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Kanuhura Maldives wins Asia Pacific Lifestyle Tourism Award



Kanuhura Maldives has been crowned the Best Beach Resort and Best Spa Resort Destination in South Asia/Maldives at the Asian Lifestyle Tourism Awards (ALTA) in Singapore.

These two awards allow Kanuhura to qualify as Asia’s Leading Beach and Spa Resort in Southeast Asia. As one of the establishments who won at this year’s ALTA 2018, Kanuhura will also be able to enjoy a spot at the 2020 Asia Pacific Tourism and Travel Fair, which will take place in the Indian city of Bangalore.

“Being recognised as a stellar beach and spa resort is a thrilling accomplishment for everyone at Kanuhura, as they are dedicated to ensuring that discerning guests can have the luxury island holiday of their lives along the perfect, white shores and across all three of their islands,” the resort said, in a statement.

The immaculate beach at Kanuhura, serviced by dedicated beach butlers, is the perfect place for sun worshippers to get their fix of Maldivian sunshine, enhanced by an exotic signature cocktail or two. It’s the quintessential tropical playground for young and old alike, with a variety of land- and water-based activities on offer, many of which are unique to this sensational resort.

For those that have a penchant for all things romantic, Kanuhura’s beachside bars and fine restaurants provide the ideal place for lazy sunset cocktails or exceptional dining experiences — in fact, you can enjoy a romantic ‘dig in’ dining experience on the beach itself if you wish — that you would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Along Kanuhura’s pristine shores, you are sure to create magical memories that will last a lifetime.

If the call of Kanuhura’s warm, sparkling ocean and dreamy beach along with incredible beachside activities hasn’t convinced you to book your stay, then the world-class Kokaa Spa just might. This year’s Asian Lifestyle Tourism Awards wasn’t the first time this gypset oceanside spa has been in the award limelight; in fact, Kokaa Spa has been named the World’s Best Spa by National Geographic Traveller and at the Luxury Spa Awards, it was named the Global Luxury Island Resort Spa.

The incredible Kokaa Spa was created as the ultimate sanctuary for weary travellers or those in search of some much-needed TLC. Named after the butterfly, this newly-renovated spa offers a world of serenity to guests, where each of the spa’s facilities and the diverse spa treatments centre on holistic wellbeing and utter relaxation. Inspired by healing rituals from around the world, the Kokaa Spa menu is comprehensive, boasting one of the biggest variety of treatments in the Maldives detailed in over 50 pages.

Complete with nine treatment rooms, a beauty salon, steam room, plunge pools, a fitness centre, jacuzzis, a beachside pavilion (for mind, body and soul alignment through activities such as yoga and meditation), this spa has everything you could need for a memorable day spent investing in your mental, emotional and physical health.

Whether you are looking for a signature Maldivian massage, a relaxing facial, Ayurvedic treatments, luxuriant bath rituals, hairdressing or beauty services, or would like an all-encompassing package to ensure the ultimate rest, relaxation and restoration, there is sure to be something here for you. Each treatment is tailored specifically to you by expert therapists who use only the finest organic and natural products such as Subtle EnergiesVOYA and Terres D’Afrique, many of which can be bought at the spa as well.

If nothing else, the exquisite award winning Kokaa Spa is the ultimate place for some much-deserved “me time”.

With 80 beautifully furnished contemporary villas — complete with exquisite wooden decks — boasting a gypset flair and overlooking pristine beaches and dazzling tropical waters, Kanuhura offers guests a stay in pure paradisiacal perfection. The ultimate place to indulge in luxurious beachside offerings, glorious food and memorable barefoot adventures, this exotic haven is truly a once-in-a-lifetime holiday destination.


Maldives celebrates arrival of 2024’s 1 millionth tourist



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



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



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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