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Sunbathing attracting Indian tourists: survey



Maldives Promotion House – Sun bathing, beach massages, surfing, swimming and snorkeling are major attractions for Indians to beach destinations, with Delhiites showing the highest propensity for sun bathing among Indian travellers, a survey by Expedia says.

The 2012 Flip Flop Report, an analysis of behaviour and preferences among beachgoers in Asia, North America, South America, Europe and Australia, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Expedia adds that Indians have been preferring beach vacations in Goa, Thiland, Maldives, Bali, Malaysia, Miami, Hawaii, Caribbean, California, Brazil, et al.

“As opposed to the perception of high price sensitivity, Indians have been deciding on beach destinations depending on food and beverage availability and novelties,” said Manmeet Ahluwalia, marketing head at Expedia India.

Delhiites have been preferring international destinations while those from Mumbai chose domestic vacations. Indians however, spend 5.4 days on beach vacation unlike the global average of 7.7 days. Indians place new experiences over relaxation for opting for a beach holiday, the report indicates.

Travel partners at the most recent beach vacation included spouse or partners, friends and parents, in that order. However, India and Brazil have the highest number of beachgoers globally traveling with their parents. Delhiites travel least with parents, the report states.

Tourists from Mumbai rank highest in posing for pictures that they do not want their business associates to see. Tourists from Delhi and Mumbai travel with friends and least with parents.

“When Indian adults were asked to choose between spending time at the beach and spending time with family, among other options, the beach won handily.

“Eighty percent of Indian travelers are already planning to go for a beach vacation within 12 months,” he added.

While the average stays for a beach vacation is 7.7 days globally, Indians fall below average at 5.4 days.

The specific findings for Indians include:

  • Given a choice 30 percent would opt for beach holiday with plenty of relaxation time, and 27 percent for a romantic holiday with spouse/partner.
  • Food and beverage reputation, along with novelty of the destination, have the highest importance, with the total cost of travel ranking at 5th position (71 percent). India ranks highest globally in giving preference to food and beverage. Other factors include fun night life (69 percent) and activities at the beach (67 percent)
  • Seventy-one percent of Indians are prepared to spend Rs. 15,000 or more on a beach trip
  • Over 56 percent now consult magazines, travel sites and research for destinations and 60 percent rely on recommendations from friends, peers or family
  • Sixty-eight percent of Indian women look for a secluded beach environment. (IANS)
In recent years, Maldives has become a popular travel destination in the international market. It has emerged as the playground for Indian celebrities like Hrithik Roshan, Madhuri Dixit, Salman Khan, Pretty Zinta, Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Malaika Arora to name a few who regularly visits, while number of Bollywood film makers regularly shoot in Maldives.
The growth rate for travellers from India to Maldives increased by 20% i. e from 25,756 in 2010 to 30,978 in 2011. 2012 figures show a 20% growth in Indian tourists and MMPRC expects to attract 100,000 Indian tourists in the next two years.


Fun amplified: Hard Rock Hotel Maldives unveils Summer Camp-Cation 4.0



This summer, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives is turning up the volume with the  launch of its highly anticipated Summer Camp-Cation 4.0. Combining the exhilaration of a family  vacation with an electrifying kids’ camp program, this annual event promises to be the ultimate holiday  experience for families seeking adventure and relaxation in one of the world’s most stunning  destinations. Play Hard, Pause Hard and embrace the Hard Rock lifestyle from the 1st of July to 31st of  August this year . 

Hard Rock Hotel Maldives, as a brand believes in living life to the fullest – whether it is grooving out  to your favorite tunes or soaking up the sun on pristine beaches. This Summer Camp-Cation embodies  the spirit of “Play Hard, Pause Hard,” offering families the opportunity to connect, recharge, and make  unforgettable memories together. 

It is also all about unleashing the inner Rock Stars of all the curious young guests head to the  Maldives on a holiday. From sports to arts and crafts, the Summer Camp-Cation features a diverse  range of activities designed to ignite the imagination and unleash the creativity of young rock stars.  Led by experienced instructors, kids can choose from three distinctive pillars of SPORTS, ARTS and  CRAFTS based on the diverse interests of each junior rock star. 

Sports Pillar is all about letting the little ones soar high with the Aerial Arts program, or mastering the  art of self-defense with Street Safe martial arts classes. 

Arts Pillar is for the art lovers to discover hidden talents with painting, music, and dance classes,  where budding artists can explore their passions and express themselves. 

