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Vakkaru Maldives celebrates World Wellness Weekend with fun, engaging wellness programme



Luxury resort Vakkaru Maldives wrapped up a weekend full of holistic wellness activities to celebrate the World Wellness Weekend from 15-17 September 2023. The programmes were designed to promote wellness in a more accessible and enjoyable way for guests of all ages and fitness levels.

The three-day festivities kicked off with the Island Fun Run – a spirited dash around the island that blended fitness with the natural beauty of Vakkaru Maldives. Adding a tranquil counterpoint to the energetic run was a specially curated yoga session featuring guided meditation and singing bowl rituals. Led by the resort’s wellness and fitness instructor, the session was held at the award-winning Vakkaru Overwater Residence at sunset, offering a serene backdrop that helped elevate the experience to a deeply spiritual level.

Sleep, often overlooked in our busy lives, took centre stage at the “Sleep Better” Ayurvedic Workshop, conducted by Dr Surandi Dissanayake from Siddhalepa. The workshop focused on the vital role sleep plays in overall health and offered practical Ayurvedic remedies to improve the quality of rest. Dr Surandi also guided guests through a “Tea Journey in Ayurveda”. Participants discovered the secrets of healthy living as they sampled an array of Ayurvedic herbal teas made from 100% natural herbs and spices, offering numerous health benefits to enhance overall well-being.

Adding to the excitement was the Farm-to-Table experience at the Organic Farm. This unique dining experience features a tour of the resort’s farm, followed by a cooking class and a set menu combining the freshly harvested herbs from the farm and locally sourced ocean produce.

Other highlights of the fabulous wellness weekend included a session where the mixologist taught guests how to make health-boosting shots and the kayak race for couples across the crystal-clear lagoon. A Coconut Painting Competition also allowed guests to unleash their inner artist and express their unique imagination through vibrant colours.


Nova Maldives unveils group brunching experiences for families, friends



Nova Maldives, the soulful community-based luxury island resort in the Maldives’ South Ari Atoll, has introduced its new Group Brunching Experiences. In response to the booming trend of group brunching in the GCC, Nova is embracing this vibrant social phenomenon by introducing these specially curated culinary journeys. Recognising that friends and families travelling together seek to extend their holiday enjoyment with communal dining, Nova offers experiences that foster connections, create unforgettable memories, and provide unparalleled hospitality in stunning settings with a delightful fusion of flavours.

Guests seeking to immerse themselves in the breathtaking beauty of the Maldives can now indulge in a variety of group brunching options at Nova Maldives. Thoughtfully crafted to cater to diverse tastes and preferences, these experiences invite groups of all sizes to come together and share memorable moments over exquisite cuisine.

The group brunching experiences at Nova provide an intimate setting for friends and families to bond while savouring delicious cuisine amidst the natural splendour of the Maldives. Whether celebrating a special occasion, reuniting with loved ones, or simply enjoying quality time together, Nova offers the perfect backdrop for creating cherished moments.

Guests can choose from a variety of picturesque settings for their group brunching experience:

  • Sandbank Brunch: Indulge in a delightful feast on a secluded sandbank, surrounded by azure waters and soft sands. This unforgettable brunch experience offers breathtaking panoramic views, ensuring moments of serenity and luxury.
  • Nava Over-Water Brunch: Enjoy an elegant brunch affair atop the crystal-clear waters. With a sumptuous spread of gourmet delicacies and uninterrupted views of the horizon, guests can create lasting memories while basking in the beauty of their surroundings.
  • Beach Brunch: Revel in a laid-back dining experience with your toes in the sand and the gentle ocean breeze as companions. Feast on a variety of flavors while taking in the natural beauty of the Maldivian coastline, making for a relaxed and memorable gathering.
  • Traditional Dhoni Brunch: Experience the charm of Maldivian culture with a picnic-style brunch aboard a traditional Dhoni (Maldivian sailing boat). Set sail on the tranquil waters surrounding Nova and enjoy a unique culinary adventure amidst stunning marine vistas.

Speaking about the concept, Abdulla Aboobakuru, General Manager of Nova Maldives said, “At Nova Maldives, we are dedicated to providing our guests with unforgettable experiences that celebrate the natural beauty and rich culture of the Maldives. Our Group Brunching Experiences offer friends and families travelling together the perfect opportunity to connect and create lasting memories in paradise.”

These experiences are available on a request basis only and are subject to weather conditions. The offerings and menus are completely bespoke, with pricing dependent on guests’ menu preferences and group size.

