As friends, family and loved ones come together again, the five-star resorts across the Accor Maldives Collection invite guests to celebrate missed milestones and past occasions with once-in-a-life-time experiences. From big birthdays to heartfelt anniversaries, vowel renewals, engagements and new family members, the teams at each of the resorts can make dreams come true with each celebration. Whether it’s exchanging vows in paradise or marking a big birthday milestone with a private pool party or reuniting with friends over adrenalin fuelled activities, the Accor Maldives Collection offers casual catch-ups, extravagant festivities and special private moments so that those missed celebrations become the most cherished.
Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives – for a dreamy engagement to remember
An engagement or a renewal of vows should be one of the more memorable and cherished experiences in life. The team at Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives do the utmost in creating a truly personalised event inspired by a couples’ own heart warming story. From an idyllic beach set up to a ceremony under the iconic azure waters of the Indian Ocean, the resort has a paradise-like setting to ignite or rekindle the romance for its guests.
To help loved ones celebrate their romance, Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives offers the Beach Side Affair package which includes a hosted wedding ceremony, dedicated coordinator and Master of Ceremony, welcome drinks for the couple, wedding cake and marriage certificate, as well as a romantic turn down service and floral bath along with an in-villa breakfast the following day. The Beach Side Affair is available from USD700++ per person based on two people sharing. The romance transcends throughout the resort — from the expansive villas with private pools, to the adventurous aquatic experiences, golden sunsets and coastal dining as well as access to the island’s private luxury yacht.
Rates start from USD500 in an Overwater Pool Villa Lagoon. To book or for more information, email Resort.Kuredhivaru.Reservations@movenpick.com or phone +960 656 3000
Raffles Maldives Meradhoo Resort – for an unforgettable anniversary for two
Anniversaries are an important part of life when couples come together to celebrate their relationship and love. For those wanting to extend their anniversary beyond a single day, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo Resort transports couples far away from the distractions of everyday life to relax, reconnect and align together in their own privacy. The luxury five-star resort offers a selection of handpicked extraordinary experiences to heighten the senses so that an anniversary becomes one that is never forgotten.
From gourmet delights including a floating breakfast in the private villa pool and a candle lit wine pairing in the resort’s cellar, to adventurous days spent snorkelling throughout the island’s two house reefs, Robinson Crusoe island hopping, magical tiger shark encounters, and a private sunset cruise on the resort’s luxury yacht; each moment of the day can be elevated to an extraordinary experience. Not forgetting the resort’s Spa oasis which offers a wide range of treatments for couples and the legendary butlers who will do everything to ensure needs are met.
The Romance Package is available for USD1200++ for two guests and includes breakfast and dinner, one daily Sundowner cocktail per person at Long Bar, one floating Breakfast, one Romantic Private Dinner in Villa and One Raffles Signature Massage, 90 minutes per person. For more information or to book, visit www.raffles.com/maldives
Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi – for a nurturing first family holiday
While some people think of the Maldives as a honeymoon destination or only for couples, Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi is an island paradise designed for all ages to enjoy. Ideal for a first getaway as a new family, every detail of a little one’s first holiday has been carefully thought through with convenience and relaxation in mind.
The spacious villas with separate living areas create an opportunity for parents to have some alone time to sit under the stars whilst the extensive wellness offering provides the ultimate in parent pampering, and the many restaurants on the island mean that parents need only to think about what to order from the gourmet-laden menus.
The natural habitat of the island is a tonic for worn out parents offering them the opportunity to recharge whether that is walking barefoot in the golden sand or swimming in one of the Maldives’ largest lagoons. Parents can watch in delight as their little ones’ imaginations thrive whilst they make friends in the kids club (suitable from infancy to age 12 and over) and discover the magical sights and sounds from life on an exotic private island.
For families, the newly introduced package “More Escapes” offers an exotic escape for four nights where the focus is to reset, reconnect, and rejuvenate with the resort’s bespoke wellness programmes created by the Willow Stream Spa. The package includes daily buffet breakfast and dinner, two return seaplane transfers from Velana International Airport to Fairmont Maldives, and 20% discount on any spa treatments.
