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flydubai to commence limited-time double daily service to Malé

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flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, has revised its flight frequency plans and will be adding a second daily flight for a limited-time from Dubai to Malé starting from April 01, 2021. The airline resumed operations to Maldives on October 27, 2020, after a two-and-half year break with four weekly flights which eventually became daily from December 2020 onwards.

flydubai Flight FZ 1569 currently departs from Terminal 3, Dubai International (DXB) at 09:55 and the return flight FZ 1570 departs from Maldives’ Velana International Airport (MLE) at 23:55 (local time). According to the updated summer schedule for the period from April 01 – 13, 2021, flydubai Flight FZ 1207 will be departing from Terminal 3, Dubai International (DXB) at 02:00 and the return flight FZ 1208 will depart from Maldives’ Velana International Airport (MLE) at 09:45 (local time).

Mohamed Firaq, Managing Director of Inner Maldives Holidays, the General Sales Agent for flydubai in the Maldives, said: “flydubai offers affordable fares, convenient and reliable travel services between Malé and Dubai connecting to other popular destinations from Maldives such as Istanbul, Alexandria, Kathmandhu and Dhaka. Passengers also have the opportunity to choose how they would like to travel whether it is in the comfort of Business Class or a customized experience in Economy Class. Customers will be able to purchase tickets from our office and appointed flydubai passenger sales agents.”

He further added, “We are also doing a comprehensive assessment and creating awareness among the tour operators and tourist facilities in the Southern atoll region to increase connectivity and inbound traffic to contribute tourism growth in the region.”

Passengers will have the option to experience Business Class enjoying space and privacy in the cabin, a comfortable spacious seat, inflight entertainment with films and TV shows available to watch and a range of delicious snacks and complimentary hot and cold beverages.

Passengers travelling in Economy Class will enjoy a Recaro designed seat offering optimal levels of space and comfort in the air. flydubai continues to roll-out WiFi across its fleet enabling passengers to stay connected during their flight and can browse the web, send emails, use social networks and get the latest news. Passengers are able to choose between bundled (Flex/Value) or unbundled (Lite) fares depending on their travel needs.

flydubai’s passenger experience has been redesigned to enable travel in a safe environment that minimises crew and passenger contact and offers passengers confidence to travel at every step of their journey. The airline has recently introduced an extended multi-risk travel insurance that includes COVID-19 cover to offer passengers greater piece of mind when travelling. Passengers are required to make sure that they are up to date with the regulations from the IATA Travel Centre for their whole journey, and follow the guidance issued by the authorities and the airline.

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World doubles tennis ace Mate Pavic returns to Vakkaru Maldives to serve up exclusive sessions

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Vakkaru Maldives is thrilled to announce the return of former World No.1 men’s doubles tennis player Mate Pavic to the luxurious island paradise. For the second time, from 9 to 11 November, Mate Pavic will be offering the resort’s guests the extraordinary opportunity to partake in an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime tennis experience.

The Croatian tennis sensation has left an indelible mark on the world of professional tennis as a former world No. 1 in doubles. He has consistently showcased his remarkable talent on the court with an impressive record of six Grand Slam championships, including triumphs at the 2018 Australian Open alongside Oliver Marach and the 2020 US Open with Bruno Soares. In 2021, he teamed up with Nikola Mektić to win the doubles title at the Wimbledon Championships and an Olympic gold medal. Most recently, he won the mixed doubles title at the 2023 Wimbledon Championships with Lyudmyla Kichenok.

From 9 to 10 November 2023, Pavic will hold one exclusive tennis clinic per day for a few lucky guests who will get the rare opportunity to play and learn from the best. Additionally, Pavic will play one exhibition match against the resort’s resident coach, Miha Plesnik, on 11 November.

This second collaboration with Mate Pavic reaffirms Vakkaru’s position as one of the best destinations in the Maldives for guests looking for a world-class tennis experience. Since 2020, the resort has elevated its guest experiences with an intensive tennis programme in partnership with Tipsarevic Luxury Tennis – founded by former World No. 8 tennis player Janko Tipsarevic. The resort’s cobalt -blue courts were recently refurbished and resurfaced by the same company responsible for the Australian Open tennis courts and other international-level courts worldwide.

During his stay at the island resort, Pavic will bask in a luxurious villa with panoramic ocean views and a private infinity pool. He will also enjoy top-tier amenities and the renowned Vakkaru hospitality that the island is celebrated for, including various wellness treatments at the Merana Spa, exquisite dining options, and a chance to explore the marine wonders of Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

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Navneet Verma Joins Vakkaru Maldives to elevate yoga, wellness offerings

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Award-winning luxury resort Vakkaru Maldives has announced the arrival of Navneet Verma, as its new wellness team leader.

