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COMO Hotels undergoes major rebrand



Maldives Promotion House – COMO Hotels and Resorts, the parent company of Cocoa Island in South Malé Atoll has unveiled an updated brand identity. COMO’s nine properties will keep their individual logos while underpinned with “by COMO,” conveying the company’s distinctive personalised approach to hospitality.

In line with this update, COMO also launched a new website that includes, amongst other features, a news-driven COMO blog for friends of COMO to stay connected with their favourite COMO properties.

Founded by Singaporean entrepreneur Christina Ong, COMO Hotels and Resorts comprises The Halkin by COMO in London, Metropolitan by COMO in Bangkok and London, Parrot Cay by COMO in the Turks and Caicos, Cocoa Island by COMO in the Maldives, Uma by COMO, in Paro, Bhutan, and Ubud, Bali, as well as COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali. This September, Uma by COMO, Punakha opens in Bhutan, to be followed by hotels in Phuket and other key destinations in 2013. Each handpicked property reflects the deeply personal philosophy of hospitality and service shared by the owner and COMO employees.

Every experience “by COMO” is inspired by its destination, but also paired with COMO’s accurate and intuitive service, sympathetic and elegant aesthetic, outstanding cuisine and award-winning spa and wellness retreats.

Friends and guests of COMO will recognise COMO’s signature thoughtful style in its new website, Tablet- and mobile-friendly rich content, such as locally-researched destination guides, chef profiles and even downloadable COMO Shambhala Cuisine recipes, channel the COMO experience to the home or office. Accommodation and event venue floor plans make planning easier, while intuitive design and stunning imagery allows an immersive customer experience. Trade partners and media professionals will find an improved, one-stop resource library.

The website also features a new COMO blog,, which covers Destination News and COMO’s hallmarks of Wellness, Cuisine, Lifestyle, Adventure and Culture. “Tales from the Front Desk” provides behind-the-scenes glimpses of life on property; “Out and About” offers insider destination tips from the best shopping in London to the richest dive sites in the Maldives. Guests can also share their personal experiences and interact with COMO’s General Managers, Chefs, Activity Directors and COMO Shambhala Wellness Experts.

Says Kuno Fasel, Chief Operating Officer for COMO Hotels and Resorts: “COMO Hotels and Resorts is, and has always been, far more than a collection of hotels. COMO is a community of like-minded employees, partners and guests, who prize authenticity and quality. Our branding reflects how every detail in every property is intrinsically “By COMO”. Our new website’s interactive and social features welcomes guests to share their stories – they are part of COMO, on-property and online.”

Says Gabriela Henrichwark, Global Marketing Director for COMO Hotels and Resorts: “COMO’s new website was designed to deliver a user-friendly customer experience to facilitate comprehensive travel planning from research to booking. Demonstrating our commitment to engage further with our customers online, the new COMO blog extends our existing active social media presence. Our fresh branding retains each property’s uniqueness while extending COMO’s group-wide promise of a highly personalised, luxury travel experience.”


Maldives among top choices for babymoon romance



Maldives has soared into the top 5 most popular babymoon destinations according to a new study by My 1st Years.

Babymoons, pre-baby getaways for expecting parents, have seen a surge in popularity in recent years. The UK alone has witnessed a staggering 128% increase in searches for “best babymoon destinations” in just the past three months.

To understand expectant parents’ travel dreams, My 1st Years analyzed Google search data for hundreds of destinations worldwide. The Maldives secured the coveted fourth place, surpassing Italy, Australia, and Portugal.

This tropical paradise offers the perfect escape for parents-to-be seeking relaxation and rejuvenation before welcoming their new arrival. Imagine soaking up the sun on pristine beaches, swimming in crystal-clear waters, or indulging in pampering spa treatments – pure bliss!

For expectant couples seeking a luxurious and unforgettable babymoon experience, the Maldives offers a truly idyllic setting.