To discover Nova’s latest special offers and book your stay, visit

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NH Collection Maldives Havodda Resort invites filmmakers to capture magic in paradise



NH Collection Maldives Havodda Resort has extended a warm invitation to filmmakers, production teams, and content creators worldwide with our exciting new offering – the exclusive Filming Package. Tucked away in the serene Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, the resort is more than just a luxurious retreat; it’s a breathtaking backdrop for your next cinematic masterpiece.

Picture yourself filming amidst stunning coral reefs teeming with marine life or capturing golden sunsets over pristine beaches. NH Collection Maldives Havodda Resort provides an extraordinary setting where every frame tells a story of natural beauty and luxury.

What’s Included in the Filming Package?

  • Tailored Location Rental Fees: Choose from a variety of picturesque settings within our resort to bring your creative vision to life.
  • Discounted Accommodation: Enjoy special rates for your cast and crew, ensuring comfort and relaxation during your filming adventure.
  • Additional Services: From gourmet catering to top-notch equipment rental and seamless transportation, we’ve got your production logistics covered.
  • Permits and Permissions: Our team handles all the paperwork, making sure you have the necessary approvals to film in this exclusive location.
  • Personalised On-Site Support: Count on our dedicated staff to assist with everything from logistics to ensuring your filming experience runs smoothly.
  • Customisation Options: We understand every project is unique; that’s why we offer flexibility to tailor our package to suit your specific needs and creative goals.

Beyond its cinematic vistas, our resort offers state-of-the-art facilities, impeccable service, and a commitment to making your filming experience exceptional. Whether you’re shooting a documentary, commercial, or feature film, the resort provides the perfect blend of luxury and practicality.

Ready to bring your cinematic vision to life? Contact the resort team today to explore our filming opportunities, discuss customisation options, and secure your preferred filming dates. Let NH Collection Maldives Havodda Resort be your partner in creating unforgettable moments amidst the natural splendour of the Maldives. For more information and to book your filming package, visit Filming Package ( or reach out to; T: +960 684 4888 | E:

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Emirati illusionist Moein Al Bastaki returns to Kandima Maldives for ‘Tropical Summer Kamp’



Renowned Emirati magician and illusionist, Moein Al Bastaki, is set to dazzle audiences once again at Kandima Maldives’ Tropical Summer Kamp, following his magical performance during Eid Al Fitr earlier this year. The Tropical Summer Kamp, tailored for families, promises an enchanting experience from August 5th to 9th, 2024.

During this immersive event, parents and kids alike will have the opportunity to unleash their inner magician and learn the secrets of magic from one of the best in the business along with getting certified by him. Moein Al Bastaki will be personally guiding participants through the art of illusion, teaching them his most captivating tricks. Moreover, families will have the unique chance to assist Moein and showcase their newfound magic prowess at the end of the Kamp during the grand finale stage show live.

Commenting on the event, Althaf Mohamed Ali, COO of Pulse Hotels & Resorts, said, “We’re thrilled to welcome back Moein Al Bastaki to Kandima for our Tropical Summer Kamp. His previous performance left audiences spellbound, and we are confident that this event will be equally magical. It’s a fantastic opportunity for families to bond and create unforgettable memories together.”

Participants will delve into the world of magic, mastering famous tricks such as Magical Hand Shuffle, Best Money Trick, Mind Reading Card Trick etc. Through hands-on workshops and interactive sessions, Kandima guests will develop their skills and creativity, creating unforgettable memories together.

In addition to these magical experiences, families will have the opportunity to bond over a diverse range of activities organised during the Tropical Summer Kamp. Kandima boasts one of the largest kids clubs in the Maldives, Kandiland, offering a plethora of new adventure-filled games tailored for children of all ages. From Cooking Classes to Art Sessions at KULA Art Studio, and from Beach Bootcamp with Aqua Yoga to Pilates, to the exhilarating aquatic adventures at Aquaholics – there’s something for everyone. For those seeking relaxation, Kandima’s esKape spa offers pure bliss where parents and children can indulge in spa treatments. Each day at the Tropical Summer Kamp is unique in its own way with a diverse activity schedule.

Kandima is offering an exclusive tropiKal escape this summer with up to 60% off on stays until September 30, 2024. Plus, kids under 6 years of age stay free! For stays up to 4 nights or more, enjoy 50% off Return Domestic Transfers. To secure your spot at Kandima’s Tropical Summer Kamp and embark on a magical journey with Moein Al Bastaki, visit

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