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Jawakara Islands Maldives opens: 2 islands, 1 resort, multigenerational experiences

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Jawakara Islands Maldives opened its doors on Sunday, offering an adventurous bolthole where multigenerational travelers can collaborate, indulge and rejuvenate. This is the latest opening in the Crown & Champa Resorts portfolio which includes Kudadoo Maldives Private Island, Hurawalhi Maldives, and Kagi Maldives Resort & Spa in its luxury collection.

Jawakara is a 290-villa, ‘One Island, One Resort’ Maldivian concept. Just 40 minutes either by luxury speedboat from Madivaru domestic airport in Lhaviyani Atoll or 35 minutes by seaplane from Malé International Airport, the five-star getaway comprises two separate islands – Mabin and Dheru – connected by an oversea walkway.

Jawakara will be managed as one resort with a focus on family-friendly and multigenerational experiences. Guests can choose to have an action packed schedule from surfing, diving, motorised and non-motorised watersports including kite surfing, kayaking and many more and snorkelling to golf, paddle and football tournaments on a full-sized pitch with much more in between. Alternatively, there are two Suhla spas, a big kids club, a yoga retreat and two infinity pools.

Maurice Van Den Bosch, General Manager, Jawakara Islands Maldives, comments: “Jawakara is designed to be every family’s dream for a luxury getaway – every detail has been thought of for all generations alike for an all-encompassing offering that will define Jawakara as the pioneer for luxury multi-generational travel in classically Maldivian surroundings.”

Activities

Mabin Island is home to the Jawa Kids Club, available to children staying in all accommodation types. The Jawa Kids programme is packed with exciting and age-appropriate activities from mini golf, football and paddle tennis instruction to child-friendly spa treatments to lessons in the art of sushi making and mocktail mixology. The programme includes opportunities for children to learn about Maldivian culture through music, dance, art, and even how to fish using traditional Maldivian methods as well as sustainability workshops and exploring the ocean with the in-house marine biology expert.

Jawakara is one of the very few luxury resorts in the Maldives where guests can surf. The surf school will provide equipment and lessons to guests looking to catch the perfect wave. Jawakara also offers a wealth of other water activities for families; from guided diving and snorkelling trips to paddleboarding and kayaking as well as the opportunity to complete certifications at the PADI five-star training centre alongside jetskiing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, sofa-rides, windsurfing, kayaks and catamaran sailing.

Other facilities include two infinity pools overlooking the ocean, a kid’s pool; artificial turf courts for football (futsal); paddle tennis, tennis and badminton courts; a fitness centre; a volleyball court; and a 9-hole golf course, the biggest in the Maldives.

Accommodation

Mabin is home to 202 villas, while Dheru comprises 88 villas, totalling 110 Beach Villas, 90 Beach Pool Villas and 70 Water Pool Villas. This includes 10 two-bedroom Villas on Mabin which can be converted into a twin or triple room for larger groups or families. In addition, there are 5 three-bedroom beach pool villas which sleep up to 8 people on Dhehru. Two of the bedrooms have outdoor bathrooms while the middle bedroom has an indoor bathroom. These villas offer families flexible sleeping arrangements and are ideal for multigenerational holidays, large families, families who wish to bring a nanny or for two families holidaying together.

Each villa is complete with a king-size bed, private sun-decking, a 48-inch flatscreen TV with the latest movies, and indoor bathroom with a rain shower, creating a space filled with both privacy and spaciousness where time slows down and families can truly relax and connect.

Dining

There is a variety of dining experiences available for all tastes. ‘MOLO’ à la carte restaurant, located on Mabin Island invites guests to indulge in Mediterranean cuisine, while ‘HIDEOUT RESTAURANT’, is an upscale international fast-food restaurant that offers an innovative take on comfort classics such as burgers, sandwiches, and salads. SAIMA and AILA serves indoor and al fresco all-day buffets in an open-air dining room with live cooking stations. Mabin also boasts a choice of 3 bars, namely Nika Bar, Bonthi Bar, and Molo Bar.

Guests can enjoy buffet-style dining at ‘THE VELA RESTAURANT’ on Dheru or opt for á la carte Asian-Pacific cuisine ‘UMI 海 RESTAURANT’ at the heart of the walkway connecting the two islands to enjoy a unique dining experience whilst watching the sunset on the Indian Ocean horizon. The ‘THILA BAR’ has a spectacular view from on high and ‘UMI 海 BAR’ treats you to an awe-inspiring panorama of the Jawakara House Reef and lagoon, setting the stage for a memorable drink experience.

