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Banyan Tree Group bolsters MarCom team to elevate Maldives Resorts



Strengthening the offline and online presence of Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, Dhawa Ihuru and Angsana Velavaru across the globe

The Banyan Tree Group has recently announced the appointment of a new MarCom trio for its properties in the Maldives. This strategic move aims to elevate the marketing communications initiatives of three properties, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, Dhawa Ihuru, and Angsana Velavaru, by developing effective campaigns that resonate with a wider audience and ultimately boost revenue.

The newly formed team comprises three talented individuals, each bringing unique skills and experiences to the table. Ronalaine Fernandez Sato, the MarCom and PR Manager, brings with her 13 years of extensive experience in the hospitality, travel, and tourism sectors. Having worked in the Maldives and the Philippines, Ronalaine has a deep understanding of both markets and destinations. Her proficiency in creativity, attention to detail, adaptability, and ability to work under pressure played a pivotal role during the successful transformation and reopening of Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives in 2020, where she previously served as the Assistant Manager – PR & Communications. Ronalaine’s expertise and warm personality make her a valuable addition to the team.

Joining Ronalaine is Riri Anggraheni Eka Rimandasari, the Ecommerce Manager, who brings over nine years of marketing experience to her role. Riri’s previous position as Customer Relationship Management, Ecommerce, and Digital Marketing Manager for Cornerstone Retail Management, a sister company of Sheraton Hotel Group Indonesia, equipped her with a strong background in driving digital marketing strategies. Riri’s journalism background, including working for national TV channels and online shows in Indonesia, adds an extra dimension to her skill set. Furthermore, her commitment to mental health advocacy through the establishment of Peduli ODGJ Indonesia demonstrates her dedication to promoting well-being within the workplace. Riri’s enthusiasm to explore the Maldives, coupled with her certification in PADI Open Water Diving, promises exciting adventures beyond her professional responsibilities.

Completing the trio is Khaled Jarrah, the Assistant Digital Marketing Manager, who has been with the Banyan Tree Group for nearly two years. Khaled’s journey began as a chef in renowned properties such as Crown Plaza® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn – The Business Park, and IHG Hotels and Resorts in Qatar. His transition into sales and marketing showcased his creative prowess, ultimately leading him to his current role in digital marketing. Khaled’s track record in successfully implementing digital marketing strategies at Banyan Tree Doha resulted in substantial growth across social media platforms. A Jordanian native, Khaled’s passion for food extends beyond his professional life, as he loves to discover new culinary delights or cook for his loved ones.

The collaboration of these three individuals, each with their distinct backgrounds, forms a dynamic team united by the shared goal of enhancing the offline and online presence of Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, Dhawa Ihuru, and Angsana Velavaru. By harnessing their collective expertise, the team aims to attract the right guests for each resort, strengthening the brand’s global reach and ensuring exceptional experiences for visitors.

With their diverse skills, experiences, and shared dedication to excellence, the new MarCom trio is poised to propel the marketing communications initiatives of the Banyan Tree Group’s Maldivian properties to new heights. Their appointment represents the group’s commitment to delivering exceptional design-led experiences while promoting stewardship and well-being—a combination that is sure to captivate and attract discerning travelers from around the world.

The Banyan Tree Group, one of the world’s leading independent, multi-branded hospitality groups, operates three luxurious resorts in the Maldives, each offering a unique and unforgettable experience for travelers. Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru is a picturesque island paradise surrounded by crystal-clear turquoise waters and pristine white sandy beaches. The resort boasts private villas with direct access to the beach, a stunning spa, and a range of water sports activities. Dhawa Ihuru, on the other hand, provides a tranquil and intimate retreat, nestled on a private coral island. Guests can immerse themselves in the beauty of the underwater world through snorkeling or diving adventures, indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments, and savor exquisite dining options. Lastly, Angsana Velavaru captures the essence of Maldivian luxury with its spacious villas suspended over the sparkling Indian Ocean. This idyllic resort offers a host of activities, including snorkeling, dolphin-watching, and sunset cruises, ensuring a truly magical experience for all who visit.

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Discover ultimate privacy at Nika Maldives



Imagine a place where the world fades away, leaving you with nothing but the gentle sound of waves and the soft touch of sand beneath your feet. A place where privacy is not just a promise, but a guarantee. Welcome to Nika island Resort & Spa, Maldives, the only resort that offers private beaches for an unparalleled experience of seclusion and tranquility.

At Nika, your very own private beach awaits. Picture yourself enjoying a personalised BBQ under the stars or designing your own destination dining experience, tailored to your every desire. Whether it’s a romantic dinner for two or a family feast, the possibilities are endless.

John Miller, a recent guest at Nika, shares his unforgettable experience: “Staying at Nika’s private beach villa was the ultimate privacy I’ve ever experienced. Born in London, I’ve never known such seclusion in my entire life. The resort is lush with vegetation, and the fauna and flora are simply amazing. It’s a hidden gem in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The local stories and the museum displays are fascinating.”

But the allure of Nika doesn’t end there. The resort’s dive centre offers exceptional dive courses, taking you to spectacular dive sites that reveal the breathtaking underwater world. Whether you’re a seasoned diver or a beginner, the wonders beneath the surface will leave you in awe.