Navneet is a certified yoga instructor and has a Master’s degree in Yoga and Science of Living from Jain Vishva Bharati Institute in India. He also has a post-graduate Diploma in Yoga from Kaivalyadhama, India, one of the oldest pioneering yoga institutes in the world. Additionally, he has various certifications in food and nutrition, Western spa massages, fitness training, aerial yoga, Ayurvedic massage, Yin yoga and sound healing.

With Navneet’s arrival, guests at the resort can immerse themselves in a unique blend of holistic activities. From the ethereal tones of Crystal Singing Bowl and Sound Bath Meditation to the soulful rhythms of Mantra Chanting Sessions, every experience promises serenity. Younger guests will find joy in specially curated Kids’ Yoga sessions.

Fitness enthusiasts can partake in an array of sessions, such as Island Runs with Navneet, Super Stretch Sessions, and invigorating Beach Workouts.

Those seeking a one-of-a-kind celestial experience will find solace in the monthly Full Moon Yoga combined with Crystal Singing Bowl Meditation.

For guests aiming for a more personalised touch, Navneet will craft customised wellness programmes to meet individual preferences and requirements.

Navneet is passionate about helping guests achieve their wellness goals and creating a truly holistic experience. He is also committed to providing guests with a fun way to get fit and healthy.

“I am excited to join the team at Vakkaru and to share my passion for wellness with guests from all over the world. I believe that wellness is not just about physical fitness, but also about mental and emotional well-being,” he says.

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Ken’s job is just Beach… now yours could be too!

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Luxury resort group, Coco Collection, is hiring for the role of Beach.

The successful applicant will spend 10 nights on the picturesque shores of the island of Coco Bodu Hithi, with minimal responsibilities and a whole host of employment benefits available to them.

From Barbie’s Malibu Beach to Beach in the Maldives. Coco Collection – the luxury resort group– has announced they are hiring for the role of Beach, to give one lucky fan who has had Kenough of the Real World the chance to spend 10 nights living Ken’s job of the last 60 years. The first role of its kind outside Barbie Land is now available to apply for via www.cococollection.com/en/coco/hes_just_ken  

The successful candidate will be flown out to the breathtaking Coco Bodu Hithi resort, where they will take up the role of Beach for 10 days out from reality, while the Real World Kentinues on without them. Located in North Malé Atoll, Coco Bodu Hithi offers picture perfect white sandy beaches, not to be Kenfused with your average coastline. With the island boasting beautiful shorelines the entire way around, the winner can quite literally Beach on whatever side of the beach they want to Beach on.

Like all job applications, prospective candidates must meet the below criteria:  

  • Ability to stand proudly in the sand 
  • Spend endless hours staring out over the Indian Ocean 
  • Keep track of the morning waves
  • Empty their head of all thoughts
  • Have their rollerblades with them at all times (though good luck using them on the sandy beaches of the island…)
  • Be comfortable performing a moody solo musical number and/or group dance sequence
  • Proficient at guitar
  • Know the words to “Push” by Matchbox Twenty by heart
  • Have at least two pairs of sunglasses at all times
  • Hold and lean on a surfboard
  • Have 60 years experience as Beach (preferred but not essential) 

The role excludes:

  • Any Real World stress or actual work
  • Lifeguard responsibilities
  • Surfing dangerous waves
  • Any of the sort of spirituality that comes with surfing
  • Horses… or the patriarchy
  • Medical training
  • Beach-offs (strictly due to health & safety reasons)

Job benefits:

  • Your own Dream Beach House – or shall we say Mojo Dojo Casa House – located conveniently on a beach 
  • Guaranteed tan (perfect hair at Beach’s discretion)
  • No official uniform but access to a wardrobe of stylish accessories 
  • No actual responsibilities
  • Perfect weather, all the time
  • Unlimited time to socialise
  • 10 nights stay at Coco Bodu Hithi for Beach plus a partner or Allan of their choosing
  • Return economy flights from UK to Malé & resort transfers
  • Full board meal plan at a select resort restaurant 
  • One massage each at the Coco Spa (as Beach is tiring work) 

Coco Collection’s Director of Marketing, Shafa Shabeer says “Beach is one of the most important jobs in the Maldives and at Coco Bodu Hithi, we have a lot of Beach. We look forward to seeing the Kenergy that entrants bring to their applications, and can’t wait to welcome the successful Beach candidate to Coco Bodu Hithi!” Applicants do not need to have previous experience, but they must be a registered UK resident over the age of 18 years, and have serious Kenergy, whether they are a Barbie, Ken or Allan. Prospective Beach goers will need to submit 150 words explaining why they are Kenough for the role. Applications are open now on www.cococollection.com/en/coco/hes_just_ken and will close at 4pm (MVT) on 31st August 2023. Coco Collection will select the winner by 30th September 2023.

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