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Valentine’s bliss at Anantara Maldives, Niyama Private Islands

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This year, why not celebrate the season of love in style with a trip to paradise with Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort, Anantara Veli Maldives Resort and Naladhu Private Island Maldives?

A celebration of your love with your significant other doesn’t have to be limited to just one day of the year; with these offers for Anantara Veli, Anantara Dhigu and Naladhu Private Island, as well as Niyama Private Islands Maldives, you can have an extended celebration in paradise!

Honeymoon Dream’ at Naladhu

At Naladhu Private Island, enjoy a romantic indulgence every day in an island to call your own with only 20 houses in one of the most exclusive retreats for the elite. You’ll be pampered with exclusive experiences designed just for romance.

Untold bliss awaits. Stay minimum of four nights in a luxury villa and enjoy an exclusive experience every day of your stay. It’s the perfect start to a lifetime of adventure.

Package includes:

  • Minimum four nights’ accommodation
  • Day 1: Chilled Champagne and a selection of gourmet chocolates
  • Day 2: Luxury aromatic bath decorated with petals and candles
  • Day 3: In-house Anantara Signature 60-minute couples’ massage
  • Day 4: One 30-minute professional photo shoot
  • Day 5: A day of indulgent privacy and relaxation in your house
  • Day 6: One ‘Intimate Dining Affair’: a 3-course dinner menu for two
  • Day 7: Complimentary airport transfer for the bride

The multi-award-winning Naladhu Private Island is the epitome of exclusivity and luxury. Twenty elegant and spacious houses with pool, secluded pristine white beaches and kaleidoscopic reefs make Naladhu Private Island Maldives a vision of tropical perfection.

Every experience on the island is bespoke, luxurious and timeless. Guests are spoilt for choice with exquisite culinary options including dining on demand service in the 24-hour restaurant, The Living Room, indulgent spa experiences, and butlers being on call 24/7.

Adventures await guests above and below the ocean’s surface, from chartering a private yacht to enjoying a picnic on a private island, to rocketing into the sky with a Superman jet pack, snorkelling with manta rays and sharks or surfing the waves.

Rates start from USD 925++. For reservations please call +960 664 4111 or email reservations.maldives@anantara.com.

‘Honeymoon and Romance’ at Anantara Veli, Dhigu

Celebrating love in inspirational ways, as this special couple’s getaway by Anantara Veli Maldives Resort and Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort spoil you with thoughtful indulgence. Travel in style by resort speedboat, arriving to decadent Champagne and chocolates.

Cherish the luxury of breakfast in bed with a view of the ocean. Dine by Design in romantic seclusion, choosing from a collection of fine dining menus complete with a private chef and butler.

Package includes:

  • Accommodation in an overwater bungalow (Anantara Veli), or Sunrise Beach Villa, Sunrise Over Water Suite or Anantara Over Water Pool Suite (Anantara Dhigu)
  • Daily breakfast in bed for two
  • Return speedboat transfers for two
  • Champagne and chocolates on arrival for two
  • 10 per cent off all Anantara Spa treatments
  • One Dining by Design journey including select wines for two people
  • Late check-out (subject to availability)

Anantara Veli is an adults-only private island fringed by quintessential Maldives overwater bungalows. A 35-minute speedboat ride from the capital and Velana International Airport, the island lies in a peaceful azure lagoon shared with sister resorts, Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort and Naladhu Maldives Private Island.

Designed for sweeping romance, couples can hide away in luxury or venture into the heart of the island for star-lit moments in an orchid garden or open-air cinema. Candlelight dinners take place over the waters at the Maldives’ finest Thai restaurant, Baan Huraa, or the resort’s private picnic island, Gulhifushi.

For those looking for activity and novel experiences, Anantara Veli features an on-site water sports centre, Aquafanatics, with PADI diving and luxury surfing with Tropicsurf. Daily meditation and yoga sessions are led by the resident yogi in an ocean-facing yoga pavilion.

