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ZAZZ Escapes Maldives Resort to open in 2021



Thai hotel management company Unicorn Hospitality has announced plans to open its first property in Maldives, ZAZZ Escapes Maldives Resort, in early 2021.

The Maldives resort, being developed by Hong Kong-based Asia Prestige Management (APM) after the 2018 acquisition of Ranveli Island Resort, is part of a new expansion drive by Unicorn Hospitality, which currently operates six brands and white label management concepts: Unicorn Hotels & Resorts, Kly Hotels & Resorts, Hangout By Kly, Live By Kly, Zazz Hotels and The Unchained Collection.

ZAZZ Escapes Maldives is part of the ZAZZ Escapes Collection. The properties from ZAZZ Escapes, take guests on a journey of discovery and fun – a chance to disconnect and share adventures whilst shifting back to nature – without giving up comfort and convenience.

Ideally located in South Ari Atoll, just 25 minutes by seaplane from Velana international Airport or 90 minutes by speedboat, ZAZZ Escapes Maldives is the perfect gateway to escape from the hustle and bustle of your daily life.

ZAZZ Escapes Maldives features a total of 101 overwater and beach villas, with each of them accented by breathtaking views of this slice of paradise. The island offers accommodation in five categories: Z Beach, Z Top, H2O Villa, H2O Pool Villa, and Z Pearl.

The villas have been designed from the ground up with pleasure and harmony in mind. Fresh, clean and bright, they are appointed with the modern amenities that discerning guests expect, whilst offering comfort, privacy, entertainment and connectivity to the outside world. Respect and intimacy was at the centre of attention in creating this unique environment.

ZAZZ Escapes Maldives delivers flavours and aromas with style; it is not about fine dining, it is about good dining. Hence, the resort’s six outlets do not compromise on quality and are sure to please the most discerning palates.

Whether by the pool or beachside, Club 72 is your own private slice of the Mediterranean. A resident DJ will excite the setting, delivering the trendiest tunes and intensifying the atmosphere. Open all day until late at night, a Zazzy flair will spread through the Club. Saturday night bash and Sunday brunch are the highlights not to be missed.

Yuuki means organic in Japanese. Here, only the freshest catches and the best Maldivian products are served, adding a Japanese twist to the plate. To complement your meal, there is an exhaustive selection of sake alongside some of the best brew imported from Japan!

Sanook is a fun and interactive dining concept focusing on Thai street food and creating an authentic dining experience. Savour the traditional flavours of Thailand with authentic cuisine direct from the ‘Land of Smiles’. The restaurant focuses on freshness and flavour — all you need to do is close your eyes and let your tastebuds guide you.

Sand Bar is an alternative to other venues, where you can simply share a good time with a gentle ambience that makes it perfect to unwind and loosen up. As if you were in a giant fleeting sand castle, pick up your drink and enjoy a remarkable setting, crafted by hand, tailored to your needs and in harmony with the surroundings.

Unwind and find tranquility at Sebae. By day, the pool is a serene spot where guests can read a book and watch the palms swinging gently in the breeze, whilst by night experimentalist mixologists craft creative cocktails. It’s the perfect locale for a cocktail prior to dinner or for an after dinner digestif before dancing the night away at Club 72.

Refreshing, generous and sexy, this is how ZAZZ Escapes Maldives defines Boost, a juice bar located within ZSPA. Full of vitamins and with enriching flavours, every concoction is designed to maintain your balance and wellness. Who said your ‘five a day’ nutrition intake should be a hard task? The Boost at ZSPA makes drinking veggies and fruits the new cool!

ZAZZ Escapes Maldives believes in living long and living well. A holiday should have you feeling relaxed and radiant, so indulge in the treatments on offer at the resort. ZSPA offers a holistic approach with two objectives in mind: making you feel beautiful and re-energising your body.

FitZ at ZAZZ Escapes Maldives is a genuine mind-and-body experience constructed to allow you to challenge yourself. Whether physically or mentally, FitZ aims to stimulate your senses. Cultivating a state of mind, in a perfectly designed area with exquisite natural ceilings, open windows and world class equipment.

