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One&Only Reethi Rah receives top honours in Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2023

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Kerzner International has announced the recognition of One&Only and Atlantis Resorts in the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2023.

A total of eight properties achieved accolades in the awards, including One&Only The Palm which was crowned #1 Resort in the Middle East and One&Only Mandarina which was voted #23 in the Best Resorts in the World.

More than 520,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers voted in the survey, rating their travel experiences across the globe. The Readers’ Choice Awards, with their unparalleled legacy as the travel industry’s longest-running and most prestigious accolades, remain the ultimate symbol and acknowledgement of excellence within the travel sector.

“We are honoured that once again many of our resorts are included in the annual Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards,” said Philippe Zuber, CEO of Kerzner International.

“This recognition by our loyal guests acknowledges our colleagues around the world and their dedication to delivering exceptional service, ultra-luxurious accommodations, unique wellness experiences and world-class destination dining, in one-of-a-kind destinations. We will continue to go above and beyond the expectations of our guests and esteemed community, and innovate and transform the hospitality industry.”

With the breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai’s soaring skyline, One&Only The Palm is an elegant beachfront oasis nestled peacefully on Dubai’s Palm Island. Guests can discover the culinary artistry of three Michelin-starred Chef Yannick Alléno, unwind at the indulgent Guerlain Spa, or bask in the sunshine at one of the Villa’s private pools or along the exclusive beach.

Set upon a rare undeveloped stretch of Riviera Nayarit coastline in Mexico, One&Only Mandarina is a rare haven in nature, overlooking the Pacific Ocean with dramatic vistas and an awe-inspiring beachfront rainforest setting. The resort is a hidden retreat complete with secluded eco-designed treehouses and clifftop villas, swimmable shores, destination dining from Chef Enrique Olvera, exclusive spa treatments from Tata Harper, active and mindful experiences, and an environment crafted for reconnection.

Leading entertainment destination Atlantis The Palm is one of Dubai’s most iconic resorts. Known as the culinary destination in the region, guests can take their pick from a collection of 29 world-renowned restaurants including Bread Street Kitchen & Bar, Hakkasan, Nobu, En Fuego, Seafire Steakhouse & Bar, and award-winning underwater restaurant, Ossiano. The resort is also home to award-winning waterpark, Aquaventure, and one of the largest open-air marine habitats in the world featuring The Lost Chambers Aquarium.

An oasis on its own peninsula overlooking the dramatic coastline of the Sea of Cortez, One&Only Palmilla is the iconic luxury retreat in Los Cabos, Mexico. The beloved resort’s suite of offerings includes world-renowned service, a variety of fine-dining options including immersive culinary experiences from Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and an unrivalled spa, wellness, fitness, and beauty program.

The Palace, Arabian Court and Residence & Spa create the wondrous destination One&Only Royal Mirage in Dubai. These three distinctive environments flow seamlessly into one another and lie along a kilometre of private coastline within 65 acres of scented gardens that pay tribute to Arabian hospitality. After days spent in the sun, nights are filled with fine dining from three Michelin starred chef Mauro Colagreco.

The new iconic landmark of Dubai, Atlantis The Royal welcomes guests to the most ultra-luxury experiential resort in the world. Crafted by the world’s leading designers, architects and artists, this destination delivers a curated array of awe-inspiring experiences, inviting guests to swim amongst the clouds in sky pools, be dazzled by fountains that breathe fire or dine at more celebrity chef restaurants under one roof than anywhere else in the world.

Framed by the towering natural wonder of Table Mountain, One&Only Cape Town is a tranquil enclave nestled in the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. With award-winning sommeliers, world-renowned Nobu restaurant, exclusive Spa Island and other endless opportunities to relax or explore the city through curated experiences, the newly reimagined resort provides an unforgettable home for guests to discover South Africa’s thriving capital.

One&Only Reethi Rah, with six kilometres of private coastline and 12 powder-soft white sand beaches, is the ultimate all-villa resort offering unprecedented privacy with beach or over-water villas designed by renowned designer Jean-Michel Gathy.

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry. The 2023 Readers’ Choice Awards are published on Condé Nast Traveler’s website at www.cntraveler.com/rca and celebrated in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler US and UK print editions.

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Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa Earns Prestigious Green Globe Certification

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Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa has achieved the esteemed Green Globe Certification, solidifying its commitment to sustainable tourism practices. This recognition marks a significant milestone for the resort, establishing it as the first Marriott Bonvoy property in the Maldives to receive this distinguished accolade.

Celebrating Sustainability on the 50th Anniversary

Coinciding with its recent 50th anniversary, this achievement underscores Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa’s unwavering dedication to environmental and social responsibility. The resort excelled in a comprehensive sustainability assessment, scoring an impressive 86% across four key pillars: Sustainable Management, Social and Economic, Cultural Heritage, and Environmental Conservation.

Mohamed El Aghoury, General Manager of Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa, emphasizes the importance of sustainability: “As travelers become increasingly eco-conscious, prioritizing sustainability is crucial. This accomplishment reflects the dedication of our entire team, and we are proud to be part of an organization that values positive global impact.”