The lush garden spa in traditional Maldivian style greets with the soothing scent of orchid. Five personal treatment suites with dedicated Ayurveda set-ups offer garden views and a soaking tub in front of a waterfall. A serene relaxation courtyard with hot and cold plunge pools invites pre- or post-treatment unwinding.

Situated on Dhigufinolhu island in the South Male Atoll is Anantara Dhigu, where luxury meets simplicity. The resort comprises of the most spacious of luxury villas coupled with private plunge pools while just being a quick 35-minute speedboat ride away from the main Velana International Airport.

Anantara Dhigu provides a harmonious combination of both the romantic, adventure and family friendly. Upon arrival guests can peer into the crystal waters below the jetty at puffer fish, sting rays and baby reef sharks.

Choose between villas perfectly positioned to catch the sunrise or sunset, or those that have their own private plunge pool. Among Maldives luxury accommodation, Anantara Dhigu is outstanding with its choice of stylishly designed villas and suites. A number of these villas come with direct access to the powdery white beach and all only steps away from the tranquil lagoon.

Parents can relax while little ones are entertained for hours and spoilt for choice with Anantara’s kids club and numerous activities available. Thrill the family with adventures that include water bobbing, surfing and deep sea fishing. Families can even take a short pontoon ride to the island of Guli Fushi, picnic on the deserted beaches and experience some of the best snorkelling in the Maldives.

The cuisine at Anantara Dhigu is an inspiring Maldives restaurant gastronomic experience. Dining is relaxed and informal, with an array of seafood and meat grills, fine Italian cuisine and varying themed buffet dinners, to lighter meals poolside for lunch.

Anantara Dhigu’s evocative location is matched by a tranquil island design approach that feels like home away from home while providing guests with their every need.

Rates start from USD 1,198++ at both Anantara Veli Maldives Resort and Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort. For reservations please contact: dhigumaldives@anantara.com (Anantara Dhigu) and velimaldives@anantara.com (Anantara Veli).

‘Love Me, Spoil Me and Spa Me’ at Niyama

Niyama Private Islands Maldives fulfils the escapist dreams by offering a myriad of ways to celebrate their honeymoon

An indulgence in love with champagne toasts, couple’s spa rituals, deserted sandbank picnics, and horizons unending.

Two Maldivian islands, one romantic retreat. Revel in a world of your own, with a gourmet picnic on a deserted sandbank, or a sensory couple’s spa ritual. Capture your moments of bliss with a Champagne toast to forever. Your very own island love nest surrounded by horizons of blue.

Package includes:

  • Stay of three nights or more
  • One bottle of Champagne upon arrival
  • Daily buffet breakfast and dinner for two
  • One Teppanyaki lunch at Nest for two
  • 60-minute spa ritual for two at Drift by Niyama Spa
  • Private destination dining on a deserted sandbank for two
  • Return seaplane transfers

Niyama offers more than a luxury retreat in the Maldives. Going beyond conventional concepts of lavish accommodation, sumptuous cuisines, and lavish services, Niyama presents every visitor with myriad opportunities to create their own exceptional island experience.

With twin islands Play and Chill, Niyama offers you the true luxury of choice, with everything expected from an island resort and so much more.

Chill is true to its name. You can discover new depths of relaxation at the Drift Spa, or take in a movie under the stars at the outdoor cinema. Just off the coast, enjoy a fine dining experience at Edge accessible only by speedboat, while Subsix invites you the world’s finest underwater seafood restaurant and night club.

Play provides delightful diversions for those looking for more active pursuits. On the water, you can kayak around the islands or discover why Niyama is amongst the hottest surfing destinations. Bicyclists can explore the island at their own pace, perhaps lured by the aromas from the chef’s spice gardens.

Rates start from USD 1,165++. For reservations and enquiries, call +960 664 4111 or email reservations@niyama.com.

