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Record-setting win for Conrad Maldives at World Luxury Restaurant Awards



Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has won a record number of 22 titles at the World Luxury Restaurant Awards 2017, making it the most awards won by a single hotel or resort in the history of the awards.

In recognition of the resort’s outstanding food and beverage offerings, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island was awarded the evening’s grand award for Ithaa Undersea Restaurant named Global Restaurant of the Year — an award previously held by Jahn at Conrad Koh Samui.

The Koko Grill restaurant at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. PHOTO/ CONRAD

Other awards won by the resort at the World Luxury Restaurant Awards gala ceremony, which took place at the JW Marriott Hanoi hotel in Vietnam on July 22, include:

  • Ithaa Undersea Restaurant: Luxury Unique Experience (Global Winner)
  • Ithaa Undersea Restaurant: Luxury Resort Restaurant (Global Winner)
  • Ithaa Undersea Restaurant: Luxury Scenic Setting (Continent Winner)
  • Ithaa Undersea Restaurant: Fusion Cuisine (Continent Winner)
  • Ithaa Undersea Restaurant: Ambience/Romantic Atmosphere (Continent Winner)
  • Ithaa Undersea Restaurant: Haute Cuisine (Continent Winner)
  • Ithaa Undersea Restaurant: Luxury Interior Design/Architecture (Continent Winner)
  • Ufaa by Jereme Leung: Asian Cuisine (Global Winner)
  • Ufaa by Jereme Leung: Fine Dining Cuisine (Continent Winner)
  • Ufaa by Jereme Leung: Chinese Cuisine (Continent Winner)
  • Ufaa by Jereme Leung: Luxury Unique Experience (Continent Winner)
  • Ufaa by Jereme Leung: Haute Cuisine (Country Winner)
  • Ufaa by Jereme Leung: Luxury Interior Design/Architecture (Country Winner)
  • Ufaa by Jereme Leung: Luxury Resort Restaurant (Country Winner)
  • Mandhoo Spa Restaurant: Health and Wellness Cuisine (Continent Winner)
  • Mandhoo Spa Restaurant: Ambience/Romantic Atmosphere (Country Winner)
  • Mandhoo Spa Restaurant: Luxury Scenic Setting (Country Winner)
  • Vilu Restaurant and Bar: Mediterranean Cuisine (Continent Winner)
  • Vilu Restaurant and Bar: Best Wine Selection (Continent Winner)
  • Vilu Restaurant and Bar: Luxury Unique Experience (Country Winner)
  • Koko Grill: Japanese Cuisine (Continent Winner)
  • Koko Grill: Best Food Styling/Presentation (Continent Winner)

The Ufaa by Jereme Leung restaurant at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. PHOTO/ CONRAD

“We are honoured to be awarded the overall global restaurant of the year and subsequent 21 accolades by the World Luxury Restaurant Awards. These awards are a testament to what we deliver our guests every day; the most unique and inspired dining experiences in the Maldives and Indian Ocean,” Stefano Ruzza, General Manager of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, was quoted in a statement as saying.

“Our team is committed to delivering the highest level of excellence, ensuring our guests experience world-class cuisine at each of our restaurants and bars. For our resort team the recognition from the World Luxury Restaurant awards, tourism professionals and guests worldwide lends encouragement to continually deliver the best for our guests each day.”

The Vilu Restaurant at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. PHOTO/ CONRAD

With over 100,000 votes cast for 1,000 entrants in 78 categories this year, the World Luxury Restaurant Awards recognise restaurants across the globe for their culinary excellence and memorable experiences, as well as assessing the quality of the atmosphere and service. The awards aim to provide luxury restaurants with increased recognition as well as introduce them to potential new guests, both local and international. Votes come from both guests and industry experts, thus providing a balanced and unbiased outcome based on the food experience as a whole.

Consistently recognised globally for its exceptional food and beverage offerings at its 12 restaurants and bars, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is a true gourmand’s delight, providing an array of international cuisines in a truly inspired setting. Conrad Maldives is world-renowned for setting benchmarks in resort dining in the Maldives, being the first to create an undersea restaurant, Ithaa, the first to build an underground wine cellar, the first to establish a cheese bar, and the first authentic Chinese restaurant Ufaa, spearheaded by award-winning Chinese chef Jereme Leung.

The Mandhoo Spa Restaurant at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. PHOTO/ CONRAD

In addition to the record-breaking win at the World Luxury Restaurant Awards, the resort ‘s commitment to excellence was recently recognised at the World Travel Awards Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony early this month, where it was recognised Maldives’ Leading Luxury Hotel Villa for the Sunset Water Villa. The awards were voted for by travel and tourism professionals worldwide and recognise hotel leaders across the globe.

As one of the Maldives’ leading resorts and one of Hilton Worldwide’s flagship properties, the award-winning Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort offers 150 villas and suites, 12 restaurants and bars, two spas — all stretched over two remote islands. It features the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, world’s first undersea restaurant made from only glass.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is home to two unique spa experiences; The Spa Retreat on Rangalifinolhu Island and the Over Water Spa on Rangali Island. Combining expertise from around the world with carefully selected products and therapies influenced by the environment, the two spas offer unique and effective experiences to suit the needs of every individual.

The luxury resort also offers the popular Conrad Concierge mobile app, which gives global luxury travellers the ability to customise details of their hotel stay before, during, and after each visit via a smartphone or tablet. Whether it is pre-selecting bath amenities or checking in while in-transit from the airport, guests can access a variety of features by using the app.


Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI) holds its 34th Annual General Meeting



The Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI) held its 34th Annual General Meeting at Kurumba Maldives today, with a total of 100 members in attendance. 

