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Preferred Hotels & Resorts boosts I Prefer loyalty programme



Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest independent hotel brand, is celebrating the highly anticipated return of travel by making a series of valuable updates to its I Prefer Hotel Rewards loyalty programme

From a new flexible member rate and an Elite Platinum offer to the brand’s first-ever I Prefer e-gift cards and more than 25 new participating hotels worldwide, these programme enhancements demonstrate Preferred’s unwavering commitment to offer best-in-class independent hotel experiences to its loyal and discerning I Prefer members as they ask, “Where Next?” following an extended period at home.

“Listening to and engaging with our loyal I Prefer members throughout this pandemic has been a top priority, and through these candid dialogues, we have learned that they want greater flexibility and more diverse offers as travel restrictions are lifted,” Jeri Salazar, Vice President of Loyalty for Preferred Hotels & Resorts, was quoted in a statement, as saying.

“We are confident that the decisions we’ve made to enhance the programme will provide travellers with a less restrictive, more valuable way to book authentic, one-of-a-kind independent hotel experiences whenever they decide to travel next.”

Flexible member rate

Recognising the importance of member-only value and flexibility, Preferred Hotels & Resorts is doubling down through a new flexible member rate that offers access to savings of 10 per cent or higher on top of the best available rate when they book stays at more than 300 participating hotels.

The new flexible rate is also fully cancellable up through day of arrival, providing travellers with the peace of mind needed if travel plans get disrupted.

Bookings must contain a valid I Prefer member number and be made through,, the I Prefer app, the GDS, participating hotels’ websites, or the Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ global reservations team.

The new rate is available now for travel through December 31.

Elite Platinum offer

In addition to everyday Elite member benefits – which include complimentary room category upgrades, early check-in and late check-out, VIP welcome amenities, free internet, and 50 per cent bonus points earning per eligible stay – the newly launched Elite Platinum offer features daily breakfast for two and a resort credit of $100 per stay that can be used toward on-property expenditures.

Available for travel now through December 31, this unique benefit is valid exclusively to I Prefer Elite members for stays at more than 170 participating properties worldwide such as JA Manafaru (Maldives); The Upper House (Hong Kong); Grand Hotel Tremezzo (Lake Como, Italy); Finca Cortesin (Casares, Spain); Shutters on the Beach (Santa Monica, California); and Grand Velas Riviera Maya (Mexico).

Members can access this benefit by visiting or contacting I Prefer member services at +1 636 736 4397.

I Prefer e-gift cards

For the first time ever, Preferred Hotels & Resorts is offering I Prefer e-gift cards, which are available for a limited period now through June 27 as part of the company’s International Pineapple Week celebrations.

The I Prefer e-gift cards may be purchased exclusively online now in denominations of $100 and $250 with no expiration date, which can be used towards future stays at participating hotels and resorts in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

As an additional gesture of hospitality, every purchase comes with 20 per cent more value in the form of a $20 or $50 bonus card, respectively. To purchase I Prefer e-gift cards, see participating hotels, and read terms and conditions, visit through June 27.

Newest hotel options for I Prefer travels

With a portfolio of more than 700 distinctive hotels and resorts worldwide, I Prefer offers the benefits of a robust points-based loyalty programme with access to authentic hotel experiences to suit every travel need.

More than 25 new properties have recently joined Preferred’s prestigious loyalty programme, including Biltmore Hotel (Coral Gables, Florida); Montage Healdsburg (Sonoma County, California); The Social House (Nairobi, Kenya); Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay (Fnideq, Morocco); La Villa Haussmann (Paris, France); Brenton Hotel (Newport, Rhode Island); Palmaia, The House of AiA (Riviera Maya, Mexico); Bluedoors York Luxury Suites (Medellin, Colombia); Rancho Santana (Rancho Santana, Nicaragua); Middle Eight (London, United Kingdom); Hayfield Manor (Cork, Ireland); Deltapark Vitalresort (Gwatt, Switzerland); JA Oasis Beach Tower (Dubai, United Arab Emirates), and Noku Maldives (Noonu Atoll, Maldives).

Protecting loyalty status, points

Preferred Hotels & Resorts is also extending the points expiration date for all I Prefer members globally through December 31.

