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SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton achieves prestigious Connie Award 2022



SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton, has proudly announced its historic win as the first Hilton property in the Maldives to be awarded the prestigious Connie Award 2022. This coveted accolade, regarded as the highest honour within the Hilton Group, serves as a testament to the resort’s unwavering commitment to delivering unparalleled service and exceptional guest experiences.

The Connie Award, named in honour of Conrad Hilton, the founder of the iconic Hilton brand, recognises outstanding performance and excellence among Hilton properties worldwide. This recognition underscores SAii Lagoon Maldives’ dedication to elevating the standard of service in the Maldivian hospitality industry.

With deep gratitude, SAii Lagoon Maldives expressed their appreciation to their team members for their unwavering dedication and relentless efforts in providing the highest level of service to every guest. The entire staff’s commitment to delivering an unparalleled stay experience has been instrumental in securing this remarkable milestone.

Receiving the Connie Award 2022 is not only a remarkable achievement for SAii Lagoon Maldives but also a momentous occasion for the Maldives as a destination. It highlights the country’s rising prominence as a luxury travel hotspot and reinforces the exceptional standards upheld by Hilton properties worldwide.

The resort’s commitment to maintaining and surpassing these high service standards is an assurance to all future guests that their stay at SAii Lagoon Maldives will be nothing short of extraordinary. From the moment visitors step foot on the island, they can expect a seamless blend of natural beauty, contemporary elegance, and warm Maldivian hospitality.

Situated amidst the pristine turquoise waters and vibrant marine life of Emboodhoo Lagoon, SAii Lagoon Maldives offers an idyllic sanctuary for travellers seeking a tranquil escape. The resort boasts 198 beautifully appointed guest rooms, suites, and villas, each thoughtfully designed to reflect the vibrant spirit of the Maldives.

Guests can indulge in a wide range of recreational activities, including water sports, snorkelling, and diving adventures to discover the enchanting underwater world. The resort also features multiple dining venues, including the signature overwater dining destination, Mr. Tomyam, serving a delectable fusion of Thai and Maldivian cuisine.

Furthermore, SAii Lagoon Maldives provides a holistic wellness experience at the award-winning The Spa, where guests can rejuvenate their mind, body, and soul with a variety of treatments inspired by traditional Maldivian techniques.

As the recipient of the Connie Award 2022, SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton, has raised the bar for luxury hospitality in the Maldives. With its unparalleled service, breathtaking surroundings, and commitment to excellence, the resort promises an unforgettable stay that will leave guests with cherished memories for a lifetime.

Travellers looking to experience the pinnacle of luxury in the Maldives need look no further than SAii Lagoon Maldives, where a world of unparalleled beauty and unparalleled service awaits.


3 world-class resorts at CROSSROADS Maldives get nominations in Condé Nast Traveller 2024 Readers’ Choice Awards



The renowned travel magazine Condé Nast Traveller has unveiled the nominees for the much anticipated 2024 Readers’ Choice Awards. Recognized globally as the longest-running and most respected accolade within the travel industry, this annual recognition spotlights the “best of the best” performers in various categories.

The recognition comes through the nominations of its three resorts, each has been commended for its unparalleled guest experiences within the vibrant Travel and Hospitality industry. The entire CROSSROADS Maldives family takes great pride in this acknowledgement and extends heartfelt gratitude for the opportunity to compete among the industry’s finest resorts.

Condé Nast Traveller readers and travel enthusiasts are invited to cast their votes, with winners determined solely by public endorsement. To cast your vote, simply visit Condé Nast Traveller, navigate to the “Resorts” category, search for the nominated resorts listed below and complete the survey. Voting remains open until the conclusion of June 2024.

  • Hard Rock Hotel Maldives
  • SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton
  • SO/ Maldives

CROSSROADS Maldives encourages its trade partners and travel enthusiasts to participate in the voting process, not only to show their support for their preferred resorts but also to kindle their wanderlust and inspire others to set off on their own adventure in the stunning Maldives.

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Encounter of majesty: Whale Shark sighting at Vilamendhoo Island Resort



Measuring an impressive 6.5 meters, a majestic whale shark was recently spotted gliding gracefully through the enthralling house reef of Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, just beyond the main jetty. This awe-inspiring sight captivated guests, who were fortunate enough to snorkel alongside this magnificent creature. As the whale shark meandered through the crystal-clear waters, guests paused their activities, enchanted by the rare opportunity to witness such a spectacular marine spectacle.

Whale sharks, the gentle giants of the ocean, are renowned for their majestic presence in the azure waters of South Ari Atoll where, Vilamendhoo is located. These magnificent creatures frequent the abundant house reefs of this tropical paradise, creating a mesmerizing spectacle for visitors. Alongside them, graceful manta rays glide effortlessly through the crystal-clear waters, while vibrant coral gardens teem with life beneath the surface. Each encounter with these marine wonders offers a glimpse into the rich biodiversity surrounding the island, captivating the hearts of all who venture into its depths, adding to the allure of this tropical paradise.

