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SO/ Maldives to open November 2023

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This November will mark the opening of SO/ Maldives, a sartorially-rooted retreat set on a pristine private island and surrounded by the Emboodhoo Lagoon.

Located just a 15-minute speedboat ride from Malé’s Velana International Airport, the hotel harmoniously blends rare accessibility with exquisite privacy, with each of the 80 individually designed villas nestled directly on its own slice of white-sand beach or on stilts above the lagoon. Innovative restaurant and bar concepts are designed to offer a refreshing counterpart to the ubiquitous resort all-day dining buffet, while the cultural programming will bring together the best of music, fashion, design and art. Throw in an oh-so-chic spa and you have the ultimate exotic-island experience that will never go out of style.

The design of SO/ Maldives is bold and structural, drawing inspiration from the craftsmanship and theatricality of contemporary couture. Upon arrival, guests are met by a spectacular, over-water pavilion, which sets the aesthetic tone of the hotel with clean lines, cool neutrals, and natural wood, juxtaposed against vibrant accents and a sculptural, red-latticed central staircase. The hotel’s distinctive walkways are framed by billowing fabrics or architectural timber canopies, making a striking counterpart to the island’s lush natural flora, and referencing the dramatic styling of high fashion presentations.

Created in collaboration with leading artists and fashion designers, the 80 over-water and beachfront villas are a lesson in inclusive luxury, perfectly suited to everyone from young families and couples to groups of friends seeking sartorial experiences in this covetable pocket of seclusion. Set across eight categories, the collection ranges from the 120 sqm Lagoon Water Pool Villa Collection to the spectacular 330 sqm Three-Bedroom Ocean Water Pool Atelier, while the 238 sqm Family Beach Pool Villa with Capsule come complete with fun adjoining sleep pods for younger guests. Private pools come as standard, as does an invaluable personalised concierge service courtesy of the hotel’s guest experience hosts.

A complete antithesis of the staid all-day dining buffet, the hotel offers three distinct dining options, each with its own unique food-driven concept. The Citronelle Club is inspired by the flavours of Asia, serving up spice-filled dishes family style, while the menu at destination restaurant Hadaba will feature slow-cooked dishes and smoked delicacies, using both local produce and the finest Levantine ingredients and spices. Guests looking for a more laid-back vibe can head to Lazuli, a hybrid beach bar and lounge oozing Cote D’Azur charm and elegance, which will play host to DJs and live music programming as the nights draw in.

Surrounded by lush greenery, the Wellness Camp features specialist treatment rooms alongside hammam, steam rooms and a full-fitted gym, while those looking for a more organic workout can head to the watersports centre located on the beach. For families, The Nest kids club is fully equipped with toys, games, and activities, while teens have their own dedicated space, The Zone, complete with games room and outdoor deck.

For more information and/or bookings, visit www.so-maldives.com or contact the reservations team via SO.Maldives.Reservations@so-hotels.com.

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Maldives among top choices for babymoon romance

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Maldives has soared into the top 5 most popular babymoon destinations according to a new study by My 1st Years.

Babymoons, pre-baby getaways for expecting parents, have seen a surge in popularity in recent years. The UK alone has witnessed a staggering 128% increase in searches for “best babymoon destinations” in just the past three months.

To understand expectant parents’ travel dreams, My 1st Years analyzed Google search data for hundreds of destinations worldwide. The Maldives secured the coveted fourth place, surpassing Italy, Australia, and Portugal.

This tropical paradise offers the perfect escape for parents-to-be seeking relaxation and rejuvenation before welcoming their new arrival. Imagine soaking up the sun on pristine beaches, swimming in crystal-clear waters, or indulging in pampering spa treatments – pure bliss!

For expectant couples seeking a luxurious and unforgettable babymoon experience, the Maldives offers a truly idyllic setting.

