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Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives awarded Best Surf Resort at TTM Awards 2023



Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives, a premier luxury resort in the stunning island nation of the Maldives, has been awarded with the title of “Best Surf Resort” at the recently held Travel Trade Maldives (TTM) Awards 2023 ceremony.

This award, which celebrates excellence within the travel and hospitality industry, acknowledges Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives for its exceptional contributions to the world of surfing and its unmatched guest experiences. TTM Maldives is a leading international travel trade show held annually in the Maldives.

Deepa Manuel, General Manager, Kuda Villingili Resort, commented: “We are honored to receive this prestigious award. This recognition encapsulates the relentless dedication of our team to not only provide exceptional surf opportunities but also curate an all-encompassing luxury experience that invites our guests to fully immerse themselves in the essence of Kuda Villingili.”

This recognition stands as a testament to Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives’s unwavering commitment to delivering a world-class surfing experience against the backdrop of the awe-inspiring Maldivian paradise. The resort’s crystal-clear turquoise waters and world-renowned waves, including the resort’s home break, Chickens Point is the Maldives’ longest left-hand barrel – alongside other premier surf spots around the island, harmoniously complement its luxurious accommodations. This distinctive blend of elements has transformed the resort into a sanctuary cherished by both surf enthusiasts and leisure travelers.

Kuda Villingili Resort offers tailor-made surf experiences for both novices and seasoned surfers alike. Surfers can enjoy an impressive 500m long surf break with waves well over 10ft at the resort. The resort ensures guests have access to expert guidance, top-of-the-line equipment, and exclusive entry to some of the planet’s most coveted surf breaks. For guests planning on picking up new skills whilst on holiday, the resort has expert surfing coaches, who are available for lessons at the resorts’ Watersports & Dive Centre – Ocean Fanatics.

Expanding the scope of surfing adventures, Kuda Villingili Resort also offers speedboat transfers, upon request, to five other renowned surf points – Cokes, Ninjas, Sultans, Honkys and Jails located near the island. Thanks to its unparalleled surfing experiences, the resort has attracted top surf professionals and world champions who have chosen to make Kuda Villingili their go-to destination for riding the waves.

Amid the exhilaration of riding the perfect wave, guests can enjoy the resort’s world-class amenities, including opulent villas, rejuvenating spa facilities, exquisite dining options, and unparalleled hospitality.

Previously, Kuda Villingili received the accolade of ‘The Best Culinary Resort’ in the TTM Awards 2022.


Maldives among top choices for babymoon romance



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)



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



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.

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