Take advantage of the island and choose amongst one of the many activities the resort has to offer, whether with a group or on your own. Experienced guides will always have something to suggest. Embark on a boat, dive into the crystal blue lagoon or hop on a board and ride these waves — the wide range of distinctive adventures are designed for modern lifestyles.

At ZAZZ Escapes Maldives, savour a large choice of venues, with six different food and beverage destinations that will delight your buds. Let your stresses melt away as you enjoy treatments in the wellness centre ZSPA, or simply enjoy the watersport and diving centre allowing access to the beauty of the resort’s graceful lagoon.


Award-winning Grand Park Kodhipparu Maldives launches indulgence winter offer



Grand Park Kodhipparu Maldives recently announced scooping up the title of “Best Boutique Resort in Maldives” for the second consecutive year, awarded by the Travel Trade Maldives which comes as no surprise as it is one of the best destinations to experience the unreal sunsets you will ever see while projecting extravagant character and easy-going exotica.

What’s really shaking things up this holiday season at this cozy luxury boutique island resort is that you will be spoiled for choice with one beach for every day. That is right – home to four beautiful beaches, Wai, Veli, Dhigu, and Divehi, all with their unique character – letting you sunbathe, snorkel, windsurf, and cycle overwater around the island to your heart’s content. Touching down at Kodhipparu, adventure seekers can revel in countless opportunities for wild coral reef dives, parasailing up the sky for a bird’s-eye view of the lagoon, or even simply zen out to sunrise and sunset with the resident yogi.

To celebrate the win, and to rev up the appetite with seaside excursions, the resort announced the launch of the exclusive “Kodhipparu Indulgence” offer with an unparalleled dining experience and a consequential gourmet coma that is fully worth every penny you’ve spent on your extravagant holiday.

Set your seaside expedition dreams to a reality, with attractive offerings from the resort-owned marine sports centre as well as the luxury overwater spa, that will have you wanting to extend your holiday. What’s more, you get to enjoy complimentary roundtrip speedboat transfers saving you quite a few pennies on your vacation.

The little explorers with big dreams are welcome to stay and dine free of charge sharing the room with the parents, whether it is by spending their time decorating some yummy cupcakes or catching a kiddies movie under the stars with popcorn.

If you are looking for a romantic touch, with an ample amount of floating rose petals in your pool, or a swoon-worthy proposal set up at a secret corner of the island out of bounds to others or even a candle-lit dinner on the secluded beaches with you and your beau, all you have to do is message your lifestyle host to work the magic and make it happen for you. With the Kodhipparu dedicated lifestyle host service, everything is just a message away.

As is all good things, this offer is only for a limited time period, so make use of this exclusive indulgence package at Grand Park Kodhipparu comes with an amazing 35% discount on all villa categories.

Simply head over to to book your holiday with a flair of fun, freedom, and serenity that is promised to make you keep coming back for more!

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Abdulla Wisam: A journey of excellence and growth in the Maldivian hospitality industry



In the heart of the stunning Maldives, where luxury resorts and crystal-clear waters come together to create a paradise on Earth, there are individuals who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that every guest’s experience is nothing short of exceptional. One such individual is Abdulla Wisam, whose remarkable journey in the hospitality industry is a testament to his dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment to providing the best possible service to guests.

Abdulla Wisam’s journey in the hospitality industry began right after completing his schooling. In 2003, he embarked on his professional career by joining Dhoveli Beach Resort & Spa, where he gained his first taste of the world of hospitality. It was here that he discovered his passion for creating memorable guest experiences and building relationships with visitors from around the world.

After his initial foray into the industry, Wisam’s career path continued to evolve. His dedication and hard work caught the attention of industry leaders, leading him to take on roles of increasing responsibility. His time at Meeru Island Resort saw him as an Outlet Cashier and Night Auditor, roles that allowed him to develop a deep understanding of the operational aspects of a resort.

Wisam’s determination and eagerness to learn led him to the iconic Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, where he started as a Recreation Attendant. Over time, he showcased his exceptional skills in guest relations and management, and he was promoted to the position of Front Office Supervisor. His journey with Four Seasons served as a stepping stone for what was to come next.

