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Maldives ranks second among world’s best sunset destinations

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Sunsets can create breathtaking views with vibrant colours, including shades of orange, pink, purple, and gold. And, while on vacation, the combination of the natural beauty of your surroundings and the changing colours of the sky can be truly mesmerising. But where in the world offers the most beautiful sunset viewings? 

By compiling a list of the most famous sunset hotspots, the travel and luggage experts at Bounce have analysed them based on their social media popularity, pollution levels, and total number of recommendations.

From the stunning Greek island of Santorini to the historical city of Venice, the research has shone a light on the best sunset destinations in the world.

The stunning islands of the Maldives took the second spot for the best sunset skies in the world, scoring 9.07 out of 10 in the ranking. There’s nowhere that describes “paradise” quite like the Maldives. From its white sand beaches, dreamy on-the-water bungalows, and turquoise waters, it’s fitting that holidaymakers can also enjoy some of the most heavenly sunsets in the world.

The Maldives is an archipelago of 192 islands, floating over 90,000 km2, and there is just one resort on each island, meaning there is little light pollution (0.219 μcd/m2). Travellers can enjoy stargazing all year round, but it is best in the dry season between November and April when the sky is at its clearest.

Uluru scored top marks for its sunset scenes with a score of 9.13 out of 10. Also known as Ayers Rock it scored high for its seven recommendations across the web, as well as its high number of “sunset” Instagram mentions (19,284 posts) and “sunrise” mentions (10,276 hashtags), totalling almost 30,000 posts highlighting its natural beauty. Light pollution in Uluru is also low, at 0.973 μcd/m2, making it a beautiful stargazing spot.

Haleakalā, also known as the East Maui Volcano, joined in third place, scoring 8.86 out of 10. Sunset at the summit of Haleakalā has become increasingly popular in recent years. Yet, there were more “sunrise” posts on Instagram (36,495 mentions) than at sunset (13,646 posts). Light pollution around the Haleakalā is low (4.38 μcd/m2) due to its high elevation, and the atmosphere is often clearer, allowing for ideal viewing conditions.

Further study insights:

  • The most recommended sunset destination is Santorini, Greece with 16 blogs and articles recommending the destination
  • The most Instagrammed destination is Bali, Indonesia with 184,848 sunrise and sunset posts
  • The least light-polluted destination is Galápagos, Ecuador with 0.0004 μcd/m2

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Niyama Private Islands Maldives offers perfect Eid al-Adha 2024 edition

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Niyama Private Islands Maldives is the perfect destination for Eid al-Adha getaways, with celebratory events lined up throughout the month of June, and special benefits for bookings of three nights or more.

With two islands, and so much room to play, Niyama invites guests to find their groove this Eid al-Adha, whether hiding away in their sprawling pool villa, hidden from prying eyes, or diving into all the excitement on offer at Chill and Play.

Throughout the month of June, there will be festive dining to celebrate Eid al-Adha, culminating with the Odyssey dinner on the 16th, when the beach comes alive with mezze stations and tanoura dancers specially flown in; the Fire Feast on the 17th, deep in the jungle, with the exotic flavours of South America and Africa; and on the 18th, a Moonlit Oasis dinner for only five tables, each with a personal chef to serve up an exquisite three-course creation.

Guests may of course enjoy any of Niyama’s nine dining outlets (all halal), afternoon tea served in the privacy of their villa which takes a distinctly Middle Eastern twist this month, or a specially created floating futoor with date champagne.

Niyama offers a wealth of stylish beach and overwater villas to choose from. Most exclusive of all is The Cresent of five villas, located at the very tip of the island and reached by its own private boardwalk. Accommodating parties of up to 22, no luxury has been spared, and two Thakurus (villa host) ensure everything is taken care of, from breakfast in bed to private movie screenings.

Guests can jet into the VIP terminal at nearby Dhaalu Airport, with a speedboat waiting to whisk them to the resort in minutes. What follows is endless chilling or playing, with high-speed water sports, spa indulgence, and a world of fun for little ones at the Explorers Kids’ Club.

Niyama offers savings of 20% for bookings of three nights or more, as well as the following benefits: complimentary breakfast and dinner each day; one in-villa floating breakfast; a 30-minute spa treatment per person; 10% off water sports; and a magical dolphin cruise. In addition, guests staying on the 16th are invited to join the shisha party at Dune.

