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Four Seasons at Landaa Giraavaru Wins SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Award



Maldives Promotion House – The Spa & Ayurvedic Retreat at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru has been voted as the Best Spa in the Maldives for the 2011 SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Awards. This year marks the ninth anniversary of the annual awards and SpaFinder is also celebrating the 25th anniversary of the company.

Nestled amid 44 acres of immaculate wilderness, the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru echoes the brand’s renowned elegance and style with plush accommodations and the ultimate in spa pampering. Natural healing is the focus of all spa therapies, which are administered within the 10 idyllic, open-air treatment pavilions.

In addition to traditional massage and facial treatments, as well as salon services, the spa also offers Ayurvedic therapies, tantric traditions, chakra blessings and reconnection rituals, which aim to balance the mind, body and spirit through holistic traditions. Private yoga classes can be taken alone or in tandem with other spa treatments.

The 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards drew unparalleled participation worldwide with more votes cast by spa-goers across more countries, regions and categories — offering the most complete and the most useful peer-to-peer recommendations in the global spa market. In addition to the Crystal and Country/Region Awards, readers voted for their favorite spas in 32 different “Best For” categories.

“SpaFinder was the first to offer people the opportunity to vote for their favorite spas in diverse categories, from cuisine to hiking to golf to romance, providing a fast, accessible way for spa-goers to make decisions based on what’s important to them,” SpaFinder President, Susie Ellis said. “They have become a valuable consumer guide, as well as an industry accolade.”

Two other Four Seasons Hotels, Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires and Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris also won two Crystal Awards, taking top honours in Europe and South America.

The 2011 Awards were based on votes submitted worldwide at SpaFinder’s global consumer websites including and by readers of SpaFinder publications. Voters were asked to cast ballots only for spas they’ve personally visited within the past three years.

“Given that there are more than 13,000 getaway spas (hotel, resort and destination spas) worldwide, being chosen by consumers, who are the true experts, is clearly cause for celebration,” Ellis noted.

The world’s largest spa media, marketing and gifting company, SpaFinder, Inc., connects millions of wellness-focused consumers with thousands of spas, yoga, Pilates and fitness studios and wellness practitioners worldwide.

SpaFinder’s media properties include the award winning, the Club Spa e-newsletter and blog and the annual NewBeauty SpaFinder Guide to Global Spa, Wellness & Beauty. SpaFinder and its spa-beauty gift division, SpaWish, offer gift certificates and cards that are redeemable at a combined network of over 9,000 spas and salons, and are available at nearly 1000,000 unique retail outlets in 79 countries.

SpaFinder Europe and SpaFinder Japan offer regional spa marketing and gifting programs, including localized websites. Currently celebrating its 25th Anniversary, SpaFinder is a privately held company headquartered in Manhattan.

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Exploring the natural paradise: Baros Maldives – where flora, fauna, and beauty converge



Nestled amidst the azure waters of the Indian Ocean lies a true gem of nature’s perfection – Baros Maldives. This enchanting island is not just a luxury destination; it’s a testament to the harmonious coexistence of man and nature. With its rich tapestry of flora and fauna, including towering palms that have stood sentinel for generations and exotic plants intertwining with indigenous species, Baros Maldives stands as a living testament to the beauty and diversity of the natural world.

A Botanical Haven

Imagine setting foot on an island where you are immediately enveloped in a lush, vibrant embrace of greenery. Baros Maldives is no less than a botanical haven, where every step you take leads you deeper into a world of verdant beauty. The towering palms, with their outstretched fronds that seem to touch the sky, have been an integral part of the island’s landscape for countless years. Their presence not only provides shade and a sense of serenity but also connects visitors to the island’s storied past.

Nature’s Artistry

As you walk along the pathways that wind through the island, you’ll find yourself immersed in a symphony of colors and fragrances. The exotic plants that have found their home here have woven a tapestry of nature’s artistry, showcasing the stunning diversity of plant life that thrives in this unique ecosystem. But what truly sets Baros Maldives apart is its commitment to preserving and showcasing local flora. The blending of indigenous species with exotic counterparts creates a harmonious fusion that’s as awe-inspiring as it is delicate.

A Tranquil Retreat

Baros Maldives offers more than just a feast for the eyes – it’s a place of respite and rejuvenation for the soul. The island’s lush foliage acts as a soothing balm for the senses, inviting visitors to take leisurely strolls and enjoy moments of introspection. Whether you’re sipping your morning coffee amidst the greenery or taking an evening walk along the beach, you’ll find that nature’s embrace is an essential part of the Baros experience.

A Living Symphony

Baros Maldives is not just an island; it’s a living symphony composed of the delicate interplay between flora, fauna, and human endeavor. The island’s commitment to environmental conservation is a testament to the understanding that the preservation of its natural treasures is a responsibility shared by all who visit and inhabit this paradise. The lush landscapes are not just a backdrop; they’re an integral part of the story that Baros Maldives tells to every guest.

