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Sharing inspirational moment with Paralympic gold medalist Gregory Burns and Maldives Association of Persons with Disabilities



The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort, located in BAA Atoll, the first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve site in the Maldives, will collaborate with US Paralympic Gold Medalist Gregory Burns to present an extraordinary Marriott Bonvoy Moment to its esteemed members from September 14-18, 2023. Leading up to the special moment, Gregory Burns will kick start his inspirational journey in the Maldives by providing a transformative motivational session for children with disabilities organized by the MALDIVES PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE in collaboration with Swimming Association of Maldives on September 13, 2023 in Male.

Gregory Burns, a distinguished US Paralympic Gold Medalist and internationally renowned fine artist, will share his remarkable journey of triumph over adversity. His story exemplifies the power of resilience, self-belief, and unwavering determination. He aims to encourage and ignite the flames to overcome challenges.  Nothing is impossible.

The MAPD, known for its unwavering commitment to the rights and well-being of individuals with disabilities, always takes an essential step towards promoting inclusivity, awareness, and empowerment within the Maldives. Through this motivational session, it aims to showcase the boundless potential within every individual, regardless of their circumstances.

“Swimming and painting are my compass and through these activities I’ve lived a colorful and fulfilling life. I believe each of us finds our own passions which guide us through life and make us whole,” says Gregory Burns.

“We are looking forward to be part of this awe-inspiring moment to listen to Gregory’s inspirational life journey. Through his incredible journey, Gregory showed us that limited movements are not preventing us, but opportunities to rise above challenges and achieve greatness,” stated the General Manager of The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort Vijay Kumar. “Together we learned that with passion, belief and unwavering support, we can all conquer our dreams.” he added.  


ELE|NA marks 10th International Day of Yoga across Maldives



ELE|NA has celebrated the 10th International Day of Yoga, held across its picturesque locations in the Maldives. This year’s theme, “Yoga for Self and Society,” underscores the profound impact yoga has on individual well-being and the broader community. ELE|NA believes that fostering a culture of wellness extends beyond guests to dedicated staff, making it a part of our everyday actions and community life.

In the Maldives, ELE|NA locations have come alive with various yoga activities designed to cater to both novices and seasoned practitioners. Each session is thoughtfully crafted to align with this year’s theme, emphasising how yoga can enhance personal health and contribute to societal well-being.

As part of the celebrations, ELE|NA at OBLU XPERIENCE Ailafushi had the honour of hosting members of the Cancer Society Maldives for a serene morning yoga session followed by a healthy breakfast. This event highlighted the holistic benefits of yoga, emphasising its role in promoting physical, mental, and emotional health, especially for those facing health challenges. It was a touching and transformative experience, showcasing the power of yoga in fostering a supportive and healing community environment.

Yoga is a time-honoured practice known to offer numerous benefits, including:

  • Enhanced Flexibility and Strength: Regular practice improves physical strength and flexibility, reducing the risk of injuries.
  • Stress Reduction: Yoga techniques such as deep breathing and meditation are effective in managing stress and anxiety.
  • Improved Mental Clarity: Yoga helps enhance focus, concentration, and mental clarity.
  • Holistic Well-being: It promotes a sense of inner peace and overall well-being, balancing body, mind, and spirit.

This year’s theme, “Yoga for Self and Society,” reminds guests that society encompasses not only the community at large but also the actions people take daily to improve their collective well-being. ELE|NA’s wellness ambassadors play a crucial role in instilling a culture of wellness among guests and staff. Through various yoga sessions and wellness programmes, ELE|NA aims to integrate wellness into everyday life, promoting a healthier, more balanced lifestyle for all.

ELE|NA’s initiatives include:

  • Guest and Staff Yoga Programmes: Regularly scheduled yoga sessions for guests and staff to enhance their physical and mental health.
  • Wellness Workshops: Interactive workshops focusing on holistic health, mindfulness, and stress management.
  • Community Outreach: Collaborations with local organisations like the Cancer Society Maldives to extend the benefits of yoga to those in need.
  • Wellness Ambassadors: Dedicated wellness ambassadors are always on hand to guide and support individuals on their wellness journey.
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CROSSROADS Maldives Introduces Weixin Pay at resorts for seamless guest experience



CROSSROADS Maldives has introduced WeChat Pay, widely known as Weixin Pay in China, across its world-class resorts, SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton, and Hard Rock Hotel Maldives. This payment option is made available to enhance the convenience and overall experience for guests from China, making their stay in the Maldives more enjoyable and hassle-free.

Understanding the needs of the diverse guests, CROSSROADS Maldives has integrated WeChat Pay into operations, allowing guests from China to easily and securely conduct transactions using a payment method familiar to them. The introduction of WeChat Pay is a testament to CROSSROADS Maldives’ dedication to enhancing guest satisfaction by offering exceptional experiences at every turn. What is also expected through this initiative is that the guests could benefit from better foreign exchange rates, translating to better savings on their expenditures during their stay.

The option is available for guests in-house conveniently at both resorts as well as across the Marina at CROSSROADS Maldives where a wider variety of unparalleled dining and retail experiences are available for all guests. The day visitors from China will also therefore equally benefit from this new introduction at the Maldives’ premier multi-island integrated leisure destination.

SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton, is a vibrant tropical escape that offers unique and locally inspired experiences. The resort features spacious rooms and villas, a variety of dining options, and an array of recreational activities designed to cater to the desires of modern travellers. Guests can escape to the island’s SAiisational natural beauty, enjoy water sports, and indulge in spa treatments, all while relishing the personalised service that defines Hilton’s Curio Collection.

Hard Rock Hotel Maldives brings the iconic Hard Rock spirit to the tranquil shores of the Maldives. This family-friendly resort offers a perfect blend of relaxation and entertainment, featuring music-inspired experiences, live performances, and the brand’s signature amenities. With luxurious accommodations, diverse dining options, and a plethora of activities for all ages, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives ensures an unforgettable holiday experience for every guest.

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Coco Bodu Hithi, Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu unveil Nurturing Minds programme



Coco Collection has launched their new initiative, “Nurturing Minds”, by hosting their first session on mental health and well-being. “Nurturing Minds” will be an ongoing effort by Coco Collection throughout the year to revolutionise mental health awareness by recognising the power of prioritising easy access to emotional well-being for their associates.

Featuring Wellness Navigators with extensive experience, the first session was held in both resorts on June 7 and 8, highlighting the prevalent issue of low self-esteem and the importance of self-love.

To begin this wellness journey, Coco Collection invited Dr Shanooha Mansoor, Senior Consultant Specialist in Psychiatry, along with her colleague Ali Mikhail Mahmood Razee, Psychologist, to Coco Bodu Hithi. Dr Shanooha, emphasised how an individual must love their mind as they love their body and talked about how it impacts individuals’ stress management and well-being in a positive way.

Meanwhile, Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu invited Dr Abdulla Nazim along with Dr Hussain Shamah. During this year-round program carried out by Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, Coco Collection is set to invite a range of experts that will address a variety of intellectual health-related topics that would educate and raise aware-ness among the industry. This initiative enables to create a psychologically safe work environment for individuals in the resorts and enables associates to discover the new elements of overall wellbeing.

According to Coco Collection, this partnership aims to inspire positive change within the hospitality industry by promoting and raising awareness about the importance of associates’ mental and overall wellbeing, while also helping to reduce misconceptions.

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