Rates start from USD4,999 a night (including Tax and service charge, Excluding Green Tax). For more information or to book, visit www.fairmont.com/reservations/checkavailability/
Pullman Maldives Maamutaa – for a supercharged reunion with friends
There is no better place to reunite with friends and loved ones from around the world than the idyllic setting of the Maldives. For those looking to book a special getaway to enjoy long missed quality time with friends, the all-inclusive Pullman Maldives Maamutaa offers a paradise playground where guests can play, reset and reconnect The resort has created a range of ‘retreats’ to suit reunions of all kinds including wellbeing journeys, to tailor made adventures.
Referred to as the most generous all-inclusive resort in the Maldives, friends can make the most of the exclusive benefits to enjoy together. From boot-camp workouts on the beach and daily yoga sessions to talks led by a marine biologist, nature walks, and guided snorkelling; there’s an abundance of activities for groups of friends who share a passion for living life to the fullest. The resort also provides a selection of tailored themed evenings where long awaited catch ups can continue into the starry night skies.
Rates start from USD870 per villa per night including taxes, for 2 adults on ultra All inclusive basis (excluding transfers). For more information or to book, visit www.pullmanmaldivesmaamutaa.com/
Mercure Maldives Kooddoo – for a big birthday bash
Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort is exclusively for adults and offers a unique boutique experience, perfect for hosting a milestone birthday celebration. Surrounded by untouched nature, turquoise lagoons and coral reefs, it’s a bucket list worthy place to visit. The dedicated team at the resort are on hand to create an itinerary of celebrations throughout an island stay. Guests can throw their very own private pool party in paradise complete with DJ. More private, low key activities include a private cinema evening on the beach, PADI diving tours, snorkelling expeditions, dolphin cruises, and a variety of water sports. On-land activities range from tennis and beach volleyball to cooking classes, and karaoke.
Rates start from USD550 per villa per night including taxes, for 2 adults on ultra All inclusive basis (excluding transfers). To enquire about celebrating a special milestone, please visit www.mercuremaldiveskooddooresort.com
Baros Maldives: The Perfect Setting for a Joyful Easter in the Maldives
Baros is a treasure nestled in the Indian Ocean, just waiting to be discovered. This Easter, uncover the myriad of delights on offer for guests celebrating the holiday on our pristine island shores.
From sunrise dolphin cruises to underwater marvels, serene spa journeys and delicious culinary sensations, every moment on Baros is a magical surprise. From 29th March to 4th April 2024, the Baros team has curated a special program of Easter celebration. Choose from a wide range of specially crafted experiences and curate your very own Easter escape of a lifetime.
Baros delights the senses. There is something for everyone to enjoy, from snorkelling, diving and exciting excursions to unparalleled destination dining experiences and sensational spa moments.
Guests are invited to harvest fresh and exotic ingredients from Baros’s Chef’s Garden for a unique meal preparation under the expert guidance of our award-winning chefs. Alternatively, they can immerse themselves in the allure of a specially curated menu, set by the seashore under a tapestry of stars. Every dish is a culinary masterpiece, creating unforgettable moments.
For adventure on the high seas, guests can spend the day exploring five traditional fishing methods across multiple stunning locations on a fishing extravaganza. Or set sail on Baros’s luxury yacht, Serenity for a sunrise frolic with playful dolphins.
At Baros, guests are welcomed to immerse themselves in the vibrant tapestry of Maldivian culture as local traditions come alive. Delve into the rich history and customs of our island sanctuary as you tantalise your senses with local delicacies, participate in interactive experiences and listen to captivating narratives from a local historian.
The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands Announces 2024 Masters of Crafts Program With Stellar Line-Up of Guest Experiences
The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands is set to welcome a shining season of global talent in its signature Masters of Crafts program for the second year running. Working with some of the world’s most talented masters of food and drink, wellness, adventure and environmental innovation, the resort’s curation of considered guest experiences has transformative travel at its heart. From epicurean journeys with Michelin Star chefs and award-winning bartenders, retreats guided by leading names in wellness, to adventure and learning with surf icons and environmental thought leaders, 2024 guarantees extraordinary memories of a lifetime.