After a day of exploration, indulge in the Lotus Spa at Nika. Offering a range of excellent massages, from traditional local techniques to various modern varieties, the spa promises to rejuvenate your body and soul.

Nika is a small resort, yet it is brimming with entertainment and activities. From water sports to cultural experiences, there’s something for everyone. It’s a sanctuary where you can ground yourself, reconnect with nature, and discover a level of privacy that is truly extraordinary.

Escape to Nika and hide away at your secret beach. Here, the ultimate privacy and relaxation await.

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Unwind and Explore: Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa Invites Families to a Rejuvenating Summer Escape



Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa, an all-pool villa haven nestled amidst the breathtaking natural seascapes of the Indian Ocean, invites families to embrace the joy of relaxation and the spirit of adventure this summer with a slew of experiences designed to inspire playful discoveries and foster tranquil reconnections with the mind and body.

Fun for All Ages

Budding adventurers and creative little spirits alike can discover new adventures at Krakengiri Kids’ Club, one of the largest kids’ clubs in the Maldives. Led by a multilingual team of certified childcare professionals, young guests can engage in an exciting array of daily activities that combine learning and play.

Upstairs, Re:Fuel, a rooftop lounge for teens, hosts engaging milkshake-making workshops and fun family movie nights under the starry Maldivian sky.

In June, the resort offers a Holiday Camp for teens, who can personalize their wellness experiences as follows:

  • Pick up new sports such as tennis, pickleball, and badminton on the multi-purpose court with the hotel’s resident Sports Animator
  • Work out with a personal trainer at the fitness center
  • Try aerial yoga for beginners, yoga for better sleep, breathwork, and meditation with the resident yoga practitioner
  • Enjoy a restorative massage in the overwater treatment villas of Amingiri Spa.

The experience is available at USD 150++ per person for a combination of any two 30-minute sessions.

Restful Retreats

Amingiri Spa introduces Water Connect, a private in-villa pool experience guided by a certified water shiatsu specialist. The gentle movements and targeted massage techniques melt away tension and create a deeply relaxing sensation akin to being cocooned in the womb. The serene escape is available between 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm at USD 150++ for 30 minutes.

Starting in June, guests can indulge in a brand-new Sleep Wellness menu designed to ease the mind and body into a state of deep and rejuvenating slumber. Guests can choose to unwind with a calming signature massage on the spa’s Skye Deck, bask in the timeless glow of an evening hammam ritual in the modern hammam room, or embrace tranquility with an in-villa session incorporating guided meditation, yoga, and breathwork.

Exclusive Offer

Guests who stay a minimum of four nights enjoy the added value of a half board meal plan and complimentary shared roundtrip speedboat transfers with Maldivian Bliss. This offer is available for stays through to December 20, 2024.

From May through to September 30, 2024, children stay and dine free: parents staying with two young children ages 11 years and below in an Overwater Suite with Pool and any of the Two-Bedroom Beach and Overwater Villas will also enjoy the half board meal plan and complimentary shared roundtrip speedboat transfers when booking Maldivian Bliss. Hilton Honors members enjoy full points for their stay. Terms and conditions apply.

Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa is part of Hilton Honors®, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 22 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly on the hotel’s website will have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi and the Hilton Honors app.

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Maldives Madridistas: Patina Maldives, Fari Islands Nets Exclusive Football Camp Partnership with the Real Madrid Foundation



Younger guests at Patina Maldives, Fari Islands can embrace new patterns of play this summer at an exclusive, Maldives-first Real Madrid Foundation football camp. From 4 July – 12 August, a youth coach will lead a comprehensive Real Madrid Foundation programme of daily soccer sessions for ages 5-9yrs, 10-14yrs, and 15-17yrs. The coach will be joined by an elite player ambassador from UEFA’s all-time no. 1 ranked football club toward the end of the programme.

This summer’s inaugural Patina Maldives x Real Madrid CF Foundation football camp is the first edition in an ongoing partnership, with additional future football camp dates to be confirmed. Led by a licensed Real Madrid Foundation coach, sessions will focus on developing each participant both individually and as part of the group, in order to ‘Play The Real Way’ – the training methodology that combines play, as well as sports values.

Sessions will take place on a new, purpose-built 6 a side astroturf pitch located near the Fari Marina Village at Patina Maldives.

All participants will receive an official camp football camp shirt, shorts, socks, drawstring bag, sweatbands, and cap; while those completing a minimum of four days’ coaching will also be presented with a Real Madrid Foundation participation certificate.

Real Madrid Foundation football clinics at Patina Maldives, Fari Islands are priced at USD195++ per child per session for guests of the resort. Bookings are also open to guests from neighbouring resorts, from USD250++ per child per session.

Rates at Patina Maldives, Fari Islands start from USD2,054 (approx. GBP1,620) per night based on two adults sharing a One Bedroom Pool Villa including daily breakfast, complimentary Guest Benefits, tax, and service. Terms and conditions apply.

For more information and reservations, please visit or contact For more information on Pathways, please see here.

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