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Encounter ancient magic with Dali Wish Tree in Maldives

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The Maldives, a tropical paradise known for turquoise waters and white sandy beaches, holds many wondrous secrets within its fabulous flora and fauna. At the heart of one of the archipelago’s most luxurious resorts stands the Dali Wish Tree, renowned for its mystical allure and intriguing history that dates back beyond recording.

Dusit Thani Maldives invites you on a journey to connect with the captivating story and cultural significance of the majestic Banyan tree.

The Fascinating Legacy of Banyan Trees: An Enchanted Forest in One Tree

Imagine stepping into a magical forest only to find that it is all part of a single colossal tree – the Banyan tree. Its long branches stretch upward and outward, providing a haven for birds who play a crucial role in its life cycle. As they feast on the Banyan’s succulent fruit, they sprinkle the seeds throughout the tree’s canopy. These seeds then sprout, sending their roots down to the ground. Over time, these roots thicken, transforming into small trunks that support the massive branches, resulting in the awe-inspiring spectacle that you see when you encounter the Dali Wish Tree – a single Banyan tree that looks like a forest.

The Cultural Heritage and Symbolism of The Banyan Tree In The Maldives

The Banyan tree has long been revered for its resilience and strength, becoming a symbol of endurance in various cultures. Legends abound of notable historical figures finding shelter under these grand trees: the Hindhu God Krishna rested in the shade of its leaves, and it is at the foot of a Banyan Tree that Buddha was said to find enlightenment. Beyond its legendary status, the tree has many uses: its bark yields paper and rope, while its leaves and sap can heal burns and bruises, and even alleviate toothaches.

The Dali Wish Tree – A Gateway to Your Dreams

Nestled at the heart of our luxurious resort in the Maldives stands the majestic Dali Wish Tree, streaming with ribbons hung by the community here at Dusit Thani Maldives. As a beacon of hope and dreams, the tree has become a legend and we are excited to invite guests to partake in a new and powerful tradition – engraving their heartfelt wishes onto pieces of wood to be placed at the tree’s base.

A Meaningful Connection with Nature

For travellers seeking experiences that transcend the ordinary, the Dali Wish Tree at Dusit Thani Maldives offers a profound connection with nature, with the island, and with the self. For USD 10++, we offer the opportunity to engrave your wish, set it among the majestic roots and become part of a living legacy, embracing the rich history and cultural importance of the Banyan tree.

Embrace the Magic of the Maldives and Fulfill Your Wish

Surrender to the enchantments of the Dali Wish Tree and manifest your dreams during an unforgettable stay at Dusit Thani Maldives. Book your getaway and prepare for a journey of self discovery as you immerse yourself in the magic of an island escape unlike any other.

To learn more about how to book this extraordinary adventure of the resort, visit Dusit Thani Maldives website or contact resmaldives@dusit.com

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Veligandu Maldives Resort Island’s reopening in Nov 2024

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Crown and Champa Resorts (CCR) expands its presence in the luxury space with its latest opening, Veligandu Maldives Resort Island in the North Ari Atoll, just 20 minutes by seaplane or 60 minutes by speedboat from Malé International airport and welcoming guests of all ages, set for November 2024. Established in 1984 as one of the pioneering resorts in the Maldives, Veligandu has undergone an extensive renovation and is set to welcome guests from November 2024 in its 100 villas.

Veligandu will belong to CCR’s acclaimed luxury collection alongside Kudadoo Maldives Private Island, Hurawalhi Maldives Island Resort, Kagi Maldives Resort & Spa, and Jawakara Islands Maldives. There are no man-made islands in the CCR portfolio, and Veligandu is no exception, seamlessly blending natural beauty with secluded luxury and featuring already-established lush vegetation and flora unlike new islands that have been manufactured.

“Veligandu Maldives Resort Island will be an enchanting escape for guests to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the island, whilst indulging in world-class hospitality set against the backdrop of traditional Maldivian luxury.” Ahmed Shaheen, Chief Commercial Leader comments. “Many of our staff have been at Veligandu for several years, and whilst the resort has been closed for over a year for its extensive upgrade, they are already very much looking forward to welcoming guests again.”

Activities

Just a 10-minute boat ride away from the resort, Big Blue point is the most likely place for hammerhead shark sightings in the Maldives. The North Ari Atoll features 18 dive sites catering to divers of all levels and Veligandu’s Ocean Dive centre offers custom-made courses tailored to all guests. Snorkelling and diving excursions will also give guests the opportunity to encounter the diverse marine life of the North Ari Atoll including sea turtles, manta rays, and eagle rays. The inhouse marine biologist is on hand to enhance the guest experience by sharing a deeper understanding of the underwater world while contributing to the conservation of the coral reefs and marine ecosystems.

Veligandu is only the second resort in the Maldives to feature a pickleball court, as well as padel tennis and bicycles. The resort’s ocean water sports & excursions centre gives guests the opportunity to jet ski, parasail, kayak, and paddleboard, amongst many other activities.