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Sirru Fen Fushi to operate as an independent luxury resort (no longer Fairmont)

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Sirru Fen Fushi, a private island in the Maldives’ remote Shaviyani Atoll, will now operate as an independent luxury resort after six years with Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, under the name Sirru Fen Fushi, Private Lagoon Resort. From May 1st, Sirru Fen Fushi will to be joining the esteemed Leading Hotels of the World portfolio.

As it enters this exciting new phase, the resort will continue its commitment to personalised experiences and heartfelt, intuitive service, with sustainability and a deep care and appreciation for its pristine island environment at its core. Distinctive in design and character, Sirru Fen Fushi is not a cookie cutter Maldivian escape: with the largest natural resort lagoon in the archipelago, world- class facilities, including the Maldives’ longest infinity pool, and a uniquely remote positioning, meaning it is minimally overlooked.

Sirru Fen Fushi (meaning secret water island in the local language Dhivehi) houses a 9km kaleidoscope coral house reef, an abundance of flourishing native marine life, and the Coralarium – the Maldives’ first and only coral regeneration project in the form of a semi-submerged art installation by famous British sculpture artist Jason DeCaires Taylor. On land, luxury villas boast a beachfront or jungle setting, while overwater villas offer direct access to the lagoon, the interiors of each echoing the natural beaches that fringe the island in their high-end design.

The Maldives’ longest infinity pool with 200m length sits at the island’s heart, along with a relaxing award- winning spa and a selection of gastronomic restaurants, from sustainably caught local seafood at Azure to Japanese fare at Kata. Personalised experiences include beachfront yoga and an airy art studio to a creative Kids’ Club and snorkeling expeditions on the house reef. Travellers can turn plastic waste into wonder at the Sustainability Lab, a pioneering project providing bespoke souvenirs, such as turtle-shaped luggage tags, for guests and useful recycled materials for local communities and schools.

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Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives to host International Yoga Day celebration with Yoga expert Preeti Kalia

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Sun Siyam Iru Fushi has announced its upcoming celebration of International Yoga Day on June 21st, 2024, featuring renowned yoga expert Preeti Kalia. Guests are invited to immerse themselves in a day of wellness, relaxation, and rejuvenation to embrace the transformative power of yoga amidst the tranquil setting of the Maldives.

The International Yoga Day celebration at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi promises to be a transformative experience, offering participants the opportunity to deepen their practice under the guidance of a seasoned expert. Guests can look forward to a range of activities, including rejuvenating yoga sessions, meditation practices, wellness workshops, and more.

Preeti Kalia, the founder of Yogbela and an internationally certified yoga instructor with an RYT 900 qualification, brings over nine years of experience in guiding individuals towards physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Specializing in Hatha/Ashtanga and Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga, Preeti has positively impacted the lives of thousands of students worldwide through her online and offline sessions.

“We are delighted to welcome Preeti Kalia to Sun Siyam Iru Fushi for our International Yoga Day celebration,” said Dr. Rahul Krishnan, Spa Manager of The Spa by Thalgo France at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi. “Her expertise and passion for yoga perfectly complement our commitment to providing guests with transformative wellness experiences at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi. We look forward to an inspiring event that promotes holistic well-being and inner harmony.”

Originally trained as a Software Engineer with a degree in Computer Science, Preeti discovered her passion for yoga early in her career and embarked on a transformative journey. Her dedication to yoga has earned her a significant following, with over 250k followers on YouTube and Instagram combined. Her instructional videos have garnered over 25 million views, reflecting the widespread appeal and effectiveness of her teachings. Driven by a profound mission to share her knowledge and expertise with the world, Preeti Kalia continues to inspire individuals of all ages and backgrounds to embrace yoga as a holistic lifestyle. Her commitment to empowering others through yoga perfectly aligns with the ethos of Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, a premier destination for wellness and rejuvenation in the heart of the Maldives.

For individuals seeking to embark on a journey of self-discovery and wellness, the International Yoga Day celebration at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi presents a unique opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and immerse oneself in the transformative power of yoga.

For more information, visit https://www.sunsiyam.com/sun-siyam-iru-fushi/offers.

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