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Cocoa Island by COMO and MasterCard encourage holidaymakers to stay and contribute to good cause



Maldives Promotion House – COMO Hotels and Resorts, comprising luxury Cocoa Island in Maldives, is continuing its collaboration with MasterCard through the Purchase with Purpose program.

As MasterCard reported, it is encouraging travelers who stay at each of their nine hotels and resorts to settle their bill with a MasterCard card as MasterCard will be donating US$30 to various community projects for every transaction made between 1 October 2012 and 31 December 2012.

COMO Hotels and Resorts, has supported theMasterCard Purchase with Purpose program since 2010, and has raised a total of USD 75,580 to date. In a year, COMO supports a variety of community projects in each of its locations, some of which have been long-term partners.

The beneficiaries for the COMO-MasterCard Purchase with Purpose include: Maafushi and Guraidhoo Schools in the Maldives, located just 20 minutes boat ride from Cocoa Island.

MasterCard is committed to improving the lives of these underserved communities by empowering and providing access to sustainable livelihoods, in order to create a better future for these women, youths and their communities.

Some of the deserving projects that will be benefit from this year’s funds include vocational and skills training project for young women and girls in Maldives.

Kuno Fasel, Chief Operating Officer for COMO Hotels and Resorts, said: “COMO Hotels and Resorts is delighted to collaborate with MasterCard on Purchase with Purpose. The program builds upon community efforts by our properties throughout the year, so our staff takes great pride in sharing the initiative with our guests. Our guests, in turn, have demonstrated great interest in the projects as they focus on education, entrepreneurialism and supporting the local economy.”

Georgette Tan, group head, Communications, Asia/Pacific, Middle East & Africa,MasterCard Worldwide, said: “More and more, we find that our well-travelledMasterCard cardholders are eager to give back to the community and continue to demonstrate a sense of responsibility about the products they are purchasing. We are pleased to collaborate once again with COMO through the Purchase with Purpose program. MasterCard cardholders who stay at COMO look forward to the program and appreciate the opportunity it presents – knowing they can make a difference, just by using their credit card.”

MasterCard’s philanthropic efforts are focused on furthering financial inclusion through entrepreneurship in order to help individuals overcome barriers to financial inclusion and ultimately achieve positive economic outcomes for themselves, their families and their communities. Through MasterCard ’s core competencies, technology, people, and charitable giving, MasterCard makes a difference in people’s lives around the world.

Examples of projects funded by last year’s program include library upgrading for the Maafushi and Guraidhoo Schools in the Maldives.


Your Fairytale Easter at One&Only Reethi Rah



The ultra-luxury private island resort One&Only Reethi Rah is set to celebrate this Easter with the theme of Once Upon a Time, inspired by the magic and myth of classic fairytales. With riveting activities for all ages, rejuvenating wellness experiences, and magical ocean-side revelries, families and holidaymakers can discover a fairytale Easter at One&Only Reethi Rah this year.

The Easter celebrations open with the resort’s iconic welcome cocktail, this year entitled An Enchanted Affair, inviting guests to enjoy an enticing evening of sparkling Champagne, expertly crafted canapés, and exciting entertainment. Outside of the main cocktail party, numerous other themed parties pepper the resort’s Easter calendar, including an afternoon pool party at the resort’s spacious family pool, and an indulgent brunch party at Fanditha, complete with traditional Arabic cuisine and beverages, a live DJ, and beach and water activities for all ages.

For the main events, One&Only Reethi Rah invites guests to partake in a mystical and incredible evening by the Indian Ocean. Perched directly on the shores of Sunrise Beach, the grandiose evening begins with a Midnight Masquerade-themed Easter Cocktail Party as an enticing welcome, which then transitions to the Midnight Masquerade Easter Gala Dinner, promising an exhilarating programme of thrilling entertainment from a 10-piece show band alongside a bountiful feast of international cuisines paired with world-class wines and fine Champagnes.

Beyond the Easter holiday celebrations, One&Only Reethi Rah offers a full calendar catering to guests of all ages and interests, with events and activities suited for kids and teens, gym lovers, wellness gurus, artists of all avenues, foodies, and more. Children are set to delight in thrilling ocean cruises, sunny pool parties, and family games festivals, along with learning about the resort’s surrounding marine life and environment with the resident Marine Biologist and Turtle Biologist from the Olive Ridley Project, the resort’s charity partner.