For guests looking for a more relaxing experience, Veligandu also features an overwater Himeyn Spa with an extensive treatment programme and a yoga pavilion.

Fathuhulla Ibrahim, General Manager comments, “Veligandu Maldives – a natural haven! A home away from home from the moment of arrival on this pristine island until the moment of departure. A secluded destination where personalised experiences create everlasting memories.”

Accommodation 

Veligandu Maldives Resort Island comprises 100 villas – these include 47 Ocean Pool Villas with a section of glass floor to the crystalline waters below; 28 Ocean Villas, 10 of which have a private jacuzzi; 16 Jacuzzi Beach Villas; and 9 Beach Villas. Each villa brings the outside in with interiors synonymous with the tropical surroundings.

Each villa is complete with a king-size bed, a private porch, and a 55- or 65- inch flat-screen TV to create a space accommodating for all guests for both privacy and togetherness.

Dining

Veligandu features a variety of cuisines suited to all tastes. Madivaru Teppanyaki Grill invites guests to indulge in Japanese-inspired teppanyaki cuisine with live, theatrical knifework and cooking, while Raalhu specialises in fine seafood – such as local lobster – paired with unparalleled ocean vistas. Guests can also enjoy buffet-style dining at the Dhonveli restaurant with a fusion of authentic Asian and international cuisines, or, for those guests opting for a lighter meal, Thundi’s snack menu offers tapas-style bites and salads. For a unique and immersive culinary experience, guests can also choose destination dining with a variety of spots at their disposal.

For the freedom to dine at any restaurant on the resort at leisure, the dine-around all-inclusive package takes away the constraints of reservation times. For full and half board guests, the resort’s new beverage plan gives guests complete access to all-inclusive drinks add-ons when needed.

All stays at Veligandu booked before August 31 will receive a 40% discount, allowing a villa for two people, inclusive of breakfast to be booked at US $550 per night.

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Villa Resorts launches Maldives summer escapes offer

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Villa Resorts has unveiled its Maldives Summer Escapes offer, inviting travellers to immerse themselves in the unparalleled beauty and tranquility of the Maldives. This exclusive offer allows guests to experience a summer like never before, surrounded by the breathtaking tropical scenery and luxurious accommodations.

Imagine strolling along pristine white beaches, diving into crystal-clear waters, and unwinding in elegantly designed overwater bungalows. the Maldives Summer Escapes offer promises a getaway filled with unforgettable moments, from breathtaking sunrises over the Indian Ocean to serene evenings under a canopy of stars.

Guests booking directly through the Villa Resorts website will enjoy a range of exclusive benefits designed to enhance their stay. These benefits include complimentary welcome amenities, gourmet dining experiences, access to recreational activities, and special services tailored to provide the utmost comfort and convenience. Villa Resorts guarantees the best rates, with flexible booking options and a free cancellation policy.

Villa Resorts’ award-winning collection in the Maldives includes the lagoon pleasure-ground Villa Park, the chic and cosmopolitan Villa Nautica, and the faraway island retreat Royal Island. Its flagship luxury high-end resort, Villa Haven, is scheduled to open later this year.

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

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Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives renews partnership with Maldives National University to grow local talent

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Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives and Maldives National University (MNU) has announced their partnership’s renewal by signing a Memorandum of Understanding for the third successive, two-year term on Wednesday 15 May, 2024.

The collaboration provides a platform for Maldives young and emerging talent, to nurture and develop skills through hands-on experience and practical exposure designed to reinforce learned theory.

Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives is pleased to offer internships, training programmes and other collaborative efforts to students from Maldives National University (MNU).

Speaking about the partnership, Mr Mark Eletr, General Manager, Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives said,

“We are excited to continue our partnership with Maldives National University to tap into a pool of fresh, talented individuals eager to make their mark in the hospitality sector. This partnership which is now in its fifth year, aligns with our vision of nurturing future leaders in the industry and ensuring we remain at the forefront of service excellence.”

Mark further explained the importance of embracing the younger generation,

“The hospitality and tourism sector offers unique opportunities and through specially curated learning programmes and guest-facing experiences, we hope that the industry’s excitement and diversity encourage students to embark on careers within the sector,”

Located in the South Male atoll just 40 minutes from the airport by boat, Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives is a beautiful island paradise. White sandy beaches, swaying coconut palms and turquoise waters form the backdrop for a wide variety of leisure pursuits and some of the best diving in the Maldives. Guests can choose from Garden and Beach Villas, two-storey Beach Houses and the popular Overwater Villas for their stay. Families are well catered for with the Kandoo Kids’ Club and a full activities programme. Six food and beverage outlets ensure healthy appetites are satisfied and the flavours of the Maldives are explored. For those guests who desire the ultimate in relaxation, sun loungers and hammocks are located around the island and the Kandooma Spa by COMO Shambhala offers the ultimate in tranquillity and escape for body and mind. Visit www.maldives.holidayinnresorts.com

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