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Crown & Champa Resorts unveils two innovative resorts in Maldives

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Leading hospitality group Crown & Champa Resorts is set to introduce two new resorts in the Lhaviyani atoll of Maldives in December 2018, Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi and Innahura Maldives Resort.

This expansion increases the collection of resorts operated by Crown & Champa Resorts — a leader in the Maldivian hospitality industry with over 40 years’ experience — to nine, and subsequently diversifies its guest experience offering in this iconic destination. Each resort targets a unique traveller with the aim of offering great quality and value in different segments.

Kudadoo: Designed to ensure a harmonious balance between the interior and exterior. PHOTO/ CROWN & CHAMPA

As the first top-end five-star, truly all-inclusive resort in the Maldives, Kudadoo ensures a secluded getaway purposefully crafted for the more discerning guest.

An island defined by the philosophy ‘Freedom Reimagined’, the private island comes alive with effortless adventures as the resort endeavours to offer anything, anytime, anywhere. Personal butlers are available 24 hours a day to assist in making this possible by facilitating authentic experiences that capture the senses.

Kudadoo boasts expansive bathroom. PHOTO/ CROWN & CHAMPA

Natural tones of Kudadoo’s Ocean Residence. PHOTO/ CROWN & CHAMPA

Kudadoo’s Ocean Residence magnificent sunset view. PHOTO/ CROWN & CHAMPA

Interior of Kudadoo’s Ocean Residence. PHOTO/ CROWN & CHAMPA

Kudadoo’s Ocean Residence. PHOTO/ CROWN & CHAMPA

Kudadoo’s Ocean Residence offers total relaxation with a private pool and harmonious décor. PHOTO/ CROWN & CHAMPA

Perfect for exclusive hire, the resort comprises of just 15 overwater Ocean Residences, each with a 44 sqm terrace pool. The resort features additional accommodation for guests’ personal staff as part of the seamless experience.

“With Kudadoo, we wanted to create an experience that would reflect the natural beauty of the Maldives while being environmentally conscious; the resort is purely powered by solar panels, and innovates the all-inclusive landscape in the Maldives; with the introduction of an all-inclusive that covers everything on the resort. The resort will also offer the first Himalayan Salt Room to the Maldives at the wellness spa,” says Martin Vossen, CEO of Crown & Champa Resorts.

Aerial view of Innahura Maldives Resort. PHOTO/ CROWN & CHAMPA

Innahura island introduces a more affordable Maldives resort to the market. This newly built three-star island resort boasts 78 Beach Bungalows complemented by an overwater bar, main bar and a wholesome buffet style beachfront restaurant. A getaway for the unpretentious and fun loving, whether young or naturally young at heart.

‘Here, Life is Easy’, this resort’s approach is a cost-effective option for travellers to the Maldives who want a laid-back holiday. A fun and easy atmosphere with a touch of local Maldivian flavours and minimal fuss encapsulates Innahura’s approach to getaways and the resorts purposefully crafted all-inclusive approach, AI Easy. The AI Easy programme is an affordable package which guests can enhance with additional purchases at any time with their favourite drinks, snacks, experiences and activities.

“We wanted to open up the Maldives to a whole new market, in order to ensure Innahura is an affordable option we decided to give travellers the quintessential Maldives holiday alongside the power to choose what they want in their holiday AI package. The AI Easy package was created as an essential selection of food, drinks and non-motorised activities, as a result the resort doesn’t follow the traditional AI package, which is filled with things guests don’t really need and don’t always use or enjoy. The new AI Easy package allows guests to choose what they want as extras, fit this into their budget and have a minimal fuss getaway,” notes Vossen.

Innahura offers 78 Beach Bungalows. PHOTO/ CROWN & CHAMPA

Interior of Innahura’s Beach Villa. PHOTO/ CROWN & CHAMPA

‘Pause, Breathe, Maldives’ with the Crown & Champa Resorts diverse collection of resorts: Hurawalhi Maldives, Mirihi Island Resort, Komandoo Maldives, Veligandu Island Resort & Spa, Kuredu Resort Maldives, Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, Meeru Island Resort & Spa, and one city hotel, Champa Central Hotel. Each resort offers guests an unforgettable experience and memorable moments, with beautiful sandy beaches, turquoise waters, beach dining options, water activates, dive centres and snorkelling in one of the most picturesque destinations in the world.

