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Bandos Maldives: An idyllic destination for memorable meetings and incentives



Nestled in the breathtaking North Male Atoll of the Maldives, Bandos Maldives stands as a premier destination for meetings and incentives, offering a perfect blend of modern conference facilities, luxurious accommodations, and an array of recreational activities. With its convenient location in proximity to the Velana International Airport and the capital city of Male, Bandos Convention Centre caters to a global audience seeking sophisticated event spaces and personalized services.

Sophisticated Conference Facilities:

Bandos Convention Centre is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities that can accommodate various event sizes. Whether you are hosting a large conference with up to 350 guests or a more intimate meeting with 20 attendees, the versatile meeting rooms are designed to meet your specific requirements. The fully equipped spaces come with comprehensive technical support, ensuring seamless presentations and smooth communication. From transportation arrangements to catering services and even the provision of Maldivian cultural entertainment, Bandos takes care of every detail to ensure your meeting is both productive and memorable.

A History of Hosting Prestigious Events:

Over the years, Bandos Maldives has earned a reputation for hosting a wide range of prestigious international events. The resort has welcomed meetings of intergovernmental organizations, regional gatherings of UN agencies, government organizations, and various business associations. This track record demonstrates Bandos’ commitment to providing top-notch facilities and services that meet the highest standards of excellence.

Luxurious Accommodations:

Bandos Maldives offers an array of accommodation options that cater to diverse tastes and preferences. From ultra-exclusive and luxurious Water Villas to rooms overlooking the lush gardens, pristine beaches, or the azure ocean, guests can choose their ideal setting for relaxation and rejuvenation. Each room is thoughtfully designed to provide comfort and tranquility, ensuring a truly unforgettable stay.

Culinary Delights:

Bandos Maldives delights guests with a wide range of culinary options. The Koon Thai restaurant offers authentic Thai cuisine, while the Sea Breeze Café serves delectable western and international dishes by the sea. The Gallery Restaurant offers a delightful buffet experience featuring a variety of delectable flavors. For those seeking a tropical ambiance, Huvan and Sand Bar provide the perfect setting to enjoy cocktails and live entertainment. Additionally, Umi Yaki restaurant serves exquisite Japanese Teppanyaki food, tantalizing the taste buds of discerning guests.

Recreation and Wellness:

Bandos Maldives ensures that guests have access to a plethora of recreational and wellness activities. The resort features a refreshing pool with a swim-up bar, providing the perfect spot to unwind and soak up the sun. Indulge in rejuvenating beauty and massage treatments at the resort’s spa, or stay active at the Club House, which offers a range of fitness activities such as a gym, aerobics, badminton, tennis courts, squash, and table tennis. The Kokko Club provides babysitting services and engaging programs for younger guests, ensuring a delightful experience for families.

Thrilling Water Sports and Dive Experiences:

For water enthusiasts, Bandos Maldives boasts a well-equipped water sports center and a dive school. Embark on thrilling adventures with activities such as snorkeling, jet skiing, windsurfing, and more. Discover the mesmerizing underwater world through diving excursions led by experienced instructors, allowing you to explore vibrant coral reefs and encounter exotic marine life.

Bandos Maldives offers a seamless blend of exceptional conference facilities, luxurious accommodations, delectable cuisine, and a range of recreational activities, making it an ideal destination for meetings and incentives. With its stunning location, unparalleled services, and a commitment to excellence, Bandos Maldives ensures that each event and stay is an unforgettable experience, leaving guests with cherished memories of their time in this tropical paradise.


CROSSROADS Maldives Introduces Weixin Pay at resorts for seamless guest experience



CROSSROADS Maldives has introduced WeChat Pay, widely known as Weixin Pay in China, across its world-class resorts, SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton, and Hard Rock Hotel Maldives. This payment option is made available to enhance the convenience and overall experience for guests from China, making their stay in the Maldives more enjoyable and hassle-free.

Understanding the needs of the diverse guests, CROSSROADS Maldives has integrated WeChat Pay into operations, allowing guests from China to easily and securely conduct transactions using a payment method familiar to them. The introduction of WeChat Pay is a testament to CROSSROADS Maldives’ dedication to enhancing guest satisfaction by offering exceptional experiences at every turn. What is also expected through this initiative is that the guests could benefit from better foreign exchange rates, translating to better savings on their expenditures during their stay.

The option is available for guests in-house conveniently at both resorts as well as across the Marina at CROSSROADS Maldives where a wider variety of unparalleled dining and retail experiences are available for all guests. The day visitors from China will also therefore equally benefit from this new introduction at the Maldives’ premier multi-island integrated leisure destination.

SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton, is a vibrant tropical escape that offers unique and locally inspired experiences. The resort features spacious rooms and villas, a variety of dining options, and an array of recreational activities designed to cater to the desires of modern travellers. Guests can escape to the island’s SAiisational natural beauty, enjoy water sports, and indulge in spa treatments, all while relishing the personalised service that defines Hilton’s Curio Collection.

Hard Rock Hotel Maldives brings the iconic Hard Rock spirit to the tranquil shores of the Maldives. This family-friendly resort offers a perfect blend of relaxation and entertainment, featuring music-inspired experiences, live performances, and the brand’s signature amenities. With luxurious accommodations, diverse dining options, and a plethora of activities for all ages, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives ensures an unforgettable holiday experience for every guest.