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Angsana Velavaru presents ‘Live to Discover’ offer

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Angsana Velavaru, an all-inclusive premium resort in South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives invites guests to ‘LIVE to DISCOVER’– to dive into vibrant cultural experiences, soak in breathtaking scenery, and paint unforgettable memories.

With the limited-time ‘LIVE to DISCOVER’ offer, guests can take advantage of 30% off the Best Available Rate, along with other unforgettable perks. This is more than just a holiday. It is an invitation to escape the ordinary and embrace the extraordinary. Travel More. Live More.

The offer also includes the following:

  • Complimentary Upgrade to All-Inclusive Premium package
  • Spa and Recreation Credit of USD 75 per person, per night
  • 25% savings on Seaplane Transfers (for a minimum stay of 3 nights)
  • Complimentary sunset cruise, once per stay
  • Daily guided house reef snorkelling
  • Early check-in / late check-out (subject to availability)
  • For InOcean Pool Villa categories only: Complimentary floating breakfast for two, once per stay

For families staying 4 nights or more, one child below 12 years old can enjoy a complimentary stay and dining experience while sharing existing bedding with parents in the same villa, under the same meal plan booked by the adults.

Beyond the typical beach getaway, explore Angsana Velavaru ‘101 Things to Do.’ From water adventures to wellness activities and cultural explorations, guests can dive into a myriad of experiences for an exciting and enriching holiday. With this, it provides the perfect setting for multigenerational families or group of friends to come together and create lifelong memories.

In addition to fun and relaxation, Angsana Velavaru offers educational opportunities for guests to learn about the local culture and environment, allowing them to gain valuable insights while fostering a deeper appreciation for the Maldives’ rich heritage and biodiversity. The resort is committed to environmental sustainability and responsible tourism practices, giving guests the opportunity to take part in eco-friendly initiatives such as coral reef conservation efforts or reef clean-up activities and to contribute positively to the preservation of the Maldives’ fragile ecosystem.

Furthermore, the resort’s commitment to preserving the local culture shines through in an immersive Boduberu performance every Friday. As the sun sets, guests gather to witness a vibrant display of drums and dance, with the beats echoing tales of the Maldivian folklore and celebrations.

Part of Banyan Group, an independent, global hospitality company with purpose, Angsana Velavaru is a vibrant tropical getaway offering 79 private villas, all with beach frontage, and a cluster of 34 InOcean Villas.

The ‘LIVE to DISCOVER’offer is valid for reservations secured from now until 2 June 2024, with flexible stays until 23 December 2024. For further queries and reservations, contact Reservations-Velavaru@angsana.com or +960 676 8464.

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‘All-inclusive’ stays most popular at Kandooma Maldives

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While global cost of living pinches, ‘all-inclusive’ stays grow.

Award-winning Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives has crunched the numbers and ‘All-inclusive’ stays are now at their most popular. The 15-hectare private island paradise in South Male Atoll, just a 40-minute boat ride from Velana International Airport has established itself with families, couples, and groups over several years.  In Quarter 1 2024, the Resort says 32.19% of total stays booked an All-inclusive experience. At Kandooma guests can choose between a soft or alcohol All-inclusive stay, with the latter showing a whopping 40.9% growth since 1 January.

Regarding the growth of All-inclusive stays and customer preferences, Sharon Garrett, Director of Marketing shares, “Our guests are looking for value and our All-inclusive dining plan delivers in spades.”

So are we all drinking more, or is it just the comfort of knowing it’s all included?

“We are not necessarily drinking more, but I certainly do think many people like to enjoy a sundowner or a cocktail while on holiday, and a fancy coffee.  In a remote location, those costs add up quickly and if there is a great drinks list and a mixologist on the bar with a bit of sparkle, you are more likely to indulge in more than just one on holiday.”

She adds that the All-inclusive offering has recently been upgraded.