“The inclusion of Kudadoo and Innahura succinctly complements the groups collection, ensuring we cater to all types of travellers. Crown & Champa Resorts makes selecting a getaway in the Maldives simple, with a range of options from three-star to five-star deluxe, all backed by years of expertise,” concludes Vossen.

Connect with Crown & Champa Resorts on Facebook @crownandchamparesorts, Twitter @ccr_maldives, Instagram crownchamparesorts and LinkedIn Crown & Champa Resorts, or find out more about the group and its resorts at Crown & Champa Resorts.

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Maldives celebrates arrival of 2024’s 1 millionth tourist

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Maldives on Thursday welcomed the one millionth tourist to visit this year.

The one millionth tourist is a Thai named Sutapa Amonwivat, who arrived from Singapore with her husband and two children. This is her second visit to Maldives.

Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) and the Ministry of Tourism gave a warm welcome to Sutapa at the Velana International Airport (VIA) Thursday afternoon. She was welcomed at the VIA by tourism minister Ibrahim Faisal, MMPRC Managing Director Ibrahim Shiury and senior officials of various relevant agencies.

After welcoming her with traditional offerings, she was presented with various gifts by the ministry, MMPRC, customs, immigration, Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) and Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA).

Maldives reached one million tourists in June, three weeks earlier than last year. The number of tourists reached one million on July 16, 2023.

Maldives expects to reach 2 million tourists this year.

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New air route connects Chongqing to Maldives

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Chongqing Airlines on Monday began its inaugural flights to Maldives.

The Chongqing-Male route, scheduled three times a week, is expected to strengthen the bonds between China and the Maldives, opening up exciting new opportunities for tourism and cultural exchange.

The inaugural flight was welcomed upon its arrival at Velana International Airport (VIA) in Maldives, where local officials and tourism representatives expressed their enthusiasm for this new development.

“We warmly welcome our friends from China to our beautiful islands. This new connection strengthens our bonds and opens up new opportunities for tourism,” the tourism ministry said on X.

Maldives currently welcomes four airlines from China, including China Eastern, Beijing Capital Airlines, Xiamen Airlines.

In January, Maldives government urged tourism stakeholders in both Maldives and China to ramp up efforts to restore China’s position as the primary source market for Maldives tourism, a status held before the onset of Covid-19.

China, being the largest source market for Maldives tourism before the pandemic, saw a resumption of tourist arrivals from January 2023 after a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic. In 2023, the Maldives welcomed 187,118 Chinese tourists, marking a significant recovery in numbers. This year, the Maldives has welcomed the most number of tourists from China, with over 107,940 or 11.5 percent of total arrivals by June 12. 

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CROSSROADS Maldives Introduces Weixin Pay at resorts for seamless guest experience

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CROSSROADS Maldives has introduced WeChat Pay, widely known as Weixin Pay in China, across its world-class resorts, SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton, and Hard Rock Hotel Maldives. This payment option is made available to enhance the convenience and overall experience for guests from China, making their stay in the Maldives more enjoyable and hassle-free.

Understanding the needs of the diverse guests, CROSSROADS Maldives has integrated WeChat Pay into operations, allowing guests from China to easily and securely conduct transactions using a payment method familiar to them. The introduction of WeChat Pay is a testament to CROSSROADS Maldives’ dedication to enhancing guest satisfaction by offering exceptional experiences at every turn. What is also expected through this initiative is that the guests could benefit from better foreign exchange rates, translating to better savings on their expenditures during their stay.

The option is available for guests in-house conveniently at both resorts as well as across the Marina at CROSSROADS Maldives where a wider variety of unparalleled dining and retail experiences are available for all guests. The day visitors from China will also therefore equally benefit from this new introduction at the Maldives’ premier multi-island integrated leisure destination.

SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton, is a vibrant tropical escape that offers unique and locally inspired experiences. The resort features spacious rooms and villas, a variety of dining options, and an array of recreational activities designed to cater to the desires of modern travellers. Guests can escape to the island’s SAiisational natural beauty, enjoy water sports, and indulge in spa treatments, all while relishing the personalised service that defines Hilton’s Curio Collection.

Hard Rock Hotel Maldives brings the iconic Hard Rock spirit to the tranquil shores of the Maldives. This family-friendly resort offers a perfect blend of relaxation and entertainment, featuring music-inspired experiences, live performances, and the brand’s signature amenities. With luxurious accommodations, diverse dining options, and a plethora of activities for all ages, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives ensures an unforgettable holiday experience for every guest.

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