environment.”

Representatives from UNDP Maldives, WAMCO, and The Coca-Cola Foundation’s unified efforts towards a sustainable future. Photo courtesy: CIAO Advertising.

“Our commitment goes beyond just recycling; it’s about fostering a culture of sustainability,” remarked Saadia Madsbjerg, President, Coca‑Cola Foundation and VP Community Affairs. “By enhancing waste management in the Maldives, we aspire to set a benchmark for environmental stewardship.”

For The Coca-Cola Foundation, together with the stakeholders, the aim is to propel Maldives towards a future where plastic circularity is not just envisioned but actively pursued. By channelling resources and expertise into the heart of waste management, TCCF has made a sizeable contribution in enhancing and attracting investment to this crucial sector in the Maldives. This initiative is a testament to TCCF’s commitment to fostering sustainable practices and promoting the reuse and recycling of plastics, thereby reducing environmental impact, and paving the way for a circular economy.

The fleet handover event held on March 18, 2024, served as a celebration of collaboration in waste management. Representatives from UNDP Maldives, WAMCO, The Coca-Cola Foundation, government officials, and stakeholders came together to mark this significant step and reinforced their collective dedication to building a more sustainable future for the Maldives.

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