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Kuda Villingili Resort marks second anniversary with luxurious upgrades and sustainable initiatives

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Kuda Villingili Resort, perched on a pristine ultra-private island in the North Malé Atoll of the Maldives, celebrates its second-year anniversary in the only way that matters – by giving back to its guests!

As part of an ongoing commitment to enhancing the guest experience, each of its beach villas, including the residences, now feature private pools. This remarkable upgrade promises guests an even more lavish and secluded retreat.

Nestled within this tropical paradise are 75 exquisite villas, including 36 opulent overwater villas that sit pretty upon the crystal-clear lagoon. The resort also boasts the Maldives’ largest and sprawling freshwater pool spanning over 150 meters.

Initiatives in partnership with Green Globe, an authority in sustainable tourism certification have been aligned. With the resort’s unwavering dedication to sustainability, the integration of solar panels has been introduced in Kuda Villingili team members village. This eco-conscious initiative has led to an impressive 40% reduction in the resort’s overall energy consumption. Furthermore, implementation of a range of eco- friendly measures, including an on-site drinking water bottling facility, energy-efficient air conditioning units, and innovative power-saving systems have been put in place. With an unwavering focus on long-term sustainability, the resort continues to bolster its commitment to the environment and the local community through its dedicated conservation programs, which centre around preserving the delicate ecosystem.

Solar Installed in team members village Beach Villa’s with Private Pool                     Raalhu Bar at Chickens Break

Adding another exciting dimension to the culinary and bar experiences at the resort; the Raalhu Bar has thrown open its doors and is nestled at the vantage point of Chickens Break Surf Point. This offers guests an exclusive haven to soak in the island’s breathtaking sunset vistas. The Raalhu Bar joins the extensive range of dining options at Kuda Villingili, which includes seven restaurants offering global cuisines, a main bar, two bars designed to kick back and watch the sun slowly drop into the blue ocean, and a plush cigar and whiskey lounge.

Also freshly introduced is the all-new comprehensive ‘Redefined Ultra Luxury All- Inclusive’ package, that enables guests to immerse themselves in a carefree and indulgent vacation experience. Stays of four nights or more include bespoke experiences that give a whole new meaning to the word ultra-luxury. Guests can pick from the range of dining  experiences spread across seven distinctive restaurants, accompanied by a selection of over 100 carefully curated wine labels and a premium selection of beverages. From the moment they step foot on the island, guests are embraced by an ambiance of opulence and hospitality, as the generous all-inclusive package caters to every aspect of their stay.

Since launching in June 2021, Kuda Villingili has welcomed a diverse range of visitors, from honeymooners and families to surfing enthusiasts, multi-generational groups, and small incentive and leisure mice groups. “The resort’s convenient location, a swift 30-minute speedboat ride from Velana International Airport, has been a key draw. To enhance the sense of space, the number of villas has been reduced from 95 villas to 75 villas, by offering spacious two – four bedroom villas that offer an expansive sense of space for each guest,” says Deepa Manuel, General Manager, Kuda Villingili Resort.

Kuda Villingiili has received an array of accolades and was honored with the coveted title of ‘The Best Culinary Resort’ at the TTM Awards 2022 and the ‘Best Surf Resort’ at TTM 2023. Kuda Villingiili’s exceptional attention to detail extends to its impeccable wine offerings, and it has also received the ‘Best Designed Regional Wine List in Asia’ by the discerning connoisseurs of the World of Fine Wine.

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Angsana Velavaru reaffirms commitment to sustainability, cultural heritage, local economy

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At Angsana Velavaru, an all-inclusive premium resort in the virtually untouched South Nilandhe Atoll sustainability and cultural preservation are woven into the fabric of daily life. The resort’s journey, driven by passion and dedication, begins with a simple yet profound question: “What if dried coconut leaves could find new life? Can they breathe new purpose to the local community?”

Part of Banyan Group, an independent, global hospitality company with purpose, Angsana Velavaru honours Maldivian heritage and protect the environment, by embarking on the unique initiative, ‘The Life Cycle of Coconut Leaf.’ This starts with planting coconut trees on the resort and trimming their leaves regularly. Partnering with local communities, the resort transforms these discarded leaves into beautiful thatched roofs known as kajan.

Guided by the Group’s ethos, “Embracing the Environment, Empowering People”, the cycle begins with lush, green coconut palm trees that provide shade and beauty to the resort. As leaves naturally die, they turn brown, becoming a potential resource rather than waste. Skilled climbers carefully harvest dead leaves, promoting new growth and maintaining tree health. Collected leaves are stored to dry and harden, preparing them for traditional weaving. Local artisans collect the aged leaves, ready to transform them into functional kajan roofing. The resort buys the processed leaves, supporting local artisans and preserving traditional skills. The kajan is delivered to the resort, carrying the essence of Maldivian craftsmanship. The thatched panels are installed on villa roofs, blending tradition with natural aesthetics. Old thatched roofs are carefully removed for repurposing, minimising waste. The removed kajan is composted, enriching the soil with nutrient-rich organic matter. The compost is used to plant new coconut trees, completing the cycle of renewal. Through this initiative, we create a cycle of renewal that supports local communities, preserves cultural practices, and nurtures our environment.

