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Amilla Maldives offers hope to coronavirus hit honeymooners

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Amilla Maldives Resort & Residences has become the first resort in the Maldives to offer guests the incredible chance to defer a previously time-limited honeymoon/anniversary offer and redeem it up to 18 months later, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The owners of the ‘conscious luxury’ resort in Baa atoll understand a lot of people at the moment are feeling a sense of cabin fever due to global lockdowns, which is making them yearn to travel again.

They also understand how heart-broken a lot of couples are about having to miss celebrating important life events such as honeymoon or marriage milestones due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

So, to offer a ray of hope to couples everywhere, Amilla is offering a chance to delay your romantic getaway until later, when you’ll be able to redeem all the benefits of a celebration package.

In normal circumstances this package would be time-limited, based upon proximity to the date of your actual wedding or anniversary.

Amilla Fushi’s special ‘dream now, travel later’ deal is available for honeymooners as well as couples celebrating their wedding anniversaries. The celebrations can be deferred for up to a year and a half, upon presentation of your wedding certificate.

So, if you’re missing out on marking a special occasion, you can book it on a flexible cancellation basis and redeem all the benefits any time between now and the end of 2021.

The deferred honeymoon/anniversary offer is available for stays at Amilla Fushi for a minimum booking of four, seven, or 10 nights.

Included in the enticing celebratory packages are a bottle of wine to welcome you to your tropical honeymoon destination, one special bedtime ‘turndown service’ with romantic flowers, and an extra 30 minutes added to any 60-minute treatment booked at the island’s gorgeous Jaavu Spa.

Those staying for at least seven nights will also get a surprise excursion to be confirmed by their personal Katheeb (butler) during the stay and a romantic dinner at Amilla’s signature sunset overwater restaurant, Feeling Koi.

And any couples booking for at least 10 nights will get – on top of all of that – a professional 30-minute photography session with a complimentary framed picture.

Couples are also able to combine this deal with Amilla’s other special offers such as renewal of vows ceremonies or special experiences such as a night of glamping like no other, with champagne and spa treatments in the jungle bubble pod.

The amazing deal is available from September 1, 2020 to December 19, 2021, and couples will be asked to show their wedding certificate at the time of booking to confirm the dates.

Amilla will be re-opening later this year with adjusted hospitality in order to offer guests the ultimate peace of mind about the highest possible hygiene and safety standards.

Located just 30 minutes by seaplane from Velana International Airport, Amilla Fushi offers a choice of 59 Houses that sit gracefully over crystal clear waters, nestle among lush tree tops or hug the shores of pristine white sand; plus 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.

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 & 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 The Sultan’s Village, Amilla Fushi is putting the Maldives on the map as a destination not just for couples, but for families and friends.

For more information and reservations, please email stay@amilla.mv.

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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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