Wellness

Two Sulha Spas – one with 8 double treatment rooms located in the tropical jungle of Mabin island and the other with 6 treatment rooms and a yoga retreat that sits above the crystalline Jawakara lagoon – offer an Ayurveda spa and wellness experience that harnesses Asian massage techniques alongside organic products to create a truly natural approach.

Curating a stay

Mabin Island offers something for everyone with a premium all-inclusive package, or full board, half board or bed and breakfast only. Pre-opening starting rates are from $600 per room based on double occupancy on a bed & breakfast basis.

Dheru island offers a fully all-Inclusive, intimate island escape. Pre-opening starting rates are from $992 per room based on double occupancy.

Three-bedroom villas starting rate for the opening period is US$2400 for 5 people, with additional charges of US$692 for each extra person per night with a total maximum of 8 people on an all-inclusive basis.

“I would always say that Jawakara will make a difference in the market with its offerings and unique concept. Jawakara caters for everyone’s needs, and is not limited to just one segment. It’s a very large five-star, family friendly and active Resort,” emphasised the Director of Sales and Marketing at Crown & Champa Resorts, Ahmed Shaheen.

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SO/ Maldives Announces Grand Opening Party: “An Invite to the Front Row”

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SO/ Maldives’ Island Couture proudly announces the Grand Opening Party of its exquisite island runway. Happening on March 23, 2024, this much-anticipated event of the season aptly titled “An Invite to the Front Row” promises a soirée of collaborative elegance, weaving together SO/ DNA of art and fashion, and the unparalleled beauty of the Maldives creating an unforgettable glamourous experience for its guests.

The Grand Opening Party will be a sensory feast, combining fashion-forward statements, avant-garde design, culinary excellence, artistic flair, exclusive wellness retreats, and a musical journey, all set against the breath-taking backdrop of Emboodhoo Lagoon. Guests are cordially invited to take a seat in the front row and witness the convergence of global talent and Maldivian charm.

Collaboration Highlights:

Fashion-Forward

One of the First International Fashion Shows in the Maldives with Milin 

SO/ Maldives unveils its inaugural fashion show and considered to be one of the first international fashion shows in the Maldives. The Island Couture transforms into an oceanfront runway, showcasing the swimwear collection debut by the esteemed Thai fashion house, Milin. Witness the harmonious blend of haute couture and the paradisiacal setting.

Flying Dress Edits by Riffath

Advocating the local talent and culture, SO/ Maldives proudly partners with Riffath, a distinguished Maldivian High Fashion Brand, launching its exclusive SO/ Maldives’ Flying Dress Edits. Teaming up with 

Timeless Maldives photo studio, the resort’s guests are empowered to unleash their inner models for a bespoke once-in-a-lifetime photo and drone shooting, adorned in a gown with an extended hem that gracefully dances in the wind.

(From left to right: Chef Dharshan, MILIN, DJ Karrouhat, Jenna)

Beach Takeover

Set against the stunning canvas of the Maldivian sunset and pristine shores, Veuve Clicquot Champagne house is taking over the beach and glamming up the Lazuli Beach Club Bar for an exquisite evening creating an atmosphere of refined elegance and indulgence.

Renowned Chef Dharshan Munidasa, a dual Sri Lankan – Japanese heritage and hailed for his accolades on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013 – 2022, commands the spotlight, crafting a menu that defies conventional boundaries. Infused with global culinary experiences, savour the exquisite flavours from Chef Dharshan’s acclaimed restaurants – Ministry of Crab, Nihonashi Blue, and Carne Diem Grill.

Adding a touch of glamour to the affair is Jenna Hemsworth, Australia’s most influential and award-winning female bartender. Known for her innovative approach to mixology, Jenna will showcase her creativity and down-under charm, taking over the bar to craft expertly curated cocktails. 

Musical Bliss

The glamorous celebration will be amplified by a series of live performances from world-class musicians and DJs. Groove to the innovated beats of one of the leading Maldivian bands, YJ Hameed Music, creating a rhythm that resonates with the island’s spirit. Experience a captivating serenade by Lydia Sarunrat Deane, a Thai sensation, filling the air with enchanting melodies. End the night as DJ Karrouhat from Dubai take everyone on an electrifying after-party journey, dancing under the stars amplified by the soothing sounds of the Indian Ocean. 