In March, Preferred was among the first travel companies globally to announce its plan to protect the hard-earned benefits of its loyalty members by announcing that all I Prefer Elite members globally will maintain their status through June 30, regardless of their travel activity this year.

With more than 3.5 million travellers currently enrolled in membership, I Prefer is complimentary to join. Travellers who would like to take advantage of these exclusive promotions are invited to enrol in the program via


Dusit Thani Maldives introduces exquisite romantic and family all inclusive packages for an unforgettable escape 2023



Dusit Thani Maldives has announced the launch of exclusive all-inclusive packages tailored for both romantic escapes and unforgettable family getaways. As the festive season approaches, these new offerings aim to elevate the guest experience, creating magical moments against the breathtaking backdrop of the Maldives.

Romantic All-Inclusive Package: A Haven for Couples

Couples seeking a romantic retreat will find unparalleled bliss in Dusit Thani Maldives’ Romantic All-Inclusive Package. Revel in the enchanting ambiance of overwater villas or beachfront suites, where every detail is crafted to kindle the flame of love. Highlights of the package include:

  • A seamless round-trip transfer for two.
  • A curated selection of beverages.
  • A private gourmet dinner paired with fine wines.
  • Rejuvenating Devarana Wellness treatments.
  • A captivating cooking class.
  • A professional couple’s photoshoot.
  • Exclusive activities like a glass-bottom kayak adventure.

Unwind and create cherished memories in a sophisticated in-villa ambiance.

Family All-Inclusive Package: A Festive Escape for All Generations

For families seeking a festive escape, Dusit Thani Maldives presents the Family All-Inclusive Package, designed to create lasting memories for all generations. From thrilling water adventures to exciting family-friendly activities, this package includes:

  • Four nights in a Two-Bedroom Villa with a pool and spacious living areas.
  • Activities and wellness programs for the family, including hands-on Thai cooking classes.
  • Guided family snorkeling adventures.
  • Complimentary glass-bottom kayak explorations.
  • Professional family photography sessions, and much more!

Both Packages Include:

Luxurious Accommodations: Guests will stay in world-class villas or suites, featuring stunning views and premium amenities.

All-Inclusive Dining: Indulge in a variety of culinary delights with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner at signature restaurants.

Water Sports: Enjoy complimentary access to non-motorized water sports, adding an extra layer of excitement to your stay.

Exclusive Access to Facilities: Take advantage of state-of-the-art facilities, including the spa, fitness center, and more.

Mr. Jean Louis, General Manager at Dusit Thani Maldives, expressed enthusiasm, stating, “We are thrilled to present these exclusive all-inclusive packages, providing our guests with an immersive and unforgettable experience. Whether you’re looking for a romantic escape or a family adventure, Dusit Thani Maldives is committed to making this festive season truly magical.”

For reservations or more information about Dusit Thani Resort Maldives, please visit the official website or contact

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Embrace Glitz & Glam at SO/ Maldives: The epitome of sophisticated festivities



The holiday season is set to shimmer and shine as SO/ Maldives, the epitome of style and luxury, welcomes guests to an unparalleled celebration of glitz and glamour. Nestled within the captivating Emboodhoo Lagoon, this avant-garde resort invites the style set for an unforgettable festive experience in the Indian Ocean.

Castaway Meets Runway

SO/ Maldives, known for its collaboration with world-renowned artists and fashion designers, is poised to transform into a sartorial wonderland this festive season. A fusion of castaway allure and runway sophistication awaits guests, promising an experience unlike any other in the Maldives.

Countdown to Unrivaled Celebrations

Commencing on the 23rd of December, the festivities kick off with a lineup of family-friendly experiences, including arts and crafts, games, and storytelling at The Nest Kids Club. The resort comes alive with the official Glow & Glamour Festive Lighting at The Citronelle Club Beach, setting the stage for a dazzling holiday season. For a stylish introduction to the party season, guests can enjoy a luminous dining experience at Lazuli Beach Club.

