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Bangkok Airways resumes flights to Maldives

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Bangkok Airways has announced the reinstatement of its flights connecting Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) to the Maldives, marking a significant return to this popular international route. The airline’s decision to recommence operations comes after an unexpected suspension of services earlier this year, leaving travelers surprised and inconvenienced.

Bangkok Airways abruptly ceased its flights to the Maldives on May 21, 2023, catching both passengers and travel agents off guard.

Service details, including the promotional roundtrip fare of USD 472, have been made available on Bangkok Airways’ official Facebook page. This promotional fare is applicable for bookings made before September 30, 2023, with the travel period extending until December 31, 2023.

The airline’s schedule will encompass four weekly flights, departing from Bangkok on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Flight PG711 is scheduled to take off from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport at 09:20, reaching Velana International Airport (MLE) in Male by 11:45. On the return journey, flight PG712 will depart from MLE at 12:40, landing back at BKK by 19:20.

At present, AirAsia holds the distinction of being the exclusive airline providing direct flights from Bangkok to the Maldives. With the reentry of Bangkok Airways into the market, travelers can expect heightened competition, potentially leading to improved services and more competitive pricing.

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Villa Park named leading family resort at Travel + Leisure Luxury Awards 2024

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Villa Park has been recognised at the prestigious Travel + Leisure Luxury Awards Asia Pacific 2024, solidifying its reputation as one of the premier family resorts in the Maldives. Nestled in the tranquil South Ari Atoll, Villa Park seamlessly blends luxury with natural beauty, offering an idyllic retreat for families.

Renowned for its commitment to sustainability and eco-conscious practices, Villa Park provides a sanctuary where families can unwind and reconnect with nature. The resort is surrounded by stunning white beaches and vibrant marine life, inviting guests of all ages to explore. Children especially delight in encounters with majestic mantas and whale sharks, creating unforgettable memories.

From exhilarating underwater excursions to tranquil moments by the poolside, the resort presents a diverse array of activities designed to captivate all guests. The luxurious accommodations at Villa Park offer a haven of comfort and elegance, complemented by personalised service that exceeds expectations.

The Travel + Leisure Luxury Awards highlight Villa Park’s excellence in hospitality, recognising its family-friendly environment and dedication to wellness. This accolade reaffirms Villa Park’s position as a leader in providing exceptional family vacations that harmonise luxury with the natural beauty of the Maldives.

Experience the magic of Villa Park, where adventure, relaxation, and cherished family moments await, promising memories that will last a lifetime.

For more information and to book your summer escape, visit the Villa Resorts website at villaresorts.com.

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Universal Resorts Maldives joins exclusive Hilton and Small Luxury Hotels of the World partnership

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Universal Resorts, comprising Milaidhoo, Baros, Velassaru, and Huvafen  Fushi resorts, has announced its inclusion in the prestigious partnership between Hilton and  Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH). Starting today, these four Universal Resort properties will  be available to Hilton Honors members and guests on all Hilton direct booking channels, including  Hilton.com and the Hilton Honors app. This collaboration further enriches Hilton Honors members  and guests’ travel experiences.  

With this new alliance, Hilton Honors members can explore the captivating beauty and excellent  service of Universal Resorts’ four iconic Maldivian properties. Hilton Honors members will also  enjoy exclusive on-property benefits throughout their SLH experience, enhancing every aspect of  their stay.  

Milaidhoo Maldives  

Milaidhoo Maldives is a pristine island paradise rooted in local island traditions, and located in Baa  Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This boutique luxury resort features 50 Maldivian-style  overwater and beach pool villas and luxury residences, custom-designed for comfort by renowned  Maldivian architect, Mohamed Shafeeq. Stand-out leisure activities include over-water spa  treatments, sunset dolphin cruises, and house reef snorkelling excursions. Dining is a highlight, with  Milaidhoo being home to three unique restaurants, including the signature fine dining restaurant,  Ba’theli. Milaidhoo is the authentic Maldives, a resort of re-invented luxury, where guests feel they  belong, experiencing bare-foot informality within a natural tropical island setting.  