The series, which last year included two Michelin Star British chef Tom Sellers with decorated bartenders from Singapore’s Vijay Mudaliar of Native, to Malaysia’s Jungle Bird and celebrity crystal healer Emma Knowles, will run throughout 2024 bringing a star-studded choice of dates to the luxury travel agenda.
The resort’s signature Behind the Bar series is set to impress in 2024. Opening on the 8th March and running through to the 6th December, this exclusive program promises an exquisite fusion of international mixology talent, sustainability-focused concepts, and a celebration of local ingredients. Guests will have access to some of the world’s most decorated drinksmiths with a line-up including; Stockholm’s Hampus Thunholm from Röda Huset, 8th-13th March, Paul Aguilar & Maros Dzurus from HIMKOK, 5th-6th April, Republic from Singapore, 24th – 25th July, Bangkok’s Matteo Cadeddu from Opium, 9th-10th August, New York’s Harrison Ginsberg from Overstory, 18th-19th September, Berlin’s Damien Guichard from Wax On, 22nd, 23rd November and Paris’ Hyacinthe Lescoet from The Cambridge Public House, 5th-6th December.
This Easter, from 27th March – 2nd April, New York based meditation practitioner and contemplative guide Kirat Randhawa, will inspire guests to approach life through a different lens. Randhawa will share practical tools for self-care on a journey of discovery where transformative sessions and empowering wellness practices will include; cultivating stillness, igniting and welcoming reflection, inviting expansion, practicing reinforcement and deepening integration.
From 23rd-27th May an immersive wellness retreat brings together global gurus of practice with The Essence of Balance – Elemental Harmony. A week-long program will follow a journey driven by the spiritual power of the number five and the five elements of earth, water, fire, air and spirit. Guiding a cosmic dance are five practitioners each custodians of an elemental force.
California-based international yoga teacher Josh Kramer brings the grounding element of earth with his celebrated practice blending Iyengar and vinyasa flow. Movement instructor and founder of the Jacy Method, Jacy Cunningham introduces his powerful method of physical movement representing the adaptability of water, while sound healer and Reiki master Nicole Rutsch will harness the intellect of air and the power of nature’s vibrations. New York’s Jackie Stewart will channel transcendence of spirit with guided meditation, while guests will be nourished by Nicole Berrie, founder of cult wellness guide, Bonberi, with a plant-based menu of her most celebrated dishes representing the transformative element of fire.
In a Summer of Renewal, The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands is committed to ensuring that all guests ‘Leave Better’. From 19th-23rd July, celebrity healer and founder of the sound healing school The Copper Vessel, Susy Markoe Schieffelin, will take residency with a soothing practice guided by the moon. Under Maldivian skies guests will bathe in Susy’s signature sound baths as enjoyed by millions worldwide, with her clients including Google, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and solo artist LeAnn Rimes. From 15th-20th August the Summer transformation continues with movement guidance from celebrated practitioner and founder of Project Woman, Abi Adams. During two programs guests will embark on an emotional journey and exploration of hormonal balance with tools of meridian dance, rhythm meditation, music, yoga and creative writing.
A first for the resort, 2024 sees the introduction of two retreats partnering with championship surf heroes Nic von Rupp and Victor Bernardo. During the Maldives’ optimum surf season of June and July, the exhilarating escapes led by von Rupp and Bernardo will allow guests to ride and master the four most popular waves in the North Malé Atoll comprising Chicken, Cokes Surf Break, Honkeys and Jailbreak.
With his trademark touch of Portuguese flair and German strength, Nic Von Rupp is one of the top ‘big wave’ surfers in the world. Two-time finalist of ‘World Surf League Big Wave Performance of the Year’, von Rupp spends his time in pursuit of the world’s largest swells and will take the helm at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands from 4th-13th June. Brazilian big wave surfer Victor Bernardo was born on a board, surfing from the age of four and with global accolades under his belt, he is one to watch on the free surfer circuit. Bernardo will lead a guest retreat from 1st-7th July.