“I think it’s fair to say that all of the resorts in the Maldives recognise that we can be perceived as a little pricey with everything being transported into the individual islands, most often from abroad. With that in mind and that people in many of our feeder markets are feeling the pinch with greater costs of living at the moment, travellers are becoming more savvy and want to budget their getaways. They are not necessarily cancelling a trip because of tighter budgets or reducing the number of nights, but rather, pricing it up and seeking greater value.”

“As a resort that sits in the mid-market, just beneath the five-star ranking, we are conscious now, as much as ever, that guests use all the digital tools at their disposal to compare the different offerings, and we work hard to remain competitive.”

Kandooma has just refreshed its All-inclusive offering.  Though it seems like more of an overhaul than just a simple refresh, it includes everything from more discount privileges at the Spa and specialty dining to afternoon tea snacks, ice cream hours, and much more.

The refreshed All-inclusive plan at Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives includes:

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets at Kandooma Cafe the resort’s all-day dining restaurant which showcases international favourites as well as Maldivian flavours
    Option to enjoy an a la carte option for lunch or dinner at Bokkuraa Coffee Club on the pool deck
    Afternoon tea snacks
    Ice Cream hour
    Unlimited Drinks including wines, beers, mixed drinks, cocktails and special coffees from 11am to 11pm daily (using quality brands); the soft option includes mocktails, smoothies, milkshakes and more.
    20% discount privilege at Kandooma Spa by COMO Shambhala
    50% discount privilege on Mini Bar
    Welcome drink on Check-in
    Complimentary non-motorised activities (excl Catamaran)

Coming second in the meal plan preference stakes (by less than a percentage point) is the Half Board option which includes buffet Breakfast and Dinner at the resort’s all-day dining international restaurant, Kandooma Cafe. With 31.42% of all stays opting for Half Board.

“The numbers revealed some interesting trends, even for us, with less than a quarter of all guests, 22.83% choosing bed and breakfast,”

2023 Winner of Leading Family Resort Maldives and Best Dive Resort Maldives, Kandooma is a private and natural island. White sandy beaches, swaying coconut palms and turquoise waters form the backdrop for a wide variety of leisure pursuits and some of the best diving in the Maldives. Guests can choose from Garden and Beach Villas, two-storey Beach Houses and the popular Overwater Villas for their stay. Families are well catered for with the Kandoo Kids’ Club and a full activities programme supported by the IHG Kids’ Stay & Eat Free initiative. Six food and beverage outlets ensure you’ll eat like a King and have the opportunity to not only indulge in your favourites from around the world but sample the flavours of the Maldives too.  You might just be inspired to book one of the resort’s terrific cooking classes.  For those guests who desire the ultimate in relaxation, sun loungers and hammocks are located around the island and the Kandooma Spa by COMO Shambhala offers the ultimate in tranquillity and escape for body and mind.  Visit www.maldives.holidayinnresorts.com

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SO/ Maldives celebrates Orthodox Easter with celebrity chef Mirko Zago

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SO/ Maldives is gearing up for Orthodox Easter with a special event featuring renowned celebrity Chef Mirko Zago. From May 5th to May 8th, guests can embark on an exceptional culinary journey curated by the acclaimed chef.

Chef Mirko, known for his impressive background and Michelin-recognized dishes, will present a series of exclusive dining experiences with a Mediterranean flair. The highlight is the “Via Con Me” (Follow Me) 6-course signature menu on May 5th and 8th, taking guests on a delectable exploration of Chef Mirko’s iconic flavors.

On May 6th, guests can participate in a unique culinary masterclass led by Chef Mirko himself. Learn the art of crafting homemade pasta while enjoying stunning panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.

Beyond the culinary delights, SO/ Maldives offers fun-filled activities for children at The Nest kids club, ensuring a memorable family experience. Guests seeking wellness can also avail themselves of services from Dr. A. Aradhana, a renowned holistic healer available at the resort until May 15th.

Treat your family to a luxurious Easter escape at SO/ Maldives. For more information and bookings, visit SO/ Hotels & Resorts: https://so-hotels.com/en/offers/the-ultimate-family-escape/ 

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