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Maldives wins 4 top Indian Ocean accolades at World Travel Awards

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Maldives has secured an impressive victory at the World Travel Awards (WTA) in the Indian Ocean Category, claiming four prestigious awards. These accolades were conferred during the World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony, hosted at Atlantis The Royal in Dubai on October 15, 2023.

Established in 1993, the World Travel Awards is widely recognised as a highly esteemed programme in the global travel and tourism industry. These awards are the ultimate endorsement of excellence, aiming to acknowledge and celebrate accomplishments across all sectors of the travel and tourism industry worldwide.

The titles secured by the Maldives are as follows:

  1. Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination 2023 (also previously won in 2020, 2021, & 2022)
  2. Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Destination 2023 (also previously won in 2020, 2021, & 2022)
  3. Indian Ocean’s Leading Dive Destination 2023 (also previously won in 2020, 2021, & 2022)

Furthermore, the Maldives Marketing & PR Corporation (MMPRC) received the title of “Indian Ocean’s Leading Tourist Board 2023” in recognition of their dedicated efforts and unique campaigns in marketing the Maldives on a global scale.

These recognitions underline the Maldives’ position as an unparalleled tourist destination, emphasising the nation’s commitment to providing unforgettable experiences for visitors worldwide, and reinforcing MMPRC’s ongoing work in promoting and advancing the country’s tourism sector.

The Maldives has also been nominated for several awards in the highly coveted WTA World’s Category, the most prestigious of all WTA categories. The awards for which the Maldives is nominated include World’s Leading Destination 2023, World’s Leading Beach Destination 2023, World’s Leading Dive Destination 2023, World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination 2023, World’s Leading Island Destination 2023, and World’s Most Romantic Destination 2023. MMPRC has earned a nomination for ‘World’s Leading Tourist Board 2023’ again this year, following their first win in the same category last year.

Voting for the WTA World Category is open until November 17, 2023. Travel enthusiasts and industry professionals are encouraged to cast their votes in support of the Maldives, a destination that has been named the World’s Leading Destination in 2020, 2021, and 2022.

To cast your vote for the Maldives and MMPRC in the WTA World’s Category, please visit www.worldtravelawards.com/vote

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PADI honours Six Senses Laamu with award for Outstanding Contribution to Ocean Conservation

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Six Senses Laamu has announced that PADI, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, has honoured the resort’s commitment to environmental conservation and sustainable tourism with an award for “Outstanding Contribution to Ocean Conservation”. This accolade highlights Six Senses Laamu’s ongoing dedication to preserving the unique marine ecosystems of the Laamu Atoll, Maldives.

The Outstanding Contribution to Ocean Conservation Award is presented to dive centres that demonstrate exemplary efforts in environmental education, conservation projects, and sustainable operations. Six Senses Laamu’s dive centre, Deep Blue Divers, plays an integral role in the conservation programs led by the Maldives Underwater Initiative (MUI) at Six Senses Laamu. These programs include coral reef restoration, marine life monitoring, and raising awareness, as well as community and guest education. The resort’s commitment has set benchmarks for sustainable tourism in the Maldives, earning Deep Blue Divers the distinction of being one of only two dive centres in the country to receive the PADI Excellence Award in 2024.

In addition to receiving the PADI Excellence Award, both dive centres at Six Senses Laamu and Six Senses Kanuhura, the brand’s resort in the north of the Maldives, have been officially recognized as PADI Eco-Centres. This respected status is granted to dive centers that adhere to the highest standards of environmental responsibility and actively participate in marine conservation efforts. Deep Blue Divers have been instrumental in promoting sustainable diving practices, offering eco-conscious dive experiences, including specialty courses that partner with NGOs and engaging guests in marine conservation activities.

“Receiving the PADI Outstanding Contribution to Ocean Conservation Award and the PADI Eco-Center status for Deep Blue Divers is a testament to our commitment to conserving the incredible marine biodiversity of the Maldives,” said Marteyne van Well, Regional General Manager of Six Senses Laamu and Six Senses Kanuhura. “We are immensely proud of our team’s efforts and grateful for the support of our guests and partners in driving positive environmental change.”

