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Maldivian Air Taxi to start scheduled seaplane flights

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Maldives Promotion House – Maldivian Air Taxi (MAT) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Maldives to start scheduled seaplane flights to the local islands. At a special ceremony Minister of Transport & Communication, Dr. Ahmed Shamheed signed the MOU on behalf of the government and Lars Erik Nielson, Chairman of Maldivian Air Taxi signed the MOU.

Government have been discussing with MAT for a while and now they have agreed for to start the scheduled flights. Government agreed to waive navigation and concession charges. They also discussed on other concessions. “Very soon people living in remote corners of the country will start enjoying the flights. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Nielson for his personal efforts” Said Dr. Shamheed.

Lars Erik Nielsen said now they are making ground arrangements to start the flights and hope to begin flights within next month. “We have not decided on ticket fares as yet. Normally seaplane fares are expensive, but we expect to keep it at an affordable level for the people”. He further said they have enough seaplanes and crew for the new operation and will start as soon as the arrangements are done.

According to Dr. Shamheed, destinations for the flights are Fonadhoo Island in Shaviyani Atoll, Alifushi Island in Raa Atoll, Kaashidhoo Island in Male’ Atoll, Muli Island in Meemu Atoll and Kudahuvadhoo Island in Dhaalu Atoll. “These islands have no air connection. Seaplane flights to these islands will also connect to nearby islands. Our target is to start flight at the earliest possible” said Dr. Shamheed.

MAT is a privately owned seaplane operator and has been operating in Maldives since 1993. Until now they have only operated as a charter flight operator to the resort islands. This will be the first scheduled seaplane flights to start in Maldives. There are also seven airports in the country and they are serviced by Maldivian and FlyMe.

 

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Sirru Fen Fushi Private Lagoon Resort celebrates dual triumph in Travel + Leisure Luxury Awards 2024

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Sirru Fen Fushi – Private Lagoon Resort has announced its outstanding achievement in the Travel + Leisure Luxury Awards 2024 for the Asia Pacific region. The resort has been honoured with the top accolades in two prestigious categories: “Best Family Resort” and “Best Resort Pool” for the Maldives, both securing the highly competitive number one spot.

This double recognition is a testament to Sirru Fen Fushi’s unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional luxury service and guest experiences. The resort’s world-class amenities, coupled with its stunning natural surroundings, create an idyllic haven for families and travelers seeking the ultimate escape.

Sirru Fen Fushi has been recognised by Travel + Leisure Asia Pacific in their Luxury Awards 2024. To be named number one among so many esteemed resorts in the Maldives is an honour that underscores the hard work and dedication of the entire team. The luxury resort will continue to strive for excellence and provide unforgettable experiences for our guests.

The resort pool at Sirru Fen Fushi is a marvel of design and luxury, earning the title of the “Best Resort Pool” in the Maldives. At 100 meters in length, it is the longest resort pool in the Maldives, featuring both a family section and an adults-only section, catering to all guest preferences. The pool’s infinity edge seamlessly merges with the horizon, offering breathtaking views of the famous underwater museum by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor. Within the pool lies the Maldives’ largest jacuzzi, providing luxurious wellness moments in harmony with nature.

Sirru Fen Fushi’s accolade as the “Best Family Resort” underscores its dedication to creating a family-friendly paradise. The resort welcomes families with extensive luxury villas, including 2 and 3-bedroom options, up to the exclusive 7-bedroom Sirru Residence. The award-winning Kids Club, designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates, offers a vibrant array of entertainment and activities tailored for young guests, ensuring an exciting and enriching experience for children of all ages.

These prestigious awards highlight Sirru Fen Fushi Private Lagoon Resort’s commitment to excellence in every facet of its offerings. The resort is not just a place to stay but a destination where families and individuals can create lasting memories. Guests can look forward to even more extraordinary experiences as Sirru Fen Fushi continues to innovate and elevate resort offerings to exceed guest expectations at all times.

For more information about Sirru Fen Fushi Private Lagoon Resort and to make reservations, please visit the website at www.sirrufenfushi.com.

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Join Australian artist Anna Lohe for unforgettable masterclass at Ifuru Island Maldives

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Ifuru Island Maldives has announced an unforgettable workshop with Australian artist Anna Lohe, where she will explain how she created “Ifuru Magic”, Ifuru’s signature artwork found throughout the resort. Anna will also be your painting coach, for you to create your own masterpiece during her 2 hours masterclass on 10 July 2024 at Ifuru Island Maldives. The masterclass is priced at $50++ per person including materials.

Anna Lohe is an Australian abstract artist based in the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia (Garigal Land). She paints vibrant, imaginative works in acrylic on canvas featuring botanical, spiritual and native forest themes using colour palettes to suit contemporary homes.

She thrives by surrounding herself with colour and takes inspiration from the natural world. Most of Anna’s works are born from her passions of yoga, travel, friendships, and family. As a mum of two kids, Anna was born in Melbourne Australia and has worked in London as part of her 25-year career in advertising and marketing.

“I am so excited to see Ifuru resort in real life, as when I painted the signature artwork – the resort was not yet opened. I’ve loved following progress on Instagram but to be able to experience it with my family will be magic. The masterclass to inspire guests to paint, will be a highlight,” says Anna.

Anna is the talented artist responsible for the iconic “IFURU magic” art piece showcased in the suites and villas on Ifuru Island in the Maldives. Featuring local birds, flowers, fish, coral, and the famous Barbie pink lifeguard tower, the artwork beautifully encapsulates the island’s enchanting and distinctive charm.

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Anantara Kihavah elevates fine dining with new caviar indulgence at SEA underwater restaurant

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Already regarded as the finest underwater restaurant and wine cellar in the Maldives, SEA Underwater Restaurant is taking its discerning guests on a gustatory journey of discovery six metres beneath the waves as it seeks to elevate the dining experience to new levels with the launch of Caviar Indulgence at SEA on 18 June 2024.

An award-winning dining destination with a reputation for delivering unparalleled epicurean experiences, SEA has long been high on the list of must-visit restaurants for gourmets from around the world. Never content to rest on its laurels, SEA is now heralding a new era of refinement and elegance in its exclusive underwater setting as it transforms itself into a luxury caviar restaurant – the first of its kind in the Maldives.

Showcasing premium quality caviar imported from across the globe, Caviar Indulgence at SEA tempts food connoisseurs with the option of an exquisite set menu of caviar infused specialties found nowhere else in the Maldives or an à la carte fare of lighter caviar imbued dishes. Signature dishes curated by Executive Chef Joachim Textor includes the Chilled Champagne Soup with Caviar, Fresh Lobster Ceviche, Australian Wagyu Striploin, Greek Kataifi, Hokkaido Scallop Tartare, and desserts such as the Mango Crème Brûlée and Pistachio Praline Cheese Tart.

Harvested exclusively from sustainable sturgeon stocks, the caviar featured in the dishes served at Caviar Indulgence at SEA includes the crème de la crème of this opulent delicacy. Diners at SEA will be treated to a wider selection of the most-prized varieties of caviar, including the delicate and creamy delights of Imperial Caviar considered the highest grade of caviar, the rich-flavoured and most sought-after Beluga caviar, and the dynamic and subtle notes of Royal Caviar, and the nutty, briny flavours of Classic Caviar.

Soaring to new heights of indulgence six metres beneath the waves, diners are invited to experience the enchantment of curious marine life and the graceful dances of tropical fish as they savour each delectable bite from a unique selection of caviar-infused dishes in an extraordinary ambiance of underwater opulence, exclusively available at Caviar Indulgence at SEA.

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