Pop icon Rita Ora confirms exclusive New Year’s Eve performance at Amilla Fushi
As if spectacular entertainment from pyro performers The Fuel Girls and lead singer of B*witched Edele Lynch were not enough, guests seeing out 2018 at Amilla can now look forward to an intimate performance by the UK singles chart’s most successful British female artist of all time. Taking place two months before the start of the Phoenix World Tour, which kicks off in Melbourne on March 1, 2019, the Amilla ‘tribe’ could be amongst the first to get a live experience of the singer’s long-awaited new album Phoenix, which releases this Friday.
It has been a momentous year and a half for Rita. Following a sold out European tour, her last five hit singles have amassed over 1.3 billion Spotify streams worldwide – with global hit, Your Song , written by Ed Sheeran and Steve Mac, reaching more than 352m streams alone. She released global Top 10 hit Lonely Together, a collaboration with Avicii, in August, and in October her single Anywhere earned a #2 spot in the UK. Further collaborations saw Rita team up with Liam Payne on For You for the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack, her fourth Top 10 hit; and Cardi B, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX on girl-power anthem Girls, another global success. These hit songs all feature on her new album.
Rita has starred onscreen as a coach on BBC1’s The Voice; a judge on ITV’s The X Factor UK; host of MTV’s EMAs in 2017; and as host of VH1’s America’s Next Top Model. In addition, Rita’s brand work to date includes 15 best-selling Adidas collections, capsule collections for Tezenis, and an ambassadorship for Rimmel.
The President of Kosovo, Rita’s country of birth, awarded her honorary ambassador for raising awareness of the country and she continues to support UNICEF’s tremendous efforts to help children in danger around the world.
As well as the star-studded New Year’s Eve performances – open to all island guests at no extra charge – festive foodie surprises are also in store. Chef Hiro Nakamura charts an incredible journey of flavourful Japanese cuisine to Amilla’s signature overwater restaurant Feeling Koi, showcasing a selection of artfully crafted sushi, nigiri and sashimi by the water’s edge. There will also be lip smacking themed nights at the chilled-out foodie hub Baazaar and enchanting dining experiences in the magical Mystique Garden.
Australian football hero and former Everton player Tim Cahill will also be on the island, inspiring young footballers with a four-day festive training camp. Kids aged from five to eight years, and teens from 9-16 years, can perfect their skills on Amilla’s very own full-sized pitch with elite coaching from the Socceroos’ all-time leading goal scorer.
Located just 30 minutes by seaplane from the main Velana International Airport, Amilla Fushi offers a choice of 59 Houses that sit gracefully over crystal clear waters, nestled amongst lush tree tops or hugging the shores of pristine white sand. Additionally, eight spectacular four to eight-bedroom Beach Residences ideally suited to large families, groups of friends and VVIPs seeking the ultimate in space and privacy are also available.
Amilla’s innovative restaurants range from the diverse, informal foodie hub Baazaar to the relaxed yet sophisticated overwater dining at the signature Feeling Koi. Guests can even drop in to gourmet café and deli The Emperor General Store or The Wine Shop and Cellar Door to treat themselves to lighter snacks, a favourite bottle or a gourmet selection of artisanal cheeses.
With an unrivalled range of purpose-designed multi-bedroom accommodation options, and an exciting, inspiring and active Kids’ Club, Amilla Fushi is putting the Maldives on the map as a destination not just for couples, but for families and friends.