The day’s events began with a welcome address from the Chairman of MATI, Mr. Mohamed Umar, who also presided over the session. The agenda included an address from the Secretary General, Mr. Ahmed Nazeer, the review and approval of the minutes of the 33rd AGM, the review and adoption of the Annual Report and Financial Reports for 2023, the approval of the 2024 budget, the appointment of auditors for 2024, the welcoming of new members and election of executive board members to the two vacant positions (by-election).

In the member discussion session, the following topics were covered: the Government’s aim to reach net-zero emissions by 2023 and renewable energy generation in the Tourism Industry, new terminal of Velana International Airport and developments, employment challenges, the Industrial Relations Act and trade unions, environmental conservation and the significance of creating and executing efficient management plans for protected areas like the South Ari Marine Protected Area (SAMPA).

Following the official proceedings, the Minister of Tourism Hon. Ibrahim Faisal and the Minister of Economic Development and Trade Hon. Mohamed Saeed joined the forum. The Ministers provided remarks and engaged in a Member Q&A session. This session provided members with the chance to directly engage with the Ministers and delve into crucial industry topics. The queries focused on the Economic Outlook, forthcoming development plans and  immediate challenges and issues affecting the Tourism Industry.

A video presentation was also showcased that delved into the extensive work undertaken by MATI in 2023. The video also touched upon the Tourism Industry’s performance over the past 5 years, as well as the current and projected human resource capacity of the sector.

In his closing remarks, the Secretary General highlighted the importance of collaborative efforts in addressing industry challenges and called for greater unison amongst industry stakeholders, ending with an acknowledgement of the promising start to the year in terms of arrivals.

Executive Board Members elected to the 2 vacant positions (by-election):

  1. Ibrahim Shareef, CEO and Managing Director of Maldives Airports Company Limited
  2. Renato De Olivera, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands and representative of Marriott International
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Unlocking power of travel storytelling at Travel Creators Exchange 2024



Join us for the Travel Creators Exchange 2024, taking place on February 1, 2024, at the Hotel Jen in Male’, Maldives.

This dynamic event provides a platform for networking and collaboration among Maldives-based travel creators, fostering connections, idea-sharing, and the establishment of lasting partnerships to expand opportunities and monetise content.

Our lineup of distinguished speakers includes:

  • Zihuny Rasheed, Deputy Managing Director of MMPRC, will present on “Power of Digital Storytelling: Collaborative Strategies for Destination Promotion.” MMPRC actively markets the Maldives globally, utilising a comprehensive approach that includes travel trade shows, roadshows, digital marketing, and more.
  • Amjad Thaufeeg, Commercial Director of Kuda Villingili Maldives Resort, brings over 23 years of hospitality industry experience. He will discuss “The Role of Content in Tourism Marketing,” drawing on expertise in revenue, customer service, sales & marketing, and human capital development.
  • Suresh Dissanayake, Assistant Vice President of Sales & Marketing of Heritance Aarah & Adaaran Resorts, with nearly two decades of experience, will shed light on “What does a Sales and Marketing Director Do?” He brings extensive luxury hospitality experience and a proven track record in sales, distribution, and marketing.
  • Vishal Amir Ahmed, a versatile cinematographer and content creator, will explore “Who is a Content Creator.” Currently associated with Various Arts Studio, he specialises in providing multimedia solutions to various clients.

Organised by Maldives Insider, Maldives Virtual Tour, Travel Trade Maldives, and Hotelier Maldives, this collaborative effort aims to empower Maldives-based travel content creators and elevate the Maldives as a premier destination for captivating travel storytelling.

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Acclaimed contemporary artist Ana Pušica explores perpetuality and community at Patina Maldives



Ana Pušica Kramer, an internationally  acclaimed contemporary artist, joins Patina Maldives for an exclusive  art residency in the now infamous Fari Art Atelier. From January 22 to  February 22, 2024, Ana Pušica will grace the shores of the Fari Islands,  weaving a vibrant narrative of colour and emotion across her larger  than-life canvases. 

Her artistry transcends boundaries, melding abstraction and figuration into awe-inspiring masterpieces. Having exhibited globally, from New York to Beijing, Ana’s paintings are a physical, intuitive act rooted in movement.  Described as a “beautiful fluorescent thunderstorm,” Ana’s art explores light and colour, capturing the energy of life itself. 

The Fari Art Atelier which has previously hosted the likes of Daniel Arsham, Chris Stamp and David Nott, will be transformed into Ana’s studio and gallery showcasing her enthralling artworks—a mesmerising journey through poetry, memory, and the vibrant interplay of colour. Guests at Patina are invited to delve into Ana’s world, where each stroke reveals layers of meaning, evoking sensations of intense lightness and boundless interpretation. 

At Patina Maldives, Ana will immerse herself in a month-long residency, inviting the Patina Malidves community or guests and team to witness her artistic fervour firsthand. Guests will have the rare opportunity not only to observe her creative process but also to engage with and create art alongside this luminary.

Experience artistry at its most exclusive

Art Exhibition
Experience Ana’s captivating exploration of colour and emotion in her spellbinding artworks displayed at the Fari Atelier.

Art Workshops: Message in a Bottle
As part of a collaborative artwork, Ana invites Patina guests to participate in short workshops, actively contributing to the creation of a permanent installation at Patina Maldives.

Open Studio Session
Join Ana for an exclusive open studio session, offering guests a behind the-scenes look at her creative process.

Ana Pušica residency package
Discover a world where creativity knows no bounds as Ana Pušica, the maestro of contemporary art, transforms Patina Maldives into an immersive canvas of inspiration.

Book now to secure your experience.
For more information and reservations, please visit Patina Maldives or contact

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