In 2014, Wisam joined the W Maldives, a resort known for its luxurious offerings and unparalleled guest experiences. Starting as a Welcome Team Leader, he quickly rose through the ranks due to his impeccable guest service skills and innate leadership abilities. His promotion to Guest Experience Manager was a testament to his ability to not only meet but exceed guest expectations. He was then transferred to The St. Regis Maldives as the Assistant Front Office Manager with the pre-opening team.

As his career trajectory continued its upward trajectory, Wisam took on the role of Front Office Manager at prestigious resorts such as Milaidhoo Island, Raffles Maldives, and The Standard Maldives. These roles allowed him to refine his management style, hone his problem-solving skills, and contribute to the overall success of each resort.

Wisam’s journey eventually led him to COMO Cocoa Island, a resort renowned for its unparalleled luxury and exquisite attention to detail. Joining as the Front Office Manager, he embraced the challenges and responsibilities that came with the position. His dedication, combined with his innate ability to create genuine connections with guests, led to his promotion as the Director of Rooms.

Wisam’s journey in the Maldivian hospitality industry is a remarkable tale of perseverance, growth, and a genuine passion for creating exceptional guest experiences. His diverse roles, spanning from recreation to guest experience management, have equipped him with a holistic understanding of the industry. His commitment to continuous improvement and dedication to delivering top-tier service have not only benefited the resorts he’s been a part of but have also contributed to elevating the reputation of Maldives as a premier luxury travel destination.

As Wisam continues to shape the guest experience landscape at COMO Cocoa Island, one can only imagine the heights he will reach and the impact he will make on the ever-evolving hospitality industry of the Maldives. His journey stands as an inspiration to aspiring hoteliers and a testament to the boundless opportunities that await those who are truly passionate about their craft.

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A remarkable tale of wanderlust: Naito Takashi’s 103rd journey to the Maldives



The azure waters of the Maldives have long been a magnet for travelers seeking paradise on Earth. Among these wanderers, one name stands out – Naito Takashi, a Japanese tourist whose boundless enthusiasm for the Maldives has led him to visit this tropical haven a staggering 103 times. His unwavering love for this island nation, coupled with its mesmerizing beauty, has turned his visits into a remarkable testament to the allure of the Maldives.

For the past 24 years, Naito Takashi has visited Maldives between three to five times annually, embarking on a journey that has spanned more than two decades. His tale is one of dedication, passion, and a deep-rooted connection with the captivating landscapes that the Maldives offers. Each visit is not just a vacation; it’s a renewal of his profound relationship with the natural wonders that have captured his heart.

Naito Takashi’s 103rd arrival to the Maldives was met with a warm and heartfelt welcome from none other than the Tourism Minister himself, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom. This gesture symbolizes the deep appreciation the Maldivian people have for their loyal and devoted visitors. The ceremony held aboard the M/V Blue of the Fun Azul Fleet was a fitting tribute to a traveler who has become an honorary ambassador of the Maldives.

The M/V Blue, Fun Azul Fleet, holds special significance for Naito Takashi. As an avid diver, he has found his perfect companion in this cruise boat specialized in diving charters. The vessel offers schedules tailored to explore the best dive spots around the Maldives’ islands, making it an ideal partner for a diving enthusiast like Naito Takashi. The crystal-clear waters of the Maldives have witnessed countless underwater escapades orchestrated by this intrepid traveler.

The Maldives’ Ministry of Tourism has lauded Naito Takashi’s enduring passion for the nation’s beauty. Their tweet acknowledging his multiple visits serves as a testament to his unique and cherished relationship with the country. He has witnessed the ever-changing landscape of the Maldives, from its pristine beaches to its vibrant marine life, and has undoubtedly contributed to the thriving tourism industry.

Naito Takashi’s story also reflects the profound impact that travel can have on an individual’s life. His unwavering commitment to exploring the Maldives has not only enriched his own experiences but has also brought attention to the natural wonders of Maldives. It stands as a reminder that the act of traveling is not just about ticking off destinations from a bucket list; it’s about forming connections, fostering appreciation, and creating lasting memories.

As Naito Takashi continues his journey through the Maldives, his story resonates as an inspiration to fellow travelers and a tribute to the unyielding allure of this island paradise. His 103rd visit is not just a numerical milestone; it’s a celebration of an extraordinary bond between a traveler and a destination, a bond that has grown stronger with each passing year and promises to endure for years to come.

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