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Lily Beach Resort wins big at World Travel Awards 2024

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Lily Beach Resort & Spa has once again solidified their stance as a premier destination being awarded the prestigious title of “Maldives’ Leading All-Inclusive Resort” at this year’s World Travel Awards. As the first all-inclusive property in the Maldives and a leading one at that, Lily Beach has no doubt gained recognition worldwide for their top-notch All-Inclusive package – the Platinum Plan. Additionally, Lily Beach also won Tripadvisor’s Travellers Choice Award as well for being one of the best rated hospitality establishments in the world where the resort is part of the top 10% in terms of best rated in hospitality.

Marking their 30th anniversary this year, Lily Beach Resort & Spa has redefined luxury travel with its unparalleled amenities and genuinely exceptional service. The resort’s Platinum Plan offers a truly comprehensive experience that leaves no detail overlooked before and during their stay in paradise. Guests gain access to the resort’s Luxury Seaplane lounge (when opting to fly via Seaplane) and after a 25-minute scenic journey, it’s time to explore the endless experiences to be had at Lily Beach and start making unforgettable memories.

At the resort’s heart lies keeping guests well satiated with exceptionally tantalising food and drinks. Dining at the resort is no small feat, as Lily Beach offers Four restaurants and Four bars for guests to choose from. International themed cuisines and delicious drinks are served within the restaurants and bars, giving guests an array of choices to select from during their stay. Especially the resort’s partnership with premium liquors like Taittinger being included in the Platinum Plan and fresh ingredients being imported from around the world, makes dining and drinks a delight at Lily Beach.

After enjoying food and drinks, getting active and diving into recreational experiences is a must while in the Maldives. Guests are provided with snorkelling equipment, allowing them to explore the vibrant underwater world, and have access to all non-motorised water sports activities for endless lagoon fun. In the Platinum Plan, guests are offered a generous selection of choosing three excursions to enjoy out of four options during each stay. These adventures are, exploring the beauty of the resort’s house reef with our expert guides, enjoying the best of sunset by going on a cruise or opting to go fishing for dinner, or for the culturally inclined to explore a neighbouring local island.

To add on a bit of zen to the active experiences, complimentary group sunrise yoga sessions are held six days a week, offering a serene start to the day, with additional premium yoga experiences available for those seeking further relaxation.

On top the these, a vast list of excursion and private dining experiences are available to choose from for both families, and couples, so that their holidays are bound to be a memorable, eventful one at Lily Beach.

The resort’s commitment to offering endless experiences includes offering weekly entertainment from live music and DJs to cultural nights and experience cultural dances like Maldivian Bodu Beru and Balinese Dance. But that is not all, guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to being able to enjoy a wide range of recreational options at Lily Beach. Just to name a few the resort offers tennis, table tennis, billiards tables, gym, beach volleyball, football pitch, children’s playground, and various indoor games. For younger guests, the Turtle Kids Club offers a plethora of activities and surprises designed to entertain and engage. There is a Kid’s pool at Vibes bar, where parents can keep a watchful eye on the children as the enjoy.

Even whilst residing at any of the nine various villa options to choose from guests are spoilt when it comes to amenities. Each villa features a premium mini bar, replenished daily with beer, wine, water, snacks, a selection of tea and coffee, a variety of juices, and soft drinks.

Apart from this, Lily Beach also is well-known for its prime location in South Ari atoll, where the marine-protected area SAMPA lies, just a mere few minutes away from the resort. SAMPA is a protected site as it is considered an aggregation point for the majestic Whale Sharks and Manta Rays. As a result, surprise visits by Whale Sharks and Manta Rays are often frequented alongside the resorts own house-reef – which is easily accessible from the resort. If not, guests are always welcome to join the snorkelling and diving excursions that bring them up close to these magnificent, beautiful underwater creatures.

These exceptional experiences and awards underscore Lily Beach’s commitment to delivering a superior, all-inclusive vacation experience like no other that caters to every guest’s desires.

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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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