Baros Maldives stands as a testament to the fact that true luxury is not just about opulent accommodations and fine dining – it’s about the luxury of being in sync with nature. From the towering palms that have witnessed generations pass by to the meticulously nurtured indigenous plants, every corner of this island whispers tales of coexistence and harmony. As you take a leisurely walk through this botanical garden paradise, you’re not just witnessing beauty – you’re becoming a part of it. Baros Maldives is a reminder that the world’s most exquisite luxury is the embrace of nature itself.

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Jennifer Winget’s enchanting getaway to Amari Raaya Maldives



The allure of the Maldives is undeniable. With powdery white beaches, crystalline waters, and vibrant marine life, it’s no wonder that this tropical paradise has become a sought-after destination for travelers from around the world. And when the stunning diva Jennifer Winget chose the newly opened Amari Raaya Maldives resort for her vacation, the island’s beauty seemed to blend seamlessly with her own.

Dancing to the Rhythm of Nature’s Beauty

Jennifer Winget’s journey to the Maldives was marked by a video that captured the essence of her experience. The mesmerizing clip showed her dancing on a pristine beach, a free spirit lost in the rhythm of the waves and the wind. The caption she added, “She beats to the beauty of her wildflower heart and seashore soul,” perfectly encapsulated the magic of the moment. It’s as if the natural world and her soul were in sync, creating a symphony of joy that resonated with her fans.

A Visual Journey Through Instagram

After her time at Amari Raaya Maldives, Jennifer treated her followers to a visual feast on Instagram. The photo album showcased her adventures around the island, capturing moments of sheer delight against the backdrop of the breathtaking ocean and the island’s pristine beauty. Each photo was a testament to the blissful memories she created during her stay.

The captions accompanying the photos painted a vivid picture of her experiences: “Highlights: Maldives 2023 🌴✨ Good memories in the mix.” The use of emojis added a touch of playfulness, making her followers feel like they were right there with her, sharing in the joy of discovery and relaxation.

Embracing Beach Vibes and Sensual Glamour

Jennifer’s beach fashion game was on point throughout her vacation. The throwback pictures she shared revealed a side of her that exuded confidence, sensuality, and beachy charm. From stylish bikinis paired with trendy caps and chic shrugs to elegant evening wear for romantic dinner dates, she effortlessly transitioned from casual beach days to sophisticated island evenings.

Savoring Simple Pleasures

One of the most enchanting aspects of Jennifer’s getaway was her appreciation for the simple pleasures of life. The images of her sipping coffee by the beach as the sun dipped below the horizon evoked a sense of tranquility and contentment. It’s these moments of quiet reflection that truly make a vacation memorable.

A Wholesome Escape

Jennifer Winget’s Maldives vacation was more than just a glamorous escape; it was a testament to the beauty of embracing nature, immersing oneself in a new culture, and cherishing every moment. Her journey was a reminder that even the most beautiful places are made richer by the memories we create within them. As she used hashtags like #AmariRaayaMaldives and #BrightenYourWorld, she encouraged her followers to embark on their own journeys of discovery and find their own versions of paradise.

Maldives became not just a backdrop for Jennifer Winget’s vacation, but a canvas upon which she painted memories that will last a lifetime. Her journey was an invitation to all of us to step away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, dance to the rhythm of our hearts, and let the beauty of the world enchant us.

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Experience idyllic Maldives getaway at JA Manafaru



If you’re dreaming of an island escape, the Maldives should be on your radar.

Famous all over the world as a perfect getaway for couples and families, it’s not hard to see why the Maldives has such a prestigious reputation.

And, situated at the northernmost part of this archipelago, barefoot luxury resort JA Manafaru is the ideal home base, featuring sandy beaches, exquisite marine life and spectacular views of the Indian Ocean.

Beach-lovers will be spoilt for choice here with island villas, including beach villas, over-water villas and luxurious two and three-bedroom residences, all featuring secluded private pools in walled gardens.

Wherever you choose to stay, you’ll get to listen to the ocean as you sleep and soak in stunning seascape vistas.

Spending quality time with your other half?

Treat your sweetheart to a candlelit beach dinner under the stars or, if you’re an adventurous duo, you can try out a night snorkel or scuba dive.

Foodies can try out Indian Ocean-inspired cuisine, as well as a wide selection of international flavours. Think traditional Maldivian, Indian, Asian and Arabic cuisine from six dining venues.

For other international offerings, get your fix at the resort’s all-day dining restaurant, the dedicated beach grill outlet, the infinity pool bar or the forest oasis pool specialising in European cuisine.

Grape connoisseurs, be sure to dine at The Cellar, available for reservation only. This secret grape cellar is the oldest in the Maldives and buried below the sea-line in the coral island. It’s made from Indonesian Volcanic rock to ensure the perfect atmosphere and temperature for preserving some of the world’s finest grape.

It’s not just the vast selection of grape, either. During an evening here, you can expect tailored menus prepared exclusively for you by The Cellar’s Executive Chef.

Excited to experience the Maldives through the lens of JA Manafaru? Book your escape now for a chance to enjoy a stay with privacy and intimacy, topped with unrivalled natural beauty.

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