Nominated in Travel Trade Maldives 2024 under the Most Sustainable Resort category and South Asian Travel Awards 2024 under the Leading Eco-Friendly Hotel / Resort, Angsana Velavaru emerges as a frontrunner in showcasing an unwavering commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable practices. The resort’s initiatives to reduce its environmental footprint, conserve natural resources, and protect the biodiversity of the Maldives through Marine Talk, Citizen Science Snorkelling, Coral Planting, House Reef Cleanup and beyond, are exemplary – setting a standard for responsible tourism.

In July 2023, the Green Sustainability Team, composed of passionate associates from various resort departments, launched the “SustainLinen Tote Bag with Purpose” initiative. This program, aimed at reducing plastic waste, provided eco-friendly alternatives to disposable plastic bags for resort associates. By September 2023, the initiative was expanded to include neighbouring communities and in-house guests.

In April 2024, the resort took this initiative further by repurposing broken umbrellas into stylish and durable tote bags. This innovative step underscores their commitment to sustainability, demonstrating how even unexpected items can be transformed and given new life.

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Rejuvenate at Baros Maldives with renowned practitioner Jang Kanlayanee

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Serenity Spa at Baros Maldives has announced the arrival of renowned wellness practitioner Jang Kanlayanee for an exclusive collaboration. From 1st to 15th September 2024, Baros guests will have the unique opportunity to indulge in Jang’s exceptional treatments, including her signature treatment, Quantum Touch Sound Healing.

Hailing from Thailand, Jang Kanlayanee brings over 25 years of extensive experience in the spa, wellness and hospitality sectors. Her impressive career includes roles at prestigious five-star resorts such as Kamalaya Thailand, Soneva Kiri Six Senses and Talise Spa Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives. Jang has excelled as a Senior Spa Therapist, Instructor, Holistic Practitioner and Corporate Training Manager.

Jang’s expertise in wellness and yoga therapies is evident through her contributions to luxury resorts like One & Only Resorts in Australia and Museflower Retreat & Spa in Chiang Rai. Her holistic approach aligns body and mind, promoting overall well-being through physical health.

During her exclusive residency at Baros, Jang will offer signature treatments including Emotional Release Massage, Body Alignment Therapy, Quantum Cranial Crystal Sound Vibration Healing and Chakra Healing. Guests can also experience bespoke yoga sessions, body awakening therapies, and sound bath healing, all designed to achieve deep relaxation and balance.

This unique collaboration with Serenity Spa provides a transformative wellness experience for guests visiting Baros in September. Don’t miss this opportunity to rejuvenate and realign your body and mind under the expert care of Jang Kanlayanee.

Serenity Spa at Baros is dedicated to providing exceptional wellness experiences through a range of individually curated therapeutic treatments and services. Collaborations with visiting practitioners and global experts ensure that guests receive the highest standard of care and the latest in holistic healing practices. Book your journey of rejuvenation and holistic wellness at Baros today!

A three-night stay in a deluxe villa on bed and breakfast basis, in September starts from USD 669 per night based on two adults sharing when booked direct via Baros’s website, including taxes. 15 per cent off on spa treatments and other exclusive perks for direct bookings apply.

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Discover holistic healing at The Nautilus Maldives with Ananda in the Himalayas’ experts

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The Nautilus, a five-star ultra-luxury private island hideaway in the Maldives, will host two senior practitioners from the world’s most renowned holistic wellness retreat, Ananda in the Himalayas from 17th to 25th August 2024. Combining Ananda’s specialist Ayurvedic knowledge with The Nautilus’s timeless hospitality offering, this residency will provide the ultimate restorative wellness experience.

Ananda’s experts Sandeep Dhamada and Krishna Karki will guide guests through personalised wellness journeys, featuring treatments such as Ananda Touch with Reflexology, Indian Head Massage with Reflexology, and the Himalayan Honey and Rose Facial with Foot Massage. As a follow up to these speciality treatments, The Nautilus guests will benefit from an online consultation with an Ayurvedic physician so that the holistic benefits of the treatments will continue after their stay at The Nautilus.

To enhance the healing effect of Ayurveda self-care, a gourmet signature menu from Ananda’s Executive Chef will be available in the island’s restaurants, incorporating anti-inflammatory Ayurvedic principles. With just 26 beach and ocean houses and residences, The Nautilus offers an unmatched ultra-luxury five-star experience, making it the perfect private island resort to relax, reset, and recharge amidst the natural beauty of Hanifaru Bay.

To learn more about the Ananda Wellness Residency at The Nautilus, visit www.thenautilusmaldives.com/ananda-wellness-residency.

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