Each day at Club One, the buzzing heart of the resort, offers sporty activities for those seeking more physical pastimes, ranging from padel, tennis, football, badminton, and – mandatory for a beach holiday – volleyball. Afterwards, wander into the award-winning One&Only Spa where expert Visiting Practitioners and highly trained therapists will be featuring unique treatments and experiences including singing bowl meditation, water Pilates, and healing yoga sessions against the natural backdrops of the cerulean ocean and the spa’s lush and vast gardens.

A magical fairytale Easter awaits at the ultra-luxury resort, where One&Only Reethi Rah invites you and your loved ones to write the next chapter of your Maldives story, one full of wondrous celebrations and joyful memories.

For bookings and more information, please visit their website or contact

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Oaga Art Resort Welcomes Creative Masterminds for Immersive Experiences



Oaga Art Resort, renowned for its artistic spirit and unique guest experiences, is  thrilled to announce the upcoming visit of two renowned artists and a celebrated  mixologist. 

Master the Art of Mixology with Tao Zrafi (February 27 – March 10, 2024) 

From February 27th to March 10th, 2024, Oaga Art Resort welcomes Tao Zrafi, a  globally recognised Creative Consultant and Beverage Director. Guests staying at  the resort during this period will have the exclusive opportunity to participate in a  Masterclass on March 6th. This interactive session will delve into Tao’s signature  cocktail-making techniques, offering valuable insights and the chance to learn  from a master himself. 

Tao was previously featured at Oaga’s “Kula Kula” festival, captivating guests with  his themed cocktail apprentice sessions. The menu he created during that time  remains a popular offering at Sobi Bar, the resort’s beer and gin garden. 

Light Up Your Creativity with Karim Jabbari and Jaime Brown (February 23 – March 8, 2024) 

From February 23rd to March 8th, 2024, renowned artists Karim Jabbari and Jaime  Brown will grace Oaga Art Resort with their presence. During their stay, these  talented individuals will be available to create personalised light portraits for  interested guests. They will also collaborate with Oaga’s in-house artists, Mamdhu and Zaain, on a captivating wall mural and contribute to the resort’s Ramadan  greeting light painting. Additionally, they will share their expertise by conducting  engaging workshops on the art of light painting. 

Karim, a world-renowned calligraphy and light artist, is sought after for his  breathtaking live performances, art installations, and large-scale murals. He has  delivered workshops and lectures globally, including prestigious universities like  NYU and Yale.

Jaime, a public artist, painter, and media creative, seamlessly blends the worlds of  fine art and digital expression. Her passion and creativity are evident in her  captivating mural and digital projects worldwide. 

Experience the Essence of Oaga 

Oaga Art Resort is dedicated to fostering unique encounters with diverse artists  and fostering creative exploration. These upcoming Masterclasses align perfectly  with this vision, offering guests exclusive access to learn from renowned figures in  their respective fields. 

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Bandos Maldives Easter Eggstravaganza: A Celebration of Fun and Adventure



Bandos Maldives is thrilled to announce the Easter Eggstravaganza, set to take place on March 30th, 2024. This  vibrant celebration promises an unforgettable Easter experience for guests of all ages. The event will feature an  array of exciting activities designed to bring joy and excitement to the holiday festivities. 

Guests are invited to step right up to the Kokko Club Playground and immerse themselves in a world of fun at our  Mini Carnival. Additionally, participants can test their luck and skill at the Blackout Bingo Bonanza, where dabbing  their way to victory awaits. 

For those with a creative spirit, our Easter Art painting session offers the perfect opportunity to unleash their artistic talents and paint their way into spring. Meanwhile, adventure seekers can embark on a thrilling Bunny Trail  Adventure, joining the epic Bunny Hunt Challenge to locate all the hidden bunnies lurking around the Kokko Club. 

At Bandos Maldives, we are committed to providing our guests with extraordinary experiences, and the Bandos  Easter Eggstravaganza is no exception. This Easter, make memories that last a lifetime at Bandos Maldives. Don’t  miss out on the excitement! 

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