Baros Maldives  

Baros Maldives exudes a sense of timeless sophistication, where every detail is curated to create an  atmosphere of peace and tranquility. Situated amidst lush tropical greenery and azure waters, the  resort is a haven for those seeking to indulge in the Maldivian way of life. The resort’s elegant villas,  each featuring private verandas and direct access to the beach or lagoon, offer a secluded retreat  enveloped by nature. Guests can partake in bespoke experiences such as private sandbank dinners,  marine biologist-led snorkelling tours, and rejuvenating spa treatments inspired by local traditions.  With its commitment to sustainability and exceptional service, Baros Maldives remains a beloved  choice for discerning travellers year after year.  

Velassaru Maldives  

Velassaru Maldives is set against a scenic backdrop of turquoise waters and pristine white sands. An  idyllic escape that seamlessly blends contemporary luxury with the island’s natural beauty. The  resort’s chic bungalows and villas, many of which feature private pools and direct beach access, offer  a modern sanctuary for relaxation. Culinary delights abound with five diverse dining venues, each  providing a unique gastro-journey. Guests can immerse themselves in a plethora of activities,  including thrilling water sports, exploratory diving sessions, and adventurous cruises. 

Huvafen Fushi Maldives  

Huvafen Fushi Maldives is a haven of innovation and luxury, featuring the world’s first underwater  spa and breathtaking underwater dining. This naturally enchanting resort promises a multi-sensory  experience, blending cutting-edge design with the natural wonders of the Maldives. Guests can  indulge in exquisite culinary delights, relax in stunning overwater bungalows, and explore vibrant  coral reefs teeming with marine life. The resort offers personalised services and exclusive amenities,  ensuring every moment is memorable.  

“We’re excited to be part of this amazing partnership,” said Visha Mahir, Chief Operations Officer at  Universal Resorts. “This collaboration allows us to showcase our properties to Hilton’s global  audience and offer Hilton Honors members unique and enriching experiences that reflect the beauty  and culture of the Maldives.” 

Discover the Maldives through the lens of Universal Resorts where authenticity, sustainability, and  local culture come together to create unforgettable journeys for discerning travellers.  

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Coco Bodu Hithi partners with Anastasia Medvedeva for resin art

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Coco Bodu Hithi has announced a partnership with renowned artist Anastasia Medvedeva, who will host a three-month residency starting in August 2024. Anastasia, celebrated for her expertise in resin art, will be the first resin artist to take up residence at Coco Bodu Hithi.

Anastasia’s unique artistic expression using epoxy resin as the preliminary medium will offer guests a unique opportunity to engage in an unforgettable journey of creativity and learning. From 02nd August to 30th October 2024, guests can explore their artistic potential under her expert guidance.

Anastasia brings a wealth of experience to Coco Bodu Hithi. She is a professional artist with a passion for teaching and creating engaging art experiences. With a proven track record in managing art classrooms and collaborating with luxury resorts, Anastasia has successfully conducted art masterclasses worldwide. Her achievements include selling 70 art pieces to clients in 35 countries, including Canada, the UK, and the USA. Notably, she has also taught a resin art masterclass to a world-famous Olympic champion.

During her residency at Coco Bodu Hithi, Anastasia will share invaluable insights and techniques to enhance art skills, helping participants create stunning artwork. Her masterclass offerings include individual or group sessions covering Resin Art, Fluid Art, Candle Making and more. Additionally, there will be display of her resin art and craft souvenirs on the island.

Coco Bodu Hithi invites all guests to discover their artistic abilities and express themselves through these engaging and enjoyable art sessions.

For more information and to book your stay, please visit Coco Bodu Hithi’s website at www.cococollection.com/bodu-hithi or email us at reservations@cococollection.com.

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