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Pulse Hotels & Resorts unveils new residential project: The Coral Residences, Kandima



Pulse Hotels & Resorts, one of the leading innovators in Maldives tourism, has introduced The Coral Residences, Kandima. Nestled on the northern end of the lush and green three-kilometre-long Kandima Integrated Island Resort in Dhaalu Atoll, this residential development is a first of its kind and promises to redefine luxury living in the Maldives.

Designed and crafted with meticulous attention to detail, The Coral Residences, Kandima, is a unique, integrated beachfront residential community with exceptional 5-star service, situated in the shimmering blue heart of the Maldives.

The Coral Residences comprises of 40 exquisitely designed two bedroom and three bedroom apartments. All apartments feature contemporary design and chic interiors, high-end finishes, state-of-the-art appliances, and unobstructed panoramic sea views across the Indian Ocean. Residence owners will enjoy exclusive access to a host of premium facilities, including a private beachfront pool, a gourmet restaurant and bar, dedicated fitness and recreation facilities and a 24-hour concierge service.

Buyers of The Coral Residences will be able to own their apartments under the new strata title ownership program. Owners’ apartments will be part a rental program, managed by Pulse Hotels & Resorts. Residents will have the access to the full range Kandima’s 5-star resort services, including its restaurants and bars, spa, recreation, and other amenities to complement their lifestyle. With its emphasis on comfort, convenience, and community, this development offers a truly elevated living experience.

“We are thrilled to introduce The Coral Residences, Kandima, to discerning local and international buyers,” said Sanjay Maniku, Managing Director of Pulse Hotels & Resorts. “With its unparalleled design and amenities, homeowners can take advantage of a limitless world of activities and experiences on offer at Kandima. We believe this development will set a new standard for luxury living in the Maldives, as well as bringing a new definition to the Maldives family vacation.”

The Coral Residences is realised by Pulse Hotels & Resorts, the creators behind The Nautilus Maldives, Kandima Maldives, and Nova Maldives. Known for their innovative hospitality concepts, Pulse Hotels & Resorts ensures that each property offers exceptional experiences and world-class service. The development has commenced and is expected to complete within Q3, 2025.

For more information, high-resolution images, and to schedule a private viewing, please contact Aishath Ihuma, Director of Business Development at +960 7788986 or

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Weixin Pay supported to boost Chinese tourists to Maldives



On May 27, Zihuny Rasheed, Deputy Managing Director of Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation (MMPRC/Visit Maldives), and Etienne Ng, Weixin Pay’s Country Manager, Singapore and Regional Director, Southeast Asia, WeChat Pay, signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during ITB China 2024, pledging to support more Maldivian merchants to accept WeixinPay to provide Chinese tourists with a convenient payment experience. Visit Maldives is the Official Destination Partner for this year’s edition of ITB China.

“China is a key source of tourists for the Maldives, and we greatly value the experience of Chinese visitors,” said DMD Zihuny Rasheed. “We plan on promoting the acceptance of Weixin Pay throughout the country, offering Chinese tourists the payment option they are familiar with and prefer. I have used Weixin Pay during my visit to China via linking an international card, and I can attest to the convenience of the mobile payment option.”

Ibrahim Faisal, Minister of Tourism of the Maldives, expressed his support, “Excited that we’re introducing Weixin Pay for Chinese visitors, which is another step in establishing Maldives as their top destination. Now, it’s easier than ever for Chinese travellers to enjoy their stay, hassle-free. We look forward to further enhancing their experience,” he wrote.

According to Etienne Ng, Weixin Pay is currently being piloted at the country’s airport duty-free store, as well as in popular restaurants like Sala Thai and City Garden. Additionally, a range of hotels and resorts are participating including, JEN Maldives Malé by Shangri-La, Adaaran Select HudhuranFushi, Adaaran Club Rannalhi, Adaaran Prestige Vadoo, Adaaran Prestige Water Villas, Velaa Private Island, Cheval Blanc Randheli Private Island, Dhawa Ihuru Maldives, Ayada Maldives, Marriott Bonvoy, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island and Angsana Velavaru in Maldives with strong support from the Bank of Maldives and local merchants. Making smooth progress, the initiative is expected to have 8,000 merchants nationwide that integrate the payment option.

“Weixin Pay is committed to providing users with safe and convenient payment services. Since the visa exemption policy was implemented, more and more Weixin Pay users have chosen to travel to the island country. Through our cooperation with Visit Maldives, we aim to provide Chinese users with the same convenient experience in the travel as they experience at home,” he said.

In February 2023, an Agreement on Mutual Exemption of Visa Requirements signed between the Maldives and China took effect as China expands its visa-free policy to benefit more countries. Consequently, the Maldives has consistently ranked among the top overseas destinations for Chinese tourists during popular travel periods such as the May Day and National Day holidays.

According to data from Visit Maldives, the country welcomed over 1.8 million tourists in 2023, a new national record. The Chinese market has been a key source market for the Maldives. As of 11th May 2024, it is the number one source market with 91,073 tourist arrivals.

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