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Sirru Fen Fushi to operate as an independent luxury resort (no longer Fairmont)



Sirru Fen Fushi, a private island in the Maldives’ remote Shaviyani Atoll, will now operate as an independent luxury resort after six years with Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, under the name Sirru Fen Fushi, Private Lagoon Resort. From May 1st, Sirru Fen Fushi will to be joining the esteemed Leading Hotels of the World portfolio.

As it enters this exciting new phase, the resort will continue its commitment to personalised experiences and heartfelt, intuitive service, with sustainability and a deep care and appreciation for its pristine island environment at its core. Distinctive in design and character, Sirru Fen Fushi is not a cookie cutter Maldivian escape: with the largest natural resort lagoon in the archipelago, world- class facilities, including the Maldives’ longest infinity pool, and a uniquely remote positioning, meaning it is minimally overlooked.

Sirru Fen Fushi (meaning secret water island in the local language Dhivehi) houses a 9km kaleidoscope coral house reef, an abundance of flourishing native marine life, and the Coralarium – the Maldives’ first and only coral regeneration project in the form of a semi-submerged art installation by famous British sculpture artist Jason DeCaires Taylor. On land, luxury villas boast a beachfront or jungle setting, while overwater villas offer direct access to the lagoon, the interiors of each echoing the natural beaches that fringe the island in their high-end design.

The Maldives’ longest infinity pool with 200m length sits at the island’s heart, along with a relaxing award- winning spa and a selection of gastronomic restaurants, from sustainably caught local seafood at Azure to Japanese fare at Kata. Personalised experiences include beachfront yoga and an airy art studio to a creative Kids’ Club and snorkeling expeditions on the house reef. Travellers can turn plastic waste into wonder at the Sustainability Lab, a pioneering project providing bespoke souvenirs, such as turtle-shaped luggage tags, for guests and useful recycled materials for local communities and schools.

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Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives to host International Yoga Day celebration with Yoga expert Preeti Kalia



Sun Siyam Iru Fushi has announced its upcoming celebration of International Yoga Day on June 21st, 2024, featuring renowned yoga expert Preeti Kalia. Guests are invited to immerse themselves in a day of wellness, relaxation, and rejuvenation to embrace the transformative power of yoga amidst the tranquil setting of the Maldives.

The International Yoga Day celebration at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi promises to be a transformative experience, offering participants the opportunity to deepen their practice under the guidance of a seasoned expert. Guests can look forward to a range of activities, including rejuvenating yoga sessions, meditation practices, wellness workshops, and more.

Preeti Kalia, the founder of Yogbela and an internationally certified yoga instructor with an RYT 900 qualification, brings over nine years of experience in guiding individuals towards physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Specializing in Hatha/Ashtanga and Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga, Preeti has positively impacted the lives of thousands of students worldwide through her online and offline sessions.

“We are delighted to welcome Preeti Kalia to Sun Siyam Iru Fushi for our International Yoga Day celebration,” said Dr. Rahul Krishnan, Spa Manager of The Spa by Thalgo France at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi. “Her expertise and passion for yoga perfectly complement our commitment to providing guests with transformative wellness experiences at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi. We look forward to an inspiring event that promotes holistic well-being and inner harmony.”

Originally trained as a Software Engineer with a degree in Computer Science, Preeti discovered her passion for yoga early in her career and embarked on a transformative journey. Her dedication to yoga has earned her a significant following, with over 250k followers on YouTube and Instagram combined. Her instructional videos have garnered over 25 million views, reflecting the widespread appeal and effectiveness of her teachings. Driven by a profound mission to share her knowledge and expertise with the world, Preeti Kalia continues to inspire individuals of all ages and backgrounds to embrace yoga as a holistic lifestyle. Her commitment to empowering others through yoga perfectly aligns with the ethos of Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, a premier destination for wellness and rejuvenation in the heart of the Maldives.

For individuals seeking to embark on a journey of self-discovery and wellness, the International Yoga Day celebration at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi presents a unique opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and immerse oneself in the transformative power of yoga.

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