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World Travel Awards 2024 nominations for Lily, Hideaway Beach

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Lily Hotels has announced that both Lily Beach Resort & Spa, and Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa, are nominated for three nominations each, at the World Travel Awards 2024.

Located in South Ari atoll, Lily Beach is nominated for three categories, including Leading All-Inclusive Resort (Maldives), Leading Family Resort (Maldives), and Leading Family Resort (Indian Ocean). Lily Beach has previously won multiple awards from different prestigious organisations. Last year Lily Beach won the ‘Leading All-Inclusive Resort’ at World Travel Awards.

As the first all-inclusive resort in the Maldives, Lily Beach has taken to leading at the helm in delivering exceptional all-inclusive experiences. This year is an extra special year as the resort will be celebrating its 30th anniversary and is already elevating its offerings by partnering with renowned culinary experts, enhancing the guest experience with tantalising cuisine. Exciting Easter festivities are also on the horizon, promising even more memorable moments for guests to cherish.

The Platinum All-Inclusive Plan at Lily Beach offers a hassle-free, holistic experience for guests that allows them to experience all the best that the island has to offer including delicious cuisines, experiences, and excursions.

Tucked away at the northern Haa Alifu atoll, Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa has secured nominations in three prominent categories, which include Leading Beach Resort (Maldives), Leading Honeymoon Resort (Maldives,) and Leading Luxury Island Resort (Maldives).

Hideaway is set on an all-natural island setting, offering guests unparalleled privacy and serenity. With lush vegetation and vast expanses of space in terms of being offered generously large villas and residence in all villa categories, the island provides an intimate retreat where guests can unwind amidst untouched beaches and pristine house reefs. Having won last year’s ‘Leading Honeymoon Resort 2023’, this year the resort is very excited to be nominated for the above categories.

It offers a cornucopia of features and experiences in a large natural island setting in a location away from the more crowded regions in the Maldives. From pristine diving spots, to novel sporting experiences such as Golf, Padel, E-Surfing and more, to the litany of bespoke romantic experiences to be created to surprise your loved ones, to rejuvenating spa treatments from Ayurvedic to Balinese, to cultural experiences visiting a local island and even a palace near to the island, there are endless adventures to be had at Hideaway.

Both resorts are thrilled to be recognised for their commitment to excellence in hospitality, and eagerly anticipate the results of the World Travel Awards 2024.

To vote for Hideaway, please click here. To vote for Lily Beach, please click here.

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Maldives wins in 2 categories at Marine Diving Awards in Japan

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Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC/ Visit Maldives) has announced that the Maldives has been awarded 3rd place in the “Best Area Overseas Division” and 2nd place in the ” Best Overseas Destination I Want to Visit for the First Time”, in the “Marine Diving Awards 2023,” as voted by divers nationwide in Japan.

Marine Dive Fair  is Japan’s largest comprehensive diving fair, which has been leading the diving scene in Japan for over 50 years. Marine Diving Fair is one of Asia’s largest SCUBA diving exhibitions, and the Marine Diving Awards are determined by the online vote of divers across Japan. Rankings are determined after a six-month voting period. The 32nd edition of this prestigious award serves as a reference for experienced divers, as well as those who are considering starting diving in the future, and professionals in the diving industry.

The results announcement and top awards ceremony for the Marine Diving Awards 2023 takes place in April, at the stage of the Marine Diving Fair 2024 being held in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Destinations, instructors, and diving shops that ranked highly in all eight categories, including Seas Worth Diving Into, Seas to Visit in the Future, Outstanding Professional Divers, and Best Diving Shops, are honoured during this time.

The Maldives, which represents approximately 5% of the world’s coral reefs, boasts hundreds of diving sites and is home to over 2,000 marine species. Moreover, it is one of the few regions in the world where you can observe manta rays and whale sharks year-round.

Japan is a significant market for the Maldives. Prior to the pandemic, Japan was the ninth top tourist market to the Maldives. From January to March this year, 9,333 Japanese tourists arrived in the Maldives, compared to 2,271 in the same period last year. This 310% increase in arrivals compared to last year signals a great boost to the Maldives tourism industry. Japan is currently ranked 15th in tourist arrivals.