Crafts Pillar is all about getting the hands dirty. From cooking to gardening to marine discovery, the  crafts program offers endless opportunities for kids to learn, create, and explore the wonders of the  Maldives. 

From aerial arts to marine biology, each day is packed with exciting activities for kids of all ages. Plus,  don’t miss out on the weekly events, including glow parties, bonfires, and talent shows where junior  rock stars can showcase their skills. 

While the kids are busy having the time of their lives, parents can unwind hard and recharge hard with  a range of relaxing activities, from spa days to beach lounging. With spacious guestrooms and  luxurious amenities, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives offers the perfect balance of excitement and relaxation  for the whole family. 

While the entire program is complimentary for all inhouse guests from the 1st of July till the 31st of  August, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives has also launched a brand new offer to complement the Summer  Camp-cation. Guests can now book the ultimate all inclusive family holiday in the Maldives with: 

• Free all-inclusive stay for junior rock stars 

• 50% off roundtrip airport transfer 

• Free upgrade to all-inclusive when booking full board meal plan 

• Extra 15% off for Hard Rock Unity Memebers 

• Valid for stays from 1st of May till 31st of August 2024 

For more information and bookings, visit

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Villa Park wins prestigious TUI Global Hotel Award 2024



Villa Park, a tropical island resort nestled in the South Ari Atoll of the Maldives has announced its recognition as a Quality Winner at the TUI Global Hotel Awards 2024. The distinguished award places Villa Park amongst the top hotels worldwide within the TUI program, acknowledging its unwavering commitment to exceptional service and guest experiences.

The TUI Global Hotel Awards, hosted by the TUI Group, acknowledges outstanding achievements in the hospitality industry, celebrating hotels that consistently deliver superior experiences and demonstrate a commitment to excellence. 

Surrounded by breathtaking azure lagoons and lush jungles, Villa Park offers guests a quintessential Maldivian escape. Positioned within a marine protected area, the resort boasts world-class diving opportunities, including the chance to encounter majestic whale sharks.

Catering to both the adventurous and the relaxation-seeker, Villa Park provides guests with an unforgettable blend of exhilarating activities and innovative experiences alongside pampering spa treatments. Explore secluded sandbanks, dive into crystal-clear waters, indulge in world-class dining featuring authentic Maldivian flavors and global culinary delights, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

To learn more about Villa Park, please visit

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Renowned Integrative Movement Therapist Mins Teo to lead exclusive wellness residency at Patina Maldives



Patina Maldives is inviting guests to immerse themselves in a realm of holistic rejuvenation with Mins Teo, an acclaimed Integrative Movement Therapist, and Certified Pilates & Gyrotonic Instructor. From April 15 to May 15, 2024, Mins will guide guests through a profound exploration of mind-body harmony, offering a variety of bespoke sessions tailored to elevate holistic well-being.

Mins Teo brings a wealth of expertise garnered over a decade, seamlessly blending her background as a trained dancer and wellness provider into a transformative fusion of disciplines. Through her integrative approach, she intertwines Clinical Pilates, somatics, Fascial Release, Hatha Yoga, and Vagal Toning techniques to recalibrate both the physical and mental spheres. With Mins, each session is a personalised journey, carefully designed to meet individual needs and goals, ensuring a renewing and unique experience for every guest at Patina Maldives.

During her residency, guests will have the exclusive opportunity to indulge in private Pilates sessions, programmed to enhance core stability, strength, flexibility, and neuromuscular response. Additionally, guests can partake in private Tension-Releasing Exercises, a groundbreaking method designed to unravel deep-seated muscular tensions, stress, and trauma. As a qualified TRE® facilitator, Mins draws upon her expertise gained from working directly with Dr. David Berceli to guide guests through a journey of profound relaxation and equilibrium. Mins Teo’s residency follows the successful tenure of Junko Fujita, a certified Watsu specialist from the Okinawa WATSU Center, who delivered revitalising aquatic therapy exclusively at Patina Maldives from March 15 to April 15, 2024. Embracing diversity in holistic healing, Patina will continue its tradition by welcoming Yuki Nisjikubo, a Shiatsu & Acupuncture specialist, after Mins Teo’s residency from May 15 to June 15, 2024.

Boasting unparalleled luxury and bespoke experiences, Patina Maldives offers guests a sanctuary to reconnect with nature and rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit.

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