The Grand Opening Party will be hosted by Matthew Deane, a well-known Thai-Australian singer, model, actor, and television presenter.

(From left to right: YJ Hameed Music, Lydia, Matthew)

Exclusive Wellness & Fitness Retreats

Embark on a transformative fitness journey with the introduction of a week-long detox and fun session by Jumping® Fitness, an innovative fitness regimen originating from the Czech Republic. In collaboration with London-based wellness partner Salon C. Stellar, renowned for their modern approach to wellness, the resort is set to launch new spa experiences that promise ultimate rejuvenation.

Earth Hour

SO/ Maldives invites guests to an eco-conscious revelry, where the beauty of nature intertwines with the joy of celebration. Witness as the island runway dims, unveiling a beach bonfire beneath the starlit sky. Immerse in the rhythmic beats of Maldivian Boduberu amid the serene glow.

Culinary Feast

Savour a lavish beach buffet under the stars, celebrating the quintessence of luxury and culinary delight.

Jesper Soerensen, General Manager of SO/ Maldives, expressed his excitement, stating, “An Invite to the Front Row encapsulates the essence of SO/ Maldives—a convergence of global excellence set against the unparalleled beauty of our island. We extend an exclusive invitation to our guests to join us on this extraordinary journey with incredible collaborations providing them a truly glamorous stay while embracing our DNA.”

Secure your villa from US$1300+++. Elevate with a half-board package on the island runway, indulging in avant-garde fashion. Join the Grand Opening Party, a celebration of unparalleled elegance and fashion-forward finesse.

Book your stay now: https://so-hotels.com/en/offers/grand-opening-party/ 

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Hard Rock Hotel Maldives Joins Hard Rock International “WE ARE” Initiative for International Women’s Month

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To celebrate International Women’s Month, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives is  joining Hard Rock International for its “WE ARE” initiative honoring its ongoing commitment to  championing women’s health and empowerment. Through its charitable arm, Hard Rock Heals  Foundation®, the company is raising funds throughout the month, benefitting two organizations  working to support women and women’s health: Global Gift Foundation and Magee-Women’s Research  Institute, through nearly 1,000 woman-led performances at locations around the world, food &  beverage offerings, in-room music experiences and more for guests to participate in.  

Throughout International Women’s Month, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives presents a series of exciting  activities and authentic experiences tailored for their guests to enjoy. 

Hard Rock Cafe Maldives

In partnership with the Women Who Rock™, guests are invited to witness exhilarating performances  by the Deviate Band every Monday, Wednesday and Friday while on Thursday nights, groove to the  beats of the acclaimed local DETUNEBAND. Starting at 08:30 PM, these performances led by talented female vocalists promise an unforgettable evening filled with music and empowerment. Admission is  complimentary, welcoming all to come together and celebrate the influential women who rock the  music industry and beyond.

Limited-Time Cafe Food & Beverage Offerings: Enjoy the Pink Lace Margarita, an exclusive cocktail  featuring Casa Del Sol, the luxury tequila brand co-founded by director, actress and activist Eva Longoria. A portion of proceeds from the cocktail will be donated to Magee-Women’s Research  Institute and the Global Gift Foundation, which aims to create a positive impact for women, children  and families in need. In addition to the Pink Lace Margarita, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives will offer a  special, limited-time menu through April including: Spring Pasta, Mahi Burger, Berry Salad, Coconut  Almond Sundae and the gin-based Run the World cocktail.  

Hard Rock Hotel Maldives

On Friday, 08 March 2024, guests can enjoy an exhilarating lineup of events designed to honor and  empower women. The day kicks off with Special Ladies Zumba at the Pool Deck, where guests can  groove to the rhythm and set the tone for a day of festivities. Following this energetic start, guests  can participate in the Strongest Woman Fun Games in the Swimming Pool, indulge in Women’s Beach  Fitness at The Elephant & The Butterfly Beach and experience an Aerial Cocoon Hammock Session at  the Stage. 