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Summer Island Maldives recognised as Global Hotel Awards Quality Winner 2024 by TUI Group

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Summer Island Maldives has been honoured as a ‘Global Hotel Awards Quality Winner’ for 2024 by TUI Group, a renowned German tourism company and one of the world’s largest travel and tourism companies. This esteemed recognition is based on feedback and hotel satisfaction scores from TUI guests, highlighting Summer Island Maldives’ commitment to excellence in hospitality.

Nestled just a 45-minute speedboat journey or a 5-minute seaplane journey from Velana International Airport, Summer Island Maldives is a captivating barefoot beach destination. The award-winning resort features two exceptional restaurants, with one offering tantalising à la carte fusion dining, and three bars, including one on the sunset beach, one overwater, and a charming beach tiki bar. Guests are treated to a variety of curated experiences, including private beach dinners, tranquil sandbank picnics, and enchanting sunset sailboat trips.

Summer Island Maldives has gained a well-deserved reputation for its dedication to environmental sustainability. The resort has implemented a range of initiatives, including the phased elimination of single-use plastics, the utilisation of renewable energy sources, the installation of the world’s largest 3D coral reef, and the recent implementation of an eco-friendly strategy to eradicate mosquitoes.

Mariya Shareef, General Manager of Kaimoo Travels and Hotel Services Pvt Ltd, expressed her pride in the recognition, stating, “Summer Island Maldives being recognized as a TUI Global Hotel Quality Awards winner underscores the dedication of our exceptional team members in delivering unparalleled service to our guests. It stands as a testament to the confidence our guests have in the quality of our service.”

This prestigious award from TUI Group further solidifies Summer Island Maldives’ position as a leading destination for travellers seeking a luxurious and environmentally conscious retreat in the Maldives.

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Summer Island Maldives gets Der Touristik’s Red Star Quality Award

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Summer Island Maldives has recently been awarded the Red Star Quality Award by Der Touristik, one of Europe’s largest tourism companies. This prestigious award is given to only 150 properties from Der Touristik’s extensive portfolio, chosen for their outstanding performance in guest feedback, ratings, and recommendations.

Located in South Male Atoll, Summer Island Maldives is easily accessible, being a 45-minute speedboat ride or a 5-minute seaplane journey from Velana International Airport. The resort boasts 156 modern beach and water villas across six categories, each offering stunning views of the radiant turquoise-blue lagoon. For those seeking a luxurious and comfortable stay, the Summer House, a two-room beach suite with a private pool, provides an ideal retreat for families or groups of friends.

Summer Island Maldives offers a range of curated experiences designed to delight and pamper guests. From lavish Champagne or ‘Bubbly’ Breakfasts to intimate sunset sailing around the island in a traditional boat to romantic private beach dinners, the resort provides an abundance of experiences to create lasting memories. Culinary enthusiasts will be delighted by the resort’s two restaurants. Samuga, the main restaurant, offers international-style buffets, while Hiya, the overwater restaurant, serves a delectable fusion à la carte menu and buffet. The resort also features three bars with picturesque views, a fitness gym, an overwater spa, watersports, and a diving centre. Guests can relax and unwind in the infinity pool, overlooking the breath-taking hues of the Maldivian landscape.

In its commitment to sustainability, Summer Island Maldives has taken significant steps to limit its environmental footprint, including phasing out single-use plastics and installing the world’s largest 3D coral reef to protect the marine ecosystem. The resort has also implemented an eco-friendly strategy to eliminate mosquitoes from the island, showcasing its dedication to innovative and sustainable practices.

Celebrating its 9th anniversary this year, Summer Island Maldives has received several accolades for its sustainability initiatives, its status as a leading beach destination, and its reputation as the most romantic resort among its beloved travellers.

“The Red Star Quality Award is a testament to our unwavering commitment to excellence and the dedication of our team at Summer Island Maldives. Our guests’ trust and satisfaction in our unparalleled service inspire us to continuously strive for perfection. Receiving this award reaffirms our promise to deliver exceptional experiences and uphold the highest standards of quality,” Mariya Shareef, General Manager of Kaimoo Travels and Hotel Services Pvt Ltd.

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