Holistic Approach to Sustainability:

Nestled amidst the natural beauty of Furanafushi Island, the resort implements a range of sustainability initiatives:

  • Coral Restoration: Pioneering a coral propagation program in partnership with Reefscapers, the resort actively restores reef habitats through their ‘Adopt A Coral’ initiative. By the end of 2023, over 567 coral frames and massive coral pyramids were planted, attracting diverse marine life.
  • Energy Conservation: The INNCOMM system automatically adjusts air conditioning based on guest occupancy, optimizing energy usage.
  • Waste Management: A pioneering Biogas plant will soon transform organic waste into biogas for cooking, minimizing environmental impact.
  • Reduced Plastic Waste: The resort utilizes reverse osmosis technology to purify seawater and bottle it in reusable glass containers, eliminating plastic bottle usage and saving an estimated 375,000 bottles annually.
  • Locally Sourced Produce: The Chef’s Garden and Furana Organic cultivate fresh vegetables, reducing the resort’s carbon footprint and promoting farm-to-table dining.

Community Engagement:

Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa fosters meaningful connections with the local community through partnerships like the ‘Maldivian Journey’ program. This weekly event showcases local culture through activities, demonstrations, and traditional attire, fostering cultural appreciation.

Aligned with Marriott International’s ‘Serve 360’ Platform:

The resort’s sustainability efforts align with Marriott International’s ‘Serve 360’ platform, which emphasizes responsible and sustainable business practices that benefit both the environment and local communities.

Invitation to Responsible Travel:

By receiving the Green Globe Certification, Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa invites guests to embark on a journey of responsible travel. Guests can experience unforgettable moments while contributing to a greener and more sustainable future.

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Angsana Velavaru nominated in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards and Travel + Leisure Luxury Awards Asia Pacific

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Angsana Velavaru, part of Banyan Group, an independent, global hospitality company with purpose, formerly known as Banyan Tree Group is delighted to share its nominations in two prestigious categories for the 2024 Travel + Leisure Awards.  Recognised as a contender for the Best Hotels in the Maldives, the resort also secures a nomination in the Resort Pools and Resorts for Families categories at the 2024 Travel + Leisure Luxury Awards Asia Pacific.

Nestled within a stunning lagoon, guests can explore an all-natural island paradise with crystal-clear waters and vibrant marine life, creating an enchanting and untouched haven.  Featuring 113 villas – 79 on the main island and 34 over the water, the resort offers a harmonious blend of comfort, privacy, space, and style.  From Beachfront Family Pool Villas to the exclusive Deluxe InOcean Pool Villas, each accommodation is adorned with stimulating wall art and vibrant colors, providing generous indoor and outdoor spaces.

The all-inclusive dining experiences cater to the most discerning palates, offering authentic Maldivian flavours, rich Indian cuisine, flavorful Asian dishes, and elegant international fare – presenting diverse options for guests to indulge and savour exquisite culinary delights.

Beyond the traditional sun, sand, and sea experience, the resort curates a list of “101 Things To Do.”  From water sports to wellness retreats and cultural excursions, guests can immerse themselves in a diverse array of activities, ensuring a holiday filled with excitement and discovery.

The dedicated associates, representing various nationalities, seamlessly combine warm Maldivian hospitality with exceptional service.  From the moment guests arrive, they experience genuine warmth that ensures every aspect of their stay is not only comfortable but also personalized to perfection.

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Kuda Villingili nominated for Travel & Leisure Luxury Awards Asia Pacific 2024

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Kuda Villingili, the stunning island retreat in the Maldives, has announced its nomination in the prestigious Travel & Leisure Luxury Awards Asia Pacific 2024. The resort has been shortlisted for the Maldives Resorts category, reflecting its dedication to excellence in the luxury travel sector.

The Travel & Leisure Awards are highly regarded in the travel industry, known for their exclusive determination by the discerning votes of Travel & Leisure readers. This unique aspect makes the awards a true representation of the outstanding quality and unparalleled experiences offered by the winners, which includes destination spas, hotels, cities, airports, trains, and more.

The editorial team of Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, and Macau collaborated with travel experts from around the Asia Pacific area to diligently select nominees for the Travel & Leisure Asia Pacific Awards 2024. The extensive awards program covers diverse categories, ranging from five-star urban escapes, private-island beach resorts, and innovative spas to Instagram-worthy swimming pools, exceptional airlines and airports, captivating cruises, reputable travel agents, exclusive travel experiences, and more.

The voting process for the Travel & Leisure Asia Pacific Awards 2024 is now open to the public until March 31, 2024. This reader-led approach allows travellers and enthusiasts to actively participate in recognising and celebrating excellence in the travel Industry.

Kuda Villingili invites everyone to be a part of its journey towards industry recognition. Your vote will contribute to the acknowledgment of the resort’s dedication to providing unparalleled luxury experiences in the heart of the Maldives.

To support Kuda Villingili and cast your vote, please take a moment to visit the official voting page: https://luxuryawards2024.travelandleisureasia.com/maldives/resorts/

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