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Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards: Vote for Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives

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Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives has announced its nomination for the esteemed Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards 2024 under the Maldives Resorts category. This prestigious nomination underscores the resort’s dedication to providing unparalleled hospitality and showcasing the natural beauty of the Maldives.

Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives has set a new standard for luxury and comfort, offering guests a unique blend of Maldivian charm and contemporary elegance. The resort vividly depicts an idyllic tropical retreat nestled amid the turquoise waters of the North Malé Atoll. Its promise of a perfect island getaway for creating treasured memories is complemented by the highest service standards, spacious beach and water villas, and a unique culinary experience with seven different restaurants offering 11 distinctive cuisines,

The accommodations at Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives are designed with both luxury and style in mind. The 75 villas and residences feature an Asian eclectic aesthetic, incorporating local arts and fabrics to create a unique sense of place. The open-plan layout of the spacious villas and suites allows guests to take in the breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean from every angle, whether they’re situated on the sunrise or sunset side of the island.

Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives offers guests a unique, experience-driven journey where time and space are redefined. The resort features an idyllic beachfront Spa located on a separate island, providing a sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation. One of the Maldives’ largest pools, spanning 150 meters, invites guests to unwind in style with stylish sunbeds, cabanas, and a chic bar encircling the azure expanse. Adventure awaits at Chickens Break, a world-class surfing point accessible from the resort’s shores, renowned for the longest left-hand barrel in the Maldives.

At the heart of Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives is its commitment to exceptional hospitality. The resort’s dedicated team goes above and beyond to ensure that every guest’s stay is personalized and memorable. From warm welcomes to attentive service throughout the stay, the staff at Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives are devoted to creating a home-away-from-home experience. Guests can expect seamless service that anticipates their needs, whether indulging in the seven gourmet dining options, exploring the vibrant marine life, or simply relaxing in their luxurious accommodations.

“We are incredibly honored to be nominated for the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards 2024,” said Amjad Thaufeeg, Commercial Director of Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives. “This recognition is a testament to our team’s hard work and dedication to delivering exceptional service and creating memorable experiences for our guests. We are grateful to our guests for their support and Condé Nast Traveller for this prestigious acknowledgment.”

This nomination reaffirms and places Kuda Villingili as a top luxury resort in the Maldives, offering an unparalleled experience that combines luxury, comfort, and adventure in a stunning tropical setting.

The public can now vote in the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards 2024 until June 30, 2024. Through the reader-led approach, travelers and enthusiasts can take an active role in honouring and recognising excellence in the travel industry.

Kuda Villingili invites all individuals to vote and help the resort be acknowledged for its commitment to providing unmatched luxury experiences in the heart of the Maldives. Thank you for taking the time to vote and showing Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives your support and love.

To cast your votes, simply visit bit.ly/Vote-KudaVillingili-CondenastAwards , search for ‘Kuda Villingili Resort | North Male’ Atoll (Maldives)’ and complete the survey.

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Coca-Cola announces first lucky winners in UEFA EURO 2024 promotion

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The excitement continues as Coca-Cola Maldives reveals the latest winners of its UEFA EURO 2024 promotional campaign, offering football enthusiasts the chance to experience the Finals live in Berlin, Germany. Since 1988, Coca-Cola has partnered with every UEFA European Football Championship, providing fans with unforgettable experiences.

The lucky draw was conducted live on ICE TV, with the prizes presented by Amit Saini from Coca-Cola Maldives. These winners will enjoy the ultimate football experience, witnessing the UEFA EURO 2024 Final Match in Berlin with Coca-Cola’s renowned hospitality.

  • Couple Ticket Winner #1: Moosa Jamil collecting on behalf of Aminath Shaheema
  • Couple Ticket Winner #2: Ahmed Naseem

In addition to the couple ticket winners, Coca-Cola Maldives also handed out four smartphones to the first four winners, further adding to the excitement and celebration of the campaign.

Launched on May 1, 2024, this campaign celebrates Coca-Cola’s official partnership with UEFA EURO 2024. Featuring football-themed packaging, customers can participate by finding the six-digit code under the Cap (for PET bottles) or Tab (for cans) and sending it to 2626. The more codes sent, the higher the chances of winning.

Six couples will win a trip to the UEFA EURO 2024 final match, while others can win smartphones every other day and branded Premia daily. The campaign runs from May 1st to June 15th, 2024, with live draws on ICE TV which started from May 11, 2024.

Fans are encouraged to stay engaged and participate in the ongoing promotions for a chance to witness European football’s pinnacle event live.

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