Growing its stable of exceptional gastronomic experiences, 2024 will see pop-up residencies with an impressive circle of culinary friends. From 27th July-3rdAugust, two Michelin Star and one Michelin Green Star, Chef Bruno Verjus brings a taste of his Paris restaurant Table by Bruno Verjus to the Fari Islands. For two nights only, an exquisite menu from the home of the famed ‘tarte au chocolat avec caviar’ will be created and served under the stars at the resort’s Beach Shack. Guests will also have the opportunity to join Verjus in an exclusive masterclass, and for the winning bidders of the Marriott Bonvoy Moments’ package, the chance to embark on a big game fishing excursion.
From 10th-12th August Chef Pam Soontornyanakij, newly crowned Asia’s Best Female Chef 2024, will bring her celebrated mastery from Bangkok’s Potong. The first and youngest female chef to receive both a Michelin Star and ‘Opening of the Year’ award from the Michelin guide in the same year will present a bespoke menu of her progressive Thai-Chinese cuisine in an exclusive two-night residency at Summer Pavilion.
Chef Rolf Fliegaulkf, founder and executive chef of Switzerland’s Ecco will take over the resort’s Beach Shack for two nights from 12th-14th November. The two Michelin Star and 18 Gault Millau points’ Fliegaulkf will unveil a creative menu bursting with exquisite flavour pairings demonstrating his signature approach of ‘purist aroma cuisine’.
The resort’s Visiting Heroes for 2024 bring inspired interactions with conservationists and environmental thought leaders. From 8th-18th April legendary ocean explorer, film maker and conservationist Jean-Michel Cousteau will be returning to the resort in continuation of the Ambassadors of the Environment program and to provide a truly unique residency. Cousteau will host several presentations focused on marine biology, lead a number of dives with guests including coral regeneration, and chair a thought-provoking panel discussion alongside marine biologists and representatives from the Ministry of Climate Change, Environment, and Energy. An exclusive Marriott Bonvoy Moments’ experience will be available to two lucky guests via bid application, closing on the 23rd March.
Joining the Visiting Heroes series, climate activist and Forbes 30 under 30 for social impact, Saad Amer will play a pivotal role in the development of the resort’s sustainability agenda this year. A UN consultant and named ‘most influential voice in ESG’ by WWD, Amer will be launching new sustainability initiatives while undertaking educational programming with local islands and schools as part of the resort’s Community Footprints program. Dates for guest presentations and exclusive panel sessions will be announced soon.
MMPRC strengthens destination presence in the Indian market at SATTE 2024
Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC/ Visit Maldives) strengthens destination presence in the Indian market at SATTE 2024 alongside 57 representatives from 34 companies from the Maldives tourism industry. This event is being held from 22nd to 24th February 2024 at India Expo Mart, Delhi.
SATTE has established itself as the biggest networking forum for the travel and tourism industry in South Asia. Visit Maldives is showcasing the unique beauty and the distinctive experiences of the Sunny Side of Life as a short-haul holiday destination for Indian travellers at this event.
SATTE 2024 provides an extensive platform for the industry leaders and travel trade partners to connect, network, and showcase their products and services. Participation in this event assists in sharing the latest updates about the destination, the unique selling points of our tourism products and the various experiences available in the Maldives with the participating travel trade representatives. Additionally, it provides numerous opportunities for the industry partners to disseminate the latest information about their individual properties and unique oﬀers.
Visitors can expect a range of activities at the Maldives stand at SATTE 2024, including meetings with key travel trade professionals and other partners, along with media interviews. Free holiday getaways will also be given to the lucky winners through a raﬄe.
India was the top source market to the destination last year with 208,876 arrivals received by 31st December 2023, which is 14.4 percent of the total market share. MMPRC consistently conducts various marketing activities targeting this market to maintain destination momentum. Several marketing activities are planned to be held throughout 2024 for this market as well. These marketing activities ensure that the Maldives remain a top-of-mind destination for the Indian market.
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