As the day transitions into the evening, the resort hosts a Ladies Beach Volleyball Match, followed by  a sumptuous Japanese-themed Dinner at Sessions. The night will be filled with electrifying  entertainment, including a performance by the Deviate Band at Hard Rock Cafe Maldives and capped  off with a Ladies Night Dance Challenge featuring Live Music & Abracadabra at the Pool Deck. 

Additionally, guests can take advantage of a special 15% discount offer on selected items at Rock  Shop®, available at both the Resort and Cafe throughout March 2024. Whether it is a souvenir to  remember their stay in Maldives or a gift for someone special, guests can enjoy exclusive savings  while rocking out with stylish merchandise from their Hard Rock Maldives experience. 

For those looking to infuse music into their stay, The Sound of Your Stay program offers a curated  playlist featuring tracks by influential women artists across various genres. Guests can also borrow  vinyl records featuring iconic female artists as part of the Wax program or check out a Gibson custom wrapped International Women’s Month “WE ARE” guitar for in-room jam sessions. 

Furthermore, guests can explore select memorabilia from Hard Rock’s vast collection highlighting iconic artists who have made significant contributions to women’s rights such as Madonna, Beyoncé,  Aretha Franklin, and more. 

“As we celebrate ‘International Women’s Month’ at Hard Rock Hotel Maldives, we embrace the power  of music, cuisine and community to uplift and empower women. Through our partnership with local  women-led initiatives and organizations, such as the ones supported by Hard Rock International, we  not only aim to provide authentic experiences that rock for our guests but also contribute to the  advancement of women’s health and wellness in the Maldives. Together, we rock for a cause, making  a meaningful difference in the lives of women in our community,” said Frederic Lebegue, General  Manager at Hard Rock Hotel Maldives. 

For the full Hard Rock International Women’s Month performance schedule, visit  www.hardrock.com/women. For information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com

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Romance Reimagined: Unforgettable Weddings and Honeymoons Await at Kagi Maldives Resort and Spa

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In the heart of the Maldives, where turquoise waters meet powdery white sands, lies the  enchanting paradise of Kagi Maldives Resort and Spa. This idyllic retreat beckons couples to experience the ultimate in romance and luxury amidst breathtaking natural beauty. 

Renew Your Vows in Paradise: Imagine the soft caress of the ocean breeze, the gentle lapping of  waves against the shore, and the golden hues of the setting sun as you renew your vows in the  middle of the Indian Ocean. At Kagi Maldives, your dream wedding becomes a reality, with  ceremonies pedantically planned to perfection. Whether you prefer a beach setup, a sandbank  celebration, or a luxury yacht affair, every detail is curated to create memories that last a lifetime. 

Indulge in Exquisite Amenities

From bridal make-up and hair styling to a heart-shaped wedding  cake and champagne toasts, Kagi Maldives pampers couples with unparalleled luxury. Coconut  tree planting ceremonies and romantic villa turndown services add a touch of Maldivian charm to  your special day. After the ceremony, unwind with a relaxing spa treatment, savor a delectable “A  Love Story” dinner under the stars, or embark on a wine and cheese tasting journey in the resort’s  cellar. 

Capture Precious Moments

The Kagi Memories photography services ensure that every precious  moment of your wedding is immortalized in stunning detail. Professional photographers expertly  capture the essence of your love against the backdrop of the Maldives’ unique beauty, creating  memories to cherish for a lifetime. 

Embark on the Ultimate Honeymoon

For honeymooners seeking an unforgettable escape, Kagi  Maldives offers the perfect romantic getaway. Picture-perfect beaches, crystal-clear waters, and  swaying palm trees set the stage for an unforgettable honeymoon experience. From floating  breakfasts in your private villa plunge pool to indulgent spa treatments and intimate candlelit  dinners on the beach, every moment is designed to ignite passion and create lasting memories. 

Immerse yourself at Kagi, in the unparalleled romance of the Maldives, where every moment is a  cherished memory waiting to be made. From the gentle caress of ocean breezes to the  breathtaking beauty of the island paradise, Kagi offers an idyllic setting for unforgettable  experiences.

Let yourself be captivated by the boundless love that fills the air, as you embark on a  journey of romance and enchantment. Whether exchanging vows against the backdrop of a sunset drenched beach or indulging in intimate moments under the starlit sky, Kagi Maldives invites you  to create memories that transcend time, where love knows no limits amidst the unparalleled beauty of the Maldives.

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