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Discover enchanted elements, golden grandeur festive celebrations at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas

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This festive season, Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas is inviting guests to experience the natural splendour of the island with a dash of crafted glamour that culminates in a golden themed New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner as part of the resort’s Enchanted Elements and Golden Grandeur holiday programme. From couples and families to groups of friends, a festive world of wining, dining, fun and games awaits at the luxury island resort.

The festive flame is ignited on Wednesday, December 20 with the Grand Christmas Tree Lighting and Family Cocktail event at Manzaru Restaurant, where the resort’s younger guests are invited to help decorate the tree before the lights are turned on to mark the official beginning of the seasonal festivities. To get the seasonal spirit flowing, the evening includes live entertainment, pass-around canapes, and a choice of cocktails.

For those who enjoyed the cocktail party, there is an opportunity to unleash their inner mixologist at the Shake n’ Stir Cocktail Class set amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Nala Orchid Garden on December 21, while the younger guests get another chance to join in the seasonal fun on December 22 with the Festive Coconut Hunt and Painting activities at Thiththi Boli Kids Club.

The countdown to Christmas is ramped up on December 24 with the Christmas Eve Cocktail Party, featuring festive cocktails, canapes and live music on the beach before the action moves to Manzaru Restaurant for Enchanted Elements Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner.

Christmas Day gets underway with Santa at SEA, when the big man makes a surprise appearance at the windows of the resort’s underwater restaurant to bring some festive cheer with a tropical twist. After a Christmas Champagne Brunch by the poolside, it’s the moment that everyone has been waiting for when Santa makes his grand entrance as he steps onto the sun-kissed shores with a flourish of holiday magic.

As Santa’s footsteps in the sand gradually fade, it’s time to step up the countdown to New Year. A Full Moon Party at Sky Bar on December 27 is followed by a Manzaru Pool Party the next day and a Sunset Cocktail Soiree on Kihavah Beach on December 29.

Then, on New Year’s Eve, the party mood really starts to bubble, beginning with Beachside Cocktails and live music before guests are invited to experience the crafted glamour of a sumptuous Golden Grandeur Gala Dinner where exquisite cuisine is combined with captivating entertainment. As the clock approaches midnight, the New Year’s Eve party gets into full swing on Kihavah Beach, culminating in a breathtaking fireworks display against the mesmerising backdrop of the Indian Ocean. Guests then have the chance to start the New Year in the right way with an indulgent New Year’s Day Brunch in a relaxed and festive atmosphere.

Throughout the festive period, guests will also have the chance to participate in a variety of sporting games and activities, including the Kihavah Island Marathon on December 26, when the energetic embark on an extraordinary journey of endurance and breathtaking scenery along the island’s picturesque routes. Other sporty activities include a Tennis Tournament, Beach Volleyball and a Guests Vs. Staff Football Match.

Guests can also head out to the water with Ocean Whisperer Yacht charters or Luxury Spa Cruises and there is also a full menu of spa treatments and Festive Wellness Workshops for guests to enjoy on land.

In addition to a wide choice of fun and creative activities available every day for young guests at Thiththi Boli Kids Club, the Beach Family Fun activity creates unforgettable family moments on the beach. The numerous arts and crafts activities available during the festive period include the traditional Maldivian Lacquer Workshop.

To book a stay or for more information or to make a booking, please call +960 664 4111 or visit www.anantara.com/kihavah-maldives or email reservations.maldives@anantara.com.

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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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