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New marine biologist at Conrad Maldives reveals underwater secrets

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Maldives Promotion House – Conrad Maldives Rangali Island welcomes the arrival of marine biologist Lydia Koehler to the five star SubAqua Dive Center.  Koehler will run twice-weekly complimentary guided tours of the resort’s exceptional coral reef in order to give guests a better understanding of the incredible diversity of underwater life and how to safely enjoy it.  These complimentary tours begin with a 30-minute presentation introducing the most common animals to be found on the reef followed by a guided snorkelling session on the resort’s house reef which is just steps from the main beach.

“The reef at Conrad Maldives is one of the best in the atoll with a truly impressive variety of fish, corals and other wildlife,” says Carsten Schieck, general manager.  “These complimentary tours make it possible for guests to discover the many wonders of the underwater world in a safe and appealing way”.

During these excursions, guests may encounter turtles, rays and harmless reef sharks and explore the world of countless fascinating smaller animals such as clownfish, butterflyfish, pufferfish or even the outlandish unicorn fish.  They will learn more about the incredible corals of the reef and the symbiotic relationship between them and the fauna that inhabit them.  Rarer creatures such as manta rays, mobula rays, dolphins or even a whale shark may also make an occasional appearance.

While based at the Sub Aqua Dive Center, Koehler will run several conservation and research projects at the resort, such as monitoring the health and status of the coral and fish on the house reef.  She is also ‘baby sitter’ to 147 endangered baby turtles who recently hatched on the resort’s beaches and are being protected until they are old enough to survive being released into the ocean.

In winter, she will take advantage of the unique opportunity afforded by the resort’s location to study the manta rays that visit the resort every night and can be easily watched from the bridge that spans the resort’s two islands.  She will create a manta identification programme to aid understanding of manta behavior patterns and ensure the resort is able to effectively protect these awe-inspiring creatures.

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Ifuru Island Maldives introduces new perfume

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Ifuru Island Maldives has done it again, blowing minds with their latest addition to the resort: the tantalizing Ifuru Maldives perfume, a must-try for all guests.

In collaboration with Essence On, the resort has crafted a delightful scent inspired by the invigorating Sea Breeze. This fragrance is infused with fresh, floral notes of Tangerine, Almond, and Nectarine, and enhanced by Orchid, Coconut, and Jasmine. Additionally, Heliotrope, Cedarwood, and Vanilla have been added to provide a deeper, more complex aroma.

The result is a light, fresh fragrance that is both intimate and rich. Perfect for any occasion, this unisex perfume evokes memories of the Maldivian breeze, white sandy beaches, and hot sunny days at Ifuru Island Maldives.

“I love that a scent can make memories come alive. Scent is the most powerful memory and we wanted you to take a bit of magic home with you,” says Rochelle Kilgariff, General Manager and Island Vibe Boss.

The fragrance is available for purchase at $50 plus taxes from the resort’s retail boutique.

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Lily Beach, Hideaway Beach announce exciting Eid ul-Adha celebrations

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As Eid ul Adha approaches, Lily Hotels has announced spectacular celebrations for Lily Beach Resort & Spa and Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa. These celebrations will be from 16th to 20th June 2024.

Located in the heart of South Ari atoll, Lily Beach Resort & Spa, will kick off their festivities in the evening with a vibrant ‘Maali’ parade. This traditional parade showcases the rich cultural folklore of the Maldives, featuring participants dressed as iconic characters from ancient tales.

On the 17th June, guests are invited to Vibes for a night filled with festive drinks, live music, and dancing. Celebrate Eid in style with an evening of joy and entertainment. The celebrations conclude with a friendly football match between the Lily Beach team and guests at the beautiful football grounds at Lily Beach, fostering camaraderie and fun to cap off the Eid festivities on the 18th of June.

In the tucked away, Haa Alif atoll in the Maldives, the celebrations for Eid begin on the 17th June at Hideaway with the traditional Bodu Mas parade. This captivating parade features a large fish made from thatch, accompanied by the rhythmic beats of Bodu Beru drums. The day continues with a spectacular Eid-themed buffet at Matheefaru restaurant, followed by live music entertainment and a DJ.

On the following day, guests may inulge in a special Arabian nightcap with 40% off on drinks, perfect for a relaxing evening under the stars. The celebrations conclude with an exquisite Arabian-themed barbecue dinner at Oasis Long Beach, complemented by soft live music. Throughout the celebration period, guests can enjoy special discounts at the spa and on various food and beverage options, including the luxurious floating breakfast in-villa.

Both resorts offer an array of festive activities designed to immerse guests in the spirit of Eid ul Adha, ensuring a memorable holiday experience.

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Westin doubles down on sleep with refreshed product, enhanced design, and globally acclaimed wellness programming

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In a significant move to reinforce its reputation as a leader in the wellness hospitality sector, Westin Hotels & Resorts, a member of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio, has announced the global debut of its next generation Heavenly® Bed. This new iteration of their iconic bed is designed to offer guests an even more restorative sleep experience, an essential component of Westin’s 360-degree wellness approach.

The debut comes as the sleep sector is experiencing tremendous growth, projected to expand by over $400 billion through 2028. Recognizing sleep as a cornerstone of well-being, Westin has incorporated feedback from sleep experts, associates, and guests to refine the Heavenly Bed. Since its original launch in 1999, the Heavenly Bed has sold over 500,000 units, proving its popularity among travelers seeking unparalleled comfort.

“An industry benchmark was set with the launch of our legacy Heavenly Bed in 1999, and it now serves as a testament to our unwavering commitment to provide the very best sleep experiences for guests around the world,” said Brian Povinelli, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Marketing and Brand, Marriott International. “Understanding the devoted fanbase the legacy bed has garnered over the years; our goal was to listen and carefully review every aspect of the guest and associate experience, ensuring each update was both intentional and impactful. We are confident that it will exceed the expectations of both loyal and future Westin guests across the globe and again raise the bar for the comfort of our guests.”

The next generation Heavenly Bed features several enhancements aimed at elevating sleep quality. These include a plush-top mattress with an innovative silver fiber weave, temperature-regulating gel-infused memory foam, and hypoallergenic bedding components. The new design also incorporates a charcoal blanket and full-frame piping on pillowcases, delivering a warm, residential feel and a sophisticated aesthetic.

Experience the Next Generation Heavenly Bed at The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort

Travelers eager to experience the new Heavenly Bed can do so at The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort, one of the prime destinations in Westin’s global portfolio. Nestled on the stunning Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, this resort offers a perfect blend of luxury, relaxation, and adventure.

The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort features a range of accommodations including overwater villas and beachfront suites, all designed with a focus on wellness and comfort. Each room is now equipped with the next generation Heavenly Bed, ensuring guests enjoy a superior sleep experience amidst the serene beauty of the Maldives.

In addition to the upgraded sleeping arrangements, the resort provides an array of wellness amenities. Guests can indulge in holistic treatments at the Heavenly Spa by Westin™, participate in fitness activities at the WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio, and savor nutritious and delicious meals at the resort’s dining venues.

For those looking to blend luxury travel with wellness, The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort represents an ideal getaway. Guests can immerse themselves in the tranquil surroundings, partake in water sports and excursions, or simply relax and rejuvenate, all while enjoying the comfort of the new Heavenly Bed.

With its commitment to enhancing the well-being of its guests through innovations in sleep technology and design, Westin Hotels & Resorts continues to set the standard for wellness in hospitality. The introduction of the next generation Heavenly Bed is a testament to this dedication, promising travelers an unparalleled sleep experience that extends beyond their stay and into their overall well-being.

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