Six Senses Laamu continues to lead by example in the hospitality industry, demonstrating that luxury and sustainability can coexist harmoniously. The resort remains dedicated to its mission of creating out of the ordinary experiences while preserving the natural beauty of the Maldives for future generations.

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Sun Siyam Vilu Reef celebrated as Indian Ocean’s Leading Water Villa Resort 2024

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Sun Siyam Vilu Reef has announced its prestigious recognition as the Indian Ocean’s Leading Water Villa Resort 2024, awarded by World Travel Awards. This accolade highlights the resort’s commitment to providing unparalleled luxury and exceptional guest experiences in the heart of the Maldives.

Nestled in the stunning South Nilandhe Atoll, Sun Siyam Vilu Reef offers a serene escape where guests can unwind in luxurious water bungalows with breathtaking ocean views. Each water villa is designed to provide the ultimate in comfort and elegance, featuring private sundecks, direct access to the lagoon, and panoramic vistas of the azure waters that surround the island.

Sun Siyam Vilu Reef is renowned for its world-class amenities and services, including gourmet dining options, rejuvenating spa treatments, and a variety of water sports and activities that cater to all tastes. The resort’s commitment to sustainability and preserving the natural beauty of the Maldives further enhances the guest experience, making it a perfect destination for eco-conscious travelers.

In addition to its stunning water villas, Sun Siyam Vilu Reef offers an array of accommodation options, including beach and family-friendly villas, ensuring a perfect fit for every type of traveler.

The resort’s vibrant coral reefs and abundant marine life provide an idyllic setting for snorkelling and diving enthusiasts, while the tranquil beaches offer a serene retreat for relaxation.

As the Indian Ocean’s Leading Water Villa Resort 2024, Sun Siyam Vilu Reef invites travellers from around the world to discover the unparalleled beauty and luxury that have earned it this esteemed honour. Whether seeking adventure, romance, or a peaceful getaway, guests are guaranteed an extraordinary experience at this award-winning resort.

“We are incredibly honoured to receive this recognition,” said Thoha Yoosuf, Resort Manager of Sun Siyam Vilu Reef. “Our team is dedicated to creating unforgettable memories for our guests, and this award is a testament to their hard work and passion. We look forward to continuing to set the standard for luxury and hospitality in the Maldives.”

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Heritance Aarah named best beachfront all-inclusive resort for families by Forbes

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Heritance Aarah has been recognized as the top beachfront all-inclusive resort for families by Forbes Travel Guide in its 2024 list of The 20 Best All-Inclusive Resorts For Families.

According to Forbes, the best all-inclusive resorts for families cater to both relaxation and adventure, offering immersive experiences and activities that entertain all ages. These resorts go beyond just food and drinks, ensuring a stress-free getaway filled with cultural exploration, outdoor adventures, and engaging classes that create lasting memories for the whole family.

The resorts were selected based on extensive travel and on-site evaluations conducted by Forbes in 2024.

Why Heritance Aarah Stands Out:

  • Perfect for families: Ideal for families seeking the ultimate all-inclusive overwater bungalow experience in the Maldives.
  • Unique amenity: Guests can enjoy a complimentary face scan service at the resort’s luxurious IASO medi-spa.
  • Unforgettable activities: Learn to flyboard in the stunning lagoon for an exhilarating adventure.

Located in paradise: Nestled amidst the Raa Atoll, Heritance Aarah offers stunning views and easy access to the wonders of the Indian Ocean.

Beyond All-Inclusive: The resort’s premium all-inclusive package extends far beyond just meals and drinks. Guests can enjoy snorkeling and diving excursions to breathtaking reefs, rejuvenating spa treatments overlooking the turquoise waters, and even whiskey and wine tastings.

Adventure Awaits: Active families will love the wide range of water sports offered by the resort, including fly-boarding lessons, kitesurfing, waterskiing, windsurfing, and more.

Engaging Activities for Children: The resort’s dedicated kids club provides a safe and fun environment for children, offering educational and entertaining activities like Dhivehi language lessons, crab hunting, and learning to play the Boduberu, the Maldivian drum.

Heritance Aarah offers the perfect blend of relaxation, adventure, and cultural experiences, making it the ideal destination for an unforgettable all-inclusive family vacation in the Maldives.

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