“The sighting of the whale shark has evoked an overwhelming wave of positivity among our guests, who have shared their sheer delight at the rare opportunity to encounter such a magnificent creature during their stay. For many, this unexpected marvel has transformed their holiday experience at Vilamendhoo into an unforgettable journey, solidifying our resort’s standing as a premier destination for ocean enthusiasts and nature lovers,” elucidated Mohamed Zahir, General Manager of Vilamendhoo.

Located on a pristine island measuring 900 meters long by 250 meters wide, Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa follows the cherished ‘One Island, One Resort’ concept for which the Maldives is renowned. Surrounded by a spectacular house reef teeming with marine life, guests are invited to explore the underwater wonders just a short swim away from the expansive sandy beaches.

Whether it’s diving into the depths of the ocean or snorkeling amidst vibrant coral gardens, Vilamendhoo offers the quintessential island adventure. The resort’s 184 rooms, each adorned in natural island style, provide the perfect sanctuary for relaxation after days filled with oceanic exploration.

To reach this tropical haven, guests embark on a scenic seaplane transfer from Velana International Airport, enjoying a breathtaking 25-minute flight over the mesmerizing atolls of the Maldives.

In conclusion, the sighting of a whale shark at Vilamendhoo serves as a testament to the unparalleled beauty and biodiversity of the Maldives’ marine environment. As travelers seek meaningful encounters with nature, Vilamendhoo stands ready to welcome them into a world where every moment is filled with wonder and awe.

Discover paradise at Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa in the Maldives. With its pristine beaches, azure waters, and luxurious accommodations, Vilamendhoo offers the perfect retreat for relaxation and oceanic exploration. Nestled in the South Ari Atoll, this resort follows the cherished ‘One Island, One Resort’ concept, providing guests with a true tropical escape. Experience the magic of the Maldives with a scenic 25-minute seaplane transfer from Velana International Airport, and indulge in 184 rooms adorned in natural island style.

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BBM re-ignites culinary innovation with Master Baker Steven in Maldives



Bestbuy Maldives (BBM) and IREKS are bringing back Master Baker Steven Selvamuthu for another exceptional training session in the Maldives from April 20th to May 5th, 2024. This collaborative effort will focus on elevating the baking skills of chefs across the Resort and Horeca establishments, merging local talents with global best practices in baking.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with IREKS and bring Chef Steven back to the Maldives,” said Praval Kumar, HoD Marketing at BBM. “This event not only enhances the local talent but also introduces them to global best practices in baking. It’s a part of our continuing commitment to nurture and develop the culinary scene in the Maldives.”

Chef Steven Selvamuthu, with his globally renowned expertise and engaging teaching style, has become a pillar of knowledge and inspiration within the Maldivian chef community. His sessions are eagerly awaited each year, valued for both the skills they impart and the enthusiasm they ignite among participants. IREKS, revered globally for its high-quality baking solutions, continues to play a crucial role in this educational initiative, enjoying the trust and confidence of the local chefs for more than two decades.

IREKS, a renowned German multinational, is recognized worldwide for its expertise in developing innovative baking ingredients. Their products cater to a health-conscious and quality-driven generation, offering a wide range of high-quality bakery flours, baking improvers, specialty bread mixes, and confectionary mixes, including Gluten-Free and Vegan options. With a focus on sustainability, IREKS promotes a diverse array of organic baking improvers and mixes, exclusively sourcing raw materials from controlled organic cultivation. IREKS is also the leading brand supporting the ‘Bread and Pastry Display Challenge’ during the Hotel Asia Culinary Challenge, May 2024. Their involvement in this prestigious event further showcases their commitment to fostering culinary excellence and innovation in the Maldives.

This year’s training sessions are set to delve into specialized topics, including popular areas such as Gluten-Free and Vegan baking options, catering to the evolving dietary preferences and health-conscious trends among consumers. Such sessions underscore BBM’s commitment to not only keeping pace with global culinary trends but also leading the way in bringing the best to Maldives.

BBM stands at the forefront of the Maldivian culinary supplies industry, partnering with global giants like Lactalis (Pauls), Lamb Weston, TWG Tea, American Specialty, San Benedetto, Mamee (chicken stock powder) and offering an expansive array of other products and ingredients. Beyond its role as a distributor, BBM is deeply invested in the culinary development of the region. Through regular training sessions, product demonstrations, and the exclusive ‘Masterclass’ series featuring Michelin Starred chefs, BBM continues to foster a vibrant culinary culture in the Maldives.

The upcoming sessions with Chef Steven are more than just training—they are a beacon for culinary excellence in the Maldives, drawing together the art and science of baking to inspire and elevate the skills of all participants. Despite the high demand and a fully booked calendar, BBM encourages resorts to inquire about possible demo slots. This flexibility reflects BBM’s commitment to inclusivity and its aim to spread culinary expertise across as many professionals as possible, enriching the overall gastronomic experience offered in the Maldives.

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