Christmas Extravaganza

Christmas Eve boasts a day filled with festive activities culminating in a beachside gathering with bubbles at sunset. Guests can indulge in a seafood feast at The Citronelle Club or savor a special set dinner at Hadaba for much intimate dinner with panoramic evening island view. On Christmas Day, the celebration begins with a sumptuous breakfast, followed by Santa’s Grand Island Entrance in style at Lazuli Beach Club. The day unfolds with games, sunset cocktails, a lavish buffet dinner, and chilled tunes on the sand.

Glitz & Glam New Year’s Celebrations

Prepare for a night of elegance at SO/ Maldives’ Glitz & Glam New Year’s Eve Party. Dress to impress as the evening starts with bubbly, cocktails, and a gala dinner at Lazuli Beach Club and Hadaba, leading up to a breathtaking countdown filled with entertainment ending up with a blast for a fireworks extravaganza. The glamorous affair continues for an after-party with dancing and delectable nibbles until the early hours. January 1st welcomes 2024 with a lavish New Year’s Day Brunch at The Citronelle Club and invites guests to vogue on their finest white island outfit for a New Year’s White Party featuring luxurious sun-kissed food and drinks offerings.

Orthodox Celebrations

SO/ Maldives extends the festivities to Orthodox Christmas with heartfelt celebrations on the 6th and 7th of January. Guests can partake in family arts and crafts, a cocktail reception, and a special Orthodox Christmas Eve Dinner. The Orthodox Christmas Day is marked by gourmet seafood towers, bubbles, and chic sundowners by the water’s edge.

Wellness and Adventure

Balancing indulgence with wellness, SO/ Maldives offers a range of watersports and wellbeing activities throughout the season. From sunrise yoga to sound healing sessions and exhilarating watersport adventures, guests can engage in a variety of experiences to rejuvenate their mind and body. Embark on a transformative journey at SO/ Maldives Wellness Camp with Steve Harvey, an esteemed holistic healer, bodyworker, and life coach. From December 4th to January 2nd, his sessions redefine well-being, integrating holistic healing and relationship guidance, offering a unique opportunity for profound personal growth in paradise.

Exclusive Festive Offer

Guests can book a minimum five-night stay during the festive season to enjoy a special rate and complimentary access to the New Year’s Eve Celebrations.

For reservations and more information, please visit or contact the reservations team via

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Experience the enchantment at Ifuru Island: Let the magic shine this Festive Season!



Ifuru Island is set to transform into a magical wonderland from December 23, 2023, to January 3, 2024, as it unveils a spectacular lineup of festivities under the theme “Let the Magic Shine.” This enchanting celebration promises a joyous and spellbinding experience for guests of all ages.

The island’s festive program is a burst of excitement, offering a myriad of activities and events that will make every moment sparkle with delight. Here’s a sneak peek into the magical activities awaiting visitors:

Talent Show: Unleash your creativity and witness a showcase of incredible talent that will leave you spellbound.

Santa’s Arrival: Experience the magic of Santa’s arrival as he brings joy and festive cheer to Ifuru Island.

Family Fun Beach Game: Enjoy quality time with your loved ones with exciting beach games that are perfect for the whole family.

Pool Party: Dive into the holiday spirit at the pool party, where the beats and the atmosphere guarantee a good time for everyone.

Christmas Treasure Hunt: Embark on a festive treasure hunt, adding an element of adventure to your holiday celebrations.

Ice Bath & Bubble Challenge: Brace yourself for a refreshing and exhilarating challenge that promises to be both icy and bubbly.

Activities are subject to change without prior notice.

The island’s 12 days of festivities kick off on December 23, leading up to a spectacular New Year’s celebration. Here’s a glimpse into the festive schedule:

  • December 23: Let the Festivities Begin
  • December 24: Christmas Eve Dinner
  • December 25: Merry Christmas
  • December 26: Family Fun Beach Games
  • December 27: Tennis Tournament
  • December 28: Pool Party
  • December 29: Ice Bath & Bubbles Challenge
  • December 30: Football Target
  • December 31: New Year’s Eve Celebration
  • January 1: New Year’s Day
  • January 2: Family Getaway

Ifuru Island invites you to immerse yourself in the magic of the season, creating unforgettable memories against the backdrop of pristine beaches and a tropical paradise. Experience the enchantment and let the magic shine this festive season!

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